Wednesday, December 25, 2013
THIS is marriage. Real marriage. Not that cheap American version, destroyed by divorce, damaged by psychiatrists, ruined by imaginary individualism. No, Gomez and Morticia really have a love that is to be defended, against the world, against all who would attack it. THAT is what we lost due to the sexual revolution. We lost marriage.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
But today, it has inspired a mortal sin in me, that I also see in the neurodiversity and LGBT movements in the United States- Pride.
Readers of this blog are well familiar with my complaints about the LGBT movement. And yes, this post was inspired by yet another Crisis article on the topic. But, I do not believe the sin of the New Homophiles is homosexuality (in fact, by their voluntarily celibacy, it significantly is NOT!). Instead, I'd like to talk to you about a subset of the neurodiversity movement- the evolutionary autistics.
Evolutionary autistics see the gifts of autism- affinity for complex systems, ability to work on a computer without talking to another human being for hours on end, brilliant technical and philosophical insights- as "the next stage in human evolution". A good example is the fictional character of Dr. Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory:
I submit that like Sheldon Cooper's inability to drive, and my much-loved-by-leftists inability to recognize a human face (loved by leftists because they imagine my inability to tell a caucasian friend from an asian friend from an african friend is a plus, when in reality, it's a horrid social disability that makes it impossible to ever remember anybody's name) is indeed a disability, not an ability- and the false pride we take in it is just that, false pride, one of the seven deadly sins.
I am not just a nitwit, I am a misfit. I should be more humble about that, and I'm not.
Coming back around, that's what bugs me about the political LGBT movement. Gay Pride parades, the insistence on changing all of marriage law to fit them, even the "New Catholic Homophiles" with their insistence that we need to be "accepting" of a severe disability instead of helping people with that disability see the truth, bothers me because I'm guilty of the exact same sin, the sin of pride. It isn't about homosexuality at all- or even the struggle with same sex attraction. As the Grand Knight back in 2011 said in his speech giving me Knight of the Year, we all have our struggles, our fears to overcome. This is not different for anybody in the world- and we are not special because we have a disability. "Special needs" means we have to deal with the world differently- it does not mean that we are exceptional people.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
This is why the magical overflowing glass of Argentinian's version of the trickle down theory never overflowed and kept growing larger. This is why a rising tide floats some boats and sinks others. This is what is wrong with von Mises' theories about government in general- a free market means that government is for sale to the highest bidder.
This is also why Bill Diss' math classroom was invaded by Planned Parenthood, he was harrassed, and finally last night, was fired. Money wins again- how can a public school math teacher compete with the millions of dollars behind Planned Parenthood?
The system is no longer democracy. Democracy is one man, one vote. Welcome to the corruptocracy, where it is one dollar, one vote.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
I must admit that I myself have fallen into this trap this Christmas season- but all the presents have been purchased, I'm on a train that can't be stopped. Still, three out of the thirty or so presents I have purchased *are* presence- events that we will get to enjoy with family and friends during the 12 days of Christmas, as opposed to physical items.
However, as I work 50 hour weeks to pay for all of this (well, not just pay for it all, but also because the needs of the current project are such that I need to work 50 hour weeks- I get a shutdown between noon on Christmas Eve and New Year's day, but January 2nd will be back to the grind), I have to wonder, if I am doing too much and not spending enough time with the people who really do need me.
That's an interesting twist on Evangelii Gaudium, and not one I was expecting.
Friday, December 13, 2013
But is corruption limited to the third world? One state in our union has more than 50% of its income derived from predatory capitalism directly- derived from controlling investments in companies that exploit markets all over the world. And so for your consideration, may I present unfettered capitalism, New York Style where the government is most assuredly for sale to the highest bidder. Is it any wonder that this is also a culture of waste, where gay marriage, prostitution, pornography, and abortion are widely practiced (as long, of course, as the true victims and perpetrators of these crimes pay for the priviledge of committing them)?
Morality isn't a cafeteria, all crimes are related.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
But Paul Ryan's new budget solves the sequester standoff without cutting programs for the poor (except people in jail collecting unemployment checks) and without new taxes.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hint to socialists out there- the way to bring the communist revolution to America is make it convenient. Otherwise, nobody's going to have the time to bother.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A great example is this little rant of depravity which chows the misogyny inherant in the pro-choice movement.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
But those aren't the only people who are attacked by this, the first publication of Pope Francis. Equally attacked are moral relativists, who take advantage of the specific problems of poverty to lead people away from the truth, while reducing the faith to the private and personal.
The United States isn't even mentioned in the first 63 sections, a real blow to those who seem to thing the United States is the center of the universe.
The unborn aren't mentioned until section 213!
And that's just my first read through. I'm going to download this PDF to my phone.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Still, a very interesting read- and since it is on Gutenberg, free for download to the e-book reader of your choice.
Friday, November 22, 2013
And the sad thing is, in today's America, far too often forgiveness and inclusion is interpreted as judgement an exclusion. When the concept of sin is removed from the world, even forgiveness becomes offensive.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
If we want to change that, a new evangelization is necessary. And homosexuality is not the biggest threat to the family- the lack of decent work is.
The biggest obstacle to a new evangelization, to a new world, is our own willingness to cling to partisan politics at the expense of the Faith.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Human progress is people. Everything that makes life better, from democracy to the economy to the internet to penicillin was either discovered and built by people. More people means more progress. The inventor of the cure for cancer might be someone's fourth child that they decided not to have.
That is the truth being denied by the so-called "progressive left" in this country. But also by the generic Christian Libertarian Right who puts debt reduction ahead of the right to life. Both are making the primary error in making money and short term pleasure (homosexuals and contracepting heterosexuals, that's aimed at you) ahead of people. And the result is a President who ends up having to apologize for putting a scheme to force new customers to crony capitalists into place that actually forced people to sign up with his crony capitalists.
It is all connected- the culture of waste.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The results of the 20% of respondents who answered that question, millions of people, were astounding: high school dropout rates were linked to homosexual parents.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Do the words "Novena Solene" translate to something other than the English "Solemn Novena" when interpreted in Brazilian Portuguese?
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The question should NOT be "How do we reduce the surplus population?". It should be "What has gone wrong with our economy that human beings are no longer valuable?" The first has a medical solution, if a horrific one. The second, requires an economic solution, which is harder. As a country, we'd rather kill the poor than help them, because it is easier to kill a man today than feed him tomorrow.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Perhaps the reason this myth is no longer taught, is because it is a bit too close to reality for the modern liberal education. If your faith is too short- unable to handle the great worship of one-size-fits-none liberty- it is stretched to the breaking point. If your faith is too certain- belief in actual good and evil, right and wrong- pieces are cut off until your right and wrong match that of the liberal dictators.
Sometimes, myths are not lies. Sometimes they are truths too uncomfortable to teach in any other way. But in this day and age- they need to be called not truth.
Friday, September 27, 2013
It is nice to see the Popes taking on New Atheism in Italy head on- may our Bishops have the courage to do similar elsewhere in the world.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Or is it truly a contradiction? In the interview, he asked the Bishops to be more pastoral with gay people and less concerned with the subject of abortion. In the second article I linked to, he's talking to a different audience- to medical professionals whose very vocation is rightly the Gospel of Life.
Maybe the contradiction doesn't exist in Italian or Spanish. Perhaps it only exists in American English- tainted by the divisiveness of the culture war.
They changed the name of the 2nd article on me.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
But the problem is, authority is a necessary part of the scientific method. Without a trust in authority, certain forms of evidence can't exist. This damages the ability to look at any topic objectively- it creates an invincible bias that destroys truth.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Colony Collapse Disorder has been linked to these pesticides, and we've seen recent mass dieoffs in parking lots in Oregon. Bill S. recently reminded us
You know that the human race has the ability to counteract and manipulate nature for our own purposes and that there is nothing wrong with that, right?
This proves that there is indeed quite a bit wrong with that concept, and has been for a very long time now. If we don't start living WITH nature instead of AGAINST nature, soon we won't be living at all. Bee pollination is at the root of our agricultural system. There WILL be a massive famine if the bees go extinct.
ALL attempts to go against nature always have unintended consequences. Some are easier to see than others. But all are bad.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
There is NO purpose to recreational sex.
Despite the similarities, the reward outweighs the risk with the first. And is nothing other than mutual prostitution with the second.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
A way back to where I was 10 years ago.
The problem with gay marriage is not the gay, it is the marriage.
Marriage, as concieved by every civilization so far, is inherrantly discriminatory. Even in the most simple, polyamourous form, it says "I will restrict my sexuality to this one group of people and no other". Human beings seem to need this level of security.
But it is awfully bigotted of government to enforce that discrimination.
Therefore civil marriage is incompatible with the Constitution, at least as currently envisioned. CIVIL MARRIAGE DISCRIMINATES. There is no way to write a marriage law that does not discriminate, because the whole intent of marriage is to discriminate.
Just think of the money we could save on divorce courts, if there was no government recognized marriage!
Monday, August 26, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Diet and exercise is the problem, says the American mantra of why obesity is epidemic, but then how do you explain an obesity epidemic in lab rats, whose diet and exercise is strictly controlled?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Just refuse to track the deaths and censor anybody who talks about it.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I had never thought of it in those terms before, but that's likely because even when I was a good deal less moral about my sexuality, I was trying to trap women into a relationship by having a child with them. Not the best behavior, but behavior none the less. Once I discovered the Church was more right than wrong about this, I went about it the old fashioned way and got married first and then seriously went to work on having children. Failed at it, but I've always been serious about it.
In other words, horniness for me, has always been about procreation, even as a teenager.
I think it would be much better to teach pre-teens that these feelings are *specifically* about wanting not just another person that you are attracted to, but a child. There'd be a lot fewer mistakes if that was common knowledge instead of hidden away behind some secret religious tome someplace.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Euthanasia, it's not just for old people anymore.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
The special thing about Catholic morality for me, the one sentence that brought me back out of atheism and Buddhism, the one thing that makes Catholicism absolutely unique among all the world's religions, can be found explicitly in the first two sections of the English translation of the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate.
Hints of it can be found before, it's the reason St Irenaeus used the greek word Katholikos to describe his flock ~1900 years ago, it may even be explicitly written out elsewhere in more ancient languages, but the whole idea of following Truth even when it leads us to paradoxes, even when it leads us to messy solutions, is *extremely* important, and exists in no other system of thought that human beings have come up with. Even science excludes some forms of empirical data, but Catholicism does not.
This is so important that I will now quote the first two sections of Nostra Aetate, written by a committee in Vatican II,
PROCLAIMED BY HIS HOLINESS
POPE PAUL VI
ON OCTOBER 28, 1965, and I assume, copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana 1965 (since they've become rather insistent upon that point as of late) (emphasis added, line breaks added).
DECLARATION ON THE RELATION OF THE CHURCH TO NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS
PROCLAIMED BY HIS HOLINESS
POPE PAUL VI
ON OCTOBER 28, 1965
1. In our time, when day by day mankind is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the Church examines more closely her relationship to non-Christian religions. In her task of promoting unity and love among men, indeed among nations, she considers above all in this declaration what men have in common and what draws them to fellowship.
One is the community of all peoples, one their origin, for God made the whole human race to live over the face of the earth.(1) One also is their final goal, God. His providence, His manifestations of goodness, His saving design extend to all men,(2) until that time when the elect will be united in the Holy City, the city ablaze with the glory of God, where the nations will walk in His light.(3)
Men expect from the various religions answers to the unsolved riddles of the human condition, which today, even as in former times, deeply stir the hearts of men: What is man? What is the meaning, the aim of our life? What is moral good, what is sin? Whence suffering and what purpose does it serve? Which is the road to true happiness? What are death, judgment and retribution after death? What, finally, is that ultimate inexpressible mystery which encompasses our existence: whence do we come, and where are we going?
2. From ancient times down to the present, there is found among various peoples a certain perception of that hidden power which hovers over the course of things and over the events of human history; at times some indeed have come to the recognition of a Supreme Being, or even of a Father. This perception and recognition penetrates their lives with a profound religious sense.
Religions, however, that are bound up with an advanced culture have struggled to answer the same questions by means of more refined concepts and a more developed language. Thus in Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an inexhaustible abundance of myths and through searching philosophical inquiry. They seek freedom from the anguish of our human condition either through ascetical practices or profound meditation or a flight to God with love and trust. Again, Buddhism, in its various forms, realizes the radical insufficiency of this changeable world; it teaches a way by which men, in a devout and confident spirit, may be able either to acquire the state of perfect liberation, or attain, by their own efforts or through higher help, supreme illumination. Likewise, other religions found everywhere try to counter the restlessness of the human heart, each in its own manner, by proposing "ways," comprising teachings, rules of life, and sacred rites. The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself.(4)
The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Likewise, custody and dependency for children needs to be done away with, it's far to much of a hassle, and parents who think they need the law to keep track of their kids are bad parents.
Likewise, since women do not want men in their children's lives anyway, father's rights should be abolished.
Then and only then will we have a society that is truly equal under the law.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
This strikes me as being directly against the value of evangelization. The Church exists as the protector of truth. The Church has a right to make sure use of her teachings is in conformity with those teachings to be sure. But to charge for the printing of the Pope's words? That seems to me to be a potential case of simony. And in this day and age where copyright is becoming more of a hinderance than a help in getting ideas out, I think we need a new tool.
That's why I've added a Creative Commons license to this blog.
I've given away too much thought share. Only physical gender is provable, because only physical gender exists. This heterosexual/homosexual stuff is just fantasy, from a culture that long ago divorced marriage from procreation and instead, at the insistence of the greeting card companies who made lots of money off of it, made it about romantic eros.
Romance is fine when kept in its place. It's a great way to bind parents together for life. Women seem to crave it. But it is not the end-all-be-all of love, let alone human existence. It is possible to survive with no romance at all. It's possible to live without any physical human contact at all.
Physical gender is required for pro-creation. But this romance stuff? All hooey.
Yep, we've got several single parent families in my wife's daycare- I can guarantee you that the only people who *might* be happy with a divorce are the parents. The kids never are.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Sometimes compassion and empathy are at odds. Irrational empathy MUST yield to rational compassion in those instances. And this is one of them. Having same sex attraction is not wrong. Those who have same sex attraction should be included in every stage in society.
But those of us who *actually* have compassion for the homosexual, know that the person perversion hurts the most- is the perverted person who will never know the joy of sex done right, never know the 9 months of worry over a spouse and the future, never know what it is like to hold and care for an infant with the same genetic structure and "new baby smell" that you once had as an infant.
And that goes for women who take poison to be artificially sterile as well as homosexuals as well as men who want sex without fatherhood. It's all harmful, not just to greater society- but to the people who engage in these behaviors themselves. And that is why, a deeper understanding of human sexuality is necessary for true compassion. One that is in keeping with the biological reality of gender, instead of trying to ignore it.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Time has come to an end. Was a heck of a story line, No spoilers here, though spoilers at the link above. If you have not yet seen this massive, 3999 frame slow motion silent movie, you owe it to yourself to http://geekwagon.net/projects/xkcd1190/">watch the rerun at your own pace.
I must admit the real explaination- and what genre the story line is- fooled even me.
These 8 arguments have been debunked so many times, in so many different forums, over the last 40 years that I don't really understand why *anybody* bothers to bring them up anymore.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Simply Organic Peppermint Flavored Oil is available at Freddy's and at Kroger. It's really a mix of Peppermint Oil and Sunflower Oil, so it's pretty high calorie, but for flavoring, it doesn't take much at all. Two drops to 24 oz of water and ice, makes for a great drink that you'll spend more calories drinking than get from the drink.
In addition to that, it's great for helping with asthma.
What a blessing this letter would have been back then, and how much happier I would have been in 2004 knowing that my Church predicted, quite accurately, that the homosexuals would turn our charity into homophobia.
Heck, if I had read this document, it might have kept me Catholic at a time in my life I was struggling. But I didn't, because of course, the worship of the Holy Orgasm meant that according to those who had lived through the sexual revolution, the Church was always wrong on sex.
I disagree. Any or all of Catholicism can be false. Yet, people will benefit from following its rules, regardless of whether its teachings are true or not. Otherwise, Catholicism would not be where it is today.
Like with science, the test of the rules are IF THEY WORK. Do they provide an accurate picture of human behavior that can be used for prediction? At one point in my journey, when I was drifting away from the Church, I would have said no, they don't provide an accurate enough picture, even merely for allowing people to benefit from those teachings.
Several experiences, particularly with the virtue of Chastity and violations thereof, have convinced me otherwise, so completely that I'm willing to say that no, Catholicism can't be false. The final clue though, for me, was in Nostra Aetate, at the end of the fifth paragraph in section 2, when it is giving a discussion on how the Church views morality, and I suddenly realized that this is where science started, and that theology really is the King of all Science.
There are myths that have no historical truth to them but work nonetheless because people believe them and/or learn from them.
Truth is bigger than history. In more high theology terms- dogma is truth, doctrine is what we can discover about dogma through the light of human reason and the historical perspective, and MYTH IS DISCIPLINE.
A long time ago I read a novel written by an anti-Catholic, a story about an archeologist who claimed to disprove the Resurrection because he had found the body of Jesus. The hoax was exquisite- it even included using ashes found in a campfire in a different dig on the same era to create an ink that would carbon date correctly.
That novel forced me to ask myself the question- does the Resurrection really matter to my Catholicism? Like my earlier tussle with the concept of Hell, in which I came up with the confounding phrase I've often used since then on fundamentalists and atheists alike "If my Lord Jesus Christ decides that I should go to Hell for His Glory, then I shall gladly go", I decided no, the historical event of the Resurrection, while I'm pretty sure it did happen due to eyewitness evidence maintained even under torture and certain death, really doesn't mean that much to my faith. It could be a myth created by the Essenes to promote their version of Jewish Gnosticism, and it would still contain all of the lessons that I need to learn from it about self-sacrifice and perseverance. As a Knight of Columbus, I took an oath to carry the cross- but if that cross is just a metaphor, does it really change what I need to do in charity? No, it doesn't.
Katholikos means universal. If there is any hope for a universal morality at all, it must be rational as well as believeable. NONE of the competitors that I've studied so far, and there have been many, hold a candle to Catholicism as far as rationality is concerned, as far as universality is concerned. Atheism comes close, but as we're learning in the third world, isn't universal enough. Other forms of Christianity are equally faith based, but aren't rational enough, and with 32,000 competing theologies, aren't universal enough. Buddhism is the next closest- but just like Christ summed up the ten commandments into two, I can sum up the eightfold path into "expect bad things to happen, and you'll always be right".
Only Catholicism embraces the radical theology that eventually became the scientific method, to become truly universal, and so with Pope Paul VI I must proclaim
Likewise, other religions found everywhere try to counter the restlessness of the human heart, each in its own manner, by proposing "ways," comprising teachings, rules of life, and sacred rites. The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself.
Monday, July 29, 2013
This, predictably, ends with disaster in the majority of cases.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Late term abortions, are usually really euthanasia.
That is, the majority of time they're on non-viable fetuses, or at least, fetuses that are seen to have a less than ideal life. They are done, primarily, on the physically unfit.
Now of course, that line gets somewhat blury, for none of us can accurately see the future. Euthanasia should always be opposed for precisely that reason- because even a diagnosis can be wrong. And that's why late term abortions for something "medically wrong" with the fetus should also be opposed- because it's a final solution for a not very finite problem.
Still, it never occurred to me to look at these types of abortions-because-of-prenatal-diagnosis as Euthanasia before- and it does make for an interesting side discussion. Can even Kermit Gosnell's and Douglas Karpan's infanticide be considered a form of Euthanasia? I think so. Certainly in their minds it was- they were killing those infants accidentally born alive, they even treated lower class women badly, because they didn't see such people as having a viable future.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The entire point of belief is to change.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Except for one extremely deadly variety: Homophobic Panic. That's when due to obsessing over homosexuals, a young man, already full of testosterone and as another blogger recently put it, that devil on the shoulder whispering that violence is the solution to what to have for lunch, gets paranoid about somebody who isn't even likely gay, being a gay rapist.
This of course leads to a gay bashing incident- and if the "gay" being bashed is armed like George Zimmerman was, it can be a deadly, deadly error.
Monday, July 22, 2013
'via Blog this'
Grunky.com gets extremely GRUNKY, in another sense of the term. I think Theology of MY Body will be a series I'll skip, as well as Grandma's Atheist Cooking.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Violent behavior and paranoia reigned high in what we know ofthe decision making process of both Trayon Martin and George Zimmerman.
Is it possible that the destruction of the family- big in the mind of both, as Trayon's parents were divorced and Zimmerman had recently dealt with a breakin at the home of a single mother- is the cause of this?
One of the odder curses of Asperger's is irrational, uncontrollable anger. Wrath in a very real sense of the word. Mortally sinful wrath.
ONLY the peace of an ordered world can save us from wrath. I can supress it, but in the end, it will overcome me.
I think that is why injustices such as female-only contraception and abortion are so bothersome to me- they are signs of a disordered world.
There was once research into a male version of the birth control pill. All research was stopped when one test subject experienced shrinkage of the testicles.
The female version of the pill went on though and made it into the marketplace despite the side effects of high blood pressure, low pheromone output, heart disease, liver dysfunction, and death.
There is some reason behind my wrath, but that doesn't make my wrath rational.
Many people didn't accept her truth- that helping somebody die well doesn't mean euthanasia and it doesn't mean big expensive heroic measures keeping the body alive like a robot either.
This atheist gives us a hint of how horrific dying in the hospital has really become, and this article shows us how doctors die. And it isn't by highly expensive drugs, and it is rarely by suicide. It is with the help of massive doses of morphine, however.
The one good thing about the Euthanasia law in Oregon is that the Catholics, Lutherans, and Seventh Day Adventists have stepped up with excellent levels of hospice care. I once read an article on nutrition for geriatric patients- there comes a time in life where all of our common wisdom about nutrition is entirely reversed- where "what is nutritious and low calorie for volume" is replaced with "what tastes good and is high calorie for volume". Sometimes, comfort is more important than health.
But that isn't what this article was supposed to be about. What this article was really supposed to be about was that I need to learn to let go of other people- it is NOT my fault if they reject the truth.
Microsoft products, such as SQL Server, use UTF-16.
This can cause a bug where the wrong characters are entered into the database. But they can be taken care of with the Replace function:
Next time I have some down time, I should write a program that creates a table and function, for alternate character sets, to replace properly.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Died while praying- struck by a javelin thrown through a window during a rebellion.
This rewrite reminds me of The Conservative Bible
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Spend some time with them!
Easily the most balanced analysis yet.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
This piece makes the point in a way I haven't seen before- linking abortion and usury, especially borrowing against the next generation's future, as a failure of generosity.
I've often been criticized for my critique of the baby boomer generation, which brought us both the sexual revolution and the trade of debt instruments, but this is the first thing I've seen from the Church that would agree with that assessment.
BBC News - Amnesty urges Chile rape victim abortion rethink:
The Year after Roe Vs Wade, Dr. Nathanson, before he converted, as an atheist, on a level of science, wrote this paper. This was the beginning of his conversion. He would not film this for another 10 years:
He would not convert to Catholicism for 20 more years, though he did before his death. It would be two years before he wrote his book _Aborting America_ which was the end of his conversion to pro-life.
His work was utterly attacked of course, especially his ultrasound and eye scope films of abortions, both _The Silent Scream_ and _Eclipse of Reason_:
Dr. Nathanson's work has been censored often. Pro-choicers can't be bothered to look at it, calling it absolute emotional drivel.
Which is why, by the scientific method, it is all the more important to look at it from a scientific perspective.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This goes right along with his previous offering, The Grapes of Wrath:
I'm not sure about the connection to Obamacare, unless that's an offhand reference to the way WalMart depends on socialized medicine and food instead of actually, gasp, providing their employees with a large enough wage to live on.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Males having sex with males is more dangerous than smoking.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Thanks to Sarah's theories, I have better language for my redefinition- really a replacement Rape Myth.
So here goes. Under the idea that beneficial sexism can go both ways, rape is the use of another person for sexual lust divorced from procreation or commitment to the other individual.
In fact, merely feeling lust for another human being that you do not or cannot procreate with, is a sign that you might become a rapist if you are not careful.
In addition to this, procreation in this case means not just having the baby- but in fact staying together to raise that child to full adulthood.
This means that up to 35 years after the incident- a divorce (legal or common separation) can turn all the sex you've had with that person into rape.
It means contracepting couples are practicing a form of mutual rape.
It means that the victim can never be directly blamed for the rape- it is YOUR job to control YOUR lust.
And yes, it means I have no room in this for non-romantic, non-procreative sex.
And Sarah's response to this was to call me a troll- so therefore clearly she isn't as into diversity as she claims.
Edit: After many months of arguing this, I've had a satori on this subject:
Contraception indicates a lack of consent on the part of one or both partners, because it denies the procreative aspect of sex. Since denial of consent is implied in the use of birth control, that turns sex into rape.
This links it all back together, and closes the circular reasoning that is indicative of all moral reasoning.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
If your education is infected by "liberalism", you might want to read this debunking first to see where the author of the article is coming from.
The Real Significance of the Crusades | Crisis Magazine:
I miss that Oregon. America can go hang, and while Tom McCall is who started the conversation on euthanasia I miss his "Come to Oregon to visit but don't stay" attitude. Especially now that Californicators and other out-of-staters are 55% of the voting public because they have a vacation home here and spend enough time here to qualify as residents.
The death of liberty....the fourth is turning into a wake.
Interesting thought- is gay marriage just the latest salvo in the hatred of family? Because the autonomous family gets in the way of progress?
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
That's my problem right there. I need to pray for more patience. I thought I was doing pretty good, but I'm really worn down as of late. I am almost convinced that the only way out for rural 'gonies is going to have to be seccession. Let the liberals have Portland and Eugene, we need red state Oregon back- and make the official language Chinook again.
Interesting detail I missed in Justice Kennedy's argument:
- Since gays are allowed to adopt children or become custodial parents of children (because liberals want to deny the testimony of people like http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/author/robert-oscar-lopez/">Robert Lopez
who has collected a very large body of admitedly annecdotal evidence suggesting that perhaps being raised by two people of the same gender who have no sexual morality might not be the best environment for a child)
- http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/05/10034/">We must legalize gay marriage
for the adopted children to be able to pretend their family isn't broken (the family that the state broke to begin with by allowing gay adoption and homosexuals to become the custodial parent)
- So that we can pretend that the children will be all right, despite us having *directly* http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/08/6065/">deprived them of the opposite sex parent.
And this is what passes for logic in the people who run our country, circular as it is. We've destroyed the lives of children for the pleasure of adults, and we must keep the adults happy so that we don't further damage the children.
declares the HHS Mandate unconstituional. The analysis as written by the judge in this document is quite remarkable indeed.
Monday, July 1, 2013
The only opening left, I guess, is for us to give the liberals what they are really asking for:
No Christian should ever do business with a non-Christian. I wonder how quickly the atheists can open those segregated hospitals?
Sunday, June 30, 2013
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Friday, June 28, 2013
I don't have the question numbers in this form of the Youcat, but the relevant passage in the CCC is 2140.
Fad Atheists are certainly sinning:
But that's not the group the YouCat is talking about.
YouCat is talking about rational atheism, which can be a path to the faith, and cradle atheism, which is a form of positive faith formed in the 2nd and 3rd generation of an atheist family.
I'm not sure rational atheism doesn't fall under CCC2140. In fact, I'd say the more study is done, the more the rational atheist will be drawn to the faith- and the more of a sin this becomes. But that is a reason for conversion.
And cradle atheism, I can't imagine them not getting into purgatory- for the same reason I reject the theological theory of limbo.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Hope they're using either bigtable or a good relational model on the database- I can easily see this breaking the 2TB limit regularly.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I've long said that a sign of being too extreme, is when you think the middle of the political road is the opposite side.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
One thing I noticed growing up in the 1970s, was the odd tendency of sexually promiscuous adults to be less than honest with children. This does lead me to wonder if the sexual revolution has had a negative economic side effect on Americans and Europeans with respect to delayed gratification, which is of course a predictor of economic and personal success.
In the old comic strip and 1950s TV Show, and to a lesser extent the reimagined nostalgia movies, the running joke in The Addams Family is "we are normal, it is the rest of the world that is insane". This confidence permeated every motive of Gomez and Morticia, and was the parenting style they used with the entire extended family.
All multiculturalism suffers from the same arrogance. Ethnic groups refuse to assimilate based on a version of the syndrome.
It occurs to me that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, this syndrome would have been a part of the formative years of the researchers who invented homophobia. This insult and slur has been extemely effective in confusing young Americans. But it is stll an extreme minority denying basic biology who wants their lifestyle to be considered normal. And they are willing to destroy everybody else to accomplish it.
Friday, June 21, 2013
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
What is Marriage?-Sociological Benefits Recent studies have surprisingly shown what most people know by instinct- that children raised by their biological parents is the ideal- and that only happens with one man and one woman.
The State and Marriage- what is the secular interest in Marriage? Why should the state care at all?
Revisionist logic- debunking the irrational thinking of the movement to redefine marriage
And finally, after all the secular arugment, we get to the religious reason- spiritual battle.
But I find it interesting that the LAST is last. Spirituality follows REASON, Reason comes first.
Apparently, outside of Chestertonian jokes and in the real American army, it is rather the opposite. Apparently death-by-combat-with-the-enemy is as popular as death by cop, but when a disappointing post far from the front comes through instead, suicide is common.
The Suicide Note is fascinating- a man who seemingly had everything to live for, creates a human sacrifice at a Catholic Cathedral in a country that is quickly becoming very secular, over the protests of the common man.
His note points to his "recent writings", which include an interesting discussion stating that gay marriage doesn't matter because in 15 years, Islamics will be in the majority in France and quickly, under Shariah Law, enact the death penalty for homosexuality.
And you wondered how the rich got to be rich. I'd consider this fraud, but this gives honest con jobs a bad name.
Monday, June 17, 2013
My problem with all such studies, on both sides, is that the people being studied are self-selecting, and thus, there's a huge amount of politics and confirmation bias going on.
Martyrdom squads would quickly change my mind on unjust wars.
Abstinence (romantic 13th century style, think Dante and Beatrice, or I guess more appropriately, David and Jonathan from the Bible) marchers in gay pride parades would change my mind on gay marriage.
Bringing back the Students Today Are Not Ready For Sex abstinence sex-ed program would be a huge improvement over all the other programs I've seen, including other abstinence programs. Also, we need "virginity promise" rings for guys to be given by mothers.
Campaigning to bring back the Philadelphia Nun's Loophole would change my mind on the Tea Party protesters. Giving up getting high and not trying to be superman and stop commuter trains would change my mind on the Occupy Protesters.
Taking a cab home would certainly change my opinion of people who get drunk away from home. For that matter, people over the age of 80 really need to consider public transportation rather than continuing to drive as well.
Getting the picture? Denial of self is good for not just the individual, but good for society.
A lesson from history
Celebrating Fathers: Our Earthly Fathers – Guest Post from Dr. Paul Gondreau | Image Books: Publishing Books of Catholic Interest
A post about a father who has it far worse than I do.
Christopher was 18 months before his language delay became apparent enough to do something about. He was 26 months when we got the MRI that diagnosed Cerebral Palsy. He was 7 years when we had the MRI that confirmed that the reason we couldn't potty train was due to the spina bifida rather than the CP (yes, we actually blamed not being able to potty train on the language delay).
And I wouldn't miss a minute.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The one thing that I agree with the gay agenda on is that by the principle of subsidiarity, the government has no place in the home. Not just the bedroom, but the home. And by no place, I mean no place at all- giving tax breaks to some households over other households due to a contract that bears no relation to traditional, sacramental marriage whatsoever is discrimination. The concept of consent is equally ridiculous; it always turns eventually into people bringing the problems of the home into court with the silliness that is the concept of divorce- a concept that would entirely go away if we'd just do away with ALL the legal protections for marriage.
On this day when we celebrate the apparently antiquated and anachronistic concept of a Father, a role that almost no man under the age of 70 seems to be able to fulfill anymore in this age of feminism where all men are evil, I see no role left for marriage at all.
The only reason left to preserve traditional marriage, is if we want to bring back the concept of fatherhood- and we all know that the liberals are completely against *anything* to do with a patriarchy.