Plus c’a change, plus c’e la meme chose May 24, 2012Posted by Administrator in Catholicism, Cultural Pessimism, Faith, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, MSM, Politics.
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Liberty junkies everywhere ought to be celebrating the fact that the Roman Catholic Church here in the US is sticking it to the GodKing and his fawning sycophant, Kathleen Sebelius, in suing over the HHS mandate. 12 separate lawsuits by over 40 different Catholic identities. Awesome. And more awesome, Notre Dame (NOTRE DAME!!!!) is on the list of litigants. That same Notre Dame that invited the GodKing to be commencement speaker in the recent past. The Democratic Party, I am sure, is muttering in its lattes about this, reassuring themselves that there is no way these suits can succeed; but also knowing deep down that such rationalizations are just that.
But, despite the fact that this represents the largest religious lawsuit in the history of the nation, there is much outrage in the Catholic Blogosphere that the MSM, in its Full Metal Tankage for its anointed GodKing, has said virtually nothing on the subject. (See here for an initial look at this as well as links to outside sources).
Really, is anyone truly surprised?
Facebook is such a. . .place. Some wonderful stuff happens, and some dreadful stuff. But what is at once delightful and utterly maddening are the peeks one gets into the minds of others, and the stunning lack of thought and insight that often may be found there.
The Facebook status of a woman about my age, who also happens to be a church-going Catholic, also like me:
Just because someone has a different opinion than yours doesn’t mean they’re ignorant or stupid. Moral issues are a matter of personal choice, and we are all entitled to our beliefs. Respect mine, and I will respect yours. Just sayin’.
This status then proceeds to be “liked” by 20 other people (a rather high number for the circles we keep on FB), including 2 other “faithful” Catholics.
Many of you, especially anyone out Plonk mining, will say that the surface nonsense posited by the status above is either harmless, or a fine summation of what passes for critical thought in regard to social interaction and the origins of moral strictures. And if you’re one of the 225 million lemmings with the cortical capacity of an artichoke here in the US, I guess that at least represents a form of consistency. And if it came from the postings of a callow, 17 year-old idealist, I at least could then be patient. To quote Churchill: “To be 17 and a conservative is to have no heart. To be 37 and a liberal is to have no brain.”
But dammit all, the woman who posted this (who’s past 37) and the two other deadheads (also past 37) who endorse this are Catholics, and they know better. But, much to my rage -as I teach a class on Christian Morality- they wimp out and go for the flabby, internally inconsistent and flat-out wrong, default-current-vogue belief that morality is entirely relative.
Look at what she said: “Morality is a matter of personal choice.” That is utter bullshit that won’t stand 45 seconds of real scrutiny. Don’t think so? Try stealing her stereo. She’ll then claim that I can’t do that.
“But I can. My personal morals state that all property is public property. What is yours is mine, so I can use it anytime I want. You just said that morality is a personal choice. OK. I choose to believe all property is public. AND you have to respect that. You said so yourself.”
At which point, she’ll make an appeal to higher authority, if for no other reason than our “moralties” are in conflict. (And we aren’t really talking about moralities, but incredible vague and effectively meaningless ethical structures) Which is fine. I can then point out that morality is not personal, but stems from something higher than just me and you, as you are now making an appeal outside of us for what is right and wrong. What that thing is leads to further debate, true enough, though it is undeniable that her position is utterly untenable and meaningless. So, for God’s sake, can we please get away from such flabby, useless pablum? That statement is pathetic, and all the more so in that it came from a Catholic woman, college educated, who for-the-love-of-Christ OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER!!
Obama announces endorsement of gay marriage; religious conservatives outraged ocean is wet May 10, 2012Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Family, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Politics.
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I mean, honestly. Is anyone surprised about GodKing’s announcement? Anyone?
Oh God King, Thy Name is Irony May 9, 2012Posted by Administrator in Humor, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Politics.
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Just read it. Do-it-yourself irony.
A Minor Aside May 2, 2012Posted by Administrator in atheism, Idiots, Know Thine Enemy, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Pharyngulism.
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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.
On When a Liberal Media Bias Might be a Good Thing for the Church and Prove the Existence of God, to Boot. April 30, 2012Posted by Administrator in Apologetics, atheism, Catholicism, Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing.
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.
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.
First Teh Pain, then Teh Funnay UPDATED January 20, 2009Posted by Administrator in Creepiness, Cultural Pessimism, Humor, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Mechanistic Relativism, wtf?.
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First, click the link down below and watch the video. (WARNING: Hardcore Obamaniacs are going to be immune to Teh Funnay, and may well find the video to be spiritually enlightening. If so, stop after having watched the video). (SECOND WARNING: If you are not thrilled with Mr. Obama or are, like me, completely appalled at the Cult of Personality that has come to surround our 44th President, the video will be more than a little disturbing and quite possibly stomach-churning). Movie link:
List of the Deranged: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, John Singleton, Anthony Kiedis (oh. . my . . .GOSH the man is unhinged), Will.I.Am, George Lopez, Marisa Tomei and (the following are those that it kills me to see having had anything at all to do with this gawdawful paean of self-serving hogwash that didn’t involve a flame-thrower and a public petition to have the Kushton/Moorobot deported to Antarctica), Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart and Bryce Dallas Howard.
It is hypocrisy of the first water that any of the ideas suggested in this video are somehow ennobled for being done during the Obama Administration, but were dismissed or outright ridiculed as insignificant when done during the Bush Administration.
BONUS POINTS to anyone who can identify who I think is a closet-conservative poking fun at the Kutcher/Moorobot’s sanctimonious hypocrisy; but because they are so blinded by Messianic Fervor, they cannot see the obvious foolishness of their posturing.
NOW FOR TEH FUNNAY: If you are feeling more than a little nauseated after having watched that modern-day hommage to Leni Riefenstahl, perhaps clicking the link down below for IowaHawk’s hysterical. . .I mean HYSTERICAL take on that selfsame video will assist you in curing your urge to vomit. http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/dburge/2009/01/20/i-pledge/
Then, look and see how these consciousness-raised assholes pick up after themselves?
“No, Laeticia. Picking up da trash ain’t no job fo’ us LIBERALS!”
Assholes. That’s just all. Assholes presenting us a microcosmic glance into the future. Having pissed all over the Capital, they leave the mess for someone else to clean up.
Now, on to the rest of the country.
Oh and by the way, Hope/Change is Black November 5, 2008Posted by Administrator in Idiots, Liberal self-loathing, Politics, Stupid Party vs Evil Party.
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Got it. Don’t care. He could be lily white and I’d still fear and loathe him.
Now for the rest of you: HE’S BLACK. WE KNOW. WE DO NOT CARE. SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT ALREADY!!! Give it a rest. Lincoln is not smiling in his grave, MLK is not turning somersaults in heaven. We are post racial. Get the fuck over it already. To the extent that morons like Robert Siegel of NPR keep mooning over the fact is the extent to which we continue to perpetuate the myth that race matters. We (the American people we, not the people who fear and loathe 100% ADA liberals we) elected an African-American. That’s all three branches of government now (and the executive DID have Colin Powell and Condi Rice in the Bush White House. . .y’know). So, let it rest.
Just take a deep breath and
About it already.
Apres moi, les deluge. November 4, 2008Posted by Administrator in Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Politics, Stupid Party vs Evil Party.
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We are fucked.
President Hope Change.
Governor Gregoire. Again.
Stupid fucking brainless state voted for I-1000. BY 20 PERCENTAGE POINTS!!!!
I loathe my fellow man, which is too stupid to realize that they have elected a tyrant in Barack Obama, a crooked liar in the governor, and the incredible idiocy to vote for their own death out of convenience.
Here is what Washington looks like in four years:
Gay marriage is not only legal, but you are persecuted -and quite possibly out of a job- if you dare speak out against it.
People are being put to death –put to death– if their illness is too expensive to treat.
President Hope/Change’s regime insures that anyone who speaks out against his policies is at best wiretapped, at worst hounded out of the country, if not outright imprisoned.
They will nationalize health care, driving the standard of care so far down that the university system will become severely degraded, as scientific professsionals flee the country.
The media will be in a liberal straitjacket. Conservative talk-radio, -nothing that I love in any form, but necessary for a free republic- will be severely constrained.
The economy will be even further in the tank.
The ONLY bright spot in this never-ending stream of electoral idiocy is that the Senate is likely to still hold the filibuster for Republicans. That’s it.
The rest of this is a wash. This country is populated by at least 63 million total fucking idiots who believe this liberal dingbat is the salvation of the country.
The only comfort in that? AFter a positively DISASTROUS Bush II presidency, Hope/Change has only been able to muster 51% of the popular vote. That is some comfort.
However, compare this with McGovern, the only other candidate to receive a 95% or more rating from the ADA, and he got slaughtered by Nixon in ’72, the same Nixon whom people hated because of an unpopular war (Vietnam) and had an economy in the tank. Nixon won 62-38; that’s a fucking landslide.
Where are the brains of the electorate now?
The New Yearly Civic Church meeting. . .. September 14, 2008Posted by Administrator in atheism, Cultural Pessimism, Idiots, Liberal self-loathing, wtf?.
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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:
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.
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.
- Radical inclusion
Anyone is welcomed and there are no prerequisites to be part of Burning Man. All participants are expected to bring a ticket, provide for their own basic needs, and follow the minimal rules of the event.
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.
No cash transactions are permitted at the event in accordance with the principles of Burning Man, with the exception of the following:
- Admission tickets, 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.
- 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. 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.
- A re-entry wristband, which allows a person to leave and re-enter the event and may be purchased at the gate upon exit.
- An airport use fee, payable at the airport upon first entry.
- RV dump service and camp gray water disposal service, available for cash from Johnny on the Spot, the official contractor.
- 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. Nothing is provided by the event with the exception of portable toilets.. 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.
- Communal effort
Burning Man is a cooperative and collaborative event. Participants are encouraged to work with and help fellow participants.
- 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.
- “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.
“Attendees” are encouraged to participate since Burning Man is about participation in one form or another.
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.
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.