With that quote:

“The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”

I’m wondering if Time is regretting that “Person of the year” cover after this interview?  Of course they could just spin like AP on twitter

Of course it’s going to be tough spinning some quotes

Q:  May I ask you if the Church will have women cardinals in the future?

“I don’t know where this idea sprang from. Women in the Church must be valued not “clericalised”. Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit from clericalism.”

This cuts right to the chase as if women are not valued unless they are ordained, it’s a narrow vision.

While the entries on Marxism & women are going to be the most quoted  from the La Stampa interview the passage that SHOULD be quoted the most is this one (emphasis mine)

Q:  Is Christian unity a priority for you?

“Yes, for me ecumenism is a priority. Today there is an ecumenism of blood. In some countries they kill Christians for wearing a cross or having a Bible and before they kill them they do not ask them whether they are Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic or Orthodox. Their blood is mixed. To those who kill we are Christians. We are united in blood, even though we have not yet managed to take necessary steps towards unity between us and perhaps the time has not yet come. Unity is a gift that we need to ask for. I knew a parish priest in Hamburg who was dealing with the beatification cause of a Catholic priest guillotined by the Nazis for teaching children the catechism.  After him, in the list of condemned individuals, was a Lutheran pastor who was killed for the same reason. Their blood was mixed. The parish priest told me he had gone to the bishop and said to him: “I will continue to deal with the cause, but both of their causes, not just the Catholic priest’s.” This is what ecumenism of blood is. It still exists today; you just need to read the newspapers. Those who kill Christians don’t ask for your identity card to see which Church you were baptised in. We need to take these facts into consideration.”

The reality of the slaughter of Christians today is something the media continues to ignore, the Pope mentions it often, perhaps the media will find time to do so too.

Update:  Elizabeth Tenety explains the left’s conundrum in a nutshell:

Slate’s Matt Yglesias hailed Francis’s Nov. 24 attack on libertarian economic policies — part of a nearly 50,000-word document called “Evangelii Gaudium” that outlines the pope’s vision for sharing the Gospel. Yglesias emphasized that the pope is making a call not for charity but “specifically for economic regulation and democratic supervision of the capitalist system.” Yet Yglesias caveats his praise: “There’s a lot of stuff about Jesus in his thinking that I can’t really sign on to.”

Yes, that pesky Jesus stuff. But there’s just one problem: Without Jesus, there is no Pope Francis. If Francis’s embrace of the disabled, his focus on the poor and his mercy for the sinner sound vaguely familiar, that’s because you’ve heard them before. From that Jesus guy.

You can’t have one without the other.

Olimometer 2.52

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White Pine seedlingBy John Ruberry

During a run through Morton Grove, Illinois’ Linne Woods on Friday, I came across a white pine seedling. White pines are rare in northeastern Illinois, so perhaps this young tree is a good omen, along the lines of the blossoming of the White Tree of Gondor in Minas Tirith in the extended version of The Return of the King when the fall of Middle-Earth’s greatest city appeared imminent.

Clearly our nation is in desperate straits. We are suffering under the longest stretch of high unemployment since the Great Depression. Yet America survived the Depression and then defeated totalitarianism–and the post-war American expansion lasted into the early 1970s.

I remember the malaise of the Jimmy Carter presidency. High unemployment and high inflation–stagflation–were just a couple of the symptoms. We also weathered the decline of American influence and power in the world–the Iranian hostage crisis was just one instance–as well as a sense of helplessness that the problems our nation faced were insurmountable.

Would the American Century end prematurely?

American power is in decline again, and it very well could be that it is the way that Barack Obama–the most liberal president ever–wants it. Leftists have decried the AmeriKKKan Empire for decades. Yet it was that “empire” that won the Cold War and brought about the longest peacetime expansion of the American economy ever–a boom that reverberated throughout the world–and it was accomplished in little more than a decade after Carter returned to Georgia.

The United States will emerge from Barack Obama’s induced malaise. The American Spirit it too strong for one man–even a president–to smother. And the United States is still the country of choice for those people seeking freedom and the opportunity to utilize their talents and create wealth.  They don’t want to come here for ObamaCare or food stamps.

Yes, there is Hope after “hope and change.”

There is a huge debate about baseball, as mentioned on live at five,  banning home plate collisions.

Baseball Icon Pete Rose is upset

“What are they going to do next, you can’t break up a double play?” Rose said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after MLB announced its plan Wednesday. “You’re not allowed to pitch inside. The hitters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan. Now you’re not allowed to try to be safe at home plate?” Rose said. “What’s the game coming to? Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball.”

And fans on twitter are outraged:




Apparently this decision is not final:

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement at the winter meetings, saying the change would go into effect for next season if the players’ association approved.

But the fans continue to scoff:


Regular readers of this blog know I’m a baseball fan and I’m sure you’re wondering what my thoughts are they can be expressed in one simple exclamation!

Hasn’t anyone read the rules?

Blocking the Plate is illegal and always has been.

The rules of baseball ALREADY forbid a defensive player to obstruct an offensive player as Red Sox fans learned in gave three of the World Series at St. Louis even if it is accidental as one ESPN analyst put it at the time:


Well that doesn’t apply to the Catcher does it? Not only does it, the rules explicitly say so.

Rule 7.06

NOTE: The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.

OK so the Catcher can’t block the plate without the ball, but what about WITH the ball? You can still have collisions when the runner barrels into him to jar the ball loose. Surely they need change the rules to account for that?

Actually, they don’t.


(a) Offensive interference is an act by the team at bat which interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play. (emphasis mine) If the umpire declares the batter, batter-runner, or a runner out for interference, all other runners shall return to the last base that was in the judgment of the umpire, legally touched at the time of the interference, unless otherwise provided by these rules.

This has always been the rule as Red Sox fans, and Yankee Fans will doubtless remember A-Rod during game six in 2004.

Fan anger not withstanding the rules of baseball already forbid a catcher from blocking the plate without the ball and the rules also forbid the runner from interference of the Catcher, ball in hand, trying to make the play. The reason fans think otherwise is because the rules were never enforced.

So the question becomes: Why haven’t the rules been enforced all these years?

The answer is simple: Spectacular plays at the plate play well on ESPN and sell DVD’s and tickets so everyone from owners to players were willing to pretend the rules didn’t say what they did.

Sounds a lot like our current immigration laws, ignored for the profit of others and the solution is to the problem is exactly the same.

Start enforcing the laws/rules as they written!


Olimometer 2.52

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