I've always been greatly amused by Democratic ads- we're seeing them a lot this year- calling the GOP a party of "plutocrats" that is trying to "buy" elections.
It generally turns out that rich out-of-state radicals outspend rich out-of-state conservatives by a wide margin. In our Iowa Senate race, the Tom Steyers and the George Soros types have outspent the Koch brothers and all those other demonic rich Republicans by a wide margin.
My statement in a couple of recent posts that the leftist Des Moines Register has endorsed Joni Ernst for the U.S. Senate turns out not to be true.
What I took for an editorial when I encountered it on line turns out to have been an exceptionally well-written letter to the editor. In fact, the Register will likely endorse Democrat Bruce Braley- an eventuality the Ernst campaign sees as so likely that she canceled her appointment to meet with the Register's editorial board.
Apologies for the mistake. I gave the Register too much credit.
A partial solar eclipse, covering about two-thirds of the Sun here in Des Moines, will take place from 4:31 PM to 6:44 PM locally (sunset is at 6:20.) It will come closest to totality at 5:40 PM.
Do NOT look directly at the Sun! Even a relatively brief period of staring at our local star can cause permanent eye damage! The only exception would be if you have a pair of Mylar "glasses" especially designed for the purpose. These are generally made of cardboard, and are available at various "nature stores" (also online, though it's a bit late for that). Some people use welder's goggles, but this is not a smart practice; experts say that they will not filter out some kinds of eye-damaging radiation.
What you can safely do is take two sheets of white paper, make a pin prick in one, and hold it between the sun and the other sheet (a few feet will do). The pinprick of light on the second sheet will be darkened in precisely the way that the Sun is darkened by the …
Just had an interesting conversation with a Braley worker.
He was talking to a voter, and I overheard the conversation. Being the obnoxious person I am, I asked him whether he was telling lies about Joni Ernst.
He denied it. "We aren't telling too many lies about Ernst," he said. Interesting wording, that.
"I'm talking, for example, about that 'pledge' to give tax breaks to the rich and to companies that move jobs overseas," I replied. The claim was first made in a series of ads sponsored by billionaire Tom Steyer, and has since been repeated in a number of ads sponsored by the Democratic party itself.
The race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is going to be close. How close remains to be seen. Joni Ernst is ahead. The polls differ as to her margin, but it's clear that it's not big enough to inspire much confidence.
The situation is pretty much as described in the article: the GOP has by far the better candidate. In fact, Ernst is indeed one of the "breakout stars" of the party; if she wins next month, she's going to be a national figure and possibly a presidential candidate some day. She leads in the polls. She has the momentum. She has run an excellent campaign while her opponent has repeatedly dropped the ball. The voters like her, and don't like her opponent.
And she still might lose.
The Democrats- as we learned to our sorrow two years ago- have an excellent "ground game" here in Iowa. The labor unions and various radical groups that thrive in this state produce …
I'll be spending plenty of time in the coming weeks making phone calls for Joni and for congressional candidate David Young. I have a feeling election night will be a lot more fun this time than it was two years ago.
Cardinal Burke is right:nobody has the right- or the authority- to change the teachings of the Faith on homosexuality, which have been established by both Testaments and two thousand years of apostolic teaching.
And anybody who tries is ipso facto a heretic, no matter what title he may bear.
It's an old trick: get the accusation out there close enough to the election for the charge to be heard, but without leaving time for the matter to be resolved. If you recall, they used it against Dubyah in 2004. Dan Rather lost his job for falling for it.
Maybe. But the universalist heresy has been rampant in even relatively conservative Catholic circles for some time. The Church of Rome needs badly to reflect on the reasons why there is no St. Origen. Rahner's nonsense about "anonymous Christians" has been kicking around unsuppressed for quite a while. The present Pope's approach to the struggle for the soul of Western culture- either verbally inept or simply a massive wimping out, depending on how pessimistic one is about where his pontificate and the Roman church is going- is really only an outgrowth of a phenomenon which has been going…
One comment on Braley's remark that "sound bites have consequences." When you take sound bites out of context in such a way as to distort what the candidate is saying, as Braley's ads often do, the consequences are also somewhat distorted.
We, in our times, have seen the failure of our once-vaunted American system of checks and balances between the branches of government. The Judicial Branch, unchecked, has turned itself into a kind of unelected, standing Constitutional Convention, ignoring the law and the Constitution iself at will and instead enforcing its peculiar ideas about what they should say.
We, in America (as is the case to an even greater extent in Canada) have become a kritarchy- a nation governed by judges. Instead of interpreting the laws, our judges are effectively the ones who make them.
I could see how this would be a problem for female scientists. Or, for that matter, for those already gifted with one such organ. Sharks have two penises, but few human males can adequately manage the one they're born with, much less an extra one.
But the article linked to clarifies the matter: the appendages in question were grown in a lab.
Dick Cavett used to be quite amused by the fact that "Grow a penis" is an anagram for "Spiro Agnew." Pehaps this story will afford Mr. Cavett a moment of nostalgia.
DIVORCE COURT JUDGE: Do you want to live with Mama Bear?
BABY BEAR: No. She beats me.
JUDGE: So do you want to live with Papa Bear?
BABY BEAR: No. He beats me.
JUDGE: So who do you want to live with?
BABY BEAR: I want to live with the Chicago Bears. They don't beat anybody!
This is even worse than the time one of the TV networks ran an ad for fava beans in the commercial break following Hannibal Lector's statement that he'd eaten a census worker's liver with fava beans and a nice chianti.
Today is the fifty-seventh anniversary of the Soviet launching of Sputnik I, an event which traumatized America has few things in modern times other than Pearl Harbor, political assassinations, and 9/11 have managed to do. Not only our international prestige but our self-esteem took a hit it from which it took us more than a decade to recover. Suddenly we found ourselves second to the Soviets- of all nations!- in scientific achievement and space exploration.
And it's happening again. Once more, we've been left behind in the exploration of space by not only Russia but even China, and further traumas are in the offing.
To his credit, President Obama has approved a proposal to contract with private industry to develop an American space vehicle capable of taking astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Since the end of the space shuttle program, we've had to hitch our rides with the Russians on board their Soyuz vehicle.
For many years, I've alternated between being amused and being frustrated by the blithe (and completely erroneous) assumption by both the media and other segments of the Left that the "progressive" viewpoint is the mainstream American viewpoint, and that those who don't happen to share it are somehow "extremists." The risible title of Jonathan Alter's book on the 2012 campaign, The Center Holds, is a good example. Somehow, we're supposed to believe that the leftmost president in our history represents the Center.
Of course, Alter probably believes that he himself is in the Center. So it follows (I guess) that anybody he agrees with must also be.
He's wrong on both counts.
It's to laugh. No Republican governor has ever, to my knowledge, suggested (as New York's Andrew Cuomo did a while back) that anybody who disagrees with him or with her on abortion, gay "marriage," and other controversial issues needs to move out of his state.…