Catholic bishops criticize transgender letter

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Catholic bishops who are chairmen of committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement today responding to the Obama administration’s Justice and Education Departments’ directive sent out Friday to schools across the country.

The statement was issued by Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo and Archbishop George Lucas. Bishop Malone is the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. Archbishop Lucas is Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education.

The statement from the bishops quotes Amoris Laetitia, an apostolic exhortation on love in the family written by Pope Francis and released in April.

One mention from Amoris Laetitia:

The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that “the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created”

An excerpt from the statement:

Children, youth, and parents in these difficult situations deserve compassion, sensitivity, and respect. All of these can be expressed without infringing on legitimate concerns about privacy and security on the part of the other young students and parents. The federal regulatory guidance issued on May 13 does not even attempt to achieve this balance. It unfortunately does not respect the ongoing political discussion at the state and local levels and in Congress, or the broader cultural discussion, about how best to address these sensitive issues. Rather, the guidance short-circuits those discussions entirely.

The Obama administration directive and the statement in response from the Catholic bishops came amidst reaction to the debate nationally over a state legislative matter in North Carolina. HB2 became law in North Carolina after it was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory. The law itself was a reaction to local legislation in Charlotte.

 

Full Text of Statement from Catholic Bishops

The Catholic Church consistently affirms the inherent dignity of each and every human person and advocates for the wellbeing of all people, particularly the most vulnerable. Especially at a young age and in schools, it is important that our children understand the depth of God’s love for them and their intrinsic worth and beauty. Children should always be and feel safe and secure and know they are loved.

The guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education that treats “a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex” is deeply disturbing. The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that “the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created” (Amoris Laetitia [AL], no. 285).

Children, youth, and parents in these difficult situations deserve compassion, sensitivity, and respect. All of these can be expressed without infringing on legitimate concerns about privacy and security on the part of the other young students and parents. The federal regulatory guidance issued on May 13 does not even attempt to achieve this balance. It unfortunately does not respect the ongoing political discussion at the state and local levels and in Congress, or the broader cultural discussion, about how best to address these sensitive issues. Rather, the guidance short-circuits those discussions entirely.

As Pope Francis has recently indicated, “‘biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated'” (AL, no. 56, emphasis added). We pray that the government make room for more just and compassionate approaches and policies in this sensitive area, in order to serve the good of all students and parents, as well as the common good. We will be studying the guidance further to understand the full extent of its implications.

Rapper DMX involved in police call at SC hotel

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DMX is in the news again, and the police were involved.

According to WSPA:

Spartanburg Police say they responded to a disturbance call at the Marriott Monday morning.

Police say Earl Simmons also known as DMX was there.

They say a report was not filed because everyone had left and there was no criminal action taking place when they got there.

Previously the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested for possession of marjjuana and served an outstanding warrant in Spartanburg County. He also was stopped for driving under suspension and driving without a license in South Carolina.

There is a voluminous section of the Wikipedia page on the rapper detailing just his legal trouble since 1998. Charges against him have included animal cruelty, drug possession, theft, violation of probation, weapons possession, and assault just to name a few. The ones I listed are on the less serious end of all the charges against him over the past 18 years.

‘Little Obama’ ice cream for sale in Russia

Little ObamaAccording to The Moscow Times, a new ice cream product called Obamka, or Little Obama, is on sale now in the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

It went on sale last month in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny.

A Soviet-era cartoon called Chunga-Changa, about an island inhabited by African children, is reportedly the inspiration for the product.

The product is currently only available locally.

The name of the product isn’t political, according to the manufacturer:

Deputy development director at the Slavitsa ice cream factory Rasil Mustafin, said that the name was not political but chosen due to the product’s chocolate flavor. “There’s no political underpinning. We have no intention to offend anyone,” he said. “Someone at the factory came up with the idea.”

Little Obama not the only Obama product overseas

little obamaIn 2014, it was reported that Chinese vendors near the Great Wall of China had been forced to temporarily stop selling Obama-Mao t-shirts. The reason for the moratorium was a visit to the area by First Lady Michelle Obama. These shirts depicted President Obama dressed as Chinese Communist icon Mao Zedong. Plenty of other “Obamao” products have been for sale in the People’s Republic.

Obama isn’t alone in this regard there:

As I walked through one hutong, I saw a paper fan sporting the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s face beside the caption: “Do not miss me, I’m already a legend.”

During a 2009 Summit in Russia, there were nesting dolls featuring Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev.

When President Obama visited Kenya in 2015, it was seen as, “a prime opportunity for otherwise impoverished citizens to make some fast money selling Obama souvenirs.”

The Wall Street Journal‘s lede in a story on this subject goes into further details:

Kenyan street hawker Enokh Mulure and two friends recently spent about $1,300 on a truckload of Barack Obama mugs, calendars, baseball caps and T-shirts. Mr. Obama is making his first trip to Kenya as president this week, and to Mr. Mulure that means one thing: “Business.”

Kasich event with Bob Ehrlich likely off

KasichAccording to reports, John Kasich is making some sort of announcement in Columbus this afternoon, presumably about the suspension of his campaign. He also cancelled a planned press conference at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.

I would presume that means tonight’s fundraiser hosted by former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich for the Kasich campaign in Annapolis is cancelled. If not, it likely means Kasich just won’t be there and Ehrlich will be the big draw (ha!).

The event was scheduled to be at the Crowne Plaza with a roundtable starting at 5:30 p.m., a VIP photo op reception from 6:00-6:30, and a general reception from 6:30-7:30. Ticket prices were set at $2700 for the roundtable, $1000 for the VIP photo op reception, and $250 for the general reception.

More details were posted on the Maryland for Kasich Facebook page:

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There has been no update on the Maryland for Kasich Facebook page and nothing at all on events anywhere is listed on the campaign website.

Irrelevant: John Kasich and Bob Ehrlich

Before his endorsement of Kasich, Ehrlich was stuck doing fundraisers for people like Pat McDonough. Ehrlich’s star has fallen quickly since his 2010 loss.

In early 2014, Ehrlich told Richard Sher he would be the last Republican governor elected in Maryland.

Just a few months later, Larry Hogan was elected and Ehrlich’s position as the senior elected official in the party evaporated overnight.

Ehrlich has struggled to sell books since he left office and he toyed with running for President even though one analyst referred to him as a seventh-tier candidate ahead of the campaign cycle.

His irrelevance continued into the 2016 primaries with his advocacy for Kasich who never was really an option for most Maryland Republican voters until the field narrowed to Kasich, Cruz, and Trump. At least Ehrlich has a nice cushy lobbying job and doesn’t have to rely on book sales to put food on the table.

 

Former Cruz consultant blasts GOP, conservatives

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I’ve asked for permission from a friend of mine to repost a Facebook status he posted tonight on the GOP and the conservative movement.

I’ve known Tommy Sears for several years. We’ve commiserated about football when his Dawgs (UGA) and my Tigers (Clemson) had bad seasons and talked very little smack when they played each other (my mom went to UGA.)

We talked about things Southern expats in DC talk about (in our case Zaxby’s came up a few times.) When I met him he worked at the Center for Military Readiness in DC and I knew he had also gone to grad school at Georgetown (Hoya Saxa – I was there ’92-’93.) Since then he’s worked for the Faith & Freedom Coalition and then went to work as a consultant for the Cruz campaign last fall in Texas.

The GOP and the Conservative Movement in DC

I heard recently he’d left the Cruz campaign and then tonight he posted something that is worth your time to read – on both the GOP and the conservative movement as it exists in DC and across America. So without further ado, the rest of this post is what he wrote tonight on Facebook:

Almost 3 weeks ago I made the decision to leave Washington, DC and return to my beloved home state of Georgia. As I sit here back in my old hometown tonight watching Donald Trump deliver the final coup d’ grace to Ted Cruz in this Republican presidential primary, I have the oft-invoked benefit of hindsight in being proven right in that decision. Having been a Cruz campaign consultant (the vast majority of that time through a 3rd-party contractor), and a staunch Cruz supporter before and since, I take no satisfaction in his defeat tonight, save for the minor speed bump it may mean to Cruz campaign senior staffers Jeff Roe, Mark Campbell, and Chris Wilson, who saw fit to throw me overboard. Despite what is no doubt a disappointing end to a tactically brilliant campaign (as I’ve consistently said, far and away the best in my personal experience—among many under my belt), these hired guns will be just fine. Even in defeat, their individual campaign/consulting businesses will be able to lay claim to going deep with myriad victories in a GOP presidential nomination fight not seen in over a generation. And therein lies the now-chronic, and in my opinion, fatal problem with Republicanism, and now, conservatism.
I decided to leave DC after the latest of seemingly countless conservative conclaves that I’d attended, spoken at, or planned/organized/directed over the last 20-plus years. During this last meeting, I had the proverbial “moment of clarity”: for those last 6-7 hours, I had been listening to the same people saying the same things ahead of the next “most important election of our lifetimes” that I had for the last decade. And nothing had changed. Despite healthy Republican Congressional majorities and one two-term Republican presidency during my years in DC, Leftism in the United States continues to march headlong. My stark realization: The vast majority of leaders of the so-called “conservative movement” are as feckless and corrupt as the Republican party and congressional leadership that they, in exquisite irony, criticize relentlessly in order to preserve and advance their own places of power. All decisions are predicated on the prospects for, effect on, and ability to execute near-ceaseless fundraising or developing other revenue streams, and maintaining their and their organizations’ profile. They are as wedded to their perks of office/station, influence, prestige and yes, (perhaps even more so) money than their perpetual RINO/RNC/congressional Republican leadership foils.

There are a couple of admonitions by one of these prominent leaders: “Don’t fully trust anyone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw was losing,” and “A well-run movement takes care of its own.” I have seen precious little recognition of the former in a decade of working with conservative movement leaders, and with regard to the latter, the movement is in critical condition. The conclusion that I have personally come to, and believe has been further confirmed tonight, is that the current party and “movement” infrastructure of conservatism (which in my mind should be synonymous with constitutionalism) is irredeemable. I will not vote for the truly dangerous, entitled, narcissist charlatan Trump, like many other committed conservatives. In my humble opinion, the only chance to reclaim even a portion of the promise of the nation our founders envisioned and intended is not through a third party, but replacing the Republican party. I have no idea whether that can happen in the midst of an otherwise sure-to-be nasty and brutal presidential race; my practical political sense is no, but I still have a ways to go on the clarity thing. All I can say at this stage is, whether now or later, conservatism will never prevail without wholly new leaders and a vehicle for its principles and programs. That is no longer to be found in the Republican party or today’s “conservative movement.” ‪#‎NeverTrump‬

An alternative to the GOP this fall?

Sears also made an addendum in the comments:

Just to add above, just because I think it’s hard, nigh impossible to run an alternative candidate/build an alternative conservative party before November does not mean it should not be tried.

Tommy makes some good points to consider whether you agree or disagree with him.