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Jack is Back!

First but not the last.

Jack is Back!

Tom got Instalanched first thing this morn.

Cecil Turner

Hilarious bit from Powerline (H/T: Insty) about a fake contribution to the Obama campaign from "Usama Binladin":

Our reader received an email from the Obama campaign thanking Usama for the contribution.

narciso

I mixed up the reviewer with the author, about this yesterday;

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304299304577350292848854640.html

Sandy Daze

A small headline on Drudge earlier this week alerted me to ISTM to be a significant development (a sign of the times??) in the American Catholic Church.

This is important because many question the Bishop's commitment to a consistent and theologically rigorous attention to the faith and doctrine. That is to say, Sister Flapadoodle and her ilk have gone around saying this or that for decades. Rev Pfelger, for example, can proudly, arrogantly and dismissively state all sorts of things clearly in contravention of the Church, with seemingly no sanction.

More specifcally, "public" Catholics, whether Sister Keehnan of the Catholic Health Association, or Biden, Pelosi, Sebilius, et al, are pronouncing on matters Catholic, in a way that causes 'traditional' Catholics to shake their heads in disgust. Notre Dame awards an honorary degree to Voldemort, Georgetown covers up its religious symbols to accommodate Voldemort, etc and thus, it is not unreasonable to ask, well, where does the "Church" stand in the face of these assaults?

(to be continued. . .)

OS~OMG~ABO,
Sandy

Sandy Daze

In other areas of our culture, we've observed similar distancing from the 'original' or 'traditional' intent. Think of the Republican Party of the early 2000s, which Republicans in droves abandoned in the 2006 elections, giving rise to the Tea Party in 2009. Republicans will not succeed by trying to ever-so-earnestly be like Democrat lite.

We've observed this phenomena as well in other faiths, for instance, the Episcopalians, who are struggling with what exactly they hold as important.

B/L - ISTM - we want to believe in "something" not believe in everything. Belief is important; what drives individuals away from a group is not when they fail to uphold the 'constitution' of the group, but when they broaden that constitution to embrace everything & anything.

(continued)

ABO~OS~OMG,
Sandy

Sandy Daze

So, earlier this week, we learn that the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, released the findings of its 3+ year-long review of the U.S.'s Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The LCWR is a Maryland-based umbrella group that claims about 1,500 leaders of U.S. women's communities as members, represents about 80 percent of the country's 57,000 women religious.

The CDF assessment found "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life." Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the LCWR. Archbishop Sartain will be assisted by two other bishops.

The CDF said the LCWR had submitted letters that suggest that sisters in leadership teams "collectively take a position not in agreement with the church's teaching on human sexuality." In programs and presentations, investigators noted "a prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith." and "Some commentaries on 'patriarchy' distort the way in which Jesus has structured sacramental life in the church."

Unsurprisingly, the LCWR Is "stunned by the conclusions of the doctrinal assessment of LCWR by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. . . ."

I don't want to get too much further into the weeds of this matter; heck I could (and may be) wildly off base in my reading of the tea leaves.

If you want to read the USCCB statement, here it is.

If you want to read the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith eight-page report, here it is.

OMG~ABO~OS,
Sandy

Sandy Daze

I think the answer to the question regarding whether the Bishops are going to allow themselves rolled by the Administration re healthcare can be found in part, in the foregoing. ISTM that the American Catholic Church, having been distracted by post-Vatican II, and then the response to the depredations of the sexual abuse, have consolidated their position. One does not have to look too far around to see challenges to what the Church is, or rather should be, from many who have no legitimate claim to speak for the faith.

Now, with the Cardinals and Bishops around the world, and (in the concern of these notes) here in America, much more strongly traditionally Catholic, traditionally conservative, and with a new head of the US Council of Catholic Bishops, and the conservative Pope Benedict in Rome, ISTM that these festering issues are being taken aboard directly.

I do not think that the healthcare battle is one that the Catholic Church necessarily wanted to take onboard right now, but it is all part and parcel of the same issue. One cannot always pick the timing of a fight, but when the fight comes, one must respond.

If I were Georgetown, or ND or some of the many 'public' Catholics (as mentioned above) I would think that the Catholic Church will soon come calling. That is, if you publicly profess your Catholicism, then you have a responsibility to act in accordance with that profession of faith. If not, well, as Ricky Ricardo might have said, "you got some 'splaining to do."

OS~OMG~ABO,
Sandy

AliceH

From narcisos WAPO link @ 7:28 "Of course, any profits from these measures are net of expected losses.... But as the bank-lending program winds down, the Treasury is already ahead by $19 billion."

So are they saying, if we expected losses of $799 billion, but only had losses of $780 billion, that works out to our being ahead by $19 billion. Brilliant!

Also: "First, and most important, banks need larger capital cushions to sustain future losses without facing insolvency and bailout. "

ISTM this would not just reduce the available capital for credit which was being lauded throughout, but would instantly force reclassification of a significant number of lenders as being insolvent.

Economics is hard.

Ignatz

As if anyone needed another reason to despise Bank of America, they severed business with McMillan Firearms because they used to just produce fiberglass stocks but now are pretty heavily into rifle manufacturing, lock stock and barrel, so to speak.

It may be a bank and it may be based in the USA but it isn't "of" America.

henry

A friend took a quick photo of a WI liberal "in the wild" and LI ran with it. Priceless vanity plate plus bumper stickers.

narciso

Not to mention, that the TARP didn't serve the stated purpose, to buy up and sequester
the toxic assets.

BR

Arpaio's team discovered this:

"Immigration records missing for week of Obama's birth"

"After months of searching, investigators commissioned by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio to examine Barack Obama’s eligibility for office found Immigration and Naturalization Service travel records for foreign flights into Hawaii in 1961, only to discover that records for the week of Obama’s birth were missing...."

"Arpaio’s team looked at databases in the National Archives and Records Administration with microfilm of INS passenger records for foreign flights arriving in Honolulu and New York City."

*****

Then this was discovered by [other?] researchers:

"INS Doc Found: U.S. certificate issued to one East African-born child of U.S. citizen in 1961."

"A government document found buried in the online reference section of a Boston Public Library archive... indicates that a consular officer issued a single certificate of statutory citizenship, within the time frame including August 4, 1961, to a child born to a U.S. citizen between July 1st and December 31st, 1961 in the Kenyan region of Africa. The record also reveals that the certificate was the only one issued for this specific type of arrival in the U.S. over a span of more than 18 months, among thousands from other parts of the world."

Lots more data in the link.

If I understand this correctly, the missing INS records for that period have been found in the Boston library archives, showing one Kenyan-born baby was admitted to the US in that time period surrounding August 1961.

BR

And if that baby was Obama, then statutory citizenship is not natural born citizen.

narciso

'picture a world where Keefums is not certifiably insane, and you get this,
(warning stupidium is not danger levels)


http://hisvorpal.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/ruperts-remoras-cant-let-go/

Ignatz

--Economics is hard.--

Which may be why the dunce Jared Bernstein isn't actually an economist. He is however justly infamous for writing crap like this masquerading as thoughtful analysis;

TARP and related interventions by the Federal Reserve helped reactivate credit markets long before they would have recovered on their own, helped to stabilize the housing market, helped save the U.S. auto industry and helped prevent recession from morphing into something worse. And they did so for far less than early estimates and prior rescues had suggested were possible.

1. How does he know and what evidence does he have for his first assertion?
2. As one who is indirectly dependent on a healthy housing market I'd like to point out the housing market continued to plunge after TARP and has now been "stabilized" for over three years in a depression worse than that of the 1930s.
3. How did the Feds extralegally managing the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler "save" the US auto industry, especially since Chrysler emerged under Italian ownership? It accomplished nothing that a conventional bankruptcy would have other than tossing a bone to their union cronies and establishing a pretty ugly precedent.
4. How does he know and what evidence does he have for his last assertion?
It's almost certain TARP and related bonehead policies are responsible for the anemic non recovery we've suffered through for the last three years; see John Taylor and Bill Isaac, actual economists.

BR

Hee, Ignatz, last evening I saw a woman wearing tight jeans and found myself looking at her butt and thinking of you :)
I mean, as a lady, I don't usually notice such things.

Pofarmer

Sandy

The Bishops are all het up over abortion, take that out of Obamacare, and they would support it. When President Romney comes up with Massachusetts care II, and the Bishops whole heartedly support it, what will you say? If Obama hadn't made the incredibly ham fisted move of tryiing to force religious organizations to fund abortions, we wouldn't even be having this conversation.

Ignatz

--Hee, Ignatz, last evening I saw a woman wearing tight jeans and found myself looking at her butt and thinking of you :)--

Trying to decide whether I should be flattered or insulted.
I choose flattered. :)

BR

New threads appear like rabbits here, so Neo, NK and TK, here are 3 messages in a bottle for each of you :)

Neo for you at 7:50

NK for you at 7:00

TK for you at 7:05
TK, hope you have time to do that?

AliceH

Ignatz: I'll go on record as having been "for" Tarp I (as I understood it at the time), and being hopeful for Tarp II, which transformed to horror at how funds were being directed, giving GM/Chrysler chunks of ownership to auto unions and "government" and the complete (and illegal I think) destruction of bond holders rights and claims. I haven't been "for" anything touted as "stimulus" yet, whether under Bush or Obama, so I have that going for me.

But mostly, just want to spell out the 3 major occurrences of big-govt-spending again, because I get irked by people making "flip flop" arguments that rely on conflating them.

A shy one

Ig, be flattered! Your powers are contagious :) I don't know quite how to say this, but one who never even looked at her own husband below the belt, I mean when he was dressed... I mean, oh darn... :)

Ignatz

--Ignatz: I'll go on record as having been "for" Tarp I (as I understood it at the time), and being hopeful for Tarp II--

Not to worry Alice; I think I"m still in the minority here as being against TARP.
And I for a time listened to Hank Paulson doing his chicken little dance but eventually concluded he was full of s***.
I was heartened later to see Taylor and Isaac and the late Bill Seidman (who had all been through the fire of the S&L crisis) all conclude the Fed and FDIC had plenty of existing ammo to have done everything TARP did without the precedent of the mess that was and is TARP and the idiocies it has spawned, like Bernstein's latest.

narciso

It does seem like at every step, they find a way, to 'enbiggen' the problem, Ig, instead of solving it, TARP harkens back to the RFC
of the Hoover era, (not surprising since Paulson carried it out, and apparently Buffett
came up with it) rather than the successful RTC.

Ignatz

--Ig, be flattered! Your powers are contagious :)--

Yes, but thanks to ccal and others I now exercise them responsibly. :)

--I don't know quite how to say this, but one who never even looked at her own husband below the belt, I mean when he was dressed... I mean, oh darn... :)--

I'm pretty sure I understand what you're trying to say here; that you now appreciate him all the time.
If you're saying something else please, please don't tell me what it is.

centralcal

Butt pictures, early in the morning? I have a butt picture for ya, courtesy of IOTW:

Of course, in this case, it is more a saggy, baggy, fat ass - K.O.

A shy one

You're right, but unfortunately all I have now is the photo albums.

BR

Oh, noooooo, cc - now you've got to post at least 20 better looking ones !!!!

rse

narciso-I think one of my favorite new acronyms is GONGO.

Government organized and funded nongovernmental organization.

Looks arms-length. And then those foundations come in and start spending their nontaxed endowments on plans to subvert the private enterprise system that does pay the taxes.

BR

CC, if you don't do it fast, I'm going to post the nude All Blacks (NZ football team).

Ignatz

--It does seem like at every step, they find a way, to 'enbiggen' the problem, Ig--

Exactly, narciso my friend.
I can't think of a better way to encourage that banks act responsibly than for Ken Lewis to be the humiliated, and perhaps prosecuted, presiding CEO of BOA as it crashed and burned into bankruptcy following his insane gobbling up of Countrywide's festering portfolio of fake loans and protection rackets and paying $50b for Merrill.

centralcal

Sorry BR, but I don't have any more butt pictures at the moment. Maybe after my second cup of coffee!

Ignatz

--You're right, but unfortunately all I have now is the photo albums.--

Sorry. Guess the past tense should have been a clue. Duh.

pagar

One of the places to look real hard concerning Obama and his fund raising would be Jon "vaporizor" Corzine, IMO.

http://usbacklash.org/suspected-criminal-jon-corzine-still-bundling-donations-for-obama/

BR

CC, here, take your pick :) I like the first one. LUN. If LUN doesn't work, just google images "naked rugby" :)

BR

Oee, the sixth one is great, too!

Ignatz

OMG, ccal. I couldn't figure out who that dumpy sad sack in your pic was til I went to IOTW.
That dude is heading for a prolonged stretch in a "spa" if not a state hospital.

pagar

A few days ago we learned of the death of Levon Helm.
While looking at some of the Youtube versions of his hits I saw this one that has a backup group that I don't remember seeing. Does anyone know their name/names?

The Band - The Weight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaQDFk0fDTk&feature=related

Clarice

Guess which movie star is first cousin to Simon Peres.

BR

CC... ?

Ignatz

Interesting story at Hotair on Barry's new oil exploration blocking regs.
Remember them the next time the little creep is out taking credit for all the new gas and oil exploration going on now; the only reason of course it is going on is because it is occurring on land that he cannot yet prevent the exploration of.

Ignatz

--Guess which movie star is first cousin to Simon Peres.--

Mel Gibson?

narciso

LOL, that pic of Keef, reminds one of a line in Futurama, from Lurr of Omicron Persei 8,
remarking on Friends 'If Ross is the big one
why doesn't he eat the others'

I'd say Natalie (original name Herschlag)

Clarice

Heh, No.

Danube of Thought

Minus 13 at Raz today.

Leads Romney by 2.

DrJ

Lauren Bacall (I cheated!).

AliceH

pagar, in the youtube comments someone wrote "Is that The Staples Singers?". wikipedia article on them includes "In 1976, they collaborated with The Band for their film The Last Waltz, performing on the song "The Weight" (which The Staple Singers had previously covered on their first Stax album)."

narciso

I wouldn't have guessed, what they are racing Sandspeeders now;

http://dougpowers.com/2012/04/20/msnbc-nascar/

Clarice

Cheating's ok, Dr J. You win.

BR

Good night :)

Captain Hate

as Ricky Ricardo might have said, "you got some 'splaining to do."

I'd like for Georgetown to 'splain why they covered the crucifixes when B+ Hussein spoke there. Were they embarrassed by their Catholic identity?

Danube of Thought

Could you maybe draw us a sketch, BR?

MaryD

ccal, is that Janet Napolitano?

AliceH

That optional MA alternative-income-tax-rate is one of the funniest legislative actions ever. I love it.

Ignatz

--ccal, is that Janet Napolitano?--

You're not even trying, Mary.
Sis is way more butch than that.

Ignatz

I have to say the pictorial element here has taken a disturbing and ominous turn for the worse.

Captain Hate

Yeah that was the Staple Singers with Mavis and patriarch Roebuck "Pops" Staples each singing a verse. Aretha Franklin also did a version of "The Weight"; I remember it well because it was on my car radio when I drunk hit me at an intersection. My Pontiac Tempest was stopped and his Corvette was coming from the right and crossed over and struck the front of my car. Lots of adrenaline must have been produced because I watched in seeming slow motion as the front of my car crumpled and fiberglass flew everywhere. I calmly turned the ignition off (the engine somehow kept running) got out and walked over to his car and opened the door to make sure he was ok. He said "Why'd you hit me?" and I said "Um, that ain't how it happened." By that time a stream of cars that he'd driven off the road previously arrived; as did the cops who took one look at him and tossed him in the back of the squad car. Driving with a suspended license and expired tags; good times.

Danube of Thought

Go to Lucianne.com immediately and check out the featured photo.

henry

Iggy, agreed on the pictures. I don't think you will like this rear end, although it is quite revealing. Be glad I forgot the HTML to post an image. (I linked the story behind the pic at 8:41).

Captain Hate

DoT, that photo was at Weasel Zippers yesterday.

narciso

'the force is unbalanced' maybe this is a corrective;

http://www.dustbury.com/archives/14364

AliceH

Every time I see stuff like Clarice's headline "...obama dog mitt romney", my Milwaukee suburb upbringing triggers an automatic translation to "Obama dog with Romney".

Captain Hate

Doesn't this always turn out to be true

Does AA realize that her Indonesian dreamboat could voluntarily lead by example about something he claims to feel strongly about?

Clarice

AliceH,, I'm from there, too!

pagar

Thanks AliceH and CaptH,
I swear I never say that comment the other day, but it is sure there now.

AliceH

Gretchen: "Who ist Mitt Romney?
Gertrude: "His campaign manager"
Gretchen: "Whose campaign manager?"
Gertrude: "Mitt Romney's"
Gretchen: "Ja, dats my question. Who is Mitt Romney?".
Gertrude: "Romney's campaign manager is mit Romney"

....

Clarice

Are they by the campaign office, Alice?


Here's a long but rather compelling refutation of the Crump story about Dee Dee:http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/04/21/update-10-part-2-the-trayvon-martin-shooting-deedee-reveals-the-false-truths/

For what, even kim doesn't know.  Maybe civil action.  Something.

If treehouse is right, Crump ought to be prosecuted.
=====================

Captain Hate

LOL Alice; Abbott and Costello live!

Btw, the morons @ AoS are talking about this and I'm afraid they're right: That if Willard takes over in January, Fast and Furious will be treated as ancient history and the only time it will be fully explicated will be way down the road when some historian scrutinizes it. I can understand if Romney does that because he'll have so many pressing things to fix that F&F would be a relative sidebar item; but if I was a member of Brian Terry's family, or that of a number of Mexican victims, I'd want Stedman's chinless head on a pike so effing bad I don't know how I could deal with things.

AliceH

Are they by the campaign office?

Ya hey, Clarice. Nice touch :)

narciso

Yes, but Captain, this was a defacto covert operation against the Calderon regime, Maybe
the ultimate notion, is to put Lopez Obrador
in power, or just to destabilize Mexico for
the hell of it, of course the way, Mittens is
dismissing Kobach's support shows he's not interested in what 'the true believers' believe.

jorod

It's pathetic that people believe the cure for poverty is to make everyone poor.

Captain Hate

Points all taken, narc.

Danube of Thought

Good God. Olbermann looks like he swallowed the air hose.

pagar

"It's pathetic that people believe the cure for poverty is to make everyone poor."

The saddest part is that we have an example of how terribly wrong that is just a few miles off of our Florida coast

IMO, it is only leftists that believe that. Most people who vote for the Republicans (IMO) believe that anyone can better themselves and get ahead, in America, by working at it and making good decisions.

narciso

He was kicked out by MessNBC, now Current who signed up Gavin Newsom, has discarded him, (there's a brilliant business move on all sides)

Captain Hate

the force is unbalanced' maybe this is a corrective

That works for me.

Captain Hate

Yeah the Current TV bidness model is probably something that could only emerge from the so called mind of ManBearPig.

AliceH

Most people who vote for the Republicans (IMO) believe that anyone can better themselves and get ahead, in America, by working at it and making good decisions

I would add to this, that a significant number of these people also think that working hard and making good decisions are worthwhile things to do in and of themselves.

Danube of Thought

Are they by the campaign office?

I don't get it.

narciso

Taranto was having too much when he wrote this;

CBS NEWS reports that Greg Stokes, one of the agents fired in the Colombia prostitution scandal, "was recently listed on the internet as the supervisor of the Canine Training Section of the Secret Service." We hear they once asked Stokes to double as the president's food taster, but he had to turn down the assignment because it would be a conflict of interest.

Dog Day Mourning.

Yeah, plus he was fully engaged training all the replacements.
==============

AliceH

DoT@12:01 - I took it as an oblique reference to WI syntax, wherein one never actually arrives at a destination. "I'm going by the store, want anything?" "I went by my friend's house yesterday, and we had a nice dinner."

Clarice

DoT, Milwaukee was largely settled by Germans and the English there often follows German, not English, usage.Old TImers regularly say "by" for what we'd say "at".

GMax

Alice You betcha, eh?

GMax

And I also think the dinner was probably a "hot dish".

Clarice

Hope Village in ND could use a helpng hand.http://www.hopevillagend.org/

GMax

Will West Virginian fall for the old two step again? Probably but this is pretty amazing still:

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he’s unsure whether he’ll vote for his party’s leader, President Barack Obama, or the likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Must be because he is a racist.

AliceH

Oops - my version means I either misremembered (likely), or in additional to 'by' replacing 'at', there is also 'by' replacing 'to'. I plead 20 years absence and the strict enforcement of clear enunciation and grammar by my parents during my formative years (also, posture and handwriting).

In some ways, we were the foreigners/non-native speakers there; ours was the only family I knew who had no German, no Polish, and no Scandinavian ancestors at all.

Captain Hate

Manchin's about as trustworthy as Jim Webb.

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