Thursday, February 05, 2009
If I were emperor of the world, I would decree
that all non-fiction books should be published with an index.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:27 PM Permalink
(To Bill Bennett) Why your defense of Obama'a salary cap is wrong
Obama is wrong to do this. He is acting on a socialist class-warfare impulse. This is the nose of the camel under the tent, this is the slippery slope.
From this point forward, you would change our argument to no longer be "we oppose this on principle" but "we quibble now on the details of this new salary cap"
If they can set salaries for some employees in the private sector that have some touch-points with the federal government, what is to stop them from imposing salary controls on any private sector employee -- we're all entangled in some way with the federal government.
Bill, what's needed now is not compromise with the imposition of stealth socialism with salary controls, with entitlement expansion, and government crowding out the private sector. What the country needs is a full and articulate defense of free market capitalism.
We have experienced a failure of crony capitalism with the bailouts of Freddie and Fannie, and government coercion to lend against traditional lending practices that have worked for centuries. The only alternative is not the creeping socialism of the Democratic Party but Reagan conservatism.
Added in my blog:
I will cheer Obama when he does the thing that is best for America. I want that agenda to succeed.
But when conservatives applaud class-warfare "screw the rich" policies, I am a skeptic.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:23 AM Permalink
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Catholic League: CATHOLIC DEMOCRATS CHIDE POPE
On January 29, nearly 50 Catholic Democratic congressmen sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI stating their concerns over Bishop Richard Williamson’s comments questioning the historical record on the Holocaust. The bishop belongs to the St. Pius X Society; he is one of four bishops who recently had his excommunication lifted by the pope. The congressmen implored the pope to denounce the bishop’s views.Also: Washington Post (Saturday 1/31)
And complete text of letter and list of signers on Rep. DeLauro's congressional web Site
Excellent response by the Catholic League. It is mind boggling hypocrisy for these CINO's to demand of the Pope an unequivocal position. The letter makes a pathetic presumption that by lifting the excommunication on Williamson, he gives credibility to Holocaust deniers. That's twisted logic from a Jack Chic comic.
It would be interesting for the signatories to have a retreat with a delegate of the Pope to reflect upon what is the "unequivocal" teaching of Christ's Church.
My own Congressman Joseph Crowley signed the letter.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:30 PM Permalink
Videogames: Mixed Messages
An interesting article tracking that some of the first console videogame players (like 8-bit NES from 1985) are now entering middle age. When I was visiting MIT at age 15 in 1969 I saw the Spacewar! game.
Marketing types are smart about realizing that if you look at any age group -- people with different cultural experiences and tastes move through it each decade.
Some games are just going to mysteriously appeal to over 30's. Scores of marketers are trying to figure out how to match WII's broad age appeal.
Spending a lot of time watching TV, playing video games and surfing the Web makes children more prone to a range of health problems including obesity and smoking, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 6:22 PM Permalink
Monday, February 02, 2009
Former Senator Tom Daschle
If Daschle's concealment of income doesn't cross the line -- the boundary beyond which you lose your "man of high integrity label" -- what could for a Democrat?
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:56 AM Permalink
Sunday, February 01, 2009
I'm thinking a sending Kimberly a copy of the "Gospel of Life"
Felician is an independent co-educational Catholic/Franciscan College founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. The College offers programs in four Academic Divisions.Felician College charges tuition which Kimberly Bannat has chosen to pay for it.
NY Post: HEY, THINGS ARE TOUGH ALL OVA; BROKE GALS SELL EGGS; Talk about golden eggs.The Catholic Church believes that such donation of eggs is immoral because it separates the generation of human life from a natural sex act. The United States Catholic Conference has a summary of the teaching.
Many countries prohibit this as being unethical -- a financial exploitation of the women involved. It's not really a "donation" but the sale of one's body parts. More on this in an article in FIRST THINGS
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:29 PM Permalink
Speaking of charitable giving
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 12:17 AM Permalink