February 09th, 2013 A.D.
The Curmudgeonly Recap, February 8, 2013CATEGORIES: Uncategorized
- President Obama now claims, with the backing of his political appointees, that he has the authority to order the assassination of U.S. citizens if they are deemed to be terrorists intent on killing other Americans. Don’t get me wrong here. Terrorism is abhorrent and anyone planning to unleash it on our country should be hunted down and neutralized. What is disconcerting is how the President is willing to cast aside due process and the rule of law in order to accomplish this end. Should terrorists be covered under due process? As St. Thomas More was portrayed as saying in A Man for all Seasons, “I give the devil benefit of law for my own safety’s sake!”
- By the way, who gets to define terrorist? Today it might be a bomb-throwing fanatic. Tomorrow it might be someone who, because he’s against abortion and same-sex “marriage,” is deemed a threat to the social order. The President is leading us to a slope that is slippery indeed.
- Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have postponed their decision about whether to allow avowed homosexuals to be scout leaders, claiming they need more time because of the complexity of the issue. The only complexity is the twisted logic someone used to get the Scouts to entertain this proposal in the first place.
- Walter Williams at Townhall.com reports that a senior Defense Department official has stated the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military’s goal is “to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field.” Like Dr. Williams, I’ve been under the impression the military’s goal was to protect the country and win wars. In our present conflicts one wonders whether Al Qaeda, North Korea, or the Muslim Brotherhood are worried about establishing a “level, gender-neutral playing field?” And, given their views on women, don’t look for Islamic radicals to cut female POW’s any slack.
- The British House of Commons recently provided another example of why it’s unwise to get too whipped up about having a bunch of Catholics in the legislature. In the recent vote regarding same sex marriage, a majority of the Catholic members of the British House of Commons voted in favor of a proposal to recognize same-sex marriage. Among the Catholic MPs who cast ballots in the landmark February 3 vote, 47 favored the government’s proposal, only 28 opposed it, and seven abstained. St. Thomas More, St. John Fischer, please pray for them.
- When the Curmudgeonly Recap for January 28, 2013 reported on the “Orgasm Workshop” the University of Minnesota recently sponsored, there was no way of knowing it was a growing trend in American higher education. The University of Illinois has gone a step farther and hired former porn star Annie Sprinkle to teach at its own orgasm workshop. During the seminar she will screen her documentary, “Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm,” that features interviews with 26 other “orgasm experts.” Sprinkle describes the work as a “poetic homage to the big O;” we doubt this refers to the President.
- Not to be outdone, North Carolina State University plans to sponsor a “Dirty Bingo” event as part of its effort to find “innovative” ways to discuss sexual health on campus. Players will compete for prizes such as artificial genitalia, “how to” manuals, and other must haves for the sexually liberated; certified educators (whatever that’s supposed to mean) will actually use some of the prizes to demonstrate healthy sex practices. Right; as if demonstrating sex practices in a public forum using a variety of sex toys is a sign of health.
- Many ancients believed that the heart was the seat of the intellect and emotions resided in the bowels. Modern academia seems determined to relocate emotions to the heart and intellect to the bowels – or points south. This bodes really well for the future of our own culture – sarcasm intended.
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"Saint Jerome, pray for us... if you feel like it." Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Michael Boldizsar, R.I.P. The Curmudgeonly Recap, March 18, 2013 The Curmudgeonly Recap, 3/4/13