Saturday, November 28, 2009
Who if he does the right thing should get the Saint Thomas Moore Award of the Century.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Stuffing cooked inside the Turkey? Did you learn to cook in a barn? Cranberry out of a can? Are you mad woman? Pumpkin pie with cream cheese not condensed milk? Are you trying to poison us or just get us fat? Holiday can be a bit testy with personalities and peculiarities of family that get all together just a few special times a year. In case you didn't ask-yes, it's your turn to do all the dishes.
That reminds me of Mother Theresa's 'do it anyway' litany.
People will impute the greatest acts of love you gave with the most nefarious motives- do it anyway. They will feel like total jerks later. Then you can tell them how many karats you want.
[3; 4 is a bit gauche and makes my finger look fat.]
If they don't just stay the same abominable course.
I'm Thankful For....all the Republicans who will have to eat their hats.
I'm Thankful For....TRUTH.
Happy Thanksgiving to my Fellow TRUTH Addicts and junkies.
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. We trust you all have something for which to be thankful. (Happy Turkey Day back at you to the folks at the Posse List.)
What Weapons of Mass Destruction? Inquiring minds in Britain want to know what the real deal was, and why they were so bloody dumb as to just take Bush's word for anything.
And they don't own Chevron stock so don't care who they expose.
ITS ABOUT DEAD KIDS
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Could it possibly be (just askin') that Gulliani (or however you spell his name) doesn't want
trials in NYC of terror suspects because someone might ask (a) so why did Mr. Mayor G. put a gag order on the firefighters to prevent any talk about the internal demolition explosions at the World Trade Towers? (b) so why did Mr. Mayor G. know to leave the building at the World Trade Towers where he had some central command office. Not that this might impact the evidence in any respect concerning whether these characters actually were the masterminds of those events-where three buildings melted in internal demolitions and only two were hit- to name a few anomalies that the Patriots Question 911 Truthers posit (google it- I am tired of defending them.) THINK FOR YOURSELF ya mindless automatron eater of whatever garbage they want to stuff down your throat. Seriously, Are you that hungry fool?
Love Hits You For Real
Once in a great while.
You either believe in the deal
or change that dial.
You either trust that its true
or trust in your doubt
You either have faith
or flail wildly about
in sarcasm and shouting
You either believe in love
or doubt you are worthy.
You either grab the ring
and rise to sing
or swim in disbelief and grief.
The saddest Crucifixion is the one
done to yourself by you
Because you believed in the lie
more than the truth.
According to one of my favorite talking heads Keith Olberman (MSNBC), the RNC has now tried to push a loyalty test, called a "purity test" (like the corrupt bunch of war profiteer terrorist fabricators collectively have the first clue about spiritual "purity"-gag me with a maggott)- and in it is a ten point litmus test they call the "Reagan test" that Reagan himself would fail. One of the litmus tests for Republican purity is that one must "support all troop surges"- In other words- regardless of whether military solutions are feasible, intelligible, calculably winnable, or productive for any other reason than lining the pockets of the defense contractors, war profiteers, and everyone feeding off them in their Bethesda and Potomac estates feeling "pure", we must all support the million dollar a soldier troop increases- because it is the basis of our War economy. This is because we are too moronic to figure out how to make that kind of money on any other sector-and haven't invested in the infrastructure development or greening technologies and other innovations that would create another basis for the economy than perpetual mindless fabricated pretextual wars to serve industry.
Unocal and it's Board, (Condi and Rumsfeld included) apparently all agreed that a pipeline in a place like Pennsylvania isn't as cost-effective as in a country with an ineffective if not non-existent federal government throughout the country and an under-developed highly corrupt legal system. In Pennsylvania we sue people for environmental disasters and contamination and have advanced labor laws and codes not to mention powerful Unions, that makes doing business there and opening pipelines there potentially expensive. We have advanced labor laws/codes, not to mention powerful Unions. something here called "class action lawsuits" which makes opening pipelines and factories in places with under-developed legal systems -or those in our pocket- more appealing. Hence, if we can get the US military to pay for security in these regions, with the blood of Americans that have nothing whatsoever to do with reaping any direct profit off it- and convince AIPAC and others in the Jewish lobby that it is in the security interest of Israel for us to go to war in these places- we can get everyone who had any sensitivity to the Hollocaust, like Richard Pearl and other Neocons, to believe that our Agenda also serves their interests. (Richard Pearl by the way it is reported backtracked on his support of the Iraq war.) -Yes, Iran may be an actual existential threat- but that doesn't justify our war efforts in Afghanistan or Iraq, which some argue exacerbated the situation and just gave the jihadist fundamentalists a better recruiting tool- because we are over there slaughtering civilians by the hundreds of thousands and that is inciting the insurgencies.
Unocal has since merged with CHEVRON- and on its board sits Sam Nunn as well as an officer/director of Northrup Grumman now.
So to be a good and 'pure' Republican- one must "support all troop surges" it appears-In other words, one must be a person of War- mindless War, War for the sake of War. Because
it's too expensive to do business properly in America.
I believe it's time for a new Party Agenda, new Party leadership, new Party innovation, and new Party direction- or the Republican Brand will be viewed as full of crap as CHARMIN.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Imagine a Halloween co-op where everykid on the block got candy no matter how rich or poor their parents that year, and every house gave out candy no matter how rich or poor because the richer houses the night before halloween came to each poor house and gave the parents a big bag of candy. How cool would that be- everyone gets candy. Everyone goes to City Hall and signs up for the Free Candy program- and mysteriously if they make below a certain annual income the candyman delivers a bag of select mixed Hersheys right to their door.
What mean miserly person would possibly object to such a "mom, flag, apple pie" program.
Now imagine that the program will only be allowed to work because it is partially underwritten by "Gillette" so there are razor blades hidden in the chocolates of one in ten bags that get delivered.
WHAT! Who in their right mind would pay for that? Who would sign up for it? Why would the rich guys want to subsidize the razor chocolates? It's morally repugnant- we don't slice the mouths up of little children!! Are you CRAZY? How off the wall?!! Who invited Gillette in the program in the first place?
We don't slice the mouths of children with razors, we just delimb them in utero, puncture their skulls with sharp instruments while they flail and kick in utero, and "extract" them delimbed and decapitated from wombs.
Now, Who Wants To Sign Up For Abortion In HealthCare?
I asked an African American professional democratic woman who owns her own real estate brokerage business over 40. Smartly dressed in a gray designer suit, hair coiffed expensively and stylish boots that set her back a few hundred on sale as Ferrigamos.
She defines herself as "pro-choice."
"But only in early stages of a pregnancy-not for birth control for stupid women "
I asked "Do you think abortion should be covered by Goverment health care?
"Hell No- Who in their right mind would think everyone had to pay for someone else's abortions?" "I paid for my own abortions."
Who indeed? Harry Reid maybe?
Today's monday morning homeless breakfast and scripture reading in a basement conference room at Saint Matthews Cathedral took a disturbing turn until one of the homeless ministry leaders reigned the conversation back on track and quieted a potential uproar over hot cocoa and day old muffins. The homeless men were actually talking about the controversy over Catholic Charities allegedly not providing certain services as a response to the same-sex marriage legislation. "The church runs the shelter! are they going to shut it because they don't like gay people? " one upset homeless man said, sitting in the scripture discussion circle. No one really wanted to talk controversy. "It's complicated."
On another note-a senior ministry leader in a Jesuit parish said "I was raised in a Non-Traditional Marriage because my parents divorced when I was 2. I lived with my Mom, my aunt and my grandmother-all women. I think I turned out fine." She was raised in a strict polish catholic home. She turned out spectacularly in fact.
I, and many head scratching people like me are incredulous if we are told that Catholic Charities or other catholic social service agencies will not, once the City has called someone gay "married" give them any essential services that Catholic Charities normally provides to everyone- like HIV counseling, medicines, Health clinic care or other services. Certainly health care should not be dependent on one's state of sin or grace- or we wouldn't treat diabetics if they ate too many Twinkies, we wouldn't treat lung cancer if the patient snuck a cigarette, we wouldn't treat heart conditions if people didn't get their regular exercise and stop eating so many burgers, and we wouldn't treat obesity if people kept eating too much and drinking sodas.
Health Care should be provided regardless of any one's state of sin or grace. Because Jesus did that. He didn't ask anyone seeking healing what got them in that predicament. So I hope that isn't what they mean.
The adoption question poses another interesting ethical situation. Should kids be languishing in parent less situations in orphanages, or in foster care with too many kids to get necessary attention, because we don't want to allow two people who are of the same gender to adopt a child because we don't like what they do with each other in the bedroom and consider it sin? Should kids suffer because we morally disapprove of people's lifestyles? Does anyone seriously think gayness transmits to kids?
Have you not heard of kids raised already by gay people who are not gay?
When Catholic Charities takes a moral position like this (or the Wuerl-Wind dictates it)- it means everyone who is Catholic has to step up to the plate to fill in the funding void that loss of city funding means-and we are as broke as the next guy. So now we see double collections more and places that used to have Masses during the week free of the collection basket circuit now are asked to pony up. So while Catholic charities used to service catholics and non-catholics alike, because they operated under city contracts, now only Catholics will be paying for services for catholics and non-catholics alike- because this is what it means to be catholic. But this imposes an increased burden on the flock- to take a moral position about not wanting gay people to have adopted children. Just so we can feel superior to people who sin in a different way than other people sin-according to our theology.
If I am missing something here- please correct me because the record on this has me more confused than Anglican priests who can be married unless they haven't started Seminary yet.
The social justice committee advocacy chair at one catholic church in the District raised the question of possible objection or even civil disobedience to the church hierarchy which appears at times painfully nonsensical in its positions, at which point the old excommunication bugaboo reared its ugly head and people reminded the group that the church hierarchy isn't exactly a democracy. Deal with it.
The best thing that can be said about this recent upheaval about toting this moral line is that it has caused people to be truly exercised and upset- on both sides of the catholic divide. And a few homeless guys are choking on their day old muffins.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
1. The German High Court has outlawed all Electronic Voting in Germany: the Fourth Largest Economy in the World. (The US outsourced its elections to ES&S, an arguably partisan electronic voting machinery company with little transparency, auditability and verifiability process standards met.) Can anyone say "Remember John Kerry?"
2. Over One Million Iraqis have died at the hands of US soldiers and by US weapons since 2003.
(And it's YOUR fault)
3. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who has been in a wizzing battle with the Catholic hierarchy over his views and votes on abortion, has been officially excommunicated by the Bishop of Rhode Island where he officially lives.
Answer: Pat Kennedy's wiz battle with the Bishops got the most major play (except for that American Papist character who would be all over it except he is in Poland ironically at a conference on use of media for promotion of pro-life efforts.) The Million Dead Iraqis - no one seems to think it relevant because? They were the undemocratic kind? The reporting of the German High Court decision made its way first into the blog world then appeared in The Rock Creek Press, the only Washington paper that cares and dares to cover the news that doesn't suit the Eisenhower pet peave; that military-industrial corporate feeding frenzy he called a "complex" when it's really simple and simply about money, greed and corruption.
AND THEY WONDER WHY THERE ARE BLOGS.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Once again you can experience the beautiful sounds of Christmas from the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Christmas at Mary’s Shrine, performed by the Basilica Choir under the direction of Dr. Peter Latona, wonderfully captures the beauty of Christmas at the Basilica.
This beautiful music will certainly fill your hearts, minds, and souls with the peace and joy of the Christmas season. The Christmas at Mary’s Shrine CD is available while supplies last at a suggested donation of $20.00.
Silent Night / Grüber (3:59)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / Bach (6:15)
Puer natus in Bethlehem / chant / arr. Latona (4:00)
Alma Redemptoris Mater / Palestrina (2:49)
Ave Maria / Schubert (4:30)
In Dulci Jubilo / Praetorius (3:56)
Adieu des Bergers / Berlioz (4:48)
Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang / sixteenth century (5:34)
Andante (Sonato in A Minor) / Telemann (2:29)
Panis Angelicus/ Franck (4:38)
Away in a Manger / Kirkpatrick / arr. Latona (2:25)
Angels We Have Heard on High / French carol (2:43)
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Songs of Christmas 2006 Edition includes the traditional O Come, O Come Emmanuel, I Wonder as I Wander, and Schubert's Ave Maria.
Songs of Christmas 2005 CD contains favorites such as O Holy Night, and Bach/Gounod Ave Maria.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
by Cynthia L. Butler, Esq.
Graduate of Georgetown Law Center,
Litigation practitioner in the District of Columbia.
"Public Accommodation" exemptions for religious orgs to practice their tenets have been everywhere widely adopted. For example, the DC City Council on November 10 passed out of committee the following language appended to their Marriage Equality legislation:
"No priest, imam, rabbi, minister, or other official of any religious society who is authorized to solemnize or celebrate marriages shall be required to solemnize or celebrate any marriage.
Each religious society has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine, teachings, and beliefs regarding who may marry within that particular religious society’s faith.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a religious society, or a nonprofit organization that is operated, supervised, or controlled by or in conjunction with a religious society, shall not be required to provide services, accommodations, facilities, or goods for a purpose related to the solemnization or celebration of a same-sex marriage, or the promotion of same-sex marriage through religious programs, counseling, courses, or retreats, that is in violation of the religious society’s beliefs. A refusal to provide services, accommodations, facilities, or goods in accordance with this subsection shall not create any civil claim or cause of action, or result in a District action to penalize or withhold benefits from the religious society or nonprofit organization that is operated, supervised, or controlled by or in conjunction with a religious society. "
This strikes me as pretty clear language. They may include an amendment stating something like "neither shall the exercise of any religiously based refusal to provide such services, accommodations, facilities or goods in conjunction in any fashion with same-sex marriage be grounds to deny any such religious organization of any city funds, grants, tax exemption status or bequests in conjunction with any other program that it runs or offers for benefits of residents or inhabitants of the District."
But the purpose of the language seems pretty clear. It was a victory of sorts for the religious communities who should feel as though they were heard on this point.
I suspect that Larry King's research staff reads my blog because most of the controversial topics here he asked a prominent Pastor T.D. Jakes last night. So for Larry's benefit, to correct the record that he misunderstood (and that has been widely misreported and misunderstood, not to single out Larry, bless his heart)- NO, the Catholic church is not threatening to withhold its services to the poor to spite Gay People. Ridiculous. The Catholic Church isn't in the extortion business threatening City Hall.
They were concerned that they just won't be ELIGIBLE for the DC funds to provide the services if they are non compliant with the laws, and if they don't have the bucks to buy the food, they can't feed the folks. It's about Money- isn't that usually the case...
Catholic Charities is a huge feeder organization that distributes funds out to the many Parishes who provide directly services to the needy- shelter, food, prison rehabilitation and reintegration services, medical care in some cases- even free legal assistance here in the District under the Archdiocese legal network for indigents dealing with things like evictions, SSI disability, etc.
That is the concern. An amendment in the general bill would fully alleviate the concern- and readily solve the problem with the bad PR, but the intention of City Council seems pretty clear from the language already in the Bill. Lets not fight phantoms.
I, as a female, personally have not met a gay person who I knew was gay who I didn't love to hang out with (with the exception of a creepy woman who once tried to hit on me). A few gay men in my life have helped me enormously in a variety of ways, including emotionally, and I value them as treasured citizens. You can call me a "fag hag" if you like, because I love my gays! I am Grace to Will. Red hair and all.
But the sexual expression of gayness, I prefer not to think about. Just don't tell me, and I won't ask. That's because I view it as fundamentally objectively "immoral" - according to my faith. I can't get around it. I read too much scripture. I have made peace with loving my gays and drawing a firm line on sexually immoral homosexual conduct. A lot of people I know dance this line. They don't believe they have jurisdiction to Judge. They suspect at least one of their old boyfriends was really "bi" and they have enough to worry about without picking fights with people minding their own business, they are deeply offended by ignorant hate crimes and language against anyone.
When the first Christian missionaries, who were basically mostly Jews ventured into the Greek territories that were claimed as a result of the conquests of Alexander the Great (large populations of Jews spoke Greek as their first language at the time of Christ), they found a culture of unspeakable immorality -essentially a culture of 'whatever gets your rocks off" sensuality- they found Temples to Aphrodite and Diana where cult prostitutes practiced gay sodomy as a ritualistic form of connecting with the Divine, they found rampant bi-sexuality and homosexuality and pederasty.
This was totally shocking and scandalous to the Jewish consciousness. There was a debate between the early Apostles concerning whether someone wishing to follow Christ had to convert first to Judaism and all its rules and traditions. It was determined that there were only three essential core rules that would distinguish the communities of Christians and persons wishing to follow Christ from the rest of the Greek hedonistic world: 1. Do not eat the meat offered to Idols, 2. Do not practice sexual immorality 3. Do not eat blood.
The reference to the meat of idols was to honor the commandment and tradition against idolatry and also to make a statement that Christians were separating from the Greek Temple practices which included idol worship through temple prostitutes and other lewd forms of worship. Do not even eat the meat affiliated with such expression. The sexual immorality prohibition is very clear. Everyone knew the stories of what happened to the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the abominations that brought down the fiery wrath of God there. Sexual immorality included any kind of 'fornication' which is one of the things that gets one squarely locked out of the kingdom according to scripture.
This is what distinguishes a follower of Jesus Christ from the "whatever gets your rocks off" masses. This is what the Catholic Church understands is a core principle of discipleship.
Secular Humanist Hedonism (some call it the "pleasure principle") is nothing new to human experience. It is, as a system of beliefs supporting practices, in fact a religion.
Constitutionally, the State may not establish any laws that favor in any respect any Religion over another. This violates the Non-Establishment provision of the First Amendment to the US Constitution (by extension of the 10th and 14th amendments to the States/District of Columbia). Thus, giving money, or state funds only to organizations that embrace the Religion of Secular Humanist Hedonism is against the US Constitution- and will invoke litigation likely to go to the Supreme Court. --and we all know who sits on the Supreme Court.
For that reason, it is only smart, only right, and only Constitutional, to include the clearest Amendment language that does not threaten or jeopardize the ability of Catholic Charities and other social service organizations from receiving District Funds. I believe that the City Council and its Counsel is close to being on the same page and it's a matter of getting the language incontrovertibly correct now.
We are all praying for you.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Stop acting like such a Princess"
"I can't help it."
Thank you to the kind soul who sent me this link. We are making progress. Why wouldn't we want to observe what goes on at the ICC?
DO SOMETHING SATURDAY IN SANTA MONICA
GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS REPORTED IN WASHINGTON POST
Monday, November 16, 2009
This Saturday. Sign Up and Walk.
GIVE HOMES TO ABORTION-VULNERABLE WOMEN
ON NOVEMBER 21ST: Every year over 8,000 MD and DC
women will choose abortion because they face homelessness.
Help Gabriel Network serve more moms and babies
by being part of Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Walkathon
on November 21, 2009 on the National Mall in Washington,
DC. Registration begins at 7:00 AM and the walkathon
starts at 9:00 AM. Gabriel Network staff and volunteers
will be holding a Gabriel network banner under the
letter “G” sign so come and walk with us! Go to
www.helpthehomelessdc.org to register—Gabriel network’s
beneficiary code is MD010 (listed under Gabriel Project,
Inc.) For more information call 1-800-264-3565 ext. 301.
Hope to see you there!
Coincidentally, also on Nov.21:
THE PRESENTATION OF MARY is a
pious tradition that held that as a child
Mary was presented and educated near
the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary was
conceived immaculately and was
predestined by God to be the mother of His
Son. Mary, honored by God, is honored
and called blessed by us on this day.
O, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have
recourse to thee.
This morning around 80 homeless people went to the basement of Saint Matthews Cathedral for a breakfast that included quiche, fresh fruit, muffins, scones, donuts, roasted or cheesy potatoes, eggs, kielbasa sausage, assorted fresh vegetables,and other goodies. They came back for seconds. They packed lunch bags and stuffed bags of grapes in their coat pockets. After they ate they helped themselves to what they needed for the week in the way of clothes, warm coats, and new clean underwear and socks. They do it every Monday. Some of them ventured upstairs to sit quietly and pray. Father Evelio, who is from El Salvador and the Social Justice Minister Theresa read scripture and gave a mini homily as people intently listened with chairs around circles. They didn't have to hear a sermon to eat, they ate first, and a few left right after. Most people stayed to get free clothes and pack a "to go" bag.
A few people sitting in the circle two and three chairs thick lining the large conference room offered their comments on the scripture readings. They were paying attention. Some wanted to chime in with their thoughts. Some fell asleep after they ate. Father Evelio didn't shut anyone up, no matter how "off" the rant was- everybody felt listened to and, most significantly, respected. One regular is a guy who speaks Spanish as his first language you would see selling flowers on 17th and I (Eye) streets. He dresses in a tailored tweed blazer and is exceptionally polite. Others are equally gracious. "I feel respected and it gives me hope" was the comment of one guest as relayed by a regular server volunteer.
None of the food comes from the Gates Foundation. None of the volunteers are paid to show up and serve up the food or sort the clothes and package the toiletries for a few hours on Monday. It's all GIFT.
Saint Matthews, like a lot of Churches in this economic climate is in serious financial need.
You Can Help.
Because it preaches the Gospel in the morning to the homeless it likely doesn't qualify for some of the same types of funds that Miriam's Kitchen for example gets because it is not "faith neutral" and non proselytic-people come for the grub and the Gospel. The people who come to Saint Matthews come to be fed material and spiritual food- they come to hear the Gospel and love Father Evelio who preaches in both Spanish and English.
Saint Matthews is the Cathedral in the middle of the District. It is not the huge Shrine up by Catholic U- it is the downtown Cathedral that is an actual very active parish, that meets the needs of many people, that packs services of people hungry for the Word of God and the Eucharist, and that provides the most beautiful venue for spiritually uplifting music and reflections. If you have not stopped in yet, please do yourself a favor and visit one of the most beautiful mosaics in the world in the Saint Anthony chapel-which depicts the town of Assisi with Saint Francis on the walls.
You can find the Saint Matthews link to the right of this blog- check out their bulletin of activities. On Nov. 20th at 7:30 pm they are featuring a beautiful musical presentation and reception (all public invited) Please put the Cathedral on your Christmas list this year. It would be a much grimmer darker place in Washington without Saint Matthews Cathedral. You can help keep the lights on and 80-100 people fed, clothed and learning from Father Evelio every Monday.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Two things happened this week that may have caught your attention. Virginia killed off that DC Sniper who terrorized citizens of Virginia, Md and the District by literally taking potshots from his car at random people just pumping gas or being in the wrong place. Secondly, Ohio tried to lethally inject someone but after multiple attempts at jabbing to unsuccessfully find his vein had to reprieve and try later- at which point Ohio determined that they would not go for the three shot "cocktail" but use one "more humane" shot to knock someone off. This is reported on page A10 of today's NYT.
No hue and cry except from a few veiled weeping spiritual widows of Muhammad the Sniper was heard castigating the injustices of the death penalty--- because a large number of people think if anyone deserved it-this guy did.
But that goes to the heart of the question- does anyone deserve it- and if anyone does, does the State have the right to inflict it. Do they have jurisdiction to take a life, even a really bad one?
The 8th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits government from inflicting "cruel or unusual punishment." Gone are the racks, the thumb screws, the stockades, public floggings, etc. But not gone are jabbing with needles for lethal injections that kill off a prisoner, electrocution while strapped to a frying chair and in some cases, even facing a firing squad.
Is Death more or less "cruel" than thumb screws? Is death more or less "cruel" than public flogging? Is it more or less "unusual" to strap someone with thick leather straps to a frying chair and shoot electric charges through them until their hair singes and their nerves fry-to death.
This question is long settled for the bulk of the rest of the civilized world.
How civilized are we really?
I submit that a discussion over whether a three cocktail series of injections to first paralyze someone before killing them or just one that is used for euthanizing animals to death is more "humane" is such an oxymoronic question that it ranks among the most absurd ever debated in public policy.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Perverts come in every religion and the small segment of Catholic deviant clergy is no greater than any other religion or the population at large- they are just a better target because of the views on mandatory celibacy and the fact that they don't respect that women should be given equal time at the homiletics, I would argue. The mighty have longer to fall so crash louder.
Take for example this insane character from the evangelical protestant mold recently sentenced to do the rest of his time somewhere extremely unpleasant:
You will NEVER see any Catholic Priest spouting whacked delusional theological justifications for their perversion like this guy- when they do wrong they know it generally. And don't get me started on the child brides of Jeffs and those characters in Utah.
So cut the catholic clergy a wee bit of a break.
They still are not off the hook however with those priests who father children and dump their lovers for the altar- Jesus hung out with Mary Magdalene even after they crucified him and shut him in a tomb. Don't you think he knew who exactly was waiting for him all night?
Yesterday the Church remembered the life – and ultimate sacrifice – of St. Josaphat Kuncevych: bishop and martyr. His commitment to promote the re-establishment of union between the Ukrainian Church and the Roman Catholic Church ultimately resulted in his being martyred on November 12, 1623 (within one year after Francis de Sales’ death) in the city of Vitebsk, Belarus: Josaphat was beaten, bludgeoned and shot to death by an angry mob who subsequently dumped his body into the Dvina River.
In his Introduction to the Devout Life, Francis de Sales wrote: “Look at the example given by saints in every walk of life. There is nothing that they have not done in order to love God and be God’s devoted followers. See the martyrs, unconquerable in determination! What torments they suffered to keep there resolutions…” (IDL, Part 5: 12)
St. Josaphat paid the ultimate price in his attempt to hold firm to his resolve to be one of “God’s devoted followers.” While most of us will never be martyred for our faith, what we all have in common with Josaphat is the challenge to keep our resolutions when it comes to growing in the love of God, others and self: to ‘stay the course’ in our efforts to be good people and to do good things for people in the name of God.
How firm is our resolve to be the kind of people that God wants us to be in the particular state and stage of life in which we find ourselves…today?
(Rev) Michael S. Murray, OSFS
Director, De Sales Spirituality Center
“Practical Paths to Holiness”
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Since this little blog is read in between 30-40 countries and gets thousands of hits a day according to Google Analytics I thought I would help a guy out- did this sell yet? If I wanted to live half-way between Duff Goldman, that Cool Cake guy in Baltimore (whose shop actually made a cake shaped like Notre Dame Cathedral) and DC, this is where I would live:
Note to FTC: i get no commission off it. Not the way I would decorate (rip the rugs out, replace with hardwood, modernize the kitchen with granite, paint softer walls, get rid of the Value City furniture, replace with french provincial antiques, get rid of velvet paintings, replace with real monmartre and Spanish Steps art, hire me as a design consultant, etc) but the lake is georgeous.
Here is Duff's Stuff: http://www.foodnetwork.com/duff-goldman/index.html
Who is getting me his new cake cookbook for Christmas?
Yo Philly Friends (that means you Padre Greenfield)
Check out Duff's Booksignings and tell your friends:
Ace of Cakes - Book Signing
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Duff will be at Kitchen Kapers in Philadelphia, PA to sign copies of his new book, Ace of Cakes (THAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS)
: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes.
Kitchen Kapers Center City
213 S 17th St Philadelphia, PA 19103
Main Phone: 215-546-80592:30 - 4:00 PM
Ace of Cakes - Book Signing
Thursday, December 3, 2009
King of Prussia, PA
Duff will be at Kitchen Kapers in King of Prussia, PA to sign copies of his new book (DID I MENTION THAT I WANT THIS FOR CHRISTMAS), Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes.
Court at King of Prussia
160 N Gulph Rd
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
FUND THIS: [NOT ABORTIONS]
FUND THAT AND OTHER FETAL RESEARCH AND SURGERIES, NOT ABORTIONS.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Ladies ladies ladies. Girls Girls Girls.
Who told you when you were growing up that you had a right to have sex whenever you wanted in a fashion totally disconnected from your natural plumbing? Where did you get that idea that you had a "right" to be disconnected from the natural biological repercussions of your sexual activity even when hosting something that has capacity to write this blog eventually. Where does this come from?
I don't get it. At all.
I confess- I am younger than the 60's Free Love generation. I am older than the Britany
lustfest madness. So that places me in the fuddy duddy middle I suppose. I am female. Call me a Feminazi if you want-I am a Civil Rights litigator- have been for over a decade. I am a Democrat.
I'm not a blind adherent to the Bishop's rules. I am an equal opportunity offender and insulter of any clergy who deserve it. I regularly criticize theological silliness (as this blog attests to.) So no bishop has me by the cahoonas- if they want to kick me out I will happily sing with the Lutherans or Presbyterians from whence I came.
I have "tin hat" notions about the Republicans being bought and sold by evil oil and gas interests into energy Wars needlessly. I find Glenn Beck and Limbaugh slightly to the more moronic right of Stalin and Attila the Hun. But let me tell you how the Abortion Rights Lobby has Bought the Democratic party into a place of moral corruption that is almost as scary as rigging the World Trade Towers with internal demolition explosives.
The "State" doesn't let you dump puppies by the side of the road, why should it let you dump your own children in a dumpster for scavengering by the pharmaceutical labs-- and PAY FOR IT?
Are You People Crazy? You want to threaten Congress for having the decency to realize that they actually do pre-natal surgeries on defects on pre-born children in uteruses now- and that this is what most Doctors consider consistent with their hypocratic oath --saving children and repairing their health- and that abortions are completely a violation of it because they do the opposite-with violence.
Are You People Crazy?
I can't even believe anyone is having a debate on whether ELECTIVE ABORTIONS should be part of a Universal Health Care package.
I am serious. I can't hardly believe it.
Why don't we cover Elective stabbing of HIV infants - it's the same moral thing. Let's get the entire country to buy a pair of sharp scissors so we can all support the people who want to go around stabbing HIV infants.
NO, absolutely NO, Elective Abortion should not be part of any Universal Health Coverage.
You were not compelled to have sex in the first place- having sex is not a disability you are entitled to SSI like coverage for all the repercussions like an abortion is some kind of medicine.
Why change a good thing when you get a housewife doing the laundry, dishes, meals and gardening without the Nordstrom's and Macy's bills.
What the Anglican Masses think is appropriate is another matter.
You can have the Queen (and soon 20-something Prince William) as your Supreme Pontiff with happily married clergy or the Pope as your Supreme Pontiff and all single men clergy to whom you must confess your PMS temper and marital delicate desires.
What a Sophie's choice. Which one has better donut hour and music?
Monday, November 09, 2009
The big debate about the clerical celibacy rule in the various personal ordinariate configured new Anglican hierarchy rules is rooted in just plainly bad theology and historical inacuracy.
The reason why it is so hard for some catholics to swallow it (some are getting spitting angry over the topic) is because it makes clear that the celibacy isn't a rule that God or Jesus imposed when he walked the planet and it's not one that has taken root anywhere but the latin rite- it's one that the church made up- to suit a bunch of concerns, pragmatic as well as political and economic- having to do with things like who gets the land if the priest's family lived in the church property and he has a surviving widow and elderly sons under the laws of primogeniture.
Clearly the lack of any family does serve some orders better than being tied to the proverbial ball and chain. Jesuits have a strong mission tradition and it becomes impractical to take women up the Andes climbing waterfalls to face certain martyrdom.
But diocesene priests whose role is to model good stable family values look a bit like the "do as I say not as I do" class of "those who can't, teach" at times. There is no biblical, scriptural or spiritual reason why some of them cannot have their own families. The only thing that comes close is the prescription that if you are married your priorities tend to be to take care of married life- and your family ranks-with their needs something you have to meet as a moral obligation first-over the anonymous masses.
But this clearly is not an insurmountable obstacle for the God who created Heaven and Earth and everything in between.
It is shocking to me how upset people get when this topic comes up- like the mere suggestion of a married priesthood means someone is trying to steal someone else's priest and they have a possessive claim to or on the person. Shockingly disturbing. All kinds of twisted theology develops over the need to lay down one's life-as if that is what Jesus meant when he said to follow him- and as if God created these priests to deny every natural inclination of their manhood for little more reason than to suit an institution that can't figure out how to schedule better.
I am pleased as punch that part of the Anglican communion is now going to be embraced with welcome arms into the Catholic fold. They have better sense about some things I hope rubs off- or at least the folly of some bad theology one hopes would go the way of paid indulgences buying salvation.
When people crush love in the name of Love-who is God, there is just something totally off the proverbial rocker about that.
Now, Bob Casey, (D-PA) will go and do likewise in his Senate bill contributions.
Say a prayer everybody.
Universal Health Care is a mandate-
but not if you have to kill more people than are uninsured now. (45 Mil. Americans aborted since Roe, 40-50 M. uninsured Americans)- Let's keep it sane- keep "elective abortions" out of "health coverage"- it's Oxymoronic.
Having seen lavendar and trees flowering in the dead of winter around Christmastime in Washington, I tend to think that if 'global warming' isn't real then the DC City council has secretly installed electric space heaters all through the sewage system -and they aren't that organized. Gore isn't out of his mind- there is a climate "situation" going on....whether the treaty is fair is another question.
I encourage fair airing of all views and anyone is welcome to send me things they want posted- but if you send me looney tooney tirades I am going to charge you.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
It's My Party- I Can Torture If I Want To. All I have to do is redefine it and get a few hungry lawyers to say it's fine.
No, says former Bush DOJ attorney Daniel Levin. Criminals are criminals even if they work for the government. Torture is wrong. It is and always was illegal. Criminal even. Even in a war.
THANK YOU TO NAN ARON AND THE ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE FOR THIS:
"I'm not talking about the margins of Torture, I'm talking about raping people with broken bottles and....boiling people alive." Former UK Ambassador to Uzbekestan- a site of extraordinary rendition- where KGB trained professional torturers run Gulags.
So F-ing EVIL it's nearly beyond comprehension.
Lie and sign this false confession or the Americans will boil you alive- they say to the poor schuck sold for a bounty by his cousin who wanted his poppy field.....
PUT THESE PEOPLE ON TRIAL-
The Italians Are trying our CIA for Extraordinary Rendition- because we refused to abide by International Law.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Prayerful repentant souls behind bars create the most beautiful art pieces. In a non-descript office building just a few blocks from the White House up Five Floors is a Gallery too small for the genius it contains- all artwork done by incarcerated people all across the country. Some of it is amateurish, done with charm on napkins, and some of it belongs in the Smithsonian or Guggenheim. There is some Brilliant Artistic Talent behind bars (and lots of free time to develop it there.)
In a profoundly laudable effort, this Prisons Foundation , a Division of the Safe Streets Foundation (http://www.prisonsfoundation.org/) seeks to keep spirits high and positively motivated by developing the arts behind bars. There are plays worthy of the Kennedy Center that are produced by incarcerated persons (which actually have been produced at the Kennedy Center)
musical talent developed, and lots of Fine Arts.
If you check out the Gallery ask to see the "Mother Theresa"
Stay tuned for an Exhibit with Reception- date soon to be announced.
There was once upon a time not long ago a "computer" invented that was about the size of a small room, read holed punch cards and was called the "Eniac".http://inventors.about.com/od/estartinventions/a/Eniac.htm
This all started less than a decade after the last World War. it started as a defense war technology but converted and evolved into something that transformed our existence forever. It became the technological meal ticket for an entire computer company called UNIVAC and launched a brand new multi-billion dollar Industry. After a few mergers (Burroughs) it is now known as UNISYS. It's competitors over the ages were Big Blue IBM, and later Apple, and Microsoft and a thousand lesser known IT start ups. It started the Technological Revolution.
Before WWII NONE of this existed.
WHAT WILL WE CREATE if are given the technological innnovation R&D incentives and Government is on our side. What Will Government Do to Help Create not destroy.
How will the government help in the GREEN REVOLUTION.
Kiddies still in the womb can hear you. They respond to music in utero. They recognize the voice of their mother when born, it appears they even pick up language inflection.
Thus a "late term abortion" means that a conscious human being knows it is being ripped limb from limb. Just thought you should know- because torture is against the Geneva Conventions and the UN Convention Against Torture.
It is possible to redirect our resources. It is possible to not be in perpetual debt to other nations to fight wars in other countries for the resources of other countries. It is possible not to waste lives of Americans for the failures of our trade policies and lack of innovation - we are AMERICANS. We have everything we need here if we tap it properly. We have the intelligence, the ingenuity, the resources, the manpower and the will power. We have the capability to turn enemies to friends, dry barren blighted closed coal mines into gold mines.
All we need is a Government On Our Side Investing in US.
INVEST IN US. The US.
Why fight a war to protect a drug trade and the tracks for a UNOCAL pipeline in Afghanistan when we should be investing in Infastructure in the US? Does someone in the Administration have a deal going on with UNOCAL through their connections to Bush 41 et at.? If so, would this be unethical not to disclose it as a conflict of interest?
Look at the BILLIONS spent in the defense industries to get more or less the same political mess in Afghanistan and ask yourself-- Should this instead be used to fund Infastructure and Green Economy conversion projects IN THE US?
What if: we had High Speed Rail lines connecting Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and Washington, DC to Atlanta, or Philadelphia, New York and Boston? What if we had High Speed rail lines that connected Chicago with Los Angeles?
What if: every closed plant put those people back to work developing bio-fuels domestically, making solar, wind turbine energies, or developed safe nuclear. What if we had rooftop parks and gardens with reconfigured green buildings irrigating organic produce consumed in the area.
What if: the money spent in making war could be spent curing us in subsidized or free health care?
What is your "what if?"
What if we didn't fight wars for oil companies misappropriating the Name of God to serve our
lack of innovation and insight and misdirection of resources?
WE HAVE LOTS OF NATURAL GAS IN PENNSYLVANIA.
And if we figure out how to capture carbon we can make even coal clean.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Former UK ambassador says CIA sent people to be ‘raped with broken bottles’
The CIA relied on intelligence based on torture in prisons in Uzbekistan, a place where widespread torture practices include raping suspects with broken bottles and boiling them alive, says a former British ambassador to the central Asian country.
Craig Murray, the rector of the University of Dundee in Scotland and until 2004 the UK's ambassador to Uzbekistan, said the CIA not only relied on confessions gleaned through extreme torture, it sent terror war suspects to Uzbekistan as part of its extraordinary rendition program.
"I'm talking of people being raped with broken bottles," he said at a lecture late last month that was re-broadcast by the Real News Network. "I'm talking of people having their children tortured in front of them until they sign a confession. I'm talking of people being boiled alive. And the intelligence from these torture sessions was being received by the CIA, and was being passed on."
Human rights groups have long been raising the alarm about the legal system in Uzbekistan. In 2007, Human Rights Watch declared that torture is "endemic" to the country's justice system.
Murray said he only realized after his stint as ambassador that the CIA was sending people to be tortured in Uzbekistan, country he describes as a "totalitarian" state that has never moved on from its communist era, when it was a part of the Soviet Union.
Suspects in Uzbekistan's gulags "were being told to confess to membership in Al Qaeda. They were told to confess they'd been in training camps in Afghanistan. They were told to confess they had met Osama bin Laden in person. And the CIA intelligence constantly echoed these themes."
"I was absolutely stunned -- it changed my whole world view in an instant -- to be told that London knew [the intelligence] coming from torture, that it was not illegal because our legal advisers had decided that under the United Nations convention against torture, it is not illegal to obtain or use intelligence gained from torture as long as we didn't do the torture ourselves," Murray said.
IT'S THE PIPELINE, STUPID
Murray asserts that the primary motivation for US and British military involvement in central Asia has to do with large natural gas deposits in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. As evidence, he points to the plans to build a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan that would allow Western oil companies to avoid Russia and Iran when transporting natural gas out of the region.
Murray alleged that in the late 1990s the Uzbek ambassador to the US met with then-Texas Governor George W. Bush to discuss a pipeline for the region, and out of that meeting came agreements that would see Texas-based Enron gain the rights to Uzbekistan's natural gas deposits, while oil company Unocal worked on developing the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline.
"The consultant who was organizing this for Unocal was a certain Mr. Karzai, who is now president of Afghanistan," Murray noted.
Murray said part of the motive in hyping up the threat of Islamic terrorism in Uzbekistan through forced confessions was to ensure the country remained on-side in the war on terror, so that the pipeline could be built.
"There are designs of this pipeline, and if you look at the deployment of US forces in Afghanistan, as against other NATO country forces in Afghanistan, you'll see that undoubtedly the US forces are positioned to guard the pipeline route. It's what it's about. It's about money, it's about oil, it's not about democracy."
The Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline is slated to be completed in 2014, with $7.6 billion in funding from the Asian Development Bank.
Murray was dismissed from his position as ambassador in 2004, following his first public allegations that the British government relied on torture in Uzbekistan for intelligence.
The following videos were posted to YouTube by the Real News Network on Oct. 26 and Nov. 4, 2009.