For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12

"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Child Sexual Abuse Downplayed By Media And Left Wing

Child sexual abuse is in the news yet again, along with some surprising reactions to it.  Two stories come to mind, the new Safe Schools Czar and Roman Polanski.  First the former:

I don't remember the name of the first Czar to be appointed by President George H. W. Bush (the first to appoint one) but he was the Drug Czar and the only one for a time.  I recall hearing some congressmen voice concern over someone being appointed without congressional vetting, hearing, or consent.  It seemed a bit of an overreaction a the time (being that there was only one), but they were reassured by the president that he wouldn't start appointing them willy-nilly.

Enter President Obama...  There are simply too many Czars to keep track of.  But this latest flap is going down over a man, Kevin Jennings, who was recently appointed as the Safe School Czar  and who had a history of illegal drug use.  There was in immediate attempt to justify such a history as to make it appear to be an experience from which much useful wisdom had been acquired, even though he has yet to proclaim his behavior as wrong, stupid, or dangerous.

Now we hear that as a young, gay(?!?) teacher he was confided to by a student who was a victim of forced homosexual sex by an adult pedophile.  But Mr. Jennings failed to make any attempt to protect the young boy from future sexual attacks.  He did not report it, nor did he try to stop it.  Read the full story at Michelle Malkin's blog.

President Obama's Czar appointees seem to be suffering from some perverted version of the Peter Principle.  Rather than being promoted to the level of their incompetence, they are promoted BECAUSE (or in spite of) it.  It brings to mind Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley (the first Daley and King Maker) and all the incompetent fools appointed by him to oversee various city services which continued to be colossal failures.  Mike Royko wrote an illuminating book about this several years ago called BOSS.  It's still a good read, and Royko's humor is still funny today.

Movie Director Roman Polanski was caught in Switzerland by American authorities for an incident that occurred  30 years ago in which he forced 13 year old Samantha Geimer to have anal sex after filling her with quaaludes and alcohol.  He has been dodging American authorities ever since, but now sits in jail having been convicted years ago after a guilty plea (then released, then told to return to jail, at which time he fled).
Ala from Blonde Sagacity brings to light three Puff Ho (Huffington Post) pieces defending Polanski in spite of his behavior.  And liberals are supposed to be pro-women???

Geimer wants the incident behind her and calls for Polanski's freedom.  The crime occurred 30 years ago.  BUT...  what  precedent would that set to let him go?  And what if he decides to attack another 13 year old?  He did it once before and no conversion of any kind has been documented.  So why not again?  Did he not have sex with a then-underage Nastasia Kinski, though voluntary?  It's still statutory rape.  As sorry as I am for Polanski's wife (Sharon Tate) being butchered by the Manson "family," I just don't think Polanski should be walking free. 

The Main Stream Media seems to have little outrage over either of these stories.  Yet it seems like just yesterday they were spitting mad over pedophile priests in the Catholic Church, calling for their heads and the heads of the Bishops above them.  I guess it depends on whose ox is gored.  Media bias?  Or media complicity?!?  You be the judge.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dominican Republic Amends Constitution To Ban Abortion --UN Officials Complain

As of last week, Article 30 of the Constitution of the Dominican Republic states "the right to life is inviolable from conception until death," thereby making this Central American country more civilized than our own, IMHO.  Or at least in that regard.  

The heads of a couple of UN agencies had been actively campaigning against such revisions, citing a regression in the advancement of women's rights, in spite of the official stance of neutrality by the UN on abortion.  Read the full story in LifeSiteNews.

Apparently some officials at the UN are more interested in promoting the killing of the unborn to advance the rights of women, instead of raising awareness of the mass subjugation and genital mutilation of women in most Muslim-led countries.  Or perhaps they know they can beat up on little Catholic countries with little or no consequence.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Obama Jugend Indoctrinated In NJ (And Elsewhere?)

B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington Township, NJ is the setting for this latest Obamanation, which can make one barf if one spends too much time thinking about it.  But we should make sure that as many people as possible spend at least a little time thinking about it and imagining the ramifications.  Read the whole story at Michelle Malkin's blog.  This is not Iran, Cuba, China, the old Soviet Union, or Nazi Germany.  For Freedom's sake, let us not allow our country to become any of those.

Of course this is not the first Obama indoctrination of children.  "Mmm mmm mmm Obama" is a mere extension of "Yes we can can can, yes we can can can..." from election season.  Remember THAT?  Someone included a creative comparison between music and archival footage which I have used here before...

(h/t: My friend Paul)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

2 Million Strong Turn Out For Taxpayer March On Washington DC

ABC News (see update below) and Michelle Malkin both estimate 2 million protesters turned out for the National March On Washington today, which was not only peaceful and orderly, but downright polite.  Of course some of the signs were not too polite, but that is to be expected when people feel betrayed by their government.  I was there and took well over 100 pictures.  Some of these will be posted here and most of the rest can be found at FLICKR <---click there!  All 138 photos have been added.  There were so many great signs from wonderfully creative folks, that I'm sorry I couldn't include them all on one post here.

The purpose of the March On DC was not to say we are against health care reform.  The vast majority are actually for it, just not socialized medicine.  No, the theme of today's protest in which the people attending outnumbered Obama's inauguration turnout was a cry against run-away government spending.  It was against arrogance, malfeasance, Marxism, despotism,  and a sycophantic media kowtowing to "the one."  

The liberal wing nuts with their war bongos and unwashed hordes could take a lesson from the 2 million who turned out today:  no pushing and shoving, no garbage left in the streets, no death threats for stepping on some guy's sneakers, and no emotional chants lacking logic or reasoning.  Everyone was wonderfully polite and  courteous to each other and even to the one dissenting voice whose sign I would include if not for its obscene nature.  No one punched them, scratched them, threw beer or soda upon them, or tripped them, even if they thought of doing so.  We conservatives and patriots are an orderly bunch, even during an uprising.  

Enjoy the pictures, and remember...if you click on them you can make them larger.

UPDATE: ABC news is now claiming they were misquoted and that the crowd was actually in the 10's of thousands. I was there. I have also been to the Rose Bowl (1984) that holds around 76,000. There were several Rose Bowls of people on The Mall yesterday. And 2 million seems like a rational number if you consider that many people left after a few hours while others were arriving late morning/early afternoon. My figure stands for the sum total for the day.  They were elbow to elbow back to 8th St. I know that because when I left to find a men's room (lines to port-o-potties on site were too long) that's how far it stretched. The Daily Mail agrees with Michelle Malkin and myself.


See also American Power for his first-hand view of the tax protest in Los Angeles.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

ACORN's Culture Of Corruption: Giving Tax Advice To Pimp And Importer Of Underage Sex Slaves

A man and a woman walk into ACORN in Baltimore pretending to be a candidate for congress and prostitute respectively.  The prostitute claims she is to "work" to raise funds for the candidate (pimp), and that 13 girls from El Salvador are coming to live with them and also "work" for the candidate as prostitutes.  The girls yet to arrive are all around 15 years of age.  Where is Daryl Hannah when you need her?

The ACORN employee tells them how to re-classify the job of the prostitute for tax purposes, and to either claim the 15 year old girls smuggled in from Central America as dependents or to treat them as if they don't exist.

Well it's nice to see that ACORN is earning its several billion dollars in Federal Stimulus money by putting so many girls to work, though only one as a tax payer.  Honestly, while watching this video it reminded me of another organization that appears to support subjugation of young females by asking them to lie in order to hide illegal sexual activity.  Any guesses?  Try Planned Parenthood, another organization that loves and is loved by Obama.  See links to posts I've done on that sad story by clicking HERE, and follow the link trail.

ACORN is an organization that will advance the liberal agenda by any means necessary.  It has no morals, it has no code of ethics that it lives up to.  Nothing is off limits, and it is powerful.  It may have a large hand in taking the census if Obama gets his way, which he probably will.  And since the Democrats have such large majorities in the House and Senate, misbehavior by ACORN and organizations like them will be it has been thus far

Will we be able to undo the damage wrought by Obama?  Only if conservatives regain control of the government.  With ACORN that possibility is shrinking.

Michelle Malkin has done several posts about ACORN's shenanigans.  Click HERE for the bunch.

(h/t's for this story:  Atlas Shrugs and American Power)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Obamacare: Ideal World vs. Real World

Although this is a bit lengthy, it is wonderfully illustrated with stick-men drawn humorously as two men offer their version of the classic liberal vs. conservative arguments, this time about public vs. private health insurance plans.  One could also call it the idealized-egghead-no-life-experience vs. real-world-common-sense-grow-up debate.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dragnet Duo Lectures Obama!

A great little snippet from Dragnet with Obama footage thrown in.  President Hussein gets the lecture he so desperately needs.

Isn't it a shame we have to go all the way back to the early 1970's for a Dragnet episode to find someone on a TV show espousing the virtues of freedom?  Is it any wonder that kids today don't understand?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Q: "Whose Gonna Pay For This?" A: "Mumble murmer mmmumbl...etc"

This is a few days old, but well worth watching.  A concerned citizen politely asks how the health care bill will be funded, and each Ohio politician mumbles something and then wanders off to speak to after another.

Friday, September 4, 2009

7 Quick Takes (my first...and probably last)

  1. With all the bad economic news and stories about horrible Obama appointees in the headlines,  I've decided to get away from all that and partake in something called "7 Quick Takes..." that's hosted at Conversion Diary.  This involves blurting out 7 thoughts about things happening in your life, or something.  At least that's what everyone whose participating in it seems to do.  It kind of looks like a condensed phone call, like when you call a friend and cover about 7 topics before hanging up.  This was number one.  I hope the rest are better...

  2. For those of you who don't know, I drive a semi for a living.  It isn't pretty, but it pays the bills...for now.  Freight is moving very slowly these days (not enough loads available for the drivers waiting for them), and most of us over-the-road drivers are paid by the mile, not by the hour.  Well, everywhere I deliver I run into someone driving for the same company I drive for and hear the same stories:  "Four of us were waiting for loads and the guy paid the least per mile got the best one, even though he got empty last."  And everyone telling this story says he was one of those drivers.  I must have heard this 50 times in the past month.  Rumors fly when times get tough.

  3. I received separate emails today from writers Matt Kaufman and Peggy Noonan.  One of Matt's emails was about Peggy which he wrote himself.  Peggy's email was probably automated.  Okay, definitely automated.

  4. My blood pressure test comes up before the beginning of November and I must drop at least 20 lbs before then.  I always get nervous when a doctor or nurse takes a reading on me when my job is on the line.  It's always close.  It has to be below 140/90 or I get suspended until it comes down, lest I lose my job.  And what a time to be unemployed!  I have resorted to walking 30 minutes per day at a speed fast enough to exert myself, but slow enough to maintain a conversation.  I saw someone on PBS 18 years ago who said that was the best way to burn fat.  If you go so fast you're huffing and puffing, you're no longer burning fat, just sugar.  Then your sugar level goes down and you start craving sweets.  From October to December last year I lost 40 lbs doing this along with dieting.

  5. My cat, Buster, accompanies me on the road in the semi during the 4 to 6 weeks I'm out driving around the country.  My employer is trying to pressure myself and others to remove our pets from the trucks permanently by keeping us out of the newer models.  Since I live alone I and therefore cannot leave him at home, I will have to part company with Buster if my employer has their way.  Or I will keep Buster and quit my job.  Or I will keep him by getting fired.  This morning I earned a ticket from the Louisiana State Police putting me one step closer to the unemployment line.  Buster looked pleased.

  6. In trying to find foods lower in sodium and fat (for my blood pressure) I discovered a salsa with only 25 milligrams of sodium and zero fat per serving.  Most have 300+ mgs sodium.  It's made by Desert Pepper and is called Peach Mango Salsa.  I've been eating it for a year and am not tired of it yet.  Of course I need to watch the sugar content, too.

  7. Are we almost done?  Last one?  Okay...  I'm thinking of joining a Monastery.  Since becoming a Catholic last April I've felt a calling to a faith vocation of some sort, and after ruling out the priesthood for various reasons, I think it would be as a monk.  At least for a couple of years or so for a thorough spiritual clensing.  I don't know if I could handle the vow of poverty just yet... 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Blood Money" Exposes The Truth About The Abortion Industry

The trailer above is shocking.  The movie will be a must-see.

(h/t:  Jill Stanek)