Sunday, December 30, 2007
He also wrote: 'Schools and colleges must not support charities or groups that promote or fund anti-life policies, such as Red Nose Day (not sure what this is) and Amnesty International, which now advocates abortion.' In a 66-page document, O'Donoghue called on teachers to use science to teach about the 'truths of the faith', only mention sex within the 'sacrament of marriage', insist that contraception was wrong and emphasise natural family planning. (sounds like good old time Catholicism to me.)
The Bishop of Leeds, Arthur Roche, (note: this man reports to the Pope, Not Cardinal Comic Muphy-O'Connor-TooManyLastnames) sent a letter to parishes warning them that Catholic education was under threat following attempts by the local council to set up an inter-faith academy.
Barry Sheerman, chairman of the parliamentary cross-party committee on children, schools and families, said he had heard of other cases and felt that behind the scenes there was 'intense turmoil' about the future of Catholic education. 'A group of bishops appear to be taking a much firmer line and I think it would be useful to call representatives of the Catholic church in front of the committee to find out what is going on,' he said. 'It seems to me that faith education works all right as long as people are not that serious about their faith. But as soon as there is a more doctrinaire attitude questions have to be asked. It does become worrying when you get a new push from more fundamentalist bishops. This is taxpayers' money after all.' (the man has a point, if you take money from Caeser..then you must serve Caeser salad. It is time for Roman Catholic schools in England to refuse taxmoney.)
The leader of the country's Roman Catholics has sparked a row by accusing immigrants of creating a separate church in Britain.
Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, urged the Polish community to do more to learn English and integrate into local parishes, claiming the Catholic Church in the UK was in danger of dividing along ethnic lines as the number of Polish-speaking churches rose.
Leading Polish community figures said they felt
"violated" and "spiritually raped" by his words and called for talks on the issue.
It cracks me to hear athiest and Protestant writers attempt to explain what is going on. The Cardinal is the Cardinal of the Westminster Diocese ... he has no authority in other Dioceses. The fact of the matter is the Murphy-O'Connor is a liberal heretic and in a better age he would be burned at the stake.
It is even funnier to hear liberals oppose "diversity" and "repsect for other cultures."
His appointment was a mistake that was crammed through the Vatican during the waning days of the pontificate of Pope John Paull II. Even they realized what an error that had made and forced Murphy-O'Connor to sign a pledge of fidelity to the Vatican before he took power. Not a ringing endorsement after the error had been made clear. Murphy-O'Connor is a protestant collaborator and should be removed at once.
The bottom line is that the Poles are Roman Catholics and they are interfering with Cormac-Murphy's proto-protestant sect that he has launched inside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, England.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Henry Purcell 1689/1691:
King Arthur, The British Worthy
What power art thou, who from below
Hast made me rise unwillingly and slow
From beds of everlasting snow?
See'st thou not how stiff and wondrous old,
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold,
I can scarcely move or draw my breath?
Let me, let me freeze again to death...
Sung by Claus Nomi
Saturday, November 24, 2007
From the The Daily Mail (UK): (my comments in red)
Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers - and a voice calling her Mummy.
But the very thought makes her shudder with horror.
Incredibly, so determined was she that the terrible "mistake" of pregnancy should never happen again, that she begged the doctor who performed the abortion to sterilise her at the same time.
He refused, but Toni - who works for an environmental charity - "relentlessly hunted down a doctor who would perform the irreversible surgery.
Finally, eight years ago, Toni got her way.
At the age of 27 this young woman at the height of her reproductive years was sterilised to "protect the planet". In all this, the case for saving the planet by not ever made. One need not accept the premise. Actually, I'd argue that single people pollute way more, driving alone, heating homes just for themselves, buying food in smaller parcels that have relatively more packaging, engaging in selfish, worthless hobbies and trips.
But nothing in Toni's safe, middle- class upbringing gave any clues as to the views which would shape her adult life. The eldest of three daughters, she enjoyed a loving, close-knit family life.
She excelled at her Roman Catholic school, and her doting parents fully expected her to grow up, settle down and start a family of her own. Another brilliant product of the Vatican II schooling system.
Toni was happy, at last, with fellow environmentalists who shared her philosophy. But when she was 25, disaster struck.
"I discovered that despite taking the Pill, I'd accidentally fallen pregnant by my boyfriend. The Pill - all the breast cancer, obeisity and depression, half the pregnancies.
"I was horrified. I knew straight away there was no option of having the baby.
"I went to my doctor about having a termination, and asked if I could be sterilised at the same time. "A termination", how quaint, polite and British. Don't worry, the Muslims are having babies at five times the rate that Anglos are. I'd dare say that a complete burqua will complement your looks.
"This time it was a male doctor. I remember saying to him: 'I want to make sure this never happens again.' "Yes, yes baby you need to stay childless for me ... and when you're 40 I'll dump you for a younger woman."
"I've never doubted that I made the right decision. Ed and I married in September 2002, and have a much nicer lifestyle as a result of not having children. Yes indeed, a "nicer lifestyle", this is all about the money, with eco-fundamentalism as a nice little covering.
"We love walking and hiking, and we often go away for weekends. Hmm ... how much carbon do you burn on these trips? If you had children you'd travel way less.
"Every year, we also take a nice holiday - we've just come back from South Africa.
"We feel we can have one long-haul flight a year, as we are vegan and childless, thereby greatly reducing our carbon footprint and combating over-population. "We feel", yes this is all about feelings. No serious environmentalist would pollute the stratosphere by flying to South Africa for the fun of it.
"My only frustration is that other people are unable to accept my decision. Seeking validation of your sinful and selfish ways?
"When I tell people why I don't want children, they look at me as if I was planning to commit murder. You already did commit a murder, so lets get that out of the way.
"A woman who does not have maternal-feelings is seen as some sort of anomaly. These feeling are analamous ... as evidenced by the billions of people on this planet.
"And a woman like me, who is not having children in order to save the planet, is considered barking mad. That's because you are not saving anything besides $$$ in your bank account.
"What I consider mad are those women who ferry their children short distances in gas-guzzling cars." Is that any different than hob-nobbing around the planet in jets just for the fun of it?
The funniest thing is the comments from the Daily Mail:
Has this woman seen a psychiatrist? Human life is much more precious than the planet!
- Bobbie, UK
My reason for not having kids isn't quite so lofty. I much prefer cats!
- Margaret, Devon
So what do these couples want - an uninhabited planet? Stopping having babies isn't the answer to protecting the earth, it's educating our children about the right way to live. Killing a baby, because it's an 'environmental inconvenience' is deplorable. I'm sure that God, although concerned about the world He created, is far more concerned at the vile act carried out against a precious, innocent human life.
- Joy Moore, Bristol
Perhaps a suicide pact might reduce the impact on the planet still further.
- Motionless Cat, Kent, UK
What a pair of plonkers!
Still, the world will be a better place without any clones of them in it, so we have to be grateful for that.
- Maggie G, W. London
Thanks God these fools won't pass on the breathtaking stupidity contained in their genetic profile.
- Kenneth, Georgia, USA
- Crystal, USA
Friday, November 23, 2007
British MEPs have reacted with outrage to a planned Euro-census which would demand details about every woman's sexual partners.
UK Independence Party MEP Derek Clark urged women to protest by claiming they are virgins or have 1,000 sexual partners if the proposal is approved.
The proposed new European Commission power to collect facts and figures on population and housing across the EU would go further than any national census, Mr Clark warned.
The information the Commission wants to be allowed to gather includes information on the "consensual unions" of all women in the EU.
The contentious question, set out in a draft of what would go to each household every ten years, demands "Date(s) of the beginning of the consensual union(s) of women having ever been in consensual union: (i) first consensual union and (ii) current consensual union."
Mr Clark commented: "The Commission claims it needs to know all sorts of things about us in order to set policy properly, but does it really need to have such personal and intrusive detail? How can it possibly need to know how many sexual partners a woman has had, and when they were?
"It appears that only straight men are immune from the questioning as by cross referencing the answers it will be easy to know if the woman in question is gay or straight."
He added: "If this question appears on the census form I would suggest that everybody either claims either to be a virgin or to have at least 1,000 consensual sexual partners."
It's interesting how atheists, protestants, pagans and agnostics critique the holy sacrament of confessions, a private exchange of information, and yet these people want to put this type of information into public databases.
Truly a satanic twist and only a matter of time before it comes to the United States.
Pope to purge the Vatican of modern music
By Malcolm Moore in RomeLast Updated: 2:30am GMT 21/11/2007
The Pope is considering a dramatic overhaul of the Vatican in order to force a return to traditional sacred music.
After reintroducing the Latin Tridentine Mass, the Pope wants to widen the use of Gregorian chant and baroque sacred music.
In an address to the bishops and priests of St Peter's Basilica, he said that there needed to be "continuity with tradition" in their prayers and music.
He referred pointedly to "the time of St Gregory the Great", the pope who gave his name to Gregorian chant.
Gregorian chant has been reinstituted as the primary form of singing by the new choir director of St Peter's, Father Pierre Paul.
Mgr Valentin Miserachs Grau, the director of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, which trains church musicians, said that there had been serious "deviations" in the performance of sacred music.
"How far we are from the true spirit of sacred music. How can we stand it that such a wave of inconsistent, arrogant and ridiculous profanities have so easily gained a stamp of approval in our celebrations?" he said.
Indeed, how far we are from the true spirit of sacred liturgy? How can we stand it that such a wave of inconsistent, arrogant and ridiculous profanities have so easily gained a stamp of approval in our celebrations?
Saturday, November 10, 2007
From The Naples Times:
Waiting for approval from on high
By LIAM DILLON
Thursday, November 8, 2007
A comment from a reader:
There will be no midnight Christmas Mass celebrated in the oratory at Ave Maria.
There will be no Mass at all in Ave Maria’s oratory until Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane gives his blessing to the new university’s request to have its elaborate 100-foot-tall structure recognized by the official Catholic Church, Ave Maria University President Nick Healy said.
Catholic church law requires permission from the local bishop, or other local ordinary, for Mass or other sacred celebrations to take place in an oratory.
Healy said the school sent a letter to Dewane more than two months ago formally requesting his approval for Mass to be held in the oratory when construction is completed next month. Healy added discussions about the matter began long before then.
From Catholic World News:
Baltimore, Nov. 9, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Baltimore's Archbishop Edwin O'Brien has removed a pastor who invited a female Episcopalian priest to join him in celebrating a funeral Mass, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Father Martin was removed from his parish assignment at a meeting with archdiocesan officials on November 8. The priest, whose unorthodox liturgical practices had prompted several prior complaints, said that the Episcopalian priest had not participated in the Consecration during the October funeral liturgy, although he had invited her to read the Gospel. There were conflicting reports on whether or not the Episcopalian cleric had received Communion; Father Martin said that he could not recall administering the Eucharist to her.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Article Launched: 11/01/2007 12:00:00 AM MDTCatholic bishops from El Paso, Las Cruces and Juárez will celebrate an All Souls Day Mass on the border, separated by the wire fence at Anapra, at noon Friday.
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa, who has led the Diocese of El Paso for 11 years, said the Mass has become a tradition, with altar tables side by side in two countries...The Mass, he said, is open to all and will be celebrated for those who have died and particularly for undocumented immigrants who have lost their lives while looking for better lives for themselves and their families.
All Hail, those seeking the $4.00 per hour, under the table cleaning jobs. The illegals want their flat screen tvs, credit cards and apartments adorned with Walmart wares.
Have the Bishops ever inquired in the human rights situation in Mexico? Why is Mexico such a rotten place to live? They seemed to do a good job of this in 1980s El Salvador and Honduras. Why has Mexico been put on the permanent pass list along with Cuba?
Illegally crossing an international border is a suicide mission.
"Tridentine Mass and Sacraments 4 Dummies” is the title of a series of courses on “the extraordinary form of Blessed John XXIII” to be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Wilmington (near San Pedro). Norbertine Fr. Michael Perea, the parish’s associate pastor, will teach the courses.
“The Tridentine Low Mass for Joe Sixpack” is the name for the first class, to be held Nov. 7. The titles for the classes to be held over subsequent weeks are “Getting Married the Way Grandpa Did It” (Nov. 14), “The Requiem Mass” (Nov. 21), and “How to Baptize Babies the Old Way” (Nov. 28).
Fr. Michael told California Catholic Daily that one parishioner was upset by the title of the course series. But, said Fr. Michael, it was not meant to be offensive. “It’s a popular approach,” he said. “We want to make the course user-friendly. We want to encourage the average Joe to attend, because it seems that the Tridentine crowd tends to be a specialized crowd.”
This is the beginning of the end for the Novus Ordo Mass. The great thing about the Tridentine Mass is that it is learnable, it's pretty much all the same every week, its the perfect balm from the troubled mind and the busy life. The Novus Ordo Mass is a reflection of the rotten world, the Tridentine Mass is an oasis from it.
Flew has emphasised that his “discovery” of a god who created life was a result of relentlessly “following the evidence”. “It was empirical evidence,” he told an inverviewer, “the evidence uncovered by the sciences. But it was a philosophical inference drawn from the evidence.”
Flew told Dr. Benjamin Wiker that two factors in particular “were decisive”. “One was my growing empathy,” he said, “with the insight of Einstein and other noted scientists that there had to be an Intelligence behind the integrated complexity of the physical Universe. The second was my own insight that the integrated complexity of life itself – which is far more complex than the physical Universe – can only be explained in terms of an Intelligent Source.”
Friday, October 26, 2007
Three cheers for local priestly hero. It looks as if this Catholic priest is actually guiding his students in Catholic spirituality and that certainly means doing things not as public schools would do them. His peanut butter and soup analogies were great.
The reporter does a middling job as she does allow two opposing parents to speak but nt before she claims that the parents were "petrified" and refused to speak. If they refused to speak then who were the two parents who spoke?
Sunday, September 09, 2007
My hunch is that the movie never mention that Stauffenberg was a devout Roman Catholic.
Adolf Hitler was given to such fits of anger, William Shirer reported in The Rise And Fall of The Third Reich, that he would fall to the floor and chew the rug. Der Fuhrer’s conniption fits may well have been the result of tertiary syphilis, but whatever their cause, German officialdom is rug-biting mad about Tom Cruise being cast as the lead in a film about German hero Claus Philip Schenk von Stauffenberg.
Stauffenberg was the devout Catholic army colonel who planted the bomb in the attempt to kill Hitler in 1944. Official German angst has nothing to do with Cruise’s skills as a thespian or its love for the Catholic faith. Rather, the Germans fervidly oppose Scientology, which they view as a dangerous, totalitarian cult. Cruise is the world’s foremost Scientologist.Scientology, cooked up in the brain pan of science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, isn’t so much a totalitarian cult as a childish, New Age fantasy world of aliens and spooks. But German officials believe it is tantamount to Nazism; thus, Cruise is anathema, particularly in dealing with the touchy subject of Hitler and one of his most heroic German enemies. As well, one of Stauffenberg’s children, a former general in the post-World War II German army, likewise opposes the choice of Tom Cruise. Yet Cruise may well do a fine job as Stauffenberg in the film, called Valkyrie, and regardless of the opinions of the Germans and Cruise’s acting ability, the upcoming film occasions telling the story of the Catholic hero who attempted to end the Nazi regime.
This is a no brainer. Pope John Paul II opened the door to reunification with the Orthodox churches. Pope Benedict XVI unleashes the Tridentine Mass. The Orthodox breathe a sign of relief. Hopefully, talks with gain a new momentum.
We've blogged on Alexy II before. Here's the story from interfax-religion.com:
Rome, August 30, Interfax - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia has greeted the recent decree of Pope Benedict XVI providing more freedom to celebrate the ancient Latin Mass.
The motu proprio Summorum Pontificum that provides more freedom to use the pre-Vatican II Missal ‘is a positive fact,’ Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia said to comment on the Roman Catholic Church reintroducing her ancient liturgical form.
‘We strongly adhere to the tradition. Without being faithful to her liturgy the Russian Orthodox Church would have failed to survive persecutions in 1920s and 1930s,’ the Russian primate told the Italian daily Il Giornale a few days ago after celebration liturgy in the Cathedral of the Dormition in the Kremlin.
The patriarch opined that the pope’s decision might contribute to establishing closer links with the Orthodox Churches, the daily said.
The obligatory Latin Mass was abolished by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) when the Roman Catholic Church legalized liturgical use of modern languages hoping to attract more people. But the results were far from ideal, and the reform led to a schism as Archbishop Marcel Lefevre refused to accept it an faced excommunication in 1988.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I've been on somewhat of a sabbatical and that has ended. I'm starting a new blog. The two will "speak" to each other in a sense. I think the futbol may migrate over there.
This blog will continue because it must. Even if posts are sparse, one can view the fresh content in the news feed. It's everything that I am thinking about it and the woman who generates those news feeds, basically says it all.
I'll say this, the Motu Proprio has had a calming effect on me but I'm still on the attack. Now, its a two-front war.
New Age mumbo jumbo is no substitute for faith in God
By David Quinn
Monday August 27 200 The Independent (Ireland)
Its reputed author is the great Catholic apologist GK Chesterton (aka the Apostle of Common Sense) . He said: "The danger when men stop believing in God is not that they'll believe in nothing, but that they'll believe in anything."
Chesterton wrote those words almost 100 years ago and he wrote them at a time when people like William Butler Yeats were devotees of the New Age fad of their time, namely theosophy. Clairvoyants, fortune tellers, palm readers and the most esoteric forms of Eastern mysticism were all the rage. Anything but Christianity was the order of the day......
It was against this background that Chesterton wrote those words. (Incidentally, the reason he is only the reputed author is because no one can actually find the exact quote in any of his known writings, although I stand to be corrected). In any event, the quote stands and it exactly described what was happening in his time and in our own.
Back then, side by side with the rise of atheism and scientific materialism came a new flourishing of beliefs the like of which had not been seen since pagan times and which were decidedly anti-rational. It was as though the decline of Christianity, precipitated by the 19th and early-20th Century versions of Richard Dawkins, had opened up a space not for rationalists like Chesterton himself -- I use that word advisedly -- but for new, or rather very old, forms of superstition.
Fast forward almost 100 years and we have the redoubtable Professor Dawkins presenting his latest series on Channel Four called 'The Enemies of Reason' in which he fires broadside after broadside at fortune-tellers, diviners, tarot-card readers and the whole panoply of magical and mystical practices to which countless numbers of people today have recourse.
However, what never seems to occur to people like Richard Dawkins and his fellow travellers is that, in a rich irony, people like himself have actually helped pave the way for the palm-readers, et al. Man does not live by scientific rationality alone and if you take from him Christianity, or one of the other mainstream religions, his spiritual side will have to go looking for other outlets. That is what happened in Chesterton's time and it is what is happening today.
Speaking at Knock on Wednesday, Archbishop Sean Brady might well have been thinking of GK Chesterton when he said that in modern Ireland the decline of Christianity has seen, on the one hand, a rise in shallow, empty, almost panic-stricken consumerism, and on the other a rise, or re-rise in various ancient, and at the same time, very New Age practices like astrology and fortune-telling. It was this second point that caught the media's attention.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Typical for me to be asleep at the wheel during the most cataclysmic event in the Church in the last 45 years. I've been wrapped up with serious family affairs and with making sure my children are having fun in the pool as opposed to furiously typing into this PC.
Anyway, the Pope, on his own initiative, issued a document which allows any Roman Catholic priest to offer the Tridentine (Latin) Mass. These Masses had previously only been allowed per special permission, aka "indult."
Here's a few articles to flesh out this issue. One from Boston and one from Atlanta. (Hat tip to Cafetria is Closed for the Atlanta article.)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
A 180 foot image of Homer Simpson has been painted into the hillside, next to the famous fertility symbol - the Cerne Abbas giant - in Dorset. Pagans are not happy with the new addition to the hillside, and plan some 'rain magic' to get it washed away.Ooooh, not the dreaded "Rain Magic" are they going to drink tons of water and pee on the other guys field? Warning, pagans, that'll only make the plants grow faster.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Poland's Nazi taunt inflames EU summit
It would seem the Polish PM has a fair point. Oh happy day, that after only 60 years Germany gets to rule Europe. Of course, us Catholics think in terms of decades and centuries, so this might quite a shocker to the liberals, athiests and protestant who can't seem to remember yesterday.
Germany's Nazi past has returned to haunt the EU summit.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski accused the Germans of "incomprehensible crimes" against his country, turning what was already set to be an acrimonious meeting into a confrontation between historical enemies.
Poland has been fighting plans for the summit - being held in Germany - to change the EU's voting system to one based on population.
It would increase the influence of the host country, EU's largest with 82million people, at the expense of smaller members such as Poland, which has only 38million.
A Brit recently explained to me that they're forming the EU just as the US formed from different states in order to form a greater whole ... we'll first you need a common language and then you need a civil war to show who's the boss. Europe has had neither of those. Roman Catholicism was the only thing they had in common and their last major war are based on genocide. They've turned their back on the Church and now the practitioners of genocide want to ascend to the throne? Fat chance.
Conceptually, though, I like the population winner take all approach. That theoretically should leave the pagan states in the dust and subject to World Vatican Control. Married Roman Catholics, you know what to do!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Traditional St. Mary of Fatima depiction and European Union flag.
Here's my take: Re-claim Europe for the Roman Catholic Church, don't let Turkey into the Union unless they convert en masse and drive all heretics in the sea.
The objective, after all, is World Vatican Control
Saturday, June 09, 2007
By John Jalsevac
June 7, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is receiving widespread media coverage after an outburst in which she criticized the Catholic Church for its teachings on premarital sex, abortion and contraceptives.
Bundchen’s remarks follow closely on the heel’s of Pope Benedict’s visit to the Catholic country, during which visit he repeatedly restated the Church’s teachings on social issues, exhorting Brazilians to live up to the ideals that their faith professes.
Bundchen, however, called the Church’s teachings “ridiculous” in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper. At one point she made the unsubstantiated claim that in the modern world no one ever waits until marriage before having sex, even apparently calling into question the possibility that a man or woman can remain chaste until marriage.
"Today no one is a virgin when they get married ... show me someone who's a virgin!" she said. She went on, criticizing the Catholic Church’s moral teachings saying, "How is it possible to not want people to use condoms and also not have abortions? It's impossible, I'm sorry."
However, in an interview with the Italian edition of “Vanity Fair” that appeared just after the supermodel made her remarks, the Brazilian soccer superstar Ricardo Izecson Santos Leite has said that both he and his wife, Caroline, were virgins when they got married. Ricardo, one of Brazil’s most successful soccer players, has long been known for both his outspoken Christian faith and his remarkable good looks.
“The Bible teaches that true love waits until marriage," Ricardo told “Vanity Fair”, saying about his marriage, “If our life today is so beautiful, I think it is because we waited."
The time prior to his and his wife’s marriage, during which they conducted a chaste relationships, says Ricardo "was important, as it tested our love." The soccer star admitted that it was not easy to stay a virgin until his wedding night, and that even still there are difficulties in living faithfully, saying that “there are always temptations,” but also says that the sacrifices that he and his wife made for each other have been more than worth it.
Latin 101: Pro Multis means "For the Many". Pro omnibus means "for all". All first year Latin students know this. The text of the Mass dating as far back as written records go record the words of Jesus during the consecration of the Holy Chalice as For the many or Pro Multis in reference for whom Christ's own blood will be shed.German priests reject Vatican directive on translation
Rottenburg, Jun. 8, 2007 (Kath.net/CWNews.com) - Priests in Rottenburg, Germany have voted to reject the Vatican translation of the phrase pro multis in the Eucharistic liturgy, the Kath.net news service reports.
The priests' council of the Rottenburg-Stuttgart diocese announced that the members had decided by a "democratic vote," to retain the current German translation of pro multis as "for all."
The Rottenburg priests argued that the use of "for many" would be confusing to the faithful "in this day and age." They added that the original Scriptural text read "for all," citing as their authority a Protestant scholar of the 18th century whose analysis the Catholic Church has rejected.
"The promise of salvation is directed to all people," the German priests said. "This truth of the faith is put most clearly in the 'for all.'"
There is no debate. Somehow, in English and apparently in German, this text gets translated as "For All." That dovetails nicely with the universal salvation heresy that current blights the Church. Do they think the Church is a democracy? She is not, she's a monarchy and Christ is the King.
The Germans cite the work of a Protestant. HA, HA, HA. Game. Set. Match. You lose. That's like citing the work of Adolph Hitler in reference to a Passover Sedr. Lucky for us Catholics, the Church is not an open debate club when it comes to the Faith and Morals, we have a Pope. The wayward German priests are free to join any number of 26,000 sects all claiming to be Christian. I suggest they leave immediately.
Certainly, this little tempest points to the folly of translating the Mass into the vernacular. The translation process is an opportunity for mischief, error and heresy. Oh Come, Holy Inquisition.
Vatican City - US President George W Bush drew gasps at the Vatican on Saturday by referring to Pope Benedict XVI as "sir" instead of the expected "His Holiness", pool reporters said.
They could clearly hear the US leader say "Yes, sir" when the pope asked him if he was going to meet with officials of the lay Catholic Sant'Egidio community at the US embassy later during his visit.
More on the Sant'Egidio community here.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
As mentioned in a previous post, I'm sticking it to the man by going off the natural gas grid (for the most part). The aforementioned wood pellet stove has been installed and my tiny outpost in central Massachusetts will no longer be burning dead forests from 100,000 years ago for heat.
It's strictly wood dust from last year for us. Learn more here. Or go here for hours of chit chat about wood burning (logs or pellets.)
When's the first day of winter?
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Last Days of Europe: Immigration At the Root of Europe's Problems
Can uncontrolled immigration kill a continent? According to Walter Laqueur, it already has. Laqueur, an historian who's spent a lifetime moving between America and Europe, is a scholar and public intellectual of international stature. So it's news when the latest book from so knowledgeable and unimpeachable a friend of Europe echoes and extends the themes of a pugnacious series of American tracts on European decline. Whether European intellectuals will be able to dismiss Laqueur's The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent, just as they've dismissed so many other such books, is an open question. (It's tough to discount a book endorsed by Henry Kissinger and Niall Ferguson.) What's certain is that, in the midst of our own immigration debate, Americans cannot afford to ignore The Last Days of Europe.
In combination with Europe's demographic decline and guilt-laden multiculturalism, says Laqueur, unchecked immigration has created a massive and growing population of unassimilated Muslims, hostile to their own countries and determined to transform Europe beyond all recognition, through a combination of violent and non-violent means. "Why had the European countries brought these [Islamist] attacks upon themselves?" asks Laqueur. "Above all," he says, "it was naïveté that had made possible the indiscriminate immigration of earlier decades."
In his concluding reflection on what went wrong for Europe, Laqueur singles out immigration as first among causal equals: "...uncontrolled immigration was not the only reason for the decline of Europe. But taken together with the continent's other misfortunes, it led to a profound crisis; a miracle might be needed to extract Europe from these predicaments. more
The immigration debate is raging right now in the USA. I haven't commented too much on it. My solution: deport all illegals and double legal immigration. Create a great influx of people from a variety of nations such that learning English will be an imperative. What else can a Kenyan, a Swede, a Thai and a Bolivian speak when forced to live together? Also mandatory: a moratorium on Mexicans and Canadians, they're already over-represented. It's also somewhat dangerous to import huge amounts of neighbors with dubious loyalties.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Beware the psychology majors. They did not learn to do anything in school but they needed jobs. So, they have invaded the ranks of teaching. Unable to cope with the concept of direct intellectual training of children, they went to grad school, got degrees in educational administration and have insinuated themselves at the highest levels of the education world. Once in power, the "psychologists" (really, undisciplined idiots who could not hack a real major) have melted down the science of pedagogy into nebulous subjects like "emotional literacy" and "emotional intelligence."
Here's the story. How many 4-5 year olds can even read those questions?
This bullsh*t has infested corporate America, too. Same thing. Misfit wanderers from human resources who have really no clue about how to make a better product or how to increase profitability have stemmed the tide of their own layoffs with batteries of "personality profiling", chit chat session about "communication effectiveness" and "exploring the whole self."
I'm still waiting for a religious justification for murdering children in the womb. Obama claims that he is his "brother's keeper." Hmm ... I guess the millions of little baby boys that are being exterminated don't qualify as his "brutha." Oh, I get it ... they don't vote.
Hmm ... the poverty of Afro-Americans ... I know, 100% Bush's fault! If blacks in America riot, maybe they'll kill the white owners of the Democrat plantation that they've been forced to live on ever since they got the right to vote.Obama Warns of 'Quiet Riot' Among Blacks
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a "quiet riot" among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago.
The first-term Illinois senator said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots.
"This administration was colorblind in its incompetence," Obama said at a conference of black clergy, "but the poverty and the hopelessness was there long before the hurricane.
"All the hurricane did was to pull the curtain back for all the world to see," he said
Politics has now ascended to the level of referencing 1980s hair-metal bands. See Quiet Riot.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Read more here.
By Patricia McDonagh
Thursday May 31 2007
SENIOR Catholic clerics last night spoke of the "inspiring" devotion to the Christian faith shown by immigrants, which they say is breathing new life into parishes countrywide.
More than 105 parishes in the country provide Masses that are celebrated in Polish, usually by Polish priests travelling to each diocese on a monthly or weekly basis.
The Dublin Polish chaplaincy also recently moved into a larger church, St Audoen's Catholic Church, High Street, Dublin, to provide for the enormous numbers of worshippers attending weekly Masses.
According to Bishop Willie Walsh, the Polish community has been "extremely inspiring" for the Irish church - with his home parish of Killaloe, Co Clare "vibrant and alive" with churchgoers.
"There is certainly a large turnout", said Bishop Walsh.
"They actively participate in the singing and reception of the Eucharist. The church is vibrant and alive every week.
"They are deeply committed to the faith and I think they are an inspiration for Irish people.
"It's certainly reminiscent of the Irish going to England in the 1950s, when they gave new life to the churches over there."
For Fr Pat Moran of St Augustine Church, Cork, the level of devotion is infectious and re-energised everyone who came in contact with it.
The United States needs a bit of that juice and the Philippines is a good source. The Mexicans coming to the U.S. have added nothing. Their country has been socialist for 150 years and the Mexicans are largely uncatechized with a tendency only toward Charismaticism and other occult behavior so their addition to Protestant America is having no effect (at least no positive effects). I suspect the religious Mexicans stay home.
Found this quote over at Roving Medievalist:
'What else has he proclaimed to the whole world from his Babylonian tower as from the loftiest height but that he is dedicated to Hell, hateful to heaven, a noxious wretch to the human race, and finally of all mortals the most insolent and pestilential buffoon?'
- St Thomas More, Responsio ad Lutherum
Thursday, May 31, 2007
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (National Catholic Register) – Until a few weeks ago, Francis Beckwith served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), an association of 4,300 Protestant theologians. That was until he made the announcement on the Right Reason blog of his return to the Catholic faith of his youth.why he left
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was part of the first generation of Catholics who would have no memory of the church prior to Vatican II. This also meant that I grew up, and attended Catholic schools, during a time in which well-meaning Catholic leaders were testing all sorts of innovations in the church, many of which were deleterious to the proper formation of young people.
Looking back, and knowing what I know now, I believe that the church’s weakness was presenting the renewal movements as something new and not part of the church’s theological traditions.
For someone like me, who was interested in both the spiritual and intellectual grounding of the Christian faith, I didn’t need the “folk Mass” with cute nuns and hip priests playing “Kumbaya” with guitars, tambourines and harmonicas. And it was all badly done.
After all, we listened to the Byrds, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, and we knew the church just couldn’t compete with them.
But that’s what the church offered to the young people of my day: lousy pop music and a gutted Mass. If they were trying to make Catholicism unattractive to young and inquisitive Catholics, they were succeeding.
I'd submit that Francis is being over-charitable. The "reformers" were not well-meaning, they were rapists.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Saskatchewan police hope store video will bring new leads
May 25, 2007
Apparently, the baby is now doing fine. Expect more of then when Roe vs. Wade gets repealed. We need to be ready. We need to set up baby drop offs, amnesty for the mothers and arrange quick adoption by pre-screened, married couples. That's how you build the infrastructure in a culture of life.
Police in Prince Albert, Sask., released surveillance camera images yesterday of a woman they believe abandoned a newborn in a toilet bowl after giving birth in a Wal-Mart bathroom.
The three images, taken from a security camera, show a woman entering the store at 5:05 p.m. Monday and leaving just 14 minutes later.
Obama voted against funding the war. Here's how McCain responded:
McCain responds and then some
Well, if you are against the war then voting against it is an honest and principled thing to do. At least you are being honest. Hilary voted against it and I would have too. Here's what ticked off McCain. I may be a right wing Roman Catholic but I'm with Obama on this one.
McCain responds to Obama in tough enough, if predictable, language:
"While Senator Obama's two years in the U.S. Senate certainly entitle him to vote against funding our troops, my service and experience combined with conversations with military leaders on the ground in Iraq lead me to believe that we must give this new strategy a chance to succeed because the consequences of failure would be catastrophic to our nation's security.""By the way, Senator Obama, it's a 'flak' jacket, not a 'flack' jacket."
But, McCain being McCain, he can't help himself and goes the next step in the statement's kicker:
Which is to say, "there is only one of us in this argument who has ever worn the uniform." (my words)
And if you still don't get it, a McCain aide blows away the anthill with, well, a rocket.
"Obama wouldn't know the difference between an RPG and a bong."
Obama responded by taking the high road. Here, oh, oh, Obama just looked presidential and you, John McCain, did not.
John is just smarting from the beating he took for supporting illegal alien invader amnesty. Watch John mouth off about abortion soon so as to shore up his conservative credentials.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
By Abdul Hameed Bakier, Erich Marquardt
On May 14, jihadi forum users Abu Kandahar and Roslan al-Shami posted a five-point scenario for the collapse of the United States and the rise of the Islamic ummah, entitled, "The Next Strikes in the Heart of America, When and How." It appeared on the al-ommh.net forum, although at least one other jihadi forum, alhanein.com, reposted the scenario. The posting outlines a scenario for attacking the United States, although the sheer size of the operation suggests that it is jihadi propaganda and not an actual plan that could be operationalized. The alleged operation is dedicated to Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq.
The first stage in the scenario involves multiple terrorist attacks on three major U.S. cities, preferably with nuclear weapons, using an unspecified number of trucks. The scenario places priority on attacking New York City because it is the central artery of the U.S. economy and it would prove that the mujahideen are capable of recurrent attacks on the same target. The second city to attack is Los Angeles, an important West Coast "atheist" city. The third "city" to be attacked is Florida because, they argue, it is an East Coast congregation city and has the Kennedy Space Center (considering the description, the statement's authors probably meant Orlando). While those are the three primary cities for attack, the writers of the document suggest that if the mujahideen wish to expedite the collapse of the United States, they should also conduct attacks in Seattle since it is a strategic border city; Washington, DC, the political center of the United States; and cities in Texas, since the "biggest oil companies" are located there.
Seriously, if they blew Los Angeles, NASA and all the oil dereks to Kingdom Come, the US might actually prosper. Can I put in a special request to set ground zero in Hollywood, CA. NASA? The American tax payers thank you. Oil operations? Katrina already did that once and we bounced back in 2 months.
Here's my plan for destroying America:
From the Daily Mail, UK:
Church choir walks out in tears over 'happy-clappy' service
Sounds like these high-Church Anglicans need to swim the Tiber. Come on, mates, we need ya. Not sure if the parish is in disrepair or it was more angry parishes.
He may have been trying to attract a more modern flock. Or maybe it was an attempt to bring some variety to his church services.
Whatever the reason for introducing what have been described as "happy-clappy services", the Reverend Jerry Bird is learning the hard way that churchgoers can be a traditional lot.
Parishioners at St Gregory the Great Church in Dawlish, Devon, claim their usual Sunday worship has been pushed aside in favour of a "family" service, involving guitars and tambourines.
A large section of the congregation are upset by the changes and last Sunday the entire 20- strong choir and organist stormed out of the church minutes before the 9.30am Sung Eucharist.
It took all my strength not to climb of the pews and beat the folk bands to death with their own guitars at my local parish. I've been able to calm down since escaping to the Tridentine Mass.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Poll: A quarter of younger Muslim Americans support suicide bombings in some circumstances
The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found in a national survey that nearly 80% of Muslims in the USA say suicide bombings are never justified to "defend Islam," but a quarter of those under 30 think such attacks are OK in some circumstances.
Whew! I thought it was more like 70%. So, working out the numbers this leaves only 200,000 "citizens" who support suicide bombing.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
The Pentagon's top personnel official has chastised the Defense Department's civilian work force for having the worst delinquency rate for paying federal income taxes compared with other federal agencies.
David Chu, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, sent the scolding May 2 memo to top military and civilian leaders. It came after Mark W. Everson, Internal Revenue Service commission, notified Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the department had a relatively high delinquency rate for paying federal taxes.
I love the response from the anonymous Pentagon apparatchik
Not everyone in the 24,000-employee Pentagon appreciated the scolding.Apparently they do. I wonder how many of these employees are Northern Virginia metrosexuals with graduate degrees and fancy cars who would never dream of enlisting themselves and would shudder at the though of their child enlisting.
"The Defense Department's civilians are decisively engaged in the war," an anonymous department worker said. "They are helping our combatants carry a heavy load and don't need reminders to meet their obligations."
I speculated aloud to co-workers, "among professional people living in the suburbs who in their right mind fails to file their taxes? I mean, do these guys lay in bed talking things over with the wife and say, 'You know honey, I think we'll skip the ole Form 1040 this year.'?"
Milan - Milan's leading obstetric hospital was replacing its crucifixes with images of the Virgin Mary to avoid offending a growing number of Muslim patients, reports said Wednesday.
'Our wards have become multiethnic. We want to respect all religions and avoid any form of discrimination. That is why we have decided to replace the crucifix with the image of the Madonna, which is also appreciated by Muslim women,' daily La Repubblica quoted Mangiagalli's medical director, Basilio Tiso, as saying Wednesday.
Some 7,000 women give birth at the Mangiagalli each year. Of these, about 30 per cent are foreign immigrants, many of whom are not Catholic. God knows not many are Milanese women are giving birth, my brother describes the average one as over 33, militantly single, still living with Mommy and impossible to get along with.
The head of Milan's Viale Jenner Islamic centre, Abdelhamid Shaari, welcomed the move, saying Mary was a figure that was also revered by Muslims. I've heard of Mary described as a pathway toward the Muslim heart.
'This is certainly a sign of respect for our religion that we greatly appreciate. But a white wall would have been even better. Italy is a secular state and children are angels in any religion,' Shaari told La Repubblica. Blank white wall? Oh, then you are deep within Vatican II Roman Catholicism and mainline Protestantism.
The representation of the cross on which Jesus died has become the subject of a heated debate in Italy in recent years as Muslim groups and non-Christians seek its removal from the walls of public buildings.
Although church and state are officially separated in Italy, a 1923 regulation issued during Benito Mussolini's Fascist rule and never repealed states that a symbol of the crucifix should hang in every classroom and courtroom in the country.
Officials at the Mangiagalli hospital plan to replace all crucifixes within the next few months. However, patients will still be able to have a crucifix hanging in their room if they ask for one.
|You Are 74% American|
Most times you are proud to be an American.
Though sometimes the good ole US of A makes you cringe
Still, you know there's no place better suited to be your home.
You love your freedom and no one's going to take it away from you!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Japan's first "baby hatch", where parents can drop off unwanted infants anonymously, opened Thursday despite opposition from the conservative national government.
The baby hatch, modelled on a project in Germany, went into operation at a Roman Catholic hospital in the city of Kumamoto, some 900 kilometres (560 miles) southwest of Tokyo.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has urged Japan to return to "family values," opposed the idea but found no legal grounds to stop it. Sounds like a Neo-Con
"A mother must not leave her child or abandon him or her anonymously," Abe told reporters. Better for mama-san to get abortion, I guess
"I want mothers to seek help first if they have problems," said Abe, who is childless after unsuccessful attempts with his wife Akie.
Government spokesman Yasuhisa Shiozaki added: "Even at a hospital facility, abandoning a baby still should not be tolerated.
"It is the government's role to help parents raise children on their own." Well, it is the Church role to save lives.
Since the hospital announced plans to set up the hatch in November, it has reportedly received about 40 inquiries.
Advocates say the plan, if replicated, could help boost the dwindling birth rate in Japan, where abortion is widely accepted.
The city of Kumamoto approved the Jikei Hospital's plan in April after deciding it did not violate any laws.
Called "the cradle of storks," the hatch is set into the wall of the hospital's lobby like a mailbox.
It has a door, 50 centimetres (20 inches) by 60 centimetres (24 inches), with a drawing of two storks carrying a baby and a message reading, "Please leave something with the baby."
When the door is opened, a nurse is alerted by an alarm. There is an intercom next to the door to encourage parents to contact hospital staff.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Pierce County sheriff spokesman Jerry Bates said a 7-year-old girl told an older friend that Stephen Kerr had been molesting her. The friend told a youth pastor who contacted police.
Bates said Kerr, who is pastor of the Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene, confessed to members of the church and told them he was going to surrender to police.
In court on Tuesday he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. In court documents, prosecutors allege that the sexual abuse has been going on since the girl was five years old.
Church members were in the courtroom during Kerr's arraignment.
"We can't condone what he did. It was wrong, but we still love the man," said church member Mimi Hughes.
Kerr grew up in Yakima, Wash., and has ministered in Gig Harbor for two years. He is married and has four children.
Kerr is being held at the Pierce County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Monday, May 07, 2007
France: Conservative scores huge win as female voters flee female candidate.
That's right, a presidency is too important to get wrapped up in a petty social idea like feminism. What matters is ability and the fate of your nation.
PARIS (Reuters) - Socialist Segolene Royal failed to win over a majority of women voters in France's presidential election and may have paid a price for focusing too much on her gender
at the expense of promoting her policies.
Only 48 percent of women voted for Royal, according to an Ipsos poll conducted on election
day on Sunday, while 52 percent supported rightist rival and overall winner Nicolas Sarkozy.
The weak female support is a bitter personal blow for Royal, who had played up her feminist credentials throughout the campaign, frequently defending policies she would want "as a mother" and accusing critics of male chauvinism.
Some women said the glamorous Royal, a mother of four, had focused too much on the symbolism linked to becoming France's first female president. "The reason she did not have the female vote is not because there was no solidarity but because she was not up to it," said Tita Zeitoun, founder of the Action de Femme group which fights to get more women into top business positions.
"Just because you're a feminist, you don't vote for a women who does not have the ability. We're talking about the presidential election here ... It's too serious to link this to a phenomenon of femininity or feminism," she said.
From World Net Daily:
An Ohio woman is steaming after reading an anti-God message published on the side of a Starbucks coffee cup.
The message that got Michelle Incanno's blood boiling reads:
"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure."
Personally, I like religious dialogue and Starbucks is a private company so they can do whatever the hell they want. I think this woman is a bit weak in the Faith and probably a bit weak in the mind to be ruffled the meandering observations that sounds like something written by a college freshman at third rate university.
Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? Well that's an easy one. Everybody knows that God is all-powerful. Its the same reason why we forget God when everything is going great. When things are going just fine (or we think they are) we feel powerful. I guarantee, give me any athiest, I'll put him in a hole in the ground and drop artillery around him for a week and let him watch half of his friends die. Oh, he'll be on his knees alright.
As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Cognition is no good in moments of crisis. Again, back to our friend in the foxhole. God is no figment of my imagination and I know what I know. But the athiest needs to well understand that, yes, God may have forsaken him, so he may well be 'up the creek without a paddle.' God may well have written him off.
Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? Because we know that God is all powerful, that through an active prayer life. He's knowable and that God delivers big-time. I've personally experienced this.
After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure. What does this matter? Our friend in the foxhole needs to endure the artillery, is he strong enough to cause the artillery drop on him? Did he ultimately cause it? What of circumstances where we did not cause the catastrophy and it way more powerful that us?
The quote was written by Bill Schell, a Starbucks customer from London, Ontario, Canada, and was included as part of an effort by the Seattle-based coffee giant to collect different viewpoints and spur discussion.Good on Starbucks. Bill's no philiosophy major and handlig his question is like swatting a mosquito but his simplistic questions are good fodder to start a talk with friends. Something tells me, however, that Starbucks will not be featuring the words of religious customers.
To Michelle Incanno, you need to spend less money on expensive coffee and shiny crucifixes for your neck and more money on catechetical books from Tan publishers and, besides, Starbucks coffee sucks.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An attempt by the United States to get the World Bank out of the population control business has failed after opposition from EU countries led the United States to back down. On Tuesday, the World Bank approved a new health policy retaining support for abortion after the United States dropped its insistence that the Bank which is funded primarily by the United States, halts its promotion of abortion.The retarded, drunk, frat-boy figures, "well, no more elections to worry about, I'm gonna get me a legacy."
The Bush Administration sought to insert language in the health policy update which would distance it from forcing abortion on recipient countries. The language would have asked countries to provide "age appropriate access to sexual and reproductive healthcare" rather than the currently worded "reproductive health services" which include abortion.
What the world needs per Population Control expert Stephen Mosher:
"We need to be standing up for the women in developing countries who say 'we need clean drinking water, we need penicillin, we need antibiotics or our children when they become stricken with infectious disease, we need inoculations, we need vitamin tablets'," he said. "'We don't need your family planning programs, we don't need your so-called reproductive health care, we don't need your population stabilization programs.'"
Mosher concluded saying that the continued US push for population control is at the heart of some of the anti-US sentiment coming from the developing world. "It's very obvious to me," he said, "that this is an aspect of US foreign policy that is deeply resented around the world and has made it difficult for us to achieve our other aims like promoting democracy and economic development."
OSLO (Reuters) - Developing nations that are fast industrializing, such as China and India, have braked their rising greenhouse gas emissions by more than the total cuts demanded of rich nations by the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol. [says a draft UN report]
"China is already doing a lot," said Hu Tao, of China's State Environmental Protection Administration.
He said China's one-child per couple policy introduced in the early 1980s, for instance, had a side-effect of braking global warming by limiting the population to 1.3 billion against a projected 1.6 billion without the policy.
"This has reduced greenhouse gas emissions," he told a conference in Oslo last month. China is the number two emitter of greenhouse gases, mainly from burning fossil fuels, behind the United States and ahead of Russia.
When China imprisons and kills Christians, it also reduces their greenhouse emissions even more.
These are two trends soon to be adopted by the communist fellow travelers in the West: killing babies and other undesireables all to save the planet. It is my recommendation that China adopt a zero-child policy. That'll fix the problem of Chinese greenhouse gas emissions in as little as 40 years.
Monday, April 30, 2007
The Revs looked in relatively fine form on Sunday and easily dispatched the Dallas squad. This was the first game of the season that I watched and they look much the same way they did last year (the notable exception being not having the dazzling Clint Dempsey to watch).
Taylor Twellman (pictured at left and also rumoured to be interested in migrating to Britannia like Dempsey) was in rocking good form and scored in mid-aerial, twisty kick that left the Dallas keeper mystified. As Rev's coach noted during the mid game interview, the Revs did look a little sluggish in the 87 degree heat. Who can blame them?
Dallas does have some talent but it is mostly in the form of selfish and immature superstar types who either are unwilling or unable to engage in team play and one-touch cycling of the ball. To my mind the Rev just have too many weapons and as a result they just overwhelm any defense. Of note, is "Kenny" Smith who seems to go from the mid-line to the box in about three steps. He seems to be developing a penchant for attacking defenders straight on. He's like a young Julio "the Beast" Baptista of Arsenal Fame: graceful, fast and a bit intimidating.
There's a youngster named Cristman who looks impressive enough featuring a soft touch for a big man. Rookie Wells Thompson looked a little lost out there, he'll need a few seasons of course to get up to par.
Other than that, it was the usual Revs roadshow: solid all the way around, a crew that seems totally comfortable with each other and with themselves. Acquiring a "designated player", a super-salaried star is all the rage this season with the advent of Mr. Beckham in L.A. As the English Premiere season wraps up, I wonder who Coach Nicol will entice to cross the Atlantic with him?
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
AL-QAEDA leaders in Iraq are planning the first “large-scale” terrorist attacks on Britain and other western targets with the help of supporters in Iran, according to a leaked intelligence report.
Spy chiefs warn that one operative had said he was planning an attack on “a par with Hiroshima and Nagasaki” in an attempt to “shake the Roman throne”, a reference to the West.
I kinda like the reference to all of the West as the throne as the "Roman Throne." Christ would be the KIng that sits on that throne.
Can we just get down to brass tacks and now name the terrorists as the force of Satan and the West as the force of God? Those are big shoes to fill but I bet we can do it.
Speaking of big shoes to fill there was a debate among the socialists who would be President in this country. When asked what would they do if a couple of American sities were attacked. Barack Husein Obama said he would makes sure that there are enough ambulances and then refused to speculate on the premise of the question that Al Queda did it. Breck Girl Edwards would hold thm accountable, I guess he would sue them in the World Court. I guess he would impose himself as mayor of whatever cities are attacked. Hilary drew and ace and talked of an immediate retaliation and she did use the word "RETALIATE." If you listen carefully you can hear the mumuring of the communists in attendance.
There's only one criterion that matter in the office of President of the United States: how will person act as Commander in Chief of Armed Forces. Will this person do what it takes to protect my family? Obama is a Manchurian candidate, you might as well elect Osama bin Laden. Edwards is unserious and not fit to be even a Senator. Hilary may be a socialist but I believe she would have no problem obliterating a country that attacked us.