Weekend Open Thread

Well, sub-prime revolving debt (credit card debt) is rocketing back up to levels not seen since before the crash. It appears that banks are aggressively lending to people with bad credit – for you non-bankers out there, this means they are lending money to people who can’t or won’t repay the debt. I’m sure this will work out just as splendidly as last time.

Will voters care about Trump’s behavior towards women? Perhaps – but any Clinton campaign will have to tread very carefully here.

Related: RCP average shows Clinton only up by 3.1 percentage points over Trump.

Scorching hot in India – but out here in southern Nevada, we’ve had the coolest and wettest Spring I’ve ever experienced. This is either Climate Change or Weather, depending how much Progressive propaganda you believe.

In case you were forgetting how savage ISIS is, they burned a Christian girl alive. True to her faith in Christ, she asked her mother to forgive them.

Related: French ban American performer who said the Bad Words about Islam.

Native Americans don’t seem too care about the Redskins team name.

Solar power plant catches fire. Yes, we on the right will laugh and laugh and laugh about this for quite a long time.

How a Conservative Revolution gets done – in this case, in Tennessee:

During the long years of Democratic rule, the Government Operations committees in the Legislature were boring exercises in routine housekeeping legislation. They were often stacked with some of the party’s less than stellar members, because you have to put them somewhere, and they rubber-stamped whatever the leadership wanted.

“Government Ops” under Republican rule has morphed into a very powerful operation, rivaling even the Rules Committee or Finance. The power to regulate state bureaucrats has always been there; it’s just not been exercised until now.

There has been a major revolution in the operation of state government that has occurred while everyone has been preoccupied with Bible bills, bathroom bills and other idiocy. State bureaucrats are no longer free to impose draconian regulations, increase fees or make rule changes without first getting a sign-off from the Legislature.

Take away the power of bureaucrats to make rules – take away money given to Progressive pressure groups – kick government unions out…this is how you do it. The tricky part is getting the power to do it – that takes winning elections, and winning them against people who simply lie and promise the Moon. But, it can be done – it has been done. First in Wisconsin, now in Tennessee. Duplicate it, again and again and again.

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25 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Amazona May 21, 2016 / 11:21 am

    Whenever I think there still might be a chance for us to pull out of the Death Spiral of this election cycle, something happens to rub my face in the fact that too many people are too deeply invested in it.

    The latest is the NRA. I heard a brief radio comment that Trump was getting standing ovations at his NRA speech, and my stomach turned. When I got home I learned that the NRA had officially endorsed Trump.

    I can only assume that this new giddy fandom for the Gilded Toad is based on what he told them in his speech—after all, he got them up out of their seats to express their excitement. What I just don’t get is how any words spoken on Friday can make the words spoken so often over so many years just vanish. Poof. They no longer exist. He never said them. He loves guns. He doesn’t think gun ownership should be regulated. Didn’t you hear him? He just said so!

    That wailing “NOOOOOOOOOOO !!!” you hear is coming from Charlton Heston’s grave, where he lies spinning. That sound that makes you think of a stampede might turn out to be the sound of NRA members leaving. They got my letter yesterday.

    • Amazona May 21, 2016 / 11:29 am

      Did you see the tweet Trump sent out after Obama’s gun control speech after Newtown?

      “President Obama spoke for me and every American in his remarks in #Newtown Connecticut.” And the NRA gave him standing O’s and their stamp of approval.

    • M. Noonan May 21, 2016 / 6:05 pm

      Politics makes strange bedfellows – in the NRA’s defense, we are one Justice away from the 2nd Amendment being stripped away. Hillary will certainly appoint that Justice, Trump might not…so, NRA endorsement.

      • Amazona May 21, 2016 / 7:31 pm

        There is no need to endorse Trump now. Hillary seems to be tanking in the polls, which i saw as an indication to the GOP that it would be safer than they might have thought to kick Trump to the curb. There is plenty of time to let things play out. But the more endorsements like this that crawl out of the woodwork, the more locked-in the GOP will be. That may be the plan. Who knows?

        One of the things about this election cycle is that the strings are more evident now, as the marionettes dance. What is funny about this, in a stomach-churning kind of way, is that the puppet scripts are all about being against those who are so blatantly pulling the strings.

        No, I see this as just another example of issues being more important than government. The NRA has basically one issue, and when someone panders to that one issue and plays to the crowd, which evidently is what prompted those standing ovations, then the decision will be based on that.

        I could even understand that, to some extent, if there were any reason at all to believe the panderer when he spouts all the right things, if there is not an extensive history of the panderer actually believing the opposite of what he is saying at that moment, and financially supporting those who have actively fought against the newly-minted positions.

        I saw an article that said Ted Nugent said that Trump is the Ted Nugent of politics. He went on to praise Trump for being so bold regarding the “culture wars”. There is Nugent’s issue on that day, in that statement. Culture wars. On that day, gun rights seemed to take a back seat., but then we have seen an awful lot of people suddenly have amnesia about their “values” when smitten by the persona of Trump. To be fair, Ted Nugent has a lot in common with Trump, mostly taking great pride in being someone who blurts out whatever brain farts bubble to the surface.

      • M. Noonan May 21, 2016 / 11:12 pm

        Single issue does define the NRA – which is why, for instance, they have always backed Reid out here in Nevada…when push comes to shove on gun control, Reid has been there for the NRA. This, to me, is still short-sighted on the part of the NRA because Reid is part of a total power structure which would, eventually, ban all gun ownership, Reid or no Reid. Better to keep that power structure down, entirely, than support small bits of it because of an alleged support of the cause one cares most about.

        As for getting a Third Party going – I read today that we’ve passed the time when a person can apply to be on the Texas ballot in November and that pretty much does it for any credible Conservative effort…without Texas, a Conservative party couldn’t even in theory get to 270.

      • Amazona May 21, 2016 / 11:27 pm

        Which is why, for the umpteenth time, I repeat that I think it would be foolish for conservatives to try to run a third party candidate. That is why, for the umpteenth time, I repeat that the solution would be for the GOP to find a backbone and nominate someone other than Trump.

        The GOP is already a party. It has a bankbook. it has a brand. It has an infrastructure. it has an internal structure that allows it to nominate anyone it damned well pleases, no matter how many symbolic delegates any potential candidate may have accumulated.

        “…I read today that we’ve passed the time when a person can apply to be on the Texas ballot in November ..” I think this is a deadline for a party to be on the ballot. Obviously, as none of the conventions have taken place yet, no individual name can be on any ballot. And purely from a theoretical point of view, if the Libertarian and/or Constitutional Parties are on the ballot, conservatives could flock to that party with our own candidate. While both parties have their own people who want to run, both parties have indicated a desire to welcome conservatives fed up with the GOP.

      • M. Noonan May 22, 2016 / 11:00 am

        Another guy I know pointed out that lawsuits can be filed to obtain ballot access. But the whole thing, no matter how you slice it, is a time consuming and expensive process.

        As for the GOP finding backbone…the RCP average has Trump now slightly ahead of Clinton…their backbone, such as it was, disappears as it looks like Trump might be able to win this.

      • Amazona May 22, 2016 / 12:20 pm

        I think we are talking about two different “wins” here. Yes, it looks like Trump might win the presidency. But I predict he will lose the GOP.

        I don’t think there is any understanding of the groundswell of rage at the GOP right now—-it makes the sentiment that spawned the TEA Party look feeble by comparison. Yes, we will do what we have to do to keep Hillary out of the White House, but no, the calculation in the “establishment” of the GOP that this is just a tempest in a teapot, that we’ll settle down and get over it and fall in line once the election is over is a very poor reading of what is going on.

        The GOP was stunned by the TEA Party movement, which was killed by its focus on issues instead of having a clear-eyed concept of how to win elections with true conservatives, but I think we have learned our lessons. I think the petering out of the TEA Party movement has encouraged the GOP to think they can ride out any and all internal disruptions. I see two possible outcomes of this election cycle: One is a mass exodus from the GOP, at least from the organization, while we still have to vote for Republican candidates till a new party is built up. And one is a massive revolution from within, a TEA Party on steroids with a better focus and a good leader. I do not see the current incarnation of the GOP surviving this debacle. A Trump-led GOP is only going to hasten the split.

        Have you talked to anyone who got one of the fund-raising calls from the GOP after they started kissing Trump’s, uh, ring? I got such a call and I have talked to several others who did as well, and without prior coordination we all told the caller the same thing—-call back if you find a backbone and nominate someone besides Trump.

      • M. Noonan May 22, 2016 / 7:33 pm

        I think I’ve successfully blocked all the GOP numbers which send out fundraising calls.

        Certainly, the GOP is coalescing around Trump – this probably explains why he’s at least tied, and may be ahead, in recent polling. Once Hillary strong-arms her way to the nomination, there will some rebound for her, as well…but I do wonder how much there will be. At least Trump’s core supporters actually like Trump…what I get from Hillary’s core supporters is that they just hate everyone else.

      • Amazona May 22, 2016 / 10:06 pm

        I don’t want to block GOP calls. I want to tell them what I think as many times as possible.

        I don’t know if the Republicans “coalescing around” Trump makes that much difference. It is hard to tell if Trump is moving up or Hillary is dropping down.

        I do a lot of work that is kind of meditative, such as this weekend’s mowing of a couple of acres of grass and weeds to get ready for a landscaping project. It’s the kind of work that lets your mind wander, and some thoughts drifted through my head. Thoughts and questions.

        One question: While it looks like Trump might beat Hillary, could he beat anyone else? It seems pretty clear that Trump is not winning now as much as Hillary is losing. With Hillary as the Dem opponent, Trump might stand a chance.

        Which leads me to the next question: What if the Dems dump Hillary? I don’t know if they can, because I don’t know if their primaries are binding. I imagine the Dem hierarchy is behind her pretty strongly, but what if her brain issues escalate and she just can’t run? Or she gets indicted and even the Dems realize she is too toxic to take into the election? Would it then be Bernie? Or Joe Biden? What would Trump do against Bernie? I think he would have a hard time against Joe. They are both loopy but Joe doesn’t have the massive baggage that Trump has, and he is pretty popular with Dems. I just read an old Vanity Fair article from 1990 about Trump that paints a very ugly picture of him, while not being a hit piece. Very ugly. He describes Marla Maples as a “great piece of ass” for example, and his treatment of Ivana is dastardly. His kids were freaking out about Marla, because he promised to end it with her and then got her an apartment in Atlantic City and took her to Aspen for a family ski trip. His own lawyer said his tactic is to lie and lie and lie again till people start to believe him.

        I know this is all vague, loosey-goosey what-ifs, but I get nervous around tunnel vision, and all I see regarding Trump is based on static snapshots of what is going on right now. People seem pretty eager to sink roots down right now, right where they are now, which could turn out to be a big mistake. We have yet to see a serious campaign against Trump, digging out the archives of his nastiness. We think we know what the election will look like, we are sure it will be Trump v Hillary, and we are betting a lot on that.

      • M. Noonan May 22, 2016 / 11:32 pm

        I think that Hillary would only get a first-ballot majority at this point by grace of the Super Delegates – who can drop her like a bad habit if the polling continues to show her sinking against Trump and thus O approves and indictment in order to kick her out. Who gets it then would be anyone’s guess – but the Democrats, I believe, will not nominate Sanders. It is true that where Sanders is heading is where Democrats want to go, but they know they can’t win if they have a candidate who honestly lays out his plans…of course, if Hillary is dropped and the DNC doesn’t go with Sanders, I’d think that would pretty much assure Sanders taking the Green nomination…but at that point, Democrats would be in triage mode anyway, just trying to salvage down-ballot.

        As for me, I figure if the election were held today, Hillary would probably win it – but only because the still-strong disgust among many GOP voters about Trump. That will fade as passions cool and the actual thought 4 to 8 years of Hillary becomes more clear. How it will all come out in the end is really beyond anyone’s guess – those who are making firm predictions are, I think, not really paying attention to what has happened in 2016. No one – outside of confirmed Trumpsters – was predicting Trump as the nominee…and that is as recent as just a couple months ago. No one predicted that Sanders would still be hanging on here at the end of May…I figured Hillary would wrap it up at least a month ago, if not sooner. The desperate attempts to get Sanders out is because (a) the party naturally wants to unite around Hillary, (b) a primary campaign in California will use up vast amounts of Democrat financial resources and (b) if Hillary were to lose California, it would be devastating to her claim to be the choice of the Party for 2016. They also don’t want Trump free to continue to attack Hillary without Hillary being able to effectively respond for several more weeks…and someone did note that Hillary’s polling slide against Trump didn’t so much match up with Trump wrapping it up, but with Trump starting to talk about “Crooked Hillary”. Good to keep in mind that everyone knows all about Hillary and people don’t like her…Trump started reminding people why they didn’t like her and it immediately sunk in, at least with some.

        To be sure, as you’ve noted, now that Trump has wrapped it up the MSM – a mere arm of the DNC these days – will start trotting out every possible negative story about Trump…true or untrue won’t matter in the least: all of them will be treated seriously. We’ll see if Trump can hit back – but we’re already seeing how he’ll do it (one Tweet I saw Trump noted that how can Hillary possibly say she fights for women when she doesn’t do a thing to help women being brutalized by various Islamist groups…that is a terrible box to put Hillary in as she can’t effectively respond to it without alienating that part of her base which considers any criticism of Islam to be “Islamophobia”).

      • M. Noonan May 22, 2016 / 11:37 pm

        And working around the yard is immensely relaxing…did a bit myself today, as did the Mrs. Also had lunch out. Nice day. But very cold for southern Nevada. Of course, “cold” is relative – we’re supposed to be around 91 at this time of year, but I think we crested at about 84 or so. Down to 80 on Wednesday.

      • Amazona May 23, 2016 / 11:55 am

        With my huge life-sucking project out of the way, I can finally start working on my yard. As I live on a farm, my “yard” is more like a field, but there has been a segment of it identified as “yard”. The people who built the house seemed to want to xeriscape the yard, but they thought the word was really “ZEROscape” so it was pretty barren. I have hauled away the tons (literally) of river rock they had piled everywhere, have planted about 45 trees so far, and am planning a huge landscaping project that will terrace one whole side of my large back yard instead of just having a boring slope from one side to another. The new fruit trees I put in last fall are all blooming and setting fruit, the seedlings I started this spring are ready to go outside permanently once I finish my raised garden beds, and we have 200 willow shoots we will plant this week. A couple of snowy nights had me on my computer ordering green stuff, which has arrived, and now I need to decide where to plant things from roses to rhubarb.

        When my terracing project is finished, or at least when most of the soil has been delivered and placed, I will build a pistol range. I had a year’s membership at a local gun club but cut off the tip of my trigger finger in a bloody apple-slicing incident and missed out on a few months of shooting, but it would be nicer to just go outside and shoot. I enjoyed shooting, liking the challenge of evaluating of what I was doing right and doing wrong and working on getting better.

        The bunnies are flourishing, keeping my dogs excited and happy. There is no chance they will ever catch a bunny, and they seem more focused on exploring all the places bunnies go, such as culverts and into holes. Bunny Quest results in some very muddy but very happy doggies, and I spend more time than I would like at the do-it-yourself dog bathing emporium. The birds are intent on bankrupting me—who knew those little critters could eat so much?—and some hawks have discovered the easy pickins in my barn with its too-large pigeon population. That’s kind of interesting, as they surprise us as often as we surprise them.

        Time to get my old convertible out and get a new soft-top for her—it is too limiting to only drive her on days when I know it won’t rain, and as I am a near-albino (Irish, German, Russian and Czech) I don’t take her out in the heat of the day. She is 38 years old with 29,000 miles on her, and is holding up well.

        In other words, spring is finally here even in the shadows of Pike’s Peak, and life is good. I’m adapting to the sense of helplessness as the political word spins, or as I am more likely to think dances according to the strings being pulled, so it’s time to do things that are fun and satisfying.

      • casper3031 May 23, 2016 / 10:26 pm

        Mark, Hilary will pick up the nomination and Sanders and his followers will fall in behind her, much has Trump is picking up support from the GOP. Trump’s nomination will bring out Hispanics in record numbers which will put a number of Red States in play. The MSN is hardly favoring Democrats. Hilary has had more negative stories so far than any other candidate. They also won’t have to make up stuff about Trump as you and Amazona have pointed out a number of problems already. Overall, the next few months should be very interesting.

      • M. Noonan May 23, 2016 / 10:50 pm

        That’s the Democrat conventional wisdom. But 2016 has already shown that normal politics is not what will happen this year.

  2. Amazona May 21, 2016 / 11:49 am

    From a good article:

    http://dailysignal.com/2016/05/16/a-former-transgender-persons-take-on-obamas-bathroom-directive/

    The Carolina bill and others like it are not anti-LGBT.

    “L” is for lesbian. The bill is not anti-lesbian because lesbians have no desire to enter a stinky men’s restroom. Lesbians will use the women’s room without a second thought. So the law is not anti-L.

    “G” is for gay. Gay men have no interest in using women’s bathrooms. So the law is not anti-G.

    “B” is for bi-sexual. The “B” in the LGBT have never been confused about their gender. Theirs is also a sexual preference only that doesn’t affect choice of restroom or locker room.

    “T” is for transgender. The “T” identifies a person who has undergone hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery, and legally changes the gender marker on his or her birth certificate.

    The North Carolina law is not anti-T because the law clearly states that the appropriate restroom is the one that corresponds to the gender stated on the birth certificate. Therefore, a transgender person with a birth certificate that reads “female” uses the female restroom, even if the gender noted at birth was male.

    So, you see, the law is not anti-LGBT. What then is all the uproar about?

    What has arisen is a new breed emerging among young people that falls outside the purview of the LGBT: the gender nonconformists.

    I also note the success of Semantic Infiltration, as now every media commentary on objections to men using women’s bathrooms and dressing rooms and locker rooms has included a reference to being “against the LGBT community”.

    As this article points out, there is a vast difference between a transgendered person and a man who just feels girly at the moment and wants to go pee with the rest of the girls. Or, more to the point, is a voyeur who wants to claim to be feeling girly at the moment so he can watch girls and women in various states of undress, or relieving themselves.

    This is what happened recently in a discount clothing store, when a woman complained about a man being in the women’s dressing room. The man was wearing jeans and a plaid shirt and was unshaven, but the store manger told her if she didn’t like it she would have to wait till he was gone because he told the manager he “felt like a woman that day”. So where does he fit into “LGBT?

  3. Amazona May 21, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    I see that Pope Francis is at it again. It takes a whole new kind of “religious leader” to explain that the desire to go throughout the world to tell people the words of Christ, which include the exhortation to turn the other cheek when faced with violence, is really the same thing as telling people to kill those who do not agree with their form of worship.

    “His specific words, according to an English interpretation of his comments: “Today, I don’t think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.””

    Yep, spreading the word of Jesus can be “interpreted…in terms of the same idea of conquest..” as cutting off the heads of people who think Jesus is God. If you are a radical Leftist, that is. According to this Pope, jihad is really just a spiritual quest.

    He is also now an economist: “Bluntly, he denounced capitalism, calling into question a “world economic system” he claimed had “descended into the idolatry of money,” the newspaper reported.
    Francis then said this, to La Croix: “The great majority of humanity’s wealth has fallen into the hands of a minority of the population. A completely free market does not work. Markets in themselves are good, but they also require a fulcrum, a third party or a state to monitor and balance them. In other words, a social market economy.”

    He appears to be profoundly ignorant of history as well as economics.

    Fortunately, Catholic dogma states the concept of the infallibility of the Pope only on matters of religious doctrine, but still his word carries a lot of weight with a lot of people. He is purposely playing to a specific demographic, and has become a populist demagogue more than merely a religious leader. That makes him a very dangerous man. His coziness with Pelosi and Sanders have telegraphed his political leanings, but now he is coming right out and admitting to them.

    It is interesting to watch the United States and the Catholic Church on parallel paths.

    I am going to go back to the church where I heard the sermon from the pulpit telling the congregation that while Catholics must honor the office of the Papacy there is no obligation to automatically honor the man who holds that office. In that sermon he encouraged us to read the words of the Pope, because we have to know what kinds of things he says. I have a feeling the sermon tomorrow might be very interesting

    • Amazona May 21, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      It almost looks as if the Pope is working from the same script as the Obama administration. Obama’s people say terrorism is just “workplace violence”—the Pope sanitizes “death to infidels” as merely “..the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam..” but hurries to remind us that this is really no different than theobjective in Matthew’s Gospel..”

      • M. Noonan May 21, 2016 / 11:08 pm

        Little noted – because it doesn’t fit the Narrative of “Commie Pope” – is that the Pope also noted that border control is a legitimate thing. And I do not read the rest of his statement as an equivalence between the Great Commission and Jihad – he’s only pointing out that some can interpret (or, more accurately, misinterpret) the Gospel that way…and, in fact, at times some Christians have so misinterpreted it. The Pope is doing what the Pope must do – give the other side the benefit of the doubt. Some Muslims claim that ISIS is deliberately misinterpreting passages in the Koran in a certain way…here’s their chance to second the Pope on this and prove their mettle as “moderate” Muslims. That such an effort might not work is beside the point – the attempt has to be made, and it has to be made because only by conversion can we get the problem actually solved…best if they convert to the truth Faith established by God while he was personal present among us, but second best (and better for all concerned) if they at least convert to an idea of Islam which holds that Jihad is a spiritual exercise.

        And, in fact, I do believe that the Pope’s method is bearing some fruit – there have been a lot of conversions to Christianity among Muslims who have fled the horror of the Muslim world. God commands us to welcome the stranger – and God wouldn’t command us to do this, I think, unless it worked to God’s plan for the world.

      • Amazona May 21, 2016 / 11:46 pm

        I know you love this Pope, and here we will never agree. I don’t know if you love him personally or if loving him and defending everything he says is just part of your understanding of a requirement of the Church. I think his comment comparing the Islamic injunction for conquest (which is by the way laid out in the Koran as conquest by conversion, forced conversion or death) with the words of Matthew exhorting Christians to spread the Word of God to be a thoroughly disgusting example of moral relativism, as well as a level of defense of the indefensible.

        As for the use of the word “interpretation” I think it is a weasel word. It is a little escape hatch to allow some backtracking. When you say, of this particular Gospel of Matthew, “..in fact, at times some Christians have so misinterpreted it…” are you really saying that some Christians have “interpreted” this as an injunction to forcibly convert people and kill those who won’t? Boy, when we were collecting money for the Maryknoll missionaries, they never mentioned a “join or die” philosophy of the Church. And if, in fact, there is a history of a few fanatics who did go to this extreme, it did depend on “interpretation” and it didn’t become a permanent part of Christian dogma. I think anyone who claims that the Koran never explicitly instructs Muslims to kill infidels would have a tough time with that argument. That is not something that depends on interpretation. Some Muslims can say they just don’t agree with those injunctions, but I haven’t heard anyone claim they are not there.

        “God commands us to welcome the stranger – and God wouldn’t command us to do this, I think, unless it worked to God’s plan for the world.” While I hope this refers to welcoming strangers into your faith rather than an open borders philosophy, it has nothing at all to do with the Pope trying to make a case that the kind of conquest demanded in the Koran is really not that much different from the “conquest” of the hearts and minds of people through the spreading of the Word Of God.

      • M. Noonan May 22, 2016 / 10:57 am

        I don’t think it means just welcoming people into the Faith – though it does mean that, as well. The command is to “welcome the stranger”, simply (Matthew 25:35). When we welcome the stranger, we are welcoming God, Himself.

        But I can see what the Pope is doing – I believe he understands that at the present moment, the spiritual state of the West is so degraded that it cannot sustain itself against a theological attack. The Faith has to be revived in the West and that is a project of many decades, if not centuries…meanwhile, the vigorous challenge of Islamist theology has to be met…and the Pope (who, as Stalin noted, has no divisions) has only one way to meet it: with love and forbearance.

        Meanwhile, if this Pope is causing distress in some quarters, then just wait a bit and see the glory of God. While we all pray for a long and great pontificate with Francis, waiting in the wings is the man whom I think will shake the world, should God’s grace make him Pope in the fullness of time – Robert Cardinal Sarah.

      • Amazona May 22, 2016 / 12:04 pm

        I see this as the logical progression of the lethal combination of the wimpification of the Church and its lurch to the Left. I don’t see virtue in refusing to acknowledge evil when it is in front of us, and I see efforts to excuse it, sanitize it and make it less appalling as de facto participation in it.

        There is a word for people who smile and hold out their arms to embrace evil, who choose to meet it with “..love and forebearance..” Victims.

        There was a time when the Church was strong and stout and muscular, when it sent strong men and women out to spread the word of God. Its Mass was a thing of beauty, proud of its history, proud of its singularity, and no matter where you went in the world the Mass was a constant. Now we have clerics openly advocating for abortion and preaching virulent racism, with no penalty from Rome, we have the Church first opening up its seminaries to homosexuals (no doubt “with love and forebearance”) and then committing the unforgivable crime of protecting these sexual predators when they were turned loose on trusting congregations, and we have Masses that are unrecognizable as Catholic Masses. In the church closest to me, which I usually attend because it is so convenient, I have a hard time telling if I am even at a Catholic Mass—most of the service is done by lay people, many homilies are by lay people who have absolutely no business trying to speak in pubic, the service itself is nearly all sung in English through hymns that often don’t even have a melody but which they valiantly try to sing, jst stringing notes together, Communion has been given to me by a man wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, and it is pretty hard to tell which church is represented by this pathetic dilution of Catholic liturgy and history. I don’t even know why the priest is up there, as he does about 20% of the Mass at most. He just sits there and then blesses the Host.

        Now that the weather is nicer I am going farther afield and looking at different parishes, but in general it seems that the Church shrinks from being identified as the Church. And now we have the head of the Church telling us we should be more tolerant of jihad because after all it isn’t really that much different from simply preaching the Gospel—why let a few bloody swords and severed heads and people burned alive give us the wrong impression.

        WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?????

        Because dealing with evil calls for, first, being willing to identify it and call it by its name, and second, the courage and will to fight it. Refusing to do so, no matter what pious reasons are mouthed, is enabling evil, and the kind of sanitizing the Pope tried to do with his moral relativism is promoting it.

        He can go back to Argentina and preach all the Socialist jihad-loving nonsense he wants, but when he accepted the position of Pope, as the leader of the Church in the eyes of the world, he took on a great responsibility, and he is doing the position and the Church a great disservice.

      • M. Noonan May 22, 2016 / 7:26 pm

        Most of the wrong things you speak of were actually things of the 60’s and 70’s…and had their worst effects in the 80’s. Most of that is done, now – as even the Commie Pope is standing foursquare against various gender innovations suggested in the West these days, for instance.

        As for me, I see the Pope opening up the public mind to the concept of becoming Catholic. That is crucial – it is, in fact, his primary task. St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI re-asserted Orthodoxy in the face of post-Vatican II innovators. Francis is restoring the missionary aspect of the Church. Cardinal Sarah – or someone much like him (and there are others) – will restore the Church Militant. But, step by step.

      • Amazona May 22, 2016 / 12:06 pm

        Robert Sarah does sound like a much better choice for Prelate than the one we have now. But he is 71, and if this Pope hangs on for a while he might be too old for the job. It will take a long time to undo the damage done by this one.

  4. bardolf2 May 23, 2016 / 9:09 am

    “Whenever I think there still might be a chance for us to pull out of the Death Spiral of this election cycle, something happens to rub my face in the fact that too many people are too deeply invested in it.”- Amy

    It literally never occurs to Amy that she might be 100% wrong. That her worldview might be unadulterated nonsense and she might be just like the liberals she pretends to dislike and that she herself used to be. Nobody has told the young lady how the world works off of the ranch. That the magic dirt theorists and constitutional autistics got everything completely wrong. That 15 million Mexicans who last voted socialist in Mexico and who are now in the US illegally are not natural conservatives. That the supreme court is just a group of 9 wizards and if Hillary gets the number of liberals to 6-7 they can make the constitution say there is no 2nd amendment right to bear arms.

    #Trump2016

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