Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Instead of shooting off guns in real life, I'll shoot off a gun on my blog.  Less illegal. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Man Wearing Hillary Clinton Mask Robs Bank

Politico reports:
In her role as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton can be quite the persuasive diplomat, which is perhaps why one man thought that might help him convince a bank to hand over all of its money.

A gun-wielding man sported a Hillary Clinton mask while robbing a Wachovia bank in Sterling, Va., according to the Loudoun Times. 

The man left with an undisclosed amount of cash, and no injuries were reported. It was the second time in two months that the branch had been robbed.

A picture of the Hillary-masked man can be seen here.
 No commentary necessary.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Here's to a Conservative New Year!


Weird Weirdos Doing Weird Stuff

FOX NY reports:
Armageddon-fearing pilgrims were flocking to a village deep in the southern French hills after a countdown was started to the end of the world, which stood Thursday at a mere 729 days to go.
If I thought that the end of the world was imminent, I wouldn't go to France, I would go to Crispy Creme Donuts on my way to a Catholic church.  This story starts out weird and gets weirder:
Followers of the Mayan calendar believe the mountain in the Corbieres hills overlooking the village of Bugarach, east of the Pyrenees, was endorsed by aliens as a safe place to survive the demise of civilization.
Aliens?  Really?
The countdown began Tuesday, exactly two years until Dec. 21, 2012 -- the movement's assigned Judgment Day.
Speaking of Judgment Day, why is Terminator 2 subtitled Judgment Day?  The world doesn't even come close to ending in that movie.
The mythical status bestowed upon the 4,045 foot high rock above Bugarach has inspired legends since the Middle Ages and attracted generations of hikers.
But the French locals were left bemoaning the sudden deluge of New Age pilgrims, who they accuse of setting up camp in the village to cash in on the fears of impending doom.
"It may be necessary to call in the military to control the crowds," said Bugarach mayor Jean-Pierre Delord, who anticipated "chaos" in the next 24 months. His deputy, Gilbert Cros said the new influx "gives us a bad image." 
Am I reading this right?  The French want to bring in the military to shoot hippies?  Maybe it's the end of the world after all.
Police said they were looking into crowd control plans, while Miviludes, a state agency that tracks dangerous cults, said it was keeping close watch on the village and the “apocalypse movement."
I don't really see why they need crowd control.  If the world does end, there won't be any crowds to control, and if the world doesn't end, I doubt that the hippies' first reaction will be to riot.  Then again, these are the French.

All of this 2012 hysteria is just more proof that people who cease to believe in God will believe in anything.  Hopefully these weirdos will perform some much needed self-examination after waking up on Dec 22, 2012.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Catholic Bacon from Canadian Bloggers















Our frosty friends in Canukistan produce some fine Catholic blogging.  Check 'em out!

From TH2: Into the Desert, an analysis of conditions on the Sinai peninsula at the time that The Holy Family would have traversed it.

From Marco the Cybertronian : Liberal Ostrich Syndrome

From Catholic Roundup: 2010 Catholic New Media Advent Calendar (I found it a little late but it's still cool)

(Apologies for the awful pun of a title.  I can't help myself.)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Protestantism and the Burden of Proof

It seems to me that most debates between Protestants and Catholics put Catholicism on the defensive against Protestant accusations of superstitious and unscriptural beliefs.  However, this relationship is exactly backwards.  The burden of proof lies on Protestantism, not Catholicism.  The very term Protestantism implies a protest against something that proceeds Protestants.  That entity was of course the Roman Catholic Church.  Protestants revolted against the established order and thus must first justify their beliefs before demanding evidence for the truth of Catholicism.

Digital Nativity Story



H/T: Teresa

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Cross & the Water Tower


The Cross & The Water Tower is a Christmas story written by my friends and neighbors, Patrick and Mary Mangan.  Their cousin Kevin Mooney illustrated the book.
From the official website:
Trouble is brewing when Mr. Herbert steps into the Christmas-loving town of Wauconda and demands the villagers remove their Christmas cross from the water tower. Join adventurous young Casey Wilkerson and the Water Tower Club as they plan a little Christmas surprise... 
The Cross & The Water Tower makes a great Christmas gift and you should all buy at least two copies immediately!  Order here.

To the Mangans: I'm expecting something in return for my coveted endorsement.  Maybe some chips and salsa.

Good News From the U.S. Census

The AP reports:
WASHINGTON - The 2010 census report coming out Tuesday will include a boatload of good political news for Republicans and grim data for Democrats hoping to re-elect President Barack Obama and rebound from last month's devastating elections.
The population continues to shift from Democratic-leaning Rust Belt states to Republican-leaning Sun Belt states, a trend the Census Bureau will detail in its once-a-decade report to the president. Political clout shifts, too, because the nation must reapportion the 435 House districts to make them roughly equal in population, based on the latest census figures.
The biggest gainer will be Texas, a GOP-dominated state expected to gain up to four new House seats, for a total of 36. The chief losers - New York and Ohio, each projected by nongovernment analysts to lose two seats - were carried by Obama in 2008 and are typical of states in the Northeast and Midwest that are declining in political influence.
Democrats' problems don't end there.
November's elections put Republicans in control of dozens of state legislatures and governorships, just as states prepare to redraw their congressional and legislative district maps. It's often a brutally partisan process, and Republicans' control in those states will enable them to create new districts to their liking.
The combination of population shifts and the recent election results could make Obama's re-election campaign more difficult. Each House seat represents an electoral vote in the presidential election process, giving more weight to states Obama probably will lose in 2012. The states he carried in 2008 are projected to lose, on balance, six electoral votes to states that his GOP challenger, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, won. That sets a higher bar for Obama before his re-election campaign even starts.
"The way the maps have shifted have made Obama's route to success much more difficult," said Republican Party spokesman Doug Heye. He said the GOP takeover of several state governments on the eve of redistricting efforts was "a dramatic shift."
Republicans now control the governor's offices and both legislative chambers in competitive presidential states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Maine and Wisconsin. They hold the governors' chairs in other crucial states, including Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia and Iowa.
When Obama carried those states in 2008, most had Democratic governors happy to lend their political operations to his cause. Now he will run where governors can bend their powers against his administration's policies and his campaign's strategies.
This is good.  Granted, the national Republican party is often a false friend to pro-lifers but it is preferable to the party of abortion.

Musical Advent Wreath: Fourth Sunday

Also in belated honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Richard Dawkins Meets the Terminator

Scene from Terminator 2:
After the Terminator nearly shoots a couple of human attackers, a shocked John Connor attempts to teach the cyborg some morality.  The Terminator's lines are better in Ahhnold's voice so use your imagination.

John:  Put the gun down!  Now!
(The attackers run away and the Terminator sets down his gun)
John: You were gonna kill those guys!
The Terminator: Of course.  I'm a terminator.
John: Listen to me, very carefully, okay?  You're not a terminator any more.  Alright?  You got that?  You can't just go around killing people!
The Terminator: Why?
John: Whattaya mean, why?  'Cause you can't!
The Terminator: Why?
John: You just can't, ok?
The Terminator: Why?
(Richard Dawkins suddenly approaches)
Dawkins: Why shouldn't you kill people?  I'll tell you why!  You shouldn't kill people because humans are imbued with an arbitrary sense of altruism by the process of natural selection.  Sure this means that morality is ultimately meaningless, but you should just try not to think about it.
John: On second thought, maybe you should shoot this guy.

Adaptation made using scifiscripts.com

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NYT: Opposition to Obamacare is Like Opposition to Civil Rights

David Leonhardt writing in the New York Times:
“We are against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program,” said one prominent critic of the new health care law. It is socialized medicine, he argued. If it stands, he said, “one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”
The health care law in question was Medicare, and the critic was Ronald Reagan. He made the leap from actor to political activist, almost 50 years ago, in part by opposing government-run health insurance for the elderly.
Today, the supposed threat to free enterprise is a law that’s broader, if less radical, than Medicare: the bill Congress passed this year to create a system of privately run health insurance for everyone. On Monday, a federal judge ruled part of the law to be unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court will probably need to settle the matter in the end.
We’ve lived through a version of this story before, and not just with Medicare. Nearly every time this country has expanded its social safety net or tried to guarantee civil rights, passionate opposition has followed. . . .
After Brown v. Board of Education outlawed school segregation in 1954, 101 members of Congress signed a statement calling the ruling an instance of “naked judicial power” that would sow “chaos and confusion” and diminish American greatness. A decade later, The Wall Street Journal editorial board described civil rights marchers as “asking for trouble” and civil rights laws as being on “the outer edge of constitutionality, if not more.”
This year’s health care overhaul has now joined the list.
Opposition to Obamacare is like opposition to civil rights?  It seems that all a liberal has to do to get published is bring up the civil rights movement or racism, even if the topic at hand has nothing to do with race.  It's easier than having to do all of that logical thinking to craft a coherent argument.

H/T: Clay Waters

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blogging my Homework: Dawkins vs. Plantinga

Posting something I wrote for class seems kind of lame but I thought y'all might like it.  I was required to read an excerpt from The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins and the essay The Dawkins Confusion by Alvin Plantinga.  My assignment was to analyze the writing of both men and decide which one is the superior philosopher.  Due to the narrow scope of the reading material and the assignment, this is not a comprehensive critique of Dawkins but I think that I manage to address his core claim.  Anyway, here it is:


The Probability of God: Dawkins vs. Plantinga
            In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins claims that the existence of God is highly improbable.  Dawkins’ argument rests on the proposition that God is at least as complex and therefore as improbable, as His creation.  Alvin Plantinga answers Dawkins by denying that his complexity premise can be applied to God.  If Plantinga’s refutation is sound, then Dawkins’ case against the probability of God falls apart.
            Dawkins states that complexity is intrinsically linked to probability.  He writes, “Any intelligent, decision-making calculating agent, is complex, which is another way of saying improbable” (Plantinga 3-4).  Dawkins asserts that God is such an agent.  “However little we know about God, the one thing that we can be sure of is that he would have to be very very complex and presumably irreducibly so!” (125). 
Dawkins relates the analogy made by Fred Hoyle, that “the probability of life originating on Earth is no greater than the chance that a hurricane, sweeping through a scrap yard, would have the luck to assemble a Boeing 747” (114).  The improbability of terrestrial life made a theist out of Hoyle, but Dawkins turns the argument around in an attempt to prove the improbability of God.  Dawkins seems to concede something to theism when he states, “Anything from a molecule up to the universe itself – is correctly extolled as statistically improbable” (113).  In fact, Dawkins is establishing the first premise in a syllogism designed to prove the improbability of God.  His second premise is the fact that the creator or antecedent of a particular thing must have at least the same complexity/improbability as that thing.  Dawkins concludes that as the creator of all of the improbable things in the Universe, God must be highly improbable Himself.  In Dawkins’ own words, “God is the ultimate 747” (134).  
In his essay The Dawkins Confusion, Alvin Plantinga argues against Dawkins’ claims that God is complex/improbable and that complexity necessitates improbability in the case of God.  Plantinga declares, “according to [Dawkins'] definition of complexity . . . something is complex if it has parts that are ‘arranged in a way that is unlikely to have arisen by chance alone.’  But of course God is a spirit, not a material object at all, and hence has no parts. . . .  Therefore, given [Dawkins’ definition] . . . God is not complex” (4).  Plantinga argues that Dawkins errs by imposing the laws of the material or natural world on the immaterial or supernatural world.
Plantinga goes further in this line of reasoning.  He supposes for the point of argument that knowledge makes a being complex and that God is extremely complex because He is omniscient.  That complexity would only make God improbable if He were a material being.  Plantinga posits that “Given materialism and the idea that the ultimate objects in our universe are the elementary particles of physics, perhaps a being that knew a great deal would be improbable. . . .  Of course we aren't given materialism” (4).  Plantinga goes on to point out that because God is not a material being, He is not merely improbable but completely impossible in a materialist universe.  Plantinga writes, “materialism logically entails that there is no such person as God; but it would be obviously question-begging to argue that theism is improbable because materialism is true.”  If materialism is true it would serve to make Dawkins’ probability estimates moot.  If on the other hand, materialism is not true, then Dawkins’ thesis is unsound because it assumes materialism.  According to Plantinga, Dawkins must prove that materialism is true or at least probable in order to make a sound argument against the existence of God.               
Dawkins’ arbitrary assumption of materialism is the central focus of Plantinga’s critique.  “If Dawkins proposes that God's existence is improbable, he owes us an argument for the conclusion that there is no necessary being with the attributes of God—an argument that doesn't just start from the premise that materialism is true. . . . Dawkins doesn't even seem to be aware that he needs an argument [that proves materialism]” (4).  In essence, Plantinga is telling Dawkins to take a giant metaphysical step back to a position that truly considers the possibility of supernaturalism. 
Richard Dawkins has brilliantly proved the improbability of God.  That is, if the god in question is an Epicurean material god.  After handily defeating the obscure theology of Epicures, Dawkins claims to have done so much more.  He claims to have decisively demonstrated that the God of Abraham and Isaac, and all other deities worshipped by men, are intrinsically improbable.  The existence of a nonmaterial God may very well be improbable but nowhere in his writing does Dawkins come close to proving this.  Dawkins fails because all of his arguments rest on a massive logical fallacy.  Dawkins begs the question of materialism.
In his defense, Dawkins might point out that he does not explicitly assume materialism, and he is obviously trying to prove the improbability of a spiritual God such as the one worshipped by Christians.  However, it is clear that Dawkins implicitly assumes materialism because his objections to the probability of God can only be applied to a material thing and not to a spiritual being.  Something has complexity and therefore improbability because it is composed of material, whether that material is matter, energy, or some yet undiscovered substance.  Theists the world over profess a belief in a nonmaterial God.  Dawkins simply cannot prove the improbability of a spirit using the laws of material complexity.
Dawkins’ central claim is that the existence of God is unlikely because as the hypothetical creator of a complex and improbable universe, God must be highly improbable.  As Plantinga points out, Dawkins’ argument is invalid from the very beginning.  By applying the laws of the material universe to the spiritual realm, Dawkins assumes materialism.  He then engages in the pointless exercise of arguing against the existence of a God who is impossible in a materialist universe.  Dawkins bases his argument on an unproven assumption and utterly fails to prove that God is improbable.

Dash Thy Little Ones Against the Rock! What?


Taylor Marshall writes,
Recently, I had a little exegetical epiphany while meditating on the Vulgate Psalms in Latin. Previously I've been troubled by Psalm 136{137}:9, which reads, "Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock." Being blessed for infanticide? Huh?

However, the Clementine Vulgate version opens itself to a very beautiful allegorical reading: "beatus qui tenebit et adlidet parvulos tuos ad petram."

We are encouraged to dash the infants of our enemies "ad petram."

Now couple this with the Vulgate version of Matthew 16:18

"et ego dico tibi quia tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversum eam."

To read it allegorically, we should be asking that the infants of our enemies be dashed against Peter and the foundation of the Catholic Church! For example, see the photo at that top of this post--that's Pope Benedict's hand baptizing an infant.

It's edifying (nerdy Latin Vulgate pun intended) to pray Psalm 136 with Mt 16:18 in mind, and then intend that the children of our enemies (secularists, terrorists, haters of the Church, those who have hurt us) be thrown against Peter and the Church...that they be baptized, saved, and remain within the barque of Peter...

The Psalms are so rich. It's too bad that Psalm 136:9 has been removed from the Liturgy of the Hours. A true pity. 
If I had taken more than one year of Latin, I might be able to better appreciate things like this.  Very interesting nonetheless.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

St. John Damascene

Today is the feast of St John Damascene, a priest who lived in the second half of the seventh century.  He lived in Damascus during where he wrote against the Byzantine iconoclasts.  The iconoclasts sought to destroy all representations of Jesus or of the Saints, believing them to be idolatrous.  St. John Damascene defended orthodoxy and sacred art.  In honor of this holy priest and Church Father, some great icons:

From Byzantium




From Russia




 and..... from LOL Saints



St. John Damascene pray for us!

Christian Converts Face Death Penalty in "Liberated" Afghanistan

Asia News reports
Kabul (AsiaNews) – Two Afghans accused of converting to Christianity could face the death penalty, a prosecuting lawyer said on Sunday. Musa Sayed, 45, and Ahmad Shah, 50, are being detained in the Afghan capital awaiting trial, the prosecutor in charge of western Kabul, Din Mohammad Quraishi, said.
“They are accused of conversion to another religion, which is considered a crime under Islamic law. If proved, they face the death penalty or life imprisonment,” Quraishi said. Sayed, a Red Cross (ICRC) employee, has already confessed. There is also "proof" against Shah, Quraishi explained.
Sayed and Shah were arrested in late May and early June, days after local television broadcast footage of men reciting Christian prayers in Farsi and being baptised, apparently in a house in Kabul. The TV station also showed some people engaged in proselytising, which is banned in the Muslim country.
The ICRC's spokesman in Kabul, Bijan Frederic Farnoudi, confirmed that Sayed worked for the organisation since 1995. He also said that he was able to visit him in prison.
The government launched its own investigation into the matter and suspended two aid groups, Norwegian Church Aid (a Protestant organisation) and Church World Service of the US (which includes Protestants, Orthodox and Anglicans), after the TV station reported two of their members were proselytising.    
The Afghan constitution, adopted after the fall of the Islamic Taliban in late 2001, forbids conversion to another religion from Islam and in theory can sentence those found guilty to death. However, no one has been executed in recent years for converting.
Fr Giuseppe Moretti, parish priest at the only Catholic church in Afghanistan, a chapel inside the Italian Embassy in Kabul, told AsiaNews that he knew nothing about the affair. He was certain that they did not convert to Catholicism.
“No one in the country was baptised by a Catholic priest because proselytising is banned by law,” he said.
“The Catholic Church has been present in the country since 1923 with a mandate to take care of members of the international Catholic community living here. It has always respected that [principle] to the letter.”
As for the anti-conversion law, Fr Moretti has nothing to add, except to reiterate that the Catholic community has always respected it.
“The Little Sisters of Jesus of Charles de Foucault, the Sisters of Mother Teresa and the Sisters of the Interreligious Community are present here, and they too respect the ban. We bear witness to our faith through our commitment and our lives,” he said.
H/T: Spencer

This is what American soldiers are dying for?  Things like this make me seriously question our presence in Afghanistan.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Barque of Peter

 

I'm on a boat!
I'm on a boat!
Take a good hard look at this apostolic boat!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shea on the Rapture, Cultural Assumptions, and Jedi Wisdom

Mark Shea writes:
As we begin Advent, the Church confronts us with Jesus' teaching about the Second Coming. His disturbing warning is well-known in our post-Protestant culture:
As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man. Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. (Mt 24:37-42)
It's a text known not only to every reader of Tim LaHaye's and Jerry Jenkins's Left Behind series, but to millions of other people, Catholic, Protestant, and unbeliever. And the way in which it is commonly read, not only by Evangelicals but even by many Catholics, is that those who are "taken" are the blessed, while those who are left are accursed or otherwise abandoned to their fate by the Lord of the Harvest. I have even heard sermons from Catholic pulpits that take this for granted.
Only, here's the thing: As Scripture scholar Michael Barber points out, this is exactly backward from the Old Testament backdrop to which Jesus Himself is pointing.
Now, according to the standard rapturist interpretation, when Jesus says, "one is taken and one is left," he is teaching that the righteous one will be "raptured" while the wicked, unbelieving heathens will be "left behind."
The problem with this view however is that it seems to contradict what Jesus is actually saying. The larger context of the passage is an analogy: Jesus is describing the time of the coming of the Son of man in terms of the flood judgment.
What is often missed is this: according to Jesus, in the days of Noah it was the wicked who were "swept away" (Matt 24:39). In other words, in the days of Noah, the wicked were the ones taken
Hence, it would seem that in Jesus' analogy, it is desirable to be among those left behind -- i.e., those not swept away as the wicked were in the days of Noah. A careful reading then would suggest that the righteous are those who are left behind, not those taken.
 I realize that the view that Jesus here links salvation with those being "taken" is very much entrenched, no doubt in part due to the influence of the rapture interpretation. Yet such a reading does not seem to flow naturally from the text. In fact, such a reading in fact reverses the imagery so that the days of the Son of man are unlike the days of Noah, contrary to what Jesus himself seems to teach.
So much for worrying about being "left behind."
In other words, appealing to this passage as a basis for some Rapture is rather like appealing to Thomas Jefferson as a witness to the glories of monarchy. It's the opposite of what Jesus is saying.

Does Barber mean to suggest that those who read it as a reference to the Rapture are deliberately deceptive? I doubt that. Certainly, Catholics I've known who have read it to mean the saved will be taken have no intent to deceive. In fact, the people I have heard reading the passage this way actually reject Rapture theology. But by a sort of mental habit, they have nonetheless gone on reading the passage in a sense contrary to what the words themselves actually import. Why?
To answer that, let us consult with noted theologian Qui-Gonn Jinn.
As a general rule, I discourage people from getting their theology from Star Wars because, well, it's a dumb thing to do. However, understood rightly, there is a bit of Jedi wisdom to be had here and there -- rather as fortune cookies sometimes make a good call by dumb luck. For instance, consider Qui-Gonn Jinn's remark to Anakin Skywalker, "Your focus determines your reality."
That statement is lunacy if you take it to mean, "Things are only as we think them." Such insanity pervades every crank solipsistic philosophy on earth, from the people who tell you that your leg is only broken because you believe it to be, to the lunatics who believe that "will power" is the sovereign solvent for walking through brick walls.
On the other hand, Qui-Gonn's remark can also be understood to mean that we tend to interpret (and filter) facts to fit our predetermined ideas. That's just common sense -- and it's why we often miss facts that are staring us in the face. It's a principle every magician relies on in misdirecting our focus to one thing as he does something else to create the illusion. Indeed, properly understood, "your focus determines your reality" is a statement about the power of the human mind, not to create reality, but to radically misunderstand it.
Read the rest here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Obama Hugs Medal of Honor Recipient Instead of Saluting





From NY Daily News:
Last week, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta became the first living service member from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to receive the Medal of Honor, the country's top military award.
But like most of the brave men and women who serve, Giunta knows he wasn't out there fighting for medals or recognition, and he accepted the award with admirable humility and heartfelt acknowledgment of those who have died in battle.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Giunta got a hug, not a military salute, from President Obama. As a blog post on the website of Stars and Stripes, a military publication, pointed out, it would have been appropriate - though not necessary - for Obama to salute Giunta. It referenced a previous Medal of Honor recipient who had been saluted by George W. Bush.
H/T: Weasel Zippers

Staff Sgt. Giunta extracted his men from an insanely dangerous ambush in Afghanistan and the leader of the free world gives him a hug?  Salute the man Mr. President!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Musical Advent Wreath: First Sunday

Each Sunday during Advent I will post a new song to form a musical Advent wreath.  The Advent season is a time to prepare both for the celebration of Christmas and for the Second Coming.  Today's readings are about the latter, so let's begin with some apocalyptic Johnny Cash:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and safe travels!



Blogging will continue next week.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pope: TSA Screeners Should Wear Condoms

Great satire from CMR:
VATICAN CITY - In what might amount to a complete reversal on longstanding Church teaching, the Pope has indicated that under certain circumstances it might be licit for TSA workers to employ the use of full body condoms.

The pontiff makes the comments in a book-length interview with a journalist from "Trains, Planes, and Volkswagens" magazine, "Don't Touch the Junk: Dirty, Sexy, Airport" The Vatican newspaper ran excerpts of the book Saturday.

Church teaching has long opposed condoms since they're a form of artificial contraception. The Vatican has been harshly criticized for its position given the AIDS crisis.

Benedict said that for TSA agents and their victims -- for whom contraception isn't a central issue -- condoms are not a moral solution. But he said they could be justified "in the intention of reducing the risk of infection."
Read the rest here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Viva Cristo Rey!

Today, on the feast of Christ the King, let us remember Bl. Miguel Pro, the priest and Cristero martyr.  His last words before his execution were "Viva Cristo Rey!"  (Long live Christ the King!)

 

Blessed Miguel Pro, pray for us!

Weekend Weirdness: Overly Ambitious Frog

 

The Gympie Times reports:
A GYMPIE couple watched a battle of epic proportions unfold on their patio one evening. A green tree frog, perhaps tired of eating moths day in and day out, turned the tables on an unsuspecting snake and decided to partake of something a little out of the ordinary.“It was about 6pm,” Mr Solymosi said, “my wife saw it happening and yelled out to me.”
The frog, determined to make a meal of the little crowned snake, was not about to let dinner get away.  “The frog stayed in the same position for quite some time,” he said.  “The snake was moving and the frog was waiting to see what would happen.”  Grabbing his digital camera, Mr Solymosi started recording the scene.  
“The frog was getting impatient and started shoving the snake into his mouth with his front feet.  ”At that point the snake decided to fight back and started to wind itself around the frog’s hind leg.  “That’s when the frog panicked because the snake tried to strangle him,” Mr Solymosi said.At this point discretion seemed the better part of valour, he said, and the frog released its ’death hold’, before both combatants went their separate ways.
 H/T: Dave Barry

Friday, November 19, 2010

I Appoint Some Czars

As of yesterday, there were 39 federal policy "Czars," most of them never approved by the Senate.  The constitutionality of the Czars has been questioned, and there's no doubt that they are used to expand the power of the executive branch.  President Obama's Czars include an Asian Carp Czar (really,) an AIDS Czar, an Ethics Czar, a Car Czar, and a Global Warming Czar.  There seems to be a Czar for just about everything and Obama continues to appoint more.

By the time you read this, a coup d'etat will have resulted in my becoming president of the United States.   (All comments should address me as Mr. President)  With the power vested in me by myself, I have appointed several new Czars:

Safe Schools Czar: Chuck Norris












Chuck's first task will be to roundhouse kick his predecessor in the face.  Obama's Safe School Czar is Kevin Jennings, a man who has spent his career promoting homosexuality in schools and is buddies with a prominent member of NAMBLA.  (If you don't know what NAMBLA stands for do not look it up)  After assuming Jennings's duties, Chuck will proceed to end all crime in schools and raise test grades by 5000% percent within a week.
Projected Budget: He's Chuck Norris.  He doesn't need a budget. 


Pro Life Czar: Fr. Frank Pavone



Fr. Pavone will be in charge of facilitating all federal pro-life activities.  He will get 300 votes in the House of Representatives, 61 in the Senate and 5 on the Supreme Court.  If anyone questions the constitutionality of this arrangement, Fr. Pavone can send the Safe Schools Czar to discuss the matter with them.
Projected Budget: 4 Billion Dollars

Video Games Czar: Sid Meir
 


Meir will be in charge of federal funding of computer game development.  Government grants will motivate software companies to make good games (ie. games that I like).  Get rid of Grand Theft Auto and make more Civilization and Panzer General.
Projected Budget: 50 Million Dollars

Economics Czar: P.J. O'Rourke













P.J. will direct national economic policy and whiskey importation.  As a humorist, he will also be in charge of all national level practical jokes.  P.J. (who is a recent convert) will get half the people in the country to hide for a few days.  All the evangelicals will think that the rapture happened and that they got left behind.
Projected Budget: 100 Million Dollars and 20 cases of cigars


Science Czar: Fr. Robert Spitzer



Fr. Spitzer will formulate national standards for science education based on Thomist metaphysics.  By my request, the Science Czar will direct 20% of his budget to the development of warp drive.
Projected Budget: 200 Million Dollars


Czar Czar: Nicholas II



Sure the guy's dead, incompetent, and lacks American citizenship, but I see no reason why that should disqualify him from holding federal office.
Projected Budget: 10 Million Dollars

I'm sure that the citizenry will appreciate my new appointments, and if they don't, I can simply remind them that I'm the one with the tanks (and Chuck Norris).  Now everyone sing Hail to the Chief!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

On Economic Stimulus

I don't have a lot of time right now so I'll just give you all some words of wisdom from P.J. O'Rourke:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Archbishop Dolan Elected USCCB President

National Catholic Register reports:
New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was elected president of the U.S. bishops’ conference at 10am this morning. The vote was 128-111 on the third ballot, a runoff in which he defeated Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., who served as USCCB vice president for the last three years.
Minutes later, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected vice president of the conference on a third ballot in a runoff vote of 147 to 91 over Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver.

Awesome!  The only thing that could make this better is if Chaput were named Vice President.  Thank goodness that Kicanas wasn't elected.  It would have been a nightmare if a bishop who ordained an alcoholic pervert had become the leader of the USCCB.  God bless President Dolan!
H/T: CMR

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ridiculous Government Regulations


H/T: Economic Collapse Blog

The Garden of Eden and Darth Maul

I noticed something at the end of Genesis chapter 3:
5 When he expelled the man, he settled him east of the garden of Eden; and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Fiery revolving sword?  How cool is that?!  Perhaps it looked something like this:


Episode I still stinks though.

Charles Carroll: Catholic Founding Father

Al at Is Anybody There? has written a great preview of a biography of Charles Carrol, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence.
The Life of Charles Carroll
Bradley J. Birzer
2010 ISI Books
(Part of the Lives of the Founders series)

On this day in 1832 at the age of 95, Charles Carroll of Carrollton died. For those who actually know who he is, their knowledge is limitted to some or all of the following facts:
1: He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence
2: He was the only Catholic to do so
3: He was the last surviving signer outliving only Thomas Jefferson & John Adams
4: His cousin Daniel Carroll attended the Constitutional Convention & signed the Constitution (He also signed the Articles of Confederation in 1781)
5: Another cousin, John Carroll, was the 1st American Bishop (& later 1st Archbishop)

For the most part, he has been 1 of the forgotten Founding Fathers. In recent years we have seen plenty of books on John (& Abigail) Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson & George Washington. There has even been a book on Betsy Ross. But beyond mention in these books most of the other Founding Fathers, including some of the most influential, have been ignored. In 2009 Carroll was listed as 1 of those who was forgotten but shouldn't be in The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers. Fortunately that oversight has been corrected. In recent years 2 biographies of Charles Carroll that I know of have come out. The latest is this book by Bradley. J. Birzer which came out earlier this year.
Charles Carroll was born in Annapolis, Maryland on 19 September 1739. His father, Charles Carroll of Annapolis (CCA), was not married to his mother, Elizabeth Brooke, at the time of his birth. Eventually his father did marry his mother & officially acknowledge Charles as his son. While he wasn't officially acknowledged as CCA's son until after getting his education, CCA did insure that Charles Carroll an excellent education. In 1748 Charles Carroll sailed to France to attend the College of St. Omer's. The Jesuit run school was known as the 'seminary of martyrs-the school of confessors. After finishing there he studied at Rheims & Louis-le-Grand in Paris. This Christian humanist education was the key that enabled him to accomplish all he did later in life to help start & establish the USA. In 1759 he went to London to study law.
Coming back to the Maryland in 1765, he soon found himself caught up in the events leading up to the American Revolution. He also found himself in a very unusual position of speaking out for freedom in a state where he was disenfranchised. But that didn't stop him. He kept writing & speaking out. Early in 1776 he found himself appointed by the Continental Congress as a member of a delegation to go to Catholic Quebec. Other members of the delegation were Fr. John Carroll & Benjamin Franklin. While they were not able to win Quebec to the cause, the trip did have some long reaching effects. Fr. Carroll stuck up a strong friendship with Ben Franklin. After the war, the Papal nuncio to France met with Franklin to sound out reaction to the establishing of a hierarchy in the USA. Based on Franklin's recommendation Fr. Carroll was appointed "Superior of the Mission" in the USA & later became the 1st US Bishop. 
Read the rest here.

Weekend Weirdness

Use a flamethrower to weed your garden!

From: Vintage Ads

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Served

WWII

Korea
Vietnam
 

Gulf War

Afghanistan

Iraq

A Modern Ozymandius

My buddy Sean, English major extraordinaire, has composed a great parody of Perry Shelly's Ozymandius.  Read it here.

Input from a History major: Shelly's poem is believed to have been inspired by a statue of Ramesses II.

Calvinist Monopoly

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Get it?  It's a chance card.  I crack myself up.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tweet for Life

From Danielle Bean:
I asked pro-lifers on Twitter to use an #IAmProLife hashtag and tell us why. I will be re-tweeting people’s responses at my Twitter account all day today.If you are on Twitter, please join us in making a positive statement in defense of the unborn. And encourage your followers to do the same. Let your pro-life voice be heard!

H/T: CMR

I don't do Twitter but I encourage all those who have accounts to respond to Danielle's call for pro-life tweeting!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dogs Defy Sharia in Iran

From The Guardian:
H/T: ZipWire
It is well known that dogs, along with pigs, are considered unclean in Islam. Strictly speaking, the theology doesn't ban their ownership, or petting; the Sunna prescribes that dogs are "pollutants", contact with them rendering believers ritually unclean. This means that ritual cleansing is required before one is able to perform prayers. Despite this, dogs have been kept by Muslims for centuries...
However, having domesticated animals free to roam inside a house, contact with which would require ritual cleansing, would be quite tricky from a practical point of view for Muslims who are required to pray five times a day – even though there is no actual legal prohibition of dog ownership...
Even though a Saudi-style morality police has no place in a much more modernised, sophisticated and complex country such as Iran, nevertheless, official and semi-official state agents conduct waves of enforcement against manifestations of un-Islamic social conduct.
The state prohibition of anything in Iran is an open invitation for its widespread social promotion. Blond hair and garish makeup, nose jobs (of which Iran is the world capital) and extravagantly sculpted and gelled hairstyles for boys are all forms of sedition – political statements with a small "p". The state's legitimacy is thus questioned and openly ridiculed, at least by a certain section of the population....
An underground industry of dog beauty parlours thrives, mostly run out of private homes, as do a plethora of canine protection and welfare charities. A legal and substantial kennel industry has developed into what is fancily called "dog spas" where the middle class deposit their dogs when on holiday or, in the case of some of my conflicted relatives, when a devout auntie comes to stay.
The industry booms further every time a firebrand preacher calls for their banning or admonishes dog owners from such platforms like the much loathed national radio and TV. Its been a long time coming, but Iranian dogs are having their day.
Read the whole article here.

When my dad asks "why do we keep that dog around?," I can tell him that we're doing our part to fight Sharia law.

The Family Dog
Murphy: Defender of the West

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Freshmen Philosophers

(Scene: The college coffee shop.  Thomas Aquinas and David Hume are seated at a table.  Plato joins them.)
Plato:  Hey guys!  I drank one too many Red Bulls last night and instead of sleeping I came up with a whole new philosophy!
Aquinas: Well what's the philosophy?
Plato: Everything is like... not real.... but it is, because the world is a gigantic mirror!
(Aquinas looks skeptical, Hume just drinks his coffee.)
Plato: Everything reflects forms from an alternate reality, like the one where Spock has a goatee.
(Aquinas smacks Plato upside the head.)
Plato: Ow!  What'd you do that for?
Aquinas: I didn't really smack you, that was just a reflection of the smacking Plato form.
Plato: No way dude!  Forms don't do stuff, they just kind of float around.
Aquinas: Then how did I smack you?
Hume: This whole conversation is pointless.  There's no way either of you can know any of that stuff.
Plato: I totally can know this stuff!  You sound like that Epicurus guy.
Hume: Epicurus is a goofball.  Although, he does throw some pretty sweet parties.
(All nod in agreement)
Hume: Anyway, what I mean to say is that we can't know about things that we don't experience, and even then we can't be certain.  Epicurus said something like that but then he got all trippy and decided that everyone should drink a lot because stuff is made of "atoms."  Don't try to discourage him though, he might stop giving us free beer.
Aquinas: If we cannot be certain of any truth, then why bother talking about it, or anything else for that matter?  Why are you going to college when you could be doing something fun?
Plato: Uber pwnage noob.
Hume: I totally have an answer to that question but the lazy author of this dialogue hasn't read enough of my work to produce it.  I gotta go to class now.  I've got Econ with Adam Smith. 
Aquinas:  It occurs to me that by getting up from your chair you are providing evidence for a prime mover.
Hume: Whatever.
Aquinas: Well I've got to go too.  I'm off to Augustine's city management class.
Plato: See you later dudes.
(Hume and Aquinas leave.  Plato sips his coffee)
Plato: Those guys are some crazy mirrors.

Randy Newman: Short People

This is stuck in my head and now it can be stuck in yours.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Weird Fatwas

Listverse has a list of strange Fatwas.  Too be fair to Muslims, pretty much any Islamic scholar can issue a Fatwa, and they're not considered infallible.  However, even the silliest Fatwas reflect some of the bizarre teachings of the Koran and Hadith.  If you want to read the original list, reader discretion is advised.  Some Fatwas concern some rather adult topics.  The nuttiest Fatwas:


Sun and Earth
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The Fatwa: Grand Mufti Sheikh Ibn Baaz: The Sun Revolves Around the Earth
In a 2000 Fatwa titled “The Transmitted and Sensory Proofs of the Rotation of the Sun and Stillness of the Earth”, Saudi Arabian Grand Mufti Sheikh Ibn Baaz asserted that the earth was flat and disk-like and that the sun revolved around it. He had insisted that satellite images to the contrary were nothing but a Western conspiracy against the Islamic world.
Source: Al-Ahram Weekly Issue 477, 13-19 April, 2000.


Mickey Mouse
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The Fatwa: Muhammad Al-Munajid: Bring Me the Head of Mickey Mouse
That’s right, somebody put on hit on Mickey Mouse. Calling Mickey “one of Satan’s soldiers,” Sheikh Muhammad Al-Munajid decreed that household mice and their cartoon cousins must be “killed in all cases”, according to the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph.  And get this—the guy’s not your average nutjob, either—Munajid used to be a former diplomat at the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C. He made the remarks on Arab television network al-Majd TV after he was asked to give Islam’s teaching on mice.  But don’t worry, Mickey won’t be alone. Munajid also put a hit on Jerry from “Tom and Jerry”. Maybe they could rent a flat with Salman Rushdie.
Source: Report: Saudi Cleric Says Mickey Mouse ‘Must Die’.

Football
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The Fatwa: Football fatwa
No, not even the beautiful game is safe from stupid fatwas. As part of a government drive to eliminate frivolous fatwas, the Saudi newspaper Al Watan lampooned one very real edict setting out new rules for football. Ridiculous demands included “do not play with 11 people like the heretics, Jews, and Christians”, and “play in your pyjamas or regular clothes (because) colored shorts and numbered T-shirts are not Muslim clothing”. Especially ridiculous is the edict to “remove the crossbar in order not to imitate the heretics and in order to be entirely distinct from the soccer system’s despotic international rules.”
Source: “A Fatwa on Football”, The Guardian, Monday 31 October 2005.

Vaccine
Files
The Fatwa: Infidel Vaccine
Polio is actually increasing in India, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Why? Because an anti-polio fatwa by anti-Western clerics forbid Pakistani children from immunizations, because the clerics are saying the vaccine is a conspiracy to make Muslims sterile. Ironically, it’s the clerics’ plans that would produce this result, as dead/paralytic kids don’t breed all that much.
Source: “POLIO ERADICATION: Looking for a Little Luck”, Roberts Science 6 February 2009
 Read the full list here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Deerslaying Priest

Fr. Joe Classen is a Missouri priest who loves hunting and the outdoors and incorporates that passion into his ministry.  As my profile picture suggests, I am a proud hunter and I greatly appreciate Fr. Classen's appreciation for, and defense of, my favorite pastime.  He writes,
In the “green” days of political correctness, environmental activism and animal rights, the
American legacy of hunting is coming under more scrutiny than ever. There are many
concerns in our culture for animal welfare, and a more “humane” way of living. The idea
of armed, camouflage-clad individuals taking to the woods in search of their quarry is
abhorred by those whose fantasy view of the natural world is based on the subjective,
feel-good nonsense of Disney movies and the like.
Indeed, there is a tremendous amount of misinformation about hunting these days, about its purpose and value as well as the laughable stereotypes of those who hunt and fish.There is the incredibly mistaken notion that we hunters are crazed murderers who have a sick fascination with destroying life. Unfortunately, there are people who fit that description: They are called poachers, and they are criminals!
But for those of us who passionately love hunting and all things outdoors, absolutely
nothing could be further from the truth. Hunters are the first and truest environmentalists.
We are the greenest of the green.
Hunters are not mere spectators of creation, as other nature lovers are. Rather, we are
active participants as we immerse ourselves completely into God’s creation and take a
hands-on role in managing our natural, renewable resources, of which animals are a big
part.

Read the rest here.
H/T: Creative Minority Report

Fr. Classen's Website:
Hunting for God

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Beards for Babies

This month is No Shave November, a time for men to sacrifice for the unborn by growing itchy beards.



General Burnside Says: Save the Babies!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

1st Timothy 2:1-3

1I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men: 2For kings, and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity.  3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour


This election night, let's pray for all of our leaders, especially those newly elected.

CMR: Live Blogging Election Night

Creative Minority Report is doing a great liveblog of election night.  Check it out!

Elections

Too busy to comment much on today's events.  Check out this excellent analysis from the
Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Guide to Election Night

Monday, November 1, 2010

Litany of the Saints

May the Saints in Heaven intercede for us on The Feast of All Saints.

Zomblog: The Department of Free

From Zomblog

The Department of Free
Years ago, a wiser man
than you or I devised a plan
to dole out goods at zero cost
to those of us whose jobs were lost.

It seemed benign, so nice and kind
the plan grew to include the blind,
the old the lame then you and me,
and they called this plan
The Department of Free.

It started as a helping hand
to needy folks across the land,
so those who could not make ends meet
would not be forced out on the street.

Unemployment benefits
were just a start, because now it’s
free food, free homes, free surgery,
rebates, bailouts, loans — all free.

Now half of us just stand in line
all day long and gripe and whine
about the stuff we feel we’re owed
the list of which has growed and growed.

The line wends hither, the line wends yon,
and by and by it comes upon
a door above which we can see
those magic words:
Department of Free.

Once inside: a shopping spree
of endless handouts: it’s all free!
Drunken on entitlement
we grab a meal, a house, a stent.

The other half? We’re all employed!
Hearing this, you’re overjoyed
to know that at least some of us
have jobs and never cause a fuss.

But one last thing you ought to know,
our economic Alamo:
The place where we all work, you see,
is in the accursed Department of Free!

I push papers,
while he counts beans.
She helps seniors
and they help teens.
It takes a village to raise a child;
it takes a nation to run hog-wild.

Paul pays Peter, and Peter pays Paul,
yet neither makes anything at all.
Round and round the money goes
but where it comes from no one knows.

It all runs out eventually,
can’t simulate prosperity.
The shopping spree was just a dream,
a baseless potlatch Ponzi scheme.

With nothing left to give away,
The Department of Free itself must say,
“We’re all laid off, the end is near.
There’s no point working, even here.”

The last employed man not offshore
has just one more remaining chore:
Switch off the lights
and turn the key
in the broke
Department of Free.

From Medicare and Medicaid
came Medicould and Medishould
now Medimust and we’ve gone bust
we’re trust-fund kids without a trust.

Planned Parenthood President: Abortion in Danger

Life Site News Reports:
"I've said it before, and it bears repeating: women's health and reproductive rights are in extreme danger in this election," Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote in an email to supporters Monday. "The only thing we can do now is get out there and vote — and make sure everyone who supports women's health does the same."
Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Organization for Women are scrambling to protect their recent political and legislative victories, particularly the abortion funding in the federal health care reform law, which were made possible by the Democratic stronghold on Capitol Hill.
"If anti-choice forces take back Congress, we’re preparing for attacks on choice that are worse than the Stupak abortion-coverage ban to health-care reform," Keehan told supporters. "Don’t let that happen."
The Moloch worshipers are afraid.  Hopefully the Republicans will make their worst nightmares a reality.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

PJ O'Rourke Gets Out the Vote

From the Weekly Standard:
They Hate Our Guts
By P.J. O'Rourke
Perhaps you’re having a tiny last minute qualm about voting Republican. Take heart. And take the House and the Senate. Yes, there are a few flakes of dander in the fair tresses of the GOP’s crowning glory—an isolated isolationist or two, a hint of gold buggery, and Christine O’Donnell announcing that she’s not a witch. (I ask you, has Hillary Clinton ever cleared this up?) Fret not over Republican peccadilloes such as the Tea Party finding the single, solitary person in Nevada who couldn’t poll ten to one against Harry Reid. Better to have a few cockeyed mutts running the dog pound than Michael Vick.
I take it back. Using the metaphor of Michael Vick for the Democratic party leadership implies they are people with a capacity for moral redemption who want to call good plays on the legislative gridiron. They aren’t. They don’t. The reason is simple. They hate our guts.
They don’t just hate our Republican, conservative, libertarian, strict constructionist, family values guts. They hate everybody’s guts. And they hate everybody who has any. Democrats hate men, women, blacks, whites, Hispanics, gays, straights, the rich, the poor, and the middle class.
Democrats hate Democrats most of all. Witness the policies that Democrats have inflicted on their core constituencies, resulting in vile schools, lawless slums, economic stagnation, and social immobility. Democrats will do anything to make sure that Democratic voters stay helpless and hopeless enough to vote for Democrats.
 Read the rest here. 

H/T: Cartago Delenda Est

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Spiritual Warfare

Dymphna reminds us that there's a war on:
It's a spiritual war and not all the players are flesh and blood. A Muslim man joined liturgical dancers in England and tried to stab a bishop. He is said to be crazy. Another Muslim man danced rather badly on the altar in a Venetian cathedral. He is confined to a hospital and is said to be mad as a March hare. A 69 year old bishop in Canada was severley beaten in his rectory and a priest who came to his aid was also attacked by a man whom authorities say is deranged. Earlier this year a bishop was stabbed to death by the man the Turkish government had sent to be his driver.
Read the rest here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday is Still a Day of Penance

The USCCB requires Catholics in the United States to do penance on Friday throughout the year, not just during Lent.  Abstinence from meat is a recommended penance, but other types of penance can be substituted.  The CCCB similarly instructs our Canadian compadres..  I'm ashamed to say that I had never heard of this requirement until recently.  I was under the impression that abstinence on Fridays was done away with by the Second Vatican Council.  Tomorrow, we will have an opportunity to offer penance in union with Christ and in obedience to the Church.  Let's take that opportunity. 

USCCB Regulations

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Catholic Field Guide to the Undead

Catholic Phoenix has produced a Catholic Field Guide to the Undead.  Some highlights:

The attributes of the human:
  • possessing a spirit,
  • having a material body,
  • under the natural law,
  • endowed with free will,
  • made in God’s image.
It seems to me that culture, perhaps unwittingly, agrees with the Church in this matter because so many of it’s horror stories begin with a deviation from the recipe.



Zombies are re-animated corpses with no sense of right and wrong. Easily identifiable by their decomposing flesh and stiff legged gait. Lacking free will and conscience, they eat human brains. Zombies do not naturally reproduce, but can be created from cadavers or possibly by a contagion spread among the living. Notable examples are seen in the “Living Dead” movies and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Vulnerable to: Beheading.


Vampires are undead humans, like their zombie cousins. These former-humans retain their rational capabilities. These charming villains might have some access to a damaged sense of right and wrong.  Vampires are notoriously difficult to kill in a manner such that they will stay dead. Native to Transylvania and Washington State, these shape-shifters subsist on human blood, and are identifiable by their elongated canine teeth and sparkly skin. Notable examples are Nosferatu a.k.a. Count Dracula, and someone named Edward. Vampirism is spread to bitten humans as if by a virus. Vampires do not naturally reproduce. Vulnerable to: Crucifixes, holy water, garlic, wooden stakes through the heart in combination with beheading.

 Read the rest here.

Funny Videos: Communist Monopoly & Barbara Boxer

Content Warning: One half of a bad word (My mom reads this blog)


Call me Senator ad directed by David Zucker

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Church of England Diocese Conquered by Muslims

On the face of it, the impending closure of the Diocese of Bradford is not a bad thing.  Perhaps some of the displaced Anglicans will discover that the Church founded by Christ is superior to the one founded by a syphilitic sociopath.  Unfortunately, the C of E Diocese is being supplanted by the followers of Mohammad, a guy who had even more wives than Henry VIII.   
The Daily Express reports:
The Dioceses Commission is believed to be drawing up plans to break up the cash-strapped Diocese of Bradford in Yorkshire and merge it with neighbouring Ripon and Leeds.
Attendance in Bradford churches fell to 8,700 in 2008 while there are an estimated 20,000 regular Muslim worshippers in the city. . . .  A spokesman for Bradford’s Council For Mosques said: “On Friday, all the mosques are full. In the bigger ones, it is not uncommon to see 2,000 worshippers or more in a day.”
Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers could be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation.
Whenever I get depressed about the state of American culture, I can always say to myself, "It could be worse, at least you don't live in England!"

B16: States Have the Right to Defend Their Borders

The New York Times reports:
States must treat migrants with dignity but have the right to regulate immigration and defend their borders, Pope Benedict XVI said on Tuesday.
He said everyone had the right to leave home to seek better conditions of life in another country. 
"At the same time, states have the right to regulate migration flows and to defend their own frontiers, always guaranteeing the respect due to the dignity of each and every human person," he said.
Take that Mahony!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Illustrated Dictionary of Papal Paraphernalia


Mitre
 
The traditional headgear of Bishops, mitres have been worn by Popes in liturgical celebrations up to the present day.  Pope Benedict XVI replaced the Papal tiara with the mitre as his official hat.

Piscatory Ring
The "Ring of the Fisherman" features an image of St. Peter on a boat with T Pain.

Papal Cross
The pastoral staff of the Holy Father.  It is carried in the same manner as a crozier.

Papal Loafers
Official red loafers worn by Benedict XVI

Cappello Romano
Now that's a real Spaghetti Western Cowboy Hat!


God bless the Vicar of Christ!