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Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

For John, BLUFThe people of Minnesota must be pretty tolerant.  In Paris the Professor might well have been knifed, by an irate student.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Eric Sprankle, a Minnesota State University associate professor, says “there is no definition of consent” that constitutes God impregnating the Virgin Mary.

From Campus Reform, by Intern Kenneth Nelson, 6 December 2018.

Here is the lede plus five:

A Minnesota professor suggested in a series of tweets that the Virgin Mary did not consent to the conception of Jesus Christ and suggested that God may have acted in a “predatory" manner.

Minnesota State University, Mankato psychology professor and sex therapist Dr. Eric Sprankle critiqued the story of the Virgin Mary in a tweet Monday, suggesting that the Virgin Mary did not consent to being impregnated by God.

“The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen.  There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario.

“The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen.  There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario.  Happy Holidays,” Sprankle said.

Another Twitter user called the professor’s claim into question, noting that the Bible states that the Virgin Mary did, indeed, agree to God’s plan for her.

“The biblical god regularly punished disobedience,” Sprankle rebutted.  “The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying ‘no’ negates her ‘yes.’  To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”

And maybe this is why Professor Eric Sprankle is an atheist and destined for eternal damnation.  He can't come up with a way for God to become Man and thus sacrifice himself for the redemption of mankind.

On the other hand, in this uneven power relationship the Good Professor has managed to deny the very existence of God, which seems a lot more defiant than just saying, rather than "let it be done to me as you say," "you don't exist and I am not going to play your silly games."  I think that his (the Professor's) assertion is pretty well self-cancelled.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, December 7, 2018

Never Learning From History

For John, BLUFRemember when Euthanasia was good, before it was bad, before, in modified form, it was good again?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Contraception, abortion, and the eugenics movement.

From The National Review, by Mr Jonah Goldberg, 24 June 2008 (ten years ago and still relevant).

Writer Jonah Goldberg thinks Ms Margaret Sanger was a pretty evil person.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Protecting the Status Quo

For John, BLUFI hope the reporters from CNN, and their editors, do not see this described activity as virtue.  It is not.  Rather, it is long term bureaucrats resisting the will of the People.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From CNN, by CNN Reporters Pamela Brown and Jeremy Herb, 7 December 2018.

Here is the lede plus two:

In the hectic eight days after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and top FBI officials viewed Trump as a leader who needed to be reined in, according to two sources describing the sentiment at the time.

They discussed a range of options, including the idea of Rosenstein wearing a wire while speaking with Trump, which Rosenstein later denied.  Ultimately, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe took the extraordinary step of opening an obstruction of justice investigation even before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, the sources said.  The obstruction probe was an idea the FBI had previously considered, but it didn't start until after Comey was fired.  The justification went beyond Trump's firing of Comey, according to the sources, and also included the President's conversation with Comey in the Oval Office asking him to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The new details about the genesis of the obstruction case into Trump that became a key element of the Mueller probe shed light on the chaotic week following Comey's firing and the scramble to decide how best to respond.  They also help to explain the origins of the Mueller investigation that has stretched across 19 months, consumed Trump's presidency and is building toward a dramatic day of courtroom filings on Friday.

In a way this reads like a rogue operation at the Department of Justice.  The only thing missing is the origin of the FISA Warrants.

In my mind it is not a lock for Mr Mueller to come back and find President Trump guilty of all sorts of things.  It is still an open question as to if he will recommend a second Special Counsel, one charged with looking into DOJ, and in particular, the FBI.

One thing I find particularly interesting is the use of the phrase "a leader who needed to be reined in."  I can see "finding criminal activity" but "reining in" seems to not be the business of DOJ or the FBI.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Meanwhile, South of the Border

For John, BLUFI think this might be good news.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Strategy Page, by Austin Bay, 5 December 2018.

This is about the newly inaugurated Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), sworn in on 1 December.

His big challenge will be dealing with corruption.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Political Unhappiness in France

For John, BLUFGovernment elites not paying attention to the Masses is a several hundred year problem in France.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Spectator, By Mr Brendan O'Neill, 3 December 2018.

Trumpism isn't just an American phenom.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

remembering President G H W Bush

For John, BLUFI believe Mr Douthat is on to something.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Their more meritocratic, diverse and secular successors rule us neither as wisely nor as well.

From The Old Gray Lady, by Opinion Columnist Ross Douthat, 5 December 2018.

A nice look back by Mr Douthat.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Grifters From All Directions

For John, BLUFI am not as pessimistic as is Mr Dreher, including about President Trump, but he has his finger on a long term problem in the Western political scene.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

From The American Conservative, by Mr Rod Dreher, 2 December 2018.

Here is the lede plus five:

Ross Douthat has a good column today, about how Trump’s grift has been paradoxically cleansing.  He argues that Trump’s claim that he would go to Washington and “drain the swamp,” while only ever plausible to those eager to be a mark, is now impossible for anyone to take seriously:
But the more common reason a certain kind of Trump supporter accepted his anti-corruption pitch was less conspiratorial and more cynical.  He’s bad but they’re all like that, the whole elite class is rotten, so why not send a grifter to catch a bunch of grifters?

That hasn’t worked out; it turns out that when you send a businessman-grifter into the world of political grifters he hires some of the worst of them to help him with the fleecing.

True. We are very close to the point, if not past it, where any good that Trump’s election might have done in terms of breaking up a corrupt aristocracy, in spite of Trump’s own corruption, is now exceeded by that corruption.  David Brooks articulated on NPR on Friday something that has been on my mind lately, but I hadn’t put into words.
And the final question I have is, what are our standards? Behind the legal standards, what’s our political standards.  President Nixon could be really removed from office for obstruction from justice — of justice.  Are we at a state in this country where we no longer really mind?  And that actually could be the case. I’m just reminded The New York Times had a story of tax fraud in the Trump family, and that story went away in about 35 seconds.  And so we’ve become — may have become inured to corruption.
Yes, I think we are.  Do you really believe that Michael Cohen, not Donald Trump, is lying about the Trump organization’s business dealings with Russia? Seriously?  I said here after the shocking final Kavanaugh hearing that seeing the behavior of the Democrats and the liberal industrial complex in their attempt to destroy Kavanaugh by any means necessary shocked me into the realization that as much as I can’t stand Trump, I would probably have to vote for him only out of self-protection.
Note the last sentence of the above quote.

The Author, Mr Dreher, does a discussion of the situation in France, where the mobs in the streets of Paris have forced the Government to back down from a proposed gasoline tax increase.  Then he ends up as follows:

What I’m getting at is asking what comes politically when most Americans lose faith in the ability of our elites to make things better?  I fear that on the Right, we’re going to have to deal with the myth that Trump would have succeeded had the swamp not stabbed him in the back.
This is a tricky question, because it asks if the People are so upset that they are prepared to take to the streets, as the "Yellow Vests" did in Paris the last three weekends.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff