June 30, 2015

Former Obama Official Asks: ‘Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?’

In a column at ForeignPolicy.com, a former Obama administration defense official who “served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011″ has asked: “Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?”

Rosa Brooks, who “is a law professor at Georgetown University,” is serious. Her earnestness and deep ignorance are especially troubling, because it’s clear that there are many people who “think” just like her who are still in the Obama administration and at the State Department (See: John Kerry’s slow-motion sellout in Iranian negotiations).

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin: ‘Freedom of Religion’ For ‘Institutions of Faith’ — Period

Filed under: Business Moves,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:19 pm

The latest confirmation that Erick Erickson’s original warning at RedState that “you will be made to care” about the legalization of same-sex “marriage” even if you think it doesn’t affect you comes from Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin.

On Saturday, the day after the Supreme Court’s related ruling, Baldwin was on MSNBC’s “Up w/ Steve Kornacki” program. Baldwin was asked, “Should the bakery have to bake the cake for the gay couple getting married? Where do you come down on that?” The short version of her answer: “Damn right they should.”

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NY Times Wonders How Trillions Can Be ‘Spent’ But ‘Crises Like Greece Persist’

The current headline at a June 29 New York Times story by Peter Eavis, also appearing on the front page of today’s print edition, is “Loads of Debt: A Global Ailment With Few Cures.”

But the last portion of the story’s web address is “… trillions-spent-but-crises-like-greeces-persist.html.” That’s because the original headline, the one used at the Times’s Twitter account — was “Trillions Spent But Crises Like Greece Persist.” Of course without admitting it, Eavis’s writeup is an ode to the worldwide failure of Keynesian economics — a term which naturally never appears in any form — and the closed minds of those who don’t understand why shoveling vast sums of money created out of thin air into the financial system is only marginally helpful in the short-term, and serious harmful over the long-term.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (063015)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Father Flanagan founded Boys Town. Will he be recognized as a saint?

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Omaha:

Jun 23, 2015 / 04:58 pm

The case for the sainthood of Servant of God Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded Nebraska’s famous Boys Town community for orphans and other boys, is now headed to Rome.

“More than being just a humanitarian, he was a man driven by his love for Jesus Christ to care for children who were forgotten and abused,” said Omar Gutierrez of the Archdiocese of Omaha. “He is a great model for the priesthood and for what Catholic social teaching looks like in the real world.”

Gutierrez, who served as notary for the diocesan tribunal investigating the priest’s sainthood cause, said he was particularly struck by the stories of past Boys Town residents, now elderly men, who knew Father Flanagan.

“I have had World War II veterans weep in front of me as they recall what Fr. Flanagan did for them when they were just boys,” he told CNA June 22.

“I have witnessed in a unique way the amazing power of fatherhood.”

The Omaha archdiocese closed the diocesan phase of the investigation with a June 18 Mass at Omaha’s St. Cecilia Cathedral, with Archbishop George Lucas as celebrant.

The final documents produced by the diocesan tribunal were signed and stamped. Two copies of the tribunal’s report were packaged and sealed with wax, stamped with the archdiocesan seal. The apostolic nuncio will take the package to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The congregation can recommend whether Pope Francis should declare Fr. Flanagan to have demonstrated heroic virtue and to declare him “venerable,” an important step on the path to beatification or canonization.

Father Flanagan helped at least 10,000 boys at Boys Town in his lifetime, and his influence extended around the world. …

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