If you want to know how you are doing in life, take a look at the people with whom you associate - they are a pretty good barometer of just how you are doing.
My friends and family tell me when I have worn bronw shoes with a black suit, consumed too much garlic, or allowed my eyebrows to grow handlebars. Solid criticism is always a sign of good friends. My family has absolutely no inhibitions about signalling my vanities, foibles and savageries - thank God.
President Obama has more fawning bootlickers from the media around his Florsheims than any single public person since le Roi-Soleil . . .no, not Leroy . . .Louis XIV. An adept is E. J. Dionne.
Eugene Joseph Dionne - E. J. never fails to climb on the thighs and backs of squad mates, Chris Matthews, David Brooks, Butch Maddow and Rev. Al to give a solid shout-out for President Obama about anything and all things. Today, spunky Eugene takes on the Catholic Bishops of America.
President Obama can not unscrew the pooch that he Progressively pleasured last month with his HHS Sebelius Choice and Abortion Mandate that requires every religious institution to provide pills and rubbers to all and sundry.
Under pressure, Obama announced a compromise on Feb. 10. It still mandated contraception coverage, but religiously affiliated groups would neither have to pay for it nor refer its employees to alternatives. These burdens would be on insurance companies.Bring the Commies back? From where? They never left, Eugene. In fact Mao Dunne and Van Jones were a huge part of the show.
The compromise was quickly endorsed by the Catholic Health Association. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the bishops' conference, reserved judgment but called Obama's move "a first step in the right direction."
Then, right-wing bishops and allied staff at the bishops' conference took control. For weeks, Catholics at Sunday Mass were confronted with attacks that, at the most extreme, cast administration officials as communist-style apparatchiks intent on destroying Roman Catholicism.
You think I exaggerate? In his diocesan newspaper, Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, wrote: "The provision of health care should not demand 'giving up' religious liberty. Liberty of religion is more than freedom of worship. Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union. You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship -- no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and the works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. All of these were co-opted by the government. We fought a long Cold War to defeat that vision of society." My goodness, does Obama want to bring the Commies back?
Cardinal Dolan is more moderate than Cardinal George, . . .
Eugene - you are a Lulu! The stinkum has flown from the skunk's tail on this one. It don't go back and requires gallons of tomato juice, Eugene.
Yet, Dionne tries to paint Roman Catholic Bishops as extreme right wing radicals and Tea Party folks - they could do worse, I suppose. Eugene was happy with Van Jones and Mao Dunne, afterall. Not only that, but like Obama, Eugene, tries to tell the bishops what their job descriptions are all about -"And do the most conservative bishops want to junk the Roman Catholic Church as we have known it, with its deep commitment to both life and social justice, and turn it into the tea party at prayer?"
Now, that'll get you spot on the Big Ed Show, Eugene, but it does not translate into common sense. Obama has threatened the very social justice initiative the Catholic Church has conducted in America from the time of Lord Calvert. Obama has pushed and shoved and got no where and now is having his lapdogs toss his hissy fit.
Nope, Eugene, President Obama has made war on the Catholic Church and on religious liberty. He is stuck with that. At least, President Obama has swell folks like Eugene, Mao Dunne, Rev. Al, and David Brooks to assuange the pain coming in November.