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Nodding vigorous assent to Sen. Harmon, persuading Speaker Madigan

Town hall meeting at the Oak Park library, July 17, 2013 — from Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters — vigorous nodding, oratorical jujitsu:

The evening wore on. An aide brought Harmon two frosted water bottles. Rep. Camille Lilly swigged an orange drink.

An audience member praised an activist who said the state should amortize its pension debt, asked why not.

“I had the opportunity to present that,” said Lilly, recounting her experience in Springfield, as she did frequently in these town halls. She spoke dramatically, as she did frequently, and as Sen. Don Harmon explained what was wrong with this proposal, nodded vigorous assent, as she also did frequently.

Someone mentioned Mike Madigan, speaker of the house and the state’s most powerful official, as part of the Illinois problem. Lilly mused. It was “interesting” how legislation comes forth in the house, she said, as if to be ironic, drawing laughter. She paused, then added that she had “gone and asked the speaker” to bring a bill forth (pause), “and it was brought up.”

It was a sort of oratorical jujitsu, checking laughter, presenting Madigan as not so bad after all. She was all smiles, kept hand gestures going throughout, sure of herself, as if toying with her listeners, perhaps unaware of what she was doing, in view of her often unfocused speechifying.

Illinois Blues is available in paperbackepub and Amazon Kindle formats.

Trump to Putin, sort of

Please read this from his p.c. today about Putin and tell me how ridiculous is the uproar that followed. He’s riffing on the Dem committee leaks and Dems’ speculating it’s from Putin, and says this:

“Why do I have to get involved with Putin? I have nothing to do with Putin. I’ve never spoken to him. I don’t know anything about him other than he will respect me. He doesn’t respect our president. [Good point] And if it is Russia—which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is—but if it is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason, because it shows how little respect they have for our country, when they would hack into a major party and get everything.

But it would be interesting to see—I will tell you this—Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.

Russia, are you listening? And says he hopes R. finds the emails. Will be rewarded by our press.

It’s hyperbole, exaggeration, tomfoolery, satire, whatever you have for exaggerating, falsifying on the square, making a point in a public statement. Ye gods, and they are jumping at it. Shock effect pure and simple. Morons.

Something Big Dog forgot while rhapsodizing

Among items left out of Bill’s encomiastic speech last night:

. . .  the Trans Pacific Partnership, which Mrs. Clinton touted in her State Department memoir, “Hard Choices”—or at least in the hardcover edition.

The topic was cut from the paperback, as the Washington Free Beacon reported last month, presumably because TPP has turned out to be unpopular and she claims she supports it no longer.

Politico reports that Virginia’s Gov. Terry McAuliffe, “longtime best friend to the Clintons,” says he believes she’ll flip again if elected.

Oh no! I refuse to believe it.

We love humanity, it’s people we can’t stand

Three major ism’s have one thing in common.

End of story in Planned Parenthood expose

The guerilla camera crew got the goods on the body-parts sales people, the county charged the the crew! To no avail!

What was it all about?

It’s clear enough that Harris County’s prosecutors were running interference for Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the state of Texas should look into the conduct of these prosecutors, who took a regular investigative-journalism technique and attempted to criminalize it. This looks like a clear abuse of power — certainly more clear than the supposed felonies committed by CMP [Center
for Medical Progress
].

Center for Med Progress being the investigators, who used hidden cameras to catch the Planned P people in the act, making deals with supposed buyers.

Bloomberg to the barricades

​She needs this guy in the worst way.​

Hillary’s ally in the months to come (but nothing new about that)

Ed Driscoll today (the whole thing, as intro to him, among other things):

SOMETIMES, PERCEPTION IS REALITY: The New NY Times Public Editor Goes There: ‘Why Readers See The Times as Liberal.’

Well, our source was the New York Times, to quote from the legendary Soviet Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky. As Daniel Okrent, the Times’ first public editor (“ombudsman” is probably too sexist a word for the vaporous Gray Lady) noted in 2004, after the body blows of the Jayson Blair debacle and Howling Howell Raines’ weird obsession with the Augusta National Golf Club in the wake of 9/11, “Is the New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? Of course it is.”

And as with the party its serves, its leftwing bias has only gotten worse in the years since.

NYT is Hillary’s most loyal warrior in the flight to The Left.

How to love Jesus in words hard to explain

Put this in your churchgoing, pewsitting pipe and smoke it, from a reigning expert in how to love Jesus:

The decision to make versus populum [facing the people] celebration [of the mass] a possibility rested on a profound theological insight, one which is profoundly traditional. The Eucharist is the action of the church—head and members. This sacred action is a sacrifice (self-offering along with Christ) that takes the form of meal, in which the body and blood of the Lord are given and shared.

(This latter point invites more emphasis than I can expand on here. Suffice it to say that current attitudes toward receiving Communion in a consumerist culture often obscure the fact that Communion is something we share with one another as the body of Christ).

Oh that consumerist culture. Puts food on the table more than any other we have allowed to happen, but it’s still a favorite whipping-boy of churchly (churchy) idealism (idealists).

It was perfectly clear to St. Paul (I Cor 10-11) and St. Augustine (Sermon 227, 272) that we receive the body of Christ in order to become the body of Christ. Hence the importance of the council’s clarion call for full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy.

“Become the body of Christ,” eh? Toss that off in a Sunday sermon and watch heads nod, eyes glaze over.

Last, as the church historian Massimo Faggioli has frequently and astutely argued, liturgical reform is an interpretive key to the whole of the council. A reversion to the pre-conciliar position of the priest at Mass [not facing the people] would be a profound signal that the forward steps the church took in Vatican II are in question.

I suspect that a good number of people who make the ad orientem argument [for the
priest looking at the people while saying mass] are in favor of just such a reversal.

Hey. Not me, brother, no sir. Not in a month full of Tuesdays. No sir.

If stuff like that isn’t perfect for silencing lay opposition, what is?

Rev. James Martin, SJ, puffs this fellow on Twitter as “a liturgical scholar.” I’m sure he is that.