Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sneaking into the package hundreds of millions for, say, sex education, the National Endowment for the Arts and sod for the National Mall doesn't suggest a lot of confidence that Americans support such liberal priorities."Sod the National Mall: How Obama Plans to Ram Socialism Down Your Throat! An Exclusive Five-Part Series at NRO.com." Can hardly wait for that one. A couple of other delights.
Don't tell that to Specter, a living antonym for the word "Churchillian."Jonah, "Churchillian" doesn't mean what the right has re-defined it to mean. Ask one of your regular "readers" to do a little research for you on that one, Mr. Goldberg, as is your style.
Now, to be honest, I think President Obama's stimulus bill is a monstrosity, a bloated behemoth unleashed on America with staggering dishonesty. The centrist "improvements" are like throwing a new coat of paint on a condemned building.Yes, do be honest. Try being honest enough to type that you haven't the slightest idea about, well, anything but Star Wars™ collectible prices, & that you merely recite whatever points were faxed to the NRO cubicle farm by the high-tech, youth-oriented Republican Party.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Octavia Andrade, 64, laughed as she recalled a time when children would race through the rosary repeatedly to get as many indulgences as they could — usually in increments of 5 or 10 years — “as if we needed them, then.”
Still, she supports their reintroduction. “Anything old coming back, I’m in favor of it,” she said. “More fervor is a good thing.”
Karen Nassauer, 61, said she was baffled by the return to a practice she never quite understood to begin with.
“I mean, I’m not saying it is necessarily wrong,” she said. “What does it mean to get time off in Purgatory? What is five years in terms of eternity?”
The latest offers de-emphasize the years-in-Purgatory formulations of old in favor of a less specific accounting, with more focus on ways in which people can help themselves — and one another — come to terms with sin.
Getting Catholics back into confession, in fact, was one of the motivations for reintroducing the indulgence. In a 2001 speech, Pope John Paul described the newly reborn tradition as “a happy incentive” for confession.
“Confessions have been down for years and the church is very worried about it,” said the Rev. Tom Reese, a Jesuit and former editor of the Catholic magazine America. In a secularized culture of pop psychology and self-help, he said, “the church wants the idea of personal sin back in the equation. Indulgences are a way of reminding people of the importance of penance.”
The thought at Just Another Blog™ is that people would be much better off if they got a couple of extra hrs. of sleep every Sunday, rather than returning the idea of personal sin to whichever equation Jesuit-boy referred to.
Very high on Benedict's list of concerns is the defense -- perhaps the saving -- of Catholic Christianity on the European continent. Benedict knows only too painfully that Catholic loyalties in most countries are far weaker than they were 40 years ago, whether measured by mass attendance or vocations. Meanwhile, once-faithful countries like Spain seem happy passing very liberal laws on abortion and gay marriage -- both of which Benedict opposes strenuously. If there is a solution to this great fall from grace, he has suggested, it is to be found in the small and very faithful Catholic societies -- including the so-called new ecclesial orders. If we can no longer count on heavy majorities of Spaniards or French people going to mass, Benedict reasoned, the Catholic future depends on dedicated minorities who will act like a leaven to raise the whole mass.
The sect's eccentricity went further than simply holding quirky or reactionary views. Lefebvre and his immediate circle reacted radically and fundamentally to the Vatican's 1960s reformism. Theirs was not simply suspicion of modern decadence, but rather a fundamental belief in the evil forces subverting the modern world -- which included the Jews. Pope Benedict erred in seeing the Lefebvrists as simple traditionalists or reactionaries whose views slotted into the right wing of the acceptable European political spectrum. Some, at least, were far more extreme, and the Vatican's attempted embrace of them will probably cause lasting damage both inside the church, and in relations with other faiths.The Pope may not have too sharp an ear for the acceptable political spectrum, having been a Junior Nazi & all. And how could he have imagined that these simple, traditionalist reactionaries would have simple, traditional, reactionary views? It's not as if the Holy Father is infallible or anything.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
HONOLULU - The Navy says its third attempt to free a $1 billion warship that ran aground off the coast of Hawaii has failed. Tugboats and a salvage ship tried unsuccessfully for four hours early Sunday to pull the USS Port Royal off a rock and sand shoal. The guided missile cruiser ran aground Thursday about a half-mile south of the Honolulu airport.Maybe it takes three tries before the elite bias liberal mainstream legacy drive-by media reports anything bad about our sailors.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Is that part of the training "we" provide? The Commandante Cop-out approach to information? Other areas where "we" provide training & equipment are growing restive & stirring up trouble again.
American officials conceded that the operation did not go as well as intended, and that villagers had been left exposed. "We provided insights and alternatives for them to consider, but their choices were their choices," said one American military official who was briefed on the operation, referring to the African forces on the ground. "In the end, it was not our operation." Major Felix Kulayigye, a Ugandan military spokesman, declined to discuss the American involvement and simply said, "There was no way to prevent these massacres."
Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said 27 jets are now at the former Soviet airfield at Gudauta, which he said was a flagrant violation of a 1999 treaty on conventional forces in Europe. Speaking to journalists in parliament, he said the deployment was clearly aimed against Georgia. But Garry Kupalba, deputy defense minister of Abkhazia, said there were no Russian jets at the Gudauta air base. He said the base has not been used since 1993.Somebody's lying. We'll bet it's "our" client state, Georgia, if only because 27 fighters are pretty hard to hide at an airbase.
Friday, February 6, 2009
He said the Pentagon has kept secret some information that used to be available to the public, and its public affairs officers at the Pentagon gather intelligence on reporters' work rather than serve as sources. [...] "But does America need to resort to al-Qaida tactics?" Curley said. "Should the U.S. government be running Web sites that appear to be independent news organizations?" Should the military be planting stories in foreign newspapers? Should the United States be trying to influence public opinion through subterfuge, both here and abroad?" He also said the Bush administration had stripped hundreds of people, including reporters, of their human rights. He noted that when an Iraqi judicial panel reviewed the evidence gathered by the military against Hussein, the AP photographer, it ordered his release. He declined in an interview to say who said AP could be "ruined" for sticking to its principles, but "I knew that they were angry."Don't get between propagandists & their message in the "information battlespace."
"Fast," generally considered positive by Americans, certainly scans oddly in that sentence. "Go, go, go!" we say. "Race you to the bottom of the abyss!" You took a big dump in your bed, like a crazy person. Now lie in it for the next thirty or forty yrs., Nation of Sheep®©!
On Feb. 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Illinois.On this date:
In 1756, America's third vice president, Aaron Burr, was born in Newark, N.J. [That's two moronic fucksticks who came close to ruining this nation and were born on this date. Talk about days that live in infamy. — Ed.]
In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.
In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the US Constitution.
In 1895, Baseball Hall of Famer George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore.
In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the US Senate.
In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the so-called "lame duck" amendment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson.
In 1945, Reggae musician Bob Marley was born in St. Ann parish in Jamaica.
In 1952, Britain's King George VI died; he was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, the United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
In 1978, Muriel Humphrey took the oath of office as a United States senator from Minnesota, filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
In 1989, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman died at age 77.
In 1992, 16 people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.
In 1993, Tennis Hall of Famer Arthur Ashe died at age 49.
In 1996, a Turkish-owned Boeing 757 jetliner crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from the Dominican Repubic, killing 189 people, mostly German tourists.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changingthe name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
In 1999, the public finally got to see and hear Monica Lewinsky as excerpts of the former White House intern's videotaped testimony were shown at President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. President Clinton requested legislation to require background checks on buyers at gun shows.
In 2000, First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her successful candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
In 2001, Ariel Sharon was elected Israeli prime minister in a landslide over Ehud Barak.
In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine intelligence on Iraq's weapons. An explosion ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people. Auto mechanic Joseph P. Smith was charged with murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla., found the body of eleven-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose kidnapping had been captured by a carwash surveillance camera. (Smith was later convicted and sentenced to death.)
In 2008, at least 54 deaths were reported after two days of tornadoes that plowed across Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. The White House defended the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding, saying it was legal -- not torture as critics argued -- and had saved American lives. The Phoenix Suns acquired Shaquille O'Neal in a stunning blockbuster deal that sent four-time All-Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 92. Actor Patrick Macnee is 87. Actor Rip Torn is 78. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 78. Actor Mike Farrell is 70. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 69. Singer Fabian is 66. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 66. Actor Michael Tucker is 65. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 60. Singer Natalie Cole is 59. Actor Jon Walmsley is 53. Actress Kathy Najimy is 52. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 52. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 52. Actor Barry Miller is 51. Actress Megan Gallagher is 49. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 47. Country singer Richie McDonald is 47. Singer Rick Astley is 43.
On February sixth, 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.
In 1970, "Instant Karma" by John Lennon was released as a single.In 1989, actor Todd Bridges was ordered held without bond on an attempted murder charge. He pleaded not guilty in connection with a shooting.
In 1990, singer Billy Idol shattered a leg and broke an arm when his motorcyle hit a car in Los Angeles. Police said Idol ran a stop sign and wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
In 1991, actor Danny Thomas died after suffering a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 79. He was buried in Memphis a few days later.
In 1995, rapper Tupac Shakur was sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on a sexual assault charge.
In 1998, singer-guitarist Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys died of complications from lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was 51. Also in 1998, singer Falco was killed in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. He was 40. Falco was probably best known for his song "Rock Me Amadeus."
In 2003, ABC aired the British documentary, "Living With Michael Jackson." Jackson's comments about allowing kids spend the night in his bedroom prompted authorities to look into his relationships with children. Jackson was arrested the following November on child molestation charges (he was acquitted at trial).
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Thursday, February 5, 2009
[T]he (thankfully) former vice president let loose a stream of disinformation and attacks on Mr. Obama that were breathtaking even by the standards of a man who set new lows for meanness and dissembling.The Ed Board then proceeds to deconstruct most of Cheney's straw-men. And here's the ironic part:
– Mr. Obama is “more concerned about reading the rights to an al Qaeda terrorist” than “with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans.” Once again, this is nonsense — just the sort of bald propaganda Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush used to frighten Congress into voting for appalling pieces of legislation like the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the Patriot Act and warrantless wiretapping.The Times is not quite so eager to remind us of the appalling pieces of legislation they propagandized, like the "Let's Have a War in Iraq" Resolution of 2003. Heh.
If Cheney’s language was dramatic, the setting for the comments was almost bizarrely pedestrian. His office is in a non-descript suburban office building in McLean, Va., in a suite that could just as easily house a dental clinic. The office is across the hall from a quick-copy store. The door is marked by nothing except a paper sign, held up by tape, saying the unit is occupied by the General Services Administration.There's the usual gumflap; complete denial of anything & everything, inability to admit the slightest error. "We couldn't see it coming, it wasn't our fault, Democrats are pussies, etc."
“The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected. Sometimes, that requires us to take actions that generate controversy. I’m not at all sure that that’s what the Obama administration believes.”Politico refers to these as some of the "highlights" of the 90 min. interview.
* Whether the Bush administration should have done more about the economy: “We did worry about it, to some extent. … I don’t think anybody actually foresaw something of this size and dimension occurring. It’s also global. We only control part of the world economy – a very important part.” * On the chance of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the foreseeable future: “I think it’s unlikely.”
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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"It is reprehensible and hypocritical that the Defenders of Wildlife would use Alaska and my administration as a fundraising tool to deceive Americans into parting with their hard-earned money," Palin said in a statement.Such a convergence of gall & wilful ignorance hasn't been seen since Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois last wk. But she's the one the GOP wants. We don't see how she can hold up for the next three yrs. until she can go into campaign mode. What happens w/ the governorship? Does she try for reëlection in 2010? Won't look good if she loses.