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I owe Father Z a bit of thanks. After seeing that clip from Yes Prime Minister I looked for it on NetFlix and it turned out both full series are there.

For some inexplicable reason they are only available for streaming till tomorrow so I jumped in and watched the first 4 episodes. Being a political junkie I found them very funny (particularly “Big Brother”).

It is amazing how relevant a lot of this stuff is but more importantly it is funny. I strongly recommend you take a peek if you have Netflix and give it a chance, you’ll laugh and these days extra laughter sure can’t hurt.

6:01 a.m. Chrysler is gone says Mike

6:03 a.m. 12.3 Billion could have paid every American Mortgage

6:05 a.m. Both are going to be bankrupt in my opinion only our dough will have gone to people to grease stuff.

6:07 a.m. I don’t understand that Obama gets a pass on all of this stuff according to the polls. I’d be interested in how the question was asked.

6:21 a.m. Baby as an accessory for Madona?

6:32 a.m. They joke about Bibi moving in tanks, hey lets drop rockets on their studio and see what they do?

6:34 a.m. “30 years of incompetence” says Barnicle. Nobody mentions the Union contracts and how the auto makers in the south are doing fine.

6:35 a.m. Brown mentions the unions.

6:40 a.m. Joe is dying from laughter from this stuff on Glenn Beck, but they point out that they are talking about it. The Barnicle shot is VERY funny.

6:42 a.m. Monsters? Barnicle is having a ton of fun.

7:16 a.m. Mika objects to the idea of giving the customer what they want. Boy is that a reporter or not?

7:23 a.m. Did she report on any of Mrs. Clinton’s gaffes?

7:36 a.m. Gregory sounds a lot like Nigel Hawthorne in Yes Minister.

7:40 a.m. Is Washington more concerned with NY then the rest? DUH!

7:44 a.m. Nothing like a nothing burger.

7:52 a.m. Here comes the moderate Taliban myth.

The gall of the Obama administration on lobbyists in this article is not such a shock but there is one line in the story that jumped out at me:

Next week, the left-leaning ACLU will join with the nonprofit watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the trade group the American League of Lobbyists in sending a letter to the White House protesting the policy, said League President Dave Wenhold. (emphasis mine)

Somebody has actually come out and said it. It is a very liberating thing when you say the truth out loud.

Via Glenn Mickey Kaus bottom lines the political price of the president’s moves at GM and Chrysler.

…won’t Obama now “own” the GM problem? If the company shuts down in the near future, costing tens of thousands of blue collar jobs, it will be under executives implicitly or explicitly chosen by Obama. It will be Obama’s failure, not simply GM’s failure, no? A public sector failure, not just a business failure. Doesn’t that make it harder, not easier, for the administration to walk away and force the company into bankruptcy (if, for example, the company’s plans for “viability” continue to fall short after the new 60-day deadline)? And doesn’t that, in turn, make extracting the necessary concessions (by threatening bankruptcy) more difficult as well?

If you are going to be the man you are going to be the man. Economically this is a really nasty move, politically it is a really risky one, but it is the logical result of companies rushing to take federal dough and the strings that come with it.

Update: Talkleft notices a double standard.

…when they stop earning it with nonsense like this:

Palestinian authorities disbanded a youth orchestra from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel, a local official said on Sunday.

Warner Todd Hudson elaborates further:

We are also told by those advocating realpolitik between the west and the Muslim world that their system based on Islam is just as good as anyone else’s, just as we are so often assured that all governments deserve equal consideration merely because they exist.

But, when things like what happened to the members of a girl’s youth orchestra based in the Palestinian camp of Jenin occur, well it’s awfully hard to feel that the Palestinian government is “just like us.” In fact, it’s pretty hard to think that it is anything but inhuman.

He goes on…

These Muslim hatemngers cannot even stomach an inconsequential little concert put on by their own children if those dirty Jews happened to hear their strains. Worse, instead of just quietly attempting to make sure that their children’s orchestras don’t violate their precious hatred of Jews in the future, in knee-jerk fashion they took away one of the few things that made these young girl’s lives bearable and forbade them to play their music, shuttering their practice hall, and ostracizing their teacher.

I wonder if this story rates an Oliphant cartoon?

And now my oft promised roundup of the Catholic Men’s conference.

Quite a line of folks there I went with my two sons, my friend Steve and his oldest.

One weakness was the coffee area was as far away from everything else as possible, for some of the older guys it was quite a walk.

There were a couple of colleges exhibiting. St. Thomas Moore and Magdalen College, I asked the Magdalen about the Notre Dame situation and they say their staff take an oath of to the church every semester.

I really thought the book selection was pretty thin, Steve picked up a copy of a book on the Knights of Malta and I pointed out the “Thoughts of the Cure d Aris” (St. John Vianney) a great little $3 book that he picked up.

The Knights of Columbus were there seeking members, they picked up 8 (including me) there were campaigns to defend marriage, a campaign to include the choose life plate in Massachusetts, A Worcester first Friday society, the American TFP and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. A lot of choices.

As far as the speakers go we started with Bill Wegner who was really funny and relevant (his talk about “stuff” is must hearing) he also stressed the love of enemies which is very important in a orthodox meeting.

He was followed by Joe Klecko former Jet and very catholic. His presentation was kind of disjointed but he was very passionate and strong when talking about standing up like men as Catholics. Setting the example for our families as men. It was an important message that might have been lost in delivery.

Just before Lunch Msgr Frank P. Lane gave a talk about the sacrament of confession,its biblical background and it’s importance. He pointed out that when he arrived in his parish confession wasn’t even offered, and it took time for people to start going.

Lunch was pretty good a grilled chicken salad rolls and butter and an apple pie, they split us one half eating while the other half took confession. When done eating the lines for confession were VERY long.

The priests seemed rather pleased to have so many taking the sacrament since it gets skipped much too much.

The Next speaker was Brian Brown who talked about prop 8 in California and in not being willing to give up, he illustrated the consequences of the changes in marriage law (such as the inability of Catholic Charities to work with adoptions in Massachusetts.)

I only caught the start of Guy Doud’s talk since the Knights of Columbus ceremony was at the same time. He was very funny to start and he was sweating bigtime when I came back. My son tells me he talked about being heavy and rejected due to appearance but he doesn’t remember much else.

Things closed with Mass filled with Bishops and priests and deacons. It was a solid mass and the sermon was on the “Mystery Greeks” who wanted to meet Jesus in the gospel of John.

All in all it was a good conference, I didn’t find it as good as the last one I attended but I would go again. They already have next years lineup down.

Newsbusters notices something missing concerning a shooting in Minnesota:

We have a shooting incident in Minnesota perpetrated by three Muslim Somali immigrants but for some reason almost every single media report about the incident omits the names of the shooters, names of obvious North African origin. So, the question is, did the Old Media in Minnesota purposefully leave the names unreported so that they could cover up the fact that the criminals were Somali immigrants? And, if so, why would they do this?

How about that!