July 8, 2016 5 Comments
So the world continues to go to hell in a handcart, as it has been doing since Christ was a corporal. Business as usual then. Yes, there are wars and rumors of wars, and alarums in the night. We simply go on, doing our best. Chalcedon commented today that in his view “A Catholic University is a partnership between the generations, dedicated to helping shape people who will make the world a better place by bearing in mind always that we are all made in the image of God […].” Well, I agree, and so is civilization, and especially democracy itself.
Last night 5 police offers were killed (and 7 more wounded) in Dallas by one (or more) snipers. May God rest their souls, and give their families peace. That is simply unacceptable, police are our agents, enforcing the laws we have made. They have no powers other than the ones we, the people have delegated them and deserve our support. But they have recently moved themselves from the old pattern, which we saw in all the old cop (and western) shows, not excluding even Andy Griffith, as being a member of society, to being a semi-militarized, faceless enforcer of the law, (excepting, of course, on Hillary) and it’s not playing well. Maybe they simply need to get out of their cars more and interact with the community. I understand they have both time and budget constraints, not to mention security concerns, but isolating themselves from the population is never a good idea.
The British are going to have another woman Prime Minister, either Home Secretary Theresa May, or Energy Secretary Andrea Leedsom. My friends (and the smart money) support Theresa May (none of my business, but I agree, with a few caveats), but given that the election is up to the party membership, I don’t think it’s a done deal, I think the party outside London, and Edinburgh, may have had enough, maybe enough to try someone who is essentially a back-bencher, and a real Christian. No idea really, but I wouldn’t bet money I couldn’t afford to lose, either way.
Then there is our Presidential election. My friend Jack Curtis wrote this morning:
We see a populist mountebank versus tarnished goods vying to take a throne poised under an incipient economic collapse. The Donald and Hillary are auditioning to perform as the next Herbert Hoover. The coming presidential election is in economic fact, the classic poisoned chalice. Unfortunately, while the surrounding festivities are farcical, the poison is real, the more so as it is unacknowledged. It seems fitting that this time, whoever fails to be elected may prove to have actually been the winner.
Not far wrong, in my view. We’ve said all my life that voting for president is choosing the less bad (or evil). That chicken really seems to be coming home to roost this year. Yes, that’s why you don’t read much about it here, not so much that I don’t have an opinion, but that I mostly believe a plague on both your houses. The real loser this fall will be America, and our friends and allies, if we have any left.
Then there is this from Oyiabrown
A trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said, “I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards.”
The brand new blonde waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is… an auto parts store?”
“No,” the cook said. “Three flats tires means three pancakes, a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up, and running boards are two slices of crisp bacon.”
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