A Crisis Gone to Waste, moans lib mag

Let it never be said that a lib couldn’t make a pearl into a pig’s ear.

Or find the cloud enclosed in a silver lining.

Look, if there weren’t chinks in a capitalist armor, where would they be with their plans for controlling things, now sadly parading as the solution in these years of the Donald.

Oh to get rid of that uncouth New Yorker and put the professors back in control. You know, the ones who explain things so beautifully. Anything but uncouth, you know.

via Commonweal Magazine

Rival Gang Violence Against Peaceful Traders

The indefatigable Cafe (Francis) Hayek engages here in a bit of amazing moral equivalence.

To treat foreign-governments’ trade restrictions as illegitimate is to assume that foreign governments do not carry out the will of their citizens. This assumption is surely valid. But given this fact, we cannot then, with any legitimacy, casually assume that the U.S.  government carries out the will of the American people.

The wise people who read this blog have spotted it immediately. For the others it’s a matter of China’s ignoring citizens’ wishes = U.S. doing the same to its citizens, as if China’s ruling class can be voted out of office.

Then Cafe H. insists on U.S. tariff imposition — a risky business, granted — as a simple question of tit-for-tat (which historically was probably never true of tariffs by whomever), ignoring the decades-long issue of patent infringement and intellectual property theft.

Thus:

I thus see no good reason to excuse Uncle Sam’s use of force to prevent us Americans from trading as we choose just because other governments use force to prevent non-Americans from trading as they choose.

Just because? Really?

via Cafe Hayek

Parishioners defy Chicago Archdiocese, burn rainbow flag in ‘exorcism’ ceremony

Quite good story/interview by NBC 5 on subject blogged here yesterday.

Complete with details of the cutting and burning and picture:

Not to mention gay-opposition group position on the matter:

Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, a Catholic organization that advocates for LGBTQ equality, called the Resurrection Parish’s flag burning “disrespectful and destructive.”

“Those involved in this desecration are violating the core values of the Catholic faith,” she told NBC News. “They are hijacking the parish to further an extremist agenda, and damaging the community in doing so.”

Uncompromising, to say the least, stunning in fact. “Core values — note the term — of the Catholic faith”? Evidence, please, for that?

More:

Duddy-Burke added that rainbow flags have come to symbolize a “sense of [blanket, unquestioning?] welcome” to LGBTQ people of faith and their families.

“When we see this symbol flying at our churches, we know this will be a place of welcome and affirmation and a place where God’s creativity is truly celebrated,” she said. “As Catholics, we work for the day when all of us feel fully welcomed in our church, and are able to participate in the sacramental life of our church as equals.”

As for her “where God’s creativity is truly celebrated,” she clearly wants more than welcome, rather than a rejuvenation and correcting of the standard masses, where God’s creativity is not truly celebrated.

Just the life and sacrificial death of the Savior. That’s all.

via NBC-5 Chicago