The feminist attorney famous for making herself famous just couldn’t let the Sandra Fluke case go.
Gloria Allred sent a letter to a Florida District Attorney asking him to arrest Rush Limbaugh for violation of an ancient Florida law.
The statute stipulates that anyone who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity” is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Allred explained that the statute recently came to her attention as having never been repealed, and that it could very well apply to Limbaugh’s remarks as his show is broadcast from West Palm Beach.
Just one problem, Gloria: it looks to me that the truth would be a perfect defense for Rush.
The statute requires that the perp falsely impute a woman’s “want of chastity.” (That’s “slutiness” for those of you in Rio Linda.) But Ms. Fluke has pretty much handed Rush his defense with her public comments. Unmarried women in possession of their chastity don’t need $3,000 worth of contraceptives.
Another thing: Did Ms. Allred ask Sandra Fluke if she wanted her help? The answer is “no.”
[Allred] said Friday that she has not yet been in touch with Fluke.
“I don’t reach out to women, they reach out to me,” she said. “If she did reach out to me, obviously I would respond.”
Here are the top Hennessy’s View posts of each month of 2012, scientifically selected by . . . me.
The Gabrielle Giffords shooting by lunatic Jerod Lee Loughner was the biggest news event of the month. The cynically attempted to use the tragedy for political gain. The left failed.
The Arab Spring began last winter. When Mubarak was on the ropes in Egypt, some questioned whether or not his fall would be good for the region and the world. Other questioned whether it would be good for Egyptians. Still others blindly rooted for Mubarak’s death. These last were the American Idiots. I suppose they’re still cheering the de-Christianization of Egypt.
What’s your FICA score? For Millennials, your payroll taxes are a sign of things to come. Don’t be fooled by temporary FICA breaks—you’ll pay in the end and the through the teeth.
Warren Buffett wrote an ill-advised op-ed calling for higher taxes on the rich. Months later, he sued the government to avoid paying back taxes on his businesses. Never take tax advise from a man who stands to make billions if high taxes drive investors toward annuities. (Buffett owns lots of insurance companies.)
The St. Louis Tea Party kicked off its After Party program: a 12-month project to repair the fabric of society. Big goal? You bet. But we can do it. After all, we’re Americans.
Just a quick note that Yahoo has apparently changed their “Spam” firewall rules. You’re Tea Party updates have been showing up in my spam box for the past couple days. I can’t prove there is a conspiracy, but all of my e-mails from conservative organizations are showing up as spam while a lot of other crap is flying right through. Yahoo mail’s spam filter is supposed to be an adaptive process. In other words, when I mark each e-mail as not spam, it is supposed to add the sender to my white list. Apparently it is not as smart as I expect. Just giving you an FYI in case this is happening to many others.
All email providers update their spam algorithms regularly. Sometimes email you want gets filtered out.
Thanks to John S. for warning us to check our Yahoo filters.
Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
The English version of the Roman Catholic Missal changed at the start of Advent. The new translation is truer to the Latin original.
The response to “The Lord be with you,” change to “And with your spirit” from “and also with you.” The Latin, et cum spiritu tuo translates exactly into “and with your spirit.”
Another change that thrills conservative Catholics, is the consecration. For decades, we’ve complained that the Novo Ordo was wrong when it said, “It will be shed for you and for all . . . “ The correct translation from Sumerian would be “It will be shed for you and for many . . .”
Some Catholics believed that the erroneous translation to “all” instead of “many” prevented transubstantiation—the bread and wine being the body and blood of Christ. This correction brings great relief to many.
My favorite correction, though, won’t be heard until Christmas.
A song in the mass, the Gloria, goes away during Advent, the time Christian’s prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth. In the Gloria is a subtle but profound correction that carries meaning to Catholics and to the whole world.
For years we’ve heard that the angel who appeared to the shepherds declared, “Peace on earth and good will to men.”
But that translation lacks accuracy.
“Peace on earth and to men of good will,” is the correct interpretation.
When the Novo Ordo Missal was prepared, church leaders chose openness over accuracy. “All” sounds more inclusive than “many.” “Peace on earth and good will to men,” covers everyone, not just the good and faithful. The result, though, muddled theology and scripture.
The lesson here is important: words have meaning.
When we use the wrong words in order to soften our message, we usually succeed. But if we soften our message enough, we lose the meaning of the message intended.
That’s not to say we should put a sharp edge on our speech or treat sensitive subjects callously. Instead, we use language and actions necessary and proper in the most loving way we can.
The angel and Christ used words of exclusion: many, not all, and men of good will. But the invitation was universal: all may choose to be saved.
Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to men of good will.