Friday, November 07, 2008

Hurricane PALOMA Public Advisory

Any chance we can rename that hurricane "Hurricane PELOSI"???

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Ultrabriefly on the Election Results:

I intend to write an analysis of the election trends of 2008 in a post-election commentary to be published sometime later this month. However, at the moment I am mulling over how I want to approach this. The intention is to try to make this commentary shorter than past election commentaries have been but without sacrificing essential points that need to be covered.

I do not intend prior to the publishing of that commentary to say anything about the election unless it is a response to reader email.{1} Furthermore, even after that commentary is published through at least the final months of President Bush's term that is how I intend to approach this matter. It is also with that commentary that I will debut a new blog tag for the president-elect{2} befitting the new station to which he will be ascending and which will be used for all postings pertaining to him after the inauguration.

The more I ponder these matters, the more I conclude that I am probably not of the same mindset on this matter that many who would identify themselves as "conservatives" may be. But that is par for the course I suppose -my approach to these matters is one that recognizes the whole panorama of conservative views rather than one narrow school of thought that is prevalent today. Nonetheless, the commentary will explain this to some extent and I will at that point not discuss election related issues until after January 20, 2009.{3} For a long election campaign has been concluded and battles that will need to be fought starting at that time{4} require one to conserve their energies on these matters.


{1} And that is assuming that I even bother to respond to reader email on this subject of course should any be forthcoming. (It is still quite early in the aftermath.)

{2} Who shall likely not be mentioned at this weblog until that time.

{3} The one exception to this pledge is that I may comment further if somehow Dino Rossi wins the governors race for the second time between now and when that commentary is completed and published.

{4} I may however in that interim and as time allows for it sketch out a rough draft of the second of two initiative ideas I want to get on the ballot for Washington State in the 2010 election. (The first idea was sketched out nearly five years ago on this humble weblog and may be revisited again in the interim prior to the election as well.)

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No Pity Party? (Glenn Beck)

My sentiments almost precisely!!!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Why McCain Will Win (Tammy Bruce)

I hope for the reasons she outlines (among others) that she is right on this.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Miscellaneous Musings on Threads of Interest:

A few threads pertaining to the election which is 48 hours away{1} seem to be appropriate at the present time so here goes...

An ACORN Whistleblower Testifies in Court (John Fund)

Here is a bit from the above article...

The FBI is investigating its voter registration efforts in several states, amid allegations that almost a third of the 1.3 million cards it turned in are invalid. And yesterday, a former employee of Acorn testified in a Pennsylvania state court that the group's quality-control efforts were "minimal or nonexistent" and largely window dressing. Anita MonCrief also says that Acorn was given lists of potential donors by several Democratic presidential campaigns, including that of Barack Obama, to troll for contributions.

But remember folks, Sen. Obama has had no affiliation with ACORN. He told us so, remember ;-) Moving on we have this article on voting from someone who has not been mentioned on this weblog in a few years...

Don't Let the Polls Affect Your Vote (Karl Rove)

Here is a tidbit from the text to whet the appetite:

Polls can reveal underlying or emerging trends and help campaigns decide where to focus. The danger is that commentators use them to declare a race over before the votes are in. This can demoralize the underdog's supporters, depressing turnout. I know that from experience.

For our part, we at Rerum Novarum will be voting on Tuesday regardless of the so-called "lead" that the msm will assign to Sen. Obama.

Obama and the Politics of Crowds (Fouad Ajami)

Another article well worth reading -I will quote the summary to give an idea of what the article will cover:

The morning after the election, the disappointment will begin to settle upon the Obama crowd. Defeat -- by now unthinkable to the devotees -- will bring heartbreak. Victory will steadily deliver the sobering verdict that our troubles won't be solved by a leader's magic.

That my friends is something we all need to remember: if we place as some kind of integral source of our happiness weight on who the president is, who runs congress, etc., Ultimately happiness has to come from within because otherwise we would cede to others control over our own happiness which it is never wise nor prudent to do. Then there is this tidbit from the LA Times...

The Los Angeles Times’s Strange Notion of Journalistic Ethics

The title says it all as far as I am concerned, give the article a read to see another example of mainstream media double standards as far as this election is concerned. But it appears finally folks that we may have the "October Surprise" coming out in November and this could affect the outcome of the voting in several key states. Here is the story and some of the reactions from some of those states:

Hidden Audio: Obama Tells SF Chronicle He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry

Here is just a taste:

Imagine if John McCain had whispered somewhere that he was willing to bankrupt a major industry? Would this declaration not immediately be front page news? Well, Barack Obama actually flat out told the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) that he was willing to see the coal industry go bankrupt in a January 17, 2008 interview. The result? Nothing. This audio interview has been hidden from the public...until now.

Here is the response from some of the states which would be affected by the Obama energy plan as it pertains to coal starting with West Virginia -a state with five electoral votes and where the GOP has had a weak lead up to now:

Coal official calls Obama comments 'unbelievable'

Here is one from Ohio which is a state that was tending towards Obama and which has 20 electoral votes:

Ohio Coal Association Says Obama Remarks Make It Clear: Obama Ticket Not Supportive of Coal

Other states where Obama is weakly leading which could be affected by this latest news include Pennsylvania (21 electoral votes) and Virginia (13 electoral votes). There is also Indiana (11 electoral votes) where McCain's hanging on by his fingernails which could be bolstered by this latest news not to mention North Carolina (15 electoral votes) where Obama has a very small lead who also has a coal industry.

Anyway, this may be the silver bullet we have been looking for in this election folks...we will only know for sure after tomorrow.


{1} Though for our part we at Rerum Novarum voted by mail the other day.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Holy Souls Masses Registration:

The following is this years scroll of the dearly departed -individuals of note and also family groupings will be noted by last name:

Richard Dunn McElhinney f
James Dunn McElhinney u
Teresa Mildred McElhinney gm
Paul Dowd McElhinney gf
McElhinney fam
Hugh Dunn gu
Dunn fam

Ed Flynn gu
Cecilia Flynn ga

Flynn fam
McCann fam
Mark Usher sgf
Virginia Usher sgm
Usher sfam
Brooks fam
Hellstrom sfam
Leta M. Allen sa

David Kanski u
Mary H. Kanski gm
Harry Kanski gf
Harold Kanski u
Kanski fam
Haluk fam
Hruby fam
Duma fam
Sharon Rogowski Colson c
Rogowski fam
Mel Denny gu
Denny fam
Omafrey fam

Ann Ripplinger ga
Ripplinger fam
Spence fam
Mel Clark sgf
Jane Clark sgm
Clark fam

James Jenner OP p
Joseph Fulton OP p
Blessed Sacrament Parish/Dom. Priory
St. Pius X Parish
Corpus Christi Parish

Jeff Cox cl
Rasmussen ext-fam
Kathy Rasmussen Hanks ext-fam
Tull ext-fam
Chris DiSomma f ext-fam
Anselmo ext-fam
Evie Baker ext-fam
St. Blogs ext-fam
Mike Mentzer t
Mentzer tfam
Arthur Jones t
Michael Jackson t
Cipriani ffam
O'Grady ffam
Bannon ffam
Ziadeh ffam
Stein ffam
Smith ffam
Tierney ffam
Mockeridge ffam
Blosser ffam
D'Hippolito ffam
Hand ffam
Roy Sabin acq
Anne Sabin acq
Tim's friend (cannot recall his name at the present but God knows)
Brittany Salzano acq

While I am sure more will come to mind than just those later on, they are what will be noted at this time. The link to the Purgatory Project can be found HERE and I encourage my readers to check it out and register the names of family and friends.{1}

Eternal rest grant unto their souls O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found [me]. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord on that day (2 Tim i,18).


{1} One should not presume that my recommendation of the above site constitutes a blanket approval of all or even many (or even most) of the other threads they have posted there. Nonetheless, they do have a good thread on explaining purgatory which can be read HERE and that I do highly recommend.

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Gotta Love Those PUMAS

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