Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

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

Don’t Deny Islamic State are Islamic.

Originally posted on Defend the Modern World:


As I write, the Jordanian air force is bombing ISIS positions in Syria, ostensibly in retaliation for the Nazi-like killing of one of its pilots last week. A photo on the Daily Mail website shows a Jordanian patriot writing a message on a bomb in marker pen (an American tradition) before the vessel that will carry it takes flight. His message reads as follows: “For you, the enemies of Islam”.

I have a feeling Liberals will waste no time in circulating that image. After all, it paints a rather pleasant, reassuring picture. The insinuation is that ISIS (and by logical extension, all radical Jihadis) are just a deviation from the true practice and theory of the Islamic religion.

I’m afraid we must pour water on this hopeful notion. It’s not only wrong but dangerous to believe. Despite the claims of the majority, Islamic State/ISIS are entirely faithful to Islamic teaching…

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Chicago Tribune editorial has a bad Saturday

In Saturday’s editorial, “Obama, the court and the border,” Chi Trib has this at the end about what’s clear to the writer:(Italics added)

. . .  a couple of things. . . . One is that under a sensible, humane immigration policy, the people Obama would allow to stay would be allowed to stay.

Another is that this [Obama’s countermanding Congress, or not] questionable executive action could have been prevented if Speaker John Boehner had allowed the House to vote on a comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in 2012 with bipartisan support.

Obama may have overstepped his powers, but he acted on the legitimate belief that our immigration policy was broken. It still is. The courts may not fix it. Congress and the president can and should.

What? The president believes in something and therefore is justified in overstepping his powers?

And anyhow, it’s the speaker’s fault?

This on an editorial page that delivers much intelligent, coherent analysis in the course of its work week. But not on Saturday?.

Vatican backstabbing: shades of Renaissance Italy . . .

Pope Francis’s man for this season of cleaning up the financial stables is the target. He’s Cardinal George Pell of Australia, who has stirred up the hornets by a variety of actions:

For one thing, Pell clearly hasn’t been intimidated by lower-intensity pushback. On Monday, his Secretariat for the Economy released a set of procedures for closing the books on 2014, which among other things require every department head in the Vatican, for the first time, to sign a legally binding declaration that their reports are complete and correct.

The procedures also stipulate that external assets of a Vatican department have to be certified by the banks or other financial institutions that hold those assets, a classic expression of “trust but verify.”

For Pell, a day of reckoning approaches:

Pope Francis also returned on Friday from a week-long annual Lenten retreat, and sometime soon he’s expected to issue a new legal framework for Pell’s department and other financial oversight bodies he’s created.

The effect will be either to rein Pell in, as his critics hope, or to turn him loose.

While the catfight may continue for a while longer, a make-or-break moment is approaching. Sometime by mid-year, the Secretariat for the Economy will release its first-ever consolidated financial statement covering the Vatican’s fiscal year in 2014.

Which is when the stuff hits the fan. Stay tuned.

Pray for your enemies, advises Jesus in today’s Sermon on Mount selection . . .

Be ye perfect, he also advises. This bothers Fr. Adjuster, who prefers “compassionate,” being nervous about good-better-best thinking, likes to be mushy.

But we are advised to be big boys and girls who can have a goal and work for it, without going all to pieces, when (not if) we fail to achieve it.

Specifically we are to pray for our enemies and persecutors, like Jesus on the cross, “Forgive them, Father,” etc., which is asking a lot.

So pray for the beheaders and crucifiers, Islamic fanatics in Middle East and N. Africa. Pray for their conversion, why not? As we prayed for the conversion of Russia in the ’30s and ’40s. Impossible, you say. Do it anyway, I say.

This says nothing about protecting the innocent by militarily thwarting the fanatics with bullets and bombs, of course, in a just war.

Pretty basic stuff, all this, I agree.

Wed. Journal: 98 comments in three days

Not a record, but something on neither guns nor race in so short a time — and by ten in the morning on the 3rd day, it’s maybe one with an asterisk.

And on a River Forest story, where sleepiness took a long nap some years back.

Mike Madigan of Illinois, evil genius of mythic proportions

Ran across this while looking for something else. It’s about IL House Speaker Mike Madigan going after an opponent in 2012 by fair means or foul, not to mention highly unusual.

From which comes new name for this Machiavellian, near-Mephistophelean kingpin of Illinois politics — Mad Mike.

Mainstreamers endorse Scott Walker — in their peculiar manner

Wall St. Journal’s James Taranto, reporting on Scott Walker’s very good early polls-showing, is properly cautious about his prospects, but adds this:

On the other hand, some conservatives and Republicans interpret the liberal media’s recent hazing of Walker as a sign that he is the candidate they fear. Lending support to this hypothesis is John Cassidy of the New Yorker, who weighed in yesterday with an essay titled “The Dangerous Candidacy of Scott Walker.”

Yes, yes, yes. Those bozos smell a threat and jump to it. Not incompetent but meaner than junk-yard dogs. That’s what a palace guard is for. (H/T Instapundit for useful term for media lemmings)

(As for Taranto and his Best of the Web, a longtime Internet denizen, the link is a tease of sorts if you are not a WSJ subscriber, but you can sign up for a good chunk of his columns by way of email.)

David Protess’s chickens coming home to roost . . .

. . . and Northwestern’s and the Innocence Project’s and all their helpers’ in railroading an innocent man.

Is this what they meant all along by “innocence project”?

Jackie Robinson West Whistleblower Faces DePaul Ethics Class

As Chris Janes watches, students discuss whether people like him are snitches or heroes.

May I recommend another flick?

It’s the 1998 BBC TV series (on 2 discs), “Amongst Women,” a grim but sympathetic portrayal of an Irish father to beat all and his five children and loving wife. Set 1950s. It’s some serious watching for adults, by which I mean grown-ups.


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