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A Socialist Victory in an Unraveling France

May 7, 2012


TIBERGE at Galliawatch has posted an eight-minute video of François Hollande celebrating his victory in the presidential election at the Place de la Bastille. She writes:

Hollande, who seems to be hoarse, shouts that he is happy that the young people he is addressing will construct the new French republic.

This is an eerie document, where an ethnic Frenchman, a pawn in the hands of his potentially violent, multi-colored, multi-ethnic, multi-racial audience, imagines he is a leader, when in fact he is being led by a pre-determined doctrine of destruction. He appears terrified, but so did Nicolas Sarkozy, whenever he had to put himself among the immigrants and speak directly to them. He is both pathetic and demagogic, possibly foreshadowing things to come.

She also quotes the French writer Bernard Antony on the results:

The Socialist party and the whole left and extreme-left with it, now dispose of our country from the Presidency, to the Senate, to all the regional Councils, except Alsace, to two thirds of the general Councils, to the City Halls of Paris, and those of a majority of cities including Lille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes.


The Leaving-Children-in-Hot-Cars Season Begins

May 7, 2012


NATASSIA writes:

In Houston, Texas a man forgot his infant in the back of his truck while he attended a conference. He did not realize it until his wife called to see how their kids were doing. The child died.

In Dallas, a mother left her child in her hot car to drink margaritas in a restaurant. She drank four in the space of 40 minutes.


Gazing at My Navel (and My Empty Womb)

May 7, 2012


ONLY a culture amusing itself to death would listen to the Mother’s Day ramblings of an intentionally infertile woman who wonders, at the advanced age of 44, whether to have a child without a husband. Eve Ledermain writes in her anti-motherhood Mother’s Day essay in The New York Times:

I’m afraid of undertaking motherhood alone, in a tiny apartment with a three-flight walk up and little savings. I’m equally scared of the drone of doing so with a husband and a good job in a nice home. And what I fear the most is missing the indescribably deep connection with a child that yields a lifetime of stories.

Paralyzed by uncertainty, I nearly want to flip a coin to end the wrenching lack of knowing. But as T.S. Elliot said, “Things don’t go away. They become you. There is no end, but addition.” So undecided and waiting for my soul to speak, I’ll wait on, for the choice to become me.

Okay, instead of a “wrenching lack of knowing,” Eve, try this. Admit that it’s way too late for you. You’ve wasted your youth. Given your self-centeredness, you’d have made a lousy mother anyway.

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The Sisterhood, cont.

May 7, 2012


HERE IS a sickening glimpse into the worldview of feminist Catholic nuns. It’s an interview in the Minneapolis Post with Sister Brigid McDonald of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. This is a woman seething with resentment and bitterness toward male authority. The Vatican’s recent disciplinary action against American nuns stems from a fear of powerful women, she contends in the interview:

Because [before] we were just school teachers and we just had nice little kids in front of us, you know, and we just emptied bed pans in the nursing homes and in the hospitals. But now they are right, we are out there in the different movements. We help with the Occupy movement and the right-to-choice movements.

It is giving us more credibility in the public. Lots of times people will call and seek out our opinions about certain issues, where it never was that way when I entered the convent. After we taught school, we went home, and said our prayers and ate supper and did our lesson plans and went to bed. Now we are out there.

Notice her contemptuous view of the work of nuns of the past, whose care for the sick and the young she considers demeaning, menial labor.

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Questions Surrounding Van Gogh’s Death

May 7, 2012


The Iris, Vincent van Gogh, (The National Gallery of Canada)

A READER writes:

Regarding your recent entry on Vincent van Gogh, you may be pleased to know that there has recently been serious doubts cast on the belief that he killed himself. In brief, art historians who set out to write the first comprehensive, definitive biography of van Gogh discovered that his suicide was never thoroughly investigated, and that there was a local understanding that his confession of suicide was a cover-up by himself on behalf of a couple of village boys who were careless with a gun. There is a good article with the details here, a quick Google search will turn up many others.


From the Mailbag

May 7, 2012


WINNIE writes:

I love your blog. Thank you a thousand times over for your thoughtful discussions, hard work and attention to the Truth and the Common Good.

You present a consistently edifying, validating and encouraging message to me, the daughter of a ground-breaking, unwitting feminist. For over a decade now, my family has been slowly waking up from the destruction of the cultural revolution, thanks in no small part to your wonderful writing. Read More »

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