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

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tipping Point: Righteous Indignation Becomes Rage Against The Machine

Upon hearing the details today of how Obamacare passed the House of Representatives due to betrayals of Stupak and shady deals of Pelosi, Obama, et al., my righteous indignation that had been welling up inside me over the past year turned to rage.  But it was not rage against those afore mentioned politicians; they live according to their nature, after all.  Nor is it rage against the naive and fickle public which elected them;  they act according to the information in front of them.  

My rage is aimed at the Main Stream Media for claiming to be objective while subverting news reporting and advancing their own twisted, America-hating, Castro-loving, left-wing agenda.  You cannot expect an ill-informed public to make prudent decisions in the voting booth, and elect politicians who will make the tough decisions in Washington to keep our great nation afloat economically and internationally.  When the MSM shirks their heavy responsibility the nation suffers.

My rage is also against school teachers (led by their unions) who, for several years, have traded high expectations of scholastic performance by our nation's youth in exchange for low expectations, political correctness, and self-esteem building.  You cannot expect today's children to grow into critical thinkers capable of distinguishing fact from fiction, and seeing through lies and deceit of unscrupulous politicos, when they have not been properly educated.  How can they avoid being taken advantage of when their minds are filled with propaganda rather than knowledge?  It is shameful that indoctrination has replaced education in today's schools.

Liberalism has an awful lot of power these days in that purveyors of information both in the media and the classroom largely subscribe to that way of thinking.   This gives liberals a distinct and unfair advantage in the influencing of opinions of the masses, making it difficult or next to impossible for conservatives to gain enough traction to attain power no matter how just our cause.  It is clear to me that if nothing is done about this unfair advantage, the Republicans will never have a 60 vote majority in the Senate or be able to hold both houses of Congress for any lengthy period of time.  And although we assume that this November we will see huge gains in both Houses for Republicans, you can expect lots of biased reporting by the media to prevent a complete take-over.  Count on it.

My rage over Obamacare and the betrayals associated with it have motivated me to act toward destroying such liberal advantages.  First I will force myself to watch the following news programs for no other reason than to make a list of their sponsors:  CBS News, NBC News, ABC News, and CNN.   I will sit and watch the commercials and then go make a sandwich during the news (it's been years since I've actually gone through the agony of watching the programs).  Then I will go online and email each sponsor or type out a letter and mail each of them the following:

Dear Sir or Madam,

While I have enjoyed using your product for many years, it has been brought to my attention that you are sponsoring (insert name of news program or newspaper here).

Since this (news program or newspaper) has been found to slant the news in an effort to advance a socialist agenda, I have decided to start using the product of your direct competitor while boycotting yours.  If you continue to sponsor (insert name of news program or newspaper here) then my switch to the other product will be permanent.

Isn't it wonderful that in our great country there are so many choices of products from which to choose?  I'm sure you can find another way to showcase your fine product without offending my sensabilities.


(insert your name here)

This is the best way to influence how newspapers or TV networks portray the news --hit them in their pocketbook.  And while so many newspapers are teetering on bankruptcy, it should be quite effective with them.

As far as the schools go... if I wasn't on the road all the time I would consider running for a position on the local school board to add my own conservative influence on school ciriculums.  Although at first my views might be in the minority, my very presence might encourage other conservatives to run.  And when we have the majority,... we could see fit to make George Washington portrayed in the classroom as a patriot and father of our country again instead of merely a white slave-owner who wore a powdered wig.  For an example of what can be done and why it's so important, click HERE.

UPDATE:  Do we want our country to become like CANADA???  Click HERE to find out how narrow-minded today's Canadian collegiate youth are on the free exchange of ideas!

Another UPDATE: Laura Ingraham and Matt Lauer on The Today Show.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Obama's Approval Index At New Low. Republicans Score Big In Generic Congressional Ballot Poll

Today the new Rasmussen Reports' Daily Presidential Tracking Report shows President Obama's approval index rating has slipped to -21, an all-time low.  Read about it at Rasmussen by clicking HERE.  His disapproval ratings seems to coincide with each push of Obamacare, which the American public are firmly against.  See that poll HERE.  

Republicans are leading Democrats by 10 percentage points in the Generic Congressional Ballot, the highest point yet.  Read the details by clicking HERE.

It looks like Obama has momentum in imposing his Marxist health care initiative on the American public, and will likely succeed before the weekend is over.  Our only hope may be the Supreme Court declaring it unconstitutional...someday in the future... for forcing the public to purchase insurance or pay a penalty.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Shamnesty About To Rear It's Ugly Head Once Again... MARCH ON WASHINGTON THIS SUNDAY

I've been getting some disturbing emails from Jim Robb at NumbersUSA (for lower imigration levels) about a March On Washington by up to 100,000 people this Sunday, March 21, to fight FOR citizenship for 11-20 MILLION illegal aliens in the US.  This, of course, coming at a time when most of us are preoccupied with Obamacare and Toyota scares.  No doubt this calendar year will be packed solid with political events to which we will need to pay close attention.

NumbersUSA would like each of us who have a problem with automatic amnesty for illegals to visit every local district office of every Congressman across the nation on Friday, March 19th at 1:30pm local time to voice concern (politely, but with backbone), and deliver a printed or handwritten message for your Congressional representative stating your position.  Go HERE for the talking points.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Over 500 Christians In Nigeria Slaughtered By Muslim Gangs

Back in January I posted a story from the AP on the continuing trend of Muslims burning Christian churches (both Catholic and Protestant), one act of which resulted in 27 Christians dead and over 300 wounded during Mass.

This latest story from the AFP is so hugely horrible that even Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton couldn't ignore it.  Over 500 Christians have been killed in three villages, with 200 more being treated in hospitals.

Here's the full story reported (with h/tp to Loganswarning):

JOS, Nigeria (AFP) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Washington led calls for restraint on Monday after the slaughter of more than 500 Christians in Nigeria, as survivors told how the killers chopped down their victims.

Funerals took place for victims of the three-hour orgy of violence on Sunday in three Christian villages close to the northern city of Jos, blamed on members of the mainly Muslim Fulani ethnic group.

While troops were deployed to the villages to prevent new attacks, security forces detained 95 suspects but faced bitter criticism over how the killers were able to go on the rampage at a time when a curfew was meant to be in force.

Media reported that Muslim residents of the villages in Plateau state had been warned by phone text message, two days prior to the attack, so they could make good their escape before the exit points were sealed off.

Survivors said the attackers were able to separate the Fulanis from members of the rival Berom group by chanting 'nagge', the Fulani word for cattle. Those who failed to respond in the same language were hacked to death.

One local paper said the gangs shouted Allah Akhbar (God is Great) before breaking into homes and setting them alight in the early hours of Sunday. Churches were among the buildings that were burned down.

The Vatican led a wave of outrage with spokesman Federico Lombardi expressing the Roman Catholic Church's "sadness" at the "horrible acts of violence".

The UN chief told reporters he was "deeply concerned".

"I appeal to all concerned to exercise maximum restraint," he said.

"Nigeria's political and religious leaders should work together to address the underlying causes and to achieve a permanent solution to the crisis in Jos."

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged "all parties to exercise restraint", but also called on the Nigerian government to "make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice."

"The Nigerian government should ensure that the perpetrators of acts of violence are brought to justice under the rule of law and that human rights are respected as order is restored," the chief US diplomat said.

The death toll was initially put at a little over 100 but then shot up. The information ministry said pregnant women were among those killed and around 200 people were being treated in hospital.
"We have over 500 killed in three villages and the survivors are busy burying their dead," said state information commissioner Gregory Yenlong.

"People were attacked with axes, daggers and cutlasses -- many of them children, the aged and pregnant women."

Survivors wail as children, women buried in Nigeria

Much of the violence was centred around the village of Dogo Nahawa, where gangs set fire to straw-thatched mud huts as they went on their rampage.

The explosion of violence is the latest between rival ethnic and religious groups. In January 326 people died in clashes in and around Jos, according to police although rights activists put the overall toll at more than 550. 

"The attack is yet another jihad and provocation," the Plateau State Christian Elders Consulatative Forum (PSCEF) said. 

However the archbishop of the capital Abuja, John Onaiyekan, told Vatican Radio that the violence was rooted not in religion but in social, economic and tribal differences. 

"It is a classic conflict between pastoralists and farmers, except that all the Fulani are Muslims and all the Berom are Christians," he said. 

Fulani are mainly nomadic cattle rearers while Beroms are traditionally farmers. 

A curfew imposed after January's unrest is supposed to be still in place but Christian leaders said the authorities did nothing to prevent the bloodshed.

The PSCEF said it took the army two hours to react from the time a distress call was put through and "the attackers had finished their job and left". 

Witnesses said armed gangs had scared people out of their homes by firing into the air but most of the killings were the result of machete attacks. 

"We were caught unawares ... and as we tried to escape, the Fulani who were already waiting, slaughtered many of us," said Dayop Gyang, of Dogo Nahawa. 

Gbong Gwon Jos, a Muslim resident of Dogo Nahawa, told The Nation daily he received advanced warnings of the attacks. 

"I got a text message about movement of the people."

Rights activists said the slaughter appeared to be revenge for the January attacks in which mainly Muslims were killed. 

Locals said that the attacks on Sunday were the result of a feud which had been first ignited by a theft of cattle and then fuelled by deadly reprisals. 

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan placed security services in Plateau and nearby states on red alert to contain the violence before he sacked his chief security advisor.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Corruption In The Church Hard To Ignore...So Let's Not.

I found this year-old interview with Father Corapi on The Anchoress, so it must be good...and is so. Several topics are discussed, but the general theme is that things have gone in the wrong direction, that the Church has lost sight of The Cross and gotten too permissive over the past several decades, leading to widespread disobedience and diluted faith.

There are two reasons I post this now. One is upon reading a couple of very recent interviews HERE and HERE with Archbishop Timothy Dolan on his one year anniversary of being installed in New York ---he makes some very strong pro-life statements, which for some reason appear shocking to some. The other is due to some recent press attention given to the Pope's meeting with Irish Bishops on sexual abuse in that country, and what will or will not be done about it.

The Church is clearly ill and has been for some time. Too many catholics-in-name-only have attained leadership positions and don't share the Church's basic positions on life issues.  The leaders at the very top (Popes) seem to have the right idea. but I get the impression that they would take a much harder position if they had the backing of the vast majority of the bishops, which I believe they do not have.  

So with that thought in mind, we have an opening in the Harrisburg diocese for the position of BISHOP, and perhaps it's time for Father Corapi to get his long-deserved promotion.  I wonder if he's interested....

Additional source for material HERE.