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06 October 2008

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Got me a column to write this afternoon, so the Weekend Reading Roundup will again be quick-form this week. Lo siento.
Seems as if the church I once attended regularly, but since became so disenchanted with, has yet-again proven what's so inherently wrong with its values.

In Scranton, Pa., every Catholic attending Mass this weekend will hear a special homily about the election next month: Bishop Joseph Martino has ordered every priest in the diocese to read a letter warning that voting for a supporter of abortion rights amounts to endorsing “homicide.”
“Being ‘right’ on taxes, education, health care, immigration and the economy fails to make up for the error of disregarding the value of a human life,” the bishop wrote. “It is a tragic irony that ‘pro-choice’ candidates have come to support homicide — the gravest injustice a society can tolerate — in the name of ‘social justice.’ ” ...
Conservatives argue that ending legal protections for abortion outweighs almost all other issues, while liberals contend that social programs can more effectively reduce the abortion rate than trying to overturn Supreme Court precedents. They cite a 2007 statement from the United States bishops explicitly condoning a vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights if the vote was cast for other “grave” reasons. ...
Last week, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the head of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. in Missouri had stormed out of a Mass because his priest had invoked Hitler’s name in condemning Democratic support for abortion rights.

Hey, here's a social-justice issue for you, padres: How about the decades that you tacitly endorsed the molestation and sexual-assault of children? Get off the high horse; you ceded it long ago. You've exposed yourselves as nothing more than abortion jihadists.

An interesting brief in the Inquirer forced me to mull the downright power of a laser pointer. Lenny here will probably be mulling it for a while too. In prison.

Officers arrested Lenny J. Tavarez, 19, of the 4000 block of Ormond Street, Thursday night in the 4200 block of Palmetto Street in Juniata Park. Police said Tavarez repeatedly and intentionally illuminated the green laser at the helicopter while it was in the air.
The laser beam struck the pilot in his right eye, causing him to turn controls over to the co-pilot. The pilots saw the suspect, who continued aiming the laser at the aircraft, and directed officers on the ground to make the arrest.

What a lovely commercial for the new cafe. Now, might as ask whether we'll be seeing any of our money back?

On Monday, the first year-round cafe on the Parkway opened on a triangular slice of Fairmount Park land at 16th Street near JFK Plaza's LOVE Park.
At a festive ceremony amid cascades of red balloons, state and city officials joined civic leaders to herald this slice of Paris. The Capriccio Cafe and Espresso Bar will be open daily, but it isn't merely another coffee shop.
Five years in the making, the cafe took nearly $1.3 million in state and private funds. In addition to the free-standing "Cafe Cret" building named for Paul Cret, the French architect who drew the first Parkway plans a century ago, the project involved a complete makeover for the public park and plaza around the cafe.

I hate to belabor the O.J. point, but I'm still troubled my the whole 15-to-life thing. In fact, I agree with The Juice's friend, Tom Scotto.

Simpson lawyer Yale Galanter said Saturday he felt bad for Simpson but even worse for Stewart, who got dragged along in a campaign to convict Simpson.
"This was just payback," he said of the verdict. "They were on an agenda."
Galanter and Stewart's lawyers promised to appeal, in part because unlike the predominantly black jury that decided Simpson's murder case, this panel included no African-Americans. Neither Simpson nor Stewart testified.
Simpson friend Tom Scotto, who wept in court, called it "a public lynching."
"Was this something to put someone in jail for the rest of their life for? It's a total injustice. There was no justice served in that courtroom," Scotto said.

The Mormons are coming! The Mormons are coming! (Lock up your eighth wives). Speaking of which, I know of one Mormon who arguably should be leaving after his coaching performance against the Skins yesterday.
The Inquirer's Stacey Burling (arguably the best staffer there these days) looks at what the economic meltdown does to our psyches.

Officials in Jersey are monitoring bat populations to let us know when civilization will crumble.
And now it seems that it now takes a video game to get anybody to look into shady in-custody deaths.


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