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The choice…

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Politics, Religion | Leave a comment

Poll!

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Biden says Obama a national security liability.

Well, not exactly in those words… but that is what he conveyed to a group of donors in Seattle, WA. (former home of the Supersonics…) He said the following: [with my comments in brackets]


“28 states are in serious trouble and they’re about to contribute to the economic downward spiral because what are they doing? Cutting services, laying people off as they lose their tax base. So there are going to be a lot of tough decisions Barack’s gonna have to make, a lot of tough decisions, including on foreign policy. [and here is the kicker folks!!!!!]
“And here’s the point I want to make. Mark my words. Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis [a generated crisis, one concocted to test Obama], to test the mettle of this guy. And he’s gonna have to make some really tough – I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee [he guarantees!!] you it’s gonna happen. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you, not financially to help him, we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right. Because all these decisions, all these decisions, once they’re made if they work, then they weren’t viewed as a crisis. If they don’t work, it’s viewed as you didn’t make the right decision, a little bit like how we hesitated so long dealing with Bosnia and dealing with Kosovo, and consequently 200,000 people lost their lives that maybe didn’t have to lose lives. It’s how we made a mistake in Iraq. We made a mistake in Somalia. So there’s gonna be some tough decisions. They may emanate from the Middle East. They may emanate from the sub-continent. They may emanate from Russia’s newly-emboldened position because they’re floating in a sea of oil.”

Well, if I was thinking about voting for Obama, I just got a really good reason from his running mate to vote for McCain. This is too good to make up, folks. You just can’t make this stuff up. Why in the world when Foreign policy is his weakest point and the economy (his best position in terms of popularity) is currently the talk, why would you switch to the opponents best point? Biden is the best player on McCain’s team!! What a dope. Obama has to be kicking himself wishing he had swallowed his pride and got Hilary on the ticket. The most he would’ve had to worry about if she were VP candidate would be a food taster… now this guy could cost him the election. Funny funny funny.

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, Politics | Leave a comment

Polling data…

One ought to be careful about polling data. Campaigns have their own “internal” polling which is much more accurate than what we are “allowed” to see. Folks with access to that “internal” data say that the race is much closer than we are allowed to think. This is verified by the way the campaigns act. If the data we are force fed is accurate, McCain is really just wasting money and Obama shouldn’t be on the attack. But McCain is still fighting and Obama is not playing a defensive strategy that is designed to “run out the clock.” The Obama campaign knows that the numbers are much closer than the public sees. This is why he is urging his supporters to remember what happened in New Hampshire, when on the day of the primary, polling had him up by 10% points and he lost. It is also why he has gone on the attack about “Joe the Plumber.” He gave the worst answer he could have there, but if it was in the bag, as the media/Obama surrogates have told us, then why trash the guy and dig up so much about him, so that we can now safely say that we know more about Joe than we do Barak Obama?
The point is this: let’s wait to see what the numbers look like from Zogby the day of the election. Zogby has nailed it in the tight races like no one else has over the last 12-16 years, at least since I have been really paying attention starting in 92, though I didn’t hear about Zogby until I believe 96. Check out his site as the day nears. If he has an Obama win, then chances are that Obama will win… but if it is in the margin of error or they are tied, then there is a good chance for McCain, and if he has McCain ahead then it is in the bag for McCain.

More about elections, polling, Obama, abortion and FOCA next time when I issue the second installment of “Abortion and the Obama Factor.”

Pax

October 18, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Obama is gonna lose… Part 2

Well, maybe not.

He just might be too pretty, too smooth and too sexy.  (??)

McCain too old, too experienced, too injured, too unsexy.

I often get upset when Democrats treat Americans as if they are sooo stupid and they (the dems) need to run your life for you because you are just too damn dumb.  But I think they are right that Americans are dumb.  But not in the way they think.  They are smart enough to run their everyday lives (well, for the most part)… but the anti-intellectualism that exists in our society, the need for grandeur, the drive for instant gratification, etc. plays to Obama; and here is the contradiction.  Obama is supposed to be an intellectual and (God help us if we hear this much more) nuanced.  Make me sick.  If umm-ing your way through an answer in nuanced, then I am a fricking genius.  Anyway, we can’t stay focussed for 2 minutes to hear even a ridiculously idiotic answer to a question, and we are anti-intellectual, but then we feel good somehow (maybe making peace with our anti-intellectualism) voting for the guy who is nuanced?  Whatever.

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

McCain on the Offence

Finally, McCain has realized (it seems) that being a Mr. Nice Guy who tries to get the moderate vote is not the best way.  He is attacking Obama and hard… FINALLY!  Palin is out there kicking butt, and taking no prisoners.  There is nooo way that McCain will win if he doesn’t attack.  I really don’t like McCain (odd for a traditionalist right… or not), but the New Messiah is just unbearable.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Obama is gonna lose…

I suppose anyone who might see this would say, “Well, duh, you’re a trad-cath.  Of course you want him to lose.”  But I think there is more to my doubts about his winning than my trad-catholicism.  The polls say everything.  There is no way on earth that he should be trailing, or tied with, or even just a couple points up on McCain right now.  This has to have to Obama folks scared to death.  His biggest mistake (and smallest) was not picking Hillary as VP.  Biggest because he is going to lose without her.  Smallest because had he won with her, Bill and Hill would have been really running the show and everybody would have known it, no matter what the protestations to the contrary would have been.

I figure it comes down to this:  How do you want the world to end?  Obama’s way or McCain’s way?  Still, I can’t see voting for the one candidate who is on the record FOR infanticide.  But, hey, I am not one to judge.

August 26, 2008 Posted by | Politics | Leave a comment

Global Warming?

hmmm….

October 22, 2007 Posted by | Environment, Politics | 1 Comment

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad– nuts or crazy like a fox?

This fellow is insane, right? Please say he is… or is he a true believer? I listened to his address this afternoon at the U.N. and the man is good. He hit the morality thing right away. But all the media hears is an intolerant boob who you can’t take seriously. Folks, this guy believe in an eschatology that he thinks is unfolding right now. Did you hear him offer us one more chance to convert? Did you hear what would happen to us if we didn’t? Now truly, Christians shouldn’t find the images that disturbing. Christ will return the conquering King and “every knee will bow”… and the doesn’t mean in humble, obedient worship necessarily. What is disturbing is that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems to be hell-bent on bringing the Islamic Messiah on the scene now (in a way that reminds me of hyper-Dispensationalists that have planned to bomb the Dome of the Rock to hasten the Middle Coming– you know that not-so-secret-Secret-rapture thingy before Armageddon). The media analyzes him politically and is so ignorant/dismissive of the theology that drives this guy and his followers. They are so committed to the Enlightenment separation of religion and reason that they are completely unaware of that commitment. They don’t know any better! But while they laugh at him for saying that Iran doesn’t have the problem with homosexuals that we do here in the U.S. (which when I heard I knew he meant that the problem is so small that it is nearly non-existent- kinda like saying we have full-employment in the US— we don’t but the unemployment is soooo low that we can say we do), he is strolling around the streets of NY getting more moral and intellectual ammo which he will unload on us in the form of a Nuke.

While I despise the man, I couldn’t help but agree with his essential moral critique of our culture. Don’t we degrade women? Don’t we try to destroy the family and especially the children with contraception, abortion, Hollywood movies, the Music Industry, sales of sex, etc, etc, etc??? Putting aside the way women are actually treated over there (which I hear is very bad), hearing his comments about women being the instantiation of divine beauty, purity and love was refreshing. I am used to only hearing that from poetic Catholics!

As I was listening, and was frightened, I began to understand how after 9/11, conversion to Islam jumped by over 400%. They believe something- the roles of men and women are well-defined (even if is too radical, it is well-defined), there is a commitment to some concrete set of values. While we celebrate our freedom to be the things that the Old Testament, Romans, Corinthians and Plato the great Philosopher condemn, Islamic freaks like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his like are doing what Moses, Paul and Plato said we ought to do… forbid homosexuality! Insane that a Islamocrazy believes what God says better than we, a “Christian” nation, do.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a madman, and his religion will send folks to hell just as well as any ideology pushing homosexuality as a good and natural thing. But in addition to the spiritual destruction caused by the religion of Islam, this guy wants to cause good old fashioned physical destruction on a world-wide scale. And while we hold hands with all religions of peace *barf* and sing “We didn’t start the fire” in our non-judgmental tone and all pray together for mutual understanding and peace among all the peoples of the world, Militant Islam is acting on convictions- the worst convictions, to be sure. “If you convert to Islam, you will be saved,” he says. Well, let’s not convert to Islam, but let try and convert to Christianity. Let’s not give him and his followers a legitimate moral trump card to play. If we turn our hearts to God, then he’ll have to drop the moral card, and play the true card. We are the people of God, and he isn’t… he belongs to Satan and we don’t and he wants to destroy us for that reason. But for now, he can cloud the whole issue with a true criticism of our pathetic immorality.

Now it is important to point out that I am not saying if, God forbid, Crazy Mahmoud attacks us it will be because God is punishing us for our sins… that is Crazy Mahmoud’s logic. Who has known the mind of the Lord? Not me on this issue. He hasn’t phoned lately and I don’t think ‘ll be getting a line from Him any time soon. If that Islamobastard attacks us, we’ll blow him back to the early Middle Ages and rightly so. I am merely trying to give folks some understanding of his rationale that the media just can’t seem to figure out.

Does he really believe that he is a true follower of God? I think he does, but who knows. What I do know is that he’ll act on his violent convictions if he has the chance. May God save us.

Note/Disclaimer: Those of you at the FBI and Homeland Security reading this need not worry... I am a Republican who voted for Bush.

September 25, 2007 Posted by | Islam, Politics, Religion | 1 Comment

Live Earth 2007… hmmm.

I am just wondering, ya know, just sitting here thinking to myself, “How much pollution and stuff will this Nature-worshipping concert cause?” I mean, you got lots of energy being used- or are they using fluorescent lights? Then there are the airplanes and cars used by the artists- or are they biking or walking? Then the hot dogs and hamburgers being eaten (because, ya know, more pollution is caused by meat processing plants than most anything else according to the infallible UN)- or are they only selling carrot sticks and the like at Giants stadium? Just wondering to myself… wondering… wondering…

July 6, 2007 Posted by | Entertainment, Politics | Leave a comment

Motu Maniacs!!! AHAHAHAHAAAHHHHHHHH!!!

Yeah, so I like the Old Roman Rite. Is that so bad? I mean, what’s wrong with liking tradition? Isn’t that why I left the Protestant religion? So be nice to me… I am not a maniac… well, mostly. But I do think the real Motu Maniacs are those who are freaking out about its “imminent” arrival. Of course, it has been arriving any day now for, what, two years? Anyway, it has been reported that the Holy Father has sent out some men around the world to explain to the bishops why he is freeing up the old rite. He is very smart to do this since if any bishops do not comply (and there will be some who openly disobey the Pope), they cannot say that they just didn’t understand.

When it does come, and as we wait, let us pray for our bishops, pray especially for the Bishop of Rome, and pray for the faithful and the unity of the Church. Many will use this as an opportunity to divide further on both extreme sides. Let the freeing up of the Old Rite incite us to further holiness. That will be the best argument for why it is so desperately needed today… heck, for the last 40 years.

May 30, 2007 Posted by | Politics, Religion | Leave a comment

Glenn Beck- A Mormon Pre-Post-Modernist?

So I am a little confused.  Mormonism claims that the Church went screwy by the end of the 1st century probably and in the 2nd century certainly.  It disappeared institutionally until Joseph Smith was shown the truth by God and then he recovered the Church as a visible institution.  So Glenn Beck as a faithful Mormon (at least from his own accounts he is trying to be faithful and his word is good enough for me) would seem to believe at least implicitly that Mormonism is the true religion and all other religions are false.  It should be noted however that there is no eternal hell in Mormon theology, so who gives if they’re right and we’re wrong.  But still there is the question of truth and the law of the excluded middle. Mormonism does claim that only faithful Mormons will enjoy the equivalent of what Catholics call the Beatific Vision (though that is a stretch given the perfection of God in Catholic theology and the celebrated imperfection of God in Mormon theology).  So either Mormonism is true or it is false.  Now where does Glenn Beck fall into the mix?

On his radio program yesterday (Tues. May 22) during the second hour Beck verbally smacked James Dobson around for saying that he wasn’t sure if Fred Thompson was Christian enough.  (NOTE: Apparently Dobson called during he 3rd hour to clarify his comments, but I missed it- what he said or didn’t say is not the point.  The point is what Beck thought he said and then what his response was to Dobson.)  Beck began to wonder aloud who appointed Dobson as judge over who is or isn’t Christian enough.  While I asked the same question in my mind (rhetorically of course), I didn’t go where Beck went after that.  He then began to wonder, aloud again, where he had heard something like that before… “where have I heard this before… where have I… OHH!  I remember!  The extremist Islamic terrorists! ‘You’re not Muslim enough so we are going to kill you’.” [Quoted from my memory- not exact- also not willing to pay the outlandish price to download audio of his program from his site.]  You know that reminds me of another religious institution that has the nerve to forbid certain persons to receive the Eucharist… just can’t… quite remember… something about… mortal sins… unbelievers can’t receive… Gosh what is this group of bigots and extremists called? what institution could do such a thing… OH!!  I remember!

My mother, the Church.

It’s scary, but it is more and more likely that we will be persecuted and maybe even martyred for our fidelity to Church and Christ.  And the persecution will come from the our religious and conservative allies… not so much from the left.  So much for ecumenism… its going to kill us.

May 23, 2007 Posted by | Politics, Religion | 5 Comments

Pro-Death “Catholic” Politicians and the American Experiment

According to 18 Pro-Death Catholic politicians in America, the fact of “automatic excommunication” for Catholic politicians who support abortion “offend(s) the very nature of the American experiment and do(es) a great disservice to the centuries of good work the church has done.” It seems as though Americanism is the one true religion. This Religion of Tolerance for everything except Truth, at least exclusive Truth (at least that’s my truth…hmm), cannot stand for a Dogmatic principle other than its own. What is a Catholic doing talking about offending the very nature of the American experiment? How about offending the very nature of the Gospel? the Church? of Life? of God? and, dammit, my common sense? This worship of the American Way, from my own observations, has been a major reason for the decline in the liturgy and discipline of Christ’s Church. It should be noted that the good ol’ US of A is not the only location of a suffering Church body. Many other parts of the world, especially Europe, have seen the same decline.

So how can this be an American problem? Well, it is not really, because the religion of “Americanism” is not bound to our borders here in the states. It has become an international phenomenon with the exporting of American style democracy (with its blatant materialism, subjectivism, and moral relativism) all over the world. According to Dr. John Rao, Americanism is no longer associated with America; it is a religious idea that can be transported over physical boundaries. So if you do not like the “physical USA” you can go somewhere else and still have Americanism since it has become a religion to be spread over the entire world. How many times have we heard America called a “city set on a hill” or a “light to the world” by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Reagan? There is an eschatology in that statement that was birthed in the Reformation, came to adolescence in the Enlightenment, and is now on the brink of Manhood. In the strength of its raging hormones, this new religion has finally asserted its power over the Church and declared, infallibly for most people, including Catholics, that the Church’s place is not in the public square, but in very private quarters. It has no authority over people and has no right to allegiance from anyone if the Church contradicts or has conflicting policies with the American religion. This eschatology has man coming of age and into true liberty without the Catholic Church as Mother to lead, guide and nurture to God. It is diametrically opposed to Catholic Christianity (as is Protestant “Christianity” which refuses to acknowledge the Church as it Mother) and must be intellectually and spiritually warred against. The Holy Father has recently and often since made this same case against the Secularism of the world which sets itself against the Church and therefore against Christ.

No, the City on the Hill is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, with St. Peter on the Throne. The fact that Pro-Death Catholics oppose automatic excommunications and the Church’s involvement in public life “offends the very nature of the Christian religion.”

May 18, 2007 Posted by | Politics, Religion | 1 Comment