Monday, October 10, 2011

The Painted Tin Ceiling of the Sky

The jukebox plays Frank,
and the old bar and grill sags
beneath dust and grimy walls,
lead paint peeling off from above.
(Memories sweet and sad
linger of the essence of you.)
Momentary reflection
is a mistake. For what
happened happened
both good and good
and with the bad.
(we never could quite
reconnect again - but we did try)
I miss the old days sometimes.
This old place will be a
coffee haven soon - what romance
can be sparked over latte and
a smoke free environment?
Youth it was so simple
and flawed.
(And they won't play Frank anymore.
Buy the CD - with your takeout grande.)
A mind wanders back
and wonders -
what I woulda, coulda,
shoulda done.
Life's journey
can be fickle.
Why test the fates?
Now - so late.
You are what you are
and where you should be.
Any other path leads
onto, into, assumptions
and imagined destinies.
The good road; the bad road?
Soft ego strokes.
Hard Ego Hits.
Soft karma (?)
a shuffle of the cards.
Hard fate - served
on plain white plates.
A mind wanders back
and wonders?
Why some judgement calls
did not hit the mark?
(Memories sweet and sad
linger of the essence of you.)
And saying I'm sorry
now to another long gone
or to one's self
seems far too lazy
and too late - too late.
In retrospect.
We had or seemed
to have so little control.
Best to blame the gods.
Only two things true
about life -
death and taxes.
(worth repeating -
death and taxes.)
Everything else, like love,
is or has been merely
coincidence perhaps.
And what is coincidence?
(like our meeting)
I told you once. Did you listen?
Coincidence is
nothing more than
excess energy - bouncing off
the painted tin ceiling
of the sky.

Article Source:  e-book, Painted Tin Ceiling of the Sky

The Real Housewives of Vatican County – USCCB

Archbishop Dolan’s New Committee of Religious Safety is starting to take shape.

Catholic Bishops Target Obama on Religious Freedom in the US

“…US Catholic bishops recently formed an ad hoc committee specifically aimed at addressing religious freedom in the U.S. The decision to challenge the president this way is a historic one, as this is the first time bishops in America have formed such a widespread group to address religious freedom in the country.

Among the religious liberty issues the group is unhappy with the Obama administration include: county clerks facing legal action for refusing to participate in same-sex unions; the administration's attack on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); and the attack on the “ministerial exception,” which protects the right of religious institutions to choose their own spiritual leaders and teachers regardless of anti-discrimination laws.

He writes: “We are now committed regarding the urgent need we face to safeguard religious liberty inherent in the dignity of the human person.”

“I wrote to President Obama to object to the continuing threats to religious liberty in the context of the effort to redefine legal marriage promoted by his Administration. 

…If we do not act now, the consequences will be grave.”…

Bishop William Lori, who was selected to chair the new committee, says the bishops are serious about the new campaign and will seek the help of lawyers, added staff, lobbyist and experts in the area of religious freedom. …” 

The Archbishop of NYC in his role with the USCCB is determined along with his rich fat cronies to protect the rights of the Religious running the scam to continue to do so in an unheeded and entitled form forever.  A new instant Sacred Tradition, American style?

We need new laws to protect the sacredness of religion. Yeah, right.

In other words, in an ideal future, if you accuse bishops of protecting pedophiles, and it is printed in the New York Times, the NYT can be shut down or penalized to the point where nobody will talk about Church subjects in the press anymore ever again.  Great deal.

It would appear to me or my Cultural Christian sense of the decent that this Bill Donahoe PR style campaign to suppress all negative news about religion in America is not unlike the Blasphemy Laws that the Muslims keep trying to get the United Nations to adopt to suppress all criticism of Islam worldwide.

While Americans object to Muslim Sharia Law being brought to this country from a foreign source, they have little idea about how catholic or Christian Sharia from overseas is constantly being pushed incrementally in this country through the GOP/FOX NEWS culture wars agenda to make the secular state and human rights and democracy obsolete for the sake a few entitled church monarchists and GOP oligarchs.

“Modo Verum” (only truth) Laws – the new catholic sharia law coming our way in the next decade of the ongoing culture wars to reduce America to a pale version of the ideal catholic state – Franco’s Spain. (bow your head)

And brought to you by the Real Housewives of the Vatican, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  If ever there was a more useless bunch of hypocrites on the planet, it is they.

What!?  If Christ is the groom and the Church is the bride, surely the bishops are the housewives of God.  And then there is the unimportant etcetera, the children, the rest of us???

Timothy Dolan has passed the bottle torch onto the infamous Bishop/Inquisitor Bill Lori of Bridgeport Connecticut to head this Religious Safety Committee to protect and force respect for sacred truth.  If anybody can whip the media into shape to bow down and worship the pope, it is he.

He and his four man committee came up with the PR gem “Zero Tolerance” to clergy abuse policy embraced by Big Daddy - Joe the Pope.  It has been a PR success.  Clergy abuse has ended.  Right?

Anyway, Bill Lori gets his Robespierre like reputation from dealing with some flaming liberal Catholics down in Washington DC on his way to his kiss ass promotion in Connecticut. His infamous three day Inquisition with a tape recorder running in 1997 is well documented.


“…Last night, William Lori, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Washington, Bernard Gerhardt, chancellor of the archdiocese, and another diocesan priest conducted the first of a series of interviews with committee chairpersons and parish staff. They are investigating alleged "liturgical abuses" at the parish. The "visitation" was supposedly occasioned by an incident that occurred during the Octave of Christian Unity when an Episcopal priest and a Presbyterian (I think) [editor's note: actually, she was a Lutheran] minister, both women, preached at a liturgy at Trinity and were later invited (it isn't clear by whom) to distribute communion.

With this opening, the archdiocese has begun a comprehensive review of the parish's liturgical practices and has forbidden the use of the Canadian bishops' lectionary and other inclusive language text, and the practice of allowing lay people to preach at non-Eucharistic liturgies such as vespers and reconciliation ceremonies. (A practice I believe is explicitly okay by canon law.)

She requested that the pastor of the parish, Father Larry Madden, be allowed to attend the interview with her. This request was denied. She requested that, since the archdiocese was tape-recording the interview, she be allowed to have a tape recorder in the room as well. This request was denied. When the proceedings began, she was required to take an oath.
I think all of this is a lengthy pretext for firing a few Trinity staff people whom conservatives in the archdiocese have been gunning for some time…

…As you know, the battle at Holy Trinity described on my web site has heated up with Bishop Lori's three days stay there last week heading a "canonical visitation" team gathering evidence of God knows what all. The liberals are in an uproar, seeing the Inquisition lurking everywhere. The HT web site has a discussion group that is most interesting (but, of course, for I have several postings on it).

I, along with about 30 others, was summoned to be interrogated by the Bishop, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, and by a young priest (there just so they'd have their needed third witness should any grounds (euphemism for dirt) sufficient for excommunication spill out). I am furious with their process…”

Timmy, good luck with your new Real Housewives’ committee on PR improvement, changing the subject on the sex abuse stuff etc.? (wink, nod)

How is your BFF Jameson doing these days?

St. Joseph’s Church Bethlehem Pa. – Parking Lot – 1905 Law

(The future St. Joseph's Bethlehem Pa.?)

As predicted, St. Joseph’s Church in Bethlehem Pennsylvania's journey into a parking lot to be used by Lehigh University students is on a slow but steady path to becoming reality.

I get a bit of a silly out of watching my cousin’s gerrymandered diocese being carved up into quarterly spreadsheet dividends and bonuses for the guys in charge up there in Allentown.

Speaking of which, I can remember when I predicted that the new temporary bishop John Barres was only there to bring his specialized child abuse settlement MBA into play in Pennsy after being the heavy hitter in wiping up the Delaware sex abuse mess.

I called John Barres temporary, I never thought he was also going to be a part-time bishop as well of Bishop McShea’s consolation prize, the Allentown diocese, a gift from his cronies in the Vatican back in ‘61 for favors rendered.

I say part-time in that I have read that retired Bishop Cullen is still performing confirmations up there?   Bishop Cullen is chained to his dining room table reviewing every line of his secret clergy sex abuse files from his role as caretaker of such files when he was Cardinal Bevilacqua’s pointman on that when he worked in Philly, in the same job they have indicted Monsignor William Lynn doing after Cullen’s promotion to Bishop of Allentown?

Bishop John MBA Barres is too busy to do confirmations?  Too busy with the flowcharts,  pay out settlement possibilities and overall economic health of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as an unofficial clergy abuse settlement consultant to Philly, preparing paperwork, in lieu of these attacks on “Religious Liberty” by the sheer audacity of civil courts indicting “innocent” priests and their keeper, handler, enabler – the innocent until proven guilty Monsignor Lynn???


It takes money to build spreadsheets and pay lawyers for depositions and Bishop Cullen’s timely review and refiling of his Philly files? – I guess if you can’t tear down St. Joseph’s in Bethlehem, I guess you can sell part of the property.  Rectory and unattached parking lot for sale $220,000.

The handful of parishioners at St. Joseph’s  have got some sort of ruling from some cubbyhole in the Vatican that they are entitled to worship in a sacred place.  The Church is sacred.  The rectory and auxiliary parking lot are not.  Splitting hairs and definitely not the spirit of the matter.

I have never been to St. Joseph’s but I am willing to bet that it has a chapel.  No doubt when the spreadsheet guys need more cash, the sacred space at St. Joseph’s will likely be reduced to the chapel.  It is probably possible to tear the old church down and leave the Chapel in place in the middle of the new LU parking lot?
One has to wonder if public access to the chapel will be provided or that parishioners in order to gain access to their sacred place of worship will have to pay a parking fee and park near the chapel etc.

Whatever again.

I see that there is a laity based concept floating around the liberal Catholic think-osphere.  I believe the concept is based on the French "1905 Law" that separates church from state.

That some catholics and legislators in Connecticut, in reaction to the abusive draconian treatment, and attitude of the Bishop/Inquisitor of Bridgeport, is pushing for state law and I would imagine state chartering of businesses to separate the clergy from the money end of the operation of the catholic church/businesses in Connecticut.

"...Bishop Lori has opposed legislation by Rep. Michael P. Lawlor and Sen. Andrew McDonald that would remove control of the diocese from the bishop and place it into the hands of laymen. The legislation had been written with the help of liberal Catholics, including Connecticut attorney Thomas Gallagher, a contributor to the group Voice of the Faithful.

Similar Separation of church and state legislation was adopted in France in the early 20th century, which is called the 1905 law..."—William E. Lori, Wikipedia

This is something I think the people in Bethlehem and Pennsylvania should look into.

Have a nice day. 

Herman “Mark of” Cain – GOP Flavor of the Month - Occupy Wall Street

“…Republican presidential contender Herman Cain amplified his criticism of the Occupy Wall Street movement, calling protesters jealous Americans who "play the victim card" and want to "take somebody else’s" namely mys Buick. …”

In other words, FUIGM or FYIGM to be grammatically correct.

Can we call him Herman or just plain Mr. Cain?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rapture Cancelled Again – by This Cultural Christian - (October 21, 2011)

Have not got a single hit recently, as the revised date appears, on my old prediction or I should say cancellation of The Rapture on October 21, 2011.

"...May 24, 2011

Brother Harold was wrong and now he is resetting God's clock to end on October 21, 2011.

This Cultural Christian hereby cancels the Rapture and or the End of the World on October 21.

My friend Jesus (Hay-soos) in Vegas agrees with me on that according to the betting odds at the casinos there..."

Old Harold.  Where are the Billboards this time around?

Harold has I believe called “Wolf” Christ once too often in his, 

long, long, undistinguished, self-serving, sheep shagging grifter’s career.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bevilacqua Able to Testify in Philly Sex Crimes Trial

While the tight gag order applies to lawyers in the criminal case, it does not affect those lawyers who filed six civil suits against the church alleging sexual abuse.

One of them, Marci Hamilton, a professor of law at New York's Yeshiva University, said on Friday, "What we are hearing is that he (Bevilacqua) is perfectly capable."

She declined to identify her sources. Hamilton said the judge in her ruling clearly rejected the idea that Bevilacqua could not testify at all.

The Uncle Junior Soprano defense does not appear to be working for the retired Don of the Philly religious crime family. 

911 Memorial NYC – No Place to Shit

Keep away from downtown Manhattan all you unwelcome tourists.  If you don’t have a ticket and appointment, you cannot get into the site.  The thousands of tourists coming everyday without tickets don’t have any place to go and are making life a living hell for residents downtown.

Sanitation demands are overwhelmed.  Can’t have porta-pottys, supposedly a prime place for some raghead terrorists to disrupt things. Like you can't hire guards to screen tourists going into the porta-pottys? Too expensive? What CEO's bonus gets cut by a hundred thousand to stop the stink on the streets now??? As usual, the American public gets screwed while the real estate moguls get richer on the tax payers dime.

Hell, even the guys with the tickets can’t take a shit at the memorial.  They are supposed to charge money for tourists to look at all these tax payer paid attractions and no fucking bathrooms even for them.  Holy Shit.  What fucking greed from the real estate billionaires making a profit off the dead three thousand of 911.

This is a disgrace! 

This is a national humiliation of America to the whole world in front of foreign tourists let alone fellow Americans.  Is America truly a third world nation now?

Please don't pee on the trees or into the fountains.  Show some respect.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Michael Moore in Liberty Plaza (Zucotti Park) -10/5/11

Steve Jobs – Culture Bearer or Culture Destroyer

Steve Jobs is dead.  We all die.

He was an active member of the human committee of change that caused so much change in my lifetime.  Personal computers transformed the planet.  They also made it easy to turn paperwork into an abstract digital and make outsourcing millions of American jobs elsewhere possible, in the flash of an eye.

Change is inevitable.

The PCs were from the early part of his career.

Coming out of retirement to give vision to APPLE, I see him in something of a Henry Ford role.  Although he did not invent the computer, the same way that Ford did not invent the automobile, Jobs had a similar knack of finding a better way to mass produce computer technology into the market place.

Hand held mobile technology with narcissistic names like iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad became the eye candy necessities of the upper end of the American middle class.  I assume that “i” stands for information and not the “I” of ego.

I read one tribute that in China, tears were shed at the news of his death.

In all fairness to the slave labor producing this expensive, obsolete in six months, eye candy technology over there, perhaps a fitting epitaph of Steve Jobs life and work can be summed up in fitting tribute:

APPLE, the Nike of hand held mobile technology.


Life goes on. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Money Hungry Fascists are Dead Inside - (Zombies?)

A bit of street theatre Monday as Wall Street protesters dressed as Corporate Zombies.

The Daily Mail is normally a suck ass establishment organ of propaganda in Britain.  Their article above does have an interesting array of photos not available in the censored free American Press and airwaves.

I took the title above off a hand painted cardboard sign.  That image in the Daily Mail article seems to express so much truth reflecting the anger we Americans have these days regarding immoral acts of business and government and the resulting collateral damage to us, the people.

I did the corporate grind so to speak for many decades.  It was necessary to support myself and my family and was part of the American Dream that I was building for myself and as a legacy to those that come after.

I never sold my soul to make my daily bread.  Nobody should have to.

I do wonder why millionaires are not satisfied. They used to only dream of but not need billions to be happy.  Now they are aiming at trillions and at the very expense and fabric of humanity.

Worth repeating.

Money Hungry Fascists are Dead Inside.  Zombies?

(trick of treat anyone?)

Chaput Applaudes Work of Monsignor Lynn

(Philly Morality Dream Team)

Doing a great job Bill – the coverup and being the scapegoat, taking it up the butt for the rest of your Philly religious crime family (team). But most of all, thanks for the Omerta (silence).

Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former church official awaiting trial for allegedly protecting sexually abusive priests, drew words of encouragement from Philadelphia's new archbishop and a standing ovation from scores of priests at a private gathering last month, according to people familiar with the event.

During the invitation-only dinner for Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at a parish hall in Montgomery County, Chaput singled out Lynn in the crowd and noted how difficult the ordeal has been for him, according to one priest who attended and two people briefed by others at the gala.

Much of the audience, which included hundreds of priests, then stood and applauded, said the sources, who asked not to be identified.

The exchange, in a banquet room at St. Helena's in Blue Bell, spanned just seconds in a talk by Chaput on changes and his vision for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. But it reflected one of the strongest signals of support for Lynn since his arrest and suspension from ministry in February….

(watch you back Bill - LOL)

Monday, October 3, 2011

the 99 percent – death of the American dream

We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.

we are the 99 percent

Forgiveness - Some Thoughts

Saturday, October 1, 2011

We Shall Overcome – Human Rights – Joan Baez

Perhaps the civil rights movement was only the beginning. Human Rights as a core belief in the dignity of man, of all men and women, as a Creation of God is not only a global issue but apparently it is to anyone, who is not blind, clearly a domestic issue as well these days. 

Diamond Girl - Seals and Crofts

Cardinal DiNardo – Cafeteria Dogma – Capital Punishment

There was mention on the PBS program Religion and Ethics that in the annual “Respect Life Month” letter from the USCCB-ishop’s very private men’s club (wink, nod) that Capital Punishment is not mentioned in this year’s letter.  In fact, it was not mentioned in last year’s letter.

Reading the letter that will no doubt happen in Catholic Churches tomorrow in lieu of a real homily takes me back the beginning days the American Culture War over imposing RC Sharia like contraception law in the late sixties and seventies where such letters put congregations to sleep or in my case caused an exit strategy – not coming back to that sort of mental abuse ever again.

The Letter (I read it) is of course all about Abortion and the dangers too of all Contraception leading to disease etc.  (Rube Goldberg science?)

Anyway, I thought the RC Church was against capital punishment.  But reading between the lines and of course the fine print, the church has no “consistent life ethic”, an ideal that states the abortion is a sin along with executing criminals by the state.  That term was coined by the late Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago who also said this: "When human life is considered 'cheap' or easily expendable in one area, eventually nothing is held as sacred and all lives are in jeopardy."

Unfortunately good men in the RC church like Cardinal Bernardin are far and few between.  The Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities and author of the annual mimeographed "Respect Life Month" Letter is none other than the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal "Big Danny" DiNardo.  

Houston/Harris county aka Death-Penalty Capital of the World - the place where popular forensic crime shows like CSI and their police methods are considered purely as theory and science fiction – yeah, this is Texas.

And we all know who the Governor of Texas is. Rick (APPLAUSE – execute all "them" minorities) Perry. 
Doesn’t sound like consistent life ethic as is sounds like Cafeteria Dogma as Father Bill Breslin practices in Boulder Colorado, signed off by his then Bishop “Chief Outtatown” (as he is being called by some now in Philly – it is a private Philly "Kenzo" joke thing, too detailed to explain here.) Chaput.

Of course it is Texas.  The governor jogs with a revolver and shoots coyotes.  I have looked at Cardinal DiNardo’s photos in full stage regalia and I don’t doubt there is a concealed sawed off shotgun (with permit?) as part of his church dress.

Whatever.  The message of love and from the USCCB messenger is as dead as the church these bishops are looting on their way to their church’s future digs in Asia and Africa.  Again whatever.

I think in terms of fine theological matters, the RC church’s teaching on the value of life from the womb to the tomb are merely two more minor but different side orders of tripe on the cafeteria dogma menu – quoad vitam vs vitae sactorum – Respect Life (dish) vs. All Life Is Sacred (dish).

Apstraho si eis non possumus eis facinus !  (If you abort them, we can not exploit them (or execute them)!)

Have a nice day.

Respect Life = (because) = All Life Is Sacred (not just some)!!!

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ – Matthew 25:45

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Michaelmas - 2011 - Protect Us From Wall Street

Good Michael the Archangel,

defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Wall Street Casino.
May God rebuke them, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of the Almighty,
thrust into hell all bankers,
and all coke head derivatives traders,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of innocent lives and souls. Amen.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Malcolm X and FOX NEWS

“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”  - Malcolm X

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Georgia State Lynching and the Divine Power of Soul

In Jewish myth, there is a soulless creature; a Frankenstein monster like creature, that was formed out of mud and magic words. It, in myth, was used to protect the Jewish community, ghettos, from pogroms of hate and murder against these Jewish communities living in a sea of so-called civilized Christian humanity in medieval Europe.

There are parallels with the idea of this “Golem” creature and the creation of Adam by God.  The myth states something like the fact that Adam, until God breathed a soul into him, he was merely a monster, a creature.

So too, the state without a soul or a spirit, can be a monster too.

Since the Supreme Court has gone out of the way to say that corporations are human entities and have rights as such, I have to wonder if these corporations and or the states have souls.  

I doubt that even the Mighty god "Justice" Scalia can breathe a soul into a corporation or a state such as Texas or Georgia.

“I will believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.”

There was a racist lynching last week by the state of Georgia for fun and entertainment of the white masses IMHO.  It was a modern version of a lynching but it still was a lynching, never the less.  There was reasonable doubt.
The former Governor Mario Cuomo of the state of New York refused to sign off on any death penalty while he held that state office.  He knew that statistically, mistakes can be made, we are all human and not gods like on the Supreme Court.  I have seen a statistic that as many as 30 percent of convictions for the death penalty are flawed enough to mean that some innocent men in prison have died at the hands of the executioner.

Well done Mario.

Unfortunately, not every state or regional culture sees it the same way as old Mario.  As such I think that we have to find common ground and try to agree on something.

If the State is a corporation and considered a human entity in these bizarre modern times, then does that entity have a soul or spirit?

Like the Golem of Jewish myth, the creature needs a soul in order to be human like Adam – and not be a monster.

While I do not really believe in all this politicking enforcing the power of corporations or the state as my equal, I do demand something and as a minimalist Cultural Christian.

I demand that the state and or corporations live by rules.  And in a so-called Christian society, the basic rules of law can be based on the Ten Commandments.

“Thou shall not kill.”  OR “Thou shall not murder.”  - As in the case of some language interpretation – and if you want them carved on your state capital hallways,  You as the state must live them and live by them and not merely use them as art and or interior decoration.

The states and or corporations are merely Golems, monsters, until proof of a soul and or human spirit is evident in them.  

Until then, beware of any popular myths that say is it okay or it is good for the state to kill.

Where are the Trees in Liberty Plaza, America? - (NOT Zucotti Park!) - a poem

Liberty Plaza NYC

Where are the trees in Liberty Plaza, America???


When will the trees in liberty plaza


Jesus rose on Sunday day? Did he not Rowan darling?

They cut down twenty four living creatures
Trees! Living Things! That is -
Not Iraqi children or women or old men…

(HEY not my scales of importance -
not Anubis' feather scale of things !!!
but Dick C's - sucking on his daily tube of oxygen
or rummy man sucking on his daily bottle of tankoray
remembering the great American Crook Dick NExxon.)

The TREES !!!!!!!!!

(they once gave shade in the downtown 
corporate human desert --
in my wallet is a picture of my two year old son
smiling a great wonderful human smile -
on a Spring Saturday -
his pampers full of poop and ---
Steve's Pizza sign in the backgound…)

They cut down twenty four living things
To make way for official vehicular parking
Supposedly connected with WTC debris removal
Isn't that right Rudy - cold lips - darling!

((Rudy - cold lips - cold hips
Popsickle stare 
Darling poster boy of the new world order!)
(Donna god bless, now you have a life!
You probably were a good human wife!))

When will the concrete stare of Liberty Plaza
Be brought back to living tree life???…

Perhaps only when a second bush
Wins a ga-dam second war
And loses a ga-damn second World PEACE!!! ! !.

Where are the TREES?!