"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, April 22, 2013

Quick Hits

I've missed blogging the past few days so this will be a catch up post of "quick hits" on the topics du jour.

1. The Looming Obamacare Train Wreck.   Max Baucus, one of the Senate architects of Obamacare, last week called it a looming "train wreck."   That's colorful.   This is more ominous:   Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said he's no longer thinking about making sure it's a "world-class" health care system... now he's just worried about making sure it's not a "third-world experience."   Sheesh!   Now they tell us.  

2.  The Boston Bombers.   Pressure cooker bombs filled with nails and ball bearings.   Radical jihadists from Chechnya invited into the country as immigrants.   But Obama is fuming about the NRA and gun control?   It becomes more and more unclear who he thinks the enemy is.   For some reason he seems to get madder at his fellow Americans, just because they disagree with him on policy, than he does at terrorists.  

3. Gosnell.   The Boston bombing pushed Kermit Gosnell's abortion mill murder trial out of the news only a femto-second after the Left had acknowledged that it was an actual news story when a medical doctor kills live squirming babies in a fetid swamp of an abortion "clinic" in inner city Philadelphia.   the latest testimony of a live baby trying to "swim" in a toilet before being killed is nauseating, both literally and morally.   Let me just say it.... the babies and the mothers here are all minorities.   If Gosnell were white and exhibited such callous neglect of the basic humanity of his patients and their babies, this would have been front page news all along.   In that respect, Gosnell's attorney's idiotic argument that his client is being "lynched" is revolting.... the only thing that might save Gosnell is that he's black.  

4. The Long Perspective.   Meanwhile, the papacy of Pope Francis I continues.   Yesterday he ordained ten new priests, saying to the young men:  "see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practise what you teach."   Exactly so.   He goes on:  

When you celebrate the sacred rites, when you offer prayers of praise and thanks to God throughout the hours of the day, not only for the people of God but for the world—remember then that you are taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. 

An old man and true priest calling young men to be true priests.  

By the way, Rocco Palmo's blog Whispers in the Loggia is a must-read about our new Pope.

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