See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Fascist


Drudge: From Mike Wallace's interview with the Supreme Ruler of Iran to air Sunday night on "60 Minutes" (I can't wait!):

"PITBULL JOURNALIST GOES SOFT ON IRANIAN MADMAN: 88-year-old CBS journalist says Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a 'reasonable' man on Sean Hannity's ABC radio program... Points out Ahmadinejad not anti-Jewish... just anti-Zionist state. Says many Jews in Iranian Parliament, in great positions in Iranian life... Believes Ahmadinejad sincere in his hope for peaceful coexistence between Iran and West... Troubled by comparisons of leader to Hitler... Marvels at Ahmadinejad's civil engineering degree, 'intellect', 'savvy'... Asks viewers not to bring 'prejudices' to Sunday night '60 MINUTES' broadcast... Proclaims 'discussion' was sincere and not for propaganda purposes... Developing... "

Sounds very much like what a few Traditionalist Catholics I know say - about not being anti-Jewish - as regards the person, that is.

Dodging the bullet


this time...

Pictured: Bosch - "Last Judgement"

With today's foiled attack in the UK we may all consider ourselves fortunate, unless there is a back-up plan, and they have something else in mind. The local mystics would be correct in saying this one was mitigated by prayer and good old Scotland Yard. In some ways it has had it's effect, the airports are back logged and passengers are delayed big time.

Evangelicals are thrilled to no end thinking all the wars and rumors of wars are signs of the second coming of Christ. The prophets of doom in every religion are buzzing about the end of the world. Even Iran's president is happy, standing in expectation of some long awaited secret Iman, and Islam's world domination.

It's not just religious people who are nervous, politicians and governments are as well. There is definitely a world wide conflict going on, no one is safe any longer. Maybe our false sense of security is finally going to give way - yet to what?

Pope John Paul II is reported to have stated that no true peace will come about without supernatural intervention, and of course, a few months before he died he stated that an event was coming that would rid the world of evil. Both he and his successor have extended the olive branch of peace toward all religions, especially Islam and Judaism, often referring to the statements of Vatican II that foster a deeper call to mutual understanding and peace. Here is a section from Pope Benedict's address to young Muslims in Cologne:

"'The Church looks upon Muslims with respect. They worship the one God living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to humanity and to whose decrees, even the hidden ones, they seek to submit themselves whole-heartedly, just as Abraham, to whom the Islamic faith readily relates itself, submitted to God.... Although considerable dissensions and enmities between Christians and Muslims may have arisen in the course of the centuries, the Council urges all parties that, forgetting past things, they train themselves towards sincere mutual understanding and together maintain and promote social justice and moral values as well as peace and freedom for all people' (Declaration Nostra Aetate, n. 3). Check out Penitent Blogger for the entire address of the Pope to Muslim youth in Cologne in 2005.

I like Bosch's painting, it sort of looks like the chaos of our time, but maybe if people change...

Madonna at the Basilica














Fund raising for Church restoration.

At least the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis is not the only Catholic church criticized for their controversial fund raising projects. (The Basilica holds an annual "Block Party" in front of the Church with rock bands, along with food and alcohol for sale. It started when raising funds to renovate the church and has been criticized by conservative Catholics every year since.)

In Milano, as seen in this photo, Madonna's image graces the scaffolding surrounding the Duomo which is being rennovated. A common practice is to sell, or rent the exterior space provided by the scaffold to advertisers. In this case it is a fashion house using Madonna's image to sell their product. It's creating quite a rucous in view of Madonna's latest blasphemous concert in Rome near the Vatican. When you need money, you need money I suppose. Here is the story:

"MILAN (Reuters) - Is it appropriate for one of the Roman Catholic church's best known cathedrals to be draped with the giant picture of a pop artist who has made millions from hit songs about sex?

Yes, according to the most senior priest at Milan's landmark Duomo who has rebuffed requests to remove a picture of Madonna as part of an advertisement for Swedish fashion chain Hennes & Maritz." [snip] Read more:

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Speaking of witches...





Pictured:
Witch and her prey.








Women's beauty treatment news continued... (with a little commentary.)

So on Monday I posted about women in the UK using stem cells from umbilical cords as a fountain of youth injection. Someone commented to that post asking what was wrong with that since no one died to provide the stem cells. I directed that person to read the entire article that explained these stem cells were harvested from aborted infants - and not just their umbilical cords. Here is more news on the subject (See, I don't just do breaking news, I do developing news as well - I'm very Jon Lovitz about this stuff.) Read on please, and do take in the entire article(s):

"London, England: Women from around the world are traveling to clinics in various locations that are now offering face lifts and cosmetic surgery using tissue from babies who have been killed by abortions. Pro-life advocates are strongly condemning the practice and saying the taking of human life is never warranted -- especially for such a self-serving purpose." [snip] - Life News.Com

AND THIS:

"While the Daily Mail misrepresents the nature of the stem cell debate, a US group has found the real barbarism. Concerned Women for America has discovered that the practice of abortion being used to provide tissue for beauty treatments in such exclusive clinics is widespread. Concerned Women for America says that poor women are being paid up to $200 dollars to have their unborn children killed between 8 and 12 weeks gestation when the foetuses are “harvested” for their stem cells, which are then sold to exclusive cosmetic clinics.

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow of CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, said “It is hard to believe that such atrocities are going on today. These exclusive and exorbitant treatments are available in such varied locales as Barbados, Moscow, Dominican Republic and in Rotterdam.” “Not only is the origin of the foetuses immoral and inhumane; there are medical problems and complications associated with the injections. This savage and repulsive ‘brave new world’ of human sacrifices in the quest for eternal youth is a prime example of the end results when all moral boundaries are destroyed,” Crouse continued."
[snip] - LifeSite News

SO DON'T DOUBT ME.

Anyway - what's the big deal with women and beauty? Granted some need make up - but why don't men need it and women do - oh yeah, and some metrosexuals and drag queens use it as well. Did you ever stop and figure out how much women spend on cosmetics and beauty products and clothes? It's not just cosmetic surgery, but revitalift stuff to ease away wrinkles and puffiness, along with creams and balms that do absolutely nothing, but they do "believe in magic". Then there is all the make-up, hair color and hi-lights, diets, weight loss clubs, manicures and pedicures. Don't forget waxing - especially the bikini waxing - believe it or not there is even a bleaching for an area...I listen to Lori and Julia on FM107, so I get to keep up on all the chick crap. (I have to say I like eye make-up on women though; smoky, sexy shadow, eye liner, mascara - hey, now they can get individual lashes - they're lash extensions - very hot. Sorry - I digress!)

How many shoes does your wife, girlfriend, mother or sister have? Those barely there shoes that cost way more than any guy can fathom. Women 'shop 'till they drop', as that horrid cliche proves. So they get a boob lift or reduction or expansion, whatever, for those barely there tops they wear. Tight, tight tops. Tight, tight jeans, low, lowcut dresses. Accessories and jewelry - don't get me started. With all the money women spend on beauty they could probably eliminate poverty in the world, find a cure for breast cancer with their own money, and still be able to look pretty. Some women have way too much money. Sad thing is, they drive much of the economy - maybe that's why the U.S. is on the verge of bankruptcy - more than a few live on credit cards.

Disclaimer: I'm not talking about all women here - but quite a few...mostly wealthy women who may seek to use the treatment the article exposes. Then there are those who earn a great deal of expendable income, or even those who simply live on credit. Their pursuit of beauty may incline them along the same lines. The fashion and cosmetic industry, now joined by the cosmetic surgical industry, is probably one of the greatest exploiters of women in the world today. News people like Elizabeth Vargas of ABC television admits that she knows it's all vanity and the products do little if anything to make a person more youthful or beautiful, yet she still purchases them. It makes her feel good. Now some women will be using aborted babies' stem cells so they can feel good about themselves. It's the point of this post.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Witch Hunt?


The case that can't rest in peace.

The family of Dan O'Connell, who had been alledgedly murdered by Fr. Ryan Erickson (pictured - Erickson later committed suicide) because O'Connell was supposedly going to reveal Erickson's involvement in homosexual acts; has teamed up with a locally famous attorney who specializes in big-time lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church. This lawsuit has a loophole that could make it a landmark class action suit against the Roman Catholic Hierarchy. Seems like a witch hunt to me. From KSTP Channel 5 News in the Twin Cities:

"MILWAUKEE (AP) - The family of a man believed to have been killed by a Roman Catholic priest in Hudson filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against nearly 200 bishops and other church officials, asking them to disclose the names of abusive priests.

The lawsuit against bishops throughout the country and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops was filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court by relatives of Daniel O'Connell. He was shot and killed Feb. 5, 2002, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson along with an employee, James Ellison.

"We're finishing a job Dan started," said Janet O'Connell, Daniel O'Connell's mother." [snip] Channel 5 News.

What a wierd time we live in - Catholics wanting Madonna, together with so-called women-priests, and other's excommunicated (even though they have no interest in being faithful Roman Catholics) while enemies of the Catholic Church exploit others to attack and destroy the Church. The families of all three of the deceased men have my sympathy and prayers, but this does not seem to me to be the appropriate course of action. These people want the names of every priest in the United States who have been accused of sexual crimes to be publicly disclosed. It's absurd.

Update: It's in the Pioneer Press today: 8/09/06

Another Update: Feed back at work this morning is that, other than the attorney bent on socking it to the Church, many people think it's a fair lawsuit. They want to know who the offender priests are for the protection of their children. We'll have to watch and see what develops.

On a lighter note...


Pictured, Iranian President Ahmedinejad - Looks like a friendly enough guy, not bad looking either, and he appears to be rather personable...

WSJ: Scholar Warns Iran's Ahmadinejad May Have
'Cataclysmic Events' In Mind For August 22
Tue Aug 08 2006
WALL STREET JOURNAL op-ed Tuesday, Princeton's Bernard Lewis writes:

"There is a radical difference between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other governments with nuclear weapons. This difference is expressed in what can only be described as the apocalyptic worldview of Iran's present rulers." "In Islam as in Judaism and Christianity, there are certain beliefs concerning the cosmic struggle at the end of time -- Gog and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for Shiite Muslims, the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil, however these may be defined."

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "and his followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the US about nuclear development by Aug. 22," which this year corresponds "to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to 'the farthest mosque,' usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1)."This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world.

It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."

Just goes to show you, at least depression isn't the end of the world, chins up!

Ecce depression


Lectio

"Incurable is your wound, grievous your bruise; there is none to plead your cause, no remedy for your running sore, no healing for you. All your lovers have forgotten you, they do not seek you. I struck you as an enemy would strike, punished you cruelly; why cry out over your wound? Your pain is without relief. Because of your great guilt, your numerous sins." - Jeremiah 30.

That's how depression can feel. Job and the Book of Lamentations has more insights on it. Sometimes various means of medication do not even help - sometimes depression can be a natural result of our sins which alienate us from God - but not always.

The sacrament of reconciliation does help however. It's a good thing.

Like Paxil and other medications that many people have to take all of their lives, with varying side effects and depression still popping through - you do have to use it (Confession) for the rest of your life however, although there are no negative side effects whatsoever.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Fairy tales can come true...


It can happen to you
when you're young...

Yeah but what happens when you're getting old and ugly?

Remember the mean old, ugly witches from the fairy tales? Some ate the kids, others, like the one in Hansel and Gretel, and the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood probably wanted to abuse them first. Welcome back the dark ages where legend becomes reality.

Women, in their desperate need to remain beautiful apparently will go to any length to maintain their youthful look. These updated "witches" now have available to them a new potion for the fountain of youth, it's a medical injection to make them look younger. It is derived from foetuses -not just umbilical cords - human babies' stem cells, and they don't care.

A barbaric kind of beauty...

"Women are now using foetuses imported from impoverished III World countries."

"Clutching her Hermes holiday bag under her arm, Susan Barrington, a 52-year-old housewife from Buckinghamshire, can't help smiling as she leaves the exclusive clinic in London's Wimpole Street. She has been given the final go-ahead to travel abroad for a cutting edge nonsurgical treatment that promises to make her look ten years younger.

She doesn't care if the treatment is expensive, involves babies and is so controversial that it is not allowed to be performed in this country - among her well-heeled friends, this is the ultimate new elixir of youth. The attractive brunette has opted for a controversial stem- cell therapy where umbilical cord tissue from new-born babies will be injected into her body.

It may seem distasteful, but thousands of women have already done it and it is organised by a seemingly respectable British clinic then carried out in Rotterdam, Holland, where rules regarding stemcell therapies are not so strict. [snip] - Daily Mail

Ah, vain rejoicing in natural grace and beauty, that merits an eternal hell.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Like I said - it's not just about Mel Gibson anymore!


Anti-Catholic Propaganda

Everyone knows how the media and popular culture has banded together to bash Roman Catholicism and the Culture of Life. It's gone on for years. (Madonna's workin' it now in Rome and elsewhere with her "Confessions" tour.)

This cartoon by Pat Oliphant reminded me of the Nazi propaganda cartoons the German Government publicized to foment and escalate anti-Semite hatred in the republic, which lead eventually to the holocaust.

We are witnessing the same dynamics at work today. Mel Gibson made a mistake (He apologized twice!) that everyone, especially our enemies are capitalizing on. LIKE I SAID, IT'S NOT ABOUT MEL ANYMORE!


A couple of Nazi propaganda cartoons:




Pictured, the cover for a book from the 1930's entitled:
"The Eternal Jew" generating anti-semite stereotypes and slogans.











The cartoon shown here with the octopus illustrates the erroneous conception that the Jews are out for world domination.

Today in History








Feast of the Transfiguration and Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on the morning of August 6th, 1945.