When a friend of mine sent this clip from the Colbert Report — a chat between Steven Colbert and Georgetown’s Father Thomas Reese on why Paul Ryan’s budget bothers Catholics — I expected to like it. I like Colbert. I like Jesuits. I like Father Reese. Though I’m not a Ryan “fan” he seems smart, and I like the idea (the very novel idea!) of an actual budget being proposed within our government.
And yet, I found myself not much liking the clip at all.
One very real problem with the “Julia” concept is that throughout the 12 stages nowhere is it mentioned that “Julia” ever gives back for any of the benefits she receives. That is particularly true when “Julia” is 27 years old, when she is 31 years old, when she is 37 years old, when she is 42 years old, and when she’s 67 years old.
Claiming membership in some designated “victim” club supposedly exempts those members from any criticism: Obama, Sharpton & Jackson are black, so obviously we’re all racists who identify them as the shakedown artists and socialist gangsters they are; Dan Savage is gay, so obviously we’re all homophobes who point out what as a bigoted little bully he is; Sandra Fluke is female, so obviously we’re all misogynists who correctly identify her as a freeloading, pathethic wimp; Elizabeth Warren isn’t/never was/never will be a Native American, but obviously we’re women-hating bigots who call her the Affirmative Action hustler she is.
Over the weekend we learned that Israeli elections were scheduled for September 4th because of the collapse of Netanyahu's coalition. Late last night the Israeli Prime Minster and the head of the leading opposition party Kadima, have reached an agreement to bring the opposition party into the coalition forestalling the election till the official end of its term on October 22, 2013.
Composites seem to be all the rage this month, with the revelation that Barack Obama used them for girlfriends in one of his books and now his campaign has invented Julia to represent something in the presidential campaign. So, we decided it's our turn to provide a composite of two current news stories that seem to have been largely overlooked in the topsy-turvy news that's afflicting so many of us with dizziness, even six months out from the presidential election. Both of these bizarre stories are true.
An advocate for cerebral palsy sings the National Anthem at a session of Colorado's General Assembly movingly and beautifully... and then becomes part of something seriously dramatic and poignant.
Go and read it...
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