Alfred Hofstadter: So, after your husband passed, you never remarried?
Mary Cooper: No, just focused on work and the church.
Alfred Hofstadter: Ah. And what do you do?
Mary Cooper: I work at the church.
Alfred Hofstadter: Well, they’re lucky to have you.
Mary Cooper: Well, thank you.
Alfred Hofstadter: You’re welcome.
Amy: [To Sheldon] Do you realize what’s happening here?
Sheldon Cooper: Yeah, I do. They’re filling up on bread and ruining their meal.

The Big Bang Theory The Convergence Convergence 2016

I’ve been watching in disbelief as Barack Obama goes whole hog defending Islam on TV and watching CNN & the entire MSM not only highlighting those words and attacks on Donald Trump while being completely stunned that Mr. Trump is not backing down from his previous statements.

It’s as if the entire MSM has become Sheldon Cooper (without the genius) completely oblivious to what his happening in front of their faces.

Consider just yesterday the Media was all abuzz concerning Donald Trump’s words on the administration’s response to Islamic Terror.

And some like Jake Tapper were a bit shocked:

The gist is post Orlando Donald Trump suggests Barack Obama might not be all that down on defeating Radical Islam and gets the MSM to repeat that charge.

So how does the White House react? Do they ignore it and pursue the investigation of the terror attack? Does the president maintain a dignified silence while allowing surrogates in government to play the “have you no decency” card?

Nope, he respond in person and he doesn’t just respond in person he both defends Islam and defends not talking about radical Islam.

Yes you read that right. Less that 2 days after the most successful Islamic Terror attack on the US since 9/11 Donald Trump manages to get Barack Obama to defend Islam while the blood is still on the floor at Pulse.

But that’s not all, As soon as President Obama was done speaking MSM was covering his words, agreeing with his words, and contrasting his approach to the attacks in Orlando to Mr. Trump. They go all in spending the entire rest of the day repeating this again and again.

So let’s summarize:

After Islamic Terror attack Trump suggests Obama might be weak on Islamic terror

Obama responds by attacking Trump and defending Islam…two days after Islamic Terror attack.

Media repeats and amplifies Obama’s response defending Islam and repeating Trump’s attack. All of this Two days after an successful Islamic Terror attack.

The end result? Within a few days after the single most successful Islamic Terror attack since 9/11 by a man who Obama’s FBI decided was not a threat, Barack Obama is associated with Defending Islam from Trump, while Trump is associated with defending America from radical Islam.

Tuesday was Trump’s birthday, I don’t think the MSM or Barack Obama could have given him a better present.

Donald Trump has completely punked them, The country hasn’t seen such incompetence since the 1962 Mets. If Casey Stengel was a media guy he would be screaming: “Can’t anyone play this game?”

The answer to that question is apparently: Donald Trump.

Exit Question: How much would Donald Trump have paid to get such an image on CMM:

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I’m really getting sick of the words: “Some say

On Friday’s CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello badgered Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader over his vote in favor of additional scrutiny for Syrian refugees applying to enter the U.S. Costello spotlighted how “some on Twitter have not been kind —calling you a traitor to Oregon and…xenophobic,” and how “some say the intent of this bill is to really create so many checks that it will be impossible for any Syrian refugee to come into this country any time soon.” She later touted how “some say that’s just one part of what some call what’s becoming a disturbing climate in America.

Well some say that use of “some say” is all about reporters giving their personal opinion without admitting it for fear of being suspended or something. Some say it’s just a cowardly way to push a meme. And some say that when asked a question that begins with “some say” the person asked should answer: “When you can give me a name instead of ‘some say’ then I’ll take your question seriously.”.

And in the spirit of this post let me say, The some who says these things is me.


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Yesterday all over the web and on TV shows everywhere (even from sane folks like Jake Tapper) about the horrible terrible news that your bacon will be the death of you.

The WHO findings were drafted by a panel of 22 international experts who reviewed decades of research on the link between red meat, processed meats and cancer. The panel reviewed animal experiments, studies of human diet and health, and cell processes that could explain how red meat might cause cancer.

But the panel’s decision was not unanimous, and by raising lethal concerns about a food that anchors countless American meals, it will be controversial

That’s the Washington Post, at Yahoo they say this:

Each 50-gram (1.8-ounce) portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent, the agency estimated.

A 50-gram portion would be the equivalent of eating one hot dog or two slices of bacon. Americans eat about 21.7 grams of processed pork per day, according to a 2011 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Right now a lot of lawyers are licking their chops and a lot of members of the food Gestapo are preparing to demand changes in school heath programs, school diets etc etc and I can feel the sheer panic among shoppers at whole foods from here.

And the reason why this is coming?  Well there are two:

  1. Americans are really ignorant about math
  2. What are the actual odds of getting colorectal cancer?

Question #1 matters because while most people hear the words “18% increase” and think that their odds of getting this disease have gone to better than 1-5 the reality is that means the odds have gone up 18% from what they actually were.  For example if something has a 1% chance of happening if you increase the chances of that thing happening by 18%  the new odds are not 19% as some would think but 1.1%  (1/100) * (118/100) or 118/10000 = 1.1%

And Question #2 matters because we can’t find out what the actual new odds are for a particular event until we know what the old odds are, how will we know what number to multiply by 118/100?

Well the answer to question 2 is available online at  Going by their charts men have a lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer of 1 in 21 or 4.84% and the odds of a woman catching the same disease is 4.49 or 1 in 22

So even though we know that according to the stats given we eat only 43.4% of a hot dog per day on avg let’s assume for the sake of argument that you actually eat a hotdog every single day for your entire life. what does that do to your cancer odds.

Well if you do the actual math and multiply 4.84/100 by 118/100 it mans that 18% increase makes a man’s odds of getting colorectal cancer  go to 5.7% .  For a woman that 4.49/100 multiplied by 118/100 the woman’s odds go up to 5.2%

In other words, if this study is absolutely positively spot on correct eating that hotdog every single day for your entire life raises your odds of catching colorectal cancer by nearly but not quite….1%.

Or to put it another way if you’re a gamer if you eat that hotdog a day then your odds of catching colorectal cancer go from being about the odds of rolling a 1 on a D20 to about the odds of rolling a 1 on a D20.

Now when you put it that way, if you told a guy that giving up bacon decreases your odds of getting cancer by less that 1% most people would decide those odds aren’t worth panicking over and would rightly consider such panic as idiotic.

Which is why newspapers that make a living off of scary click bait, tv shows that make money off of scary click bait, NGO’s that make money off of scary panics, and pols who get big contributions from NGO’s after they get taxpayer-funded grants and colleges who get funding from taxpayer and NGO’s to study these things, and lawyers who make money off of suing successfully profitable businesses, like for example the meat industry aren’t going to show you the math I just did.

It doesn’t fit the meme and there is no profit for them in it.

To be fair, there is absolutely nothing wrong if person decides that 1% increase warrants decreasing one’s intake of processed meats, if an individual thinks the increased risk isn’t worth it it’s their life and their choice to make.

But if you do make that choice do so on the actual evidence not due to panic and deception.

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Well the Synod on the family has come and gone and the MSM message can be explained by two memes:

Meme #1  those nasty conservatives have won:

The final synod document restated Church teachings that gays should not suffer discrimination in society, but also repeated the stand that there was “no foundation whatsoever” for same-sex marriage, which “could not even remotely” be compared to heterosexual unions.

And the Pope is really mad about it:

Pope Francis, ending a contentious bishops’ meeting on family issues, on Saturday excoriated immovable Church leaders who “bury their heads in the sand” and hide behind rigid doctrine while families suffer.

The pope spoke at the end of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, where the bishops agreed to a qualified opening toward divorcees who have remarried outside the Church but rejected calls for more welcoming language toward homosexuals.

It was the latest in a series of admonitions to bishops by the pontiff, who has stressed since his election in 2013 that the 1.2 billion-member Church should be open to change, side with the poor and rid itself of the pomp and stuffiness that has alienated so many Catholics.

Breitbart notes that this has made people like Fr. Thomas Reese a tad upset:

As other Christian communions have little by little caved under the pressures of modern society–abandoning age-old Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality and adapting their standards to a secular morality–the Catholic Church alone has stood firm, they asserted.

But Father Reese and other liberal reformers do not like the Church the way it is. They want to remake it to be like the Anglican Church, a body that modifies its teaching every few years to keep up with the times and mirror the secular world around it. Yet none of these reformers takes the logical step of actually becoming Anglicans, because then they would cease to be relevant.

The liberal desire to make marriage perishable is accompanied by their wish to see homosexuality celebrated as part of God’s plan for humanity.

In fact after last year’s attempt to fix the game the disappointment must have been even greater than the media realizes:

The clearest evidence of a more open and honest synod process in 2015 was that the fruit of last year’s synod — the instrumentum laboris, or working document for this year’s synod — was regularly lambasted by nearly all the language-group reports. It must have been painful for the synod secretariat, which composed the document after last year’s synod, to publish the near-universal disdain for their work, but it is to their credit that they did so. After the second-round of such reports were published, with their withering evaluation of the poor document they had been given, the dynamic for a much different conclusion was set in motion. After the reports were published, simply ramming the instrumentum laboris through was no longer an option.

That the final report was so radically different from the original instrumentum laboris was described by more than one synod father as a “miracle”. But it wasn’t a miracle. It was the difference between a document designed to reflect the priorities and vision of the synod secretariat, which from the beginning favored Cardinal Kasper’s proposal, and a document drafted to reflect the considered judgments of the synod fathers from throughout the Church.

Was the synod rigged? It was once, but not this year. And the reaction to the rigging last year made for a different Synod 2015.

However liberals like Reese have a solution to not getting what they want, do it anyways:

The more likely result will be that certain parishes and dioceses will become known as places where divorced and remarried Catholics are unofficially welcomed at Communion — don’t ask, don’t tell. Pastoral practice will change, and theology and the bishops will catch up eventually.

because he sees no way to be welcoming to those in sin without communion

Whether this pastoral outreach without Communion will sell back home remains to be seen. I doubt it.

I would suggest the good father read Simcha Fisher’s excellent piece at Pathos

I wondered why. I mean, why would someone want to be in the Church if they can’t receive the Eucharist?  There are many wonderful things about the Church, but without the Eucharist . . . what’s the point? Who wants to hang around a restaurant if you never get to sit and eat?

And then I realized. The children. People will bring their children to be fed. If they feel welcome, and if they feel like they’re not utterly rejected, even though they can’t receive Communion, they will bring their children to Mass, and will bring their children to catechism class, and will bring their children to the sacraments.  They will make sure their children stay involved in the life of the Church. Or at least they might! And there is hope for the next generation . . . and also for the cousins, who always keep up on the family news, and for the friends of the family, and for the lady in the grocery line who stop and chat about  marriage and want to know all about your personal life . . .

They can tell that lady, “Well, it’s complicated, but I’m still a Catholic.There is still a place for  me. It’s not what I’d wish, but it’s better than nothing. They still want me, and I still need Him.”

Fisher has figured out what Reese has not, this synod wasn’t about ideology it was really about family after all:

That’s what I mean when I say I figured out the Synod. It really wasn’t hidden! It’s all about the family. It’s always been about the family — and the family is about more than the one marriage and the one couple in question. That’s why they didn’t call it “The Synod About Gay People and Divorce” or “The Synod About Just How Popey the Pope Plans to Be, Anyway” or “The I-Don’t-Recall-Jesus-Talking-Much-About-Marriage,-Do-Youuu? Synod” Nope. Every single human being is, for better or worse, part of a family, and because of this, what we do affects lots of other people — and how we’re treated affects lots of other people, too.

It’s about future generations, and also it’s about how the faith of children can affect parents.

I think Fisher’s piece should be distributed to every priest and bishop in the US.

Let me close with a personal story.

Before I switched to St. Bernards I would attend daily mass on Saturday there because they had one and my parish didn’t (I’d also go if I woke up late since they have both a 7 & an 8 AM weekday mass) On Saturdays I noticed a man, maybe 10 years older than me who regularly went up for communion with his hands crosses not accepting the host.

Now he could have stayed in his pew as I do if I’m not confessed, or he could have skipped mass but he did not he went up every time and made it a point to get a blessing.

The more I saw it the more it hit me just how amazing a statement this was.  There are three other parishes in the city plus others in adjoining towns.  He could easily go to a mass where he is not known and receive to his heart’s content, yet that was not for him instead he would go up, happy to approach christ in the Eucharist but respecting him so much that he would not receive in an unworthy state and by doing so in public he declared to the any person willing to see just what the Eucharist and loving Christ is.

How can you not admire a person like that?

I think he could teach Fr. Reese a thing or two about the Eucharist he certainly taught me and I let him know that he did.

I didn’t ask why he doesn’t receive, I’ll likely never know  but I’ll tell you this, when the time comes for me to be I judged I hope that St. Peter can say that I respected the Eucharist as this man does.


It’s a very good thing the MSM doesn’t believe in handgun ownership or upon seeing this story would likely blow their brains out.

A Kentucky clerk who went to jail for defying a federal court’s orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses reportedly met briefly with the pope during his historic visit to the United States.

A Vatican spokesman confirmed to the New York Times Wednesday that the encounter took place.

While Think Progress is spinning:

After fielding repeated late-night inquiries form reporters, the Vatican announced Wednesday morning that they could neither confirm nor deny the alleged meeting happening, saying they wouldn’t comment further. However, Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, later told the New York Times that he “did not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add.” The New York Times concluded that in saying as much, he had “confirmed the meeting,” but that remains unclear.

As is Joe my God

The Vatican is refusing to confirm or deny that Pope Francis met privately with Kim Davis. A Vatican spokesman says that no further statement will be made. So we get no photos, no video, no uninvolved witnesses – just a claim made by an unofficial Kentucky-based website.

The Blaze did some reporting:

A receptionist for the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., confirmed to TheBlaze Wednesday that Pope Francis met with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during his visit to the United States last week.

While information about what precisely was discussed during the meeting has not been released, the staffer with the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States said the meeting did occur, confirming statements from Davis’ attorneys.

Slantpoint says he really never liked the Pope anyways:

Mr. Horsey seems to believe the Pope’s medieval economic views are somehow worthy of praise, while ignoring the fact he and Kim Davis share the medieval prejudices. If there is one thing the Pope hates, it is sin, and freedom apparently leads to sin. Certainly, if the poor are blessed because they are poor, he has embraced a view that will expand their numbers greatly, while simultaneously denying social freedoms as well.

Nor did America blog either:

Again, we already know how the Vatican feels about LGBT people. We already know how Pope Francis feelsabout religion’s relationship with secular liberal democracy. We already know that he didn’t have any problem holding politically-charged meetings with self-professed religious activists while he was in the United States. And we already know that when he was asked about Kim Davis’s situation, he took her side.

Why should the maybe-fact that he told her so in person change how I feel about either of them?

Friendly Atheist accuses the Pope of Deception:

The Pope is ultimately as opposed to gay rights as Kim Davis. He doesn’t want gay couples to get married and he sees “homosexual acts [as] intrinsically disordered.” Until last week, he did everything in his power to keep those beliefs hidden. Meeting with her, as if she’s a victim of anything, would send a message that the Church really hasn’t changed at all, even with a popular Pope at its helm.

Which is exactly what critics of religion have been saying for a long time

Unlike Radical Feminist Melissa McEwan

Anyone who imagines it’s not even possible for the Pope to have met with Kim Davis hasn’t been paying attention.

This Pope isn’t a liberal. His positions aren’t even particularly better, especially on social issues, than his predecessors—he’s just a much more sophisticated spinmaster. And he cunningly exploits our habits of not paying close attention, if we hear something that suits our hopes.

The Washington Post notes the anger:

Since his election as to the papacy in 2013, Francis — with his outspoken criticism of global warming and income inequality, as well as his perceived support of the gay community (“Who am I to judge?” he said) — has become a favorite of some liberals. His reported meeting with Davis could feel like a slap to progressives who see him — wrongly or rightly — as their ally on the topic of LGBT acceptance.

Biz pack review agrees:

This will put a damper on the progressive left’s infatuation with the pope.

And the significance is large:

Rick Klein: “It’s little surprise that this or any pope would stand up against gay marriage. But having spent time with this particular county clerk – the very public face of outright defiance of the US Supreme Court – has specific ramifications that surely the pope and those around him are aware of. Maybe that was the point – in which case conservatives have every bit as much of the right to cite this papal visit’s political message as their liberal friends.”

This tweet via The American Conservative is accurate

At least one evangelical says it’s a costly move:

To me, if he did meet with Davis, he has undone a lot of the bridge building image he has cultivated. Davis is a divisive figure right now and by aligning with her, he will appear to lack consistency and genuineness.

and Jezebel is angry:

Regardless, for all of her bigotry, Davis has been rewarded with the company of God’s representative on earth and Mike Huckabee. What a world.

As for Davis herself:

“That was a great encouragement, just knowing that the pope is on track with what we’re doing,” she told ABC. “Kind of validates everything.”

Here are some MSM reports:

Two interesting notes the first from a grump Guardian that notices an important irony:

Andrew Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said the apparent meeting with Davis, coupled with his remarks on the plane, put the pope “squarely in the camp of conservative Christians in the US, both Catholic and Protestant, who believe their faith has been persecuted during the presidency of Obama”. He added: “One of the great ironies is that Kim Davis’s Pentecostal faith has historically viewed Catholicism as an idolatrous abomination of Christianity. In the pope’s Latin America, one of the first things many Catholic converts to Pentecostalism do is to make a bonfire to incinerate their Catholic ‘idols,’ such as the saints and Virgin Mary.”

Well that’s what happens when there is pretty much only one faith still fighting.

And the second is John Allen who makes three points:

First, it means that Francis has significantly strengthened the hand of the US bishops and other voices in American debates defending religious freedom….

Second, Francis may also have smoothed the waters in advance for round two of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which opens on Sunday…

Third, Francis has also debunked impressions of a rift with the American bishops when it comes to the “wars of culture.”

So what Do I think about all this? I think it’s hilarious. On Tuesday I mentioned the Pope’s words as supporting Kim Davis on the plane and was told

But the more important point here is what this says about the difference between the Pope and the Press that was covering him.   The left & media did all they could to politicize his words as a club to strike their political foes with, they minimized the Pope’s statement in favor of religious freedom and life and talked endlessly about any topic that they felt would help their cause. However the Pope came here with a goal, and that goal, despite what others might think, was evangelization.  His method is to take this piece of advice from the Screwtape twelve

You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,

…and reverse it.  Move them gradually into the light, get them into church, give the Holy Spirit and the Sacraments a chance to allow grace to flow, let it eventually draw them into the confessional and full repentance. The best method for this was for people to hear is words unfiltered, to see his trip as it was, to watch the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as it takes place. This type of thing:

But something else happened which is hard to describe. It was like the very atmosphere of the cathedral had suddenly changed. I could feel the presence and force of Pope Francis’ love for all of us. The screens throughout the cathedral showed his sweet face as he shook people’s hands – and sought out the smallest and weakest in the crowds.

I had been sitting next to a journalist from The Economist all day. She was not a practicing Catholic. Yet, when I turned to her now, she was crying.

“I’m supposed to be a jaded journalist,” she said. “So why am I crying?”

and this:

He told me that he wasn’t Catholic – but that his wife was. She often told people that she had “survived” Catholicism growing up on Palm Beach, Florida. Apparently, she’d had several bad experiences growing up which led her to leave the Catholic faith for her whole life.

Until now.

“This Pope has caused her to look at Catholicism again,” said Bob. “She is seriously thinking about going back to Church now.”

and this:

Estela had recently come back to the Catholic Church in a big way because of Pope Francis. She told me that her cubicle was plastered with his pictures and his quotes.

She watched the DC papal parade with a group of high school boys from Gonzaga – a local Catholic school. Apparently, the Pope had come close and waved at them. When Estela looked at them, after the encounter, all the boys had tears in their eyes.

“Boys,” she told them, “Hold onto this feeling. As you go through life and you get challenged, don’t forget this moment. Because this is your Catholic faith.”

and this:

Francis’ Visit Made Me Reexamine Myself, and I’m Not Sure I Like What I See

In fact even that encounter with Ms. Davis, a daughter of Catholics who choose a different path before turning back to Christ via a protestant tradition screamed evangelization:

I had asked a monsignor earlier what was the proper way to greet the Pope, and whether it would be appropriate for me to embrace him, and I had been told it would be okay to hug him. So I hugged him, and he hugged me back. It was an extraordinary moment. ‘Stay strong,’ he said to me. Then he gave me a rosary as a gift, and he gave one also to my husband, Joe. I broke into tears. I was deeply moved.

“Then he said to me, ‘Please pray for me.’ And I said to him, ‘Please pray for me also, Holy Father.’ And he assured me that he would pray for me.”

No matter how much spin came before or after it,  at least people would see and hear things as they were. Francis may have assumed that if he met with Davis openly suddenly this would be the only topic, that his visit would be instantly converted by the media not as a religious event (that they were trying to politicize) but as a political event that would need to be countered.  How much more difficult is it for those who where cheering the open Francis, the welcoming Francis he Francis willing to speak to anyone deal with the idea that “anyone” includes Kim Davis. Mike Dougherty again:

Today even the local reporter talking about this looked like someone was peeing on their cornflakes.

Personally I think it would have been better to do this in public but this is his call and frankly the story coming out after the visit amplifies it.

This Pope is Catholic, he has always been Catholic and as I’ve said many times while I don’t always know what Francis is doing, I have faith that the Holy Spirit does.

Have some faith folks


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There seems to be story after breathless story exposing our favorite Muslim “clockboy” stunt as less than a story about a poor young lad being oppressed than a family of activists trying to create a false meme.

The idea of course that the White House jumped the gun because the story served their meme and that the media was doing the same is not new and we are right to expose this BS for what it is, however we should not be surprised when the President fails to pay any price for it.

You see the reality is that the vast majority of the population still gets their info from “mainstream” sources that are unlikely to bother to give any follow up a prominent position assuming they cover it at all that is, but more importantly an even larger number simply don’t care & get all info 2nd hand.

Until the right figures out that they have to play in the culture the best we can do is spread the word ourselves but we shouldn’t be surprised if the effect on the general public is not what we’d like it to be.

Update: This also illustrates the reason why the MSM has gone all in to defend Planned Parenthood, because they skipped the story Carly Fiorina was able to get it out first, but unlike us who only have social media to change perception the media has the full force of government and media to attempt to do so.

This morning a drove a friend to meet a bus to Atlantic City and she was all about how Pope Francis isn’t addressing things like abortion:

Planned Parenthood begs to differ:

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is lashing out at the Pope, after he’s repeatedly spoken up for the right to life of the unborn during his visit to the United States.

“Despite Pope Francis’ progressive stance on climate change and economic equity, he has taken a back seat when it comes to reproductive health and women’s rights,” said Alexander Sanger, the grandson of eugenicist Margaret Sanger, and board member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. He’s accusing the Pope of limiting women’s rights and hampering “women’s health.”

Mark Shea is shocked SHOCKED:

I have no explanation for this since I have been repeatedly assured by the Greatest Catholics of All Time in comboxes across St. Blog’s that our weak-kneed Che Guevara pope (the worst since Alexander VI!) utterly failed to speak against abortion and had given aid and comfort to Planned Parenthood.

Research continues in the struggle to explain the stark difference in perception between NPR and Planned Parenthood on the one hand and the League of Perfect Catholics on the other.

Part of this problem can be explained here:

Dear friends, we have been notified by many readers that there are stories currently circulating all over the Internet spreading statements by Pope Francis with regard to a number of issues, concerning the Bible’s content, the relations between religions, the renewal of the Church’s doctrine, and even the calling of an alleged “Third Vatican Council”, which are FALSE. These statements were spread by unknown sources. Therefore, we would like to alert all readers to be careful and not to trust too soon news about the Pope that are not from the Vatican.

That’s been one of the advantages of the live coverage, while many are trying to spin what he says, the actual video is seen by all who wish to. For others, here is a warning from the Vatican:


No matter how much the MSM wants to use & spin the Pope to serve their purposes, and no matter how many might find it to their advantage to hit the Pope, he isn’t here as a political actor, as Father Dwight Longenecker put it:

The Pope is an Evangelist – Pope Francis, like Benedict and John Paul before him, is not only the leader of the world’s Catholics–he is the successor of the Apostles Peter and Paul and they were traveling evangelists. St Paul went to Athens and adapted the gospel message to his philosophical hearers. Likewise, with his emphasis on climate change Pope Francis is making a connection with secular people. He gets them to agree with him on climate change and then goes on to talk about the dignity of the human person, our obligation to the Creator and the need to have an encounter with Christ. This is a good, tried and true evangelistic method.

If you want to reject this Pope because he didn’t sound like Rush or Ted Cruz before congress, then you have no idea what he’s doing here, and if you do only accept this Pope because you think his positions on Climate Change can give cover for yourself as a Catholic who rejects the doctrines of the church then you’re simply deluding yourself.

As the Pope said in his homily in Madison Square Garden:

The Mighty God. In Jesus, God himself became Emmanuel, God-with-us, the God who walks alongside us, who gets involved in our lives, in our homes, in the midst of our “pots and pans”, as Saint Teresa of Jesus liked to say.

The Everlasting Father. No one or anything can separate us from his Love. Go out and proclaim, go out and show that God is in your midst as a merciful Father who himself goes out, morning and evening, to see if his son has returned home and, as soon as he sees him coming, runs out to embrace him. An embrace which wants to take up, purify and elevate the dignity of his children. A Father who, in his embrace, is “glad tidings to the poor, healing to the afflicted, liberty to captives, comfort to those who mourn” (Is 61:1-2).

Prince of Peace. Go out to others and share the good news that God, our Father, walks at our side. He frees us from anonymity, from a life of emptiness and selfishness, and brings us to the school of encounter. He removes us from the fray of competition and self-absorption, and he opens before us the path of peace. That peace which is born of accepting others, that peace which fills our hearts whenever we look upon those in need as our brothers and sisters.

If you don’t get this, if you haven’t heard this then you have no idea what the job of a Pope is or what he’s doing here.

St Paul:  To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law – though I myself am not under the law – to win over those under the law.  To those outside the law I became like one outside the law – though I am not outside God’s law but within the law of Christ – to win over those outside the law.  To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some.

1 Cor 9:20-22

I’ve written a lot about the Spinning of Pope Francis and in his press conference on the plan heading back from Rome he indirectly noted this spin that going on.

Cristina Cabrejas, (EFE): Holy Father, the Spanish-speaking journalists want to ask if you are not somewhat scared that you or your speeches might be exploited by governments, by power (lobby) groups, by movements. Thanks.

Pope Francis: I repeat a bit what I said at the beginning. Every word, every sentence can be exploited. What the journalist from Ecuador asked me, that very sentence, some said it was for the government, others said it was against the government. That is why I allowed myself to speak of the hermeneutics of the whole (speech). They can always be exploited. At times some news takes a phrase, out of context. I am not afraid. Simply I say look at the context. And if I make a mistake, with a bit of shame I ask forgiveness, and move forward.

He is referring to an addition earlier in the press exchange that I’d like to highlight…

And if you allow me, and no one asked me this, but I give you five extra minutes more as a concession, if we need them. In your job, the hermeneutics of a text is very important. A text can’t be interpreted only in one sentence. The hermeneutic has to be applied to the entire context. There are phrases that are exactly the keys to the hermeneutic, and others that aren’t, that are spoken “by the way” or “plasticas.” So, in all of the context, looking at the situation. So looking at the history, so being the history from that moment or if we’re looking at the past we need to interpret an event with the hermeneutic of that time. I don’t know, for instance the crusades – let’s interpret the crusades with a hermeneutic of how they thought in that time, no? It’s key to interpret a speech, any text, with a comprehensive hermeneutic, not isolated. Forgive me, I don’t want to play the “plum teacher” (editor’s note: ‘maestro ciruela;’ Argentine idiom that refers to the teacher who is constantly giving lecturing rants), but I say this to help you.

This is EXACTLY what I’ve been saying concerning the Pope since almost day one from the very first moment the left played the “who am I to judge” card.

I’ve been racking my brains to figure out why people don’t see it and I suspect there are two causes for it.

The first is conditioning. Our friends on the left have become masters of this where their followers hear a particular word they tune out or get angry etc etc etc and of course we on the right have picked up this dog whistle business, when I hear certain words, I tend to assume “loony left”.  When people say “investments” I know they mean taxes etc etc etc…

However the church doesn’t speak that language, the language of the church is Christ and when your primary concern is Christ your look on the land is different.  It’s not a question of looking for a spin to advocate for a particular ideology.  It’s delivering a message in the context of a sermon designed to get a particular audience heading in the way of salvation.

But the second issue is because the media Bias in play here is completely atypical.

Normally when the media hates someone they do all they can to either ignore their words or spin them negatively.

This time the media, who in my opinion hate Pope Francis even more than they hated Pope Benedict, is deliberately spinning him positively (at least in a way THEY would consider positively).

“But DaTechGuy”, you say, “That’s ridiculous”, “the Pope has said all kinds of things that Benedict hasn’t”.

The actual fact is not only is what Pope Francis has said consistent with what previous Popes have said but it consistent with orthodox Catholic belief.

Well if that’s the case why is the NYT spinning the Pope otherwise?  The answer is quite simple.

The top priority for the left right now is the latino vote, They are doing all they can to turn the Latino population into the next great democrat voting block, there however is a problem, said population is heavily Catholic and absolutely LOVES Francis the first Latino Pope to the point where an attack on the Pope is consider an attack on them.

Therefore the last thing the left needs is for prominent white liberals attacking this pope, particularly in the media.

Thus the spin serves three purposes:

First it’s to deceive lazy liberals both inside & outside the media who have very little experience or knowledge of the Catholic Church that Francis is something other than what he actually is, an orthodox Catholic Priest  the media

Second it allows said media members to pretend that caring for the poor and the needy has not always been a priority for the church when in fact the Catholic church has both now and in the past fed , clothed,  educated more people than any other organization in the history of history, and that’s not even counting treating the sick, caring for the dying and visiting those in prison.

Third (and this is their favorite part) by spinning the Pope they can persuade lazy conservatives who for some reason take the MSM at their word in this case, to attack said Pope causing the very reaction that they are trying to avoid in their own groups.

That so many of us are falling for this is an exercise in absolutely foolishness.  Particularly when we have gems like this we could be talking about:

Pope Francis: First of all, why this intervention of mine at the conference of the popular movements? It was the second one. The first was held in the Vatican, in the old synod hall. There were more or less 120 people. It is something that (the Pontifical Council of) Justice and Peace organizes, but I am close to this because it is a phenomenon in the whole world, in the whole world, also in the East, in the Philippines, in India, in Thailand. These are movements that organize among themselves, not just to protest but to move forward, to be able to live, and they are movements that have strength. These people, and there are many, many of them, don’t feel represented by the unions because they say that unions now are a corporation and they do not struggle – I am simplifying a bit – but the idea of many people is that they don’t fight for the rights of poorest. The Church cannot be indifferent. The Church has a social doctrine, and dialogues with these movements, and dialogues well. You saw it. You saw the enthusiasm of feeling that the Church is not far from us, the Church has a doctrine that helps us in the struggle with this. It is a dialogue. It is not that the Church has an option for the anarchic way. No, they not anarchists. They work. They try do many jobs, even connected with waste, the things that are left behind. They are real workers. That is the first thing, the importance of this.

Yes you read that right, that’s the pope saying people don’t feel represented by unions because they’re out for themselves.

The Holy Father said this last week, so ask yourself a question:

 Is this the first time you have heard this and if so WHY?

I think that’s an excellent question, and I’ve just given you the answer.


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One of the things that can be really frustrating about being a public conservative is the way the media spins a headline to attack.  Sometimes a man deserves it, sometimes not but if you’re a conservative you can be sure that a headline in the media will be spun to attack you.

That’s why I had to laugh when I saw this:

The Bernie Sanders Archive Is Bustling With Mysterious Young Men

Now I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that in a Democratic primary with a large quantify of black & hispanic americans who might not be as in love with homosexuality as the Hollywood left a Democratic organ that will likely support Hillary Clinton might use a headline like this.

And as Ann Althouse quoting a commentator on he site notes the photo is even worse:

Wow. Did you give any actual thought to your choice of the headline and photo for this article? 

The photo is of Sen. Sanders, with his arms around two young boys. The headline reads, “The Bernie Sanders Archive is Bustling with Mysterious Young Men.” You do realize the unfounded, and terrible, implication of this combination, don’t you? 

The photo doesn’t even have anything to do with the content of the article which is about interns digitizing boxes and boxes of content from Sanders’ time as mayor. Did the editor and writer get lazy coming up with the headline and photo for this article or this is a hatchet job? Either way, it sure isn’t good journalism.

The piece itself is pretty good and worth a read, and in fairness a writer often doesn’t pick the title or the photo for a piece, but how many people will even bother to go beyond that headline and photo?

So welcome Bernie Sanders to the land of being treated like a Conservative but don’t despair, once you either lose the Democrat nomination (or win it) the media, the pols and all of those who are right now making interesting implications will suddenly remember how much they love you and reserve this treatment to people like us.




While I was off enjoying Pintastic NE the world continued on its merry way as did the NYT which continued to do what it does best spin.

On their attempt to spin the firing/ resignation of Ellen Pao from Reddit my fellow conservatives were all over them

Ed Driscoll at Instapundit gathers some like Twitchy

The New York Times gave its take — or takes — on Pao’s resignation today is a piece which some say started as a news item and became an opinion piece.

The times was determined to spin this event into something other than a consumer revolt but folks like As the Ace of Spades Crowd were all over it:

And Ann Althouse (not really a conservative) put the final nail in the coffin:

I know, you’re going to say, why are you surprised? It’s the New York Times. Why do you even read it? But put the usual reflexive retorts aside for a moment and take a look at how bad this example is. It’s a news report, not an opinion piece, and it assumes, over and over, that Pao is the victim of sexism (even though her downfall had to do with her involvement in the firing of another woman):

Of course this was possible because we were paying attention as this story developed in the first place. July 3rd:

Reddit is in meltdown.

The hugely popular link-sharing site is in a state of virtual lockdown after the volunteers who run some of the site’s biggest communities (known as “subreddits”) went on the digital equivalent of a general strike. This followed the sacking of Victoria Taylor, a popular site admin, after a Reddit Q&A with the Rev. Jesse Jackson went badly for the activist preacher.

High-traffic subreddits dedicated to movies, gaming, videos, history, science and art have been voluntarily locked by their moderators as an act of protest against the decision, which they saw as a symptom of an increasingly overbearing management that takes its users and volunteer moderators for granted.

July 6th:

Ever notice how every revolt against corrupt authority is now characterized as racist and misogynist . . . by the tools of corrupt authority?

July 9th:

WHEN THE USER BASE IS UNHAPPY: Reddit Chiefs Eat Humble Pie as Competitor Voat Approached by Venture Capitalists.

and finally the 10th

ANOTHER CONSUMER REVOLT DRAWS BLOOD: Ellen Pao Out as Reddit CEO; Co-Founder Huffman Takes Over.

UPDATE: Ellen Pao Steps Down as CEO After Reddit Revolt. All those readers and volunteers turned out to be equity holders, actually.

End result?  Informed bloggers destroy the NYT attempt to spin the events at Reddit. They’re exposed to anyone willing to read the facts.


The NYT also tried to spin another event, the Pope’s visit to south America. They start with a Headline that’s a doozy:

In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism

Note the word “fiery” boy he must be really hitting capitalism HARD. Then look at the text inside

His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”

Ooh that’s a big first paragraph Francis must really be saying something strong here, maybe in the rest we’ll hear the words of the Pope to see what he is saying.

Ah but it ‘s the new york times, so instead of the Pope words in context in the next 23 paragraphs we get a lot of quotes from left wing theologians on the Pope and stuff like this:

The French economist Thomas Piketty argued last year in a surprising best-seller, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” that rising wealth inequality is a natural result of free-market policies, a direct challenge to the conventional view that economic inequalities shrink over time. The controversial implication drawn by Mr. Piketty is that governments should raise taxes on the wealthy.

Huh? What is That doing in a News story about the Pope?

Fortunately as I noted last week there is a page at the Vatican that has the Pope’s actual speeches from his trip sermons available online so I decided to find this spot where the Pope is talking about Capitalism as the “dung of the devil” and what do you know? It turns out it’s not quite the type of thing the Times makes it out to be: (all emphasis mine)

And behind all this pain, death and destruction there is the stench of what Basil of Caesarea – one of the first theologians of the Church – called “the dung of the devil”. An unfettered pursuit of money rules. This is the “dung of the devil”. The service of the common good is left behind. Once capital becomes an idol and guides people’s decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and, as we clearly see, it even puts at risk our common home, sister and mother earth.

Now greed and lust for money as evil is one of the basic teachings of the church since the time of Christ and every single Pope of the last 50 years has discussed it. Francis goes on:

Secondly, you are sowers of change. Here in Bolivia I have heard a phrase which I like: “process of change”. Change seen not as something which will one day result from any one political decision or change in social structure. We know from painful experience that changes of structure which are not accompanied by a sincere conversion of mind and heart sooner or later end up in bureaucratization, corruption and failure. There must be a change of heart. That is why I like the image of a “process”, processes, where the drive to sow, to water seeds which others will see sprout, replaces the ambition to occupy every available position of power and to see immediate results. The option is to bring about processes and not to occupy positions. Each of us is just one part of a complex and differentiated whole, interacting in time: peoples who struggle to find meaning, a destiny, and to live with dignity, to “live well”, and in that sense, worthily.

What? Did I just hear Francis warn about bureaucratization and corruption It can’t be. The NYT didn’t say a word about it!


As members of popular movements, you carry out your work inspired by fraternal love, which you show in opposing social injustice. When we look into the eyes of the suffering, when we see the faces of the endangered campesino, the poor laborer, the downtrodden native, the homeless family, the persecuted migrant, the unemployed young person, the exploited child, the mother who lost her child in a shootout because the barrio was occupied by drugdealers, the father who lost his daughter to enslavement…. when we think of all those names and faces, our hearts break because of so much sorrow and pain. And we are deeply moved, all of us…. We are moved because “we have seen and heard” not a cold statistic but the pain of a suffering humanity, our own pain, our own flesh. This is something quite different than abstract theorizing or eloquent indignation. It moves us; it makes us attentive to others in an effort to move forward together. That emotion which turns into community action is not something which can be understood by reason alone: it has a surplus of meaning which only peoples understand, and it gives a special feel to genuine popular movements.


What are we hearing about the Pope talking about violence of Drug dealers and human traffickers? This could be a speech given in Detroit?

And as he is wont to do the Pope talks about the persecution of Christians:

The Church, her sons and daughters, are part of the identity of the peoples of Latin America. An identity which here, as in other countries, some powers are committed to erasing, at times because our faith is revolutionary, because our faith challenges the tyranny of mammon. Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus. This too needs to be denounced: in this third world war, waged peacemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide – I insist on the word – is taking place, and it must end.

Funny the times piece didn’t have that bit in it did they?

And of course there were plenty of other sermons like this one in Paragray

In every sector of society, but above all in public service, there is a need to reaffirm that dialogue is the best means of promoting the common good, on the basis of a culture of encounter, respect and acknowledgment of the legitimate differences and opinions of others. In the effort to overcome a spirit of constant conflict, unity is always better than conflict; convictions born of ideology or partisan interest should blend advantageously with love of the country and its people. That love must be the incentive to increased administrative transparency and unceasing efforts to combat corruption. I know that today there exists a firm desire to root out corruption.

Dear friends, in the desire to serve and promote the common good, the poor and needy have to be given priority of place. Paraguay has done much to advance along the path of economic growth. Important steps have been taken in the areas of education and health care. May all social groups work to ensure that there will never again be children without access to schooling, families without homes, workers without dignified employment, small farmers without land to cultivate, or campesinos forced to leave their lands for an uncertain future. May there be an end to violence, corruption and drug trafficking. An economic development which fails to take into account the weakest and underprivileged is not an authentic development. Economic progress must be measured by the integral dignity of persons, especially the most vulnerable and helpless.

Again the Pope talks about transparency and corruption in Government it’s something he keeps going back to:

I offer a word of encouragement to all who work at this center: to the administrators, the police officials and all the personnel. You carry out a vital public service. You have an important responsibility for facilitating the process of reintegration. It is your responsibility to raise up, not to put down, to restore dignity and not to humiliate; to encourage and not to inflict hardship. This means putting aside a mentality which sees people as “good” or “bad”, and instead trying to focus on helping others. And the mindset of wanting to help each person will also save you from every form of corruption and will improve conditions for everyone. In so doing, it will give us dignity, motivate us, and make us all better people.

and over and over again he talks about what else, but Jesus Christ:

This is the logic of discipleship, it is what the Holy Spirit does with us and in us. We are witnesses of this. One day Jesus saw us on the side of the road, wallowing in our own pain and misery, our indifference. Each one knows his or her past. He did not close his ear to our cries. He stopped, drew near and asked what he could do for us. And thanks to many witnesses, who told us, “Take heart; get up”, gradually we experienced this merciful love, this transforming love, which enabled us to see the light. We are witnesses not of an ideology, of a recipe, of a particular theology. We are not witnesses of that. We are witnesses to the healing and merciful love of Jesus. We are witnesses of his working in the lives of our communities.

Funny the Pope talked about Jesus & Mary in every speech he gave but the words “Jesus” & “Mary” come up with 0 results in a search of that NYT piece.

Well that’s OK after all if we aren’t going to let the NYT spin us on Ellen Pao we’re certainly quite prepared to challenge the NYT spin of the Pope’s words here:

Red Francis Calls Capitalism “Dung of the Devil” …Here Is The Truth

Or perhaps not.

God, please save your Church from this ignorant lunatic.
Red Francis blasted global capitalism in his speeches this week in Latin America.

This is Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit who normally would fact check the NYT if they told him the St. Louis Cardinals played in St. Louis

The Communist pope called capitalism the “dung of the devil.”

Seriously Jim? Not one link to the actual speeches of the Pope not one full paragraph of the Pope taken in context, not one even snarky line about the “Paper of Record” not noticing the Pope talking about the Saints, or Mary or even bothering to say the word “Jesus” once.  Nope, the NYT has spoken so those are the facts.  There is nothing more to be said.

And because nobody is bothering to check the Times not only do we get a bad piece based upon their spin but we get a comments section even worse.[sic]

its like there is strict reuired classes for high up politicians and religious figures. They all spout the same lines about gay communist muslim trance talk.

ok class this is gay communist muslim 101, and im sorry to say that only a quarter of you passed the “how unbelievable fruity can you get” questions, youre going to have to try to be gayer, i mean really stratosphere gay.

you all got the communists need to murder everyone questions, and islam ……well since we cant say “islam” anywhere even in print, you all passed. Just kill everything is pretty much the norm, oh and be gay.

francis however passed the im the gayest and fruityiest polesmoker questions with such swishy flair, im really impressed. Now if we can really place this pillowbiter really high up.

Good job gayest communist muslim francis., youre on your way to fame and fortune.

How many of these people would be up in arms if the Times tried to spin them this way on another issue.

So given this incongruity let me close with one loud expression of frustration:

Am I the only conservative left in the world who sees something seriously wrong here?

I swear stuff like this makes me need another week of PINTASTIC just to recover from it.

Update: Good thing Ted Cruz isn’t the Pope


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The media has decided to go all in on Rudy Giuliani statement concerning Barack Obama’s love of America.

This is not unexpected as it gives them an opportunity to spend at least a few days not reporting on the administration’s continued failures i the war on terror, the economy, the courts etc etc etc.

They have reached the Todd Akin stage where the media decides a remark is bad and every single Republican is required to approve or refute it in a way that Democrats never have to answer for things like, for example, Hillary Clinton’s foundation taking millions of dollars from foreign governments or the Sexual crimes of former rep Carlos Henriquez.

But in all of the cacophony of leftist and media outrage (but I repeat myself) concerning how horrible and racist Rudy is or hey Rudy really doesn’t love America there seems to be one thing I’m not hearing anyone of the left doing…

…giving examples that show that Barack Obama has a deep and abiding love of America.

Maybe it’s just me but wouldn’t that be what you lead with but as Kevin Williamson notes that might not be so easy for our friends on the left:

When as a candidate he was in trouble because of his association with the racist lunacy of the Reverend Wright, he responded by giving the American public at large a lecture on racism and its culpability therein, while his minions began proclaiming that the only reason to oppose this politician with the racist associates was — presto-change-o! — racism. But if you believe that the system is basically rotten, that the society that produced that system is basically rotten, that the game is rigged, that your opponents are all phonies and hypocrites, then what’s a little intellectual dishonesty in the service of the common good?

The Irony of course if that President Obama has every reason to love both America & the America people which, despite a record of little distinction (at least from what records we have released) has continually rewarded him his entire life.

But when one feels entitled and believes they are owed a debt the payment of said debt is not considered an act of love and nobody better represents the ranks of the “entitled” more than Barack Obama.

President Bennett:  “You’re not going to go public. You’ve got a chip in the big game now. And one day, when you’re in trouble, you’ll come to me and I’ll cash that chip for you.

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As you know by now Brian Williams from NBC news is now taking some time off:

The “NBC Nightly News” anchor, who is under scrutiny after recanting a story he has told for years about being on a helicopter in Iraq that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, said last Saturday he was taking himself off the air.

In a memo to staff, Mr. Williams said the decision was his own. “In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions,” he wrote. Mr. Williams, who is also managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” said Lester Holt, the weekend anchor for NBC’s newscast, would take his place.

and he is also ducking David Letterman:

NBC’s Brian Williams cancelled a planned Thursday night appearance on CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and CNN’s Brian Stelter reported on Sunday.

The cancellation comes after Williams admitted this week that he was never aboard a helicopter that was struck by rocket-propelled grenade fire and forced down in Iraq in 2003, as he had previously claimed.

Mark Steyn, who spent some time in RPG ally in Iraq commented saying

I was certainly alert on the road, and I saw the occasional burnt out tank and other vehicles, but I’ve never been in any danger over the ensuing dozen years of “misremembering” an RPG hitting my car – because the difference between being in a motor vehicle or flying machine that’s not hit by an RPG and the same contraption that is hit by an RPG is so vast I don’t see how one wanders innocently across that line. I was around RPGs, I was in the vicinity of RPGs, I was in the Greater RPG Area zip code …but I didn’t see one and I didn’t get hit by one. And I’ve no idea what that would feel like.

But while a lot of words have been said there are two bits that I find intriguing on the subject, the first words come from Maureen Dowd:

THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while.

NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division.

This is important, because Dowd suggest that this was well-known (did she know it as well?) and yet none of these “journalists” (or perhaps “Journo-lists” found it worth commenting on).

The second comes from Ed Driscoll who without meaning to hits on the meat and potatoes of the matter.

Can Williams return? Depends on how many cases of Vienna sausages he has to barter with, I suppose…

Ed is making a joke about another Brian Williams story but it’s an interesting point if you think about it.

We’ve seen plenty of spin from the MSM over the years, and a willingness to manipulate and twist things to suit their narrative.  Given the sausage making that been going on there for years,  what makes anyone thing that people willing to do such a thing for political reasons would not be willing to do so for themselves.

To put it bluntly I very much doubt Brian Williams is the only person in the MSM elite with an issue with truth.

Furthermore Williams has been in the business for a long time, he has likely seen a lot and heard a lot, if there are others in this same situation I’d bet real money he knows about it.

If that’s true Williams is in an interesting spot:

  • Does he keep silent figuring that after a short hiatus he will come back or be given an acceptable position elsewhere?
  • Does he keep silent in fear of jeopardizing his daughters position in the entertainment industry?
  • OR does he decide that to take out any chits he might have and make it clear if he goes down, he doesn’t go alone.

That frankly is the only question left and I find it a very interesting one.  Does Williams play hardball or no, but even this question presupposes that the network doesn’t have something even more damning about Williams that they can reveal.

No matter how it ends, a lot of conservatives are going to have a lot of fun watching this all twist in the wind.

Do you remember he Hagel hearings?  I do.   I remember When Ted Cruz did this

And This: the press did this of the press:

During Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, I overheard multiple groans from other journalists covering the event whenever Cruz began a pointed line of questioning. On Twitter, they noted their exasperation in more colorful ways.

via NRO this

And Chris Matthews called him the “Next Joe McCarthy”

this is no surprise, after all Hagel was the goto Republican for the press for years.

Obviously any person who thought Chuck Hagel is not suited to be Secretary of Defense is either owned by the Jewish lobby or simply beyond the pale (or needs to be ignored),

That what makes this headline at Politico so much fun:

How Obama Dumped Hagel

I can’t wait to hear the outraged critiques from Chris Matthews, Chuck Todd and the Morning Joe table expressing their disgust with this extremist president who dared to dump Chuck Hagel

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Yesterday the darling of progressive catholic Cardinal Kasper of Germany had some ahem interesting things to say about his brother Cardinals in africa.

In a stunning new interview, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that African Catholics “should not tell us too much what we have to do” and admitted that they are not being listened to at the Vatican’s current synod as it takes up matters including homosexuality, divorce, remarriage, and family life.

Elizabeth Scalia is horrified:

The African and Asian churches are going to provide the bulk of new missionaries who will be needed to evangelize the “jungle of modern Western culture”, which has scant acquaintance with Christ Jesus. Their churches are growing; their priests are excited; why does their thinking not matter?

Moreover — and perhaps this is most important — dismissing and denigrating the African bishops, and the others, could seriously impact their effectiveness as missionaries to the West. “They needn’t be listened to, except in Africa…” I really don’t think Jesus would agree.

And how awful for one bishop to imply, as Kasper does, here, that it’s okay for the African bishops to be listened to in Africa…but not here, in Europe!

This makes as much sense as the Houston Astros giving the Kansas City Royals advice on how to handle St. Louis or San Francisco in this year’s world series

Father Z reminds us of history:

Kasper’s view reminds me of when Augustine tried to convince Donatists that the Church wasn’t just in Africa. The Donatists thought they were the only Church and anyone in contact with Catholic bishops was tainted.

I respond that the Catholic Church in Africa is older than the Church in Germany. Not only that, the Church doesn’t subsist only along the Rhine.

The only things missing from what Kasper said here are the words “tribal” and “primitive”.

Rod Dreher is blunt: “Chicken Dinner Kasper

Wait, since when are African and Asian Catholics second-class citizens in their own Church? The arrogance of the Western liberal Kasper is unspeakable — and of a piece with the same attitudes liberals in the Episcopal Church and the Church of England have taken towards the Global South. USA Today points out that numerically speaking, Catholics in Africa are poised to overtake Catholics in Europe within a decade. The Catholic faith — Christianity in general — is utterly moribund in Europe. The churches are nearly empty. Not so in Africa. In Cardinal Kasper’s own country, only 13 percent of Catholics show up for mass on Sunday (Pew says that number is lower). What kind of special arrogance does it take to say that the Africans and the Asians do not deserve to be listened to because their views do not accord with what liberal Europeans who speak for a dwindling number of Catholics believe? Truth is not decided by numbers, surely, but Kasper represents a church that is dying not from martyrdom, but from boredom. He ought to be a lot more humble.

Remember the controversy at the 1998 Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion, in which angry liberals were said to have complained that the African Anglicans’ loyalty to the conservative line on homosexuality was “bought by chicken dinners”? Well, how do you say “bought by chicken dinners” in German?

It looks familiar to Damian Thompson

Now he sounds like an Anglican – and not just because he thinks aloud on matters of the utmost sensitivity. One of the insoluble problems of that Anglican Communion, in which I try not to take pleasure, is that the liberals who patronisingly celebrate the ‘richness’ and ‘deep wisdom’ of African and Asian societies can’t come to terms with their anti-gay attitudes. Older liberals, especially, have to be careful not to slip back into the mindset of their youth, when Africans were by definition unenlightened. And Cardinal Kasper (b. 1933) does not ‘do’ carefulness.

And Deacon Greg channels Calvin Coolidge

Am I the only one who thinks it might be a good idea for Cardial Kasper to take a vow of silence for a few weeks?

I disagree, I’m delighted that Cardinal Kasper said this openly, that as Elizabeth has said “the mask has dropped”.

twitter right now the German pralate words are drawing a loud response:

That’s a bazinga.

That one too

We’ll come back to the “German” argument later on in this piece

@ProfJCharmley Pope Francis started #Synod with asking to listen humbly to each other. Good advice to ‘important’ cardinals #Kasper #Africa

— maria (@marrisch) October 15, 2014

Maria’s remarks are likely the kindest but there are plenty of remarks like this:


This next tweet really expressed my own thought:

There have been calls for an apology and defenses like this one titled:  No, Cardinal Kasper is not a racist, although I submit that if you have to say “Person X is not a racist” you’ve already lost the argument.

That would explain why the media’s favorite and most quotable Cardinal words are suddenly not getting a lot of  traction from the MSM that loves him.  It’s true that if these remarks had been made by Pope Benedict XVI every media outlet would be calling him a racist, every MSNBC host would be in an uproar, Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton would be marching on the Vatican embassy and an apology if not a resignation would be demanded the media.

However being the favorite Churchman of progressives has privileges which is why at this moment no major media source is saying a word.

While his words have not moved the media I suspect they will have a profound effect on the Synod because of things like this:

I’ll wager Churchmen all over the world are getting e-mails like that and while the media will do their best to ignore it the Vatican and the Synod can’t. The sunlight this will shine on those who are more worried about pleasing this word than the next will make all the difference. My suggestion pray for all involved especially the church in Africa, because they will be carrying the ball for the rest of us. Closing thought, contrast Cardinal Kasper’s words on Africa with these from Cardinal Dolan from his site: Money quote:

“The bishops of Africa are prophetic in reminding us that the role of the Church is to transform the culture, not to be transformed by the culture.”

Bingo as Jesus said:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.   Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;Matt 10:34-37

Update this image says it all: africa1That’s after 15 hours.  And none of those 15 include any major newspaper or news source. I repeat, if Benedict XVI or Cardinal Burke had said something like about Black Bishops & Cardinals would there be any other story in the news?

Update:   Denials and coincidence

The article is in German, Here is the translation via the same author:

That leaves four possibilities:

1. The article is inaccurate the interview never took place Mr. Pentin is lying.

2. The interview took place but either it was in another language & was translated poorly or the interview wasn’t recorded and the recollections of Mr. Pentin & the Cardinal differ.

3. A conversation took place between the Cardinal & Mr. Pentin that the Cardinal didn’t consider an interview.

4. The article is accurate the interview did take place & Cardinal Kasper is lying.

I take it a rote that a Roman Catholic Cardinal isn’t going to lie in this way but Mr. Pentin seems to have a long history and an excellent reputation in journalism so I’m certainly not going to call him a liar either

zenit has pulled the piece (you can read a cached copy here) that could be because the article is wrong, in dispute or pressure was placed on either them or Mr. Pentin to remove it.

I don’t know which it is and at the moment neither does anyone else  I’ve sent the following questions to Zenit:

Did Zenit pull the interview and if so why?

Did Zenit determine the interview never took place

Did Zenit determine that the interview was obtained under false pretenses?

Was Zenit in any way pressured to remove the interview?

Did Zenit pressure Mr. Pentin in any way to remove the piece from their site.

Does Zenit intend to make a public statement concerning this situation?

I’ll let you know what they say

Meanwhile Elizabeth Scalia notes an amazing coincidence:

Meanwhile, John Thavis notes:

UPDATE: The Vatican announced today that the pope has named an African, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, who had distanced himself from much of the midterm relatio, to the preparation commission of the final document. Also named was an Australian, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne.

A result of the Pentin piece brouhaha? Coincidental timing of an announcement? I don’t know. I think whatever the case, it’s good news.

The Lord certainly works in mysterious ways.

Update 2: Pentin has the interview on tape and there were two witnesses. Game Set & Match.

With no offense to Mr. Pentin I’m very disappointed I don’t care if he’s a liberal he’s a Cardinal.


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UPDATE: With the Pope’s visit to the US & the MSM spinning the above phrase it is a good time to provide this post to unspin those being played by the media.

There is no phrase of Pope Francis that has been more spun by the world’s media than Francis’ famous words from an early interview concerning homosexuality.

When taken in context the Pope’s meaning is quite clear:

Pope Francis said it was important to “distinguish between a person who is gay and someone who makes a gay lobby,” he said. “A gay lobby isn’t good.”

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

However many articles & pieces in context one might write, this can not prevent ignorant & dishonest people from using the “Who am I to judge” phrase as an excuse to not only justify and advance Gay Marriage but to attack Catholics who point out that homosexual acts (rather than the orientation itself) have always been and remain a mortal sin.

So in the interest of explaining this to those who the media would deceive here is what you need to know:

What the Pope said in the most generic sense is this:

A person inclined to a sin, who is seeking God who is of good will–well who am I to judge him?

What the Pope didn’t say in any way shape or form, but what the media wants you to think he did is this:

A person who is proud of and flaunts their sin, well. who am I to judge him?

If you require further information let me go into detail after the jump:

Continue reading ““Who am I to Judge?” for Dummies”

Today I woke to see a breathless headline at Drudge:drudgepope

So I went to said story at yahoo by Ljubomir Milasin to see what the Holy Father did

A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together “in sin” were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.

It was such a story that Morning Joe decided it was worth including in their parade of paper as big news.

Is this news? Let’s examine the facts.

The Catholic Church declares sex outside of marriage a sin, as The Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it:

2353 Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young.

So sex outside of marriage is a grave mortal sin. What is the solution, how about Getting Married!

Can someone explain to me why the Pope causing people to stop committing a moral sin “taboo challenging”?

Now lets look at the person previously married mentioned in the article:

One of the couples he married was single mother Gabriella and her partner Guido, whose previous marriage was annulled by an ecclesiastical tribunal.

Annulment is not the same as divorce, you must have proper grounds for Annulment in the Catholic church (some are listed here) because an annulment signifies the sacrament was never conferred and a valid marriage never took place.

Such annulment are not granted lightly (as Henry VIII discovered) but if an ecclesiastical tribunal of the Church grants an annulment, a person can marry freely because as far as the church is concerned the previous marriage was not valid.

So let’s review.  The Pope has apparently married a bunch of people according to the norms of the Catholic Church. That could have been the headline, and certainly would have been more accurate than the one at Yahoo.

So why the phony headline? There are two things that could be going on

The first is Ljubomir Milasin, his editors, Drudge and all those other who ran with this as a breathless headline worth of airtime have no idea what the norms of the Catholic Church or if they did read beyond the headline they figured it was click bait and ran with it.  Neither ignorance sloppiness, averse would be much of a surprise since today media is famously ignorant when it comes to religion.

The other possibility is dishonesty to achieve the following ends:

#1 Create a meme as if the Pope is preparing for great change in the church in order to pressure the church to actually redefine family in the way that the media wants.#2 Deceive faithful Catholics as to the Pope’s actions and intention in order to create rifts in the Church.

This is the meat and potatoes of the whole “Pope-a-dope” meme. Create a false reality in order to attack a church they despise.

This is going to fail spectacularly.  If at the height of their strength in the 60’s the left couldn’t stop Humane Vitae they certainly aren’t going to sway a bunch of Cardinals appointed by St. Pope John Paul II & Benedict XVI.

And, let me repeat something I’ve said before:

Why would any conservative, Catholic or otherwise, who wouldn’t trust the media to say water is wet, presume they were telling the truth about the Pope?

I’ll give Ed Morrissey the last word on the subject:

Update:  At HotAir Ed suggest the Vatican might have been out to make a point after all:

In other words, from this and other reports on the ceremony and couples involved, there isn’t any suggestion that there were any reasons in current canon law and practice to deny them a church wedding.

And that may have been the real point of this event. The public celebration with its pontifical celebration does have something to say about the Catholic approach to nuptials, but primarily that it’s commonly misunderstood — both by the public at large and at the parish level, in too many cases. A large part of that message comes from the Pope’s personal involvement in the ceremony. John Thavis, a longtime Vaticanista and an occasional guest on my show, makes the point that this was a teaching moment from Francis to the world and to the rank and file

It’s not just the media who are uninformed about Catholic Doctrine.


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Royal Forester Well our duty doesn’t included getting ourselves killed.

The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Coming of Robin Hood 1955

Mr. Spock: It was far easier for you as civilised men to behave like barbarians, than it was for them to behave like civilised men.

Star Trek:  Mirror Mirror 1067

You know how the foes of “religion” have no problem hitting Christianity via parody, in film or TV,  but pee their pants at the hint of offending Islam because they are afraid of getting their throats cut?

Same thing in Gaza with Hamas

What is disturbing is that foreign journalists did not bother (or dare) to ask any of the Hamas leaders and self-proclaimed spokesmen whether they were hiding inside the hospital, regardless of what the answer would doubtless be. They apparently did not even ask themselves this question. .

One foreign journalist explained that asking such a question would have “endangered my life.” Another admitted over coffee that he and his colleagues were too scared to report news that would anger Hamas and other radical groups.

“We know that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields,” the reporter, who asked not to be identified, said. “But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?”

Of course Hamas would claim that this is almost as unlikely as them summarily executing people without trial

Palestinian sources have confirmed that Hamas has executed at least 13 Palestinians on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel. None of the suspects was brought to trial, and the executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal manner, with torture that included severe beating and breaking arms and legs. 

According to the sources, Hamas has also been shooting suspected “collaborators” in the legs to prevent them from moving around. Many others, including Fatah activists, have been placed under house arrest by Hamas

For those of you who doubt this let me quote Cosmic X who reminds us of a fellow at CNN named Eason Jordan

Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN’s Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard — awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.

Via Yid with Lid who also notes when John Reed of the Financial Times tweeted this:

was answered with this:

In response, @Saritah_91 tweeted: “We’ll hold you responsible if Israel uses your tweet to bomb the hospital & then justify it.”

Yeah these guys are going to be all nice about that.

If anyone thinks a CNN or NBC name is going to risk getting himself shot over  report that annoys Hamas you’re out of your mind.


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Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

Chris Rock No Sex in the Champagne Room from the Album Bigger & Blacker


Seeing this headline at Hotair:

Pennsylvania man who had already shot one person to death stopped by doctor with gun

This excerpt (via Glenn) from a CS Monitor story:

The decision likely saved lives, police acknowledged. “If he [the doctor] wasn’t armed … this guy could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,” Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux told media. 

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Mercy Wellness Center is, of course, a “gun free zone,” though one that the patient and the doctor both chose to ignore. Plotts apparently ignored the signs prohibiting weapons because he was violently mentally ill and was intent on taking lives. Dr. Silverman apparently kept his handgun because he knows that people like Plotts exist and ignore silly signs.

Leads me to believe that rather than a regular viewer of Morning Joe & Morning Mika

For three months there was nothing else on the air. Every single day was a concentrated push on gun control, you could not go though a single day on CNN or MSNBC when the topic was not advanced. They screamed that 90% of the voters were behind it which is strange since senators generally go with the voters.

…Dr. Lee Silverman might have been a reader of Larry NivenJerry Pournelle, namely of their book  Escape From Hell

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they not be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

I suspect a lot of Hospital workers in Philly alive today because he was more Billy & less Mika.

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It’s a rare thing when I disagree with Pam Geller or Jeff Dunetz (Yid with Lid) but I think that the Pope’s moves in Israel were not only useful but Useful for Israel.

Pam being Pam was blunt. She referred to the Pope’s prayer at the security barrier as “Papal Jihad

Jeff gave a more detailed explanation why he objected

Sunday’s unscheduled prayer had the extreme weight of symbolic imagery. Israeli guards watched from a fortified guard tower overhead as the Pontiff stepped down from hisPopemobile and made his way to what some say is the most photographed section of the Wall. He stopped at a panel spray-painted, in black, “Pope we need some 1 to speak about Justice Bethlehem look like Warsaw ghetto” and, in red paint, “Free Palestine.” He bowed his head in silent prayer, laid his palm against the wall, and before leaving touched his forehead to it.

Later the Pope’s friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka who traveled with him to the holy land told Army Radio that in that moment Pope Francis prayed for peace so the wall could be dismantled. But the message the Palestinians and media took away was much different; Jews should not defend themselves by keeping terrorists out.

Now it’s very true that the Palestinians & the media spun this differently than the reality but lets face it they spin EVERYTHING different than the reality. They have spun the Pope plenty and will continue to do so.

But it’s right for the pope to pray there, That such a wall is necessary is a shame and to pray for peace so it can be gone is completely in keeping with the Pope’s mission.

But the most important part of that stop was setting up the one that followed. Jeff again:

After spending Sunday with Palestinian President Abbas, the Pope spent Monday with his Israeli hosts. At Netanyahu’s urging the Pope made one more spontaneous stop, a memorial to victims of terror at the Mt. Herzl Military cemetery. The barrier he told the pontiff, is to prevent such deaths, many of which had occurred from suicide bombs.

I’d like to think that I’m up to date on what happens in the Middle East and the Arab Israel conflict but I must admit I never knew about the memorial to the victims of terror existed and I’ll wager that plenty of faithful Catholics never knew about it either.

AFter hearing the story of a 10 year old girl the best friend of the PM’s son who was blown up in a bus the Pope the Pope prayed at the spot:

In this place of deep pain, where we remember all this pain, I want to say that terrorism is bad, the way of terrorism does not help and the path of terrorism is fundamentally criminal.” I pray for all these victims, and for all the victims of terrorism in the world.

The Pope then walked over to the wall, and touched it, exactly as he had touched the barrier.

while liking the gesture Jeff noted objected to the seeming moral equivalence

And in a way maybe they shouldn’t absorb it. By praying at the security fence, and doing the same thing at the memorial to victims of terror, the Pope was drawing a false moral equivalence between blowing up ten-year-old children and finding a non-violent solution to stopping the terror.

And this is where he is missing the cunning of Pope Francis.

Jeff is correct that the while this video can be promoted by Pro-Israel writers and bloggers like us

…American & western MSM will likely downplay or ignore this it.

What Jeff hasn’t done however is look at this as a consumer of Catholic Media.

Now this isn’t a big surprise, I wouldn’t expect him or Pam to know much about Catholic media so let me give him an education.

EWTN is THE Catholic network. It broadcasts to Catholics live not only in North America but Africa, India, Asia and South America, in short, throughout the entire world and unlike most cable networks it provides its feeds free of charge.

In addition to excellent Catholic programming the good folks at EWTN TV & Radio meticulously cover the Pope. When he is on pilgrimages such as this one, the coverage is live and wall to wall, from homilies at Masses to every single event, with in-depth and live commentary as it happens. After the live coverage it is replayed for those who might have missed it.

While the MSM doesn’t find the Pope’s visit to the memorial to the victims of terror all that newsworthy it’s likely tens of millions of Catholics all over the world saw that visit, heard Bibi’s words and the Pope’s prayer that followed.

Furthermore as a place that the Pope prayed at during a pilgrimage that memorial to the victims of terror will be a location where Catholic pilgrims from all over the world visiting the holy land will seek out.

They will stand where the Pope stood and pray where he prayed and be made aware of the price that Israel and Jews have paid to pray at that very same spot.

Tell me, what would supporters of Israel give to expose a large chunk of the world’s population to such a thing? What would we give to have it covered both on television and in print? (EWTN purchased and publishes the National Catholic Register) How delighted would we be that such coverage got the attention it deserved?

Pam & Jeff your wishes for such coverage have already come true.

While Pam & Jeff might not have been aware of that coverage until this moment but you can bet your bottom dollar Pope Francis was and not all the media spin by the major networks will change what those millions of faithful Catholics saw with their own eyes thanks to the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church.

On behalf of the Church let me say to my friends, you’re welcome.

Update: Caroline Glick is seeing some things that aren’t there.

First of all even the simplest of Catholic school children understand that Jesus was a jew, the apostles were all jews, the followers of christ were all jews, the people he preached to were all jews (with the odd samaritan thrown in) and those who condemned him and crucified him were jews and romans.

To suggest that Jesus speaking aramaic makes him any less a Jew is nonsense.

To suggest he is “giving licence to holocaust denial” not only ignores his personal history, but is frankly libelous.


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Jack Ryan: I would go in the other direction. If a reporter asked if you and Hardin were friends, I’d say “good friends”. If they asked if you were good friends, I’d say “lifelong friends”. Give them no place to go, nothing to report. No story.

Clear and Present Danger 1994

Yesterday I made the case that Mr. Bundy’s grandstanding about race had turned his situation from an issue that put the left on the defensive (the last rancher fighting an overbearing heavily armed federal government) and thus ignored as much as possible by the MSM. To an issue which puts the left on offensive (An old racist not paying his bills) which is suddenly leading on MSNBC, and Colbert etc etc etc.

As Dave Weigel pointed out there are bigger issues involved here that have been ignored for decades to wit:

so there are plenty of people who want to keep the actual issue alive, or explain away Mr. Bundy’s remarks or point out the double standards here. However with a meme that is now going to be pushed to every low info voter, a meme that can be pushed to their base to turn them out, and an excuse to not talk about Obama failures from Russia to Obamacare so that’s not going to fly, If you think that the issue of the federal government overreach on land is something that so if you want to advance the actual issue that has been ignored for all this time, let me give you some advice:

1.  Stop defending/explaining Bundy’s remarks:

There have been some clever remarks on the subject, but Bundy said what he said. Simply admit what old man said was racist straight up instead of spinning or defending them.  That effectively ends the conversation.  At that point where do they go?


2.  Make the Pivot

The left wants to associate the right with Bundy because of his remarks on race, but two can play for that game,  Once you concede the racism of Bundy’s remarks you are in a position to make some excellent points to wit:

The idea is to force the question as to why every other rancher who was in that area is gone, in fact a smart conservative reporter would after framing that story find some of those ranchers and ask them about how the government drove them out of business.

Alternately you could say something really simple like: “Clive Bundy is a racist so naturally the government should take his cattle & his ranch.”

Let the left react to that statement, if they say “no” then it forces them to the actual issue, if they say “yes” then it’s even more damning.


3. Make the left own BLM

It’s axiomatic that Bundy’s racism doesn’t justify the actions of the BLM, Dana Loesch almost had it with this speech:

Forget Tommy Henderson, Kenni Patton, or other ranchers who have weighty claims against the BLM, it’s all moot now because of Cliven Bundy. Bundy’s a racist, therefore anyone who agreed with his criticism of the BLM’s heavy-handed tactics is also a racist. Bundy’s a racist, thus the politicians who spoke against the BLM sending 200 armed agents to deal with a local issue must also be racists.

While that’s a good point the question is how to put the  left media in a position to use that point.  The trick is to be more media savvy than Mr. Bundy to wit:

Oh I certainly agree Bundy remarks are racist, just as I’m sure you will agree BLM agents shoving Margaret Houston, Mr. Bundy sister to the ground, was excessive force by the BLM.

Oh I certainly agree Bundy’s remarks are racist, just as I’m sure you agree tasering Mr. Bundy son & putting the dogs on them was excessive force by the BLM.

Oh I certainly agree Bundy’s remarks are racist, just as I’m sure you agree the BLM & feds allowing calves to starve is cruel and inhumane.

If they agree with those statements then the logical question is:  What do we do about the BLM?  If they don’t then the comeback question is:

Excuse me are you saying because Cliven Bundy said something racist it’s Ok to manhandle his sister, taze his son and/or kill his cattle?

If you are invited on a liberal show to discuss this, you have immediately put your host on the defensive, once that is done, it can be run with and the focus put where it should.

Remember the “Bundy is a racist”  is the ground where the left and the BLM wants the right, but with a little media savvy the BLM fight can be moved back toward the question of an overreaching government which is the actual point of the dispute.


4.  Introduce another story

if the media wants to talk racism, that’s an excellent opportunity to bring up a story or two they’ve ignored.  For example when asked about Bundy’s remarks one might answer:

I have to admit the BLM overreach not withstanding, when it comes to Bundy’s remarks I haven’t heard anything that racist since Democrat Rep Alvin Holmes said: “99 percent” of Republicans in the Yellowhammer State would order their daughters to get abortions if they were impregnated by black men. which I’m sure you’ll join me in condemning.

When they try to pivot back to Bundy I’d keep going there:

Oh yes I’d join you in calling on Mr. Bundy to apologize for his insensitive remarks just as I’m sure you join me in calling on Democrat Rep Holmes to apologize for declaring on the house floor he doesn’t like him [Clarence Thomas] because Thomas is married to a white woman.

If they want to do a story about racism, by all means lets give the one.


We may be forced to make our case on unfavorable ground, with these simple moves you will be surprised at how fast the left will find that ground equally uncomfortable.


Update:  Added the movie quote & pulled the OK

Update 2:  I think the Ill Gov Pat Quinn and equating black republicans to Nazi Collaborators would work under choice 4 as well.


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Yes Prime Minister: A Victory for Democracy 1985

There are several different ways of looking at the situation at the Bundy Ranch:

There is of course looking at it in terms of the legalities which, as John Hinderacker put it are pretty clear:

 it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. 

You can look at it in terms of historical civil disobedience as Kevin Williamson does:
King George not only would have been well within his legal rights to hang every one of this nation’s seditious Founding Fathers, he would have been duty-bound to do so, the keeping of the civil peace being the first responsibility of the civil authority. Every fugitive slave, and every one of the sainted men and women who harbored and enabled them, was a law-breaker, and who can blame them if none was content to submit to what passed for justice among the slavers? The situation was less dramatic during the government shutdown, but every one of the veterans and cheesed-off citizens who disregarded President Obama’s political theater and pushed aside his barricades was a law-breaker, too
You can look at it in terms of “vested rights

Private rights in federal lands were recognized in an 1866 water law. It says, “… whenever, by priority of possession, rights to the use of water have vested and accrued, and the same are recognized and acknowledged by the local customs, laws, and the decisions of courts, the possessors and owners of such vested rights shall be maintained and protected in the same.”

That Act was passed a long time ago, but every federal land law since then contains a clause with language similar to, “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to impair any vested right in existence on the effective date of this Act.”

And you can note the idea that some laws are apparently more equal than others:

1) Very powerful political interests in Washington insist upon the scrupulous enforcement of environmental laws, and if that diminishes the interests of private property owners, so much the better, in their view. 2) Very powerful political interests in Washington do not wish to see the scrupulous enforcement of immigration laws, and if that undercuts the bottom end of the labor market or boosts Democrats’ long-term chances in Texas, so much the better, in their view.

While all of these perspectives are valid if you want to take an informed position they overlook  the real reason the Bundy family has a clear advantage in the short-term and what is going to be the driver of events, the cultural propaganda aspect.

Consider:  since the 60’s our friends on the left and their allies in Hollywood have painted the outsider, the protester the contrarian as the moral paragon.  From the Occupy protester to the campus sit-in those who defy authority have been the heroes in movies, in sitcoms, in television series and in news reports too numerous to mention.  Neither the details of the individual cases nor the text of the law have mattered to the presentation.  If you are an outsider defying authority, the left loves you.

Who is more of an outsider than a single rancher like Clive Bundy?

Furthermore the idea of the corrupt politician in the hands of big business oppressing the people is not only a cinema & TV staple, it’s the basis of every Anti-WalMart, every minimum wage argument, every anti Koch e-mail , and every environmental argument that the left has tossed out.

Let’s not forget that Harry Reid has, as Glenn Reynolds reminded us, became rich despite a life of public service.

And if that isn’t enough consider how many movies over the last two decades had the US government or US  troops, or US agencies  gone wrong as villains out to advance their wealth and agenda even if it costs lives.  It’s become so common that off the top of my head I can only think of one picture (True Lies) where actual enemies of the US and/or terrorists were unambiguously the bad guys.

Look at any picture of the Bundy Ranch standoff, you’ll find an awful lot of people in uniform there.

Given decades of those memes pushed on the low information voter there is no way for the BLM to move in on Bundy without a propaganda disaster that, in an internet age, would energize the right all over the country, and that disaster would multiply exponentially if any of the family are wounded or killed.

Now the most obvious solution would be to simply kill the herd (no herd no Bundy ranch) but again the cultural propaganda of the left trumps that solution. Thanks to dozens of years of training the reaction to images of cows killed by US snipers or rangers all over the news and net would be costlier to the government than if the whole Bundy family was killed in a raid.  After all you can always try to vilify a man once he’s gone, try vilifying a cow.

Bottom line the Obama administration and the Democrats who run it are in a no win situation here.  The longer this goes on the more feckless they seem,  while if they push the issue, the low info voter will, thanks to decades of training, will see them as villains going after the outsider on behalf of pols with jackbooted government thugs.

The ads simply write themselves.

In an administration that has been all about perception vs reality, those perceptions will trump reality every day of the week.

Now if Harry Reid & the democrats keep their majority in the midterm elections perhaps they’ll have the “flexibility” to make a move on the Bundy Ranch, but until that day, it’s going to be a lot easier to just leave Clive Bundy man and his cows alone.

Update: Seen on Twitter ht Linda Suhler.

Like I said they write themselves.

Update 2: And again

That will play well with the animal rights crowd

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Qumrani Businessman: Your english customs are very strange

Bernard: Why

Qumrani Businessman: You are so strict about a little gift and yet your electronics company pays our finance minister $1,000,000 for his cooperation in securing this contract.  Is this not strange?  

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If you want the best possible summary of what the situation is vis-a-vis Bundy vs the Government and how Harry Reid has his have managed such a comfortable living on a public pay and why those favored by him have also done so well.

The new head of the BLM is a former Reid staffer. Presumably he was placed in his current position on Reid’s recommendation. Harry Reid is known to be a corrupt politician, one who has gotten wealthy on a public employee’s salary, in part, at least, by benefiting from sweetheart real estate deals. Does Harry Reid now control more than 80% of the territory of Nevada? If you need federal authority to conduct business in Nevada–which is overwhelmingly probable–do you need to pay a bribe to Harry Reid or a member of his family to get that permission? Why is it that the BLM is deeply concerned about desert tortoises when it comes to ranchers, but couldn’t care less when the solar power developers from China come calling? Environmentalists have asked this question. Does the difference lie in the fact that Cliven Bundy has never contributed to an Obama or Reid campaign, or paid a bribe to Reid or a member of his family?

That’s why selective enforcement of the law is the sign of tyranny. It’s also why so many in the establishment don’t care for a tea party movement that frowns on that kind of thing.

Exit question: Does anyone else find it interesting that the same people who are making moral pronouncements about the rule of law in this case seem to be the same ones who aren’t interested in the IRS scandal, Fast and furious and consider enforcing immigration law a cruel act of bigotry?

Update: The Blaze has an excellent point by point, summary as well (hat tip Kate C)


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Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church has gone the way of all flesh.

I’ve never been one to celebrate the death of a person nor to play the “hope he’s in hell” game that’s contrary to Christian belief, as the Our Father/Lord’s Prayer says:  forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Frankly I didn’t find Fred Phelps interesting enough to comment on his death, at least not until I saw this piece at Hollywood Republican who kindly reminds us of a few things concerning Mr. Phelps that our friends in the MSM would like us to forget:

1. Fred Phelps was not only a Democrat but a BIG Democrat:

His gay crusade began in earnest after his failed governor’s race but even after the gay campaign took off, he managed to grab 30% in a Democratic primary in 1992!  And it should be noted, Phelps was a creation of the media and while the media forever gave attention to his anti-gay view-point, they often ignored his Democratic and liberal viewpoints on other issues.  His anti-American attitude was another thing often ignored and quite bluntly, much of worldview that America was the root of all evil mirrored a good portion of the political left. 

Read those positions it you have any familiarity with the Democrat party over the last 30 years you will find the former Al Gore delegate’s views indistinguishable from their “mainstream”.

2. Fred Phelps “Church” was tiny:

His Church rarely had more than 50 members and most of them were his family.  Westboro was truly a family affair but beyond that, the Church had very little influence among Christians.  

By comparison there are 195 Catholic Dioceses in the United States with over 18,000 parishes between them.   In the Diocese of Worcester Massachusetts there are over 75 parishes including my parish St. Anthony of Padua in Fitchburg.

At St Anthony’s we have five weekend masses at 4:00 PM & 6 PM on Saturday and 8 AM  10:30 AM & 5 PM on Sunday. There are also daily Masses at 7 AM Mon-Friday (5:30 PM on Wednesdays) and those masses are doubled up morning and evening during Lent.  Every single one of those weekend masses usually draws 150 or more worshipers with the most popular masses drawing near 300.  It is not unusual for a weekday morning mass to draw 50 people or more on any given day.

Yet a “Christian church” that has fewer members than the draw at a single weekday mass of a single parish out of thousands in a single Diocese out of hundreds in one of the bluest states in the country is regularly held up by the MSM as an example of American Christianity. The result, to tar all Christians with their beliefs.  More than once in debate I’ve seen Westboro Baptist tossed out as the “example” of American Christianity.

If the media didn’t hype Fred Phelps most of the country might ever have heard of him but he served as too useful a foil for them to be ignored.

3. Fred Phelps views are more akin to Radical Islam than any form of Christianity:

Several years ago, I got into a discussion of how to describe Phelps and his potential threat: I noted, “The only difference between Phelps and a radical jihadist whose view on gay lifestyle are the same is that Phelps only had a church of 50 members and they had millions of believers buttressed with billions of dollars of oil money and guns.” Of course, one of those jihadist nations, Iran, is about to get nuclear arms. If you want to see what a nation run by Fred Phelps would be like you need only look at the more nasty regimes in the world

At his worst Fred Phelps and his church were disgusting in causing grief to military families as they mourned their loved ones and the media gave that national attention. Meanwhile the Jihadist who attempted to torch a gay night club on New Year’s Eve and declared: “Homosexuals should be exterminated.” has still gotten no national coverage? Not only does it not fit the established narrative but:

News of an Islamic terrorist attack might have encouraged some people to vote GOP

And we certainly can’t have that.

More importantly at worst Fred Phelps crew might protest or even sue a news network that caused them trouble, mess with radical Islamists and you might go the way of Molly Norris

There aren’t a lot of people who will be sorry to see Fred Phelps dead and buried, but I suspect there are a lot of Democrats and leftists who are glad that these facts about Phelps are buried with him.


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This is the 9th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

Day 1: The Crowd
Day 2: The Entrance
Day 3: Dr. Seuss
Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
Day 5: Playing Prevent
Day 6: Sinking Ships
Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
Day 8: Anticipation

Nothing is more certain that the Democrats are in trouble as illustrated by the results of election in Florida 13.

Wherever you turn you hear about how that vote is a harbinger of doom for the left both because that was a district that Alex Sink won when running for Governor and because she, unlike  incumbents in congress never cast a vote for Obamacare.

But while this conventional wisdom has become a lock in the last seven days 10 days ago this wasn’t the case.

A lot of people are forgetting that the GOP candidate was written off by the establishment and all the buzz a few days before the election was about the GOP establishment laying the groundwork of blame for the defeat they were anticipating. It was going to be due to a bad team, a bad message, his unambiguous opposition to illegal immigration all contrary to the GOP mantra, look at this segment from MSNBC the day before:

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He won anyway.

That willingness of the establishment to play the Democrats game is exactly what Sarah Palin addressed here.

To be sure there were last minute issues & factors that helped in FL-13 but If Jolly had followed the establishment advice and ran farther away from his base, would the conventional wisdom be different today?

Sarah Palin knows that answer.

The Sun’s gotta rise, birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim and da left’s gotta spin Pope Francis…

In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to support governments that recognize civil unions to provide non-traditional couples with access to benefits:

Of course they take the time to attack Pope Benedict while spinning Francis, however in cherry picking the Pope’s words and spinning them they seemed to miss this:

In the interview, Pope Francis praised Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which prohibited the use of contraception.

Somehow think progress missed that bit.

In contradicting contemporary pressures for population control, Pope Paul’s “genius was prophetic, he had the courage to side against the majority, defend moral discipline, put a brake on the culture, oppose neo-Malthusianism, present and future,” Pope Francis said.

But he also noted that Pope Paul had instructed confessors to interpret his encyclical with “much mercy, attention to concrete situations.”

Now that’s the Pope Francis I’ve been following closely mercy and confession, confession and mercy. But that’s not the Pope they want, they want a pope to beat conservatives over the head with and it frustrates me to no end that people fall for it.

A Christian friend who supports gay marriage has always insisted to me that there’s no real contradiction between her faith and her views on SSM. Religion has its sphere and civil society has its sphere; so long as the Church gets to set the rules in its own house, i.e. by not having to recognize or perform same-sex marriages, it can be agnostic about which sorts of relationships the government chooses to legally recognize. I don’t know if Francis would go that far, although there are credible reports that he privately endorsed civil unions for gays in Argentina as a potential compromise position while the country was debating legalizing gay marriage. Either way, the bit above about taking care not to vaccinate people against faith is consistent with his pronouncements on family/sexual matters so far: He seems reluctant to get caught up in these disputes for fear that they’ll sidetrack his bigger-picture vision for the Church, which has more to do with charity for the poor and less with culture-war flashpoints that risk alienating more socially liberal believers. It’s not quite a “truce” a la Mitch Daniels but more a matter of emphasis. Or so it seems to a humble atheist.

If I was the boss at Hotair I’d leave this subject to Ed Morrissey who actually knows how the church works.

It frustrates me to no end that so many of my friends on the right who woudn’t buy what the media is selling on any other issue fall hook line and sinker for any spin they give on Pope Francis. but while they don’t get what is going on Francis does emphasis mine

“I like to be among people, to be with the one who is suffering, to go into the parishes”, he stated. But he denied that he has gone out at night to feed the down and outs near the Vatican. He made clear however that he detests being depicted as a kind of superman or star: “Sigmund Freud said that in every idealization there is an aggression. To depict the Pope as a kind of superman or a star seems to me offensive”.

Francis is a kind and merciful man, but he’s no sucker.

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Chicolini: Oh no, I no leave.
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A few days ago I talked about the media problem of figuring out how far Putin plans to go in order to set the goal for the Administration just beyond it. This will allow President Obama to  declare “victory” regardless of how much of the Ukraine becomes part of either Russia or a new Russia Satellite Crimea.

While that is the long term goal whose parameters can’t be set yet, the left still has to deal with stopping current damage like this:

Palin: Obama known for ‘mom jeans’

As the story says:

America is not a country that the rest of the world wants to emulate “because of Obama’s weak leadership, leading from behind,” Palin said. Other countries are taking advantage of America’s weakness, she added, caused by Obama’s failure to understand “peace through strength.”

“Anybody who carries the common-sense gene knows that Putin doesn’t change his stripes.”

It’s not unexpected that Sarah Palin would have such a thing to say about Barack Obama, what IS odd is that Politico would feature it.

And that’s just a few days after a time magazine reporter tweeted this:


So that has to be countered and at once. The media has come up with Plan A: Deny Deny Deny!

The Guardian: Don’t listen to Obama’s Ukraine critics: he’s not ‘losing’ – and it’s not his fight

Missing from this “analysis” about how Obama should respond is why Obama should respond. After all, the US has few strategic interests in the former Soviet Union and little ability to affect Russian decision-making.

Yeah that “leader of the Free World stuff” is a cold war relic.

And Time is right behind them:  4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine

Russia’s isolation from the West will deepen dramatically. In June, Putin was planning to welcome the leaders of the G-8, a club of Western powers (plus Japan), in the Russian resort city of Sochi. But on Sunday, all of them announced they had halted their preparations for attending the summit in protest at Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. So much for Putin’s hard-fought seat at the table with the leaders of the Western world.

and some lefty blogs are jumping on the narrative.

While that’s all fine and dandy it runs into two realities one that Gov Palin brought up:

Reality #1 Thanks to energy Putin has leverage over Europe:

Palin said not only did she correctly predict in 2008 that Russia would move into Ukraine, but she is right about the connection between energy and prosperity. Those countries like Russia that develop their natural resources can strengthen their military and influence in the world,

And that Energy gives Putin & Russia leverage in Europe.

As a major natural gas producer, Russia may be able to threaten Europe with winter supply disruptions in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, 

In the short term the mild winter Europe is having (as contrasted to us this year) will give them some wiggle room, however Russia will be in the Ukraine for a very long time. When Europe finds itself paying more for gas giving Putin who will likely still be here after 2016 what he wants will be a lot more attractive than providing a lame duck Barack Obama with political cover.

Reality #2 Russia HAS Crimea

Spin or or spin once can’t deny the evidence of current Reporting, Putin remains in Crimea and it’s is conceded by almost everyone that this is a fait accompli.

No amount of spin or talk can change that actual fact and as long as the international media continues to cover this story the media spin is not going to work.

And of course if he manages to seize MORE of Ukraine then the problem becomes even more difficult.

Still one has to start somewhere and if the MSM is going to provide cover and to build an alternative narrative this can be the cornerstone and once we get to the endgame and the goalposts are set these will be the reference point the MSM will construct their house of cards on.

We are laughing now but in 2016 the media will be spinning furiously and the same MSM that is showing images that dispute these foolish claims will reference them to the voters with short attention spans.

Count on it.

Update: Great Minds & etc…

Translation: “That thing you thought you saw did not actually happen.”
In the initial reaction to Putin’s Crimean invasion, everyone saw it as an obvious embarrassment to Obama.
Then the clever liberals went to work, re-arranging the facts. Within a few days, they will have convinced us (a) that anyone who criticizes Obama for what happened in Ukraine is a neocon chickenhawk who wants to start World War Three, and (b) that Obama’s leadership in this crisis has been faultless, praiseworthy and arguably even heroic. Because in the eyes of liberals, it could never be otherwise.


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Cat:  Man Reality Sucks

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Last week in Arizona we saw one of the greatest advantages that a unified liberal media provides for the left in general and the Obama White House in particular.

With almost complete control of the US airwaves and a unified message the left & MSM was able to turn a totally innocuous law, pushed by Ted Kennedy on the federal level, into the 2nd coming of Jim Crow and beat the GOP over the head for a position held by Barack Obama just a few years ago.

Turning a bad reality into an advantage or a non event for low info voters is the game the left has successfully played on the economy, the tea party, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious and even to some degree Benghazi. That ability to alter/ignore reality in the minds of low info voters is how they beat Mitt Romney despite the worst economy in my lifetime and is how they hope to hold back GOP this fall.

Unfortunately for the left bending reality in the Ukriane has not been as easy.

Normally an event like Russia’s seizure of the Crimea would be something that could be ignored or delegated to a quick entry on the evening news and a few words from on Meet the Press by Zbigniew Brzezinski. The low info voter who couldn’t find Ukraine on Google maps wouldn’t care and the media narrative of Obama’s success could go on uninterrupted.

The timing of events, however has conspired to foil the media’s plans.

First there was the background narrative from Syria: The President inability to get support for action in Syria and Putin’s intervention providing him political cover while serving Russian interests had already been set in people’s minds.

The came the timing of Ukraine Crisis. If it took place a year earlier or a year later the media could have ignored it, but it took place at the same time as the Sochi Olympics.

The Media had already highlighted President Obama’s attempts to scold Russia for it’s position on Gay rights and spent plenty of time focusing on potential shortfalls in security & accommodation looking for anything to minimize the games, and had plenty of press in the area to report on any such failures for Putin.

Then the Ukraine revolt takes place right in the middle of it of the games.   You had people being shot in an area where the western media was concentrated not to mention Olympic athletes making public statements concerning the crisis put the story on TVs and computers all over America and the world of a brave people pushing out a Putin backed dictator.  The press ate it up and fed the American people the rejection of the a Russian state that the President had rebuked just weeks before.  Every eye was on it….

So when Putin struck quickly not even waiting a week after the end of the games there was no way to take the eyes of the world off of it.  The Russians moved so fast their troops were already in the Crimea by the time President Obama had made his “Strong statement” warning Russia against doing what they already did.

If that wasn’t bad enough within hours of that tardy warning Putin received unanimous approval from the Russian parliament to deploy troops in Ukraine contrasting an active Russia vs a passive America

that led to headlines like this:

Putin cooks up Obama’s chicken Kiev moment

and tweets like this from Time Magazine

In short reality outstripped the media ability to spin it.

The “Putin strong Obama weak” meme was in place by the time John Kerry was jumping from screen to screen on Sunday trying to sell Crimea as a disaster for Russia rather than a failure of American diplomacy, power and prestige while at the same time arguing  with a straight face that the President words show he’s strong

The President was very strong, he made absolutely clear that this is unacceptable and there will be serious repercussions if this stands. The President asked Mr. Putin, in fact told Mr. Putin that it was imperative to find a different path,

White Putin successful actions in Crimea is a sign he’s weak

For the media & the White House it’s that narrative, not Russians in the Ukraine, that is the real crisis.  With midterms coming up it’s vital that the president not be embarrassed in this fashion.  The media needs to change the subject or spin events to Obama Administration’s favor.

Unfortunately since there is no way to know how far Putin will go, it’s impossible to set goalposts for an Obama’s diplomatic success without the chance of Putin stepping beyond them.

So we will see, spin and delay.  The media will take things like the G8 summit and spin it into a diplomatic victory while hoping  things like the Ellen selfie can keep the rubes busy until a bigger story comes along to eclipse Ukraine or  the crisis ends and they can define whatever happens as “success”.

Hopefully that will be sometime before Russian Armies reach the Polish border, or the Rhine.

Update: via Glenn some excellent suggestions from Michael Barone including

(2) Move U.S. and other NATO military forces into Poland and other Eastern European NATO countries, particularly the Baltic republics. These nations have been extremely cooperative with the United States and have received the back of our hand in return.

(3) Move to set up the anti-ballistic missile facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic which Obama scuttled in 2009–on the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, when it was an ally of Nazi Germany, in 1939.

Idea 7 is also interesting

(7) Investigate possible environmental damage caused by the Russian port of Kaliningrad, in that geographically disconnected part of Russia that was once the northern part of East Prussia. This sounds like a good task for the European Union.

as it will complicate things for our green friends who tend to lean red.

The only problem is while these suggestions would strengthen the US position and help contain the Russians it would not constitute something the media could spin as a “victory”. So I doubt this administration will bother.

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There are few things more predictable than the advice a liberal secular Jew like Sally Kohn is going to give to the GOP in a place like the Daily Beast.  But it’s pretty rare when they invoke a Pope & a church they’ve never liked to do it:

As a secular Jew, I don’t know much about Catholic doctrine but I do know a ton about irony.  Whether out of institutional self-preservation or a true moral searching, Pope Francis appears to be trying to project a warm and welcoming rhetoric that is often undermined by the Church’s judgmental and exclusionary beliefs.  But the irony is that the centuries-old Catholic Church is even trying, which is more than can be said for the supposedly modern GOP.

Well before we dismiss Sally’s suggestion out of hand let me surprise you all by agreeing.  The GOP could learn a lot by paying attention to what Pope Francis is saying and acting accordingly.  For Example they could learn….

That they should discourage identify lobbies instead of individuals

The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters.

We are all sinners and falling short of the glory of God, otherwise Christ’s sacrifice would not have been needed.

The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

That silencing religion is discrimination

A healthy pluralism, one which genuinely respects differences and values them as such, does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual’s conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques. This would represent, in effect, a new form of discrimination and authoritarianism.

That Diversity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be:

When we, for our part, aspire to diversity, we become self-enclosed, exclusive and divisive; similarly, whenever we attempt to create unity on the basis of our human calculations, we end up imposing a monolithic uniformity.

That being open is being true to yourself

True openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity, while at the same time being “open to understanding those of the other party” and “knowing that dialogue can enrich each side”.  What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness which says “yes” to everything in order to avoid problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others

That Marxism is not only wrong but government corruption is like “feeding your children unclean bread

That the family is:” a stable union between a man & a woman

That appointing strong conservatives is a good thing while reining in those who have gone off the reservation is fine

and on difficult social issues that the MSM opposes en masse what does the Pope say: “Speak out

And when the GOP finds themselves under attack from an unrelenting media for following all this papal advice from Pope Simon the Likable Francis the first?

They should entrust themselves to God of course:

The prince of the world comes but can do nothing against me: if we don’t want the prince of this world to take the Church into his hands, we must entrust it to the One who can defeat the prince of this world.

So yeah I strongly endorse the GOP listening to what the Pope says and taking it to heart,.

But for an odd reason I suspect if Sally Kohn paid attention to what the Pope has actually been saying rather than what the media has bothered to report she might sing a different tune.

Update: speaking of what people say concerning Catholics here is an update from Ed Morrissey on US News pooh poohing the reaction from Jamie Stiehm’s fun anti-catholic article:

The question for Kelly was how all of that got past editors to make it onto the virtual pages of US News. Kelly offers a “diversity of opinions” smokescreen that tells us nothing. That’s too bad, but it’s not unexpected after seeing Stiehm’s ignorant screed appear there in the first place.

As does Nice Deb

It’s good to know that US News considers blatant Anti-Catholicism simply “diversity of views.” Would this same publication run an oped by Fred Phelps, or David Duke, or Anjem Choudary?

As Deacon Greg Kandra of the Deacon’s Bench said, “We will eagerly await, then, thoughtful and penetrating essays in the pages of U.S. News & World Report that belittle Jews, mock Muslims, sneer at African Americans, taunt gays and deride any chosen ethnic, racial or religious minority.”



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It’s Sunday, a new week which is a good thing because the last two weeks have not been very successful.

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But we’re back again, with a $345 goal for the week to try and start to move the ball forward toward getting the mortgage and the writers paid this month.

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Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

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If there was ever a shooting that the media should have jumped all over it was Arapahoe.

The ducks were all seemingly in a row. Here you had a shooting in Colorado at a high school just eight miles from Columbine, taking place right after there was a big change in gun laws and the recall of Senators who voted for them.

This shooting was practically made to order for the Gun control crowd to charge forward with flags flying and drums beating.

The relative silence of the media on this is so deafening so atypical that the question becomes….What’s going on here?

Well there are two facts that have really inhibited those who would normally be beating their breasts and parading this before all the nation.

1. The Shooter:

To a media just waiting to report on Tea Party violence the initial reports of him as politically active had potential, alas he had the wrong enemies:

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”

“I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself?” he wrote. “If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ’em Die, Climate Change: Let ’em Die, Gun Violence: Let ’em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ’em Die, More War: Let ’em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”

and this:

Senior Chris Davis, 18, was among many students Saturday trying to make sense of Pierson’s shooting rampage.

“He was a weird kid,” Davis said. “He’s a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time.”

Pierson became easily aggravated, “always liked to be right” and didn’t like losing, Davis said.

In fact the Denver Post article had him described as a socialist before that line was scrubbed As RB pundit put it:

He was pretty much right.

But even a leftist with a gun is still a bad guy with a gun.  The Media could have still spun this, but if the political proclivities weren’t enough to bury this story for the left a second factor was:

2. The Armed Guard

Granite Grok’s post on the latest school shooting was titled thus:

The Reason the Arapahoe School Shooting Lasted Only 80 Seconds

It was not only short the causality count was low.  In their reporting on the shooting the Christian Science Monitor noted why.

As they investigate the latest school shooting in the United States – Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. – one thing is clear to law enforcement officials there: The presence of an armed deputy sheriff on regular duty at the school was the key factor in preventing more deaths and injuries.

What Armed guards as a solution to the problem?  The Independent Journal has more:

Although it may seem like our society is becoming more violent, gun violence in America has dropped almost 40% since 1993, according to the Department of Justice. Sadly, school shootings will happen regardless of public policy. And the fact that schools are “gun-free” zones makes them easy targets for criminals seeking to inflict harm on innocent Americans. So, are armed guards the answer?

It prevented further loss of life at Arapahoe High.  Newtown adopted armed guards in their school district after Sandy Hook. Last January, a majority of Americans were comfortable with the idea – and that sentiment hasn’t changed.

I suggested armed folks a year ago yesterday when the NRA made that suggestion the media scoffed and insulted them.

Now they are just silent.

As I’ve said over and over again, simple mathematics suggests that sooner or later the media will get the tea party shooter they want and parade him before the nation for weeks on end.

We just don’t know how many of the current members of the media will still be alive by the time it actually happens?


Olimometer 2.52

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The latest in my series of how when this administration speaks and/or acts, it brings to mind Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

As Obamacare continues to crash and burn with costs accelerating to the public and with security for the user being at best an afterthought and at worst ignored the Administration is desperate to change the direction of the conversation from its failure.

So (Debbie Wasserman Schultz not withstanding) they have a new argument when confronted with Obamacare’s problems and their own lies:  “What is the GOP alternative?”  This tweet is typical:

and we even get this argument from our friends on the right


All of this brings to mind the Python skit: Kamikaze Scotsman


The key bit come right near the front as the Captain discovers that forming a crack Kamikaze squad as a solution to the problem of choosing men for dangerous missions doesn’t work if they can’t survive the training.

Captain:Now this mission’s going to be dangerous, and it’s going to be tough, and we’re going to need every lad of yours to pull his weight.

(scream as Scotsman jumps off battlements to his death)

Captain:Now, which… er… which four are they?

Sgt. Major:These three here, sir. OK. Off you go, Smith..

Smith:Right! (Marches to the battlements)

Captain:  er, sergeant major!

Sgt. Major:Yes, sir?

Captain:You don’t think it might be a good idea to stop the training programme for a little bit?

Sgt. Major:They got to be trained, sir. It’s a dangerous job.

Smith:  Arrugh (jumping to his death)

And that’s Obamacare in a nutshell, the Administration insists America jumps off the battlements because there is no GOP alternative when the alternative to jumping off the battlements is self evident….

…Not jumping off the battlements!

Now I like Sara Marie Brenner and I have no problems with offering solutions for problems concerning healthcare (I’m offered one way back in 2009 that still holds up) but putting out this stuff gives the Media the chance to shift debate from the reality of the Obamacare debacle to the theoretical issues with any replacement the GOP might offer.

Meanwhile Americans losing their healthcare plans keep being pushed off the battlements.

I submit and suggest that the alternative of not jumping off a cliff losing your health insurance & paying more is not only more than adequate, it’s an easy sell to make to the public.

It’s so crazy it just might work!


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Lee: ´´Have no fear´´? My very words. 10,000 times a day.

Villager: Senor, don´t punish yourself.

Villager: A man who has fought so many times…You must have great courage.

Lee: Until the day you lose your nerve. You feel it. And then you wait, for the bullet in the gun that is faster than yours.

The Magnificent Seven 1960

Last night  Glenn Reyonlds linked twice to pieces  / tweets on democrat fear concerning Obamacare:

they’re worried that they’ll be the next victims of anger over Obamacare. In DC perception is often more important than reality, and can have a greater effect on the decisions politicians make. If Democrats are so twitchy about Obamacare right now that they’re seeing signs of its unpopularity everywhere, the voices on the left now cautiously calling for delays or amendments to the law might become much louder.

If brought back memories from January 2010

Some things are worth repeating. Particularly when you see stories like this:

The White House is evaluating whether to take a breather on health care or try to push for passing legislation, but is not convinced Massachusetts voters were trying to block health insurance reform by voting last week to send Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday. emphasis mine.

That’s the history people are forgetting  the left’s fear of the political consequences of Obamacare existed long before it passed.

All during the time Obamacare was debated in Congress the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the House and in the Senate.

This means that on every single sub-committee vote,  every committee vote, every rules vote and every single procedural vote democrats could get whatever they wanted without the need for a single republican to go along.  As I reminded James Carvelle when he was spinning in Aug 2009

Unless he knows about a special election that the rest of us don’t there are still only 40 Republican votes in the senate and the house has a very large democratic majority. Republicans can’t kill any bill the democrats are willing to pass.

What Mr. Carville wants is cover for his members and the ability to share the blame. If his people really believed this was the right thing to do they would do it. They want cover for this lemon, the Republicans won’t give it so he is trying to make lemonade.

And until the election of Scott Brown to be the 41st vote their power to shape the bill was absolute.  Once he won that election the game shifted back to the house to pass the Senate Version unamended and congressmen who had voted for the base bill were already running from it:

Hey it’s always an indication that things are going well when undecided congressmen choose to skip a rally being attended by the president of the United States:

Representative John Boccieri, Democrat of Ohio, whose vote on major health care legislation could be crucial to the outcome, will not be attending President Obama’s health care rally on Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, not far from Mr. Boccieri’s own district, a spokeswoman said

Or counting on things like Bart Stupak’s phony Abortion compromise for cover.

Bart Stupak confirms the Fishbait Miller theory of Nancy Pelosi:

“The Speaker always carries a number of votes in her pocket,” he said, meaning that some members who voted ‘no’ would have voted ‘yes’ if needed.

“I had a number of members who thanked us after because they could vote no.”

But all the spin aside there was one fact that was true from day one:

The democrats KNOW both health care bills are Lemons that serve their own special interests groups over the people they claim to be helping. If they thought for one moment that these bills were good or the country and/or a political winner, they would have passed them and eagerly took the full credit.

They still know it, that’s why Ted Cruz moves which put the entire Democrat caucus on record opposing a delay in Obamacare was critical because it linked any democrat in congress who wasn’t there to vote for the law forever to it.

It’s a tribute to how horrible this law is that three years after it has passed Democrats are still in panic over its political consequences.

Final thought if the GOP had supported a Tea Party nominee instead of the one person who could provide political cover to Democrats in general or Barack Obama in particular over Obamacare in 2012 we would be discussing Harry Reid’s filibuster to prevent the repeal of the law today.

Update:  Apparently Democrat Senator Mary Landreu of Louisiana has a scheduling conflict today that Governor Jindel does not

Jindal and Mayor Landrieu are scheduled to meet Obama at the airport before an event at the Port of New Orleans. Mary Landrieu had a scheduling conflict and will not go to the port

.Jindal said he would accompany Obama on the tour if he is invited



Olimometer 2.52

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Over the last few weeks the public has learned Barack Obama managed to get Obamacare passed and win re-election by use of a blatant lie: “If you like your health insurance you can keep it.”

Well Wendy Davis running for Governor in Texas a Red State solidly against abortion apparently has taken notes:

Davis suggested that her views on abortion access do not mean she does not care about life.

“I am pro-life,” she said, borrowing from the label anti-abortion activists assign themselves. “I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”

Does anyone want to bet how many robocalls & mailers are going to go to pro-life voters with that “I am Pro-Life” statement and nothing else before election day comes?

She has learned her lessons well.

Update: The Washington Examiner:

Wendy Davis wants to be the governor of Texas, so the Democratic state senator famous for filibustering a bill that would increase regulations on abortion clinics dubbed herself “pro-life” during a campaign event Tuesday.

“I am pro-life,” Davis, a Texas state senator, said at the University of Texas’ Brownsville campus. She doesn’t mean the term the way that it’s usually used.

Chris: There’s a job for six men, watching over a village, south of the border.

Bernardo: How big’s the opposition?

Chris: Thirty guns.

Bernardo: I admire your notion of fair odds, mister.

The Magnificent Seven 1960

Yesterday Protein Wisdom:

The rhetorical ground is already being set, with these two races its supposed proofs: look at how well Chris Christie did in a blue state! Look at how Cuccineli’s extremism lost us Virginia!

And PJ Media

Every GOP mainstream politician and consultant will spend the next few months completely incapable of saying little more than “Chris Christie!” They will have polls-OH!-will they have polls. Everyone will be taken as undeniable proof that Christie can beat Hillary, the zombie apocalypse, and the 1927 Yankees once time travel is a thing.

told us what the post election spin would be today and on Cue Morning Joe is going on today both about Ken Cuccinelli made told you what the MSM would say the lessons of VA & NJ are. If only Cuccinelli was not so extreme, and Chris Christie proved how the GOP can win in a blue state and is the model of 2016.

Let’s start with NJ

Chris Chrsitie won by 20+ points and a lot of credit has to be given to his policies and himself in winning that state at all, let alone by 20 points. He was and is clearly better for NJ than the democrat and the voters recognized it, but what nobody talked about until election day itself was in a state where National Democrats decided not to play:

From President Obama, who twice toured New Jersey with Christie after Hurricane Sandy and then failed to endorse Christie’s challenger

Hold on President Obama didn’t even offer a pro-forma endorsement of the Democrat Pro-abortion woman?

to the Democratic National Committee, which sent just one staffer to the state to fortify local efforts,

The DNC sent one staffer?

to major donors and high-profile party leaders such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, powerful Democrats have stayed on the sidelines in the blue state contest

(A cynical person might consider this the pro-quo for that arm the week of election day but I digress)

Well while the left and Morning Joe (which usually likes quoting the Daily Beast didn’t find that story newsworthy they DID report on the exit polls in NJ that showed Chrsitie doing well in all demographics.

There are some significant stats that give good news to the GOP nationally which I’ll talk about tomorrow but lets note the following, Chris Christe won men by 37 pts & women by 15 pts in the poll. He won latinos by 6 pts and took 21% of the black vote in a sample that approves of Obama with 51%.

All of that speaks well of Chritie who has done a good job in NJ (The 85% approval of the job he did with Hurricane Sandy.) but of all the stats from that poll, here is one that makes all the difference in the world.

The pollsters asked who would they support in 2016 Hillary Clinton or Chris Christie.

Well that should be an easy one. You have a poll of voters who just voted for Christie overwhelmingly this has to be the most favorable polling sample possible sample for Chris Christie. If Christie is going to win NJ for the GOP in 2016 he has to win this sample:


Christie loses to Clinton by 4 points, FOUR POINTS?

Excuse me? You have a race where no democrat money was spent, where you have photos of Barack Obama with an arm around Chris Christie, and a polling sample of people who voted for him by over 20 points and thinks he did a great job and from that sample he couldn’t outpoll Hillary Clinton in New Jersey?

I’m sorry The lesson is clear: If Chris Christie can’t outpoll Hillary with those advantages what does that say about his chances of winning democrats elsewhere when the full power of Democrat party and the MSM against him are slim and none and slim left town.

This is a trap set for the GOP in 2016 if they fall for it then it’s all over.

Now lets look at VA.

After leading by double digits for weeks Terry McAulffe managed to beat Ken Cuccineli by 3 points. The Narrative is he lost because he is a tea party candidate.

It is fair to say that in VA where so many gov workers the shutdown hurt the GOP (never mind the back pay voted meaning those workers essentially got a paid vacation) but here are some stories that got very little note.

Before Obamacare, before the shutdown Robert Stacy McCain said this

If Bob McDonnell had resigned Monday, there was about a 50-50 chance Cuccinelli could somehow change the subject between now and November and pull out a narrow win over McAuliffe. Every day that McDonnell remains in office, those odds diminish.

This is fact, not opinion.

Odd that the GOP wasn’t willing to do something about this to help out their candidate for Governor.

Then there is the libertarian who had an interesting source of funding:

A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot — a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race.

Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.

Now this is a tactic that people in elections have been using for years but it’s funny that it didn’t break until the day before the election and not in any MSM venue? Even odder was that the MSM didn’t even bother to mention the 3rd party candidate much until yesterday and Today Cokie Roberts had the audacity to claim it didn’t hurt the parties equally.

Yeah that’s why the Democrats funded him. Even Joe Scarborough wasn’t buying that.

Then there is the social conservative argument, the MSM contends that Cuccinelli’s social conservatism doomed him but there was an interesting story that got no press yesterday:

Del. Scott Lingamfelter, a Republican, said he received a robo-call on Sunday evening claiming that Cuccinelli supports the Affordable Care Act and taxpayer financing for abortions.

Cuccinelli vehemently opposes Obamacare, as the law is commonly known. He was the first state attorney general to challenge the law in court. He is also strongly opposed to abortion.

The recording said the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) paid for it, Lingamfelter wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

“They are shameless in their lies,” he wrote. “I guess they are trying to suppress GOP voters” in the governor’s race.

Tell me if Cuccinelli’s pro-life position was a problem for him why does the left bother to spend money? That’s a good question and I’d love a good answer.


Finally lets look at the GOP establishment and their actions, or shall we say inaction:

Four years ago the national GOP spent 9 million dollars in VA to elect a GOP governor. This time around?

They spent 3 million.

Now the idea that Terry McAuliffe Mr. UBER fundraiser was able to outspend Cuccinelli is not a surprise but the idea that the GOP cut their spending in the state by 2/3 well that wasn’t received well:


RT@seanmdav: In 2009, the RNC spent $9M to win VA by 17 points. Looks like it’ll have spent $3M in 2013 to lose by a hair. Dummies

Well that doesn’t prove the establishment wasn’t behind Cuccinelli I mean it’s not like popular GOP candidates didn’t show up for him to campaign.


Huh? I remember in 2012 Christie showed up to support Ovide Lamontagne in NH I covered him there.

Christie went to NH to campaign for Ovide and REFUSED to take a day during a race he was winning by 20 points to campaign for Cuccinelli?

I think that’s incredible, we are constantly told that Tea Party republicans need to hold their noses and stand by GOP moderates as I did with Mitt Romney and Gabriel Gomez. This tells me that as far as the GOP is concerned the opposite is not true.

So what is the lesson of Virgina? It’s this: To the Establishment GOP (and to Chris Christie) a victory by a Bill Clinton Democrat like Terry McAuliffe is preferable to a Tea Party candidate winning the governorship of Virginia.

In February after the GOP convention where the establishment used some interesting tactics to defeat a tea party candidate in Massachusetts I left the GOP ON camera

and wrote

If the party wants me and people like me they’ll have to earn me. When the GOP can convince me that they are serious about growing the party, when they convince me they are serious about treating the tea party et/al as valued members as opposed to a source of temp labor and occasional funds. I’ll be happy to return to the Republican Party in as public a fashion as I’ve just left it.

If the GOP is wants to be a minority party that gets their share of graft rather than a majority party that reforms the government this is the way to do it.

Update:  Via Instapundit

VIRGINIA: Did The GOP Blow It Because Of Fear of the Tea Party?

Short answer YES.  The details:

it’s hard to deny the conclusion that the Republican party decided it was better to abandon Virginia to the Democrat party than to allow the Tea Party and social conservatives to win.

Here they are:

  • The Republican National Committee spent three times as much in 2009 on the same race as they did this year.

  • The Chamber of Commerce spent one million dollars in the last Governor’s race, and not one dime on Cuccinelli.

  • While its often claimed that Tea Party candidates do poorly among independents, Cuccinelli actually won independents by 9 points, 47 percent to 38 percent.

  • “McAuliffe outraised Cuccinelli by almost $15 million,” and in the last weeks of the campaign, this left Cuccinelli with nearly no media exposure.

  • Even Politico wonders if Cuccinelli was beginning to turn the tide against the “War on Women” narrative, as he drove down McAuliffe’s lead among women from 24% in polling to 9%.

We’ll remember.

Update 2:  For some reason the left hasn’t found Ramesh Ponnuru all that quotable today:

The “party establishment” (to simplify) is putting some of the blame on the shutdown, and the anti-establishment conservatives are putting a lot of the blame on the former’s stinginess; Cuccinelli’s campaign manager is blaming both. The results in the state legislative races, and the possible victory of Mark Obenshain in the AG race, make it hard to credit any theory that the Virginia electorate is just hostile to conservatism in general, or to social conservatism in particular.  (emphasis mine)

I wonder why?

Update 3:  Jonah Goldberg NAILS it

For all the talk about how the base needs to cooperate with the establishment more, it’s worth remembering that the base almost always does its part on Election Day. Its the establishment that is less reliable in returning the favor.

Because the love our votes but love the K-Street spending more.

Update 4: Dan Riehl:

I don’t care if you want to blame the RNC, the RGA, the NRSC, the media and young dumb Republicans like a Josh Holmes, Brian Walsh and Brad Dayspring who live to run to it to get their names in print bashing their own base.

The fact is, the establishment GOP cost, not just conservatives, but its own damned party the governorship in Virginia.

Someone, or some few people need to be held to account and yes, some heads should roll. Now, all they want to talk about is ObamaCare. As far as I’m concerned, there’s a little unfinished business to address before we get there.

Update 5: Mark Levin vs Renice

Apparently Christie will have time to campaign for Lindsey Graham.


Olimometer 2.52

It’s Wednesday and I need 13 tip jar hitters of $20 to make my $305 paycheck.

With the need to support myself and cover Chris, Vin, Harry & Bernardo next week it’s not a good sign.

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Oh for one hour of (Andrew) Jackson!

Reaction to President James Buchanan message on Secession 1860

Salim:  Okay. I want 50 percent of muchentuchen chain. Phantom & Salim Muchentuchen.
Phantom:  No.
Salim:  Twenty-five percent.
Phantom:  No.
Salim:  I want yogurt shop attached to store, like food court.
Phantom: Okay.
Salim:  I get profits from store.
Phantom:  No.
Salim:  Some profits.
Phantom:  No.
Salim:  I get free yogurt when I come to store.
Phantom:  Okay. Within reason.
Salim:  And I want some of your wives.
Phantom:  How many wives you want?
Salim:  Twenty.
Phantom:  No.
Salim: I sleep with one wife.
Phantom:  No.
Salim:  She give one pee-pee touch.
Phantom:  Okay.

You don’t Mess With the Zohan 2008

A lesson in propaganda and conventional wisdom.

13 Days ago Barack Obama was going to lead the United States into Syria.  They had Crossed his red line concerning Chemical Weapons and the full power of the United States was going to teach him the error of his ways with the British by his side

11 Days ago despite decision of the British not to fight Barack Obama was going to strike Syria and nothing was going to stop it.

8 Days ago the congress was going to vote with Barack Obama to authorize force in Syria as the leaders of the GOP Conference in the House and Harry Reid in the Senate were both going in his corner.

6  Days ago the French were behind the President’s plan to strike

4 days ago the President was non-committal on if he would strike without the congress

2 days ago the president was in a position to strike if he only had the senate voting with him

Last night the president after making the case that the US (which doesn’t do pin pricks) should strike Syria asked the congress to delay their votes on that strike in favor of a deal that allows Syria’s closest ally Russia to work out a plan that will eventually be presented to the to allow international control of his chemical weapons while Assad is resupplied with  conventional arms by that same Russia

And the media is describing this as a victory for the president?

Two weeks ago a victory the president was going to avenge hundreds of people including children with the help of allies to assert the US’ moral authority that nobody can use chemical weapons to slaughter civilians without paying for it.

Today a victory for that president is Assad the person he says is responsible for that attack is resupplied to continue to fight and win his war but Obama doesn’t have to face losing a war vote in the Democrat Senate or the GOP house.

Amazing how time can change even the simplest things

Closing thought here is that Zohan clip. Watch the reaction starting at 3:07.

Is not Salim Hamdi & Nasi dance of Joy not this president and the MSM celebrating his victory over the Putin the Phantom with an incredulous public looking on?

Olimometer 2.52

I’m writing this at 3 AM as I’ve just returned from DC and will have video later in the day and will post interviews with the public that attended over the course of the next week or two.

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Penny Carter: Is anyone gonna tell me what’s going on?

10th Doctor: What, you’re a journalist?

Penny Carter: Yes.

10th Doctor: Well, make it up!

Doctor Who Partners in Crime 2008

There seems to be a lot of people very worried about the media jumping all over the Pope’s statement as reported   with weeping and Gnashing of teeth. Here is the ABC report in full:

Pope Francis is reaching out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation, in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returns from his first foreign trip.

Francis says: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, authored a document that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis is being much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

His remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil.

Before we even bother to touch this in context, lets look at it as ABC presents it.

“A person searching for the Lord and has good will” a person searching for the Lord is implicitly looking for truth, and person of good will, when finding truth will accept it. It might be hard, it might take time but a person searching the Lord will eventually find him waiting with arms open.

In other words, he is saying the Doctrine of the church as it has been, the problem being the MSM has always painted the church as something it is not.

This of course is not the message the media is transmitting or even wanting to transmit. The left is looking to spin this as: The Pope says Gay sex is OK and the low information voter might fall for it.

Catholics should not.

Now let’s look at it all in context. There are several issues, lets take them one by one:

Pope Francis told reporters, “I did what canon law said must be done, I ordered an ‘investigation brevia,’ and this investigation found nothing.”

The pope continued by talking about how “many times in the church, outside this case, but also in this one, we go searching for the sins — of one’s youth, for example — for publicity. I’m not talking about crimes here — the abuse of a minor is a crime — but of sins.”

There is a difference between sin and crime. You won’t always find crime when you look at a person but you’ll always be able to find sin because that is the nature of humanity:

“But if a person, whether a layperson, priest or sister, goes to confession and converts, the Lord forgives. And when the Lord forgives, he forgets. This is important,” he said, because those who want the Lord to forget their sins should forget those of others.

That is the whole point of confession, to have our sins forgiven. Even if we haven’t conquered them, even if we are still struggling with sin and wrestling with it as Jacob did with the angel.

“St. Peter committed one of the biggest sins ever — he denied Christ — and he made him pope,” Pope Francis said.

That’s some serious perspective. Now comes the quote the media is going nuts over.

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said.

I’ve already gone over this but with the context above the message is even clearer.  Stripped of all context it’s easier to spin, in context it’s a lot harder.

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society.

Again this is clearly stated by anyone who has read it.

The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters.

We are all sinners and falling short of the glory of God, otherwise Christ’s sacrifice would not have been needed.

The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

BINGO! Once we define ourselves, are lives and our actions based on sin, or based on our desire for sin everything changes. Instead of being the woman caught in sin accepting the forgiveness Christ offers her:

Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

we instead answer back:

But Jesus, I like this sin, I enjoy this sin and who are you to really say this is sin? Maybe you should reconsider.

The media is setting two traps with the same bait. The media want both the uninformed about the faith and the faithful to think the Pope is saying something he is not and on the later Satan is helping out using the most effective temptation of all, the sin of pride.

Let’s not fall for either. I’ll give the last word to the Anchoress:

To proclaim a Gospel of Mercy and then only permit a man or woman who has converted their lives in Christ to assume lesser or menial positions is to say we do not trust our own teaching — Christ’s own teaching — about mercy. The pope is correct; by that way of thinking, Peter would never have been given the keys to the kingdom. We are the church of Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint Paul; sinners who were first forgiven and then trusted with prominence.

KJ Lopez at National Review:

It’s important to bear in mind that the pope today seemed (we’ve been reading partial transcripts in news stories) to be talking about men who are priests, not seminary candidates. Fundamentally, he was talking about mercy. It wasn’t a break with Benedict or a policy change but an elucidation of Church teaching (which popes don’t make up on airplane rides).

The media has not mentioned that there has been a real change in the seminaries over the last 10 years and those changes haven’t changed.

Update 2:
Lisa Graas makes a great point

Sandro Magister offers a concise explanation, in the context of the Msgr. Ricca story/scandal, of the difference in requirements re: same-sex attraction among priests, bishops and cardinals as opposed to consecrated persons. I knew this, but it leaped out at me as I read it as a point I have overlooked. A light bulb went off in my head.

Against homosexuals who live in chastity, including priests, bishops, cardinals, there is no preconceived hostility whatsoever in the Church, so much so that, in tranquility, a number of them have occupied and still occupy important positions.

What the Church does not accept is that consecrated persons, who have made a public commitment of celibacy and chastity “for the Kingdom of Heaven,” should betray their promise.

Aha. Like I said, I knew that…but it’s been going way over my head. If you want people to become saints, if you want people to know Jesus as St. Gemma did, you’re “hostile” to “gays.”

BTW that is a betrayal no matter who that vow is broken with is it’s own sin. If you have a second sin along with it that’s another story.

Update 3: Cardinal Dolan on CBS This Morning

What surprises me is that anyone is surprised

He is on the Today’s show and they are trying to pound him and he’s just letting it slide off his back.

Update 4: The Anchoress gets it so well we’ll quote her follow up post as well:

I am not sure many people fully realize what Francis did on that plane, so let me tell you: he neutralized the power of the media narrative; he exposed the truth that in Christ there is mercy and forgiveness, and that the church exists to offer this in his name; he set whatever “gay lobby” exists in the church on notice that while he has no intention of acting as gay-priest-witch-hunter, he won’t tolerate a bloc acting against the interests of the church.

in fact we’ll quote two of them:

As Mollie Hemingway pointed out at Get Religion, any pope discussing gay anything will make headlines. In this case, nothing Francis actually said about homosexuality was new. In fact, in these two quotes Francis is doing nothing more than pronouncing long-standing Catholic teaching on homosexuality, sin, and the mercy of God.

Let that sink in for a moment: A pope is teaching the Christian faith, and the press is accurately quoting him, in blazing headlines that everyone will read.

The Press doesn’t know what he is doing but the Holy Spirit does.

Update 5: Fr Longenecker

So if you think the mainstream media are pleased about Pope Francis the rock star pope. Think again. They’re hopping mad….

…but they’re not going to show it.

Olimometer 2.52

I’m pretty close to my best month ever (very odd for a July) both in terms of DatipJar and in terms of page views, but the quest for the weekly paycheck continues unabated.

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For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

John 18:37b-38

Cardinal Borusa: Gallifrey has never know such a catastrophe, such devastation. What will we say?
4th Dcotor: Well, you’ll just have to adjust the truth again, Cardinal. What about subsidence owing to a plague of mice?
Cardinal Borusa: As I believe I told you long ago, Doctor, you will never amount to anything in the galaxy while you retain your propensity for vulgar facetiousness.

Doctor Who The Deadly Assassin 1976

General Longstreet: …in the morning we may be outnumbered, and they’ll be entrenched on the high ground.

General Lee: General, you know as well as I, we have never concerned ourselves with being outnumbered.

General Longstreet: That is true, sir, you are right. If we move to the south to Washington, they have to pursue us, and then we can fight on ground of our choosing.

Gettysburg 1993

There are some fundamental rules of politics that one must observe if you wish to win as evidenced by these three clips from the last seven days.

Senator Ted Cruz on ABC’s This Week on Sunday

Rep Steve King on CNN as commented on by MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

And Sarah Palin on Gretta (hat tip Fire Andrea Mitchell)

Can you spot the common thread in the three? the answer is below the fold

Continue reading “Fighting on the Political High Ground”

I got home from a couple of errands wondering what I was going to say about Detroit and Obama’s statement from last year at election time:

And I was still thinking about what I was going to say about the incredible testimony on the IRS case that went down yesterday:

Still, what landed was a bombshell. And Democrats know it. Which is why they are so desperate to make the investigation go away. They know, as Republicans do, that the chief counsel of the IRS is one of only two Obama political appointees in the entire agency.

But what was all over the news? This:

Suddenly there is no other story in the country, suddenly no other topic matters and suddenly MSNBC & CNN have another reason to talk about anything but a bad economy, Detroit and a scandal that continues to move closer and closer to the white house operation is nowhere to be found and that short Obama speech is going to be topic one for the entire weekend news cycle.

People wonder why Barack Obama would spontaneously make himself available to talk about the Trayvon Martin today.

I don’t

Update: Why replaces what in that last paragraph, I don’t.


Olimometer 2.52

Still $72 to go for me and my paycheck.


Mr. Davis . is however only 4% toward to goal of raising the moment to take care of the final expenses of his wife.

A man who has served as much as him could really use a hand.


The 11th Doctor: Using a console without a proper shell. Whew. It’s not going to be safe.

Idris: This body has about eighteen minutes left to live. The universe we’re in will reach absolute zero in three hours. Safe is relative.

Doctor Who  The Doctor’s Wife 2012

Yesterday we talked about how the IRS scandal is much more dangerous to the Administration, a scandal so easy to understand that even a low information Obama voter can get it.

Now that the scandal is getting worse and worse something has to be done, not only to keep the MSM from digging but to keep conservative blogs for digging.

Remember conservative bloggers likely know local tea party members who have dealt with the IRS.  Each one of them is in a position to put actual faces to these people and these individual organizations.

While that stuff is unlikely to produce additional national stories directly,  they have the potential to create local stories that would become more significant as the scandal grows.

If I’m in charge of the political operation of the White House, I need to change the subject and it doesn’t matter what I change the subject to.

And that’s where Benghazi can suddenly go from a liability, to an asset.

If I was the political man at the White House, I’d set up a faux whistle-blower and every time the Tax Story started to move I’d leak something on Benghazi, or Syria.  I’d make sure it got itself to Breitbart and the right blogs to make sure the lower level bloggers pounced.

While the dam has broken on Benghazi, the right has been so hungry for this kind of hing any kind of new story, even if it is just spin on how people inside the White House feel, would create a feeding frenzy.

In fact leaks on “feelings” & “worries” would be the best thing.  Such things are huge political stories so bloggers etc would really want to go all in, but they wouldn’t constitution anything that would hurt legally.

That’s why the President’s statement about Benghazi being a “Sideshow” and his emotion on it is important.  The idea is to keep the story off the of the IRS side of the show.  If they fail at this task, this administration is in danger.

Never let a crisis go to waste, even if it is one involving you.

Update:  Cleaned up some grammar

Update 2:  Two practical examples.  Yesterday I got a call from the Lowell Sun asking for my input on the scandal.  I’ve been on the air for 3 years and it’s the first time the paper called because of my knowledge of the tea party in Massachusetts.

And Robert Stacy McCain has this at Viral read:

The Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it deliberately targeted the non-profit applications of Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny was no surprise to Diane Belsom, whose small South Carolina organization has waited nearly three years for approval of its federal 501(c)4 status. The homeschooling mom says the unexplained delays and intrusive requests for additional information — apparently aimed at discouraging activists opposed to the Obama administration’s policies by wasting their time and money — were a common experience for those dealing with the IRS.

Here is the money quote:

“The crazy thing is, we’re a really small group,” Belsom told ViralRead in a telephone interview Tuesday, estimating average attendance at the Laurens County Tea Party’s monthly meetings at between 40 and 50 people.

“We don’t have a lot of money,” she said, describing what she called “insane” hassles from the IRS. “It’s just harassment. It’s not like they’re going to get a lot of money out of us.”

It’s only crazy if the goal was money.

I submit and suggest you can find this story repeated in every state of the union on the same scale.

That’s why the subject has to be changed at once.

Update: Even more

By the way, does anyone remember what the Obama administration thinks about the effort to fight voter fraud? And now we have evidence that the IRS targeted groups that want to pursue more stringent processes to prevent voter fraud. What a coincidence this must be. How … convenient.

It’s only going to get worse.


Olimometer 2.52

After a strong Sunday Monday was a quiet time for DaTipJar but we start Tuesday more than half way toward this week’s paycheck.

Seven readers kicking in $20 each will mean that for two weeks in a row the paycheck is made early meaning days without needing to shake DaTipJar.

What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something?

President Grover Cleveland 1887

One of the most important pieces I’ve read in the last week is Yates Walker’s piece of Christine O’Donnell. He takes on that most cherished of anti-teaparty conventional wisdom,  Christine O’Donnell victory in the GOP primary in Delaware was a disaster for conservatives  and maintains it is just the opposite.   He has much to say but lets lead with a line that every conservative activist should take to heart:

Mike Castle was a leftist’s dream. He was a big-spending, George-Soros-funded, NARAL-approved politician who never met an earmark he didn’t like. Electing him as a Republican weakened the party. In every policy debate that matters, Mike Castle and others like him side with the left. For this, they are rewarded by the media and described as moderate.

This might seem an odd time to bring this up, but it has special relevance today when you consider Chuck Hagel.

Hagel hit the Bush Administration on Iraq. He piled on the president on a regular basis and what was the result?

CBS, ABC, NBC CNN, MSNBC lionized him, he was constantly on the air, for an opinion or a sound bite. When the left (read Media) needed “balance” in their presentation, they could always count on Chuck to provide “bipartisan” opening that began with “some in the president’s own party… like so: (all emphasis mine)

Brokaw: “Iraq has divided this country deeply. Where is the war taking us? What happened to ‘stay the course?'”

George W. Bush: “I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation in Iraq, I’m not satisfied either and that is why we’re taking new steps to help secure Baghdad.”

Brokaw: “Even longtime Republicans see this election as a vote up or down on those who thought the war was a good idea.”

Sen. Chuck Hagel: “Iraq is the issue. Iraq is the issue everywhere, in every state.”

And not just on Iraq on North Korea:

On NBC’s Today, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman lamented that it’s too late for Bush to salvage peace: “North Korea has concluded that this administration wants their, their head on a wall, basically, and therefore there’s probably nothing the United States can do now, to really reassure the North to give up their nukes, which is really their life insurance policy.” This came just a minute or so after Friedman described Kim as the “Tony Soprano of Pyongyang.”

NBC set up the Friedman interview in which reporter Andrea Mitchell explained that “experts” say this weekend’s tougher steps are insufficient. She quoted Robert Gallucci and Wendy Sherman without telling the audience that the two of them were essential cogs in Bill Clinton’s Kim-coddling regime. For “balance,” they were echoed by Sen. Chuck Hagel.

and Israel:

Mitchell spun the domestic criticism of the Bush administration as bi-partisan but the only Republican critic she could identify was Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Do you see the trick here? It’s not news if Barbara Boxer or Dick Durbin hit the GOP but if you can find a party member to do it, you get to double your attack AND provide the illusion of “balance” after all this critique is from a Republican. Yates Walker again:

In reality, moderates like Mike Castle are guarantors of conservative defeat. Political debate always ends in compromise. If Castle is “moderate,” then why should anyone entertain proposals from the far right? In every debate, the question is not whether conservatives win, but how much we lose.

Chris Coons defeated Christine O’Donnell in 2010.  Since that election have you ever once seen the MSM put Chris Coons on the air? Does on MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week or Meet the Press look for his comment on the news of the day or quote him on air? No. Why? Because if blue state Democrat Chris Coons parrots the Obama/Liberal/MSM line it’s not news.

But lets pretend, just for a moment Christine O’Donnell had not run and Mike Castle won that seat. For the last two years you would have seen him on every network as the face of the GOP. He would be the “sensible” face advocating more taxes and spending, the, the “moderate” face to fund abortion, whenever the MSM needed “balance” his face would be there.

And maybe, just maybe in 2020 or so he could have been the token GOP member in a future Democrat administration.

Instead the MSM has to find “no labels” republicans to put on the air, as opposed to actual serving members. They need to fish for squishes in the house caucus because they don’t dare put a Ted Cruz next to Chuck Schumer on Meet the Press again, or give a Kelly Ayotte face time or promote a Marco Rubio unless to hit him for drinking water.

This is the gift Christine O’Donnell gave the GOP by running so hard to win the GOP primary in Delaware in 2010. It’s the gift Doug Hoffman gave the GOP when he defeated Dede Scozzafava and it’s the gift Marco Rubio gave the National GOP when he went to the Senate and sent Charlie Crist to the Democrat convention.

I don’t vote Republican because I have a love affair with the letter “R” or hope to get a member of my (former) club on the inside to provide patronage.  It’s to advance ideas i believe in for the benefit of the country and my children and some day grandchildren.

If the GOP forgets this lesson it will die and deserve to.  If the nation forgets this lesson it’s the day this republic ends.

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