Mentally Handicapped Man Tortured By Four Monsters

Wednesday, January 4, AD 2017

 

 

Unbelievable, even by Chicago standards:

 

Chicago Police detectives are questioning four African-Americans suspected of torturing a white mentally disabled man on videotape while someone yelled “F— Trump!” and “F— white people!,” a police spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

“The video is reprehensible,” said Anthony Guglielmi, the police spokesman.

The white victim lives in northwest suburban Crystal Lake, Guglielmi said.

Detectives think the young man, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, met some acquaintances in northwest suburban Streamwood and they drove him to Chicago in a stolen vehicle, Guglielmi said.

The victim is believed to have been held hostage and tortured in an apartment in the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side, Guglielmi said.

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  • Chicago’s political class is not concerned with law enforcement. They’re concerned with striking poses on race relations. The police know this and are hanging out at the doughnut shop to avoid the sort of incidents which lead to you being shivved by politicians.

  • Nothing shocks me, however this is probably the worst I’ve ever seen teenagers treat someone and be so ignorant to post it on Facebook. The level of ignorance with these black kids is appalling. Hopefully ALL ARE CHARGED WITH HATE CRIMES INCLUDING TORTURE, FALSE ARREST, KIDNAPPING AND AS MANY APPLY UNDER THE LAW AS ADULTS, NOT AS CHILDREN. OUT OF AT LEAST 4 INDIVIDUALS, NOT A SINGLE ONE ATTEMPTED TO STOP ANY OF THIS. CALLING HIM A BITCH ASS NIGGER.. WOW, I CANT SEE WHY HOW AND WHY THEYVE MURDERED 760 OF THIER OWN. DISGUSTING SAVAGES. May Chicago rot in hell.

  • Hate crimes?

    Back up a second.
    Hate crimes are; Publicly reading scripture, Defending Truth, Acknowledging disordered behavior in Homosexuality, Transgender and Lesbian lifestyle choices.
    Voting for Pro-Life politicians, Voting aginist euthanasia platforms, Refusing to bake a cake for a gay marriage, Refusing to adopt common core in your children’s public school systems…Need I go on?

    These folks above are only expressing their black lives…And THEY matter. To heck with the disabled white boy. He was fair game in today’s morality. A Trump voter, the monsters called him.

    The videographer, puffing on her smoke, is giddy at the brutality being demonstrated in front of her face. Hells bells…Isis has nothing on these terrorist. Isis could take notes…learn from these Farrakhan brothers.

    Jesus wept indeed.

  • As Donald says at the end, “Jesus wept.” But when He comes again this time on that Great White Horse clothed in a robe dipped in blood (Revelation 19), He ain’t a’gonna be weeping.
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    I have nothing profound to say. My heart goes out to the man tortured,and my rage to the racists who did this and the liberals who aid and abet this.

  • Racists exist ! Wire racist shot those black people in S C. It was wall -to-wall coverage in the press!! Black and white politicians everywhere. Clinton jumped all over that story. Now… the difference is that you will not see ANY black politicians or Obama decry this. Obama will not comment. He might even pardon them!! Before trial! Common sense demands we ask ” WHY have things developped this way ? Anti white is PC now.

  • I will pray for this today at Mass, There are no words to describe the horror and ain the young man suffered only because he is white.

  • This behaviour is unacceptable and criminal no matter what colour of skin the abusers are. Racism exists and is not confined to one colour and the current political climate is not helping. Pray for peace and love

  • …”Unbelievable, even by Chicago standards”…

    No, this is what happens when Christian values (brought and kept through Christian Religion and Christian liturgy), are obliterated whatever the excuse (laicism, socialism, progresism, “englightment”, sex among teens…)

    We gladly forget that in most (if not all) of the cultures and religions, including Jews and Greeks this kind of inhuman behaviour is and was normal.

    It is Christianity who brought the protection of the poor, the feeble, the sick; and created the culture that consider as normal (still more; a right) to protect and defend the most needed in its society.

    Now, we are discovering to our own peril what is to live without humanity and without God.

    I really doubt whether it is wothly to destroy our civilization whith no gain for someone (except for those (cultural marxists ) that are planning and implementing these measures)

  • I tutored a rough black girl for three years one floor above a drug gang and sent her to Catholic school for that three years. Two years ago I mugged a black guy who Robbed my house of a lethal weapon on the NY harbor. I once taght public school with black teachers who were wonderful. One had her house robbed four times by blacks because they knew her schedule and her working husband’s schedule. There are wonderful blacks bt there are a substantial number of blacks who have zero relationship to God and His rigid laws about loving one spouse until death. No fathers….no morals for many. There are exceptions who choose God despite having no father. There are many whose violence results from the fornicative absent father.
    Poverty?…India has the lowest divorce rate in the world…Asia has the lowest murder rate…with poverty.

  • It’s incidences like this one that confirm the Dylan Roofs of the world in their hatred for people different from themselves.
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    To invert the usual liberal media meme.

  • Hate crime charges filed against two males and two females in custody in this matter.

  • In reading the comments I am reminded that those good ole white boys whom these liberals hate are the ones who believe in a strong 2nd Amendment. They are not going to forever sit idily by while their disadvantaged kin are beaten and assaulted by hooligans and thugs. If the police won’t protect the innocent, then those good ole boys may decide to, and God help us when that day comes. We have had 8 years of Obama stoking the flames of racism. And you can’t do that for almost a decade without consequences. I pray that none of what I pessimisticly postulate comes to pass. I hope people keep their heads and wits about them. But when you’re kin folk are being beaten and tortured, that’s hard to do. Liberals have sown the whirl wind. God has a tendency due to man’s free will of letting man reap what he has sown.

  • One of my favorite things about eight years of Obamagic is all this racial healing.

    In 48 hours, they’ll blame Trump.

    Nothing to see here.

    Move along.

    Of the 150(?) police officers KIA in 2016, 20 were killed in ambushes instigated by the BLM propaganda machine, aka the media.

    Move on! The national crises are evil opposition to transgender (once known as perverts) men in Ladies’ Rooms, white privilege, income inequality, capitalism, racism, homophobia, racist cops, xenophobia, populism, Americanism, anti-abortion terrorists, AGW deniers, the nuclear family, taxpayers, etc.

    If the lying, liberal (redundant) media reported all black and Islamist terror attacks like it does Dylan Roof and police shootings, there’d be no column space for propaganda promoting Trump Derangement Syndrome.

  • Bonus: he was kidnapped because one of those four was his “friend” from school.
    Jose has a point– this is only outlandish because Christian values are so accepted, here.
    And they’re not, counter to what a lot of agnostics like to believe, a human default.

  • This made News in Australia on multiple media outlets. Faces of the four were shamelessly plastered on TV. Racism tensions are running high in the US I understand. Probably fuelled by the current Narcissistic US President and the many celebrities jumping on the “Black lives Matter” bandwagon. Trump is the best thing that’s happened to the US in a long time.

    But at the end of the day these horrible actions do come down to the fact that these four are horrible human beings, raised with no Christian conscience and devoid of any decent Moral boundaries. It is a symptom of the a relative, dysfunctional society.

    This is a colourless problem with no religious or political affiliations.

    Pigs like these four exist in all corners of society.

    My heart goes out to this poor man, and pray he can forget the trauma caused by the shameful way he was treated at the hands of these monsters.

  • Well now, I commented on this and have spent the morning and last night trying to assure people that there is no excuse for this, that qualifying it as something other than evil, or dismissing it as irrelevant next to the plague of cops killing minorities isn’t the appropriate response. And with that, I’ve had nothing but push back, from defending those who questioned if this is evil, to wondering if this really counts as torture. I thought saying that evil and hate and racism have no skin color wouldn’t be argued with.

    Nice to come by here for a breather.

  • I thought FB had a policy of taking down objectionable posts? must have been a lot of people watching.

  • “Nice to come by here for a breather.”

    You are a breath of sanity on Patheos Dave!

Tips to ISIS on Chicago

Sunday, August 24, AD 2014

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Chicago ain’t no sissy town!

Alderman Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna

Got to love the modern age.  An Isis terrorist purportedly tweeted the above image which shows the Old Republic building in Chicago:

 

WGNtv.com reports the message on the paper as, “Soldiers of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon.” The message is dated “20 June, 2014.”

The text of the tweet adds: “We are in your state, We are in your cities, We are in your streets.” Other tweets say, “we are here #america near our #target…sooooooooooooon.”

Go here to read the rest.  As someone who has some experience with the Windy City, I would like to give the ISIS terrorists some tips:

 

1.  Keep your beheading axes firmly under wraps.  If not, they will be quickly taken by the skilled thieves of Chicago and fenced within two hours flat.

2.  If you set up an operational base in a commercial section, it will be only a matter of hours before some official will be around talking about safety inspections.  Slip him at least 200 or I guarantee something will be found wrong and your base will be shut down.

3.  If you do park a vehicle on the street some sketchy individual will come up and offer to watch your vehicle.  If you do not pay him you might come back and find your car vandalized.  If it is a high end vehicle you might come back and find your car gone.

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  • It has the look of two separate photos photoshopped into one because the graininess is different in fingers and paper versus all else…even allowing for the buildings being distant in aerial perspective terms. Also the rigidity of the top of the paper seems odd outdoors as though it’s on a desk and is only turning toward us at the top left where his fingers are lifting the edge from the desk.

  • One more thing. His thumb is receiving light from up/ and left. But this means his other finger should not have a shadow line at the top but it does or rather this is a line caused by the photoshop process.

  • Add #9. If you set up in a “rough neighborhood” (the comfort goats will not raise as much suspicion), bring more men and more guns; and don’t go out body armor.

    I’ll be in town two weeks beginning tomorrow.

    Come three-fourths of the world and we will shock them.

  • Our God is an Awesome God. He reigns !

  • #5 happened to me once in Chicago while visiting a friend about 10 years ago. I found it one of the scariest experiences of my fairly sheltered life. I still get nervous around panhandlers. My friend from Chicago doesn’t even remember the event. Hardened by the city.

  • It is not an uncommon event in Chicago Mrs. Z. What happens routinely on the streets of the Windy City has to be seen to be believed.

  • Mrs. Zummo,
    You were correct that the moment was scarey….and I’m from a very unsheltered early life. Some beggars are really street mugger ethos men trying to stay legal through subtle intimidation….like staying after you say no….a problem at the outdoor cafes of Hoboken right now where I made another thug enemy recently in yet another town by coming up into his face….which never do unless you practice upper cuts…the close quarters sucker punch that will beat his sucker right hand. The current Manhattan cartoon characters at Times square have this element amongst them and Manhattan is considering licensing them since some have been pressuring people for ten and twenty dollar tips for photos while it’s supposed to be one dollar. I believe several were arrested…one for hitting the cop.

  • I do not think that the gangsters, thieves and murderers of Chicago will respond kindly to anyone performing executions but them. ISIS / ISIL may well meet its match in evil.

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  • Everything everyone said about Chicago, where I have been just three times, applies equally to Washington, DC, where I worked for more than five years. Sometimes I wonder how I didn’t get killed driving through Southeast and Northeast Washington.

    People who commute from the Laurel area, Howard County and Baltimore do not have an expressway that takes them into or out of DC. There is a motley combination of roads that go through rough neigborhoods. A run down station wagon tried to run me off of a ramp on the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge. I was angry because I wanted to leave early but was stuck at work because another coworker left early and I had to do his job. The driver climbed out of the car and flipped me off. They might have had a gun. Another pair of nasty people drove in front of me for miles going 40 MPH on the BW Parkway, cutting in front of me every time I tried to pass. At the I-95 exit, I feigned going left. The driver of the car in front of me made a quick move left to cut me off. I then downshifted to third gear, made a hard right, floored it and roared by the jackasses on the cloverleaf ramp to I-95 north.

    The Baltimore Washington Parkway is, for a section, owned by the National Park Service and there are rarely police to be seen. The District of Columbia is a dangerous place away from Northwest DC. Capitol Hill is no place to be at dark.

    My sons will NEVER work or live there. NEVER.

  • Maybe I was just lucky, but in the past 4 years I have walked around downtown Chicago, within about a 1-mile radius of Union Station, during daylight hours, on four separate occasions, and NEVER felt threatened at any time. In each case I had arrived by Amtrak or Metra (for meetings involving State business that wrapped up before noon) and planned to return to Union Station in time for a 5:15 p.m. departing Amtrak train, so I didn’t go any farther away from there than I knew I could reasonably walk. I made it all the way to the lakefront near Buckingham Fountain on one occasion (it was a beautiful fall day) and to the Art Institute on another. Of course, this was the middle of the Loop during business hours and is where all the sightseers, business people, etc. go so it was probably the safest possible area of the city to be. I also didn’t have a car so there was no need to worry about traffic or car theft. As they say, your mileage may vary.

  • Outsource the governance and policing of Chicago to the government of Singapore. They know how to clean such places up.

Chicago Refugees

Sunday, July 13, AD 2014

 

 

During World War II American soldiers from Illinois, when they mentioned they were from the Sucker State to a foreigner, would usually have the person making tommy gun shooting motions in response, since the only thing they knew about Illinois was that it had Chicago in it, and the only thing they knew about the city of broad shoulders and narrow brains was Al Capone.  Chicago and crime have gone together like the Cubs and losing for a very long time indeed.   Father Z notes that this long time association is becoming very troublesome indeed:

 

I saw this astonishing and yet not at all surprising piece by Rich Lowry.

But will anything useful be done about this?  Who wants to bet?

Chicago suffering social meltdown

For most of the country, July Fourth weekend means hot dogs, fireworks and relaxing time with family. In certain neighborhoods in Chicago, it means something very different. For the second year running, Chicago saw a spate of violence over the long holiday weekend that would generate headlines if it happened in Kabul.

“It’s Groundhog Day here in Chicago” is how Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy put it. This year, the tally of shame was more than 80 people shot and 14 killed. Last year, a slightly longer July Fourth weekend — the holiday fell on a Thursday — saw 75 people shot and 12 fatalities.

The astonishing numbers underline how Chicago, despite recent progress on crime, is still a byword for gunplay and urban chaos. It is a city where life, at least among young men living in the most dangerous neighborhoods, is cheap.

Chicago’s killings can’t readily be interpreted through a racial prism, so they don’t provoke gales of outrage from the nation’s opinion-makers. Only very rarely do they become national causes, as in the heartbreaking case of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, shot to death shortly after performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration last year.

Chicago saw its homicides soar from roughly 430 in 2011 to more than 500 in 2012, before it got them back down below 2011 levels last year, thanks to more aggressive policing. They are running slightly lower again this year, although they are still higher than in New York City, even though Chicago is a third of the size.

Why is Chicago the nation’s murder capital? [BTW… Honduras, where Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga is prelate, is apparently the murder capital of the world.] Its officials always want [pointlessly] to talk about gun laws, and Superintendent McCarthy complained about their laxity after the latest shootings. This is bizarre, since Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, and has been slapped down in the courts for trampling on the Second Amendment in its zeal to make it all but impossible to own guns. Chicago is a running illustration of the cliche that if you ban guns, only criminals will own them. [Exactly.]

Gun laws are beside the point. The tony Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park could have the same laws as gun-friendly Vermont and it would still be extremely safe. What Chicago is suffering from is not a random citywide phenomenon, but a specific, highly concentrated one.

Overall, according to Chicago magazine, the rate of nonfatal gunshot injury in Chicago was 46.5 per 100,000 from 2006 to 2012. But it was only 1.62 per 100,000 for whites. For blacks, it was 112.83 per 100,000. For black males, 239.77, and for black males aged 18-34, 599.65, or “a staggering one in 200.

A study by sociologist Andrew Papachristos shows that the shootings overwhelmingly occur among a small network of criminal offenders.

Chicago is grappling with the profound social breakdown of certain neighborhoods, where the two-parent family has been obliterated and where, too often, young men consider lawlessness the norm. It is here, as Heather Mac Donald of City Journal writes, that gang members define themselves not by “family, or academic accomplishments or interests, but ruthless fealty to small, otherwise indistinguishable, pieces of territory.”

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  • “…gang members define themselves not by “family, or academic accomplishments or interests, but ruthless fealty to small, otherwise indistinguishable, pieces of territory.”
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    Wow. Now there’s food for thought

  • Gun control always works for the criminals. Thus do the Democrats advocate gun control. They are no different than their Stalinist and Maoist forbearers.

  • This c

  • Gangs are made up of people who are not very bright. Very violent but not very bright. The Mafia was infinitely smarter.

  • Sorry about the error on earlier post. I often find after I have submitted a post that auto correct and/or human error in using my phone results in mistakes.

    My comment was that this post contains information, re: black on black violence and violence occuring mostly among a specific subset of the population who are gang members/drug lords over given areas of the city territory–that is backed up by my experiences teaching in the inner city schools.

  • PF said: “Gangs are made up of people who are not very bright. Very violent but not very bright. The Mafia was infinitely smarter.”

    Gangs in our areas are made up mostly of single minority males under the age of 25 who are very street smart and who have often not graduated from high school. They are not concerned about being smart. They want to have respect on the street and quick easy cash. They do not expect to live to be 30.

    Comparing these inner city gangs of today with the Mafia is like comparing apples and oranges.

  • “Gangs are made up of people who are not very bright”

    It has become almost a cliché of social science that criminals have a significantly lower IQ that the average. It is certainly true that convicts do; whether these are a representative sample of criminals in general is not obvious.

    A similar study of the lower ranks of the detective police, largely drawn from the same social milieu, might be revealing.

    Cities as different as Glasgow and Paris have pretty well succeeded in quarantining the criminal classes in public housing schemes on the city outskirts; one think of Drumchaple and Easterhouse, Clichy-sous-Bois and La Courneuve.

    The fact that the Glaswegian underclass is almost wholly indigenous seems to make little difference. One has the same feral underclass, with inter-generational unemployment and breeding like lice.

  • MPS said: “It has become almost a cliché of social science that criminals have a significantly lower IQ that the average. It is certainly true that convicts do; whether these are a representative sample of criminals in general is not obvious.”

    1. The criminals who are caught & repeat their crimes,because getting caught does not alter their behavior, at a very high rate (as the recidivism rate is very high) would of necessity not be very bright. Lol

    2. A very large percentage of our prison populations here in the US have been raised in a home without their biological father–which correlates to a high percentage of the criminals not graduating from high school, etc.

    3. There is also correlation between prison populations and those individuals with cognitive disabilities/mental illness. The correlation is particularly high when the incarcerated population under consideration consists of juveniles.

  • A similar study of the lower ranks of the detective police, largely drawn from the same social milieu, might be revealing.

    No it wouldn’t.

    MPS, do you think perhaps industrial psychologists have not addressed the question of what sort of psychometric scores are associated with what sort of employment? That aside, police officers in this country of all stripes have to pass civil service examinations. They’ve been gutted for reasons of political patronage many places, but people still fail them. “Detectives”, lower-rank or no, have to pass promotional examinations. (IIRC from articles I’ve read, a half-standard-deviation below the median is lower bound for a cop and a standard deviation above the median is lower-bound for a physician).

  • I did have the advantage in my life of working with low IQ people who taught me a lot about the potential for good OR evil in all of us. Though I worked in a state/ county government agency, I also have been blessed by working a bit with L’Arche. The deep spirituality and unadulterated goodness of some of the people I met!
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    As far as the gang violence goes, I was struck by the territoriality! I though when I first read it, of the beautiful song from the movie Exodus- “this land is mine, God gave this land to me!”
    Of course people can move away, but then who would they be?! Their identity is tied up there.
    We take our identity from God our Father and He has given us the whole world!
    We also need the affirmation of belonging to a group… So he gives us each other and we have to work it out from there.
    When Mary appeared in Wisconsin to Adele Brice, she called on her to do her mission here – in this “wild” place. Adele had planned earlier in her life to be a missionary- when Mary called her on it , she began walking the wooded area to teach the catechism. Could that happen in gang territory ?

  • By the way, MPS, police officers are not drawn from the same milieux as gang members in this country, but from the homes of skilled tradesmen and common-and-garden bourgeois who very seldom are found in slums. (Dale Price’s brother is a federal police officer, IIRC. If I’m not mistaken, he has a sidearm, in case you’re tempted to try smuggling single malt scotch through Sault Ste. Marie).

  • Art Deco wrote, “police officers are not drawn from the same milieux as gang members in this country, but from the homes of skilled tradesmen and common-and-garden bourgeois who very seldom are found in slums.”

    In this country, there has long been a policy to target disadvantaged areas for recruitment. It is seen as central to the concept of “community policing,” where officers are drawn from the areas they police and have strong local and family ties there. It is seen as essential to the notion of “policing by consent,” based on management and negotiation, rather than conflict and confrontation.

    The old practice of external recruitment for senor ranks, largely from the military, has long been abandoned, although there have been some tentative moves to encourage and fast-track university graduates into leadership and administrative posts.

    “If I’m not mistaken, he has a sidearm”

    The thought of arming our police force, as at present constituted, would appal, not only the public, but their own senior officers.

  • “By the way, MPS, police officers are not drawn from the same milieux as gang members in this country, but from the homes of skilled tradesmen and common-and-garden bourgeois who very seldom are found in slums.”

    That doesn’t keep them from being criminals frequently–just the same. If their intelligence is higher, it must be their morals that are corrupt.

    When I was a teenager, the FBI came into our home town & “encouraged” our chief of police to resign in order to avoid an unveatigation.

    Then when I was in college in another town, a police officer involved in a crime ring allowed his fellow police officer to be shot–& then made sure his fellow officer was good & dead before he let anyone know about the shooting.

    Then when I started to work after college (3rd town) the sheriff had to be threatened with a state police investigation in order to take 2 of my female students (11& 13 years old) out of their home where their DEA informant father was using his daughters to service the men who were purchasing drugs at their home.

    Then my next job out of college led me to a county in which the sheriff was chargers with drug money laundering.

    Currently, the town in which I live has a local officer charged with rape–yes during his official duties.

    I currently live in a county where the county prosecutor not only used cocaine but also was convicted of running a drug ring. Currently our newly ex-sheriff is facing multiple felony accounts re: his actions in office–along with some of his staff–and was forced to resign around Christmas because he had to be arrested for public drunkenness & resisting arrest by a city police officer.

    Then their was the recent unpleasantness of the officers transporting drugs across the state based out of West Memphis.

    One might understand such things if these law officers had lower intelligence.

  • Barbara Gordon

    Criminals come from all sorts of backgrounds, of course.

    I recall a dispute over a will and one middle-aged lady – very county, twin-set and pearls – was being examined by her own counsel. He knew her credibility would be challenged and that the other side had done their homework, so he tried to lessen its impact by asking, in smooth, level tones:
    “And, it’s right, isn’t it that you have one, and only one, criminal conviction and that was for murder and it was a long time ago?” The witness assented.

    The Lord Ordinary, who was taking a note of the evidence, actually broke the nib off his fountain pen.

  • Criminals come from all sorts of backgrounds, of course.

    If you pay attention to British detective serials you know most murderers are provincial late-middle aged bourgeois (except for the one’s Jane Tennyson is after).

  • I have been following the adventures of Endeavor Morse and I had no idea that Oxford Dons were so addicted to murder! Of course, as an American officer during World War II told Inspector Foyle in an episode of Foyle’s War, he had heard that the English were murdering each other all the time, but he never thought he would become involved in one! (If only real life murders were as intriguing as fictional ones. Alas, those that I have been involved in, purely in my professional capacity of course, have tended to be simple to solve, overwhelmingly sad, and the murderers not at all interesting.)

  • I was involved in one rather intriguing murder trial, a spin-off of the Glasgow Ice-Cream wars. Arthur “Fat Boy” Thomas, the son of Mr Arthur Thomson, a well-known entrepreneur was shot three times outside the family home (The Ponderosa) and suspicion fell on one of Mr Thomson’s former enforcers, Paul Ferris, who was now operating on his own.

    On the day of “Fat Boy’s funeral, and after the procession had passed it, police discovered a car containing the bodies of two associates of Paul Ferris, Robert Glover and Joe Hanlon. They had been shot in the posterior and in the back of the head. The officer in charge of the “Fat Boy” murder enquiry confirmed to reporters that they were treating the deaths as suspicious.

    In the fullness of time Paul Ferris was charged with the murder. Some 300 witnesses were called, but what gave the trial an unusual degree of interest was that a number of the Crown witnesses were given “Tipperary Alibis” by the defence. In other words, the defence called witnesses to prove those Crown witnesses had not been where they claimed to be. After 54 days, the jury found the charge not proven. He now has interests in the cab and private hire trade in Edinburgh.

  • I have been following the adventures of Endeavor Morse and I had no idea that Oxford Dons were so addicted to murder!

    Only after 1986. Back in 1963 when Morse started with the Oxford police, it was pretty much townies.

    Most recent discovery was a department store manager inadvertantly kills his wife then goes off on a serial killing spree making use of imported panty host to strangle three adulterous women he hardly knew from a cord of wood, stabbing a stock clerk in his establishment to death when said clerk caught him nicking the panty hose, and then caught in the act of trying to dispatch one of his staff with the panty hose (she was long separated from her husband and dating). After that, an old flame of Morse’s supervisor commits suicide a propos of nothing in particular. (Yes, they need better writers).

  • MPS said: I recall a dispute over a will and one middle-aged lady – very county, twin-set and pearls – was being examined by her own counsel. He knew her credibility would be challenged and that the other side had done their homework, so he tried to lessen its impact by asking, in smooth, level tones:
    “And, it’s right, isn’t it that you have one, and only one, criminal conviction and that was for murder and it was a long time ago?” The witness assented.

    The Lord Ordinary, who was taking a note of the evidence, actually broke the nib off his fountain”

    Bbbbaaaahhhhhaaaaa!!!! 😀

  • Art Deco wrote, “Yes, they need better writers.
    But Barrington Pheloung’s score makes up for everything

  • ” After that, an old flame of Morse’s supervisor commits suicide a propos of nothing in particular. ”

    Thought maybe it’s the ‘modern’ way of ascribing ‘humanity’ to a character. Thursday is such a just, intelligent man (with a remarkable voice). The woman he used to know turned his head momentarily so, of course by modern standards, her death would be the only way for him to remain totally loyal to his marriage and, as well, give the viewers a touch of something to emote ‘sympathy’.

    The Dons seem to be in the target of ‘Endeavor’ with the revelations of traits that are emphasized.

The Chicago Way: Bernardin and Obama

Friday, February 7, AD 2014

Seamless Garment

I have long thought that the Church is quite able to deal with outside enemies.  The true difficulties for the Church are from forces within the Church who aid and abet outside enemies.  Nicholas G. Hahn III, editor at Real Clear Religion, gives us a prime example of this in a riveting article in The Wall Street Journal on the late Cardinal Bernardin and Barack Obama:

 

That might not be such a good idea. There is an irony in the Catholic Church’s current legal clashes with Washington over the Affordable Care Act’s restrictions on religious freedom: The Obama administration is very much a creature of the Chicago church under Bernardin. When Notre Dame University bestowed an honorary degree on President Barack Obama in May 2009, the veteran community organizer told graduates that the “saintly” Cardinal Bernardin inspired him to become an activist.

As Phyllis Schlafly and George Neumayr noted in “No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom” (2012), much of Mr. Obama’s education in public policy came in the rectories of Chicago’s South Side churches and, in part, on Cardinal Bernardin’s dime. The archdiocese in 1986 paid for Mr. Obama to attend a community-organizing training session with a    Saul Alinsky-founded group in Los Angeles.

Cardinal Bernardin, who led the archdiocese from 1982 until his death in 1996, espoused a liberal line that has helped give pro-abortion Catholic supporters of the Obama administration theological cover. Mr. Obama told reporters in July 2009 that “his encounters with the cardinal continue to influence him, particularly his ‘seamless garment’ approach to a multitude of social justice issues.”

The president was alluding to a widely noted 1983 speech wherein Bernardin applied the Biblical story of Jesus’ tunic “woven in one piece from the top down” to public-policy issues. He maintained that matters as varied as the death penalty, the minimum wage and how to wage war should be considered on the same moral plane as abortion. This pernicious idea has been rebuffed by many Catholic intellectuals, not the least of whom was the future Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, who in a 2004 memo wrote that “not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia.

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  • Of course, no one in his sound and sober senses would claim that “all moral issues have the same moral weight.”

    However, in one of his University Sermons, Bl John Henry Newman noted a “peculiarity in developments in general, is the great remoteness of the separate results of a common idea, or rather at first sight the absence of any connexion. Thus it often happens that party spirit is imputed to persons, merely because they agree with one another in certain points of opinion and conduct, which are thought too minute, distant, and various, in the large field of religious doctrine and discipline, to proceed from any but an external influence and a positive rule; whereas an insight into the wonderfully expansive power and penetrating virtue of theological or philosophical ideas would have shown, that what is apparently arbitrary in rival or in kindred schools of thought, is after all rigidly determined by the original hypothesis.”

    In that sense, surely, we can reasonably speak of the demands of the Gospel as a seamless garment.

  • The “seamless garment” worn by Christ is purity, virtue and innocence. Crime is a tear in the fabric of society. The tear must be mended by restitution and reconstruction and return to Justice. Putting an innocent person to death for the crimes of his parents, rape, incest, failing, is the forfeiture of Justice, the annihilation of the state constituted to promote the common good and general welfare and most of all “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (constitutional) posterity.”

  • The criminal in the White House is not covered by the “seamless garment”. The “seamless garment” does not dry rot. The “seamless garment is woven of truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

  • Cardinal Bernardin’s name was released in the required published disclosure by the current Diocese of Chicago for his part in aiding and abetting sexual child abuse by transferring around abusive Priests and keeping their activities secret.

    CCC: ” 1868 Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:
    – by participating directly and voluntarily in them;
    – by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;
    – by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;
    – by protecting evil-doers.”

  • I read it on the LIRR this AM. This op-ed article is one of the infrequent causes for me to nod my head and say, “This was worth the subscription price.”

    Sound advice from Glenn Beck, “If your priest pushes social justice, find another parish.” And from me, don’t give any money to your bishop.

    Money quote: “. . . [the polished liar/racial racketeer/community agitator] Obama’s education in public policy came in the rectories of Chicago’s South Side churches and, in part, on Cardinal Bernardin’s dime. The archdiocese in 1986 paid for Mr. Obama to attend a community-organizing training session with a Saul Alinsky-founded group in Los Angeles.”

    Only thing: New Yorkerslikley would challenge Chicago as the lead for Catholics in the section of this Vail of Tears known as the USA.

  • Chicago is a very interesting city, even ecclesiastically. Chicago’s presbyterate (the priests as a whole) is extremely complex, and to give them a broad brush stroke would be unfair, but it is certainly well known that some priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago have been involved with a particular bent on what is commonly called ‘social justice’. It is safe to say that Catholic Social teaching and the principles of Saul Alinsky do not coincide. It is safer to say that they are opposed to each other. The radicalization of some of the priests [as the article puts it-on the South side of Chicago] took place within the civil rights movement of the 60’s and then moved into the anti-war movement and then other ’causes’. In many ways, like the ‘nuns for choice’ etc. they said they were basing this on the Church’s call for justice etc but had actually had gone off the rails themselves.

    Cardinal Bernadin did not come from Chicago. His journey is complex but he became a protage of Cardinal Deardon of Detroit who himself was a protage of Archbishop Hanlon of Atlanta. Cardinal Bernadin was not responsible for the radicalizaton of some of his priests, however he was responsible for the way he led his Archdiocese and led the American Bishops toward a more ‘progressive’ approach to various subjects during his long presence in the USCCB, especially in the “seamless garment’ metaphor.

    The situation in Chicago has not changed very much. Poor Cardinal George, a brilliant as well as orthodox Cardinal Archbishop could only effect certain things within Chicago. Now past retirement age and in very poor health, he awaits Pope Francis to accept his resignation and appoint a younger and hopefully very able successor. The more radicalized priests (again a minority in Chicago) are rapidly aging and will soon disappear from the scene. The well known Father Robert Barron is now the rector of the Chicago seminary so we can expect very good things coming from there.

    As for Cardinal Bernadin, we entrust his soul to God and His mercy. History is already beginning to judge his tenure as Archbishop, but it might be some time before we have a real good insight just how good or bad he was for Chicago and the Church in America.

  • “. . . the “’seamless garment’ metaphor.”

    That is not an implied comparison but a twisting of Scripture to rationalize a humanistic agenda.

    The “seamless garment” is not a parable; not something that Jesus said or taught. It was St. John’s narrative of the Roman executioners divying up Jesus’ possessions and, thus, fulfilling the prophecy, “They divided my clothes among themselves and gambled for my robe.” And, exactly that is what bernadin and his ilk did with Christ’s Church.

  • Certainly there are various degrees of gravity. I would agree that in some sense the seamless garment metaphor, properly understood, has some value. What I never understood is, if you are a seamless garment subscriber, that means you must agree abortion is at least as important as ony other issue – so how can you be justified in voting for a pro-abort? The seamlessness seems to be sewn in only one direction.

  • A seamless garment can cloak Cthulhu too. And because of the Bernardin-oids, one does!

  • He maintained that matters as varied as the death penalty, the minimum wage and how to wage war should be considered on the same moral plane as abortion.

    As our esteemed host might say, rubbish on stilts. Bernadin specifically said in two addresses on the topic of consistent ethic of life that abortion and euthanasia were not interchangeable with capital punishment, because the former involved the deliberate taking of innocent life. His view (and that of John Paul II and Benedict XVI) on capital punishment was that while the state retained the right to execute criminals to protect the common good, modern day techniques of incarceration made the majority the the executions carried out today unnecessary.

    One can argue that his consistent ethic of life argument was flawed, that it led to politicians treating all the life and justice issues as a kind of zero sum game (if I am extra-against poverty or capital punishment I can be as pro-abortion as I like). But if that was the effect, then that was not his intent.

  • When it came to abortion, Cardinal Bernardin occasionally said the right thing but he almost always gave Catholic pro-abort politicians enough wiggle room to neuter the strong condemnation of them by the Church that might well have made a difference. A good example is this story from the New York Times in 1990:
    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/21/us/cardinal-accepts-discord-on-abortion.html

    “Cardinal Bernardin seemed to be trying to chart a middle ground for Catholics, including a number of his fellow bishops who have been unhappy with these confrontations.

    He took issue both with public officials who say they are personally opposed to abortion but do not want to impose their views on others and with abortion opponents who reject the possibility of political compromise on the issue.

    Cardinal Bernardin, who is generally seen as a spokesman for the moderate to liberal wing of the Catholic hierarchy, said that ”moral consistency requires that personal conviction be translated into some public actions” to limit abortion. But he added, ”Many Catholics, politicians and ordinary citizens, will disagree on strategies of implementation to lessen and prevent abortions.”

    These matters, including the political stances taken by the bishops, he said, ”are open to debate.”

    Focus on ‘Protest and Power’

    Cardinal Bernardin said the public debate after the Supreme Court’s decision enlarging the powers of state legislatures to limit access to abortion had focused largely on ”protest and power” and the question ”who decides?” This emphasis, he said, ”reduces the compelling moral question -How do we recognize the human among us? – to a procedural problem.”

    Cardinal Bernardin said effective opposition to abortion had to address the ”60 percent of Americans who do not identify themselves completely with either of the major voices in the abortion debate.” He described this group as ”generally opposed to abortion on demand but ambiguous about how many restrictions to place on it.””

  • The bottom line is Bernardin sold out the catholic church to the contraception and abortion culture. Articles like this one help us to understand what really happened to the church in the past five decades. Imagine, church money used to send Obama to a Saul Alinsky inspired conference in California. Maybe the answer is to continue educating ourselves as to why there are so few homilies on the culture of death, specifically contraception and abortion. At the same time, we can reduce contributions to the collection basket and use it instead to buy media resources that expose this “crime of our age.” I moved to the Chicago area in 1986 and can tell you the majority catholic church culture is in an embrace of the culture of death. If this sounds like an exaggeration, consider 90+% of females in the child-bearing age group are contracepting. This is intrinsic evil and paired with weekly reception of the Eucharist brings condemnation on many including the priests and bishops that promote it and “look the other way.”

  • “His view (and that of John Paul II and Benedict XVI) on capital punishment was that while the state retained the right to execute criminals to protect the common good, modern day techniques of incarceration made the majority the the executions carried out today unnecessary.”
    i) Not I, nor the state, but only the victim can forgive his murderer. I can forgive my murderer. I cannot forgive your murderer without becoming an accessory after the fact in giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
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    ii) Only God owns the human person and God has endowed the human person with free will and freedom. The state does not own the victim or the murderer.
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    iii) It is the duty of the state to provide Justice.
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    iv) ““It in no way depends upon the caprice of the Pope, or upon his good pleasure, to make such and such a doctrine, the object of a dogmatic definition. He is tied up and limited to the divine revelation, and to the truths which that revelation contains. He is tied up and limited by the Creeds, already in existence, and by the preceding definitions of the Church. He is tied up and limited by the divine law, and by the constitution of the Church. Lastly, he is tied up and limited by that doctrine, divinely revealed, which affirms that alongside religious society there is civil society, that alongside the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy there is the power of temporal Magistrates, invested in their own domain with a full sovereignty, and to whom we owe in conscience obedience and respect in all things morally permitted, and belonging to the domain of civil society.” – John Henry Cardinal Newman
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    vi) Come forward all you who will exchange a prison cell for rigor mortis.

  • v) Like many, Bernardin did not know that the newly fertilized human egg was endowed with a rational, immortal human soul and sovereign personhood, created in moral and legal innocence and virtue. St. Thomas Aquinas knew when he said that the body is the form of the soul. No soul, no life, no growth, no need for abortion.
    .
    Bernardin ought to have known if he truly accepted and believed in the Immaculate Conception. God creates a pure soul. Only after the human soul is received into the human body must it deal with concupiscence. Our Lady said “YES” to God from the very first moment of her conception and said “YES” forever, and even now says “YES” to God for We, the people.
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    Faults and failing, yes, but Bernardin inserted his ignorance into matters of the state where it infested itself. Looking to become the next and the first American Pope, Bernardin ought to have held his opinions to himself until he had the Magisterium to correct him. That is papal behavior.

  • “…the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

    Preface to Rules for Radicals

    Saul Alinsky

  • I believe the book (Rules for Radicals, Aulinsky) is dedicated to Satan.

  • Sickening!! Absolutely sickening!! It makes you wonder about his relationship with God as he obviously had a VERY warped understanding of moral absolutes & what was necessary for the forgiveness of sin to be offerred to us!

  • That Lucifer gained his own kingdom by refusing God as Saul Alinsky said cannot be, since annihilation is not a kingdom. Annihilation is nowhere. Annihilation is annihilation, constant and forever.
    .
    Saul Alinsky begged God, (not an atheist) to send him to hell when he died. Obama is following him.

  • Say what you will about Cardinal Bernardin — he certainly had his faults and he was definitely not the greatest administrator the Archdiocese of Chicago ever had — I have never forgotten an incident reported in the Catholic press shortly after his death about an abortion provider in Northwest Indiana who was so moved by the wall-to-wall Chicago media coverage of the Cardinal’s death, that he renounced his abortion practice. How many other prelates — how many other Catholics in general — can say their example brought about even one such conversion? I know I can’t claim to have done anything like that. Perhaps it was a case of God writing straight with crooked lines.

  • Also, I dunno that Saul Alinsky’s “dedication” of “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer was necessarily meant to be taken seriously. I suspect he did it simply because he was an agitator at heart and liked to get a rise out of people. Getting all bent out of shape about it and wielding it as “proof” that everything he did and everything he may have inspired, including Obama’s community activism, is all part of a Satanic plot is just playing right into his hands.

  • EK: God did not create evil. Satan is the enemy. He is evil. He is the father of all evil.

    Satan’s greatest victories come when people do not recognize evil/sin.

    St. Augustine says it (for me) best. “The only evils these people recognize are having to endure hunger, disease, and murder. It is as though man’s greatest good were to have everything good, except himself.”

    It appears that guys like Bernabin, Lfluger, Wright, et al came to think (maybe they don’t think, they “feel”) that fighting class/race wars and voting democrat qualify for some sort of a “Get Out of Hell Free” card.

  • “Saul Alinsky begged God to send him to hell when he died.”

    Given the perverse affection for Lucifer expressed by Alinsky, perhaps God expressed His infinite mercy by consigning to the Evil One the fate of Alinsky’s soul:

    Masochistic Alinksy: “Hurt me, hurt me!!”
    Sadistic Lucifer: “No, no!!”

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  • Mike Petric: “Masochistic Alinksy: “Hurt me, hurt me!!”
    Sadistic Lucifer: “No, no!!” ”
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    LOL

Hometown Paper

Sunday, November 17, AD 2013

 

 

 

For decades I was a subscriber to the Chicago Tribune.  The traditionally Republican paper in Chicago, for many decades it was the voice of Republicanism, and sometimes conservatism, throughout the Midwest.  In the nineties I noticed that The Trib was changing.  It was hiring more liberal columnists and the editorials took on an increasingly liberal flavor.  The paper would still usually endorse Republicans at election time, but the endorsements were pro forma.  Additionally, The Trib rarely had anything to say about the corruption that infested both parties and was busily producing the bankrupt Illinois that exists today.  One columnist who was, and is, a bright light at The Trib, John Kass, constantly attacked “the Combine”, as he called it, that ruled both parties and  made sure that insiders profited at the expense of the tax payers.

After my family became hooked up to the internet at the end of the nineties, living in a rural area did have its disadvantages back then in reference to obtaining a reliable internet service, I no longer needed The Trib for news, but I kept it out of inertia, although I was extremely unhappy with its increasingly leftist editorial views.  The inertia came to an end when The Trib endorsed Obama in 2008.  That ended my subscription, along with the subscriptions of quite a few other downstaters.  I noticed after the fact that I didn’t miss the paper.  It had become an anachronism in the age of the internet.  My wife still buys a copy at Thanksgiving for the black Friday ads, but that is the only time a copy of The Trib enters McClarey Manor.  The Trib endorsed Obama again in 2012 and its transformation into just another big city liberal rag seemed complete.

I was therefore surprised, and no doubt Obama was also, by The Trib’s editorial last Friday calling for the repeal of ObamaCare:

 

As Friday dawns, here’s what a health insurance crisis looks like to many millions of Americans: Barely six weeks shy of 2014, they do not know whether they will have medical coverage Jan. 1. Or which hospitals and doctors they might patronize. Or what they may pay to protect themselves and their families against the chance of medical and financial catastrophe. How much, that is, they may pay in order to satisfy the Democratic politicians and federal bureaucrats who are worsening a metastasizing health coverage fiasco.

For perhaps 5 million of those Americans thus far — estimates vary — the Washington-ordered cancellation of their policies is especially maddening. In the past these people took responsibility for their coverage and bought policies that balanced their needs, finances and personal choices. Congress and President Barack Obama, by enacting the Affordable Care Act, in effect ordered insurers to dismantle many of those individual plans — and cancel those policies.

The Americans manhandled by this exercise in government arrogance now find themselves divided into warring tribes: Those with chronic ailments who have found new plans on Obamacare exchanges and are pleased. Those who don’t want or can’t afford the replacement policies Obamacare offers them. Those whose new policies block them from using the health providers who have treated them for many years. The estimated 23 million to 41 million people whose employer-sponsored plans are the next to be imperiled. And on and on.

Most of these tribespeople only wish their big problem was a slipshod Obamacare website. On Thursday, their plight grew more frightful. With even Democratic members of Congress storming the White House over the cancellations, Obama declared — by what legal authority is unclear — that he would overrule the law he signed in 2010 and allow insurers to extend those canceled policies for a year.

If, that is, insurance regulators of the 50 states permit this potential distortion to risk pools inside and outside of Obamacare. The regulators, including those in Illinois, had better put protection ahead of politics: Within two hours of Obama’s announcement, Mike Kreidler, insurance commissioner of Washington, a Democrat-leaning state, rejected the president’s notion, citing “its potential impact on the overall stability of our health insurance market. … We will not be allowing insurance companies to extend their policies.”

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  • I too cancelled the Trib in 2008 for the same reason as you. I’m ashamed it took me that long to do the deed. I love getting the letters in the mail pleading with me to come back. I love sending these letters back telling them how much I do not miss them and I throw in some stats about the decline of their industry.

  • “I love getting the letters in the mail pleading with me to come back.”

    Me too, although I just toss the letters out with the rest of the trash.

  • “I suspect that the powers that be at The Trib latched on to Obama because he seemed to be the wave of the future. It is interesting in studying history to observe just how many times waves of the future come asunder on the rocks of reality.”

    Daniel chapter 4: http://www.usccb.org/bible/daniel/4

  • Would that such divine retribution could befall an entire political party . . . perhaps actually becoming jackasses might teach them something.

Today Detroit, Tomorrow Chicago?

Wednesday, July 31, AD 2013

 

 

 

 

I view Detroit and its bankruptcy as a harbinger of things to come.  The blue state social model of ever higher taxes, ever expanding benefits for members of public employee unions and one party rule by the Democrat party is coming to an end.  The ending will be painful for people luckless enough to live in blue states, as I do, but this parasitical form of government ultimately destroys the private economy host it feeds on.  Walter Mead at Via Meadia has been prescient in seeing this:

 

It looks like Detroit may yet have competition for the distinction of America’s most poorly run city. The unprecedented triple-drop in Chicago’s bond rating and the city’s shiny new long-term debt figure—$29 billion—should have pols quaking in their boots. The Chicago Sun-Times has published some distressing numbers from Chicago’s recent audits:

In addition to the pension, law enforcement, and emergency response concerns that remind us of a certain bankrupt city across the lake, the report notes that three of Chicago’s four largest private employers (JP Morgan, Accenture LLP, and Northern Trust) are in finance. It seems like blue cities have a codependent relationship with the one percenters progressives claim to hate.

It hasn’t all hit the fan quite yet, but Chicago seems perilously close to real trouble. The city is all out of money, and with an imploding public education system and harrowing levels of violence, it is losing residents fast. Illinois, which itself lost more than 800,000 people to out-migration in the past two decades, is essentially Chicago on a larger scale, with hundreds of billions in unfunded pension liabilities and complete political sclerosis. The state cannot bail out Chicago, and judging by the feds’ reluctance to even lift a finger for Detroit, Chicago shouldn’t expect much more.

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  • To be more precise, you have several problems in Detroit (in particular) and other cities.

    1. A deficit of institutions encompassing the whole of the metropolitan settlement.

    2. Suboptimal placement of service provision in the architecture of local government (e.g. police departments placed with municipal governments as opposed to county governments).

    3. Intra-metropolitan migration patterns which leave the slum neighborhoods (with their special problems and denuded tax base) concentrated in the core municipality. Detroit presents a special case of a municipality which is all slum.

    4. Public policy at all levels corrupted by the notion that the purpose of public agency is to sluice income to clients of the Democratic Party and (in general) to be convenient to the employees of said agency. (The Republican Party is amply supplied with otiose characters and sleazy careerists who are happy to be accommodating).

    5. The vested interests of suburban voters and the black political establishment which inhibit any attempts at salutary institutional adjustment.

  • Social Justice!!

    What about the children!!!

    From “Never Yet Melted” blog. Here’s how it works.

    “Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence.

    “The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. ‘Well,’ he says, ‘I figure the job will run about $900. $400 for mater…ials, $400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.’

    “The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, ‘I can do this job for $700. $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.’

    “The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, ‘$2,700.’

    “The official, incredulous, says, ‘You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?’

    “The Chicago contractor whispers back, ‘$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.’

    “’Done!’ replies the government official.

    “And that, my friends, is how Government works today.”

  • Cities seem to find their way into the state coffers. My hunch is the weight of Detroit became too much for Michigan’s declining population and industry. I’d guess that Illinois is stronger.

  • There is not much wrong with state revenue sharing per se. The problem you get is when you are financing all sorts of specialized projects and granting special favors. A formulaic distribution which took into account population and per capita income and expected the subsidiary government to manage within the limits of the sum of its revenue sources would be appropriate. A problem you have is that central cities are stuck with the task of policing the slums on their own account; a secondary problem is that you have fixed costs in the face of demographic decline. A driver of demographic decline is a deficit of public security and another might be property taxes. Addressing the one can exacerbate the other.

  • What is mildly amusing in a schadenfreude sort of way about these municipal/state fiscal crises is how little recourse the left has to its usual toolkit of solutions-cum-excuses that they apply at the federal level:
    – No national defense spending to cut to generate magical surpluses (although at the state level, correctional institution budgets sometimes serve as an analogous target of progressive ire)
    – “Tax the rich” is not a winning strategy when the rich and industry are fleeing in droves
    – No sovereign currency to inflate your way out

    And worst of all for the left, there’s usually no dastardly Republican political block to blame. It’s all on you, progressives – own it!

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  • Ironically, there is a story going around right now claiming that certain wealthy Chicago businessmen of fiscally conservative leanings engaged in a conscious strategy of trying to get Illinois’ bond rating lowered, in order to gin up public pressure for state employee pension reform:

    http://capitolfax.com/2013/07/23/fahner-civic-committee-helped-jaw-down-states-bond-rating/

    Upon closer examination it appears (if we take what Fahner says at face value) that what actually happened is that certain members of the group in question (Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago) encouraged bond rating agencies such as Moody’s and S&P to “go or get off the pot” with regard to their continual threats to lower Illinois’ bond rating. However, they later backed off in order to avoid any appearance of trying to manipulate the bond ratings, or pursue a “destroy the village in order to save it” strategy (which the questioner in the video phrases as “sometimes you have to be irresponsible to be responsible”).

Reading, Writing and Reproduction

Tuesday, March 5, AD 2013

Chicago has an appallingly bad public school system.  Only 21% of eighth graders are proficient in reading. 40% of all students drop out.  Small wonder that 39% of the public school teachers in Chicago with children send their kids to private schools.  One would think that any sane administration of such a dysfunctional school system would have more than enough to do fixing it, without taking on new tasks.  People who believe this obviously have never been to Chicago.  As Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report advises us, the Chicago Way is to dream up new boondoggles if you are failing at the task that the public is paying you to perform:

In real life if a man tries to talk about sex to a kindergartner he’d be removing a father’s knuckles from his teeth. But when school’s do it with your money, parents drop their kids off with smiles.
Please please vote in your local elections and make sure you’re aware of what your schools are teaching children in your town. Chicago is now actively destroying children’s innocence with taxpayer money:
ABC News reports:

While most U.S. public schools start sex education in the fifth grade, sex education will be coming to Chicago kindergartners within two years as part of an overhaul of the Chicago public schools sexual health program.
The new policy, which the Chicago Board of Education passed Wednesday, mandates that a set amount of time be spent on sex education in every grade, beginning in kindergarten.  Chicago has the third-largest public school system in the country, with 431,000 students.
“It is important that we provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices in regards to their social interactions, behaviors and relationships,” Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of the Chicago Public School System, said in a statement. “By implementing a new sexual health education policy, we will be helping them to build a foundation of knowledge that can guide them not just in the preadolescent and adolescent years, but throughout their lives.”
Under the new policy, the youngest students – the kindergartners — will learn the basics about anatomy, reproduction, healthy relationships and personal safety. Through the third grade, the sex-ed lessons will  focus on the family, feelings and appropriate and inappropriate touching. In the fourth grade, students will start learning about puberty, and HIV.

This is just nuts. And by nuts I mean it makes perfect sense. When you’re attempting to indoctrinate a population, it’s best to start young.

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  • This is just so infuriating. I don’t have children but if I did, I’d be seriously looking at homeschooling. This is just one more outrage in a long string of them in the public school systems, let alone the supposedly Catholic ones. Lord help us.

  • The time is overdue for a separation of School and State.

  • I dunno. If the little darlings learn that “stuff” as poorly as reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic . . .

  • Now, because the law has forsaken five or six years olds born into this country along with ~55,000,000 not born (counting just the past forty years), there are more souls of children to remember in prayer – living and dead. Without God, man is unbalanced.

  • The first thing the minor children will be taught is that government is God and that all of their unalienable rights come from government and that government trumps parental authority. The video said that parents are free to opt out, but the rights government gives the government can take away. Thomas Jefferson.

    Taxpayers have a right to attend the class of their children through parental rights and cannot be turned out by administration bullying.(as I was, once) Parents have a right to question what is being taught in their schools to their children. Lawsuits have a particularly strong influence on the administration. Isn’t this how atheists, homosexual pracitioners and militant abortionists get their way? The school does not have authority to sequester, a nice word, kidnap is better, your child. Child sexual abuse has many facets. Show and tell in a kindergarten sexual information class is at the discretion of the teacher.

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Cardinal George on “Chicago Values”

Tuesday, July 31, AD 2012

Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago is alleged to have predicted that for upholding the teachings of Christ he will die in his bed, his successor will die in a prison cell, and his successor will be executed in a public square in Chicago.  Therefore, I am unsurprised that he has written an open letter exploring the “Chicago Values” cited by Mayor Emanuel when he decided to attack the free speech rights of Chick-Fil-A:

 

 

 

Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the “values” that must be held by citizens of Chicago.  I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval.  Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city?  Is the City Council going to set up a “Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities” and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it?  I would have argued a few days ago that I believe such a move is, if I can borrow a phrase, “un-Chicagoan.”

The value in question is espousal of “gender-free marriage.”  Approval of state-sponsored homosexual unions has very quickly become a litmus test for bigotry; and espousing the understanding of marriage that has prevailed among all peoples throughout human history is now, supposedly, outside the American consensus.  Are Americans so exceptional that we are free to define “marriage” (or other institutions we did not invent) at will?  What are we re-defining?

It might be good to put aside any religious teaching and any state laws and start from scratch, from nature itself, when talking about marriage.  Marriage existed before Christ called together his first disciples two thousand years ago and well before the United States of America was formed two hundred and thirty six years ago.  Neither Church nor state invented marriage, and neither can change its nature.

Marriage exists because human nature comes in two complementary sexes: male and female.  The sexual union of a man and woman is called the marital act because the two become physically one in a way that is impossible between two men or two women.  Whatever a homosexual union might be or represent, it is not physically marital.  Gender is inextricably bound up with physical sexual identity; and “gender-free marriage” is a contradiction in terms, like a square circle.

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  • Thank you for this post, Donald.

  • A square circle has been proven to be imposible and the best analogy for gay-marriage. I appreciate the way you described the situation in Chicago about the government approving a man’s value system. Will it come to the government forcing individuals to have sex change operations to realize its value-system?

  • I didn’t know the Cardinal had it in him. I just wish this had been his demeanor for the last 20 years. Apparently he has concluded his flock is under attack and he will not cede moral high ground to a bunch of corrupt, secular, depraved politicians who lack any moral standing whatsoever.

  • Darn, that was well-said. I pray the Cardinal’s prophesy about his successors my be wrong, but I fear he is all too prescient. Thanks for posting.

  • That quote from Cardinal George is very ominous. What was the context and are there any links?

  • He said it after civil unions passed in Illinois in 2010. I have been unable to find a direct link to the statement, but I will keep looking.

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  • Marriage is primordial and, in the happy phrase of Lord Stowell in Dalrymple v Dalrymple, it is the parent, not the child of civil society.

    The state has a legitimate interest in marriage and it is important to note what precisely that is. Mandatory civil marriage originated in France on 9th November 1791 and was a product of the same Revolution that had just turned 10 million tenant farmers into heritable proprietors. This was no coincidence.

    The Code of 1804 contained no formal definition of marriage, but jurists have always found a functional definition in the provision that “The child conceived or born in marriage has the husband for father,” which mirrors the doctrine of the Roman jurist, Paulus, “.pater vero is est, quem nuptiae demonstrant.” (Marriage points out the father) [Dig. 2, 4, 5; 1].

    This was the opinion of the four most authoritative commentators on the Civil Code, Demolombe (1804–1887), Guillouard (1845-1925). Gaudemet (1908-2001) and Carbonnier (1908–2003), covering the period from the introduction of mandatory civil marriage down to our own day and long before the question of same-sex marriage was agitated. In 1998, a colloquium of 154 Professors of Civil Law, including such luminaries as Philippe Malaurie, Alain Sériaux, and Catherine Labrusse-Riou unanimously endorsed this interpretation of the Civil Code. This led to the introduction of civil unions (PACS) for same-sex and opposite-sex couples in the following year.

    No one will deny that the state has a clear interest in the filiation of children being clear, certain and incontestable. It is central to its concern for the upbringing and welfare of the child, for protecting rights and enforcing obligations between family members and to the orderly succession to property. To date, no better, simpler, less intrusive means than marriage have been found for ensuring, as far as possible, that the legal, biological and social realities of paternity coincide. And that is no small thing.

    It is significant that, in a country so committed to the principle of laïcité as France, no one has suggested that the opinion of the jurists, or of the courts which have endorsed it, is either the result of religious convictions or an attempt to import them into their interpretation of the Code.

  • The “martyrdom” quote has also been attributed to Abp. Charles Chaput. I also have attempted to pin down an exact time and place where Cardinal George said this and haven’t yet been able to find one. My guess — and it’s only a guess — is that whatever its origin, it’s been attributed to Cardinal George so many times that he’s embraced it and doesn’t bother denying that he said it, since it does express his beliefs about the direction religious freedom issues seem to be going in the U.S.

    Famous people or public figures often have quotes attributed to them that they never said, whether it’s Abraham Lincoln’s alleged “Ten Cannots” (“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift….”) or Chuck Colson’s “I would run over my grandmother to elect Nixon” or George Carlin’s “Hurricane Rules.”

  • …but for our increasingly fragile “civil union” as citizens

    These are fighting words. I doubt that the Rahms will take heed. Either by accident or design, the US has come to a position where the Right has to put aside all the pointless courtesies, and fight the Left tooth and nail or stand in danger of becoming strangers in their own land.

  • Archbishop Chaput has denied saying it Elaine. The quote has aroused my suspicion now since I can find nothing on the internet citing the statement directly from anything written or said by Cardinal George. I hope someone asks Cardinal George about the statement so we can clear this up. I have modified the post to say that he is alleged to have made this prediction.

  • So much talk on Gay marriage and the push to make it culturally acceptable and respectable but many seem to accept unmarried heterosexual unions. So many couples shacked up, living together and bearing children with little concern about the long time welfare of the child. Which type of union is more sinful in the eyes of God? Which lifestyle will have the greatest negative impact on our culture. What will life be like in America 50 years from now? I’m afraid to guess.

  • Indeed, Ivan, for the Left has dropped all pretense; where before was metaphor, dissemblance and clever rhetoric, now stand naked hostility and unadulterated arrogance.

    They started this, and one or the other side will soon perceive itself painted into a corner. Then it’s a-gonna get ugly.

  • RPM, those are valid concerns, and I certainly don’t see anyone here condoning either situation. As for which is more sinful in God’s eyes, only He knows for sure – for us, it is clear both are gravely sinful (both are in the mortal sin category, but whether it earns the 4th or 5th circle of hell, I’d just rather avoid either).

    As for impact on society, one strikes at the fundamental structure of marriage, the complementarity of the sexes, and the unified purposes of the marital act; the other likely involves a larger absolute number of individuals, and if not altering the fundamental structure, at a minumum undermines the important pillar of stability that marriage (ideally) provides. Neither is good.

  • Please give Cardinal George a call and thank him for his leadership as Christ’s chosen shepherd: 312-751-8200.

  • RPM

    From the public’s perspective, the two cases are very different.

    As the British philosopher, Bertrand Russell observed, “But for children, there would be no need of any institution concerned with sex. It is through children alone that sexual relations become of importance to society, and worthy to be taken cognizance of by a legal institution.” That is why the state uses the institution of marriage to make the paternity of children clear, certain and incontestable. Were this not its primary legal function, it is difficult to see why the law should facilitate marriage in extremis. What other purpose does a death-bed marriage serve?

    By the same token, same-sex couples whom nature had not made potentially fertile, are irrelevant to the institution of marriage. This is different legal treatment, because their situation is not analogous.

    As the legislator has no authority in the other world, whatever may be the lot of its subjects in the life to come, that is not its business, provided they are good citizens in this one.

    The question is not one of morals, but of civil status: (1) mandatory civil marriage, makes the institution a pillar of the secular Republic, standing clear of the religious sacrament (2) The institution of republican marriage is inconceivable, absent the idea of filiation, enshrined, not in Church dogma, but in the Civil Code and (3) the sex difference is central to filiation.

  • The nearest Chick-filet-a is 25 miles away from me, in Racine. And since the price of gas has skyrocketed to over $4.00 a gallon in Wisconsin (a pipeline to Chicago has broken and is leaking in central Wisconsin), I don’t think it would be prudent to make a 50 mile round trip to buy a chicken sandwich:-) But I certainly will, when gas prices go down a bit.

    I remember saying, at Gerard N.’s old blog *sigh*, that gay marriage was not a terribly important issue to me. Well, congrats to the gay bigots who have finally succeeded in making me an active oppoment to their agenda. Does anyone think it will stop with Chick-filet-a? No, I can easily see gays holding “kiss-ins” outside of our parishes on Sunday mornings, because Todd and Brad really, really want to have a Catholic marriage service, but those mean old “homophobes” are standing in their way. The harassment will never, ever end unless we make a stand now.

  • The fascinating aspect of this Donna is the rapidity of all this. Two decades ago only the lunatic fringe of the gay rights movement was even talking about gay marriage. Now the Democrats are enshrining gay marriage in their platform and denouncing as dangerous bigots anyone who believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. I await with anticipation what next “right” will become a cause celebre on the Left, and an excuse for what too many Leftists seem to live for: an opportunity to engage in campaigns of organized hate against those who do not follow them in ideological lock step.

  • Rockport Pilot, Rockport Texas
    Friday, August 3, 2012Dear Editor;

    Since there are many businesses whose primary reason for existence is to spread hate, in addition to Chick-Fil-A, and since there are many executives who espouse bigoted traditional values and hate-driven biblical values, would not the actions of all good pure people – which includes, by definition, all Democrats – in avoiding these businesses be greatly facilitated if: 1. Christian businesses be required to display a Star Of Bethlehem sign in their businesses – and this could be a federal regulation whose implementation involves multiple government agencies, e.g. EPA, Health And Human Services, Department of Education, Homeland Security, and of course the Center for Disease Control; and 2. Christian executives be required to wear a Star Of Bethlehem over their hearts or have one tattooed on their forearms? And, to further the purity of Democrats and all others who are free of hate, why not have all Christians who go out in public be required to wear a Star Of Bethlehem over their hearts or have it tattooed on their foreheads? Of course a crucifix would do instead of the star.

    Am I remembering correctly something like this once happened? Was it in Europe? Wasn’t there some kind of conflict about this? How did the pure people do that time?

    Guy McClung

  • Truth Mr. McClung:

    When will our self-proclaimed moral superiors stage a kiss-in in Saudi Arabia or in a Nation of Islam meeting?

    Western oil purchases made Saudi Arabia super-wealthy.

    They cannot pull such publicity stunts because they don’t allow (Nicht Keystone pipeline; “not in my back yard”; save the snail darter; save Mother Erda!) energy independence.

    So it goes. Most of USA oil to make gasoline is imported from foreign cartels, e.g., OPEC, composed of countries that are tyrannies that execute gays.

  • Everyone must be tired of reading this but I must post it again, simply because it says what it says: one fake husband or one fake wife equals one fake marriage. The truth of the matter is that homosexual behavior does not pass the reality test necessary for admission into the culture. The fact that the homosexual agenda will not allow the issue to be put on the ballot is a very good indication of the level of indoctrination, physical coersion and the dirty politics involved. Whe I say dirty politics, I mean the denial of the human being’s immortal soul, unalienable civil rights, unauthorized use of the language and the strangling of FREEDOM by the perjury that is a fake marriage.

Banned in Chicago

Tuesday, July 12, AD 2011

 

Hattip to Allahpundit at Hotair.  Rebel Pundit went to the Printer Row’s Literature Festival in Chicago and asked festival goers which books they would like to ban.  To anyone who knows Chicago as well as I do, the results were predictable:

In June we attended the Printer’s Row Literature Festival in Chicago. City blocks were closed off for tents and booths full of all types of literature. We presented a board with a selection of well known book covers and asked visitors of the event if they could choose to ban any of the books on the board, which if any, they would in fact ban. They were allowed to choose any three of the eleven choices.

The authors of the books we offered to ban were Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Andrew Breitbart, Ayn Rand, Michael Savage, Bill Clinton, Michael Moore, Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler and Barack Obama. While there were in fact less than two handfuls of individuals who did tell us they don’t think any books should be banned, unfortunately there were a shocking amount of guests at this book fair who were quite open to the idea, and in fact lined up quite excited for the opportunity to voice their opinion.

Participants overwhelming chose Sarah Palin who received 53 votes putting her at 36% overall, Glenn Beck at 23% and Ann Coulter at 22%. All of the other choices received a very minimal amount of votes, with the next most popular to ban being Adolf Hitler at 0.5%. Ironically, Michael Savage, who has been banned from entering Britain over things he often says, did not receive one vote to have his words banned in Chicago.

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  • I found this nugget from Hot Air on this topic particularly distressing:

    A 2005 survey of high school kids found more than one in three thought the text of the amendment goes “too far” in protecting civil liberties, with only 83 percent saying that people should be allowed to express unpopular views. Another poll of adults conducted last year by the First Amendment Center found that 49 percent(!) think the amendment goes “too far,” a 10-point increase since 2001.

    Free speech for me, but not for thee.

  • Commies.. what else is new…

    I will vote for the person who the MSM hates the most, that is usually the best candidate. Right now thats Michelle Bachmann

Of Saint Sabina’s, Guns and Palin Derangement Syndrome

Sunday, June 26, AD 2011

For those of you fortunate enough not to live in the Land of Lincoln, or, as it is commonly known today, The State Everyone Laughs At, you may have not been familiar enough with the State and therefore thought that Cardinal George’s most recent attempt to remove Father Pfleger, or as many of us refer to him as Father “Flakey”, would have caused him to mend his ways.  Those of us who have followed Father Pfleger for decades, realized that this was merely the latest useless huffing and puffing of Cardinal George, and that Saint Sabina’s would soon return to normal, which is as a bastion of Left Wing political orthodoxy, with an exteme emphasis on race,  where Catholicism is very much an afterthought.

This was graphically demonstrated by Father Pfleger having Gary McCarthy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new top cop, preach a “sermon” during Mass earlier this month.  Chicago has an atrocious murder rate.  It also has the strictest gun control laws in the nation.  Here are Gary McCarthy’s deep thoughts on this contradiction:

“Let’s see if we can make a connection here. Slavery. Segregation. Black codes. Jim Crow. What, what did they all have in common? Anybody getting scared? Government sponsored racism.”

“Now I want you to connect one more dot on that chain of the African American history in this country, and tell me if I’m crazy: Federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms, into our urban centers across this country, that are killing our black and brown children,” he said.

McCarthy blasted the NRA, telling parishioners that their communities have paid the price while the gun manufacturers are getting “rich and living in gated communities.”

And he told an anecdote of just one night with the New York Police Department. After returning home from investigating a pair of shootings, he said he flipped on the television to relax, only to find “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” being broadcast.

“She was caribou hunting, and talking about the right to bear arms,” he said. “Why wasn’t she at the crime scene with me?”

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  • Don, as the last holdout to concealed carry, Wisconsin becoming the 49th state to have just passed it, Illinois is not laughable in my opinion. I do not see how allowing citizens to carry a handgun hidden in their pants or whatever improves public safety.

    As ratified by the States, the Second reads: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Gun advocates seem to ignore the first four words.

    In fact, the original raison d’être for gun rights included the following:

    * deterring undemocratic government;
    * repelling invasion;
    * suppressing insurrection;
    * facilitating a natural right of self-defense;
    * participating in law enforcement;
    * enabling the people to organize a militia system.

    Only one had to do with the right of individual self-defense while the rest focused on collective security.

    When I lived in AZ, I kept a loaded revolver under my car seat but never in the house because my wife feared the kids would get to it. I used to plink in the desert mostly, but it was more lethal and efficient than a baseball bat should i get into an altercation of some kind. Still, there were moments of road rage that caused me to come close to menacing others who I deemed to be a threat to my safety. Once I got cut off by a bunch of Mexicans on the freeway or began waving their weapons at me. For an instant I thought I’d respond in the same way and who knows what would have happened next? But being outnumbered and outgunned I refrained from reaching for my gun and instead got off at the next exit rather than try to be a macho man.

    There came a time when I got tired of target shooting and sold the gun and never got another one.
    Perhaps in time Illinois will succumb to pressures of the NRA and join the rest of the nation in allowing concealed carry. Then maybe you won’t be laughed at so much.

  • “The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once”.

    Judge Alex Kozinski

  • The militia when the Bill of Rights was drafted Joe consisted of all adult white males in most states, and all adult males in some states. The idea that government could take away a right to bear arms from an individual law abiding citizen would have struck the Founding Fathers as bizarre.

    I haven’t shot a weapon since my Army days. I have no interest in them. However, I do like living in rural Illinois where most of my neighbors are armed, some of them quite heavily. I think it does have a negative impact on the crime rate when it is assumed that almost everyone in an area has a firearm.

  • The pictures we see today if we are looking are clear to a lot of us.

    I have never owned a gun and never had one in the house or car or in my pants. Why, because for about seventy of my years I never saw the need for one. I lived in what one would call safe neighborhoods all of my life. Yes, there were areas in every city I’ve lived in which were not as safe as mine and the local police spent most of their time and our tax dollars in those areas.
    However, having observed the gradual decline of our society over the last thirty to forty years like any other normal citizen who is the least bit concerned with his or community safety we realize two things for sure.
    One. The local police anywhere today are by numbers and fiscal constraints unable to cover adequately the responsibilities we as citizens are really expecting of them. They will tell you that today more than ever they only are able to handle the steam off the boiling crock-pot of crime in our major cities. There is no room in the jails and the courts are overloaded with cases to the extent police feel compelled to “allow” petty crime to go unnoticed. We might add that honest cops who would be watching out for us are responding to 911 calls from fast food outlets by customers upset that the restaurant is out of French fries. Get the picture?
    Two. Our federal government, now in the hands of career politicians able to assert themselves as a separate “ruling class” charged with providing our every need cradle to grave, has gradually assumed the role of our “protectors” by actually using things like the plight noted above as cover for their own protection from a public now aware of their intentions to remove (relieve us of) our freedoms and liberty and be “transformed” within a modern fundamentally changed America. They are convinced as a group of elite intelligentsia with unlimited power and benevolent compassion that we are incapable of caring for ourselves and they are duty bound to take our weapons before we are so unappreciative of their obvious plan that we should, God forbid, take action to prevent it from happening. But some still don’t get the picture.

    What is clearly disheartening to many Catholics at this very moment is we have to witness the amazing contrast in ecclesiastical maneuvers of making Pfleger even more famous by extending his reign and at the same time shutting down Fr.Corapi. A very sad picture for the church in America.

  • Well stated, Bill Sr., except it was Corapi who shut himself down not his superiors. He could have fought it out but didn’t. Now on his website there are ads to join something called “The Life Universal Church.” Jim Jones redux.

  • Joe
    I have heard many of Fr. Corapi’s sermons and lectures but I haven’t visited his website as yet. I wonder if there is such a new thing as “The Life Universal Church” will it be condemned by the Vatican or will Corapi be invited to Sunday mass along with the Muslim and their Quran as being proposed now to expound on the equality of their faith.
    I hate having to say things like this

  • “Only one had to do with the right of individual self-defense while the rest focused on collective security. ”

    1 is plenty

  • There are no collective rights, the Constitution is all about individual rights and strictly limits government power.
    Not only does the Constitution limit government it limits democracy, individual rights are protected againt the whims of popular opinion.

  • While I think there are serious problems with John Corapi’s behavior as of late, watching Fr Flagrant (a little Ann Coulter lingo there) get reinstated makes Corpai’s suspension look like an injustice on steroids. Hey, maybe you Chitown Catholics can petition the Holy See to have Bp. Mulvey installed as Abp. of Chicago. It seems at least when he suspends a priest, it actually sticks. And Fr. Pfleger can start his own ministry, Barack Lap Dog.

  • Re Bill Sr.’s remarks.

    The homicide rate in this country has declined by about 55% in the last 30 years. Currently, the Chicago municipality is suffering a rate of 16 homicides per 100,000 residents per annum. The metropolitan mean for the country as a whole in 1980 would have been around 13 per 100,000 and that for the central cities where the slums are higher still. The inner city homicide rate where I grew up peaked at 27 per 100,000 in 1993. This same report assesses it at half that, even though the inner city comprehends a smaller and poorer slice of the whole metropolis than was the case 18 years ago. Homicide rates in the five boroughs of New York City are now lower than they were in 1963. Some things have improved in this country in recent decades.

  • Art,
    Those are great stats and we should be proud of ourselves.
    Now over the same period can you give us a rundown on the abortion rates both overall and in urban areas in particular. While we’re still smiling.

  • Our household has four firearms. Three handguns and one 12 GA coach gun. For those who wish to know a coach gun is a side-by-side shotgun with a short barrel used on stage coaches for close in defense. Though it has nice IC and M chokes so can be used in the field. Don’t need accuracy when using it. Approximating the target at 40 yards is enough. Add to that a concealed weapons permit and all I can say is come and take ’em,

  • I’ll also add that our neighborhood has more than enough guns of varied types to deter any criminals.

  • Phillip that reminds me of one of my friends, a deputy sheriff, who could easily arm a squad from his personal arsenal. He is also one of the easiest going, live and let live persons I have ever met. However, he is amply prepared if he encounters people who do not share his peace loving view of life.

  • I tried to laugh, but it came out kind of choked, as I live in NY. I’ve long found it disturbing that in this state self-defense seems to be earnestly frowned upon…. non-lethal pepper sprays and stun guns are out, and knives are suspect, and handguns a trial to obtain. Even slingshots with wrist braces (which help weaker individuals to shoot with more force and accuracy) are mystifyingly forbidden by law.
    The joke is, “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” About twenty minutes away—in good weather—assuming the phone is available, and you’re not out in the woods somewhere facing down two-legged or four-legged predators. So, “facilitating a natural right of self-defense” is a very immediate, important gun right to me, and NY doesn’t “facilitate” too well.

  • Yeah, Don, trust in God but keep your powder dry.

  • That has always been my sentiment Joe, but normally we do not quote Oliver Cromwell on this blog! 🙂

  • OK, Don, I’ll bite. What do you have against Ollie?

  • OK, Don, I’ll bite. What do you have against Ollie?

    Really?

  • “I’ll bite. What do you have against Ollie?”

    Uhhh, this IS a Catholic blog, right? And beyond that, do you really need to ask an Irishman why Cromwell is persona non grata?

  • I thought Protestants were your “separated brethren.” At least that’s what the Pope says. And in Cromwell’s case, he was separated all right — literally from his head and body. Isn’t that enough revenge for you Catholics? 😕

  • Don, “…and forgive us our trespasses and those who trespass against us…”

    Ah, the blood spilled in the name of God. I suppose Charlemagne gets a pass and Pope Alexander IV who established the Office of the Inquisition within Italy in 1254. That Torquemada was a charming fellow after working hours. :mrgreen:

  • I have ancestors who were persecuted by Protestants and others who were persecuted by Catholics.
    As Christian Americans, in today’s world, we will either hang together, or we will hang separately, to paraphrase Ben Franklin.

  • Federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms, into our urban centers across this country, that are killing our black and brown children,” he said.

    Did he ever get around to mentioning who was on the trigger side of those firearms? I have never heard of a federal gun law discharging a firearm.

    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    You seem to draw the exact opposite meaning from that sentence than I do. You interpret the first clause to define the purpose of the latter, that is – because we need people to be in our well regulated militias, they need to have arms to serve in them. That is, the right to bear arms serves the need of the militia. Personally, I see that as bass ackwards.

    I see the first clause as explaining the that, because a militia is a necessary evil, the people need to be free to carry arms to protect themselves from the militia, should it turn on them. The right to bear arms is a protection for the people against a well regulated militia gone bad. Seems that, the founding fathers having just experienced standing armies under British rule, it would make more sense for them to intend this as a protection for the people, not a recruiting call for the army.

  • Tu Qouque is always a poor argument Joe. As for the blood spilled over religion, a popular topic for agnostics and atheists, it is a terrible thing although it no more discredits religion than blood shed to preserve a nation discredits the nation. The admonition of Christ to forgive our enemies has never been taken as a call for amnesia or a “get out of jail free card” as to justice either in this world or the next.

  • All credible research, I have seen, indicates there is a correlation (not causation) between conceal carry laws and a reduction in the crime rate: 30% lower homicide rate and 46% lower robbery rate.

    http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/14664/statistics-show-concealed-carry-saves-many-lives-takes-few

    The author of Freakonomics argues that backyard pools are more dangerous to children than guns. He states children under 10 years old are 100 times more likely to die in a backyard pool than from a gun related incident.

    Joe’s argument that when he carried a gun he almost used it is a reason that it is best that Joe doesn’t carry a gun. It does not speak to others carrying a gun. His argument is anecdotal evidence and policy decisions should not be made on anecdotal evidence alone. Other people have used the same argument or one very similar to it and it makes me wonder if there is some type of “talking point” memorandum propagated by the anti-gun advocates.

    Finally and most importantly to me, the Catholic Church’s position on gun control is nuanced but grounded in the protection of human life:

    “[One has] the right of legitimate defense by means of arms exists. This right can become a serious duty for those who are responsible for the lives of others, for the common good of the family or of the civil community. This right alone can justify the possession or transfer of arms”. (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, “The International Arms Trade: an Ethical Reflection” in Origins 8 (24), 7 July 1994, p. 144).

    The Catechism states:

    “The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. “The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one’s own life; and the killing of the aggressor…. The one is intended, the other is not.”

    Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:

    If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful…. Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of another’s.

    Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.”

    Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 5, Subsection 1, Heading 2, Paragraphs 2263-2265 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • Why Joe, I have nothing against Oliver Cromwell other than the following:

    1. His bloody persecution of the Church in England and Ireland.

    2. His massacres of priests and Catholic laity in Ireland.

    3. His stealing of massive amounts of Irish land from the rightful owners and giving the dispossessed Irish the choice of Hell or Connaught.

    4. The fact that in memory of all this the worst curse that any Irish man or woman can give is “The curse of Cromwell on ye!”

    Other than that, I am certain “Old Ironsides” was a fine fellow! 🙂

  • Catholic Lawyer, et al…To be clear, I am not anti-gun and my decision to give up my gun was mine alone and not meant as a template for others. Each person has to make his or her own decision. And I happily concede and indeed affirm the right of self-defense in whatever manner is necessary, whether as an individual or a nation.

    Don says, “As for the blood spilled over religion, a popular topic for agnostics and atheists, it is a terrible thing although it no more discredits religion than blood shed to preserve a nation discredits the nation.”

    The key phrase would appear to be “to preserve a nation” and must mee the following conditions, according to the U.S. Catholic Bishops, “for legitimate military defense by military force”:

    * the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
    * all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
    * there must be serious prospects of success;
    * the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power as well as the precision of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.

    As you know, Augustine, Aquinas and many other leading theologians weighed in heavily on the definition and questions of what is a “just war” often disagreeing with each other. Such inquiries, then, are not confined to “agnostics and atheists” alone as you would suggest but are grist for the earnest quest for truth.

  • “but are grist for the earnest quest for truth.”

    And no more gets Oliver Cromwell off the hook for his misdeeds than any other red herring that may pop up. At any rate this is getting a few light years off target from the subject of the post, and I would request that all further comments be directed at the subject of the post.

  • Don, in that vein (or is it vain?), herewith a quote from Mario Puzo for your reaction:

    A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.

  • Mr. McCarthy needs a history lesson.

    Gun control was actually an element of Jim Crow, with Southern states passing restrictions on the right of blacks to keep and bear arms. The same was true during the antebellum period. In fact, if you read the Dredd Scott decision, it explicitly argues against treating blacks as citizens because if you did so they would have the right “to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”

    Source.

  • “A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.”

    Depends upon the lawyer and the hundred men. 🙂

  • Good answer, Don! You’re really on your game today. One of these days I’m gonna getcha though 😕

  • To Joe Green,
    Father Corapi is fighting this. He is willing to put himself in Civil court to fight the charges by the former employee. As Bill Donahue of the Catholic League as said, the American priest has less civil liberties than any segment of the United States population.
    I have been on all of Fr.Corapi’s Facebook pages for almost a year. I have never seen anyone promoting the Life Universal Church. If you are a Facebook user you would know that there are all kinds of adds on the right hand side of the page. They chaneg form each time you log on. I have had ads for Wonen ‘s Dating Services for Women, Lesbians Untied, Rainbow coalition. Am I gay-No, but if you logged on to my page you might think I am. I can click on an x by the side of it and click on an add asking not to post that particular ad. They ask do you find this offensive, uninteresting, sexually explesive, against my views, boring. Over time, and much time and clicking on ads, I have found very very few gay oriented ads on my page. Father’s pages were set up by followers of his ministty. He does have 2 that He set up and reads occasionally. As views of those pages, we cannot click on those ads. It has to be the page moderator on a group page or Father himself. I hardly think he is watching his 2 pages 24/7. I will mention it to the moderators of the page and post this on his page, hoping he reads it. Maybe he can contact Facebook. He stated on his page that he is not leaving the priesthood, not seeking lacization. He is fighting for his civil and spiritual rights.

  • Thank you Marcia
    It’s sad but not surprising that today a Catholic priest is a preferred and easy legal target with an almost automatic assumption of quilt not just for the accuser but also the mainstream media. I will stand with Father Corapi and his word and honor rather than the gleeful press thirsty for a kill.

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  • First impression is that Pfleger’s church looks more like the Jerry Springer show than any part of a Catholic mass. As a Chicago native, how far the city has fallen when they believe they have to bring in someone who by his accent sounds like he’s from New York to be Police Chief of Chicago…talk about the ultimate insult.

Father Michael Pfleger Removed and Suspended

Wednesday, April 27, AD 2011

Cardinal George is to the left and Father Pfleger is to the right.

Updates at the bottom. . .

The Chicago Tribune and WBEZ are reporting that Cardinal George of Chicago has removed from his parish of Saint Sabina and suspended Father Michael Pfleger sacramental priestly faculties ultimately due to his disobedience.

In a public radio show Father Pfleger threatened to leave the Catholic Church if he were to be reassigned to a Catholic High School by Cardinal George, his archdiocesan archbishop.

Cardinal George was disappointed in this particular response, “If that is truly your attitude, you have already left the Catholic Church and are therefore not able to pastor a Catholic parish(.)”

A Catholic priest’s inner life is governed by his promises, motivated by faith and love, to live chastely as a celibate man and to obey his bishop. . .Breaking either promise destroys his vocation and wounds the Church. . .With this letter, your ministry as pastor of Saint Sabina Parish and your sacramental faculties as a priest of the Archdiocese are suspended.

An “associate” minister of Saint Sabina’s Church, Kimberly Lymore, promised to have an “official” response from the Saint Sabina “leadership” to Cardinal George’s actions.

Well I have to say is Father Pfleger had certainly pushed the boundaries of patience on this one.  To say that this was a “shock” or unexpected would be disingenuous of Father Pfleger.

Cardinal George is well within his authority as an apostle of the Church to govern his flock as stated in his role as Archbishop.

Obedience is certainly expected of all archdiocesan priests, but to have Father Pfleger not only disobey the wishes of his archbishop, but publicly threaten to leave the Church if he were to be reassigned to another post went beyond disobedience.

Pray for Father Pfleger, Cardinal George, and the parish of Saint Sabina’s.

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ThePulp.it has a roundup of the coverage on the suspension of Father Michael Pfleger from the Catholic blogosphere and the secular media here.

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Hat tip to Chris Johnson of the Midwest Conservative Journal.

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Update I: Here is the letter Cardinal George handed to Father Pfleger personally simultaneously telling him he doesn’t want to ‘hear it’ about his options.  For the letter click here.

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  • It’s about damned time!!!!

  • I pray Cardinal George’s actions will be put to good use and become an occasion for sober reflection and renewal for Fr. Pfleger and the entire parish of Saint Sabina. May Fr. Pfleger return to obedience to Christ and His Church.

  • Fair enough.

    Independently from the controversy itself, to threaten to “leave the church” if one doesn’t get his own way is not acceptable in a priest. To do so publicly is even worse.

    Mundabor

  • Father “Flakey” has been asking for this for a very long time. I predict that he will take Saint Sabina’s now out of the Catholic Church. He has been a de facto one man church for years in any case.

  • My question is: Why did it take so long to remove this flake? Its been known for 30 years that he was a flamin’ liberal, social justice radical! Lets see if Cdl George will have the guts to stand by his actions.

  • This reminds me of George Stallings a few years back. I hope that Pfleger doesn’t take anyone with him.

  • To be fair, it would be a shock to finally be held accountable after how many years of being a national clown.

  • I agree with Stephen E Dalton, there is no room in the Church for justice! I desire Mercy not Justice Christ said! There are a few more priests and bishops that seem a little too just for my tastes as well. Christ didn’t care about the poor “they will always be with you”… why should a priest be wasting his time with poor inner city African Americans when he could be in the rectory brushing up on his Latin and do some real good for the faithful.

  • No doubt Patrick it is simple racism that accounts for the action of the Cardinal, rather than the fact that Father “Flakey” has been in frequent defiance of his superiors throughout his three decades at Saint Sabinas, has often threatened to go into schism if he were removed from Saint Sabinas and, among other charming incidents that we in Illinois know well, has been involved in the following:

    “Pfleger generated controversy by inviting Al Sharpton to speak at a Mass during Black History Month celebrations. Cardinal Francis George disapproved of Sharpton’s appearance, due to Sharpton’s support of abortion. Sharpton was also a presidential candidate at the time, and archdiocese officials were concerned that having a political candidate speak in church would cause them to lose their tax-exempt status. However, George decided that trying to stop Sharpton from coming “would be a futile gesture and a waste of effort”.”

    “In May 2007, During a Rainbow/PUSH Coalition protest outside a suburban Chicago gun shop, Pfleger was accused of threatening the life of the owner, John Riggio. The Illinois State Rifle Association released a tape where Pfleger was heard telling the assembled crowd, “He’s the owner of Chuck’s. John Riggio. R-i-g-g-i-o. We’re going to find you and snuff you out… you know you’re going to hide like a rat. You’re going to hide but like a rat we’re going to catch you and pull you out.” Pfleger later claimed his use of the phrase “snuff you out” was misinterpreted.”

    “Cardinal George rebuked Pfleger, saying, “Publicly delivering a threat against anyone’s life betrays the civil order and is morally outrageous, especially if this threat came from a priest.” Pfleger claimed that he did not intend to use the word “snuff” as a slang term for “kill”, but rather as a substitute for “pull”, as he used later in his statement.”

    “On May 25, 2008, Pfleger gave a sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ, then Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s church, where he made controversial statements concerning Senator Hillary Clinton, Obama’s opponent for the Democratic Party nomination. Pfleger said, “I really believe that she just always thought, ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white, and this is mine. I just gotta get up and step into the plate.’ Then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama,’ and she said, ‘Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show!'” He then pretended to wipe tears from his face, a reference to Clinton’s emotional speech before the New Hampshire primary, and added, “She wasn’t the only one crying. There was a whole lot of white people crying.”

    “After hearing about Pfleger’s remarks, Obama said he was “deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric”. Pfleger later released a statement through St. Sabina that read, “I regret the words I chose Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Sen. Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Sen. Clinton or anyone else who saw them.” On May 31, 2008, Obama resigned his membership in Trinity Church, saying that his campaign had caused the church to receive excessive media attention. On June 1, 2008, Pfleger released a longer apology to the St. Sabina parish regarding the incident and its aftermath.”

    “On June 3, 2008, Cardinal George asked Pfleger to take a disciplinary leave of absence from St. Sabina. George said in a statement, “I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina’s Parish, to step back from his obligations there and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today. Fr. Pfleger does not believe this to be the right step at this time. While respecting his disagreement, I have nevertheless asked him to use this opportunity to reflect on his recent statements and actions in the light of the Church’s regulations for all Catholic priests. I hope that this period will also be a time away from the public spotlight and for rest and attention to family concerns.” Pfleger resumed his parish duties on June 16, 2008.”

    “On April 11, 2010, Pfleger delivered a 70-minute sermon in which he said the Apostles “had run out on” Jesus. “They had turned their backs on Him. They had left the One they had been with for three years, 24/7, and they ran away from Him when He most needed them. Only John, at the foot of the Cross and the women. That’s why there should be woman priests. That’s why there should be married priests. That’s why there should be women bishops and women cardinals.” The Archdiocese of Chicago later issued a statement by Pfleger in which he apologized for his remarks but reaffirmed his support for women’s ordination. Pfleger said on his Facebook fan page that he was told to apologize, despite still holding those opinions. Pfleger denounced critics of his comments as “ignorant haters” who took his homily “out of context” and used them “for their own particular motives.”

  • Patrick, there’s plenty of room inthe Church for true justice. There is, IMHO, no room for a demagogue who stirs up class, racial, and religious hatred nder the guise of so-called “social justice”.
    Don, thanks for the background on Fr Flakey. This man needs a psychiatrist!

  • Once upon a time, persons with religious vocations made vows of chastity, obedience and poverty.

    St. Che, Pray for us!

  • Fr. PFleger is a great example of Jesus Christ and his teachings. He should have left a long time ago. Fr. Pfleger now has the opportunity to open his Own Church.God would be pleased with him. May God bless you Father Pfeger. Go out and Preach the GOOD NEWS !!!

  • Wow !! I am truly shocked to see so many haters on a Catholic Web Site.
    Did you forget “WWJD”, What would Jesus do ? Apparently you did.
    And to say that there is no room in the Catholic Church for social justice ?? That’s totally false. Social justice is one of the main teachings of the Catholic Church.

    While I don’t agree with everyhing Fr. Pflager has said and done, and feel that he has been out of line several times, I think there is no doubt that he has good intentions, and has made many positive changes in his community. That being said though, he is still a Catholic Priest, and is bound by the same set of rules as any other proest. He can’t make up his own rules.

    So if you are true Catholics, how about praying for Fr. Pflager and his congrgation, and for Cardinal George, instead of being haters. Please !!!
    Calling him Fr. Flakey ?? Really ?? Do you think Our Lord would be proud of you for that ??

  • Fr. Pfleger now has the opportunity to open his Own Church.

    Yes, a great example of Christ’s life and mission – taking his marbles and going home.

    That being said though, he is still a Catholic Priest, and is bound by the same set of rules as any other proest. He can’t make up his own rules.

    Yes, and therefore most of what you have just written is therefore kind of silly, don’t you think? Fr. Pfleger is the disobedient one, not those calling him out for his behavior. That you are more concerned about the tone of those who disapprove of this man than in his actions is quite revealing.

    Oh, and adding additional exclamation points and question marks doesn’t make you sound much more insightful.

  • Did you forget “WWJD”, What would Jesus do ?

    What would Jesus do to someone who misused his authority as a representative of JESUS to 1) promote a literal baby-murder supporting member of Caesar’s crowd, 2) kept bringing scandal onto the Church, 3) was publicly spreading false teachings, 4) metaphorically flipped off the just authority over him, metaphorically doing the same to Jesus?

    Um… My imagination doesn’t go that far, but I’m thinking that the money changers might be willing to commiserate.

  • “Calling him Fr. Flakey ?? Really ?? Do you think Our Lord would be proud of you for that ??”

    Perhaps not. Christ might have preferred that I used some of the terms that He used: whited sepulcher, serpent, viper, etc. “Father Flakey” seems rather mild in comparison, perhaps too mild. Thanks for the correction T. Doyle!

  • What would Jesus do?

    Matthew 7:22-23 gives the answer:

    “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

  • WWJD? He might have taken a knotted cord to Father Fleger and ejected him from His Father’s House.

  • Whatever it is they’re teaching over there at St. Sabina’s, it sure the heck isn’t how to spell.

  • Stephen,
    You accuse Fr Pfleger of being a flaming liberal, social justice radical as if thats a bad thing. I guess if you are white, male and catholic in chicago social justice is a threat to your racist way of life. Father Pfleger is hated for one thing and one thing only in chicago, his commitment to the African American Community. It is a well known fact that the Chicago Catholic Community is one of the Most viral racist nests in the country. White catholics in chicago have such a bad reputation that I am embarassed to say I am catholic in other parts of the country because I am always asked how I could be black and catholic in chicago. I always respond by saying it is different for me I belong to St Sabina!

  • RadCat, I do not live in Chicago. I’m male, but I’m not “white”. I’m a Catholic of multi-racial ancestory, (Jew, Arab, sub-saharan African, Turkish, Scot-Irish, English, Spanish, Portuguse, Italian etc.) who’s ancestors practised Judaism.
    You are correct that your kind of “social justice” is a threat to my way of life. I am afraid of a fanatic like Fr. Pfleger who stirs up the very racial hatred that he’s supposed to be preaching against. He supports abortion. He’s for Obamacare which will destroy my health care. In general, he’s just a radical, socialist, Alinskyist who wants to throw his weight around thinking he’s a big shot.
    Finally, you don’t even know me, but you presume to call me racist? If so, why did I contribute to a reward for the capture and arrest of unknown suspects who spray-painted racial slurs on a house and two cars against two little Chinese girls with Down syndrone? This revolting incident happened in Elmwood, Il, the town my ancestors settled and helped found in 1830. I’m proud to be an Elmwood decendant, it’s a pity you’re so ashamed of being from Chicago.

  • Hey Radical Catholic, do I get to point out that Pleger has long been a disgrace since I am part Cherokee, or does my white blood prevent me from pointing out the obvious?

  • Radical Catholic,

    Don’t you find it a contradiction to be a Catholic if the Catholic Church is so offensive to you?

    God bless.

Faster, Higher, Stronger… in Faith

Tuesday, September 8, AD 2009

Next month, the International Olympic Committee will decide whether the 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, or Tokyo. The Windy City’s Olympic bid is believed by many to have a good chance of succeeding, although others predict Rio will get the nod in order to bring the Games to South America for the first time.

Supporters of Chicago’s bid (the most ardent among them being Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley) say the Games will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the city to the world, increase tourism, and promote economic development.

Those who don’t want the Games, however, argue that it will burden the city and the entire state of Illinois with years of additional taxes and debt, displace poor and vulnerable people from their homes and places of employment, leave behind crumbling “white elephant” venues, and promote exactly the kind of pay-to-play corruption that has made Chicago and Illinois infamous.

Whatever the outcome of the Olympic bid (which we will know on Oct. 2, when the IOC meets in Copenhagen), the competition for the Games has gotten me to thinking about another world-class event that has been proven to have lasting positive effects on the communities and countries that host it: World Youth Day.

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