Monthly Archives: April 2015

Supreme pontiff stumbles with “demagogic” commentary

Pope Francis has those old global-warming blues.

Some Catholics are criticizing Pope Francis for his stated positions on environmental issues. On April 28, a Vatican conference on environment and migration commenced that brought scores of business people, activists, and Catholic officials to the ancient city.
Among them is Jeffrey Sachs – a wealthy and influential economist who has sometimes been accused of leftist leanings.Also on hand is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who had a private meeting with the pontiff.
The conference and Pope Francis’s previous statements on the environment inspired the ire, for instance, of writer Maureen Mullarkey.
Writing online in the journal ‘First Things,’ Mullarkey said “Francis sullies his office by using demagogic formulations to bully the populace into reflexive climate action with no more substantive guide than theologised propaganda.”
What we can hear from the Pope I can imagine hearing in a Jesuit rec room of many decades ago. Batting around ideas. giving each other what-for.
Anyhow, there’s more more more here  . . .

George Soros’s Tax Bill – Bloomberg Business

Any story about this lion of the left gets my attention, espcially ones (the few) that show his money-mad hypocrisy.

George Soros likes to say the rich should pay more taxes. A substantial part of his wealth, though, comes from delaying them. While building a record as one of the world’s greatest investors, the 84-year-old billionaire used a loophole that allowed him to defer taxes on fees paid by clients and reinvest them in his fund, where they continued to grow tax-free. At the end of 2013, Soros—through Soros Fund Management—had amassed $13.3 billion through the use of deferrals, according to Irish regulatory filings by Soros.

They are a crafty bunch.

LORETTA LYNCH’S FIRST TEST:   She’s sending two DOJ officials to Baltimore to meet with community …

. . . Will she be another Holder, making things worse? Or will she be a real woman?

Rauner a puzzle to Oak Park’s Sen. Harmon at Elmwood Park Town Hall

Continued from 4/20 post about Harmon/Lilly town hall meeting 4/6 in Elmwood Park:

The April 6 session had complaints a-plenty about proposed budget cuts, And also about the governor.

Complaints about Gov. Rauner multiplied. A woman told how hard it was to get through to his office. “I know it’s hard,” said Harmon. “Keep calling.”

“The next seven weeks [of budget struggle],” he predicted, “will be a slow, bloody slog.”

He added, and repeated later: “I don’t understand this governor. I don’t know what makes him tick.”

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As violence escalates, where is Mayor Emanuel? – Chicago Tribune

County commissioner for Oak Park and neighboring Austin knows where the community problem lies in “neighborhoods of color.”

Elected months ago, he’s looking remarkably good.

And the new alderman wants broken-windows policing.

Curiosity a balm to Cardinal in this life and the next

Eager to learn:

Days before he died, Cardinal George reportedly told seminary rector Father Robert Barron that his curiosity was awakened, he was “so eager” to see God.

Wow. Like St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, who rejoiced when she coughed blood, knowing that the end was near.

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Secret Service again, sloppy about security. Blame it on Bush?

Is this part of the Obama legacy, a general inattention to details and bad management?

The Secret Service took more than a year to replace a broken alarm system at former president George H.W. Bush’s home, raising concerns within the agency about the safety of the Houston residence and the Bush family, according to a government report scheduled to be released Thursday.

Or can he blame it on (GW) Bush?

How to get yourself labeled a bad apple

“One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation
as a dangerous citizen these days
is . . .

Thank you, Columbia U. prof Charles Austin Beard

Monument to Tastelessness, anyone? Try the biggest apple in the whole wide world

If you thought biting cultural criticism was dead, just in case you thought so anyhow, consider this about a new pride of the prideful Manhattan island:

On a recent visit to New York City, I had the opportunity to walk around the exterior of the new Whitney Museum, built at a cost of $442 million. It is a monument of a kind: to the vanity, egotism, and aesthetic incompetence of celebrity architects such as Renzo Piano, and to the complete loss of judgment and taste of modern patrons.

It’s by Theodore Dalrymple, in City Journal for April 22, 2015

Let’s hear it for fossil fuels . . .

. . . and how they have improved the environment for human life and flourishing

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