Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Played a Dangerous Game of "Chicken" with Jihadist Terrorists That Cost Lives

The publishers of Charlie Hebdo knew full well they were risking their lives, and the lives of those they employed, by intentionally trying to offend Muslims, particularly those of a jihadist bent.  This is confirmed by the fact that the now late editor in chief of Charlie Hebdo, Stephane Charbonnier, once quipped that he'd "rather die standing than living on [his] knees."

In light of this, nobody should be surprised that Charbonnier, and at least eleven other people who worked on Charlie Hebdo, were murdered in cold blood today by Muslim terrorists.  And yet, some people are miffed at "Screaming" Bill Donahue of the Catholic League for pointing out that the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo was foreseeable.    

Obviously, these critics have mistaken Donahue's pointing out the foreseeability of the terrorist attack that occurred with blaming the victims for causing the attack.  It's admittedly a nuanced distinction, but one that nevertheless exists.

These criticisms of Bill Donahue also detract from the fact that the publishers of Charlie Hebdo have been playing a reckless and dangerous game of "chicken" with Muslim jihadists that, sadly and unsurprisingly, has resulted in the tragic murder of several lives.  

Monday, January 05, 2015

Dear Harvard: *Facepalm*

Much like almost all other institutes of so-called higher learning these days, Harvard was all gung-ho for the passage of Obamacare a few years ago.  Heck, the architect of Obamacare, Jonathan "Americans Are Stupid People" Gruber, is a professor there.

Now comes news that the faculty at Harvard are bitching and moaning about having to pay for increased health care costs that are directly caused by Obamacare.

If there were ever a group of people that was less self-aware than these left-wing elitists, I'd be shocked.

Return of the Los Angeles Rams?

News that the owner of the St. Louis Rams is planning on building a stadium in the City of Inglewood is fortifying rumors that the Rams will be coming back to Los Angeles.  While I hope it turns out to be true (I grew up rooting for the Rams while they were in L.A.) I'm not going to believe the rumor until there's an official announcement.  There's just been too many NFL teams over the years that have publicly used Los Angeles as a bargaining chip to get new stadium deals in their own cities.    

Saturday, January 03, 2015

One Year Later...

It's been exactly one year since my last post, which much like all of 2014, was a bit of downer.

Politically, the year ended pretty well with the Republican tidal wave in Congress.  I somehow get the feeling, though, the GOP congressional leadership under John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are going to screw everything up.  Their handling of Obama's unconstitutional immigration legislation certainly hasn't given me much confidence in them.

Unfortunately, the Republican tidal wave across the country barely touched California.  Moonbeam won reelection as governor, Republicans again failed to win a state-wide office, and over 900 new and largely liberty undermining laws have been added to the books.  The only real positive thing that happened in California in 2014 was the Democrats losing their super-majority in the State Senate.

And, oh yeah, my friend Matthew Harper was elected to the State Assembly. Matt, I think, is someone to keep an eye on for state-wide office.

Whether this is my only posting for the year, I can't say.  Facebook and Twitter have pretty much replaced what I started with this blog over ten years ago.  I'm on Twitter almost every day, so if you happen to be interested in anything I have to say, you can follow me at @catholiclawyer.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Prayer Request for My Father

My dad had to be taken to the emergency room today because he had been running a fever of over 100. When he got there, they found he had pneumonia.  He's now been admitted to the hospital, and it's unclear how long he will have to stay there.  Things are made even more worrisome by the fact that my dad's immunity system is on the weak side because of fairly recent chemotherapy treatment.

If you would, please pray for my dad, and also ask for the intercessory prayer of St. Bernadine of Siena, who is the patron saint of lung illnesses.  Thank you, and God bless.

Update (1/4/13): Good news. Turns out my dad doesn't have pneumonia and is starting to feel a little better. Hopefully, he'll be able to go home soon.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Liberalism is Fascism

The gay leftist Brown Shirts are at it again, this time targeting a bakery in Oregon whose owners have the temerity of exercising their First Amendment right to religious liberty.  More specifically, the bakery owners believe marriage is a religious union between one man and one woman, and will not violate this belief by making cakes for sexual deviants who want to throw a "gay marriage" party.

From threats to vicious phone calls and e-mails, the Klein family has been inundated with angry responses. Now, Aaron and Melissa have announced that they are shutting down their shop.

In a brief phone interview earlier this month, Melissa told TheBlaze that the couple has continued to face upheaval following their faith-based decision. Just days after we spoke, she and her husband announced that this past weekend was the family’s last at its current location.

The business will be transitioning, with the Kleins operating, instead, from their home.

Read more here.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Pot Kills

Two real life reasons for why marijuana should not be decriminalized so that it can be used for recreational purposes:

1. Rim Fire in Yosemite Valley becomes the fourth largest wildfire in California history.  Fire officials suspect the cause of the fire originated from a marijuana growing operation.  Yes, the operation was illegal, but only because proper permits were not obtained.

2. An Arizona man allegedly smoked pot while his three month old child was allowed to die in a hot car.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Atheism Makes You Stupid

Exhibit No. 895231:
An atheist group is accusing an Arkansas grade school of violating students’ constitutional rights by inviting them to a performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at a local church.


"We're not saying anything bad about Charlie Brown," Anne Orsi, a Little Rock attorney and vice president of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, told KARK 4 News. "The problem is that it's got religious content and it's being performed in a religious venue and that doesn't just blur the line between church and state, it oversteps it entirely."

Forget about the fact that no student at the Arkansas school is required to go to the performance, the venue is an inanimate object, there is no "separation of church and state" in the Constitution, and that the so-called "religious content" Ms. Orsi is referring to in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is a factually accurate recitation of the origins/meaning of Christmas. Public school children must remain of the belief that Christmas is all about Santa Claus, i.e., the Democrat Party platform pre two-thirds delegate "approval" of this!