Ash Wednesday and Joe Biden

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Ash Wednesday and Joe Biden

Albert: Do you remem­ber my brief­ing, Shona?
Shona: Yeah. Well, no. I remem­ber some of it.
Albert: Some of it?
Bel­lows: How much?
Shona: Till he put his hand on my knee. And then I was just gross­ing.
Albert: It was intended as a com­fort.
Bel­lows: For whom?

Doc­tor Who Last Christ­mas 2014

Today is Ash Wednes­day the begin­ning of Lent. A time of reflec­tion and repen­tance when we exam­ine our­selves and our faults to pre­pare for the com­ing of Christ at Easter.

In Catholic parishes you will find extra devo­tions, reg­u­lar sta­tions of the cross, extra masses and many chances to receive the sacra­ment of con­fes­sion for our sins.

Of course as I explained a few days ago if you have the right polit­i­cal views or are in the right polit­i­cal party you not only don’t need con­fes­sion you can’t even “sin”

And that brings us to Joe Biden:

The vic­tim this time is Stephanie Carter, wife of incom­ing defense sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter, seen here hold­ing forth on ISIS while his bet­ter half suf­fers the rit­ual indig­nity of the vice pres­i­den­tial droit de seigneur at swearings-​in. Sil­ver lin­ing: Unlike most of the females whom Biden creeped on at last month’s oath-​taking for the new Con­gress, Mrs. Carter is of age.

Byron York tweets we should have a national con­ver­sa­tion on this sub­ject and writes :

Biden’s behav­ior at the Carter cer­e­mony fol­lows his hands-​on per­for­mance at the swearing-​in of new sen­a­tors in Jan­u­ary. The vice president’s per­for­mance on that day brought com­ment from around the world, rang­ing from “Biden being Biden” to “handsy Joe” to “creepy.”

And asks the obvi­ous question

Do the inci­dents add up to any­thing? Assume that all of Biden’s ges­tures were entirely inno­cent, just Joe being Joe. Still, in today’s soci­ety, sex­ual harass­ment com­plaints have been lodged for less. Biden’s behav­ior gives crit­ics plenty of ammu­ni­tion and puts sup­port­ers in a dif­fi­cult posi­tion. Why is that kind of stuff OK when the vice pres­i­dent does it and cringe-​making when it’s the overly-​friendly guy in the office?

Now in fair­ness to Joe he comes from a time that was much more touchy and depend­ing on his intent it doesn’t even rise to the level of sin.

But con­sider the kind of non­sense the left is call­ing sin & the stan­dards by which is it mea­sured when we have been see­ing things like this:

I recently assisted a young man who was sub­jected by admin­is­tra­tors at his small lib­eral arts uni­ver­sity in Ore­gon to a month-​long inves­ti­ga­tion into all his cam­pus rela­tion­ships, seek­ing infor­ma­tion about his pos­si­ble sex­ual mis­con­duct in them (an immense inva­sion of his and his friends’ pri­vacy), and who was ordered to stay away from a fel­low stu­dent (cut­ting him off from his hous­ing, his cam­pus job, and edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­nity) — all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thou­sands of miles away. He was found to be com­pletely inno­cent of any sex­ual mis­con­duct and was informed of the basis of the com­plaint against him only by acci­dent and off-​hand. But the stay-​away order remained in place, and was so broadly drawn up that he was at con­stant risk of vio­lat­ing it and com­ing under dis­ci­pline for that.

via hotair and you have to ask: “If the stan­dards are hold­ing the Vice pres­i­dent to are lower than the stan­dards we hold col­lege under­grad­u­ates to per­haps there is some­thing wrong with these standards?”

I think Lent might be a great time for every­body to think about this very carefully.

Albert: Do you remember my briefing, Shona?
Shona: Yeah. Well, no. I remember some of it.
Albert: Some of it?
Bellows: How much?
Shona: Till he put his hand on my knee. And then I was just grossing.
Albert: It was intended as a comfort.
Bellows: For whom?

Doctor Who Last Christmas 2014

Today is Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent.  A time of reflection and repentance when we examine ourselves and our faults to prepare for the coming of Christ at Easter.

In Catholic parishes you will find extra devotions, regular stations of the cross, extra masses and many chances to receive the sacrament of confession for our sins.

Of course as I explained a few days ago if you have the right political views or are in the right political party you not only don’t need confession you can’t even “sin”

And that brings us to Joe Biden:

The victim this time is Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming defense secretary Ashton Carter, seen here holding forth on ISIS while his better half suffers the ritual indignity of the vice presidential droit de seigneur at swearings-in. Silver lining: Unlike most of the females whom Biden creeped on at last month’s oath-taking for the new Congress, Mrs. Carter is of age.

Byron York tweets we should have a national conversation on this subject and writes :

Biden’s behavior at the Carter ceremony follows his hands-on performance at the swearing-in of new senators in January. The vice president’s performance on that day brought comment from around the world, ranging from “Biden being Biden” to “handsy Joe” to “creepy.”

And asks the obvious question

Do the incidents add up to anything? Assume that all of Biden’s gestures were entirely innocent, just Joe being Joe. Still, in today’s society, sexual harassment complaints have been lodged for less. Biden’s behavior gives critics plenty of ammunition and puts supporters in a difficult position. Why is that kind of stuff OK when the vice president does it and cringe-making when it’s the overly-friendly guy in the office?

Now in fairness to Joe he comes from a time that was much more touchy and depending on his intent it doesn’t even rise to the level of sin.

But consider the kind of nonsense the left is calling sin & the standards by which is it measured when we have been seeing things like this:

I recently assisted a young man who was subjected by administrators at his small liberal arts university in Oregon to a month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them (an immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy), and who was ordered to stay away from a fellow student (cutting him off from his housing, his campus job, and educational opportunity) — all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away. He was found to be completely innocent of any sexual misconduct and was informed of the basis of the complaint against him only by accident and off-hand. But the stay-away order remained in place, and was so broadly drawn up that he was at constant risk of violating it and coming under discipline for that.

via hotair and you have to ask:  “If  the standards are holding the Vice president to are lower than the standards we hold college undergraduates to perhaps there is something wrong with these standards?”

I think Lent might be a great time for everybody to think about this very carefully.