Michael Moore Does His Best to Aid Romney

Wednesday, October 31, AD 2012

Tactical nuclear language and intelligence advisory to the above video from Michael Moore and MoveOn.Org.  Are these people trying to sabotage Obama?  Yeah, the country is going to be swayed by foul mouthed geezers threatening violence in the event of a Romney win.  The video is an excellent demonstration of how exhausted humor on the Left in this country has become.  Michael Moore:  I’ve got a great idea! We’ll have a group of sweet oldsters who are supporting Obama and then we’ll have them use the F-Bomb and threaten mayhem against Romney.  Brilliant!  If I wasn’t shaped like Jabba the Pizza Hut, I’d break my arm slapping my back!  With friends like Moore, Obama really does not need enemies like me.

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Xavier University’s “moderate” approach to healthcare coverage: A breach in the firewall?

Wednesday, October 31, AD 2012

 

In this election cycle, much has been made about the importance of establishing a “firewall” in certain states so that a candidate’s electoral college numbers don’t collapse.

When it comes to defending the faith against insurgents, one might hope the nation’s Catholic universities and colleges would provide the Church a “firewall of firewalls.”  After all, haven’t they proclaimed themselves to be the places “where the Church does its thinking”?  Where better to turn for a reasoned defense of the Church and its teaching than through its institutions of higher education?

Of course, as the pundits have been opining, it takes only one breach of the firewall to accelerate the process of potentially losing that firewall and, hence, increasing the probability of losing the election…or, in this instance, weakening one institution’s Catholic identity and providing “cover” for others to do the same.

Has that firewall wall been breached?

According to Inside Higher Education, the President of Xavier University in Cincinnati, the Reverend Michael J. Graham, SJ, has reversed himself.  This “Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition” will now continue to provide employees artificial contraception coverage as part of the institution’s healthcare coverage.

 

The Reverend Michael J. Graham, SJ
President, Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)

 

Last April, Fr. Graham announced that Xavier had been covering contraception but no longer would, effective July 1, 2012.  In a letter to employees, Graham wrote that offering such coverage was “inconsistent” for a Roman Catholic institution.

Correct!  That’s defending the firewall.

However, that was then and this is now.

Between then and now, Fr. Graham’s decision and letter provoked an outcry.  A number of Xavier University faculty and staff wanted to know who Fr. Graham or the institution were to dictate so-called “healthcare options” to married couples, to non-Catholics, and to those who don’t agree with Church teaching concerning artificial means of birth control.  After all, that’s not being inclusive, is it?  Then, too, they wanted Fr. Graham to explain why he made the decision and issued his letter without consulting Xavier employees first.  That’s not very collegial, is it?

In the face of this tide of opposition, Fr. Graham agreed to postpone implementing the change until December.  Perhaps Fr. Graham was biding his time while waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule.

But, once again, that was then and this is now.

Between then and now, the Supreme Court ruled in June, upholding Obamacare.  The opinion was written by the Chief Justice, himself a Catholic.  Talk about being provided intellectual and legal cover to allow the firewall to be breached!

Fr. Graham subsequently decided that since Xavier University would be required to provide contraceptive coverage as part of the institution’s healthcare coverage beginning August 1, 2013 anyway, the University would continue providing it to employees.

No doubt about it.  The firewall has been breached!

In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Fr. Graham blamed himself for how he handled this issue. But, he went even further.  While strongly disagreeing with the Obamacare mandate, Fr. Graham said he “believes universities should set a moderate example for the nation.”

The president of one of those institutions where the Church is supposed to do her thinking has decided his institution should “set a moderate example for the nation”?

Why so?

Could the rationale be that Church teaching tramples upon the religious freedom of those who freely choose to work at Catholic institutions, like Xavier University, yet don’t believe what those institutions represent?  Then, too, borrowing from the example of St. Isaac Jogues, SJ, and his companions, why alienate all of those people when, simply by leaving the door open to them, they can be evangelized?  And what will it matter anyway?  After all, providing artificial means of contraception as part of nationalized healthcare coverage is going to be required of those institutions come August 1, 2013.

The rationale is problematic and the firewall has been breached.  How long will it be before presidents of the other U.S. Catholic universities and colleges seize upon Fr. Graham’s reasoning and follow Xavier University’s lead?

This battle is not about “healthcare options.”  It’s all about the much larger war to delegitimize Church teaching.

Where’s the reasoned defense to come from, now that this firewall has been breached?

 

 

To read the Inside Higher Education article, click on the following link: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/10/29/catholic-college-reverses-course-covering-contraception#ixzz2AhJ4Ca00

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  • Setting a moderate example…by completely caving in.

    Derek Smalls Syndrome in action: the need to be lukewarm water between fire and ice.

  • Maybe they should rename this institution to Laodicean University.

  • Of course Xavier U. will next explain how it is moderate and inclusive to pay for abortion. Then they will explain why Catholic hospitals need to perform abortions for needy non-Catholics. Then they will ….

  • The Jesuits, or a lot of them, have and will continue to be out of step with their Bishops, Cardinals and the Church. The Order was suppressed once before, is the time coming to do it again?

  • What happened to the effort on the part of the USCCB to re-evaluate which universities could call themselves “Catholic?” If an institution isn’t following Church teachings, how can it be part of the Church? Could I be a kosher deli if I served ham sandwiches?

  • How about setting a CATHOLIC example for the nation.
    Coward.

  • Devil’s advocate here: it isn’t as if the Bishops have denied the Eucharist to Pelosi, Biden, and Sebelius (or Senator Kennedy or…) I would say the firewall was in fact breached ages ago. I will admit that this is another disappointment in a very long line of them.

  • There’s nothing in the recent record of Jesuit institutions to suggest they are Catholic, so this isn’t a surprise.

  • Jesuit Tradition….
    Not something to be smiling about.

  • Instead of an assault I will pray for him.
    The attack is heaviest upon our clergy.
    If we sacrificed more and prayed more for them a breach in the firewall may have been averted.
    I was to quick to pile on.
    Excuse my earlier post.

  • Good example, Phillip. I will add Reverend Michael J. Graham, SJ and his superior to my prayer intentions – especially on Nov. 2, All Souls Day.

  • I like the suggested rename to Laodicean University. Seems appropriate.

    Personally, I don’t understand why employers are involved in the healthcare issue in the first place. Why would we ever want them to make any decisions for us in our non work life.

  • Employers don’t make decisions for you. You don’t have to work for anyone whose policies you don’t like. But that’s not the American way now, is it? When we don’t like someone’s way of doing things, we don’t respect their consciences and wishes and use our freedom to do our own thing, no. We file lawsuits, we call Jessie Jackson or Sandra Fluke, we scream and whine to the leftist media, we call down the full authority of the federal government to force people to give us what we want, when we want, like the pathetic, snot-nosed pampered brats that we are.

  • “Employers don’t make decisions for you” a great point. Our consciences are free!

    Another point:
    The idea that we are owed a wage or a salary for our work is one thing.. the “benefits” have always been discretionary, right?

  • Philip’s response is most correct.

    My reaction, disappointment at yet another member of the clergy seemingly embracing the secular culture, was inappropriate and I should not have called Fr. Graham a coward.

    My apology to him and I will increase my efforts to pray for him, and other members of the clergy that they may truly reflect Catholic teachings.

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  • WHOA!!! Of course, We must pray for our clergy, Should go without saying. This Jesuit priest is OFF THE MARK! Father Graham is leading his sheep to HELL !!!! OR We can offer weak kneed responses to a lost priest leading a lost group of (what are supposed to be educated) elite catholics. Like our Jesuit fathers, We can just cruise the “love boat” through the “lukewarm water” to HELL singing Billy Joel songs…. “i’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners are much more fun”

Romney’s Paths to Victory

Wednesday, October 31, AD 2012

 

 

Barring a disputed count in a decisive state, by this time next week we will know who is going to be President of these United States for the next four years.  I believe Romney is ahead, probably between 3-5 points, with Republican enthusiasm greater than Democrat enthusiasm giving him an additional edge.  In this post we will look at the several paths to victory for Romney.

I take it as a given that Romney starts with a base of 257 electoral votes.  This includes Colorado where the Republicans have the advantage in early voting, and in party affiliation.  The other states are all of the West except Nevada and New Mexico, all of the Great Plains states, all of the Old Confederacy, Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri, Indiana and Alaska.  Romney is only 13 electoral votes shy from a 270 majority, or 12 votes shy of an electoral vote tie, which would have him almost certainly voted in by the new House, with control of the Senate determining who the Senate would choose as Veep.

Here are the potential paths to victory for Romney which I see:

1. Ohio-18 electoral votes.

2. Pennsylvania-20 electoral votes.

3. Michigan -16 electoral votes

4. Wisconsin-10 electoral votes with New Hampshire -4 electoral votes

5. Minnesota-10 electoral votes with New Hampshire-4 electoral votes

6. Iowa-6 electoral votes-New Hampshire-4 electoral votes-Nevada-6 electoral votes

7. Iowa-6 electoral votes-Nevada-6 electoral votes-Maine Second Congressional District-1 electoral vote

8.  Oregon-7 electoral votes-New Hampshire 4 electoral votes

9.  Oregon-7 electoral votes-Iowa 6 electoral votes

10. Oregon-7 electoral votes-Nevada 6 electoral votes

New Hampshire I think is close to being a given for Romney.  If Romney wins Ohio, Pennsylvania or Michigan he wins with no further states needed.  With New Hampshire, Wisconsin or Minnesota can be Kingmaker states.  If Romney loses all of the above states except New Hampshire, he still has a path to victory with Iowa and Nevada or Oregon.

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  • I agree, Don. But to be clear, none of Romney’s paths are especially attractive (or likely) except Ohio. That said, Obama’s only path requires Ohio. If Romney loses Ohio he probably loses the election. If Obama loses Ohio, he definitely loses the election.

  • electoral vote tie, which would have him almost certainly voted in by the new House, with control of the Senate determining who the Senate would choose as Veep.

    Wouldn’t that be wierd – potentially a Republican President with a Democrat Vice President – Romney/Biden? I wonder if they would run together in 2016 if the 2012 administration turned out to be really good? And we would still have our National Clown for continued entertainment – a win/win!

  • Nice if you’re right, but I think you’re being overly optimistic on several fronts.

    First, your given base for Romney is 42 votes too high. Florida and Virginia are both still in play, and in Florida in particular, Obama is surging–the blue line on the RCP poll tracker is nearly vertical over the past week. If Obama takes Florida, everything else is academic.

    Second, Ohio. Romney got close at the start of this month, but Obama reopened a 2-point lead after that, and has comfortably maintained that lead for several weeks. Perhaps that changes in the next few days, but right now, only one poll shows Romney leading, and that one appears to be an outlier. “Closing strong” is a vast overstatement.

    The “alternative” paths are no less problematic. Michigan and Minnesota are long shots (to say nothing of Pennsylvania), Nevada has fellow Mormon Harry Reid to offset Romney, and after all the insanity there this year, anyone who knows where Wisconsin is going should sink their life savings into lottery tickets–neither candidate should be relying on the Badger state.

    Wishful thinking does no one any good here. Pray, vote, hope, and pray some more.

  • “Florida and Virginia are both still in play,”

    Disagree. Florida and Virginia are only in play when pollsters give laughable assertions that the Dem turnout will outnumber the Republican turnout by 5 points. This is going to be an even year between the parties or even a slight Republican advantage. The Real Clear Politic averages of polls for Virginia and Florida, which include complete junk polls like those from PPP, show Romney with the edge. Romney will take both Florida and Virginia by at least three points.

    “Second, Ohio. Romney got close at the start of this month, but Obama reopened a 2-point lead after that, and has comfortably maintained that lead for several weeks. ”

    Actually Rasmussen shows Romney with a two point lead in his most recent poll. If Romney is three to five points ahead nationally, he will come out three to five points ahead in Ohio as Ohio tends to track the national outcome pretty closely.

    “Michigan and Minnesota are long shots (to say nothing of Pennsylvania),”

    I think Michigan and Minnesota are likely Romney victories based upon the current polls. Pennsylvania will be the hardest for Romney, but the state elected a Republican legislature, Governor and Senator just two years ago, and Casey the Lesser is having the fight of his life against Tom Smith. If it is a Republican wave year, as I believe, Pennsylvania may well go red. It all comes down to how much pull Romney has in the Philadelphia suburbs.

    “Nevada has fellow Mormon Harry Reid to offset Romney”

    That public thief is not on the ballot this year. His pull among his fellow Mormons is negligible as it is among sane people in general. Unlike 2010, the Republicans have fielded a sane candidate in Romney as opposed to Angle who managed to muff a golden opportunity to send Reid into a crooked retirement.

    “anyone who knows where Wisconsin is going”

    The Republicans have amassed a string of victories there recently and I think Romney will pull it out with the help of Ryan. Interestingly enough the Democrat mayor of Denver stumping for Obama said that as of now Obama is losing Wisconsin. I wonder if he saw internal Obama campaign polls for Wisconsin?

    http://minx.cc/?post=334453

    “Wishful thinking does no one any good here.”

    No but clear eyed analysis does, which is what I have given.

  • Dick Morris says landslide.

    Crap.

    In all seriousness, if Virginia and Florida were in play and Minnesota and Michigan were not, the candidates would be moving their campaigns to the former, not the latter.

  • “Disagree. Florida and Virginia are only in play when pollsters give laughable assertions that the Dem turnout will outnumber the Republican turnout by 5 points. This is going to be an even year between the parties or even a slight Republican advantage. The Real Clear Politic averages of polls for Virginia and Florida, which include complete junk polls like those from PPP, show Romney with the edge.”

    Perhaps on Virginia (though the swings between polls there are pretty drastic, which renders them all suspect) but in Florida, every poll shows the race tightening–even the polls that have Romney up have his lead shrinking. Momentum is clearly on Obama’s side there (unless you are correct in your assumption that pretty much every pollster has it wrong this time).

    “Actually Rasmussen shows Romney with a two point lead in his most recent poll.”

    Rasmussen’s latest is the only poll that has shown Romney with any lead at all in Ohio since just after the first debate. If he really is surging, other polls will show it in the next few days–but as of right now, that’s the outlier.

    “If it is a Republican wave year, as I believe, Pennsylvania may well go red. ”

    And this is what I mean by wishful thinking. The Republican wave year was 2010; much like 2008 was a lesser follow-up to the real Democratic wave in 2006, 2012 isn’t going to match what the GOP managed two years ago. You’re expecting far more than you’re going to get.

    “The Republicans have amassed a string of victories there recently and I think Romney will pull it out with the help of Ryan. Interestingly enough the Democrat mayor of Denver stumping for Obama said that as of now Obama is losing Wisconsin.”

    Republicans have won lately in Wisconsin, I will readily grant you that (I live here, so I’ve had a first-hand view of the mess). But most of those recent victories were won on the backs of Obama supporters lured away, and the polls taken at the time indicated that those voters intended to vote for Obama again.

    Anything’s possible–if anything, it’s gotten even more chaotic the last few days; the state’s largest paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, not only declined to endorse a candidate but made a big production out of declaring that they’re getting out of the endorsement business altogether–which is why I said that neither candidate should be counting on Wisconsin. But the Democrats have a history of finding ways to pull it out here (last time the state went GOP was Reagan in ’84) so all else being equal, the safer assumption is that they’ll find some way to pull it out again.

  • “The Republican wave year was 2010; much like 2008 was a lesser follow-up to the real Democratic wave in 2006, 2012 isn’t going to match what the GOP managed two years ago.”

    The Democrats gained 20 House seats, five Senate seats and the Presidency in 2008. I think the Republicans will have a similar wave year this year, except for gains in the House where I think the GOP has nearly maxed out.
    “but in Florida, every poll shows the race tightening–even the polls that have Romney up have his lead shrinking.”
    Here is the Real Clear list of recent polls which I think shows a stable Romney lead. The Sunshine poll which had Romney up 5 I regard as an outlier:
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/fl/florida_romney_vs_obama-1883.html

    “If he really is surging, other polls will show it in the next few days–but as of right now, that’s the outlier.”

    One of many problems with most of the Ohio polls is that they show Romney winning independents while losing. That is not credible in Ohio. A good example is the Survey USA poll which shows Romney winning independents by 11 points while running three points behind Obama. That doesn’t make sense based on the number of independents in Ohio:

    http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=11cca51d-06ab-40f5-8ba1-0c8ddc33d855

    “the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, not only declined to endorse a candidate but made a big production out of declaring that they’re getting out of the endorsement business altogether”

    Considering the liberal history of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, I thought that was rather significant, and perhaps a tribute to growing GOP strength in the state. We shall both find out soon enough.

  • This post by Dan McLaughlin is a truly fantastic piece analyzing why Nate Silver’s model, while not perhaps totally wrong, is incomplete. Some folks are just not digging deeply enough into these polls, and are really lacking some common sense in how they apply what they know qualitatively to quantitative models.

  • I think we need to forget about the polls. The Left has figured out that grossly biasing a poll, no matter how much it invites ridicule, ends up affecting the average. As averages are more affected by outliers voila. Also in the past, pollsters had to worry about their general credibility. This made them more industrious and accurate close to an actual vote. However with the rise of hyper-partisanship that no longer applies. Leftwing pollsters are rewarded for agitprop by their funders. Do you think NY Times is going to punish a pollster for biasing a poll the way they directed it be biased? Also the Left uses a phony poll to support a pre- written narrative. It’s just there to give an aura of fact to agitprop.

    There is a separate issue of public awareness of polling and how it is used. You can test a steel rod repeatedly and it will not change its behavior because you are testing it. However people will change their responses and the propensity to respond based on all kinds of factors.

    I say when there’s a battle look which way the troops are running. I also esteem those individuals willing to make a bold prediction and state their reasoning by which they can be judged: Michael Barone, Dick Morris even Karl Rove have done so. There may be others. I also esteem the analysts such as Berry-Bickers University of Colorado electoral model and even individuals such as Mr Hartline here who analyze real drivers of voting preference, show how the data supports it and make clear predictions based on their analyses.

    Forget the polls.

  • Virginia – The wild card is the Senate race. If Allen were drawing more interest, I’d say that Romney should win easily. But his campaign has been pretty low-key. I think that Romney will win it anyway, though.

    Florida – If Romney doesn’t win Florida, he’s in real trouble. Not just in terms of electoral votes, but in overall levels of support.

    Ohio – Like I’ve said, this one scares me. The polls can’t all be completely wrong. They’re all showing this neck-and-neck. The higher the turnout, the better it is for Democrats, and there’s been a lot of early voting. The line about early voting is that it’s mostly for people who were going to vote anyway – but I don’t believe it this year.

    Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon – They all went for Gore in 2000, Kerrey in 2004, and Obama in 2008. I’m glad that the Republicans are in better shape in the first three of these states; maybe Romney could win them over Howard Dean in 2016. This time though? A bridge too far.

    I think it’ll be an early night, at least. If Romney wins Ohio, the only thing out west that he’d need is Colorado. If he loses Ohio, Florida, or Virginia, there’s nothing that’s going to happen out west that can save him. Then again, what do I know. I just want this to be over.

  • As an Oregonian, I fear that expectations of a victory for Romney here in Oregon are only wishful thinking. It would be very unusual because this state leans very much to the left. But conservatives have become more vocal and more active, and it could be in the realm of possibility.

  • It is the least likely of the battleground states to fall to Romney AS, but the fact that it is even a possibility is stunning.

  • I don’t know what happened to Oregon and Washington politically. Former Californians, maybe?

  • Basically, like a raverning horde of locusts looking for new fields to despoil.

Lincoln’s Premontions of Death

Wednesday, October 31, AD 2012

According to Ward Lamon, Marshal of Washington and a former law partner of Abraham Lincoln, three days before his assassination, Lincoln spoke about a strange dream that he had:

“About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. I saw light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break? I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. ‘Who is dead in the White House?’ I demanded of one of the soldiers, ‘The President,’ was his answer; ‘he was killed by an assassin.’ Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it ever since.”
 
It is a striking account if true, and appropriate for a Halloween Day.  However, there are problems with it.  First, there was no contemporary mention of it in the aftermath of the assassination.  Surely Lamon would have mentioned such a prophetic statement by Lincoln at the time.  Second, during the time period in question when the dream purportedly occurred, the latter part of March, Lincoln was not at the White House but with the Army of the Potomac.  Third, the story didn’t appear in print until 1895, two years after Lamon’s death, in a book of reminiscences compiled by Lamon’s daughter.
However, I am inclined to believe it based upon this incident involving a Lincoln dream which is well authenticated.  Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, made this notation in his diary regarding the cabinet meeting that occurred at noon on the day of  the assassination of Lincoln:
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  • My family has a habit of not being phased at all by phone calls that open up with “it’s silly, but I had a dream… is everyone OK?”

    Almost always, folks are perfectly fine. It’s the sudden sense of absolute terror/fear/urgency/emergency that hits while awake that are accurate! (Including one memorable time when both my sister and I decided to go pick up our brother early…he’d been hit in the head with a discus, and the SOB coach was trying to make everyone agree he would be fine for the next half hour before we were supposed to show up.)

  • George Washington, according to lore, was a recipient of a vision with “a young beautiful woman” who shared the future events of the young America. She supposedly created a map of the world out of thin air and displayed the Civil War, WWI & II and then a dark cloud coming from the east. This cloud caused many deaths in the land of the free. Wailng and cries were sounding in his ears. He stated that the vision then left him. This was from a pamphlet called ( The American History you haven’t learned ). I can’t recall the author.
    I do remember they were/ are near Birmingham AL.

  • A beautiful tale it was philip, but alas completely fictitous.

  • I wondered if anyone had heard the story before. High fiction? Probably yes.
    Personal revelation for George Washington?
    Who knows? Most likely a fairy tale as you point out.

  • Snopes.com gives the background to Washington’s Vision. It was a fictional story written by Charles Alexander in April 1861. Over the years it has been embroidered by other hands, its fictional origin forgotten.

    http://www.snopes.com/history/american/vision.asp

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Why I Wrote The Catholic Tide Continues To Turn

Tuesday, October 30, AD 2012

Some six years ago my first book; The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism came out, which detailed the Good news happening in the Catholic Church.  Since then and especially this year, I am often asked is the tide still turning? Rest assured I am not looking at the world and the Catholic Church through rose colored glasses, the book not only gives positive spin on what is going on through stories and anecdotal evidence, but I outline a lot of statistical and demographic data to prove my point.

Honestly writing a book requires a great deal of time and patience, and though I had enough material for about half a book, I was waiting for the right time to finish it. However last summer, I felt God really pushing me to get this out. Providentially many events within the Church and the political realm helped to convince me that now was the time. I am glad I listened and finished the book this spring because recently my wife and I welcomed another baby into our home, and with two small children, writing a book would have been very difficult.

The Catholic Tide Continues to Turn (Aquinas and More publishing) picks up where my previous book left off detailing the Good News occurring in the Church, but also, and this is very important, I address why the Catholic Church and religion in general is coming under attack in our modern world.  Readers of my articles and first book continually asked my why we are facing these attacks? This is nothing new. Ever since the French Revolution in 1793 the Catholic Church and religion in general in the Western world has come under attack from powerful forces that for some demented reason have a problem with God.

In the book, I take a look at timelines in World History and examine revolutions like the American Revolution where religion was embraced compared to those like the French Revolution where it was attacked. This helps us in 2012 figure out why some in government and academia don’t like the Catholic Church and for that matter most religious institutions. The book also looks at the HHS Mandate and the political upheaval that unjust mandate has brought.

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  • Your book sounds very interesting, worth reading. It must be mentioned here, especially on all Hallow’s eve, much of what is happening all over the world, was foretold repeatedly by Our Lady. The fruits of ignoring the message of LaSallete are very apparent in the Church today. Remember to keep Holy the Sabbath day. This has been errased from our culture. Because of this, we have allowed ourselves to become slaves. Resting in the Lord, renewal and detachment, are unknown to most souls. When the commandments of God, the 1st three pertaining to Love of God are ignored, the other 7 pertaining to Love of neighbor FALL LIKE DOMINOES! This is what we are seeing. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to thee.

  • When you look at this world and what is happening, then your heart and soul, understands why Our Lady`s heart tries so hard to tell humanity Her Words, eg :

    http://www.abortion—my-heart-weeps-tears-of-blood.net

  • Please remember: FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY. We all need to ask God for an increase of these virtues for ourselves and the world. Pray the beautiful Memorare often – every day, several times a day. Ask Our Lady to intercede for our Church and our country, and that this election will go well, that the results will be good for our Church and our country. Please God give us new leadership – a new President.

  • “….the Catholic Church and religion in general is coming under attack in our modern world” is explained in great detail in the book:
    “Animus Delendi-I, Desire to Destroy” by Atila Sinke Guimarâes

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Numbers Look Grim for President Obama

Tuesday, October 30, AD 2012

Superstorm Sandy has largely passed my area by, and Pepco has been spared another round of calamitous outages. Luckily for you that means I get to write a post digging deep into presidential election statistics.

Though the election polls have produced differing results, a general consensus has seemingly emerged. Mitt Romney is, at worst, tied with President Obama, and has upwards of a five-point lead. The Real Clear average of polls puts Romney up by less than a point. On the other hand, RCP has Obama up 201-191 in the electoral college, with a 290-248 edge in the “no toss-up” scenario. Obama has held a consistent edge in the battleground state of Ohio, though Rasmussen’s most recent poll now has Romney up by two.

In general, I agree with Jim Geraghty that it appears almost certain that Mitt Romney will win the popular vote. It takes polls with rather generous Democrat advantages (in the range of D+7 and up) to even get Obama tied. I trust Gallup’s likely voter screen more than other polls, and Gallup has had Romney with a steady advantage of three-to-five points.

It’s certainly possible that Mitt Romney could win the popular vote and lose the electoral college. It has happened to several presidential candidates in our history, and we are all familiar with what took place in 2000. What is fairly unlikely, however, is for Mitt Romney to win the popular vote by a substantial margin and still lose the electoral college. If Mitt Romney wins the popular vote by more than even just a percentage point, than he will be the next President of the United States. Of course we can never be certain in politics, but it seems like a safe bet that the electoral and popular vote winner will the the same person.

One of the reasons that an Obama electoral college victory in the face of a popular vote defeat is unlikely is that massive swings in national vote totals are reflected in all states. President Obama won the popular vote by seven percent over John McCain in 2008. Assume for the moment that Mitt Romney wins by just one percent – that would signify an eight point swing in favor of the Republicans. Such a huge shift in the electorate is not going to be limited to a small number of states. And as history has shown, when the incumbent party loses support, it loses support everywhere.

I have taken a look at each presidential election since 1976. Since that election, the incumbent has lost twice, the incumbent party has lost two additional times, the incumbent has won three times, and one time the incumbent party has won once. In all but two of the elections since 1980 there has been a net shift of at least eight percent. Let’s take a closer look:

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  • The University of Colorado electoral model that came out in August is looking very very prescient at the moment.

  • It seems like one of the big problems with just about all models is that presidential elections are fairly infrequent and so for any given comparison there are very few like situations.

    Right now, what I’m moderately confident in is that short of some big surprise in the near future Romney should manage a popular vote win, though possibly a narrow one. The big question is how this plays out in the electoral college. The general rule is that the two don’t split. But on the other hand, there also aren’t a whole lot of really close modern elections to go from.

    I fear that the basic structure of the map and votes are better for Obama than for Romney, since Romney needs to win Ohio plus one other state that isn’t already a moderately clear win for him (I’m counting FL, VA and NC as fairly clear wins, though it’s possible I’m being over-optimistic about VA.) There are several solid possibilities, but it means that Obama just has to play defense and hope that Romney doesn’t break through, while Romney needs enough of a wave of support that several states fall his way. Romney does indeed seem to be riding a wave, but at this rate it seems like we won’t know till election night if it’s big enough.

  • I disagree with one aspect of your comment, Darwin. There seems to be the perception that Romney must win Ohio while Obama can afford to lose it and still win. I think that the reality is quite the opposite. The president is playing defense, and Ohio is his last line of defense. If that goes, he is done. While it would be difficult for Romney to lose Ohio and win the 270+ he needs, it is actually plausible that he can pick off enough states like Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire in lieu of Ohio (assuming other states like Florida, Virginia and Colorado come home).

  • That’s because in American history it’s only happened twice (excluding FDR’s third and fourth terms): James Madison in 1812

    Umm. I do not think there was any popular balloting for electors prior to 1824.

    Re a disjunction between the popular vote and the electoral vote. It has happened 4x and in a fifth case (1960) the Democratic vote in two states was cast for an “uncommitted” slate rather than one bearing the Democratic candidate’s name, so there is some opacity about how to tabulate the popular vote.

    1. In one case you had a multiparty contest and six states held no popular balloting, having the state legislatures select the electors.

    2. In another case you had jagged state-to-state variations in the relative dimensions of the electorate and widespread fraud and (down South) intimidation (topped off with a finicky legal dispute over the decisive electoral vote, an elector having been disqualified because a federal employee).

    3. In a third case, you had some of the above and a popular vote margin under 1%.

    4. In the other two cases, the popular vote plurality was under 0.6%.

    If Obama wins the electoral college while losing by two or three million popular votes in a clean contest, it will be something without precedent (but, then again, a great many weird things have happened in recent years).

  • is it assumed that Mitt has CO in the bag? If he wins OH but only takes back the South + IN (that one isn’t in doubt obviously,) he’d still narrowly lose.

  • Colorado had looked pretty good for Romney for a while, although now I think it is back in the toss-up column.

    Umm. I do not think there was any popular balloting for electors prior to 1824.

    The system was complicated, and I’ll have to look back at my books, but I don’t believe that is totally correct. IIRC, most states allotted their electoral votes based on popular votes by this time, though not exactly through the winner-take-all allotment practiced in 48 states.

  • * Since Republican states were traditionally designated with the color blue prior to 2000, technically Vermont has always been a blue state.

    And I thought I was the only one to remember that!

  • Why’d it switch?

  • G-Veg,
    It was never official, but blue for GOP had been the more predominant practice on TV network maps until Bush v Gore. I don’t recall what the networks did that evening, but the next day USA Today published a national map color-coded by county, which captivated American attention since it showed how how pockets of Dem support had overwhelmed a sea of GOP, and that map happened to use red for GOP and blue for Dem. After that, the colors became part of our national consciousness. Unfortunate if you ask me. Red is more appropriate for the Dems. That at least is my recollection.

  • Darwin,

    My comment was simply that the Colorado model stated in August what many people at the time said was fanciful – Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin would all go for Romney. Minnesota and PA were viewed as solid Obama. Yet here we are a week before and both campaigns have moved to those states. I don’t know any pollster or analyst who made a similar call.

  • JDP,

    If Romney takes Ohio (assuming the South plus IN), then all he needs is any one of NV, CO, IA, WI, PA, or NH. While Obama could lose Ohio and still run the table in those states, it is not very likely.

    On the other hand, if Obama takes Ohio, Romney could still win if he takes (i) PA and any other state, (ii) WI and CO and any other state, (iii) WI and NV and any other state (except NH unless it brings along a single vote from ME), or (iv) various other combinations. While not easy, it is a better route than Obama’s.

    It is easy to see why both sides have to regard OH as key, but at the margin it is even more essential for Obama than Romney.

  • I guess the reason I’d see Obama as having the easier time at the moment is that if he just wins all the states that he’s currently ahead in the polling in, he wins.

    I’d say that Romney has a fairly good path to 248 and Obama only has a fairly good path to 237, but of the remaining states (NV, CO, IA, WI, OH, NH) they’re all ties or moderately good “leans Obama” cases.

    My big hope is that the national polling (which is much more frequent and statistically rigorous) actually gives a far better impression of where the states are trending, and that VA is thus a lock and OH is tipping into Romney’s column right now (as the last couple state polls do actually suggest). If that’s the case, with one week’s runway left we could be popping corks early on election night. But right now I’m still worried.

  • Back in the day, when broadcast networks were A) the only game in town and B) still more-or-less journalistically reliable, the colors actually were designed to switch every election. The incumbent was red and the challenger was blue one cycle, then vice-versa. This was originated in 1976 when NBC used a back-lit big board. But the scheme wasn;t close to nailed down yet – Republicans were usually blue because of the incumbancy-challenger cycle between 1980 and 1996. In 1980, the country looked, in the words of David Brinkley “like a suburban swimming pool.” CBS was reversed from the other two major nets, so even at that there was no real conformity.

    Eventually it settled into what it is now, for no real discernable reason, probably with the advent of CNN as a major player (GOP = red always) and because in 2000 the map was up for more than just election night as folks waited for the SCOTUS call. The two largest speculations are that Red and Republican both start with “R,” and that, in the eyes of liberal media types, blue is a peaceful and sophisticated color while red is angry and violent. Neither theory has been proven and both remain popular in various circles, depending.

  • Darwin,
    I certainly agree that cork popping is very premature. But the most recent reports from the best poll unpackers in the business (Barone and Cost) are very favorable to Romney. Assuming nothing, I’m going to be content with my optimism till proven otherwise next week.
    More specifically, I think Romney will take the southeast, and he is ahead in OH and CO once the polls and their imbedded assumptions are understood. If he takes Ohio, we win. But if he falls short in OH, I think he has still has a decent shot given the other combinations.
    But you are right, the race is tight, and optimism is not money in the bank.

  • Everyone, you might remember my post (linked below) earlier this month that stated why I believe the demographics point to a Romney victory in Ohio. I kept hearing from people in the know that everything was looking good and then the other day on CBS, the Ohio GOP chairman talked about the Ohio Groundgame being superior to the President’s, and the Democrats know it. As a matter of fact even Mark Halperin, no friend of the GOP, made a statement that his Democratic sources had never seen the Ohio Conservatives so organized.

    The Gallup early voting sample points to this as well. I believe Rush Limbaugh said something to the effect that this is what scares the Left the most. Below is also a link to a story of mine featured in the National Review, in which I talk about seven Ohio swing counties to watch on Election Night.
    http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/10/07/the-data-and-demographics-that-detail-why-romney-will-defeat-obama-in-ohio/
    http://www.nationalreview.com/battleground-ohio/331895/seven-ohio-counties-could-tilt-election-romney-david-hartline

  • WK,
    Thank you for your clarification of pre-1980 practices. Seems spot on right to me. I still think the USA Today map is the explanation post-1980.

  • In terms of an electoral college/popular vote split, it’s worth noting that as of now several million people lack power due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and it’s not clear how far recovery efforts will progress before next Tuesday. Since the damage seems to be concentrated in blue states like New York and New Jersey, it’s possible that depressed voter turnout in these states due to the storms could help Romney secure a popular vote majority even if he fails in the electoral college (at the very least, I expect this to be cited as an explanation for the Romney popular vote win if the split does occur).

  • Blackladder,
    That may be right, but unless there is some difficulty with the NOVA vote, do you agree that there would be no electoral college effect? If delayed metro-Philly returns are key to determining PA, it seems to me Romney has won.

  • Disenfranchisement!M!

    Damn Neocons! Hurricane Sandy is a conspiracy I tell ya! We should delay the vote by a month so everyone has a chance to vote.

  • BA says “It’s possible that depressed voter turnout in these states due to the storms could help Romney secure a popular vote majority even if he fails in the electoral college ”

    The only practical argument would be if Romney Won NY or NJ because of low turnout hurting the Dems And one or both of the states were critical to an Electoral College victory. That is not possible.

    Mike P There is no problem from Sandy in North or South VA affecting turnout. I don’t think it will have any significant impact in PA either. We are still a week away from the vote so I would only see parts of NYC and the Jersey coast being definitely impacted next week. I don’t think Obama will carry VA anyway.

  • I think BA’s point is simply that lingering storm effects could impact vote turnout in New Jersey and New York so that while neither state will turn into Romney states, the overall impact would be to push the popular vote towards Romney even as the electoral college goes to Obama. I don’t think that the storm’s aftermath is likely to impact the vote that significantly – assuming 40% of that vote is going for Romney, there would have to be well over a million people who can’t get to vote in order to ignite that much of a shift.

  • The loss of thousands of military absentee ballots doesn’t seem to bother the MSM a whit. However, the disenfranchisement of active duty military is deeply troubling, both because it seems immoral that we can’t seem to guarantee that privilege to those guaranteeing the privilege to us and because this could significantly affect states in play like PA.

  • I believe the polls unless I have a reason not to.

    I don’t trust Gallup – Their screen is too tight. They had Obama +11 in 2008, which was farther off than anyone. Currently, their Romney +5 is an outlier and I believe for the same reason.

    The reason for the “skewed polls” is Republican leaning Independents. Polls that treat them as Independents show Romney crushing Obama among independents, but a D+8 electorate. Polls that treat them as Republicans show an even race among independents with even turnout from each party. Either way, this leads to a narrow Romney win in the popular vote. The “unskewed polls” are probably double-counting Republicans.

    I believe Rasmussen tracking is bouncing between R+3 and R+1. I would put it at R+2. His national polls are dead on, but his state polls are less accurate.

    R+2 is slightly less than Bush’s margin in 2004. Although Bush easily won the popular vote the second time around, the election was in doubt until the next morning because of the close race in Ohio.

    Right now, the polls show exactly that happening. Romney wins the popular vote by slightly less than Bush, but barely loses Ohio and the election.

    The difference is that Obama is focusing all his efforts on the swing states (like Kerry in 2004) and ignoring the safe states. Expect Romney to close the gap in the blue states and run up the score in the red states, due to GOP enthusiasm, but he’s still not polling at over 270EV.

    An Obama win without a majority vote would arguably be a “worst case scenario”.

  • G Veg “However, the disenfranchisement of active duty military is deeply troubling, both because it seems immoral that we can’t seem to guarantee that privilege to those guaranteeing the privilege to us and because this could significantly affect states in play like PA.”

    Since the Repubs can’t be bothered to fight for it very much, I guess it’s not important to either party however immoral it is. This has been going on for many months and even goes back in some sense to Florida in 2000. Hardly a peep from Boehner McConnell and Romney.

  • Thanks, Rozin. I figured Sandy would have no effect, but good to know.

    Paul, Blackladder, and Jim,
    I don’t see why the popular vote matters. It is not the system we have or the way the campaign is conducted. If Romney falls short, he falls short. I don’t think he will, but if he does his winning the popular vote would be irrelevant except to the extent it deprives Obama of any claim to a mandate.

  • I take it as a given that Romney starts with a base of 257 electoral votes. This includes Colorado where the Republicans have the advantage in early voting.

    With that as a given Romney has the following paths to 270:

    1. Ohio-18 electoral votes.
    2. Pennsylvania-20 electoral votes.
    3. Michigan -16 electoral votes
    4. Wisconsin-10 electoral votes with New Hampshire -4 electoral votes
    5. Minnesota-10 electoral votes with New Hampshire-4 electoral votes
    6. Iowa-6 electoral votes-New Hampshire-4 electoral votes-Nevada-6-electoral votes

    New Hampshire I think is close to being a given for Romney. If Romney wins Ohio, Pennsylvania or Michigan he wins with no further states needed. With New Hampshire, Wisconsin or Minnesota can be Kingmaker states. If Romney loses all of the above states except New Hampshire, he still has a path to victory with Iowa and Nevada.

  • Oh, and if there is any doubt as to who has the upper hand in this race, I doubt if the Obama campaign strategists, in their wildest nightmares, imagined they would be buying TV ad space in Detroit a week before the election:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/10/30/obama-campaign-now-buying-ads-in-detroit/

  • Another reason for the reversal of red and blue in political symbolism could be that red lost its association with communism and leftism in general after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, while the wealthy, well-educated elites or “blue bloods” that used to be the backbone of the GOP became much more liberal in their leanings.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVeAQgxkN3M

    CBS used blue for GOP and red for Dem in 1980 even though Reagan ws the challenger.

  • Don is exactly right. Both candidates really need Ohio, but at least Romney has options if he loses Ohio. I don’t think Obama does.

  • Mike, I agree that the popular vote doesn’t matter in the end. My point is simply that I don’t expect Romney to win the popular vote by more than a scant margin AND lose the electoral college. So the national polls do provide meaningful insight.

  • NBC also had the blue = Reagan and red = Carter color scheme in 1980 as well (with Carter’s Georgia the only “red” state in the bunch shown here):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDe-8cOSYY&feature=related

    Notice John Chancellor calling Reagan the winner at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time (7:15 Central Time), which was somewhat controversial at the time since polls in some Western states hadn’t closed yet.

    Although I think Romney will ultimately win and by a larger margin than the media have led us to believe, I doubt the suspense will end quite as fast as it did that year.

  • Mike P: [Romney] winning the popular vote would be irrelevant except to the extent it deprives Obama of any claim to a mandate.

    Wishful thinking I’m afraid. The media will talk endlessly of all the vote suppression by those evil Republicans that silenced the voices of so many.

  • Paul, understood and agreed.

    Rozin, yeah they might try that but no one will take it seriously outside their echo chamber.

  • “With New Hampshire, Wisconsin or Minnesota can be Kingmaker states.”

    Wisconsin maybe, but Minnesota? Really? As Paul said a couple of weeks ago, it’s like the flip side or mirror image of Arizona — a state that “should” be red but remains stubbornly blue/liberal. I know there are some polls showing it could be in play but I’m not getting my hopes up. And, wasn’t the unexpected Romney TV ad buy in Minnesota really intended to target western Wisconsin voters?

  • The most recent poll we have from Minnesota Elaine shows it 47-44.

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/176113071.html?refer=y

    Two things about this poll. First it is a Star-Tribune poll and they have a notorious history of greatly exaggerating Democrat numbers in their polls.

    Second, for an incumbent Democrat President to be at 47 a week out from the election in Minnesota is a definite warning sign that Obama is in trouble in this state. Minnesota hasn’t gone Republican at the Presidential level since Nixon in 1972. The Minnesota ad buy could do double duty. I doubt that the Romney campaign thought that Minnesota was really in play until they saw this poll.

  • D McC I doubt that the Romney campaign thought that Minnesota was really in play until they saw this poll.

    Then they didn’t take the University of Colorado model seriously either. I have trouble believing that they would do this based simply on some media poll, no matter the results, when they have been notoriously inaccurate and volatile this cycle. I’m inclined to view it as following the same logic that Obama had in advertising in VA late in 2008.

    Mike P: I hope so but an Obama win would mean that their echo chamber is pretty large. Although at bottom Obama doesn’t care whether he has a mandate or not to do what he wants.

  • A bit to my point, here’s a Rasmussen poll in Massachusetts that has Obama up by 19. He defeated McCain there by 26. There might be a bit of a home-state bias for Romney, but considering where his favorables were when he left office, maybe not so much. So there’s obviously no way Obama is losing, but if those numbers are accurate it shows how the overall tide is shifting. Those numbers are basically in line with what you’d expect from a 7-8 point swing in the electorate.

  • Okay, trivia time. We’ve already covered Minnesota being the one state that has voted Democrat every election since 1976. Can anyone name the nine states that voted Republican in each of those elections? No cheating.

  • Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Alaska?

  • You got 6/9 Don. South Carolina went for Carter in 1976, Montana for Clinton in 1992 and Arizona for Clinton in 1996.

  • Let’s try Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • Almost there. Arkansas went for Carter in 1976 and then for Clinton both times. Think states sharing an initial with yours.

  • Of course, Idaho, probably the most Republican state in the Union! I am surprised I overlooked it.

  • Good ol’ Idaho.

Election Schadenfreude

Tuesday, October 30, AD 2012

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  • I love it! “walking off the anxiety…”
    They should be anxious!
    They backed an inexperienced arrogant Marxists that is finally transparent.

  • Yes, I do enjoy this too. I said that night that I thought Romney won, but I thought it was fairly close and both candidates did fine. Romney had a few memorable remarks (to Obama’s none) and demonstrated the level of seriousness necessary to rebut the Obama campaign’s effort to portray his as an extremist. But the conventional wisdom that Obama faltered terribly came not from the right, but from the left (like these poor pathetic SFGate souls) who could not fathom how a messiah could not take down a mortal. Their post-debate hysteria is what gave rise to the meme that Romney clobbered the president, when what he really did was perform marginally better than the president — something that most presidential challengers tend to do in the first debate — which while important is not necessarily transformational. I believe that the Left’s exaggerated response helped turn what would have been a bounce into a surge. This fact is like dessert to the schadenfreude.

  • It’s interesting to look at the maps on various polling/prediction sites. When the Republican Party is on its game, the Democrats look like the party of the West Coast and New England. But in the past 20 years, it’s been like watching a storm front move down from New England to the Great Lakes region.

    Now, look, it’d be great if Romney wins every single state that he’s close in. Personally, I think that nobody wins this race with more than 275 electoral votes. But the interesting thing to me is that in the last four years, the GOP has started to look like a viable party, from top to bottom, in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Remember, McCain lost Indiana! We don’t have to win PA this time, at least I hope not, but then again even if Obama wins the party has a lot more prospects than it used to.

  • Right now my prediction is that Romney takes all the states of the Old Confederacy, all of the Great Plains states. All the states of the West except for New Mexico and Nevada. In the Midwest, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. Add on Kentucky, West Virginia, New Hampshire and the Congressional District in Maine. That comes to 296. It might go higher but I doubt if it will go lower. Romney might well also take Nevada. I have a gut feeling he will take one of Michigan or Pennsylvania. Outside shots at Minnesota and Oregon. If Romney were to sweep all these states he would be looking at 355. That would be close to the 365 that Obama ran up against the hapless John McCain.

  • From your keyboard to God’s eyes.

  • I agree with your prognosis, Don, entirely.
    I have a hunch that PA will be too close to call that night, which means it won’t matter.

  • We ALWAYS matter… We are the Keystone State.

  • “If Romney were to sweep all these states he would be looking at 355. That would be close to the 365 that Obama ran up against the hapless John McCain.”

    As much disdain as I have for McCain, I have to admit that I’m not sure Romney would have been able to win against Obama in 2008.

  • What matters most is the children.
    That they are witness to the fragility of freedoms within our own borders.
    That the media can try to sway votes however the truth be told. That freedom is not free.
    Let us all please continue our prayers that the above predictions come true. That the efforts of God fearing men and women who don’t debate the placement of God in their political platform, will avenge anti-patriots.
    In God we trust.

  • still might be an O surprise pulled out of the hat. These people are not without intellectual and economic resources, and are very strong willed.

  • “have to admit that I’m not sure Romney would have been able to win against Obama in 2008.”

    Probably no Republican could have won in 2008, but most would have put up a better fight than McCain, who seemed to lose all energy for the contest after he got the nomination.

  • I tend to think not Anzlyne. Pride is a singular master, it permits no competition from the intellect.

    If Obama had anything left in his bag of tricks, he would have used it to slow the slide in the polls. I suspect we will continue to see more of the same; Obama’s campaign team relying on the MSM to withhold information from the public and pipe-dreams.

    I try not to watch political cartoons but, during lunch, I accidentally watched one of Obama’s. Where does he get off by calling his aspirations “plans.” He says something like “during my second term I plan to invest in eduction, I plan to reduce the deficit, I plan to rebuild the economy.”

    Those aren’t PLANS you twerp! Those are goals, aspirations, dreams even, but not “plans.” Plans tell you how to get from one point to the other. The things Obama aspires to in his ads are to plans what artist’s renderings are to architectural drawings.

  • “Probably no Republican could have won in 2008, but most would have put up a better fight than McCain, who seemed to lose all energy for the contest after he got the nomination.”

    McCain never really had the stomache to go after Obama. Maybe if McCain pretended Obama was a conservative republican, he would have went after Obama. But instead surgically planted his lips on Obama’s backside.

    I do think Obama was beatable in 2008 if the re[publican establishment took the time to show who Obama really was and still is.

    As far as my predictions as to what to expect from a Romney presidency, I would say a couple of things. On foreign policy, I think he will be a somewhat emasculated version of George W. Bush, unless of course, events force his hand the way 9/11 did with Bush. Since Romney has explicitly stated there are parts of Obamacare he would keep in place, I would interpret that as key elements of Obamacare will remain. The HHS contraceptive Mandate will be gone. If Romney doesn’t abolish that, Paul Ryan had better threaten to resign the Vice Presidency in protest. But I think it’s safe to say it will be history.

    In any event, I predict that under Romney, there will be and will remain, greater government control over health care than there was when Obama took office. And that will be a victory for the left.

    I believe the one time Obama wasn’t lying was when he said that he would rather be an effective one term president. And from the perspective of advancing leftist ideology as policy, he will have, unfortunately, achieved that.

  • The Philly and Detroit machines prefer not to lose. There are a lot of names on the voter lists, and there’s been a lot more early voting and mail-in voting. And there are millions of people who really believe that the President has pulled us out of a near-depression despite the obstruction of the Republicans, and that Romney wants to raise taxes for the middle class. I’d love to see Romney take Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, but looking at that RCP map, he only needs Ohio if he takes FL, NC, VA, and CO. That’s my bet. Romney/Ryan 275. Ohio still scares me, though.

  • This morning’s 7 of 7 news blips on the msn internet explorer landing zone includes a headline: O visits victims, R campaigns … while their tv heads pathetically berate the candidate for asking for aid for the American Red Cross. More twisting than I can tolerate.

    If O were a Republican, then the copybook would have some real investigative journalism on tap.

A Matter of Honor

Tuesday, October 30, AD 2012

 

You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

I have always enjoyed the speech of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men because it contains quite a bit of truth in it, and I have regretted that the words are placed in the mouth of the villainous Colonel Jessup.  In regard to fallen American heroes Tyrone Woods and Greg Doherty it is completely, and righteously, applicable.

The higher-ups in the Obama administration who turned their backs on Woods and Doherty could never understand such men.  It was no part of their mission to supply embassy security.  Instead, after the Benghazi attack began, Tyrone Woods asked for permission to go and risk his life to rescue the embassy personnel.  He was denied permission two times, and he went anyway.  He was unarmed initially, picking up his weapons from what he found on the ground, the cast away arms of the Libyan mercenaries who were supposed to provide security at the consulate and who ran when the attack began.  He rescued 20 embassy personnel and got them to the CIA annex, where they were evacuated while Woods, joined by Doherty who arrived in Benghazi after the attack began, engaged in a lop sided fight against some 150 to 200 attackers.  During this time they gave live intelligence to their CIA higher-ups and requested military aid.  The CIA has denied that it was anyone from the CIA who vetoed the aid.  So, Doherty and Woods fought their own personal Alamo alone, slaying some 60 of their foes, until they were killed at their machine gun by a mortar round some six hours and twenty minutes from the time the attack began.

Doherty and Woods had their lives taken from them, fighting for their country and to save others.  They epitomize what the term honor means.  To the White House higher-ups who denied them aid, perhaps Doherty and Woods seemed to be fools:  “Didn’t they realize that personal survival is the be all and end all?  They were idiots for sticking their necks out!  Now we have this political mess to clean up!”  Yeah, it is easy to visualize both curses and laughter being aimed at the spirits of these men.  The Seal Code these men lived and died by would be literally incomprehensible to the people who made the decision not to send them aid:   1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate, 2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield, 3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit, 4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates, 5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation, 6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies, and 7) Earn your Trident every day.

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Storm Prayer

Monday, October 29, AD 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QREAaIXJjs

 

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. † God became man, † and the Word was made flesh. † Christ was born of a Virgin. † Christ suffered. † Christ was crucified. † Christ died. † Christ rose from the dead. † Christ ascended into Heaven. † Christ conquers. † Christ reigns. † Christ orders. † May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning † Christ went through their midst in Peace, † and the word was made flesh. † Christ is with us with Mary. † Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Judah, the Root David, has won. † Holy God! † Holy Powerful God! † Holy Immortal God! † Have mercy on us. Amen!

Stay safe all our contributors, commenters and readers who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy.  God guard you and keep you!

 

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  • Minimal damage to report here in my little piece of Pennsylvania. God be praised and thanks to all the prayers sent out to us. I fear our friends on the Atlantic did not fair as well. They will need our prayers.

  • This is such a wonderful powerful prayer. I do not live on the east coast but I do live in Oklahoma and have prayed this often against tornadoes and thunder storms. I make a sign of the cross at each cross in the prayer. Keep a copy handy to use whenever there is bad weather. Jesus Christ is King!

  • We got pretty lucky in the DC area. Not nearly as many people without power as feared, and there doesn’t appear to be too much overall damage.

  • My brother lives on the Chesapeake, south of Baltimore, in the Pinehurst area. Yesterday morning, I was in Atlanta coming back to Indiana from a Christ Renews retreat in Sarasota, and texted him to ask what I might be able to do. He simply said “Pray.”

    I got the members of my seed team together and asked for prayers. Then on the plane I spoke with a very nice lady who’s a dedicated nurse in the worst hospital in the city of Indianapolis, and we evangelized together.

    Last night at about 8, my brother sent me the storm track map that showed how Sandy had taken a hard right and swerved from the course it was taking, a course that would have put the eye about 2 miles north of his seawall. It happened when I was between Atlanta and Indy.

    It is too bold to claim anything, and to suppose that New York City is going through what it is going through because I got The Lord to spare my brother’s house is an arrogance I will not put on. So, simply, let this be said: “Thanks and eternal Glory to The Most High.”

  • Thank you for posting the hymn, ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’, and offering the prayer yesterday. The picture alone brought peace and calm.

    I had just gone out into the wind blowing from every direction, cyclonic they said, to see a tree which fell onto a power line pole (wires intact). We had little rain, but it was hitting all sides of the buildings. To just find the picture in all its meaning after that walk, was great.

  • When I went to our Oratory late Saturday night for my assigned hour, I found someone had prominently placed a copy of this same prayer on the back table. Naturally I prayed it, and suppose most others did too. And it is true that we had less damage than the past 2 hurricanes (Isabel and Irene) here on the western shore of the Chesapeake.

    Unfortunately, we just received a message that the Oratory received water damage, and adoration is suspended until repairs are made. Happened in Irene too.

    I’m only now reading this old post because we just got power back today.

Biden is a Faithful Catholic? Hilarious!

Monday, October 29, AD 2012

I have long praised our Veep, and Beloved National Clown, for his efforts to keep up our national morale during these dismal economic times by endless gaffes and verbal pratfalls.  Now he has outdone himself!

In the above video the completely pro-abort Biden tries to portray himself, get this, as a faithful Catholic!  Howlingly funny.  I  am sure Joe of course understands full well that a man with his voting record is as far from a faithful Catholic as it is possible for a politician to be.  I am certain he is aware of this section of a letter written by Cardinal Ratzinger:

1. Presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion should be a conscious decision,  based on a reasoned judgment regarding one’s worthiness to do so, according to  the Church’s objective criteria, asking such questions as: “Am I in full  communion with the Catholic Church? Am I guilty of grave sin? Have I incurred a  penalty (e.g. excommunication, interdict) that forbids me to receive Holy  Communion? Have I prepared myself by fasting for at least an hour?” The practice  of indiscriminately presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion, merely as a  consequence of being present at Mass, is an abuse that must be corrected (cf.  Instruction “Redemptionis Sacramentum,” nos. 81, 83).
2. The Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin. The Encyclical  Letter Evangelium vitae, with reference to judicial decisions or civil laws that  authorize or promote abortion or euthanasia, states that there is a “grave and  clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. […] In the case of  an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it  is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign  in favour of such a law or vote for it’” (no. 73). Christians have a “grave  obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if  permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. Indeed, from the  moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil. […] This  cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of  others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it”  (no. 74).
3. Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia.  For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the  application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not  for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy  Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war,  and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may  still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse  to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among  Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with  regard to abortion and euthanasia.
4. Apart from an individual’s judgment about his worthiness to present himself  to receive the Holy Eucharist, the minister of Holy Communion may find himself  in the situation where he must refuse to distribute Holy Communion to someone,  such as in cases of a declared excommunication, a declared interdict, or an  obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin (cf. can. 915).
5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal  cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician,  as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and  euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the  Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy  Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning  him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.
6. When “these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they  were not possible,” and the person in question, with obstinate persistence,  still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, “the minister of Holy  Communion must refuse to distribute it” (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative  Texts Declaration “Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics”  [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a  penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person’s  subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to  receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.

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  • That is a beautiful commercial, just beautiful. It really will be a new Camelot when Obama is elected. I want to go right out and join Catholics for Obama. But first I’m going to watch the other great commercial about voting for the first time. So inspiring. Maybe by Thursday, abortion day at the Planned Parenthood in Dover, DE, the storm will be over and I can say the rosary in front of the building where the government-funded operations are performed. Oh, wait a minute, are we talking about THAT President Obama?

  • Catholic social doctrine?
    B_ _ _ S _ _ _!
    It is so difficult to view this.
    I love our Catholic faith.
    My folks were on the streets during the 70′, 80′ and 90′ standing with true Catholics doing their duty in their state in life, for the right to life. Their strong witness is a large part of my witness today in this fight with darkness. Joe blowfish is a pawn, a coward, and a blemish on the Holy Families name. When will this pretender be publicly corrected by Church authorities as being in error? I’ll send a financial contribution to help counter joe’s ad with a clear message from one of our prelates. I wish they would consider it. How many Catholics will buy Joes lie? How many will think it is okay to vote for the most vile anti-life president in history?
    I should laugh at this but I’m mad as hell.

  • We fight it Philip, but we also give them the horselaugh. Always remember that the Devil cannot stand to be mocked, and that humor is not the weakest weapon in our arsenal.

  • Your right Donald.
    I needed to vent.
    My grandpa use to say; “Vey is der so many more horses asses den der is horses?”

  • Oh, Philip, you sure gladden the heart of this old Catholic. Yes, as Donald says, the Devil cannot stand being mocked. His Pride cannot allow it. And Biden need not even be solemnly and formally excommunicated by the Vatican or be privately advised by his Ordinary to abstain from presenting himself for Holy Communion. He long ago, excommunicated himself from Mother Church, and he knows it. Each and every Holy Communion he receives, he piles up Sacrilegious and Cardinal Sins upon his already “dead” soul…..and you know what, listening to him on that Clip, he is fully aware he has sold his soul the Devil and couldn’t care less. When I see such people, I am impelled to really, really, pray very, very hard for them in this way:

    ” Oh Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I beseech You by the agony of Your Most Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of Your most Immaculate Mother, wash clean in Your Blood the sinners of the whole world when they are in their final agony and especially those who are on their way to Eternal Damnation.”

    Biden and Company are fully aware that soon, when they stand before the Seat of Personal Judgement, God will have only these few words to say to them “”Thy Will be done”. I feel confident America will redeem herself and vote Obama out, two weeks from to-day

  • Mary:
    I was going to leave a comment until I read yours. Beautifully stated. No need to say more – except – Where are the bishops? Let’s pray for them, too. Are they not also complicit? How can they permit the continued sacrilege? How can they allow these “Catholic” politicians to mislead Catholics and others? I wish I could laugh. But here I am with tears in my eyes.

  • “I feel confident America will redeem herself and vote Obama out, two weeks from to-day”

    If they wait 2 weeks to vote, I’m afraid they’ll be a little too late. Election Day is NEXT Tuesday – only ONE week from today.

  • Joseph, read the response of Jesus regarding the darnel and the wheat. “Let them grow up together. At the harvest time we shall uproot the darnel first…..”. Any faithful Catholic, Joseph, shall never be mislead by the Bidens and Pelosis of the U.S. of America.

    Your Bishops have spoken times without number. Even The Holy Father has congratulated their standing up for Holy Mother Church especially this time unflinchingly, but your secular Media shamelessly gives them a total back-out. But, hey, even Jesus was given a black-out by the Chief Priests and the Pharisees who bribed the Guards to say they were asleep when Christ’s Disciples stole His body from the Tomb. And you know, Joseph, for a Soldier to sleep on the job meant facing the Firing Squad. Even His Apostles had all, except young John, ran away from Him. And He did not take away their Authority to become the Founders of His Holy Church with the thrice denying Peter – the Holder of the Keys of Heaven (and his successors) – as the first Pope. And we know His Church born and entrusted to these scared Apostles is alive and kicking these 2,000+ God’s Will Shall Always Prevail.

  • You are right, Jay. I surely got the date of your Elections wrong. From this beloved land of your President’s filandering, drunken Father, we are praying Obama loses and his Cousin here, who was the cause of the death of over 1,300 innocent peasant farmers and poor small business people and the destruction of all they owned on this earth and displacement of over 60,000 now destitute people, who are still living in deplorable Internally Displaced People’s tattered tents will also lose in his pathological obsession to become our next President.

  • Why do Democrats invoke Jesus to justify their socialism as social justice, but when we invoke Jesus to protect the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, the Democrats accuse of trying to establish a theocracy and impose our morality on others? How then is Joe Biden not imposing his social justice morality on others?

  • Paul, because that is how Satan argues His case. Remember He was tempting Jesus by quoting the Scriptures. They will use anything and any argument, no matter how bizzare to justify their Culture of Death.

    Again, sorry, Jay, the displaced Kenyans are over 600,000 and not 60,000. Many of them are widows, orphans and nearly everyone of them lost a loved one, a friend, a relative or a neighbour. And when the new ICC Prosecutor showed her face here last week and visited the victims in their pathetic camps, the Displaced asked her who are Ocampo’s Witnesses who have taken the wrong people to ICC were because he never came to interview any of them, yet they are the victims. They told her they know who killed, raped, burned down their properties and chased them away from their homes and all they wanted to know who paid those attackers. The whole rallying Call of the murderous atrocities of the 2007/08 Post-Election Violence in Kenya was : you guessed it : “NO RAILA, NO PEACE”. And that is your President’s Cousin and he is walking free and determined to become our next President. We pray – HEAVEN FORBID

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  • Just curious….anyone know if this faithful Catholic attended Mass today? Just curious….

    I guess the same could be asked of Ryan!

Andrew Sullivan Whistling Dixie

Monday, October 29, AD 2012

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Andrew Sullivan, the renowned gynecologist who spends most of his time attempting to prove that Sarah Palin could not be the mother of her son Trig, on ABC This Week yesterday began the work of establishing that Obama is going down to defeat because of racism.

This is a column he wrote after the video above:

I think America is currently in a Cold Civil War. The parties, of course, have switched sides since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The party of the Union and Lincoln is now the Democratic party. The party of the Confederacy is now the GOP. And racial polarization is at record levels, with whites entirely responsible for reversing Obama’s 2008 inroads into the old Confederacy in three Southern states. You only have to look at the electoral map in 1992 and 1996, when Clinton won, to see how the consolidation of a Confederacy-based GOP and a Union-based Democratic party has intensified – and now even more under a black president from, ahem, Illinois

I will leave to others a determination as to the skill of Sullivan as a gynecologist, but in constructing historical parallels he reeks.  A few thoughts:

1.  Race and Obama-Obama is likely to end up with some 38% of the white vote and 95% of the black vote.  I don’t construe anything from this, but if race were regarded as a factor in voting, it would seem that Obama’s overwhelming support among blacks might be considered to have a racial factor behind it, if it is assumed, as Sullivan does, that whites voting against Obama are motivated by race.

2.  What a large Confederacy-  I did not know that the Confederacy included such states as Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Alaska, the Dakotas,  Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and, probably, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, and, perhaps, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and, in that northern bastion of Dixie, a congressional district in Maine.

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  • Sullivan is not into loads of logic.

  • What do you call someone who calls you a name just because you disagree with him or her? Childish.

  • Unfortunately Andrew Sullivan is given a nation-wide voice, so while thinking people who are closely following these things understand that what he says is wrong, the majority of people watching ABC won’t have paid that kind of attention to the facts to realize Sullivan is wrong. And the liberal news media won’t put anyone on the air who would debunk what Sullivan says. Everything is skewed left, and therein lies the danger.

  • I’m reminded of the constant refrain from the Left during the second Bush Administration: “whenever we disagree, the Right says we are unpatriotic but opposition is patriotism.” I didn’t see what they were talking about then but, if they felt as offended as I am by the allegation that my opposition to this administration is merely cloaked racism, I may be better able to understand why they took it so personally.

  • The Left is into Narratives not History or Analysis. I call it the Dictator’s Whim. What he decides today he may undo tomorrow for convenience or whim. He has flacks to explain how the two situati0ns are totally different or deny that yesterday took place. No different than the dear old boys of the Soviet Union retouching the photos. “Those who are unaware of hist…” Oh never mind.

  • Michael Lind, who’s similar to Sullivan (ex-neoconservative, currently hysterical denouncer of all things conservative) already tried his hand at the “neo-Confederates in non-Southern states” theory during the debt ceiling fight — the Confederate “mentality” has metastasized through the Midwest, Mountain West, and red counties of blue states.

    of course for these guys the religious right = the Confederacy and really any position they don’t like = the Confederacy/some other irrational losing side of the past, anything to make it something they don’t have to debate seriously. It’s a standard leftist tactic. Of course you get crazies on both sides but on the Right you don’t get people echoing the moonbat arguments in the way the leftist intelligentsia does.

  • also that woman’s face in the screenshot is priceless

  • one last thing, I don’t read him but from what I can tell secondhand this is Sullivan’s modus operandi at this point — say something insanely hyperbolic and basely partisan, then try and intellectually defend it on his blog to portray himself as a noble, impartial seeker of truth.

    So when he suddenly starts claiming the LDS church’s past racial supremacism is the sum of all it’s ever been, it’s not a panicked response to Romney’s surge in the polls, no sir, he’s just asking questions

  • Many truly want to play this card [racist].
    It couldn’t be that Oblamma has proven his inabilities to govern…could it? Or that he has said one thing and acted completely the opposite. No. No. That’s absurd. It’s those white church going, gun loving, small business owner, Chamber of Commerce member, Constitutionalists that just can’t stand the idea of an African American being president.
    Wow. Kool aid bath in the Sullivan home.

  • As I hunker down in my house, listening to NOAA’s ongoing broadcasts and the wind howling through my trees, I am comforted to know that my wife and children are up-state, out of the track of this storm. Obama was right about my clinging to my guns and religion… I have both with me now. He was wrong about the cause and effects though.

  • Stay safe G-Veg, and that goes for all our contributors, commenters and readers in the path of this storm!

Bishop David Ricken: “This could put your own soul in jeopardy.”

Monday, October 29, AD 2012

Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin released a letter to his diocese on October 24 outlining considerations that should be taken into account by Catholics when voting:

I would like to review some of the principles to keep in mind as you approach the voting booth to complete your ballot. The first is the set of non-negotiables. These are areas that are “intrinsically evil” and cannot be supported by anyone who is a believer in God or the common good or the dignity of the human person.   They are:  

1. abortion  

2. euthanasia  

3. embryonic stem cell research  

4. human cloning  

5. homosexual “marriage”  

… Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party’s or their personal political platform. To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally “complicit” with these choices which are intrinsically evil.   This could put your own soul in jeopardy.   The other position to keep in mind is the protection of religious liberty. The recent aggressive moves by the government to impose the HHS mandate, especially the move to redefine religion so that religion is confined more and more to the four walls of the Church, is a dangerous precedent. This will certainly hurt the many health care services to the poor given by our Catholic hospitals. Our Catholic hospitals in the Diocese give millions of dollars per year in donated services to the poor. In the new plan, only Catholic people can be treated by Catholic institutions.

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  • Alas, I think he will be ignored by many. In our state, (my own town actually) a Democrat Catholic publically came out with the Personally Opposed, But… and is running for state office. You know, she just might win too.

  • If the choice is unlimited abuse of the U.S. Constitution or preserving the rights of the people under the Constitution then one shouldn’t have difficulty in making the correct choice. In my opinion the impact of a biased msm is more damaging to our nation than the visible attack of a radical regime. If our Catholic church can not distinguish between the enemy of freedom and it’s supporters then loss is inevitable. I pray the united Bishops effort has been enough to save our freedoms.
    Bahl has too many followers in the world including our church.

  • …..including some of the members of our Holy Church. ( correction added )

  • I preface by stating that I will be pulling a Republican straight ticket this year – the first one of my life.

    That having been said, philip, I pray that the GOP places a return to constitutional principles at the forefront of its plans. Such is not the case now.

    I disagree with many of the specific positions of our Libertarian cousins but the general thrust of their belief that we have deviated far from the principles of the Republic and that the GOP is not committed to restoring our constitution is spot on. It is noticeable that Romney has said not a word about Executive Orders. Obama was lying when he said, as a candidate, that he would not dive down that unconstitutional rabbit hole. Romney is silent.

    Is Romney reserving the power to rule by executive whim? Hopefully he will beat Obama and we will see.

    Even if Romney refrains from running the Executive Branch like his own little private agent and an extension of his party – sins visited upon us in large and small ways for the last three and a half years, it seems clear that GOP Representatives and Senators have no sense of the power vested in the Legislature by our constitution. They follow the executive, whomever he is, like stubborn goats, propelled forward only by an insatiable and gluttonous desire for individual prestige and advantage. They see no more clearly than their Democrat counterparts that the US Constitution places them in the driver’s seat, not the rumble seat of American policymaking.

    Finally, from top to bottom of the federal government and through all three branches, there is an overwhelming sense that Federalism is dead. Would that the states saw it differently but they are too busy making their administration the tool of federal policy to do other than stand, hat in hand, at the doors of Washington, hoping for the crumbs of the bread ripped from the hands of their own people.

    I truly do wish that our Republic was even a shadow of the constitutional government created by the Framers but we have transformed our people into ignorant and servile sheep. Forty years of teaching our children social studies instead of civics and history, doling out government benefits on every class of society without placing any burden to advance ourselves, and litigiousness as a substitute for personal responsibility has ripped the very soul out of America. But for a vanguard, curiously attached to the past, we would have ceased to be ourselves before now.

    So, yes, I will vote for Romney and the slate of Republican candidates on the ballot but it is an act of desperation, not one of optimism.

  • G-Veg-

    Constitutional law.
    Obama can be counted to do the very opposite of what he claims he will do. The game plan he uses is based upon lying as a means to get what he wants.
    I do not blame you at all for your straight line approach this election season.
    May God preserve the republic.

  • It is a curious reality that the majority of the lawyers I know have little respect for the Constitution. Constitutional Law professors have even less. I think this is a result of “thinking like a lawyer” – that terrible corruption of the mind that teaches one to manipulate truth like a sculptor does wood. I would expect no less of Obama than to have no respect for the Constitution and to have such hubris as to assume he could do better if only he had the chance to re-write the rules.

    Our Republic is not advantaged by having so many citizens taught to “think like a lawyer.”

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  • G-Veg-
    Manipulate truth….
    Your right on. The ego and law. Seems the appetite of many lawyers is feeding their unsatisfiable ego.
    I hope you had a safe night riding out the storm. We prayed for you. All of you in harms way.

  • Why is it ok to vote in favor of envy, jealousy and coveting other people’s money.? Why is it ok to vote to put government in the place of God and to encourage people to look to government to meet their needs and solve their problems?
    The party of death and sodomy is also the party of envy, jealousy and covetousness.

  • It isn’t OK.

    The genius of the Framers was that they assumed the worst in those who aspired to be active in politics and used those vices to safeguard the Republic. It is precisely the greed, the hunger for power and influence, the very human inclination to twist and manipulate for one’s own devices that the Constitution uses to prevent tyranny.

    My view is that the Framers assumed those vices would rule many who seek office and pit those vices against one another: the Executive Branch and Judiciary on one side and the Legislative Branch on the other, the States as states on one side and an hamstrung national government on the other, the impulse for unfettered license against the impulse for rigid conformity.

    The US Constitution is a formidable foe for any tyrant, even well-meaning ones. We have come close to abrogating it several times: the Whiskey Rebellion, the Civil War, the Red Scare, and the Obama Administration. Each time though, it has been the jealously guarded rights and greed of men that has preserved us.

    So it is now.

    It is a testimony to the wise compromises of the Framers of our constitution that the President could not get even a fraction of what he wanted through the healthcare debate and has had to resort to limitless Executive Orders to satisfy the diverse factions of his party. He cannot get what he wants lawfully and, so, has to directly abrogate the Constitution.

    What concerns me is that the Legislature, both Republican and Democrat, stand aside and let presidents rule by whim through Executive Orders. I don’t think it is a stretch to assert that Executive Orders represent the greatest danger to American liberties. The Framers counted on a legislature that would jealously guard their legislative prerogatives. Yet, since the second Clinton Administration, we have seen an increasingly fawning and emasculated Congress, begging for leadership and receiving dictates. It is even worse to contemplate that the States as states have lost all sense of themselves, with notable exceptions like Texas and Arizona. The States accept federal dictates without even a murmur of protest and act as though the Framers intended the federal government to dictate the terms and conditions of state powers.

    This issue concerns me greatly and that both parties seem quite comfortable with the degradation of liberties and Federalism, it is difficult to get behind even the GOP.

    I am Republican because there is no viable alternative for a Catholic but the GOP is only a shadow of what it should and could be.

  • G-Veg,
    Can executive orders be rescinded?
    Your explanation to Jared is appreciated.
    I remember in May how Obama almost threatened the Judiciary branch just prior to the announcement of their ruling on obamacares constitutionally. I was outraged at his arrogance toward the system, ( if it didn’t go his way) . Individual mandate…by the way.

  • …constitutionality! Sorry.

  • Executive Orders are controlled by each new Administration. When Obama took office he modified a host of GW’s, he eliminated a few, and added many of his own.

    Scary stuff.

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Pat Caddell: These People Have No Honor

Sunday, October 28, AD 2012

Pat Caddell, Jimmy Carter’s pollster and a long time Democrat political operative, said it all last night on the Jeanine Pirro show on Fox  about the Benghazi coverup and the unwillingness of much of the Mainstream Media to cover it for fear that it will devastate the re-election prospects of Obama:

“been in the tank on this in a way I’ve never seen… I am appalled right now. This White House, this President, this Vice President, this Secretary of State, all of them, are willing apparently to dishonor themselves and this country for the cheap prospect of getting reelected…willing to cover up and lie. The worst thing is the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth – the leading mainstream media…they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people… these people have no honor… coverup is too nice of a word…”

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  • Politics, The Golden Calf, Obama agenda for what … the UN?
    No honor among thieves.

    or Moses, The Law and the Land of milk and honey for His people.

  • It’s time to re-read Exodus chapter 32 as PM intimated.

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  • Finally, someone who understands the press and how it operates has called the liberal press out for what they are Bias, untruthful and totally behind the election of Obama

    It is truly sickening that Americans gave up their lives to secure the freedom we enjoy, one being freedom of speech, and this mass of reporters continue to hide the truth from the American people. their freedom is to act responsively, transparent but also honestly and this has not been the case for a long time

    I salute Pat Caddell and ask that his voice become louder and that through his efforts the truth will come out and tell the American people what a bogus group of politicians, in this administration,and news corp we have and can call them out for what they actually are dishonest

  • Many of the leading people in the MSM have direct relations with the DNC either through marriage or work background (e.g Dem staffer etc.). In addition their livelihood or at least their high incomes are based on Dem support as is the case with the public sector unions. They are there precisely because they are political operatives. Their lack of honor is not so much in bias, but not stating forthrightly they are tied to the DNC and only present news from that perspective. I give Mika Brzezinski some credit in admitting they get memos from the WH on how to present the news. In addition Daily Caller showed the direct connection between the leftist blog sites and the DNC. I also seem to remember several years ago it was discovered that TV execs had regular conference calls with DNC operatives.

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  • Has everyone forgotten ANOTHER horrific cover up? FAST & FURIOUS? This administration has been the height of deceit, dishonor, lack of ethics, and willingness to do anything for continued power, fame and money. It is disgusting!

  • God Bless Pat Caddell and his willingness to open his mind to truth.
    Also, today on Chris Wallace I heard two Democratic governors say Libya should not be politicized, questions will be answered later…. They posited that asking questions about Libya is politicizing the issue— so dishonest. Stalling, obscuring the people’s view of this issue so that no harm is done to Hizonor – that is the real politicization of the deaths of those 4 men.

    And speaking of positing– the out front woman on CNN posited an understood close-mindedness in her question to Ryan– ‘’given this information do you think you could become open-minded?

  • excuse me, the obfuscators were Senators–not governors

  • The godless liberals never hesitated to politicize George Bush being in a school with small children when 9-11 happened.

  • Yes, this is apalling. The info that has emerged over the past week or so is very damaging to Obama; but I simply cannot understand how his desire to be re-elected is numbing his judgement. His lack of action and decision while, on real time live video, he could see the events unfolding just stuns me. But for the media to be silent also – what has America come to?
    After Obama gets trumped, the citizens of the USA will have to deal to their media somehow, and ensure this type of subterfuge and cover-up is not repeated. Otherwise, goodbye free world. (except for isolated outposts 😉 )

  • I think that the media believe that this administration can still pull off a
    re-election, and that’s why they’re willing to risk a public spectacle of
    their sellout. If the whores in the media felt that their darling president
    had no chance of taking this election, it would behoove them to make a show
    of being impartial truth-seekers, if only to save their own reputations from
    the wreckage.

    I hope, for the good of this country, that Mr. Romney not only wins, but wins
    in such a landslide that Obama and his court eunuchs in the media cannot
    spin any post-election confusion into chaos.

  • This man has no integrity. He lies everytime his lips are moving. He is the one we need to be concerned about voter fraud. This man has become the president of the USA, to bring in a socialist nation. With the FEMA re-education camps and the loss of freedom of speech, this sounds more and more like Nazi Germany. He has people in high places who helped him to win so the one world government would come.

  • Don the Kiwi-
    How do we do it? The left will say we are trying to censor the press. We know that the msm is criminal in its disregard to be non-biased. So what is the solution to this problem in our era?

  • Philip says “We know that the msm is criminal in its disregard to be non-biased. So what is the solution to this problem in our era?”

    A spotlight and persistence will reduce the problem. This requires an attitude totally at variance with Repub SOP which is to wring hands and hope it goes away without saying anything. I think even they are beginning to see the media will not go easy on them however much the Repubs fawn and placate.

    Historically the press was always partisan but it didn’t pretend otherwise. Just going back to that would be better. The public seems to be gradually wising up but the indolence of the Repubs has slowed the rate of change.

  • RM Nixon must be having a good laugh.

  • Once reality comes a-calling, only the most zombie-like partisans will have any more use for the Lamestream. Simple free-market economics will take care of the rest. Network news viewership has fallen dramatically over the past 10-15 years and will positively plummet once the lies and distortions are brought to light. No more will need be done. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or another branch of ABCNNBCBS abandon its evening news broadcast format and go to a web-based service where it can preach propaganda to its faithful, sometime in the next 3-5 years.

  • The main stream media in this country very seldom reports the whole story anymore. We get the revised edition, after it’s been flavored with their political bias. I digest their dogma just like that of the politicians…with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism.

  • WK Aiken-
    ….free market economics…

    Your right. The demand for snake oil will fall away. Good answer. Thanks.

How Weird is the Obama Campaign?

Sunday, October 28, AD 2012

Yeah, as weird as the above video.  This piece of repulsive tripe is the work of the advertising agency, believe it or not, that came up with the Got Milk? ad campaign.  Go here to the Daily Caller for the details.  Obama is losing this election primarily because of the lousy economy, but it doesn’t help him that a fair number of his more ardent supporters are so disconnected from reality that they think having kids sing about what a lousy future they will have under President Romney, and blaming their parents for it, will help Obama.  The normal reaction of course is to view this as a creepy attempt to enlist kids in the political battles of their parents and to feel sorry for the kids being used as pawns.  This video is of course merely the flip side of the video below when Obama was running the first time:

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  • If Obama wins, then he will turn this nation into something like North Korea. The man worships no one but himself.

  • The first two video’s remind me so much of Hitler’s youth army that is reflected in the last video. There was a web article earler this week that the first group of ‘youth army’ trained under HLS/FEMA graduates and ready to respond to their call to arms.
    This is from just one article: “One set of images made available by Rense.com shows trailer after trailer carrying these new DHS and FEMA armored fighting vehicles, complete with machine gun slots. They’re labeled with the usual backward American flag and the title, ‘Homeland Security’. Below that and the DHS logo, it also reads, ‘Immigration & Customs Enforcement’. Joining those markings, the black vehicles with white lettering also display ‘POLICE/RESCUE’ on one side and ‘Special Response Team’ on the other.”
    http://www.infowars.com/homeland-security-graduates-first-corps-of-obamas-brown-shirts-homeland-youth/
    Along with the fact that the president set up a ‘hot line’ for people to call/email and tell on their neighbors if they spoke out against him was/is the electronic ‘brown shirts’.

  • If Obama wins, then he will turn this nation into something like North Korea. The man worships no one but himself.

    Take a pill.

  • After six years of very creepy weirdness from the Obama ” Team”, I have maxed out. My wife and I had our chance to respond yesterday at the polls, I hope that this miscreant is on the way home.

  • I will put it in explicit terms if you insist.

    1. Mr. McClarey makes a joke comparing wretched campaign commercials to a fictional scene from late Weimar. Fair enough.

    2. You follow up with an apparently perfectly serious statement averring that Obama aims to erect the most wretched totalitarianism.

    The man is suffused with his own vanity conjoined to a weird sort of apathy. He apparently chows down lock, stock, and barrel on Democratic partisans’ somewhat fanciful version of the history of the last 80 years and without a doubt his camp followers will always advance the interest of various core constituencies in the Democratic Party (e.g. the leave-no-social-worker behind approach to welfare policy). In other words, he is a willing agent for the usual collection of pretentious rent-seekers. He is not an aspirant Kim Il Sung. He is quite bad enough as he is. Stop making a godforsaken fool of yourself.

  • I stand by what I said, Art Deco. I am not going to take a pill, other than required medication from my physician for my heart condition and diabetes and leg injury. Furthermore, I shall not take any pill other than that. Indeed, I see little difference between a Chicago gangster who murders unborn babies and sanctifies homosexual filth, and the godless and diabolical regime of any of the communist dictators, past or present, except in degree only. I am not insane. I am not a God-foresaken fool. I see what the demonic Democrats are trying to do, and I shall therefore maintain plenty of ammunition for my mini-14 not to initiate force, but to soberly and sanely defend myself should the need – Heaven forbid – arise.

  • No dial back for the guy who called me a God foresaken fool?

  • The guy who produced this describes himself as a “lapsed Republican.” Now I know we’re always being told by the media that the GOP needs to be a bigger tent…but, if Romney happens to lose, let’s hope it doesn’t get THAT big.

    i sincerely hope if this happens that the GOP doesn’t get, let’s call it “Huntsmanized,” because I do not want to see a 2016 candidate running who has complete contempt for the Republican base, no discernibly conservative positions, and won’t win enough swing-state moderates/liberals to make up for the loss in base support. i honestly feel like Romney, despite his rep as Mr. Moderate, has to win this one to prevent a leftward GOP turn. perhaps I am being too pessimistic though.

  • No dial back for the guy who called me a God foresaken fool?

    I have a great many shabby lapses, but I have not yet suggested you were a fool in essence or a fool in remarking on any aspect of this world, nature, or social relations other than in your assessment of certain topical questions of domestic politics.

    The Democratic Party is a vehicle for the material interests of the general run of (non-uniformed) public employees, of the educational apparat (especially higher education), of the helping professions (especially social workers), of a large slice of the bar, the bulk of the media, and a more modest slice of the financial sector. It also acts in various ways to advance the capacity of these groups to define the terms of public discourse. These sectors harass and extract rents from everyone else in society.

    Obama shows no evidence of much interest in or knowledge of social theory of any description, of history, or of any empirical social research programme. Maybe he has it, but you sure never see it. He is often called a Marxist, but it is doubtful he knows Marxism from marmalade. A good wager about the man is that he has moved through one social circle and then another and absorbed the groupthink therein.

    He picks up no real skills. As a lecturer at the University of Chicago, he taught disposable courses some law students refer to as “___ & the Law”, where legal instruction collides with cut-rate sociology; he published no papers in academic journals; by some accounts he served on no faculty committees and his evaluations from students declined monotonically throughout his tenure. He serves in state and federal legislatures for more than a decade, but has identifiable expertise in no area of public policy and (again by some accounts) the Speaker of the House of Representatives considered his utterances a species of muzak.

    This man is dangerous only because the times we live in require someone skilled at the helm and he is vacationing in Vegas and filling in his bloody NCAA brackets. He is not an aspirant totalitarian. The subcultures from which he has arisen are crooked and pretentious, not brutal.

  • Precisely Art. It would be comforting in some ways to view Obama as some sort of diabolical genius figure, because then his defeat would automatically right much that is wrong with this country. However, he is not. He is a fairly typical liberal politician who has spent his entire adult life in politics. The policies he has pursued represent common wisdom in the Democrat party which has gone ever further to the left over the past few decades. The truly disturbing feature of the Obama presidency is how many Democrats are in complete denial of just how great a disaster his presidency has been.

  • which has gone ever further to the left over the past few decades.

    A quibble. In the Democratic Party, advocacy on certain questions of social policy has grown more gross and bizarre with time. In other respects, not so much. The functional pacifism that was modal during the years running from 1973 to 1991 is now a minority taste of modest significance (and more intense on the palaeodweeb right). Michael Dukakis’ views on criminal justice are also atypical. The Obama crew found bureaucratic subterfuge and press-assisted lying necessary to promote welfare policies advocated openly and quite vehemently 25 years ago.

  • “The Obama crew found bureaucratic subterfuge and press-assisted lying necessary to promote welfare policies advocated openly and quite vehemently 25 years ago.”

    I would disagree with that Art. I think Clinton’s agreement to welfare reform was a bump in the road for the Democrats and their overall adherence to an ever-growing entitlement state has never been greater. The Obama administration has demonstrated how weak the moderate Blue Dog Democrats are in the modern Democrat Party. Many of them were defeated in 2010 and more will be defeated next week, in addition to a fair number of retirements. I doubt if the Democrat party has ever been further to the Left in almost all aspects than they are today. Once a Republican is president we will see the Democrats embrace functional pacifism again swiftly enough.

  • “It would be comforting in some ways to view Obama as some sort of diabolical genius figure, because then his defeat would automatically right much that is wrong with this country. However, he is not.”

    I agree with that statement. Obama’s defeat, while essential, is no panacea. Yet I do think that Obama is diabolical in his actions and in his policies and programs, though no genius. Anyone who goes out of his way to promote the infanticide of the unborn, the sanctification of the filth of homosexual sodomy, and all the other perversions and wickedness that go along with such things is diabolical. It is not that Obama is a daibolical genius, but that Satan who inspires the current policies and programs is a diabolical genius. And yes, even more than ever we have to remember Jesus’ words to Pontius Pilate that His Kingdom is not of this world. An election of Romney over Obama can’t bring about God’s Kingdom on Earth, but it sure can slow the advance of diabolical liberalism, yet only if we keep tight watch over him whom Donald has called the Weathervane.

    So yes, I am very cantankerous and I utter loathe and despise what Liberalism in general and Obama in particular has done to this nation. The solution, as always, is personal repentance and conversion. However, that doesn’t detract one iota from people like Obama, Biden, Kerry, Pelosi, et al., being the little anti-christs that St. John talks about in his first epistle.

  • I would disagree with that Art. I think Clinton’s agreement to welfare reform was a bump in the road for the Democrats and their overall adherence to an ever-growing entitlement state has never been greater.

    In scale, not in scope. The scale is driven by demographic changes and by deformations of particular economic sectors (medical care and higher education) due to poorly-structured subsidies. There are quite a number of economic nostrums bruited about within the Democratic Party ca. 1971 and ca. 1984 that they cannot openly promote or have abandoned. Among them:

    1. Ralph Nader’s consumers’ democracy (indeed, any approach to economic life congruent with Mr. Nader’s misunderstandings).

    2. “Welfare rights”

    3. Rent control and public housing (bar in New York City)

    4. “Comparable worth” (i.e. extending the federal government’s GS scale to private employers but jiggering with it to curry favor with professional feminists).

    Beyond that you have “industrial policy”. I suspect the comedy serial that is the Obama energy department may persuade careerist Democratic pols to put that one to bed.

  • Art, as usual you bring insightful perspective to the conversation. While I think the Dems’ “adherence” to an ever-growing entitlement state (including your listed nostrums) continues unabated, they certainly have ceased their advocacy of them. Other than religious liberty and abortion, the key issue for me going forward is the avoidance of health care nationalization. We need to move away from an insurance-oriented system to one whose insurance component is tailored to the purpose of insurance — i.e., the sharing and distribution of catastrophic risks. Under this assumption I’m even fine with a state level mandate to address the free rider / pre-existing condition problem. But universalizing our bloated and inefficient insurance-based model is a step toward service that will simultaneously degrade and get more expensive.

  • I’m going to ignore the first video because I can’t process the mindlessness of it. The last video needs no discussion.

    The middle one interests me though…

    Let us assume for a moment that it really is something that happened at a “neighbor’s” house and not a compensated performance. That’s some pretty wacked stuff.

    Dinner at our house lasts about an hour and my wife and I talk about appropriate adult things at the table so-as-to invite our kids into the conversation. Politics comes up repeatedly and our kids certainly know our views. We try to answer their questions as fully, and fairly, as possible. We have many relatives who have drunk deeply from the Left’s well of insanity and our kids know that there are opposing views from people whom we admire and trust, that these issues are far more complicated than we present them to be.

    I don’t remember ever hearing about an indoctrination event like this from friends or family, however far Left or Right. Does this really happen? Probably not.

    If this is, then, merely a compensated political stunt, whom is it supposed to inspire? Only someone utterly out of touch with reality would find it inspiring and they are already committed. It certainly wouldn’t inspire any uncommitted voters to vote for the President. What is the point then?

  • “What is the point then?”

    A religious ceremony. The pleased and proud reaction of the adults, presumably parents of the kids, put me in mind of the reaction of parents after their kids have had their first communion. I don’t think this was a compensated political stunt. I think it was an act of faith by the adults involved, and I find that fairly disturbing.

  • If not compensated, it is scary indeed.

    What do you mean by “the reaction of parents after their kids have had their first communion”? Are you referring to the extremes to which people take the parties and gift giving?

  • No, just the regular pride and pleasure of seeing your kids taking a step on the path of the religion that you follow. For quite a few folks on the far Left of our political spectrum, politics is very much a substitute religion.

  • I missed the connection. Sorry about that.

    At some core level, political loyalties are weird. Any measure of critical thinking presents ample evidence that one’s political affiliations are greatly flawed. Presumably they are less flawed than the opposite views or one would switch allegiances. Nonetheless, we often behave as though it is an all-or-nothing game.

    I suppose it has always been thus. Since I’m home waiting out the storm, I watched the Military History Channel’s War of 1812. This connects to the present discussion because the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Democrats created an all or nothing affiliation right at the outset of our Republic.

    Perhaps the learned Dr. Zummo can explore subject more fully for I am not qualified to lay out the history in an intelligible way but my impression is that the factionalism that Washington warned about was as strong then as today. My impression is that this was so in Britain then as well.

    What is it about us that we set aside what we know – that our side has its own deep-rooted flaws and that the opposing side has its own deep-rooted strengths – in favor of a damning determination on the other and a virtual free pass on our own?

  • I think for most conservatives politics is more of an annoyance than a religion. Most conservative initiatives tend to be an attempt to have government stop doing something, at least domestically, rather than to implement some vast new government program. Conservatives simply lack the faith in government to make life better that many Leftists have as an all consuming passion, contra most evidence.

  • Unintentional truth is always the best:

    “When we look around
    The place is all dumbed down
    And the long term’s kind of a drag”

    Go figure.

Enough is Enough: Rape Babies Don’t Deserve Death

Sunday, October 28, AD 2012

Thank the Good Lord I am not a politician. If I were running for office, what I am about to write would undoubtedly cause me to plummet in the polls and induce a heart attack for my campaign manager. It is up to us – bloggers, polemicists, wags, editorialists, etc. – to say plainly and boldly what politicians cannot say. By now hundreds if not thousands of us on the pro-life side of the spectrum have weighed in on the mountain that the Obama campaign and the leftist media have made out of the molehill of the “rape exception” that many self-identified pro-lifers hold. FYI: it is a molehill not because rape is no big deal, but because less than 1% of abortions are performed on rape babies. I don’t know if what I have to say will be different from what you have read, but I’m about to douse this issue in gasoline and light a match, so check yourselves now.

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  • ” … I believe penalties for rape should be severe enough to serve as a real deterrent, which they never will as long as left-wing lawyers and judges dominate the judicial system. I believe radical pro-choice outfits should stop harassing pro-life pregnancy centers and other organizations that are out there providing millions of women with financial, social and emotional support. …”

    Add on severe penalties for life-threatening criminal activity in general, and watch them think before acting.

    Harassment is becoming something dangerous, as this election season is revealing it. We have leaders so irresponsible as to incite their base, rather than to caution about right and wrong or to give them credit for brains.

    The Richter Scale has numbers that apply exponentially to damage potential. The law does not. Killing children, and using Roe v. Wade for political gain and division of citizens, is not high-minded or related to peace.

  • Ditto, Bonchamps! – “Well, how about this: I support the second amendment rights of women, so that they can obtain weapons and defend themselves. I support laws that allow them to do so with lethal force and without fear of juridical reprisal. I believe penalties for rape should be severe enough to serve as a real deterrent, which they never will as long as left-wing lawyers and judges dominate the judicial system. I believe radical pro-choice outfits should stop harassing pro-life pregnancy centers and other organizations that are out there providing millions of women with financial, social and emotional support. And at the end of the day, I don’t believe that women who actually go through with an abortion under such circumstances should be thrown in prison, but I do believe that the medical frauds who kill babies for a living should be tossed into a dungeon and the keys jettisoned into outer space.”

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  • I’ve got a rather scathing response about my knowledge of basic biology meaning that I recognize an embryo is human from conception, and likewise is alive, and that if I were going to kill someone involved in a rape it would be the rapist, not someone who has the horrible luck to be genetically related to him.

  • Not doubting your 1% statistic but wondering where it comes from? I have heard it often but have never seen a source.

  • The less than 1% result keeps showing up, even in pro-abortion studies.

    Victims suggest that 1) a lot of rapes resulting in pregnancy aren’t reported, and 2) abortion makes it worse for the victim. (Shocker, women aren’t stupid just because they were raped.)

  • Great post. I agree with your statement that the vast majority of people are morally inconsistent. You’re also correct that people who make policy statements in public don’t have the excuse of not having thought the matter through.
    For this reason, I believe that politicians who claim to be pro-life, yet condone killing babies conceived during rape (like Mourdoch’s opponent) are not sincerely pro-life.
    The logical distance between acknowledging that life begins at conception and its protection no matter how it came to be is so short that the smallest amount of contemplation should be sufficient to make the jump. I think the pro-life movement would be well served by an information campaign to push this.
    Inconsistent politicians have no logical excuse. I believe that politicians who hold “semi” pro-life positions do so for purely political reasons (coughRomneycough).

  • What is to be said to those who have bought into the entire lie that pro-abortion advocates claim is the reason for safe and legal abortion? Those who have been decieved and brain washed are so misguided by those they believe that the words of those who wish to give them the correct information and guidance are regarded as extremist who are waging a war against women. The information that is presented to them shows them the truth but they do not recognize the truth. All they see is what there are told. I have relatives who are very close to me who I have had “discussions” with about abortion who listen and at that moment hear the truth and recognize it and agree with what they are being shown yet afterwards they still vote for the party that continues to lie to them. So once again.
    What is to be said to those who have bought into the entire lie that pro-abortion advocates claim is the reason for safe and legal abortion?

  • Richard,

    If the people you are speaking to “hear the truth and recognize it and agree with what they are being shown”, as you put it, and yet remain obstinate in their pro-abortion beliefs, there is nothing more you can say. Such people believe that ignoring the truth has no consequences and so they wallow in their indifference.

    But I believe God will punish indifference with more severity than outright evil.

  • First Person Account: A devout Catholic young woman was raped by a hired hand on her father’s farm in the 1930’s. Imagine the disgrace. A devout Catholic man met her and realized the severity of the situation and that he also had loved this young woman for some time. He asked her to marry him! He told her he would adopt the child as his own. Imagine the disgrace for him. Stories flew for years and years with the gossips of the small community. Many people thought they “had to get married”. You know you just did not talk about such things in those days. “They” had a baby girl which they named after the woman who “wiped” the face of Jesus. This couple went on to have 12 more children. This couple was married for 60 years. They both died the most beautiful deaths I have ever witnessed. On his deathbed his last words were, “eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has ready for those who love Him”. “Their” little girl went on to have a wonderful family of 9 children and her husband has been a champion for the Right to Life”. She has passed now, and her husband is dying of cancer. They have 30 grandchildren many of whom are adopted. Most of who are practising Catholic or members of fundamental churches. Her life was inportant just as the woman who “wiped” the face of Jesus. And we have always thought we had our “own” St. Joseph example in our lives. Pity the world.

  • Very moving Jeanne. No rapes in my family history that I am aware of, but my mother was born out of wedlock in 1936. My grandmother rolled up her sleeves, went to work, and my mom was raised by her grandmother while her mom worked during the day. Money was often tight, the big treat each week was on Saturday night when my mom and my grandmother would each have a cookie and a glass of milk, but love was in abundance. Love usually finds a way to triumph over all adversities.

  • People make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes are sexual ones (anyone here not make a sexual mistake?), and sometimes those sexual mistakes have consequences, like an unintended pregnancy. The liberal left doesn’t want consequences, either sexual ones or economic ones. The liberal left wants complete license to do what it wants whenever it wants regardless of circumstance or consequence, and someone else is supposed to pay the price, whether that be the tax payer for free health care or an unborn baby who will be sacrificed for mere covenience’s sake. Therefore, I like what Donald wrote: ” No rapes in my family history that I am aware of, but my mother was born out of wedlock in 1936.  My grandmother rolled up her sleeves, went to work, and my mom was raised by her grandmother while her mom worked during the day.  Money was often tight, but love was in abundance.  Love usually finds a way to triumph over all adversities.”

    Love covers a multitude of sins. Isn’t that somewhere in the Bible? 😉

  • Has anyone else noticed the Planned Parenthood ad on this site?

  • Wow, Jeanne. Thanks for posting that.