Starry, Starry Night Open Thread

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  1. OK, I’ve got something, inspired by Don’s plea to the people of Iowa. Let’s say that the Senate was set up like a jury trial, where each side was allowed one free waiver (I forget the legal term). Who would you dismiss from the Senate? One person only, no questions asked.

  2. Let’s all pray for the University of Arizona Wildcat’s Men’s Basketball team in winning the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this week and next.

    4 Our Fathers & 4 Hail Mary’s, one for each victory necessary to win the championship.

    Bear Down & Amen!

  3. Great artist, fantastic music and beautiful poetry.
    Have always love Don McLean since I first heard him back in the early ’70s. Saw him on stage (live TV coverage) in Sydney Australia about 1985. Came on the stage with his acoustic guitar, sat on a stool and enthralled the crowd for about two hours – the mark of a true artist.

  4. Who would I dismiss? Well if we were allowed only one real, fully human person, that is one real woman or one real man: I figure Dick Durbin, Harry Reed and a few others added in would add up to one real man.

  5. Kevin – Fair point.

    I don’t know who I’d pick. Reid may do more damage than anyone. Leahy would be a bad decision tactically, but he deserves it for Bork. Dismissing Blumenthal would do a lot to restore the Senate’s honor. And Schumer is Schumer, which is a pretty convincing argument in itself. But my gut says Boxer.

  6. from Wither, Notre Dame:
    Thank you Michael Paterson-Seymour: “when men subscribe money for a particular object, and leave it behind them for the promotion of that object, their successors have no right to change the object endowed,” for “there is nothing in calling an associated body a Church [or a university?] that exempts it from the legal obligations of insisting that money given for one purpose shall not be devoted to another.”
    Threadbare: The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, is bankrupt because the behest of John J. Raskob, the money of Raskob’s last will and testimony, forming the financial foundation of the Diocese was seized by the courts to indemnify victims of child abuse.
    (For my part, child abusers ought to be publicly hanged by their man-parts)
    It is bad enough that innocent parishioners were forced to pay indemnity to the victims, but the whole foundation established to support the charitable works of the Diocese was seized, violating the will of the deceased as though John J. Raskob had ceased to exist.
    The legal excuse was “co-mingled funds” a legal term invented long after the will was made. Raskob’s will was broken by “ex post facto” law. In fact, the court made John J. Raskob responsible for the crime of another.

  7. and again:
    All church property is held in trust for all future generations. Taxes paid by the parishioners, as citizens, have paid any government levy. Taxes on non-profit groups would be taxation without representation, two taxes, one vote.
    When the Court seized all the assets of the Diocese of Wilmington, including the foundation formed from the will of the estate of John J. Raskob, the trust for all future generations was despoiled and dispossessed of its endowment. Innocent persons not yet begotten were forced to indemnify the victims. Guilt by association. See: Bill of Attainder
    Article 1, Section 9: The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
    No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
    The victims are entitled to indemnity. The Catholic Church has always given over$25,000 and the insurance for injury.
    Now, the Catholic Church has been injured. And our judicial system has been abandoned.

  8. still more: Most bishops relied on secular psychiatrists to counsel abusive priests. At that time, the American Psychiatric Association diagnosed homosexuality as arrested development. To earn their keep, the secular psychiatrists returned the offending priests to their bishops as “cured” and reassignment. At the force of militant homosexuals the diagnosis for homosexuality was changed to “normal” and God was blamed for the behavior of the sodomyist.
    Not a single psychiatrist was blamed for the reassignment of offending priests.
    B4UAct, a group of licensed psychiatrists and the North American Man Boy Love Association are suing in court in Baltimore, Md. to normalize, to legalize adult sexual behavior with minor children, no matter that the un-emancipated infant child of the court will not have informed consent to give until the age of majority.
    Basically, these licensed psychiatrists are legalizing the rape of minor children. Children are being treated as sex slaves and right here in America and we, the unfortunate taxpayers, are bearing the cost of his hideousness.
    First, our children are despoiled of their inheritance and now they are being physically, spiritually and culturally deprived of their constitutional rights.

  9. Article 1, Section 9: The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
    No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
    Section 10 – Powers prohibited of States
    No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
    The state violated the Constitutional prohibition against ex post facto law when it completely eliminated the statute of limitations for the prosecution of child abuse for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, after the fact. Statutes of limitations of 90 days in New York public schools remain. The state violated the Constitutional prohibition against ex post facto law when it tried the crime of child abuse in civil court instead of criminal court, after the fact. In a criminal court two witnesses are required to establish a judicial fact. In a civil court only a preponderance of credible evidence is required. One witness is no witness. Two witnesses are required to establish a judicial fact.
    The victims are entitled to indemnity. The Catholic Church has always given over $25,000 and the insurance for injury.

    The state violated the Constitutional prohibition against Bill of Attainder law which prohibits family and/or relatives to be held liable, punishable and guilty for crimes committed by another member of their family, or of their parish family, or community or church, when the court seized the inheritance of our innocent posterity, when the court took the foundation that supported all future generations. All that was to be held in trust for future generations of parishioners was seized. Innocent parishioners were forced to indemnify the victims of clerical child abuse. The victims were not satisfied with the insurance, so the court obligingly took money from the parishioners.

  10. At direction of Obama, this appointed official, Sebelius by name, wrote the Health and Human Services Mandate, her opinion on how to provide abortifacients and contraception to some of the people who do this thing. Her Mandate was positioned to become part of the Affordable Health Care Act.
    Sebelius’ office does not have the power to make law. Neither does the office of President of the U.S.A. Congress passed the ACA without the Mandate. The Mandate was never voted on by the people. Neither was Kathleen Sebelius. If the Supreme Court upholds this incursion into the conscience of man, the Justices need to be recalled.
    There is a word to describe Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Apostate? That, Sebelius is. The word is strychnine.
    Since when are God-fearing people who are citizens forced to surrender their consciences and their souls to an apostate?

  11. Mary, remember that even Jezebel got her comeuppance and it wasn’t pretty – 2nd Kings 9:30-37 as I recall. Or maybe in Catholic Sebelius’ case, Revelation 2:20-23 is more appropriate. And either Scriptural passage could well apply to Pelosi, too.

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