Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rahm, Jewish, trashing Christian values?

I had thought of Rahm Emanuel as Jewish once that I can remember before he joined unthinkingly in the threat to ostracize Chick-Fil-A for its executive’s public statement of Christian beliefs about marriage. It was when he was inaugurated and mention was made of his being the first Jewish mayor.

Unthinkingly, because not even in Chicago is there political capital in parading disrespect for Christian belief and he has not shown prejudice against Christians that I have ever heard of.

Anyhow, he is (slightly, cautiously) pulling back from his unthinking display of liberal allegiance, thanks no doubt to editorial objections on first-amendment grounds and presumably political advice and his own political instinct.

Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values, Emanuel said Wednesday. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values. [italics mine]

On Thursday, a spokesman for Emanuel softened those remarks.

The mayor simply said that Chick-fil-a’s CEO does not share Chicago’s values, the spokesman said. He did not say that he would block or play any role in the company opening a new restaurant here.

If they meet all the usual requirements, then they can open their restaurant, but he does not believe the CEO’s values are reflective of our city.

He’s telling us what he thinks our values are. In any case, he is or was embracing gay-rights fascism here:

Thou shall not withhold approval of the gay culture. Tolerance is not enough. You will suffer if you do not toe the line, as gays used to suffer in days when the pendulum swung the other way. Forget liberalism, substitute intolerance of another kind.

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Have a look also at the New York Sun, which notes this importantly:

. . . [I]t’s hard to think of a difference between the views expressed in the quotations above by [the offending CEO] Mr. Cathy and those one might hear from the Council of Torah Sages or the Archdiocese of Chicago. Or every president of America who has spoken on the subject until President Obama changed his position and declared himself, personally if not officially, for same sex marriage.

Rahm is out of his league here.

Making silk purse out of sow’s ear

. . . by responding to D. Wasserman Schultz, Dem spokesperson, who said:

Republicans in Congress would obstruct President Obama from having cereal for breakfast if they could.

The only chance we have to change Washington is to defeat the House Republicans standing in the way of America’s progress.

 

Etc.

To which I:

Debbie, give us time on that cereal for bkfst thing. 
signing it, Loyal  oppo.

 

Deucedly clever, I know.

English: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman...

English: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman from Florida’s 20th congressional district (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

W. Virginia bishop says testimony debunks abuse allegation :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bishop Bransfield charges debunked by alleged victims. He’s in the clear?

The ghosts of Gutenberg . . .

. . . in our midst every day:

[I]f the monastery gave birth to the intellectual of the medieval world, it was capitalism that let him loose with the printing press.

(I wonder if Pres. Obama believes that publishers and authors, such as the New York Times Company and Thomas Frank, owe royalties and other money to the heirs of Johannes Gutenberg.)

Who invented the Internet?

It’s up there with who killed cock robin. Al Gore and Obama notwithstanding, this fellow Crovitz may have the answer.

Bishop Bransfield was exonerated unusually

Bishop Michael Bransfield of West Virginia has denied accusation of abuse of a high school boy in Pennsylvania in the 1970s, when he was a young priest teaching at a Catholic high school, saying he was cleared after a “full investigation” by Philadelphia archdiocesan authorities.

But the investigation, in 2008, was short-circuited by the then archbishop, Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Phildelphia Inquirer reports:

In a break from practice, the accusation against Bransfield bypassed the archdiocese’s civilian review board, according to a source briefed on the case but not authorized to publicly discuss it. The board was formed to conduct independent examinations of abuse claims and assesses priests’ suitablility for ministry.

Instead, Rigali acted after reviewing the reports of an investigator who interviewed Bransfield, his accuser and others.

After this four-month process, he pronounced Bransfield not guilty of the accusation.

And though the archdiocese routinely publicly identifies and suspends priests as it reviews allegations against them, four years passed before the complaint against Bransfield came to light, and then only in passing at the landmark clergy-sex abuse trial [just completed in Philadelphia].

The Philadelphia archdiocese has reopened the case, reporting it to local authorities, who will be investigating the matter further, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said, adding that it was “unlikely” her office would charge Bransfield over the allegations.

 

Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Harry Caray’s Party

Very attractive candidate this fellow, ready to take Quinn on.

It’s the Dan Rutherford Chicago Networking Party. Music, drinks etc. Tuesday, July 31, 5:30-7:00 PM at Harry Caray’s in Chicago. The cover charge is $60 — http://www.danrutherford.org/calendar/event/18/EventDetails.aspx

He’s State Treasurer if you don’t know. (Reading Chi noosepapers you know far more about Lisa What’s her name, daughter of the evil genius Mike What’s his name.) Made wind-up speech at recent state GOP convention, was obvious standout in the day’s beauty parade.

How to Stop Lusting in One Step

Love, love, hooray for love:

When you love you see a whole person.  When you lust you see only a body or body part(s).

When you love you give for the other’s good.  When you lust you take for your own pleasure.

When you love you’re willing to suffer for another. When you lust you’re after pleasure, even if it costs someone else.

When you love, you reserve physical desire for one. When you lust, you desire recklessly, anyone will do.

via How to Stop Lusting in One Step.

Pius X Catholics hold off for now on their return to Rome

The breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) would rather not return to full communion with Rome right now, but maybe later. �Meanwhile, some decks were cleared, as regrding who’s in charge:

The July 19 statement . . . �underlined the group’s dedication to Catholic Church, saying that “the supreme power of government over the universal Church belongs only to the Pope, Vicar of Christ on earth.”

They also reiterated their deep suspicion of Vatican II:

The SSPX proclaimed its determination to uphold the teachings of the Church, but said that these teachings must be interpreted in the light of the “uninterrupted Magisterium.” The statement drew the line at “all the novelties of the Second Vatican Council which remain tainted with errors.”

So if they come back to Rome, it will be with an agenda which will be mightily displeasing to progressives.

via Pius X Catholics hold off for now on their return to Rome.

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

The breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) would rather not return to full communion with Rome right now, but maybe later. �Meanwhile, some decks were cleared, as regrding who’s in charge:

The July 19 statement . . . �underlined the group’s dedication to Catholic Church, saying that “the supreme power of government over the universal Church belongs only to the Pope, Vicar of Christ on earth.”

They also reiterated their deep suspicion of Vatican II:

The SSPX proclaimed its determination to uphold the teachings of the Church, but said that these teachings must be interpreted in the light of the “uninterrupted Magisterium.” The statement drew the line at “all the novelties of the Second Vatican Council which remain tainted with errors.”

So if they come back to Rome, it will be with an agenda which will be mightily displeasing to progressives.

via Pius X Catholics hold off…

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