Friday, February 25, 2005

Random thoughts

1. Bush should get some credit for at least mentioning human/civil rights at press conference with Putin. Putin didn't seem comfortable with it, so Bush's words must have hit home. I don't recall what Clinton ever said to Yeltsin on the subject. I do recall Albright waltzing with Kim Jong Il. Was Carter ever hard on Somoza?

2. As a Catholic, I frown on divorce. An exception: Michael and Terri Schiavo.

3. If I were a reader of this blog from Minnesota, I would be happy that Randy Moss will be gone from the Vikings.

How is that for breadth?

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Rumblogger is back

Sorry for the long absence. I had business to attend to. I had to represent a client of mine (let's call him "Tiger") who was arrested on a misunderstanding. Here is a picture of him at the time of his arrest. He is being read his Miranda rights while they frisk him.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Why gay marriage is coming

So, we keep hearing how the Federal Marriage Amendment is unnecessary, how it is just a scare tactic designed to get people to the polls. Don't believe it. Getting the courts to install gay marriage is exactly the agenda of those pushing it. James Taranto of Opinion Journal had a great quote on this:

"But Matt Foreman of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force says it doesn't matter what the voters think: "We'll win some states and we'll lose some states, but eventually the Supreme Court is going to look at the Bill of Rights and isn't going to give a damn what's in any of these state constitutions.""

I have no doubt that the Supreme Court, as currently constituted, will usher it in.

Rick Santorum, are you listening?

All during the Pennsylvania Senate Republican primary, Santorum made the argument that supporting Arlen Specter, the very pro-abortion senator, over Pat Toomey, the pro-life alternative, was necessary. Specter, according to Santorum, would allow the Republicans to maintain control of the Senate, which was necessary to confirm good judges and pass pro-life legislation. So, Toomey, see ya. Never mind the fact that this argument only makes sense if it is assumed that Toomey is unelectable in Pennsylvania, or too risky to try. Santorum's election would seem to undercut that idea. I don't know. Perhaps Santorum owed Specter a favor for endorsing him.

Anyhoo, now that Specter has been reelected, also thanks to President Bush, Specter has been flexing his muscles, especially the ones that operate his lips. Essentially, Bush better not nominate any judge that thinks Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Doing so will result in another filibuster and we all want to avoid that, says Specter. Specter is in line to be the new Judiciary Chairman in the Senate and would control the Senate confirmation process. This is not a good idea. Get somebody else. This article states that Specter is trying to back off a bit, but he got his message across. Did Santorum hear it? Sorry Toomey.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Arafat may be taking his bow

When he dies, I pray that he will rest in peace and that God will have mercy on his soul. However, I also think his death will bring more peace to the Middle East.

He is being treated in a French hospital. I don't know if I would want to be treated in a French hospital.

OK, this is the October surprise!

I thought Osama was dead. This tape suggests otherwise. Gotta get that guy. Kerry is running a campaign playing on people's hopes of returning to a September 10 world, but that world is long gone. This video is a stark reminder of how the world changed, and doesn't help Kerry at all.

Just kidding, BTW. I don't really think this is an October surprise in the sense that a political operative got Osama to do this. But, I suspect Michael Moore and others may suggest this (or that we sat on the tape until the Friday before the election). Never mind it is an Al Jazeera tape.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

So what happens if Kerry wins?

Well, he would appoint some new members to the Supreme Court, because there are some people there who can't wait much longer to retire. But, as for social issues, that doesn't change the landscape for conservatives much. Abortion is still legal and the current court will not change that. Homosexual marriage is just around the corner with the current group. Kerry will speed the process of cultural disintegration, but it is a process well underway.

Nonetheless, I still have hope. I think abortion will end in this country, but I am not sure how. Doctors don't want to do them. Perhaps the best thing prolifers have going for them is demographics. They tend to have more kids, and sooner or later, that will make its presence felt. On a similar note, see James Taranto of Opinion Journal.com for the Roe effect.

Still waiting for the "real" October surprise

I still think that there must be something up the sleeves of the Democrats. I mean, it's not as if they want to leave this up to the voters without first putting some really good gotcha story out there. The weapons/explosives story just keeps getting worse for them, so that can't be it. So, I wait.

Gimli, Cardinal McCarrick, and the death penalty for terrorists

This post is from Gimli, who got this article from the Zenit website. Sorry for the weird, wacky, wild characters and symbols that find themselves in Gimli's comments. Enjoy.

With all due respect to the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, DC; my comments in brackets [ ]
U.S. Cardinal Opposes Expanding Death Penalty for Terrorists Urges "Bloodless Means" Instead

WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 26, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has urged U.S. House and Senate conferees working on post-9/11 legislation to report out a final bill without the expansion of the death penalty for terrorists.

Cardinal McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, is chairman of the U.S. bishop's Domestic Policy Committee.

The cardinal's letter to conferees concerned the National Intelligence Reform Act and the House-passed version of the measure, the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act. The Senate version of the bill does not contain any death penalty provisions.

"The cowardly acts of September 11 and their tragic human costs still haunt our nation," Cardinal McCarrick said. "There can be no diminishing the horror of terrorism or the responsibility of those who employ wanton violence on the innocent."

"Based on our Catholic teaching, however, we oppose expanding the death penalty even for terrorists," the cardinal continued.

[Really? I donâEUR(tm)t recall any papal or conciliar documents specifically addressing the expansion of the death penalty in regards to terrorists? One might interpret the PopeâEUR(tm)s writings as providing an expansion but I donâEUR(tm)t think that qualifies as âEURoebased on our Catholic teachingâEUR¦âEUR]

"Catholic teaching on capital punishment is clear: If bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons, public authority should limit itself to such means, because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person,"
he said.

[Again, I donâEUR(tm)t think one can use the teachings of one pope (27 years out of 2000) to say âEURoeCatholic teachingâEUR¦ is clear.âEUR Because, the Catechism allows for the right of states to protect the common good by exercising the death penalty (CCC 2267 states, âEURoeAssuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.âEUR) Now, in the case of a terrorist âEUR" I donâEUR(tm)t think we can argue the partyâEUR(tm)s identity has not been established. Also âEUR" to address the whole, âEURoeif bloodless means are sufficientâEUR¦âEUR How can we square that comment with the established fact that many of the Gitmo detainees who have been released go back to Afghanistan and are caught again fighting against our nationâEUR(tm)s troops?]

"Secondly, we feel strongly that suicidal terrorists are not going to be deterred by the death penalty," the cardinal added. "In fact, many terrorists believe that if they die committing an act of terrorism they will become martyrs. At the very least, it would seem that executing terrorists could make them heroes in the minds of other like-minded advocates of terror."

[Another classic mistake âEUR" assuming that those who support âEURoetraditional Church teachingâEUR on the death penalty believe its justified b/c of deterrence. Obviously, suicidal terrorists are not going to be deterred by the death penalty âEUR" but if theyâEUR(tm)ve signed up to be suicidal terrorists, they are a clear and present danger and killing them is the only way of âEURoeeffectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.âEUR As to making them heroes âEUR" this statement shows a clear lack of understanding the enemy we are dealing with âEUR" if they die killing innocent Westerners (or Western troops), in their minds, they die as heroes âEUR" but to be captured, humiliated and then executed like the criminals they are does not equate to heroism.]

"As pastors, we believe that the use of the death penalty under any circumstances diminishes us as human beings," Cardinal McCarrick stated. "As we said in 'Confronting a Culture of Violence': 'We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing.'"

[Once more, how does this square with actual Church teaching about interpreting the 5th commandment? This Commandment has always been understood in reference to INNOCENT life âEUR" a terrorist, by definition is NOT innocent!]

The Fruits of Felt Banner Catechesis

It truly boggles the mind how people actually believe the statements that come forth from their lips. This "Catholic" says her opposition to homosexuality is based on the fact that Jesus never siad anything about homosexuality. Well, Jesus didn't say gravity exits - but it does. There are immutable truths that are self-evident and don't need to be stated. Marriage between one man and one woman is one of those truths. Once again we see the fruits of a generation of incredibly poor and false catechesis (or lack thereof)...

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Is the weapons depot story the October surprise?

I don't think so. I expect there to be some other story breaking Friday, or maybe Thursday. I assume they have already found and used every bit of dirt on W that was available. Well, maybe this is the October surprise story. It's not as good as an indictment (see Caspar Weinberger in 1992), or a DUI (see W in 2000), but maybe it is all they have left. BTW, it appears the story doesn't have much legs, since it is becoming clear that when the 101st came through they found nothing. Are the Republicans going to say anything about foreign nationals interfering with our elections? Granted, it is not quite as interesting as Chinese military types donating to the Clinton campaign, but it is still an attempt to affect the election.

Whatever happened to literacy or hunger?

And this from the woman who challenges stay at home moms?

Frightening, people - frightening.

To excommunicate or not to excommunicate - 'tis the Question

I think Father Di Noia needs to go see Navarro-Valls before he makes statements to the press. Although it was Navarro-Valls who was involved in the whole Passion of the Christ flap about what the Pope said or what he didn't say.

"I thought he was just a student..." Right, Father - c'mon, you're an American and a very smart man - you should have been able to figure this out! For the full story see the "student's" response.

Bring back the definitive papal bull and start stacking the wood!!!!!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Life is good for Lyndon LaRouche

There are ample opportunities in the news to weave complicated conspiracy theories, there are ample sources of young students willing to believe virtually anything, and an ample sum of $1.4 million from Uncle Sam's matching funds to help pick up the tab. At some point, do any LaRouche supporters ask themselves how hard the government/media/corporate/Zionist conspiracy is working to "silence" Lyndon, given that he is also getting federal money. I know, picking on LaRouche is easy, but it is fun. Highlights of this article are that "They've lobbied the music world to lower the standard pitch of middle "C" to spare singers vocal strain." Even as a kid, I knew that middle C was too high and suspected the Zionists. Also, LaRouche shared a cell with Jim Bakker. Now if that isn't an entertainment bonanza, I don't know what is.