Signing Off

Well, I start my new job a week early…sorry for the lack of warning. I’ll be starting today, so this will be my last post for a while.

But, parting shots are always necessary:

  • The “Rosemont Referendum” never materialized, but we still see the ads telling us how pulverizing a mountain is good for the environment. I suggest that Rosemont change the closing titles on their ads to better show what their improvements will do:

    It’s just a rough draft, but I’m sure they have pros who can work on that.

  • Samuel L. Jackson’s um…creative…GOTV video got some buzz last week. Not among it’s fans is Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash, who had this level headed response on his Facebook page:




  • Yeah, Pima Bunch…clever. But the knocks about cronyism would probably be better delivered if not financed by a shadowy group led by a guy who desperately wants his own stop on the local government gravy train.

    By the way, how did they get permission to use the Brady Bunch theme? Or, is there some obscure part of the BMI licensing agreement that allows fair use if you sing the song in a really irritating falsetto?

Okay, enough of that.

Thank you all for the support and yes, even opposition, over the last seven years.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

Take That, Dolan

This is the first election in a while where I’ve seen a big chunk of my Church’s hierarchy throw in so blatantly for one candidate. So, how has the “never mind that social gospel, there’s a gay guy out to ruin your marriage and hand out birth control” thing worked out for the partisan bishops?

Here ya go:

Obama leads opponent Mitt Romney among Catholic voters by 54% to 39%, according to the survey, conducted from September 12 to 16 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Of course a big chunk of Barack Obama’s lead is among Hispanics and blacks (5% of African Americans are Catholics), but Pew’s poll shows Obama and Mitt Romney in a tie among white Catholics.

Disjointed Notes on the Convention

A few thoughts inspired by last night.

– Quick historical note for the news media: Yes, Bill Clinton spoke for a bladder straining 51 minutes last night. Careful, however, when comparing it to his over-long speech in 1988. I’ve heard that 31 minute speech referred to as a “keynote” in several news reports. The 1988 speech was not a keynote fellas: it was a nomination speech for Michael Dukakis.

Yes, a minor point, but if you can’t even take the time to check Wikipedia or your own outlet’s archives…

By the way, the keynote that year was by then Texas Treasurer Ann Richards, and it was a big deal. Her “Silver foot in his mouth” comment about George Bush later given as a reason why the campaign got so nasty, and even given as an excuse for the tone of Bush fils’s campaign against Richards in 1994.

– I liked Sister Simone Campbell’s remarks. Her Sisters of Public Service follow the Benedictine Rule and she’s a friend of at least one of the sisters at our local monastery. Her words made me proud to be a Benedictine Oblate.

Ann Coulter’s twitter feed was particularly vile last night. I was thinking of putting them up here, but I’ll resist the urge. I guess I should follow the example of Sr. Simone’s beloved Rule and show pity for her for whatever is missing from her life.

Nie Wierzcie Elektrykom

I’ve been getting grief from my liberal friends about Lech Wałęsa’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. Some of this is over what he regards as a personal slight from Barack Obama; some of it is because of Wałęsa’s stongly held social conservatism.

Solidarność, the labor movement he once headed, doesn’t share Wałęsa’s enthusiasm for Romney. They released a statement:

In relation to Lech Walesa’s meeting with Mitt Romney, a candidate for President of the USA, I wish to inform that NSZZ “Solidarnosc” is in no way involved in the organization of this meeting nor had the initiative to invite Mitt Romney to Poland.

Regretfully, we have learned from our friends in the American trade union central AFL-CIO, representing over 12 million workers, about Mitt Romney’s support for the attacks against trade unions and labor rights. In this respect, I wish to express, on behalf of the President of NSZZ “Solidarnosc” Piotr Duda, our solidarity with American workers and trade unions. NSZZ “Solidarnosc” will always support the AFL-CIO in their struggle for the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively.

Wałęsa dropped his membership in Solidarność back in 2006 in a political dispute. Solidarność threw in with the Law and Justice party, while Wałęsa was a supporter of Civic Platform. The two center right parties were then and remain the two main parties in parliament.

Piotr Duda, the current head of Solidarność, has also written a letter in support of public employees in Wisconsin.

Because Political Reporters are a Bored, Easily Distracted Lot…

Late last night, political websites and twit-feeds were breathlessly aglow with the results of the vote in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

We now share with you this important information:

Republican Primary
Mitt Romney – 2
Jon Huntsman – 2
Newt Gingrich – 1
Ron Paul – 1

Democratic Primary
Barack Obama – 3

There is little doubt that results of the election in the Village of Dixville Notch are decisively predictive of the results in much larger elections, the results in Dixville Township, for example.

McCain: Obama Can Win Arizona

John McCain assessing Barack Obama’s chances in Arizona in an appearance this weekend on CNN’s State of the Union:

I think it can be up for grabs. I think that’s true of New Mexico, Colorado, Texas even, although maybe not this time. But the demographics are clear. The demographics are clear that the Hispanic vote will play a major — be a major factor in national elections.