The Missing Word in Jamie Stiehm’s Rant

by Datechguy | January 9th, 2014

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The Missing Word in Jamie Stiehm's Rant

Gre­gory: Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?

Sher­lock Holmes:To the curi­ous inci­dent of the dog in the night-​time.

Gre­gory:The dog did noth­ing in the night-​time.

Sher­lock Holmes:That was the curi­ous incident

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sher­lock Holmes Sliv­erblaze

Lt Kaf­fee: I think he wants to say it. I think he’s pissed off that he’s gotta hide from this. I think he wants to say that he made a com­mand deci­sion and that’s the end of it (In Jessup’s voice ) He eats break­fast 300 yards away from 4000 Cubans that are trained to kill him. (end voice) And nobody’s going to tell him how to run his unit least of all the Har­vard mouth in his fag­goty white uniform

A Few Good Men 1992

Jamie Stiehm’s US News Piece has drawn all kinds of reac­tions on the internet.

Ed Mor­ris­sey:

so ludi­crously enter­tain­ing that it rises to must-​read level.

The Dea­cons Bench

Stiehm should be ashamed. So should U.S. News & World Report.

Egre­gious Twad­dle:

As for U.S. News & World Report’s offer­ing its online podium to Stiehm’s bad Fem­i­nist Stud­ies 101 paper (buzz­word bingo: war on women! pub­lic dis­course! the nar­row­ness of Vat­i­can hege­mony! repro­duc­tive rights!), it’s a dis­ap­point­ing move

Instapun­dit:

Old and busted: Sotomayor is a wise Latina woman!
New and hot: Sotomayor is a papist tro­jan horse!

Fr. Z:

They posted a piece which is amaz­ing in the sheer vicious­ness of its anti-​Catholic bigotry.

The Catholic League:

This is a throw­back to the most anti-​Catholic vit­riol of the 19th cen­tury. Cre­ators Syn­di­cate should drop Stiehm imme­di­ately. More on this later.

Yid with Lid:

Although I am not a Catholic (sur­prised?) it was not that dif­fi­cult for this Jew to deter­mine that the rant by Jamie Stiehm in today’s US News, was both anti-​Catholic and to be quite hon­est, kind of ridiculous.

Michael Sean Win­ters:

Ms. Stiehm should start an anti-​popery riot. She should burn Pope Fran­cis in effigy. Go all out on Guy Fawkes Day. But, her edi­tors should not pub­lish her para­noid, delu­sional, and ven­omous screed.

Michael Potemra

Golly, did you know the Supreme Court was get­ting ready to strike down Roe v. Wade? Me either.

Mark Shea:

over at the US News and World Report offices of the Min­istry of Truth, some hack writes a piece of 19th cen­tury Know Noth­ing pro­pa­ganda whose anti-​Catholic big­otry is so obvi­ous and trans­par­ent this per­son should con­sider get­ting a job with the KKK’s pub­lic rela­tions office.

And the Anchoress …

this is hys­ter­i­cal rhetoric more suited a NARAL fundrais­ing screed than US News.

…whose piece should be read in full

While all of the var­i­ous com­men­taries are inter­est­ing and true they all seem to be miss­ing the sin­gle most amaz­ing and reveal­ing thing about Ms Stiehm’s Catholic bash­ing rant The Omis­sion.

It’s an omis­sion so astound­ing, so strik­ing, so crit­i­cal that I’m ter­ri­bly shocked that it wasn’t the focus on most if not all of the cri­tiques from these dis­tin­guished writers.

In all Jamie Stiehm anger at the Church of Rome, its mem­bers, its author­ity, its sup­posed lack of jus­tice for women and med­dle­some arch­bish­ops there is one who escapes any cri­tique. 665 words in an arti­cle bash­ing the Catholic church, 665 words but nowhere among those words is the name:

Fran­cis!

That is the real dri­ver of this piece.

Most if not all of the writ­ers cri­tiques of it express some shock at the vehe­mence, the near 19th cen­tury qual­ity of this anti-​papist screed. That should not be a sur­prise. Given the atti­tudes of the press, the media cov­er­age of the church for nearly 20 years and the cor­re­spond­ing shared opin­ions in pub­lic acad­e­mia, par­tic­u­larly at the high­est lev­els this atti­tude toward the Catholic church by a mem­ber of the MSM is pedantic.

Mr. Potemra opin­ion not with­stand­ing there is a great hatred of the church among the press elites. The church that stands firm as more lib­eral protes­tant denom­i­na­tions bend to the media’s will. The church that dares give up its ser­vices in Mass­a­chu­setts rather than embrace the new moral­ity. The church that is now stand­ing in front of Barack Obama say­ing: Stop!

The press given a chance would not let a day pass with­out an attack on the Catholic Church.

But with Fran­cis’ elec­tion as pope sud­denly the left doesn’t dare attack. You have the very first Latin Amer­i­can Pope, beloved by all of the groups they need. Speak­ing mercy, show­ing mercy, they don’t dare say boo, cripes they even cov­ered his ini­ti­a­tion mass.

Mind you while they may not give the full story to the pub­lic they know what Fran­cis actu­ally says, actu­ally thinks and actu­ally is. They under­stand that the image he has built, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, is the great­est longterm threat to all they believe. The fact they don’t dare say what they actu­ally think about this man, that they can’t say what they want has to be a source of mas­sive frustration.

So when Jus­tice Sotomayor makes a rather insignif­i­cant rul­ing on behalf of a few nuns, a rul­ing that will likely have no bear­ing on her final vote of the court Jamie Stiehm uses that minor act to vent her anger, her frus­tra­tion and most of all her fear that she has bot­tled up for nearly a year and dump it on a sup­posed trai­tor to the cause, because she doesn’t have the courage to vent it on the man she truly wants to.

I’ll bet it felt good.

In the end it’s just as well she didn’t attack the Pope directly, Fran­cis would be likely to respond by giv­ing her a call to see if she’s OK.

I don’t think she could bear it.

Update: In an incred­i­ble Irony if you go to Hotair’s front page this is the image shown for the piece

hotair popeIs it a coin­ci­dence that Hotair used a pic­ture of the Pope emer­i­tus /​the Holy Grand­fa­ther Pope Bene­dict rather than the cur­rent Holy Father Pope Fran­cis or do they sub­con­sciously get it?

Update 2: Didn’t see Aaron Worthing’s piece until today worth adding to the list.

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It’s Thurs­day and for the 2nd week in a row we start a Thurs­day at 30% of our weekly pay goal.

Since how­ever reach­ing Thurs­day means over 58% of the week has passed that means we are once again in a hole.

When you think about it the hole isn’t deep at the start of a week a mere $50 a day avg will assure us of full cof­fers, but with only three days to go we need at least $80 a day for the next three days to make the goal with only a dol­lar to spare.

So While I’d be delighted to get the full $239 out of the way if we can get $140 we’ll be back on track for the week. Even a mere $80 today would be a third of the way home with three days left.

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Gregory:  Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?

Sherlock Holmes:To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.

Gregory:The dog did nothing in the night-time.

Sherlock Holmes:That was the curious incident

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Sliverblaze

 Lt Kaffee:  I think he wants to say it. I think he’s pissed off that he’s gotta hide from this. I think he wants to say that he made a command decision and that’s the end of it (In Jessup’s voice ) He eats breakfast 300 yards away from 4000 Cubans that are trained to kill him. (end voice) And nobody’s going to tell him how to run his unit least of all the Harvard mouth in his faggoty white uniform

A Few Good Men 1992

Jamie Stiehm’s US News Piece has drawn all kinds of reactions on the internet.

Ed Morrissey:

so ludicrously entertaining that it rises to must-read level.

The Deacons Bench

Stiehm should be ashamed.  So should U.S. News & World Report.

Egregious Twaddle:

As for U.S. News & World Report’s offering its online podium to Stiehm’s bad Feminist Studies 101 paper (buzzword bingo: war on women! public discourse! the narrowness of Vatican hegemony! reproductive rights!), it’s a disappointing move

Instapundit:

Old and busted: Sotomayor is a wise Latina woman!
New and hot: Sotomayor is a papist trojan horse!

Fr. Z:

They posted a piece which is amazing in the sheer viciousness of its anti-Catholic bigotry.

The Catholic League:

This is a throwback to the most anti-Catholic vitriol of the 19th century. Creators Syndicate should drop Stiehm immediately. More on this later.

Yid with Lid:

Although I am not a Catholic (surprised?) it was not that difficult for this Jew to determine that the rant by Jamie Stiehm in today’s US News, was both anti-Catholic and to be quite honest, kind of ridiculous.

Michael Sean Winters:

Ms. Stiehm should start an anti-popery riot. She should burn Pope Francis in effigy. Go all out on Guy Fawkes Day. But, her editors should not publish her paranoid, delusional, and venomous screed.

Michael Potemra

Golly, did you know the Supreme Court was getting ready to strike down Roe v. Wade? Me either.

Mark Shea:

over at the US News and World Report offices of the Ministry of Truth, some hack writes a piece of 19th century Know Nothing propaganda whose anti-Catholic bigotry is so obvious and transparent this person should consider getting a job with the KKK’s public relations office.

And the Anchoress …

this is hysterical rhetoric more suited a NARAL fundraising screed than US News.

…whose piece should be read in full

While all of the various commentaries are interesting and true they all seem to be missing the single most amazing and revealing thing about Ms Stiehm’s Catholic bashing rant  The Omission.

It’s an omission so astounding, so striking, so critical that I’m terribly shocked that it wasn’t the focus on most if not all of the critiques from these distinguished writers.

In all Jamie Stiehm anger at the Church of Rome, its members, its authority,  its supposed lack of  justice for women and meddlesome archbishops there is one who escapes any critique.  665 words in an article bashing the Catholic church,  665 words but nowhere among those words is the name:

Francis!

That is the real driver of this piece.

Most if not all of the writers critiques of it express some shock at the vehemence,  the near 19th century quality of this anti-papist screed.  That should not be a surprise.  Given the attitudes of the press, the media coverage of the church for nearly 20 years and the corresponding shared opinions in public academia, particularly at the highest levels  this attitude toward the Catholic church by a member of the MSM is pedantic.

Mr. Potemra opinion not withstanding there is a great hatred of the church among the press elites.  The church that stands firm as more liberal protestant denominations bend to the media’s will.  The church that dares give up its services in Massachusetts rather than embrace the new morality.  The church that is now standing in front of Barack Obama saying:  Stop!

The press given a chance would not let a day pass without an attack on the Catholic Church.

But with Francis’ election as pope suddenly the left doesn’t dare attack.  You have the very first Latin American Pope, beloved by all of the groups they   need.  Speaking mercy, showing mercy, they don’t dare say boo, cripes they even covered his initiation mass.

Mind you while they may not give the full story to the public  they know what Francis actually says, actually thinks and actually is.  They understand that the image he has built, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, is the greatest longterm threat to all they believe.  The fact they don’t dare say what they actually think about this man, that they can’t say what they want has to be a source of massive frustration.

So when Justice Sotomayor makes a rather insignificant ruling on behalf of a few nuns, a ruling that will likely have no bearing on her final vote of the court Jamie Stiehm uses that minor act to vent her anger, her frustration and most of all her fear that she has bottled up for nearly a year and dump it on a supposed traitor to the cause, because she doesn’t have the courage to vent it on the man she truly wants to.

I’ll bet it felt good.

In the end it’s just as well she didn’t attack the Pope directly, Francis would be likely to respond by giving her a call to see if she’s OK.

I don’t think she could bear it.

Update:  In an incredible Irony  if you go to Hotair’s front page this is the image shown for the piece

hotair popeIs it a coincidence that Hotair used a picture of the Pope emeritus / the Holy Grandfather Pope Benedict rather than the current Holy Father Pope Francis or do they subconsciously get it?

Update 2:  Didn’t see Aaron Worthing’s piece until today worth adding to the list.

*****************************

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It’s Thursday and for the 2nd week in a row we start a Thursday at 30% of our weekly pay goal.

Since however reaching Thursday means over 58% of the week has passed that means we are once again in a hole.

When you think about it the hole isn’t deep at the start of a week a mere $50 a day avg will assure us of full coffers, but with only three days to go we need at least $80 a day for the next three days to make the goal with only a dollar to spare.

So While I’d be delighted to get the full $239 out of the way if we can get $140 we’ll be back on track for the week. Even a mere $80 today would be a third of the way home with three days left.

If you can help please consider hitting DaTipJar below..

Remember if we can get those 58 1/4 subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week. Help make sure this blog can fight without fear all year long.




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