Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Requiescat In Pace

Sad news. William F. Buckley has died.

How I wish we had public affairs programming as great as Firing Line was. I truly consider that program a gift from Mr. Buckley to me. As a tween and teen in the 80's, even as I was being formed by other forces into a Black Nationalist Marxist, I always enjoyed "Firing Line" and looked forward to watching every week. I suppose in some way it helped keep me from going completly of the deep (Left-wing) cliff.

I only hope there is something similar around when my son is the same age.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Our Saviour?

More of the Obama the Messiah fever takes hold as Farrakhan proclaims him the "Hope of World"
"This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better," he said. "This young man is capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow. If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."
No wait, there's more!

Minister Farrakhan compared Mr. Obama to the religion's founder, Fard Muhammad, who also had a white mother and black father. "A black man with a white mother became a savior to us," he told the crowd.
So if Farrakhan is claiming Obama is the Mahdi, can we now say for certain that he is Muslim?

Living Witness

I think this video really shows the effect of witness by example. In this guys words, I think the Transalpine Redemptorist monks "got him"


"Take up your cross and follow me"

My response to Feuerheud regarding his Op/Ed in the Washington Post:

Mr. Feuerherd,

I don't know whether you are going to Hell or not, and while I pray that we both end up forever with God, I must state that I am astonished at your opinion piece in the February 24th Washington Post. It shows that you have little regard for either the bishops or the Magesterium. You claim:

"John Paul's key criterion in choosing the men who lead the United States' 194
dioceses was their vocal support for church teachings that have been rejected in
whole (birth control) or in part (women's ordination and abortion) by many
Catholics in the pews and the broader American culture."

Where else in the world would you make such a claim? Would you criticize the President of the US for appointing folks who uphold the Constitution? It seems that he or she would need to appoint persons who are communist or anarchists because the public leans toward accepting this. Would this be a true servant of the people. Would this be a person who is upholding their oath to protect the Constitution and the United States of America? To meet the standards that you seem to expect from the Holy Father he would need to denounce his mission; a mission that is even more important that where public opinion is. The public onion of ancient Rome and Palestine didn't agree with the teachings of the Early Church Fathers; should they have been more "pragmatic"?

You also claim that,
"To Catholics like me who oppose liberal abortion laws but also think that other
issues -- war or peace, health care, just wages, immigration, affordable
housing, torture -- actually matter, the idea that abortion trumps everything,
all the time, no matter what, is both bad religion and bad civics."
How exactly is it bad religion to uphold the teachings of that religion? Sorry, but while I probably agree with you on many of those issues, support for abortion does trump ALL of those them

The primary aim of a bishop (including the Bishop of Rome) is not to conform himself to your political leanings (nor mine as I am a Democrat as well) but to lead the world to Christ. You may feel that abortion and euthanasia deserve the same moral standing as tax policy or stances on illegal aliens, but the Church, and I dare say Christ, does not. "Thou shall not murder" is what the commandment says and that means it is NEVER ok to intentionally take innocent human life. Nor can one be complicit in that taking of life. You and other may not like that but it is the truth. There is no such creature as "liberal" or "conservative" Catholics. You either follow the teachings of the Church, and thus Christ, or you don't. You are either fully in communion, or you or not.

Although I have many problems with them on certain issues, I applaud the Bishops on this issue and hope that they do more to instruct the faithful who are entrusted to them,

I, as an African-American man, find it hard to say that I will not be voting for the man who could be the first black president of the United States, but Sen. Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate for the US presidency in history. A man that would hold up or vote against a bill that would require babies who survived an abortion to be given life support is no true public servant, no true man and certainly no true Christian, and thus not worthy of my support or vote.

Mr. Feuerherd, and please take this with the love it is given, I will pray that Christ will touch your heart like he did St. Paul's, and like he did mine, so that you come to a true understanding that we are supposed to follow Christ, not demand that he follow us.

Miserere Nobis, Deus

Friday, February 22, 2008

Kosovo...don't believe the hype from the MSM

See Andrew Cusack for more on what's really going on.

UPDATE: An even more disturbing news from this land lost.(via THC)

Undiscovered Blogs

Just found a great blog, Hallowedground. Go check it out!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Morning (NY) Sun

Several weeks back I started to receive The New York Sun on my stoop every morning. Now I don't know if this was/is some sort of special prmotion or they possibly have the wrong address, but if its the former its working as I have come to look forward to finding it on my doorstep. In fact, if the cut me off nowI just may have to subsribe. I have really come to admire the tenacity and spunk of the Sun, as well as the clarity of its Op/Ed page.

Here are two prime examples from today:

Episcopalian Swan Song

Bishop Pike, who led the Diocese of San Francisco in the 1960s, is generally regarded as the godfather of the social-activist, fringe left-wing crowd that has come to dominate the leadership of the Episcopal Church today. When he wasn't attempting to communicate with apparitions and dabbling in the occult, Bishop Pike was openly questioning heavy-duty church doctrine such as the virgin birth and the Trinity.

Inside Obama's Rhetoric

Political candidates routinely indulge in exaggeration, pandering, inconsistency, and self-serving obscurity. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain do. The reason for holding Mr. Obama to a higher standard is that it's his standard and also his campaign's central theme. He has run on the vague promise of "change," but on issue after issue — immigration, the economy, global warming — he has offered boilerplate policies that evade the underlying causes of the stalemates.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Pray for Europe

Its not just the English who are losing their minds.

Dutch Catholics have re-branded the Lent fast as the "Christian Ramadan" in an attempt to appeal to young people who are more likely to know about Islam than Christianity.

Hamas Rabbit

Via Closed Cafeteria, we are brought a TV show that is pure evil.

While we must condemn this sort of barbarism, we must also pray for the Palestinian people. We must certainly pray for the conversion or enlightenment (whichever you prefer) of their hearts and minds.
While Palestinians have been quite wronged over the past 50 years, and some sort of just solution must be reached in the Holy Land (which won't happen until they turn from attacking Israelis), there will be no real and lasting peace until they turn to Christ. Islam (like Protestantism) is showing that it has reached its logical conclusion....chaos.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Berkeley to Marines: You're 'not welcome in our city'

Berkeley City Councils tells Marines to leave.

One giant sign said, "No Military Predators in Our Town." Another message on a pink placard read, "Join the Marines. Travel to Exotic Lands. Meet Exciting and Unusual People -- And Kill Them."

Zanne Joi peered out from under her straw hat. "This Marine recruiting station is trying to recruit our youth to go to Iraq to kill and be killed. And we are against that," said Joi, a member of Code Pink Women for Peace.

"This is part of a multi-pronged effort to end this war."

Protester Sharon Adams added: "This recruiting station recruits people to go fight and then once they fight and they serve their country, our country doesn't take care of them. That's a shame."

More on this later...

Just Beautiful

Sunday, February 3, 2008

More madness in My State

State Court Recognizes Gay Marriages From Elsewhere

"A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the law recognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers for both sides said the ruling applied to all public and private employers in the state."