By Charlie Johnston
I continue to work on Part 2 of “Whatcha Gonna Do…” which covers some tips for traveling on foot and living outdoors for an extended period if you need to. I will have it up tonight or tomorrow…just a few more bits to refine. Probably tomorrow.
I stumbled onto this story and laughed out loud. The U.S. Army has “improved” morale in the military by redefining moderate pessimism as cheery optimism. This is SO fitting for an administration that has “reduced” unemployment by not counting people so discouraged they have given up looking as unemployed; by not counting food or energy costs when calculating inflation; and calling dropping sanctions on our part and helping Iran obtain nuclear fuel “disarming Iran.” Just be thankful these guys aren’t actual doctors. If they were, they would cure cancer by redefining it as acid indigestion. You would still die, but their numbers would look great – and the idiot media would triumphantly announce the “victory.”
You might have heard that the Vatican last week abruptly dropped its investigation of many orders of nuns in America – mostly those affiliated with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Some have called this a happy ending, but I think the Vatican did the nuns no favors. The LCWR has become the largely activist Catholic propaganda arm of left-wing ideologues. They can be counted on to explain why the disaster that is nationalized health care is really a good thing, that abortion is really not that big a deal, and that we should all celebrate gay marriage when they’re not busy explaining why going to pagan or pantheistic conferences is a way to deepen their Catholic faith.
There are many wonderful orders of nuns in America that are deeply devoted to their faith and their fellow man. One of my favorite orders, the Sisters for Life, is opening up a chapter in Denver near me. But when the late Pope Paul VI proclaimed that the smoke of satan had entered the Church, the sad truth is that some of our nunneries and monasteries have served as primary conduits. It is not a happy ending for the Vatican to tell the LCWR (which I call the ‘ventilation shaft’) that it is just peachy for them to ‘celebrate’ their faith by engaging in political activism against the fundamentals of the faith. It endangers their souls, scandalizes the faithful who come in contact with them and think they actually represent the faith, and dishonors those noble, faithful nuns who continue to live and act as true brides of Christ, proudly wearing their bridal garments. Pretending all is well does not make it well.
The only thing that keeps Kevin Williamson from being my favorite current writer on public policy and issues is the existence of Jonah Goldberg – so I think it is a tie. Williamson is the kind of writer who, if the title of his piece is “How Cement Hardens,” I still read in expectation of finding nuggets of gold embedded in it. I am never disappointed. His latest piece on “Black Hats and White Hats” skewers the game of ‘Let’s Pretend’ that dominates political discourse today – sadly almost as much on the right as on the left. It ends starkly, but how could it be otherwise? Any society that plays ‘Let’s Pretend’ long enough is headed for a bad fall. It is a brilliant, insightful gem of a piece.
Finally, a depressing little video – of National Guard troops practicing blocking traffic in a residential neighborhood in California. Such practices are becoming more and more common, but they are NOT normal. That people accept such things now rather than screaming to high heaven does not bode well for any of us.
Then there is this New York news crew that stumbled last summer on what is likely a secret FEMA camp. The idiot lieutenant would have been fired had he worked for me. When you are hiding something in plain sight, the surest way to draw attention to what it actually is is to engage in hamfisted displays of how powerful you are by bullying anyone who comes near it. If you are going to be a henchman, you ought to at least try to be competent at it. – Hat tip to reader Ellen for this.
Last but not least, the classic Obama practice of denouncing a policy even as he adopts it. In this story from MSNBC (probably the only time you will ever see that miserable network cited here) Obama opines how important it is to follow the rule of law as he accepts the unilateral power to detain any American without charges indefinitely. While the power is unilaterally his, the Congress conspired in giving it to him three years ago. That was in simpler times before he just did what he wanted whenever he wanted; Congress, Courts and Constitution be damned. – Hat tip to reader Jim M for this.