Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 29 Comments

Marquette University, a school founded by Jesuits which used to call itself Catholic, now apparently wishes to describe itself as a college in the Maoist tradition:

A year ago, Marquette University moved to revoke the tenure of and fire a controversial professor for statements he made about a graduate instructor, with her name, on his blog.

On Thursday, the university announced that it had imposed a punishment (that it didn’t detail) against John McAdams, the associate professor of political science at the center of the controversy. A lawyer for McAdams said that the punishment includes suspension through the fall 2016 semester.

But the lawyer also announced that Marquette told McAdams that he must admit to his “guilt” within two weeks or he will not get his job back after the suspension. And the lawyer hinted that McAdams is highly unlikely to apologize, calling that requirement “self-abasement and compelled speech.”

While the university’s announcement said that the punishment imposed on McAdams was the recommendation of a faculty panel, the lawyer for McAdams said that the faculty panel never recommended a required apology. (A spokesman for Marquette declined to answer questions on whether the apology was in fact imposed by President Michael Lovell and was not based on a faculty panel’s report.)


Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 32 Comments

I feel for the suicidal, I really do.  Because it’s incredibly hard not to want to cash in your stack when you realize that at some point in the not-too-distant future, people like these are going to be running the United States:

At Scripps College, meanwhile, students have been discussing an email that Minjoo Kim, the student body president, sent out to the campus after learning of a pro-Trump message left on a whiteboard.

“This morning, a Mexican-American Scripps student woke up to find her whiteboard vandalized with the phrase ‘#Trump2016.’ This racist act is completely unacceptable,” Kim wrote. “Regardless of your political party, this intentional violence committed directly to a student of color proves to be another testament that racism continues to be an undeniable problem and alarming threat on our campuses.”

The email went on to describe counseling services available to Scripps students, and numbers available to report bias incidents. Kim did not respond to questions about her email.

This country is toast.


Monday, March 28th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 23 Comments

The location of what will undoubtedly be the first of a great many refugee camps for leftist Americans fleeing the horror of a Donald Trump presidency has been identified:

American citizens, who are terrified at the prospect of Donald Trump becoming the next President, have been urged to consider relocating to one of Ireland’s remotest islands.

Inishturk, off Co. Mayo, has seen its once thriving population plummet to just 58, with only three pupils attending the local primary school.

The dwindling community’s leaders are desperately trying to entice families to move over to breathe new life into the isolated outpost and secure its future.

And they stressed their tranquil isle, located nine miles off the coast, could make the ideal permanent refuge for those who cannot face life in a United States headed by Donald Trump.

“I’ve heard there are quite a few people in America looking to move to Ireland and other countries if Donald Trump becomes president. I’d like them to know that we’d love to see them consider moving over here. 

“They’d be given a huge welcome and they’d find this is a fantastic place to live and to bring up children. Their kids would probably get the best education anywhere in the country too, because the teacher to pupil ratio is nearly one-on-one.

“Although winters can be hard and it’s the kind of life that wouldn’t necessarily suit everyone, they’d find it very peaceful here and they’d soon find out there’s nowhere as nice in the world on a summer’s day than here.”

Me, I wouldn’t mind retiring to a place like that.  One of the very last things that my father and I did together was a car trip to the Southwest (really not a good idea; my old man was never easy to travel with, even when I was much younger).

The only reason he came along at all was to visit a very old friend of his who had a farm out there and to show me Ness City, Kansas, where his mother was born and where he spent a lot of his youth.

And I really wanted to go; by then, I was keen to see the important sites in my family’s life.  I had started on the family genealogy and I desperately wanted to see places rather than merely read names on listings.

So we saw it and it was wonderful.  And if I remember correctly, and I probably don’t, we were on our way back to the interstate when I happened to remark, “You know, I wouldn’t mind retiring in Ness City, Kansas.”

Pop, who spent a lot of that trip raving about the glory of the Las Vegas Strip (which I didn’t much care for) but caring nothing at all about places like Zion National Park or the Grand Canyon (understandable if you’d spent your World War II tour flying over the Himalayas on a regular basis), was incredulous.  “Why?” he asked me.

“Because it’s quiet,” I told him. ”Peaceful.”   And I figured later that as long as I had cable TV and/or Internet access, I could live anywhere.


Monday, March 28th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Enjoy whatever remains of your term, Nate, you gutless, sniveling little coward.  Then immediately get to work on lining up that private-sector job because you’re going to need it sooner rather than later:

The Republican governor of Georgia announced today his intention to veto the religious free bill that would protect faith-based believers from having to participate in wedding ceremonies they find morally repugnant.

In announcing his veto, Governor Nathan Deal cast aspersions on the character of Georgians who supported a bill that would have protected their religious beliefs and practices with regard to the millennial understanding of man-woman marriage. He said protecting ministers, government officials and small business owners from being forced to participate in homosexual weddings was a kind of discrimination.

Seriously, Nate?  Putting a legal gun to some Christian minister’s head and forcing him to participate in an activity that he seriously and honestly believes to be incredibly sinful is discrimination?  Apparently, you can indeed establish a religion in this country as long as your religion has government-approved doctrines and beliefs.

Deal said he was not buckling to pressure either from major corporations and Hollywood big shots who threatened the state with boycott, or from pressure coming from the largely religious citizens of the state.


Deal said his decision was about the “character of our state and the character of our people. Georgia is a welcoming state. It is full of loving, kind and generous people. And that is what we should want. They choose to worship God in the way they see fit, in a myriad of ways, in a variety of settings.” He went on to compare sexual behavior and desire to race and religion.

Nate?  When Georgia votes out your sorry ass, you may have to settle for less of a job than you originally wanted.  Smart companies don’t much care for jellyfish.  But maybe the Center for American Progress will take you on as their house “Republican.”


Monday, March 28th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments

Mother Angelica has gone home.  And on Easter, no less:

The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.

“Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her to found,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Warsaw. “Her accomplishments and legacies in evangelization throughout the world are nothing short of miraculous and can only be attributed to divine Providence and her unwavering faithfulness to Our Lord.”

In 1981, Mother Angelica launched Eternal Word Television Network, which today transmits 24-hour-a-day programming to more than 264 million homes in 144 countries. What began with approximately 20 employees has now grown to nearly 400. The religious network broadcasts terrestrial and shortwave radio around the world, operates a religious goods catalog and publishes the National Catholic Register and Catholic News Agency, among other publishing ventures.

“Mother Angelica succeeded at a task the nation’s bishops themselves couldn’t achieve,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has served on EWTN’s board of governors since 1995. “She founded and grew a network that appealed to everyday Catholics, understood their needs and fed their spirits. She had a lot of help, obviously, but that was part of her genius.”

I don’t think that there are too many better epitaphs to have than for somebody to say that they can’t think of you without smiling.  I think that about Mother Angelica.  I used to see her on Jim Bakker’s old show, the late seventies, early eighties, around in there.  I guess she was just getting started and was looking for pointers on how to start a Christian television network.

She was earthy, she was as funny as you could possibly imagine, she was the sort of nun you could easily see splitting a big ol’ plate of wings and a few pitchers of beer with and she could philosophically kick your ass six ways from Sunday.

She will be sorely missed.

Mother?  Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


Saturday, March 26th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 29 Comments

After what just happened in Brussels, after all the terror attacks in this country and the rest of the world since September 11, 2001, Paris, Madrid, London, etc., and the fact that I’ve read them far too many times over that period, here is a three-word English language combination of which I am HEARTILY sick.

Muslims fear backlash.

Let me put it this way. If you hear about the murders of innocent human beings and your very first thought is how these murders will affect you, then there is something seriously wrong with you.


Friday, March 25th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 53 Comments

If there’s one thing that the “new” Episcopal church (post-1976, but more specifically, post-Frank Griswold) has demonstrated, it’s a complete lack of taste. Be it liturgy, doctrine, architecture, or just about anything else, “The Episcopal Church” (as opposed to “The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States”, the original “Anglican presence” here in the good old U.S. of A.) has shown that it can be more rude, crude, and religiously unacceptable that pretty near anyone else.

One of the “trademarks” of the Anglican Church (may it rest in peace…) has been its vestments. The Roman Catholic Church went whole-hog into fashion redesign with Vatican II; the examples of poor taste, liturgical abomination, and secularism are so many as to preclude any attempt to catalog them. But that staid bastion of propriety, “The Episcopal Church”, lumbered onwards firmly ensconced in the hallowed foundations of tradition.


(Okay, so I have a thing about Katherine Jefferts-Schori…)

Suddenly, taste and tradition were suspended, and they were replaced by a desire to push the boundaries of taste while simultaneously rejecting centuries of church artistry, decoration and beauty.

But, let us not think that modernism has ceased to influence church attire in TEC. There are some barriers that have not yet been crossed; some semblances of good taste that remain to be shattered; some proofs of the folly that is TEC which have not yet been documented.

Ladies and gentlemen (so sorry for that politically incorrect form of address; “Womyn and misanthropes”);

The latest in Episcopal vestments (or, should I say, ‘product placements’):

Further commentary is, IMHO, quite needless.

Bill (not IB)


Friday, March 25th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Not that I give a crap any more but did Mike Sam help grease the Rams’ skids out of St. Louis, Missouri?

It’s been almost two years since the St. Louis Rams selected defensive end Michael Sam in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. At the time, the Rams were hailed for being progressive and drafting the first openly gay player in the National Football League. It turns out, according to multiple sources, that the league agreed not to ask the Rams to appear that year on HBO’s yearly summer series, HARD KNOCKS, if they drafted Sam.

Shortly after his college career at Missouri ended, Sam came put publicly, acknowledging he is gay. The SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, Sam was considered a fifth-round pick at best. But, as the draft proceeded on the final day, it appeared he might not be drafted at all. It is believed the NFL didn’t want to face questions about that eventuality, and the Rams were viewed as the ideal spot because of St. Louis’ proximity to the Missouri campus in Columbia, 90 miles away [actually, the mileage is closer to a buck, twenty-five - Ed] , and head coach Jeff Fisher’s ability to deal with whatever distractions there might be.

So it was that the Rams saved the day, selecting Sam with the 249th pick of a 256-player draft. Now, they have returned the favor.

Two years later, the Rams are now in Los Angeles, and as the annual league meeting closed Wednesday, in one of the earliest announcements ever, the NFL revealed that the Rams will be the featured team this summer on HARD KNOCKS.

Fisher, who I thought was a stand-up guy, denies it.  But since a lot of us here now think that the Rams were going to move back to LA several years before they actually made that jump, you can see why we think what we think.


Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 61 Comments

Three words, buddy.  Dial it down:

At a rally for GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in Utah on Saturday, Glenn Beck chastised Southern Evangelical Christians for not supporting Cruz. “All throughout the South the Evangelicals are not listening to their God,” he said.

Beck, a Mormon convert, encouraged the largely Mormon audience in Utah to support Cruz in Tuesday’s election by appealing to their shared faith.

“Let me testify to you now,” Beck said. “The Book of Mormon is a book that was given to us for this time in this land.

ANNNNNNNNNND we’re done here.

I’ve got news for you, Glenn.  Most evangelicals, and I’m one of them, don’t believe that we have a “shared faith” with you or any other member of your religion.  As long as you have the Bible, what the hell do you need the Book of Mormon for?

Flash back to 2012.  You had two candidates running in that election.  One of them, Barack Obama, called himself a Christian but not only professed but fought for values I found then and still find abhorrent.  The other, Mitt Romney, was a Mormon and, by my interpretation, not a Christian at all but who professed values far closer to my own.

Did I sin against God by touching the touchscreen for Mitt Romney that year?

Here’s the deal, genius.  “President” is not a synonym for “presiding bishop.”  When Americans vote for president, they’re selecting the First Civil Servant and nothing else.  Which means that I’ll vote for a Muslim who reflects my views over an Episcopalian who obviously doesn’t and never will.

Every.  Single.  Time.

FYI, I’m still a Ted Cruz man, all the way to the end.  Just like I was for Ronald Reagan way back in ’76.


Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 49 Comments

I’m going to be brutally honest here.  There are times when I don’t much like my life.  I’ve been out of work a little over three years because I spent twenty years doing a job that not much of anybody wants or needs any more.

Not owning a car grants me a certain moral superiority over environmentalist hypocrites like Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Episcopal Organization but it also severely limits what I can do.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a McDonald’s.

For the most part, my entire world consists of two markets and a pharmacy, each about a half a mile from where I currently live.  I ride cabs whenever I have to go someplace farther than that and those cost me money that I don’t have.

I hear from my family maybe once or twice a year.  Apart from you guys, I have no support system to speak of which means that I usually have to handle almost EVERY personal crisis, including my upcoming move, entirely on my own.

Every one of my days is like every other one of my days.  Either stressful or crushingly boring.  Don’t worry, I’m not thinking of buying an HK 9-mil or anything like that.  But I often find myself saying, “Lord, I’m sixty and I have nothing to look forward to and nothing to hang around for.  Why am I still alive, Father?”

On the other hand, that’s not necessarily a bad way to feel if you’re sixty years old.  Because Lord knows that I


when These Kids TodayTM get jobs or run for political office.  Because, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you would have to have a heart of stone to read the following story without hysterically laughing:

Students protested yesterday at the Emory Administration Building following a series of overnight, apparent pro-Donald Trump for president chalkings throughout campus.

Roughly 40 students gathered shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the outdoors space between the Administration Building and Goodrich C. White Hall; many students carried signs featuring slogans such as “Stop Trump” or “Stop Hate” and an antiphonal chant addressed to University administration, led by College sophomore Jonathan Peraza, resounded “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” throughout the Quad. Peraza opened the door to the Administration Building and students moved forward towards the door, shouting “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”


“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added.

Oh sweet mother of…I am seriously losing it.

“What are we feeling?” Peraza asked those assembled. Responses of “frustration” and “fear” came from around the room, but individual students soon began to offer more detailed, personal reactions to feelings of racial tension that Trump and his ideology bring to the fore.

“How can you not [disavow Trump] when Trump’s platform and his values undermine Emory’s values that I believe are diversity and inclusivity when they are obviously not [something that Trump supports]” one student said tearfully. “Banning Muslims? How is that something Emory supports?” asked yet another.

I’m going to be on the floor in about two seconds so why don’t the rest of you take it from here?  By the way, this is how much it costs to send your kid to Emory University.


Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 | Uncategorized | 18 Comments

It’s Brussels’ turn. Bombings at two sites in the Belgian capital and at least one of the bombers was probably a splodey-dope.  Twenty-eight dead so far but you know that that number’s going up.  Many thanks to legendary MCJ commenter Katherine who also reports that shouting in Arabic was heard just prior to the explosions.

Imagine that.


Sunday, March 20th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 55 Comments

Oh, yeah, hey, Wind?  I believe you’ve met Whirlwind.  Glenn Reynolds explains Donald Trump to those “conservatives” who claim to be horrified by Trumpy:

Last week, in assessing the rise of Donald Trump, New York Times columnist David Brooks engaged in an uncharacteristic bit of self-reflection:

“Trump voters,” he wrote, “are a coalition of the dispossessed. They have suffered lost jobs, lost wages, lost dreams. The American system is not working for them, so naturally they are looking for something else. Moreover, many in the media, especially me, did not understand how they would express their alienation. We expected Trump to fizzle because we were not socially intermingled with his supporters and did not listen carefully enough. For me, it’s a lesson that I have to change the way I do my job if I’m going to report accurately on this country.” (Emphasis added.)

Sucks for Dave.

Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.

REALLY sucks for Dave.  Problem is that that movement is still going on.

The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement. Unlike Brooks, I actually ventured out to “intermingle” with Tea Partiers at various events that I covered for, contributing commentary to the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Examiner. As I reported from one event in Nashville, “Pundits claim the tea partiers are angry — and they are — but the most striking thing about the atmosphere in Nashville was how cheerful everyone seemed to be. I spoke with dozens of people, and the responses were surprisingly similar. Hardly any had ever been involved in politics before. Having gotten started, they were finding it to be not just worthwhile, but actually fun. Laughter rang out frequently, and when new-media mogul Andrew Breitbart held forth on a TV interview, a crowd gathered and broke into spontaneous applause. A year ago, many told me, they were depressed about the future of America. Watching television pundits talk about President Obama’s transformative plans for big government, they felt alone, isolated and helpless. That changed when protests, organized by bloggers, met Mr. Obama a year ago in Denver, Colo., Mesa, Ariz., and Seattle, Wash. Then came CNBC talker Rick Santelli’s famous on-air rant on Feb. 19, 2009, which gave the tea-party movement its name. Tea partiers are still angry at federal deficits, at Washington’s habit of rewarding failure with handouts and punishing success with taxes and regulation, and the general incompetence that has marked the first year of the Obama presidency. But they’re no longer depressed.”

Hence Trumpy, Dave.  Me, I’m still going with Ted Cruz.


Sunday, March 20th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

There’s a spring in the Editorial step these days.  That’s because Your Editor just discovered that the single greatest achievement in the barren wasteland that is United States numismatic/medallic art is back on sale.  I think I already own four of them so I may have to order a couple more in case something happens.  You can’t be too careful.

And yeah, as a matter of fact, Your Editor actually is that boring.


Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 51 Comments

The Rev. Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, collapses on his fainting couch:

I am not claiming either that God can be counted on to intervene when human communities are threatened by tyrants, or that a tyrant’s self-destruction will always occur before he does great damage. Many tyrants have been brought low only after they had time to do a great deal of harm.

I have no doubt Trump is becoming a kind of tyrant-in-waiting and that one day he will be brought low. But I do not know whether he will be brought low at the GOP Convention this summer; or in the November election; or sometime after we Americans foolishly, tragically, unforgivably, make him president.

I do not know whether he will be given time and power to do the kinds of harm that his behavior and that of some of his followers suggest might be possible.

That, really, is up to us. Because we still live in a democracy. At least for now.

Nice of you to determine what President Trump is going to do or who he’s going be before he’s even been legally elected to anything.  Must be nice having a direct line to God.  Next time you talk to Him, ask Him about me, will you?

Thing is, Gusher, I’d give a tenth of a crap about your words had you written them while the current occupant of the White House was ignoring the Constitution, flipping off the Congress and spending the last eight years as monarch rather than as president.

I don’t like Trumpy any more than you do, Dave.  But you know what they say.  You made your bed…


Thursday, March 17th, 2016 | Uncategorized | 43 Comments

The Washington Post pleads for the Republican Party to do something, ANYTHING, to stop Donald Trump:

Donald Trump’s primary victories Tuesday present the Republican Party with a stark choice. Should leaders unite behind Mr. Trump, who has collected the most delegates but may reach the convention in July without a nominating majority? Or should they do everything they can to deny him the nomination? On a political level, this may be a dilemma. As a moral question, it is straightforward. The mission of any responsible Republican should be to block a Trump nomination and election.

Why?  Because if they don’t,


will be unleashed upon the whole Earth.  The end of days, pretty much.

No, Mr. Trump must be stopped because he presents a threat to American democracy.

The two gravest threats to American democracy that this country has ever known are the current occupant of the White House, President Executive Order, and his political party.  Or have you forgotten how DemocraticPartyCare was spoken into existence?

Mr. Trump resembles other strongmen throughout history

Just call him Mussolini.  You know you want to.

who have achieved power by manipulating democratic processes.

Like…getting people to vote for him?

Their playbook includes a casual embrace of violence;

Be nice if you had some proof for that libel.

a willingness to wield government powers against personal enemies;

Two things.  Trump’s not currently in the government.  Obama’s enthusiastically done that a lot, though, so I see where you might be confused.

contempt for a free press;

Not sure what you mean there, Washington Post, insofar as most of this country’s “free press” will quite happily take one up the back door whenever Obama wants them to.

demonization of anyone who is not white and Christian; intimations of dark conspiracies; and the propagation of sweeping, ugly lies.

Project much, Washington Post?  Because change “victims” and that sounds an awful lot like Barack Obama.

Mr. Trump has championed torture and the murder of innocent relatives of suspected terrorists.

And President Personal Rule actually thinks that his Iran deal will actually keep the Persians from getting nukes.  Sometimes American politicians say a lot of stupid crap.

He has flirted with the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists.

A damned lie.

He has libeled and stereotyped wide swaths of humanity, including Mexicans and Muslims. He considers himself exempt from the norms of democratic contests, such as the release of tax returns, policy papers, lists of advisers and other information that voters have a right to expect.

But the Post is not anti-Republican.  It only wants what’s best for the country.

There are some Americans, Democrats in particular, who are happy to watch the Republican Party self-destruct with Mr. Trump at the helm. We cannot share in their equanimity. For one thing, though Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, would be heavily favored, a Trump defeat is far from sure. For another, the country needs two healthy parties and, ideally, a contest of ideas and ideology — not a slugfest of insults and bigotry. Mr. Trump’s emergence already has done grave damage to American civility at home and prestige abroad. The cost of a Trump nomination would be far higher.

Please.  “A slugfest of insults and bigotry” pretty much defines the Obama Administration.  And the First Imbecile has done far graver “damage to American civility at home and prestige abroad” than Donald Trump could ever hope to.

The Democratic Party made that bed, Washington Post.  Lie in it.

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