Friday, October 29, 2010

BAKLAVA AND ICONS

It is time to take our last camping trip into the Columbia Gorge before the weather gets any colder and the snow begins to fall.  If one has not experienced the raw scenic beauty of the Gorge this time of year, it is a shame.  The few trees in the area glow as if on fire as their leaves change color and prepare to drop to the ground.  One of the best pleasures of the journey is the visit we will make to the Greek Orthodox monastery of St. John.  The nuns at St. John's have an outstanding collection of icons and have a bakery with the best baklava in the states.  I am anxious and hungry at the same time.

BILL CLINTON AND HALLOWEEN

You have to love the silly season and Bill Clinton.

AND THE MEEK SHALL BE ASKED TO GET LOST - A PRE-HALLOWEEN TALE
by Brian Watt

Is Bill Clinton now the Dr. Kervorkian of the Obama administration? Do Democrat candidates shudder when he, in the parlance of J.K. Rowling, apparates before them? Just three days from Halloween the news has broken that the former president made early rounds (two or more weeks ago) as the angel of political death by attempting to encourage Kendrick Meek, the rightful winner of the Democrat primary to give up his ghost of chance of beating Republican Marco Rubio for the Florida U.S. Senate seat and quite willingly throw his support to the renegade Republican, now a candidate floating in the nether region of indeterminate political or philosophic principle, one Charlie Crist.

Since the aforementioned, amorphous Crist has admitted that in addition to discussions with Clinton and his fellow ghouls, there were discussions with certain personages who haunt the hallowed halls of the White House even perhaps with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (Crist certainly did not name He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named despite repeated attempts by Greta Van Susteren to trick him into doing so Thursday evening).

It is doubtful that Mr. Clinton acted alone since he has also been an emissary for Bara - - uh, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named before in attempting to sweet talk Joe Sestak to disapparate and make way for the Specter of Pennsylvania (also a renegade Republican). One can speculate on how this transpired, so let’s, shall we?

On a dark and stormy night, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named asks one of his minions to place a phone call to Mr. Clinton and asks him to convey his message to Mr. Meek. This gives He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named the ability to work from the shadows and well…not be named. Mr. Clinton perhaps begrudgingly obliges because the alternative is to let a charismatic, articulate, young, handsome Hispanic Republican who appears to have kept Americans spellbound in much the same way that a charismatic, articulate, young, handsome John Kennedy did fifty years before – build a formidable political career and someday pose a threat as a potential vice-presidential or even presidential prospect.

Mr. Meek, belying his own name, may have flirted with the notion of stepping aside but apparently mustered up the resolve to finally tell Mr. Clinton, Mr. Crist, and perhaps even He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and their surrounding spirits to be gone.

So, what does this dark and sinister story tell us about Kendrick Meek, Charlie Crist, Bill Clinton and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and Mr. Meek’s followers? How much time do you have? Well, if you’ve been sneaking some Halloween candy and are reading this, up late at night near the witching hour, with a sugar high, then you probably have time.

Let’s begin with the not-so meek Meek. As this story screamed across the Internet as fast as Harry, Ron and Hermione routinely fly through the Floo Network with aid of floo powder, Mr. Meek quickly responded, that despite reports to the contrary, he did not accept an agreement to end his candidacy and one must give the gentlemanly Mr. Meek his due for standing up to America’s First Two Black Presidents. How many of us would have been able to withstand the aura and blinding charisma from these two masters of the political dark arts? Mr. Meek’s dignity and honor remain intact. His political future? Not so much. Never confront powerful wizards such as these unless you have been well-trained in the Defense of the Dark Arts. Even though Mr. Meeks was a Captain in the Florida Highway Patrol and received his degree from Florida A&M it must be said he did not attend Hogwarts…or even Harvard which has a similar reputation for matriculating young gifted men and women, many of whom go on to practice political, economic, and legal witchcraft in the muggle world.

Onto Mr. Crist, the shape shifter. This is a hapless, pathetic and gaunt shell of a man who has sold his soul for the chance of infusing his waning years with renewed political power. This desperate dementor spends his time attempting to latch onto other more prominent politicians as they pass near him in a vain effort to live one more day on their political life force. He appears to embrace a policy or viewpoint one day only to embrace the opposite policy or viewpoint the next. His deception no longer works. He will fade away with the dawn of a new political era.

Bill Clinton is a bumptious bellowing howler that goes bump in the night. He’s a spirit of the political realm at one time impeached but for some unearthly reason cannot be exorcised. Even though he’s been allowed the freedom of a quiet political afterlife, he continues to haunt us. Experts of the political paranormal believe that he continues to appear from time to time because he is working on a plot to plant his erstwhile spouse into the Oval Office and he is restless because he too wants to once more haunt the White mansion.

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is the most dangerous of wizards. In 2008 he cast a journalista-neutreomus spell on members of the news media turning them into a throng of backboneless, sycophantic followers whose collective legs tingled at the mere sound of his voice.  One who dismisses this wizard does so at one’s peril. He is a master of disguise and deception. At times he can appear as a likable fellow; one you may want to sit with to enjoy a juicy cheeseburger, fries and a beer; at other times, a snooty, elitist liberal Democrat. But don’t be fooled. He is so much more than what he appears. He is also easily riled and can snap. The warning sign occurs when he gets eerily quiet and displays a brooding countenance. He has even commanded his followers to punish his enemies. Delving into his past can lead you down many dark paths where you will encounter terrorists, Marxists, communists and other unsavory characters. His power is currently being challenged by a motley band of muggles waving yellow banners with a coiled snake and handmade placards with slogans about freedom, socialism, taxes, debt, and their future. Their appearance on the political landscape has confounded He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and disrupted his plans to transform this country into the opposite of what it was intended to be. But he will not be deterred, for the Florida episode clearly shows that he thinks nothing of sacrificing those that would stand in his way including members of his own party and even devoted followers of Mr. Meek who have invested their money, their time, their hopes and their dreams to see this affable young politician ascend to Capitol Hill. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s plan is much more important than the aspirations of one not-so meek fellow Democrat.

There is a spell of course, that can make much of what’s been bubbling up and spewing forth in Florida go away. Repeat after me: Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NEW YORK TIMES

Thank God for Timothy Dolan.  Below is his recent commentary on the "paper of record."



More from the Times
I know, I should drop it.  “You just have to get used to it,” so many of you have counselled me.  “It’s been that way forever, and it’s so ingrained they don’t even know they’re doing it.  So, let it go.”
I’m talking about the common, casual way The New York Times offends Catholic sensitivity, something they would never think of doing — rightly so — to the Jewish, Black, Islamic, or gay communities.
Two simple yet telling examples from one edition, last Friday, October 15.
First there’s the insulting photograph of the nun on page C20, this for yet another tiresome production making fun of Catholic consecrated women.  This “gleeful” tale is described as “fresh and funny” in the caption beneath the quarter-page photo (not an advertisement).  Granted, prurient curiosity about the lives of Catholic sisters has been part of the nativist, “know-nothing” agenda since mobs burned the Ursuline convent in Boston in the 1840’s, and since the huckster Rebecca Reed’s Awful Disclosures made the rounds in the 19th century.  But still now cheap laughs at the expense of a bigoted view of the most noble women around?
Maybe I’m especially sensitive since I  just came from the excellent exhibit on the contributions of Catholic nuns now out on Ellis Island.  These are the women who tended to the homeless immigrants and refugees, who died nursing the abandoned in the cholera epidemic, who ran hospitals and universities decades before women did so in the non-Catholic sphere, who marched in Selma and today teach our poorest in our inner-city schools. These are the nuns mocked and held-up for snickering in our city’s newspaper.
Now turn to C29.  This glowingly reviewed not-to-be missed “art” exhibit comes to us from Harvard, and is a display of posters from ACT UP.  Remember them?  They invaded St. Patrick’s Cathedral to disrupt prayer, trampled on the Holy Eucharist, insulted Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when he was here for a conference, and yelled four letter words while exposing themselves to families and children leaving Mass at the Cathedral.  The man they most detested was Cardinal John O’Connor, who, by the way, spent many evenings caring quietly for AIDS patients, and, when everyone else ran from them, opened units for them at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center and St. Clare’s Hospital.  Too bad for him.  One of the posters in this “must see” exhibit is of Cardinal O’Connor, in the form of a condom, referred to as a “scumbag,” the “art” there in full view in the photograph above the gushing review in our city’s daily.
Thanks for your patience with me.  I guess I’m still new enough here in New York City that the insults of The New York Times against the Church still bother me.  I know I should get over it.  As we say in Missouri, it’s like “spitting into a tornado.”
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ELECTION ONE WEEK AWAY, BYE BYE PATTY?

One week to go until voting day.  I hope the polls are wrong showing it will be a good night for Republicans November 2nd.  I am hoping for a great night for Republicans.  I am hoping that the voters of my state return Patty to her former career, you know, being just a "mom in tennis shoes."  It promises to be an interesting election to watch.  I just pray that like minded individuals concerned with supporting the pro life cause get out and vote.

JUAN WILLIAMS AND NPR

More fine words from the Barking Dog.

THE NPR MINSTREL SHOW

(excerpt)
The hypocrisy on the Left is striking and obvious. But what is even more striking is its racist attitude exhibited by NPR, other Leftist organizations and politicians that black commentators must adhere to their Leftist orthodoxy, dance to their tune and for their amusement, rather than express their own individual thoughts and ideas that may stray from their, often white, masters.

Enjoy.

http://www.barkingdogoftheradicalright.com/

Sunday, October 24, 2010

GIANTS

Though I would have preferred a Giants/Yankees world series, I am delighted to see the Giants in the game.  I have been a longtime Giants fan and have fond memories of listening to them play in the days of McCovey and Mays on KFBK with an old transistor radio. Go Giants.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Washington is playing Oregon State today.  Here I sit in Kennewick and the game will not be televised.  Sometimes life is tough.  GO DAWGS!

UPDATE:  The game was on  tv, ESPN2, and what a great game.  Now if we could just beat the Ducks and the Cougars, I would know that God is in His heaven and that all is right with the world.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

CATHOLICISM

Here is just a short list of folks that make me happy/proud/thankful that I am Catholic.
1.   Joel Osteen
2.   Jimmy Swaggart
3.   Pat Robertson
4.   Richard Bennett
5.   Seventh Day Adventists
6.   Just about anyone on TBN
7.   Richard Dawkins
8.   John Calvin
9.   Martin Luther
10.  Henry VIII



Or

1.   Pope Benedict XVI
2.   Pope John Paul the Great
3.   Edith Stein
4.   Maximilian Kolbe
5.   Thomas Merton
6.   Mary
7.   Mother Teresa
8.   Thomas Aquinas
9.   Bernard of Clairvaux
10. Peter Damian

I much prefer the second list.

ROMAN CATHOLICISM

I am sure it has been said before. When reading the multitude of blogs that are dedicated to finding proofs to convince their readers that Catholicism is false, one notices how the Church is often labeled. It is often not just Catholic but Roman Catholic. We Catholics use the the term Roman Catholic as well which is right and proper, however I often think that those in opposition to the Church use the label Roman Catholic in a way to connect it with all sorts of preconceived anti-Catholic notions. It is important to some to emphasize the "Roman" part to imply evil Rome, the harlot church, the beast, and all the rest of misunderstood Revelation.

Monday, October 4, 2010

POPE BENEDICT XVI

More on the Benedict's recent visit to Britain.

Speaking with reporters during the flight from Rome, Pope Benedict said that he recognized anti-Catholicism as a force in Britain, but was not disturbed by it. He voiced his confidence that a deeper, stronger, fundamental commitment to the Christian heritage would also come into play. When asked how he would propose to make the Catholic Church more attractive to the people of Great Britain, he gave a surprising answer:

"I would say that a Church that seeks to be particularly attractive is already on the wrong path, because the Church does not work for her own ends, she does not work to increase numbers and thus power. The Church is at the service of another: she serves, not for herself, not to be a strong body, rather she serves to make the proclamation of Jesus Christ accessible…" (from, http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/civilization/cc0360.htm)

I do love Benedict XVI.

Christine O'Donnell

I am looking forward to the upcoming election, but what to make of Christine O'Donnell ? Yes I know she shares my belief on the life issues and shares many of my political views regarding government, but I would be lying if I did not admit that she appears to me to be anything but a heavy hitter. Her financial history is an issue that is troubling as are her past claims regarding her academic history. Do not get me wrong, I hope she wins. I just wish the folks in Delaware had come up with a better choice. Regardless it should be an interesting November 2nd. I only hope Republicans are more than just fired up, I hope they get out and vote. And if you are in Chicago, vote often.