Friday, February 12, 2016

On His Day And Always - Revering Lincoln!

Excerpts from Professor Walter Berns in a wonderful article that originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal:
Our extraordinary interest in him, and esteem for him, has to do with what he said and how he said it. And much of this had to do with the Union -- what it was and why it was worth the saving. . . .
It is not by chance that his best and most celebrated speech was delivered on a battlefield, on the occasion of dedicating a cemetery filled with the graves of patriots. I speak, of course, of the Gettysburg Address.
It is brief, a mere 272 words, and could not have taken much more than five minutes to deliver. In its central passage, Lincoln says, "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." Well, what little do we remember?
We remember he said that this nation was founded in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence and its principles. We remember this because of the unusual way he said it. Not 87 years ago, but "four score and seven." His Bible-reading audience assembled there (and afterwards) would surely have remembered what he said because in what he said they would have heard echoes of the 90th Psalm, where the psalmist says, "three score and ten," our years on this earth. They might also have thought -- as they probably were expected to think -- that our founding, if not sacred, was surely not profane.
This, too, we remember: Lincoln goes on to say that the brave men, living and dead, who struggled on this ground, this battlefield, had "consecrated" it better than he or anyone else could. Consecrated? Had made it sacred, a battlefield? As if they -- presumably the Union soldiers -- were fighting for the Lord? No, but their cause was great and noble.
We also remember Lincoln saying that their work was "unfinished," and that we, the living, should highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain and that this nation, "under God, shall have a new birth of freedom," and that government of, by and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
What little do we remember? In a word, and despite what he said, we remember everything he said. And we remember it because he took great pains to say it beautifully. . . .
We say that a man can be known by the company he keeps. So I say that a nation, a people, can be known and be judged by its heroes, by whom it honors above all others. We pay ourselves the greatest compliment when we say that Abraham Lincoln is that man for us.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Photos That Say Everything . . .

Shocker! Did You Know This About Hillary?

Hillary talks a good "diversity" game, but . . . Hillary Clinton's top six campaign staffers are all WHITE MEN!
Yes! All white men. Imagine the hypocrisy of that.

Here there are:

Campaign chair: John Podesta

Campaign manager: Robby Mook

Campaign Strategist: Joel Benenson

Media Advisor: Jim Margolis

Pollsters: John Anzalone and David Binder

Has Something Like This Ever Happened To YOU?

. . . not that we're fans of Bernie, but . . . .

Always Remember: 'Death Is Nothing At All'

Do you grieve for a lost loved one?
Does your heart ache for what was, what has passed on?
The actor and comedian Martin Short lost his beloved wife of 30 years (and the mother of his children) to cancer.
She was a radiant woman - vivacious, funny, loving.
Anguished, Short understandably found it hard to face each day.
But he learned to take solace in the words penned more than 100 years ago by an Oxford theologian.
Here they are:

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains as it was.
The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old, familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no sorrow in your tone. 
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.

To all of this, we would add that love endures. Love is eternal. And that love is still there -- right beside you. Take its hand. Confide in it. Walk with it, laugh with it, live with that love!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Catholic View Of The GOP Candidates . . .

And now, here is a very special message from

It’s Ash Wednesday. 

And Donald Trump has notched his first victory. 

Here is our take on the state of play for each of the candidates and the 2016 race: 

Donald Trump: Trump is unmistakably now the frontrunner. Yet he remains far from inevitable. We have explained why we believe GOP voters should nominate someone other than Trump. Trump did well last night, but questions remain whether he can succeed in caucuses -- where grassroots activists and party loyalists dominate (think Iowa). Expect to see massive dollars come off the sidelines to stop Trump in SC and beyond. While he leads in polls, some rightly wonder whether he has a ceiling. Kasich/Christie/Bush/Rubio/Fiorina combined for 49% of the vote last night -- a full 14 percentage points higher than Trump. As the field inevitably winnows and voters consolidate, Trump could stall. We hope so. 

Ted Cruz: Don’t underestimate Ted Cruz. No one expected Cruz to perform well in New Hampshire, where large numbers of independent voters often reward moderate Republicans. Ted Cruz spent just $800,000 in New Hampshire while Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio spent a combined $70 million in the state! Broken down to dollars per vote, Bush spent $1,200 per vote, Rubio spent $500 per vote, while Ted Cruz spent just $18 per vote. And yet all placed behind Ted Cruz. There can be no doubt about it: Ted Cruz has built a strong data-driven campaign that will not be easily defeated. After New Hampshire, the map looks very good for Cruz, and he remains a clear favorite for the nomination. 

Marco Rubio: It’s rare in politics for a candidate to own up for his own failure. Rubio told supporters last night: “I did not do well in Saturday’s debate. That will never happen again.” His rare debate hiccup proved costly. While Rubio is taking all the blame, Rick Santorum’s inability to mention a single Rubio accomplishment while boosting his campaign on MSNBC’s Morning Joe last week also proved very damaging. The clip became a commercial which blanketed New Hampshire in the final few days. Rubio remains a formidable contender and must shine in the next debate this Saturday. He must also convince the anti-Trump voters that he is the better choice over Jeb/Kasich. 

Jeb Bush: It took $35 million to win 11% of the vote in NH. While we admire a lot of things about Jeb’s record in Florida, his negative ratings among Republicans and voters generally will be very difficult to overcome. His campaign has considerable resources which can fund attacks on Rubio and Kasich -- along with the help of an appearance by his brother and former President George W. in South Carolina this weekend. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely America will elect a third Bush president this year. 

John Kasich: The Ohio governor was the surprise ‘establishment’ victor last night finishing second with nearly 16% of the vote. But Kasich will come back to earth in South Carolina, where the better organized and better funded campaigns of Cruz, Rubio and Jeb will crush him. His path to victory looks to March with Michigan or Virginia to prove he’s not a one-hit wonder. 

Carly Fiorina: Moments ago, Carly Fiorina announced that she has suspended her campaign. There’s no doubt that Carly Fiorina was an intelligent candidate and one of the most skilled communicators in the Republican Party. But she did not raise the money necessary to assemble a national campaign, and thus was forced to rely largely on her debate performances. We expect her name to be mentioned often as a Vice Presidential option. 

Ben Carson: He didn’t campaign aggressively in New Hampshire. Instead he has focused his attention on South Carolina, Florida, and other southern states with more Evangelical voters. Carson needs a strong performance in South Carolina to get back into the race. But he’s fighting momentum that has swung to Ted Cruz. 

Chris Christie: Chris Christie has also suspended his presidential campaign. He’ll be most remembered in this campaign for delivering a critical hit against Marco Rubio in Saturday’s debate. In that same debate, Christie aggressively argued that babies born of rape and incest can be killed “in self defense” -- so we are happy to see him go. Look for talk about Christie as the next Attorney General should the GOP win in November. Unless Rubio wins, of course. 


Hillary Clinton: She tied Bernie Sanders in Iowa and was crushed in New Hampshire. When you look at the data, it’s clear that large swaths of the Democratic Party do not trust her. She now heads south where she is expected to do much better aided by the support of minority voters. In South Carolina for instance more than half of Democratic primary voters are black. Expect a media coronation of Hillary if she wins in South Carolina. 

Bernie Sanders: If Sanders can cut into Hillary’s support with black voters, he may very well unravel her campaign. Sanders’ candidacy is growing in intensity and must be taken seriously. The likelihood of a long and protracted Democratic primary appears inevitable. Of greatest concern are the ideas driving his campaign (race/class/sex warfare, attacks on business, massive taxation and redistribution pledges along with promises for total government takeover of healthcare and college education and more). There are already voices arguing that Catholic social teaching and socialism are compatible. Whether Sanders succeeds or not, the ‘political revolution’ is real and will not go away. Catholic voters may be especially vulnerable to certain aspects of this appeal. We think this revolution must be vigorously opposed. 

Who do you think Catholics should support? 

Wishing you a blessed Lent. 

Infamous Sanders Rendevous! . . . Explosive Video!

Bernie Sanders, Reverend Al Sharpton meet at Sylvia'sDemocratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Reverend Al Sharpton arrive at Sylvia's Restaurant, the Queen of Soulfood, a Harlem landmark, greeted by an excited, cheerful crowd:
Posted by CBSN on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

This happened today and it should tell you all you need to know about Sanders.

Christie's Complete NH Concession Remarks

We came to New Hampshire to bring a message. That there is nothing more than the safety and security of the American people and that the next president of the United States must pay much more attention to that than the current one has. We came to New Hampshire to say that the government needs to once again work for the people, not the people work for the government. We came here to say that education should not put our children in debt the next 20 or 30 years of their life and we have to do better than that as a country for the next generation. We came to say that for our seniors that someone needs to stand up and fix the social security system and fix the Medicare system so that it doesn’t fail them or bankrupt our country. And we came here to say, that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. 

That message was heard by a lot of folks and it was stood for by a lot of folks here in New Hampshire, just not enough, not enough tonight, and that’s ok. For the people who have known me for a long time, and there are a lot of folks in this room who have, I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win and what that means is you never know and it is both the magic and the mystery of politics that you never quite know when which is going to happen, even when you think you do. 

And so, we leave New Hampshire today without an ounce of regret, not for the time we’ve spent and for the thousands of people tonight in New Hampshire who will have voted for us. We thank each and every one of them for the confidence that that vote represents in us as people and in us as servants. You know, Governor Larry Hogan, Governor Paul LePage, Governor Charlie Baker, are all people who understand both the burden and the opportunity of having the final decision to make in a place like a state and I’m so proud, so proud to have their support for president of the United States because for folks who actually know what it’s like to make a decision and be held accountable for it, to have their support has been an extraordinary display of loyalty and friendship. And so, to Governor Hogan who is here and Governor LePage and Governor Baker who I know are watching, I thank them for their friendship, their camaraderie, their understanding and their love.

I want to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory tonight here in New Hampshire. No, no, listen, winning is never easy and no one’s ever given victory and the people of New Hampshire Republican party tonight have spoken very clearly that Mr. Trump is their preference in this election and he deserves congratulations for that. The race will continue down the road to South Carolina and then other states as we move forward but for New Hampshire they have chosen their candidate tonight and he deserves congratulations for that and he has both my and Mary Pat’s congratulations to he and Melania and their family on their victory tonight.

Mary Pat and I spoke tonight and we’ve decided that we’re going to go home to New Jerseytonight and we’re going to take a deep breath, see what the final results are tonight, because that matters, whether we’re sixth or fifth, and exactly how all the votes will be counted because so many New Hampshire residents came to vote today it may take a while to count these votes, so we want to see exactly what happens. And so we’re going to go home to New Jersey to wait, by tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon we should know what the vote count is and that will allow us to make a decision about how we move from here in this race. But, there is no reason to go and sit in South Carolina in a hotel room to hear that. We’ll go home. We haven’t been home for two weeks. So we can actually get a change of clothes, which would be a nice thing. So we will go home to New Jerseytomorrow morning. We will make a decision on the next step forward based upon the results that come in here completed here in New Hampshire. 

But, on behalf of Mary Pat and Andrew, Sarah and Patrick and Bridget we want to thank all of you for your friendship, for your support, for your love, for your confidence, and for your encouragement. We also thank the rest of our family who is here. My dad and his wife Fran, my brother Todd, and my younger sister Dawn who I know is watching at home and knows that I feel her love as I’m standing up here, the way I always do. So to our friends our supporters we have much work still to do, and I am looking forward to doing that work and continuing to move forward our agenda for the nation and for the state that I serve. And we will continue to do both over the course of time. 

We thank our staff, all the members of the Christie campaign, the campaign who did more with less than any campaign in America. That means the folks who ran the campaign – Maria Comella and Ken McKay the folks – yeah, sure, you can applaud for them. Our National Finance Chairman Ray Washburne. And the guy who knows more about New Hampshire than any guy from New Jersey I’ve ever met in my life, Matt Mowers. I was thrilled to have him as a member of my team since 2009 and I hope he always continues to be one, so to the people of New Hampshire and to the people of our country who are watching tonight, I say thank you for your confidence, your support, for your taking the time to listen, to the things that we’ve had to say. 

You know me, I won’t stop talking. I will continue to speak out about the issues that I care about, we will continue to work really hard together. And we will move down the road from here based upon the results tonight in what is best, in this order – for my family, for my state, and for my country. I thank you all very much.

After New Hampshire: A Very Special Message

ALL of us owe it to democracy and our country. What do we owe?
Simply this: We need to let the nomination process play out.
The people will decide where this is going (on BOTH sides) and they will do it with their votes, state by state. This isn't a perfect process. In fact, it's a messy contraption -- klickity-klackity, with all kinds of twists and turns. But it's our process. It's the process that history has given us.
So -- everybody: Click your seat belts into place (just not too tightly) take a deep breath and let the process take it's course.
Let the people decide.
And, one more thing: Trust democracy.

NH Election Night - Notes And Asides

Here are our observations as we watched the New Hampshire returns last night:

It appears Christie will not qualify for the next GOP presidential debate. He's announced he's going home to New Jersey to take consider his future.

Kasich's wife: Gorgeous! Wonderfully classy. Where've they been hiding her? Heard her in an interview this morning and she marvelously well-spoken and articulate. Kasich is like your friendly next-door neighbor. And tonight he's funny, self-deprecating and wonderfully human. Now THIS is a guy you can have a beer with. He's really coming across tonight and seems to have tremendous heart. There's a aw-shucks quality about him that could make us seek out what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." Great night for him. Good speech. Fine family. A well-grounded guy.

Trump family looks lovely. Melania -- beautiful! Ivanka - gorgeous! Sometimes I wonder if Trump has A.D.D. He jumps around a lot from one thought and one subject to another. And yet, his seemingly spontaneous, conversational manner is proving to be remarkably effective. It's like he and the crowd are one -- they play off one another. The crowd is part of the speech. It's an adventure. There's something refreshingly unslick about it. In a calculated, drearily predictable, plastic media environment Trump keeps us guessing, surprising us, prodding us, pushing, tugging, making the powers that be uncomfortable. And his speech is short -- not like Bernie's endless rant.

Sanders won't stop talking. Shades of Castro here.

Bernie is also a shouter. Lots of rancor. He points his finger a lot, screams and coughs into his hand. The light reflects, all shiny, across his mostly bald head and his lower lip juts out when his lower teeth aren't jumping up and down in a menacing manner. His audience chants phrases over and over as he literally spits out words like "oligarchy" and demonizes wealth and those who seek it. There's almost a rattle in his voice and a staccato delivery punctuated by finger pointing and repeated chops of the right hand. And then there's the fact that he never discovered blended bifocals. No nuance here. None. Hey, does anyone remember that Ronald Reagan almost never raised his voice? He didn't need to.

Instead of conceding, Hillary is giving a campaign speech. And she's shouting -- shouting, loudly! It's not a bad speech but she's shrill and she doesn't know where to pause or how to vary the tone of her voice. She's just a horrible speaker. Horrible!

VERY TIGHT for third place: Cruz, Bush, Rubio. But be sure of this: Kasich will be media darling tomorrow.

KASICH WINS SECOND PLACE. Remember what I've been saying all week: "Watch out for Kasich."

Remember this: Trump is VERY strong in southern states, He goes into South Carolina with a head of steam and is well positioned for the later "southern sweep" SEC states. And as long as he keeps his opposition divided (a buncha guys fighting over 10, 11, 12%) he's impenetrable.

Beat up 'ole Steinem and Albright helped guarantee a crushing defeat for Hillary tonight.

Kasich's Achilles heel: He's low on funds and doesn't have strong organizations in future primary states.Hillary's Achilles cankle: The more people see her, the less they like her or trust her -- and possible serious legal woes lie ahead.mHello, Uncle Joe . . . ? Hello?

"Incredibly," Sanders is winning among women tonight.

If GOP cannot settle on ONE alternative to Trump he stands to roll on. Yes?

Looks like this will be 1, 2, 3: Trump, Kasich, Bush.

No Republican has become the nominee in the last 40 years without winning either Iowa or New Hampshire. By this yardstick, your GOP nominee this year will be Cruz or Trump.

Message tonight: Voters are angry, fed up with "establishment" across the board.

It will be a HUGE victory for Trump from all indications.

Kasich, Bush, Rubio bunched for second place with Kasich (who had final momentum) seeming to have the edge.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jews And Chinese Food - THIS Will Surprise You!

YapYapYap - What She's REALLY All About

With Chris Christie Is It Just Sanguicolous?

Call it sanguicolous.
That's probably the only way we can explain it.
And you say "what?"
Yeah, we know it's an unusual word. So unusual that spell check doesn't even recognize it.
But we're using it in reference to Chris Christie's penchant for verbal jibes. And we're thinking, maybe his capacity for loquacious sparring is just sanguicolous -- which means, maybe it's just in his blood,. You know, sorta like a wayward cell, lurking, lurking and then -- Kaboom!
Because sometimes we're at a loss to explain it any other way. We really are.
We thought this the other night during the GOP debate when Chris Christie came at Marco Rubio in a manner that could only be described as ferocious, even by North Jersey standards. Christie's relentless attack was just this side of chilling.
Yes, Rubio was rattled. He basically folded. He was like Mack without the knife. And Christie's assault might not have succeeded quite so much if it was reciprocated. But that's another story.
What struck us was not just Christie's tenacity but also his delight in the blows he seemed to have landed. He did everything but jump up and down and raise his hands over his head Rocky style.
Sure, it's Christie's nature to turn bellicose now and then, especially when he thinks it might suit his purposes -- and even sometimes when he doesn't seem to think about it at all. Saturday night 's salvo was quite calculated, to be sure. But other attacks have seemed far more spontaneous.
And yes, we all know that Christie's mom was an adept arguer who could unleash zingers faster than you can say "Newark." We know because Christie has told us about it many, many times. She was sharp, she was verbose, she raised her voice, she had her wits about her. In short, you didn't wanna tangle with her.
So, there's definitely a learned factor here. But heredity cannot be discounted. And with Christie we think a good part of it is just in the corpuscles.
The plus side of this is that he's a passionate person. No question about that. There's a blood rush that drives Christie onward --  super protoplasms that generate the competitiveness; the will to succeed and even a winning human quality that can touch your heart when you least expect it. It's all there. We know because we've seen it up close and it's quite convincing.
But like a bigger-than-life brawler who seeks to dominate every ring he enters, Christie can pounce with a Richter scale impact that The Terminator would envy.
That's what happened Saturday night.
And that's what led us to the realm of sanguicolousness.

First Returns Now In From New Hampshire!

Yes, we do have early election returns from New Hampshire.
All of the residents of three towns have already voted so those towns are able to report their full returns.
Here's how it stacks up.


Ted Ctuz............9
John Kasich.......9
Donald Trump...9



For the rest of the state, polls will close at 7 PM tonight. Stay tuned . . .