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.

Apr 04

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

And this is the false argument they use, ‘Our life is short and dreary, there is no remedy when our end comes, no one is known to have come back from Hades. Let us lay traps for the upright man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our sins against the Law, and accuses us of sins against our upbringing.

He claims to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. We see him as a reproof to our way of thinking, the very sight of him weighs our spirits down; for his kind of life is not like other people’s, and his ways are quite different.

In his opinion we are counterfeit; he avoids our ways as he would filth; he proclaims the final end of the upright as blessed and boasts of having God for his father.  Let us see if what he says is true, and test him to see what sort of end he will have.  For if the upright man is God’s son, God will help him and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies.

Let us test him with cruelty and with torture, and thus explore this gentleness of his and put his patience to the test.  Let us condemn him to a shameful death since God will rescue him — or so he claims.’

This is the way they reason, but they are misled, since their malice makes them blind.  They do not know the hidden things of God, they do not hope for the reward of holiness, they do not believe in a reward for blameless souls.

Wisdom 2:1, 12-22

It’s kind of amazing that we can look at words written thousands of years ago and feel like they could have been written this afternoon.

Not only does the world seem to be in the grip of the dark forces of Sodomites and the political system – and pseudo-religion – of Islam (to name a couple), but anyone who makes a peep expressing a Christian sentiment is vilified.

On Friday, March 28, in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, including by opening fire on it and setting parked cars aflame. Four people died. One of the slain, a young Coptic woman, was savagely mauled and molested before being murdered—simply because her cross identified her as a Christian to the Brotherhood rioters (taxonomically known as minus infesta vermis canis). The murdered woman, Mary Sameh George, was parking by the church to deliver medicine to a sickly, elderly woman.

On the enlightened side of the pond, the Brendan Eich, CEO of Mozilla (Slogan: Your web, the way you like it.) was forced from his position because something as prestigious as a dating site (OKCupid; Slogan: Never leave you buddy’s behind.) called for a boycott of Mozilla. Mr. Eich’s “crime” was that he gave a thousand bucks of his own money to support California’s Proposition 8, which won in the statewide popular vote, by the way.

As today’s Old Testament reading shows, there’s nothing new under the sun. The workers of darkness are not content to engage in their sin and tolerate those with whom they disagree. It is the mere existence of Christianity – and I suggest, especially the Catholic Church – that annoys and enrages the enemies of God:

Let us lay traps for the upright man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our sins against the Law, and accuses us of sins against our upbringing.

Feeding the beast only makes it hungrier. Fear is not an option. Fear is a snare. “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25. Is Mary Sameh George safe? Safer than anyone reading this.

While I don’t pretend to know the details (I’m in sales, not management), I do know that the Lord hears and rescues the upright. I know that to the wicked evil brings death and those that hate the upright will pay the penalty (Psalm 34).

I also know we’re in good company. In today’s Gospel (John 7) we Jesus restricted in his ability to travel “because the Jews were seeking to kill him.” Yet the people marveled as he spoke openly (“Can it be true the authorities have recognized that he is the Christ?”). Jesus knew – what we all should embrace – that the safest place on the planet is doing the will of God. “They wanted to arrest him then, but because his hour had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.

We are called to courage and obedience. We all know “our hour” will come. Until it does, no one can touch us. When it does, no one can save us.

What do you want to be doing when your hour comes?

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