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Planned Barrenhood director: “We have a lot to learn about reproductive rights for men” July 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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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, 2016

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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]

And the after:

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.

Snapshot of a Church in Deep Crisis July 25, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, scandals, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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The idea that an abortion-supporting, contraception-taking, concubine-living woman could call herself a “practicing Catholic” is about all we need to know regarding the state of the Church today.  And not merely these common sins, but willing to stand as a poster-child for perhaps the most aggressively amoral, anti-Catholic organization in the land, Planned Butcherhood:

Yulinda is a practicing Catholic. She’s also a Planned Parenthood patient and supporter. “We need to be educated about sex so that we don’t end up being parents when we don’t expect to or we’re not ready.” She and her boyfriend came to Planned Parenthood for birth control counseling so that they can prevent pregnancy and practice safe sex. Planned Parenthood is a “safe haven” where Yulinda’s beliefs and health care decisions are respected without judgment. This is her story of care.

“Safe haven” = I’ve deeply absorbed the language and logic of the radical left.  I may murder my baby (even without direct malice aforethought, by using the pill), but don’t  you dare judge me.

As for the crisis, how many sermons do you suppose this woman has heard on the evils of contraception and fornication?  She seems completely unaware, or at least uncaring, regarding the truth of the evil of contraceptive use.  Very likely, if she really is “practicing,” she has even been counseled by unworthy priests that contraception – even up to and including abortifacient methods – is perfectly fine. Her upset at being approached by someone who tried to advise her as to these evils is a sign of a very badly formed conscience.  But that formation was probably less her own fault than those who have had the grave responsibility to rightly form her in the Faith.

That’s not to say our princess here is not without moral culpability.  I think I was aware of the Church’s rejection of contraception as an 11 or 12 year old non-Catholic.  It is almost impossible to conclude this woman is innocent of that very widely known Doctrine, she has simply rejected, while attempting to wrap herself with (an unearned) mantle of faith.

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Mass AG bans all semi-auto rifles July 22, 2016

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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.

Pope Francis Ally: muslims who become Christian should be killed July 21, 2016

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Via Mahound, the kind of interreligious dialogue that muslims appreciate – conversion for Christians to islam is just peachy, but muslims who convert to Christianity must be killed (my comments):

Two months ago, Pope Francis welcomed Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, – the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, and the highest scholarly authority in Sunni Islam – to the Vatican.

And a week ago, the Pope sent a representative to Al-Azhar as a follow-up and to “relaunch dialogue.”

The original meeting, which included discussions between larger delegations from Al-Azhar and the Vatican, was characterized as extremely friendly – a sort of “re-set” of Catholic-Muslim relations after the iciness allegedly set off by Pope Benedict’s Regensburg remarks in 2006…….

……..The Pope gave Sheik el-Tayeb a number of gifts including a copy of Laudato si. [Oh I’m sure Tayeb read that with bated breath.  Cover to cover in a night, for sure.  In reality, it probably went in the fire]

Then they spontaneously embraced.

…….

However, as the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies recently pointed out (as highlighted by Raymond Ibrahim in a recent essay), el-Tayeb has a history of saying one thing to Western audiences and another to Arabic or Muslim ones. [No, really?!?]

For example, during this past Ramadan, el-Tayeb reaffirmed on his television show that Islam mandates death for apostates:

Contemporary apostasy presents itself in the guise of crimes, assaults, and grand treason, so we deal with it now as a crime that must be opposed and punished…. Those learned in Islam [al-fuqaha] and the imams of the four schools of jurisprudence consider apostasy a crime and agree that the apostate must either renounce his apostasy or else be killed.

The plucky Institute made a public statement calling on him to renounce this position, also making the general observation that
Al Azhar adopts two contradictory speeches: one is open and directed externally, while the other supports violent extremism, and is directed internally. [It’s called taqqiyah, or “holy lying,” and is sanctioned by the Koran.  Basically any immoral behavior is sanctioned, provided it is directed towards the house of war, or the infidel.  That’s us.  Muslims are actually called to lie to the infidel in order to weaken their resistance to islam and bring them into the ummah, or islamic world.  That can be achieved by relatively peaceful means, but since that rarely happens, it is usually down to war and violent repression.]
Interestingly, it appears that the statement was not released in English or referenced on the English version of the site.

What are we to make of this? [Taqqiyah]

Is Pope Francis aware that his new Muslim friend appears to believe that apostates from Islam should be killed? How does this comport with the “protection” of Christians in the region? Or perhaps the Pope, in his rejection of “proselytism,” does not believe that Christian converts are worthy of protection, or should not be placed in the category of “Christians.” Maybe it’s more of an ethnic category.
Also, converts do tend to be a bit conservative, after all. [Heh.  Great point]
Actually, I suspect the Pope has no idea what el-Tayeb really believes or more to the point, doesn’t really care. But he does seem to care very much about publicizing how dialogue with his quasi-peer distinguishes him from his predecessor……[It’s all about the agenda, which has little to do with islam, and everything to do with internal Church politics, remaking the Church according to Francis’ vision]
…..In fairness to el-Tayeb, as the highest Sunni Muslim scholarly authority in the world it would be difficult if not impossible for him to declare to a Muslim audience that apostates shouldn’t be put to death, as this is clearly stated in the Koran, the Hadith and Islamic history and tradition. [In other words, it’s a hardcore islamic doctrine and not subject to reform without encountering immense resistance.  Thus, the taqqiyah] In that context, advocating the death penalty for apostates is not an unusual or extreme position at all. Indeed, polls show that most Muslims in Egypt support it. Though, again, there is a tradition of not, as it were, making a big deal of this to Western audiences………

……..The problem with Islam is not that all Muslims are evil. It’s that all Muslims are to one degree or another beholden to an evil ideology. Many Muslims (including most women) are enslaved to it.

So, why don’t they just leave?

See above.

Who speaks for them?

Not Pope Francis, obviously.

Sorry to say, but that much is certainly true.  Francis’ defense of persecuted Christians has appeared disinterested and pro forma, to say the least.  But someone should remind him it is his solemn duty as the Vicar of Christ to speak for and defend all Christians, including non-Catholics, and even those wicked, nasty conservative ones.

How could any reasonable Christian-muslim dialogue occur on anything like an even or rational basis, when one of the religions in question preaches death to the infidel and those who convert from it? That is to say, what kind of dialogue could occur, other than one based on Christian surrender?  Is that not what many perceive this dialogue to be – the Church surrendering to islam for the sake of sexular pagan plaudits, or at least to serve a worldly ideology?

And to think this is the same Church as St. Pius V, Saint Fernando III, or Urban II.  Or…..???

I know. Water is wet.  But I gotta write about something.  I can’t come up with 20 original posts a week!

“I had an abortion, on Good Friday” she screamed. And the feminists cheered. July 20, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, suicide, unadulterated evil.
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Shorter Ann Barnhardt below.  Diabolical narcissism defined in 12 seconds:

“HEY GUYS! I MURDERED MY BABY! I MURDERED MY BABY AND I’M PROUD OF IT! CHEER FOR ME! CHEER FOR ME BECAUSE I MURDERED MY CHILD…… ON GOOD FRIDAY! YEAH! IT’S JESUS’ PROBLEM NOW! OR SATAN’S I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I MURDERED MY BABY!”

Also see: feminist solipsism.

Pro tip: that baby is not in Heaven, tragically.  Abortion is not a Sacrament.  Telling women their aborted babies go to Heaven only encourages them to go through with it.  They actually convince themselves they’re doing a good thing.  The constant belief of the Church, whether it be a solemn Dogma or not, has been that babies innocent of actual sin who die unbaptized cannot enter Heaven.  That’s not to say they endure eternal suffering, but they do not receive the blessedness of the Beatific Vision for having been ripped limb from limb at their mother’s command.

In reality, this soul is in enormous pain and needs a lot of prayers.  She’s desperately trying to convince herself that what she did was morally acceptable, even though on some level, she knows it is not, hence the desperate need to appear brave and transgressive.

Francis Begins Curial Shifts: Plans Major Liberalization of Curia? July 19, 2016

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I must stress that what is reported below is not yet substantiated.  It comes from a source of unknown quality to me, a Catholic newspaper in Malaysia (but it was picked up by the German language site kath.net).  I didn’t think Malaysia had much of a Catholic population, but whatevs.  However, if true, it would be most disconcerting, to say the least.  Abolishing the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and the Family and replacing them with a Congregation for “Pastoral Health Care” headed by arch-progressive Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, Francis’ most eager collaborator?  Removing Muller at the CDF and appointing Schoenborn in his stead?  Will we soon be treated to the theological orthodoxy of balloon Masses?

The report via Eponymous Flower might be speculation, but if true, it would constitute a significant advance in the entrenchment of like-minded souls in the hierarchy and the institutionalization of Francis’ progressive agenda.  Perhaps something to pray over, or against:

Accordjng to a report by the Malaysian Catholic weekly “Herald” Pope Francis plans personnel changes within the Curia. This suggests that the former prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (68) will occupy the See if Mainz long since vacated by Cardinal Karl Lehmann. In return, the Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (71) is to switch to the Vatican and take over there, the management of the CDF, the Journal reported over the weekend, citing “well-informed Vatican sources” on its website. [Schoenborn, if he was ever much good when he was involved in the drafting of the 1990s catechism, has certainly drifted left in the past decade or so.  He has persecuted faithful priests and shown himself very friendly to the sodomite agenda.  His views are not nearly so orthodox as those of Muller’s, which weren’t just perfect to begin with.  Muller and Francis have butted heads on many issues, with Muller directly rebuking several of Francis’ more outrageous claims in the past (there are so many, I know).  I would not be surprised if Muller is moved out, and soon.  Whether he will be replaced by Schoenborn or someone even worse remains to be seen]
There were indications that the pope also plans the appointment of Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko (71), Polish cardinal and President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop of Krakow. He would assume the office of the 77-year-old Stanislaw Dziwisz, who has already reached the age limit for resignation.
The paper refers to a decree by the Pope, according to which the Council for the Laity and for the Family will be merged on 1 September into a new office. Its statutes were published by the Vatican in early June. According to “Herald” it will be incorporated into an office of pastoral health care. [Could a more worldly and really inappropriate name be chosen?  So we’ll be treated to “pastoral health care reform?”] The new formation will receive the status of a congregation with the decision making power. As head of the new Congregation, the Honduran Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga (73) has been selected, a close confidant of the pope and head of the Cardinal Council for a reform of the Curia.
The words “Maradiaga” and “decision-making power” should never occur in a sentence together, unless it also contains the words “barred from” or something to that effect.
Remember Francis’ recent statements about getting rid of opposition by moving them out or retiring them off?  Indeed.
A couple other good reads, as I have some unexpected time to post:
It falls under the category of blogfoolery, which is something I assiduously strive to avoid, but Steve Skojec has a really good post on the descent of much of the mainstream Catholic blogosphere into an increasingly heterodox and toxic environment.  Mark Shea, Elizabeth Scalia (I remember when I used to like her, when she was sweet and honest, before she started getting jobs in the Church and suddenly became a constant basher of tradition and conservatism), Simcha Fischer, and the rest of the Patheos/Aletia crowd began their severe decline before Francis was elected but either the pressure of his pontificate, or simply the passage of time, have caused them (among many others) to become increasingly antagonistic towards traditional Catholic belief and anything they seem to believe carries the taint of the feared and loathed conservatism.  The post contains some truly incredible statements from some of the above attacking the widely held belief that Maria Goretti is a Saint because she maintained her purity to the point of death.  That, apparently, is a bad, bad thing to believe.  To say such attacks reveal more about the source than those they criticize is a bland understatement.
I’ve had a number of opportunities to make money off of blogging, or to collaborate with others on what were proffered as bigger and better things. I dipped my toe in once or twice, but always found, almost instantly, that there were always strings attached.  “Don’t say that.”  “Do you think we could avoid that topic?” “Can you tone that down a bit?” Et cetera.  It seemed any time money was on the table concerns over saying too much, the wrong thing, or “going too far” immediately surfaced.  No thanks.  I remain a stubbornly independent blogger who seeks no remuneration for his efforts for a reason.  I admire those who can persist in producing high quality work even as they earn a living from it, but their numbers are very limited.  The temptation to play it safe, not make waves, and go along to get along with the culture at large and a badly broken Church are simply too strong.  That’s the main reason I collaborated with Vicki Middleton, she was self-funded and could thus say what she wanted (and did she EVER!), and never imposed even a slight restraint on anything I had to say.  God rest her soul.
Speaking of how money corrupts: an article on the wildly amoral, pro-abort, pro-contracept (and filthy rich) Jeffrey Sachs and his growing influence at the Vatican under Francis.  It appears he even drafted Laudato Si, or that the encyclical drew heavily from his own writings.  Sachs is the number one influence guiding Francis’ wholehearted support for the incredibly amoral UN Global Sustainable Goals and other atrocious elements of the sexular pagan agenda.  It’s an important read.

Turkey “Coup” Looks More and More Like a False Flag Operation……..     July 18, 2016

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……..so much so, that an alternative title for this post might be “Why Your Correspondent Is a Sucker.”

I know my coverage of this matter may seem a bit non sequitur, but Turkey is a key muslim state.  It is one of the few states with the potential power to counterbalance the extremes of Sunnism (Saudi Arabia) and Shiaism (Iran) in the muslim world.  A nominally secular Turkey is, to me, far preferential to an extremist, militant Iran or the jihad-exporting Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia.  The nightmare is a Turkey that becomes Wahhabist and then you have a practical new Caliphate stretching from the Bosporus to the Arabian Sea – just like in the bad old days, facing a decadent, faithless, and fractious West.

As such, I was probably a little too willing to believe that the secular/military reaction to Turkish President Erdogan’s rapid islamification of Turkey had finally come.

In reality, it looks like what we’ve been treated to is either one of the most inept, half-hearted coups in recent history, or a false flag operation designed to destroy the remnants of opposition that remain in Turkey, especially the military and judiciary.  Erdogan has waged war on both institutions for years, gradually neutering the two bodies always seen (and with much reason) as the ultimate guardians of the Kemalist secular state.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I knew, quite well, a former Major General in the Royal Thai Army.  She served from the early 70s to 2011.  Anyone who knows the political history of Thailand post-1970 knows that she had much involvement in coups, which she had.  Supatra always related that there are two absolutely key factors in a successful coup:

  1. Kill the son of a, uh, gun (president, king, general, dictator, whoever is the target of the overthrow).  Think Diem in 1963, or Allende in 1973.
  2. Gain total control over communications, especially telecommunications/internet and broadcast media.

Neither occurred in the Turkey “coup.”  In fact, there were not even serious attempts at this, and the government continued to function, and seemingly direct events, throughout this stage-acted “coup.”

Supposedly, a “special forces team” was sent to nab Erdogan, but “missed by minutes.”  Of course, it is the government reporting this, so I am quite skeptical.  What is passing strange is that the very heavy F-16 presence overflying Istanbul and Ankara (but not dropping any ordinance) apparently not only saw Erdogan’s very showy flight into Istanbul’s airport, they escorted it in!  In any normal coup, if the president had really been able to flee, he would never make himself such a juicy, easy target for any manner of threats – fighters, AAA, shoulder fired missiles, etc.

Bridges and airports count for very little in the initial stages of a coup, yet these were the first targets of the supposed Turkish coup leaders.  The Turkish coup never even bothered to shut down state-run TV stations and made almost no attempt to shut down internal telecommunications and social media (while shutting down external, foreign access!), while they shut down opposition TV and radio!

A few other signs the coup was really intended to provide a pretext for Erdogan to crush what opposition remains and gain total control over the military:

  • Mass arrests started even while the coup was supposedly still ongoing. To date, 8000 officers in the Turkish military have been arrested
  • Large amounts of pre-prepared propaganda suddenly appeared on the streets of Istanbul/Ankara after Erdogan called on his followers to take to the streets. We are supposed to believe that thousands of professional signs and posters were printed in the space of an hour or less
  • There appears to have been close coordination with mosques, Erdogan’s core base support, in broadcasting “calls to prayer” from loudspeakers within minutes of the coup’s initiation, demanding good muslims take to the streets to oppose the “coup”

Other signs this was a “theater play,” or a “tragic comedy” in the words of some opposition politicians:

  • No government officials, bureaucratic officials, Members or Parliament or the President were taken hostage during the coup attempt and were able to freely continue their duties while the military attempted to take over bridges and airports. [This is most damning. It indicates either the total ineptness, or the falsity, of this supposed coup. Given Erdogan’s past penchant for false flag, I know where my money is]
  • The statement read on TRT [Turkish state television, which then resumed normal broadcast, hostile towards the coup]was completely anonymous and gave no names, with no details emerging in regards to the Peace at Home Council
  • The Government did not declare martial law and a curfew. [to the contrary, they encouraged people to take to the streets. Amazingly, for a coup with supposedly thousands of armed soldiers running around, only a few dozen were killed]
  • The coup attempt was largely confined to metropolitan areas and soldiers were told to hold key bridges ‘until further orders’, which never came.
  • The privates and corporals holding bridges and airports were not aware of their involvement in the coup attempt and no senior ranking soldiers were seen during the events.
  • Only 16 soldiers were sent to take over the Presidential Complexin Ankara, which is the largest palace in the world, only to be immediately overpowered by police forces.
  • The whole coup appeared to have been organised on WhatsApp
  • Media outlets such as CNN TürkDoğan Holdingwere taken over by the military but were still allowed to continue their operations.
  • TRTwas able to resume normal broadcast as soon as the junta statement had been read.
  • Armed soldiers were consistently overpowered by and surrendered to groups of protestors, many of which were armed only with knives or bats.
  • Electricity cuts in several provinces where no military action was taken, followed by calls from Mosques for people to take to the streets.
  • The coup attempt was launched at prime time when everyone would become aware of the events, rather than at a more inconspicuous time in the early morning.

One final damning quote:

The sheer number of these arrests made at such a such a speed could only be done so if the “Turkish government had all those lists ready”, as suggested byJohannes HahnEuropean Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, on 18 July 2016. Hahn also claimed that because these lists were already available immediately after the coup, the “event was prepared” and the lists were to be used “at a certain stage”.

Far from weakening Erdogan, this “coup,” then, is actually intended to secure him in power for life, and make the islamization of the Turkish government/state inevitable.

And if a few thousand have to die to complete your play, well, omelettes don’t get made without breaking a few eggs, do they?

Socialist Paradise of Venezuela Moves Deeper into hell July 14, 2016

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God often works in ironic ways.  Or, I should perhaps say more accurately, God allows the ironies of our perversions from His Truth to play out in deeply ironic ways.

As an example, the more man rejects God, the more hellish a society he tends to create.  Some of the most horrific monstrosities ever created by man as governments or societies have been ones deliberately founded not just on atheism but on a kind of anti-Christianism most closely associated with secular leftist regimes.  Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Maoist China, Castro’s Cuber, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, the Paris Commune, the French revolutionary government……all visited unbelievable horrors on people, all in the name of some great service to mankind!

Venezuela is only one of the latest nations to be added to the list of countries that have descended into a man-made hell as a result of their embrace (or their government’s embrace) of hardcore atheistic Leftism.  In spite of years of record-high oil prices and sitting on one of the largest oil reserves in the world, socialist policies have left not only Venezuela’s government bankrupt, but mired what was once one of the more prosperous nations in Latin America in such dire poverty and want that even obtaining enough food to live is almost impossible for millions.  While the government fantasizes about right-wing plots and imaginary “hording” (something, anything to deflect the blame from where it squarely belongs, on the government itself), most Venezuelans can’t find any food on store shelves to buy, and when they can, looting, rioting, and chaos most frequently result.

The situation has gotten so bad that Venezuela’s President Maduro has now decided to nationalize the food supply, placing the military in charge of its importation and distribution.  Welcome to hell, Venezuela-style:

Venezuela’s military is getting a major promotion as the socialist-run country struggles to combat severe shortages and stave off food riots.

President Nicolas Maduro on Monday created a new government initiative to boost production and guarantee the smooth distribution of food supplies in the face of what he called economic sabotage by his opponents. He said the Great Mission of Sovereign Supply will be headed by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who will coordinate the work of every ministry. [This is nothing but national-level state-imposed food rationing, the kind that can only result from the sort of economic implosion that socialism is so good at achieving, contrary to its false promises of a humanistic paradise]

As part of the new campaign, control of the country’s five biggest ports was handed to a top military official Tuesday. Maduro said he was tapping army Gen. Efrain Velasco to head the nation’s port authority in order to root out corruption and mismanagement at the point of entry for imported food. Previously, the agency had been under civilian control.

Maduro said he was acting under the authority of an economic emergency decree he declared earlier this year. [Exactly the kind of vast, self-appointed powers we see our own president enacting in his own favor]

As food shortages have worsened this year, Maduro has leaned more on the military and community groups of government supporters[state funded militant leftists] to organize food distribution and ease the blocks-long lines that are a focal point for spontaneous unrest and bouts of looting when hungry shoppers are turned away. He has also tried to tighten a rationing system that gives Venezuelans access to staples only on certain days. [To the extent there is hording and manipulation of the availability of foodstuffs, the evidence indicates it is the government or its allied groups that is doing the hording, projecting it’s own actions onto its perceived adversaries.  Sound familiar?]

It’s not clear if the strategy is working.

In June, there was an average of 24 protests each day, according to a study published Tuesday by the local group Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict. About a third of the protests were sparked by severe food shortages.

Coming soon to a country near you?  It’s hard to believe that a nation possessed of such enormous bounty as this nation could ever endure food shortages caused by disastrous leftist policies, but it’s certainly happened many times before, in the Ukraine, in Zimbabwe, and now in Venezuela.

It just confirms, when men reject God and try to create their own version of Heaven, hell almost inevitably results.

July 15th 2016: Take Yer Gun to Work Day July 14, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, rank stupidity, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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No, it’s not a formal event.  But it might not be a bad idea, given the “day of rage” planned by “Black Lives Matters” groups and the internet coward’s association Anonymous, for tomorrow, July 15th 2016:

The entire global collective of Anonymous is outraged at these vicious murders. The time has come to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough. We are infuriated as we watch day after day, another human, murdered, because an irresponsible, corrupt system allows free reign to cops that continuously abuse their power.

Thus, we are calling upon the citizens of the United States to rise up and stand in solidarity with the people of Dallas, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, as well as Baltimore and Ferguson……[There goes the stupid, co-opted left (co-opted by a super-rich, super-powerful ruling elite that plays them like puppets on a string) again, inverting truth for a proven lie.  Whatever happened with Alton Sterling and Philando Castile – hardly the most saintly of characters – there was ZERO police brutality in Dallas, Ferguson, or Baton Rouge in the sense these boneheads claim.  In Dallas, it was the police who were viciously attacked, while in Baltimore and Ferguson media hype – it was really lies – created a brutality where there was none.  Michael Brown, a huge man, physically attacked a police officer who subsequently killed him. The false, politicized Baltimore prosecution of police officers has completely fallen apart in court once fictions are separated from fact.  And yet here these guys go, whipped into a frenzy by the people who pull their strings so easily]

We are calling on a collective day of rage. A day of action centered around civil disobedience and the right to protest.

To police departments across the United States. We are not your enemy. However, it is in your hands if you want us to stay that way or not. We will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated. [Nice veiled threat.  We’re not  your enemy, BUT DON’T CROSS US, whatever that means]

These events are planned for cities across the country. The current list is at the link.  Austin is the only city in Texas currently on the list.  Most of the cities on the list are either state capitols or left-wing bulwarks.  Again, go figure.  They claim they don’t want violence, but what the heck is a day of rage without a little smashy-smashy?

If you live in one of the scores of cities on the list, you might want to plan appropriately.

To explain the phenomenon of millennials being co-opted by a trans-national elite, see the video below.  No one argues for more “establishment,” statist solutions than today’s young Left:

Are the millennials the stupidest generation in the history of the West since the rise of mass-literacy in the 18th century?

Here’s, perhaps, a more provocative question – given how access to the internet and addiction to social media has seemingly destroyed the ability of the vast majority of an entire generation to think, should the internet, or at least social media, be banned to those under 21 years of age, if not older?  By sheer coincidence, I first got on the internet in 1991 when I was 20, but that was way before social media (and before the Web) and consisted entirely of e-mail and telnet sites.  That is to say, its impact was minimal.  Today, young people in the culture are so addicted to social media they seem to prefer it to reality in many situations.

Maybe it’s time to consider some limits?

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