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Friday, June 11, 2004

"Hail to the Chief" Lyrics
For anyone else who's been bugged not knowing the words:

Hail to the Chief we have chos-en for the na - tion,
Hail to the Chief! We sa-lute him, one and all._______
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge co-op - er -a- tion_____
In proud ful-fill-ment of a great, no-ble call.____

Yours is the aim to make this grand coun-try grand-er,
This you will do, That's our strong, firm be-lief.__
Hail to the one we se-lect-ed as com-mand-er,
Hail to the Pres-i-dent! Hail to the Chief!
Words by Albert GamseMusic by James Sanderson

Still More Gipper
Updated Page 4
A new Page 5


UN: Iraq had WMDs

Reagan & Catholicism

Excommunication and Denial of Eucharist as an Act of Charity
It's a wakeup call: "Change your ways!"

Lech Walesa on Reagan
Poland knows it owes President Reagan a great deal for its current freedom.

Jonah Goldberg on Bush and Conservatism
Making the point that Bush really can't claim to be a conservative.

I worried during the 2000 campaign that the phrase "compassionate conservative" was nothing more than an attempt to mollify conservatives while planning to govern from the middle. It seems that has come true.

Michigan Takes New Approach to Banning Partial Birth Abortion
By declaring birth as the moment at which any part of the child's body exits the mother, this has the nice advantage of preventing semantic games or the invention of new procedures to get around the partial-birth abortion ban. I like it.

Pope Declares the Year of the Eucharist

Pi to One Million Places
Man, I love the Internet.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

"Conscience, for the Catholic, must be informed by the teachings of the Church."
Bishop Sheridan clarifies.

"To those, then, who said that the Church teaches that we must follow our consciences, I say TRUE. But only a well-formed and informed conscience may be followed. Put bluntly, anyone who says he has a well-formed conscience that stands opposed to the most fundamental moral teachings of our Church simply does NOT have a well-formed conscience. And let’s not appeal to Vatican II to pretend that we do."

"The Church has always held that a Catholic must approach Holy Communion in the state of grace. Anything less is a sacrilege."

Ray Charles Has Died
What a great artist. He overcame so much to be one of the all-time greats.

The first CD I ever bought was one of his so I could have his version of "America, the Beautiful." He recorded it during the '60s to remind people that, even with all her flaws, America is still the greatest country on earth. We've lost two great patriots in the past week: Reagan and now Ray Charles. May they rest in peace.

Suicidal Teens hanging themselves instead of using a gun
Clearly, we need to ban ropes.

The Real Reagan Record
I know I'm beating the Reagan thing to death, but the man was just so cool!

You've got to love random Buffy Quote-age!

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The Church as the FDA
One of the reasons I like Mark Shea's writing: Analogies that seem weird at first, but make sense once he explains them.

Although I have infinitely more faith in the Church than I do in the FDA...

Laura Bush vs. Nancy Reagan
I'm glad to see that Mrs. Bush is coming out against use of fetal stem-cell research. In some ways, it can be even worse than abortion: the deliberate creation of human life for experimentation and destruction. Life only as a means, not an end in itself.

It's a shame to see the legacy of someone as strongly pro-life as President Reagan used to promote policies, which I don't believe he would have supported. (I could be wrong as a few pro-lifers have come out in favor of fetal stem-cell research, but I don't think I am. Of course, we'll never know.)

Bush Twins Might Campaign This Fall
If Jenna comes to the area, I am there.

Defining Moments: Reykjavik and Law of the Sea Treaty
How the decision to reject the Law of the Sea Treaty set the tone for the Reagan Administration and Reykjavik led to the the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Jonah Goldberg on Reagan
Best quote:
To summarize why I admired the Gipper: He was put on earth to do two things: kick butt and chew gum, and he ran out of gum around 1962.

A Sense of the line for the Reagan Viewing in California
How many people went through simply to pay their last respects to the man? I haven't seen any numbers in terms of attendees, but it must have been huge.

Chuck Asay

Cell Phones are Tools of the Devil

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Large Crowds Force Extension of Reagan Viewing Hours in California
And the amazing thing is, they're still going to have to turn people away.

I had always figured I'd go view him lying in state in the Capitol after his death, but I'm afraid of crowds, so I think I'm going to have to skip it.

CERC Makes a Good Point
Scroll down until you see "Kissling's conclusion" (Posted 6/8/2004 @ 10:26 AM)

It's in reference to Cardinals George and McCarrick, both of whom have denied Communion to homosexuals wearing rainbow garments as a political statement, but would not deny Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

Gay sex bad, murder ok?

American Conservatism
It's uniqueness and how Reagan helped shape it.

A Friend's Blog
Or as he prefers: his "web-based banter page"

Michael and Steve also co-host NewsTalk PM on WILM every Tuesday night from 7-8 PM.

Washington Post: Civil Service Will Remember Reagan as the Anti-Government President
Once again, a Washington Post article that overlooks the facts to make a point. The air traffic controllers went on strike in violation of their contract. Reagan gave them (at least) two chances to return before firing them, having warned them of the consequences.

Reagan was not anti-government; he was anti-big government. There's a big difference.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Who's being compassionate here?
"Wuerl could resolve all of these issues next week, and allow his victims to move on with their lives, if he gave everybody $50,000," Dorsch said.

compared to:
"While I cannot make this tragic matter or suffering that you experienced go away, I can offer you this avenue of approach so that you can decide if such contact would help you," Wuerl wrote.

As horrible as the abuse Dorsch underwent must be to deal with, I'm having trouble sympathizing with him on this point. Maybe it's taken out of context, but this sure makes it seem like his sole interest is getting cash. And it sure seems like Bishop Wuerl is one of the good guys in "The Situation":
A few months after Wuerl became bishop in 1988, diocesan officials said, Hoehl received a psychiatric evaluation saying he was fit for ministry, and in July 1988 Wuerl made him a chaplain at Shadyside Hospital. But in fall 1988, after his first meeting with victims who had been abused by other priests, Wuerl decided that priests who had sexually abused minors were unfit for ministry. In November 1988, according to the diocese, he removed Hoehl from ministry and told him he could not approve any other pastoral assignment.

New Quote Page
Reagan Page 4

Good article on the Trinity

Peggy Noonan on Reagan
I never really know what to say about her articles other than this: She rocks.

Maggie, the Gipper and the Pope
Article on how Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II worked together to undermine Communism and the Soviet Union.

This is truly beautiful:
A new book by former Air Force secretary Thomas Reed reveals that the Reagan administration allowed a Soviet agent to steal gas-pipeline software that had been secretly designed to go haywire on a catastrophic scale. The ruse led to a June 1982 explosion in the Siberian wilderness that Mr. Reed says was "the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space." It crippled the Soviet's secret techno-piracy operation because they could longer be sure if what they were buying or stealing was similarly booby-trapped. They had reason to worry: Contrived computer chips found their way into Soviet military equipment, flawed turbines were installed on a gas pipeline, and defective plans disrupted chemical plants and tractor factories.

(Can you imagine the reaction of environmentalists to this?)

On Reagan's honesty:
It's certainly safe to say that no other president would have made two famous speeches that drew a sharp moral distinction between the West and communism and lifted countless spirits behind the Iron Curtain. The State Department fought desperately to take out Reagan's reference to the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" as well as his challenge to Mr. Gorbachev: "Tear down this wall." But Reagan's candor undermined Moscow's legitimacy. "Reagan's truth-telling--together with the examples of Mrs. Thatcher's economic success and Pope John Paul's moral strength--gave millions of people courage to rise up when the opportunity for change came," says President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic.

On the peaceful end to the Cold War:
Joseph Stalin once dismissed the Vatican's influence by asking, "How many divisions does the pope have?" In the end, that didn't matter. The pope and two stalwart Western leaders helped topple the entire Soviet empire without moving a single division across a border.

Not bad for a President whose critics said would cause a nuclear war.

OpinionJournal.com Editorial on Reagan
One point I want to highlight from this article:
And he came to power at a time when liberalism, the reigning political creed since FDR, was morally and intellectually spent.

Liberalism (in the modern sense) still hasn't recovered. Innovation and new ideas are still largely the sole possession of the right. When's the last time the liberals made a proposal more complex than "Let the government do it."?

The Difference Between Men and Women
At work I overheard a woman telling someone that she was looking for the janitor to spray a "huge ant" she saw walking in the hallway. She didn't want to step on it because it looked dangerous.

I went to go find the bug just because it sounded cool. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it.

Reagan on the Separation of Church and State
When John Kennedy was running for President in 1960, he said that his church would not dictate his Presidency any more than he would speak for his church. Just so, and proper. But John Kennedy was speaking in an America in which the role of religion -- and by that I mean the role of all churches -- was secure. Abortion was not a political issue. Prayer was not a political issue. The right of church schools to operate was not a political issue. And it was broadly acknowledged that religious leaders had a right and a duty to speak out on the issues of the day. They held a place of respect, and a politician who spoke to or of them with a lack of respect would not long survive in the political arena.

It was acknowledged then that religion held a special place, occupied a special territory in the hearts of the citizenry. The climate has changed greatly since then. And since it has, it logically follows that religion needs defenders against those who care only for the interests of the state.

There are, these days, many questions on which religious leaders are obliged to offer their moral and theological guidance, and such guidance is a good and necessary thing. To know how a church and its members feel on a public issue expands the parameters of debate. It does not narrow the debate; it expands it.

The truth is, politics and morality are inseparable. And as morality's foundation is religion, religion and politics are necessarily related. We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect, and our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they're sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Tax of the Living Dead
Here's an article on a proposal to repeal the Gross Receipts Tax, Delaware's "hidden sales tax." Delaware claims not to have a sales tax; we actually do, but it's directly paid by the retailer, rather than than the consumer. Of course, the consumer ultimately pays it, but without knowing it. In that way it's more insidious than the sales tax; at least with the sales tax, the cost is visible.

My Favorite Reagan Quotes
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Official Schedule of Memorial Events

George Will on Reagan
And also here.

"The Wizard of Id"
Takes a page from the Democratic playbook:

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