January 26, 2006

Well, the Pope USED to be a fascist...

I can't get excited about the things I might be blogging about this week. We need a war, or an election or something...

But I happened to click to Penraker, who I hadn't read in a while (there's too many blogs, we need a government program that will pay the marginal bloggers prodigious sums of money to not blog, in order to preserve electrons) and found a lot of items to recommend. Starting with the NYT's take on the Pope's first encyclical...

...Now what does this tell you about the Times reporting? In essence, their shock that the encyclical reveals a nice guy is at odds with their slanted reporting of the past. "WOW! Suddenly Benedict has changed!" is the subtext of the article. Our campaign articles (all articles in the Times are compaign articles of some sort or anther) that portrayed him as an evil ogre were right, but Gee - somehow he has changed now!....

And:

...That is simply a hilarious distortion of what he said. This is like reading Pravda's reporting of a Reagan speech. Here is what he said:...

He meditates on this, referring to Virginia's Bill of Rights to the State Constitution:

...The amendment barring same-sex marriage would be added to Section 15, which begins by saying, "That no free government, nor the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue....

If you want to know what the Founding Fathers had in mind, you might start with that sentence. We have, in fact, managed to muddle through with self-government with far less of the "Republican Virtues" than they would have thought possible. Still...

On McCain:

....And I agree with Hinderaker that John McCain may end up being a palatable conservative nominee. He has infuriated me many times over the last few years, so it would be a long shot. His posturing on the torture bill was atrocious. He seems a maverick in many ways - but in a possibly flaky, not good, impulsive way. In fact, he seems to be more what Bush is accused of - impulsive, acting on his instincts instead of thinking things through. I bet Bush has read twice as many books as McCain, by the way....

flaky, impulsive...yeah. On Shadegg:

...Republicans are missing a huge opportunity. They should move boldly to REALLY reform and if they made eliminating earmarks a keystone of their platform they could enhance their position and move down the road towards a permanent majority. People hate things like earmarks - back door dealings, stuffing pork in bills at the last minute. It is the creeepy underbelly of politics - and like a soft underbelly, it would be easy to attack...

Hard to attack, I'd say. Like Term Limits, it will skitter away just when you think you have it pinned down...

5 Teachers in California refused to put up "gay pride" banners in their classrooms when ordered to by the school district. This story reveals the latest scam: You have to teach that gayness is desirable and wonderful - because if you don't, students will be "unsafe"

Well, it's not that children will actually BE unsafe. It's that some will FEEL unsafe...

A total disgusting scam. They claim to be "complying" with "state laws requiring schools to ensure students' safety and curb discrimination and harassment." How? By teaching "gay pride." Which, like all such lefty measures, is not about helping gays, but about breaking down traditional morality and community so as to make people more easily manipulated by the state.

And you can bet that the tough things that need to be done to really make students safe will not be done. And if some students happen to be discriminated against because they are Christian, you can double-down that there will not be any "Christian pride" banners in classrooms. Or anything done.

On the new Encyclical:

So far (I am not finished reading it, it appears the meat is in paragraph 28) It reinforces my initial impressions: This is the teaching pope. He is very good at it. His stuff is easy to read and communicates very simply and easily. John Paul issued deep philosophical encyclicals that had to be digested; Benedict takes those profound ideas and brings them down to an easily understood level. What a one-two punch...

On the Attorney General's speech:

Later, on an interview on NPR, he also gave this additional bit of information: The individuals at the NSA who are responsible for determining and certifying that the targets of the surveillance are actually Al Qaeda, or affiliated with Al Qaeda are career professionals. That means, they are not political appointees. They will keep their jobs if they ruffle feathers in the adminstration. That is important...

Keep it in mind when you are told that the Administration tramples on the "career professionals." On the NYT:

The New York Times is the most scared newspaper in the world. I used to subscribe to it, and I detected a recurring theme in the headlines. "Fear and Anxiety plague X (X being a country, or a group, or a geographical place - it doesn't matter...
... we have yet another gem in the FEAR series: "Fear and Death ensnare U.N.'s soldiers in Haiti."

I don't need to read the article to know that the NYT will NOT suggest that the UN's soldiers ACT like soldiers, and inflict "fear and death" on the thugs who are attacking them. They will NOT suggest that "peacekeepers" actually bring peace to haiti, by smashing and killing the monsters who prey upon that poor country. Oh no, that would be wicked.

I'm sure their feelings (when a Republican is in the white House) are deeply pacifist, and like pacifists everywhere, they will gladly accept the necessity of distant brown-skinned people being tortured and murdered and trapped in hopeless poverty, so they, the morally superior beings of the NYT, can have "clean consciences."

Posted by John Weidner at January 26, 2006 11:27 AM
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