Author Archives: Jim Bowman

Jim Bowman covered religion 1968-78 for the Chicago Daily News, since then has written books, articles, etc., mostly on corporate history but also on religion (Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968), and more recently on politics (Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters, — Lulu.com, Kindle). Longtime Oak Park, Illinois, resident, he lives now on Chicago’s North Side, where four of his and Winnie’s six children live close by.

Kaepernick capers, volume 2303, how he broke it off with his team in the first place

How many besides me did not know that Kaepernick had split with his San Fran team

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Age of emotionalism anniversary — outpouring for Diana

She died, we cried.

It is almost exactly 20 years ago to the day that Britain’s national character changed utterly. Or more precisely, it’s 20 years since it became abundantly clear that there had taken place a shift in the way we in the UK, and the Western world in general, conducted ourselves in the public sphere.

The now infamous ‘outpouring of grief’ over the death of Princess Diana that followed her death on 31 August 1997 came as a shock to many. Yet it was no aberration, no insignificant isolated incident, even if Diana herself has been relatively forgotten.

We went on a bender.

If [soccer-player] Paul Gascoigne’s celebrated tears in Italia ‘90 were, in hindsight, an early indication of the transformation of a nation’s psychology, Diana’s death seven years later put into sharp relief what had indeed changed.

It represented something quite profound: it signified the coming of a new era of emotionalism, and the twilight of the age of reason and rationalism.

We see it and its consequences all around today, from therapy culture, virtue signalling and the promotion of ‘self-esteem’, to hate-crime legislation, offence-taking, censorship, Safe Space and trigger warnings. September 1997 signalled the dawn of the age of feelings and emotion.

No coincidence his using “the dawn of the age.” It’s Aquarius, folks.

Read the rest.

Chi has thousands more votes cast than voters . . .

43rd Ward and Chicago Republicans leader files info request, picks up a bundle of vote fraud evidence.

First reported by the Chicago City Wire, the Chicago GOP filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Chicago Board of Elections in January for a list of voters who had cast ballots in November. According to the party, the board responded with a list of 1,101,178 individuals, though its website reflects 1,115,664 votes cast.

“There should be never be more votes than voters—every ballot cast should be recorded against a registered voter,” Chairman of the Chicago GOP Chris Cleveland told Fox News, explaining that after receiving the data, the party “immediately” contacted the board for “clarification.” “This is either massive fraud or massive incompetence, but we have no way of telling the difference because they won’t give us the data.”

It’s a variation on the old “Why are there more horse’s asses than there are horses?”

This time . . . oh I don’t have to explain it, do I?

Cop “delivers” son?

As here:

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A police officer in Rockford has delivered his son in a hotel parking lot in the northern Illinois city.

Not on your tintype. The mother did the delivering, he did the receiving. I know, having done same for loving mother of our second in an Oak Park bedroom 45 years ago the 22nd of this month.

We called her Kathryn after Kathryn O’Connell Bowman, my mother, who was still living at the time. The first Kathryn became Kate, ours became Katie.

That said, nice job, officer. You the best.

Francis as provincial, when Paul VI warned the Jesuits about . . .

. . .  becoming a social agency or ally of political or military pursuers of justice.  From Ivereigh, Austen. The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope (Kindle Locations 2414-2423). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

The Society of Jesus declared itself a social justice seeker in its 32nd General Council in 1974 after the pope had warned them:

The decree had been driven . . . by a group of French-speaking Europeans and Canadians, for whom it was vital to see the struggle for justice not as something outside religion but integral to it.

For the Latin-American delegates, . . . the decree offered, . . . , little new. But [it] . . . appeared to have few safeguards against being turned into an ideology; it was the fruit of a last-minute amalgamation of two texts, and vulnerable to a selective reading.

Bergoglio [Francis] saw two risks with it: one was of forcing Jesuits into bed with political movements pursuing justice (by what other means or agency were “unjust structures” to be tackled?); the second was the loss of identity of which Pope Paul had warned.

Where did evangelization and priesthood fit in? Which came first? What stopped a Jesuit from being merely a political campaigner or social worker?

Whatever the other Latin-American delegates made of it, “Bergoglio did not have much sympathy for that Decree Four [which embraced social-justice seeking as essential],” recalls Father Swinnen [his successor as novice master at the time]. “When he was speaking to the novices he didn’t quote it.”

He took these distinctions quite seriously, Ivereigh tells us.

How To Read a Poem. Let us praise this book.

By Burton Raffel (d. 2015).

1984 book for the ages. Brilliant explication for, say, willing undergraduate-level reader like me, using old and new, familiar and not familiar poems.

Please, for your sake, find and borrow or buy this 260-pager p.b. which fits (barely) in my saddlebag (cargo pants) pocket.

More later, I hope, about this book, but I have made that more-later promise and broken it so often, I am almost (not quite) ashamed to say it again . . .

While I’m at about books to read, a plug for fellow Wed. Journal contributor and swimmer at the Y, Tom Holmes, WHO HAS A BOOK COMING, as he says here on Facebook:

I got a proof copy of my latest book on the diversity of religion in Oak Park called THE SOUL OF A LIBERAL VILLAGE. It will be in book stores in the fall.

He’s also formerly of the cloth, as am I. Buy this book, sight unseen. It’s a liberal village, all right. Something of a hothouse in that respect! (Heh)

“At risk” youth music festival too risky?

In any case, it’s been called off for now.

Maybe next year.

Biting a hand, feeding a hand

Regnery Publisher explaining why they are cutting ties with NYTimes best seller lists because it’s unfair to conservative books:

“I ask you to consider this: We are often told it’s foolish to bite the hand that feeds you,” Marji Ross, president and publisher of Regnery, said in a letter to its authors. “I say it’s just as foolish to feed the hand that bites you.”

That lady is well placed in this world.

Obama’s blatant un-constitutionalism

In his end-around Congress in re: the DREAM act, which Congress rejected, then Obama declared the law of the land.

If President Trump decides to let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) lapse or end it outright, it will be a deserved end to a magnet for illegal immigration based on an unconstitutional executive order by President Barack Hussein Obama who was frustrated that Congress failed to pass it as legislation named the DREAM Act. As syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer observed on Fox News’ Special Report at the time:

You can have executive orders that implement already existing laws. What Obama has done in the DREAM Act, which is exactly what you’ve talked about. Essentially he passed a law by executive order that the Congress had rejected, wouldn’t pass, that is unbelievably unconstitutional. It’s as if a Republican ran and said I don’t like the capital gains tax, Congress rejects an abolition of that tax and then he orders the IRS not to collect it. People would be up in arms and would be impeaching. He’s doing that over and over again on immigration

Even President Obama said he didn’t have the authority to do what he eventually did — enact the Congressionally rejected DREAM Act through executive order: . . .

What a crap artist.

Wouldn’t call special counsel Mueller a headhunter . . .

. . . more a scalp-hunter.

The special counsel has reportedly been cooperating with New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, which could ensnare former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in a pardon-proof trap, because presidential pardons don’t cover state crimes.

Giving new meaning to “gotcha.” (Him and his Democrat staffers.)

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