Archie: They change their last names but keep their first names so that they’ll still recognize each other. 

Mike: What the hell are you talking about? 

Archie: Well, you get two Jews meeting on the street. One of them says his name is Smith … Izzy Smith. That’s how it works, see? So you get Sol Nelson, Morris Jones… 

Mike : Abe Lincoln. 

Edith:  I didn’t know Lincoln was Jewish! 

All in the Family

One of the reasons why CNN is still an important network is their coverage of medical news and this Saturday Dana Bash one of the top reporters at CNN looking at the Eric Cantor defeat has noticed such a phenomena (via MRC):

The Disease? Yes you guessed it that most dread of Scourges Sudden Republican Anti-Semitism Syndrome virus or SRASS.

Sudden Republican Anti-Semitism Syndrome is a horrible disease that strikes the voting patters of Republican voters. It can gestate within GOP voters for decades before becoming acute, for example Eric Cantor’s was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 73rd district in 1992 serving as a republican representative. He was regularly re-elected in every race he ran for that seat without a trace of the SRASS virus appearing until his latest re-election attempt.

Some have suggested this is about the strength of the tea party, or Talk radio or even his position on immigration but the MSM has told us repeatedly the Tea Party & Talk Radio is dying and immigration was not a factor but thanks to the important work of people like Bill Mahar Dana Bash & the whole gang on twitter we know that the SRASS virus a republican scourge.

I know I know some might ask why a SRASS variant wasn’t considered as the reason of Joe Lieberman the highest profile Jewish pols in the country’s history and the first Jew to be on a presidential ticket (2000) when he suddenly lost a Democrat primary in 2006 but the MSM assures us that Al Sharpton not withstanding the very act of being a Democrat makes one immune from all forms of sudden anti-semitic syndrome.

We are grateful for CNN & Dana Bash for bringing this dreaded disease to the forefront at this time so they can make sure low information understand the risk of being republican.

The next in my series of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Today we examine Part 1 The Profession of Faith, Section 1 I Believe We Believe, and Chapter 2 God comes to meet man.

In our last piece we talked of the Catechism saying how man could know God by reason & his works but such knowledge by definition is limited by the capabilities of man.

Chapter 2 starts by noting that God decision to uncomplicate the matter:

50 …God has fully revealed this plan by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

The obvious question first question is all of this is why? This is answered in the last sentence of section 52:

52 God, who “dwells in unapproachable light”, wants to communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son. By revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of knowing him and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity.

That’s a radical situation God creation rather than simply being a servant or a slave as Islam teaches. The concept of a man becoming a son of God is an astonishing evolution.

But such an evolution, shocking and dramatic that it is, has to come gradually.

53…St. Irenaeus of Lyons repeatedly speaks of this divine pedagogy using the image of God and man becoming accustomed to one another: the Word of God dwelt in man and became the Son of man in order to accustom man to perceive God and to accustom God to dwell in man, according to the Father’s pleasure.

This is basic common sense, as any parent knows a child has to be taught slowly, any person trying to learn a skill is brought along slowly till it can be mastered.

The revelations begin with Adam (54) and while that initial link was corrupted by sin (55) such links continued with Noah (56) but while God tries to nurture that link, sin, particularly pride leads to man error and the perversion of that link (57) leading to polytheism, idolatry and paganism, but even so upright men from Melchisedek to Job still give the example of righteousness.

This is key. Even in the lowest times, even in the midst of disaster there are those who recognize God and walk in his ways. It’s an important reminder particularly as things look so poor today.

It is at the point when things are looking low God makes his move choosing Abram who becomes Abraham (59)

60 The people descended from Abraham would be the trustee of the promise made to the patriarchs, the chosen people, called to prepare for that day when God would gather all his children into the unity of the Church. They would be the root on to which the Gentiles would be grafted, once they came to believe.

This is an important point, the root is Abraham and the people of Israel and it is from and through that root that we are united to and to deny that root, to attack that root or to poison that root is to poison ourselves and that root was made strong by the saints of he old testament of Israel. And yes the Catechism is rather specific about that designation

61 The patriarchs, prophets and certain other Old Testament figures have been and always will be honoured as saints in all the Church’s liturgical traditions.

That includes the holy women of the Old testament that the Catechism also notes (64) and it’s those prophets that lead to the final great revelation that of Christ.

And that revelation of Christ is the ultimate public revelation to the world and the Catechism makes it plain from in quoting St. John of the Cross

65…In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word – and he has no more to say. . . because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behaviour but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty.

Christ is the ultimate revelation but man being man continues to only slowly grasp it over time, but this also doesn’t mean that God has spent the last two centuries twiddling his thumbs either and thus comes the subject of private revelation.

67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history…

As not part of the deposit of faith they are not “required belief”. For example to be a Catholic one must believe the resurrection of Christ, one does not have to believe the Fatima apparitions, but the church using its discernment judges if such private revelations are worthy of belief, the bottom line:

Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfilment, as is the case in certain non Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such “revelations”.

If something claims to change Christ the or his teaching, it Bogus as the Son is his Father’s definitive Word;(73) and that definite revelation is to and is meant for the entire world for all time.

But that leads to the obvious question, how does the Church interpret what Scripture is what is says and what is actually revelation when it’s all happened 2000 years ago?

Well that’s a vital question and will have to wait for the next post.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — “The Obama administration has been caught off guard…”

Fill in the blank.

The most recent version is that the Obama administration has been caught off guard by the escalation of violence in Iraq:

The Obama administration has been caught off guard by the worsening situation in Iraq, and Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) is pointing to the failures of the president’s intelligence team as the reason.

I’m not real sure how they could be caught off guard by this situation unless the intelligence team is busy catapulting cows across the great divide or something.  Pretty much everyone could see this one coming.

The administration was also recently caught “off guard” by the Bowe Berghdahl backlash:

The White House has been caught off guard by the negative reaction to the deal that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

It has been particularly surprised by criticism of Bergdahl, who is accused of walking away from his unit shortly before being abducted by the Taliban.

Again, what?  How could they not see that backlash coming?  A five-for-one prisoner swap using Gitmo terrorists?  Nah.  No worries.  Go for it.

Team Obama was also caught off guard on the VA scandal:

The White House tried Tuesday to douse flames of criticism over allegations that dozens of veterans have died because of gross mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

President Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, met frustrated Democrats on Capitol Hill who are outraged by reports of secret waiting lists used by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

And they were caught off guard by the NSA scandal, by Fast and Furious, by the failure of the Obamacare rollout, and by the Benghazi outrage.

Say what you will about this administration, but it does not instill a feeling of well being or of safety.  The legacy of this administration is one of corruption, of ineptitude, and of dishonesty.  We are considerably weaker that we were when this man was elected.

It will only get worse; I do not see this administration taking any steps whatsoever to ensure they are not caught “off guard” again; I don’t see any signs that this administration cares about being ON guard.

Like the fox guarding the hen house, I’d say.

Getting caught off guard is not an effective leadership strategy.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Lewis Rothschild: Can I just state very clearly I can’t be part of anything illegal.
A.J.: Good for you, Lewis.
Lewis Rothschild: Say what you want. It’s always the guy in my job that ends up doing 18 months in Danbury minimum security prison.

The American President 1995

Rooster Cogburn: Shame a kid like Moon losing his leg. Too young to be hopping around on a willow peg. Loves to dance too much and sports.
Moon: You’re trying to get at me again.
Rooster Cogburn: With the truth!
Moon: We saw Ned two days ago…
Quincy: You go on, I’ll kill you!
Moon: Quincy, I got to have a doctor. I’ll tell what I know.

True Grit 1969

There is one more reason why the IRS claim that a computer crash destroyed Lois Lerner’s emails means this scandal can only have one result.

Yesterday I mentioned the question that came to Sharyl Attkisson upon the release of the IRS statement and listed two of them.

Ms. Attkisson listed 9 questions, all of them are good but the question that will break open this scandal is this one.

  • I would also ask for those who discovered and reported the crash to testify under oath, as well as any officials who reported the materials as having been irretrievably lost.

That question suggests that not only political operatives and career bureaucrats would come under oath, but IT guys, computer techs, database and data recovery specialists.

It’s not unusual for a political operative to take a fall in order to be a “good soldier” under the theory that it is easier to get hired by a campaign or put in a government job or a friendly think tank after committing an ethical lapse than to be hired by a campaign or being employed by a friendly think tank after reporting on an ethical lapse.

This however doesn’t apply to the IT department, these guys can often find better work at a better wage outside of government and their expertese and ability to get job is not tied to

It’s one thing to get a political hack to lie under oath or to take a fall to keep himself viable in that world, it’s quite another to get the non political people who have no real skin in the game to be willing to perjure themselves before congress in an attempt to claim incompetence.

These guys simply aren’t going to take the fall for a bunch of political hacks.

The clock is ticking, as soon as the IT guys are under oath the IRS scandal is going to explode and that blast is going to take a lot of people with them.

The only question that’s left is how long will the fuse be, and will some of these people choose to make a deal before the blast takes them out.

Tick Tick Tick

Update:  fixed the “that question” sentence

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