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…….just as the most racist among us, are those who constantly decry and claim to fight against the racism they claim to see all around them.
It was not always this way. There have been legitimate complaints against racial injustice and perhaps some wrong-headed attitudes regarding the role of women in our society in the past (though I would argue that the feminist movement as such has always been problematic if not fundamentally disordered). But since virtually all those battles were, by and large, overwhelmingly won decades ago, those who persist in advocating for radical forms of feminism and racialism have passed from fighting injustice into advocacy for new forms of supremacy. Robert Stacy McCain has long proved to my satisfaction, through his multi-year expose of hardcore feminism, that these types have long ago shucked any real interest in equality, and in effect now want to see men castigated and subjugated just as women ostensibly were some decades ago. It’s about revenge and continuing the revolutionary unmaking of all extant social mores much more than it is about true justice or concern for the good of others.
A major demonstration of this has occurred as Hillary Clinton’s campaign has continued to (hopefully) implode. With more and more young women preferring the 74 year old cantankerous socialist Bernie Sanders to Queen Hillary, a good number of feminist ideologues have come out of the woodwork of late to tell these young women that they are betraying the sacred sisterhood by refusing to support a woman for president. Not only that, but they have done so in ways that are as stereotypically sexist and offensive as can be imagined.
Example A: Gloria Steinem claimed on the Bill Maher show that the only reason ditzy young women were supporting Sanders is because that’s where the boyz are at, and obviously young women just do whatever boys say, or go wherever the boys are:
Asked why the former secretary of state isn’t doing better among young women, Steinem said females typically don’t start taking politics seriously until they get older.
“When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,” Steinem added.
Maher was immediately taken aback by Steinem’s comment.
“Now if I said that — ‘Yeah, they’re for Bernie ’cause that’s where the boys are’ — you’d swat me,” Maher said.
“No, I wouldn’t,” Steinem fired back.
The aging leftist warrior later apologized for your taking offense through misinterpretation of what her words plainly meant.
Example B: Foul crone and only the second most incompetent Secretary of State this nation has ever seen (the other being the candidate she presently supports), Madeleine Albright, had even choicer words for those who betray the sacred secrets of the yaya sisterhood:
Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright introduced Hillary Clinton at an event in New Hampshire on Saturday, telling the crowd and voters in general: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” [Voting left is the only acceptable form of help, apparently]
As an aside, and just to show how disconnected from reality Albright continues to be (as she was back in the 90s), she also made this astounding claim:
Albright said: “When she was secretary of state, she restored America’s reputation.
“Those other people before made huge mistakes. They really undermined our reputation and our position in the world, and Hillary Clinton brought us back, she restored our position in the world.
Oh yes. That’s just exactly what she did, with her stupid “reset” button (ask the Crimeans about that), abandoning Libya to jihadists, and enacting Obama administration policy supporting the “Arab spring” that gave us ISIS, interminable civil war, and jihadi terror spreading faster than stage 4 cancer.
Back to the main point – the kinds of extremism we see today is where radical rhetoric regarding “equality” always leads – to “black lives matter” types being openly bigoted towards whites, vehemently rejecting that all lives could possibly matter, and such. It leads to an environment on college campuses for young men worse than even the most outlandish leftist fever dreams about 50s McCarthyism. That’s because equality has, for the hard left, always simply been yet another vehicle for what they really want, which is power.
Not that she was any great shakes, herself, but remember the campaign of hate-fueled destruction the left conducted against Sarah Palin a few years ago, for having the temerity to be a successful woman in public life who rejected the prevaricating shibboleths of the left? That was just a more obvious example of what happens if one steps off the demonrat plantation as one of its constituencies. The entire media lined up to proclaim that Palin was a traitor and not even a “real” woman because she had a large family, didn’t support abortion, and wasn’t a leftist.
The message is always the same. Don’t ever think for yourself. Don’t ever cross them. Just shut up and do what you’re told, and they’ll continue to pretend to care about you. Otherwise, they’ll crush you like an ant, as Nancy Brinker Komen learned to her great cost.
And so it continues today, not just against high-profile opponents of the leftist-industrial complex, but even against lowly college girls who dare to vote the “wrong” way. You would hope the young would observe this kind of treatment and be repulsed not just by the individuals promoting it, but by the entire movement that is so dependent on this kind of social ostracism and tribal shaming. Unfortunately, they won’t. Many have been indoctrinated in leftism since kindergarten and it will take a miracle – or maybe, someday, the cold, hard slap of reality – to shake them from their unthinking obeisance to progressive ideology.
A thought regarding Fr. Rodriguez….. February 9, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, Liturgy, persecution, priests, Revolution, scandals, self-serving.
…..concerning a possible Dallas connection regarding the demand he apparently faces to not only offer the Novus Ordo, but, lacking any justification in the rubrics of the Mass or canon law, to offer it strictly versus poplum, facing the people. I remind readers of an excerpt from a directive of El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz to Fr. Rodriguez, as related by Father in his recent public update on his situation:
I enjoin you to celebrate the Mass and Sacraments according to the Novus Ordo in the Mission of Shafter. The Mass and the Sacraments must be celebrated in the vernacular of the people (English or Spanish) and not Ad Orientem.
I was reminded that this demand was similar to a situation that played out here in the Diocese of Dallas a few years ago. Then, a priest announced that he would start offering Mass Ad Orientem at his Sunday Masses, and that folks had better get used to the idea because he wasn’t changing his mind. At that time, we were not yet assisting at TLMs, but we did assist at the very reverent Latin Novus Ordo Masses this particular priest offered. We, and a number of other souls under who attended this parish, were elated at this development.
But a very strange and unfortunate thing happened. Just a couple of weeks after this announcement, the priest went back to Mass facing the people. He didn’t explain why, in fact, to my knowledge, he still has never given a justification for this volte face. I wound up finding out through another source, months later, that someone at the parish had complained to the Diocese, and a very firm decree had some down that the practice of Ad Orientem was barred for this priest and this parish. Even more, no priest was to offer Novus Ordo Mass facing the Lord in the tabernacle in any parish at any time.
At the time this all came down, Bishop Seitz was still Father Seitz, pastor of All Saints with the gay pornish processional crucifix (which, in fairness, I guess, did predate his time there). But it seems highly likely that whatever directive was issued in this diocese, however unjustifiable, it continues to inform Bishop Seitz’ thinking regarding how the Mass not just should, but must be offered. That is, in the closed off circle of self-worship, in Pope Emeritus’ Benedict’s words, of the versus poplum orientation.
I guess given his history, it’s not entirely surprising that Bishop Seitz would hold this view, unsupportable as it appears to be. That doesn’t make it any more right, of course.
I thought this small historical tie would be of interest to readers. Like Communion in the hand and the abandonment of chapel veils, this massive novelty rests on nothing at all other than progressive whim and the will of a large number of bishops. There is nothing in any formal Church document that demands Mass facing the people. A sort of vague permission to offer Mass facing the people sneaked into the post-conciliar documents produced by the revolutionaries of the liturgical “renewal” led by Anibale Bugnini, but there was even in these never a clear demand to change the orientation of the priest at Mass. At most, it implies the possibility of such.
I remind, as well, that declarations from national conferences are non-dogmatic and have questionable binding authority, at best. We were told for a long time that lay people were to be refused Communion received kneeling and on the tongue, until that turned out to no longer be the case. We’ve also been told that the TLM was abrogated, until that, too, turned out to be totally false.
In sum, this demand for versus poplum rests on the flimsiest of premises, and raises grave questions regarding those who insist upon it.
How do we know a Gospel is a Gospel? – the Church February 9, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, reading, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Some good points from the Haydock Study Bible on how the authority of Scipture was determined, on the central role of a single authoritative Church, the rejection of protestant errors, and also those protestant-inspired errors which have flooded into the Church in the wake of the destructive “opening to the world” we’ve experienced in the past several decades.
Without the Church to say that a Gospel was divinely inspired, there was, and is, nothing to give it credence. Thus, some “gospels” – like the Gnostic writings attributed to “Mary” and “Thomas” – were excluded as being false and not divinely inspired, based on the Tradition of the Church, while the Four Gospels were of course codified as the basis of the New Testament and the core source of revelation for the New Covenant.
Rev. George Leo Haydock concisely and very effectively summarizes this critical truth, that without the Church’s assent, Scripture was nothing:
This and other titles, with the names of those that wrote the Gospels, are not the words of the Evangelists themselves. The Scripture itself nowhere teacheth us, which books or writings are to be received as true and canonical Scriptures. It is only by the channel of unwritten traditions, and by the testimony and authority of the Catholic Church, that we know and believe that this gospel, for example of St. Matthew, with all contained in it, and that the other books and parts of the Old or New Testament, are of divine authority, or written by divine inspiration; which made St. Augustine say, I should not believe the gospel, were I not moved thereunto by the authority of the Catholic Church: Ego Evangelio non crederem, nisi me Ecclesiœ Catholicœ commoveret auctoritas. [This fact informs my personal belief that Tradition trumps Scripture. This was probably the predominant belief of the pre-conciliar Church, and especially as you go back in time 1-200 years before the Council, but under the influence of protestantism in the new church of aggiornamento, most priests and apologists today rank Scripture far ahead of Tradition in terms of its import and authority.]
In a previous section of his Biblical commentary, Fr. Haydock summarizes the proofs for belief in the Church. These might be considered handy for anyone who interacts with those in the separated sects/schismatic bodies:
- There can be but one true religion, and one only Church, the spouse of Jesus Christ. Our Lord would have only one; men are not entitled to make more. Religion is not the work of human reasoning; but it is our duty to receive it, such as it has been given us from above. One man may reason with another man, but with God we have only to pray, to humble ourselves, listen, be silent, and blindly follow……… [P]rayer, as the true end of all controversies……humbles the soul, makes it docile and obedient, and enables it to listen with fruit to the Holy Spirit
- [T]he necessity of a visible authority. Religion….is all humility. The mysteries are given us to subdue the pride of reason, by making us believe what we cannot comprehend. Without this authority, the Scripture can only serve to nourish our curiosity, presumption, jealousy of opinions, and passion for scandalous disputes: there would be but one text, but as may interpretations as religions, and as many religions as heads……And can we suppose that Jesus Christ would leave his spiritual kingdom unprovided, and abandoned to this disorder?
- The infallible promises of God are our surety……..[I]f one wish for any reform, not to seek it, like Dissenters, out of the Church, but by frequently reverting back one’s thoughts upon oneself, and by reforming every thing amiss there; by subduing all that savours of self; by silencing the imagination, listening in silence to God, and imploring his grace for the perfect accomplishment of his will. O happy, O solid reform! the more we practise this reform, the less we shall wish to reform the doctrines of the Church.
- [H]ow to act under her trials. The kingdom of God suffers violence. We cannot die to ourselves without feeling it; but the hand that afflicts us, will be our support. Truth will free you from anxieties. You will then become truly free, and enjoy the consolation of sacrificing to God your former prejudices
- Jesus Christ does not say, if you will not hear the church of this country or that; he does not suppose a plurality of churches, but one universal Church, subsisting through all ages and nations, and which is to speak and to be obeyed from one extremity of the globe to the other. Not an invisible church composed of the elect only, but a Church that can be pointed out with a finger. [A clear condemnation of the belief of many of our Church leaders today] A city elevated on the summit of a mountain, which all can see from a distance. Every one knows where to see, to find, and to consult her. She answers, she decides; we listen, and believe: and woe to those who refuse to believe and obey her: if he will not hear the Church, &c. — A father could not bear to see his son, under the pretext of reform, making parties [factions] in his family; and can our heavenly Father, who loves union, and who gives this distinctive mark to his children, suffer without indignation any unnatural children to split his family, which he has endeavoured to cement with his own blood in the bond of unity. Schism, then, which constitutes many churches, whilst God will acknowledge only one, is the greatest of crimes……..
A rejection of the claim, heard frequently in the Church today (especially among clergy, in my experience), that the Church, for a time, denied them the ability to read the Bible:
With respect to the laity, she never interdicted the Bible to them, as Protestants [and Catholics under protestant influence, as today] suppose; but, at a time when cobblers and tailors were insulting heaven with their blasphemies, and convulsing the earth with their seditions, all grounded on the misinterpretations of the Bible, she enjoined that such as took this mysterious book in hand, should have received a tincture of learning, so as to be able to read it in one or other of the learned languages; unless their respective pastors should judge from their good sense and good dispositions, that they would derive no mischief from reading it in the vulgar tongue. (Reg. 4. Ind. Trid.) At present the Catholic prelates do not think it necessary to enforce even this restriction, and accordingly Catholic versions are to be found in folio, quarto, and octavo, with the entire approbation of those prelates.
I’ll close with a quote Fr. Haydock includes from the great 17th century French Archbishop Francois Fenelon:
“The Christian Church, without such a fixed and visible authority, would be like a republic to which wise laws had been given, but without magistrates to look to their execution. What a source of confusion this! “Each individual, with the book of laws in his hand, would dispute about their meaning. The sacred oracles, in that case, would serve only to feed our vain curiosity, to increase our pride and presumption, and to make us more tenacious of our own opinions. There would indeed be but one original text, but as many different manners of explaining it as there are men. Divisions and subdivisions would multiply without end, and without remedy. Can we think that our Sovereign Lawgiver has not provided better for the peace of his republic, and for the preservation of his law?”
Interesting commentary, with significant insight for how our own Constitution is fought and debated over, to the point that it has been made to say a great many things well beyond any reasonable interpretation. But that’s a subject for another post……
……However, the fact that the US Constitution, a product of man (though frequently exalted as the greatest political document ever), in less than a century degenerated into many factions totally at odds as to what it said, serves as a kind of demonstration for the divine nature of the Church, in that she persevered 2000 years while maintaining the same beliefs, even as some souls in error sadly cut themselves off from here. We are at a terrible point in her illustrious history where that constancy in truth is under attack as perhaps never before, but it still remains, in spite of all the efforts of the modernists and their leftist allies, though we are getting dangerously close to the precipice. May God protect His Church.
Commercial runs featuring ultrasound of baby, pro-aborts lose minds February 9, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, family, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, paganism, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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The one good thing I have seen come out of this flap over the tacky Doritos commercial below is that a number of secular-leaning reporters/writers have awakened to the realization that these people are not “pro-choice,” they are pro-abortion. They desire as few babies being born as possible, and, quite possibly, zero births.
So Doritos ran an add that showed a baby, in utero, jonesing for some of their chips. Here’s the ad, which ends in a tacky and sort of gross way:
Dumb, right? A baby chasing after a Dorito via cheesy CGI? And of course dads are stupid, slovenly, and oblivious.
Well, even that was too much for the misanthropes at NARAL, who promptly tweeted out their disgust at this terrible “humanizing” of fetuses. Even more, NARAL in Ohio found the NFL ads noting a statistical jump in births 9 months after Super Bowls (and praising that as a good thing) as being something calling for more birth control, especially IUDs, which have the tendency to go haywire and render women permanently sterile. Feature or bug? You decide.
NARAL lambasted Frito-Lay for using “anti-choice” tactics. But what if someone’s choice is to have a bunch of babies? Isn’t that a choice, too? Not for you. Get an IUD, or, better yet, an abortion. Then they can sell the parts for a bunch of profit.
Additional commentary from the National Review:
The trouble for NARAL and other pro-choice advocates is that technological advances like ultrasounds have become some of the most powerful arguments on the pro-life side.
Even at the earliest stages of a pregnancy, it is clearly evident that the image an ultrasound shows is a tiny little human, and countless parents have watched that screen in amazement, overjoyed to see their baby for the first time and hear its heart beating.
By showing a “fetus” as not a “clump of cells” but a tiny human being, Doritos exposed the weakness of the pro-abortion worldview: The commitment to denying the humanity of the unborn child is in conflict with basic common sense. Those who prefer to describe their side as “pro-choice” cannot tolerate any evidence that shows the human life that “choice” could be ending. [It’s never been about choice. It’s always been about control. If you can convince a mother to kill her own child, what can you not convince her of?]
Melissa Conway, Texas Right to Life’s director of external relations, praised the ad for “clearly capturing the human emotions and reactions of the preborn child.” In this ad, continued Conway, “Doritos acknowledges the awareness, feelings, and humanity each tiny life possesses.”
Texas state senator Konni Burton, a strong pro-life advocate who won the district formerly held by Wendy Davis (infamous for her 2013 pink-sneakered filibuster against a bill banning late-term abortions) agreed. “This ad shows the reason we fight so hard for the pro-life cause,” Burton told National Review. “The unborn child is human, unmistakably so.”
Pro-aborts, of course, have to deny that obvious fact. If too many people start comprehending the humanity of the unborn child, the inevitable result is that abortion will be finally, mercifully banned. And pro-aborts cannot have that. So they have to pretend that a baby is not human, and resort to more and more ludicrous distinctions as to what constitutes life, in effect denying the free will they claim to cherish, and instead making the baby’s life something totally at the whim of the mother. Unethicists like Pete Singer have taken this line of thinking to its logical conclusion, noting that if a mother can kill a fully human child in utero on a whim, then why not a 2 year old, or a five year old?
And the sick thing is, a not inconsiderable number of people agree with them. Child hatred is a growing phenomenon in this culture of ours, which I’m sure any number of you have experienced.
Francis’ February Prayer Intentions Nearly as Bad as January’s February 8, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
This month, instead of the promotion of religious indifference masquerading as “dialogue” and understanding, we get a lecture on environmentalism. Once again, no call to prayer, but demands to change one’s manner of living, or, perhaps, vote the “right” way. The ethos, the philosophy conveyed is thoroughly left-wing and overwhelmingly secular. We are to be “freed from the slavery of consumerism,” apparently, by embracing unspecified “care for the environment.” Otherwise, mother Gaia, the vengeful goddess, will smite us all in her hideous wrath:
I’m not sorry to say this, because it’s so obvious: this video, supposedly conveying prayer intentions!, has all the depth and impact of an Amnesty International commercial you’ve seen 400 times. It is stunning in its banality and ineffectiveness, stifling in its promotion of left-wing shibboleths.
I’m blogging on this, because it’s more than rhetoric, it’s a form of action, carefully communicating to the world a very much different image of the Church than what has been presented heretofore. There have certainly been prayer intentions from popes in the past few decades that were more worldly and less inspiring at times. But never such a naked advocacy of what amounts to a form of politicking. I think that’s what being pointed at here, because individual souls rarely have the ability to have a great deal of impact on environmental policy.
Sure, we can all recycle or ride a bike or a bus or whatever, but such will do very little to decrease, say, global CO2 output, if that were even a problem (and it’s not). Making a large impact on the environment typically requires governmental action, and I think that’s more than hinted at in the “prayer intention.” We all know which parties are associated with this kind of extreme concern over the state of the environment, and they are rarely the right wing ones. Voting for such parties is frequently viewed as the best kind of contribution an individual can make to such an ostensible global “crisis.”
Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I don’t think the political dimension can be overlooked. I say this as someone who recycles more than anyone else on his street, by far, and who generally does have some concern over the responsibility we have towards the created gifts God has given us. My wife was an environmental engineer, for crying out loud. But this pseudo-prayer intention thing is really more progressive virtue signalling and moral posturing than anything else, to my mind.
It’s much safer to live on a toxic dump site than it is to be “gay” February 8, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
So said the reformed “gay” and celibate Joseph Sciambra on his blog recently. He notes several dire statistics concerning men drawn to sodomize other men, which make clear that this lifestyle is far more dangerous to one’s health than living on top of a toxic waste dump (in this case, Love Canal) for years. Please note, this post deals with very explicit subject matter, children and those with delicate consciences should not read:
Condom use is declining among men who have sex with men. In a large survey of MSM in major urban areas, nearly two-thirds reported having condomless anal sex at least once during the past year, and a quarter said they had receptive anal intercourse without a condom the last time they had sex with a man. [It was only a matter of time.]
- 67% of HIV-positive men reported condomless anal sex with a male partner;
- 65% of HIV-negative men reported condomless anal sex with a male partner;
- when asked about their most recent sexual encounter, 26% of HIV-negative MSM and 20% of HIV-positive MSM reported only having had oral sex;
- of HIV-negative men aged 18-24, over 28% reported condomless receptive anal intercourse;………
- in comparison, the CDC estimates that there are 1,218,400 people in the US infected with HIV; that is approximately 0.37% of the total population; that means – in some “gay” communities, the HIV rates are nearly 95X higher than in the general population; at the infamous Love Canal toxic dump site in New York State the risk of cancer was only 1.7-2 times higher than in neighboring areas and birth defects were 3.4 times higher than in the rest of the country.
Other damning statistics from a different post:
The UK-based FS Magazine, a gay men’s health and life periodical, surveyed over 1000 “gay” men in Britain and discovered that:
- “41% are in, or have previously experienced, an open relationship.”
More findings – of those men in an “open” relationship:
- “93% strongly disagree that ‘open relationships are not real relationships.’”
- “31% believe relationships end up open because gay men can’t be monogamous. However 47% think that it’s quite possible to have an monogamous relationship but choose not to;”
- “Over two thirds of the men we surveyed who are currently in an open relationship said they don’t use condoms with their partner – although 64% say they always use condoms with casual partners. 55% have picked up an STI during their open relationship, with 70% believing they got that STI from a casual partner.”
I could not find the below on Sciambra’s site, but reader MJD sent me the following, which apparently came from it, regarding yesterday’s Super Bowl halftime show featuring the diabolical Beyonce:
“I attended a talk given by local exorcist Priest Fr. Gary Thomas last week in San Francisco – almost as an aside, he mentioned that Beyonce is involved with satanism and that her Superbowl half-time show (from 2013) was littered with demonic imagery; there was an audible gasp from the audience; 2 years ago I wrote about Beyonce’s collaboration with a child pornographer; Beyonce will be at the SB again this year; please do not watch the Superbowl, which is really an occult ceremony interrupted by a sporting event; BTW – Lady Gaga will offer up this country as a blood sacrifice to hell by singing the National Anthem…Enjoy the cultural decline.”
Not sure how he arrives at the Lady Gaga blood sacrifice thing, but who am I to
judge question? It’s not like I doubt it.
And yet we are now taught that this is perfectly normal, and even better than normal, a positive good we should all accept as wonderful and even strive to emulate as fundamentally better than we are now, or were raised to be. This is nothing but the acting out of the massive confirmation bias prevalent – one might say omnipresent – among the self-anointed sexular pagan elite. They desire the destruction of the family as an institution, as it is the primary obstacle to the complete reordering of society that they seek. It is nothing more than the same old reordering the communist/hard left has always sought, but they have found the ultimate means of bringing it about by attacking masculinity, fatherhood, the conception of self, and the family. Unfortunately, in spite of the obviousness of the gambit to those with eyes to see, they have been amazingly, spectacularly successful.
The cost to souls and society at large has been incalculable. Joseph Sciambra is just one case in point, there are millions more like him (including myself), who have bought the lies the sexular pagans have sold. We have been blessed, by the Grace of God, to reject those lies and strive to follow the narrow way of Jesus Christ. But we are the rare minority. Such a tragedy. An even greater tragedy is the rarity of leaders in the Church who are willing to confront this evil, to name it and shame it, as it were, and to lead souls away from its many seemingly attractive enticements.
It is unclear at this time whether the Diocese of Lubbock has followed through on its promise to ban the open or concealed carry of guns from all Church premises. At issue is whether the required signs have been installed. However, the intent has been made plain since late last year. And as has occurred in so many other “gun free zones,” they almost seem a magnet to violence. A man was shot and killed outside a Lubbock church last night:
A man was taken to University Medical Center following a shooting at a Lubbock church Sunday evening. Just after 8:30 pm – about 2 and-a-half hours after the shooting – police said the victim died.
The shooting occurred at the Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic University Parish, located at 2316 Broadway Street, early Sunday evening.
Witnesses said they heard a gun shot when they were exiting Sunday night mass.
Lubbock Police immediately responded and Orestes Garza, 51, was taken to UMC where he later died.
Garza is known as ‘West’ by many in the community. He was a musician performing at the Mean Women Grill and The Cactus Theater.
“Genuinely loved by everyone that met him and his dynamite performing skills and human being that he was will radiate through the Cactus Theater and the Lubbock community for many years to come,” said Dustin Garrett, a friend and co-worker at the Cactus Theater.
Late Sunday evening, Levelland Police apprehended the suspect involved in the fatal shooting. Levelland Police Dispatch said the suspect is in custody at the Hockley County Jail. The name of the suspect has not been confirmed yet. [He has now. Se llama Pete Garcia]
It sounds passing strange to say, but fortunately, this was a focused attack and not a crazed gunman seeking to kill as many as possible. This individual apparently had some long-standing beef with the deceased and committed a heinous, evil act.
There are two general approaches to acts of grave evil of this kind. One is to enact laws and ordinances that restrict the rights of individuals to defend themselves, hoping against hope that the law of averages will work in one’s favor and an attack will not materialize. Inherent in this mode of thinking is that people are generally irresponsible and need to be closely monitored and directed in what not to do. Thus, they should be denied the ability to protect themselves.
The other view is that law-abiding people are responsible individuals possessed of rights from their Creator, one of the chief of which is the ability to protect themselves when under attack or threat of attack. It is possible had such an individual been present Sunday night, Pete Garcia might have been stopped and Orestes Garza still alive. At the very least, we can see, yet again, how totally ineffective such bans are against individuals bent on committing grave felonies.
I’ll pray for the repose of the soul of Orestes Garza, and for an end to reflexive imposition of bad policies that do nothing to prevent gun violence, and may even help perpetrate it.
BTW, a reader had an interesting idea. One reason why dioceses decide overwhelmingly to ban guns is because it is much cheaper, liability-wise, for them to do so. That’s because there is generally little or no penalty, in terms of monetary liability, if an attack occurs on a premise with a gun ban. But that may be changing. There is a law under consideration in Tennessee that would hold entities that enact such bans liable for any injuries or deaths due to malice that occur on premises covered by a ban. Individuals who would have been otherwise armed could thus so for damages.
It remains to be seen how effective this would be at overturning gun bans in private locales. Such would at least help tilt the cost calculations – which tend to dominate this kind of decision-making – back in favor of law-abiding armed citizens.
Contact Dallas City Council to stop return of EXXXotica Expo February 8, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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Last summer, the Dallas City Council and convention center authorities stealthily approved a demonically immoral “convention” at the Dallas Convention Center (Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) called Exxxotica Expo. I wrote on this at that time. I also got interviewed for some online publication about my opposition, but I never saw the actual article.
At any rate, Exxxotica is trying to return to Dallas for another exhibition of the degree to which our society has sunk into amoral license and hedonistic pleasure this year. However, many more citizens, having been gravely scandalized by last year’s event, are mobilizing to stop it. This includes billionaire land-owner and oil industry tycoon Ray Hunt [WARNING: LINK CONTAINS IMMORAL IMAGES].
The Dallas City Council is set to vote on whether to grant a permit for this perverse confab this Wednesday. I strongly recommend readers who reside in Dallas, City of, to contact all council members as well as Mayor Mike Rawlins. The Mayor is ostensibly opposed to this event, but his verbal opposition last year amounted to little. It seems a good number of the generally liberally inclined council members are in favor of allowing this new event to go through. But thousands of communiques has been known to change minds.
The contact info for all Dallas City Council members is here. You can contact individually or send a general message to all council members. But individual contact probably works best. You might especially contact Phillip Kingston, who influentially supported the original event last year, and threw out some ridiculous straw men arguments, such as blocking this one event meant that Dallas had to get out of the convention business altogether. He appears to be a ringleader in support for this debauched affair.
h/t reader MFG
Jubilee Year of Mercy a bust in Rome……. February 5, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, self-serving, suicide, the struggle for the Church.
……..and, I would suspect, around the world. This is what comes from undermining sacred truths and loudly proclaiming that God is all mercy and makes no demands of us save for a vague commitment to progressive consciousness. If God is all mercy and no justice, why bother with getting an indulgence? I’m saved anyway, right? And Communion is something owed to everyone, so receiving it is not special at all.
Pope Francis Jubilee has been so far extremely disappointing, with incredibly few faithfuls showing up in Rome. Unbelievable! No one could forecast such a disappointing turnout of pilgrims. But it is the sad truth of the first two months of the Jubilee. It is time to draw a balance, and it’s a bitter one.
Things immediately started on the wrong foot on inauguration day, December 8, in the wake of the November 14 Paris shock. It was hoped that Christmas could go better, but so many people cancelled after the Paris terror attacks that nothing changed during the Winter holidays. January was even worse. The number of Catholics attending the Wednesday General Audiences plummeted below thinkable levels……..
……lines at security checks are short simply because so few people are coming to Rome. The mandatory reservations to cross the Holy Door was scrapped a couple of days after the start of the Jubilee as it was already clear that there was nearly noone around.
We’re not comparing this Jubilee’s figures with the last one in the year 2000. The current one was announced with a very short notice and it was conceived with very few key events and as a decentralised Jubilee, to be celebrated in each diocese. But the figures are so dismal that even a simple comparison with last year is puzzling: basically there is the same amount of people as last year. Major disappointment.
The Goddess of War Wants to Consume Our Daughters February 5, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, Domestic Church, error, family, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Good commentary by Michael Matt on the recent support given by the politicians in uniform for opening registration for selective service to women. I’m a bit surprised this is happening, at least so soon, I thought there would be some uproar, but apparently, we’re too far gone for that. We can see how much 8 years of Obama have brought the military chiefs into line, with even the Commandant of the Marine Corps dutifully repeating the company line, even though his own service tests revealed the disastrous unsuitability of virtually all women for any kind of ground combat role. Long forgotten is even the faintest hint of the notion of women being the gentler sex, of being ordered for nurturing and bringing life into the world, not killing, and being protected from such evils as shedding blood for purposes of state policy:
“The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.
Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, both said they were in favor of the change during an occasionally contentious Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the full integration of women in the military. The generals, both infantry officers, offered their opinions in response to a question from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who said that she also is in favor of the change.
“Senator, I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft,” said Milley, echoing the remarks of Neller. [Self-serving miscreants]
After the hearing, Neller added in a short interview that any young American as a rite of passage should have to register for Selective Service….
“Carter’s action allows women for the first time to apply for a variety of physically punishing positions, including Army and Marine Corps infantryman, as well as Special Operations jobs, including Navy SEAL and Green Beret. The Defense Department plans to begin implementing associated changes in training and evaluation by April 1.”
Before I get to Matt’s searing commentary, let me inform you how this will play out. Failure to have a certain number of women in “glamour slots” like the Green Berets, SEALs, or Marine Recon will be taken as evidence of sexism. Since zero women can qualify for those positions with their current standards, standards will be dramatically cut, if not obliterated. For a time, men will be held to the old, strict standard, and women to a new, much softer one. But eventually, if history is any guide, all standards will be dramatically lowered as men bring suits to bear. This has already happened across the military.
Even more, women can expect dramatically preferential treatment. In order to prove how un-sexist they are, careerist officers will insist that women show up on the top of proficiency tests like marksmanship, orienteering, and the like. This already happens with grim regularity today. But maybe a US military incapable of fighting is more of a feature, than a bug.
Some of Matt’s comments I found more choice:
I have five daughters, and the day that this increasingly demonic government attempts to drag them into combat is the day I take my family and leave this country. I don’t care what they do to me, but I fear the sick tortures of mind and body these globalist Christophobes have in store for my children and grandchildren……..
……..God help us, what a monster this evil Goddess Liberty has turned out to be. Mothers, sisters and daughters in combat—how liberating! Here’s where their precious ‘pill’ has taken them, to a world robbed of the civilizing leaven of femininity, with no maternal heart, no womanly gentleness, no queenly grace, no beauty, no life. [And the pill is one major reason why they have to draft women into combat in the first place, as we’re short millions of young men that should exist due to contraception and abortion.]
Just an ugly, sterile, globalist prison filled with testosterone, crime, drugs and brutal sex. Not only is chivalry dead but its point and purpose no longer exists. [Testosterone, but not masculinity, and certainly not manhood]
The Godless ones are clearly transforming our world into a place where the sting of death may soon seem a small price to pay to get out, and where the living may well come to envy the dead.
This is the New World Order…and it will be no place to live. Everything true, good and beautiful is being systematically eradicated before our eyes, and now this modern Moloch wants to devour our little girls on the altar of Liberty.
They’ve taken God’s greatest gifts and urinated all over them all—from life, to love, to family, to innocence, to grace, to true liberty. I know I’m not the only one who’s grown supremely weary of the whole bloody reign of spiritual and moral terror. I cling to my faith, my rosary, my family—but I know the mob is coming to take them all away in due time.
Really well said. None of this is accidental. There has been a design at work for centuries, and all the things we see, from trying to make little girls play soldier to making little boys play Girl Scouts are not unintended consequences of the Revolution. It is the inevitable end-product of a godless, amoral society. And not to be a downer, but I don’t see it getting any better anytime soon, especially with the highest levels of the Church now seeming bent on caving.