30 September 2012

St Therese, coffee, and what in the world.

As many of you know, St Therese is my personal patroness who has lead to my reversion in the Faith. Although I still have a long long way to go to catch up in holiness, it's always good to try. I'd like to take a deeper look at the following quote

"I understood that to become a saint one had to suffer much, seek out always the most perfect thing to do, and forget self. I understood, too, that there are many degrees of perfection and each soul was free to respond to the advances of the Our Lord, to do little or much for Him, in a word, to choose among the sacrifices He was asking. Then, as in the days of my childhood, I cried out: 'My God I choose all!' I do not want to be a saint by halves. I'm not afraid to suffer for You. I fear only one thing: to keep my own will; so take it, for I choose all that You will!"

St Therese here is talking about suffering, and I figured today is a good of day as any to look at that. To say that our lives are supposed to be easy, that has to be the biggest joke ever. All we need to do is look at the life of Christ to understand this....The way of the Cross is by far the most brutal that any person has ever undergone...

My own suffering is nothing in comparison to the Cross, really it's nothing. All the suffering that I undergo is purification, on the road to perfection. And since I suffer a ton, I must be really imperfect, or God wants to do something great with me....(I guess being a mathematician and physicist isn't enough)...

As I say often enough, if you're going to do something, do it well, do it fully, and do so to the best of your ability. I do not believe in half efforts, or half being something. There are many things which I struggle to deal with, but it'sn not about giving up and resigning. 

Suffering for Christ is better than drowning in misery and pointless work....St Therese and I have many things in common, probably the biggest one was that we have our moments of "you didn't just say that." or as some say, very good one liners. If I ever let students record me in lecture, I'm sure you'll get to hear some of the things I have to say. (My self recorded lectures are quite different in tone). She of course was also a perfectionist, just like yours truly....

Suffering is not pointless, we must unite it to Christ's Cross and use the merits of the Cross for the salvation of our souls, and indeed for the hope of the salvation of all.

In today's Gospel reading in the OF we hear the following: 

At that time, John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ, 
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'"

Suffering is a means of purification. This of course may take many forms. Good thing that we don't take the Bible literally, otherwise we'd have 100% of the population without hands, feet, or even eyes. The point of this passage obviously, is to say, if something that you're doing is NOT leading you to heaven, and to the Cross, you should change that behaviour or attitude. I know that I have many things to change about myself....(some of them I have no control over)...but those that I do have control over, are in the constant need of reformation. Living the life of the Cross is a daily life style, one that I'm sure all of us need a bit of help in living....

b. Coffee

Is apparently what I got myself into this evening. I hope that it goes well. I try to not make myself a nervous wreck, seems to manage to happen though. Good thing chocolate is a great bribery tool :p....

I wish all of you the most blessed solemnity of St Therese :)....and welcome to my favorite month of the year....(Ugh, and 15 days until my 27th birthday)

27 September 2012


I find that I like to keep my own sufferings to myself (well, the details of the suffering anyway). I would rather people not know about what they do to me (particularly when they know that they have some degree involved)....But I think today is a good day to write about this...

Last week in the OF form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we prayed the following.

O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our
neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life.

I have been doing much praying on these words the past few days, and have finally decided to write somethings that have been on my mind for years in some respects. 

a. The love of neighbour...in spite of what they've done

With my personality type, I'm very particular about particular things. Yes, things must be a particular way, whether it's friendships, my students' work, or whatever. There must be order to these things, and when there isn't order, or the order that does exist is upset, for me, I've always gone crazy. 

So thus, when intruders, A, B, C  entered the picture between friends A, B, and C, to say I was upset, is a lie. I WAS ABSOLUTELY INFURIATED! (And to whatever degree STILL AM). It's not even the fact that intruders A, B and Centered the picture....it's 3 things: 1. the fact that I didn't find out until after the fact. (even if they knew how I would react) 2. at least with B that person knew of the cross that would be added to my already difficult cross...I don't think A had a clue...3. A and B and C while B and C are likable, A isn't...and I absolutely detest to anyone treating A, B and C in such a manner that will result in my infuriation. Yes, I'm a bit overprotective of those I care about. (I swear it's a good thing I don't have a younger sister....poor girl would have never had a b/f or been able to talk to anyone)...

A and B have been more vocal about this than C, but A and B have explicitly asked for me to be happy for them, and I've repeatedly kept quiet, or said in some way shape or form, it'd take a long time for me to be "happy" for them. I find it hard to rejoice when one's heart is being stomped upon....(For yes A, B and C do have special places in my heart and in that sense it totally is)....Perhaps I should be warm and welcoming to change, but I hate change as a general principle...And yes, my closeness to A, B and C has been directly affected by intruders A, B and C...but I need to let go...

At the end of the day, they're still my best friends, and I will love them unconditionally, as I would expect them to love me. No, I will not approve of everything that they do, and no, I will not be absolutely elated for everything (as it's hard to get me excited about many things)....

But I do say this, while I don't have control over my personality type, I do have control over my will, and on this day, I choose to forgive, and I do promise to pray for God's will to be done...It is the least I can do for the ones I hold closest to my heart. 

25 September 2012

7/2 Timeout Tuesday...The wait is over edition...

AOA as usual is our gracious host:

1) As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of Jordan Pruitt. I make no secret about my some would call it obsession on this blog about her. I've talked about her and promoted her music....Well, after 2 weeks of torture thank you to the execs at NBC, her audition was FINALLY shown last night. (I rushed home after work to watch NBC (must say something, I can't stand NBC otherwise))...She did not fail to impress me once again....and Christina Aguilera (another one of my favourite singers)....If I haven't bragged about her enough...here's her audition. So good, I had to give you 2 videos. I hope she wins.

2) As I was talking to my friend Emmy on Twitter last night, about 1. Something else was happening, the replacement refs were trending on twitter. For those of you that missed the blatantly obvious interception against the Seattle Seachickens...here ya go...These replacement refs have gotta go, but I must admit, it's pure comedy watching these guys, even if they suck at their job

3) One thing to really look forward to at the end of the week is 1st payday....it's been a long time coming...yay, money....

7/2)  Because I think more Jordan Pruitt is a good thing....

23 September 2012

Thought of the day

Forgiveness is an act of the will...It's a whole lot easier, when the person you seek to forgive comes seeking that forgiveness, than them not seeking it, and not having closure to this particular act.

21 September 2012

Orange has a new Bishop...

I hope that he's Liturgically sound, God knows they need just as much help as LA...prayers for Bp Vann, he's going to need to clean house. Two of the most liberal Bishops in the country were sacked today...coincidence, I think not....:)...I'd also like to wish Bp Clark of Rochester a glorious retirement. May the Holy Spirit bring both Brown and Clark back to Holy Mother Church theologically and Liturgically.

Thought of the day

Words can't always express what I think....or what I don't think for that matter

20 September 2012

Thought of the day

I'm going to try and write 10 000 words for my book today. I highly doubt that I'm going to be successful, but I'm going to try, what can I say...

18 September 2012

7/2 Timeout tuesday...the Idaho has crime/walk on the beach version.

AOA of course is our gracious host.....

1) One of the shows that occasionally comes on the tv is America's dumbest criminals. There was someone that came to campus to try and rob one of those little portable atm machines that exist in some places on campus. On the scale of stupidity, this ranks high up. Those things are built with safe, and an ink pad, which would render any money that one could take from there worthless....(As if the money that we own is actually worth anything)...I should have taken picture of the crime scene, but I didn't...maybe I'll update this tomorrow....UPDATE: Here's a picture of the "crime scene"

2) A different person with mental issues apparently tried to threaten the financial aid office (about 3 doors down from where I work) with a columbine type of situation. Good thing he was arrested. But I'd argue that's another stupid idea. This is Idaho, a pretty conservative state...we be packing....

3) In the spirit of the above 2 situations. I walked my friend to her dad a few blocks away because I didn't want her walking alone. Overprotective of my friends, probably so....Twas a nice walk on the beach....Seeing puppies, we both said, awww, how cute at the same time...now I'm in debt a soda...I'll buy it for her tomorrow...

7/2) I had something constructive to say, but I lost it...God bless and have a good week.

Thought of the day

Coffee is a good thing....

15 September 2012

Thought of the day

You know Allah apparently doesn't like movies, bacon, reason, but likes pedophiles, and violence, this Allah character sounds like a jerk.

11 September 2012

Good intentions, bad ideas.

The health(insurance)care reform law better known as Obama tax, has a few good ideas, but as with any thing that has a good intention, there's a problem involved.

a. Covering people with pre-existing conditions without penalty....

The definition of insurance is a risk pool that isn't supposed to be used. Those that have pre-existing conditions will obviously cost more to cover. That increase in cost has to be covered in a way. Since according to Obamatax it'd be illegal for an insurance company to increase your cost because of pre-existing conditions...That cost mean a loss of jobs for the insurance company or it will mean an increase in someone else's rates. The point being any stress that is created on a system must be relieved in some manner....without a means to relieve that stress, absolute destruction is going to happen....which is kind of the point of obamatax to get rid of insurance companies and to go to a government ran health care system...

b. Covering people until they're 26

Well, I'm almost 27 ;)....but on a slightly more serious note...this situation creates a situation of dependency, and also helps to reduce the dignity of the human person. The legalized age of an adult is 18....more thoughts on this later....

7/2 Timeout Tuesday....The intended to be that didn't quite end up so random version

h/t to AOA our gracious host

1) I'm deeply upset at myself for missing the live broadcast of Jordan Pruitt last night on the Voice (the only show on NBC that's actually worth watching outside of football). Did anybody get a chance to hear her? As some of y'all know I'm a HUGE fan of hers and certainly don't fail to not promote her here at my blog....which if you haven't heard this song...you probably should....and while I'm on the topic...I hope she was chosen by another one of my favorite singers Christina Aguilera, it would just be epic beyond epic...

2) I would be absolutely insensitive if I didn't mention anything about 9/11. Today would have been my grandmother's birthday...she was very good at hiding her age, as she didn't want anyone to know. I miss her dearly. May perpetual light upon her, and may the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace. I was in high school back when 9/11 happened, and was very appreciative of my math teacher who actually had us do work instead of watching tv. We remember all of the fallen and may perpetual light shine upon them. We beg for God's mercy on our nation, and to convert the terrorists to the light of Christ and Holy Mother Church. Any religion that actively promotes violence in the name of God, and needs you to have forced conversions, is not a true religion, period.

3) It's football season. Which means Go Panthers :D...though we lost, there's still plenty of time in the season to get to a good record. I must say Peyton Manning looked very good on Sunday against Pittsburgh, once John Fox let the chains loose and let Peyton be Peyton. I must say, I want to see a Panthers vs. Broncos superbowl this year. Here's hoping.

7/2) I was totally going to make something un-related to Jordan Pruitt here, but quite frankly, we all know I wasn't going to do that...so thus here's another song to hear her voice :)

Offensive is an understatement...

This is absolutely pathetic...Racism in pb&j sandwiches...seriously....what is with people?

I've made mention of my thoughts on these things before, but I think it's important to mention them again.

Why is it that people try to read race into every single thing possible? Is it possible for humans to be so ignorant, or so stupid such that, it absolutely must be a racist crime every single time someone opens their mouth? The perpetuators of this attitude are probably perpetuating their own view onto the world. It is absolutely pathetic...

a. Believe it or not, people actually have objective reasoning for disagreeing with people. It is not based upon race, it is simply a person can disagree with a philosophy, idea, or what not, and still have no malice towards a particular person.

The leftist crowd is very good at chanting racist for every time someone disagrees with Obama. I guess I must be a racist against my own race if that's the case. It can't possibly be the fact that I disagree with marxist philosophy, keyensian economics, the idea that the government needs to be your parent from cradle to grave, socialized health care, gay marriage, illegal immigration, or anything else. No, no, it's clearly that I'm a racist and absolutely believe in the supremacy of my own race, yes, that's it.

For goodness, sake, it's hard to believe, but there are people with different world views such that everything isn't race. Some people say about me that I don't notice my own skin color. I say, yes, as it should be, we're all made in the image and likeness of God, that is enough! I view people as people as should everyone else. I'm friends with everyone, regardless of skin color, political affiliation, sexual orientation, major in school. None of those things matter to me. No, I don't agree with everyone's opinions, but also no, I don't presume something exists when it doesn't.

This is not to say racism does not exist. That would be naive and foolish to think. But on the grand scale that many perceive it to be, I would passionately disagree. For the vast majority of the population, disagreements are based upon objective criticism, or faulty logic. And to assume otherwise is flat out wrong.

If people get offended by a pb&j sandwich, one should probably question what goes on in their minds? If anything, it is more offensive to me to pander to things one thinks that I may like.....than to exclude something.

There's a reason why I'm offended when people say I must like rap music because I'm black, that I must have voted for Obama, that I must like to speak improperly, or must be apart of a gang. All those things are stereotypes and things that do not define or even describe me. THAT is indeed offensive, and should be to anyone when something does not describe them.

The accusations of racism are down right offensive to people who work hard to try to rid the world of such stereotypes....

To all of the left wing media....STOP WITH THE RACE CARD!

The collective whole is what ticks me off.....

Found this over at redneck reflections...I share the post in its entirety

OK--I've been consumed by doubt and sort of malaise of the will, concerning this blog, and concerning what is going on with the Church in the US.  I've made no bones about my dissatisfaction with American Catholicism.

Let me make something crystal clear to everyone who reads this:  Left to my own devices, I would bail on the Catholic Church in the United States in a heart beat, and go to the Orthodox.  Fortunately for my soul, I am not left to my own devices, having a Merciful Savior who left us the Comforter of the Holy Spirit who reminds me that there is no other Church, founded by Christ and adhereing to the teachings of the Apostles.  Literally, there is no where else to go.  It's this Church, riven as it is by latent schism, heresy and confusion, and it's worship marred by those who disbelieve the mysteries of the Eucharist and the other Sacraments, or no real Church.  Knowing, as I do, that Petrine Ministry is true, valid and necessary, leaving this Church would endanger my soul in ways that those who have never been in communion with the Bishop of Rome do not risk when they convert to, or maintain a lifetime adherence to, the Orthodox Church.  I'm staying.

But I will NOT shut up.

I hope somewhere, somehow a Bishop reads this.  Because it's about the Bishops I'm primarily writing.  I've written before   about the USCCB, and I will write again.  They are the problem with the Church in the United States.  These men have very little moral courage as a body.  There are excellent men among them, but most I think are paralyzed  by moral cowardice.   Some are absolutely destructive, like Cardinal Wuerl of Washington DC, who would rather deprive a parish of a priest than face down the power of Sodomites, Saphists and their little buddies in a Parish Clique.   We have men like Blase J Cupich who wear the purple, yet epitomize the cowardice and malaise of our Bishops, men who will say the right thing in public, then undermine it in private, requiring a certain secretiveness of their priests while undermine effective evangelization.  You have men like Richard Gettlefinger who seize on any excuse to place their personal politics over the effective teaching of the Faith, and the protection of the Sanctity of life.  Of course, we can also point to such evil buggers--yes, I used the word 'bugger" on purpose--as retired Bishop Richard Skilba a protege of  Rembert "Let-me-Use-the-Faithfuls-Donations-to-Pay-Off-My-Catamite" Weakland , who covered up for gay and predatory clergymen.

Yes, I've written about these things before, and I WILL NOT SHUT UP!

The word "episcopal" stems ultimately from a Greek word meaning "overseer".  Well, they do a piss poor job of that. The CCHD is infamous for it's support of organizations that actively oppose the Church at astreet level, and we've heard that the Bishops are trying to reform it.  But we can see how that goes, and every year we read about some groups that promote sodomy, murder, contraception and a twisted version of feminism that extols lesbianism still get grants.  For that matter, the bishops still fail to address one of the root causes and key statistics in the sexual abuse scandal, and indeed have commissioned studies to muddy the waters and cover it up, because they are afraid of the "Gay Lobby" and perhaps fear the exposure of their own peccadilloes. 

The US Bishops own outreach programs are tainted with evils.  Among the evils they are tainted with is the evil of the lie, especially in the case of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).  CRS has stated it will revise a document in response to concerns generated by a news service reporting on their promotion of contraception.  Big deal--they had to get caught to do the right thing.  And the odds favor them not firing the persons responsible for publishing this document--not when they hire pro-abortion, pro contraception people who actively hate the teachings of our Faith.  How effective can the Bishops oversight be when CRS hires people like  Dr. Sok Pu, Dr. Amy Ellis and Daphyne Williams?  Remember Charisse Glassman , who attempted vehicular homicide against pro-life people but wasn't immediately fired, or even suspended by CRS? CRS continues to attempt to justify and defend itself, when it's actions are indefensable.  Yet the Bishops are very nonchalant about this.  Where is the reaction?  Where is the movement towards reform?  By the actions of their own outreach program, our efforts to defend our Religious Liberties are endangered--all it would take is some smart lawyer to point out what the Bishops themselves are allowing and paying for with our contributions to undermine our resistance to the HHS Mandate.  

Collectively, the Bishops mouths are full of proper words, but their hands are empty of courageous deeds.

For that matter, our Bishops haven't the courage shown by the American Heritage Girl I saw tell her mother that something would be wrong,even when dealing with groups they say are beyond the pale.   They lack the moral courage of a 10 year old girl.  Take Catholic For a Free Choice , a group the USCCB has said are a non-catholic entity, which is currently speaking out against religious freedom for Catholics.  Have they said that Catholics involved with this group should not present themselves for communion?  No.  Do try to remember that the head of the Roman Rota, the highest ecclesiastical court in the Church, has said that this is not a canonical penalty, it's a pastoral measure.  They should, in fact they should go so far as to  loudly and publicly denounce this group, not in the muted voice they have used--and send letters, registered letters, to every Catholic involved telling them not to present themselves for communion.  I will go so far as to say that if they tried for 10 minutes they could get CFFC's mailing lists and donor lists to verify this.  I don't care if there would be outrage--no matter what we do as a Church there will be outrage. Then, when they don't comply, point out that Schism is defined as obstinate disobedience, and excommunicate them for Schism.

Pastor is another word for shepherd, and shepherds must drive off the predators and wolves that prey upon the sheep.  It takes courage...balls...to be shepherd.

Then there are things like that false and deceitful "religious sister", Simone Campbell who spoke at the Democratic Convention, and who said she didn't know if Abortion should be illegal, or if abortionists should be subject to legal penalties.  So, she doesn't know if a violation of the Fifth Commandment should be illegal, and those who engage in the serial murder of unborn humans should be subject to legal penalties?  What have the bishops said about this?  Has even one of them contacted her superior?  Has even one of them imposed any type of discipline?  This woman has to live somewhere--has her local ordinary told her not to receive communion until she repents?

The US Bishops are my Brothers in Christ.  This is undeniable.  But although I respect their Office, and I respect their Sacramental Status as Successors to the Apostles and as men who hold the "Fullness of Christ's
Priesthood", I have a real problem respecting them as individual persons.  Soldiers of Christ?  If soldiers in leadership positions displayed this lack of moral courage, they would be relived, probably demoted, and quite possibly removed from the service.  Remember, the Bishops of England, in conformity with the spirit of their age and to adhere to the political fashion of the day decided, all but one, to enter into schism and heresy.  The one, St. John Fisher lost his head.  If the Bishops had kept theirs, he would have kept his, and England would have been preserved from government  enforced schism and heresy.  Ther is a lesson there for today.

More than that, because of the tolerance for our bishops for heresy, error, and latent schism, people are going to go to hell.  Our bishops need to remember that they too are subject to the The Last Four Things, and if they allow, through inaction, the body of the faithful to be mislead and to fall into error, they will be judged for that, and held accountable.  By their ineffectual verbal games, by their moral cowardice, by their pusillanimous refusal to deal with moral corruption among the clergy, and to require vigorous and effective preaching on morals and the Teachings of the Church to the faithful, they not only endanger our Liberties, and our Salvation, but their own.  Chrysostom was not speaking in vain when he said that the road to hell was paved with the bones of priests, with the bodies of Bishops as the signposts. The US Bishops have become so lax, so ineffectual, so politically minded and so accommodating of sin and error that I believe their own Salvation is at risk, that they are in danger of a an eternity in hell.


07 September 2012

My friends have good thoughts too

Julie over at her blog the folly and the glory has this to say....

I'm going to talk about something now that is going to be REALLY unpopular, but you know what? I don't care. I've been silent on this long enough and the media hype on this has confused me for a very long time.

Here's the thing:  currently it's very popular to be "Anti-bullying" and of course, as I was bullied as a child, all the way through school, I firmly agree with developing a peer culture that recognizes and turns the tables on bullies. And because I believe that, I also believe that marrying (no pun intended) the whole "gay" thing to bullying does a great disservice to kids who are ACTUALLY bullied and not just using that media-driven popular political  platform as an excuse for what truly is a mental and emotional disorder. 

There. I said it.  Yes I did. I went there. Shut up. It's my turn to speak. 

So hear me out, because I'm not NEARLY done.

When I was growing up, I was the bullied kid, even from kindergarten. Mostly because I was shy (and that is still very much a part of my temperament/ personality) in social situations. God help me, I was born an introvert and no one ever understood me, especially my peers. As a result, I was often bullied and no, I didn't fight back. Why? Because I hadn't the strength, hadn't the will to engage the bully, and figured that if I just put my head down and kept going, maybe the rocks being flung at me would finally stop. (And this isn't a metaphor: rocks really were involved in more than a few bus-stop incidents, and they were quite literally aimed directly at my head.) 

I wasn't bullied because I was "gay".  For the love Our Lord and His Mother, I was 6! And in our culture, we have pre-adolescent kids "coming out" as "gay" when they don't even know what sex is about! Is anyone else smelling the bullshit? Seriously? Has the entire country gone MAD????

Now, fast-forward to my Jr. High years, where a new girl and I struck up a friendship. I didn't have a lot of friends due to my own social awkwardness, although I was pretty well adjusted even considering that. I had friends, a social life and was fine around them but seemed to "lose my voice" around the popular kids. Everyone knows that Jr. High is brutal, worse than any boot camp the military of any nation ever created, falling just short of the type of treatment Hitler provided as "hospitality" to concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust that bastard masterminded and orchestrated.

[I'm pretty sure that Middle School/ Jr. High culture is pattered after the philosophy of  Mein Kampf, but that's neither here nor there for the purposes of this blog.} 

In my 7th or 8th grade year, a particular girl in my class who had always had a mean streak, and with whom I'd been friendly previously, suddenly decided, apparently, that I must be eliminated. She had a super-group of friends my older, High-School cousin dubbed "The Mob".  This particular girl did everything she could to make my life miserable, and I did everything I could to avoid her. One day I got caught in traffic in a hallway between classes and she and her friends cornered me. I had no hands with which to defend myself as she approached, a stolen paint brush from the art room in hand. She had emerged from the bathroom, making a beeline for me as her Guidos giggled and blocked any possible path for escape. Wordlessly, this girl drew  the soaked paintbrush against each of my cheeks, grinning madly, staring into my eyes. I looked back mildly; I was already broken and just glad they were only dragging this piss-soaked brush against my face as opposed to trying to drown me in a backed-up toilet. 

As I didn't react, the Godmother, her Consigliere and their minions disbursed just as the hall traffic finally burst in the way it tends to do 30 seconds before class begins. 

My tears helped to wash away the unspeakable fluid from my face. And WHY were they all doing this? 

Because, they said that I was "leszing" with my new friend. I honestly didn't even know what that meant. Over time and context, that year, I finally figured out they were accusing me and my friend, who was also being bullied, of being "gay". 

They knew we WEREN'T, but it was a point of attack and they thought it was fun. Some people do tend to spend their Middle School years as a hobby, making life miserable for people they consider "less than" themselves. They don't care about WHAT subject matter they use to "bully"; they just pick something and run with it because to them, it's FUN!

Getting back to the point, because there is one:

I just don't buy the "all gays are being bullied" crap that's being pushed upon us. 

The media and many misled people are perpetuating the myth of "bullied gays" using homosexual identity as a platform to condemn bullying, and this is key; it is as if ONLY alleged "gays" are being bullied! 

I have a serious problem with this. Yes, after all I've revealed here, I have a major problem with this platform because it denies the reality of the average bulled person...who is NOT gay, even if they are being bullied using "gayness" as a "trigger" for it on the part of the bashers from Hell. 

In fact, in my Jr. High/ High school, I have learned that the vast majority of the "popular kids" in those years are actually, THEMSELVES....now active homosexuals. 

Yes, really. You can't just make this stuff up. 

And many of those popular but apparently homosexual bullies were actually the biggest jerkwads in the school. They were NEVER persecuted to the degree I was; in fact, they were ADORED. Many were JOCKS, even!  REALLY! 

Now, I'm not advocating the idea that every professed gay was Homecoming Queen in his school or Homecoming Queen in hers.  In fact, I have also reconnected with other friends from that time who were bullied as much as I was, or even more, and they ARE gay, but among all of us, I was the only one accused of that particular "crime" at that time, and I do not have same sex attraction. Friends, you're welcome. I took that bullet for you. (And in looking back, am glad I did. You had enough on your plate and didn't need what I suffered for your sexual identity issues as you also had way too much to deal with back then. Am glad I ran interference for you and if I could go back in time, even knowing what I know, I'd do the same thing. I'd just be more vocal about the bullies and would probably be dead now.)  

Oh, sure, this is MN and when we first moved here, I learned the term "Queer" or the phrase "That's GAY!" and had no idea what it meant. I also learned that the terms were learned from the culture, not from true maliciousness, and so it makes sense to me that now, in this ultra-liberal state that any "slander" against those who actually ARE "queer" or 'gay" are punishable by death or will be shortly. Why? Because the biggest bullies are now the lawmakers who will silence all in order to squash their own transgressions against the new religion, defined and invented by themselves: The Church of Tolerance. 

This is the reason for the "bullying" legislation and "hate crime" crap that excludes the ability of Catholics, Christians, and other general normal people  to oppose abortion and the re-definition of marriage here. 

The Adult Years and Friends

As an adult, I once had a roommate quite submersed in the "gay culture" as most of her friends, both men and women, were same-sex attracted, even though she herself was a heterosexual. I loved her friends and we all would go out to dinner, for drinks, dancing...whatever. One day she hosted a birthday party for one who was turning 30, so she and I were the only two women (and heterosexuals) in the house. I fully admit that I had a blast! 

I LOVED these guys! They were animated, engaging, fun, respected my own status, and, quite honestly, it was nice to attend a party and not be hit on by losers. (I've always been a loser-magnet. Friends always laughed at the show.)  

But at one point, some weeks later, the friend for whom the party was being thrown heard a particular story of mine in which (regarding a past male-dominated job) I'd been slighted because I was a woman. 

Condescendingly, in a tone to which I'd become accustomed from guys like him, he commented, "Oh, so you've been discriminated against."  He said this with a disdainful sniff, (think Adam Corolla sniff) as though to dismiss my experience because I couldn't POSSIBLY know what it was like for REAL.  (Mind you...this was a popular guy and had always been so with his own peers.)  

I was a bit taken aback by his attitude for I was truly distressed by what had happened to me. I bit back my anger, for I wanted to say, "What, because you're gay you think you have a corner on the discrimination racket?" 

Instead, as usual, I was silent and just walked away.  I'd probably do the same thing now, actually. Pearls before swine. 

Then, come fall, another of my roommate's friends came over so she could help him dress in drag for Halloween. Terry wasn't a fan of drag and was amazed at himself for doing it, but was going along with some crazy friends (his words) and so my roomie was going to help him with makeup and fitting. I made a few suggestions of my own to him and gave a few makeup tips (like putting loose powder under the eyes so that the eyeliner won't run).  

While we were doing Terry's makeup, he spoke about how much he hated that people didn't agree with him and that his recipe for "happiness" was to just cut anyone out of his life who didn't 100% agree with his actions. 

I recall being shocked at the time, but have found this to be the attitude of many active  homosexual friends (male and female), throughout the years. It saddened me, and still does. I find that this attitude permeates and spreads to others, and the IDEA of that, the IMPLICATIONS of that philosophy are never truly explored. 

To be honest, I lost  nearly all respect for Terry on that day, and I also have respect for anyone else who holds such a terrible, unforgiving, intolerant philosophy. They are not open to anyone; they are not open to new ideas, they are not open to anyone but their own self-defined bubble of "happiness", and as a result, become the most miserable people on earth.  

To this date, most of the self-described active gays I've met are wildly popular and wildly supported by their peers, from Elementary school on up to ripe old death, for those who don't die of HIV, addictions, suicide relating to some mental illness such as bipolar, chronic depression, cancer caused by HPV....all the stuff that also kills promiscuous heterosexuals and people from all walks of life, in fact. And bullying of "gays" is NOT the cause of the majority of it. 

Any time we act in a way contrary to Natural Law, we are miserable and wallow in it until we finally cooperate with those laws. Advice from a sinner. ;-) 

Summary and Conclusion

So it is that I don't buy the package being sold out there to teens and gullible adults: that the reason for the high rate of suicide, addictions, and mental illness among persons identifying as homosexual is the result of "not being accepted." In my experience, bullying in schools has absolutely NOTHING to do with gender identity or attraction, but entirely to do with teenage idiots running rampant and you're never going to truly quash that because bullies have always been around  and now some of them just have more to lord over others because their own abnormal condition is being supported as untouchable. Now if a gay tortures a straight kid (as I was), the straight kid is given punishment for being "intolerant".  

Yeah, I have a problem with that; I've been there, and was for many years.  

As for the "bullying" that allegedly causes "suicide, depression, and addiction" among gay adults, well, let's face it: it's not there. Maybe for SOME, but then again, as a Catholic I can't even go onto Facebook without being assaulted by attacks upon my faith and my fellow Pro-Lifers are getting the crap beat out of them,. or killed by people who disagree with them, all  in the name of "Choice.", whether it be the subject of abortion or redefining Marriage.  

I'm done. Bring on the flames. Cool thing is..."delete" really works and I'll NEVER be bullied again. So think before you comment. I did, and decided this hill is worth dying upon as I've already been martyred upon it for years, over and over again. One more time means nothing to me, even if it makes you feel better. 

I must say I 100% agree :D

Thought of the day

I really wish I had more Jordan Pruitt songs to pick from last night at karaoke night....

06 September 2012

Political Credo

This a synopsis of what I believe, not a complete explanation :)

I believe that a right is something that must be all of these: untransferable, un-renounceable, something that someone has a just claim to. 

As a result, the following are not rights: marriage (for anyone), abortion, ESCR, education, jobs, health insurance, health care (outside the normal means (food, drink are normal means)), money you earn, money from someone else, drivers license, housing, and the various derivatives of these. 

  1. On the matters of life:

Human life begins at conception, and ends at natural death. Every person has a right to life. Every person is to be treated with dignity and respect. This right can only be violated by 2 means:
  1. After the determination of guilt by due process, and the person is an immediate danger to society. 
  2. In the case of self defense, when no other options are the means to defend oneself. 

Abortion: the intentional killing of a child in the womb. 

Abortion is never justified under any circumstances, period. The principles of double effect apply in situations involving the health of the mother. That is to say, everything should be done to preserve the life of both the mother and the child. There can never be an intent to kill an innocent child. A child that happens to die in complexities of surgeries, by definition is not an abortion. A miscarriage is not an abortion. 

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: if done in such a way where life is not destroyed can be considered acceptable: All other situations are un acceptable. The use of all stem cells from an umbilical cord (after birth) is example of an acceptable situation. 

The death penalty is not an intrinsic evil, and can be justified if the person is an immediate danger to society. If it so can be avoided, this option would be preferred. 

Artificial Contraception: the intentional act of preventing the process of life from developing. 

Artificial contraception for the use of not wanting to get pregnant is an intrinsic evil and something that I would not personally promote. If one does not want to get pregnant, either know the science behind pregnancy and know the windows of pregnancy, or simply do not have sex. Either one works. Again, in the situations involving women’s health, the principle of double effect applies. That is to say, the intention is to treat the problem or the illness, but there is not an intention on preventing the child from coming into existence. The act of conception not taking place is a side effect, not an intent in other-words. 

  1. The role of the family

The family is the basic unit of society from which humans develop. It is not the individual, as individuals must come from families in order to exist. This means a mother and a father must procreate in order for the individual to exist. 

The family has the primary obligation to educate and form the person who will then contribute their gifts to the building up of the society in terms of work, or some other function. It is not the role of the government to do this. 

If society comes down to problems, it will result from the breakdown of the family structure, and the fallen human nature that everyone possesses, not from a theory of economics that doesn’t work, or from the government’s lack of ability to function. 

  1. Marriage

Marriage is not a right that everyone has. It is a vocation in which some are called to. Some are not called to be in marriage for whatever reasons they may be. As a result of marriage not being a right, restrictions can be placed upon marriage as seen fit for the health of society...

Marriage will always be between one man and one woman, with the possibility of procreation. This does not mean that all marriages will have children or all marriages will be successful. There is no one that can change this definition, even if the means of marriage will change. The fallen nature of human beings will result in some marriages not working, or unstable situations for some. These effects do not take away from the foundation that marriage brings on a society. 

Those couples with same sex attraction, have absolutely zero right to be married (as does ANYONE ELSE). Marriage is not something that can be dictated by fiat, or a demanding of any person to marry. That is to say, if marriage was a right, anyone that one asks would be under a LEGAL obligation to marry you. While I sympathize with this group, these people have the same restrictions as everyone else. I believe in equal treatment by the law, and in the case of marriage, everyone is being held to the same conditions by which to be married. 

  1. The role of the government in daily life. 

I believe that the government has a minimal role in maintaing order in society. Problems must be solved on the local level first. If they can’t be solved by the local level, then and only then should the government step in. 

That is to say you don’t need the government’s permission to do anything that you deem necessary for your sovereignty. Anything the government does to get in the way of this must be repealed. The government must not assume guilt for anything that is done...(That means the TSA, sobriety check points will be gone)...and must always have just cause before doing anything. 

  1. Taxes

Everyone should be taxed at exactly the same rate. Those that have the majority of wealth proportionately will always be giving more of their money than those that do not have wealth. This tax rate should be at exactly 10% and no higher. All other taxes other than this must be eliminated. This low tax rate will encourage people to pay their taxes, and is small enough where everyone can afford it. If the government cannot make it on this percentage, then it will need to learn how to spend within this percentage of income. (See governmental budget later)

  1. Illegal Immigration

The laws on illegal immigration should actually be enforced before changing them. There will be absolutely no amnesty for illegal (those that broke the law by choice) in this country While I deeply sympathize with them and understand economic hard times, one must follow the laws that are on the books for any country that their in. One thing the government will do is streamline the process for immigration, so that paperwork is returned faster. Those that are here illegally will have 30 days to do 2 options: a. return home, or b. apply for citizenship with restriction clauses: They will be unable to obtain a drivers’ license, use the public health care system, unable to leave the country for a period twice the length of their illegal stay (and if they do leave, they will not be allowed back in). 

  1. On matters of Poverty

I believe the best way to help the poor through charity and education. There will never be any situation where there are not any poor people. The poor will always be among us. I do not believe that these things should be forced upon people, but that people should freely and quietly do things such that the poor are uplifted. I believe religious organizations are the best for this purpose. I believe that welfare should be extremely limited to those that really can’t make it for themselves, and should be limited to a certain amount of time, 6 months for example. 

  1. Healthcare

I do not believe that healthcare as we see it today is a right. That is to say one does not have a right to someone else’s skills. The doctor surely has a moral obligation to help in whatever way that he can, but does not have an absolute right to do so. I believe that health insurance does not need to be required by anyone, and it should be legal to cross state lines to purchase insurance. I do not believe that the government is the best suitor to run health clinics, as it can barely run the DMV or the Post Office correctly. I believe the best suitors to run health clinics are again, religious organizations and non-profit organizations. 
  1. The war on drugs/moral authority of the government

It is not the job of the government to enforce order per se but to propose order. The illegality of certain drugs should not be so, the government is not to be a nanny or to dictate to you what to do. This does not mean the government has no role at all. There absolutely is necessary a police force to again, propose (not impose) order. 

  1. States’ rights

The principle of subsidiarity guides my belief on this principle...The state should have more authority than the federal, and the local, more authority than the state. All problems must be solved on the local level whenever possible. 

There are many more issues than this I have on my mind, but on the need of shortened time, I’ll stop here....this is what I believe, and I don’t apologize for it. :D