Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Important Moment - Pooh on Obama

"What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?"

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best -- " and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
It's morning in America, and, as inspirational as that sounds, Americans are not morning people. It's morning in America, and we're a little grumpy, we're shaking off sleep, and the dream world we had an hour ago is hard to even recall. Soon, we have to report to work.

Did Tuesday night change everything? Did it change nothing? Did it change some things? I will let more eloquent bloggers wrestle with that one.

What I know in my heart is that Obama and America have given me that important moment of which Pooh speaks. I sat in my living room jammed with friends and I was shot through with hope and gratitude and joy. It was better than having the presidency - it was the moment of knowing that America was about to put a smart, competent, up-from-welfare black man into its highest office.

Yes, of course, I know that sooner than I care to admit I will be grousing on this soap box about some ghastly mistake or decision that President Obama has made. Of course, I know that milk and honey will not flow, and money will not grow on trees. My average day for the next four years will not be markedly different than my average day for the past eight.

But I'll carry the moment for the rest of my life, and it will sustain me in moments of dark cynicism and political hopelessness. It, together with Election Night '92, when I stood in the middle of the street with a neighbor toasting a new President from Hope, Arkansas, will remind me that joyful anticipation is not crushed by grim reality - reality is made to sparkle by transcendent moments.

If you didn't feel it on Tuesday night, I'm certain we who did seem silly to you in the cold light of the morning. Perhaps, though, you've felt it at other times. I don't know what makes the blood of a Republican race, but I hope it has - perhaps when Dick Cheney shot a lawyer in the face, perhaps when Colin Powell pranked the UN, or some other moment that made you proud to be a Republican.

Having had the moment of joy, though, we're strengthened and energized for the struggles and failures ahead. Yes, if you look at how Missouri voted, I agree that we should consider changing our name to Northern Mississippi, or Alabama Without The Gulf Coast.

It's morning in America, but Tuesday was one helluva night.

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Anonymous The Catalyst said...

Tuesday night was a disgusting night for all those who care about the rights of the Unborn, and those who battle to revive the Forgotten Truths of the Catholic Church. We know that Obama is a denier -- a non-believer in traditional doctrine which protects and cherishes life at any age. As a Catholic I cannot sit by and ignore those who allow themselves to be used by the Prince of Darkness and his new agent who will assume the Presidency in January.

As reported in NewsMax:

"In March 2001, a bill was introduced in the Illinois Senate, where Obama was then serving, that stated in part: “A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.”

The bill came following an investigation of a Chicago-area hospital that left babies born alive to die without medical care.

'This bill was not an abortion law,' Freddoso writes. 'It did not confer any right or legal status upon any baby not yet born. This bill had no legal conflicts with Roe v. Wade … Born and living survivors of abortion would be unambiguously considered ‘persons.’ Medically, scientifically, empirically, they were no different from the many premature babies who are born in American hospitals each year.'

Nevertheless, Sen. Obama spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.

He was the only senator to do so."

I support our Bishop's attempts to unmask Obama's satanic allegiance, which calls for the random and horrid deaths of innocent babies.

I fervently hope and expect that our Church leaders redouble their work to punish all apologist for the Evil One and deny the blessed sacraments to those who would offer Satan and his agents aid and comfort through their words and actions.

11/06/2008 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a catalyst that actually is not an agent for change! Who'da thought?

11/06/2008 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Catalyst you are thoroughly reprehensible. Does your Catholic orthodoxy and extremism cause you to ignore the facts? The facts are that those person's rights are already protected. The doctors, under their Hyppocratic Oath, were on the same side as Mr. Obama onthat issue of protecting life. Shame on you! It is your hate and closemindedness that are evil!! You who pretend to protect life yet are so willing to destroy another's life in defense of your extremist agenda.

11/06/2008 10:39 AM  
Anonymous The Catalyst said...

To the person who commented at 10:39,I will pray for you reconciliation with the way and the light. I will pray for the rescue of your endangered soul. And I will pray that the Holy Spirit will come to you and end of you deception by the forces of darkness, which can only lead to the unthinkable but just pain of the eternal separation from God.

11/06/2008 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results released.

http://www.kansascity.com/637/story/877206.html

I guess "real" folks weren't surveyed.

11/06/2008 11:24 AM  
Blogger KC Sponge said...

To The Catalyst:
If I believed a prayer would help, I would pray for you - and those like you that spread this vitriole for people who's ideology is different than yours so freely and, at times, hypocritically. You are as bad as the terrorists who spew hate against the infidels. Obama is not a baby killer, he is not someone who disregards life, he is just someone who spoke out against a bill that was missing language that he felt was necessary to uphold our constitution. I would not fear my child to be in the playground at Chik-fil-A with Barack Obama, but it was fear-mongers like you who hold so tight to their bibles and fear of anything different, that were in there with my child on Tuesday night chastising her because she was claiming to be proud of voting for Obama. She ran out of the room crying because a grown up told her that he was a baby killer and that anyone that voted for him is just as bad. You are who I fear. Even if it was not you in there, your rhetoric and your loose tongue don't care who they come in contact with. Don't tell me you care about the innocent children - you just care about perpetuating the ideology that government should mandate what I do with my body because your church says so.
Thanks, but no thanks.
Keep your crazy to yourself.

11/06/2008 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Matter of Definition

The Smoking Gun on Obama's Infanticide Stance?

AND

Obama and 'Infanticide'

As long as BO does not consider a living being, outside of the womb, after an induced labor abortion, to be an infant; he is not a liar. -What he is, is a lawyer.

Ever wonder why lawyer and liar sound so much alike?

11/06/2008 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Obama we all knew what we were getting: a liberal who has no respect for innocent life.

What worries me is when there are stealth candidates who portray themselves as Catholic but hold the same murderous views as Obama. Take for example Jim Kanatzar the County Prosecutor in Jackson County Missouri. He would no more defend the life of an unborn baby than Obama, but he still holds himself up as a Catholic.

Traiters to the cause of Life like Kanatzar should be denied the comfort and grace of all sacraments. I would support the Bishop if he were to take that action.

11/06/2008 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Hyde Park said...

After reading this exchange I am starting to think that Rev. Hagee is right and the Roman Catholic Church is "The Great Whore." The more I meet today's Catholics the more I get to know bigots and morons.

11/06/2008 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a lot of vitriol being sprayed around in here. Instead of name calling, let's look at the issues and the facts.

The question is simple - is it wrong to kill a baby born live? I think the answer is a simple yes. If you disagree, I'd love to hear the explanation.

The facts - did Obama speak against legislation that would outlaw killing a baby born live? If yes, why did he do so? What was his explanation? Does his explanation comport with the facts?

No need to name call. Facts are facts.

11/06/2008 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Lance Weber said...

The Catalyst wrote: "traditional doctrine which protects and cherishes life at any age"

I am ignorant. What is this "traditional doctrine" of which you speak?



On the subject of Dan's post, I was at a bar in Westport and witnessed an entranced crowd hanging on every word as Obama addressed the nation. Despite being full of people, the place was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop - nobody was moving and everyone was staring silently at the TV - I am a brave person but in that moment I was truly scared.

11/06/2008 3:19 PM  
Blogger KC Sponge said...

The bill:

720 ILCS 510/6 from Ch. 38, par. 81-26

Amends the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975. Provides that no
abortion procedure that, in the medical judgment of the attending
physician, has a reasonable likelihood of resulting in a live born
child shall be undertaken unless there is in attendance a physician
other than the physician performing or inducing the abortion who shall
address the child's viability and provide medical care for the child.
Provides that a physician inducing an abortion that results in a live
born child shall provide for the soonest practicable attendance of a
physician other than the physician performing or inducing the abortion
to immediately assess the child's viability and provide medical care
for the child. Provides that a live child born as a result of an
abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and that all
reasonable measures consistent with good medical practice shall be
taken to preserve the life and health of the child. Effective
immediately.

Obama's response to McCain in the presidential debate questioning his decision regarding this bill:
'Yes, let me respond to this. If it sounds incredible that I would vote to withhold lifesaving treatment from an infant, that's because it's not true. The -- here are the facts. ... There was a bill that was put forward before the Illinois Senate that said you have to provide lifesaving treatment and that would have helped to undermine Roe v. Wade. The fact is that there was already a law on the books in Illinois that required providing lifesaving treatment, which is why not only myself but pro-choice Republicans and Democrats voted against it.'

However, the catalyst, I do agree that it does have 'satanic' undertones.

11/06/2008 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn catlicks.

11/06/2008 3:32 PM  
Anonymous St Elizabeth's Stalwart said...

Yes I agree it was a Hell of a night. A nation which allows its young to be murdered in cold blood is going to Hell. Obama will put people on the Supreme Court who will sanction such heinous activity.

11/06/2008 5:50 PM  
Anonymous The Spanish Inquisition said...

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

11/06/2008 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My informed guess is that KC Sponge (a foul and unholy name related to unaturaal barriers to conception) is cramped up over the defeat of Proposition 8 in California.

I have read the profile of KC Sponge and my assessment is that she is a practician of lesbianism who sleeps around with men as a method of denying her fallen status in the eyes of God and believers. In addition, such a mask would tend to keep Family Services away from her children that probably increase her payments from the State.

When it comes down to it sweetie, your lack of sexual self-control has resulted in the birth of three children. If this were a just and traditional society you would have the poor waifs taken from your home and given to a caring family that is not littered with one lover after another.

While we care for you as a fallen woman, we do believe it would be best if the children you have brought into this world were transferred into a stable environment.

Dominus Vobiscum

11/06/2008 9:59 PM  
Blogger KC Sponge said...

(okay, Dan, first I was called a DimWit in your comment section back in February, now a Fallen Woman. I am most definitely coming here more often - I am much more of an interesting person in your commenters' views than in real life. It's amazing how much someone can learn about me from my Blogger profile - and really get down to the nitty gritty of my psyche.)
But, anonymous 9:59, please let me address your concerns and maybe you won't have to spend all night praying for my damned soul while you go around tainting your own with all this blind judgement and non-Christ-like language.
Yes, I am upset about Prop 8 failing in California, as well as in numerous other states around this great, but still shrouded nation. It upsets me that people still fear what they are taught to fear, still disallow what they don't understand, and still look to the astronomical divorce rate and broken families everywhere as something we need to 'protect.'. I am sad that a great president-elect who means so much to me and holds so much promise for our nation could not embrace true equality across man-kind, either as a campaign need or an ingrained misunderstanding through his Christian upbringing. So, yes, I was saddened Tuesday night, even in my elation to watch Barack Obama break so many of these barriers, and thanked my lucky stars that I was not a hidden lesbian, as you so eloquently assess, but someone who is allowed to declare my love for another- in church and in state - because I love a man. But I have many friends who love a man more tenderly than me, whose relationship with that man is stronger than my own with my husband, who raise children with their partner, and attend church with these children, who contribute to society and share a commitment to their community, who wake up every day next to this man and fall asleep in his arms . . . But this country is not ready to say that they arejust as deserving of acknowledgement from their country that their commitment is as real, as true, as normal as yours and mine, because my friends are men.

And in your fashion of disregarding the person while multiplying the sin (forgive me - I am just assuming that this is not your first comment with such judgemental rage, and also that you collect all your information and rhetoric from the same crazy outlets of self-justification as the multitude out there in the inter-webs), you have given me 3 children when I only have one, but thanks, I think she's cute enough to fill three people - with enough personality for seven. And my husband would be quite interested to meet these revolving door lovers who you speak about - actually, if any of them look like Tyson Beckford, I'd like to meet them as well. (yeah, you got it right, I like the black ones, too!)
Thank you so much for your concern for my family, oh and your critique of my blog's title - which speaks to my love of and interest in the city in which I live (how homosexual of me!) and a humorous (I know . . . I do apologize in these very serious and end-of-times days) throw-back to that oft-Satanic, blasphemous show written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Without critics like you around, people would feel every day they had the right to subject the innocent people surfing the web to warm fuzzy blog posts about their newly- elected president and Winnie the Pooh.

Shame on you, Dan!! Please revert back to judgemental, hate-filled, condemnations of society - or may God have mercy on your soul!!

11/07/2008 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan still has a mortgage so he cannot speak out against the organized forces of Hate. He has to sit there and take it. He has to close his eyes to what is right and wrong. Right Dan?

11/07/2008 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Lance Weber said...

I sincerely doubt that the hateful commenters hereon are actually Catholics in name or practice.

11/07/2008 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lance I thought the same thing but here is another point to consider. If you Google some phases from comments on this post it produces links to The Catholic League, which is a radical right-wing Catholic organization. It is interesting to note that The Catholic League publishes a magazine called Catalyst. So the stuff being posted here maybe nutty, but the nuts do not fall too far from the tree.

11/07/2008 9:52 AM  
Blogger les said...

Lance:

"I am a brave person but in that moment I was truly scared."

A sad statement indeed. I know it has been many years since the U.S. had a politician that people would actually quiet down to listen to, and the last eight have taught us it's better to not listen to the president at all. Do you experience similar fear when the crowd quiets at a concert, a play, a sermon, a...gasp...public speech or debate? Or is it this era's fear and dislike for "elitism"--the sorry notion that having ideas and skill in their presentation is to be feared and resented?

11/07/2008 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it when normal people unite to defend traditional values the freaks on the radical left always try to paint the mainstream position as radical?

Thanks to the majority of California voters, traditional marriage is once again protected. Soon those who believe in traditional values will act to save orphans from being condemned to homes inhabited by adult perverts.

The Catholic League will take an active an leading role in these battles in defense of common sense, forgotten truths and the Grace of God. And the radical left will continue to throw slurs and hate at people of faith. As Bill Donahue of The Catholic League observed recently in connection with the campaign for Proposition 8:

"Radical homosexuals have a long history of anti-religious bigotry, so it is not surprising that with a pro-marriage initiative on the ballot in California (Proposition 8 would secure marriage as a right between a man and a woman only), they would resort to gutter tactics. This group is not some fringe operation-it works closely with George Soros' MoveOn.org, another organization that has not shied away from bashing people of faith."

11/07/2008 11:15 AM  
Blogger les said...

I'll let you in on a secret, anonymouse. When 60-70% of the population of the most conservative developed country in the world disagree with you, you have a definitional problem terming them "radical." Not that I expect reality to impinge on your views. How's that bigotry workin' out in your life?

11/07/2008 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Hyde Park said...

Dan, this IS your blog.

Do you agree with the spewy being sprayed by the Catholic hate groups or not?

I mean really Dan. If a commenter says that Mayor Funkhouser is an ass who threw away what all those campaign volunteers earned for him, you rant and rave.

But some nutcase hate group calls a young mother a "fallen woman" and accuses gay people of being "radical" for wanting equal rights, and you just sit there silently.

What kind of coward are you? Or what kind of a bigot are you?

Which is it Dan?

11/07/2008 10:00 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Fair question, Hyde Park.

Anyone who describes Sponge as a "fallen woman" is so far off base as to not be worthy of discussion. I know Sponge, and I admire her. But what's the point in getting involved in a screaming match with someone who will only scream back louder?

Sponge demonstrated her grace, humor and awareness of the nature of blog commenters in her most recent comment. She doesn't need me to defend her.

But, to answer your final two questions honestly, I am both a struggling coward and a struggling bigot, as are most people hoping to improve themselves.

11/08/2008 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan what is your connection with the psychotic Catholic right ( I say that as a baptized and confirmed Catholic) which seems to swarm your blog anymore? If there is no connection why are you so important to them?

I mean the Catholic League cannot decide whether to dress in brown or black shirts, but they have settled on the Sam Brown belt.

11/08/2008 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Henry Wenslydale said...

Dan, you did not answer Hyde Park's question. You did not condemn the statements made by those Catholic conservatives.

Why do you sit silent while someone close to you is insulted?

Why won't you condemn those who maligned KC Sponge? Do you secretly agree with her accusers?

That is one fucking weak response -"I am too imperfect, how could I condemn them".

Dan, why are you hedging your comments?

11/08/2008 7:50 PM  
Blogger Sky Girl said...

Yes, it was a helluva night. And now I will offer a little prayer:

Dear God, please save me from your followers, for they are scary and I am afraid.

11/08/2008 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what you are so hopeful about, Dan.

Obama wants to remove ALL restrictions on abortion and even deny medical treatment to babies who survive a botched abortion.

Utterly disgusting.

And the market showed us what hey think, with the DOW having the worst two day drop in HISTORY in the two days aftet the election.

Sure, he wants to tax the "rich", but it will just get passed on to us.

His policies may well cause the recession to sprial into a drpression.

He is gonna be a one termer.


Diana Christensen

11/09/2008 5:34 AM  
Anonymous Lance Weber said...

In re CA's Prop 8: Non-interventionists will appreciate this.

Les, the behavior of which I complain is appropriate for the audience of a sermon or revival meeting, but not for "the majority" in any political system..

I know Catholics - they don't usually get as excited or interested as the person posting as "the catalyst"...

As far as labels go, crazy trumps catholic any day.

11/09/2008 11:19 PM  
Blogger les said...

Obama wants to remove ALL restrictions on abortion and even deny medical treatment to babies who survive a botched abortion.

Research. Ur doon it rong.

11/10/2008 10:10 AM  

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