Friday, November 28, 2014

After the synod, Sanity returns

Pope Francis appoints pro-family, pro-marriage, conservative African Cardinal to head the CDWDS, the powerful congregation that dictates how we celebrate the Sacraments. No way will Cardinal Sarah put up with divorce and remarriage, let alone divorce, remarriage , and forcing people to pay taxes just to go to get the Eucharist.

Monday, November 24, 2014

BBC News - Sex 'emerged in ancient Scottish lake'

The name of the fish that Rabbi Sacks referred to at the Vatican:

BBC News - Sex 'emerged in ancient Scottish lake': "Microbrachius dicki"

'via Blog this'

Somehow, that just fits.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Monogamy Made Us Human | National Review Online

Monogamy Made Us Human | National Review Online:

A very interesting theory indeed, that claims that the very thing that sets western civilization apart, is the very thing we are abandoning.

A worthy, worthy cause

Archbishop Sample has asked My Knights Council to support Building the Domestic Church, the Family Fully Alive. But we're too new of a council, in too unsupportive of a parish, to fully fund our launch. We need a $310 license for showing movies under the DMCA, and we only have half that amount.

If you are a follower of mine in this blog, you already know that I'm struggling with my hope over the last couple of years. Despair is something I keep tripping over.

I see my volunteering for this program as being a major step towards beginning to have hope again, beginning to find my way to hope that Catholic families will continue at St. Clare's.

If you can spare a couple of bucks for this purpose- for getting families more involved in their faith and towards us drawing families in with a movie night on December 12- then click on the Donate button below. Knights of Columbus is a 501c8, so give only if you can out of your generosity, you can't write off donations to fraternal societies.

We are now within $45 of having the total needed for the copyright license.
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We have enough, First Movie Night is December 12, everybody's invited.

Seven views of Eden

"The love that brings new life into the world" - Rabbi Sacks on the institution of marriage - Rabbi Sacks

The first, according to a report in the press on 20th October of this year, took place in a lake in Scotland 385 million years ago. It was then, according to this new discovery, that two fish came together to perform the first instance of sexual reproduction known to science. Until then all life had propagated itself asexually, by cell division, budding, fragmentation or parthenogenesis, all of which are far simpler and more economical than the division of life into male and female, each with a different role in creating and sustaining life.
When we consider, even in the animal kingdom, how much effort and energy the coming together of male and female takes, in terms of displays, courtship rituals, rivalries and violence, it is astonishing that sexual reproduction ever happened at all. Biologists are still not quite sure why it did. Some say to offer protection against parasites, or immunities against disease. Others say it’s simply that the meeting of opposites generates diversity. But one way or another, the fish in Scotland discovered something new and beautiful that’s been copied ever since by virtually all advanced forms of life. Life begins when male and female meet and embrace.

You can go to the link to read the rest- but Adam and Eve is the END of the story, not the beginning. I've been fond of saying that homosexuality denies 6000 years of human history and research into marriage, and while that is true, I think I'm now going to change it to say that homosexuality denies 385 million years of evolution.

Monday, November 17, 2014

When bad science meets bad religion

You get such nonsense as the Historical Jesus who somehow seems to morph to fit the theology of whoever is writing about him.

The same phenomenon exists in every form of science used to prove political theories.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

All Martyrs are volunteers

So ISIS has beheaded another American. But what I don't see anybody pointing out, is that all the Americans so far who have met this end, volunteered for the mission. Probably not intelligently, likely not purposefully, but by traveling to the Middle East during this internal conflict in Islam that has been going on for the past two centuries, they put themselves in this situation willingly.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What all modernists need to see

The best description of the debate I've seen yet. Too bad we've lost the debate already- and the culture has become irrational because of it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Consent is a myth

No, this isn't about sex. It touches on sex and sexuality only because our insane culture thinks that consent is enough to prevent rape; but where the myth of consent really lies is in the world of finances.

We have human brains and imperfect knowledge about our world and our future. Due to this, there is no such thing as a coercion free contract. ALL contracts, supposedly signed in freedom, contain things people need to survive, otherwise there would be no basis for economics. ALL contracts, supposedly signed in freedom, have one party profiting more than the other party, this is why business is profitable.

And that is why consent is a myth- a leap of faith in unjustified trust at best. There is no reason behind it.

What every parent really needs to read

Yes, it is long, but it is worth it. If you are on Facebook or Twitter, this is worth a click through back to my blog to read the Infographic.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Another crazy Oregon Political Idea

Oregon has a major problem with the Urban/Rural divide. 75% of the voters now live in Portland and Eugene, and dictate to the rest of the state who our state officials are.

Due to this, I would like to see Oregon adopt an electoral college methodology, based on county and population, to even things out a bit for statewide races like governor and the senate.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Crazy political idea of the week- any local Oregon State Reps want to run with this?

Agriculture in the Willamette Valley has changed since land use planning was passed in 1972. I recommend that Oregon start offering EFU (Exclusive Farm Use) landowners an optional zoning classification of TAU- Tourist Agricultural Use. Like EFU, TAU should come with some restrictions, just restrictions that better fit the idea of tourist farms:
  1. Once a farm gains TAU classification, it can no longer be subdivided, even if covered by an expanding urban growth boundary.

  2. Minimum 25% of land area must be for human food production of some sort.

  3. TAU farms may include onsite food processing, as long as food input is limited to food grown on either the same farm as the processing equipment or another nearby farm owned by the same family

  4. TAU farms are limited to single proprietorship inherited by biological family, and if sold, revert to EFU status, even if contained within an urban growth boundary.

  5. TAU farms may offer complementary services to consumers, such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, farm produce stores, wedding services, playgrounds, and restaurants, as long as such activities are restricted to 10% of the total land area owned by the family.

  6. TAU farms must include at least one single family dwelling for the caretaking portion of the family.

  7. All local ordinances for the various types of allowable enterprises apply.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Gender Studies

The attempt to take away all of a woman's ambition by training her to be unsuitable for any profitable job while simultaneously making her unsatisfied with housework and parenthood.
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