Fake Shock Post – Same Firm Responsible for Trump Oppo Dump Provided Cover for Baby Murder, Inc. January 12, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, cultural marxism, disaster, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the enemy, unbelievable BS.
There has been a great deal of backlash over the totally unsubstantiated, wholly fabricated oppo dump released against Donald Trump late last week, which claims he was “compromised” by the Russian intelligence services. Turns out the same firm responsible for that oppo dump – which began work under funding from Republicans during the 2016 primary and continued under funding from demonrats during the general – was responsible for the wholly false smear campaign conducted against the Center for Medical Progress and their expose videos against Planned Barrenhood:
That’s not all Fusion GPS has been up to in recent years. In 2015, Planned Parenthood was stung by a video expose that detailed its involvement in human organ trafficking—organs harvested from the bodies obtained after abortions. Those behind the expose, David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, knew they would be severely scrutinized so they released dozens of hours of raw footage that their documentary evidence was culled from to show that their reports had not been selectively edited. Nor were they misrepresenting the shocking statements of Planned Parenthood officials.
Nonetheless, Planned Parenthood produced a “forensic report” concluding that the videos had in fact been manipulated. The author of that report was none other than Fusion GPS. If you bothered to read the details of Fusion GPS’s report it made some damning concessions, even admitting there was no “widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation.”But overall, the report was calculated to be misleading and was nothing but an underhanded PR stunt for Planned Parenthood. Naturally, Fusion GPS’s report was uncritically covered by a credulous media. Politico’s headline was “Report for Planned Parenthood finds sting videos manipulated.” The New York Times went with “Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds.” Neither report mentioned the controversy about Fusion GPS’s attacks on GOP donors or otherwise suggested the firm had partisan motivations.
Indeed, it seems that the media have been uncritically amplifying Fusion GPS’s disinformation campaigns for years now.
This Fusion GPS is – surprise! – staffed by former major media apparatchiks, and is known to be a thoroughly corrupt organization that will produce a report saying anything those footing the bill want them to say. I sat through several hours worth of CMP raw footage and it was nakedly apparent the publicity-focused time-reduced versions were not manipulative in even a remote sense. They showed straight up the level of evil Planned Butcherhood routinely involves itself in. The “report” was nothing but cover so Baby Murder, Inc’s media allies could spin damage control stories. The report had no more relation to reality than theories that Trump is a secret Nazi controlled by the ghost of Rudolf Hess.
I was so tickled to see Trump just saw through the media’s totally unmerited arrogance and assertions of authority at his press conference the other day. Call them out for exactly what they are, lying, paid agitators for the democrat/leftist cause and individuals so devoid of scruple and principle they make your average streetwalker blush.
Unfortunately, I think the whole system is now so rotten and the country so divided into ideological camps that not even complete discrediting of the media will lead to any significant change or improvements, though individual media operatives may lose their very well paid sinecures. Perhaps I’m getting jaded, but I read comments from mainstream sites and videos on Youtube and the level of left-cult believing dumb out there is simply inconceivable.
It says something about Trump’s opposition that they would turn to this firm, which (as the Weekly Standard article notes) has a reputation for being a source of salacious, unsubstantiated claims that dates back years. Historically, that firm was used to attack conservatives, using the same underhanded, amoral tactics of prevarication. That tells us more than a little bit about at least some of Trump’s opposition, doesn’t it?
Still recovering. Came into work today but will probably leave early so posting may be light again. I’ll see if I can find some other quick things to share. Your prayers and recommendations are much appreciated!
Texas Ain’t Perfect……… January 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, cultural marxism, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Victory.
……but it’s a heckuva lot better than a lot of places. Two recent bits of evidence to that end, Texas has officially removed Planned Murderhood from its list of approved Medicaid “health care” suppliers, and a Texas judge has declared Obama’s plan to allow full-grown, mentally-ill men to legally use little girl’s restrooms unconstitutional:
Texas officially removed Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program Tuesday, according to a report from the Texas Tribune.
A legal notice obtained by the Tribune said the $3 million in Medicaid reimbursements the organization received in 2015 will be canceled in 30 days. Planned Parenthood could request a hearing with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to delay the cutoff date, but officials told the Tribune they would resolve the matter in court.
“Planned Parenthood continues to serve Medicaid patients and will seek a preliminary injunction in an ongoing lawsuit filed in November 2015, following the state’s original threats to take action against Planned Parenthood’s patients,” Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, told the Tribune. [Everything is inverted, everything is inside out. This is not taking action against Banned Parenthood’s patients, but against Planned Parenthood itself. But PP is deeply politically unpopular, so they erect a virtual shield in the form of whatever patients they’ve had. Unfortunately, since this will go to the courts, it’s a crap shoot as to how it will come out. With Trump in, the odds improve somewhat, but are far from a certainty that the courts will rule rightly. All it takes is one leftist judge and all Texas’ gains in the pro-life area can be undone.]
The state has been looking to completely remove Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program since October of last year, after a series of undercover videos was released that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the use of fetal tissue for research. [The videos didn’t show Planned Butcherhood “discussing the use of fetal tissue for research,” they showed numerous Planned Barrenhood employees planning the sale of vast volumes of baby parts for profit, in addition to conducting illegal partial-birth abortions in order to save the most profitable bits.]
The anti-abortion group behind the videos claimed Planned Parenthood was improperly collecting fetal tissue from abortions and profiting from tissue donation reimbursements. Planned Parenthood officials have denied these claims and said they haven’t broken any laws. [Sure, and 99% of those on death row claim they’ve never committed a crime]
Now, regarding the do or die issue of 2016 for the outgoing, diabolical Obama Administration, transgender bathrooms. Foiled again, Barry Hussein:
A federal judge in Texas issued another crushing blow to President Obama’s transgender agenda Saturday: The judge granted a temporary injunction halting federal health officials’ efforts to enforce rules that would “likely violate” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In a 46-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with the state and ruled that the Obama administration’s attempts to tailor health regulations while bolstering trans individuals’ rights would “likely violate” the RFRA by placing “substantial pressure on Plaintiffs to perform and cover transition and abortion procedures.” The rule, which was geared toward preventing discrimination against trans persons, failed to persuade O’Connor as he weighed its implementation against the possibility of violating doctors’ religious beliefs. [Everything, including the ludicrous “transgender bathoom” issue, comes back to abortion, for the Left. It’s the source and summit of their demonic faith]
……..as O’Connor noted, the rule would have “imposed a substantial burden” on private health care providers’ abilities to honor their religious exercise and expression because the rule contains no suitable exemptions.
“The regulations at issue would force doctors to enforce gender transition procedures even on young children, even when doctors believe the procedure is harmful,” Luke Goodrich, an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty representing the case’s plaintiff, told the Houston Chronicle……
…..O’Connor’s Saturday decision marked the second time he has actively thwarted the Obama administration’s agenda in 2016. Back in October, the judge blocked the federal government’s move requiring public schools to allow trans persons to use whichever restroom suited their gender identities. [Good for Reed O’Connor. One of the few good things that came out of the Bush ’43 administration]
The article did not even touch on an equally egregious aspect of Obama’s ploy, in addition to his attempt to impose immorality through governmental force, no matter how much it harms beliefs deeply held by millions of Americans, and that is his attempt to legislate by executive fiat. Obama knows transgender bathrooms are deeply unpopular across much of the country and there is absolutely zero chance that Congress, as presently constituted, would pass a law imposing such. Knowing that he is constitutionally thwarted, Obama, as he has often done, has tried an end-run through executive fiat. Sadly, due to the weakness of Republican leadership in Congress (and, more than likely, their private agreement with him on many of these issues), Obama has been permitted to function in this rule by decree manner far too often, and gotten away with it.
I pray Trump examines ALL the areas in which Obama has attempted to force his agenda through like a tin pot dictator, and repeals them all, including these cultural/social issues that are really even more important that economic/political ones. If he did that alone in his first 30 days his administration would be off to a strong start.
Trump to DHS: Start Preparations to Build Wall January 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, Restoration, scandals, self-serving, Society, Victory.
Wellity wellity wellity – is this one prominent campaign promise that might come true? What might such a wall look like? What kind of overwatch would it have? Guard towers every X meters, or regular patrols, or an abundance of sensors, or all of the above, or? If we can find three camel herding Taliban in 50,000 square kilometers of mountain terrain with airborne drones, can we not find most all the 2-3 million illegals who cross the border every year?
Do you think it will really happen? I imagine the wall would have to be completed within his term(s) of office, because I don’t see many replacements that would finish it. Can it be done? How much will it help? (my guess – if built right and patrolled properly, it will cut illegal immigration 90+%, which is why the business/political elite hates the idea so much):
A memo from the Department of Homeland Security, which was recently reviewed by Reuters, suggest that the Trump administration plans to hit the ground running on the construction of that U.S.-Mexico border wall when they move into the White House later this month. The memo apparently summarized a meeting held between DHS officials and Trump’s transition team on December 5th in which requests were made for an assessment of “all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.” [Back in the 80s, the South Africans had flat bed trucks rigged with gear that could spit out hundreds of feet of triple concertina wire in seconds. The truck just drove along at a fair pace while the wire spat out the back. Great way to isolate a fair sized locality very quickly. A southern border wall could be built incrementally, starting with a quick and dirty version while a more permanent one is built. Even triple concertina will slow people down, a lot.]
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.
The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump’s transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Reuters. The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect’s strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration. [The Left will try to tie this up in the courts]
The Trump transition team also allegedly took aim at Obama’s executive actions, requesting “copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009.”
The transition team also asked for copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009, according to the memo summarizing the meeting.
Trump has said he intends to undo Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including a 2012 order to allow children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to remain in the country on temporary authorizations that allow them to attend college and work. [the so-called “dreamers.”]
The program, known as DACA, collected information including participants’ addresses that could theoretically be used to locate and deport them if the policy is reversed.
I’m agnostic on what happens to those millions currently in the country illegally once a wall gets built, or the immigration system is otherwise contained and stabilized at much lower, more easily integrated numbers. I would actually prioritize expatriation of muslims, especially those with any even remotely radical or criminal connections, far ahead of deporting Hispanics. Once the immigration rate is stabilized, it may be found that most Hispanics currently here illegally may remain and begin a path to normalized citizenship (save for those with criminal records and with a history of welfare abuse). There are many reasonable avenues to pursue, once the crisis is past and we can calmly and rationally consider what to do with those already here.
But it’s almost impossible to act wisely while in the midst of such a terrific crisis as we are faced with a practically non-existent southern border. It’s also difficult to act wisely when one political party seeks to gain a permanent majority by importing reliable voters to the detriment to much of the existing native population. There are myriad reasons why a wall is necessary and prudent, in spite of any “offense” building such might seem to commit against charity. Charity does have its bounds, especially in the material sense. It is not required to absolutely impoverish oneself for the improvement of another, and that could well be what this nation faces on this current path of essentially unconstrained immigration.
One can only imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth that will emanate from the USCCB (and this diocese?) should one brick get laid on that wall. We rarely hear how those imported Catholics (half of which will be gone from the Church within 10 years or less) are exploited and abused by unscrupulous employers due to their precarious legal status.
For Those Interested in My Amazon Wish List….. December 6, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, blogfoolery, It's all about the $$$, reading.
…….here it is. I created a bogus new account to try it out and it appears yeah my address won’t show. I haven’t had too many trolls or haters lately, but one never knows.
Most things on there are directly blog-related. There are a few other items I’ve added for other reasons. I do appreciate the generosity some have expressed, very much so. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Just like me to wait till the blog has half the readers it did a year ago to now go trolling for swag.
I’m open to suggestions for things to add, as well. The list really isn’t very long, I don’t think?
Catholic Charities of Dallas Helped Settle OSU Jihadist Attacker December 5, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, different religion, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Oh, the post-conciliar Church is nothing if not completely mesmerized by cultural marxism. Of course Church authorities in this country would be making a major play to help bring hundreds of thousands of almost entirely un-screened muslims into this country, both for the virtue it would signal to those they so desperately want to be recognized a part of (the leftist social-political elite) and for the government funds that are in it. And naturally Dallas would also have to somehow be involved, in this case, Catholic Charities of Dallas, which helped bring Abdul Razak Ali Artan into this country along with SEVEN other members of his family.
It’s all so entirely predictable:
The Somali-born man suspected of plowing his car into a group of pedestrians on the Ohio State University campus Monday and stabbing people with butcher knife had ties to Dallas.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, his mother and six siblings got help from Catholic Charities after they arrived in Dallas on June 5, 2014, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported.
“We gave them aid and comfort and some shelter as part of the government resettlement program,” Catholic Charities C.E.O. Dave Woodyard told the station.
Artan and his family “arrived at DFW Airport by way of JFK International Airport, and stayed in temporary housing in Dallas for 23 days,” according to NBC5.
A spokesperson for the State Department tells Breitbart News that 98 Somali refugees arrived in Texas in June of 2014, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System database.
Twenty-six were resettled in Dallas, 47 in Fort Worth, 19 in Houston, and 6 in Austin.NBC News reported earlier that Artan was born in Somalia, then moved to Pakistan with his family in 2007. [Given that few countries are more embroiled in islamic extremism than Pakistan, and given how many jihadis have already hailed from that broken, backward nation, should not every single emigre from there receive extreme scrutiny, if emigration from that nation is to be allowed at all?]
Presumably, Artan and his family were processed by the UNHCR while in Pakistan, where they completed the current security vetting process and overseas medical screening. At some point, they were approved to enter the United States as participants in the federal refugee resettlement program by an officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security………..
…….After determining the “head count” of arriving refugees for a particular city and state, the local authorized resettlement agency (the affiliate of one of nine major voluntary agencies, or “VOLAGs,” who are paid more than $1 billion per year by the federal government to resettle refugees), is paid to resettle the refugees. Those payments include allocations for housing, food, education, and other financial benefits.[Oh, it’s just all a great game. Everyone gets theirs off the taxpayer’s teat. The Church in this nation has become so utterly addicted to federal money, both because it’s easy and because the local “product” is so enervating few are moved to donate more than a pittance (which, why bother, when the agencies are so corrupt and compromsed, and when they receive 90% or more of their funding from the US taxpayer), that there would hardly be Catholic charitable works in many regards without that federal money]
Local resettlement agencies typically submit annual resettlement plans, which identify the number of refugees they intend to resettled, and the countries of origin of those refugees.
In the case of Artan, his mother, and six siblings, all eight were made the responsibility of Catholic Charities of Dallas, which “began resettling refugees operating under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) contract with the federal government. . . in the late 1970s,” according to its website……..
…….“Catholic Charities of Dallas works with the United States government to shelter refugees and victims of circumstance. The Resettlement Program makes arrangements for the refugee to be met at the airport and begins the process of helping the refugee resettle in their new community,” the website says. [How were these people “refugees?” They voluntarily left Somalia, perhaps to simply claim they were refugees in order to come here? Perhaps the intent of at least this one man was jihad mayhem all along? How many others are there like him?]
Some major US cities are rapidly becoming enclaves of inveterately hostile, unassimilable religious minorities:
Newberry’s dissertation included a case study of the Somali community in Columbus, Ohio, which is a magnet of secondary migration for Somali refugees. The city has the second largest Somali community in the United States, surpassed in size only by that of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Catholic Charities of Dallas adherence to the already far-too-lax law in this one particular case is also open to question:
Breitbart News asked Woodyard if Artan and his family completed the initial domestic medical screening recommended for all refugees within 90 days of their arrival during their brief stay in Dallas, but the voice mail message was not returned.
Breitbart News also asked Woodyard if Artan and his family repaid the promissory note for their air travel from Pakistan to Texas, and asked who paid for the family’s travel and subsequent stay in Ohio. Breitbart received no response to those questions.
“Annually in the Resettlement and Placement proposals, VOLAGs report out migration and refugees move for welfare, family and other community connections, jobs, etc,” the attorney familiar with the refugee resettlement program says.
“Could they have had a clan issue in Dallas? Why temporary shelter? That would not be in compliance with the Cooperative Agreement that Catholic Charities signs, unless they knew upon the arrival of Artan and his family that they were going to move on to another city,” the attorney says.
“Technically, Catholic Charities in Dallas would have received the R&P grant, so did they refund the unused portion of that to the government once the family left? Supposedly the R&P money does not follow the family but the VOLAG in Columbus could still choose to assist the family,” the attorney adds. [So is this how it works – receive in a family you know will quickly relocate to an area with a like-ethnic enclave, but collect extra funds which are provided because it is assumed the family will remain in the originally assigned area for at least some period of time? Why were none of these questions answered?]
After building the wall, whether literal or figurative (but of similar effectiveness), or right along with it, is seriously reducing if not eliminating immigration from muslim countries. We have the experience of Europe to guide us, allowing this immigration to continue en masse unchecked is simply a recipe of disaster on every level. This nation’s identity is being erased and remade by a narrow, self-interested elite with sufficient resources to effectively shield themselves from the consequences of their actions. They get all the “benefits,” be it cheap labor, government money, or that all important leftist virtue signaling, while we, the people, get stuck having to deal with the consequences of their supposedly high-minded policies. There is simply no reason to flood this country with muslim immigrants when this nation – along with so many others – has repeatedly been the target of religiously motivated attack by these same people, including the worst single-day attack on civilians this nation has ever experienced.
It is insane that our political leaders would consider mass muslim immigration a good thing. It is a testament to the moral and doctrinal bankruptcy of today’s Amchurch that they would happily glom on. How many other islamists settled/sponsored by Amchurch will go on to perform religiously motivated terror attacks?
UPDATE: It has been confirmed, as if we needed more evidence, that this was nothing but a hit piece intended to create an internet mob that would destroy this couple’s program and livelihood, all because they are Christians. The authorette wrote a nasty tweet about them three days before her hit piece was posted, basically revealing she reviled the hosts over their beliefs.
Leftists always lie. Leftists always project. Leftists always double down.
Interestingly, my mom told me about this at lunch today. I don’t have cable, don’t follow Twitter, find HGTV overrun with sodomites, and in general prefer to actually……you know, fix things up…….rather than spend many hours watching others do so on TV. Having said that, this show “Fixer Uppers” featuring an evangelical Christian couple with a happy marriage, largish family, and successful home-renovation business has been a popular fixture for years. They are up front about their Christianity and their joyfulness is apparently infectious.
Well, the Left hates two things the most in the whole wide universe, Christianity and success, so this obviously could not be permitted to stand. So, click-whoring site Buzzfeed stepped into the breech with an article even many left-wingers are finding atrocious in trying to harm, possibly even destroy this couple by impugning them for attending a church (sect house) whose pastor opposes pseudo-sodo-marriage. This is obviously little but an attempt to both attract hits (the cheapest way) and gin up a progressive outrage mob to try to steal away a little bit of this couple’s happiness and success. Rather what one would expect from the vile, reprehensible, self-loathing creatures who inhabit sites like Gawker, Jezebel, and, yes, BuzzFeed.
Fortunately, there has been a massive backlash, rather like what happened when the Left over-reached and tried to take down the “Duck Dynasty” family. I’m glad there is still some pushback, but it’s not nearly frequent enough, nor on the right things (my emphasis and comments):
So Buzzfeed reporter Kate Aurthur wrote a post about popular HGTV hosts Chip and Joanne Gaines which informed the world that the Gaineses’ have a pastor who is opposed to same-sex marriage. This post had one purpose and one purpose alone: to harm the couple. The post served no news purpose—even Aurthur concedes she never learned the Gaines’ view of same-sex marriage. The post cannot be termed “activism” since it fails at every level to persuade readers of the rightness of the same-sex marriage cause. Even the most generous alternate topic of Aurthur’s post, “Texas pastor opposes same-sex marriage,” is as dog-bites-chew-toy as a news item can be. The only conceivable purpose of targeting the popular television couple in this manner was to cost them viewers and, perhaps, their jobs. [Of course. You will be made to care, and brought to heel. Christianity as a religion with a counter-cultural moral code must be destroyed. I think, however, this kind of over-reach, and the reaction it engenders, actually demonstrates the extreme tenuousness of the Left’s many “successes” in recent years in appearing to radically shift accepted morality. I think that’s why they HAVE to try to gin up outrage mobs and punish innocent people like this, both because it’s who they are, but also to keep people on message and to try to block any counter-revolutionary efforts. I think they know should any serious opposition start to develop, the likelihood for a preference cascade against some of their most recent, egregious revolutionary gains is massive, and growing in the wake of Trump. My parents were absolutely incensed over this attempt at an Alinskyite destruction through “find the target, freeze it, frame it, destroy it.”]
To forestall the protestations, there can be no serious doubt that Aurthur specifically targeted the Gaineses as the object of her post. The headline, subhead, and first, second, third, and fourth paragraphs were solely about the Gaineses, their popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” and the fact that they are (gasp!) openly Christian. Only in the fifth paragraph does Aurthur wander into the question of whether gay people will appear on their television show (like with other HGTV programming), and the rest of the piece is about the Gainses’ pastor’s views. [So maybe there aren’t just a whole lot of open devotees of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah in Waco?]
The word for Buzzfeed publishing this garbage is “harassment.” Even as Aurthur (and her boss) hide behind a pretense of journalistic standards, there is no journalistic content in the piece. The Gainses cannot be blamed for declining to volunteer themselves as victims for Aurthur’s bullying. After years of contemptuous boycotts and Twitter outrage storms directed at individuals and companies over their views on same-sex marriage, harassers like Aurthur have taught many of their victims — reasonably! — to hunker down and say nothing. [Which is also part of the point. Make Christians and others so terrified of the reaction they may engender for publicly espousing what essentially everyone believed even 6-8 years ago is all part of the Leftist game, which shows both its power and its weakness, as there must be an ever-increasing reign of terror for each advance, while resentment against that reign grows and grows]
Worse, harassment will never be a good tool of persuasion. Aurthur presumably supports same-sex marriage and would like more people to join her side of that cultural split. [I don’t think she cares a whit about convincing people to join her side. She thinks because there is supposedly a narrow majority in favor of pseudo-sodo-marriage that her side has won, and only seeks to punish her tribe’s enemies and reinforce her allies] But by targeting the Gaines’ livelihood this way, without even knowing the couple’s views of marriage, Aurthur has made her own cause appear mean and and her publisher petty. Bystanders, watching this little drama can learn but one thing: a perfect stranger with a media platform can try to ruin your livelihood because of religious beliefs she imputes to you, and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it.
No, Leftists are mean and petty by nature, and since the vast majority of the media is made up of left-wingers, the media is also, of course, filled with similar little jealously vindictive individuals.
Around our little lunch table today, the consensus was that we’re absolutely sick of being called racist, “homophobic,” sexist, and “islamophobic” for absolutely no reason. We concluded the terms have lost all meaning through overuse, and that the Left uses these terms because it is intellectually and morally bankrupt. We were hardly a diverse group, but my mom used to be kinda feminist, and now essentially rejects that label, as the feminism she used to embrace (equality of education and economic opportunity for women) has ceased to need to exist, and has been replaced by a radical man-hating baby-killing Leftism she finds abhorrent.
Ace – who had a fantastic post on the Left’s projection of their collective bigoted hatred when it comes to racism, sexism, and all the other -isms onto their ideological opponents – is recommending #War with organizations that seek to destroy individuals based on nothing more than their not being part of the leftist coalition:
If it’s #War, then let it be #War for all sides; this stupid game of restraint by conservatives where we try to convince people to follow our example by acting “better” than they do is pure foolishness, for a simple reason: They are arrogant and think they need to learn nothing more than they knew in kindergarten, and furthermore, they literally believe you to be subhuman.
In what world does someone who thinks you’re literally subhuman learn “lessons” from you by observing your behavior and then imitating it?
Most of us want the Peace State. I know I do.
But it is foolish in the extreme — foolish to the point of delusion — to continue insisting that a tactic that has a long, long track record of simply not working at all — acting as if one is in the Peace State when one’s enemies have decided to attack you — will lead to the Peace State.
No. Continuing to unilaterally disarm ourselves will lead to further attacks.
If you want to be in the social-war Peace State — as most do — then one must, as one must do in real life, temporarily go into the War State to punish one’s enemies until they are willing to discuss terms and themselves move to the Peace State.
Weakness in the face of aggression is provocative.
Weakness in the face of unceasing harassment is volunteering for this treatment.
To treat kindly those who treat you cruelly is to make oneself an accomplice in one’s own debasement, denigration, and subjugation.
Si vis pacem, para bellum — if you wish peace, prepare for #War.
Of course, this would be a war where, pray God, no one dies, simply a war of ideas, of economics, of rhetoric, and of cultural muscle. It’s always been fought at a marked disadvantage by us on the “right,” as we have productive jobs and families and don’t generally spend 10 years working as paid agitators for some group or other.
But if we want to survive as a nation and as Catholics, we had probably start getting prepared to go to war to retake cultural space in all areas of endeavor, rather than simply run off and try to find some enclave where we can hide and be left in peace to practice our beliefs and possibly be allowed to live rather freely. Because the Left won’t let that happen. They will come after you and me and everyone who disagrees, eventually. War is pretty much the only choice at this point, because the other side demands it, knowing nothing else. It’ s been coming for a long time – had earlier generations of Christians, especially Catholics, done their duty, perhaps this could have been avoided, but it’s too late, now. Having the institutional Church fall to co-option by the Left in the 60s certainly has made resistance difficult, but institutional Church-backing or no, we need to get a lot more serious about how we are going to oppose the Left and even fight them, where necessary, on their own terms. We can see they have absolutely no compunction about destroying the lives of those they perceive as being – even passively, peacefully – their ideological opponents. We are going to have to acquire something like the same willingness, though without the overt vindictiveness and pettiness.
Our best tool is economic. Refuse to do business with left-wingers to the greatest extent possible. Kellogg’s, for instance, is off my list. I won’t go to Sonic because they support Planned Butcherhood. The list is long, but we really need to start amping up who and how much we boycott.
Open to your suggestions.
Scorcese Flick “Silence” Looks Like Another Assault on the Faith November 30, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, damnable blasphemy, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Martin Scorsese is a man capable of bringing prodigious gifts to bear, though he has used them most often toward prurient interests and the denigration, as opposed to the uplifting, of the human spirit. Almost all of his films are charnel-houses of violence, hedonism, unbounded lusts of all kinds, and the glorification of extremely seedy characters on the silver screen. Of course, his “Last Temptation of Christ,”rumored for years to have been at least partially financed by the Mafia, is blasphemous from beginning to end. It’s a shame, as he has such talents as to make even the most gruesome acts strangely mesmerizing, even beautiful in a way, but he has manifestly refused to use the gifts he has been given for more virtuous purposes.
So it should come as no surprise that Scorsese would be willing to produce a new movie based on a 1966 Japanese fiction book that depicted the supposed apostasy of numerous Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan. And, equally unsurprising is the fact that the film has already been lauded by many worldlings who have seen advance showings, and has tragically even been embraced by the Bishop of Rome himself. In fact, the Vatican hosted the glitzy world premiere, and there has been effusive praise for this work from many Vatican officials already.
Now, the book on which the movie is based supposedly has a good deal of merit until it veers wildly off course at the end, showing collapse of faith and total despondency, and it is unknown how faithfully Scorsese has followed the book in his movie, but given the fact that the arch-progressive James Martin, SJ, was principle advisor, I don’t think we can expect a ringing endorsement of the virtues of faith, patience, joyfully accepted suffering, and steadfastness in this upcoming epic. Rorate provides further details, while noting the extreme differences between this new movie, and the wonderful A Man for All Seasons, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its original release:
In 1966 the movie “A Man for All Seasons” was released in the U.S., the same year Japanese author Shūsaku Endō wrote the historical fiction novel “Silence.”Last night, the Vatican hosted the world premiere of the movie version of “Silence,” which will be released next month. Shown at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, administered by the Jesuits, approximately 400 priests and others attended. Rorate’s invitation to the screening may have been lost in the mail, so we have not seen the movie. But based on the novel, the endings for the two 1966 works could not be more opposite. One concludes with heroism and martyrdom, the other with indifference and apostasy.The adaption of “Silence” for the big screen was done by Mr. Martin Scorsese, a former seminarian (Cathedral College minor seminary in New York) who is now a self-proclaimed “lapsed Catholic.” One may remember his scandalous and sacrilegious 1988 movie, “The Last Temptation of Christ.” [Saw bits of it way back in the way back when I was a blase’ protestant teen, and even then I thought it contrived, sacrilegious, and deliberately conceived to offend as many Christians as possible. I also thought it chicken-s–t, as Scorsese would never have the cajones to make a similar film about buddhism, let alone islam.]To make “Silence,” Scorsese chose James Martin, S.J., as a consultant for the movie…….[Which almost certainly tells us all we need to know about this production]Before last night’s Vatican screening, Scorsese and Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich met with Pope Francis. According to a Variety reporter in attendance: “The private papal audience, held in the Apostolic Palace, was announced by the Vatican press office Tuesday in a clear show of support for ‘Silence,’ Scorsese’s passion project.” [“Last Temptation” was another “passion project,” which few studios were willing to release, let alone fund, due to its deliberately hateful content. Thus, the recourse to unconventional sources of funding. Consider which movie he made next]Now, perhaps the ending to the movie “Silence” is completely different from the ending to the novel “Silence.” We sure hope so. If not, the world will soon witness a $50 million renouncement of the Catholic Church by members of the Society of Jesus, as tacitly endorsed by the current (Jesuit) pope. The novel, which was absolutely terrific up until the end, has a clear message to leave with readers — the opposite of Saint Thomas More’s example to England and the world.Apostasy should not be celebrated by the Vatican. These Jesuits are men for no seasons.
Indeed, and have been for decades. At this point, sad though it may be, I wait for their hastening extinction while they refuse conversion and reform. Though with this pontiff, they appear committed to hastening headlong along the same road they have been on since the arch-heretics Tyrell and Loisy corrupted their ranks.
As for the movie, there is no chance I will ever see it. The book’s ending is very provocative and the choice the “protagonist” makes will thrill worldlings, who will now have a powerful new weapon (a whole new mythology, powered by indelible images) with which to attack Christians who hold that adherence to the Doctrine of the Faith is the sine qua non of being a Christian, in spite of all suffering and persecution. Literally hundreds of glorious, edifying movies based on lives of real martyrs could have been made, but they would not stroke the world’s ego as this book does, telling the world, pretty much, what it wants to hear from “God.”
We’ve heard it before. Voters gave the GOPe party unprecedented majorities in both the House and Senate in recent years, and yet we were told they could do essentially nothing on the pro-life front because they didn’t have the presidency. Now they have that, too, though a reduced majority in the Senate, so the PR is now that the GOP will now, finally, try to de-fund Planned Barrenhood. I’ll believe it when I see it. With Collins and other libs remaining among the Repubnik Senate Caucus, and with dems always possessing what seems to be far greater moral fervor for their cause than the R’s have for any socially conservative cause, I remain firmly skeptical. We’ve been lied to far too many times for me to trust just about anything these cats say:
“The entire movement is poised for a victory,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an advocacy group that opposes abortion. “We have every assurance [from congressional leaders] that it’s going to happen. Nobody is saying ‘whether,’ the question is ‘when.’”…
Eliminating Planned Parenthood’s approximately $550 million in federal funding — most of it through Medicaid — would be abortion opponent’s most tangible victory since 2007, when the Supreme Court upheld a ban on so-called partial birth abortions.
One possible approach is to attach the defunding of Planned Parenthood to a repeal of Obamacare and pass both items using reconciliation. That would only require a simple majority, though there is disagreement even among GOP Senators about whether a full repeal of Obamacare is possible using this maneuver. No one seems ready to commit to a plan of action yet which is probably wise given the level of push-back it will generate.
Republicans say no final decision has been made about what they’ll do next year, although one GOP congressional aide said that among conservatives “there is an expectation that it will be included in any reconciliation bill.” But if the Obamacare repeal legislation runs into any roadblocks because it includes defunding Planned Parenthood, the provision could be cut.
Naturally, Democrats are prepared to make sure any such effort runs into every possible roadblock. And with the GOP’s narrow advantage in the Senate, it will matter if some GOP Senators refuse to back the plan:
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) opposed using the reconciliation tactic to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare in 2015. Another moderate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), supported it. But she also introduced an amendment with Collins to strike the Planned Parenthood provision, indicating that she had reservations about cutting off funding. [Of course they would. Both are strident pro-aborts]
As for President-elect Trump, he made clear during the primaries that he is committed to defunding PP because his position on abortion (which he said had evolved over time), but he was also the only Republican who defended the group saying, “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”
You can see why I am underwhelmed. It smells to me like more kabuki-theater, deliberate failure, “well, we tried, but those darned democrats with their tiny minority just foiled us again,” etc. In other words, a set up. Good for the pro-life groups, though. Great pitch angle for donations – “donate to us and we’ll de-fund Planned Parenthood!”
Perhaps I’ve become a bit jaded, but as I said, I’ll believe it when I see it. I think the GOP could foul up de-funding Planned Barrenhood, let alone repealing Obamacare, with a 72-seat majority, let alone a 52-seat one. That’s because most Republican senators don’t want it repealed. Think of all the graft they can skim off federal control of 20% of the economy? Cha-ching.
Non Sequitur But Awesome: Massive New Oil Discoveries in Texas November 17, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, fun, It's all about the $$$, non squitur, shocking, Society, technology, Victory.
Two massive new oil discoveries in West Texas, to the tune of nearly 30 billion barrels, have now increased Texas’ likely recoverable reserves to around 100 billion barrels, putting the state in the same ballpark of recoverable reserves as such petrochemical giants as Iraq and the UAE. Massive recoverable deposits in shale beneath the already heavily produced Permian Basin are coupled with a new find in an area long considered unsuitable for oil fields, the Davis Mountains region of far West Texas. That’s great news for a part of the state that has long been economically depressed and very sparsely populated.
Anyhoo, good news for the oil patch, which always has a spillover effect on the entire economy of the state. There will be – God willing – a lot of very good paying jobs and careers opened up by this, for the people most ignored and left behind in our free trade manufacturingless economy; blue collar whites, the same people largely responsible for electing Trump:
The US Geological Survey said Tuesday that it assessed what could be the largest deposit of untapped oil ever discovered in America.
An estimated average of 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are available for the taking in the Wolfcamp shale, which is in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin. [But reserve growth may see this find exceed 20 billion barrels by a large margin, if it is economically recoverable]
Based on a West Texas Intermediate crude oil price of $45 per barrel, those deposits are worth about $900 billion.
US oil exploration companies have flocked to the superrich Permian Basin in recent years and used shale-drilling technology to create an oil boom that simultaneously helped trigger a price crash two years ago. The count of active oil rigs fell with prices, but has risen over the past few months, mostly in the Permian. Bloomberg noted that the Wolfcamp, where this deposit was found, has been one of the primary targets of shale drillers.
“The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more,” Walter Guidroz, program coordinator for the USGS Energy Resources Program, said in a statement.
The other find, from last September:
The Houston oil exploration company Apache has made one of the biggest U.S. oil and gas discoveries in years, finding the equivalent of more than 15 billion barrels of oil in a relatively unknown quadrant of West Texas’s Permian Basin, the company said Wednesday………
………..Apache said it’s new field holds more than 3 billion barrels of oil – nearly the equivalent of an entire year of U.S. crude production – and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, making it the company’s biggest U.S. discovery ever and one of its most important worldwide. The field, which sits in the western subsection of the Permian known as the Delaware Basin, surpasses Apache’s gas finds in British Columbia of more than 50 trillion cubic feet in 2012 and of about2 trillion cubic feet in Egypt’s Qasr field in 2003.
Man, that is literally middle of nowhere, Texas. Between Fort Stockton and Van Horn is one of the most sparsely populated regions of the entire lower 48.
This is also potentially extremely good news for US energy independence. While we presently import very little oil and gas from the Mideast, we do import quite a bit from other sources. That’s a huge outflow of money, and always a potential security risk. Fortunately, our number one oil provider, Canada, rarely gets frisky.
A nice, long, 30 year oil boom would surely be a wonderful thing for lots and lots of people. At least with Obama leaving office and no Shillary we won’t have to worry much about an EPA-induced termination of fracking, which is behind all these discoveries.