Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Wonko the Sane

One fictional autistic I have always admired is Wonko the Sane, from Life, the Universe, and Everything By Douglas Adams.   I've linked to my blog in a post where somebody said they feel like they were living in a giant asylum, and I thought I'd post this link. 

Wonko the Sane- and the inner meaning of being Outside the Asylum

Friday, June 12, 2020

For want of a Father

For George Floyd, based on this description of his life
For want of a father, security is lost,
For want of security, victimhood is assured,
For the sense of being a victim, loyalty to the law is lost,
For want of loyalty to the law, the crime is commuted,
For want of justice, following police orders is lost,
For want of following police orders, a life is lost,
For want of a life, the protest for justice began,
For want of justice, the riot began,
For want of a riot, the looting began,
For want of the looting, an zone was created,
For want of the zone, a private army was created,
For the private army, citizens were beaten.
All for want of a father.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The movie I want all anti-racists to see

I am only providing a link to this, because it's a pirated copy, but the copyright owner seems to have absolutely zero interest in it anymore due to "racism" and "the most racist movie we ever made".

But I think it needs a re-think.  I'm not even going to name it publicly for fear of the more violent racists attacking this post.  But it is a movie I think everybody with children, of any skin color, need to watch.  

Some hints on why I think this movie is EXTREMELY important to any honest study on racism, the sexual revolution, and an understanding of the massive contribution that African Americans made to the pre-civil-war south.

In no particular order:
  • This movie is based on a book that wasn't actually what it seemed to be.  It was put forth as a children's book, but it was the first book to record the mythology, wisdom, and learning brought from West Africa by people that even the anti-racists today think of as slaves.
  • The main character is white, but going through the trauma and destruction of the divorce of his parents.  It is only the tales of the African Americans that help.
  • The only other white human beings in the movie are the father and the mother (the father skips out early) and the grandmother.  Grandpa is dead- and one of the African Americans has very much taken over, not as an overseer, but as a wise father figure.
  • The three most important secondary characters- in fact the majority of characters in the movie- are African American.  
  • Once the main character starts in listening to the African Americans- so do all the other white children they meet.  In fact, very much, the most caring parent figure in the entire movie is African American.
  • It's a musical.  I don't know how much the songs in it are anything close to what you would have heard on a cotton plantation in the 1840s, but for a movie from right after WWII, it's as wonderful as you'd expect from any musical from that era- full orchestras and lyrics that actually fit the story line quite well.
  • Ebonics.  The original antebellum Ebonics is completely preserved in both this movie and the series of books it was based on.  That is part of the reason why the copyright owner hasn't touched it with a ten foot pole since the mid 1980s, and it never got released on DVD.  Some people back in the 1980s thought it made all the African American characters sound ignorant- but it's a very important creole language to preserve.
  • This version you can download and burn to DVD yourself- it's a fresh digitization from an original 35mm reel that somebody found in the closet of a closed theater in full HD.
  • Only people over the age of 35 will remember the last time this was on television- and even then....they were quite small.  I suspect most people reading this post heard that this movie was censored due to racism- without ever seeing it.
  • Grandma is a stubborn old woman and a bit of a racist- she is in charge of the plantation after all- but she tries to remind Grandpa African American that he has power too- and is helping as best he can to get the family back together.
  • The simple pleasures of bringing a frog into the house.
  • Uncomfortable fancy clothes on a 6 year old.
  • Riding horses on sticks.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Are all truly welcome? A collection of memes about ethnic disintegration.

We see this slogan a lot at left wing churches.  But are all truly welcome?

There's a song that is hated by traditionalist Catholics for not being deep enough.  My Novus Ordo parish sings it quite frequently.

It's a lie.  Not all are welcome.

This exchange with a parishioner that I normally know and trust shows the depth of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

They were angry about this totally silent and reverent act:

This expression of utter hatred from a pro-life Democrat, shows that not all are welcome.

After the last 72 hours, apparently, all are not welcome. President Trump isn't welcome. Conservatives like me aren't welcome. Heterosexuals are no longer welcome. White people are no longer welcome in America, let alone in church. All are simply not welcome- especially not a President standing with a Bible in front of a church claiming "All are welcome" that was firebombed for that message. Matthew chapter 7 is dead. Not only is Judgement back in vogue- but blaming everybody white for stuff they didn't have anything to do with.
The dream of the 1960s is dead. It is possible that it never truly existed at all. I think it was all a fake just to make us hate each other. 1,977 years ago, one man died for our sins and sent the paraclete to guide us- but I see nothing of the paraclete in America today- the Holy Spirit has abandoned us.
I wish this sign were true, but this young lady very likely had other siblings that were killed in the womb, merely for their skin color. Yes, black lives *ARE IN DANGER!*. But Planned Parenthood kills more every day than the police kill in a year. And yet it's minority owned small businesses that need to be burnt, and white people's homes that need to be threatened, because four police officers failed to notice that the drunk they were trying to subdue was having a heart attack?
The church is not innocent in this either. For most of the 20th century, immigrant parishes were segregated, if not by parish, then by the mass people went to. One of the most integrated parishes I know near me has 6 masses on a Sunday- two each in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. I was in the Knights in that parish, and recruiting from the other two cultures was an uphill battle (one I believe they are winning more recently, but it was hard). In inner cities across the nation, neighborhood demographics are changing and parishes are being closed- not for a lack of Catholics in the neighborhood, but for a lack of people who will go to Mass with "those people"- Irish vs Italians, Franciscans vs Jesuits vs the Dominicans. It's all so tiresome. We're all brothers- every one of us. Race should not exist for Catholics. Didn't we learn anything from the Ethnic Orthodox Schism of 950 A.D.?

We shouldn't discriminate.  We should invite eggs of every color to our breakfast.

 The author of all of this is Satan himself. So in closing, I hope we can still pray this prayer together.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

And do not forget the Novena from the Knights of Columbus starting June 7.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Corona Derived Paranoia- and a new technique

Trying out a new capability for content created on Facebook, for reposting here.  I give to you a new political-psychological theory, Corona Derived Paranoia, from my facebook page:

Clicking on the blue and white facebook icon will take you back to the discussion on facebook.

Friday, May 15, 2020

My analysis of Phase 1 reopening

From a population density and total number of cases standpoint.  Sorry for the weird formatting, reposted from three comments on facebook.

From my point of view, no county with a freeway and greater than 4 people per square kilometer should be open yet. Marion County has over 100 people per square kilometer. Polk has 39.

You can go up to 20 people per sq km if you don't have a freeway. And the doctors in Deschutes County are rock stars: 91 cases, ZERO deaths.

I would have started with the counties that have had NO new cases in the last two weeks. 6 or fewer total cases, 0 deaths, no freeways to bring in new pathogens, every single one under 9 people per sq km.


I can see the point, however, of the next 14 having fewer new daily cases and no deaths in the last two weeks (many no deaths ever) but I do consider these at risk for imported cases and increasing numbers of cases. Doubt any will overrun hospital capacity though, and so on a more liberal open for business, these still kind of make sense:

Hood River

Finally, these 8 sadly have increased cases, occasional deaths, and populations above 39 people per sq km, plus are tourist destinations and have freeways. They're not ready yet, and maybe, can't be made safe. People over 60 should beware. Wear your masks visiting these count


Sunday, May 10, 2020

American Red Cross wants healthy people to give blood.

Hello Everyone,
Thank you for your generous donations at the March 2020 Red Cross blood drive at St. Clare.  We collected 37 units!
The Red Cross truly appreciates your support of the community blood program as donors and volunteers.
This is a reminder that St. Clare is holding the next blood drive on Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
Yes, the time has been adjusted slightly.
Due to the critical need for blood, St. Clare Parish has generously agreed to hold an additional drive on Friday, May 29th, 1 pm - 6 pm.

If you are interested in donating, please either sign up online via the RedCross app, visit www.redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: St.ClarePortland or contact me via email or cell.  I will gladly sign you up!
If you did a pre-signup but perhaps have forgotten the time of your appointment, need to change, or would like to cancel, please let me know.

The drive will practice the physical distancing required.  This means that the "waiting area" might be in your car, and while there will be a few chairs at the canteen, you are welcome to "grab and go" to your car.
Unfortunately, this means you may not have the social connection that makes the St. Clare drives what they are, but you will still be helping so many people!
We do ask that you bring your own mask, but if you do not have one, the Red Cross will provide a basic one.

Best regards,
Maria DaSilva
St. Clare Red Cross Coordinator
503-260-3633 (cell)
Below is from the American Red Cross ( www.redcrossblood.org)
At each blood drive or donation center, Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols, including:·     
  • Wearing gloves and changing them often
  • Wiping down donor-touched areas after every collection
  • Using sterile collection sets for every donation
  • Preparing the arm for donation with aseptic scrub
  • Conducting donor mini-physicals to ensure donors are healthy and well on day of donation 
We have also increased our vigilance concerning some of these safety protocols including:
  • Enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment  
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before entering and throughout the donation appointment 
  • Temperature checks before presenting donors enter the blood drive or donation center 
  • Following social distancing practices between donors including donor beds, as well as waiting and refreshment areas
  • During this time, blankets typically used by platelet, Power Red and AB Elite donors at Red Cross blood donation centers will be laundered after each use, which may limit the availability. Donors are encouraged to bring their own blankets, but electric blankets and heating pads are not permitted.
  • Staff wearing basic face masks
  • For the safety of our donor community and in accordance with CDC guidelines, all donors are required to wear a face covering or mask. Please bring a face covering or mask to your donation. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided to you.
To ensure our staff are healthy each day, we have implemented standard staff health assessments prior to all blood drives. 
Finally, only eligible and healthy people are allowed to give blood.  
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