Archbishop Chaput already announcing his impending ouster from the Philadelphian See?

Non-Francis archbishop, coming 75th birthday, prescribed resignation to be affirmed in a New York (sometimes Chicago?) minute . . . Out, out damned critic!  (Not that the linked parish bulletin is much of a announcement.)

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This is tomorrow’s bulletin from St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Chadds Ford, PA:


I mean, not that I’m surprised. Everyone expects for the noncardinal to have his resignation immediately accepted upon its submission on his 75th birthday in September. Were it to NOT be immediately accepted by the petrine usurper, that would be a real shock.

But you’re really out there front-running it two months beforehand? Has he already been told to pack up his stuff and get back to the reservation? I suppose if you know there will not be a long goodbye, you might as well tailgate the pre-party.

Archbishop Chaput has long been an enigma. Conservative on most things, friendly to Tradition, pretty strong track record in Philly, and in Denver before that. One of the better bishops in the USA, I think would be a safe assessment, if not damning with faint praise.

But then…

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A libertarian rethinks immigration

Good lede:

Instapundit recently linked to an article at the libertarian Reason magazine with a premise I found – considering the authors and the magazine – surprisingly dimwitted.

No, a border wall is not necessarily morally equivalent to the Berlin Wall, or anywhere near it. Consider Hadrian’s Wall, or the Great Wall of China. Sometimes there are actual barbarians on the other side of it.

In this case sneaking in with the good guys?

via Armed and Dangerous

Trump had a bad week, right?

Depends whom you ask. Writer bets you haven’t heard a word about these Trump accomplishments in the mainstream news:

— The Dow crossed 27,000 for the first time in history, and the S&P 500 broke 3,000 for the first time.

— Food stamp participation is the lowest in 10 years (since Barack Obama).

— Border apprehensions reached the lowest level since March. Why? Because President Trump won the trade war with Mexican officials. They sent thousands of troops to their southern and northern borders. Mexico also agreed to keep the asylum seekers on its side of the border while their cases are being adjudicated. Trump won — again.

— The liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed Trump a victory on the issue of withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities.

— Trump announced new asylum rules that force illegals to apply in another country first. No more open borders. Middle-class Americans will applaud this news.

And the nation’s first black billionaire, BET founder Robert Johnson, longtime Dem contributor who voted for Madam Clinton, is exiting Dem precincts, citing “the lowest black unemployment ever, . . . moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans.” 

Man knows more than he reads in the (mainstream) newspapers and TV.

via Jews and Blacks for Trump

Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign – The New York Times

I thought if they’re gonna cover this side of the story, I might pay attention to the gray lady and signed on to its catch-ups by email.


President Trump’s approval ratings are under water in national polls. His position for re-election, on the other hand, might not be quite so bleak.

Not to be picky, but the only poll cited that asks likely voters has him at 50%, not under water, as hailed by the Washington Secrets columnist at Washington Times. That’s Rasmussen.

Continuing the NY Times analysis:

His advantage in the Electoral College, relative to the national popular vote, may be even larger than it was in 2016, according to an Upshot analysis of election results and polling data.

That persistent edge leaves him closer to re-election than one would think based on national polls, and it might blunt any electoral cost of actions like his recent tweets attacking four minority congresswomen.


via The New York Times