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The government of the Canadian province of Alberta has shut down the state’s largest homeschooling association. The state alleged vague failures of accounting, which the association vehemently refutes. It is worth noting that Alberta, reliably Canada’s most conservative province, elected a socialist government last year when the conservative party split into feuding factions (hmmm…….). The result has been disaster from head to foot.
Some readers think the homeschooling phenomenon slipped under the radar of the ruling elite, that they did not think it would ever be practiced by more than a relative handful of nuts. Now that several million American families are choosing homeschooling and the movement continues to grow by leaps and bounds, the elite is starting to take notice and react to this existential threat. Remember that Canadia tends to be 10 years or so ahead of the US in such matters (like pseudo-sodo-marriage that led to the collapse of free speech):
Alberta’s largest Christian home-schooling association has been effectively shut down by the province’s NDP government after it found what Education Minister David Eggen called a “fail[ure] to demonstrate accountability of funding received from the government of Alberta.”
But the association is denying wrongdoing.
“WISDOM/Trinity has been shut down by AB Education. They announced this with a press release filled with partial truths amounting to calumny,” the association stated in a press release on Tuesday……
A slew of not terribly convincing accusations follow, which the homeschooling group rebuts to one degree or another.
………Eggen has been at open war with alternative education options in Alberta, including private schools, for their refusal to adopt the government’s “anti-bullying” policies that single out sexual minorities for protection by giving them free access to washrooms and change rooms of their choice.
In September, Eggen went as far as publicly stating that he would be willing to strip two Christian schools of their public funding if they would not abandon their Christian principles and allow clubs promoting homosexuality and/or transgender students in washrooms of the opposite sex. [So is this likely really about complying with the sexular pagan agenda, being brought to heel before Moloch, rather than about the funds concerned, which were a trifle relative to spending on public students?]
Eggen told reporters on Tuesday at the legislature that “[WISDOM/]Trinity has failed to demonstrate accountability of funding received from the government of Alberta,” adding that the “scale of this is quite unique, I think.”
The WISDOM/Trinity home-schooling operations oversee 3,491 home education students registered for the 2016-17 school year as well as 13 regular students in a classroom setting…
….The education minister told reporters that parents connected to WISDOM/Trinity have been contacted and asked to make arrangements for their children’s education. He also said the province has notified the Canada Revenue Agency and the RCMP and asked them to determine whether the home-schooling association should face further investigation.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the situation in Alberta, as in several US states, is that kids can only be homeschooled in a formal program structure that has external setting of curriculum, grading, etc. That is, parents can’t choose their own program and grade their kid’s work themselves, it has to be submitted to the organizing body (as in how Seton tends to work in the US). I don’t know how many of these bodies there are in Alberta, nor how easily families could possibly switch programs mid-year.
Some folks in the comments at Lifesite are claiming this ban came out of the blue, while one is maintaining that this homeschooling group has been in hot water for a while and that the previous conservative government had actually initiated this investigation, or a similar one. Reviewing the state’s allegations in some detail, they appear to be claiming that the couple that runs the homeschooling association is attempting to enrich themselves off of government dollars. The amounts involved are quite minimal with regard to the scope of spending for public school districts and students. It appears the administrators of the homeschooling group are crummy accountants and didn’t keep enough distinction between personal and homeschooling income and disbursements, but it hardly smells like such a dire situation as to necessitate shutting the whole thing down on virtually no notice.
The lesson in this age, boys and girls, is that if you are going to accept government money, you had better keep excellent records and have a good lawyer on retainer. Even then they can likely nail you whenever they feel the urge.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, The End, unbelievable BS.
The explosive revelations from the Wikileaks release of the contents of Hillary’s private e-mail server continue day after day. One of the most dismaying recent revelations is the coordination that has been revealed between the Clinton campaign and polling organizations, indicating that the campaign is paying these organizations to slant their polls to give more favorable results to Clinton. This may be done for a number of reasons: to make her election seem inevitable, to lower turnout for Trump, to give democrat supporters heart that they are part of not just the winning team, but a historically inevitable wave of progress, etc. But another reason exists that is more troubling, and is examined somewhat in the videos below. That is to lay the groundwork for electoral fraud on a massive scale, insuring Hillary’s election no matter who the people actually support.
I admit, that would normally seem far-fetched, but given early reports of voting machines switching people’s votes from Trump to Hillary here in Texas, and several recent admissions from democrat operatives that electoral fraud is a normal way they win elections, I don’t think it can be discounted.
Some background on how the push-polling works (push polling is a poll conducted deliberately not to gage real opinion, but to push opinion in a desired direction):
Earlier this morning we wrote about the obvious sampling bias in the latest ABC / Washington Post poll that showed a 12-point national advantage for Hillary. Like many of the recent polls from Reuters, ABC and The Washington Post, this latest poll included a 9-point sampling bias toward registered democrats.
“METHODOLOGY – This ABC News poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Oct. 20-22, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 874 likely voters. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 36-27-31 percent, Democrats – Republicans – Independents.”
Of course, while democrats may enjoy a slight registration advantage of a couple of points, it is nowhere near the 9 points reflected in this latest poll.
Meanwhile, we also pointed out that with huge variances in preference across demographics one can easily “rig” a poll by over indexing to one group vs. another. As a quick example, the ABC / WaPo poll found that Hillary enjoys a 79-point advantage over Trump with black voters. Therefore, even a small “oversample” of black voters of 5% could swing the overall poll by 3 full points. Moreover, the pollsters don’t provide data on the demographic mix of their polls which makes it impossible to “fact check” the bias…convenient.
Now, for all of you out there who still aren’t convinced that the polls are “adjusted”, we present to you the following Podesta email, leaked earlier today, that conveniently spells out, in detail, exactly how to “manufacture” the desired data. The email starts out with a request for recommendations on “oversamples for polling” in order to “maximize what we get out of our media polling.”
I also want to get your Atlas folks to recommend oversamples for our pollingbefore we start in February. By market, regions, etc. I want to get this all compiled into one set of recommendations so we can maximize what we get out of our media polling.
The email even includes a handy, 37-page guide with the following poll-rigging recommendations. In Arizona, over sampling of Hispanics and Native Americans is highly recommended……
There is a great deal more at the link. For those with shorter attention spans, like me, Milo Yiannopolous explains largely the same thing in video format, providing more evidence for how biased many polls have been:
I’m not a big fan of Alex Jones on a variety of levels, though some of his material has become more compelling to me of late, but this discussion provided in the comments earlier by reader Tim is also worth reviewing:
Uff da……Trump surely does rub me the wrong way. But the opponent is as close to the devil incarnate as this nation has ever seen in a presidential candidate.
I think it a bit bold to claim Trump has already won, but given the huge number of regular democrat voters crossing over to support him, who knows?
Milo brings up an extremely important point. The Brexit vote was a relatively close analogue to this 2016 presidential election. The concerns were the same: Brits felt their country slipping away from them via mass immigration and a culture spinning out of control, felt a near total disconnect from the self-anointed elites (the feeling was reciprocated, and then some), and voted to act to prevent their country from falling over a tipping point from which recovery would be impossible. In the Brexit, the elites constantly scolded the voters on how stupid they are, on how racist and homophobic, tried to frighten them that pulling out of the EU would bring instant and total economic ruin, and ginned up numerous polls that showed the remain side running away with a huge win right up to the day of the election. Interestingly, however, the elites remained very nervous and even on the day of the election said it was a tossup. Of course, it wasn’t, exit won handily, even though implementation is only being done grudgingly, if at all.
The Romney camp tried to argue that polls were biased against them in 2012, but the final result wound up being quite close to what the polls in aggregate had predicted. There were some reports of voter fraud in the 2012 election, too, however.
The media has been running an all-out campaign against Trump, just as they did in 2008 and 2012, but has gone even further, if possible, this time. Of course, Trump has provided much of the ammunition himself, but if we had anything like an unbiased media, Clinton would be in grave trouble over her far more damning, and dangerous, instances of corruption, lying, and outright law-breaking.
We’ll finally know in just under two weeks. I’ll be glad to have this election behind us. If you’re a gun person, I would stock up now, before prices skyrocket and availability plummets. If Hillary wins, and with her guaranteed to shift the balance of the Supreme Court enormously, there will certainly be a huge run on ammo and guns, and rightly so.
Oh, and get this: per the usual fantasy land the media constantly creates, USA Today warns of “election day violence” perpetrated by Trump supporters. They completely ignore the fact that virtually all the violence surrounding Trump rallies was planned, funded, coordinated, instigated, and carried out by paid professional demonrat party operatives.
But that little bit of truth doesn’t fit the narrative.
So what do you think – will Trump win? Let me rephrase that – will he win by sufficient margin to overcome the guaranteed fraud demonrats will engage in?
At any rate, do your duty as a citizen and Catholic and vote your conscience, unless that means voting for Clinton, in which case, you’re not a Catholic at all.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
My aunt was killed this way. Her “nurse” kept her just absolutely blasted on opioids until she’d burned through all my aunt’s savings, then my aunt miraculously died literally the day the money ran out.
In hospitals, I wouldn’t doubt if half of all elder deaths are deliberate. We had another first hand experience of having to watch an elderly hospitalized person like a hawk in order to keep the medical staff from doing something horrible. With one nurse in particular, the desire to “end their suffering” was palpable. The individual in question was able to leave the hospital and died at home several months later, of natural causes.
Anyway, a nurse in Canada has been charged with at least 8 counts of murder for dosing patients to death, deliberately:
A nurse in Canada has been accused of preying on elderly patients at assisted living centers for nearly a decade — intentionally delivering fatal doses of drugs to them as she jumped from facility to facility, authorities said.
Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the deaths of eight people, ranging between 75 and 96 years old.
Her victims included five women and three men — all of whom were patients at Caressant Care nursing homes in Ontario where Wettlaufer had worked.
“We are confident at this time that all of the victims have been identified,” Woodstock Police Chief William Renton said at a press conference.
Since Wettlaufer worked at several other long-term care facilities, officials said authorities haven’t ruled out the possibility of more victims.
The eight patients that have been identified so far were all administered a drug before their deaths, but officials have refused to say what kind.
“I’m not in a position at this time to comment of specifics of the drug,” said London Police Service Det. Sup. William Merrylees. [Because doing so might be politically inconvenient, say, because the drug is one commonly associated with
murder by doctor euthanasia?]
………After it was revealed Tuesday that Wettlaufer had been disguising her hits as harmless deaths from disease or old age, many of the patients’ relatives came forward saying they had grown suspicious of their care — including Horvath’s daughter.
In my experience, people often have suspicions. And those suspicions are often well grounded.
But for how long will it be illegal to involuntarily kill- murder – an old or sick person in this country? Even worse, how long will it be before sick people are forced to die by a corrupt government-corporate alliance that only cares about how much things cost, and not making people well? California’s approval of euthanasia is already having an entirely predictable effect- insurers are refusing to cover chemotherapy while eagerly paying for self-administered suicide drugs:
At age 29, Packer was diagnosed with scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes scar tissue to form in her lungs. A doctor told her she had three years to live. Now 33, she has outlived the death sentence.
But as her condition deteriorates, she’s finding little support for her fight to stay alive.
Since California’s End of Life Option Act took effect, attitudes expressed by sick members of support groups she’s run or been involved with have changed to the grim. Where once members exchanged messages of hope, “people constantly are talking about, ‘We should be doing this [dying].’ ”
“I just wanted no part of it,” says Packer, a devout Roman Catholic. [and mother of 4, aged 7-13. Obviously pregnancy has been out for her for the past 4 years]
Then her doctors suggested that switching to another chemotherapy drug might buy her time. Her medical insurance company refused to pay. She says she asked if the company covered the cost of drugs to put her to death. She was told the answer is yes — with a co-payment of $1.20.
“My jaw dropped.”
Months later, after Packer threatened to tell her story to the media, the drug was approved.
It took barely ten years in Holland, Belgium, and similar countries for “voluntary euthanasia” to advance to “involuntary euthanasia.” If you can get a doctor in Holland to decree a life worthless, that person’s life if forfeit, regardless of age or condition or personal desire. Involuntary euthanasia is all the rage over there, with scores if not hundreds killed a year.
All we’ve ever done is run a few decades behind them. Open, legal murder of the elderly and sick will be here, soon enough, to the extent that a nurse like the one above may be impossible to prosecute.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, asshatery, contraception, different religion, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
I know probably most readers of this blog are already well-informed of Catholic Relief Services many nefarious activities and have long been indisposed to support them in any way, but for the record, because this is not an inconsequential development, Lepanto Institute has found that CRS acquired and distributed millions of contraceptives under USAID direction during the period 2006-10 in the Congo.
The reports are detailed and are based on CRS’ own internal, triple-checked inventories and disbursements. Note this all occurred while PBXVI was reigning, imagine what they are getting up to today:
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Please pray for the Syrian Christians (and Iraqi, and Egyptian, and……), and help them if at all possible. Some recent demonic atrocities from the “religion of peace,” via Vox:
The sick jihadis killed children, the eldest was just four years old, in an industrial dough kneader in the Syrian town of Duma.
In a chilling testimony, one Syrian woman spoke of “Christians being killed and tortured, and of children being beheaded in front of their parents.”
Speaking to Dr Yvette Isaac, from advocacy charity Roads to Success, Alice Assaf said: “Our neighbour came in and said: ‘Umm Issa, they have taken many girls about 300 girls. They were taken to Duma. Many of them were Christians and few were Alawites.
“At the bakery, there were six young people who were working there. We knew them. They were burned in the oven, six well-framed men.
“Then there were 250 children. They were put in the dough mixer, they were kneaded. The oldest one of them was four-years-old.”
As well as dealing with ISIS, Duma has been the site of bloodshed and violence as the city has found itself at the heart of the Syrian civil war.
The brutal killings were highlighted by Congleton MP Fiona Bruce before Parliament.
Recounting Dr Isaac’s testimony, Mrs Bruce said: “She showed us recent film footage of herself talking with mothers–more than one– who had seen their own children crucified.
“She told us of a mother with a two-month-old baby. When Daesh knocked at the front door of her house and ordered the entire family out, she pleaded with them to let her collect her child from another room.
“They told her, ‘No. Go. It is ours now.’”
The horrific killings comes as ISIS continues to wipe out Christians in the Middle East, targeting believers in Iraq and Syria.
The report, by charity Open Doors UK, found Christians in the region have been taken hostage, church leaders assassinated, homes and businesses destroyed and women and girls raped and forced into sexual slavery.
ISIS terrorists took the Christian town of al-Qaryatain, Syria in August 2015, trapping the town’s 300 Christians and murdering 20 who tried to escape.
Christians returning to the town, which has been liberated by rebel forces, have found their homes and businesses reduced to rubble and landmines left by ISIS littering the town.
Before 2011, Syrian Christians numbered about eight per cent of the population of 22million. [Other data indicate it was more like 12-15%, numbering around 3 million]
Today about half are believed to have left the country. [Thus Christians are being finally and completely driven from our ancestral homeland, where Christians have lived for 2000 years, 600 years longer than any muslim. Indeed, the name “Christian” was created in Antioch in Syria]
Chilling. Christians, crushed between the vice of islam on the one hand and progressive meddling on the other.
As Vox Cantoris notes in several other posts, the United States government under Barack Hussein Obama is directly responsible for this ongoing genocide and cavalcade of unending, nightmarish atrocities. It was Obama who gave the green light for Syrians to rebel against Assad, and to Turkey to fund and arm them. It is Obama who has made practically every single possible error that could be made surrounding this hellish, unending conflict. It is Obama who is flirting with world war by antagonizing Russia as much as humanly possible, not only in Syria but in Ukraine and elsewhere.
The way things have developed, it’s almost as if Obama wanted to turn some of the most important countries in the Mideast over to the most radical muslims (go figure, from our first muslim president). Certainly he tried, but fortunately failed, so far, in Egypt. He largely succeeded in Libya. In Syria, he ran into a lot more opposition than he expected, and continues to not comprehend that, with Russian support, Assad is very unlikely to be removed from power. Now the best thing for the West (especially the US) to do is to focus on the real enemy (ISIS) or totally disengage. What the Syrian people, especially the few remaining Christians, need most at this time is not saber rattling or geo-political gamesmanship but the quickest end to the war possible. I pray the next president has the wisdom to stop trying to play god and meddling in the affairs of nations everywhere and terminates all these endless and totally fruitless wars*.
*- I’m okay with continuing efforts against ISIS if those efforts are done seriously and with a clear objective, and not the pretend war Obama’s been fighting for the last two years, spending billions of dollars burning up aircraft hours boring holes in the sky and dropping maybe one or two bombs a day on camel herds.
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A most provocative, but, I think, illuminating post, from Non Veni Pacem. I’ll just get to it – anyone who has paid attention to Francis’ many disturbing pronouncements has almost certainly observed more than a slight whiff of Calvinism. But docmx001 argues that far from being simply tainted by Calvinism, Francis is in fact a wholehearted proponent of the central thesis of Calvin: total depravity. This is part of the incredibly noxious and heretical TULIP theology, which is predicated on the notion that humans are totally depraved, devoid of any good, and utterly dependent on Grace freely given and totally unearned for salvation. This also figures in with their sicko vision of predestination, that God deliberately creates the vast majority of souls to be damned.
The argument put forth that Francis embraces total depravity is pretty convincing. It would make a great deal of sense, and could also reveal the hidden psychological motivation, very similar to Luther’s, that gives power to Francis’ wholesale assault on the Faith – unable to overcome whatever sins he himself is attached to, he posits a perverse theology in order to provide an escape clause for himself. Thus, men are unable not to sin, and sin gravely, but God is so awesome all we have to do is make a one time profession of faith and we are saved, irrespective of our actions. This would certainly seem to explain Francis’ enormous affinity towards evangelical protestants of the American sort. Anyway, Non Veni Pacem’s argument:
Francis yesterday continued his twisting of the One True Faith by demonstrating, once again, that Calvinist/Lutheran theology is at the core of his own false religion. All the “mercy” that Francis talks about is NOT the mercy of God, but rather a false mercy, because it is grounded in this false idea of Total Depravity. You absolutely MUST understand Total Depravity, and why it is false, if you want to make sense of how Francis operates.
First, here are the comments from yesterday: HERE
“Behind an attitude of rigidity there is always something else in the life of a person. Rigidity is not a gift of God. Meekness is; goodness is; benevolence is; forgiveness is. But rigidity isn’t!” he said. [Rigidity is not a virtue. But other ways of saying what Francis means – and this is clear through dozens of statements on this topic – certainly are: zeal, conviction, love for the Truth, all these things most certainly are virtues, and were found in all the Saints]
In many cases, the Pope continued, rigidity conceals the leading of a double life; but, he pointed out, there can also be something pathological.
Commenting on the difficulties and suffering that afflict a person who is both rigid and sincere, the Pope said this is because they lack the freedom of God’s children: “they do not know how to walk in the path indicated by God’s Law”.
“They appear good because they follow the Law; but they are concealing something else: either they are hypocritical or they are sick.” [That’s a particularly nasty way to view those holding differing views. Need I mentions such speech is both unprecedented and unworthy of a pope? This is not virtuous speech, either. This is the speech of an ideologue, of one who views those who hold differing ideas as enemies. Enemies so corrupt in thinking there is something very much wrong with them]
I’ve written so many times about this: Francis thinks mankind is INCAPABLE of resisting sin and living a Christian life, because he personally is completely lost in sin. He doesn’t just think it is difficult, he thinks it is impossible. Instead of renouncing sin as the path to freedom, he thinks trying to live by God’s Law takes away freedom. [This is possible, I suppose, but I don’t know what evidence we have for Francis being totally attached to personal sin, over and above the errors he very commonly promotes. I think it possible to fall into the error of a basically Calvinist comprehension of free will and Grace without being completely attached to sin. Luther certainly was, but then, he had a little bit different conception of will and Grace. I think the point can stand even if one does not try to prove that Francis has embraced this philosophy out of a personal inability to resist sin. It could simply stem from what may be his essential rejection of Catholicism and seeming view that protestants are much more right than Catholics on most of these matters]
Kids, this is the very definition of Total Depravity. Please go look it up. This is why the Lutherans, Calvinists, etc are not simply “variations” of a “reformed” Catholicism. No, they are a completely different religion, because they deny that men have free will. They deny that a sinful act is the result of a person making a conscience choice to do wrong, because they believe man is so utterly inclined toward sin that resisting it is futile. [I totally agree on the assessment of protestantism as a different religion. This is absolutely true, and is what made the Lutheran-Catholic understanding on justification such a farce. Of course, Lutheranism, along with most all the other sects, has radically altered, or toned down, the extremist views of their founder]
Like every wretched heresy, this one is mixed with some truth to make it plausible. In this case, that men must cooperate with God’s grace on the path to salvation. Don’t be distracted by this. Of course we need to cooperate with God’s grace.
But that’s not all! Total Depravity goes even further, in claiming that even our GOOD choices are evil, because those choices are ultimately always grounded in selfishness. We simply are not capable of doing good, because even when we do good, we do so for our own interests. Our Will is not just impeded by concupiscence, but rather our Will is totally fallen, and we are not capable of choosing to love God.
So, why is this false? Because Total Depravity violates God’s perfect justice. If we truly don’t have free will, then we can’t be held responsible for our actions. It wouldn’t be fair. But we see throughout scripture that man is absolutely held accountable for his decisions. I mean, isn’t this the whole point? God created us to know, love and serve Him in this world, and be with Him forever in the next. God laid out how to know, love and serve him, and now expects us to do just that. He wouldn’t do that if we were incapable of it.
Again, I agree very much with this assessment of these protestant heresies. But does that mean Francis shares them? I think a goodly number of his statements imply, at the very least, a strong sympathy with these protestant beliefs, if they are not consciously embraced by the Bishop of Rome.
We know a number of things: Francis is exceedingly hostile towards Catholics who hold to what might be called the “old Faith,” or the Faith of the Fathers, Saints, and Tradition. He totally rejects “rigid” understandings of morality and Church Doctrine. He favors a very modernist, Jesuitical, worldly approach to morality and doctrine. He is also extremely friendly towards protestants and their beliefs, he has taken part in numerous protestant worship ceremonies, he has lionized and feted the most Calvinist evangelical protestant leaders, and he has even submitted to being blessed (cursed might be a better world) by protestant preachers.
And then we have the upcoming ecumaniacal confab in Lund, Sweden celebrating the greatest tragedy in the history of Western Civilization, the protestant revolt against Christ and His Church. Already many signs are pointing at an “extraordinary gesture,” an attempt to declare that Lutherans may receive the Blessed Sacrament freely.
Then we have the ongoing synodal process, which has been little but a thinly concealed war against the Church’s entire moral edifice, to bring it in line with…….protestant understandings, more or less.
There is, of course, another possibility, which is the way I have leaned for some time: that Francis is simply a modernist of left-wing sensibilities who completely disregards the idea of unchanging Divine Revelation and Dogma in favor of a morally relativistic approach. This philosophy would equally propel Francis to attack so-called rigidity and to constantly belittle those who reject his modernist comprehension. It causes him to feel the Church is horribly behind the times in holding to outdated “medieval” beliefs and practices that are not only unrealistic but unmerciful in today’s world, which he pretends is so very much different from past times. Of course, human nature never changes and the modernist claim that the Church must change to suit the vagaries of whatever age she finds herself in is nothing but a self-serving excuse for perpetual revolution, but it’s there nonetheless.
With this leftist modernist belief, he would naturally find repugnant those who hold to the constant belief and practice of the Faith, and would seek to radically change practice and doctrine to be more amenable to the ways of the sick and twisted culture in which we live.
So, which do you think has a better basis, or neither? Is Francis a furtive Calvinist seeking to remake the Church along protestant lines, or is he a left-wing modernist, or some combination of both (or neither)? It’s an interesting debate and this post is already running very long, but I’m interested to know where you feel the preponderance of the evidence lies.
As for myself, I think the answer is along the lines of both and. Francis is plainly very favorable to modernists, especially of the evangelical/Calvinist stripe, but he is also I think very strongly tainted with modernism through his Jesuit Latin American background and timeframe. He is definitely the Bishop of Rome most radically at odds with the perennial belief and practice of the Faith for which a detailed historical record exists. He is also the one with the means at his disposal – instant communication, constant coverage, every word blasted to the four corners of the world – to do the most damage.
I thank Non Veni Pacem for the stimulating post.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disconcerting, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, silliness, Society, The End.
h/t reader TT:
In this strangest of election years, that actually makes sense. I think one thing is certain: the left is convinced they are a hair’s breadth from irrevocably changing this nation along lines they find amenable to their diabolical purposes. All the amazing torrent of revelations that have come out in the past several weeks, including 6 figure payoffs to important bureaucrats to keep Hillary out of court, if not prison, and the open admission of massive electoral fraud, show both the lengths to which the Left is prepared to go in this election, and their firm belief that any and all means are acceptable when they are this close to their final goal – a permanent demonrat majority, at least at the national level.
Regarding yesterday’s post – I really don’t want or intend to hash out those extremely emotional arguments that tend to surface whenever whether or not to support Trump runs up against those squarely in the Never Trump camp. I have never been wholly in that camp, but neither have I been wholly convinced I would vote for Trump. Over time, I’ve drifted away from the former and towards the latter, however. I don’t think emotionally charged and little-supported arguments claiming either that one is morally obligated to vote for Trump, on pain of sin, or, conversely, that voting for Trump is betraying the conservative movement (whatever that means, anymore), are going to sway me or anyone else.
In reality, I think this country is finished no matter what, and that this election is far more kabuki theater than reality. As such, who I vote for probably makes little difference. At this point, I’d put Trump’s chances of winning at no better than one in five, and probably more like one in ten. That doesn’t mean I won’t vote, but I do so with near total resignation. No matter who wins, I think the long slide into oblivion will continue with quickening pace. I’d be very happy to be proven wrong, of course.
Sorry if that harshes your mellow.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
……where fact and fantasy are perfectly inverse according to the dictates of their ideology cum religious conviction. No group believes in more unsupportable fantasy masquerading as “fact” than the Left. No wonder they have such a hatred for Christianity, it is a religion founded on and informed by right reason, and thus incompatible with their mass belief in unicorns, climate change, Bigfoot, power crystals, and African witch doctor lightning powers.
As a case in point, a really offensive leftist named Russell Simmons – I’ve seen him cover himself in dung before – makes the preposterous claim that there are more “extremist” Christians in the world than muslims, and that the number one problem facing the world today is……..wait for it!……. so called islamophobia. This is such a perfect inversion of reality, only a leftist could come up with it, but given that such beliefs are increasingly prevalent among especially young people today, indicates dark portents for the future:
Russell Simmons joined Trevor Noah on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Monday to talk about “Muslims Speak Out,” a project he formed to deal with Islamophobia, which he called “the worst scourge we have.” [This is where most people 35 and under get their “news” and supposedly informed political opinion. No wonder a majority of millenials think socialism just grand]
He told Noah that people misunderstand the Muslim community and that “99.99-tenths of them are not radicalized, right?” And then he added the kicker: “Probably more Christians are radicalized.” [This is, a) numerically illiterate, b), demonstrably false, and c) stultifyingly stupid in the sense that his definition of radicalized means “I perceive it as a threat to my ideology”. 99.99-tenths means nothing, I guess he means 99.99 percent, but per cent, as in per centum, means per hundred, not tenths. Secondly, simply based on the numbers of militants engaged in combat on behalf of islam around the world today – some 7 million, minimum – out of a population of around 1.5 billion, indicates that 0.5% of muslims are actively engaged in radical activity. Aside from those, some 170 million, by the best reckoning, adhere to Wahhabist sects worldwide, which are nothing if not radical. Add into that the number that adhere to extremist forms of Shiaism, and something like 20% of muslims are fully radicalized even if not actively engaged in/supporting combat of one form or another. Even more, the problem with islam is that it has always been defined by the most radical elements, and has always been unique among major religions in always being spread through violent conquest, and never peaceful conversion.]
Of course, nothing of the sort is true, unless you accept the left’s definition of radicalization, which says that religious objections to sex outside of the biblical definition of marriage—and perhaps refusing to bake a wedding cake or having the expectation of privacy in the bathroom—is exactly the same thing as throwing homosexuals off buildings and stoning them to death. Simmons apparently thinks saying words that people find objectionable is the same as blowing people up. It’s hard to reason with individuals whose minds have been turned to mush by years of moral relativism. [I don’t think it’s mush, and I don’t think it’s moral relativism. I mean, yes, of course the idiocy of moral relativism informs all his thinking, but that’s just a means to an end. Leftism doesn’t adopt anything accidentally, and moral relativism is just another tool with which to attack Christ, His Church, and the values therein that built Western Civilization. I think he and his ilk know exactly what they are doing, and they are doing it on purpose, because the Left hates Christianity more than it hates anything else on earth, and that’s saying a lot. To him, Christianity is the uniquely evil religion in the world today, just as Western Civilization which was created by Christianity is uniquely evil and responsible for all the evils in the world today. Of course, leftists choose to think this, as they recognize in Christianity the only true obstacle to their goal of an Orwellian/Huxleyian world devoid of religion with an all-powerful left-wing government. To this end, islam is a valuable ally. Think on what this guy says, however, when I maintain, with mounting fervor, that once the Left and Islam are done crushing Christianity, they will not turn on each other, but leftism will happily, even eagerly, be absorbed into islam. Yes, there will be some who will not, but the vast majority will happily don the hijab and embrace Mecca, because the underlying objectives and orientations of leftism and islam are the same: a repressive society based on force and the will of the powerful, not on reason, charity, and liberty. In fact, leftism and islam are simply two sides of the same coin, dedicated to the overthrow of Christianity, and seeking the same ends: a cowed and ignorant populace with a narrow few at the top enjoying all the power, freedoms, and spoils. Plus, islam, especially for the powerful, is not at all inconsistent with false “pleasures” the Left likes to push – hedonism, easy access to women, even sodomy. This growing pact between Western leftists and islam is thus not surprising at all, it’s all about opposition to Christ and His Church, and thus has the same father. I must also add, in conclusion to this long comment, that the leftists/liberals/modernists in the Church have essentially the same modus operandi and goals.]
Simmons then turned his attention to Donald Trump, saying that until the GOP nominee came along, America had been moving toward a peaceful, loving “collective.” But now, “people need to blame their discomfort on someone else,” he said.
Which is also BS, it’s just a Hillary ad with a very thin disguise. Every four years, the Republican nominee – or, perhaps in future, whoever is opposing the demonrat – is presented by such people as the devil incarnate, as the uniquely evil threat that simply must be destroyed no matter how vile the democrat nominee may be.
Heck, they tried to turn the total RINO, milquetoast Mitt Romney into a seething racist, sexist, and crazed right-wing radical. It’s always, always about moving the ball forward, keeping the leftist momentum moving ahead at all times. It’s always about the next election, the next court case, the next referendum. They have a singular focus we should really try to emulate. And given that Hillary is the most singularly corrupt, narcissistic, incompetent, and downright evil candidate any of us have ever seen in our lifetimes, it has forced – even coerced – me to plan to vote for Trump, even though I have the gravest doubts about his conservative credentials and find his personal behavior not only toxic, but heart-breaking. To think my country has fallen to the point that either of these people could be elected president is the most damning condemnation of all, but there it is.
Twenty eight years ago, it would have been impossible. But that is how far we have fallen in such a short space of time. And Russell Simmons and his ilk are directly responsible for it. My vote for Trump will be as much a Francis Urquhart to them as anything else.
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Feature, or bug? This is the entirely natural, predictable, and even just outcome to hideously amoral behaviors grounded in an ideology of boundless effrontery towards God and His moral order. God allows the natural (and supernatural) consequences of our actions to be both our rewards and our punishments. These consequences are plainly spelled out in Scripture and the natural law. Conduct your life in a hedonistic, animalistic manner, and this is the natural result: sky-high rates of disease, some of them incurable, and biased amongst the youngest populations.
Of course, the article waits until the umpteenth paragraph to tell us that, surprise!, much of this increase is centered in the growing men who have sex with men population, where rates of infection for very serious and increasingly difficult to treat diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea have exploded. That kind of information is still judged unhelpful to the ongoing re-paganization of the culture and the destruction of the moral order:
More cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year than ever before, federal officials said Wednesday — just as state and local health departments that could help fight them lose funding.
More than 1.5 million people were reported with chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The CDC recorded nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis.
“The STD epidemic is getting worse in the United States and, in fact, is at its highest levels yet,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
The CDC reported a record year for STDs in 2014, also, but the trend is worsening, Mermin told NBC News.
“Last year was the first year that we saw increases but those increases are actually continuing and at a higher rate,” Mermin said.
The new numbers translate to a 19 percent increase in syphilis cases, a 13 percent rise in gonorrhea and a 6 percent increase in chlamydia, Mermin said………
…….Gay and bisexual men account for many of the new cases, and the biggest numbers are among young adults, especially those in their late teens and early 20s. “Half of all STDs occur in youth under age 20,” Mermin said……….
………Congenital syphilis cases hit a record high in 2015, CDC said. More than 430 babies were born with syphilis. “Up to 40 percent of babies born to women with untreated syphilis may be stillborn, or die from the infection as a newborn,” the CDC said.
- Belittle and attack Christianity, especially Catholicism, for generations
- At the same time, exalt the idea of fornication, adultery, serial divorce and remarriage, concubinage, etc., as either no big deal, or some wonderful, adventurous “phase” at least everyone, especially while young, should go through, if not the absolute preferred mode of living for all time
- Complete destruction of adherence to religious precepts and the moral law. Force religion from the public square.
- Spread indoctrination in the libertine lifestyle to younger and younger ages – deliberately propagandize schoolchildren into the sexular pagan ethos
- Exalt perversion as superior to traditional morality. Mock traditional morality at all turns.
- Constantly deride recalcitrant adult authority figures who counsel chastity, modesty, and decency, be they parents, grandparents, politicians, religious figures, etc. Make clear that all the cool people are addicted to uninhibited rutting; even more, make clear that in order to be cool you have to do same. Make being perceived as “cool” the height of social existence
- After decades of the above, express shock and dismay when rates of STDs among schoolchildren, the target audience all along, skyrocket. Demand absolutely no changes to the above program but more and more money for it. After all, it’s working like a charm.
Feature. Definitely feature, especially since several of the diseases skyrocketing have the side-“benefit” of rendering the afflicted individual sterile for life. Win-win to the child-hating, Christ-hating sexular pagan left.
Nashville bishop David Choby must be thoroughly pleased.