Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dolan/Obama Boloney and Bean Chowder Recipe

"If life hands you lemons, make lemonade." - anonymous

If life hands you a "hill of beans" Timmy, make bean soup.

Dolan/Obama Boloney and Bean Chowder Recipe

1 cup large dry lima beans
4 cups water
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules 
1 16 ounce can tomatoes, cut up
4 ounces chunk boloney, coarsely chopped
1 cup milk

Rinse beans.
Place in large saucepan and add water.
Soak overnight. (Or, bring beans to boiling; reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 1 hour.) 
Do not drain.
Add dry soup mix and chicken bouillon granules.
Bring to boiling.
Reduce heat and simmer, covered, till beans are tender, about 1 1/4 hours.
Add the undrained tomatoes, boloney, and milk.
Heat through, stirring occasionally.


Happy Valentine - Dolly Parton


War on Religion – We Hate Sex

War on Religion equals We Hate Sex is a quote I think from the Daily Kos guy on Olbermann.

Somewhere along the timeline, the fear factor that is the Republican Party merged with the Roman Catholic church.  The church's fear of sex, all sex, and the aging white boomers' male fear of not being able to get it up is the foundation of this new social construct in America. That, rather than issues being discussed in the current election cycle.

Obama’s new so-called “war on religion” is just a personification of the old south myth about the rogue colored man raping the white women fear factor.

The word of course would be rape.  No free white woman would cross the color line.  No free white woman could enjoy sex with a member of another species and or race. Enjoy sex that white men are not capable of giving.

And of course, the war on Obama is a coded wink nod war against his color or half color so to speak.

And the fear of sex by the so called seventy year old male virgins running the RCC is a surrogate war on Obama via women and their strange vagina things by these strange men, really creatures, in dresses, still actively, perceptually, living the Roman Empire life fifteen hundred years after the death of that empire.

Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus; Bishops are from Closets?

The churches are empty. 

The Government subsidizes the churches via crony faith based capitalism.

While I believe some physical churches in the USA could be turned into museums like in Rome for the lack of a flock, maybe we should just close all the churches and just send the monthly government faith based subsidy entitlement to some lock box at Wall Street or Vatican City.

Have a nice day.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - The South Shall Not Rise Again!

"President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers."

Now you know why they are called red-necks!

Thank you Tim Burton.


Insulting and Dangerous – Crony “Faith-Based” Capitalism

There was an op-ed article in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday by the current bishop there stating how the HHS mandate for full women’s healthcare is somehow “insulting and dangerous” to Charles Chaput’s sacred tradition of faith to denigrate women and their body functions.

Many Catholics are confused and angry. They should be.”

The church is confused because the bishops do not listen to women. When women talk, the bishops hear nothing. This “hold the pickles, hold the lettuce” dietary rule for females only, regarding healthcare, is a bit not true deli and does not ring true to the rest of us in the American Equality pursuit of happiness thingy.

That somewhere along the timeline, George W. Bush started doling out government bailouts to the churches, who by the way no longer listen to their members, who by the way no longer sustain their membership numbers now that these churches have their crony business fronts for the poor in the form of “social service” programs – whatever that means.

Churches are no longer in the business of faith.  

Churches are simply in business.  And getting crony government bailouts in the process.

Surely in these hard economic times, many of the bloated contracts being handed out as Pork to these “faith-based” crony capitalism organizations could be done more cheaply and efficiently in the private secular sector of the economy.

That way, the meager healthcare services offered to the crony relatives of these crony handout “faith-based” programs to these churches will no longer have to be challenged by any HHS mandates.

No exceptions or religious privileges will have to be demanded by this new generation of screaming neo-con welfare queens – the bishops – once they go out of business and go back to “Faith”.

In other words, get your lips off the government teat and stop whining about being abused as you more than likely mismanage the government crony dole you are now getting on the tax payers' dime. 

Man up Religion! Get off the dole!

Faith!  Or get off the pot. 


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Becket Fund, Far Right’s ACLU, Behind EWTN’s Suit Against Women’s Rights

Over the years, one gets the idea that some little humble Catholic monastery/nunnery in the middle of Alabama is the best place to air black and white reruns of Insight and Bishop Sheen’s instructions on how to survive the coming nuclear holocaust with the Soviet Union, that that particular propaganda TV station amidst the cows and pastures is a little bit more than it seems.

That Sister Rizzo is just a front with the Religious TV Scam???

I don’t know why a Cable TV station feels that it must sue the Federal Government over HHS fair trade rules, but hey, if you’ve got GOP Pac money and the Becket Fund behind you, why not get on the overpaid martyr bandwagon against the Negro Predender President Barack Obama, it is as good as any other place to restart the culture war and hate that seems to be the vinegar blood of the RCC controlled by the Neo-Con Bishops and Neo-Con politicians these days.

The War for control of the New Global Town Square and New Global Culture – Game On.

The Becket Fund was founded in 1994 by Kevin Hasson, who had previously worked at the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department and the Washington law firm Williams & Connolly, in which capacity he became well-known and controversial for defending Catholic University's decision to fire Charles Curran for his opposition to Church doctrine despite his being one of the most widely respected Catholic moral theologians in the academic community. This fact has raised serious questions in academic circles about the sincerity of Hasson's, and by extension the Becket Fund's, commitment to religious freedom.
Hasson named The Becket Fund after Thomas Becket, who was murdered accidentally in 1170 after a long series of altercations and events between the English monarch and state, the papacy and Becket.
In January 2007, Becket Fund Vice President and General Counsel Anthony Picarello, Jr. was named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the fifty most promising young litigators in the United States. Picarello became General Counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in late September 2007.

Hasson signed his name to a full-page advertisement in the December 5, 2008 edition of  The New York Times which objected to violence and intimidation against religious institutions following the passage of Proposition 8. 

(What I don’t understand is how the victimizers in the public square get to yell “victim” and martyrdom and sainthood all at the same time as they are laughing all the way to the bank?

Religion in America has nothing to do with Jesus and or God.

Religion in America is nothing but a tax free scam.) 


Timing of Bevilacqua Death “Peculiar” – Montgomery Country D.A. Risa Vetri Ferman

“…Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman asked the county coroner to examine the body of Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua last week because the timing of the 88-year-old prelate's death struck her as "peculiar," she said Friday.

Ferman acknowledged that she enlisted county Coroner Walter I. Hofman because the cardinal died one day after a Philadelphia judge said Bevilacqua could be called to testify at the child sex-abuse and endangerment trial of three current and former priests.

"I had the same reaction that many people had and that many people communicated with me," Ferman told reporters at a news conference in Norristown. "It struck many of us as odd, as peculiar, that the cardinal passed away so suddenly after the court ruling. . . . I just thought that someone should make sure that nothing happened that was inappropriate."

Ferman said she had no information to suggest that the cardinal was the victim of foul play or an unnatural death. She said her office had not opened an investigation…”


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Catholic TV - EWTN – Sues to Guarantee Medieval Woman’s Health Care Standards

EWTN Playing God Again

Thursday, EWTN — a Catholic television network carried on thousands of cable systems in more than 100 countries — filed suit in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Ala.
"We had no other option," said Michael Warsaw, president of EWTN, which stands for Eternal Word Television Network.

"Under the HHS mandate, EWTN is being forced by the government to make a choice: Either we provide employees coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and violate our conscience or offer our employees and their families no health insurance coverage at all. Neither of those choices is acceptable," Warsaw said.

On at least one point, Warsaw is wrong, said Erin Shields, HHS's top spokeswoman.
While the rule covers "emergency contraceptives" like Plan B and Next Choice, it doesn't cover drugs that cause abortion, Shields told NBC station WYFF of Greenville, S.C.

GOP/Catholic Pro-life Mantra – Respect Life but not People!

Jesus shooting Charles Darwin.
(BTW-Happy Birthday Charles 2/12)

The GOP and the Catholic bishops respect unborn life, but do not under any circumstance give a shit about people, once they are born.

A person’s worth is exactly that – their worth ($). 


Catholic Matters - Santorum

Catholic matters - Santorum

Usual Bitchy Talk and Backstabbing In Vatican Over Plot to Kill Joe the Pope

Bitchy factions within the Vatican and a wish list of new and upcoming clerics who want to be corrupted by Vatican contract bids is boiling to the surface.

The old, the extremely old, holding onto power, has sparked wishful thinking among some in the Vatican of an alleged plot to kill the ancient pope. 

VATICAN CITY • A “plot” to kill Pope Benedict XVI disclosed Friday is only the latest in a series of rumours, leaks and corruption allegations in what experts believe is a bitter power struggle in the Vatican.
The Holy See’s press office has been forced into overdrive in recent days against multiple reports in Italian media centred mainly on the activities of the Vatican bank and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State.
On Friday, the Vatican dismissed as “delirious” the writings of a cardinal who said he had heard of an unspecified assassination threat on the Pope and also described increasingly confrontational ties between the Pope and Cardinal Bertone.
The document — allegedly written by a Colombian cardinal and quoting declarations reportedly made by Italian cardinal Paolo Romeo, Archbishop of Palermo, during a visit to China — was also dismissed by Cardinal Romeo himself as “absolutely without basis.”
Whether its contents are true or not, the fact the apparently genuine Vatican document was leaked in the first place points to intrigue and growing tensions against Cardinal Bertone’s management style in the Roman Curia.
Although his honesty has not been called into question, the Cardinal has already been criticized after the publication of leaked confidential letters in which a Vatican whistleblower alleged a widespread culture of corruption.
The scathing letters were sent to Cardinal Bertone and the Pope last year by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, then-head of the Vatican governorate, who has since been appointed papal envoy to Washington in what he saw as a demotion.


Friday, February 10, 2012

JFK - City Upon a Hill - Fascist Catholics Beware!

John Kennedy was a real American Catholic!

Fascist Catholics Beware!


Revelation 13:18 – DCLXVI, The Number of the Beast

Revelation 13:18 – DCLXVI, 666, The Number of the Beast

There is much symbolism in the New Testament. One example is in the infamous referral to the number of the beast. Some historians have shown a relation to Hebrew numerology and the name of Nero.

I see a multilayer of anti-Roman sentiment especially in the use of the basic Roman numeral system of representing letters for numbers to also identify the beast. "This calls for some wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is DCLXVI." - Revelation 13:18

(D = 500 + C = 100 + L = 50 + X = 10 + V = 5 + I = 1) 500+100+50+10+5+1 = 666

Of course one cannot fully discount the numerology attached to the Hebrew alphabet which would possibly have the number of the beast to be a disguised slap at the anti-Jewish, anti-Christ persona in the form of the Roman dictator Nero.

Numbers like words are symbols. They cross reference thought, sound, meaning, and visual expression but in a perhaps more precisely calculated manner. If one is looking for the deepest possible meaning to John's new "riddle of the sphinx", so to speak, one has to probe deeper.

The polyglot language of the Roman world shows us how not one, but many languages, were in use at the time. This is evidenced by examples of slightly pre-Roman artifacts such as the Rosetta Stone. Good communication meant use of many of the best words of many base languages and, or, bold interpretations of other exotic, possibly esoteric languages and communications to convey the new Christian message.

The fishermen of souls were of a varied degree of backgrounds and educations. Their message was meant to reach the greatest possible number of souls. As such, I look at the simplest and the most complicated of people of that era and can say with confidence that the Roman numeral system was known to all the commerce and economies of Ben-Zebedee's world. Beyond the beast being a real person or a real event then, now or in the future, the true number of the beast is a simple and a complicated message.

The complicated answer I leave to the domain of scholars. For me, a simple man in a very complicated modern world, I, a visually oriented person, see the promises of Satan as a large amount, whether it be tallied in money or power etc.

To the ancient world, this was a large number. If one looks at it visually and in the basic six digits of Roman numerics, it is both a large number and a descending number of 500 ranging down to one.

The only thing missing is the Hindu-Arabic concept of zero which I add to my interpretation here.

The promise of Satan and of Evil is great but the promise and reality of the promise in the end equals itself to, or is less than, zero.

(June 6, 1998)


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Catholic Cultural War Against the Vagina – 40 Years Later

(GOP towing the Catholic Party Line - September 28, 1969, was declared Cardinal Karol Wojtyla Day in Pennsylvania at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown.  Left to Right, Cardinal Krol of Phila., Karol Wojtyla, Gov. Ray Shafer (R) of Pennsylvania.)

The  Catholic Culture  War Against the Vagina Continues – Forty Years Later

I sat through a few minutes of the CSPAN-2 the other day with speeches from the floor of the United States Senate delivering the same crap I heard in the Catholic church in the late sixties about Birth Control that drove me forever from that church.  That Senators Roy Blunt and Kelly Ayotte sounded today like the cookie cutter no thought priests of that faith forty years ago.

Here is a repeat of my previous blog:

Historic Beginnings of American Culture War – Philadelphia – 1970s

I had a nightmare last night.  I dreamt that State Senator Martin P. Mullen had come back from hell to inflict more inhumane legislation on not only the people of Pennsylvania but the whole planet. 

I don’t know how the culture war in America took shape in various other parts of the country, but like New Hampshire where the shot heard round the world that supposedly started our American Revolution, the culture war in America has no better historic model than Philadelphia and Pennsylvania in the 1970s.

I drift back forty years to the point where I, as an eighteen year old, decided that I did not want to hear anymore boiler plate sermons about Satan from the local priest in Philadelphia and I never set foot in that church again. 

All around me was a world where the War in Vietnam was wrapped in a flag.  That fucking war was so important to all the middle aged losers who hated their lives and had served so faithfully and or really had no choice but serve in World War Two.  

The basic cultural war in the minds of Philadelphians then, if you were young, was if your draft number would come up and you would have to serve, fight in a war that made absolutely no logical sense.  

On another level, there was the creeping fear that blacks would try to cross the invisible border, south on Lehigh Avenue, and try to invade your beautiful turn of the century row house paradise, built for factory workers.  

Oh there were factories in the neighborhood, and they employed blacks, but in retrospect I can remember all the blacks lined up at the 5 bus stop after work waiting to get back to wherever it was that they lived outside our perfect white lower middle class bubble existence.  In retrospect, the image of Apartheid comes to mind and is superimposed on those distant scenes. 

I have seen or heard comments from people who lived there at the same time.  The thing that destroyed Philly, they usually say, was “Section 8” housing, which is of course code talk for racism and welfare. 

In a way, the inability of people to recognize and love your neighbor is what destroyed that old Currier & Ives idealized brain image of the slums where I grew up in Kensington - Harrowgate in Philly. 

Where was I? Oh yes, the war, the blacks and yeah Vatican II.  Well Vatican II did not change anything in a neighborhood of mixed Irish and I-talian catholics.  Oh there were protestants out there.  We saw their churches dotting the landscape.  Never saw who entered those houses of worship on Sundays.  Didn’t care.  The predominant local culture was of Irish Catholic factory workers and Irish Catholic churches and schools. 

In a way, my parents were intelligent, and liberal.  They got into the ideal that blacks should have equal rights.  But somewhere along the timeline, people like my parents got scared about what they saw on the tube with black militant groups, war protestors and the rapid decline of a normal society into chaos around 1968.  They never told me directly but my so called liberal parents voted for George Wallace in 1968,  I figured that out later along the timeline. 

I guess I stayed there, going along my own liberal timeline, and did not realize how secular I was and in relation to terms of also being a Catholic from birth.  Did not feel the difference until they shot Martin Luther King. 

I can remember to this day, the priest Father Locke, freshly minted from the seminary, stumbling for words, almost apologetically, from the pulpit that next Sunday, stating something to the effect that he did not know if it would be proper but would not forbid personal prayers for a Protestant (after all, only Catholics go to heaven- your prayers are probably wasted on him), for the slain civil rights leader.  Huh?

It was there that I got the clue that maybe Catholics were not really Christians like people like MLK who called themselves Christian.  Christian was not a word I heard often in the first eighteen years of a Catholic life.  I heard the word but in conjunction with other words like Christian Doctrine etc. 

(An aside - Reminds me of my own Irish Catholic joke I told to a former boss in the 1980s, also Irish Catholic – “I was twenty-one before I realized that Protestant and bastard were two separate words.” – My boss howled in laughter.) 

Oh yeah, getting back to Vatican II, I wrote some thoughts on that in my earliest blogs here, but let me get to the point and back to my nightmare about the late great Martin Mullen of the Pennsylvania State Legislature. 

Pennsylvania on a map may look like an east coast type of place.  But like the famous political advisor said and is quoted.  “Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between.”  I have already shared a few thoughts above on my cosmopolitan cultural upbringing in Philly. There was that other thing, the sex thing and the RC church confusion about birth control.

Paul VI brought out his Zero Tolerance document on birth control. Like all life in general, most of us just stumbled into ways of dealing with our own individual sexuality.  (No user manual necessary.)

The cultural war in Philly and Pennsy had a pie-eyed, drunk on his own arrogance and self importance, fanatic in the form of Martin Mullen who suddenly was on the black and white TV screen, the chosen mouthpiece of John Cardinal Krol and his decision to bringPennsylvania under the recent Catholic Sharia Law (Humanae Vitae) on human sexuality. 

PENNSYLVANIA: Bitter Abortion Battle
Mullen, backed by equally conservative John Cardinal Krol and his Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, decided that the state, with its 35% Catholic population, was natural terrain to make a stand against the trend to more liberal laws on public morality. The battle was joined over the issue of abortion. To counter a liberal abortion bill, the conservatives proposed a bill of their own that outlawed abortion altogether except when a panel of three physicians certified that the mother's life was endangered. It made no allowance for victims of rape, incest or mental illness. Supporting the conservative bill, the Catholic Conference ran a long and costly campaign that included weekly pictures of truncated fetuses and aborted embryos on Page One of the Cathotic Standard &Times, the official organ of the archdiocese of Philadelphia. Last June the campaign paid off: the liberal bill was easily defeated, and the conservative bill was adopted by both houses and sent to Shapp for his signature. Mullen warned the Governor that if he attempted to stop the bill through veto or pocket veto he would run against him in the Democratic primary next year.  While Shapp mulled over what to do, the protest and counterprotest boiled on. In an unusual turn, Patricia Arney, 32, a divorcee who is a district Democratic committeewoman, revealed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that State Senator Henry J. Cianfrani, 49, one of the conservative bill's strongest supporters, had paid for her abortion in 1970 while they were having an affair, and produced a receipt for his check to prove it. He did not deny their relationship, but said that he had given her the money to visit her family in Toledo and did not know that there had been an abortion. Though the disclosure caused yowls of protest on the floor of the state senate, letters to the Inquirer ran 10 to 1 in favor of Arney's blow against hypocrites. 
Last week Shapp, calling the bill "unsound, unenforceable and totally unfair," vetoed it. Mullen failed to muster the three-fourths majority necessary to override the veto, leaving the state functionally without an abortion law of any kind, since lower courts have declared the present statute unconstitutionally vague and appeals are pending. With that, Mullen sounded the charge for his race against Shapp next spring, which could be among the bitterest elections in Pennsylvania's history: he called the Governor's veto the result of a "paganistic, atheistic philosophy."
In reality, few states had laws to deal with archaic or non-existent laws to deal with modern technology and recent developments in birth control.

Somewhere along the timeline, the culture war on birth control became the culture war on abortion.  The discussion regarding sexuality was not about choice in the form of birth control methods to prevent pregnancy, it became all about abortion and the strategy and the rhetoric of Krol’s hand puppet to the media in the 1970s has not changed much to this day IMHO.

My leaving my local church, not the People of God, when I was eighteen was also in reaction to archconservative mean spirited types shouting at you on the TV like Martin Mullen as Krol’s in front of the curtain media voice.  It was also the loss of the sermons on Satan, a chance to nod off, that got dropped on Sundays and propaganda spiels from the pulpit that you had to pick up the mimeographed letter to your state legislature in the church lobby, copy it in your own handwriting, and mail it to show that you were in favor of the most current Martin Mullen anti-sexuality law pending in Harrisburg.  Model – Modus Operandi – set for the American future landscape.  Pity.

I have read many a Catholic blog lately and the ones that aren’t praising, drooling on,  the guys in red are the ones that wonder why priests these days don’t bother to deliver a decent homily.  Considering what I know, the truth is that the thought police might hear something like love or tolerance being advocated and send off a letter to the bishop to complain about dogmatic incorrectness that would get back to the priest and rather than get slapped down, why bother to preach anymore. 

After all, isn’t it all just about the ritual and the consecrated bread? (And the collection plate?)

The American culture wars are far from over.  The best, I fear, is yet to come.


Santorum - When You Mix Faith and Politics

What you get when you mix faith and politics - Santorum.

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