Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

The good and the bad, emphasis on Trib and Sun-Times

RACE-BAITING alert

Dems depend on black votes, therefore . . . 

Paul remembers the guy who done him wrong

I would not want to be or have been in this coopersmith’s sandals when he faced his maker:

Alexander* the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.l

It’s 2 Timothy, 4.14.

I love this fellow Paul. He’s a real mensch (human being). He gets it.

Rauner, Quinn tied . . .

. . . in Public Policy poll:

CHICAGO – According the latest poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner are in a statistical dead heat as the campaign enters the final weeks.

Rauner held a slim lead among voters likely to cast ballots on Nov. 4, with 42.4 percent to Quinn’s 40.7 percent — within the survey’s margin of error, according to the statewide poll. Libertarian Chad Grimm had 3 percent.

With Sun-Times about to endorse Rauner . . .

And state Chamber of Commerce about to in effect endorse Quinn!

Elevated to the red, these cardinals go purple prose

Originally posted on Company Man:

As this fellow sights and cites.

In addition to the outright abominations put forth in the Synod’s already infamous Midterm Report, there are numerous flowery, and ultimately meaningless, musings such as the following:

The Gospel of the family, while it shines in the witness of many families who live coherently their fidelity to the sacrament, with their mature fruits of authentic daily sanctity must also nurture those seeds that are yet to mature, and must care for those trees that have dried up and wish not to be neglected.

The only way I can think to classify this particular style of writing, knowing that it emanated from an all-male committee of clerics, is to say that it is nothing more than pseudosacral homopoetic prose; an especially annoying symptom of the undeniable feminization of the Church Militant that began at Vatican II.

It’s the cardinals’ clerks that done it, but…

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Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968 selling today

At Amazon, where the elite meet to buy good books.

Rauner coming to River Forest Oct. 24

He will be at the Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison, 5:30 pm, for a Get Out the Vote rally.

RSVP Bill Hogan, 312-201-7100

Documentary film at Columbia College-Chi

#3 Daughter here:

3:45pm – 5:15pm More than One: Producing the Documentary Series – A look at some of the most exciting new documentary series being produced in Chicago today. Scheduled to appear: Mike Schmiedeler (The Michael Group), Maggie Bowman and Justine Nagan (Hard Earned, Kartemquin Films for Al Jazeera America); along with Bob Hercules (Media Process Group),Greg Jacobs (Siskel/Jacobs) and Ines Sommer (Sommer Filmworks)

Go, #3!

Croatian nut roll advice from Catholic New World

Benevolent gossip from headquarters:

It’s an art —
Croatian potica, a dessert for special occasions.
Potica (pronounced po-teetsa), aka povitica, orehnjaca or Croatian nut roll, are all the same baked delicacy served on special occasions.

Archbishop Cupich says it’s one of his favorites. Naturally! It’s a delicious blend of Mediterranean sunshine, Roman ruins, tamburitza music, urban cities like Zagreb, fairylands like Dubrovnik, with just a touch of soccer and Olympic competition tucked in.

The knack of making good potica is in rolling and stretching the dough. That is the art. Anyone can make the filling — but try stretching that dough paper thin and rolling the filling in it without tearing. Attempt the adventure anyway.

One of these days, I (or someone in our house) is gonna try this.

Nothing unique about free trade in destroying or creating jobs, happens all the time

Shooting down foolishness about protectionism:

You ask why I cannot “be more practical about trade.” My answer is that unconditional support for unconditional free trade is the most practical policy that is practically available. Unconditional free trade is far more practical than is your proposed alternative of empowering government officials to decide when, for how long, and to what degree trade should be free.

Free trade is simply consumers spending their money as they – rather than as government officials – wish. Yes: changes in the pattern of consumer demands destroy some jobs.

But this reality is true whenever consumers change their spending pattern. It is as true, for example, when consumers shift their demands from domestically produced steel to domestically produced aluminum as when they shift their demands from domestically produced steel to foreign-produced steel.

Anytime consumers change their spending pattern some incumbent producers suffer – and others gain. There’s absolutely nothing about freedom to trade across political borders that uniquely “destroys” (or creates) jobs. [Italics not added]

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Twenty-seventh Sunday, pep talk from our favorite apostle to the gentiles

Originally posted on Company Man:

Buck up, says Paul:

Reading 2 phil 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Your strategy:

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.

Think happy thoughts? Not quite. No one ever accused him of pollyannish behavior. But look. It makes sense to accentuate the positive, especially when you’re on the brink of feeling sorry for yourself and losing heart:

Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with…

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