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calendar   Sunday - April 03, 2005

It Didn’t Take Long

I found this listed in a couple of blogs already and shows how, just hours after the Pope died, the NY Times displays its bias for the world to see.

Check this out at Powerline.

Here’s the quote from the Times before they changed it:

Even as his own voice faded away, his views on the sanctity of all human life echoed unambiguously among Catholics and Christian evangelicals in the United States on issues from abortion to the end of life.

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John Paul II’s admirers were as passionate as his detractors, for whom his long illness served as a symbol for what they said was a decrepit, tradition-bound papacy in need of rejuvenation and a bolder connection with modern life.

“The situation in the Catholic church is serious,” Hans Kung, the eminent Swiss theologian, who was barred by from teaching in Catholic schools because of his liberal views, wrote last week. “The pope is gravely ill and deserves every compassion. But the Church has to live. ...

In my opinion, he is not the greatest pope but the most contradictory of the 20th century. A pope of many, great gifts, and of many bad decisions!”

Among liberal Catholics, he was criticized for his strong opposition to abortion, homosexuality and contraception, as well as the ordination of women and married men. Though he was never known as a strong administrator of the dense Vatican bureaucracy, he kept a centralizing hand on the selection of bishops around the world and enforced a rigid adherence to many basic church teachings among the clergy and Catholic theologians.

It already had the negative piece written.  It never dawned on them that maybe, just maybe, a man of God should get some decent treatment after his death.

I can’t help but wonder....had it been Bill Clinton or John F**king Kerry or the Koffing Anus, the article would be touting all their positives with nary a mention of the negatives.

Powerline also has a screen grab of the NY Times story to back up its claims..


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 04/03/2005 at 08:23 AM   
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I Never Got This Much Attention

Some years ago when I was, well, shall we say, more confrontationally sensationalist, I posited the following to a Christian friend:  “If we are made in God’s image, then he’s got to be a pedophile, a homosexual, a catamite, etc.

OOOOOOH, the howls of outrage (by that one person.)

But let the Homosexual Chapter of the Episcopal Church say the same and they get press coverage.

Not fair!!!!  I said it first!!!

No, wait a minute, if they quoted me then I’d be writing about myself.  Whoa!  That’d be one of those folded space and time moments.  Or something.

Excuse me while I get another cup of coffee.

P.S.  Have I told you the “Jesus was an alien” story?  It’s out of this world.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 04/03/2005 at 06:55 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - April 02, 2005

Pope John Paul II (R.I.P.)

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The Pope died just a little while ago.  Many of you are not Catholic and may know little about him.  Many Catholics know little about him, for that matter.  So here’s a synopsis of his life.

Born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in 1920, the second son of Karol Wojtyla (voy TIH wah) Sr., a retired army officer and tailor, and Emilia Kaczorowska Wojtyla, a schoolteacher of Lithuanian descent.

As a youth he played soccer, swam in the Skawa River when flooded, and enjoyed skiing, hiking, mountain climbing and kayaking

His family suffered its share of tragedy His infant sister died before he was born and in 1929 his mother died of heart and kidney problems.

When he was 12, his 26-year-old brother Edmund died of scarlet fever.

He, himself, was hit once by a streetcar and again by a truck in 1944 while a college student.

After graduation from secondary school in 1938, he enrolled at Jagiellonian University to study literature and philosophy and he also joined an experimental theater group and participated in poetry readings and literary discussion groups.

After Poland was invaded by Germans he a job as a stone cutter in a quarry to avoid deportation.  Shortly afterwards his father died.

He was ordained in 1946 in Krakow and earned two masters degrees and a doctorate before becoming assistant pastor in Krakow in 1949.

In 1956, was appointed to the Chair of Ethics at Catholic University

On July 4, 1958, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Cracow by Pope Pius XII, and was consecrated September 28, 1958, in Wawel Cathedral, Cracow, by Archbishop Baziak.

On January 1964, Pope Paul VI nominated him as Archbishop of Cracow and made him a cardinal June 1967.

He wrote a treatise in 1960 called “Love and Responsibility” that laid out the foundation a modern Catholic sexual ethic.

His second doctoral thesis—“Evaluation of the possibility of Constructing a Christian Ethic based on the System of Max Scheler”—was published that same year.

In 1978, he was selected to become pope.

He was also the first non-Italian pope in 455 years (the last was Adrian VI in 1523) and, at 58, the youngest pope in 132 years.

When he was elected,

Yuri Andropov, leader of the Soviet Union’s KGB intelligence agency, warned the Politburo that there could be trouble ahead. He was right.

He became the first pope

to visit a synagogue and the first to visit the memorial at Auschwitz to victims of the Holocaust. In ending the Catholic-Jewish estrangement, he called Jews “our elder brothers.”

As Pope he wrote 14 encyclicals, 15 apostolic exhortations, 11 apostolic constitutions and 45 apostolic letters. He’s also published five books

He spoke 8 languages and learned Spanish after becoming Pope.

He openly criticized dictators such as

Alfred Stroessner in Paraguay, Augusto Pinochet in Chile and Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines encouraged opposition movements that eventually brought down those governments.

His support for the Solidarity movement in Poland—priests concealed messages from John Paul to imprisoned union leaders in their robes—was a key to the downfall of communism in Poland.

He was almost assassinated in 1981, shot twice by a Turk who said he worked for the Bulgarian Secret Service.  The Bulgarians generally did work for the KGB however, later, his would-be assassin later recanted.

You can read about a KGB plot to kill the Pope here.

He was constantly warning us about:

the dangers of materialism, selfishness and secularism, and suggested lowering the standard of living and sharing the wealth with the Third World.

He was a fierce critic of abortion and said, “A nation that kills its own children has no future.”

But he also presided over some of the worst scandals in church history:  priests engaged in pedophilia.

Regardless, he will almost certainly be remembered as one of the better popes the church had and one who devoted most of his time towards re-animating the church and re-uniting it.

God bless him.

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courtesy of CNN and the Vatican.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 04/02/2005 at 03:10 PM   
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calendar   Monday - March 28, 2005

What Religion Are You?

Not sure if you tend more towards Judaism than Catholicism?  Maybe Buddhist?  Pagan?

Go here.

Take the test.

Report back with your results.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/28/2005 at 06:19 AM   
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Great Stuff From Vox

I’ll post this excerpt:

If you insist on clinging to the political fiction of a Democratic-Republican dichotomy, you will find the next twenty years as mystifying as the last twenty. If, on the other hand, you understand that beneath the fiction is an orchestrated effort to transform a theoretically decentralized constitutional republic into a fully centralized member of a supranational oligarchy, everything not only makes perfect sense, but becomes quite predictable. Thus, I can confidently predict:

1. uniform state euthanasia laws
2. a ban on home-schooling, probably federal
3. a political union with Canada and Mexico
4. an elimination of the right to trial by jury
5. elimination of the separation of powers doctrine (this is already effective, but not apparent)
6. a ban on all political speech by unapproved parties (already in the works)
7. emigration restrictions
8. legally recognized polyamorous relationships
9. a global tax to fund a UN military

Go read the rest. You’ll see what he means.  And you’ll thank me for it.  It’s coming.  It’s inevitable---unless we get off our asses and make our politicians accountable.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/28/2005 at 06:18 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 27, 2005

Risen

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Matthew 28:1-9 (KJV)

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/27/2005 at 05:30 AM   
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calendar   Friday - March 25, 2005

Good Friday

ACLU Disclaimer: All atheists, agnostics and members of religious groups who do not believe in Christ are respectfully and cordially invited to skip this post and proceed reading below. I apologize if my faith offends you. I assure you it is not intentional. I merely celebrate today a day of mourning for the evil that was done on Calvary some two thousand years ago. Thank you for your cooperation. Go in peace.

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“Father , forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
(Luke 23:34)

“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
(Luke 23 :43)

“Woman,here is your son….Here is your mother”
(John 19:26)

“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
(My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?)
(Mark 15:34)

“I am thirsty”
(John 19:28)

“It is finished”
(John 19:30)

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”
(Luke 23:46)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/25/2005 at 03:02 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 22, 2005

Did Jesse Jackson Convert To Islam?

Or was it Al Sharpton?  The NAACP, maybe?

I ask because SOMEONE must be or else how do you explain why the sheetheads are demanding an apology from the Pope for the church’s actions during the crusades?

Damn, this smacks of the reparations bullshit we’ve been hearing here from the race baiters and victi-crat enablers within the ”BLACK LEADERSHIP” of this country.

You know, it’s one thing to be pissed off about something in your life but to carry that grudge for 900 years?  Give me a fucking break!!!  How 11th century can you get?

And if they DO get an apology just what will they do differently?  What will they promise in return?  Does anyone expect the acts of terrorism to stop?  The killings, assassinations, corruption, dictatorships, etc?

Screw the ragheads.  Better yet, instead of an apology maybe the Pope can promise a camel for each of them to help them relieve their ”tension.” Raghead women would get a donkey or something.  Maybe they can get advice from Vicente Fox’s seeesters, eh, senor??

Personally I am glad the Crusades took place.  If it were not for the brave action of the Popes and the crusaders back then we’d ALL be lifting our asses in the air 5 times a day plus we’d be shagging camels and goats for entertainment.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/22/2005 at 06:30 AM   
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calendar   Friday - March 18, 2005

Uh-Oh!  Here comes 1984!!

Israelis are looking at passing a law that bans the use of the word “Nazi.”

For example, to use it while calling someone a Nazi could mean a 7 year jail sentence!!!

Yet I am certain that to call someone a “mother fornicator whose best bits dribbled down his mother’s legs and that his sister prefers getting it on with donkeys while urinating on the Torah or Bible” will be OK.

How long before they start re-writing books by removing the word “NAZI” because it is offensive.  How long before, when reading something aloud from a book or paper that has the word “nazi” in it, you are carted off to jail for offending “someone’s” sensibilities?

Look, what happened to the Jews leading up to and during WW II were atrocities of a magnitude we sometimes fail to understand.  Even more atrocious to me is how so many willingly allowed themselves to be led to slaughter.

But we are 60 years past that.  Will this be the new Jewish equivalent of the term “slavery” our Blacks can’t seem to let go of?

OK, let the shitstorm begin!  I am ducking and covering now.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/18/2005 at 01:44 PM   
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Are You Religious?

It could all be due to your genes.

Yep!  Really!

However, based on previous comments I’d say it loks like some of our readership has BAD genes!  Hehehe


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/18/2005 at 06:42 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 14, 2005

Ragheads Demand Prayer Time

This one really frosts my jaws.  Some workers at Dell walked off their jobs because they are demanding the company give them the right to “pray” and Dell will not accommodate them.

These fuckers are from Somalia and were hired through a temp agency.

Dell should just fire their asses.  Or better yet, hire some private investigators to see if these bastards are truly obedient sheetheads who pray at home, too. 

Hell, if this keeps up the next thing you know someone will sue to have the right to sacrifice chickens on the plant floor.  Sheesh.

Hat Tip: Joe


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/14/2005 at 06:37 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 13, 2005

There May Be Hope After All

Since it is Sunday it is appropriate to post this. 

Granted, it comes from the Baptist Press, but I will assume their polls are legit.  So if that is the case, it appears that teens today aren’t quite taking this evolutionary bullshit taught in their public schools as gospel.  Almost 81% percent feel that God is somehow involved in the process.

That has to be good news.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/13/2005 at 08:51 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - March 05, 2005

Religion And Politics

A few days ago one of our readers advocated the taxing of churches and removal of all their tax exempt status.

I countered by saying that as soon as you tax churches then they have a Constitutional right to free political speech.  (remember “no taxation without representation?") Churches do not have that right to political endorsements now because long ago the framers knew what they were doing.  Yes, occasionally you will see politicians in churches giving sermons or whatever but technically they can not stump for themselves (although we know Jesse Jackson and the other race baiters, to include most Democrats do this.)

Well, as luck would have it I found some pieces that focus on this subject.

The first one deals with a bill proposed by North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones called “the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act of 2005” would allow leaders of churches to endorse candidates.

You see, now, I have a problem with this.  Churches are a very strong force to be reckoned with in the US and if this passes what’s to prevent a rich powerhouse like the Catholic Church to back an individual who would then favor only those issues relevant to Catholicism like abortion, marriage, contraception?

In time we’d have ourselves a theocracy because so few other churches could match the strength of the Catholic Church. 

Now don’t go off half-cocked thinking I am against Catholics.  I just used them as an example.  I could have easily chosen Baptists or Mormons.

Furthermore, think about this:  if the bill passes, what’s to prohibit BOTH parties from ALL OF A SUDDEN finding “one church” they prefer and through that “church” channel BILLIONS of dollars TAX FREE?  What’s to prohibit anyone from leaving monstrous donations with no accountability?

“But”, you say, “Congress can make sure that does not happen by limiting those donations.”

If you, in fact, actually thought that, then think about it for a minute.  How effective was McCain-Feingold?  Look what the FEC is trying to do now--re-write the bill in order to stifle bloggers from being able to mention any candidate nor have any link on their site that endorses a candidate as that would be considered a “contribution” to that person’s campaign.  Read more here.

Every time our fuckwadded Congress-critters write a law they put huge loopholes in them in order to guarantee themselves jobs by having to re-write those laws or close the loopholes with other loopholes further guaranteeing them semi-permanent employment.  You need go no further than the latest immigration bill passed by the House and mentioned here. It’s so full of loopholes the entire country of Mexico could walk right through.

You think this would be any different?  And why mess with it at all?  Why change anything?  Long ago it was decided the best way to keep our country from having a “state religion” was this tax exempt/no politics feature.

So, you see, passing this law is WRONG for our country and would start on us on the slippery slope of a “state religion.”

For more insight, here’s an article against the legislation and here’s one that has different ideas.


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/05/2005 at 07:49 AM   
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Humor, Politics And The 10 Commandments

I found this in the St. Pete paper’s “letters to the editor” section.

It is from a Mrs. Mary Voiles commenting on why the 10 Commandments should not be posted in a courthouse:

“There’s a reason we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery” and “Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile working environment.”

Well said, Mary.  I should have thought of that myself! 


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 03/05/2005 at 07:06 AM   
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