Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

The good and the bad, emphasis on Trib and Sun-Times

Archbishop Chaput already announcing his impending ouster from the Philadelphian See?

Non-Francis archbishop, coming 75th birthday, prescribed resignation to be affirmed in a New York (sometimes Chicago?) minute . . . Out, out damned critic!  (Not that the linked parish bulletin is much of a announcement.)

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This is tomorrow’s bulletin from St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Chadds Ford, PA:


I mean, not that I’m surprised. Everyone expects for the noncardinal to have his resignation immediately accepted upon its submission on his 75th birthday in September. Were it to NOT be immediately accepted by the petrine usurper, that would be a real shock.

But you’re really out there front-running it two months beforehand? Has he already been told to pack up his stuff and get back to the reservation? I suppose if you know there will not be a long goodbye, you might as well tailgate the pre-party.

Archbishop Chaput has long been an enigma. Conservative on most things, friendly to Tradition, pretty strong track record in Philly, and in Denver before that. One of the better bishops in the USA, I think would be a safe assessment, if not damning with faint praise.

But then…

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A libertarian rethinks immigration

Good lede:

Instapundit recently linked to an article at the libertarian Reason magazine with a premise I found – considering the authors and the magazine – surprisingly dimwitted.

No, a border wall is not necessarily morally equivalent to the Berlin Wall, or anywhere near it. Consider Hadrian’s Wall, or the Great Wall of China. Sometimes there are actual barbarians on the other side of it.

In this case sneaking in with the good guys?

via Armed and Dangerous

Trump had a bad week, right?

Depends whom you ask. Writer bets you haven’t heard a word about these Trump accomplishments in the mainstream news:

— The Dow crossed 27,000 for the first time in history, and the S&P 500 broke 3,000 for the first time.

— Food stamp participation is the lowest in 10 years (since Barack Obama).

— Border apprehensions reached the lowest level since March. Why? Because President Trump won the trade war with Mexican officials. They sent thousands of troops to their southern and northern borders. Mexico also agreed to keep the asylum seekers on its side of the border while their cases are being adjudicated. Trump won — again.

— The liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed Trump a victory on the issue of withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities.

— Trump announced new asylum rules that force illegals to apply in another country first. No more open borders. Middle-class Americans will applaud this news.

And the nation’s first black billionaire, BET founder Robert Johnson, longtime Dem contributor who voted for Madam Clinton, is exiting Dem precincts, citing “the lowest black unemployment ever, . . . moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans.” 

Man knows more than he reads in the (mainstream) newspapers and TV.

via Jews and Blacks for Trump

Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign – The New York Times

I thought if they’re gonna cover this side of the story, I might pay attention to the gray lady and signed on to its catch-ups by email.


President Trump’s approval ratings are under water in national polls. His position for re-election, on the other hand, might not be quite so bleak.

Not to be picky, but the only poll cited that asks likely voters has him at 50%, not under water, as hailed by the Washington Secrets columnist at Washington Times. That’s Rasmussen.

Continuing the NY Times analysis:

His advantage in the Electoral College, relative to the national popular vote, may be even larger than it was in 2016, according to an Upshot analysis of election results and polling data.

That persistent edge leaves him closer to re-election than one would think based on national polls, and it might blunt any electoral cost of actions like his recent tweets attacking four minority congresswomen.


via The New York Times

University Study Finds US Less Racist Under President Trump than Race-Baiting Obama

Our first black president made matters worse:

A recent study by University of Pennsylvania reseachers Danial J. Hopkins and Samantha Washington found that America is much less racist under President Trump than under race-baiting, whitey-bashing Democrat Barack Obama.

The survey concluded that via most measures, white Americans’ expressed anti-Black and anti-Hispanic prejudice declined after the 2016 campaign and election, and we can rule out even small increases in the expression of prejudice.

. . . .

And this is despite the liberal mainstream media’s best attempts to accuse ALL Trump supporters of racism.

It’s their castigation of choice, far too widely applied.

“Breaking the Ice” in 40th Ward

New alderman sends mixed message.

(7/16) In response to the escalated ICE activity in the 40th Ward we have developed a Rapid Response team to assist in informing undocumented neighbors of their rights.

People should know their rights. Of course.

In conjunction with canvassing to distribute “Know Your Rights” information, the volunteer run coalition will observe and report any ICE activity they witness in the ward.


The team has been dubbed the 40th Ward ICEBreakers and I spent much of Tuesday morning strategizing next steps and training models for this effort with our staff.

For what?

Over 200 people have reached out to express their interest in joining ICEBreakers, and it’s our goal to continue growing this volunteer effort.

We’ll see.

If you or your neighbors are interested in joining us, please sign up here. Training begins this Saturday, July 20th, from 10:00am-1:00pm at the 40th Ward office, located at 5620 N Western Ave.

Announcement is part of excellent rundown on events, services, where and whom to call with ward problems, etc.

Trouble is, the Facebook announcement features a worrisome shot:

Not helpful, to say the least.

via 40th Forward Issue 6: Breaking the Ice

Ari Fleischer’s Savage Message for Bernie After Minimum Wage Expose

Bernie, life is hard. Sorry.

Typical. You pay $15/hour, but I won’t. You provide Medicare for all, but Vermont won’t. The problem with Socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money. When it comes to paying his own campaign, Bernie doesn’t want to run out of HIS own money. Socialism never works. [Emphasis added]

Just kidding about being sorry. Sorry.

via Ari Fleischer’s Savage Message for Bernie After Minimum Wage Expose

Jesus is not looking for believers – He is looking for followers

This is Pope Francis-like confusing. You gotta believe:

I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

For Christ’s sake (and your own). Do not confuse people.

(The above is one of dozens possible quotes.)

via Jesus is not looking for believers – He is looking for followers

Trump approval rating jumps, just shy of locking in reelection

How can this be, with all those people so mad at him? And getting such bad press?

President Trump’s approval rating has been improving and now is at his all-time high and just a few points shy of what’s needed to guarantee him a second term.

via Trump approval rating jumps, just shy of locking in reelection

The Faithful Are NOT To Use the Orans Posture During the Our Father

People mean it when they do so. Mean what, I’m not sure. But I get this urge to call “VIRTUE SIGNALING” when I see it. Gotta get hold of myself.

The Faithful Are NOT To Use the Orans Posture During the Our Father

More to the point, how’d it get started? Who told them to do it?

via The Faithful Are NOT To Use the Orans Posture During the Our Father

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