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The US sure looks more and more like a police state December 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, horror, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I reported some time back about police in Demming, New Mexico who abused a man horribly because they were under the mistaken assumption he had hidden illegal drugs on his person.  He hadn’t, but they took him to a hospital and forced numerous cruel and dehumanizing procedures on him in order to prove they were wrong. At that time I said the cops, instead of admitting their mistake and letting the man go, kept doubling down with more and more outrageous abuses in order to try to prove his guilt.  This is not the way police should operate in a free society.

Another data point below.  A Houston-area man had his life pretty much ruined by a SWAT team that responded to a call that he might be suicidal and proceeded to beat the crud out of him.  Then, the prosecutor doubled down trying him on charge after charge, again trying to establish guilt after the fact:

Chad Chadwick has something many citizens can only covet – a spotless record.

“These cops are out of control. They are ruining good people’s lives. I am a good man. I have done everything I can to show that, as a father, as a citizen, as a worker,” said Chadwick.

But on the night of September 27th, 2011 Chadwick’s commitment to living within the law did him no good at all.

It started when a friend concerned for Chadwick’s emotional well-being called Missouri City police to Chad’s Sienna apartment where he’d been distraught, drinking and unknown to anyone, had gone to sleep in the bathtub.

A SWAT team was summoned.

“They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter,” said Chadwick. [Lied to a judge so they could go play soldier and bust into someone’s house]

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick’s firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity. [How did they know he had a gun?  Did they search the national firearms registry?  But I thought there was none?]

“While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round,” said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” said Chadwick.

That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

“They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,” said Chadwick.

And it wasn’t over.

“They grabbed me by the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick, who hadn’t broken a single law when SWAT burst through his door, was taken to the Ft. Bend County Jail with a fractured nose, bruised ribs and what’s proven to be permanent hearing loss.

He was held in an isolation cell for two full days. [O’er the land of the free……..]

“Instead of apologizing to this man and asking let us see what we can do to help you to make you whole again, they concocted criminal charges against this man, one after another, after another,” said Quanell X who believes the prosecution of Chadwick was designed to fend off civil liability. [Of course it was.  They made up charges against him that appear preposterous so they wouldn’t get sued.  He should sue, anyway]

Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy sought to indict Chadwick on two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, but a Grand Jury said no law was broken. [You know the old saying that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich?  That’s doubly true in Texas.  So how obvious was this guy’s innocence if they couldn’t even get an indictment, let alone a conviction?]

It could have stopped there, but Healy’s prosecutors tried misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, calling more than a dozen officers to testify. Those charges were dropped as well.

A month ago, three years after the SWAT raid, a jury found Chad Chadwick not guilty of interfering with police. With tears in their eyes members of the jury offered the exonerated defendant comforting hugs.

“They tried to make me a convict. It broke me financially, bankrupted me. I used my life savings, not to mention, I lost my kids,” said Chadwick. [Uff da.  I don’t know how all this played out and there may be more to the story but basically a whole bunch of people had their lives ruined by this egregious abuse]

“This type of police abuse and excessive use of force and concoction of criminal charges against innocent people is not just happening to black people, its happening to white people too,” said Quanell X who is assisting Chadwick in getting the story of his ordeal to the media.

For Chadwick some of the damage will never be repaired.

“All I could think about is, what are my daughters going to think? My goal in life is to be a father that my kids are proud of. That’s it,” said Chadwick, a long time manager in the energy industry.

We have police at our parish because of prior threats made against it.  One of them is a really great guy, sadly, he’s retiring in days, but he converted (or reverted) to the Faith through his experiences at Mater Dei.  I know several cops that are good guys.  But there does seem to be more and more a tendency within law enforcement to use over the top amounts of force, to shoot first and use the immense and growing power of the state to find something to prosecute someone for after the fact.  One area of terrible abuse is the seeming SOP in many law enforcement agencies to shoot any dog they encounter in the line of duty on sight.  Hundreds of dogs have been killed in police raids, and sometimes just seemingly for the heck of it, because they presented a “threat” to the police.

But what do they expect a dog, or a person, to do when a group of armed, screaming, hooded men bust into their home in the middle of the night?

Law enforcement has often presented itself as being devoted to protection and service, selfless exposure to danger for the benefit of others. But more and more it seems police operate in a more military counterinsurgency manner, viewing all civilians as a deadly threat and exhibiting greater and greater willingness to put civilians in harms way for the protection of themselves.  Maybe that’s because a whole lot of LEOs have prior military experience, and thus have been engaged directly in counterinsurgency combat in the recent past.

Expect this problem to only get worse as the Leviathan grows in power and endless appetite and civil liberties become an increasingly distant memory.

 

Don’t be shocked when it happens: it’s just about certain Communion will be granted to divorced/remarried Catholics December 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, Our Lady, Papa, sadness, scandals, shocking, sickness, Society, SOD.
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That is the point made by Dale Price in this post at Dyspeptic Mutterings.  I am going to take more of the post than I should, because Price covers several items I have not addressed on this blog, most notably Pope Francis’ interview in the radical Argentine journal La Nacion last week.

I have to say, I briefly felt some elation and relief and the seeming “failure” of the progressives at the first half of the Synod to get their radical program enacted.  It has to be said, Pope Francis has indicated in myriad ways his support for this program.  But after some weeks of reflection, I have come to feel that whatever “defeat” was suffered towards the end of the October Synod proceedings was minor, at best, and that the progressive forces will continue driving towards the conclusion they want until they get it.  That brings me to the other item I have not covered on this blog: the “lineamenta” or survey of questions for the bishop’s conferences for the second half of the Synod (have things changed much in a year since the last survey?!?) is much more full of progressive bias and loaded, leading questions than even the previous one.  This lineamenta was produced by the Pope’s hand-picked secretary, and contains like this one below:

38. With regard to the divorced and remarried, pastoral practice concerning the sacraments needs to be further studied, including assessment of the Orthodox practice and taking into account “the distinction between an objective sinful situation and extenuating circumstances” (n. 52). What are the prospects in such a case? What is possible? What suggestions can be offered to resolve forms of undue or unnecessary impediments?

Sorry folks from the declaration at the beginning to the way the questions are worded to what is left out, this is an answer begging for a question, or, even more, a diktat to its recipients: get on board, boys, if you want a future in the Church.

Price quotes the following from yet another episode of the Magisterium of left-wing newspaper interviews:

[Q:] In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion?

[A:] Communion alone is no solution. The solution is integration. They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptized, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact! [I mean, really, they only persist in a manifest state of mortal sin, they have very likely gravely damaged the lives of their children and quite possibly their former spouse, massive divorce is incredibly harmful to society at large, but how can they not be godfathers or EMHCs?  I mean, everybody should be able to casually handle the Lord and Master of the Universe, right?]
Thus, let us open the doors a bit more. Why cant they be godfathers and godmothers? “No, no, no, what testimony will they be giving their godson?” The testimony of a man and a woman saying “my dear, I made a mistake, I was wrong here, but I believe our Lord loves me, I want to follow God, I was not defeated by sin, I want to move on.” [Now, to me, a mistake might be getting drunk one night, or getting into a fight.  Divorce is quite a bit more than just a mistake. But the much more significant problem is this: such people living as concubines with someone not their spouse are in an ongoing state of grave sin and give ongoing scandal. According to the inspired and inerrant word of God in Sacred Scripture, doing such constitutes the gravest sacrilege. Regularizing divorce in this manner goes directly against the Word of God spoken directly by Himself. There is no mention at all of that reality by Kasper or in the text above]
Anything more Christian than that? And what if one of the political crooks among us, corrupt people, are chosen to be somebody´s godfather. If they are properly wedded by the Church, would we accept them? What kind of testimony will they give to their godson? A testimony of corruption? [Ugggh. This is a really weak argument.  It’s special pleading and scapegoating]
Things need to change, our standards need to change.

That’s the point. That’s the entire point, and it represents evidence of a progressive mindset. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, when arguing in favor of some special treatment for themselves, or for some progressive pet social project “hey, come on, it’s the 90s now.  It’s not the 50s anymore!” Or “it’s 2014, not 1920!”

You get the point.  Progressives have an unshakable faith that society must progress, change, and move forward, and that each progressive advance leaves society better than the last.  This is as fundamental a part of progressive belief as their focus on sexual libertinism.  And that is the only real argument put forward by Pope Francis above: times change, society must advance, and this “liberalizing” of Communion for those in a state of grave sin, even public sin, is a required advance for a more “just” (meaning equal, meaning lowest common denominator) treatment of these people.  Tolerance is the highest, and just about only, virtue.

Price closes really well with this:

Those of you who are Anglicans will have seen this movie before: dialogue does not end until the proper result is reached. Then it becomes the Laws of the Medes and Persians, hater. [Dang right. As I showed in the post on Marquette U, once the progressive achieves his goal, further argument becomes illicit and one must simply accept the progressive advance. In that sense, the first half of the Synod was a rousing success, as the progressives got their radical views out in public, with most people now either believing that the Church has “changed its teaching” or that it is at the very least strongly considering doing so.  These people never move backwards. They take what they can, regroup, and attack again]

Given what the Vatican just issued, the most recent interview shows the Pontiff’s mind quite clearly (not that it was particularly opaque before). Throw that in with the papal power-invoking rhetoric in the wildly-overpraised speech he gave at the conclusion of the 2014 Synod (reinforced by more explicit authority to depose), and I think it’s more likely than not that he forces through some variation on the Kasper proposal in 2015.

As do I.  Naturally speaking, I’d say it’s a lead pipe cinch.

But let us pray that may not happen.  Prayer can work great miracles, and perhaps prayer helped galvanize what opposition there was in 2014.  Things are very far from over, yet.  With God, all things are possible.

And as Noah said in response to my previous post, I’m afraid we are going to have to get used to taking up our cross and enduring some difficult trials for the foreseeable future.

 

How the “campus rape culture” meme and the UVA rape hoax got started December 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in error, foolishness, horror, persecution, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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I have not covered what has been a huge and ongoing story in much of the secular internet: the fabricated claims of a grotesque and barbaric fraternity “rape initiation” at the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia.  Having been in a fraternity and closely associated with many of them, I knew the allegations were complete fantasies from the start. In spite of leftist-feminist fantasies to the contrary (and isn’t the psychology at work there rather revealing), fraternities, while certainly not dens of virtue, are also not the nesting grounds of psychopaths, either.  Still, how did so many people come to believe that upper-crust white male college students could be members of what basically amounted to a sociopathic cult that systematically raped and abused women?  For well over a week after its first publication, the now notorious (and completely discredited) Rolling Stone article claiming that as “fact” had been accepted unquestioningly by virtually the entire media, until a couple of bloggers started looking into some of the details and finding them false or at least questionable (at first).  Now, it is clear the entire tale was likely fabricated from stem to stern, and whatever happened to Jackie Coakley that night, it wasn’t rape, and it wasn’t at a fraternity.  It seems she even made up having a date that night, in order to try to gain the attention of another male freshman student.

We’ve also been bombarded for years now with this demonrat-leftist-elite mantra that college campuses are havens of rapine and that women are systematically abused there, with administrations involved in constant coverups.  This is laughable, anyone who has been to college knows how radically left-wing the administrations invariably are, and how eager they are to advance every left wing social project that comes along. In fact, the acceptance of virtually every college administration of this false meme is testimony to that fact.  But as Department of Justice statistics just revealed, college women are actually less likely to experience the evil of rape than those outside college, and the “1 in 5″ or even “1 in 4″ statistic President Obama and other leftists have promoted as being the “actual” rate of “sexual assault” (defined down to include things like unwanted male stares or even friendly greetings) on campus is actually 0.6%.  That is, of 1000 women on campus, 6 have actually reported sexual assault.

I believe all this effort is really about leftist kow-towing to one of its core constituencies: marxist lesbians/feminists, who are pursuing their goal of a matriarchal society in which men are distinctly second-class citizens.  That is, this “rape culture” meme is far more about hatred of males and driving even more men from college campuses with kangaroo-court proceedings that eject men from college on the most specious of accusations (that don’t even come close to resulting in actual criminal charges) in order to further increase the preponderance of women on campus (who already outnumber men 60:40).  The thinking goes, since a college education is required for entre’ into most professions and leadership positions in society, by driving men from college, eventually women will come to dominate the levers of power and matriarchy will be born.  God help us all should this plan come to fruition.

While I generally disdain conservative women who claim to be feminists (that battle being very long lost, and feminism truly being, as Robert S. McCain has shown in a book-length series of posts, dominated by marxist lesbians at its upper levels), I found the following by Christina Summers to be a quite good analysis of how this false meme has been instigated by left-wing media outlets and eager accomplices in the government and academia.  I wonder if any Repuglican elected president in 2016 – if such occurs – will have the gumption to overturn the illegal and unconstitutional Department of Education and Department of Justice “rules” that have encouraged college administrations to act as judge, jury, and executioner of male students who run afoul of an aggrieved female student:

You know, part of me actually wants to see the whole collegiate-educational complex implode.  It is so completely eaten up with radical leftism and turns out such lousy products (save for a few disciplines), and is so bloated with administration and ludicrously expensive, that I’d like to see the entire paradigm blown up.  But college education is seen as such an indispensable requirement that being brave enough to forego that hoop we’re all supposed to jump through (irrespective of the financial sense of doing so for many people) is not an easy thing.  And another part of me wants to stick it to the feminists and administrators and just pack colleges to the gills with unabashedly masculine young men.

I do think the present status quo is going to have to change, college is becoming so ludicrously expensive (even state college), and so many degrees are of such little worth in the real world, that I can’t see the current educational bubble (caused, once again, by federal involvement and distortion of economics through loans and grants) lasting much longer. Maybe the problem will take care of itself.

It really needs to die, because academia is the seed-bed, the very core, of leftism in the US and the entire West.  By controlling the levers of power in academia, leftists have managed to gain control of much of the broader culture.

What Godlessness hath wrought – Houston girl brutally abused and murdered in satanic ritual December 16, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, rank stupidity, sadness, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MANY DISTURBING ELEMENTS OF BOTH A MORAL AND A SPIRITUAL NATURE. IT CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF SATANIC ACTIVITIES.  READERS, BE ADVISED.

The area we live in, sort of central Irving, TX, has been rocked by a series of minor earthquakes of late.  We were having an Eric Genuis concert at the parish a few weeks ago when there was a loud bang.  It sounded like a small explosion, or, to me, a sonic boom.  But it was a 3.3 earthquake. There have a score or so of them, all very minor.

People are trying to explain why this is happening, given the geologic stability of almost all of Texas.  Is it fracking?  Is it construction?  Is Irving about to turn into Los Angeles?  My wife looked at these potential explanations, and had another one: how many signs does God need to send us of His displeasure at our collective behavior before we’ll start to take notice and consider repenting?

The culture seems almost gleeful in its increasing rejection of Christianity and its associated moral code, which is a code that shares many elements with most advanced cultures across great swaths of history, but Christendom was, of course, the ultimate expression, the ultimate achievement, of human society.  When a culture once formed by God and adhering to His Law rejects both, there is no bottom to which it will sink. In spiritual terms, the forces of good are very much on the run before the forces of evil.  This is not because evil is stronger – we all know that is utterly false.  It is because more and more people willingly choose to side with the evil than with the good.  This was, of course, prophesied repeatedly in Sacred Scripture, in both Old Testament and New, as being one of the major signs of the Parousia or “end times.”

As an ultimate expression of this trend, two young hispanic men in the Houston area decided they needed to brutally abuse, rape, and murder a young girl, with the goal of cementing their demented pact with satan (again, content warning below):

A Harris County jury on Thursday convicted 18-year-old Jose E. Reyes of capital murder in a death tied to a satanic ritual, agreeing with prosecutors that another crime was committed when  Corriann Cervantes was brutally killed.

Reyes was automatically sentenced to life in prison.

Jurors took a little more than an hour to reach a decision, rejecting arguments from defense attorneys that if  Reyes was guilty of a crime, it would be murder……..

……”There are so many horrible, heinous and inhumane things this defendant did,” said Assistant Harris County District Attorney Martina Longoria. “This is beyond imagination and in his words: it’s all good.”

The last piece of evidence in the trial that began Monday were letters from jail in which Reyes said the Devil was watching him and directing him to act during the slaying.

“He was standing there, watching me and Victor,” the teen wrote in a letter read to jurors Thursday.

“It’s all good. It’s what the Devil asked for.” [And this is exactly the kind of diabolical disorientation and love of evil the leftist-modernist project in both the Church and world is causing, souls so screwed up they actually think they will find power and fame and riches in satan. But he is the father of lies, and never follows through on whatever “promises” he makes. Never, ever, ever flirt with the demonic, including Harry Potter, Twilight, and all the rest of the very popular works that expose souls to darkness, magic, and all the rest of the paths to spiritual attack]

LURID DETAILS FOLLOW. READERS WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES SHOULD NOT READ. CHILDREN ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN.

Prosecutors believe the three teens left a party to go to a vacant apartment to have consensual sex, but at some point Reyes told Alas he had sold his soul to the devil. Alas could also sell his soul, Reyes said, if they killed the teen. [How screwed up do you have to be, to find this proposition attractive?  By acknowledging satan, one is also acknowledging God, and deliberately rejecting Him in favor of ultimate evil]

The two then kept Cervantes from leaving the apartment as they beat, sexually assaulted and eventually killed her, prosecutors said.

Because of the circumstances, Longoria told jurors, they could find Reyes guilty of capital murder because of the kidnapping or sexually assault.

During the four-day trial, jurors saw graphic photos of heinous injuries that including an upside down cross carved on Cervantes’ stomach. Her right eye had been gouged out and she had been stabbed in the face and torso with a screwdriver. She had also been beaten in the face with the porcelain lid of a toilet tank.

Medical examiners and investigators testified Cervantes was also sexually assaulted.

Reyes’ lawyers argued there was not enough evidence to believe the sexual assault took place while Cervantes was alive. [Sick]

Back during the run up to the indescribably evil “satanic mass” in Oklahoma City, I wrote some posts describing satanism’s close association with hideous acts like the ones described above.  A satanist – by name, one of the Oklahoma group – came by to tell me how wrong and stupid I was, that satanism was all about……something nebulous that he couldn’t really define, but not acts of brutality.

Sure it is.  Just as the above indicates, nothing to see here, move along, the culture isn’t falling to pieces.

I wonder if “sancta muerte” didn’t play a role in this boy’s fall, or any of the other perverse superstitions that are all too common in the Hispanic community?  These things don’t just happen accidentally, people fall into this gravest of evils by a long process of deliberate bad choices and exposure to evil influences.  On rare occasions, people can pull themselves away from the evil without committing any atrocity or acts of which they are deeply ashamed, later, but most of the time, some kind of hideous tragedy results and the soul is lost, barring a huge moral miracle.

I fear we will see more of this as the decomposition of Christendom accelerates.

Not the abomination of desolation, but still bad: Creole, ummm…….Mass….at St. Peter’s December 16, 2014

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Ho boy:

Rome Reports calls this “creole,” but I’d call it more salsa or………I don’t know.  All I know is, what a wreck.

So maybe someone can find an exemption, but did problematic episodes of inculturation occur AT St. Peter’s during the previous pontificate? Maybe early on, before Pope Benedict dismissed the arch-modernist Marini (the bad one) as papal MC, an “affront” to which Marini is said to still hold a huge grudge?  But towards the end, at least the last few years, this kind of, I’ll say it, garbage, maybe happened at things like World Yute Day, but not at St. Peter’s?  Or am I misremembering?

h/t Boney

PS: This gets back to a point last week.  Seeing the wildly gesticulating performers, are such performances really about rendering honor and glory to God, or saying “LOOK AT ME!!!”?  I think the question not out of bounds, and that tends to be a troubling aspect about all lay involvement in the Mass, the hugely significant switch from Ad Orientem to versus poplum, priests with wireless mikes romping about the nave and sanctuary, and all the rest.  In all these things, there exists at least a serious temptation, if not, in all probability, a profound orientation, towards shifting the focus of the Mass – the Source and Summit of our Faith – from Jesus Christ, and onto the various “performers,” be they lectors, EMHCs, dancers, musicians, or whatever.

I sure know I have seen a lot of performers who crowd the very sanctuary seem to really, really get into what they are doing.

But blogging is totally different.  Not at all about attention-seeking, I swear.

Atheist vice-mayor opens city council meeting with anti-religious screed December 15, 2014

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Thanks to reader D for the link.

As atheism becomes more and more militant, and more and more just another pagan religion consisting of little more than hostile antipathy towards Christianity, I suspect we can see more of this.

The vice-mayor of Lake Worth, Florida, opened a recent session of the city commission with an anti-religious screed.  He invokes satan, allah, and others to make his point.  Several members of the city commission, including the mayor, walked out prior to the screed.  Good for them, one should never voluntarily expose oneself to mocking, diabolical invective if one can avoid it:

A priest at our local traditional parish opined in a recent sermon that we have not seen such brazen embrace of rank immorality and hatred of the Church, and on such a wide scale, since Roman times.  Yes, especially in the past 500 years, there have been many poor deranged souls who become lost in immorality and then take up the banner of Church- and God-hatred, but never in such numbers, and never quite so openly, nor with such temerity.  Save for a handful of truly hate-filled extremists like Robespierre and Fouqier-Tinville, most people since the establishment of Christendom who fell into grave immorality maintained at least some semblance of shame for their acts.  But since the collapse of Christendom that began in earnest in the late 18th century and reached full bloom in the late 20th, more and more people are not just unabashedly unashamed of even the grossest perversions and cruel immoralities, they often positively bask in them and hold them up as positive goods, like this pathetic soul above.

Well, this is what happens when satan is utterly unleashed and he and his demons take over the lives of millions.  There is nothing short of a massive intervention of Grace that can bring such people back from their course of self-destruction.

Presented as yet another datapoint in the ongoing collapse.

El Paso, Redux: City of Plano passes pro-sodomy, anti-Christian ordinance over loud protests December 9, 2014

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Late last night, in a quickly scheduled session that attempted to minimize public notice, my hometown of Plano, TX decided to enact a Houston-like ordinance highly favorable to the false “rights” of those fallen into the gravest of perversions and highly detrimental to the rights of Christians.  The Houston ordinance is already under a recall vote and several lawsuits contesting its standing under the Texas and US Constitutions, and given the outpouring of opposition last night it seems the City of Plano must have a few extra millions to spend fighting their own soon to come lawsuit.  It also seems Plano elected its first at least culturally leftist Mayor last May, since he was the driving force behind this ordinance.

And we see yet again firm confirmation that the radical sodomite left will not stop in its persecution of Christians.  Ever.  No matter how far the Church is pushed from the public square, no matter how much they persecute individual Christians, they will not stop:

Late last night, the Plano City Council held its first and only public hearing and voted, 5-3 (view results), to pass a new controversial non-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance is similar to the ordinance the City of Houston passed earlier this year, over enormous opposition by the people, that is now the subject of an expensive lawsuit and referendum effort. The Plano ordinance will expand the City’s non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity (a term that does not appear in state law) and potentially will allow transgender persons to demand access to the bathroom of their choice. [I know this is the most explosive aspect of these ordinances, but it’s really not the most important. What is most important now is that every business owner in Plano, or anyone who does business with the City of Plano (a city of 275,000), will be forced to express at least lip service to the sodomite agenda, and many will have to make the very painful choice to close down their business or violate their conscience.  Incredible.] The law applies to all business owners in Plano and any business that contracts with the City for services or use of City facilities. Legal experts agree that this ordinance is as a violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Texas Constitution, and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“This reckless effort to fast-track a law that undermines state law and attacks religious freedom and free speech will do great damage to Plano and especially its small businesses. The City will now find itself dealing with a similar mess that Houston has created for itself. The City of Houston is now spending thousands, if not millions, of tax dollars fighting in court on a similar ordinance that was extremely divisive and that was also widely rejected by the people. This special rights ordinance will be used as a weapon against people of sincere faith and the business community and will permanently damage the reputation of the City of Plano,” said Jonathan Saenz, president and attorney for Texas Values.

Within a few hours of Plano residents becoming aware of the proposed ordinance, over 1,600 emails were sent to the Plano City Council opposing the ordinance. Despite the diverse opposition to the ordinance at the meeting, including racial minorities, small business owners, and legal experts, the Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere still invoked the history of race and women as a reason for passing the new law. Mayor LaRosiliere seemed convinced that LGBT sexual lifestyle choices are more important and historically relevant than religious freedom, as the new law allows LGBT choices to trump religious rights. [I don’t follow local politics anymore. I have no idea how this guy got elected.  You could say he stands in extreme contrast to all of his predecessors in heretofore extremely conservative Plano] The packed council room of opposition included only a few people who supported the ordinance; an ACLU representative and a few LGBT activists.

According to legal group Liberty Institute, “[t]he Proposed Ordinance is vaguely worded and compels private businesses and employees to violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs, in contravention of federal and state laws protecting persons of faith. In effect, the Proposed Ordinance makes it a crime to do business in the City of Plano while maintaining Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or other traditional religious views of marriage, sexuality, and gender identity.”

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They never, ever stop.  Lord have mercy on us.  We surely must have sinned to deserve what is happening around us.  My goodness.  I cannot believe this happened in Plano of all places.

So I have to wonder: will there be a brave priest, another Father Michael Rodriguez, in the Diocese of Dallas in general or the City of Plano in particular who will publicly excoriate this immoral nightmare?  I pray there is, but experience tells me I probably should not hold my breath.

 

 

Local effort opposes obscene billboards December 9, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society.
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Irving is about as Catholic a town as there is in the Metroplex.  It may not have the highest percentage of Catholics, but it does have a disproportionate number of active, involved Catholics.  There are many sources of this: Mater Dei, the University of Dallas, the Cistercian monastery, the Holy Family of Nazareth convent and school (Grand Prairie, but close), Faustina Academy, St. Luke’s (I guess), etc.  For whatever reason, there are a lot of devoted Catholics.  And they are networked, too.  There is a very active Irving Catholic group called ICON.  There are a number of local activities and the ICON e-mail list helps in a number of ways.

One recent posting to the ICON mail list dealt with the obscene billboards that are very common along Dallas (city of) freeways.  As some local priests have said, it is a near occasion of sin for many people simply to drive to Mass, since many people drive down I-35 to get to Mater Dei and I-35 has some of the worst billboards around.   Apparently there is an effort afoot to have the City of Dallas start to rein in these obscene billboards.  The text of the e-mail stated the following, in part:

Thank you all who wrote to district councilwoman Monica Alonzo about the many seedy billboards representing all of us along I35.  There are some new ones up that go further.  One says OMG sex toys.  Really.  Another says 50 shades of grey and then the name of their store.  As you may know this is a book which promotes many harmful, sinful practices and abuse of women.  Please step up your emails and direct them to Mayor Mike Rawlings, copying Monica Alonzo.  Before becoming mayor, Mike Rawlings owned the largest advertising company in the Southwest, so he is very aware of the power of advertising. The emails are:  mike.rawlings@dallascityhall.com and monica.alonzo@dallascityhall.com.  Talking points can again be safety of women and children (Dallas being one of the top ten cities identified by the State Dept for human sex trafficking) and abuse of children increasing……..decrease in family traffic to businesses in these areas, crime, driver distraction, trashy look of billboards.  Some of these areas are very close to UD.  Let us be a light and reawaken in these people a sense of protecting children, our husbands from the harmful effects of pornography.

Yes, unfortunately, the main hub of strip joints in Dallas is along Northwest Highway at its junction with I-35, and about a mile on either side.  It was the prevalence of these dens of immorality and Dallas’ infamy as being a hot spot for such places that prompted me to want to start up a group of men to pray and possibly, eventually, protest outside these facilities.  Right as I was trying to get that group going I got very sick and I have not followed up on that project, but I hope to now.

Our FSSP priests have stressed that having these places – so bold as to advertise before thousands of people, even little children, every day! – is really a huge blight on the community not just physically, but also spiritually.  Strip clubs, porn parlors (now almost extinct due to the internet), whorehouses (Korean “massage parlors”), etc, are enormous sources of evil and a demon or demons is attached to every one of them.  I know among my readers there are many pro-life warriors but we also need to be fighting this other evil, especially us Catholic men.  So I hope to get that group I wanted to start (I was thinking of calling it the Society of Saint Lawrence Justinian) going after the New Year.  I hope to have a group of men join me in praying outside The “Men’s” Club in Dallas on a Wednesday or Thursday in early January.  I will post more notices as we get closer to the date.

For now, I strongly encourage any local readers (especially Dallas residents) to contact Mayor Rawlings and Councilwoman Alonzo regarding the many obscene billboards along Dallas streets and highways.  We all lament the collapse of the culture, but it’s easy to just sit and complain.  Why not take a small act to try to do something about the general collapse in morals in our culture?  You know, the residents near Bachmann Lake got all the strip joints that used to crowd near that neighborhood closed or moved.  They raised a ruckus and the city passed an ordinance demanding that any such facility be at least a certain distance from any school or single family housing.  There is no reason why that ordinance could not be expanded, or new ones added.

God bless you and thank you.

Shame for my alma mater – UT leftists sign petition to “abort” “newborns” up to 5 years old December 8, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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My great alma mater – The University of Texas at Austin – has a reputation as being a haven for liberals. I certainly cannot say I have been back much in the intervening 20 years, but while there is certainly some truth to the belief that UT is leftist central, it’s not entirely true.  Certainly in the Greek system and the engineering and hard science majors, there are at least as many strong conservatives as there are liberals (in fact, in my experience, the vast majority of Greeks and ME majors were very conservative). Most of the leftists majored in basket weaving and queer latina feminist power theory, so I had little to do with them.  Most students at UT are just apolitical kids trying to make their way through the very difficult sink or swim environment.  Any population of 50,000 is bound to have nuts of all kinds.

Having said that, I do understand that both the general collegiate environment and probably UT in particular has gone sharply downhill towards full-on embrace of hardcore leftism.  Still, I was pretty disappointed to see UT students eagerly signing a petition to legalize killing children up to age FIVE!  Yes this is Infowars, but this isn’t some bald assertion, this is video evidence of deranged youth believing child-murder to be just peachy:

So, several things.  I know exactly where the filmed that, it’s on the West Mall over towards Guadalupe.  That’s definitely the more left wing side of campus, although pretty much all the fraternity and sorority houses are also in what’s called West Campus, west of Guadalupe.  Also, a number of these kids signed without even looking at what they were signing. But others were told pretty clearly and signed anyway.  It was great to see that a number of students were disgusted at the proposition.  But that any would sign indicates an an ethical failing of demonic proportions.

Lest you think this was just some one off Austin stupidity, there seems to be a growing trend on college campuses towards acceptance of so-called “post-birth abortion” (known heretofore as murder) up to age 5.  And why not?  Taking pro-abort thinking to its logical conclusion demands that women be given an inalienable right to murder their children at any point, pre-birth, post-birth, whatever.  Right now, the arbitrary legal definition is that women may only murder their children until they escape the womb, if these people have their way, that definition could change to age 5.  But if age 5 is OK, why stop there?  They claim age 5 means they are “self-aware.”  BS.  Two year olds are very aware of self.  Why not 18?  Why not make the definition when they are financially independent?  There is no limit to where this could end.

This is where the logic of left-wing thinking leads.  Always, always, towards the murder of innocents, be it in the hundreds, thousands, millions, or billions.  All leftist revolutions and far left governments have been drenched in blood.  Indeed, that flow of blood creates and sustains them.

Thus, it was sort of a no-brainer that the Church so strongly denounced leftism in all its forms for centuries.  Church opposition was based both on the errors leftism entails – hostility to religion (especially the Church), materialism, rationalism, etc – and the murderous tendency of leftism in practice. Leftism was identified by Saints and Popes as a hostile, competing religious force, diametrically opposed to Christianity.   It was fought, quite well in many places, by laity and clergy alike.

Until ~1960, that is.  Through some crack, the smoke of leftism did enter the Church, and that smoke has resulted in a historically unprecedented collapse in the Faith.

Because leftism is death.

Worst country song ever December 4, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, non squitur, silliness, Society, Tradition, true leadership.
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I rip too much stuff off from Ace of Spades.  I should pay them a royalty.

I know many trads think any non-classical music is disordered and problematic (if not worse), so here’s another reason to hate it.  Somebody recorded a sickeningly fawning country-pop song telling us all of the wonders of Hillary!:

Ace’s take on this, and I share it, is that the Dems have started to realize the Obama coalition may be falling apart and they do, after all, need to appeal to a few more whites beyond the uber-liberal coastal enclaves.  So they hand this out as a pathetic pander to blue collar whites (with plenty of Bill……he’s even the focus at times), basically saying: look you rubes, we kowtowed to you, now vote for our girl.  Crackers.

So I’ve always liked what I call good country, but I just cannot STAND modern Nashville, and by that I mean just about anything produced in the past 15-20 years.  They all look the same, they all sound the same (same fake Tennessee accent, which isn’t even a very prevalent accent in the South overall – and this dude’s probably from New Jersey or somesuch), the songs are all stupid and repetitive.

This is more my style. No fake Southern accent for this guy (he’s from Taber, AB):

Remember the Vancouver Olympics?  I vaguely do…..

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