Saturday, December 27, 2008

Damned If We Do And...

Damned if we don't.

Mark Steyn over at NRO sums up the expectations of noblesse oblige from America that the rest of the world demands.

Americans are either crass consumers of the world's resources and blamed for global warming or Americans are desperately needed consumers of the world's resources in order to economically prop up every other country's economy on the planet.

We are the protectors and destroyers of the world and no matter which we do, they will still sneer at us.

My knee-jerk reaction is "American isolation today, American isolation tomorrow, American isolation forever" just to yank their chains. But let's face it, we need the world - not as much as they need us, but we still need them.

I still wish for a little gratitude though....

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Importance of Fatherhood

Here is the link to a website called Fathers For Good which no matter what your faith is a very good father resource.

Below is an interview with the website creator by Katherine Lopez of National Review which gives a terrific overview of the site. I especially like the parts about real feminism.

Enjoy.

The Good Dad
Fatherly advice.

An NRO Q&A

Fathers have a little something to do with Christmas — and the Christmas story. And so it seems an appropriate time to talk to Brian Caulfield, editor of the Fathers for Good website, run by the Knights of Columbus. He interrupted Christmas Eve preparations to talk to National Review Online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez about the initiative.

KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: What is Fathers for Good? Are there Fathers for Bad?

BRIAN CAULFIELD: Fathers for Good is a new initiative for men and their families by the Knights of Columbus, launched as part of our updated web-based programs designed to show the truly dynamic face of the Catholic fraternal Order that has been serving our church and communities for 126 years.

Your readers may want to log on now to the site (www.fathersforgood.org) to post a New Year’s Resolution or hear a podcast on giving their wives the perfect gift. Or read “A Father’s Blog” on the miracle of the Virtue Tree, a true tale.

The website offers a wealth of information, interaction, inspiration, and opportunities for formation that will help men become better fathers and husbands, with the latest insights and research, as well as some age-old wisdom. For example, we have podcasts from Super Bowl champ Chris Godfrey about how to talk to your teens about sex, and the well-known pro-lifer Helen Alvare explains the meaning of the domestic church.

The name Fathers for Good has a double meaning: 1) every man in his heart wants to be a good father, even amid human frailty; and 2) once a man becomes a father, once he generates new life, it is “for good,” for the rest of his life. No matter the circumstances of his life or those of his child, that man will always bear the identity of a father. This is good news of great joy, and we try to help men live out that joy.


LOPEZ: Who is Fathers for Good? Are you theme-driven? What’s the goal?

CAULFIELD: The goal is to be of service to fathers in their often difficult vocation. Men in general and fathers in particular are often portrayed negatively on TV and popular media, and men need to know that their specifically male virtues and character are valued and have a place in the modern world. We also abide by Pope John Paul II’s insight that men learn their fatherhood through the love of their wives, so the relationship with their wives is key.

The first message we want to convey is that men have an understanding friend at Fathers for Good and in the larger community of the Knights of Columbus. We have 1.75 million members in 13,000 councils throughout the world, and the website is available in English, Spanish, French and Polish.

The purpose of Fathers for Good is explained in the 90-second video introduction by Carl Anderson, the supreme knight (CEO) of the Knights of Columbus, that is posted on the site. As he states, Fathers for Good is not an exclusive community — it is a site for men who are striving to do the best they can. We want to hear from men and women and there is an interactive feature for posting questions and answers.


LOPEZ: Is this an initiative just for Catholics?

CAULFIELD: It’s for all men, though the site is in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church, which is really a combination of natural law and common sense. Adhering to timeless truths actually gives us the freedom to explore new topics in a way that is not subject to the politically correct trends of the day.


LOPEZ: Why should moms want dads on your site?

CAULFIELD: Not only that, but dads should want their wives to visit the site. There’s a section called “Good for Mothers,” which has the motto, taken from Father Hesburgh, “The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.”

A wife should encourage her husband to visit Fathers for Good because he will find resources to improve his relationship with his wife and his children. We call men to the discipline of daily self-giving love, which is also the way of self-fulfillment.


LOPEZ: Does your site go against the male grain? Don’t you fellas not like reading directions?

CAULFIELD: Well, we don’t ask guys to go against nature, so we don’t expect them to suddenly start asking directions, or read them. But seriously, the site is about embracing the adventure of fatherhood. Men need challenges, goals, heroism, and we tell them that their greatest call can be found right in their own backyard, in the daily stuff of family life, which can be Christlike and sacrificial.


LOPEZ: Why is it not patronizing or sexist to say that fathers are “protectors”? Can’t women protect too? Why should feminists embrace the Fathers for Good version of fatherhood?

CAULFIELD: Well, fathers are protectors, and I think most mothers expect that of their husbands. Of course, mothers are protectors also, not only of their children but of their husbands. They can save men from the excesses of their characters and personalities, and make them fully the man they are called to be.

I think Christian feminists, at least, would be pleased with Fathers for Good. We’re getting beyond the angry, anti-male feminism to the authentic feminism that John Paul II talks about.


LOPEZ: When was your launch date? How many have clicked on and participated in one way or another?

CAULFIELD: We launched just this past August and have been focused on a target audience to test content, features and feedback, but now we’re moving out to a wider web audience. We appreciate any comments and suggestions from your readers. We need to work together in promoting authentic fatherhood, which is based on God the Father.


LOPEZ: Since it’s Christmas season: What should we be focusing on about St. Joseph as father? If we’re fathers? If we’re mothers? If we’re single? If we’re clergy? Did I leave anyone out?

CAULFIELD: We have a whole section on St. Joseph, whom we call the Patron of Fathers. St. Joseph was a “just man” who may have had dreams about a certain way of life with his young bride, Mary, but after hearing from the angel of God, he accepted the truth of his fatherhood immediately.

He was a laborer, a man of action and few words, who was told by the angel to get up and he got up, to go and he went, to flee and he fled, to return and he returned. He is a model to biological fathers in his guidance of Jesus, who learned to be a man under his care; to single men in his chaste attitude toward Mary; to priests in his celibate love, and also to women in showing them that good men can be trusted.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Because I Said So

Apparently, Obama's released an internal "review" of his transition team's contacts with Gov. Blagojevich and surprise, surprise, nothing inappropriate happened.

Okay, we'll just take your word for it.

This article looks at how Obama has handled this scandal as an object lesson in what we can expect in the future. Additionally, this piece shows that the "review" leaves many questions unanswered. Like why was Obama interviewed by prosecutors? And what documentation was "reviewed" that proves no inappropriate contact was made? And who exactly did the "review" interview to ensure nothing inappropriate happened?

And so on and so on.

As the article ends...
To the extent that the report succeeds in its goal of establishing the distance between Obama and Blagojevich, it necessarily raises the question: Why was the president-elect and leader of the Democratic party playing no role in a key appointment to national office being made in his home state, and by a Democratic governor?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Vote Ken Blackwell!!!

My husband's former and very respected boss was an extraordinarily intelligent man. Yet he considered Ken Blackwell to be one of the smartest men he's ever met. And I personally told Mr. Blackwell's wife that at a 2004 Inaugeral Ball.

So you can see we've been following Mr. Blackwell's career with some interest for some time. Now Ken Blackwell is running for the RNC Chairmanship. I suggest you read this, and then back the man. He's got a good plan.

As I've Said Before...

I wrote two posts about this that when it comes to politics, a history of failure does not create a future of success.

Thomas Sowell appears to agree with me in his article, "Another Great Depression".

Today, increasing numbers of scholars recognize that FDR’s own policies were a further extension of interventions begun under Hoover. Moreover, the temporary rise in unemployment after the stock market crash was nowhere near the massive and long-lasting unemployment after government interventions.
The interventionist tendencies of liberal elites will harm us all unless we teach them about history and not repeating it.

It's The Sun

“As a scientist and life-long liberal Democrat, I find the constant regurgitation of the anecdotal, fear mongering clap-trap about human-caused global warming to be a disservice to science,” Hertzberg wrote in September 26’s USA Today. “From the El NiƱo year of 1998 until Jan., 2007, the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere near its surface decreased some 0.25 C [0.45 F]. From Jan., 2007 until the spring of 2008, it dropped a whopping 0.75 C [1.35 F].”

As global cooling becomes more widely recognized, Americans from Maine to Malibu should feel confident in dreaming of a white Christmas.

The above is from Deroy Mutdock's excellent piece titled "Whatever happened to Global Warming?"

He's a wise man.

Respect from the Respected

John O'Sullivan - a great man and friend of my husband's - has written a wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal defending Sarah Palin and even giving her a postive but rational comparison to Margeret Thatcher (a righteous kick-ass babe).

John may not be very well known over here but in the UK he is a known and impressive figure. He is a personal friend of Thatcher and a man I personally admire.

And as I admire both Thatcher and Palin, I am quite pleased to read this article. It is well worth it.

Monday, December 22, 2008

NYC Has Parrots?!?

And apparently they are pesky parrots.