Keep your voice down and be reasonable

Call Me Ahab (love the name) thinks pro-gun is winning the national debate because proponents are willing to debate, while anti-gunners cut off debate and belabor us with how many are killed with guns every year, “or talking about blood in the streets, etc.”

Meanwhile, we argue with facts, statistics; our debate thrives in the open because it’s based on logic and reason, and not on appeals to emotion.

Well, I tell you.  That’s the conservative way.

What would the Daily Worker say?

He’s their guy, apparently:

The Communist Party USA’s newspaper is defending Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama against potential defectors on the left, saying his candidacy represents a “broad multi-class, multicultural movement.”

In a July editorial, “Eye on the Prize,” the People’s Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, admonished anyone on the left who might consider abandoning Obama.

OK, he’s not one of us, they say, but so what?

“Barack Obama is not a left candidate,” the editorial said. “This fact has seemingly surprised a number of progressive people who are bemoaning Obama’s ‘shift to the center.’ It’s sad that some who seek progressive change are missing the forest for the trees.

It’s called bucking up the troops.

“But they will not dampen the wide and deep enthusiasm for blocking a third Bush term represented by John McCain, or for bringing Obama by a landslide into the White House with a large Democratic congressional majority,” it added.

Now this makes sense.  Liberal Dems have always represented the camel’s nose under the tent flap.

“The struggle to defeat the ultra-right and turn our country on a positive path will not end with Obama’s election,” the editorial said. “But that step will shift the ground for successful struggles going forward.
“One thing is clear. None of the people’s struggles — from peace to universal health care to an economy that puts Main Street before Wall Street — will advance if McCain wins in November. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize,” it added.

There they go, sounding like Democrats.

The $12 million solution

At least resolution:

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced Tuesday that it has reached a settlement of more than $12 million with clergy sex-abuse victims, including ones abused by Daniel McCormack, a former priest on the West Side.

The settlement also covers allegations against 10 other archdiocese priests or former priests, according to lawyers for the victims.

The announcement was made at 10 a.m. at the archdiocese headquarters at 155 E. Superior St. by Cardinal Francis George and the archdiocese chancellor, Jimmy Lago.

Hands off, Father

And if they do it, will they be turned in by alert lay person?

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.

The newest version of the archdiocese’s Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback rides.

But it says priests may still shake children’s hands, pat them on the back and give high-fives.

A Chicago Jesuit in the early ‘60s, studying in Rome, was given to probably innocent displays of affection.  But when a mother saw him hugging a kid in the roadway, she flew out the house and pulled the kid away, spouting fearsome commentary.

He told about it on his return to the States, degreed and ready to teach.  I thought nothing of it except to wonder at Italian parents’ worry about us cassock-wearers.  Doesn’t look so simple now.

The priest later was credibly accused of displaying unwarranted affection to coeds, telling them it wasn’t a sin because he was a priest.  Not simple at all.