Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

The good and the bad, emphasis on Trib and Sun-Times

White House sends readers to non-fake stories, today it’s four out of ten from non-Fox etc. outlets including NY Times and Wash Post.

Had to dig maybe, but they don’t shrink from recognizing professionalism when it raises its head.

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Benghazi Survivor Drops Hot Fire After Hillary Attacks Trump For Not ‘Defending’ US Ambassadors

In the wake of l’affaire Putin, the usual suspects dumped on T. for being not sure he would not permit P’s people to question the man who was ambassador under Hillary when she was SecState and running money out of Russia for her and Bill’s so-called foundation. This guy erupts:

The irony of Hillary Clinton critiquing Trump’s lack of a strong defense of a U.S. ambassador was not lost on Benghazi survivor Kris Paronto. Paronto is a former U.S. Army Ranger and CIA security contractor who helped extract the body of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who lost his life when Islamic extremists raided his residence in Libya.

In total, four American lives were lost in the attack, including two members of Paronto’s team.

Paronto called Hillary “disgusting” for the comments. “Are you f*****g kidding m,e Hillary Clinton?!!!” Paronto tweeted, “You left Ambassador Stevens and us to die in Benghazi then spewed lie after lie to the family members of my dead teammates and to the world to cover it up and now you have the nerve to talk about defending diplomats?! You are disgusting!”

She’s just being Hillary, you know. You don’t? Work for the NY Times, do you?

via: The Daily Caller

Woman to change her name when married. Won’t she be lucky?

Something like this makes me forgive Commonweal all its leftist faults. Read it, my friends, at Consider Me Lucky | Commonweal Magazine

When does a blue collar turn red?

When factory towns worry about China as much as Trump does.

via America’s Factory Towns, Once Solidly Blue, Are Now a GOP Haven – WSJ

The old Peronista Francis mobilized vs. U.S. Protestants who like Trump and prosperity . . .

. . . through his alter egos, the sock-’em-bustem Jesuit Spadaro and his Protestant partner in same from Argentina. His slash-and-burn friends who take no prisoners going after the demon prosperity, i.e. capitalism.

[Jesuit-run] ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’ rails against prosperity Gospel and its support for Trump [is]  not shy about making the link between the prosperity gospel and the crisis of globalization — political, social and economic.

And how are things in Argentina, Your Holiness? Barter economy picking up, right? Here are the ladies at the barter market, for instance:

As inflation soars, Facebook drives trading in Argentina’s barter clubs

Most are women, some accompanied by children. Cardboard signs with their names scrawled in black marker hang from strings around their necks. They walk slowly around the old concrete platform yelling out the names of people they had agreed to trade with in a forum on Facebook (FB.O).

They are the face of a resurgent but little-reported phenomenon in the suburbs surrounding the Argentine capital – barter clubs.

The clubs have tens of thousands of members and are attracting hundreds more every week. They have become an unofficial economic indicator, showing the toll that soaring inflation and high unemployment are exacting on South America’s second-biggest economy.

Field hospital, anyone? What, no prosperity? I’ll be darned.

via ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’ rails against prosperity Gospel and its support for Trump- La Croix International

The Day the Mass Changed – How American liturgical experts stormed Vatican II . . .

. . . while bishops slept, or rather found themselves putty in experts’ hands, knowing next to nothing about liturgy.

via The Day the Mass Changed – Adoremus Bulletin

The ultimate in alarmist scare tactics . . .

. . . where a pillar of the Biblical community is about to go the way of all flesh.

via, you guessed it, The New York Times!

What does it mean to trash the Latin mass?

How can there be such hostility toward the old ways of saying Mass? What’s the source of it?

Banned completely in the ’70s, restored by John Paul II and Benedict XIV, now clearly a bugaboo for the Francis wing of Catholic prelates amd curia biggies and assiduously ignored by many other influentials.

“I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite [Latin mass etc.] should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it.

It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that.

A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent.

Can such a community be trusted any more about anything else?”

That was Joseph Ratzinger (to be Benedict XVI) in Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium- An Interview With Peter Seewald, 1997.

via Fr. Z’s Blog

Damage Control on Air Force One

Big guy admitted mistakes, asked for help, got it.

Ship hasn’t sunk yet, oh you foul jackals of the other side.

via WSJ

Janus not the end of public unions, I wrote to the Sun-Times

In response to (scrolling down):

State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, in her July 13 letter [who] writes as if Janus were the end of public unionism, which it isn’t.

Rather, it’s reducing unions’ income from non-members, who are as free as they ever were to join. Her letter should be a plea to the not-yet-organized to persuade them as to the benefits she describes, black women included.

I’m surprised the senator seems not to realize this.

Jim Bowman, Andersonville

Short, sweet, to the immediate point, I trust, which is that Janus is not quite a right-to-work decision, rather a right-not-to-be-held-up.

In Sun-Times Letters to the Editor, 7-17-18 hard copy

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