Israellycool is liveblogging today, if you think that is a sign of bad news, you are right. It’s a simple case of cause and effect:

Cause: Bomb attacks.

Here is the effect:

The Palestinian sources reported that government offices have stopped providing services and that Hamas security officials have evacuated their posts.

Hamas and their leaders are the living embodiment of the tale of Sir Robin. (Free Spanish lesson included)

Yesterday I visited old Alfred who just came back from the hospital. I’d never been in his house before but saw him there daily as its next door to the Catholic grammar school that my boys, I and all my family went to since 55. He’s been in that house since the 40’s

The steps were solid stone 3′ x 2′ x 1′ The door was the old green door of my grandmother’s house, even the same type of paint. The chairs and tables were the same thing I used to see in her house. The stove had to be at least 70 years old and I think I’m underestimating it.

Alfred is 96 years old (will be 97 this year), he grew up on the street as my mother who he still calls “kid” (she will be 85 this year) We talked for a while and he talked about how as a kid he worked like a dog from sunrise to sunset, feeding the chickens, milking the cows, doing chores constantly.

He comes to mind today when I saw the doctor on Morning Joe complain about McDonalds, soda etc etc etc. She was stating how we should eat better, exercise more and get rid of the electronics, no TV no Computer yada yada yada…

She is correct about the health benefits and all that but the thing that really jars me is her objection to cheap plentiful food.

Any study of human history will show you that until the 20th century the specter of starvation and struggling to be able to feed a family was the norm of human existence. Anyone who lived through the depression knew how had it was to feed a family. Alfred’s his father and his family didn’t work like dogs because they wanted to, they did because they had to.

In a large chunk of the world the problem still remains and tens of millions face the scourge of hunger, not US food stamp hunger but African, Asian and South American no food to eat no clean water hunger. In human history that was and for a huge chunk of the world it still IS the NORM.

Thank God for a place where a person can eat and be full for less than the price of one hour of labor of the lowest paid person. You can make fun of McDonalds BK and the rest you can critique Chinese buffets, processed foods, genetically modified food etc etc etc, but these have helped to reverse the equation of human history and misery.

Dinesh D’Souza asked this question of an acquaintance of his “Why are you so eager to come to America?” He replied, “I really want to live in a country where the poor people are fat.”

We will all die of something someday but thanks to this modern world if you are in the US it won’t be of hunger. If one of our biggest problems is too much to eat they we should be damn grateful.

Two months before I lost my job I got a new mortgage.

Forgot all about the fact that the property taxes are rolled into the mortgage so last week on the 20th I went to city hall and paid them. (I own 2 properties so I would have had to go anyway).

Didn’t realize until I got my mortgage bill what I had done.

No worries the bank can refund me if I present proof of payment of the tax or in May they’ll cut a check for the excess on Escrow.

That sounds like a no brainier but if I don’t have something by May that’s about the time when my unemployment will run out. It might be worthwhile to have that “banked” till then.

Something to think about.

8:01 a.m. Mika sounds rather disingenuous complaining how Blago is using the media to make money and playing the media just before what was a 12 min segment to open the 8:00 hour totally on him.

8:08 a.m. Barnicle makes a great point; if Fitz waited then the seat would have been sold and you would have had by definition a corrupt person in the senate.

8:10 a.m Eugene Robinson “I’m a columnist do I want him to go away?” His answer is no.

Including commercials that means that likely 25% of the 8:00 hour was spent on blago. She could have “torn up” the story there is a precedent for that on the show.

8:18 a.m. Ron Paul is on the air preaching 3 things letting the markets work, and keeping the government bailouts away. Cutting spending and Taxes. Isolation. If you could divorce the final message from the others he would make a lot of sense.

8:38 a.m. How DARE McDonalds provide a meal at a low price when people are hurting financially and still make a profit.

8:40 a.m. Isn’t it a bit disingenuous to be on television telling people to shut off the TV and put away the computer when the show is offered on the Blackberry and as a podcast and on the web and with YouTube clips etc etc etc.

8:42 a.m. Hey tell you what lets eliminate electricity all together get back to a farming economy lose all that technology has given us and just break our backs to feed ourselves like the good old days. We will work like dogs and not have any time to do anything and do it 7 days but when we die from exhaustion we’ll look great!

8:58 a.m. Barnicle is wrong Paul did have an answer. He just didn’t like it. His answer was let the market work. They just didn’t like the answer.

Going over the press’ feeding frenzy over the Pope’s decision some things struck me:

If Williamson had been an Iman the press coverage of him would either be non-existent or be considered a hate crime in Canada, Sweden and Holland. It would be really nice if just once the antisemitism in Islam got a tiny bit of attention.

Have you noticed that on any given week you can find a story that starts with “Pope’s decision/action on” and ends with “criticized”. You can bank on this with the media. In fact You can see the same thing with “Israel decision/action on” “criticized” the same way with the same media. All the “beautiful” people seem to hate both. Then again the pope is unlikely to cut off anyone’s head, nor is Israel. (This comes under my “indirect proofs” theory concerning God and Catholicism).

Other than Charles Johnson I haven’t seen anyone mention the truther/Kennedy conspiracy stuff in reports. These are things that the media doesn’t want to touch for some reason.

And speaking of this stuff have you ever noticed that people never seem to believe in only one conspiracy? On occasion they might be short one but they never believe in only one. Sort of like a Lays commercial.

You know just once in one of those dramas where the lone cop is cautioned by their higher ups about being wrong or the doctor who defies all convention over an odd diagnosis or the investigator who is so convinced that that guy is innocent if they were actually wrong once on the screen itself and then have them deal with that over and over during the rest of the season.

Everyone knows that they are wrong sometimes, but they never know it at the actual time they are wrong.

There is no darker time then the time between the last game of the World Series and the begining of spring training.

Once you reach a particular age a rather large percentage of your social calendar is spent at funerals.

And you know you are getting old when your regular doctor is younger than you. Once that happens its very rare that it changes.

Speaking of Chips once Cape Cod Chips came out suddenly everybody had kettle cooked chips for sale, that’s how you know your product is good.

How do you know times are bad? The wonder bread thrift store. The guy who runs it tells me his business is up 40%.

How many of studies that we hear about on the news actually pan out? Someone should do a study on it.

100 years from now people will still be laughing at the three stooges.

There is nothing that brings inner peace more than sitting in a room with your spouse, even if you aren’t doing or watching the same thing. I don’t know how widows or widower’s handle it.

Do you remember what you did with your time 20 years ago when you didn’t have a PC or internet to play with? It’s almost like that time didn’t happen isn’t it?

I still have high hopes that I will be able to make it to 50 without a cell phone, if I can make it to 60 without one it would be even cooler.

And finally I noticed this on election day. If you spend 8 hours watchhing traffic you will be shocked at how many accidents don’t happen.

When you are a computer guy who does gaming and played D & D you meet an inordinate amount of Geeks.

When that is the case a show like The Big Bang Theory is even funnier because you know people like this.

The following scene is one of the funniest new scenes that I’ve seen on TV in a long time.

Watch the whole thing, if you don’t laugh at this, I don’t know what to do you with you.

The press and many blogs have gotten a lot of mileage out of going after the Pope for including Bishop Williamson among the 4 Bishops excommunication was lifted this week.

This guy Williamson is without question a piece of work as Charles Johnson points out he’s both a holocaust denier and a 9/11 truther. He is without a doubt a Nelson award winner.

However those people crying bloody murder know nothing about the Society of St. Pius X, the background concerning excommunication (warning this link is VERY dry) or even what it means. I give Johnson credit for pointing out that the removal of Excommunication doesn’t re-instate him as a bishop but the idea that the Pope is not going to do something toward reuniting tens of thousands of Catholics to the church because one particular Bishop has idiot ideas on non church matters doesn’t wash.

If you want some commentary from people who actually know what all this means check out here here and here and here.

Lifting excommunication gives access to legitimate sacraments. A Catholic knows how important this is. It would literally be necessary for a person to be on the point of death to even receive absolution. If the successor of Peter chooses to loose that danger to their souls its not for anyone else to deny it.

In real terms the idea that a guy like Williamson should not be able to have his excommunication revoked while people like Pelosi, Biden, Kerry, Cuomo and the Kennedy’s and many other Catholic pols who have actively sought to promote abortion and facilitated it doesn’t wash. Any rant from Andrew “I’m a catholic in good standing but I’m in a Gay marriage and the church is evil in it’s beliefs.” Sullivan just shatters the irony meter.

And it looks like there has already been interesting payoffs for the Pope on this

Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the Society of St Pius X and, as of today, no longer excommunicated, has responded to the Pope’s gesture in the following letter. In it, he describes Benedict XVI as “benevolent” and “courageous”.

I’m beginning to think that the Pope’s gamble will pay off. Sources close to the SSPX tell me that Bishop Williamson has infuriated his episcopal colleagues with his venomous and stupid rant about the Holocaust – but when will they condemn him publicly? Surely they cannot hope to have their suspensions lifted until they have done so.

In fact it has already started:

The head of the Society of St. Pius X has distanced the traditionalist group from statements by Bishop Richard Williamson questioning the reality of the Holocaust. In an interview with the Swiss journal Le Temps, Bishop Bernard Fellay said that he “deplores the fact that a bishop has given the impression of implicating the Society with a viewpoint that is absolutely not ours.”

This combined with moves by the church condemning his statements are likely to put Williamson in a position where he has to publicly rejected by the bishops and faithful of the society to get full communion back. It will also force the society to back up the Church if it chooses to place any sanction on him for his public statements. The Society being forced to backup a church sanction is an enviable place for the Vatican to be.

I suggest keep an eye on Damian Thompson’s blog who is all over it.

UPDATE: Great summery at NRO here.

UPDATE 2: Atlas Shrugs is a fine anti Jihad site and the Simon Wiesenthal Center does good work, but Catholic Theologians they’re not. Isn’t this the same person in a blog war with Charles Johnson over his assertion that Vlaams Belang is too closely related to fascist right groups? (BTW I don’t have a problem with either Geller’s or Johnson’s positions as they are both in my opinion decisions of conscience)

It would seem to me that if the Vatican came down on him before the excommunication he could tut tut it away crying discrimination against the St. Pius X society. He might have even gotten reluctant support from the other three Bishops and members of the society. Instead the exact opposite has happened, now the Vatican has power to put pressure not only on him but the Society has publicly condemned his statements. I suspect a lot more of this to come. This Pope is a lot smarter than anyone gives him credit and nobody will give him any.

Update: BINGO!

With the exchange rate between the pound sterling and the dollar rapidly moving in the direction of the dollar the Royal Mint’s move a few years ago to do all pricing in Pounds now favors US collectors.

I’ve already pushed the Darwin anniversary coin but it terms of something that has real chance to gain in value you can’t beat the newly offered Quarter Sovereign.

I haven’t seen this as a coin offered or minted before. It is a gold coin just about 1/16 of an ounce at 22 ct with the same classic design front and back and the standard full sovereign or half sovereign. If you’ve never seen one this is what it looks like:

Same design used for all size sovereigns
Same design used for all size sovereigns

The glory of the British Empire is long past but if you want a chance to get something to remember it by the quarter sovereign is a solid and inexpensive choice. The mint is getting £47.95 each for them at the current exchange rate that works out to around $63 each for a gold coin in it’s first year of issue.

I grabbed 3 since that’s all I can afford, If I had a job I’d grab 10.

The web site for the Royal mint is here, or you can give them a ring at 866-519-7298.

Nordlinger’s column and the new Blame Bush catagory has prompted me to promote this from comments:

As far as the press goes I actually think that there is a chance that the worm might turn on this one. This president has already made it clear that he is above the press by his actions. It is as if he is royalty and bestowing his favors on his faithful subjects. I can’t believe that the members of the press are going to be willing to take this treatment for long. Oh they will keep their mouth’s shut for a while. Their resentment will be whispered and building, but it will take only one prominent reporter on the left to say it aloud and it will come pouring out. I actually have an opinion as to which two reporters/opinion journalists will do it. But I’m keeping that to myself for now.

It will be hard for the press to re-direct their anger to conservatives when we have so little power. Of course as we get nearer to an election their dislike of us may override their abuse, just like the fear of being alone will sometimes keep an abused woman with a violent husband. I think it can’t last for the full four years but it might make it through two. I could be wrong of course. We will see.

The whitehouse will use the Blame Bush stratagem to deflect this when it comes but I think it will come.