Monthly Archives: June 2008

Imus, Gen. Clark, & the Rome-bound St. Louisian

Start with this from Steve Rhodes:

North By Northwest
“I challenged people’s sensitivities and the way they think,” Mike North [newly fired smashmouth sports radio commentator] told Rob Feder [Sun-Times media reporter] last week.

I thought that was Don Imus’s job.

Then from an Investor’s Business Daily editorial about “the Sunday performance of Gen. Wesley Clark, an Obama adviser and possible VP pick” talking to CBS’ “normally unflappable” Bob Schieffer:

Obama talks about change and hope and masquerades as the anti-politician. But as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright noted after Obama disowned his pastor of two decades, Obama will do and say the things a politician has to do and say to win.

Clark dismissed McCain as military leader, not having “been there and ordered the bombs to fall” but merely “riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down.”

When a visibly shocked Shieffer asked what Obama’s command credentials were, Clark said Obama was running on the strength of his character and judgment. Oh. Considering that Clark was probably given the green light for his ad hominem attack, both are open to question.

Finally from AP:

Canon lawyer Raymond Burke, well known for urging denial of communion to pro-choice pols as archbishop of St. Louis, has been sent (not kicked) upstairs as newly appointed Vatican supreme court judge. 

Tom Reese SJ, ex-editor of America, sees the appointment as demonstrating high papal regard for Americans, who have been largely frozen out of churchwide governing positions.

Burke named presidential candidate John Kerry as not eligible for communion during the 2004 campaign.  This may become the churchwide norm, speculates Reese.

Burke’s new job makes him an adjudicator of marriage annulments among other things.  The word in Rome has been that American bishops give too many annulments.  But this American is a bet for stricter church practice in the future.


Trouble in Dem city?

Bill Clinton is steamed:

A senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton has revealed that he recently told friends Mr Obama could “kiss my ass” in return for his support.

What’s more, he’s not betting on O.:

A second source said that the former president has kept his distance because he still does not believe Mr Obama can win the election.

On the other hand, O. got “effusive,” said UK Telegraph:

“I know how much we need both Bill and Hillary Clinton as a party. They have done so much great work. We need them badly.”

So what?

The Democrat told the Telegraph: “He’s been angry for a while. But everyone thought he would get over it. He hasn’t. I’ve spoken to a couple of people who he’s been in contact with and he is mad as hell.

“He’s saying he’s not going to reach out, that Obama has to come to him. One person told me that Bill said Obama would have to quote kiss my ass close quote, if he wants his support.

“You can’t talk like that about Obama – he’s the nominee of your party, not some house boy you can order around. . . .


This explains everything

The whole tone of this e-blast to potential contributers is one of dreadful, overweening pride and arrogance:

Dear Jim —

On Monday, everyone will be watching our fundraising totals to see if we can compete with the McCain campaign.

This month is the first test of our grassroots fundraising strategy since we declared our independence from the broken campaign finance system.

You can help build our organization and show that a movement of ordinary people giving only what they can afford is changing the way presidential campaigns are funded.

Now is the perfect time to step up and own a piece of this campaign. And if you make your first donation right now, you’ll receive a special gift.

Make a donation of $15 or more by midnight on Monday, June 30th, and show off your support with an Obama logo car magnet:


Note the “broken campaign finance system” — the trumped-up talking point that justifies his not honoring his pledge of only months ago.  When did it break?  Since then?  No?  Then at what point in that last few months did O. and his people decide it was broken?

Note the ridiculous, mendacious “to see if we can compete with the McCain campaign,” after he broke his pledge only when it became clear he was swamping McCain with money.

There goes the suburb

One of our blue suburbs has given up:

Wilmette has suspended enforcement of its 19-year-old ordinance banning handgun possession in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that appears to invalidate such ban.

Well, not as blue as Oak Park and Evanston.  Oak Parkers wait with bated breath?

Catholic si, Roman no

The Pius X society has said no:

The leader of a breakaway traditionalist Catholic group has rejected a Vatican offer to rejoin Rome, accusing Pope Benedict of trying to silence dissenting voices.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) that broke with Rome 20 years ago, said conditions set by the Vatican amounted to muzzling the traditionalists who claim to be the only true Catholics since Church reforms in the 1960s.

Fellay, at the SSPX seminary in Winona, Minn., said. “They just say ‘shut up’ … we are not going … to shut up.”

That’s it, according to the Milan daily Il Giornale‘s well-informed Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli, who wrote, “Such favorable conditions for a return to full communion will in all probability not come again.”

Obama v. Kerry: it’s O. hands-down on CHANGE (of mind)

We have seen John Kerry, Mr. Obama, and you’re no John Kerry.

We used to call John Kerry a flip-flopper for his enbarrassing quote on his opposition to Iraq war funding. Obama has now changed position on almost every key position in this election, and exposed himself as incompetent as a Constitutional law analyst as well. Democratic superdelegates may want to rethink their position on this nomination before Obama changes his party registration, too.

Yes, Chi Trib, there is an “inartful” way of saying what I say now, that the D.C. gun law is unconstitutional, and it’s what you heard my campaign say last November.

It’s not his fault! 

Those pesky bloggers again

If Chi Trib and Sun-Times kept up on blogs about guns, they might have had this on their sites’ front pages by 5:45 p.m. today:

At 9:15AM today the Illinois State Rifle Association filed suit against the city of Chicago for their ban on handguns; an NRA suit is already in the works.

Or they might have gone to the CBS-2 site with a 5:04 posting.

Look out. He’s mad again.

Mayordaley II lacks confidence in citizens’ ability to defend themselves when the police are still on the way:

The mayor said he would vigorously defend Chicago’s gun ordinance despite the Supreme Court’s ruling and feels the decision will make it far more difficult to protect law-abiding citizens. (AP)

No surprise here, but did you hear Big O. welcomes the decision, affirming individual right in the matter?

Apart from that, what about the damn hat?

Daley in hat

Come back, old-timers

Anti-Vatican Council 2 traditionalists have until June 28 to respond to an offer from the Vatican of reinstatement in the RC Church with their own bishops, parishes, and seminaries.

They would have to buy into Vatican Council 2, however, and cease objecting to the mass that came from it, reports Catholic World News

Their founder — of the Society of St. Pius X — Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, “had accepted both of those terms before his break with the Vatican in 1986,” CW News said.

Their independence within the church would take the form of a “prelature,” says the Italian daily Il Giornale.  Opus Dei has its own prelature, or is one, to be precise.

Speaking from my own experience with the the society, at its Oak Park church, I would be surprised if they take the offer.

Later: On the other hand, if they can stomach the Vatican 2 and new-mass conditions, they get not only legitimacy, which they do not require, they feel, but also lots of new worshipers — although one wonders what effect the big-church prohibition has had on deflecting them.

Nor do they lose autonomy within the big church, which means they go on as before, especially in recruiting and training priests and handling their own financials.  This means also they could freely poach on big-church enclaves and in effect act as a reforming element. 

Of course, many if not most big-church clergy and bishops would look on them as a cyst or tumor on the Mystical Body.

In any case, this would be the Catholic story of the year, religion-news-wise.  I think.

Baffled in blog-land

Can anyone tell me why my “Playing Dumb,” blogged on Oct. 26, 2006, has all of a sudden become my hottest item, with 122 hits, or “views,” as WordPress says, in the last two days?

It’s about North Shore congressional candidate Dan Seals likened to the Big O. as a comer, with Seals downplaying it,

saying the only similarity is their complexion — both are African-American.

I note that the “boiler-plate analysis” provided by the Sun-Times writer would have made an o.k. lede, and that’s about it.  How did this become so relatively (for me) popular?

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