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Saturday, 4 February 2012
Barry to Catholics: Drop Dead
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

Hard to argue with this: “Obama plays his Catholic allies for fools.”

 

It’s the title of Michael Gerson’s January 30 op-ed piece in the Washington Post, on the Obama Administration’s attempt to force Catholic organizations— universities, hospitals charities, etc.—to provide employee health insurance that covers sterilization, contraceptives and morning-after abortion drugs.

 

I had the same reaction when I heard the news. In 2007-08, many vehicles in the parking lot of St. Joseph Catholic Parish in South Bend, Indiana, were sporting Obama for Prez bumper stickers. Every Sunday when I saw them I reflected that it was a prime example of the turkeys voting for Thanksgiving. And so it has proved.

 

Of course, no one should be surprised to see Obama & Co. trampling on religious liberty. Three years of experience has demonstrated is the President’s contempt for the Constitution of the United States. No doubt he and his White House cabal have calculared that, after some whining and hand wringing, the US Catholic bishops will cave. And that might be an accurate calculation. As the Koman debacle just demonstrated, moral courage is somewhat lacking in twenty-first century America. But so far the bishops have voiced defiance. Besides, they’re are not exactly free agents, and you have to wonder what would happen if an order from the Vatican forbade them from rendering this unjust due to Ceasar.

 

You also have to wonder why Obama would pick a fight with American Catholics in an election year. He scored 54% of the Catholic vote in 2008 and needs most of those voters to stick with him as he seeks reelection. Probably he figures that rank-and-file Catholics won’t stand with the hierarchy in opposition to his odious mandate. We’ll see how many vehicles in the St. Joe parking lot sport Obama for Prez bumper stickers this year.


Posted by tmg110 at 10:03 AM EST
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Friday, 3 February 2012
Kudos to Indiana
Topic: Decline of the West

 

It’s nice to live in a state that can boast one of the best governors in the United States. Elected in 2004 and reelected in 2008 by a whopping eighteen-point margin, Mitch Daniels has done an outstanding job in tough times for the people of Indiana. To cite just one example, on his first day in office, Daniels issued an executive order that decertified all government employee unions, quashing the requirement that state employees pay union dues. Free to choose, state employees deserted the unions in droves: Dues-paying union membership plunged 90%.

 

Now Governor Daniels has done it again, signing a law eliminating the closed shop and making Indiana a right-to-work state. No longer will private-sector employees be required by the state to pay dues to labor unions. He and the Republican majorities in the state House of Representatives and Senate pushed the law through despite the usual union intimidation tactics and obstruction by the Democratic minority. (Democratic representatives and senators fled Indianapolis, the state capital, in 2011 to prevent the assembly of the quorum needed to pass bills.)

 

Indiana is the first—though one hopes not the last—state in the so-called Rust Belt to adopt a right-to-work law. And that nervous throat clearing you hear in the background? That’s Governor Pat Quinn of neighboring Illinois, a true-blue Big Labor lackey who’s now wondering just how many businesses will bolt across the state line to the greener pastures of the Hoosier State.


Posted by tmg110 at 4:11 PM EST
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Unconditional Surrender to the Culture of Death
Topic: Decline of the West

 

Oops. Looks like I must take back what I posted yesterday in praise of the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, America’s leading breast cancer charity, to end its relationship with Planned Parenthood. After a predictable outcry from the usual pro-abortion zealots, e.g. Senator Barbara Boxer, the charity caved. And Komen CEO Nancy G. Brinker’s capitulation statement was nothing short of pathetic: She virtually fell to her knees in a plea for absolution. All in all, this was an unedifying spectacle. How naïve of me to expect a display of moral courage from a privileged member of the Establishment!


Posted by tmg110 at 12:06 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 3 February 2012 12:09 PM EST
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Remake Alert: Death Wish
Topic: The Box Office

 

Director Joe Carnahan recently announced via Twitter that he’s working on a remake of Death Wish. Maybe I’m psychic: My last post for “The Box Office” was a review of that 1974 Charles Bronson classic.

 

Writing for NRO, Anthony Paletta predicts that the critics are likely to hate the new Death Wish, just as a previous generation of critics reviled the original. And their hatred is likely to derive from the same source: a leftie ideology that romanticizes crime and demonizes the forces of law and order. He points out, for example, that whereas Pauline Kael condemned Dirty Harry for “fascist medievalism” and called it a “single-minded attack against liberal values,” she adored Bonnie and Clyde.

 

But who knows? The Death Wish remake may turn the original story on its head, transforming Paul Kersey into a right-wing Tea Party thug and the criminals he hunts into downtrodden representatives of the 99%. I hope not, for a remake more or less true to original would cause every progressive critic in America to toss a blood clot—and that would be fun to watch. But it’s all too easy to imagine a politically correct Death Wish 2012 that coddles the criminal element while crapping on middle-class values.


Posted by tmg110 at 11:47 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 3 February 2012 4:17 PM EST
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Thursday, 2 February 2012
Our Very Own Clinton
Topic: Decline of the West

 

The estimable R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., editor-in-chief of the American Spectator, pounds a few nails into the coffin of Gingrich for President:

 

The unreported aspect of last week's story of the conservative writers and politicos turning on Gingrich was the role played by the Episodic Apologists. They are the media types who have been covering for the Clintons for years. They have high hopes for the Clintons' talents. Then they are crestfallen by one of the Clintons' scandals: the pilfering of the White House, the last-minute pardons, Monica Lewinsky. Then their high hopes rekindle anew. They were loath to report my attack on Newt as being the Republican's Bill Clinton, but they jumped at the "conservative Establishment's" attacks on his veracity and his other wayward traits.

 

Yet, Newt's failure is part of a larger failure, the infantilism of the 1960s generation. In his narcissism, impulsiveness, and deviancy he is at one with the Clintons. Mitt [Romney], and for that matter [Rick] Santorum, are just the opposite. They are straight arrows and duty-bound. They would not be a riot of scandals in the White House, but is it not about time that we leave the scandals to Hollywood?

 

Indeed, Tyrrell has a point. One of the most compelling arguments in favor of Mitt Romney is that he’s not a celebrity. One can easily imagine Newt (and for that matter, Obama) on the cover of People. But Mitt? Not so much…


Posted by tmg110 at 11:29 AM EST
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Where There's Life, There's Hope
Topic: Decline of the West

 

Despite all attempts by the pro-choice crowd to pin a smile button on the abortion industry, public opinion is becoming more and more adverse to abortion on demand. While not favoring an outright abortion ban, a clear majority of Americans would support tighter restrictions, e.g. outlawing partial birth abortion. This should surprise no one. Despite decades of propaganda and Newspeak (for “fetus” read “undifferentiated tissue mass”) most people persist in believing the obvious: that human life begins at conception. Abortion remains legal, but it’s no longer quite respectable.

 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is America’s leading breast cancer charity, and it has just decided to end its longstanding partnership with Planned Parenthood, America’s leading abortion provider. This decision was probably the result of many factors, including the adverse publicity that Planned Parenthood has received recently. But on a deeper level, I believe that it reflects a growing realization that respect for life is not really compatible with unlimited access to abortion.


Posted by tmg110 at 10:50 AM EST
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Wednesday, 1 February 2012
No to Newt
Topic: Decline of the West

 

For better or for worse—on balance I'd say it's for the best—yesterday's Florida primary ended Newt Gingrich's hopes of becoming the Republican presidential nominee. The demographics of Mitt Romney's big win in the Sunshine State indicate that Gingrich would probably not be able to defeat Barack Obama in the general election. He’s simply too divisive a figure with too much baggage, and in Florida he displayed in his attacks on Romney a disregard for the facts that is troubling to say the least.

 

Like Gingrich, I have my doubts about Mitt Romney’s conservative credentials. But more important than the ideological purity of the GOP nominee is the urgent necessity of removing Barack Obama from office before he inflicts more damage on the political, economic, social and moral fabric of the nation. For that mission, Newt is not the man.


Posted by tmg110 at 11:16 AM EST
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Bob Chooses Sides
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

Last night on the Fox New gabfest, “The Five,” progressive pundit Bob Beckel defended the violence of the Occupy movement by…blaming the police. See, Occupy Oakland was forced to run amok, burning American flags, chanting “Fuck the pigs!” and causing $5 million in property damage because the cops were beastly to them.

 

Good luck with that defense, Bob.

 

In reality, the Occupy protests have lost such support that it originally attracted from mainstream America. As Charles C.W. Cook notes in this story for NRO, even liberals are having second thoughts about the wisdom of defending a movement characterized by radical extremism, anti-Semitism, violence and criminality, not to mention squalor and filth:

 

[E]ven in the nation’s most liberal major city [San Francisco], 71 percent opposed the willful breaking of the law. Likewise, while 28 percent of respondents regarded the police response as “too harsh,” 68 percent considered it either “not harsh enough” or “just about right.” On this question, there is no particular split between Republicans and Democrats: 70 percent of registered Democrats answered that the police reaction was either “not harsh enough” or “just about right,” compared with 76 percent of Republicans.

 

Which is to say that Bob Beckel and the Occupy movement are on the opposite side of the barricades from the so-called 99%. Oops.


Posted by tmg110 at 7:30 AM EST
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Home Again
Topic: Scratchpad

Georgia was nice, especially at this time of year, but it's good to be home. Now, what the hell has been going on around here while I was away…?


Posted by tmg110 at 7:27 AM EST
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Friday, 27 January 2012
Worst Foot Forward
Topic: Decline of the West

 

Quick note on Obama’s State of the Union address: To expend 7,000 words while saying almost nothing of substance was a feat reflective of this president’s overall record. It was also well reflective of this president’s far from attractive personality: verbose, condescending, dishonest, brimming with self-regard. Even the hard Left hated it.

 

Once again we see the truth of the old adage that the American presidency magnifies the worst qualities of each incumbent. Obama as a community organizer or a law professor would be a minor annoyance. As president, however, this thin-skinned egomaniac is a national disaster.


Posted by tmg110 at 10:31 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 27 January 2012 10:56 AM EST
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