My oldest son has been coughing for days so I drove him to class this morning, when I went to pick him up I had on the radio and the conversation was about caring for elderly parents. Specifically keeping a log so you can record what you do and assign an hourly rate for it to justify the transfer of funds to your tax advantage.

All I could think was “How disgusting”. What point have we reached in a society where the taking care of one’s parents is reduced to the management of tax funds? And what does it say about our tax laws that people are having to go through these hoops to keep the federal and state governments from attacking their parents funds like a hungry wolf?

There are costs to the cultural choices we have taken as a society over the last 40 + years and this is one of them the reduction of the honor due to father and mother in their golden years reduced to how the gold is moved.

…I mean ewwwww

If you want to learn why we’ve reached this point, look in the mirror.

Earth to conservatives and parents, the broken window theory equally applies to culture as it does to crime.

Via Barbara Espinosa who unfortunately told me this at the breakfast table as I was drinking morning tea.

Update: Here is Barbara’s post on it.

I must admit this ole’ lady has been around the block a couple of times, to a rodeo, a county fair and picnic on the ground and this one I think gets the blue ribbon for being an inventive way to drink.

Couldn’t we invent something else?

Originally posted at Haemet

Left-winger Eric Boehlert of Media Matters tweets thus:

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Over 48 hrs, still waiting for RW bloggers to find a hole in @politico‘s Cain piece….They haven’t but that doesn’t stop caterwauling
Still waiting for the holes.  Well, Boehlert, let’s start.  There is the explanation by the fabulous William Jacobson, Professor of Law at Cornell. Jacobson points out that this story was designed to damage a candidate, not to disseminate accurate information or to start an investigation into an area of concern.  The Professor continues to explain:
Update: I just watched Cain’s interview by Greta Van Susteren, and he was clear and persuasive that there was no harrassment.  As to the inept response to the Politico story, Cain said that while his campaign was notified in advance, Politico never specified what the allegations were and he didn’t know what their angle would be until he saw the story.  He said that he remembered one of the women, and denied that anything inappropriate took place.  He said that Politico gave his staff the name of the second woman, and he was not aware that she ever even complained and he could think of nothing that would give rise to a complaint.
Not sure how you could have missed the Jacobson piece, Eric, because Instapundit linked to it in the same post as he linked mine, which you’ve been happily twitter-trashing.
Speaking of which, Eric, while you were getting your panties in a bunch over my snarky use of “darling” and “grow a set,” you failed to acknowledge that I explained the legal ramifications of these allegations: absolutely nothing.  “Hostile environment” sexual harassment usually must be repeated, unless it is extreme in its one instance; it also must make a “reasonable person” very uncomfortable, but Politico only alleged that Cain made a “non-suggestive” gesture.  That, Eric, is the epitome of what is not sexual harassment.

An analysis of a recent study showed that unmarried adult evangelicals are almost twice as likely to be virgins as their less-religious or non-religious peers. This is being trumpeted in the liberal media as “Evangelical Christians are having as much sex as their peers.”

First, the data:

While the study’s primary report did not explore religion, some additional analysis focusing on sexual activity and religious identification yielded this result: 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex – slightly less than 88 percent of unmarried adults, according to the teen pregnancy prevention organization.

The article highlights what challenges abstinence movements face. Movements such as “True Love Waits,” encourage teens to wear purity rings, sign virginity pledges and pledge chastity during public ceremonies.

Sigh. While “teenagers” are included in the sample set of “18 to 29 year olds”, the vast majority of that sample set (if it is representative) is not made up of teenagers.  The sample excludes married people, so anyone who successfully waited until marriage and got married before the age of 29 is not included; as evangelicals marry younger than their non-religous counterparts, it is no small error in the statistical analysis. That gets me to my biggest problem with this gross misuse of statistics in the name of showing that culture doesn’t matter: by this analysis, there is absolutely no difference between a person who has dozens, if not hundreds, of partners, and someone who waited until his or her twenties and had one or two partners.  Yes, the latter is still premarital, against the Christian faith (and other faiths), and leaves one open to abortion and disease, but bears almost no social or cultural relation to the former.

By all accounts, staunch Catholics and Evangelicals wait longer, have fewer partners, fewer abortions, and fewer diseases. If the public health goal is to get young people to wait until they are out of high school or college, then what they do at age 29 is sort of irrelevant.  (Again, it is relevant from a moral and theological perspective, but not from a “Let’s get kids to wait” perspective.)  The reason that 29-year-olds, people only a handful of years my junior, are in this sample is because no liberal wants to compare 17-year-old evangelicals or Catholics and 17-year-old “free love” kids.

That brings me to this interesting part of the CNN article:

Yet the article also asks a question that rarely comes up in discussions about abstinence movement. Relevant notes that in biblical times, people married earlier. The average age for marriage has been increasing in the U.S for the last 40 years.

Today, it’s not unusual to meet a Christian who is single at 30 – or 40 or 50, for that matter. So what do you tell them? Keep waiting?

Well, “waiting” is often a bad way to put it; it’s more like a vocation to the Single life that you have until you are given another vocation.  But what this ignores is how the sea change in the availability of premarital sex has changed the ages at which people marry; it is not just that later marriage increases premarital sex, but that premarital sex provides a disincentive to marriage.  One of the many things that would never have occurred in the Biblical era, nor any time before the 1960s, was three or four or ten year long non-marital dating or courtship periods.  (Exceptions would be during times of war, or if the couple lived far apart but were betrothed.)  “Less-enlightened” eras did not ask that young people be in the company of members of the opposite sex, whom they found to be attractive, for long periods of time whilst resisting temptation. Modern Christians understand that their children will fall short, but know that such falling short results in them waiting until they have their high school diplomas firmly in hand.

Lately I’ve been missing large chunks of Morning Joe due to Morning Mass but today I’ve been scanning the channels looking for the John Lewis Story on any of the Morning Shows.

I went to ABC, CBS, NBC in the 7 a.m. hour, I checked CNN and I started watching Morning Joe at 6:16. John Lewis? Not a word, is he Jerry’s kid brother?

To remind everyone who only gets their news from the left, over the weekend at the Occupy Atlanta protests the crowd refused to let Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis speak declaring: “He’s no better than anyone else”.

NOTE: I missed the first 15 minutes of Morning Joe today but I went back at 8 a.m. when it repeated, they quoted John Lewis saying the protests: “Reminded him of the civil rights movement” but somehow didn’t find “occupy Atlanta”‘s refusal to let him speak newsworthy.

Now if my wife and I were still in Maine with no laptop and the MSM as my only source of news, I would have no idea that this ever happened, nor would I know about GOP political consultant Ali Akbar’s invitation to Mr. Lewis to speak at a tea party event. Take a look at the Memeorandum thread that opened up after the Sunday shows:

Look at the links, not a single blog on the left has a problem with a predominantly white crowd insulting a 14 term congressman and civil rights icon with video to back it up. update the Crawdad Hole writes to say they are a blog of the left that doesn’t support the current Democratic party

The Crawdad Hole asks what they would have done if it had been a Tea Party, (even without video)? They don’t have to ask, we saw it with the false “Tea Party” incident leading on every network and the ignoring of Breitbart’s $100k challenge. In fact today Morning Joe played a clip of Nancy Pelosi repeating that same Tea Party canard.

OK so if the John Lewis story wasn’t news what did the MSM decide was the story of the week, with unemployment at 9.1% and leftist protesters going naked in SF and defecating on police cars in NY. What was the burning issue that had to be addressed:

Are Mormons Christians and do the GOP candidates think so?

Yup; THAT is the burning issue sweeping the nation. So this morning on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC the whole question of the remarks of Robert Jeffres at the Value Voters Summit was the only issue that matters. All of them went long on it. Morning Joe hit it both hours and attacked Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann for having the temerity to suggest that they aren’t running for theologian in chief.

Our betters in the elite beltway media beat their breasts shocked and dismayed that a group of American might choose to reject Mitt Romney based on his religion (as opposed to his constant flip-flops, Romney Care etc etc etc…) but in their self-righteous outrage I seemed to recall something they don’t.

During the proposition 8 campaign and its aftermath the Mormon Church was constantly attacked by the left, the media and gay activists for their opposition to Gay Marriage. That same media lionized the comedy “The Book of Mormon” that pokes fun at the religion and have had little outrage over TV shows that made fun of Mormons and their beliefs.

For some reason I don’t seem to recall their outrage then.

I agree with them and Bill Bennett that Mitt Romney’s religion should not be a cause to oppose him but I submit that there will be a whole lot more people on the left who will summarily reject a Mormon candidate due to religion than on the right.

I further question the news judgement of the most theologically ignorant segment in the nation, they couldn’t explain what Catholics believe with the Pope coaching them let alone Mormons, in their decision to consider this story more significant than the snubbing of John Lewis by the Occupyeverwhere people.

Finally I suggest that even though the MSM is not talking about the John Lewis incident, the Black Community is, via facebook , via twitter and via all kinds of social and black media. Black Americans have noticed the snubbing of Lewis and I’ll wager they’ll also notice the MSM rushing to embrace the “occupy everywhere protests” that did it.

They will not forget.

Update: Not just an instalanche but a HEH! Now that’s special!

Update 2: If by some miracle you missed the video here it is:

BTW on an unrelated issue with Sarah Palin not running, my vote is available. I’m issuing an open invitation to supporters of any GOP candidate (or the candidates themselves) to call my show Saturday at 10 a.m. EST 888-9-fedora to make their your case to win my vote.

Update 3: BTW don’t forget my bi-weekly column at the Conservatory Under the Fedora

Update 4: The Crawdad hole sends this correction:

The Crawdad Hole is a lefty blog. We are former Hillary Clinton supporters who do not support Barack Obama or the current Democratic party.

So noted.

Update 5: Terrorists, Smearaoists who cares about Occupy Boston lending support to an Al Qaeda terrorist when the Mormon question remains unanswered!

That was the reaction of my 20-year-old son when I mentioned this visual at Stacy McCain’s site:

(the actual article from Teresa Koch in question is here)

The bottom line is that as a “mainstream” site, the PETA site is less likely to have viruses or spyware to hit your system, so why would a guy go to a pay porn site when they could go to PETA for free?

My thought was more along the lines of something that happened to a relative of mine. His left-leaning girl found him on a porn site and got very angry with him. I wonder if her reaction would have been different if he was on the PETA site, “Honey I’m not checking out Porn, I’m checking out PETA!”

It’s like the online version of Maxim magazine.

I asked a person I know who is engaged about this, and while she didn’t like the idea of her fiance on a porn site, she had no problem with PETA. Then when I posed the porn on PETA site question, she paused, saying “That’s just weird.”

I’m certain plenty of men will be thrilled to get free porn sans viruses and spyware, and PETA will be thrilled to get the numbers…

…but it’s not fooling anyone.

A few observations on the “occupy wall Street (and elsewhere) front.

Item: Clean it with Bleach.

the Daily Caller notes an interesting complexion on the story:

A 40-photo Washington Post slideshow showing hundreds of angry protesters in New York and other cities includes no more than 15 clearly identifiable minority protesters, and just six African-Americans. The rest of the protesters shown are white, and most are male.

In 26 photos from San Francisco and Chicago gatherings posted on OccupyTogether.org, only one person from a minority group is clearly visible, and it’s unclear whether he is a protester or a bystander.

Minority groups are similarly underrepresented in photos and videos posted on OccupyWallSt.org, the self-described “unofficial de facto online resource for the ongoing protests happening on Wall Street.”

Even the “unofficial” organizers of the protest events admit this is — or at least appears to be — problematic.

American Glob includes a few photos and asks:

Remember when the media was obsessed with how many minority members attended Tea Parties?

Just out of curiosity, who is that Tea Party Favorite now in the top tier of the field?

Item: You always hurt the ones you love:

Via Outside the Beltway we see that the Huffington Post reports that the OccupyWallStreet protests are having some unexpected side effects:

But the group that says it’s fighting against banks and corporations on behalf of the “99 percent” of America’s “have-nots” may have caught Main Street in the crossfire — with their continued presence causing big headaches for nearby small businesses.

“Usually, there are hundreds and hundreds of people in this area,” said Stacey Tzortzatos, owner of Panini & Co. Breads, which sits adjacent to Zuccotti Park. “People do not want to have to pass through the crowd or walk through the park to come to my business — so they go elsewhere.”

and it’s not just chasing away customers:

“I’ve had a lot of damage from the protesters,” she said. “I’ve had to put a $200 lock on my bathroom because they come in here and try to bathe. The sink fell down to the ground, cracked open, pulled the plumbing out of the wall and caused a flood. It’s a no-win situation. If I open the restroom for one, 30 people line up outside, disrupting my business.”

It’s gets better, or worse depending on how you look at it

A manager at the nearby Essex World Cafe — who asked to remain anonymous — shared similar complaints. Referring to three young men waiting at the end of the counter, he explained, “They want to use the toilet, the phones, we give them free water and free ice. They sit here and don’t buy anything, but they recharge their phone batteries with our plugs, and I tell them, ‘Hey, if you guys are going to come, I need to do some business here. We are suffering, too!’ And then they start with their own words, going against you.” The three young men eventually left the cafe, each carrying large containers the staff had filled with hot and cold water for them.

This manager also cited damages, including graffiti on his restroom walls. “For eight and a half years, there was nothing on those walls,” he said. “Now it says ‘Viva la Revolucion’ everywhere. Yes, ‘Viva la Revolucion,’ but don’t write it on my toilet. I let you use my facilities without being a customer and this is what I get?”

Quite a contrast to tea party people who clean up after themselves.

David Freddoso tries to warn them:

I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but these regular people probably weren’t very happy to see you on that bridge, carrying your preprinted black and yellow protest sign that hundreds of you got straight from the communist Workers’ World Party (or one of its less frighteningly named affiliates). So incensed was one Ground Zero construction worker that he called you “g-ddamned hippies” in the New York Post.

And that underscores the problem with the 100-plus million people who work for a living in this country. They lack an enlightened perspective that would show them how your camping trip in lower Manhattan has already helped their lives.

These guys are making tea party members.

Item: it’s the Joooos etc:

At the moment the Democratic Party and the left is having a problem with the Jewish members of their base so reports like this don’t help:

via Ace of Spades HQ. who also quotes Rick Lowey of NRO:

The charges against corporate America include poisoning the food supply, torturing animals and using the military to suppress press freedom. Of course, corporations stand accused — in a hardy perennial — of perpetuating colonialism. The long list of complaints is thoughtfully affixed with an asterisk and an accompanying note, “these grievances are not all-inclusive.”

Strangely enough this stuff isn’t making into MSNBC’s coverage although Rush touched on it today. I wonder why?

Item: We are behind you, sort of:

The “Occupy Wall Street” protests got some endorsements in the last day or two:

Co-chairs of Congressional Progressive Caucus applaud Occupy Wall Street protests

The congressional progressive caucus is the most liberal of the liberals in congress. Additionally at yesterday’s Democratic Debate 5 of the 6 candidates, but one candidate was not as direct in her support from Left in Lowell:

Warren: We all have to follow the law. Wall Street broke the country and still no basic accountability. She wants to run for Senate.

And from the right side:

Elizabeth Warren—Everyone needs to follow the law. Wall Street broke this nation and there has been no restitution.

Isn’t it interesting that Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren didn’t see fit to directly endorse them? Isn’t it interesting that only the leadership of the most liberal group in congress have signed on?

I think this says a lot about the potential long term viability of this movement.

Bottom line: The online left seems to be going all in but the professional left continues to keep its distance. They will wait to see if MSNBC can spin this into a viable parade to climb in front of. Considering the size of their viewership, I wouldn’t be the farm on it.

Update: Today the president was asked about the protestors at his news conference and said they:

“…protestors are giving voice to a broad base frustration on how our financial system works.“

Ladd Ehlinder via Smitty has this to say:

A courageous White House reporter should be asking Jay Carney and President Obama at this very moment what ties they have to the #OccupyWallStreet organizers and demonstrations, and the planned follow-on protests across the country.

An even smarter one would be asking how are they planning on using these protesters in 2012 to subvert the elections. My hunch is that these protests aren’t about accomplishing anything right now except to flex their muscles, test out the police, and see which supporters “they” (the White House) can count on.

In short: #OccupyWallStreet is a dry run for November 2012.

He is right in the sense that they are finding out what they can get away with, in terms of the White House playing Hugo Chavez I think I’m with Breitbart on that one. Let them bring it on:

I got back late last night after a very relaxing time in Maine

Although not expensive particularly mid-week it had a great view of the ocean:

The view from our bed

It is a very relaxing place, and from the comments I’ve seen on the Breitbart video by the left I think they need to relax so I shot this video for them.

I was not totally separated from the news however, there were Newspapers:

The GOP Message Obama endorses FOAO Elizabeth Warren

I didn’t read that paper but if I’m the GOP I WANT to stress President Obama’s endorsement of former Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren.

The sunrises are special:

Da Wife and the Sunrise
Sunrise thursday morning York Beach

And of course if you go to Maine you see lighthouses

Coastlines

Touristy shops

Didn't see any Obama shirts

and a quilt shop for DaWife

The quilt shop

At the quilt shop there were four rocking chairs that husbands occupied and talked at while their wives crowded the place.

Most importantly it turns out that one can easily do without e-mail and the net for a couple of days, but there were disadvantages, for example there was a restaurant the wife wanted to hit but when we went up the coast and got there, we discovered they are closed on Wednesday.

One bit of advice: have breakfast in town at the places the locals go when possible, since the townspeople have to eat there the prices are not “touristy”.

and buy your candy at the Candy Corner.

Bottom line you CAN do without the net for a day or two and the world will go on. I highly recommend it to escape the worries of the world…

…of course some crises hit even here:

This paper, I read

As Morning Joe lionized Rob Reiner and his one day play on Prop 8 a much more interesting story has been taking place that the MSM has no interest in.

Catholic mom blogger Stacy Trasancos put up a post a few weeks ago concerning taking her kids to the park.

The same people who say I shouldn’t impose my morality on them, are imposing immorality on me and my children to the point that I literally have a hard time even leaving my home anymore to do something as simple as visit the park. And this is freedom?

Now understand this. Stacy’s blog is a small blog, part of a circle of Catholic Mom Blogs etc. Looking at her twitter numbers they aren’t spectacular

The blog post was found by members of the Gay community and linked worldwide and it resulted in a gigantic traffic spike…and some of the most hate filled and disgusting comments that the peace and tolerance crowd can produce:

The LGBT community has now linked to this at reddit, and I just got the 824th comment and screenshot it. [“What a c*nt. I hope her children are kidnapped, raped, and murdered. It would be better than having them grow up with such a twisted f*ck for a mother!”] I also have the IP address of the commenter. Please stop threatening my family.

Apparently unlike Ann Barnthart she is not heavily armed so we don’t see directions to her house, but she also has Lisa Graas who has her back both at the American Catholic.

My friend Stacy Trasancos, a fellow Catholic mom who is concerned about the world her children have to grow up in, is under attack from the ‘gay rights’ community for daring to write what she thinks about public displays of affection. She’s received death threats, which she has reported to law enforcement, and is naturally questioning whether or not she should continue to simply speak publicly about her beliefs.

I believe it is important at this time for the Catholic blogosphere to come to her aid by offering support in the form of encouragement and in the form of condemning the tactics of the ‘gay rights’ movement against people of faith who simply would like to take their kids to the park without having to risk exposure to depravity, not to mention who would simply like to write what they think about things on a blog.

And at her own site she has blogged extensively on the subject.

This is a great victory for all orthodox Catholic moms in America when Perez Hilton, the most popular “gay” blogger in America, is found to be such a weakling who is so full of the fear (yes, fear) of Catholicism that he cannot pass on the chance to point to this average, every day Catholic mom in Massachusetts and call her a “homophobe”. This is not being done to her because she is “Stacy Trasancos” (he has no idea who Stacy is personally and uniquely) and not because she has done something herself that is wrong. It is being done to her because she thinks the very same way every other orthodox Catholic mom in America thinks on this issue, myself included. She is enduring this for all of us….and we are grateful to her for her strength in this time of trial.

There is an old saying that you don’t punch down, but I think her foes were not punching down, if you are hitting a person with faith in God then you are always punching up.

Consider: Perez Hilton is an internationally known pompous ass celebrity with a lot of people who follow him, yet he is afraid of the views of a Catholic Mom with a couple of hundred followers on facebook and a small column in a weekly diocesan paper.

It sure sounds like someone is insecure in their beliefs, has the actual fear of God, or both.

She has also been taking hits from the Atheist community and some Catholics who thought she should stay silent she responded with Jeremiah reading that I quoted a few weeks ago:

You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me.

I say to myself, I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,
imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

In fact all of the August 28th readings would fit perfectly.

She also has an answer to a person who decided to play logical substitution but left out a bit:

See, while Catholics will read this, I can promise you with 100% certainty that there will be no herds of Christians following each other over to find you and tell you that you are a hateful, bigoted, Catholic-o-phobe. Absolutely no one would even consider telling you anonymously that they hope your children are “kidnapped, raped and murdered.” There probably won’t even be any more emotional reaction than a shrug because we’ve heard it all before, and we realize we stand among a rich history of saints and martyrs far better than us who have suffered for the preservation of our Faith. We don’t demand that you approve of us.

This weekend she called into DaTechGuy on DaRadio (Saturday 10 a.m. EST WCRN in case you don’t know) and told a bit of her story. As of that weekend she has been given a permanent standing invitation to be on the show.

End result? Thanks to the efforts of all those who have hated her and threatened her and her children she now has the means at her disposal to give her opinion and thoughts to an audience in 6 states with 50,000 watts of power to back her up and I intend to continue keep that means available to her as long as I can.

I suspect a few of you are upset at that, maybe even some of those who threatened her but there are two things that keep me from being worried. The first being the job description:

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

And the second? I’ve found for some reason the type of people who have no problem threatening women and their small children tend to hesitate to make the same threats to adult Sicilian men. Odd isn’t it?

Final thought: Wouldn’t you think that threats against a mother of 7 and her children might be newsworthy? I would have thought so, but apparently such threats might portray a community that the MSM supports in a bad light, so no seat next to Rob Reiner for her.

Update: On Sept 24 Jose Trasancos came on the show and for the second time in a week was able to give his opinions with 50,000 watts of power, For Perez Hilton and that renowned defender of women and children Dianne Williamson it equals EPIC FAIL…

…also anyone who met her husband would think twice about threatening his family