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The “tolerant” left – It should be illegal to be a stay at home mom March 29, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Here’s your daily grist for the outrage mill, a silly feminist no one has ever heard of has decided it is an affront to women’s progress for women to decide to be stay at home moms, and thus to satisfy her outrage being a stay at home mom must be made illegal, because otherwise her dreams of feminist dominance of a matriarchal society will never be realized, or something.  She hinges her demand on a report generated by a UN-affiliated leftist-dominated economic development organization (the OECD), which, surprise!, found little worth in women staying at home and determined that women would be better off out there earning wages that could then be confiscated as taxes for the endless yawning maw of government (and thus, themselves).  Yes that’s a bit simplistic but once again the uniworld government types sacrificing the good of children on the altar of the almighty state is just a bit too obvious to ignore:

……..the outcry has been predictable in the wake of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) recent report which had the audacity to suggest stay-at-home mums would be better off putting their skills to use in paid employment.

“One of the areas of greatest untapped potential in the Australian labour force is inactive and/or part-time working women, especially those with children,’’ concluded the landmark study. “There are potentially large losses to the economy when women stay at home or work short part-time hours.’’….. [First of all, so what?  Unless one is enthrall of a marxist-derived materialist ideology, which holds the material as the highest good, a mom staying home through all ages of a child’s development to raise them and inculcate in them morals and values is one of the best possible uses of a woman’s time from even a naturalist perspective.  In a Christian worldview, barring some serious need, it is THE best possible role for a mom.  But see, that’s the point, this is about making everyone conform to this marxist materialists’ ideology.]

Follows some obvious throwaway language about the importance of kids, but then we get to the point, which obliterates all the obfuscating language that came before:

……Rather than wail about the supposed liberation in a woman’s right to choose to shun paid employment, we should make it a legal requirement that all parents of children of school-age or older are gainfully employed.…….[Upon pain of what?  Huge fines?  Denial of “benefits,” which are most often just a refund on money already paid?  Prison?  So a woman has a fundamental, unalienable, unchallengeable right to murder her own child at taxpayer expense, but does not have a right not to work?!?  Taken together, these reveal a breathtaking anti-child bias that goes beyond bordering on misopedia.]

…….The double standards are even greater for stay-at-home mums, with governments of all persuasions traditionally wary to tackle the unfair tax concessions enjoyed by one-income households for fear of inciting voting fury…….. [Oh, so this is really about jealousy?  You belong to a two-income earner tax bracket and resent the “lower” taxes paid by those single earner families?  So in your envious rage you are completely willing to injure the good of children]

……..But it’s time for a serious rethink of this kid-glove approach to women of child-bearing and child-rearing age. Holding us less accountable when it comes to our employment responsibilities is not doing anyone any favours. Not children, not fathers, not bosses — and certainly not women. [Oh really? And on what basis do you make that dramatic claim?]

Only when the female half of the population is expected to hold down a job and earn money to pay the bills in the same way that men are routinely expected to do will we see things change for the better for either gender. [What?!?  How?!?  By fulfilling the demands of your demented ideology by forcing everyone to conform to them, and thus confirm their “truth” in your addled mind?  By helping you overcome your bad feelz for choosing to work instead of raise your own kids, or favoring career to the extent you never had any?]

Only when it becomes the norm for all families to have both parents in paid employment, and sharing the stress of the work-home juggle, will we finally have a serious conversation about how to achieve a more balanced modern workplace. [Oh, so now we’re back to fulfilling feminist ideological items.  But really, she’s all over the map. This is a rant, not a cogent argument.]

Only when the tiresome and completely unfounded claim that “feminism is about choice” is dead and buried (it’s not about choice, it’s about equality) will we consign restrictive gender stereotypes to history. [So it’s all about demanding reality conform to a wholly unrealistic and unobtainable ideology.  Like all forms of leftism.]

So long as we as a nation [Australia] cling to the lie that only a stay-at-home mum is best placed to assume the responsibilities of caregiver then working fathers will continue to feel insecure about stepping off the corporate treadmill to spend more time with their children.

That is nothing but a rhetorical flourish intended to make her feminist demands appear to have benefits for all and not just the feminist cohort.  But it’s manifestly easy to prove feminists don’t give a damn about the good of men or children, abortion (and the above) prove the latter, and their reflexive invective against men prove the former.

Sargon of Akkad – who is a liberal, but an anti-leftist – takes this op-ed and other matters apart from a different perspective in the video below.  One really good point is the totalitarian ethos that suffuses this woman’s rant, which is of course a central part of the leftist ideology – the good of the state trumps the needs or wants of the individual. Subsequently he covers the growing tendency among the Black Lives Matters and others in the race-baiting industry to parse themselves by skin color.  That is to say, darker blacks are higher on the victimhood pyramid and thus more virtuous and enjoying more (wholly unearned) moral standing than lighter skinned ones.  This was inevitable, and will hopefully lead to the fracturing and neutering of this movement.

Strong language warning.

Is it just me, or do (radical?) feminists tip their hand a bit too much about their coolness – to say the least – towards children?

 

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A Little Beautiful Catholic Culture: Saint Benedict Center Sings Byrd’s Ave Verum March 29, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, religious, Restoration, Tradition, Virtue.
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This is the Saint Benedict Center in New Hampshire, the one with the catholicism.org website.  Sensus Fidelium added the following description on  Youtube:

On October 22, 2016 the Brothers and Sisters from Saint Benedict Center, with some students and volunteers, went to The Arbors of Bedford, an Assisted Living Facility in New Hampshire, to sing and play for the residents. Here is our recording of William Byrd’s Ave Verum.

Great, and really well suited to this time of Lent!

Start Novena for the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today 03/29! March 29, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Our Lady, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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Thanks to reader MJD for the reminder and Novena below:

Most holy and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, you stood beneath the cross, witnessing the agony of your dying Son.
Look with a mother’s tenderness and pity on me, who kneel before you. I venerate your sorrows and I place my requests
with filial confidence in the sanctuary of your wounded heart
.

Present them, I beseech you, on my behalf to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most sacred passion and death, together with your sufferings at the foot of the cross. Through the united efficacy of both, obtain the granting of my petition.To whom shall I have recourse in my wants and miseries if not to you, Mother of Mercy? You have drunk so deeply of the chalice of your Son, you can compassionate our sorrows.

Holy Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of your divine Son. Intercede for me
and obtain for me from our Lord {mention your petition}, if it be for His honor and glory, and for my good. Amen.

LET US PRAY
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

You can also pray the Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows:

Lord, have mercy on us
Christ have mercy on us
Lord have mercy on us
Christ hear us
Christ graciously hear us

God, the Father of heaven
Have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world
Have mercy on us
God the Holy Ghost
Have mercy on us

Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins pray for us
Mother of the Crucified pray for us
Sorrowful Mother pray for us
Mournful Mother pray for us

Sighing Mother pray for us
Afflicted Mother pray for us
Forsaken Mother pray for us
Desolate Mother pray for us
Mother most sad pray for us

Mother set around with anguish pray for us
Mother overwhelmed by grief pray for us
Mother transfixed by a sword pray for us
Mother crucified in thy heart pray for us
Mother bereaved of thy Son pray for us

Sighing Dove pray for us
Mother of Dolors pray for us
Fount of tears pray for us
Sea of bitterness pray for us
Field of tribulation pray for us

Mass of suffering pray for us
Mirror of patience pray for us
Rock of constancy pray for us
Remedy in perplexity pray for us
Joy of the afflicted pray for us

Ark of the desolate pray for us
Refuge of the abandoned pray for us
Shield of the oppressed pray for us
Conqueror of the incredulous pray for us
Solace of the wretched pray for us

Medicine of the sick pray for us
Help of the faint pray for us
Strength of the weak pray for us
Protectress of those who fight pray for us
Haven of the shipwrecked pray for us

Calmer of tempests pray for us
Companion of the sorrowful pray for us
Retreat of those who groan pray for us
Terror of the treacherous pray for us
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs pray for us

Treasure of the Faithful pray for us
Light of Confessors pray for us
Pearl of Virgins pray for us
Comfort of Widows pray for us
Joy of all Saints pray for us

Queen of thy Servants pray for us
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled pray for us.

Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin That we may be made
worthy of the promises of Christ

O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of
Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet
soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, grant
that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows,
may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives
and reigns world without end. Amen

California Charges Center for Medical progress with 15 Felonies March 29, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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And this being California, the likelihood of CMP being found guilty of at least one of these “throw ’em at the wall and see if they stick” charges is disturbingly probable.  At the very least, the goal of the prosecution – to defend Planned Murderhood by ruining the reputations of those who publicly expose them for the evil purveyors of baby-killing they are – will be achieved whether a conviction occurs or not.  Forever anon, whenever CMP or David Daleiden is mentioned in the liberal/leftist press, there will surely be a little message about how they have faced numerous criminal charges for their activities, which message will be designed to discredit them and by extension the entire pro-life movement.

Ben Shapiro makes some sharp and insightful commentary below on this nakedly political persecution below:

On Tuesday, the state of California charged David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress on 15 felony counts over their undercover reporting regarding Planned Parenthood. In 2015, Daleiden and Merritt released video showing high-ranking Planned Parenthood members joking about selling baby body parts for market rates and picking through baby body parts in order to demonstrate which sorts of body parts were available for sale for medical research, as well as talking about the best methods of abortion for procuring those baby body parts. The California Department of Justice, under the auspices of now-Senator Kamala Harris, raided Daleiden’s home for footage in April 2016; last year, the state of Texas pursued charges against Daleiden and Merritt, but those charges were thrown out. [With prejudice.  It was a humiliating defeat for the Harris County DA (a known Planned Butcherhood supporter and collaborator) and the grand jury that made the indictment.  But expect a different outcome in just about any court in California, save maybe for Orange County or some rural county in the north, but I’m sure the state will prevent the trial from being held in such reasonable environs]

So, here’s the question: where’s the media, rushing to the defense of these undercover journalists?

They’re silent. Or they’re celebrating, since they think that Daleiden and Merritt were evil conservatives out to target the saints at Planned Parenthood. They buy the lie that the tapes were deceptively edited so as to implicate Planned Parenthood in nefarious activity – but the tapes show precisely what the tapes show.

Shapiro then goes on to show important court precedents regarding the law under which CMP is being charged – a CA law that bars taping of PRIVATE conversations between two individuals unless consent is obtained from both parties.  But as Shapiro notes, a conversation in a public place like a restaurant is a dubious grounds for a private conversation, and even precedents from the crazy 9th Circus Court have found that journalists have a right to tape conversations when engaged in investigative journalism.  I expect the prosecutors to try to establish that CMP were not real journalists and thus do not fall under this broader interpretation.

Another note via Ace of Spades, a Chicago-area TV station secretly recorded undercover footage of alleged animal cruelty at a poultry farm in California – is there any likelihood at all that this ABC affiliate will be prosecuted?  Absolutely none.

Just another way that the Left is trying to create a tiered standard of citizenship in this country, with leftists at the top enjoying special privileges and immunities, and conservatives at the bottom facing not only the full force of the law but vicious interpretations of same simply because of their beliefs.  More and more in this country, the ability to live free from tyrannical persecution from the government depends very much on where you live and what you believe.  And this trend is growing.  I cannot see how this can persist for much longer without some kind of rupture.

I was, however, somewhat heartened to see the video below.  Some self-described “antifa (anti-fascist)” protesters used fascist techniques to try to stop a pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach Saturday.  The left were vastly outnumbered, and when they started hitting conservatives and spraying women with pepper spray, things did not go well for them (language warning, this was a heated situation and people did not always maintain their cool):

The good news is that in a dicey legal situation like this none of the Trump supporters were arrested but 4 “antifas” face felony counts.  At least until it becomes known they are the sons of “important” college professors or judges or left-wing activists and then of course the charges will be quietly dismissed.  But at least they may get to sweat for a while.