Islam doubles in US in Seven Years July 29, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
Picked this up from Mahound’s Paradise. The percentage of Americans citing islam as their religion more than doubled in a mere seven years, outpacing any other religion save for militant atheism. Not good, really not very good. BAD:
Some commentary from Mahound:
The survey relied on similar interviews conducted in the two different time periods. Roughly, people were identified as what they said they were or what they want to be identified as, without going into what being a member of X religion actually meant to them, or whether they were “practicing,” etc.
I’m not surprised that the Christian numbers went down. Nor am I surprised that the Muslim numbers went up. But I was very much surprised that the Muslim numbers more than doubled in just seven years.
I was surprised that Mormonism went down. I had always assumed that the exponential growth of that group was unstoppable. [Nah. They have huge turnover. Only so many people can be convinced to believe in unspeakable blasphemy (I’m “god!”) and magic underwear] I was also surprised that Judaism went up.
As you can see, the “Asian” religions – Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism – are now roughly tied in numbers, though Islam has moved ahead, almost certainly to stay. Hinduism went sharply up, though not as much as Islam, while Buddhism held the line………
…….obviously the momentum is with Islam. The proportion of Muslims in the United States more than doubled in seven years. I would assume the absolute numbers (given the increase in total population) came close to tripling in the last ten years.
Well, it’s been deliberate government policy, throughout the West, to import as many
militant jihadists muslims as possible. AND, this mass importation began under Bush ’43, so party has little to do with it. The elites have decided multikulti is a positive good, it gives them their good progressive feelz, and if a few thousand bible-thumpers have to die for those feelz, so be it! It does get a bit inconvenient, however, when the muslims attack the wrong sorts. Bah! No matter, never let a crisis go to waste, so it’s all good in the end.
If trends continue, in about 40-50 years, more Americans will be atheist or belong to a heathen religion than Christian. And that’s ultimately what’s dooming this nation, and the entire West. Western Civilization was built on a Christian (Catholic) basis and will not survive long apart from that basis. There is no political solution for a fundamentally moral/cultural crisis.
Shock! Widely Cited Gun Violence Study Full of Holes…… July 29, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, error, foolishness, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, silliness, Society.
……so to speak.
It’s always a very telling sign when a purported scientist – although sociology is not a branch of science known for its rigorous methods – refuses to share his data with other scientists. It’s also very telling when the so-called scientific journal in which he published his highly politicized study admits they don’t really do peer-review, and just sort of trust the good intentions of their authors.
It’s even more telling when the media gets advance notice of the study’s publication, complete with background data sufficient to craft splashy, narrative-driving stories. The global warming scam is impacting all science, rapidly turning it into an agenda-driven, politicized joke. Which perhaps is a good thing, because we’re far bast needing to break the hold the cult of science has on the minds of far too many souls.
So, it turns out a “ground-breaking” international study that purported to show that societies with liberal gun laws had far more gun violence than those with more restrictive laws is highly dubious at best, and almost certainly yet another example of agendized scientific fraud. I know you’re as shocked as I am:
A much-heralded and widely cited study of 171 countries over nearly a half century purports to show more guns mean more mass shootings, but critics say the report uses bad methodology in a way that rigs the results.
The study by Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama, was published in the journal Violence and Victims in January and has been cited by media outlets — including The New Yorker, The Washington Postand Time magazine. But the study, formally published earlier this year after a draft was released in academic circles, has raised questions about what critics consider dubious methodology.
“The Lankford ‘study’ is nothing more than junk science disguised as research, and never should have been published in a responsible scholarly journal,” Florida State University criminology professor Gary Kleck told FoxNews.com.
The study, titled “Public Mass Shooters and Firearms: A Cross-National Study of 171 Countries,” concluded that “The United States and other nations with high firearm ownership rates may be particularly susceptible to future public mass shootings, even if they are relatively peaceful or mentally healthy according to other national indicators.”
Academic peers who have sought to examine the findings say Lankford refuses to share the data and details he used to support his findings.
Kleck and others say the obvious hazard in claiming to study 46 years’ worth of shootings in most of the world’s nations is that, while data may be easily found for U.S. shootings, compiling information for developing nations could be all but impossible.
“This would rig results in favor of finding a positive association between gun ownership and mass shootings,” Kleck said.
So get this: the Lankford guy admits neither he, nor any staff he had work on this project, spoke the language of most of the 171 countries supposedly studied. At best, he relied on English-language reports, which, for most countries, would not be available. He is very cagey about how he obtained his supposed data and refuses to share what he has. Those are both huge red flags.
In fact, it appears his data was basically entirely based on NYPD research of mass shootings, which the NYPD itself only covers English-language sites. Could it be that a heaping dose of liberal solipsism – I speak English, therefore, so must everyone else! – could have caused this scientician to make such an obvious error?
Regarding that gold-standard of peer-reviewed journals, Violence and Victims (sounds a bit dodgy from the top, doesn’t it?):
An associate editor of Violence and Victims, which published Lankford’s paper, told FoxNews.com that the journal does not see its role as that of a fact-checker.
“Journal editors generally trust the integrity of authors, and unless reviewers/referrers who are experts in the specific research area call attention to weaknesses in methodology or otherwise challenge findings, the results are not likely to be questioned,” Violence and Victims Associate Editor Edna Erez said.
Editor-in-Chief Roland Maiuro said that Lankford’s paper was approved by anonymous independent researchers. [That’s dubious practice]
“The manuscript was subject to blind review by two established researchers with expertise in the area of gun-related violence, critiqued, and revised according to the recommendations made in these reviews,” Maiuro said.
Kleck said a more rigorous and transparent peer review process was in order.
“No qualified scholar would accept work by a researcher who could not, or would not, even explain exactly how he measured his most important variable [mass shootings],” Kleck said.
Unless, of course, the goal isn’t scholarship, but political point scoring, driving the gun control narrative forward. But who am I to judge the demi-gods of science who dictate to the little people what they should, nay must, believe?
Saint Pelosi: “Those stupid blue collar white male homophobic gun nut God-botherers sure don’t know their own interest!” July 29, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, pr stunts, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
Or words to that effect. Not very long ago, the blue collar white demographic was the core of the democrat party. How times change. The transition from center-left to hard-left is complete. Obama has somewhat transformed the nation, but he’s completely transformed the democrat party. There is no room for pro-lifers, conservative rural types (blue dogs), and anyone who visibly adheres to the Christian faith.
And oh, the preening arrogance. These idiot blue collar whites don’t know what’s good for them!
WOODRUFF: I don’t think anyone is closer to the voters in Washington than members of the House of Representatives. You know that place very well. Right now, Donald Trump is doing much better than Hillary Clinton among white men, and particularly white men who have not attended college. How does Hillary Clinton counter that?
PELOSI: With an economic agenda to create jobs, good-paying jobs, increasing paychecks. The economic agenda is what is really — it’s about the economy, you know that statement, it’s not a cliché, it’s a fact. And I think that so many times, white non-college-educated white males have voted Republican, they’ve voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G’s, God being the woman’s right to choose.
That is softening. Some of these people will never be voting Democratic anyway, but I believe that with the turnout we expect to have, we will draw some of them in with our message, and enough other people to win the election.
Obama has presided over the worst US economy since before World War II. That economy has hit blue-collar types the most, and key planks in the demonrat platform -endless immigration, massive deficit spending, pernicious regulation – have caused many blue-collar workers to be mired with stagnant wages for the last decade, if they’ve been lucky enough to keep their jobs at all. Millions are so discouraged of finding a job they no longer bother to look, and so are invisible to the official unemployment statistics, which are so bowdlerized they are laughable.
I’d call the blue collar folks very smart, who are seeking some kind of alternative to the failed status quo – which applies to both parties, unfortunately. Most R’s are just democrat-lite, or democrat agenda with tax cuts for the top income brackets and corporate welfare. There are some truly conservative Republicans, but never enough, it seems, to make a difference.
Notice the materialism inherent in the assumptions above: these idiots still cling to their God, guns, and “hatred of gays,” rather than vote in their economic interest. This is basically a communist line of thought, only the material matters, spiritual/moral concerns are unimportant.
What is waiting in the wings is truly horrifying. A speech Hillary gave last year to some unhinged women’s group, wherein she makes plain that the continuing leftist revolution cannot advance further without destroying religion (meaning Christianity):
Excerpts of that speech above were featured in the Remnant video yesterday, and formed sort of the centerpiece for why Catholics must oppose her by voting for Trump. So you don’t have the agony of listening to Cankles for half an hour, the key bit:
“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she explained. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”
Religious beliefs have to be changed! Quit clinging to your Bibles and guns, you hicks! And why won’t you vote for us?
Look, I fully comprehend folks who feel Hillary must be stopped at any cost. Some are voting for Trump strictly on that basis, others are more enthusiastic or less concerned about his past expressed beliefs. I may well have to go that route myself, since I’ve had a communication from the Constitution Party of Texas and it seems Darrell Castle did not get on the ballot as a listed candidate, and even his making the list of approved write in candidates is in serious doubt.
I do agree with one thing: Hillary is pretty much a demon incarnate.
Planned Barrenhood director: “We have a lot to learn about reproductive rights for men” July 28, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
Because men are going to magically start spouting uterus and fallopian tubes (among other bits) by sheer acts of the will . This director, also a low-caliber actress, was referring to “trans women,” or men who pretend to be women. Because, after all, if men get to pretend to be women, it would be unjust not to let them pretend to have abortions on the taxpayer dime, and deny Planned Parenthood all that sweet, sweet federal funding, wouldn’t it?
Don’t we live in the most catastrophically insane times in the history of Western Civilization? Witness the insane, nonstop spew of (excuse me) bullshit that masquerades as informed thought (my emphasis and comments):
Actress Amber Tamblyn admitted she has much to learn about the reproductive rights of trans women, and whether men who self-identify as women can get abortions. [Folks, it’s not so much stupidity that goes into ludicrous statements like this, it’s ideology. Once you join the leftist sexular pagan cult, you have to bend your thinking to the unhinged rantings of any of the unstable, perverse constituencies that make up that cult. So if “trans women” decide they want to be able to fake having fake abortions, you’ve got to buy into the deranged fantasy. And the thing is, the Left insists WE ALL GO ALONG.]
The Atlantic and Refinery29 hosted a panel discussion entitled “Young Women Rising: America’s Next Top Voter?” during the Democratic National Convention, Tuesday evening.
Following a 30-minute conversation on “intersectionality” [“intersectionality’ = the travails of being a black muslim Puerto Rican lesbian transgender feminist, or, how to reach the top of the leftist victimhood pyramid] and millennial feminism, a reporter asked the panel for its thoughts on reproductive rights and women’s health issues for men who ascribe to a female gender identity.
Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor at-large, said the issue of men who identify as women getting abortions is all about “elevated consciousness.” [A term straight out of Maoist hell – “consciousness raising” sessions, which were really very advanced and effective forms of brainwashing, subjecting people to a circle of others criticizing and abusing them until they broke, adopted the party line, and thus had their “consciousness raised.” It is absolutely indistinguishable from O’Brien torturing Winston Smith to say 2+2=5]
“I would say ultimately all advocacy begins with elevated consciousness and because of movements like Black Lives Matter where you have seen trans women at the fore of that, because of the public accommodations legislation, because of so many things that are happening at a policy level, our consciousness is being elevated,” Pressley said. “I do believe that as our consciousness is elevated we will be better informed, better educated, and we can mobilize around those issues.”…….[Let me translate that: “We just need the transgender people to tell us what to think on this, and then we’ll parrot it, no matter how many times it changes, how contrary to logic, or how internally inconsistent”]
…….Tamblyn chimed in, arguing that the reproductive rights of trans women are at the forefront of the conversation at Planned Parenthood, where the Grudge 2 star sits on the board of directors. [Grudge 2, she must be a latter day Olivia de Havilland]
Tamblyn admitted she has a lot to learn about whether biological men are being denied abortions.
“The fact that I don’t know, the fact that I don’t have an answer should tell you a lot,” she said. “About what I need to learn.” [Once again, please indoctrinate me in your transgender fantasies so I can parrot them appropriately, and not offend against your higher status on the ziggurat of victimhood]
This is what they want to inflict on all of us, folks. Orwell was just off by a few years (mixed well with Idiocracy, and blended with Brave New World).
Remaking a Culture through Ignorance of History July 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, suicide.
Two small datapoints indicative of a huge force shaping the remaking of our culture below. Why are young people so willing to accept leftist revisionist history regarding the United States/Western Civilization as the must uniquely evil influences in the history of the world? Largely because they are so ignorant of history they have no basis for comparison and are thus unable to make any kind of comparison or distinction. The goal is malleability – young minds clueless of history are a field ripe for leftist manipulation.
Thus we get the before:
The overwhelming majority of America’s most prestigious institutions do not require even the students who major in history to take a single course on United States history or government. Disregard for the importance of United States history in the undergraduate history major is matched by the overall disappearance of United States history requirements from general education, the core curriculum that should be part of every student’s education… [A] survey of seniors at the “Top 50” colleges and universities, those holding the most prestigious positions in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, found that only 22% could match the phrase “government of the people, by the people, for the people” with the Gettysburg Address. [well thoughts like that can tend to be inconvenient for the “progressive” camp, so they are better left unlearned]
I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test… just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that’s what they think of their own country – that America invented slavery? That’s all they know.
In fact, almost the entirety of rapid growth of the racial supremacist movement known as “Black Lives Matters” (the supremacy being proved by their unremitting hostility towards those who counter “all lives matter”) can be attributed to young people’s massive ignorance of history. For them, with a narrow, solipsistic world view and abject ignorance not only of history but current affairs in the world, the United States is the most uniquely evil country in history. That this is laughable to anyone with even a light knowledge of history is, in their warped, ideological worldview, only proof of rampant racism. Thus, they are perfectly formed to be invincibly convinced activists bent only on destruction of the current “system” as they perceive it, no matter how outrageous and pathetic their rhetoric appears to those with a bit more knowledge.
For instance, how many of these black lives matters radicals know that black muslims took probably a million or more white European slaves during the Medieval and Baroque periods? How many know or would admit that slavery is still practiced in muslim Africa today? What the heck do they think Boko Haram is all about, kidnapping hundreds (or thousands) of African Christians and keeping them under forced bondage? To me, you have to be almost unbelievably uninformed to buy into the rhetoric, but study after study shows that Americans, and especially young Americans, are in fact that ignorant.
Also note that the culture of “no losers,” “everyone gets a trophy” has convinced millions of middling minds that they are, in fact, irreducibly brilliant, so brilliant, in fact, that they have absolutely nothing left to learn.
It’s a recipe for revolution. Of course, it was intended to be, all along. Too bad the student cadres are almost always the first to be strung up and shot once the revolution ends. See the Bolshevik and Cultural Revolutions, and the Khmer Rouge rule of Cambodia.
The term is useful idiots, and Lenin did not coin it accidentally or ironically.
Francis Not Very Welcome in Poland July 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, Ecumenism, error, Francis, General Catholic, manhood, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
Some countries are more sensible than others. Some countries have been through the leftist wringer, watched their priests martyred and seen their churches sacked for decades. They know where modernist-progressive rhetoric always leads – suffering, misery, and moral decadence. They also know that inviting in adherents to an implacably hostile religion that has always refused conversion or even assimilation is a recipe for cultural suicide and endless internecine warfare.
Some peoples also know what it is to be denied the Faith, they know Truth from error, and know that the latter always leads to great suffering. For these reasons and many more, Francis is not being very well received in Poland:
Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor — is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation.
Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly reception. [World Youth Day has frequently devolved into scandal and indifference, and should be done away with. If you were wondering……]
“The Pope, an inconvenient guest,” was the headline on an article earlier this month in Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s largest circulation newspaper…..
….Polish bishops circulated a letter publicizing the event that was read in churches throughout the nation on July 3. The letter praised the late Pope John Paul II three times, yet made no mention of Pope Francis. [Well, if you can’t find anything nice to say, let your silence speak]
“Here in Poland – a papal country – we have a very unusual situation,” journalist Katarzyna Wisniewska wrote. “Nobody here is waiting for the pope.”
Francis’ liberal social positions clash with the Polish church’s conservative orientation and alignment with the far-right Law and Justice Party government. [Not “far right” – visibly Catholic, probably the most Catholic government in Europe, which should be praised, not belittled] Church support for Law and Justice was an important factor in the party’s landslide victory in the 2015 national elections. [I’d say good on the Church, even though the government is far from perfect]
The nationalist party is committed to defending the Catholic identity of a homogeneous Poland. [good again]
“Francis is seen as someone strange, alien, and Poles don’t relate to an Argentinian Pope,” journalist Adam Szostklewicz, who writes about the Church and international affairs for the weekly news magazine Polityka, told FoxNews.com…….
……In his first speech in the country, to an audience including President Andrzej Duda at Krakow’s Wawel Castle, the pope is expected to renew his support for refugees. Three days later, a young Syrian will speak during a prayer service presided over by the pope. [So Francis will go to a Catholic country and speak a more contradictory message than he did in Cuba, or Bolivia? He’s down with a sort of false “speaking truth to power” when it comes to a Catholic country, then?]
Poles reject that papal call. Seventy percent of Poles don’t want any Muslim refugees, according to a recent survey by CBOS, a leading pollster…….
…..According to Father Pawel Guzinski, an outspoken Dominican priest, the Polish Church gravitates more to popes like John Paul II and Benedict XVI, for whom obedience to Catholic doctrine is paramount.
“For Pope Francis, his commitment to the poor and disadvantaged is most important, while doctrine remains in the background,” Guzinski said. [that’s a fairly mild way of putting it]
The Polish Church is also anxious about the tide of Western secularism. [And quite rightly so]
Bishop Piotr Libera, in a speech in Radom, equated secularism with multiculturalism. [How about with evil?]
“It is a leftist policy in which all religions and cultures are equally important,” he said. “But not the one they grew up in. Christian, of Christ.”
Some other quotes, from a different, more liberal source (a good amount of nastiness towards Polish Catholics in this article, which I’ll skip):
……Arch-conservative [meaning faithful, accepting of the Doctrine of the Faith] Catholic journalists have gone so far as to question the legitimacy of his election, even accusing Francis of wanting to destroy the Church. Senior Polish clerics have stopped short of condemning such views. [Well well………]
One rightwing conspiracy website accuses Francis of “selling out to environmentalists, Freemasons, Islamists, pseudo-refugee invaders”.
“What nerve to require each parish to host an Arab refugee, while also saying that Catholics should not procreate like rabbits.”
………Francis’s progressive views on contraception — which he dubbed “not an absolute evil” — and allowing divorcees to receive communion have also long sparked mixed feelings among conservative faithful here. [Francis did say contraception is not an absolute evil, committing a grave error because contraception use has always been defined, since the earliest days of the Church, as intrinsically evil. But praying out loud in a Catholic church sanctuary hosting a muslim i
nvaderrefugee, now that’s an intrinsic evil. Not]
It’s gratifying to know some folks, even most of a nation, apparently, have caught on. Francis…….he’s not our kind of guy.
Big surprise. This was nothing but a political persecution from the beginning, designed to frighten through lawfare pro-life organizations from giving Planned Barrenhood, the lynchpin of the sexular pagan ethos, a bloody nose. Even the stridently pro-abort major media seemed to report the charges without much conviction, as if they knew all along they’d never stick.
Welcome to the US of A in the year of Our Lord 2016, where the power of the state at all levels is used extensively to punish those holding the wrong set of beliefs, meaning not left-liberal. What a sham:
All charges have been dismissed against Center for Medical Progress investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, multiple sources have confirmed to LifeSiteNews. [Rather unusual in such a high-profile case. This is the DA basically admitting the charges were baseless to begin with, confirming this was nothing more than a politically motivated witch hunt]
Prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s office dropped the charges before the pair could pursue their legal motion to quash the charges at a hearing at 9 a.m. Central time, according to the Houston Chronicle. [They were about to get embarrassed again, thus the motivation]
This morning, CMP project lead David Daleiden called the dismissal of the charges “a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood’s political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny.”
“Planned Parenthood tried to collude with public officials to manipulate the legal process to their own benefit, and they failed,” Daleiden said. “A year after the release of the undercover videos, the ongoing nationwide investigation of Planned Parenthood by the House Select Investigative Panel makes clear that Planned Parenthood is the guilty party in the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts for profit.”
“The indictment was politically-motivated and should never have been filed in the first place,” said Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, who represented Merritt.
“This meritless and retaliatory prosecution should never have been brought. Planned Parenthood did wrong here, not David Daleiden,” said Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society represented Daleiden in the Harris County courtroom this morning.
Texas prosecutors agreed with his attorneys that the grand jury, which was called to investigate charges against Planned Parenthood, had been wrongly held over to indict the pro-life advocates instead.
The two faced up to 20 years in prison for a felony count of tampering with a government record for using false identification to gain access to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), which is based in Houston……
…..Although initially called to investigate PPGC, the Harris County grand jury indicted Daleiden and Merritt for using false identification, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase human organs, on January 25.
The defendants turned down offers of a plea bargain that would result in probation instead of risking decades in a Texas prison, confident they would prevail. [Good for them. How many others are falsely imprisoned after being slapped with numerous charges and then given a “good deal” is known only to God, but I bet it’s more than a handful]
In April, their attorneys asked a judge to dismiss the charges, becauseDistrict Attorney Devon Anderson’s office colluded with Planned Parenthood. PPGC’s attorney, Josh Schaeffer, told the media that from the outset of the potential charges, he “explicitly pushed prosecutors” to turn the investigation against the whistleblowers, rather than his clients.
Anderson confessed in a May court brief that her office may have skirted legal prohibitions barring such an incestuous relationship between accuser and accused, but the lawbreaking was “minor and harmless.” She further dismissed her office’s wrongdoing as a “mere technical, inconsequential violation of” the law and a “procedural irregularity.” [BS. They provided the videos to Planned Butcherhood, allowing PB to craft a response in advance. This is the entire matter upon which the charges hinge, saying it is an inconsequential violation is beyond ludicrous]
The same grand jury failed to bring charges against Douglas Karpen, a Houston abortionist whom multiple eyewitnesses accused of twisting off babies’ heads with his bare hands. Anderson had close ties to Karpen’s attorney……[I’m shocked, shocked to find our liberal overlords in improper incestuous relationships, watching each other’s backs at all times!]
……“We need to get to the bottom of why rampant corruption occurred during the investigation in Harris County,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America this morning. “The DA made a mockery of the office, colluded with an organization that should have had its employees arrested and charged for criminal conduct, and indicted a journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood.”
Great summary. I could not have said it better myself.
Houstonites, that DA Anderson who ginned up these charges and got a grand jury to indict (and isn’t that disconcerting) needs to be remembered at the next election. She should be out.
More and more, don’t you get the impression that even the very truth is up for sale, that on the Left especially (though it does occur, but much less often, on the “right”) even facts are viewed and distorted through a political lens? I know that’s like describing water as wet, but it seems to be much, much more frequent, and the lies we are asked to swallow infinitely larger. Thus Cankles Clinton, who covered up her husband’s serial abuse of women and helped persecute those same women, is portrayed as the savior of women. That’s because the Left can only sail upon a sea of lies, and the more power they have, the bigger the lies have to get. Eventually they have to hit upon a villain to explain away the failure of their always deferred paradise, and you know who those villains are going to be, don’t you?
CMP is only an early example of this.
Many long-time readers will be familiar with the situation regarding Father Michael Rodriguez and his former parish of San Juan Bautista. Assigned as a sort of punishment, given a parish that had been moribund for years, Father Rodriguez completely transformed the parish and even the neighborhood around it, becoming financially solvent, vastly increasing attendance, and instilling the right practice of the Faith into hundreds of souls. All of this was based on a growing attachment, over a period of some years, to the traditional practice of the Faith and, especially, the TLM.
When Father Rodriguez was sacked and San Juan shut down, due to his adherence to Tradition and his strong advocacy of certain unpopular Catholic truths, especially those having to do with the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, he voluntarily revealed the existence of a lay-initiated and administered fund (established to allow improvements at San Juan without exposure to diocesan assessment) to the Diocese of El Paso, as the Diocese was totally ignorant of its existence. Many nasty and totally unsubstantiated allegations were subsequently thrown at Father as part of a general campaign to discredit him, including total inventions regarding this fund. Dark rumors of theft or enrichment on the part of Father and/or family members were circulated, and an expensive lawsuit ensued. All of this, mind, over an amount that was somewhere in the $50,000 range – entirely consisting of parishioner donations which they themselves administered. The lawsuits are still ongoing, and the Diocese still holds the moneys contributed by parishioners for the purpose of improving a now defunct parish for itself, even though the people would very much like their money back now that there is no longer a parish to spend it on.
Suffice it to say, there wasn’t a whole lot of mercy going on. Father Rodriguez was persona non grata among most priests and officials in the Diocese of El Paso due to his stalwart adherence to the constant belief and practice of the Faith, and his willingness to condemn ongoing scandals and immoral behaviors rife within the Diocese itself (behaviors, even with the switch of bishop, which still go on to this day).
Contrast that with the recent scandal that blew up in El Paso, over two religious brothers who stole – it is admitted that they stole – nearly a million dollars from a local school over several years. Were they sacked? No, they were permitted to not only retire but leave the area, and before the news broke. Did the Diocese run their names through the mud, as occurred with Father Rodriguez? No, they were thanked for their many years of service and all the wonderful things they did! See below the mercy flow, for those who are recognized as co-religionists:
An audit found that the former principal and assistant principal of an El Paso Catholic school allegedly misappropriated more than $800,000 for personal expenses, diocese officials said Tuesday.
The Diocese of El Paso found the financial irregularities during a recent audit following last year’s retirement of the two administrators of St. Joseph’s School in Central El Paso, officials said.
Diocese officials said that former principal Brother Edwin Gallagher, 79, and former assistant principal Brother Richard Fish, 70, allegedly took $800,246 from school bank accounts to pay for personal expenses over seven years. Diocese officials said they are not seeking criminal charges in the matter.
Gallagher and Fish retired last year after helping run the school for about 25 years. They could not be reached for comment.
Parents, school staff and community members said they were shocked, disheartened and saddened Tuesday evening after learning about the alleged misappropriation during a meeting in the school gym with Bishop Mark J. Seitz and diocese officials.
“Everyone at St. Joseph and many in El Paso know that during that time, they (Gallagher and Fish) did many good things for the school and for the children who study here and those good things certainly cannot be denied,” Seitz said. “Unfortunately, we’ve also learned during that time, or at least a good part of the time, St. Joseph school funds were misappropriated for their own personal use.”……. [The lauds piled on these men for committing grand larceny is certainly in stark contrast to the treatment Father Rodriguez did receive, and continues to receive from the Diocese]
…….. The Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis will repay the money to the school in four quarterly payments starting June 30, the diocese said. [Apparently the spirit of poverty is not fully embraced in this order]
“The discovery of the misappropriated funds by trusted individuals has caused disappointment and justifiable anger,” the diocese said in a news release. “We are thankful that St. Joseph School will not suffer the adverse financial consequences that accompany most cases of this nature. And we ask for prayers for Brother Edwin and Brother Richard during this Year of Mercy.”
What an amazing double-standard. In point of fact, the threat of criminal charges – on what basis I cannot imagine – was frequently inferred during the period after San Juan’s closing and the departure of former Bishop (and arch-liberal) Armand Ochoa. But these guys get plaudits and heaping doses of mercy. I cannot recall a single instance of the Diocese asking for prayers for Father Rodriguez.
Why the massive difference? Speaking with a number of locals and others very close to the matter, Father Rodriguez is despised because he represents the “old Faith” so many want to kill off, never to rise again. More, many have a vested interest in seeing it never rise again, as their beliefs and actions are totally irreconcilable with the Doctrine of the Faith.
Put another way, they belong to a different religion. Every diocese in the world today is riven with the division, but it is more marked in El Paso than in most. It is a diocese that has had a pervasive and activist liberal influence for decades, which has born the “fruit” of many heretical and immoral priests.
As we see so often with Francis, every religion is welcome to not only “dialogue” with the Catholic Church, but to be treated at least as its equal if not its actual superior. We see the Church constantly defer to the errors of various error-filled sects and pagan religions in these days. The one religion that cannot be countenanced, however, is that terrible old beast, Catholicism, as it was known, understood, and practiced for 1950 odd years. No mercy can be spared there. No persecution is too strong, too unjustified, or too unreasonable. When it comes to the hated old Faith, anything goes.
So men who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars get the fawning praise of the Bishop, while Father Rodriguez gets persecution and unjustifiable demands to change or limit the way he conducts his priestly apostolate. But God be praised, when sin abounds, Grace abounds the more, and Father continues to reach a growing number of souls through a number of means as he continues to honor his vocation in the sadly afflicted Diocese of El Paso. Much good fruit is resulting. May God be praised.
Please keep Father in your prayers.
During Mass this morning in Rouen, a French priest was nearly beheaded (he perished), and a nun gravely wounded, during an attack by jihadists that also devolved into a hostage situation where several others were injured. The instigators of this attack shouted the dreadfully familiar “allahu akbar” and were subsequently killed by French police. The parish where this attack occurred had apparently been on an ISIS target list for over a year:
Two knife-wielding attackers who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest and critically wounded at least one other person during a Tuesday morning terror attack on a Catholic church near the Normandy city of Rouen, officials said.
The terrorists, who were later shot and killed by police, forced priest Jacques Hamel to kneel before they slaughtered him, and the Islamist attackers captured the bloody episode on film, Reuters reported, citing a nun who escaped the assault. ISIS’ Amaq news agency said the France attack was carried out by two Islamic State “soldiers,” Reuters reported…….
……..The attackers, who were not immediately identified, entered through the back door of the church and took the priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostage during morning Mass, police said.
Police responded and later confirmed that the attackers had been “neutralized,” Sky News reported. Three hostages were rescued in good condition, while another was taken away on a stretcher, according to reports.
It seems basically everyone at the Mass – the priest, a couple of female religious, and two lay people, were taken hostage? Amazingly, the Archbishop of Rouen, comfortably ensconced at World Youth Day in Krakow, described the murderers as “victims:”
Away from his diocese at the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow, Poland the archbishop of Rouen has released astatement on the death of one of his priests this morning, which strangely seems to identify both the slain clergyman and his killers as “victims”.
He said: “I have learnt with sadness of the killing this morning at the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. The three victims: the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, 84, and the perpetrators of the assassination.
“Three other people were injured, one very seriously. I cry out to God with all men of good will. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry!……. The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men.
We can always count on the post-VII modernist-progressive cabal to invert the truth, say the wrong thing, and cause scandal. How one turns vicious, cold-blooded murderers, shot in the very act of committing grave crimes, into victims, is beyond me. It requires decades of deep immersion in moral relativism and a reprobate sense to arrive at that level of moral confusion and abdication of duty.
As for “other weapons,” how about the Truth, Bishop Lebrun? How about preaching the Truth of Jesus Christ in season and out, and clearly denouncing the massive, soul-killing errors of Mohammadism?
Lebrun, a longtime liberal, was appointed Archbishop of Rouen by Francis just last year. Perhaps he’s still growing into his office.
As for the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, he was 84 years when killed. I know nothing of his personal beliefs, but he must be considered a martyr for the Faith and the Church in France. He is the first priest martyred in continental Europe in quite some time, isn’t he? Perhaps since the fall of the communist empire?
We live in dreadful times. It is vital to stay prayed up.
Via Cardinal Sarah’s twitter feed: “How many dead before European governments understand situation of West today? How many decapitations?”
Indeed. One more question: how many Catholics must die before the Church hierarchy recognizes that all “dialogue” with islam is a useless diversion, at best, and stands in total opposition to islam and its murderous errors as the Church did for so many centuries?
Mass AG bans all semi-auto rifles July 22, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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The decree – because it’s not a law, it’s simply the decree of a politician – is allegedly only targeted at so-called “assault weapons,” but it is so broadly worded that virtually any semi-automatic rifle could be judged “illegal.” In fact, the provisions are so broad even many bolt-action or other types of weapons could be included. That’s the real danger of this illegal decree, it is so vague and nebulous an overly zealous cop or prosecutor could wreak havoc with people’s lives, all for owning a gun that is perfectly legal by the letter of the law.
Also note that the language of the decree leaves plenty of room to confiscate weapons that were perfectly legal when bought, though now allowed to remain under a grandfather clause:
Gun buyers raced to snap up military-style weapons on Wednesday as Attorney General Maura Healey moved to bar the sale of rifles that have been altered slightly to evade the state’s assault weapon ban……[The edict was announced Wednesday, and went into effect the next day. Nice. How would leftists react if a state attorney general declared abortion illegal, with the ban going into effect the next day? They’d lose their minds. And yet one cannot find even a remote justification for baby-slaughter in the Constitution, while the 2nd Amendment is as clear as day.]
…….The stores were responding to an order Healey issued to the state’s 350 gun dealers telling them to immediately stop selling “duplicate” versions of common assault rifles like the AR-15, which she argues are illegal under the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban.
The law bans duplicate weapons but has left it to gun manufacturers to define which weapons would fall into that category. [That is completely untrue. In fact, it’s an inversion of the Truth. When the federal assault weapons ban was first brought forward by the Clinton Administration in the early 90s, teh NRA and gun manufacturers immediately conveyed their concern that no one knew just exactly what an assault weapon was. So, in the federal law, upon which the Mass law was based, defined a number of (meaningless) features in an attempt to define an “assault weapon.” To be an assault weapon, a firearm had to possess 2 or 3 of the listed features. Now, these distinctions were false and dumb and only intended to ban certain weapons entirely, but because distinctions had to be made to arrive at a definition, it was also possible to produce a gun that didn’t have those features/distinctions and thus was compliant with the ban. Blaming gun manufacturers/owners for figuring ways around a rule written by their mortal enemies and then accusing them of getting to “define the weapons” is lunacy]
Manufacturers exploited that “loophole,” she said, to produce assault rifles that had “small tweaks” but were functionally identical to the banned weapons. Some, for example, had no flash suppressor or featured a fixed instead of a folding stock.
She said the directive clarifies that duplicate guns are those that have internal operating systems that are essentially the same as illegal assault weapons, or have key functional components that are interchangeable with those of banned weapons.
You can see from the last paragraph just how ill-defined and dangerous this is. This is, in fact, a back-door way to banning huge swaths of firearms used today, even relatively prosaic hunting rifles, shotguns, and handguns. There are only a few basic operating systems to make a semi-auto rifle work. Because of that, and because of the wide number of firearms listed in the ban, virtually any semi-auto, including handguns, could be interpreted to be in violation. Then there is the issue of a key functional component? There is no mention of what that includes. Because things like tactical stocks, flash suppressors, rails, and other components are added to certain bolt-action, lever action, and even break-action rifles, are they now illegal? No one knows, because this edict was only issued Wednesday and went into effect yesterday.
Disarming citizens has been the goal of every leftist government that has ever come to power. That disarmament led directly to the slaughter of millions of that government’s own citizens. I would say this lawless edict would never stand, but with Scalia dead, the Supreme Court deadlocked, and Hillary waiting in the wings, I don’t think we can assume anything about the courts anymore – except, likely, just more and more and more bad news.
This is really just a paving of the way for a Hillary administration to ban guns by executive fiat. This is a test case, and I promise you it was carefully crafted and timed to be heading through the courts in the early months of Hillary’s administration, should the sorrowful witch be elected. Buy now, and buy lots.
This may sound a bit excessive, but how long before certain books are banned and burned, books conveying ideas too dangerous for people to be able to “handle,” ideas that “provoke violence” or “intolerance?” How many Americans already hold the Bible in such ill-repute? The same exact logic that now applies to guns could easily be extended to books or other sources of information, for if a “bad gun” can kill a dozen, a “bad idea” can kill millions. In truth, the bad ideas are mostly on the other side, but they don’t see it that way, and they have the whip hand.