Daily Southtown political columnist Kristin McQueary scored well in her debut on my WLS-AM radio show, appearing with veteran conservative analyst Paul Caprio, director of Family PAC. One of the surprises of the night was a call from a listener who is a state employeewho said that if Gov. Blagojevich had to complete the same ethics form that every state government employee has to, he would not be able to qualify as ethics-free basis the states yardstick. Thats one thing about talk radio: listeners supply ideas that rarely occur to political writers. Itll be interesting to see if this turns up in a story somewhere.
Saturday Night Live.
The highly touted Saturday Night Live show featuring Barack Obama was amateurish, poorly acted and constituted what I would imagine is a corporate contribution to the Obama campaign. You can see for yourself on YouTube shown on the Sun-Times website. Ridicule was larded on all the other Democratic candidates
particularly Hillary Clinton
by the amateurish cast. She was repeatedly called a witch by the actor playing her husband. Slurs were directed to candidates Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden
but the most scathing and to my mnd totally brutal presentation was given to Hillary Clintonall as a buildup to the arrival of Destinys Tot Obama who was given lines like I know who I am so I dont have to make believe Im someone else, Hillary. The actress playing Hillary was dressed in a brides outfit: what that was supposed to symbolize I dont know. The script could easily have been written by David Axelrod and for all I know possibly was.
Given the present level of political correctness I doubt if SNL would be up to parodying Obama. At least Saturday there were no punches or even gentle digs tossed his way. We are evidently still at a stage where it is regarded as unfunny to subject an African American candidate with the ridicule that goes undeviatingly to white ones.
There has been no feedback from the archdiocese or its many bureaucrats to the rebuke delivered by the president of DePaul in letter replying to criticism of the notorious Out There conference, portions of which mingled gay rights advocacy along with much diluted Catholic dogma. The letter which was published in the Chicago New World politely told the archdiocese that DePaul runs as its faculty decides without interference from the Church.
Typically it appears the issue of DePauls continuation as a so-called Catholic university is a dead letter. Not a word about the possibility of removing it has come from Superior street. Intriguing to some is the official diocesan not-so-even-handedness in
dealing with some authenticists harshly
and with recrimination
in contrast to its proclivity to go light on liberal critics of Church dogma i.e. Fr. Andrew Greeley, an oft-time dinner guest and host who has escorted high clerical officials to dinner and the opera. Fr. Greeley has been noteworthy for his column written during the elevation of Benedict XVI that maintained that in the past the Holy Spirit erred in picking men of sinful nature to the papacynot recognizing that Church theology maintains the power of the Holy Spirit has continued inviolate by preserving even earthen vessel popes from promulgating error. Thats what Catholics used to learn in the Baltimore Catechism. Greeleys attacks on the Church for its Humanae Vitae position while a priest of the archdiocesewhich constitutes scandal to manyrolls like water off a ducks back while he enjoys hobnobbing with its officialdom.
There are still some who feel keenly the sting of the lash whenever criticism of some authenticist action is made in high places. Not this writer. Were not in the medieval age any longer, folks. This archdiocese has a lot to answer for concerning the laxity that enabled far more than one roman-collared pedophile to prey on children while seminary files were lost that could have prevented same. The teaching that goes on at DePaul is merely an outward sign of what has been tolerated through almost administrative ineffectiveness and weakness in the past. Rather than complain about the media, archdiocesan officials should be thankful that the two major newspapers are as spinelessly tolerant as they have been heretofore.