What is one to make of Jen Psaki?
Conservatives find the White House press secretary decidedly off-putting, an avatar for an unearned smugness that suffuses the Biden administration.
This agitation goes beyond ideological hostility to fiscal profligacy, identity fetishism, “leading from behind,” or any of the other liberal lurches embraced by the White House.
Joe Biden campaigned on returning stability, competency, and decency to Washington, but his administration has been characterized by bumbling and skulduggery.
Psaki is the face of an administration that approaches public justification in a manner that manages somehow to be simultaneously high- and underhanded.
A Catholic diocese in Canada will be requiring proof of vaccination and identity verification for anyone age 12 or older to attend Mass or other events held at parishes. “Effective October 22, 2021, it will be mandatory for all persons 12 and older wishing to attend Masses or Services in our churches to demonstrate proof of vaccination by using the Vaccine Passport: NLVaxPass or by showing proof of vaccination by presenting their QR code before entering our churches,” said an Oct. 15 letter from Bishop Robert Anthony Daniels of Grand Falls to the priests and pastoral leaders of the diocese.
The Diocese of Grand Falls is located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its territory is approximately half of the island of Newfoundland.
As I say, I have a remote stake in…
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I live in the Bay Area, in a county where the vaccination rate is in the mid-80s. In late July, I was dropping my younger daughter off for a soccer day camp each morning. It was 10 kids running around an open field. They wore masks for six hours each day, and it was about 85° that week. Telling my fully vaccinated daughter to put that thing on, I felt compromised for participating in the charade. The old Scots Irish belligerence started welling up.
What to do?
Rules are meant to codify some bit of rational truth and make it effective. These days, we find ourselves in situations where to do the genuinely rational thing might require breaking the rules of some institution. But to do so is to invite…
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This kind of rhetoric has no place on our tri-campus, nor does it promote the Irish Rover’s mission of “preserving the Catholic identity of Notre Dame.” Instead, it alienates important members of our community and actively ignores the Church’s teachings of respect, compassion and non-discrimination.
Classic censor’s mentality.
Speaking of his cool, calm and collected LA Dodgers teammate Chris Taylor, who had hit 3 home runs, 4 hits in all, and batted in six runs in a must-win playoff game,
“He’s very soft-spoken and doesn’t get easily excited,” said outfielder A.J. Pollock, who thumped two homers and had four R.B.I., giving him and Taylor a combined 10 of the team’s 11. “The only thing that excites him that I’ve seen is, he likes to have a beer. He gets excited about that, a beer with the boys. And then he loves watching surfing.
“Maybe the three home runs today might have spiked his adrenaline, but probably not. Most likely just the beer and watching surfing.”
It’s a gift.
As hundreds of Chicago police are being put on “no-pay leave” over their refusal to submit their personal Covid vaccination status with the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears to have fewer and fewer allies as she desperately tries to fill the gap of officer shortages due to the vax order. Area county sheriffs are refusing to send additional manpower that’s she requesting to urgently cover the gaps, telling her that’s it’s a problem of the mayor’s own making.
“Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot received a rude awakeningafter multiple sheriffs in nearby jurisdictions refused her request to fill the gap in police manpower after she threatened to fire 3,000 local officers for not complying with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate,” The Washington Examiner reports on the latest developments. “DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick and Kane County…
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Picking up on the writer’s “mad, self-destructive gleam in [Francis’] eye”:
This conspiracy theory is made more plausible by the erratic and sometimes vengeful behaviour of the Pope. From the moment he stepped on to the balcony of St Peter’s after his election, minus the traditional gold-embroidered papal stole, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has played the role of a self-effacing reformer, humble yet determined. But it isn’t always a believable act.
His “edgier side”:
We saw a glimpse of the edgier side of Francis’s personality last month, when he gave a typically garrulous and score-settling interview on the plane back from Slovakia. Francis has – rightly, in my opinion – urged all Catholics to get vaccinated against Covid. One who didn’t follow his advice was Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American arch-traditionalist sacked by the Pope with characteristic brutality from a senior post in the Curia.
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The priest who wanted Francis to die, “In common with tens of thousands of conservative Catholics, including some cardinals . . .
believes Francis is driving [the church] towards the same rocks that have shipwrecked liberal Protestantism – and not through innocent naivety, but with a mad, self-destructive gleam in his eye.
The world’s media . . . gave him an ecstatic welcome [ignoring] . . . the puzzled reaction of Argentinian Catholics, who were familiar with the new pope’s strange leadership style [and] had seen little evidence of easy-going charm when Francis was Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires and, before that, provincial superior of the Jesuits in Argentina.
In Argentina his manner was
notoriously abrasive. . . . he sent out confusing signals, [increasing] the presence of the Church in the slums, had no appetite for luxury and cultivated his image as a man of the…
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