Mary Jo Kopechne Was Unavailable for Comment

Wednesday, September 5, AD 2012

Well, the above tribute video to Ted Kennedy shown last night at the Democrat Convention certainly fit into the War on Women meme that the Democrats have been pushing!  The video failed to mention that Kennedy had a great sense of humor, especially about Chappaquiddick!  What a guy!



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  • I am sure Jesus’ sense of what is just, loving and fair will be quite obvious to us in heaven. There is an old story of a Jesuit and Dominican who made a pact to return for a private visit whichever went first. The English translation of the deceased cleric was “Dogma is substantially the same, but the Morality is totally different. JESUS hinted at the same- whores and tax collectors would make it before the self-congratulatory,

  • Well I find his supposed humor callous and clueless. Kind of like Ed Klein. The problem with the Kennedy’s was that no one held them to a higher standard. They actually created the standard, at least for their class, and back in the day the press was already in the bag for the first family.

  • From the “American Glob”:

    “Liberal Logicd 101: It’s OK to falsely accuse Mitt Romney of being responsible for the death of a woman he never met, while celebrating the memory of Ted Kennedy who let a young woman drown.”

  • Awesome insight…I wonder if Ol’ Kennedy can be excommunicated and removed from the K of C posthumously, in absentia? Just asking, Tone!

Ross Douthat’s Readers Prove his Point

Sunday, February 5, AD 2012

I can easily imagine from their comments how much it galls the typical readers of the New York Times to read opinion pieces by Ross Douthat.  Today he explains to his reader the extreme media bias on the issue of abortion.

Conservative complaints about media bias are sometimes overdrawn. But on the abortion issue, the press’s prejudices are often absolute, its biases blatant and its blinders impenetrable. In many newsrooms and television studios across the country, Planned Parenthood is regarded as the equivalent of, well, the Komen foundation: an apolitical, high-minded and humanitarian institution whose work no rational person — and certainly no self-respecting woman — could possibly question or oppose.  

Go here to read the rest.    To pro-lifers this is very old news.  It is hysterically funny however to read the comments to his piece:

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The Very Quiddity of Civility

Sunday, January 15, AD 2012


Hattip to Creative Minority Report.  No, the above video is not a Daily Show spoof.  There really and truly is a Froma Harrop.  She is an editorial writer for the Providence Journal and President of the National Conference of Editorial Writers.  (I know that sounds like a spoof, but it isn’t.)  The NCEW has a project to restore civility in American life, and you may read all about it here.

On August 2, 2011, Ms. Harrop delivered herself of this glittering gem of civility:


Make no mistake: The tea party Republicans have engaged in economic terrorism against the United States — threatening to blow up the economy if they don’t get what they want. And like the al-Qaida bombers, what they want is delusional: the dream of restoring some fantasy caliphate in which no one pays taxes, while the country is magically protected from foreign attack and the elderly get government-paid hip replacements.

Americans are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but that’s what Obama has been doing. Obama should have grabbed the bully pulpit early on, bellowing that everything can be discussed but America’s honor, which requires making good on its debt obligations. Lines about “we’re all at fault” and “Republicans should compromise” are beyond pathetic on a subject that should be beyond discussion.

That the Republican leadership couldn’t control a small group of ignoramuses in its ranks has brought disgrace on their party. But oddly, Obama’s passivity made it hard for responsible Republicans to control their destructive children.

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  • Obama has reacted by illegally, unconstitutionally depriving all citizens, but especially those with whom he (Obama) disagrees through the National Defense Authorization Act, enacted by Obama’s signature on New Year’s Eve, while he (Obama) was in Hawaii, giving Obama the power to detain any citizen indefinitely without charges, undoing the Magna Carta, eight hundred years of civil rights and Habeas Corpus. This, I believe, is because the nation refused to try enemy combatants as non enemies to give the enemies the civil rights of citizens, and as citizens under the Constitution

  • I always hate it when I have to defend Obama Mary, but that simply is not true, although it is claimed all over the internet.

    This section of the Authorization ensures that American citizens suspected of terrorism can not be held indefinitely on suspicion of terrorism:

    “Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.”

    I would note that I do not want this thread to become a debate on that act. This thread is about “civility police” lacking civility, not tin foil hat hysteria spread on the internet. (My contribution to civility today!)

  • I never knew there was such a word as “quiddity.” I left school 40 years ago. When was it invented?

    Anyhow, Whatz-her-name seems yer typical idiot ideologue liberal: infallible ignorance.

    I observe that she lacks the intellectual capacity for dishonesty.

    I think the main item on display here is (I think the shrinks call it) “projection.”

    Obama must go.

  • “Terrorism is not confined to physical attacks. ”

    Example of a verbal one.
    Quid pro quo -ness, too.

  • “quiddity” comes from the latin “quidditas” a term used as a synonym for nature or essence.

  • @Donald R. McCleary: The only reason I responded to this post is because I like the word “Quiddity”. I hattip my aluminun hat to you. Thank you for your kind response.

  • I like the word too Mary since I became familiar with the works of the Angelic Doctor. It tickled me tan, if not pink, that I could use it in a title for a blog post!

  • Wrecking crew. Wreckers. Whatever. She’d clearly prefer all Tea Parties to “disappear.”

  • I think this is another example of civility quiddity from John Hinderacker at PowerLine (they post a pic of something that has “Newsweek”??? above and a whole-page picture of someone who doesn’t look happy):

    “We who are unhappy that unemployment has increased on Obama’s watch, that over-regulation has stymied economic growth, that our children now owe a $15 trillion debt that we can’t pay–hey, we’re just dumb! We obviously aren’t smart enough to understand how devastating our economy, unemploying millions of Americans and burdening our children with trillions of dollars in debt is really a great idea.”

    I think it’s the obama-worshiping idiots’ stupidity quiddity (or projection thereof), not faux civility.

    As Bart Simpson famously exclaimed 20 years ago, “I’m insulted!”

National Catholic Reporter in Full Melt Down Mode

Monday, November 28, AD 2011

Having sat through some pretty dreadful masses since Vatican II, I guess I have a wee bit of schadenfreude right now.  The National Catholic Reporter has an editorial that has to be seen to be believed.  This is a choice paragraph:

The Vatican issued new translation guidelines, Liturgiam authenticam, in 2001, reorganized ICEL to report not to the English-speaking bishops but to the Curia, and appointed a committee, Vox Clara, to advise it on the approval of English translations. All this was done ostensibly to ensure the authenticity of the translation, but it was clear from the beginning that a clerical, imperial ideology was being imposed on the translation. The poetry of language and beauty of prayers were secondary concerns.



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  • This is the first I’ve heard of the 1998 translation. I looked it up and it’s somewhere between the 1973 and current translations but much closer to the 1973. So close that I don’t even see why it warranted change.

    I do see Mr. Tambourine’s point though. It’s a step back for comprehensibility. But then again, it is more poetic which I prefer to simplicity. On the third hand, the Mass should be accessible to the masses. I keep on returning to the idea I have about bifurcating the missal into high and low versions or maybe even more.

  • RR:

    Can you post a link to the 1998 translation?

    The editorial was actually much better than the irrational “Leave Britney Alone!” freakout I was expecting (and have seen before).

    But I’m really getting tired of the refusal of those wetting their beds over the change to admit that the ’73 was a steaming pile of crap, and not just the product of “aw, shucks–we were carried away by enthusiasm!” In some sections, it’s a bad paraphrase, which prompts fair questions as to the motives of the translators.

    Until the protesters admit to the awfulness of the previous translation, I’m inclined to roundfile their objections.

  • I keep on returning to the idea I have about bifurcating the missal into high and low versions or maybe even more.

    I can understand the motivation, but the liturgy is already diverse enough by having four eucharistic prayers in the new rite and the ’62 Mass. “Indulting” the ’73 (so to speak) is pretty close to fracturing the rite altogether.

  • The English Mass was hardly a translation from the Latin to English. It was a re-write.

    E.G., Et cum spiritu tuo is And with your spirit in English, not And also with you. Big difference in meaning and intent.

    The youths won’t be there because their parents weren’t there.

  • 1998 Sacramentary:

    Dale, I’ve never actually heard the alternative Eucharistic prayers used. There may be enough diversity but it’s not taken advantage of due to, I suspect, inertia. I think making clearer distinctions (e.g., designating a version as “high” or “solemn”) and encouraging their use could be beneficial.

  • Well, given the way the NCR editorial staff feels about the new translation – how they will cringe with the new words – they might have a better appreciation at how faithful Catholics feel when they read the cr*p they consistently publish.

  • I guess this fellow commenting on the NCR thread can be the one to turn off the lights for the Episcopalians:

    “Oh, Heavens!! The Catholic Church lost me 50 years ago & I’ve finally “grown up” and left it ~ HOORAY!!!! My Methodist-raised spouse & I joined the REAL Church of the Good Lord, the Episcopal Church ~ our church does Mass the correct way with all the former “High Mass” trimmings EVERY SUNDAY morning AND the fabulous formal choir (in ROBES!)always sings ALL the verses to the lovely Christian hymns. The congregation dresses properly ~ not in junk clothes like the Catholics these days (at 5 p.m. Masses, especially) ~ and really WANTS to be there to praise & thank the Good Lord…unlike Catholics who just “show up” so they won’t “commit a mortal sin & go to Hell” ~ or so they were trained to believe they will!

    No wonder there was the Protestant Reformation ~ the Episcopalians got it right!!”

  • We tambourine people! Oh my goodness! LOL!

    I see where this is going now, they really just want the jingle-jangle worship that is entirely the sound of tambourine, and will avoid any language whatsoever so as not to offend anyone who is offended by Latin, English, commas, unfamiliar words, the idea we are sinners in need of mercy, or religion and belief in God in general.

  • I’m thinking a chorus of “Listen To What The Flower People Say” from This Is Spinal Tap would pretty much sum up the Tamborine People…

  • Donate to NCR? You have got to be kidding. The Mass this past Sunday was beautiful, poetic and reverent. The thing is that we must get out of “auto pilot” with our responses. At daily Mass yesterday, “and also with you” was said several times. There is a difference between “and with your spirit” and “and also with you”. When the Mass was translated into other languages, the translations were much closer to the Latin text. Only in English speaking countries was the translation so abominable. The Eucharistic Prayers are beautiful. I am thankful to JP II and Benedict for this beautiful and faithful translation.

  • I’ve written quite extensively on the new translation, having examined and commented upon every prayer in the ordinary, and every collect, offertory prayer, preface, postcommunion, special blessing, and prayer over the people, for every Sunday and every feast day, even the minor ones, throughout the year. The translation we have now is immeasurably superior to what we’ve had for forty years — and superior in the very poetic qualities that the Distorter pretends to long for. The 1998 translation was a Trojan Horse — and the Distorter doesn’t want to admit it. They did actually try to translate, sort of, the collects and the prefaces (as opposed to the lame paraphrase of 1973), but they left the bad translations of the ordinary alone, and they introduced some really bad and stupid stuff, via the feminist syndrome.

    As for the young people: I have spent my whole professional life around young people. I teach them for a living. If I offered a class on singing Renaissance polyphony, I’d have thirty kids signing up overnight, half of them boys. The students I know who love their faith are more, not less, interested in learning Latin and recovering their Catholic heritage. Haven’t oldsters been pretending for all these years that they knew what would attract young people? Haven’t they already tried making things “cool” and “hip” and “relevant” and so forth? Haven’t the kids seen through all that and shrugged? When I’m at a Mass where the people sing the atrocious muzak from Haugen, Haas, and Schutte, and the “choir” consists of a bunch of middle aged women who like to be looked at, some old guy going along with it to please his wife, and a teenage girl or two, it doesn’t take much genius to see behind the stony faces of the boys in the congregation — if there are any.

  • Thank you Tony. I too have noticed the young people preferring the new translation. There are more young people at Eucharistic Adoration. Yesterday, I noticed more young people at daily Mass. Those to whom I spoke after Mass, said that they prefer the new translation.

  • My sons are 20 & 22 and they want to be told the TRUTH, even if it is harder than a sugarcoated lie. They will do great with the new translation because its TRUE. One of the most disrespectful thing that people can do is to lie to get a certain response from others…it tells them that you don’t respect their capacity to have the correct response from the actual truth.

    Noone likes disrespect but young makes especially dont will violently remove themselves from situations when disrespected. Give them the TRUTH….as close as we have it, the new translation is the truth.

I Am Shocked! Shocked!!!

Friday, October 28, AD 2011

Hattip to Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal.  I know that this will come as a vast surprise, but apparently there are grifters and con artists among the Occupy Wall Street minions:

The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.

For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.

They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.

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  • So Beret Barbie and Populist Ken don’t want to mingle with the genuinely marginalized. Well, you know how it is; the homeless might interfere with the Ipad signals.

  • “We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out” to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer.

    Many of those being fed “are professional homeless people. They know what they’re doing,” said the guard at the food-storage area.

    “Professional” homeless people? WTH????

    I am not surprised by any of this because I realized long ago what the left is really made of, and of course there has been a fair amount of mocking of the OWS by average people due to their ignorance, hypocrisy, or lack of common sense….but some things are so crass and awful that they shock your sensibilities and challenge what hope you have for mankind.

  • These people just don’t get it?

    Their actions have consequences and they refuse to see reality for what it is.

    If Obama loses, I won’t be surprised if these Occupy Wall Streeters go all-Greek on the American People. . . barbecuing cars, breaking windows, and throwing Molotov cocktails at the police.

  • I’ve seen the encampments here at McPherson Square near the White House and also in downtown Baltimore. What’s striking – aside from their pathetically small size – is just how nice their tents are. Seriously, these people have some fine camping gear. Which makes them all even a bit more repulsive as they dwell in comfort while the truly needy continue to sleep outside and get sneered at by these phonies.

  • from the Post story:
    “A team of 10 security volunteers moved in to the trouble-prone southwest section of Zuccotti Park in a show of force to confront them.

    “We’re not going to let some members of this community destroy the whole movement,” a volunteer said.

    Some arguments broke out as the security team searched tents — but no violence erupted.”

    Gee, warrantless searches by self-appointed vigilantes, where’s the ACLU?

    Btw, here is OSW’s Forum discussion of the issue:

  • The problem is right-wing infiltrators and tea party sabateurs giving a bad name to altruistic anarchists and caring college kids . . .

    All in all, I fell better! I only (nine hours not 18 hours a day!) have to work from January through May to provide for profesional hiomeless people, ex-cons and politicians.

  • ok – sometimes it is easy to define something in the early stages by something it is not…

    Are we suggesting here that that the wall street movement is trying to be a new government … should they feed people who need feeding… should they provide education ….. should they be providing healthcare ….. is this what they are trying to do?
    .. develop systems where the government is failing to provide?

    I don’t think this is the direction they are trying to head …. maybe I have got it all wrong…..

  • Ya know, it probably won’t be long before the General Assembly establishes the Committee of Public Safety to deal with these enemies of the Revolution.

  • Super rich income gained 275% in past 3 decades.
    Little guy (99 percenters) gained 20% ” ” ” ”

    Despite the goons, the unwashed, the “professional” agitators, the commies, et al, cannot anyone on TAC doubt there are ordinary working people on there protesting the inequities spawned by American-style greed?

  • Joe, yes there are some. They’re called the Tea Party, and they don’t see unequal outcomes as inequity, but they don’t think their tax monies should be used to bail out CEOs, financiers, and over-extended families while they delay gratification, live within their means and play by the rules. To the extent they and the Occupiers see some of the same inequities, their remedy differs: the Occupiers want the bailouts to be extended to them; whereas the Tea Partiers want to stop the bailouts altogether.

    Finally, while there is no doubt plenty of greed today, I doubt folks were less greedy in the past. I suspect the subtextual concern most animating the Occupier movement is the dearth of well-paying jobs in occupations that many terribly indebted college graduates are interested in. Note two phenom here: first, many of these people want employment in occupations that they would find interesting and rewarding, and are not really interested in learning a craft or skill in an area they would find unfulfilling; and they are saddled with enormous debt due to the high cost of college education, which ironically was driven by government guaranteed loans. I strongly suspect that without our generous government guaranteed loan system the cost of higher education today would be substantially less than one-half what it is.

  • We’ve got the Occupy bunch over here too – in Auckland its Aotea Square, and in Dunedin its the Octogon. But most of the tents are empty at night – the “occupiers” go home at night and return early in the morning – there are only a few that stay overnight, and they’re a relatively small rag-tag group anyway. Druggies (the scent of Mary Jane is quite propnounced) professional homeless and generally jobless losers.

    They’ve made their point, but now don’t know what to do next. We have national elections here in 4 weeks, and the lefty politicians who intially vocalised support for them are now backing away from them.

    Should do what the Aussies did in Sydney – gave them an ultimatum, and then moved them out.
    Just a pack of bludgers.

  • Don the Kiwi,

    Congrats on the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup! It was aired on US TV Sunday afternoon.

    Tough match! Those men had to be ringers, not real French . . .

    Hello, Joe! Keep the faith, sir.

    I know a lot of ordinary working stiffs. Most are either working or looking for work, and have no time for tantrums.

    The media has been libeling/slandering the Tea Party since day-one.

    Tea Party protests: 989 days
    OWS protests: 40 days

    Tea Party arrests: 0
    OWS arrests: 2,511

    Tea Party Rapes: 0
    OWS Rapes: Four

    Tea Party: Bathers
    OWS: Stink

    Is the product of 70 years of unionized, public education proles taught what to think, not how to think?

    There could have been a ton more OWS whiners if their hippy parents weren’t heavy into abortion, birth control and weed.

  • Joe-
    here is the study, which is of households. our very own Darwin did a post on the topic; if you’d like, here is a page that has household income by number both of members and of earners. All except the “seven or more members” folks have risen significantly. If you’d like to look at individuals, there are tables here.

    Short version, there’s a HUGE difference between a population where almost nobody moves out to live alone, where most families are two-parent, where sports and movies don’t make enough to pay out the kind of money we see these days, where it’s still fairly normal for grandparents to live with their kids and even have jobs above the table vs today. (My aunt was a single mother about that time– she lived with her parents. Not sure how common that was in big towns, though.)

    (I wish I could say I am just so dang good that I had this stuff at my fingertips… but in a conversation with an #OWS supporter I had reason to look it all up. At which point I was informed that any source that had the word “Catholic” involved was a “church blog” and thus hypocritical, gossiping, based on ad homen and clearly a Pharisee. No, the person didn’t know what all those words they were using meant.)

  • I seem to remember that there was a much better take-down of the claim lately, but blast me if I can find it. >.<

  • It would be interesting to learn where there average American or OWS protester would rank in terms of income compared to the rest of the world. OWS seems to have a lot of union support, I would imagine that they’re at least in the top 10% compared to the 90% of the world. I suspect it would have probably been higher a few decades ago before the various parts of the Second and Third World starting experiencing sound economic growth.

    Of course there are no complaints being tweeted from OWS that it is unfair that some people have can afford an iphone and the related service charges from expendable while others have a hard time finding a grub in the soil to eat.

  • I swear I’ve gone full blown dyslexic or something with all the dropped or extra words. Maybe I’m just a moron…

  • Oh, that 1%.
    We, the 99%, are expected to share our good food donations from somewhere and nice tent squatter accomodations with those no count %’s. They probably don’t even have loans to boot. They don’t even have tents. What is this outrage in our midst?

    When we get what we want, we won’t have any part of those no count %’s. Let us eat cake like the 1% – oh, their greed and good stuff we wouldn’t be so inclined to share with no count %’s or those losers who just earn what money they can for food and shelter doing available lowdown jobs they don’t even like because they have no idea what is fair.

    Bail outs, that’s the ticket. We’ll by cake and more. Oh, those no count %’s better not ruin things with hunger and need for community. This worthwhile 99% is not like them.

Irony Alert

Friday, April 24, AD 2009


Hattip to The Catholic Key BlogComments of President Obama at the Holocaust Memorial in Washington.

“It is the grimmest of ironies that one of the most savage, barbaric acts of evil in history began in one of the most modernized societies of its time, where so many markers of human progress became tools of human depravity: science that can heal used to kill; education that can enlighten used to rationalize away basic moral impulses; the bureaucracy that sustains modern life used as the machinery of mass death — a ruthless, chillingly efficient system where many were responsible for the killing, but few got actual blood on their hands.”

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  • Good post.

  • Two posts ago (the Colbert Report post) has 0bama lecturing us about losing our moral bearings. This is one sick dude.

  • I don’t know which possibility is scarier: that he may be completely oblivious of the obvious parallel, or that he is perfectly aware of it and doesn’t care.

    The major challenge for Catholics in the next four years will be to mount a credible opposition without allowing it to be characterized as “partisan politics.” Won’t be easy.

  • Great post Donald!


    The major challenge for Catholics in the next four years will be to mount a credible opposition without allowing it to be characterized as “partisan politics.” Won’t be easy.

    not with his communications department in bed with pretty much the whole of the media, and liberal Catholics like Kmiec shilling for him.