Monday, March 02, 2009

Three Catholic Universities Give Up Catholic Ethics for Lent just can't make this up.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY: From February 23 to 28, Georgetown University is hosting “Sex Positive Week,” sponsored by feminist and homosexual student clubs.

On Monday, the event “Sex Positive…What’s That?” featured a speaker from Black Rose, an organization “which provides a forum for the many different expressions of power in love and play. This can include dominance & submission, bondage & discipline, fetishism, cross-dressing, to name a few.”

Yesterday’s talk, on Ash Wednesday, “Torn About Porn?” was advertised to include “discussion about arguably alternative forms of pornography that are not supposed to be exploitative, but rather radical and empowering.”

On Saturday, February 28, pornographic film director Tristan Taormino will speak on “Relationships Beyond Monogamy”—one day after speaking in downtown Washington, D.C., about “Anal Pleasure 101”. She will discuss her book Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships with Jenny Block, author of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage. Taormino is also the author of True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO: On Tuesday, the Student Diversity and Cultural Affairs Office of Loyola University Chicago presented the film Brother to Brother about a homosexual African-American who is transported in time to cavort with the allegedly homosexual writer Langston Hughes.

The film is part of a semester-long “Color of Queer Film Series” sponsored by the university. Upcoming films include Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros about a 12 year-old boy who falls in love with a male police officer, and I Exist: Voices from the Lesbian and Gay Middle Eastern Community in the U.S.

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY: This week is “Transgender Awareness Week” at Seattle University, including a session on allegedly transgender Bible heroes and heroines and “Criss-Cross Day,” where students are encouraged to “come dressed for the day in your best gender-bending outfit.” The events are sponsored by the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the student Trans and Allies Club.

“That Catholic universities would permit these events on their campuses at any time of the year is unthinkable, but to do so during the holy season of Lent is unconscionable,” said Reilly.

“The saddest part of this story is that there is no indication that these universities are ashamed or embarrassed by what is taking place on their Catholic campuses. Parents and potential students might begin to wonder how these universities can in good conscience consider themselves Catholic when they allow such perverse distortions of Catholic values to take place.”

Starry Eyed on Tax Relief

So the new transparency that Obama promised is starting to look a lot like that same old mendacity we got under the previous administrations.

On the radio, I heard about a new website set up to help the tax-paying populace (all 46% of us) keep an eye on where our money is going. (You have to provide the flushing sounds yourself.)

Mr. Obama has been trying to sell us a bill of goods about how he is taking the same steps that Kennedy, Reagan, and even Bush II took to spur a sagging economy: TAX RELIEF. Now, tax relief does work. We've seen that. But what he's proposing isn't tax relief at all.

First, as in my post last Friday, giving non-taxpayers money channeled through the IRS and calling it a rebate isn't tax relief. It's welfare at best, Marxist redistribution of wealth in the middle, and outright vote-buying.

But then going on to lie about what counts as tax relief by throwing in all sorts of stuff not even covered under any rubric of tax or IRS is just outright deceitful. Let's take a look at RECOVERY.GOV to see where it says all that money is going.

Ooh!!! $288Billion in tax relief! I'm so relieved! I thought this was just going to be a big spending bill where the government decides what to do with my money. I'm so thankful they're going to entrust me with more of what I earned... and... uh....

....wait a second. What's that asterisk doing there? I'd better check the fine print and footnotes.
* Tax Relief - includes $15 B for Infrastructure and Science, $61 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $25 B for Education and Training and $22 B for Energy, so total funds are $126 B for Infrastructure and Science, $142 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $78 B for Education and Training, and $65 B for Energy.
Lemme get this straight - since you're being all transparent and accountable: $123 Billion of this "tax relief" is really just more of the other stuff you've got listed there. Am I reading that right? So really it's only $165 Billion is in tax relief. And a good bit of that is really just going to be shuffling money to people that didn't pay any taxes to begin with?

So much for HOPE and CHANGE in the politics of deception.

Take these provisions with a grain of salt? YES WE CAN!

I think I liked the cowboy diplomacy better than the cowboy economics.