When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
1. MAN CAVES
I despise man caves. For those who don't know what they are, man caves are essentially playrooms for grown men. These rooms may have pool tables and dartboards and bars, but they mostly have a big screen TV for sports and porn and video games that used to be a thing for kids but now count middle aged men as players. Then, you have the man cave stripper pole:
I am not against spaces dedicated to men. But these spaces used to be known as the workshop, the office, and the study. These were places where men worked. It might be woodworking, lawn mower repair, banging out a novel on the typewriter, or simply enlarging the mind with the classics. But the key was work. It wasn't play. When men wanted to play, they went outside.
There are many reasons for the phenomenon of the man cave. The first is that men became lazy. Spaces dedicated to work gave way to spaces dedicated to sitting on your dead ass. The second is that men became accustomed to watching games on television in opposition to playing games which help your physical fitness and provide a chance for real camaraderie with your fellow men. The third is that men have become debased to a juvenile level of existence which is why they prefer video games and porn to the real thing. That is a real shame.
Real men don't have man caves. If you got one, get rid of it.
2. ACTS OF RESTROOM TERRORISM
I think there is a special place in Hell for people who insist on urinating on the toilet seat and other acts that I refer to as "restroom terrorism." I realize that the tragedy of the commons is the reason behind the sorry state of restrooms across the land. It isn't your bathroom, so why keep it clean? Yet, everyone wants to use a clean restroom. Who are the people who commit these acts of restroom terrorism?
Recently, a coworker caught one of these restroom terrorists in the act. He used the private women's restroom when the men's was occupied. When he exited, it was plain that this villain had urinated on the seat of the toilet and all over the floor of the restroom. She confronted him, and he laughed about it. No apologies given.
Special place in Hell!
3. TIM KAINE
I am not a fan of Tim Kaine. He is the epitome of a Catholic in Name Only. This week, Kaine announced that the Roman Catholic Church would embrace same sex marriage. His bishop disagreed. And as one priest put it to me, "If he were in my Communion line, I would make him recant publicly if he wanted Communion." Amen to that.
When you have guys like Tim Kaine dictating what the Church will teach or a guy like Vice President Joe Biden openly flouting church teaching by officiating at a gay wedding ceremony, it is a mockery of the faith. The mockery is only made worse when their prelates and priests do not discipline them. I can only wonder why such politicians or men of the cloth can even be Catholic.
I respect people who exit the Catholic Church. I don't recommend it, but I respect it. This is because the apostate at least does us the favor of not soiling the Church's reputation with his apostasy. I have always preferred the honest scoundrel to the hypocrite.
Catholic politicians that publicly support abortion or same sex marriage should face church discipline. It is for the good of their souls as well as our own. As for Tim Kaine, I pray that he publicly repents of his sins. Of course, that will mean automatic ejection from Hillary Clinton's ticket, but that is a small price to pay for your own soul.
4. Q & A
Q: Can a Catholic vote for a pro-choice politician in good conscience?
A: No. Anyone who says yes does not have a fully formed conscience.
The people who ask this question are people who want to vote for Hillary Clinton and support all her positions on the issues except when it comes to abortion. I will address those other positions, but let's focus on the abortion thing.
You could vote for a pro-abort politician if the goal is to prevent a worse evil. In the case of Hillary Clinton, the only candidate that can be worse would be one who advocated for post-abortion infanticide along with abortion. Beyond that, we get to the Hitler comparisons. I would rather have Hillary than Hitler. But let's be real. And, no, Donald Trump is not Hitler. Anyone making such a foolish argument is a deluded person.
A counterargument is the advice to not be a single issue voter. Unfortunately, life is one of those singular issues that breaks the deal. I would vote for a pro-life progressive Democrat over a pro-choice conservative Republican. Do such pro-choice Republicans exist? Yes. Rudy Giuliani is the most visible example. As Rudy put it,
There are millions of Americans, who are as of good conscience as we are, who make a different choice about abortion. And I think in a country where you want to keep government out of people’s lives from the point of view of coercion, you have to respect that.This is why I could never vote for Rudy Giuliani. The man is pro-choice. That might be a newsflash to those who see him as some sort of hero since 9/11. But Giuliani is no different than any other pro-abort politician.
Are there any pro-life Democrats? Yes! Unfortunately, they belong to a party that is unlikely to ever be pro-life. Generally speaking, the GOP is the party of life while the Democrat Party is the party of death. But I could vote for a pro-life Democrat if the Republican was Giuliani.
What if both candidates are pro-life? I actually had this choice in the last two gubernatorial elections in my state. It is a pleasant problem to have. Once the abortion issue is off the table for you, then it comes down to political philosophy. I am a conservative, so I go with the Republican.
What if both candidates are pro-death? This is when things get complicated. I would vote for Hitler over Stalin because Hitler had a lower body count. As I said before on the C-blog, it is perfectly acceptable to vote for a lesser evil to prevent a greater evil. This is why I prefer a cruel tyrant to anarchy. With two pro-abort politicians, I would have to determine which one was the lesser evil.
What about the politician that lies? This is the argument people make to me about Donald Trump. He might campaign as a pro-lifer but will probably govern as a pro-abort. All I know is that Hillary will definitely govern as a pro-abort. I realize that politicians will say just about anything to get elected and probably betray the voters that elected them. But the alternative is cynicism where you choose not to vote at all. This would be the situation that Edmund Burke described when he said that evil prevails when good men do nothing. Jesus did not sin in choosing Judas Iscariot nor when He was betrayed. And, yes, Jesus knew it was coming. But He still gave the man every opportunity to do the right thing. He does the same with us.
And what about the seamless garment? This term can be a bit cynical since those who support it seem to not notice the holes in that seamless garment. War, poverty, and the death penalty are also life issues. But I can't think of a single politician who actually supports these things that wishes they did not exist. One politician prefers diplomacy and treaties. Another politician believes in a robust national defense as deterrence. But I see both as preferring that war not exist at all. Such things boil down to policy differences based on political philosophy. These are matters mostly of prudence instead of morality. You can debate whether to plant corn or wheat. You cannot debate whether you should eat Mr. Jones in spring or fall. The seamless garment cynics make arguments based on false equivocations. It is saying that the choice to plant corn which may fail is a vote for starvation and mass murder.
Abortion is not a debatable topic. It is murder. When you can't outlaw and condemn murder, nothing else that you say or do really matters. Always vote for life.
5. JOKE OF THE WEEK
From the late, great Henny Youngman:
Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, "Send one of my bags to New York, send one to Los Angeles, and send one to Miami."
She said, "We can't do that!"
I told her, "You did it last week!"
6. QUOTABLE QUOTES
The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Don't judge without having heard both sides. Even persons who think themselves virtuous very easily forget this elementary rule of prudence.
ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
When faith grows weak, all virtues are weakened. When faith is lost, all virtues are lost.
ST. ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.
We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and pray for our enemies.
ST. JUSTIN MARTYR
I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.
If you’re experiencing stress or tension give it to Jesus. Tell Him, ‘I feel like crawling the wall, but I love You and I want to give this to You.’ Do you think our Lord wasn’t tense living with those twelve screwball apostles?
All those who seek truth, seek God, whether this is clear to them or not.
EDITH STEIN (ST. TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS)
God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.
ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX
7. ODDS AND ENDS
--I totally believe this is the real reason Apple killed the headphone jack:
It is Apple Pay or nothing!
--It makes sense to pick Bernie Sanders as the backup in case Hillary drops out. The guy deserves something for winning his party's nomination.
--I need to start my own charitable foundation, so I can live large tax free and also feel like a swell humanitarian. I will make the world a better place for all humanity. And I am going to start with the human I know best--myself!
--It is a crying shame that taxpayer dollars will go to pay for Bradley Manning's mutilation surgery to turn him into Chelsea Manning.
--Hillary is in such bad shape physically that I doubt she will even survive to Election Day much less four years in the highest stress job in the land.
--No smartphone rant this week. If you spend $700 for a new iPhone 7 to replace your iPhone 6, I want you to tell me the smart in that smartphone decision. You can find my email address in the sidebar of this blog.
--You kneel for prayer and stand for the anthem. If you kneel for the anthem, you are a disgrace.
--Pension funds will collapse. It will be Alpo time then.
8. LINKS OF INTEREST