Tuesday, February 7, 2012

“Religious Liberty” for Some equals “Spiritual Rape” for Others

The bishops and paid media whores are out pimping the pews and trying to give provenance to this new attack on human freedom, this “religious liberty” scam to impose beliefs on others whether they like it or not.

Here is an interesting op-ed piece about one of the fanatical pre-founding fathers, Roger Williams of Rhode Island, that wanted a separation of church from the state because of all the confusing passages in the bible and everyone’s different embrace and interpretation of such.

when one mixes religion and politics, one gets politics” – John M. Barry


Miramonte Elementary L.A. – Lockdown – 88 Teachers 40 Support Staff Removed in Growing Child Abuse Case

The entire teaching staff has been suspended at Miramonte elementary school in Los Angeles, where two teachers have been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing children.
The Los Angeles school superintendent, John Deasy, announced the extraordinary move, telling parents that replacement teachers would be taking over classrooms and psychiatric social workers would be placed with each class to help students and staff.
Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt was charged last week with committing lewd acts on 23 children, while Martin Springer was arrested on Friday suspected of abusing two girls in his classroom.
Berndt, who worked at the school for 32 years, abused children of ages six to 10 between 2005 and 2010, it is alleged. The acts cited by authorities include blindfolding children in a classroom and feeding them his semen in what children were allegedly told was a tasting game.
Berndt, 61, remains jailed on $23m (£14m) bail and could face life in prison if convicted. Springer, 49, is being held on $2m bail.
Springer taught at Miramonte for his entire career, which started in 1986, the district said. He taught second grade. The school board is scheduled to discuss firing him in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.
Investigators said they knew of no connection between the Miramonte cases, though the Los Angeles Times said Berndt and Springer knew each other and had taken their classes on at least two joint field trips in the past decade.
More than a quarter of the students at Miramonte were absent on Monday while parents demanded more protection at the school.
About three dozen parents and supporters protested in front of the main doors of the school, some carrying a banner that read: "We the parents demand our children be protected from lewd teacher acts."
Maria Jimenez, 51, said the parents whose children are enrolled at Miramonte were divided over the removal of the entire staff. "Some are in favour. Others are against it because they did this without advising us or consulting us," Jimenez said.
This on top of the strange tale of teacher suicide Rigoberto Ruelas in Sept 2010 at the same heavily Hispanic Miramonte school resulting from the Los Angeles Times printing teacher ratings at its news site.  
What ratings did the two pervs arrested have?
And is California’s definition of ”lewd behavior toward children” an obsolete 18th terminology like the recent sex abuse scandal at Penn State University?


Monday, February 6, 2012

Self Hating Immigrant Pete Hoekstra's Racist TV Ad

What are all we blue collar unemployed types supposed to do? Throw our bananas up against the walls of the unemployment office where we sit around doing dope wondering where all you inbred idiot country club types have sent the jobs?

For an immigrant that presumes white racial superiority by your commercial, one has to wonder which side your parents were on in WWII in the Netherlands? Hail Victory y'all! Know what I mean?

Kindly throw, project your self loathing, mean spirited, small penis, racial inferiority mentality elsewhere Pete. (and get a life)



Queen Elizabeth II - 60 Years - Zadok the Priest


Crime Boss “Big Tony” Bevilacqua Now Officially in Hell

They wanted “uncle Junior Soprano” to testify at the upcoming clerical abuse and rape ring trial in the Spring even though he claimed to be senile.

Alas, Satan had other plans for the man who so non-chalantly destroyed Saint John Neumann's vision and betrayed the millions of living and dead Catholic Philadelphians that once built and maintained the greatest private education system on the planet.

That they, these outsiders now under Cardinal Chaput, cannot break it up and sell it fast enough before RICO laws once again are enforced in this country.

Non-Commitment to the inner city poor and the prices of prime inner city real estate corrupted an outsider like Big Tony.  That and frat house sex among all ranks of the clergy. 

And Child Abuse – you Bastard!  Enabling and covering it up!!!

You sold your soul for the red hat.  All red hats do the same (poor excuse).

Blame the sixties. Don’t blame the clergy.  Yeah right.  Pass the doobie.

His big mafia like staged funeral along with paid criers will be tomorrow and televised on Catholic  cable TV.

In a religion where all is show and hypocrisy, Bevilacqua is way up there with all godfathers in crime and all the neo-con bitchops that now serve mammon rather than God.

I don’t wish him or his soul Hell for all eternity.  And quite frankly, Satan probably doesn’t want him. Too much integrity to be seen with the likes of him – give hell a bad name.  Etc. 


Catholic Misogyny - Embezzlement at 222 - Philly

I have to say that the cookie jar was open to all in the recent Justin “Big Frank” Rigali crime family that ran the Archdiocese of Philadelphia into the ground and out of the education business for the inner city poor in particular.

I have to say that being witness to embezzlement situations both in publicly owned and privately owned corporations, that when you need an outside auditor to catch embezzlement in your organization, you do not run a tight organization.

That this accused woman in the senior staff of the archdiocese at 222 N. 17th Street could write archdiocese checks for gambling debts in Atlantic City Casinos is no shock.

What I find shocking is that only a woman is guilty of public disgrace and accused of embezzlement.

In an organization as loose as “Big Frank” Rigali’s, believe me, more than one person in that organization is probably guilty of embezzlement.
If the culprits were male and clerical, the archdiocese would have ate the loss and not applied for insurance protection.
In the same light, it is the supposed victim, such as the archdiocese that has to press charges in the District Attorney’s office.

A female non-clerical thief is the alleged culprit here, but not alone in crime I am certain.

The world is misogyny.  The word is hate of women that motivates partial disclosure and partial prosecution to some at “222” in Philly.


Comedian Maher De-Mormonizes Romney's Father in law

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bishop Zubik – Martin Luther was a “man of conscience” – You are not!

Martin Luther - Man of Conscience

The administration recently reaffirmed a position that means that, for the most part, religious universities, hospitals and charities that serve the general public would be expected to comply. The rule has sparked outrage among a number of conservative religious groups, with several Catholic bishops calling on their parishioners to refuse to comply with the law. 
This is Bishop David Zubik, leader of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh, speaking to NPR. 
DAVID ZUBIK: We can't comply and we won't comply. There's no way we can. It's a matter of conscience.
Bishop Zubik, right hand man of former Philly Crime Boss “Big Tony” Bevilacqua cannot talk about “conscience”.  He is like what Jesus used to call “hypocrit”.  Will call him in person on judgment day.

Have a nice day.
BTW - Nice Toupee


Rick “I can afford an iPad” Santorum – Feed your kid the Pharma Poisin and Shut Up - I Know Better

The little reptile heart and reptile mind of Rick Santorum defended the invention of Pharma diseases and the invention of backbreaking profits of Pharma drugs for his recent Pharma employers / contributors on the campaign trail.  That man's soul is bought and paid for. 

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. – GOP contender Rick Santorum had a heated exchange with a mother and her sick young son Wednesday, arguing that drug companies were entitled to charge whatever the market demanded for life-saving therapies. Santorum, himself the father of a child with a rare genetic disorder, compared buying drugs to buying an iPad, and said demand would determine the cost of medical therapies.  “People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad,” Santorum said, “but paying $900 for a  drug they have a problem with — it keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned to think health care is something you can get without having to pay for it.” The mother said the boy was on the drug Abilify, used to treat schizophrenia, and that, on paper, its costs would exceed $1 million each year. 
What’s a kid doing on a drug like Abilify????????


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Boycott Pink Ribbon Charity – Susan G Komen NOT for the Cure - Tea Party Anti Women Agenda

Planned Parenthood, the largest reproductive and sexual health service provider in the US, provides screenings for cervical, breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/Aids. It is also widely known to help women access abortions and contraception.The row escalated on Thursday after it emerged that one leading health official for Komen resigned over the $650,000 funding cut, amid reports that it had caved in to the anti-abortion right. 
Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "On behalf of hundreds of thousands of women nation wide who rely on Planned Parenthood for breast cancer education and screening, we are enormously grateful to mayor Bloomberg. This contribution will help ensure that politics don't interfere with women having access to health care.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New York - Where is the Victims Monument at Fresh Kills Staten Island?

Ran into this 1910 picture of a monument to dead Firemen in Philly on Girard Ave. Don't know if it is still there.

Which makes me think that is time we were putting a fitting monument on all the remains of the dead of 911 still out there in the hallowed ground of Fresh Kills garbage dump in Staten Island.

I like the design of the above obelisk.  Say fifty feet high and in white stone or concrete and visible from the nearby highway.

They can spend billions over in Manhattan for show (the tourists).  How about tossing a bone to the forgotten borough regarding the forgotten dead - the unknowns?


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Financial Transaction Tax in France to Pay National Debt - Way to Go

The 0.1% levy will be introduced in August regardless of whether other European countries follow suit. 
The tax is part of a package of measures set out by the president to promote growth and create jobs. 
Mr Sarkozy faces a presidential election in April, but is currently trailing in the opinion polls behind his Socialist rival, Francois Hollande. 
In an interview with French television, Mr Sarkozy said he hoped the tax would push other countries to take action. 
"What we want to do is create a shockwave and set an example that there is absolutely no reason why those who helped bring about the crisis shouldn't pay to restore the finances," he said.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Was Callista Gingrich once a man?

Was Callista once a man?

I am sorry but she does not do anything for me in a missionary fantasy or on her knees kind of way.

Sarah Palin, in spite of her GOP illogic and evangelistic dumbness, I could do.

In the spirit of the 1990s GOP civility standards set by Newt himself and judging if first ladies are murderers or not etc., was Callista ever a man? Inquiring minds want to know.

Where is his/her birth certificate?

So what does Newt see in his third wife?  GOP Family Values are like so really phony, plastic and or closeted if you know what I mean.

I was surprised doing research on the Tiffany line of credit to see that it is also accepted by plastic surgeons in that they also accept gold, diamonds and platinum as payment. 

Plastic surgery is a given.  Massive amounts.  Just look at her. 

But what I found interesting is that sex changes are not only considered optional and not paid for by health insurance but they are also considered as cosmetic surgery.  Is that a correct humanistic perception of the trans gender situation in life?

Since Plastic Newt has a Plastic Wife, does he also have the one and only Man-Man same sex marriage officially sanctioned by the RCC? Secular law recognizes gender change. The Church?
Did you check under the hood Cardinal Wuerl before you signed off on that marriage? 



Saturday, January 21, 2012

Catholic Conscience Speaks Re: Catholics Gingrich Santorum’s Ugly Race and Poverty Hate Rhetoric

An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum

As Catholic leaders who recognize that the moral scandals of racism and poverty remain a blemish on the American soul, we challenge our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail. Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment. Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorum remarked: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Labeling our nation’s first African-American president with a title that evokes the past myth of “welfare queens” and inflaming other racist caricatures is irresponsible, immoral and unworthy of political leaders.

Some presidential candidates now courting “values voters” seem to have forgotten that defending human life and dignity does not stop with protecting the unborn. We remind Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum that Catholic bishops describe racism as an “intrinsic evil” and consistently defend vital government programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits that help struggling Americans. At a time when nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, charities and the free market alone can’t address the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. And while jobseekers outnumber job openings 4-to-1, suggesting that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work is misleading and insulting.

As the South Carolina primary approaches, we urge Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Santorum and all presidential candidates to reject the politics of racial division, refrain from offensive rhetoric and unite behind an agenda that promotes racial and economic justice.

Francis X. Doyle
Associate General Secretary
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (retired)

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Leadership Team:
Sisters Patricia McDermott, RSM (President) Eileen Campbell, RSM Anne Curtis, RSM Mary Pat Gavin, RSM Deborah Troillett, RSM

Sister Pat Farrell, OSF
Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Rev. Bryan N. Massingale
Associate Professor of Theology
Marquette University

Rev. Clete Kiley
Director for Immigration Policy

Rev. Anthony J. Pogorelc, M.Div., Ph.D.
The Catholic University of America
Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J.
University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice
Boston College

Sr. Patricia J. Chappell, SNDdeN
Executive Director, Pax Christi USA

Marie Dennis
Co-President, Pax Christi International

Rev. John F. Kavanaugh S.J.
Professor of Philosophy
St. Louis University

Rev. Jim Keenan, S.J.
Founders Professor in Theology
Boston College

Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
Senior Fellow
Woodstock Theological Center
Georgetown University

Sister Mary Ellen Howard
Executive Director
Cabrini Clinic, Detroit

Rev. James E. Hug, S.J.
Center of Concern

Sister Simone Campbell
Executive Director
NETWORK, A Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Steven Schneck
Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies
The Catholic University of America

Sister Karen M. Donahue, RSM
Justice Team
Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community

Sister Mary Ann Hinsdale
Assoc. Prof. of Theology
Boston College

Tom Allio
Cleveland Diocesan Social Action Director (retired)

M. Shawn Copeland
Associate Professor of Theology
Boston College

Sister Maria Riley, OP
Senior Advisor
Center of Concern

Todd Whitmore
Associate Professor
Department of Theology
University of Notre Dame

Terrence W. Tilley
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology
Theology Department
Fordham University, Bronx, NY

Michael E. Lee
Associate Professor
Theology Department
Fordham University, Bronx, NY

Paul Lakeland
Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies
Director, Center for Catholic Studies Fairfield University

Lisa Sowle Cahill
Monan Professor of Theology
Boston College

Eric LeCompte
Board Member
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Tobias Winright
Associate Professor of Theological Ethics
Saint Louis University

Christopher Pramuk
Assistant Professor of Theology
Xavier University, Cincinnati

John Sniegocki
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
Xavier University, Cincinnati

Kathleen Maas Weigert
Carolyn Farrell, BVM Professor of Women and Leadership
Loyola University, Chicago

Daniel K. Finn
Professor of Theology and Economics
St. John’s University, Minnesota

Gerald J. Beyer
Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

Jeannine Hill Fletcher
Associate Professor of Theology
Faculty Director
Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice
Fordham University, Bronx, NY

Sister Mary Ann Hinsdale
Assoc. Prof. of Theology
Boston College

John Inglis
Professor and Chair
Department of Philosophy
University of Dayton

Anthony B. Smith
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies
University of Dayton

David O’Brien
University Professor of Faith and Culture
University of Dayton

William L. Portier
Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology
University of Dayton

Alex Mikulich
Research Fellow
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Loyola University, New Orleans

Susan M. Weishar
Migration Specialist
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Loyola University

Kristin Heyer
Associate Professor
Religious Studies
Santa Clara University

James Salt
Executive Director
Catholics United

Vincent Miller
Professor of Religious Studies
University of Dayton

Nancy Dallavalle
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Religious Studies
Fairfield University


Friday, January 20, 2012

Schlichter Jute and Rope, Harrowgate, Philadelphia

Despicable Newt - GOP's Perfect Angry White Male

I really don't care if Newt Gingrich is a male slut and a serial adulterer, born again Catholic etc.

All I know is that he, more than any other living American, had more to do, in the nineties, with debasing the level of civility in the American Town Square.  And all that loss of civility marked up as the cost of power, to make him Speaker of the House.

I don't care about the Christian myth of sin and forgiveness.  If he is a new man, wonderful.

Newt's blowjobs in adultery in the past apparently are now  less despicable than Clinton's blowjobs in adultery.

Typical mean spirited GOP Family Values.

And for the GOP audience to stand in applause at the perfect angry man.  What you see is what you get.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fake Mustard Seed Parable -- Greco-Roman Urban Legend?

I happen to like mustard as a condiment.  Researching it, I see its history as both a condiment and a medicinal herb going back to ancient Rome and Egypt.

Problem with that is that it had always been a rich man’s condiment in ancient days and all the way up until Columbus.  Indeed the whole Columbus thing of going out of the superstitious Christian European box was a marketing strategy to obtain greater market share and greater market profits out of the spice trade that had been disrupted by the collapse of the Center of the Christian World in Constantinople in 1453. Center of the European distribution network too regarding the spice trade from the far east.

Greed was the motivating factor in Columbus’ zeal to find a shorter trade route to India.

When I read the parable of the Mustard Seed in the synoptic Gospels I wonder why a simple man of the people, a day laborer, a migrant homeless man in the form of Jesus, why he would preach to the simple masses, mostly farmers and goatherds etc. about the very complex and exotic spice trade item from India such as mustard and or the mustard seed.

I understand the power of metaphor, the power to illustrate a small lurching into the big, to illustrate some other point.

Indeed, I feel certain that the Jesus-y feel of the mustard seed parable has an overlaying stink of an urban scholar that knows all the aspects of primitive botany from books and also commodity profits of an earthy sounding farm product that Jesus must have had knowledge of, but probably did not.

In fact, in one of the synoptic passages, the mustard seed parable is preceded by a parable of weeds among wheat.  While an urban dweller who wrote this mustard seed parable might stick his nose up at weeds, many weeds are indeed edible and the poor, the starving unentitled poor, Jesus’ poor, would have gathered up many of those weeds separated eventually from the wheat and ate them.  Survival makes more sense than urban vested scholarship in the early church’s reconstruction of a holy man who few if any recorded any details about.

Not only eat the weeds, but dry the ones that were not edible and use them as fuel, not burn them up foolishly like waste in an urban middle class garden.

Mustard, where it can grow, not the Holy Land, is also considered a weed.

A middle class Greco-Roman urban garden view of the natural world?

Confused mixed message from early paid for Jesus scholars? Greco-Roman urban myths? Faulty creationist type middle class science? If it sounds good in an abstract middle class context, it must be true.

Problem with scholars, urban middle class scholars, like the ones involved with the Jesus  Seminar, who have signed off on makes sense, sounds like middle class, myths like the Mustard Seed parable, is that they are middle class and see the whole world with their born to, ingrained way of looking at the world. 

This middle class urban way of looking at Jesus, invention then and still now, is an interesting illustration of the human condition but it is not the true Jesus. 


Opus Dei vs. Opus Meum – Rick “Fecal Matter” and GOP go off a Cliff

The Opus Dei candidate for President, Rick “Fecal Matter”, is doing remarkably well on a spike from a weekend endorsement from lunatic fundies on a Texas ranch.

Below is an attack ad probably paid for with freshly laundered Opus Dei funds.  While I agree that both political parties in America are going off the cliff, Rick Santorum is no messiah and or Jack Kennedy.

I don’t care if Rick privately tortures himself to get mythical grace for his many, many sins, most of which are based on basic human ignorance and an allergy to empathy and or compassion.

On the matter of a dying Christian church putting up Rick to push what is left of the human race off a cliff, perhaps the solutions all along to humanity’s problems lie with Humanity and Secularism – OPUS MEUM – Work of Humanity, me and mine.

Have a full rich wonderful secular day. 


Roman Empire Was Not Green

Don’t mistake later memes on the timeline.  Don’t insult Jews or early Christians with the lording over the animals in a wrong way now, as opposed to original context in Genesis.

One of the themes I have come to in my research and writing is that the Roman Empire was not Green.

Rome hated nature as evidenced by its military, numbers only, Julian calendar that abandoned the moon and or feminine (balanced) concept connected to nature.

By turning sex into a body function to serve the state, Rome, like the present Roma Nova American/European empire culture and its Roman Church, has turned sex into a commodity to be monitored, censored, taxed and exploited.

If Christianity is to survive in the west, it must go to its pre-Constantine roots and adore the abundance of gifts of a loving God to her children and abandon the reptilian chaos and natural imbalance caused by the Roman military mind.