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I’ll never forget February 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Admin, disaster, General Catholic, Papa, sadness.
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The third anniversary of the tragic abdication of Pope Benedict XVI was yesterday, but I still feel betrayed and massively let down. I remember my wife telling me the news, and at first I thought it had to be a hoax.  I refused to believe it until the evidence became overwhelming.

I know some feel he had every right, that he alone could judge his age and capacity, but I am convinced Pope Benedict XVI was “forced out,” or fell to the wolves around him.  His resignation remains unparalleled, the comparisons to Celestine being really apples and oranges.  It was the seizure of Vatican financial assets that compelled him to believe he could no longer govern, I think.  We’ll likely never know for certain, in this life.

I also cannot believe what happened later that same day was just “one of those things:”

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In less than a year, Jose Bergoglio will be 80.  But mark my words, he will never resign.  He is having waaay too much fun remaking the Church to suit his ideology.  Progressives almost never give up power voluntarily.

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Francis to make huge political statement by hosting Mass at non-existent US border fence February 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, Immigration, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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If you’ve ever been to where US77 from Brownsville crosses to Matamoros, you know there is a very impressive looking fence along the US side of the Rio Grande.  About 10-12 ft tall and topped with concertina wire, it looks like a serious deterrent to illegal crossings.  The only problem is, the fence only extends about 100 yards from the actual port of entry on either side.  Or, at least it did 20 years ago when I was last there.

And that’s how it generally goes along the US-Mexico border.  In and near populated areas, there are various fences of different levels of effectiveness separating the two countries.  But for hundreds upon hundreds of miles along most of the sparsely populated border, there is nothing at all.  The Rio Grande forms little deterrent most of the year, being not much more than a glorified creek only a few feet deep.   West of El Paso, there is often nothing to demarcate where the US ends and Mexico begins.  Maybe a rancher’s barbed wire fence, which are constantly cut by illegal crossers, just one of many sources of grave economic impact for those who live along the border.

But standing along the hundreds of miles of open range between Columbus and Nogales would not make the political point that is desired, so Francis will be offering Mass next week at one of the few locations where there is a semi-serious looking fence, along the border between lawless Ciudad Juarez and El Paso.

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Looks impressive, right?  But at some point just a few miles outside of town, the fence does this:

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It just stops.  Very little except for a scattered and woefully undermanned Border Patrol presence to prevent someone from crossing over.

The video below shows the proximity of the Mass center stage to the border:

The fence is generally in the background and to right, dwarfed by the papal stage.  I’m sure there will be many poignant photos of Americans with their faces pressed up against the fence in their desire to be near the Bishop of Rome.  Progressive gold.

A couple of points from this article on the pending visit:

Miguel Angel Lopez, 51, is a construction worker at the mass site. He has lived in Juárez for 30 years and remembers a time not long ago when it was much harder to find employment.

“When the violence was terrible, many of us could not find work,” Lopez said. “There are still murders here, but not like before.”

Lopez is not Catholic, but part of the 11 percent of the Juárez population that is evangelical or Protestant. Symbols of their faith are seen throughout the city, most prominently on a mountain displaying the message “The Bible is the truth: Read it” in large white letters. [Plainly visible from El Paso. I have always understood that huge sign to have been protestant in origin]

………Mark J. Seitz, the bishop of the El Paso Catholic Diocese, doesn’t think El Paso turned its back on its neighbor city.

“I think there is a deep sense here in El Paso that what is good for Juárez is good for us,” Seitz said. “We care about them, and I think we’ve had a similar feeling from the people in Juárez.”

Francis’ visit is a chance to show that collaboration between cities, he said.

“One thing I believe that Pope Francis will highlight is the sense of community across borders that can be found here, which I think is somewhat unique among border communities,” Seitz said……..

………Abuyen wandered around downtown on that Friday afternoon, posing for a photo with the Francis cutout in the city where she grew up.

“This is more than a symbol,” she said in Spanish. “This is God in physical form.”[Wha?!?  I know St. Catherine of Siena called the pope “sweet Christ on earth” but this is idolatry and blasphemy.  The pope is not God.  Think papalotry is not a problem?]

As a bit of a rejoinder to the happy-clappy image that will be presented throughout Francis’ visit to Mexico (some of his key meetings will be with the disastrously heretical Bishop of Saltillo Raul Vera Lopez, frequently called “the gay bishop” for his endorsement of sodomy and other grave moral evils), Breitbart Texas reported earlier this week that Mexican authorities have found underground ovens used by Los Zetas to destroy the remains of thousands of innocent souls slaughtered by the narco-gang.  Los Zetas dominated the government of Coahuila for years, and (along with other gangs) continue to frequently rule from behind the scenes in many regions of that afflicted country (you should really read the whole article, it reveals, to a small degree, the depth of the corruption in Mexican government and how that nation more or less functions as a lawless narco-state, at least over vast regions).

Will Francis directly condemn the drug traffickers and their war against the Mexican people?  Who knows:

The Mexican Los Zetas cartel used a network of oven facilities to cover-up the systematic mass extermination of innocent people during the 2011-2013 period when the cartel had complete governmental control over most of the Mexican state of Coahuila. From the then-governor of Coahuila, down to the city jails, Los Zetas had complete control of every aspect of governmental process and of the lives of Mexican citizens–including news media. Their atrocities in Coahuila have remained largely unreported and undocumented by any governmental agencies; local, state, federal, or international.

And he wants this country to open its border even more to this kind of nightmarish chaos?

Once again, we see Francis entering deeply into national politics.  This trip was planned well after it became apparent that immigration may well be the deciding issue in the 2016 US presidential election.  If Donald Trump is elected president, it will largely be due to his very strong stand against illegal immigration, which a very large number of Americans feel has gotten totally out of hand and is in the process of remaking this nation into something incompatible with its founding precepts.  Now Francis is giving a very public demonstration of his support for open borders and unconstrained immigration from poorer countries into richer ones.  The symbolism and intent are unmistakable.

Amazing how when it’s a more conservative pope, there are constant choruses from the media about how they must butt out of national politics and “rise above” such factionalism by speaking only in the broadest terms and never “lowering themselves” into taking stands on specific matters of policy (which is another way of saying: shut up). But when it’s a much more progressive pope, oh, then he’s a brilliant leader of the benighted and a valuable contributor to the national debate, who absolutely must be heard.

Gotcha.  Whatever is good for progressivism, that’s good, whatever is not, well, that’s very, very bad.

Is TFG just one more voice in that ever-present chorus?

The world unwinds: Saudi Arabia to send army against ISIS in Syria? February 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, rank stupidity, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I thought Saudi had been covertly funneling money and even arms to ISIS?  Has not the House of Saud been implicated in helping foment many of the islamist revolutions that have occurred, from Tunisia to Iraq?  Or is that more the Gulf States like Bahrain and the UAE?

Russians and Saudis fighting side by side (figuratively) against a common enemy?  Who would have thunk it?  And what huge carrot (I can’t believe it would be a stick) has the administration dangled in front of the Saudis in order to get them to commit to sending land forces if the Obama Admin desires it?  I can’t believe that was cheap.  Has to be more than the 86 F-15s we recently agreed to sell them.

Saudi Arabia’s military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri said on Thursday, according to Al Arabiya English, that Riyadh’s decision to send troops into Syria is “final” and “irreversible” and that they are “ready” to deploy them against Islamic State (ISIS) there as part of U.S.-led efforts against that group.

However he stressed that he is conveying “Saudi’s [decision] only” implying that Riyadh will follow Washington’s lead when it comes to any potential ground operation against ISIS in Syria.

Washington has refused to rule out the prospect of Saudi Arabia sending soldiers to Syria. However it pointed out that it was just one of the available options. [Saudi’s as US-funded mercenaries?  Historically, the performance of the Saudi army in land combat has been quite unimpressive.  Many of the soldiers would have strong sympathies with ISIS, I would suspect.  Not a good situation]

“There are lots of ways that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain can contribute. One of them is on the ground – and we’ll definitely be discussing that – but there are lots of other ways as well,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters on Wednesday in Brussels according to The Guardian.

Assiri also said that if Riyadh’s main regional rival, Iran, is serious about combating terrorism in the region it must stop supporting “terrorism” in both Syria and Yemen. Saudi Arabia and Iran are backing opposing sides in the wars raging in both Yemen (where Saudi Arabia is bombing the Iranian backed Houthis) and Syria (where Saudi Arabia is supporting various armed groups opposed to Iran’s ally, the regime of President Bashar al-Assad). [Supporting Al Nusra and the remnants of the “Free Syrian Army?”  But haven’t they also given a wink and a nod to ISIS?  Given how much Saudi has exported radical islam around the world, their criticisms of Iran are obviously self-serving and hypocritica.  What this is really about is the great conflict between Sunni and Shia islam, and which will emerge dominant.]

What tangled webs we weave.

Is it a matter requiring assent of faith that Armageddon is really located in Israel?  Could it be in Syria, I say with tongue only slightly in cheek?

As this conflict continues to ramp up, the ones truly caught in the middle are Syria’s dwindling Christian policy.  I imagine almost all sides in the conflict – Shia, secularists, Sunni – see that as a feature rather than a bug.  And once again the US government executes policies that have the effect of leading to Christian genocide.  At least I have this to fall back on:

Oh, the science is settled, you say? Then we can zero out your research grants, right? February 12, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, fun, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, pr stunts, Revolution, Society, true leadership, Victory.
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The schadenfreude is strong in this one.  The Australian government, citing “the science is settled” meme, has cut 110 climate scientist jobs. Because if the science is really settled, why are thousands of paid political activists PhDs still doing “basic research” still necessary?  The cries of outrage from the climate change industrial complex are still ringing around the world:

With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia’s federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited.

As many as 110 out of 140 positions at the atmosphere and oceans division at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will be cut, Larry Marshall, the agency’s chief executive, told staff Friday. Another 120 positions will be cut from the land and water program. Across the agency, 350 climate staff will be moved into new roles unrelated to their specialty.

Scientists say the cuts would affect Australia’s ability to cope with climate change. The nation is already the driest on Earth and experiencing significant shifts in rainfall. It would leave the global research community disabled, since CSIRO ran the Southern Hemisphere’s most comprehensive Earth monitoring and modeling programs. And it would leave young climate scientists at CSIRO without direction.

None of which has been even remotely proven to be related to some kind of human-caused “climate change,” which has never been substantially proven to be occurring, anyway.  There is simply zero scientific rationale to establish that X percent of the ongoing climate change – which has always occurred, and will always occur – is due to human action.  And unless and until China, India, Russia, and other massive emitters are brought on board, any efforts to reduce emissions are not just a joke, but nothing more than an attempt to circumvent popular will and install a global economic authority along socialist lines.  Which has always been the point, anyway.

The Australian government, or at least the center-right Liberal party, seems to have some cheek about it.  They have set what some view as severe limits on illegal immigration and do not mind sending people back the same way they came.  I really like what is being done here, it cuts to the core of the problem, government-paid political activism masquerading as “science.”

Nicely done, Malcolm Turnbull.  I hope they have the courage of conviction to stand by these cuts in the midst of what will surely be a very energetic reaction.