Monday, March 12, 2012

Seeing with the Heart

"The beginning of life is so small, it can only be seen with the naked heart."

This thought came to me while I was helping my daughters on a pro-life poster contest. We were discussing how small a fertilized ova was, and I told them that you couldn't see it with the naked eye.

Some people, even armed with the most powerful microscopes couldn't see it as life. It takes a heart, open to life, to call a fertilized ova 'life'.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Surrender is Easier Than Resistance

Pat Robertson is being trumpeted by the Mainstream Media for now supporting the legalization of marijuana:


“I just think it's shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hard-core criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of controlled substance,” he said on his show. “The whole thing is crazy.”


So, instead of condemning a few people to prison for drug possession, Pat's now advocating condemning even more people to the prison of substance abuse. I have often wondered what blend of Orwell (1982) and Huxley (Brave New World)our culture would become, and we're skewing Huxley at the moment, with our Malthusian Drill, gratification culture, and enthusiasm for escapist substance abuse.

I've indicated before that Pat's open mic is not helping Christians anymore. It's truly time for him to retire.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Logical Fallacy of Expertise vs. Authority

In recent weeks, I've heard from people that dissent from Catholic teaching on contraception and Human Sexuality in general. One justification for dissent that keeps popping up is "The Bishops are all men, and celibate at that, so who are they to tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body?"

Okay, well, let us telescope that reasoning out a bit:

"The Bishops are all priests, and unprofitable at that, so who are they to tell a corporation what it can and cannot do with its money?"

"The Bishops are all humans, and pro-population at that, so who are they to tell a corporation what it can and cannot do with the environment?"

"The Bishops are all citizens, and free at that, so who are they to tell a government what it can and cannot do with its prisoners?"

"The Bishops are all civilians, and pacifists at that, so who are they to tell a Government what it can and cannot do with its military?"

The bishops do not need to have personal experience in every possible field to articulate God's plan for creation, and the guidelines that Catholics should observe. A bishop's expertise should be the Word of God, and they should never hesitate to instruct the ignorant. Catholics need to heed the Church's teachings.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Doomer Porn

I haven't written much lately, because I've been busy doing things.

Anyway, last night, the wife and I watched 'Collapse', a lengthy, jeremiad interview with Michael Ruppert. Peak Oil, Peak Money, Peak Population. A lot of stuff there I already had heard before (likely sourced originally from Ruppert and similar doomcrows). Ruppert has both a blog and a website, Collapse.net

One issue he raises, I believe in error, is the need to invest in gold. I know that gold is hot right now in both conservative and doomer circles. If there is a complete collapse of socio-economic systems, I do believe that gold will not avail you anything.

What will the currency of post-collapse society be? Ability. What abilities? Not networking, not web design, and all the MSCEs will probably starve. The abilities that will be critical in post-collapse society will be:

1) Agriculture - We'll need food, textiles, etc. (Farm Ville experience doesn't count here)
2) Metalsmithing - We'll need tools, especially for agriculture
3) Engineering - We'll need houses, plows, and the Wheel would be nice as well

So, make sure to send your kids to the nearest A&M, eh. And perhaps join the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), as they'll teach you Iron Age skills of weaving and metalworking. There will be a scavenger/recycler class that will help post-collapse transition by taking discarded tech and repurposing it. But, most metals will have rusted away within two generations of the Peakalypse. The quicker we get back to at least the Iron Age, the better.

Like I've said before, I'm not worried. Just doing due diligence.

Friday, October 08, 2010

China Now Butt of the Joke

"Liu Xiaobo is a convicted criminal sentenced to jail by Chinese justice. His acts are in complete contradiction to the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize."


- China, reacting to the Nobel committee's selection of Liu Xiaobo as recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace prize.

I'll wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes, and congratulate Liu Xiaobo on his heroic dissent from his oppressive government. Xiaobo has done much more towards earning his Nobel Peace prize than the previous recipient, who was awarded his prize for talking about sunshine and puppies, hope and change, and for getting elected President of the United States of America.

I guess that now, finally, China gets the joke that is the Nobel Peace Prize: Do something that resonates with liberal European sensibilities, and you're in there like swimwear. Just ask Al Gore, or Paul Krugman.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Superiority, Truly

"Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples" - Chief U.S District Judge Vaughn Walker

Opposite-sex couples are superior, when looking at the State's interests, as only opposite-sex couples are capable of generating and rearing children, which are desperately needed for the continuance of our society (not to mention paying off the national debt). Any policy should reflect reality.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Favorite Hymns

This meme's currently making the rounds in the Catholic blogohood, so I figured I'd list some of my favorite hymns. In no particular order:

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.
That's a classic, and one that most Catholics can get behind.

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.
Another Catholic classic, and a hymn that puts our place at the feet of our God. No happy-clappy, Jesus-is-my-pal nonsense.

To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
To Jesus Christ, our Sov'reign King,
Who is the world's salvation,
All praise and homage do we bring,
And thanks and adoration.
Yeah, you can't help but get the sense of Jesus' majesty in this hymn, and I bet the regal references drive the liberal, 'horizontal church' folks absolutely nuts.

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most bless├Ęd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.
Sure, the timing is more waltzy than most, but the melody is simple enough for folks to be able to sing it.

Salve Regina
Hail Holy Queen enthron'd above, O Maria
Hail Mother of Mercy and of love O Maria

Triumph all ye Cherubim
Sing with us ye Seraphim
Heav'n and earth resound the hymn
Salve Salve Salve Regina
Yeah, you wouldn't find this one in most Protestant hymnals, but this is one of my favorite Marian antiphons. Just a part of what makes us Catholic, right, is a loving respect for our Mother.

I've been trying to learn these songs on the keyboard, dialing up the biggest sounding organ preset I can find and cranking it up. Remember, when we sing, we pray twice!