Jan 21

Punching the Pontiff in the Proboscis?

The Pope’s expecting me.

Assuming the quotes are accurate, Pope Francis I (in the wake of the Musloids doing what Musloids do in France, this time):

Pope Francis, who is currently on a week-long tour to Asia, said on Thursday that there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults someone’s faith and religion, according to media reports. The pope’s comments, made on board the papal plane en route to the Philippines from Sri Lanka, were reportedly made in response to a question about freedom of speech and religion.

“You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others,” Francis reportedly said, adding that while freedom of religion and freedom of expression are both fundamental human rights, there are limits to freedom of expression. “If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said, throwing a mock punch toward his assistant standing beside him. “It’s normal.”

More recently, the Pontiff said, appearing to back track slightly on the above statement:

In theory, it may be said that the Gospel says we must turn the other cheek. In theory, we can say that we have the freedom to express ourselves, and this is important. In theory we are all in agreement, but we are human, and so there is prudence, which is a virtue in human coexistence. I cannot continually provoke or insult someone, because I would risk angering them, I risk receiving a reaction that is not right, not right. But it is human. Therefore, I say that the freedom of expression must take into consideration the reality of humanity, and for this reason I say that we must be prudent. This means we must be polite and prudent, as prudence is the virtue that regulates human relations.

In the same discussion he also touched on the well-recognized scourge facing the Catholic Church – that of irresponsible Catholics who are not contracepting and otherwise acting – in his words – “like rabbits”:

I think that three is the number of children per family that the experts say is correct to maintain the population, three per couple. When there are fewer than this, there is the other extreme, which we see in Italy where I have heard – I do not know if it is true – that from 2024 there will not be the money to pay pensioners. The key phrase to answer this question is the one that the Church has always used: responsible parenthood. How does one do this? Through dialogue. Every person, accompanied by their pastor, must find out how to achieve responsible parenthood. … Some believe that – excuse the expression – to be good Catholics we must be like rabbits. No. Responsible parenthood. This is clear, and for this reason in the Church here are matrimonial groups, experts in this. I know of many, many legitimate ways to achieve this. … On the other hand, for the poorest people, a child is a treasure. It is true, we must also be careful here. But for them, a child is a treasure. God knows how to help them. Perhaps some are not careful in this respect, it is true. Parenthood must be responsible. But look also at the generosity of those fathers and mothers who see every child as a treasure.

So this leads me to one observation and one question:

First, the observation. “In theory, it may be said that the Gospel says we must turn the other cheek.” Umm. Excuse me there, Holy Father, but if you check just an eensy teensy little bit, you might notice that right there in the middle of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:39) it is not just there “in theory” and it is not “may be said”.

The Beatitudes are not some e=mc² of salvation, that everyone says but no one can really understand.  And since the point of your comment is directed toward your view that “we must be be polite and prudent . . . .” it seems that those, too, are merely “in theory” as you immediately segued from freedom of expression to analogizing faithful Catholics with good old Lepus curpaeums.

Which brings me to my question.  Given that your comments are impolite, imprudent, and contrary to your admonition that “You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others,” can I come to the Vatican and give you a punch?

It is after all, as you say, normal.

Cordially,
Brer Rabbit.

Jul 18

Obama’s Ronald Reagan Moment.

On September 1, 1983  a Korean commercial airliner, Flight KAL007,  was shot down by a Soviet fighter pilot.  Although the airliner had strayed into Soviet airspace, the military aircraft that tracked the airliner for over an hour, shot it down while the craft was in international airspace.  All 269 people were killed.  One of the murdered was a United States Congressman, Larry McDonald.  Ronald Reagan, that icon of a strong America, was President.

Apart from some saber-rattling, Reagan did nothing:  On September 5, 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan condemned the shooting down of the airplane as the “Korean airline massacre”, a “crime against humanity [that] must never be forgotten” and an “act of barbarism… [and] inhuman brutality”  Yawn.

The Soviets first denied everything for about a week.  Then they admitted it.  Then interfered with any search and rescue, even though the airliner made a controlled descent and indications were that there could be survivors.

In 1992, Russian president Boris Yeltsin disclosed five top-secret memos dating from a few weeks after the downing of KAL 007 in 1983.  The memos contained Soviet communications (from KGB Chief Viktor Chebrikov and Defense Minister Dmitriy Ustinov to General Secretary Yury Andropov) that indicated that they knew the location of KAL 007’s wreckage while they were simulating a search and harassing the American Navy; they had found the sought-after cockpit voice recorder on October 20, 1983 (50 days after the incident), and had decided to keep this knowledge secret, the reason being that the tapes could not unequivocally support their firmly held view that KAL 007’s flight to Soviet territory was a deliberately planned intelligence mission.

Reagan did nothing.  No repercussions.  Nada.  Zilch. Oh, wait.  I forgot.  Reagan did declare that GPS would be available to civilians for free, you know, to prevent this kind of thing in the future.

A sitting US Congressman was just killed by another country’s government.  Who exactly do you have to kill around here to start a war?  There was only the kind of outrage you hear in a bar after too many drinks. “I wish he’d of said that to me.”  Yeah. Right.

Clearly, one of Ronald Reagan’s biggest moral blunders.  Especially if you don’t count creating the Department of Education.

But, hey, enough of that.  It is great to be back in Delaware.

Not so for Barack Obama.  He’s had so many moral blunders, it’s like who’s counting anymore!

On July 17, 2014, a surface to air missile, also originating from the former Soviet Union, shot down another commercial airliner, killing everyone on board.

In what is likely the only Reaganesque moment of Obama’s presidency, he did his best imitation of Ronald Reagan at his worst:

President Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. on Thursday by casually devoting less than a minute to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner, as he began an often jokey 16-minute speech about the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure.

An earlier Reuters report claimed that it was feared that as many as 23 U.S. citizens had perished.

Obama declared in Wilmington, Delaware that ‘it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,’ but not before enthusiastically declaring that ‘it is wonderful to be back in Delaware.’

Remember all the flack George W. Bush took about being a dummy.  Obama had some prepared remarks before news of the mass murder shoot down were known.  So inept is he that upon hearing the news the best he can ad lib is “it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.”

What a narcissistic, immoral dolt.  Alas, Barack Obama can’t even imitate Reagan’s failure well.

I think we’ve just witnessed the high point of this Administration.

Jun 24

How to order at a Malaysian Drive-Thru

So Christians can’t say “Allah”, huh?

“Allah have a double bacon cheeseburger and a hot dog.”

Jun 17

How bad is it when you miss Saddam Hussein?

To be clear, I don’t mean the other Hussein.

Saddam Hussein-miss-me-yet

Jun 16

musloids are murderous thugs.

Time to move?

Just sampling some of today’s headlines, it seems like it’s time to move. While “getting away from it all” is just a fringe benefit, I think it’s time to increase my line of sight.

Islamists execute less enthusiastic islamists.

Islamists execute Christians.

Islamists around the world act like . . . well . . . islamists.

Note to islamists and musloids: Jihad works both way, baby.

Meanwhile, Hussein expresses his concern upon hearing the breaking news . . . by apparently breaking wind:

 

That wasn't me. It was Bush's fault.

That wasn’t me. It was Bush’s fault.

Whether in response to the executive flatulence or the swelling musloid hostility, Lurch keeps things in perspective for us.

 

 

Apr 29

You can make a Gosnell movie.

 

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American History, but almost no one knows who he is.

The Grand Jury investigating Kermit Gosnell’s horrific crimes said this:

 This case is about a doctor who killed babies … What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors …. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.

Gosnell is serving several life sentences but the media basically ignored his crimes and his trial. They ignored the facts that emerged from the trial, like the fact that the babies he murdered suffered terribly. Here is what a neonatologist told the Grand Jury:

The neonatologist testified… If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a “tremendous amount of  pain”  when its spinal cord is severed. So, the fact that Baby Boy A. continued to move after his spinal cord was cut with scissors means that he did not die instantly. Maybe the cord was not completely severed. In any case, his few moments of life were spent in excruciating pain.   (Report of the Grand Jury) 

Apr 23

Obama Protestors face water cannons.

No irony here, folks.  Move along.

Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed withactivists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines.

Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: “Obama not welcome.”

http://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2014_17/394861/pc-140423-manila-01_d1362e3763a61f84acdc80a1ec490077.nbcnews-ux-1040-800.jpg

Is it just me, or does history seem to be repeating itself?

 

Apr 21

How I work out.

Apr 14

And the Kermit Gosnell Award goes to . . .

Woman, 39, allegedly gave birth, then killed the infants and put their bodies in a garage.

Pleasant Grove police made a grisly discovery Saturday: seven dead infants, six of them in cardboard boxes.  Megan Huntsman, 39, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of six counts of murder.

Police believe she gave birth to the babies then killed them over the past decade, according to a police news release.

On Saturday, police responded to a call from Huntsman’s ex-husband about a dead infant found inside a Pleasant Grove home that Huntsman lived in until 2011. Officers arrived and found the body of a newborn infant, who appeared to be full term, according to the release.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home and found six more babies packaged in separate cardboard boxes inside the garage, said police Capt. Michael Roberts.

Investigators learned that Huntsman allegedly gave birth to the infants, then killed them, over a 10 year period, the release adds. Her ex-husband is believed to be the father, but investigators are still working on DNA tests, Roberts said.

While the mainstream media largely ignored Gosnell’s crimes, Ms. Huntsman has not enjoyed the same sub-radar existence.

Her winning this award was a snip, I mean, snap.

Apr 05

He ain’t weeping anymore.

But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,

searcher of mind and heart,

Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,

for to you I have entrusted my cause!

Jeremiah 11:20

One of the biggest challenges of the Christian life is to keep our eyes on the big picture. We get caught up – indeed overwhelmed – by our various crises de jour be it family, financial, vocational. As important as our God-given obligations are, we are also reminded again and again and again to realize that we are only here for a moment. “In all you do, remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin.” (Sirach 7:36).

The prophet Jeremiah is referred to as “The Weeping Prophet.” He was called by God to speak to the Jews. For more than a quarter century he did that. He obeyed even though God told him that no one would listen to him. (How would you like to be a salesman for a living and KNOW that you would never make a sale!) He obeyed if though he was reviled, beaten, mistreated, and just all around humiliated.

Faithful followers of Jesus around the world are getting a taste of this growing persecution. Run afoul of the Sodomite mafia, display a small cross around an unwashed muslim crowd, serve the global Church, or refuse to participate in the intrinsically evil Obamacare and find out. (Yet the majority of those named after Christ won’t even disconnect their cable!)

Our Lord knew our sufferings for His sake before the foundations of the world. He also shares in them as in our sufferings we have a share of His. The millions who have suffered for righteousness sake bear witness to the truth of Eternal Life.

But there is a corollary that is also overlooked in modernity: Eternal Death. Hell. Sin has fallen from the English Lexicon (except, perhaps, when some democrat is referring to some republican). It is the loss of the notion of Hell – Eternal Death – that inevitably, unavoidably leads to the demise of civilization. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI noted the reality of this Eternal Death:

When one is not aware of the judgment of God, when one does not recognize the possibility of hell, of the radical and definitive failure of life, then one does not recognize the possibility and necessity for purification. Then man does not work well on behalf of the world, because in the end he loses his bearings, he no longer knows himself, not knowing God, and destroys the world. All of the great ideologies have promised: We will take things in hand, we will no longer overlook the world, we will create the new, just, correct, fraternal world. Instead, they destroyed the world. We see this with Nazism, and we also see it with communism, which promised to build the world the way it was supposed to have been, and instead destroyed the world.

Today we are used to thinking: what is sin? God is great, he understands us, so sin does not count, in the end God will be good toward all. It’s a nice hope. But there is justice, and there is real blame. Those who have destroyed man and the earth cannot sit immediately at the table of God, together with their victims.

We have the same imperative mission that Jeremiah. Urgency should grip our hearts for our friends, family, neighbors, and nation. And ourselves. We should press on to the prize of the high calling in Jesus, declaring the love of Heaven; the despair of Hell.

Like Jeremiah, to God we should entrust our cause. And celebrate both His mercy and His vengeance.

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