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February 22, 2016

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Sandy Daze

Good Morning.

Sandy Daze

If you have not listed to Father Scalia's Homily for Justice Antonin Scalia, I MOST STRONGLY encourage you do so. I have listed to it several times, I am struck by the construction, the theology, the beauty, the truth, and the goodness of it.
15'56"--but the the eternal truth rendered magnificently.

Sandy Daze

Homiletics just don't get any better.

Sandy Daze

Every time I have listened to this Homily, some new part has struck me.

Sandy Daze

In the constant rush, with major events in the rear-view mirror before a single news cycle, it is too easy to get distracted, lost, mis-focused.

This homily centers you on what is important.

Jack is Back (Barely)

Sandy,

He got a laugh out of Wuerl which is no mean feat. I guess his parish is in NoVa, Janet and JamesD neighborhood.

Sandy Daze

What an amazing life, it is a life that repudiates they socialists and communists, the diabolical forces eating away at the fabric of America.

While Justice Antonin Scalia has passed, his and Mrs Scalia's nine children stand strong casting their own shadows, not simply living int he shadow of their great father.

He fought the good fight, they fight that fight too.

Sandy Daze

Jack, thinking of you, and praying for your recovery.

But you, I am sure, are equal to whatever challenges you face, particularly during this Lenten period of reflection.

Stay Strong !

Marlene

We listened to the homily yesterday. Hubby loved the story about Scalia in his own son's confessional.

Jack,good to see you in the comments.

Sandy Daze

When visiting NorVa we would typically attend at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church but have not been there in years. Just at the website, they prominently display an image of a procession, moving in front of a Irish Pub (!), which I have also had some experience at ...

Strange image setting for a parish website !

Perhaps a new kind of evangelism / outreach ?

James D

Small world, Sandy - we briefly attended that church (and would have had our wedding there had we not decided to skip the whole thing and get married at Graceland)

NK

OT-- JiB/other travelers-- any thoughts on vacationing in Dordogne, in september, specifically using Sarlat as base?

Marlene

Sandy,I believe that is the parish where hubby and I went to Mass when the daughter first went to DC to start her job. I remember we stayed in Ballston and walked to church and I never prayed so hard in my life. I prayed for her happiness and safety and job prospects as she started her adult life. : )

NK

JiB-- hope your recovery is speeding up.

James D

Buckeye posted in the previous thread:

Most intelligent people appreciate that much of what comes out of Trump's mouth is contradictory and/or irrational.

However, a broad swath of the voters, including an intelligent segment are so pissed off they just don't care.

Years ago, a very seasoned sales consultant promoted the idea that in the end people make "buying" decisions emotionally, not rationally.

I think this is mostly true, particularly in politics.

The Dems get this (largely because they helped create an electorate that has been conditioned to respond emotionally rather than rationally).

Any R candidate that hopes to win needs to get it and figure out how to take advantage of it, too.

Strudelat

RE: Dordogne - this is an excellent web link. The text is in German, but there are enough similarities to English that I think you will find it useful

http://issuu.com/diogenesverlag/docs/das_perigord_ein_kleiner_reisefuehrer_von_martin_w

Strudelat (Lurking since forever)

TexasIsHeaven

Has anyone seen the hit piece Jeffery Toobin wrote in the New Yorker about Justice Scalia? HuffPost posted it also. What a disgusting little cretin he is - I'm so mad I can't see. But he got a piece of my mind this morning - I try not to write when I am in the throes of a white anger explosion - I was not sucessful. But I'm not going to link to it - it is a cheap shot - the likes of which I don't believe I have ever seen.

DrJ

Your daily Wretchard:

https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2016/02/21/the-autumn-leaves/

Jack is Back! (Barely)

NK,

Left you this on the other thread:

NK,

Only drove through Perigueux on our way to Limoges. Nice country near the Loire and Bourdeaux to the west. My BIL and SIL have a place in Pomerol where he is from. Summers are a beast. September is the vendange and lots of fun visiting the vineyards, some let you participate:) Not familiar with Sarlat.

For a fun read of that part of the world (in a fictional way) try Hugo, Police Chief. You wont be disappointed.

Bon Chance.

Buckeye

"Any R candidate that hopes to win needs to get it and figure out how to take advantage of it, too."

What Trump IS capable of doing is selling.

That is what he has done his whole life. He is neither brain surgeon or rocket scientist, he is a peddler.

He is used to exploiting opportunities, nothing different here.

Appalled

James D:

One way right wingers have tended to use emotion over the years is to create an other, and demonize it. With Illegal Aliens and Muslims, this is what Trump has done. It is very personal -- and does nothing for social cohesion, and the melting pot ideal I think many of us still have in our heads.

The other way is the Reagan approach, which is to demonize the over taxation, over regulation aspects of government. In other words, the "other" becomes a tyrannical system (and maybe its enablers). Much less ugly. More to where the venom needs to be.

Jane

Like him or hate him you will love this Trump ad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh8kaXXv35c&app=desktop

NK

Thanks JiB-- I have decided to book that Nat'l Hist preservation Society trip to Dordogne, and I am committed to do a second week driving around Provence, then LGVing to Paris for a few days and return from there. My first 2+ week vaca.... evah.

PS: hope you feel better quickly, and the rehab hardships are winding down.

James D

Appalled, I could not possibly disagree more.

It is the left that has thrown away the melting pot ideal. If we still had that, we would not have nearly the problems we do with immigration, or with the Muslim community in this country.

The melting pot means you come here and you become part of THIS society. You leave the language and the traditions and the beliefs of your old society mostly behind. You learn English, you don't make your sisters and daughters wear a burka, you don't send a big chunk of your income out of the country to the old family, you don't get dispensation from the law because you don't want to do business with people who own dogs or drink alcohol, and on and on and on.

That's the bargain. Or at least, it used to be, until the left decided to tear it up.

Eric in Boise

One way right wingers have tended to use emotion over the years is to create an other, and demonize it.

Thank goodness our current CinC is above all that. Does my soul good to know we don't have to worry about right winger stunts with him at the helm.

Sandy Daze
With Illegal Aliens and Muslims, this is what Trump has done.

Ah, no.

DJT is reflecting the very real concerns, not simply emotions that many (most?) Americans have regarding no borders (that is, unrestricted illegal entry) and the threat from the muslim vector.

"right-wingers"

If you do not have similar concerns, if you believe that unrestricted entry to the USA is no different that the "melting pot" of yore, that there is no concern appropriate from the muslims in our midst then, you and I live in alternate worlds.

This is not the first time I have been, ahem, appalled at your sophomoric fluff, but hopefully it is the last time I will respond.

You are one of those I consider TWANLOC.

lyle

You should look into posting at DU, Appalled. You'd fit right in with that first paragraph @ 10:48. Although you might need to refer to us right-wingers as Rethuglikkkans or wingnutz or worse to really stand out. I'm sure you could get used to the overall vibe quickly enough...

Miss Marple

When I see that phrase "demonization of the other" my spidey senses go on alert.

This is one of those phrasings that is meant to marginalize those who do not agree with the writer, in this case, Appalled.

Sophisticated, smart people, of course, do not demonize the other. They instead tell me claptrap that I am supposed to swallow, like Ron Fournier saying on Twitter yesterday that there is no reason we couldn't have a Muslim president.

The fact that Shariah is incompatible with the Constitution, that the religion advocates submission to all to Islam, never even occurred to him. He's so interested in not "demonizing the other" that he's lost any rationality.

Porchlight

I concur with Sandy Daze - Paul Scalia's homily at his father's funeral mass was one for the ages. It's things like this that make me want to convert. :)

pagar a bacon,  country ham and sausage supporter

Well said, JamesD@11:03.

Sandy Daze

Porchlight...

to coin a phrase, "we'll leave the light on for you..."

Come home.

lyle

We already HAVE a mooslim prez.

NK

We have a Tupelov POTUS. He only has room in his heart for himself.

Sandy Daze

Jane - that ad was, as Tony the Tiger would say, grrrrreat !

Yuuuge, even.

I was surprised to see it was from last August. Six months on, it seems even more on point.

Here's the link again if anyone missed it:

The Un-Armed Forces Medley
2'30"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Saying that, if you have not yet listened to the Homily, do so, you will not be disappointed.

Porchlight

Thank you, Sandy. :)

maryrose

Thank you Sandy Daze
Inspirational

Porchlight

Wingerz™ don't have to demonize the Muslim "other." The Muslim "other" are doing a pretty bang-up job of demonhood all by their little ole selves, which is why a guy like Trump is getting support from all over the place.

The Infamous Ignatz

--One way right wingers have tended to use emotion over the years is to create an other, and demonize it. With Illegal Aliens and Muslims, this is what Trump has done.--

Illegal aliens and their abettors here didn't create the otherness of that group by breaking into the country illegally?
Muslims haven't created their own otherness through their ideology of intolerance, conquest and sharia's supremacy?


--Much less ugly. More to where the venom needs to be.--

You don't see a connection between big government you say you distrust and our open borders that allow in a massive wave of eventual voters who overwhelmingly support big government?

Sometimes you get up on the stupid side of the bed Appalled. I suggest a nap.

Jane

I loved it too Sandy, and Trump is clearly not my guy. But yes it's GREAT!

Cecil Turner

The only thing I disagree with Appalled on that statement is the implication the right is better at it than the left. When it comes to "eliminationist rhetoric" or just plain wrong formulations like "enemy" or "hostage takers" etc., the lefties reign supreme (especially Obama and the Clintons).

However, it's no more attractive when our guys do it.

Rick Ballard

Buckeye,

I believe the full scope of Trump's effectiveness as a salesman will be revealed through the depositions in the Trump University fraud case. There has only been a taste of what is to come revealed to date and the depositions are theoretically sealed but that has proven to be no barrier to Democrats when the information applies to an opponent.

I'm sure New York AG Schneiderman is weighing the selection of the appropriate date to push the class action fraud case for maximum well earned damage to Trump.

The Infamous Ignatz

Google develops tool to turn "pro-life" into "anti-choice" in articles one reads to essentially allow lefties to propagandize themselves into their own little safe-spaces.

No word on when the "pro-choice" into "anti-life" app will be available.

Tom Bowler

Funny that the left accuses the right of demonizing Muslims, when demonizing is the left's primary method of attack. According to the left, Justice Scalia was a racist, the Koch brothers are buying government, and the list goes on. They demonize Republicans by accusing them of demonizing Muslims. Freeze the target, personalize it. Isn't that one of the Rules for Radicals?

Porchlight

They can call me anti-choice if they want. Suits me just fine.

Beasts of England

Who was that darned right-winger who wrote 'Rules for Radicals'? Buckley, I think...

DebinNC

Shouldn't we expect floods of illegals to try to come here from Zika virus affected areas south of the U.S.?

Porchlight

Genius in WH:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/white-house-robots-are-coming-for-low-wage-workers-jobs/article/2583832

No kidding, Sherlock.

Rick Ballard

Boris Johnson on the LEAVE vote

The tone of regret is a nice counterpoint to the typical Farage barrage and the pat on the head for Cameron is well done. I hope the UK manages to leave the continent isolated but it may take more acts of idiocy by the EUrocrats in Brussels to guarantee BRexit.

DebinNC

I guess BOzo hasn't yet read in the paper about Carrier moving to Mexico taking those supposedly unaffected $20-40 per hr. jobs with them.

Sandy Daze

As I think about the DJT run, I have started thinking of it in terms that Janice spoke when she sang about Freedom:

Freedom is just another word
for nothing left to lose,
Nothing don't mean nothing honey
if it ain't free, now now.
And feeling good was easy, Lord,
when he sang the blues,
You know feeling good
was good enough for me,
Good enough for me
and my Bobby McGee.

For so long the uniparty has fed mainstream Americans a stuff-sandwich. I think many believe that the end of the American experiment is neigh.

And what--?--we're supposed to vote for another GOPe candidate, like Mssrs Romney, McCain or Dole, Americans are saying in Howard Beale fashion

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Trump supporters are saying, "I am tired of being fed a stuff sandwich, if this is the best you got, I'm going with Trump." "I will show you the same loyalty, the same support, you have shown me. If America is lost, then I am free, a free agent:"

Or as MLK said

"Free at last Free At Last, Thank God Almighty, We are Free At Last."

Sandy Daze

IVR.

Cecil Turner

No kidding, Sherlock.

Hey, I know, let's raise the minimum wage! It frankly astounds me how often lefties are surprised by perfectly predictable unintended consequences.

Sandy: Thanks for the homily links . . . though he more than doubled the approved 8 minutes (which I'm sure is allowable under the circumstances) . . . The follow on video of Justice Scalia defending textualism (and decrying the "living constitution" trend), is about as good, in a totally different way.

The Infamous Ignatz

Short unicorns.
The greater fool is immortal.

The Infamous Ignatz

Unicorn business model becoming mythical beast as well?
Wireless carriers begin adblocking.

Jack is Back (Barely)

RB,

The EU has stated they will continue to use English as the official language. The other choices were Hungarian and Klingnon.

James D

Cecil @ 11:58

I don't think most lefties are surprised at all.

They ACT surprised, sure, but they know perfectly well that their policies destroy jobs and impoverish people. That's the point of them - creating more dependent voters, and at the same time creating greedy, heartless corporate "villains" to rail against.

Cecil Turner

I don't think most lefties are surprised at all.

If you're talking about people like Schumer or Obama (whose tiff is delightfully entertaining, BTW) I agree completely. If you're talking about the vast majority of lefties hoodwinked by them (and who consistently vote for 'em), then not so much.

Gus

I don't read Appalleds posts, unless I don't notice in advance. Utter nonsense.

The Infamous Ignatz

As long as Cruz and Rubio are dividing the non-Trump vote, Trump will win.
Neither Cruz nor Rubio will make way for the other; ipso facto Trump wins.

Time to learn to stop worrying and love the Trump....or at least make peace with a world in which he is the winner of I suspect not just the nomination but the general election.

Jack is Back! (Barely)

Gus,

I mean't to tell you and henry that one of my nephews from Belgium is completing his MBA semester-abroad at Marquette. He loves Milwaukee.

henry

Jack, that is cool. Get better and come visit him.

James D

True, Cecil.

There are a lot of Dem voters who don't have the faintest understanding of where jobs (or the food they eat & the goods they purchase, etC) come from.

But the policymakers do largely get it. Or, at best, they've told their lies for so long that they actually come to believe them.

Cecil Turner

As long as Cruz and Rubio are dividing the non-Trump vote, Trump will win.

In order for this assertion to be valid, Trump must obtain well over 33% of the vote. And so far . . .

Neither Cruz nor Rubio will make way for the other; ipso facto Trump wins.

If one starts beating the other badly, the loser may well have no choice. As a static analysis, this is pretty compelling. As a dynamic, not so much (except in the fact that the delegate totals will quickly become prohibitive . . . so there's not much time left).

Rick Ballard

JiB,

The OPM Famine constrains the EUnuchs from considering making the change away from English. The Deutsche Bank 'investment loans' to companies in submerging markets are particularly troublesome to the EUtopian vision of a perpetual motion economy. It's almost as if the EUtopians are beginning to recognize crippling the productive has some sort of impact upon the level of the subsidy pool.

Cecil Turner

But the policymakers do largely get it. Or, at best, they've told their lies for so long that they actually come to believe them.

Concur completely. These guys know their proposals are snake oil when they come up with them . . . and they're focus-group tested to garnish more political power. And they're refining the sales pitches for the latest (war on women, racism, and income inequality) to determine which to tout most loudly in the upcoming election season.

DebinNC

As long as Cruz and Rubio are dividing the non-Trump vote, Trump will win.
Neither Cruz nor Rubio will make way for the other; ipso facto Trump wins.

I agree, which makes me now think I should vote for Trump on March 1 to help him win the delegates needed, as a brokered convention is the worst case scenario imo.

Cecil Turner

In that Scalia link above, in response to an audience question, "Is there a negative effect on the judiciary due to the modern confirmation process?" at 38:12, he goes on to describe political input into SCOTUS decisions. Timely and interesting.

DebinNC

Utter nonsense

Kudos, Gus, for keeping your lenten promise. You came close to a violation yesterday by subbing "ph" for "f" once, but I think you're doing very well overall and I appreciate it.

Gus

Jack, I'll be at Marquette this afternoon, at the Al McGuire center. My son is at Marquette high just up the street.
Hope you are healing well Jack.

James D

On a different topic, and presented without comment:

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/rob-gronkowski-offers-couple-10k-bang-cruise-ship-article-1.2539223

Dave (in MA)

Is this the Brady thread?

SI's Peter King, who originally was one of the national scribes reporting false info about the footballs in the early days of Deflatequiddick, now says that the NFL should give New England their draft picks back.

Dave (in MA)

Now, if we could only get this thing deflated...

The Infamous Ignatz

--In order for this assertion to be valid, Trump must obtain well over 33% of the vote. And so far...--

In a static mathematical context that point is true, but in the real world of a larger field and fluidity, for that assertion to not be valid one would have to assume that almost no votes from non Cruz, non Rubio supporters would go to Trump as the field narrows.
That almost certainly won't happen, especially if Trump continues to win and begins to look inevitable.
It's possible Trump may lose but with Cruz and Rubio looking pretty equal in most races one will have to dominate the other very soon to make a difference.
Hard to see at this point what might cause such an event.

Gus

Hey Deb!! Thank you. I actually came quite close to using an "f", but I deleted it.

Dave (in MA)

I wonder how much moolah is in Gus's swear jar?

Gus

I bet you think it's a .....errrrrr...crapload Dave!! I'm doing quite well.

jimmyk

I'm going to give a limited defense of appalled's comments, though I agree with the criticism that there's nothing wrong or "demonizing the other" about wanting control over immigration, and certainly nothing wrong with recognizing the Muslim threat for what it is.

But being a free trade guy I don't care for scapegoating the Chinese and Mexicans for our employment situation. Rubio had the right response in one of the 117 debates when he said the problem is Obama and the Democrats, with excessive taxation and regulation. We can compete internationally if we're not shooting ourselves in our feet.

And yeah, Reagan is the model, if only we had a Reagan.

Appalled

Miss Marple:

If I intend to slam you or your arguments, I will address you personally. Otherwise, I am expressing my heartfelt beliefs (aka making a fool of myself) like that guy in the public park declaiming at nobody in particular. I have nothing against you, and am impressed that you could move from Trump report to neutrality, after some particularly noxious bit of Trump offended you. I wish some other Trump supporters would do that, rather than excusing him pretty much anything.

Cecil:

I don't assume the left does not busily create others for the brainwashing of its tribe. Speaking as a middle aged white guy, I am the left's other.

DebinNC

I'm so glad it's almost baseball season. Our Braves affiliate will soon take on powerhouses like the Savannah SandGnats, the Asheville Tourists, and the Augusta GreenJackets. So much fun and such a cherry antidote to politics!

lyle

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/25/whitewashing-the-black-panthers.html

Read this. If you have the stomach.

NK

FULL DISCLOSURE: So now I have a Trump conflict to disclose. Trump Organization's 'general counsel' is a nice guy who worked here right out of law school, then moved on before our firm assembled a really national transactions/finance department. Instead he worked catch can for me and others, then 2 more stops at big firm real estate departments and 12 years later he moved on to Trump. He now hired a competitor firm (whose founders left here 25 years ago) to write the phony baloney 'cease and desist' letter to Cruz. Now I know FOR A FACT that Trump is unserious and low rent in this POTUS nonsense. If he were serious and paying high fees for top legal advice.... he would have hired me to write his phony baloney letter :). Instead we get this drek: http://www.scribd.com/doc/299588264/Trump-Cease-and-Desist-Letter

Appalled

Deb:

The minor league Brave teams should be entertaining this year. (Unlike the parent club -- which promises another year of pain)

narciso

Top men's cunning cunning plans are amusing mostly for their tupolev factor.

NK

Deb-- Savannah SandGnats have moved to Columbia SC.

clarice

NK, I answered on the other thread.

Buckeye

"Speaking as a middle aged white guy, I am the left's other."

I believe this to be completely true, and Appalled I say that with zero rancor or ill will.

NK

Clarice-- thanks. The cave art is in Dordogne, and we are off to there in September. If I can do a second week in Provence, I will ask you all for small hotel/driving tour advice.

Beasts of England

The new polls for Michigan and Massachusetts are out. Don't look. Don't do it. I'm sooper cereal.

NK

Long Time lurker-- thank you for the Martin Walker Dordogne advice, I looked up his advice in English. Very helpful.

Thomas Collins

Dave (in MA), I think with Pedroia probably continuing his descent, Ramirez and Sandoval continuing enjoying their contracts and mailing in their respective games, the outfield uncertainty, and with David Price unable to pitch on zero days' rest (not to mention still unproven catchers), the fairly well stocked Flop Sox bullpen is not going to do the trick. I say 77-85. But that's OK, because the Flops must have already made history with last place/World Series winner/last place/last place finishes over the last four seasons. Has any other Major League Baseball team ever accomplished that feat?

Cecil Turner

In a static mathematical context that point is true, but in the real world of a larger field and fluidity, for that assertion to not be valid one would have to assume that almost no votes from non Cruz, non Rubio supporters would go to Trump as the field narrows.

There are a lot of non-Trump votes out there, and there's no guarantee the Cruz/Rubio vote will stay relatively equal. I submit the Trump advantage is not mainly in his ability to dominate a three-way race (and certainly not his prospects in a two-way), but a lack of time.

I don't assume the left does not busily create others for the brainwashing of its tribe. Speaking as a middle aged white guy, I am the left's other.

Join the crowd. But by specifying "right wingers" you implied they are particularly prone to such. And to me they appear to be relatively restrained.

Thomas Collins

Don't tell me, BOE. You're already taking pre-orders on eBay to sell that pic of me with my Phoenix tattoo.

jimmyk

It's possible Trump may lose but with Cruz and Rubio looking pretty equal in most races one will have to dominate the other very soon to make a difference.

I suspect one or the other will start to move ahead and perhaps win some primaries in the next couple of weeks. At that point Donald starts to look vulnerable, as the non-Donald vote coalesces on one alternative. And even if that doesn't happen, it still seems plausible that a Rubio-Cruz coalition could block Trump's nomination. I don't see that as being such a bad thing either, as it would reflect the fact that a lot of Rs (perhaps a majority) really don't want Trump, whereas most could live with either Rubio or Cruz.

NK

TC-- too pessimistic about the '16 Saux I think. They helped the BP with a nice trade, and they should have enough SP, such that their young position players get them to 82wins, with an upside if some of those young players become stars this year. Remember, speed never slumps.

henry

The press likes the Cubs this year. SMOD will save us all though.

DebinNC

The minor league Brave teams should be entertaining this year. (Unlike the parent club -- which promises another year of pain)

Very entertaining and family-friendly. It will take a herculean effort by the Atlanta Braves to deliver the same level of pain as last year.

Beasts of England

It's a Phoenix, huh? Don't make me donate to Trump! ;)

Rick Ballard

NK,

Perhaps it would be more useful to promote the Trump Manual or reflect upon the early success of Charles Ponzi...

Beasts of England

Okay, you can look. But don't be surprised to see Cruz in 4th place in one and tied for third in the other. Ugh. Sooper ugh.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/president/

Beasts of England

The good news is that at least Trump isn't at 50% in one of the polls!

Okay, I may have lied about that...

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