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Friday, April 22, 2005
What Tyranny of Relativism?
OpinionJournal - Taste
As a frontal assault on the very possibility of objective truth, relativism is by far the most destructive intellectual current of our times. It turns both private and public life into moral swamps. Pope Benedict has battled relativism for many years. As he continues the struggle now as leader of the Church, he deserves encouragement and support.
Too much good stuff to quote it all. A definite must read.
Robert Novak: Re-inventing the filibuster
Yes, the pope is a Catholic. Yet that unsurprising result has clearly shaken many secular liberals--and more than a few liberal Catholics--who feel that they have been somehow cheated of an opportunity. Their vindictive snarls have been prominently featured in the coverage of the new pope's election. Benedict XVI has been characterized not merely as a "conservative" but as an "ultraconservative." Words such as "rigid" and "stern" are ubiquitous.
My own lasting impression is of the kindly man who, upon a family visit to the Vatican five years ago, took the time to introduce himself to each of my children, leaning down to the eye level of a shy three-year-old to make her more comfortable.
In the early 21st century, the clash between Catholic orthodoxy and secular liberalism is inevitable. An institution that demands respect for the dignity of every human life cannot make peace with a culture that sees some lives as expendable. The church will not cease to proclaim the existence of absolute truth, thus giving offense to those who cling--dare I say dogmatically?--to the self-contradictory principle that there are no absolutes.
Like his predecessor, Benedict XVI is a formidable theologian, well prepared for the ideological clash with modern liberalism. But many of this critics, rather than grappling with the claims of Catholic thought, prefer to reduce the clash to a question of personalities. By citing imaginary defects in the personality of the new pope, they distract attention from the real nature of their complaint: their bitter disappointment that the pope is a Catholic.
In German town, Benedict XVI known for love of cats, conversation - Yahoo! News
Byrd's use of a simple majority rule to make Senate rules fit the wishes of dominant Democrats during the 1970s and 1980s was revealed by legal scholars in January. It took Byrd's lawyers until March 20 for him to claim he did not do what he did. In fact, there is no doubt Byrd led the Democrats in championing majority rights when they had a majority.
Democrats say breaking a filibuster is fine when it helps the Democrats, but a serious violation of the Constitution when it would benefit the Republicans.
I think this is the first truly bad thing I've heard said about B16. Cats are the work of the devil.
Link via The Corner
Jonah Goldberg on Cookie Monster on National Review Online
There is now a website devoted to him.
Link via The Corner
Superman Returns (2006)
If the Cookie Monster is no longer a cookie monster, what is he? Why didn’t they just name him “Phil: The Monster Who Sometimes Likes to Eat a Cookie”? Conceptually, this is no different than the idiot animal rights types who want their dogs and cats to be vegans, too. Cookie Monster cannot help being a Cookie Monster any more than your tabby can stop liking fish. It is their nature to do so. Why not just declare that Big Bird is now an elm tree? If the ineffable, inexorable, immutable nature of Cookie Monster’s cookie-eating can be erased for some good cause, why should Big Bird’s birdness be safe?
Sesame Street and its defenders say they are just trying to do their bit in the war against child obesity. That’s nice. But at what price? The whole point of the Cookie Monster character was to have a character who was silly because he ate so much. If Cookie Monster were a Greek god, he’d be the god of gluttony. Wouldn’t it have been more honest and simply better to implore kids not to be too much like the Cookie Monster rather than make the Cookie Monster like everyone else? We all understand we shouldn’t be like Oscar the Grouch.
Who says that making Cookie Monster into moderate eater will improve kids' behavior anyway? Indeed, for years, Cookie Monster has devoured not only cookies, but things which merely look like cookies, including plates, Frisbees, and the moon. If Cookie Monster is so influential, why haven’t I heard more about kids going to the hospital after trying to eat plates?
I'm looking forward to this movie. I just found out that Kevin Spacey will be playing Lex Luthor, which heightens my interest even more. I think he'll be excellent in the role (as always).
However, in my mind Gene Hackman will always be Lex Luthor.
"Doesn't it give you kind of a, a, a... shudder... of electricity through you to be in the same room with me?"
Thursday, April 21, 2005
"Simpsons" Bows to Pope - Apr 19, 2005 - E! Online News
CNN.com - Twin stands in for candidate - Apr 21, 2005
In an effort to keep Catholics from having a cow, Fox and the producers of The Simpsons have decided to postpone a religion-skewering episode until after the new pope is inaugurated.
The typically irreverent episode, titled "The Father, Son and Holy Guest," features the voice of Liam Neeson as a priest, who inspires Bart after he gets expelled from Springfield Elementary and lands in a Catholic school. Hijinks ensue.
In a 1999 episode following the Super Bowl, the Simpson kids were watching television when a commercial came own spoofing a ZZ Top video. A guy pulls up to a gas station, honks his horn and serviced by a trio of three babes, one of which is wearing a Crucifix against her ample bosom. A voice-over says, "The Catholic Church. We've made a few...changes."
I obviously haven't seen the delayed episode, so I can't comment on it, but I have the feeling like it will be like all the other recent episodes: just not that funny.
As far as the "ZZ Top Church" spoof, I can't help but think that those bothered by the election of Benedict XVI wouldn't see a problem with the "changes" if it helped build "community".
OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan
Mayoral hopeful Julian Castro really wasn't in two places at once. His twin brother took his place in a parade this week, waving to the crowd of thousands.
Castro told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he had a conflicting event and didn't intend to deceive anyone.
I can't decide if this is slimy or funny. It makes me laugh and yet is kind of skeevy. Maybe it's both?
Catholic World News : Surprise! New Pope takes a walk through Rome
People are complicated. You can hit distracted people with all the propaganda in the world, you can give it to them every day in all your media, and sometimes they'll even tell pollsters they agree with you. But something is always going on in their chests. Some truth is known there; some yearning lives there. It's like they have a compass in their hearts and turn as they will, this way and that, it continues to point to true north.
We want a spiritual father. We want someone who stands for what is difficult and right, what is impossible but true. Being human we don't always or necessarily want to live by the truth or be governed by it. But we are grateful when someone stands for it. We want him to be standing up there on the balcony. We want to aspire to it, reach to it, point to it and know that it is there.
Because we can actually tell what's true.
We can just somehow tell.
As I stated here
, the Church has the truth and people have to respond to it. They can't help themselves.
Look at what he said at the beginning of the papal conclave: It is our special responsibility at this time to be mature, to believe as adults believe. "Being an 'adult' means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today's fashions or the latest novelties." Being an adult is loving what is true and standing with it.
This isn't radical, or archconservative. And the speaker isn't an enforcer, a cop or a rottweiler. He's a Catholic. Which one would think is a good thing to have as leader of the Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict's first statement
The newly elected Pope, clothed completely in the distinctive white vestments of the papacy, caught onlookers by surprise when he chose to travel on foot, walking the few hundred yards to the apartment in the Citta Leonina where he had lived for years. When the news spread that the Pontiff was walking through the city, hundreds of people quickly gathered, and he spent some time in front of the apartment building, greeting the people and blessing young children. Italian police and Vatican security officials did their best to control the crowd, preserving some breathing room for the Pontiff.
www.delawareonline.com - The News Journal - OPINION - Leave patrols of border to the pros
Thus, in full awareness and at the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome that Peter bathed with his blood, the current Successor assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstitution of the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers. This is his ambition, this is his compelling duty. He is aware that to do so, expressions of good feelings are not enough. Concrete gestures are required to penetrate souls and move consciences, encouraging everyone to that interior conversion which is the basis for all progress on the road of ecumenism.
Jay Nordlinger�s Impromptus on National Review Online
Professor Hoff misses one important point: The "Minutemen" are there because the pros aren't
patrolling the border adequately.
Always worth reading.
One reads that Sen. Chuck Schumer called the head of the Family Research Council “un-American.” Ho-hum. That will hardly even raise a journalistic eyebrow. Remember when Howard Dean declared, “John Ashcroft is not a patriot”? Remember when John Kerry said he would “appoint a U.S. trade representative who is an American patriot” (meaning that Bob Zoellick wasn’t)? But nothing ever happens to these Democratic McCarthyites. You will never hear a peep of protest from the media establishment. A right-winger asserts himself this way, and, oh, boy: The Tailgunner has arrived, firing.
I mentioned Howard Dean. He recently announced, “We’re going to use Terri Schiavo later on.”
But wait a second: I thought it was evil to “use” Terri Schiavo. That must apply to Republicans only.
Dean also said, “This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it’s going to be an issue in 2008, because we’re going to have an ad with a picture of Tom DeLay, saying, ‘Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not? Or is that going to be up to your loved ones?’”
Um, excuse me, but Terri’s mom and dad wanted her to live, and so did her siblings. Whether Michael Schiavo at that moment qualified as a loved one . . . I don’t know. Beyond which, an individual has rights simply because she exists.
The concerted hatred against Tom DeLay is sort of breathtaking — and I expect the worst, when it comes to this kind of thing. Stands to reason, though: DeLay is the perfect hate object. He’s 1) Texan, 2) a former businessman, 3) a Republican leader, 4) a religious conservative (apparently), 5) populistic, 6) unawed and uncowed by those who regard themselves as his betters, and 7) effective. So the word has gone out: Kill ’im.
You have no doubt noticed the ridicule over his having run an extermination business. I have recounted several instances in Impromptus. Not all the ridiculers are on the left: I knew a conservative editor who, pretending not to remember DeLay’s name, referred to him as “the bug guy.” I always wish such ridiculers a houseful of termites.
Remember that ad that Bill Richardson ran against his opponent in New Mexico? The opponent — John Sanchez — had worked as an airline steward. (He had done a lot of other unglamorous work, too.) Said Richardson in an ad, “While I was cutting taxes for the people of New Mexico, my opponent was serving orange juice at 30,000 feet.”
Never, ever let it be said, however, that the Democratic party is anything but the champion of the working guy. That’s their self-delusion, isn’t it?
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Benedict XVI: The Pope and His Agenda
John Paul the Great
Very interesting and thorough examination of the challenges facing Pope Benedict XVI and how his approach to them will differ from his predecessor.
Link via Amy Welborn
History of the Other Popes called "The Great." We now have three.
Cardinal Ratzinger's Homily in Mass Before Conclave - Jesus Christ: "The Measure of True Humanism"
"The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations." --George Washington
"Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them." --Paul Valery
"A state without some means of change is without the means of its conservation." --Edmund Burke
"The enemies of truth are always awfully nice." --Christopher Morely
"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm -- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." --T.S. Eliot
"An effective war against terrorists begins at our borders and extends to the places where radicals meet and organize for the next attack. If it comes, will government officials be able to honestly say they had done everything they could to prevent it? They won't if they haven't controlled our borders." --Cal Thomas
"Politicians are obsessive about the appearance of impropriety, while the actual corruption steams full speed ahead. Making the federal government less powerful would be the best method of reducing actual corruption." --Paul Jacob
"To tell you the truth, I am not a feminist. I don't want to commit the same mistakes Western women have committed. I like that family should be the major principle for women here." --Shatha Al-Musawi, one of 87 women in the Iraqi National Assembly
"[The Demos] are just desperate. They're not offering ideas in the debate, they're not being constructive, their members are taking pot shots at Tom DeLay." --Karl Rove
"London's Sunday Times would have us believe that one of the leading contenders for the papacy is a closet Nazi. In if-only-they-knew tones, the newspaper informs readers that German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II and suggests that, because of this, the 'panzer cardinal' would be quite a contrast to his predecessor, John Paul II. The article also classifies Ratzinger as a 'theological anti-Semite' for believing in Jesus so strongly that -- gasp! -- he thinks that everyone, even Jews, should accept him as the messiah. To all this we should say, 'This is news?!' ... Ratzinger's membership in the Hitler Youth was not voluntary but compulsory; also admitted are the facts that the cardinal -- only a teenager during the period in question -- was the son of an anti-Nazi policeman, that he was given a dispensation from Hitler Youth activities because of his religious studies, and that he deserted the German army. ... As prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, Ratzinger played an instrumental role in the Vatican's revolutionary reconciliation with the Jews under John Paul II. He personally prepared Memory and Reconciliation, the 2000 document outlining the church's historical 'errors' in its treatment of Jews. And as president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Ratzinger oversaw the preparation of The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible, a milestone theological explanation for the Jews' rejection of Jesus. If that's theological anti-Semitism, then we should only be so lucky to 'suffer' more of the same. As for the Hitler Youth issue, not even Yad Vashem [the definitive Holocaust Museum] has considered it worthy of further investigation. Why should we?" --Jerusalem Post
"Boy, this confirmation battle really heated up over John Bolton, the president's plain-spoken nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. California Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Democrat Party's comely obstructionist, charged Mr. Bolton needs 'anger management lessons.' I don't know about you, but nothing makes me want to hurl a chair through the window and punch someone's lights out like being told I need anger management lessons." --Mark Steyn
Jay Leno.... NBC is claiming success with its new miniseries "Revelations" which they say is based loosely on the Bible. See they have to say "loosely" because no one in Hollywood actually has a Bible. They had to just wing it. .... We have a new pope! Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany is now the most powerful Catholic in the world. Well, second most powerful if you count Mel Gibson. ....
The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Contributor: News With Views
How many winds of doctrine we have known in these last decades, how many ideological currents, how many fashions of thought? The small boat of thought of many Christians has often remained agitated by the waves, tossed from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, etc.
Every day new sects are born and we see realized what St. Paul says on the deception of men, on the cunning that tends to lead into error (cf. Ephesians 4:14). To have a clear faith, according to the creed of the Church, is often labeled as fundamentalism. While relativism, that is, allowing oneself to be carried about with every wind of "doctrine," seems to be the only attitude that is fashionable. A dictatorship of relativism is being constituted that recognizes nothing as absolute and which only leaves the "I" and its whims as the ultimate measure.
We have another measure: the Son of God, true man. He is the measure of true humanism. "Adult" is not a faith that follows the waves in fashion and the latest novelty. Adult and mature is a faith profoundly rooted in friendship with Christ. This friendship opens us to all that is good and gives us the measure to discern between what is true and what is false, between deceit and truth.
We must mature in this adult faith; we must lead the flock of Christ to this faith. And this faith, the only faith, creates unity and takes place in charity. St. Paul offers us a beautiful phrase, in opposition to the continual ups and downs of those who are like children tossed by the waves, to bring about truth in charity, as fundamental formula of Christian existence. Truth and charity coincide in Christ. In the measure that we come close to Christ, also in our life, truth and charity are fused. Charity without truth would be blind; truth without charity would be like "a clanging cymbal" (1 Corinthians 13:1).
The Onion | Papal Election Brings End To Worldwide Unsupervised-Catholic Sin Binge
Why couldn't a newscast follow a newspaper's example and include commentary by bright, attractive articulate men and women of various political and ideological persuasions, with whom viewers - like newspaper readers - can agree, disagree, laugh at, sneer at or argue about when the newscast is over?
They already do this to a certain extent. They have men and women of liberal persuasions present commentary all the time. They jsut call them reporters and anchormen and don't include conservatives.
The National Catholic Register
"For two weeks, it was like Mardi Gras all over again," said Bryan Cousivert, a Catholic from Arizona. "People were drinking, cursing, and engaging in premarital or even extramarital sex. More importantly, everyone was being totally open about it. No one was worried about doing any penance at all!"
Continued Cousivert: "When the cat's away, the mice will play."
Link Via The Corner
Thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI
An interview with Father Augustine Dinoia who has worked with Cardinal Josef Ratzinger for three years.
He has a beautiful personality and when that begins to shine through and becomes evident, people will love him. One hundred percent of the staff in the office — including the ushers — are absolutely ecstatic.
He is a kind, extremely humble and extraordinary human being. He’s also a fun man with a good sense of humor — we’ll miss him. He’s the whole package — he’s holy and knows how the Church works and how to run the Church. I have prayed for him to become Pope — so many of us have. I’ve never prayed harder!
Pope Benedict XVI: What's In Two Names?
Reading the secular media, I was struck by how often people feared a "crackdown" by the new Pope based on his activities. I think those expressing this fear have fallen into accepting the media cariacature of the man.
Those who know him speak of a warm, caring person. Something to remember that in his last position, he had the responsibiliy of defending the faith against heresy and false doctrine. If a squabble reached his desk, it meant that someone was a) preaching heresy, b) failed to accept correction and c) failed to listen to someone to whom they owed obedience. That's not going to end well no matter who's in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.
Last night, on my favorite radio talk show
, they were discussing how everyone, whether they have religious or not, Catholic or not, has something to say about the new Pope and what the Church teaches and were wondering why. It's simple: the fullness of truth resides in the Catholic Church and people can't help but respond to the truth, either for or against. You can reject the truth or accept it, but you can't ignore it. Similarly, you can accept the Catholic Church or reject, but you can't ignore it.
One final thought for those who are bothered by the election of Pope Benedict XVI: After 26 years of a Pope who defended orthodoxy, followed by the quick election of a Pope who was widely seen as his chief enforcer, don't you wonder if if you who are out step with the Church, rather than the Church being out of step? The Church has the Holy Spirit guiding her and the promise that "the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18
) Do you have the same promises? If you and the Church are that far apart, you might want to think about moving towards the Church, because the truth lie with her, the Bride of Christ.
(Forwarded from a friend. Not sure of the original source.)
It is interesting the Holy Spirit chose a man baptized Joseph, and, that he, Joseph Ratzinger, chose Benedict as his pontifical name.
Mr. and Mrs. Ratzinger, having no idea that their newborn son would one day be called to run the Catholic Church, decided to name their baby after Saint Joseph. Surely, Providence inspired their choice. Saint Joseph, among his many other titles, is known as the Terror of Demons. Beside the very reality of the meaning of that phrase (evil spiritual forces fear the intercession of Saint Joseph), this title reflects the grave responsibility Joseph took upon his shoulders to protect Our Lady and their son, Jesus. It also reflects Saint Joseph's purity, and his willingness to order his will toward whatever was best for his family. Spiritual bad guys can't abide by the light of holiness and purity, and no man born to Original Sin was holier and more pure of heart than Joseph.
Furthermore, Saint Joseph's primary title is Patron (Father) of the Universal Church. His is first place among the saints.
Saint Benedict, who lived in the sixth century, was the founder of the Benedictines (the very first religious congregation) is also famously known for his power to intercede against the forces of spiritual evil. The Saint Benedict Medal, perhaps the most popular Catholic medal after the Miraculous Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is considered lead-pipe-lock insurance against the forces of evil for those who wear it. The medal itself, designed by Saint Benedict, contains the first letters of Latin words which make up phrases that castigate and even humiliate spiritual beings. One of our favorites among them is directed to the head bad guy himself, Lucifer: "Go bark at the moon!"
Saint Benedict is the Bruce Willis of Catholic Saints. "Yippie Kai Yay!"
Many scholars honor Saint Benedict with another title. As a result of his history-making deeds and the legacy of the founding of religious congregations, which provided the social, educational, and organizing basis for Christendom to slowly rise from the chaotic remains of the Roman Empire, Saint Benedict is also known as the Father of Western Civilization.
Saint Joseph is a holy father.
Saint Benedict is a holy father.
Joseph Ratzinger, now His Holiness Benedict XVI, is our Holy Father.
We have a man named Joseph. We have a pope named Benedict. Bad guys, on earth and under the earth, you're in for a scrap. Expect the world, the flesh, and the devil to commence their attacks upon Joseph/Benedict in short order.
Expect them to fail.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Democrats Vs Republicans
I just looked at the websites for the Democrats
and the Republicans
. The Democrats can apparently find nothing better to to do than attack, attack, attack. They have no positive messages to put forth. Nothing good to say about themselves. The Republicans, on the other, are promoting their ideas and their candidates and office-holders.
Which party is set for growth and success?
www.delawareonline.com | The News Journal | LOCAL | State's revenue outlook brightens
I'm excited. I think Ratzinger is a good choice. Of course, no matter who was chosen, we'd trust in the Holy Spirit.
What pleases me is who is pissed off right now.
In its Monday prediction, the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council said the state would pick up an additional $35.6 million this fiscal year, which ends June 30, and $23.5 million in the budget year that starts July 1. Since most of this year's extra cash carries into next year's budget, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and legislative budget writers will wrangle over how to spend that money: offer tax cuts or give money for social service programs.
With last month's projected $59.9 million increase in current-year revenue, the 2006 budget has grown by about $150.2 million since the council issued its first projection last June.
"We're going to make the lady into a tax cutter yet," said House Majority Leader Wayne A. Smith, R-Clair Manor.
Let's hope Wayne's right. But Ruth Ann seems to resist all attempts to return the people's money to them.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Compassion, Not Compulsion
As welfare expert Marvin Olasky has observed, "the major flaw of the modern welfare state is not that it's extravagant with money, but that it's stingy with the help that only a person can give: love, time, care and hope." In his book "The Tragedy of American Compassion," Mr. Olasky tells the fascinating story of America's early social workers. In battling poverty a century ago, they held that compassion required both warm hearts and hard heads. They believed antipoverty programs worked only when local communities were actively involved, and that such programs were truly compassionate only when they stressed personal responsibility.
Most social workers back then opposed government welfare, fearing correctly that its "feed and forget" programs would crowd out and diminish private activity--what we recognize today is the "I gave at the office" syndrome often fueled by people's impatience with programs that fail to uplift people. Indeed, the proportion of philanthropic giving devoted to social welfare has declined to less than 10% today from 15% in 1960. More private money goes to symphonies than to homeless shelters.
"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." --John F. Kennedy
"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount....The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants." --General Omar Bradley
"[E]ssentially modern post-Christian Europe, and Canada, and large parts of the United States...have replaced the traditional impulses of civilization, which is to breed, and to prosper, and to expand and survive with a culture of narcissism. You know, I'd like to have...meaningless, promiscuous sex, and just think about myself all day long, and all week long, and all year long. But in the end, when you prioritize that, you actually destroy the culture that enables it. It's a completely absurd culture and brazen. And that's what we've done. ... Because the fact of the matter is...most societies have built into their DNA the need to survive, the need to prosper, and the need to reproduce. And we have managed to lose that in an extraordinary short period of time, and quite remarkably. ... And so it's a simple, foolish, self-defeating sort of selfishness to carry on like that." --Mark Steyn
"You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing is worth dying for, when did this begin...? Should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots of Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn't die in vain!" --Ronald Reagan
"I have been a card-carrying Republican since 1963, when my candidate Barry Goldwater suggested cutting off the northeast and letting it float out to sea. It was a good idea back then, and it still has some merit. Too many Republicans up there are born without backbones -- which in the Republican Party is a communicable disease. Any other Republicans currently feeling their knee muscles turning to jelly should wrap their knees tightly, stick a ramrod up their dorsal side and get back in the fight. They should remember the political maxim that while the law will take care of the guilty, when a politician is innocent of the charges being thrown at him, he can only be brought down by his own side. ... Human sacrifice had been almost completely extinguished with the passing of the Aztecs -- until the Republican Party came along. ... If a party can be stampeded -- by phony charges and a run of shoddy stories in whorish newspapers -- into dumping their most effective congressional leader, I wouldn't give two cents for their near term future. A party that would voluntarily cut off its own [manhood] and FedEx them to their opponent as a trophy is not likely to manifest any regenerative powers. That's the thing about losing those organs." --Tony Blankley