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Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Catholic Key Blog: US Bishops, Planned Parenthood Agree on Healthcare Bills - Updated

The Catholic Key Blog: US Bishops, Planned Parenthood Agree on Healthcare Bills - Updated
This shows the mixed bag of Catholic opinion--they are attacking Catholics United for the Common Good even as they press for socialized medicine.


To live between a rock and a hard place
In between time-cruising in prime time
Soaking up the cathode rays
To live between the wars in our time
Living in real time- holding on to yesterdays
You know how that rabbit feels going under your spinning wheels
Bright images passing by like windshields towards a fly
Frozen in the fatal climb, but the wheels of time just pass you by
Wheels can take you around, wheels can cut you down
We can go from boom to bust
From dreams to a bowl of dust
We can fall from rocket's red glare down to "Brother can you spare" another war another waste land and another
Lost generation
It slips between your hands like water
This living in real time, a dizzying lifetime
Reeling by on celluloid
Struck between the eyes by the big time world
Walking on easy streets, hiding between the sheets, got to try to fill the void
"Between the Wheels" by Neil Peart of Rush

No Second Troy

Silenced by death in the grave
W.B. Yeats couldn't save
Why did you stand there? Were you sickened by time?
But I know by now
Why did you sit here?
In the grave
"Why should I blame her when she filled my days with misery so she would of late have taught to ignorant men violent ways by hurling the little streets upon the great. Had they but courage equal to desire."
Sad that Maud Gonne couldn't stay
But she had MacBride anyway
And you sit here with me on the isle Inishfree
And you're writing down everything
But I know by now
Why do you sit here in the grave
"Why should I blame her? Had they but courage equal to desire."

"Yeats's Grave" by Delores O'Riordan of the Cranberries

Monday, November 23, 2009

Catholicism Durbin-Style

"Is that all the church is about, is one issue? For bishops to announce that they are going to penalize Catholics on certain votes I think is. . .reaching too far." Senator Dick Durbin on his opinion of denying communion to lawmakers supporting abortion.

No, it is not one issue. Any time a Catholic feels they cannot follow the Church's teachings on any subject, whether it is abortion or their own personal sin life, that Catholic has NO RIGHT to recieve the Eucharist. This is not a new teaching, and it is not just abortion. Committing a mortal sin (and voting for abortion is a mortal sin) makes you unqualified to recieve communion. Look at a catechism sometime, Senator.

It is disturbing that anyone calling themselves Catholic would think that they are above this basic teaching of the Church. Until the Soros cult takes over the Church entirely, Senator Durbin should not mistake his soft-core socialism for Catholic teaching.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Freedom Trumps Democracy, Part Three

The overriding problem with the attitude of the Obama administration towards democracy seems to be a superstitious belief that democratic governments are good governments. This is based on the fallacy of assuming that foreign policy should be based on a priori rules that apply to all situations. This, as Jeane Kirkpatrick demonstrated, is madness, because a despotism that hates America and represses personal freedom is not any better just because it is popularly elected. Iran and Nicaragua are two examples of how democratically elected governments can be just as tyrannical as any military dictatorship, and, in fact, can be even worse when hostile to our own country. Turkey is the next example of this. If Obama succeeds in getting elections in Turkey, all it will do is create a new mullahcracy, one certain to be hostile to Israel and the United States. If this is what Obama wants, he should admit it. If it is not what he wants, he needs to get over this obsession with democratic despotisms.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Trouble-Free Internationalism

"I had always thought it unwise and improper for American statesmen to plead domestic political pressures, or the pressures of public opinion, as an argument to support their positions vis-a-vis other governments." George Kennan

"This [9/11] has been such a horrible event that it has mobilized people in a way that two embassies and the Cole didn't." Madeleine Albright (quoted by Gabriel Schoenfeld)

It is happening again. Our foreign policy in Afghanistan is being run by popular opinion.

The Catholic Church v. Pro-Lifers

My church has whored itself out to George Soros. Ugh, there, I said it. George Soros is funding a Catholic group called Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a group that has now declared war on the pro-life movement. Their latest communique states, " Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good today called on the American Life League--a group that bills itself as a "Catholic pro-life education organization"--to immediately suspend a campaign aimed at derailing health-care reform and dishonoring the legacy of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. The American Life League continues to spread misleading information about so-called "death panels" and "taxpayer-funded abortion," even as Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican's Ponifical Council for Justice and Peace, is praising health reform efforts in the U.S."

This ridiculous Soros front group described the notoriously immoral Teddy Kennedy as " a man of deep faith, [who]spent an entire career in public service committed to common ground and civility about the most pressing moral issues of our time, tolerance for immigrants, dignity for workers, and health care to the sick and vulnerable." Any group that would describe Kennedy in such a way has clearly ignored the traditional teachings of the Church on sex and alcohol, and is only interested in Mexicans, socialism, and other Soros concerns. Cardinal Martino is wrong.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What AJ Baker Shouldn't Read

"On the contrary, it is incumbent on every man to instruct himself, as well as the means and opportunities he has permit, concerning the nature and interests of the government, and those rights and duties that belong to him, or to his superiors, or to his inferiors (p195)."
Henry St. John (Viscount Bolingbroke)
Study and Use of History

How Abortionists Think

"The Democratic Party by voting against choice has turned its back on the women of America. Obama will be a one term president because he is in the process of destroying the advantage the Democrats have held among women. As a life long Democrat, Obama is the first Democratic Presidential nominee I have voted against. I voted for McCain although I know McCain is anti-choice, in part because I believed that Obama would cave on choice and that having him in office would derail the pro-choice forces." AJ Baker posted on NY

Miserable Donuts: Am I sleeping??

Miserable Donuts: Am I sleeping??

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Freedom Trumps Democracy, Part Two

"The U.S. has never tried so hard and failed so utterly to make and keep friends in the Third World. As if this were not bad enough,in the current year [1979] the United States has suffered two other major blows--in Iran and Nicaragua--of large and strategic significance. In each country, the Carter administration not only failed to prevent the undesired outcome, it actively collaborated in the replacement of moderate autocrats friendly to American interests with less friendly autocrats of extremist persuasion. Both these small nations were led by men who had not been selected by free elections, who recognized no duty to submit themselves to searching tests of popular acceptablity. The Shah and Somoza were not only anti-Communist, they were positively friendly to the U.S., sending their sons and others to be educated in our universities, voting with us in the United Nations, and regularly supporting American interests and positions, even when these entailed personal and political cost. . . . In each of these countries [China, Cuba, Vietnam, Angola], the American effort to impose liberalization and democritization on a government confronted with violent internal opposition not only failed, but actually assisted the coming to power of new regimes in which ordinary people enjoy fewer freedoms and less personal security than under the previous autocracy--regimes, moreover, hostile to American interests and policies. . . .As the situation worsens, the President assures the world that the U.S. desires only that the "people choose their own form of government;" he blocks delivery of all arms to the government and undertakes negotiations to establish a "broadly based" coalition headed by a "moderate" critic of the regime who, once elevated, will move quickly to seek a "political" settlement to the conflict. . . .For these reasons and more, a posture of continuous self abasement and apology vis-a-vis the Third World is neither morally necessary nor politically appropriate."
Jeane Kirkpatrick
"Dictatorships and Double Standards"