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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Myth of Pro-Life Democrats

If you are pro-life and run for office, do yourself and the voters a favor. Run as a Republican. I don't care if economically/fiscally you are a socialist. Run as a Republican. Ben Nelson demonstrated that there is no such thing as a pro-life Democrat, because when the chips are down, they care more about their party affiliation than they do about being pro-life. I will never again trust any Democrat to be anything but a meretritious pig. I have not been crazy about Democrats since they started referring to people alarmed by out-of-control spending by a term denoting oral sex practitioners. So all you Democrats are now, in my mind, identified as an obscene term much like the one you apply to me.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Franken and Jesse Ventura

Our constitution calls for a Senate where lawyers debate laws, not where a third rate comedian shouts down Joe Lieberman. I love the fact that Salon's Joan Walsh thinks this is a proud moment for Franken. The only reason Franken is in the Senate is because Minnesota is stupid. If you do not believe me, check out an episode of former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura's new show "Conspiracy Theory" on TruTV. What a moment of glory for the Left!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It Is What You Make It!

"The glorious uncertainty of the law was a thing well known and complained of, by all ignorant people, but all learned gentlemen considered it as its greatest excellency."

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Deer and Democrats

Obama is threatening to close Offutt Air Force Base if Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson doesn't sign on to abortion in the Health Care Reform Bill. New low for Oh Blah Blah.

Illinois Democrats want you to hit a deer! They increased the cost of a hunting license, just as deer overpopulation already means too few hunters are in the field. This, incidentally, will do nothing to compensate for the state's rampant overspending which began under Rod Blagojevich, the Obama of Illinois politics.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Freebird Logic

I chose to logically analyze the classic rock anthem "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Reason one-I'm as free as a bird now.
Reason one is a precondition for the next reason.
Reason two- If I stayed here with you girl, things just wouldn't be the same.
Reason three- There's too many places I've gotta see.

Conclusion- I must be travelin' on now.

This makes more logical sense than the average newspaper opinion piece anymore

Senator Landrieu

"When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people."

Edmund Burke

On and On They Go

I've been thinking it over
So many times they say you've got it made
They never understand the answer lies within your soul
'Cause nobody knows which way the coin will fall, or not at all
Big wheels turnin'

Save it for a rainy day
For when the cold wind blows to see how they run
I thought they'd know
I tried my best, all I could do
But somehow it was not enough for you
Big wheels turnin'

I remember the days and nights
A lonely light that shines upon the window
I see it all so clear, the tenderness, the silent tears
Out there in the pourin' rain
Through cold dark winter's days I see you standing there
I see the big wheels turning
Never ending
On and on they go

I think I'm going home
Think I'm gonna have to start again
It's rather sad
I looked around
Can't seem to find
Whatever's always rolling through my mind

Refrain repeated

"Big Wheels" by Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra

Pro Abort Catholic Nun says the Blessed Virgin was 'Pro choice'

Pro Abort Catholic Nun says the Blessed Virgin was 'Pro choice'

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Can We Admit a Mistake?

Hey, the first stimulus worked so well, why not do another?

The Fairness Doctrine

"Whensoever a government thinks fit to concern itself with men's opinions, and by its absolute authority impose any particular belief, there is none perhaps so ridiculous or monstrous in which it needs doubt of having good success(p220)."
A.A. Cooper (Lord Shaftesbury)
Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Catholic Key Blog: Rep. George Miller Says Stupak Will Die in Final Bill - He'll Help

The Catholic Key Blog: Rep. George Miller Says Stupak Will Die in Final Bill - He'll Help
Is this the same George Miller who calls Republicans "fascists?" I think it is! Who was under the delusion that abortion wouldn't be covered in Obamacare? Other than Cardinal Martino.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

That Crowd

A blog on Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good's website questioned Archbishop Dolan's support for the pro-life Manhattan Declaration, asking what a church that believed in "social justice" is doing with "that crowd." "That crowd," apparently being those who do not see Catholicism as a pretext for socialism and abortion.

Why Systematizers Are Wrong, Part Four

"I do not villify theory and speculation--no, because that would be to villify reason itself. Neque decipitur ratio, neque decipit unquam.[Reason is not decieved, nor does it ever decieve.] No; whenever I speak against theory, I mean always a weak, erroneous, fallacious, unfounded or imperfect theory; and one of the ways of discovering, that it is a false theory, is by comparing it with practice. This is the true touchstone of all theories, which regard man and the affairs of men--does it suit his nature in general;--does it suit his nature as modified by his habits?"
Edmund Burke, Reform of Representation, 1782

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Catholic Key Blog: US Bishops, Planned Parenthood Agree on Healthcare Bills - Updated

The Catholic Key Blog: US Bishops, Planned Parenthood Agree on Healthcare Bills - Updated
This shows the mixed bag of Catholic opinion--they are attacking Catholics United for the Common Good even as they press for socialized medicine.


To live between a rock and a hard place
In between time-cruising in prime time
Soaking up the cathode rays
To live between the wars in our time
Living in real time- holding on to yesterdays
You know how that rabbit feels going under your spinning wheels
Bright images passing by like windshields towards a fly
Frozen in the fatal climb, but the wheels of time just pass you by
Wheels can take you around, wheels can cut you down
We can go from boom to bust
From dreams to a bowl of dust
We can fall from rocket's red glare down to "Brother can you spare" another war another waste land and another
Lost generation
It slips between your hands like water
This living in real time, a dizzying lifetime
Reeling by on celluloid
Struck between the eyes by the big time world
Walking on easy streets, hiding between the sheets, got to try to fill the void
"Between the Wheels" by Neil Peart of Rush

No Second Troy

Silenced by death in the grave
W.B. Yeats couldn't save
Why did you stand there? Were you sickened by time?
But I know by now
Why did you sit here?
In the grave
"Why should I blame her when she filled my days with misery so she would of late have taught to ignorant men violent ways by hurling the little streets upon the great. Had they but courage equal to desire."
Sad that Maud Gonne couldn't stay
But she had MacBride anyway
And you sit here with me on the isle Inishfree
And you're writing down everything
But I know by now
Why do you sit here in the grave
"Why should I blame her? Had they but courage equal to desire."

"Yeats's Grave" by Delores O'Riordan of the Cranberries

Monday, November 23, 2009

Catholicism Durbin-Style

"Is that all the church is about, is one issue? For bishops to announce that they are going to penalize Catholics on certain votes I think is. . .reaching too far." Senator Dick Durbin on his opinion of denying communion to lawmakers supporting abortion.

No, it is not one issue. Any time a Catholic feels they cannot follow the Church's teachings on any subject, whether it is abortion or their own personal sin life, that Catholic has NO RIGHT to recieve the Eucharist. This is not a new teaching, and it is not just abortion. Committing a mortal sin (and voting for abortion is a mortal sin) makes you unqualified to recieve communion. Look at a catechism sometime, Senator.

It is disturbing that anyone calling themselves Catholic would think that they are above this basic teaching of the Church. Until the Soros cult takes over the Church entirely, Senator Durbin should not mistake his soft-core socialism for Catholic teaching.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Freedom Trumps Democracy, Part Three

The overriding problem with the attitude of the Obama administration towards democracy seems to be a superstitious belief that democratic governments are good governments. This is based on the fallacy of assuming that foreign policy should be based on a priori rules that apply to all situations. This, as Jeane Kirkpatrick demonstrated, is madness, because a despotism that hates America and represses personal freedom is not any better just because it is popularly elected. Iran and Nicaragua are two examples of how democratically elected governments can be just as tyrannical as any military dictatorship, and, in fact, can be even worse when hostile to our own country. Turkey is the next example of this. If Obama succeeds in getting elections in Turkey, all it will do is create a new mullahcracy, one certain to be hostile to Israel and the United States. If this is what Obama wants, he should admit it. If it is not what he wants, he needs to get over this obsession with democratic despotisms.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Trouble-Free Internationalism

"I had always thought it unwise and improper for American statesmen to plead domestic political pressures, or the pressures of public opinion, as an argument to support their positions vis-a-vis other governments." George Kennan

"This [9/11] has been such a horrible event that it has mobilized people in a way that two embassies and the Cole didn't." Madeleine Albright (quoted by Gabriel Schoenfeld)

It is happening again. Our foreign policy in Afghanistan is being run by popular opinion.

The Catholic Church v. Pro-Lifers

My church has whored itself out to George Soros. Ugh, there, I said it. George Soros is funding a Catholic group called Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a group that has now declared war on the pro-life movement. Their latest communique states, " Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good today called on the American Life League--a group that bills itself as a "Catholic pro-life education organization"--to immediately suspend a campaign aimed at derailing health-care reform and dishonoring the legacy of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. The American Life League continues to spread misleading information about so-called "death panels" and "taxpayer-funded abortion," even as Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican's Ponifical Council for Justice and Peace, is praising health reform efforts in the U.S."

This ridiculous Soros front group described the notoriously immoral Teddy Kennedy as " a man of deep faith, [who]spent an entire career in public service committed to common ground and civility about the most pressing moral issues of our time, tolerance for immigrants, dignity for workers, and health care to the sick and vulnerable." Any group that would describe Kennedy in such a way has clearly ignored the traditional teachings of the Church on sex and alcohol, and is only interested in Mexicans, socialism, and other Soros concerns. Cardinal Martino is wrong.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What AJ Baker Shouldn't Read

"On the contrary, it is incumbent on every man to instruct himself, as well as the means and opportunities he has permit, concerning the nature and interests of the government, and those rights and duties that belong to him, or to his superiors, or to his inferiors (p195)."
Henry St. John (Viscount Bolingbroke)
Study and Use of History

How Abortionists Think

"The Democratic Party by voting against choice has turned its back on the women of America. Obama will be a one term president because he is in the process of destroying the advantage the Democrats have held among women. As a life long Democrat, Obama is the first Democratic Presidential nominee I have voted against. I voted for McCain although I know McCain is anti-choice, in part because I believed that Obama would cave on choice and that having him in office would derail the pro-choice forces." AJ Baker posted on NY

Miserable Donuts: Am I sleeping??

Miserable Donuts: Am I sleeping??

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Freedom Trumps Democracy, Part Two

"The U.S. has never tried so hard and failed so utterly to make and keep friends in the Third World. As if this were not bad enough,in the current year [1979] the United States has suffered two other major blows--in Iran and Nicaragua--of large and strategic significance. In each country, the Carter administration not only failed to prevent the undesired outcome, it actively collaborated in the replacement of moderate autocrats friendly to American interests with less friendly autocrats of extremist persuasion. Both these small nations were led by men who had not been selected by free elections, who recognized no duty to submit themselves to searching tests of popular acceptablity. The Shah and Somoza were not only anti-Communist, they were positively friendly to the U.S., sending their sons and others to be educated in our universities, voting with us in the United Nations, and regularly supporting American interests and positions, even when these entailed personal and political cost. . . . In each of these countries [China, Cuba, Vietnam, Angola], the American effort to impose liberalization and democritization on a government confronted with violent internal opposition not only failed, but actually assisted the coming to power of new regimes in which ordinary people enjoy fewer freedoms and less personal security than under the previous autocracy--regimes, moreover, hostile to American interests and policies. . . .As the situation worsens, the President assures the world that the U.S. desires only that the "people choose their own form of government;" he blocks delivery of all arms to the government and undertakes negotiations to establish a "broadly based" coalition headed by a "moderate" critic of the regime who, once elevated, will move quickly to seek a "political" settlement to the conflict. . . .For these reasons and more, a posture of continuous self abasement and apology vis-a-vis the Third World is neither morally necessary nor politically appropriate."
Jeane Kirkpatrick
"Dictatorships and Double Standards"

Saturday, October 31, 2009

March of the Envirohippies

Saw a t-shirt today saying "I Support Wind Power," which gave Estase an idea. Set up a turbine in front of Oh Blah Blah's podium, right next to the teleprompter that feeds him everything focus groups tell him they want to hear.

The Coup de Grace

Fully expect one consequence of the Obama health care plan to be this: The day after the public option becomes the only insurance plan available, a Federal court will rule that Catholic hospitals are unconstitutional. Sorry guys, separation of church and state, cannot do anything about it!

Monday, October 26, 2009

John Yoo and Consequentialism

The debate over whether or not Berkeley law professor John Yoo should be punished for helping shape Bush interrogation policy brings up what I call the "Failsafe Dillemma." In the book/movie "Failsafe," an accidental attack by an American bomber crew brings up a striking philosophical question: Is the deliberate destruction of a city to prevent nuclear war permissible?

A non-consequentialist will say no, even preventing a nuclear war does not justify murdering the people of one city. Doing wrong to prevent something bad from happening is still doing wrong.

A consequentialist will say that destroying one city to save tens of millions from death is moral. Choosing to save that one city means causing additional people to die. John Yoo, by supporting enhanced interrogation, demonstrates himself to be a consequentialist. Estase is not sure that consequentialism is rejected by most people, though he it strikes him as repulsive.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

That's Much Better

Thanks to Bela Pelosi, who vowed to "drain the swamp" Republicans created, replacing it with a sustainable Democratic wetland.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mount Pleasant In Touch With Reality

Since Frank Schaeffer says conservatives are in "la-la-land," the fine folks at Central Michigan University showed their good sense and open-mindedness by revoking the Registered Student Organization for conservatives.

This sanity also existed at Estase's college, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where professors regularly endorsed leftist positions. Conservatives were hunted with dogs. The local avatar of Planned Parenthood was given RSO status, while the pro-life group was divested of its cubicle in the RSO complex.

The prevalent wisdom on college campuses is self-perpetuating. How hostile to religion will the American public university be in thirty years, when today's undergraduates (coerced into athiestic liberalism) are the professors?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I Heart Huckabee, Part Two

Mitt Romney has solidified his position with me by his rude disrespectful action towards Mike Huckabee at the CPAC conference. Romney had already displeased me by his disrespectful and sexist treatment of Sarah Palin, part of his ongoing campaign to be the next unprincipled Republican former governor to become an unprincipled liberal president. Estase will vote for this piece of excrement when hell freezes over.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Christians and the F-Word

One of the most resilient condemnations of Hilaire Belloc and G.K. Chesterton is the accusation of the F-Word. FASCISM! In 1937, Chesterton opined that Britain's financial and social problems were so profound that he couldn't exclude fascism as a possible remedy. What exactly does fascism mean? Fascism means a government that gets involved in every aspect of society. Many associate it with the Nazis, although this isn't really honest because the Holocaust, Nazism's worst crime, was not even undertaken until 1940, after Chesterton's death and three years after his comment on fascism.

Fascism is in the eye of the beholder. The NRA Franklin Roosevelt created was fascist in all but its name. Roosevelt was supported by radio priest Father Charles Coughlin. Coughlin was used to promote the leftist melange known as Catholic Social Teaching, and was condemned after he drifted into the anti-Semitism that one would expect from a fascist. Coughlin was used by Roosevelt to promote his New Deal. Most historians would shrink from calling FDR a fascist, but who would expect otherwise from Roosevelt's biggest fans.

In much the same way, few would describe Barack Obama as a fascist. Estase sees signs of fascism in Obama's message. Example One: Obama has nationalized Chrysler and General Motors. Obama has taken over the biggest banks in America. He is using these now-public assets to promote his obsessions- - environmentalism and the redistribution of wealth. Example Two: Obama wants to create even more government control over our health care. Obama intends to punish those of us who don't live on granola and mineral water. If you don't believe me, see the Politico online newsmagazine of Tuesday, June 10. Santa will pay for your health care, but only if you're a good little boy or girl. Example Three: Obama will send you to college, whether you have any brains or not. See also Argentina in the 1950's, where the universities functioned mainly to promote the ideals of fascist dictator Juan Peron. Example Four: Obama is trying to kill private charity. In the coming years, Obama will force Catholic hospitals out of business. He will do this in two ways. He already intends to remove the tax deduction for charitable contributions. In addition, his rewriting of the conscience clause will no doubt force even Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. These two actions will make it impossible for Catholic hospitals to continue as such. Thus, America's poor will depend even more on the beneficience of government for survival.

The time for action is now. The people who have convinced themselves that Obama is merely liberal need to realize that Obama is more than a Carter, more than a Clinton, perhaps even more than an FDR.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

St. Patrick's Day 2009

As an Irishman, Estase feels it appropriate to share his lessons from the potato famine of 1844-47. No, it isn't that England is inherently evil. Most countries have done things that were shameful. It would be wrong to treat Germans as pariahs for all time because of the Holocaust. People shouldn't hate America because of what happened to American Indians.

The first lesson of the famine is that even something good can be an excuse for a crime. Capitalism and free trade are generally good things, but Britain used them as excuses for a crime.

The second lesson of the famine is that only a fool gives unconditional trust to their government. As with other examples of genocide, the famine shows that, all too often, politicians just don't care when other people die because of their policies.