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A Minor Aside May 2, 2012

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It’s been such awhile since I’ve fiddled on here.  I see that WordPress has expanded  its stat cruncher, so I now can see where my page views have been coming from.

The all time winner?  PZ Myers’ pestiferous Pharyngula!!!

Dear plonk miners:  I gave up Herr Doktor Myers’ blog a long time ago.  I hear second hand that he has not changed, and visited today very briefly to see if I’m still in the dungeon.  Amazingly, I am, but only for daring to combat the Sycophantic Echo Chamber Horde with something different than the Party Line.   I will not be taking on Herr Doktor here, so save your fingers and your limited intellects.  Stick with what you know and listen to so well in Herr Doktor’s Echo Chamber.

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On When a Liberal Media Bias Might be a Good Thing for the Church and Prove the Existence of God, to Boot. April 30, 2012

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Perhaps you’ve heard about this story.  I’ll freely confess, when I first saw it, I thought; “Damned liberal media.  Taking it to the Church again.”  And then I thought, “You’d not hear about this in terms of such high outrage if it had been a simple public figure.  Heck, for most people, you would not hear about it at all.  Stop picking on the Church, for heaven’s sake.”  You simply cannot help yourself with that holier-than-thou mentality when it comes to priests.

And I also thought, “That priest is an idiot, and an incompetent one at that, if for no other reason than he didn’t actually proof his PowerPoint before his meeting.”  I hold no brief for saying a man is condemned for porn, gay or otherwise.  Just as I hold no brief for a man to be condemned for drunkenness, gambling or serial infidelity.  We all have our shortcomings, yes even the priests.  ALL of these things are bad, evil acts.  They do not then translate the person into an evil person.

Love the sinner, hate the sin, you know.

But then I thought a bit more on that.  That priest showed that material at a public meeting.  For First Communicants.  Second graders!!  He deserves to be taken out to the shed for that.

And not just that.  But also for being a priest.

I’ve often concurred with Mark Shea’s tongue-in-cheek assertion that if we allowed educators to marry, then abuse would not happen.  Waitaminnit. . .  And his point still holds.  But I’ve used that as a larger cudgel, to object to the media using a double-standard with us.  They hit educators on pedophilia, but they REALLY nail the Church on it.

And this time it hit me.

The media really should hit us harder.  They really should.

Let me repeat that: The media is correct in hitting the Catholic Church harder on pedophilia than hitting other organizations.  And here’s why:

We are the keepers of the guttering flame of Truth.  We are the heirs to those Irish monks on the west coast of Britain who kept the flame of Antiquity’s wisdom while Europe was convulsed with pagan lawlessness.  In short, WE KNOW BETTER.  And the press knows this instinctively, so they beat us like a gong  every time we veer from the path.

Are they delighting in our errors?  Of course.  Are they drooling, microcephalic hypocrites?  Of course.  BUT THEY ARE CORRECT.

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But here’s the really wonderful thing:  WHY does the press react as it does?  We keep hearing the message that Christianity is outdated, passe, meaningless.  We ought to pay it no mind.

But if it is really that meaningless, then the peccadilloes of erring priests such as the unfortunate mentioned above should be no cause for concern.  “Pay that fool no mind, modern thinker.  He’s going the way of the dodo.”  If it’s that meaningless, why does the Dawkins/Harris/Dennett/Myers Kraken react so violently to our little turns?  Why the vociferous, violent chortles of glee at yet another wayward priest?  If we’re marginalized, why bother?  If we’re meaningless, why does Dan Savage waste so much energy on us?

Deep down at the core, they know there is something to us.  We have the truth, they know it, and they hate us for it.  But in that moment comes proof of the Moral Argument.

If we’re protecting an outdated morality, then why the outrage when we violate it?  We ought to be welcomed by the Saturnalians as finally agreeing with them.  But they know; they grasp the Absolute.  They help prove that Moral Realities exist, and from that rather easily comes the idea that a Creator of those Realities must therefore also exist.

The Prophet Chesterton on the Faith of Atheists December 12, 2008

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Atheism is, I suppose, the supreme example of a simple faith. The man says there is no God; if he really says it in his heart, he is a certain sort of man so designated in Scripture. But, anyhow, when he has said it, he has said it; and there seems to be no more to be said. The conversation seems likely to languish.

The truth is that the atmosphere of excitement, by which the atheist lived, was an atmosphere of thrilled and shuddering theism, and not of atheism at all; it was an atmosphere of defiance and not of denial. Irreverence is a very servile parasite of reverence; and has starved with its starving lord. After this first fuss about the merely aesthetic effect of blasphemy, the whole thing vanishes into its own void. If there were not God, there would be no atheists.

-G.K. Chesterton, Where All Roads Lead

Been saying all along that the Myers/Dennett/Harris/Dawkins Hydra is faith-based.  Seems that ol’ Gilbert Keith was -as usual- way ahead of the curve on this topic.

The New Yearly Civic Church meeting. . .. September 14, 2008

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. . .occurs every Labor day week in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. It is known as Burning Man. A testament to functional anarchy (which sounds like an oxymoron, thereby reflecting the modern Progressive desire to have their cake and eat it too), the groups Principles state:

Principles

Of the variety of goals fostered by participatory attendees, known as “Burners”, Burning Man does not have a single focus. Features of the event are subject to the participants and include community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification, and revelry. Participation is encouraged.[23]

The Burning Man event is governed by the 10 principles of Burning Man, which are radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and immediacy.[24]

Radical inclusion

Anyone is welcomed and there are no prerequisites to be part of Burning Man.[24] All participants are expected to bring a ticket, provide for their own basic needs, and follow the minimal rules of the event.

Gifting

Instead of cash, event participants are encouraged to rely on a gift economy, a sort of potlatch. In the earliest days of the event, an underground barter economy also existed, in which burners exchanged material goods and/or “favors” with each other. While this was originally supported by the Burning Man organization, this now is largely discouraged. Instead, burners are encouraged to give gifts to one another unconditionally.

We don’t have attendees. We have burners.

Decommodification

No cash transactions are permitted at the event in accordance with the principles of Burning Man, with the exception of the following:[25]

  • Admission tickets,[26] although tickets for the 2008 event are only available in advance at select stores, by mail or via the Burning Man ticket website.
  • Café beverages such as coffee, chai, lemonade, etc., which are sold at Center Camp Café.[27]
  • Ice, available for purchase at three places in the city: “Camp Arctica” in Center Camp, “Ice Cubed” at the 3 o’clock portal and “Ice-9” at the 9 o’clock portal.[28] Ice sales benefit the local Gerlach-Empire school system.
  • Tickets for the shuttle bus to the nearest Nevada communities of Gerlach and Empire which is operated by contractor Green Tortoise.[29]
  • A re-entry wristband, which allows a person to leave and re-enter the event and may be purchased at the gate upon exit.[30]
  • An airport use fee, payable at the airport upon first entry.[31]
  • RV dump service and camp gray water disposal service, available for cash from Johnny on the Spot, the official contractor.[32]
  • Diesel and biodiesel, supplied by Sierra Fuels, the official contractor.
  • Private portable toilets and servicing, which can be arranged with the official contractor.
Radical self-reliance

Because of the event’s harsh environment and remote location, participants are expected to be responsible for their own subsistence. Since the LLC forbids any commerce, with the exception of the items stated in Decommodification, participants must be prepared and bring their own supplies such as water, food, proper clothing and shelter, just to name a few.[33] Nothing is provided by the event with the exception of portable toilets.[34]. The only items for sale during the event are ice, chai, coffee and lemonade.

Radical self-expression

Participants are encouraged to express themselves in a number of ways through various art forms and projects. The event is clothing-optional and public nudity is common, though not practiced by the majority.[35][36]

Communal effort

Burning Man is a cooperative and collaborative event. Participants are encouraged to work with and help fellow participants.[37]

Civic responsibility

Participants are encouraged and assume responsibility to be part of a civil society in which federal, state and local laws are obeyed and communicate this to other participants.[37]

“Leave No Trace” policy

Participants are committed to a leave-no-trace event. They strive to leave the area around them in better condition than before their arrival to ensure their participation does not have a long term impact on the environment.[37]

Participation

“Attendees” are encouraged to participate since Burning Man is about participation in one form or another.[37]

Immediacy

Participants are asked to become part of the event, to experience what is around them and society and to explore their inner selves and their relation to the event.[37]

This happy collection of mindless nonsense culminates in the incineration of a huge wooden effigy, the likeness of a man, on Saturday of the event.

This pagan spectacle, embodying all the stale foolishness of modern Wiccanism combined with the last gasps of the Flower Power generation rejects virtually all of the Christian order that Western Civilization was founded upon.

But it does have themes. Art themes from previous years include:

2007 — The Green Man
2006 — Hope & Fear
2005 — Psyche
2004 — Vault of Heaven
2003 — Beyond Belief
2002 — The Floating World
2001 — The Seven Ages
2000 — The Body
1999 — The Wheel of Time
1998 — The Nebulous Entity
1997 Playa Art
1996 Playa Art
1992-1995 Playa Art

2008’s theme was, “The American Dream.” Many long-time hippy hangovers decided not to attend this year, given that such a theme counters their long-held anti-Republican prejudices. Not coincidentally, law enforcement citations dropped for the first time in a decade.

But next year, citations will go up, as the old-timers will flock to Black Rock, along with many New Atheists with whom these dingdongs share a common quest for relativity.

The 2009 theme?

Naturally. Burning Man comes full circle by welcoming the thought of one of its main prophets. Too bad Nietzsche doesn’t have such an appealing theme. “Will to Power” just doesn’t cut it. “God is dead” isn’t too bad for these idiots. In fact, I am now surprised they don’t use Nietzsche as the art theme. Imagine the possibilities: Pictures of Dachau and the Gulag, paired with films shot in Haight Ashbury in 1968.

The mind boggles.

This culture is going to hell.

Little Paul Myers was a movie star!!!! August 4, 2008

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Exclusive scoop here at Mostly Nothing. It seems that Little Paul once had some rather frizzy hair. . .and some really outre shades. Sadly, in his youth, Little Paul had the same belly problem that seems to afflict him even today. It is also noteworthy that he is surrounded by mindless sycophants then as now.  Rather ironic that what is so clearly a poorly disguised autobiographical piece such as this comes off as so ridiculously campy, but there you have another illustration of the fundamental lack of humor to be found in Pharynguland.

Little Paul’s lyrics are following:

Jesus, I am overjoyed to meet you face to face.
You’ve been getting quite a name all around the place.
Healing cripples, raising from the dead.
And now I understand you’re God,
At least, that’s what you’ve said.
So, you are the Christ, you’re the great Jesus Christ.
Prove to me that you’re divine; change my water into wine.
That’s all you need do, then I’ll know it’s all true.
Come on, King of the Jews.
Jesus, you just won’t believe the hit you’ve made around here.
You are all we talk about, the wonder of the year.
Oh what a pity if it’s all a lie.
Still, I’m sure that you can rock the cynics if you tried.
So, you are the Christ, you’re the great Jesus Christ.
Prove to me that you’re no fool; walk across my swimming pool.
If you do that for me, then I’ll let you go free.
Come on, King of the Jews.
I only ask what I’d ask any superstar.
What is it that you have got that puts you where you are.
I am waiting, yes I’m a captive fan.
I’m dying to be shown that you are not just any man.
So, if you are the Christ, yes the great Jesus Christ
Feed my household with this bread.
You can do it on your head.
Or has something gone wrong. Jesus, why do you take so long?
Oh come on, King of the Jews.
Hey! Aren’t you scared of me Christ?
Mr. Wonderful Christ?
You’re a joke. You’re not the Lord.
You are nothing but a fraud.
Take him away.
He’s got nothing to say!
Get out you King of the,
Get out King of the,
Oh get out you King of the Jews!
Get out of here!
Get out of here you,
Get out of my life.

Tragic, really. Think what a priest Little Paul could have made!!

There is nothing to say. . . . July 24, 2008

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. . .about the pitiful, pathetic Paul Myers that has not already been said -most pithily- by Mark Shea.

Except perhaps for this. Paul Myers’ sad display is nothing if not suggestive of the teen or pre-teen boy who has been foiled in some act by a higher authority; his father, the state, a local cop. . .whatever. And he then commits some act of defiance against that authority, smearing shit on the cop’s front stoop, scratching the paint job on Dad’s car, spraying graffiti on City Hall. And then he brags –ad nauseaum– to his friends about it and about how he got away without further punishment. ANd of course his friends, being arrested at the same level of pre-adulthood Paul is, chime in about how brave little Paul is and how he Stuck It To The Man.

Whereas Cop/Dad/Mayor has some idea who did it, but for reasons known only to Him, is reserving his punishment.

Maybe with the understanding that Junior is too fracking stupid to learn the lesson just now.

Mark Shea’s Blasts on PZ UPDATED July 16, 2008

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Oh my. Lovely.

You get the feeling that they are genuinely surprised to find that Catholics are attaching far more importance to the descration of the Eucharist than, say, the desecration of a Rosary. They seem to have reeled a bit at the volcanic response. Now they are getting their footing and realizing this *really* ticks off Catholics and so, like eight year olds, they are enjoying being in (they think) the position of saying, “Take one step closer and I’ll torture your cat!”

I won’t mince words. Myers is an evil man. (I won’t go that far, but he is an asshat of the first water and engaging in evil acts.-ed) And as evil men, particularly evil intellectuals, tend to be, he is also a mad man as are most of his acolytes and followers. One need only read Pharyngula to know this. Not all atheists are driven mad by their atheism. Many are quite respectable human beings. But those who make it their raison d’etre tend to be made crazy by it. That’s the tragedy of sins of the intellect. They don’t just make you stupid. If you persist in them, and particularly if you persist in them to this degree, they make you crazy.

(snip)

The hatred breeds lies like, “I’m just exercising freedom of expression”.

No. You are committing theft, vandalism, and incitement.

Or else you lie and say, “Unless Catholics can prove the Eucharist is actually the Body and Blood of Christ and not a worthless cracker, I’m just guilty of being rude.”

No. Catholics are under no obligation to prove that in order to show that you are guilty of theft, vandalism and incitement.

(snip)
Yet another demented lie to cover up your naked act of aggression is to play the victim:

It’s just so darned weird that they’re demanding that I offer this respect to a symbol that means nothing to me.

The answer to this lie is that *nobody* is demanding Myers offer respect to the Eucharist. He’s blasphemed the Eucharist on his blog off and on since forever. Catholics are free to disagree with him, just has he is free to disagree with them. That’s the first amendment in action and I, for one, am glad to live in the land that is not Canada where even demented professors whose careers are stuck in Wilbur Weed Boxtop Diploma Mill can have a voice in the public square, if only to serve as a warning to normal people of what hatred of God can do to the human mind.

(snip)

Myers’ logic is that of Kristallnacht, punish all Catholics everywhere with theft, vandalism and incitement because of the (alleged) actions of a couple.

OoohWEE!! Read it all. Wonderful.

ALSO, a a great round-up at The Daily Kraken.

Kevin Jones also thinks PZ is an asshat and deserves reprimand, at least.

UPDATE: Somewhat interesting combox exchange at Mark’s with some of the more lucid Pharyngulites.

It is instructive to note that even these calmer people toss out “challenging” questions -as if no one has ever thought of them before- and are then directed to consult proper Gospel commentaries.  And guess what?  All they do is re-phrase the question, and suggest that our lack of actual response indicates sure evidence that the Church is bogus.

PZ Idiocy Linkfest July 14, 2008

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In part cause he says that he absolutely intends to follow through on his desecration.

The man reminds me of a rabid homophobe who has secret homosexual tendencies.  The more he raves at the object of his secret obsession, the safer he feels.

Minnesota Indy interview (full of softball questions.  The comments are typical, though tjswift is hilarious.

Anchoress.

Cartago Delenda Est.

Frances Beckwith here and here.

Catholic League news release.

Fox News on the original foofaraw that got PZ’s panties all in a bunch.

Washington Times.

Fr. James Martin in America.

Then PZ went and posted all the public information on a couple of lintheads who sent him evil threatening e-mails.  PZ ended up taking them down, because his sycophants went crazy on the lintheads.  PZ re-wrote the post, with this classic quote:

It is most definitely not intended to incite harassment. I do not want you to be dunning these people with email, threatening them back, signing them up for spam, or otherwise being a jerk. For one thing, we can’t be certain that an innocent’s account hasn’t been hijacked; for another, we’re supposed to be better than that.

Res Ipsa Loquitur.  They cannot be better; philosophically, logically, they are acting exactly as they should; with malice and venom.  PZ knew that was going to happen, and he simply didn’t care.  Orac, another ScienceBlogs writer, took PZ to task on this idiotic action of his with great charity:

What on earth did you expect, P.Z., posting the e-mails and the entire headers?

Clearly you didn’t think things through.

Posted by: Orac | July 14, 2008 4:57 PM

But he did.  PZ is a sanctimonious, hypocritical asshat, a fundamentalist prophet of the Church of Atheism, but he is not stupid.  He knew what would happen.

Anyway, there is more, much more, more than one could possibly care to stomach over at Pharyngula, but those can be searched for by others.

I for one, am very curious to see exactly what he does to commit sacrilege to the Eucharist.  Not for any real harm that can come to Christ; I am confident that He can take care of Himself.  No, I am more curious to see how it further illustrates PZ’s consistent, pathological hatred (that word is used carefully) of religion, particularly Christianity.

Myers puts his foot in it July 11, 2008

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(link). . .and Dawkins runs to his aid. (Beckwith claims that Pharyngula has been taken down, but as of the time stamp on this post, that is incorrect. PZ is still blathering full bile ahead.)

Mark Shea says it best:

The guy’s a bag lady screaming at the traffic–on the Minnesota taxpayer’s dime. Tell me again what the hell any of this has to do with science?

All this has spurred on a perfect storm of imbecilic comments (from BOTH sides) all over Myers’ pestiferous blog.  More than I have ever seen.  Illiterate commentary espousing violence from putative Catholics makes for a lousy witness (not that PZ would ever actually pay attention to a witness example, but that doesn’t absolve us from the responsibility to try), and the sanctimonious responses from Myers’ Sycophantic Horde is no better.

And that’s all I’m going to say on this. Res ipsa loquitur.

The only reason to watch this year’s election is the slim hope a man’s head might explode July 1, 2008

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Seems that Obama is considering expanding the faith-based initiatives started by GW Bush. Right now, this is the ONLY thing about Obama that I can stand. I still won’t vote for the guy, though. However, what might cause me to vote for the Obamanator is the possibility of watching noted atheist moron PZ Myers’s head explode, as the committed Democrat will have to hold his nose and vote for a politician that -in terms of lip service, at least- is in favor of expanding aid to religious institutions.

He’s still proposing an expansion of Bush’s faith-based initiatives — he’s going to be handing out billions of dollars to religious organizations. It’s nice that he’s specifically saying there will be restrictions, that the money can’t be used in programs that discriminate, and it must be for secular purposes, but he’s still propping up a religious middleman between government aid and the people, and that’s a tool that will be used to proselytize indirectly, even if they don’t simply flout the rules. This is a bad idea.

Well, it’s a bad idea only when you’re an atheist nutjob who sees radical religious conspiracies under every collection plate. WHEN will this bearded blowhard come to terms with his fear of God? If he will simply admit that he is terrified that his Lutheran upbringing was possibly correct, then he can come to terms with it like a good Freudian misfit, and live his life out in fearful quiet in the wilds of Minnesota.

Ain’t likely.

So, as a consolation, I do get to see him become agitated about this Obama/faith-based initiative sop to the religious of America. Twill be amusing to watch PZ get all atwitter about this. NOTHING else at this point is worth paying attention to in this wretched election year.