Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Car notes and more important things

My car travails are becoming epic. We finally got the serpentine belt on late yesterday. I had to loosen the tensioner assembly to do it. We take it on a test drive. We have driven about 2-3 miles. I reach over and shake number one son's hand in congratulations on a job well-done, and Voila!, the belt pops off.

Of course the new belt is ruined. Turns out the tensioner pulley has seized. There is a slight wobble in idler pulley also. These should be easy replacements. And I happen to have an extra $30 dollar serpentine belt....


So, Hilary Clinton wins Pennsylvania. We have ourselves a major problem looming. Let's look at the what's going on: the country has a financial crisis looming; food prices and oil prices are rising; we continue in an unpopular war; and moral decay is increasing.

So who do we have to select from? John McCain, who admits the economy is not his strong point. The war is his strong point.

On the other hand we have Obama who should NOT apologize for saying that people cling to God (actually he said "religion" not God) because they are bitter-because 1. he believes it, and 2. it seems that he is bitter also. In this environment of moral decay-who or what should be cling to? Oh yes, we still have the resurgent Hilary Clinton...

The reality of such choices should tell us something about America. Unfortunately what it seems to say is that we are either fools or selfish-or both.

Is McCain a compromise candidate because the Republican party is so split-or is he the true face of what the Republican party holds most dear?


I am not exactly sure where Pope Benedict XVI said this during his trip, but I lifted it from Annunciations:

My own years as a teenager were marred by a sinister regime that thought it had all the answers; its influence grew – infiltrating schools and civic bodies, as well as politics and even religion – before it was fully recognized for the monster it was. It banished God and thus became impervious to anything true and good. Many of your grandparents and great-grandparents will have recounted the horror of the destruction that ensued. Indeed, some of them came to America precisely to escape such terror.

If it weren't for the fact that we know Benedict is talking about the Nazi regime, you may think he was talking about the rise of secularism today. With it, we may be heading down the path towards persecution of believers.

It's ironic that Obama believes people cling to religion because of bitterness and then Pope Benedict tells us that our HOPE is in Christ! Which one is right? (You know who gets my vote!)


Finally, will there be a distributist conference?

Oremus pro invicem!

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