Friday, January 31, 2014



My posts continue as the sane and sober counterpoints to the typical titillations and pop culture updates that otherwise characterize Rant Lifestyle.   The combination seems to be nearly as disjunctive as marshmallow soup, but we’ll see how this works out.   I have to say that my colleagues’ articles certainly draw readers (or viewers, I am sure, for many of the posts; e.g., “The Hottest Daughters of Rock Stars” and “The 10 Most Beautiful Women at the Detroit Auto Show,” and these are milder fare at the site) to the site, so maybe all this will work out.

This week’s fare from my end included

Obama’s myRA Scheme:   Countering The “Livin’ On Money That I Ain’t Made Yet” Attitude?
Even those of you who might not find the subject matter compelling will find this one of my best, and entertainingly, written pieces in awhile.

The United States To Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:  Don’t Go There
We used to be appalled that the Soviets told their satellites what to do.   The geopolitical mirror may not look so good now.

Hamid Karzai:   “Feel the (Country) Breakin’ and Everybody Shakin’ and We’re Stayin’ Alive”
What’s an installed guy to do when the installers head for the door?

“Bishop” Raymond Goedert And Clergy Sex Abuse:  “We Have Done What We Were Obliged To Do.” 
I found the Archdiocese’s released documents on clergy sex abuse especially interesting, and sickening, because some of the cited creepiness, or far worse, allegedly took place in the rectory of St. Walter Parish on the far south side in 1970 and 1971; I am a 1971 graduate of that proud parish.  This post does not relate to those particular episodes, but goes to perhaps a more salient sin of the Church.  “Bishop” Goedert (I’m having a hard time calling the man “Bishop.”), by the way, was ensconced at a neighboring parish, in which we later lived, during some of the period discussed in this piece, so his juggling act sort of hits home as well, though not nearly as much as the shenanigans going on, unbeknownst to most of us, at St. Walter.

Have a great weekend, everybody.  Alas, the Hawkeye loss to the Spartans Tuesday night has relegated Iowa to the second tier of Big 10 basketball, but the second tier of the Big 10 is not such a bad place to be this season.


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