Archive for October 2019

uh . . . HAPPY HALLOWEEN – A CHILD’S VOICE

October 31, 2019

 

Nothing like a child’s voice to ask you a question that needs to be answered.

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Oh, man,  I used to be really into Halloween.

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I liked making costumes for my kids  (pretty elaborate ones); I liked making Halloween cookies and cupcakes;  I liked decorating my house.  I even like the colors:  black, orange yellow, green.   Trick or Treaters were greeted by “things”  moving in our leaves;  spooky music;  and getting candy from a shade in black, standing in the shadows, handing out candy.  (That was me.)  We’ve had some pretty good parties here too —  complete with friends standing in as fortune tellers, pirates, spooky witches helping with menu choices  (all kinds of creepy things, of course.)

Fond memories of my childhood Halloween experiences, too, as many of you also have, I’m sure.

So — I’m not a party-pooper on all this.

And so I wish you all a happy, fun,  innocent Halloween day, an American secular tradition.

But not this year.   I’m just not into it – at all.    Maybe it’s because we have so few children out there trick-or-treating in our neighborhood for the past few years.  Or because the children we do have have mothers who want to keep their little ones “safe”  by having an indoor neighborhood party . . .

Maybe it’s the weather.  It’s a “blustery” day  here in the Far North  –  heavy rainfall,  a wet snowfall, and high winds.  We’ve already lost our power for several minutes, with promise of more interruptions as the wind gusts reach 45 m.p.h.

Maybe fun Halloween activities come too close in time to the Halloween-type Horror that went on in the Vatican these  past few weeks, with scary-faced pagan idol ceremonies with the pope, along with chanting and invoking of pagan demons.   (Psalm 95:5 – “All the gods of the pagans are demons.)    Yeah,  evil is real and quite active … sadly.

Maybe my body is not feeling too good.  All the extra Halloween activities, decorating, baking,  even the up and down and up and down and up and down of answering the doorbell . . .     I hope my body is not winking out of everyday activities . . .  you know. “Losing interest.”    . . . . Getting ready to leave the things of this world.

So I observe myself today “from a distance.”       And I’m feeling a little guilty —  <<thank you, >>    Cooper, for calling me up and asking, “‘But, Grandma,  why AREN’T you passing out candy this year? “

Nothing like a child’s voice to ask you a question that needs to be answered.   I had to really penetrate my thought process and figure out what’s going on inside me this year.  I think he understood my reasons,  but I know he didn’t  accept them.

He couldn’t.    Growing older and putting aside childhood fun puts me in a different category from one who is still in childhood.

How can I explain to him that  all the wonderful Halloween memories from my own childhood and my own young motherhood are all still within me and I still enjoy the experiences.

Our whole lives are made up of our memories, which we can access and relive and – most importantly –  better understand, now that we are older.   If you are reflective, you’ll hear yourself saying, “Oh, now I understand!  Now I see how important (or unimportant)  that was.   Now I see what I should have done!   Now I see that . . .  that was really okay.”  

We are walking, living textbooks of ourselves!

Oh.

So,  thank you really, Cooper, for your phone call.

 

 

 

KINGDOM OF GOD: WHO CAN’T GET IN

October 27, 2019

(A Sunday Three-Parter, I think):

(Six-hour delay on posting this today — all that “nice, exciting”  wind knocked our power lines down)

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First, let’s have some fun – on this glorious day!

GLORIOUS, EXCITING WEATHER

There is a freezing rain and a strong wind outside my window, just now!   It stirs the blood!  It  excites the senses!   Leaves are smacking against the windows –  a change of seasons!

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Try to imagine a dark gray sky with all those golden leaves whipping around,  and that is what you’d see outside my front door.   (So . . .  not my house there.)

Think:   fireplace!  football!  good outdoor exercise in the cool fresh air (raking leaves)!  apple cider;  hot apple cider;  hot spiced apple cider!   Permission to eat donuts ( a little)!

Cozy, warm flannels and sweaters!

Just to name a few Fall delights.

 

PLACEMENT MATTERS

It’s also a Glorious Day because today is the Feast Day of Christ the King!

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An artist’s rendition, of course, but one which uses many elements to present factual ideas.    And, yes,  that’s the globe He has in his hands — like Tennessee Ernie Ford’s  “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

Oh, well,  how about if we be a little bit “diverse”  here and have  just the Tennessee Gospel Choir –

(Uh . . . listen to it later, and sing along if you wish,  but I have more to write right now):

The placement of the feast of Christ the King comes now, in the Liturgical Calendar – now, because Christ  is  King,  right now;  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  King over all the mighty kings (and powers) of the Earth.  (Now;  and not just “at the end of time”  as the other calendars have placed it.)

The placement of this Feast right now comes also because it is direct defiance to the millions of people who pulled out of the Church in the 16th century,  seeking their own version of Christianity,  their own rules, their own idea of salvation –  and every man his own pope, and in the end, every man decides for himself what he wants to believe in . . .  although that seems to be a changeable state of mind.

The Church decreed that this Feast should be placed in October at the closest Sunday to Halloween,  a decidedly pagan affair if you examine it too closely.   Hallowe’en turns out not to be All Hallows’ Even.

PAGAN CONNECTION

Again — let’s keep it light and funny:

2009: “Is the Pope Catholic?” – A rhetorical question
2019: “Is the Pope Catholic?” – A serious question

Or, given what has gone on in the actual Vatican Garden and St. Peter’s Square and several nearby churches:

pope call 911

Absurd, huh?

But just think of this:    he (the pope)  really did  (call the police)   when the pagan idols brought into the Christian churches were thrown out of the churches and sent floating down the Tiber.

ha ha Minions

 

Some of you may know and may have even read my post of a few days ago about the pagan shenanigans in the Vatican,  attended by and participated in by the current pope, Vatican officials, and “guests”  from the Amazon.

Pacha worshiping

This is a screen shot from a video of a worship service taking place within a venerable old Christian basilica – the Traspontina, I think,  right there at the side of St. Peter’s Square, near the bridge that crosses the Tiber  (hence the word: “pontina.”)

What does worship look like?    They did an incensing of the area and of the statue Pachamama and of the people.  They did an asperges-like ritual.   They chanted.  They danced.  They bowed down, with faces touching the dirt.    And they prayed to Gaia or Mother Earth or Pachamama, whatever you want to call it.

All within a church!   And it outraged ordinary Catholics who found out about this.

ANIMUS DELENDI   (the Desire to Destroy) –

( some of  you may know the book that that phrase comes from.)

Here is the offending goddess, brought into the Catholic Church:

PACH ON TOP

I’m sorry to show that.  Even if it weren’t an idol that is worshiped in the pagan South Americas,  it would be offensive to women, to femininity, to modesty, to virtue, to chastity, to family,  to the meaning of art,  to God-Most-High.  It is offensive to all Christians,  men and women.

There are many of those idols hanging around the Vatican these past three weeks or so.

And one early, early morning,  two young men placed a few of them there on the railing of the bridge that overlooks the Tiber River.

And then – – – – –

PACHA DOWN

One by one the pagan idols were knocked into the river below, and floated away.  This was followed by about 48 hours of “righteous elation,”  but also  “apologies”  from the pope to  pagans religions everywhere,   and now these Vatican officials seem to have retrieved the idols from the water and taken out even more.

All for their big self-congratulatory synody celebrations today (today!  of all days!)

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It is the ending day of the “Amazon” Synod,  a meeting of “advisory”  prelates, using Amazon natives as a prop to bring in pagan practices and Liberation Theology methods into mainstream Catholic practice.  Among the “big changes”  that they propose is ordaining women to be deacons and allowing for married priests.

I’ll get more serious in the next post,  but for right now,  I want to “teach” my non-Catholic friends that Catholics do not worship idols.   Statues, pictures, whatever art medium,  are not the same thing as idols that represent a pagan deity – or as the Bible calls declares it:  “All the idols of the pagans are demons.”  (Psalm 95:5 –  not the Jewish numbering of the Psalms).

Statues in a Catholic church or home represent nothing more than a reminder of the person they depict.    A bust of Abraham Lincoln does not mean that he is worshiped.   A bust or statue of a great Christian,   a saint,   does not mean that the saint is worshiped.

Of course not.

But I do like to tweak my friends’ sensibilities with this little humorous photo I took many years ago in a pretty little garden:

Statues bowing to statues 390

Yep.     Three little children statues bowing down to a big statue!   Even Catholic statues worship Catholic statues!!!

(That is a reminder scenario of the three children of Fatima kneeling before St.  Michael, the great archangel who taught them how to pray and prepare themselves for God.)

 

“WHO CAN’T GET IN”

Oh,that matter was settled thousands of years ago, and specifically for us, two thousand years ago.

I Corinthians 10:21: You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of devils.

(So, choose.)

Well, here’s a longer list: I Corinthians 6:9b-11 – Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, [10] Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.

(That pretty much covers the activities of our society).

Perhaps another description of our society: I Peter 4:3 . . . for them (the Gentiles, non-Christians) their time is past, who have walked in riotousness, lusts, excess of wine, reveillings, banquetings, (eat, drink, and be merry), and unlawful worshiping of idols….

 

CHOOSE!

Catholics tend to  take the Bible literally:  you can’t be a Christian and worship idols at the same time, it says.

Yes, well, you rulers in the Vatican, choose. “Choose ye this day who you will worship. But as for me and my house, we will worship the LORD.” (Joshua)

 

 

MEET AN UN-VIKING

October 22, 2019

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If you know anything about real Vikings,  you’d discover that they are not the marauding oversexed berserkers that television and movies usually portray.

Their culture survived for many centuries, at least four times longer than the U.S. has been in existence!    We have fine examples of their clothing, housing,  literature, even goldsmithing skills:

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I’d wear this Viking bracelet!

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And how would you like to fasten your plaidie with this beautiful broche!!

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The Vikings even had a kind of proto-democratic organization within their clans.   It was called The Thing . . . all could vote, all had a say in matters of common importance.

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Men, of course, are the interface between family and the outside world, in matters of politics and war.   (Vikings had great love and loyalty to their families, their wives, and to their children.  Do you think they would disregard them during political wrangling and voting and trample all over their wives’ best interests?   No.    Just . . . no.)

Viking men –  men in general, are straightforward, black and white,  right and wrong, let’s-get-the-job-done kind of people.

I like to tell the story of the time my husband and I were sleeping in bed when suddenly I woke up because I heard the sliding glass door of our walk-out basement  slide open.  My husband sleeps the sleep of a self-confident man.   What did I do?  I listened.  I listened more.   I assessed the noises I was hearing…..  Someone  was definitely down   there!

I woke up my husband and apprised him of the situation.   What did he do?  He sat up;  he flew out of bed;  he grabbed a baseball bat from the closet; he sprang forward towards the basement.   

I’m thinking, “Are you nuts?”   “Are you nuts – there’s  a bad guy down there!  You’re only one man!!” 

Well, there wasn’t.    He inspected the whole basement, and its door . . .    I was tiptoeing right behind him.     I guess he was right.  No one there.   And he was kind enough not to ask me if I were nuts!

I got a firsthand view of a man in action (sure, he’s probably a Viking descendant,  but I think this is generally a reaction of men in general)   —

Now,  except for this:

CRYING climate disrupter

That’s a still shot from an Australian video of a grown man who says he’s the father of two (holding their photo in his hands.)  He’s NOT laughing.    He’s sobbing, out loud.   He’s sobbing like my daughter sobbed when she was a little girl – same noises.  He is overcome with the sadness of what his children will face in just a few years:  a ruined world, a dead planet,  oceans overcoming the land;  scorching deserts all over . . . .

The interviewer had to ask him questions while he cried and writhed on the ground.

He is a part of a worldwide movement called the Extinction Rebellion.    Those poor humans don’t want to go extinct and they want everyone to know it.   Those  poor humans disrupt traffic, prevent taxis, truckers, firemen and ambulance from doing their jobs for us.  Those poor humans strap themselves to the tops of airplanes  (as in London recently)  so that  airplanes won’t fly anymore.

I don’t know.  I think they don’t eat meat, which is probably why they cry and sob like children.

The poor man.  The poor, poor man.

Such men may be laughable, pitiable,  gullible, naive, (silly,  dumb) . . .  but those who are promoting them and using them are deadly serious and dangerous — and quite wealthy.

This is not a non sequitur:      You must learn everything about the French Revolution — all the details and developments, because behind the rhetoric and the antics is the spirit of Revolution which seeks to overthrow  elected governments around the world.

And that spirit  (of Revolution)  is rising strongly all over.

I would ask my fellow citizens:  How far is America from 1793?

If there are no Vikings left. . . .

MEET A VIKING

October 21, 2019

 

Yep – they exist today, by DNA,  by heritage, and by mentality!

 

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I don’t know his name,  but there he is –  living in Norway.    Proud of his Viking heritage.

Well, he’s smiling . . .  .   A smiling Viking.    They’re complex people.   (I know —  that’s my own heritage.   And I know enough “Viking”  men to know that I can never figure them out.)     Complex, observant, and intelligent.

And this man and according to him many others like him all over Scandinavia are observing the United States with a bit of alarm.   After all, we, the American people,  are the originators of our Constitution and of our Bill of Rights  — that addendum to the Constitution that assures that our freedoms will endure, legally. 

 This is a beacon and a hope throughout the world that humans can come together and live peaceably, affording each other the freedom that is so necessary for human dignity.

That “our freedoms will endure, legally.”  But lawless men have tried and are trying to take our freedoms away.  They are chipping away at the laws which protect freedom.  And the Scandinavians notice.     Here is a recent demonstration, again in Norway, I think, protesting certain threats to their own freedoms — um,  I  think the U.N.  Forced Migration mandate:

Viking bring out our inner viking

Hmmmm.    No maces, no battle axes,  no swords or javelins.

But they’re doing what they can in today’s world.

Now, notice the red hat that the Viking in the top picture is wearing.    MAGA!!!!   In his almost-socialist country,   he is protesting the lies that are coming out of the American entertainment-news industry and the disruptions and threats the lies are causing.

This man also says he wears the MAGA hat in solidarity with the “Covington Kids”  who were maligned and lied about on the American media.

Hey!   He can see it!   How many of us can?   And where is our Inner Viking that will rise up and PUSH BACK against the attempt to  “transform America”  that the Barack-Hussein person  announced?      How can we let International marxist-socialism/  progressivism/  communism change our country as they always told us they would? *

If you’d like to see the entire interview with this young man,  about six minutes, I think,  here is the URL — or maybe the video will pop up  —

 

In this video he pleads with Americans to never give up our Bill of Rights, including the right to free speech,  the right to freely and publicly express our religions, and especially our right to bear arms — which has never been contradicted until “recently.”   By the “new guys.”  By the socialists in our midst.

Do read the comments below the video.    Here are some:

America,  please don’t ever give up your Second Amendment!

Marxist political correctness allows for no speech at all, hate or otherwise.   It recognizes no natural law or ecclesial law.  There is no right, no God, but them marxist democratic/socialist/progressive  collectivist  republic  for the clepto-oligarchy on the top . . .

Hate speech laws are coming to Norway. . . .  And Hate Speech laws outlaw the speech that the socialist/progressives hate.

Socialism spends the money that capitalism makes.   Socialism doesn’t create wealth, it takes wealth away from the population.     In one generation,  socialism will consume all the wealth that capitalism can give them.

 

Somebody also, wrote this:     The sky is blue;  the earth is round;    (communists)  are violent.

 

 

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.*     This is a rather important footnote.  It should be mandatory reading and re-reading for every American citizen (for whom it’s not too late):

 

Check out # 15  and  # 17  !!

 

The 1963 Congressional Record Lists 45 Goals For Communism To Achieve In America.

Decide For Yourself How Many Have Become Reality.

Current Communist Goals

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.    (Antifa, et al.?)

 

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.           (Arab Spring?)

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

 

https:// stuffnobodycaresabout. com/2019/05/01/45-communist-goals/

 

INJUSTICE ON THE FIELD

October 15, 2019

Feels like I’ve  “rejoined the world”  after five straight days of “important”  football games!    I’ve “released”  myself today from the television screen!

And what an enjoyable long weekend it was!

But.

The sports world is still reeling and talking about the game last night between the Lions and the Packers.   I’m a little bit of a Packers fan.  And I’m a little bit of a Lions  fan.   When they played each other last night I wasn’t too emotionally invested in the win of either one of them, until I saw how well the Lions played.     I thought they deserved to win, by their playing.

But the Packers didn’t defeat them — the referees did. 

Lions were in the End Zone, about to make an easy catch and get the touchdown, when — even I could see it! —  a Packers player pressed his arm down against the chest of that Lions player,  preventing him from reaching his arms up and catching the ball.

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(different game, same pass interference move)

It was a textbook definition of Pass Interference.   The call, however,  was an incomplete pass,  which changed the outcome of the game.

Then there was a Lions player who tackled a Packer,  putting his strong heavy hand on the Packer’s shoulder.   That’s allowed.   You just can’t put your hand on a players face, face mask, or neck.

The referee called  “Hands to the Face”  or whatever,  gave the Lions a big penalty, lost yardage, lost down,  and no matter how many times the announcers showed us what happened and described what happened,  that penalty,  unjust as it was,   prevented the Lions from having an all-important First Down.

pass inter

(not touching his face or face mask)

 

And then the same thing happened to the same player, same erroneous call, same review of different camera angles,  same loss of another all-important First Down . . . .

 

We all know that refs make mistakes in every game.    They’re not usually this game-changing, though.   We all know, too, that it shouldn’t come down to a “bad call” — the players should have been better – to leave room for mistakes.

Still. . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A SURPRISING FUKU FOLLOWUP

October 15, 2019

Well, it’s all surprising to me, because this little article that I read last week verifies what I had written a couple posts ago about Fukushima (and “alarm bells”).    When I wrote that post,  I  didn’t have too much current information on the dangers for the world that still exist there.  However,  now I do,  from no less a source than Wired.com.

It’s hard to find info about what’s going on at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant wreck,  harder still to find up-to-date photos.   But you need to know, it’s all true:

Japan just suffered a big typhoon which brought lots of flooding and about five dozen deaths.   (69 dead, latest count, and hundreds still missing.)

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“The arrival of Super Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday brought swathes of Japan to a standstill, including the capital Tokyo, with record-breaking rainfall and violent winds triggering widespread flooding and landslides,  swollen rivers, homes, and streets.    20 major rivers overflowed banks.”

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Very big tragedy.  I hope the Japanese people are beginning to recover.

The typhoon, however,  will have consequences for the ocean.

An older news report:

The tsunami-driven seawater that engulfed Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has long since receded. But plant officials are still struggling to cope with another dangerous flood: the enormous amounts of radioactive water the crippled facility generates each day. More than 1 million tons of radiation-laced water is already being kept on-site in an ever-expanding forest of hundreds of hulking steel tanks—and so far, there’s no plan to deal with them.

And a report right after the typhoon:

Japan’s unprecedented rainfall last week resulted in hundreds of bags of  radioactive waste being lost… Concerns have been raised over the fact that some bags were washed out into the ocean  …

(I saw photos of the power plant after the typhoon, but cannot locate them on the Internet now.    They’re gone.)

So.    The human mind can still not figure out what to do with all the radiation coming out of Fukushima —  continuously,  day by day.     Slowly,  micro-extinction events are taking place in all the land touched b y the Pacific Ocean.

(“Calling all Young Minds in engineering departments” !!   We’ve got bigger problems to solve than gender pronouns in our universities.)

 

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COLUMBUS!!!

October 12, 2019

(Much information about Christopher Columbus)  – 

First,  I write about Columbus to PUSH BACK against the socialist/progressive project to make white men, to make European countries,  to make the Church, and to make the U.S.A.  somehow ashamed of their past.

SNIPPING Remaining ties

cutting us off from our true past

 

If they can successfully cut us off from our Past,  then they can re-create a new history and impose a new Present onto us.  — a new Present that serves their own interests, but that doesn’t arise from the people or from their factual history.

Every tribe, clan, ethnic group , country, or nation has always known its history,  its traditions, and  has taken from its past strength and inspiration.   We have always taught our  next generation to know its past and take lessons from it.   Because this common human activity has been assaulted from without,  by “foreigners”  with hostile intentions against us,   praising Christopher Columbus  will sound a little odd.

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Not today, but before our schools were corrupted,   most of us learned about Columbus from our grade school, even high school history books.    children’s books!  Bare bones narrative.   As I grew older and continued to learn,  I was astonished to read more about Columbus, the  man.  Yes, he was a sailor, navigator,   courageous and determined to carry out his big ideas.   His big dream was to find a safe trade route to the Far East   since the M os  lems  had cut off overland trade routes to the Christians.

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Many, many galley slaves on the M  os   lem ships were captured Christians.

Worth repeating:  The Islamic world would not allow trade from the Christian world to exist.   This was crippling the economies of various European regions.   This is why they sponsored explorers to find other ways to get to the Far East.

col not easy     It wasn’t easy!  Monarchs had to be persuaded to give an explorer enough money to equip a successful expedition, to finance ships,  supplies,  and men to sail.

Columbus had trouble getting enough men for his ships because being a sailor was a very dangerous and uncomfortable occupation.   Men (sailors)  had to be obtained any way you can:  bribing, threatening,  kidnapping were not uncommon, and Columbus’s crew included many who were from the dregs of society.  Ne’er-do-wells.  Rebellious and criminal minds.     Ignorant.     Down on their luck.   Immoral.

 

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Christopher Columbus himself was socially above the men in his crew, though with not much money.      He had a skill,  he had a dream,  and he had faith.   Columbus was above all a devout man,  saying prayers every day,  journaling every day with spiritual remarks, perhaps a daily communicant,  not a perfect personality, but no worse than any other man who had to captain ships and lead men into an unknown adventure.

It was a long, difficult journey with the usual dangers.    It worried the crew that the journey was taking so long, although it’s extremely unlikely that Europeans in general thought the world was flat and that this crew thought they’d  “fall off the edge of the earth.”    You say something like that only if you want to calumniate Europeans and make them sound ridiculous and ignorant.

They came to land.

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( Again,  to debunk a common progressive prejudice,  even when I was a child,  no one thought that Columbus was the first and only European to “discover”  America.    I’m Scandinavian –  do you think I wouldn’t know about Leif Erickson, et al.?!!    In addition,  the pre-Columbus westward travels of the large ocean-going ships of the  Mauritanians – from Africa –  the Romans, and even the Chinese were known soon after my childhood.)

What matters is that the timing was right for Columbus’s voyages to spark the admiration and imagination of the Europeans of the early 16th century, when Europe was on the brink of modernism and all the new discoveries which would characterize modern Europe.

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All gave thanks to God for bringing them safely within sight of land.   If you read Columbus’s log books,  you will feel the relief and joy and anticipation and gratitude among the men,  led by Columbus and the priests.

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No one who sailed with Columbus would have ever considered leaving God out of any phase of the expedition.  Here they are approaching land.

They met the Caribs,  a naked, disease-ridden,  slave-owning,  superstitious,  cruel, and violent groups of natives who were cannibals.

No, they didn’t know of Christ,  not even in a paradisaical indigenous nature-people sort of way.

No one had ever taught them to not kill babies, to not eat enemies, to not rape the little 12-year-old girls who were kept in special lodges, to place faith in God and not in superstitious sacrifices of human beings, and to be kind to each other.

(Please explore this further in the life of Juan Diego, who lived just ten or so years after Columbus’s last voyage …  see what a difference the Catholic missionaries had made among the “natives.”)

Columbus made four voyages to the  New World.   Although Columbus himself remained honorable, a good Christian gentleman,  his crew were low-class men with criminal behavior.   They tried to take any advantage they could of the natives they met.  Columbus had some flogged and he had others hung,  in an attempt to keep order and rein in the sinful tendencies of such men.

He had  hundreds of  avaricious, rebellious men among his crew.     That he  was not murdered by some of his own crew and that he could keep some order at all testifies to his manly authority, justice,  wisdom,  and perhaps the protection of God.

Do celebrate Columbus Day weekend – with more, perhaps,  than taking advantage of good sales!

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REFUTING THE BLACK LEGENDS OF COLUMBUS:

The modern myth of the evil Columbus has grown and grown into a kind of accepted catechism about the man.  For example,a poster that summarizes the lies:

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What answer do you have to such a poster?     You are NOT defenseless!

“your people, our people”   — a divisive phrase, also implying that the  “natives’  knew the concept of ownership of land, as well as the development of land for the betterment of society.   The “land”  was plenty big enough for all, especially since the population of the Carib Indians was on a steep decline when Columbus got there.

“with open arms”  —  not sure what “open arms”  would have looked like,  other than a desire to help bring the Carib Indians out of squalor, disease, and violence.

“bibles,  guns, and diseases”    –    all three lumped together to imply equal evils.    Does the writer of this poster know about the diseases that the (fornicating)  crew brought back to Europe?   (Yes,  th ekind of syphilis brought back to Europe is genetically different from the milder form already existing in Europe).

“killed us with your guns and diseases” —  And the Caribs and the Aztecs and Mayans killed many Europeans, torture, spears,  arrows,  and human sacrifice.

“arrogance of calling us godless savages”  —   Savage:  Of the woods (silvan), wild, untamed,indomitable, strange, undomesticated.  Only in the past couple of decades has the word been hijacked and taken to mean an insult.

The word savage was a descriptive word, no arrogance involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A HAWAIIAN CHAIN TO MEMORY

October 9, 2019

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One time I had a vision of a banana dipped in a creamy white sauce, lying on a bumpy green plate.

I conjured that vision because  I had a short grocery list to remember, and no handy paper and pencil or voice recorder.     My grocery list consisted of bananas,   that good white queso sauce that you put on corn chips,  broccoli (bumpy green stuff),  and some lettuce (the green plate).  At the grocery store I had no trouble remembering my mental list.

And all because of a rather helpful book.

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“CHAPTER 7:  The End of Remembering:     Once upon a time there was nothing to do with thoughts except remember them.  There was no alphabet . . .  no paper to set them down upon.    Anything that had to be preserve3d had to be preserved in  memory.  Any story to be retold, and idea to be transmitted, any piece of information to be conveyed first had to be remembered . . . .”

So begins a very good chapter in this book I’m reading:  Moonwalking With Einstein,  a book which is not about Einstein and not at all about moonwalking.   It’s a book about human memory,  its uses, historically speaking;  and its falling out-of-use in recent times  (oh,  several centuries ago).

alarm clock Actually, our memory began failing with the invention of writing and more profoundly with our reliance upon books.   That alone should earn this post a small alarm,  very small because losing our ability to memorize ordinary things will have long-term consequences for humanity,  but as all long-term considerations,  this is easily put off as non-important to the present day.

“One more Mountain Dew” — and see?  Nothing happens.  One more cigarette — and see?  Nothing happened.  One more speedy trip to downtown — nothing happened,  no speeding ticket, no accident.    One more good intention put off — nothing perceptible happens.

But deep down we know something is happening, even though we are not compelled to take care of it right away.   It’s this “something”  that is happening to our minds something that we should want to examine.    After all, if we don’t know things,  anyone can tell us anything about everything.

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Is it okay to have poorer memories than our predecessors did?

At the very least it’s annoying at times!

My ongoing pain built up a little this morning, so I took some anti-pain stuff and laid back down in my reading chair for a while, reading more into this book.   Then I had one of those many random  intrusive thoughts you get while reading.  This time it was “I keep hearing about manuka honey;  maybe I ought to get some and try out its healing properties.”   Amazon is only one room and a couple short clicks away, by computer.

But I’m supposed to be resting, and it still hurts.

But I’ll forget.

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So I used one of the techniques in this book,   remembering a list of what to do using visual images:  I created a question mark in my mind.  Does Amazon even sell manuka honey?     How do you spell it, by the way?   Is it expensive?    How long before my body will let me get up and move around?

So I created a visual chain of question marks,  connected together, from me to the computer.    The chain was dripping with thick golden honey.

What kind of honey?  Would I forget that?    So I created a visual image of my college housemate from Hawaii who had come to us in the Far Far North, and not yet realizing our cultural differences.  Her speech was a blend of English and Hawaiian words and Hawaiian expectations.  (Snow was NOT what she expected it to be!)

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One morning as we were all getting ready to go out to our various duties,  she came running down the  hallway, yelling in distress:  “I found a puka!  I found a puka!  Someone help!”

We didn’t know whether to run to her aid or run out of the house in fright.  What is a puka?!

Well, a puka is a hole, like seeing that Hawaiian scene through a puka in the rock.  She had found a hole in her skirt, right where it showed,  and it  caused her appropriate distress.       Some places you just don’t want a puka.    Some are okay.

 

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Manuka – puka.    See the connection?  For good measure,  I threw in a neatly folded pretty blue muu muu on my computer chair so I would remember to look for this Hawaiian honey.

For the next hour I could hardly wait to get up out of my chair and look for this honey!

Honey is not important to you today.  Buying something on Amazon is probably not important.  Me?   Not really . . .   But I hope I’ve illustrated for you one of the most fun and efficacious ways of remembering things.

Associate each word you want to remember with some visual image.  It’s the way our mind works.    The more visual images and other cues you can attach to something,  the more “hooks” your mind can grasp onto to retrieve that memory.

It’s that easy.   At least  one aspect of memory is that easy.

 

(There are more.  I’ll have to reread parts of this book and take notes.)

Hah!

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Hawaiian hiking spot to find that scene in a puka.

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ALARM! A “NEW REALITY” IS COMING!

October 8, 2019

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There are natural consequences, attested to by philosophy, history, sociology, and religion that when a nation turns away from God,  the nation will be plagued by bad leadership.   This has happened in ancient pre-Christian cultures too.

(You can put a photo of a contemporary political face next to each one of these):

Women (will rule over you)

The effeminate will rule over you

The young and inexperienced will be your leaders 

Old men and parents with the wisdom of the past will be ignored and disrespected.

And so on;  all outlined in Isaiah chapter 2, among other places.

I guess that’s  all-purpose, general alarm #1.

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For more detail, we have to look at the various reports one at a time, more closely.  So,  alarm # 2  —

Apparently the current pope did not read the list in  Isaiah 2.  His recent words:

POPE Talk Rigid priests

Well.    He’s talking about me and a lot of other ordinary Catholics.    I don’t think I’ve often seen a priest who does NOT wear a black cassock in his off hours,  even as I traveled all over the country.

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All over there are serious, mature — and fun-loving young men, in cassocks.

I’ve seen many photos of these young men in their cassocks running, jumping, playing, building things, skiing, ice skating,  playing basketball . . .

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None of these men wear stiff black clothes or are rigid in their thinking!   I’ve never seen a hat in the shape of planet Saturn.  And the “serious problems” the pope is speaking about have their origins in his attempt to transform the Church into something it is not.   He once said:    “I am going to change the Church so much that it can’t be changed back again.”

Yikes.   You see,  when a marxist/socialist/progressive doesn’t like you, he begins to call you names and ridicule you for what you believe in.

And he looks happy doing it:

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He proudly wears his  new Amazon native necklace, and he has a new black ring representing both paganism and Liberation Theology.

Reporting from the Vatican these past days show us:

AM PLANTING BOWING

It seems as though many American  Christians are unaware of this pagan ceremony celebrated recently at the Vatican in honor of Mother Earth.    The little tree at the left in the photo was planted to honor . . .   earth things.

And, oh, yes,  he participated!

AM PLANTING YES PARTICIPATED

A whole slew of native Amazon dancers processed by the pope with drums and flutes,  bowing up and down to him, acknowledging his “togetherness” with them.

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The Amazonians placed a pictured rug on the ground upon which they placed various totems.    I cannot even tell you the blasphemous explanation for these two female idols:

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Now,   this is sacred ground.     Two millennia ago,  Peter,  St. Peter,  preached against the idols of Rome and gave his life to tell the Romans about the Gospel of Christ.   In this same area,  St. Peter was hung – upside down –  and thus gave his life for the sake of ridding Rome of the false worship of idols so that they could turn to the God who is above  all gods.

Now we bring the idols back to Rome.

That’s why they dance for him:

Amazon Tribal Protest

 

And that’s why they pay him homage.  In a pagan sort of way.

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alarm clockThe “Amazon Synod”  is gong on right now this week.     It’s taking place in Europe, not in the Amazon,  but the Amazon natives are being used as a prop to illustrate the inadequacy of the Christian faith and the righteous wisdom of pagan people.   The working document, otherwise known as the instrumentum laboris, outlines the goals of this synod, which is to change the Church’s practices (and thereby the teachings)  about marriage and the priesthood.

Anyone can be a priest.  Anyone can get saved.  Any religion will do the trick.

The words of this preliminary document are intentionally vague and ambiguous.  When asked about this, the pope replied:  “I want the confusion so a new reality can be born.”

We ought not to be too “rigid”  about things like that,  I guess.

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Many,  many are praying and fasting because of this.   At least talk about it.  Get the word out.    The world needs the True Faith.

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ALARMIST WEEK

October 8, 2019

Wow.

I take a  few days off for  Football and to rest and recover — and when I come back, all I see are news items that raise all kinds of alarms.   Well, no football until Thursday, and I’m pretty okay, ( functioning at least) but instead of “random” thoughts from the Spruce Tunnel, as it says on the right-hand column, sonow  I’m going to have to be an alarm clock.

Against all advice I gave myself,  I did resume teaching class on Thursday and Friday.  This is not the topic of our classwork, but one thing I learned from my classes is that very, very few people know what’s going on in the world, including the things that will affect them.

Let’s see . .  .

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Okay,  I found a clock.    I like red.    This is my notification that I’m being an alarmist.

(Appropriately so.)

 

I’m going to start with the links in the right-hand column (although some have been removed or are broken now.  I’ll fix that soon).      Fukushima.   You’ll remember hearing about the earthquake and subsequent tsunami which killed so many people and destroyed so much in Japan in 2011, March.

Among irreparable destruction on the coast of Japan,  was a cluster of very vulnerable nuclear power plants which continue to spew out radioactivity in amounts that the human race has not seen before.     Even a nuclear weapon goes Boom!  only once — and then ceases and you have only the clean-up top deal with.    These nuclear episodes have not stopped.    Only reporting on it has stopped.    “Out of sight, out of . . . .”

But it’s similar to a true China Syndrome over there.      We have not only periodic invisible high-energy explosions into the air,  but also the massive ongoing contamination of ground water and ocean water, partly due to the continuing melting of the reactor core — continuing to burn underground in a nuclear way);    but also there is the problem of what to do with all the highly contaminated waste water that keeps on accumulating.

At times the Japanese government announces that it just has to dump that water into the ocean because there is no more places to store it.  But that was not a stop-gap emergency procedure; it was an ineffective stop-gap procedure.     I suspect the dumping still goes on.

Some of you may have read this brief story on Yahoo news recently:

 

Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan:

 

In the grounds of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sits a million-tonne headache for the plant’s operators and Japan’s government: tank after tank of water contaminated with radioactive elements.

What to do with the enormous amount of water, which grows by around 150 tonnes a day, is a thorny question, with controversy surrounding a long-standing proposal to discharge it into the sea, after extensive decontamination.

The water comes from several different sources: some is used for cooling at the plant, which suffered a meltdown after it was hit by a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake in March 2011.

Groundwater that seeps into the plant daily, along with rainwater, add to the problem.

A thousand, towering tanks have now replaced many of the cherry trees that once dotted the plant’s ground.    Each can hold 1,200 tonnes, and most of them are already full.

That’s from the year 2019!

Well,  they don’t know what to do — and the earth and oceans and the wildlife are showing the effects.

I was at Whole Foods to get the seafood for my birthday dinner about ten days ago.  Nice,  fun, clean, fresh place to buy seafood.   The young person behind the counter informed me that starting the following week all their salmon would be “previously frozen,”  because the salmon are stopping their running.

So, okay.    Good technology creates flash frozen fish that preserves all  the goodness of fresh.

So , no problem to me.     But later  I read that, once again,  the salmon population in the Pacific Northwest  is way down this year,  and as the salmon runs have been diminishing naturally at the end of summer,  conservationists are finding more and more grizzly bears on the brink of starvation.   Salmon is what they eat.

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Fewer salmon.  Salmon fillets that are cut in order to remove the visible cancerous tumors before consumers buy them.  Starving ocean creatures who are unable to find the usual abundance of food in the Pacific.  Starfish and other rocky surf   creatures  of  that are melting with disease.    Vast areas in the ocean that are void of life.

Years ago activists were warning us of all these  “possible”  dire consequences that appear now to be a lot less “possible” and increasingly likely.

So — the alarm clock is ringing, still ringing  about Fukushima.    Humans so far don’t have a solution for the continuing nuclear pollution that is occurring.

We’re humans.   I don’t know,  can’t we just put our heads together and find a way to destroy and eliminate and stop all this nuclear contamination?     I sometimes wonder if we are so self-destructive that we’ll never find a safe solution.

We can try, I wish.

Or maybe we can try to do away with all the cadmium which is coming off our solar panels,  contaminating the air, the earth, and the water.     Currently our ‘bright idea” is to use the cadmium-contaminated debris in landfills — upon which we build our apartment homes, our schools, our businesses, etc.

Or . .  .

Oh, oh.  Too many alarms in one place.

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THE MUSLIMS DO SOMETHING RIGHT

October 2, 2019

It is absolutely unconscionable for American parents and aunts and uncles and big brothers and sisters and teachers and  other adults to say and do nothing about the moral corruption of our children.

I just downloaded the latest bimonthly edition of   a newsletter called  “Catholic Truth Scotland.”    Now, I have an affinity for all things Scottish,  maybe because my ancestors sailed south and raided the place, thus giving the Scots their reddish-gold or blond hair and bright blue eyes as they dropped a little DNA in the process.

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But Catholic Truth is universal,  so you don’t have to know much about Scottish things to appreciate what’s in the newsletter.

The first article mentions the Mos lems in Scotland ( and I presume in England too).   They report that Mos lems in British schools are fighting “tooth and nail”  the embedding of LGBT propaganda into British schools.

Well, here is an excerpt:

Unlike the Muslims, who are fighting LGBT dominance in English schools tooth and nail,the Bishops of Scotland have actively enabled the embedding of LGBT+ propaganda in Catholic schools.Scotland pushes LGBT agenda into Catholic schools. Bishops hope ‘impact…will be positive for all’,

And then the newsletter sternly asks:  “positive in what way?”

Sodomy has always been wrong in the human experience — and, no,  pederasty in pagan  Greek history was not quite the same as today’s aggressive homo-agenda.    That it has long been in existence is not an argument for it, because so has murder long been in existence,  so has infanticide,  so has abortion, so has torture, slavery, and aggressive behavior. *

I acknowledge the reality in America that practically every immoral act mankind can come up with has been legalized in recent decades.  Americans have the legal  “right”  to do anything that is grossly and objectively immoral.  There are plenty of people who push these things onto us in every arena.

And I don’t endorse the Muslim solution in their lands:

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Throwing sodomites off the top of buildings in a “modern” city;  and,  no,  it’s not a stunt for the camera,   they always go through with it:

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But apparently in Great Britain,  the Muslims  are fighting the dominance of the sodomite cause,  transgenderism,  the confusion of sexes  (gender confusion),  cross-dressing, and whatever else they are aggressively advocating.

I keep using the term “aggressive.”    Remember the story of Lot in Sodom?   Later in the Bible it says that Lot’s conscience was “grieved”  while he lived there.  I can imagine!   But on the night when God destroyed those cities,  (Sodom, Gomorrah, and three others),  He sent angels to get Lot and his family out of there.    The residents of Sodom came to Lot’s door and asked for, then demanded that Lot send out those two beautiful young men so they could use them.

They demanded with shouts, accusations,  fists pounding on the door and outer walls of Lot’s home.  It must have been frightening inside, to hear all that aggression.

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(Or, if you prefer,  a much older illustration where Lot comes out and tried to reason with the sodomites):

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Every time I read about another incursion of homosexuality into our culture,  I see the aggression,  their assurance, their mean dominance,  it reminds me of the aggressive sodomites banging on Lot’s front door.   Their mannerisms haven’t changed a bit.   “Love us — or else!    (Or else:  you can’t bake your cakes,  you can’t print your wedding invitations,  you can’t have your flower shop;   or else we’ll write mean things in your comm box;  and you can’t have your own children’s minds!)

So, yes, I applaud the Mos lems for doing something right and pushing back on this cultural incursion.  We may have different reasons, different motives, different laws,  but,  for goodness’ sakes —

—   they’re  doing something!

 

 

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.*      As a traditional Catholic,  I can honestly say that not one of these evil acts  was not atoned for on the Cross.    His nails are made of Love.   Christ died for the atonement of all these things, for the redemption of all humans.   As traditional prayers commonly say:  Christ’s atonement is way bigger than any mountain of sin that God sees.

Our sins,  your sin,  is not too big for the Cross to atone for.

It is, however, the only place through which God accepts us.