Wednesday, August 31, 2016
There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom.
Well, I already feel separated from the wider culture, so I guess that's a start. My idea of martyrdom is a morning without coffee.
BRASÍLIA — The last photograph of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as president of Brazil, taken on Jan. 1, 2011, shows him moving down the ramp of the Palácio do Planalto, like an idolized performer who dives into his audience at the end of a show, ignoring his security detail and drowning in a sea of his supporters’ hands.
Five and a half years later, Brazil’s Senate has provisionally suspended President Dilma Rousseff from office; on Wednesday she will be fully removed from the presidency. In the midst of the crumbling of the Workers’ Party, or P.T., Mr. da Silva went back to the Planalto Palace to support an embattled Ms. Rousseff. His eyes full of tears, he said to a friend, “I did not want to be part of this picture.”
No. 3 son is currently in Rio. He has managed to date a 16-year old (she said on her facebook page that she was 22; he terminated the date when he found out she was 16; she looked 22; there's no stigma in dating this young in Brazil, he says), some British near-Olympian Amazonian types, and others (including the British women's high-jump record holder, who had a sprained ankle)(I'm not sure he said 'date' exactly; it's complicated). He's also going to school. As a result of his recent change in apartments, he now hangs out in a watering hole where all of the Rio journalists and police hang out, and all they talk about is the impeachment. They are showing it on the big screen TV's. He says he feels like he witnessing history in the making (this is somewhat ironic, I'm sure.) He says it's a great town to be young in. I feel like I should wish that I were young, but I don't. His Portuguese is better.
There has never been anything remotely like such a two-family condominium in the country’s history, and as all readers know, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have spent the last four years preparing for another crack at the White House. Mrs. Clinton limped over the first hurdle after a bruising battle with an unfeasible old socialist, and Jeb Bush had an unscheduled rendezvous with the rocket-propelled grenade of the Trump campaign, after pitching a stupefying amount of backers’ money out of the windows.
The points of this recitation are that the country’s candidates for national office have steadily declined in quality (apart from Reagan, who first ran for the Republican nomination in 1968) since the Watergate crucifixion in 1973–1974, and that both parties are now having great difficulty staying within the bounds of moderation. Today, two-thirds of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, the Democratic nominee’s trust level among voters is an archeological level of about a third of the voters, and even after the heavy Democratic batteries have spoken, the polls show Americans fairly evenly divided.
Conrad Black writes pretty well even if he did bamboozle his shareholders out of some of their money (I think -- he may have a good defense).
The populist revolt against governing elites sweeping advanced democracies is the latest chapter in the oldest political story. Every society, regardless of its form of government, has a ruling class. The crucial question is whether elites rule in their own interest or for the common good.
Rush Limbaugh, no matter his protestations otherwise, is one of the main reasons Donald Trump is the nominee for the GOP today. Like Fox News and other Republican media, he has cheered for Trump and Trump's rhetoric and Trump's rise all along. One of the things that so-called conservative media has cheered the loudest and with the most fervor, indeed one of the biggest selling points for Trump by his supporters everywhere, was his hardliner stance on immigration. And now he's saying something different.
Phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhtttt! (Shrug) [Disgusted French noise]
Of Course Hillary Clinton Deleted Those Benghazi Emails On Purpose | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD
Judicial Watch, which continues to do what Clinton's allies in the legacy media have refused to do, said that the "State Department admitted it had found Benghazi-related documents among the 14,900 Clinton emails and attachments uncovered by the FBI that Mrs. Clinton deleted and withheld from the State Department."
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said "it is astonishing that Hillary Clinton tried to delete and hide Benghazi emails and documents."
Not too astonishing.
These critics have yet to point to any provision of the federal statutes or ethics regulations that was violated by Secretary Clinton or her staff in their dealings with the foundation and its principals, agents and donors. Was there favoritism? Probably, yes. But laws were not broken. If favoritism by political appointees toward outside persons and organizations were illegal, the United States government would be quite different than it is today.
Probably not everything has been revealed and never will be.
"The data from the first half of 2016 is in, and thus far, the relentless sellers’ market we’re in the midst of shows few signs of reversing,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow chief economist, in a statement. “The overall inventory of homes for sale is way down, national home values continue to rise and those homes that are available to buy are selling seemingly as soon as they hit the market.”
Tuesday, August 30, 2016