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Paul Johnson on the Pope

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His tribute:

The death of John Paul II removes from the world a great force for order and rectitude. He was often presented as a conservative, especially by liberal critics within the church. But this was a misreading of his character and indeed of his record. This great pontiff was essentially a defender, promoter, protector and enhancer of life: life in all its forms, as God created them, but especially human life. He sought to limit, almost to vanishing point, the occasions on which the state, let alone individuals, might legitimately extinguish or frustrate life. He had spent his manhood largely under the tyranny of the two vilest anti-life systems the world had ever seen: Nazism and Communism, together responsible for the unnatural deaths of over 120 million people in Europe and Asia. He had seen at close quarters the appalling consequences which inexorably follow when authority is directed by philosophy contemptuous of life.

A must read.

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April 11, 2005 at 11:08 am

Posted in Church

NYT Commits Journalism Again

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In an otherwise pedestrian piece in the New York Times about the songs on President Bush’s iPod, we find this piece of driveby journalism:

Nonetheless, Mr. McKinnon said that Mr. Bush had not gone so far as to include on his playlist “Fortunate Son,” the angry anti-Vietnam war song about who has to go to war that Mr. Fogerty sang when he was with Creedence Clearwater Revival. (“I ain’t no senator’s son … Some folks are born silver spoon in hand.”) As the son of a two-term congressman and a United States Senate candidate, Mr. Bush won a coveted spot with the Texas Air National Guard to avoid combat in Vietnam. [emphasis mine]

Just in case you were unaware of the repeated failed attempts to make hay on this slander last year. Doesn’t say AWOL, just says “avoid.” Close enough for journalism.

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April 11, 2005 at 10:51 am

Carnival of the Cats #55

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The latest Carnival of the Cats is up at enrevanche with a bonus dog shot. You know who make their appearance.

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April 11, 2005 at 7:53 am

Posted in Catblogging

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