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I’ll have a lot more flexibility after the election…

22 October 2012

As we draw up to the 2012 presidential election, that famous “hot mic” gaffe of Øbama – the one that exposed him for the traitor he is – comes to mind. What, precisely, is it that Øbama felt he’d need more flexibility to do with a country that, until very recently was (and quite possibly still is) our sworn enemy? What is it Øbama wishes to do for Russia when he no longer has to worry about voter backlash?

I’ll have a lot more flexibility after the election…

And who else is the Appeaser In Chief looking to exercise this new flexibility with? I have a few ideas. How about Iran and Al Qaeda? After all, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” And what’s the best way to make sure the future doesn’t belong to someone, I ask? I think it is via the same means his friends in Al Qaeda are so adept at employing. Imagine all the slanderers of the prophet they could ensure won’t own the future if Ahmadinejad is successful in achieving his nuclear goal? And the delivery vehicle Uncle Joe ensures us they don’t have? Proven a fool, again, Joe. A suitcase and a willing suicide bomber is all they need – and they seem to have no shortage of either

I’ll have a lot more flexibility after the election…

Chilling to think about, isn’t it? Perhaps he’ll have more flexibility to remove our ability to defend ourselves if he doesn’t  face any reprisals? How about more flexibility to prosecute that raging battle between him and Christianity? You know: the one regarding his signature legislation obviating the 1st Amendment rights of religious organizations and the conscience rights of religious health care providers? More flexibility to cram more socialist laws down our throats without any threat to his re-election chances?

“I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

-Pateratic

Poetic Justice

19 September 2012

Breathe Deep…

Fox News headline: Protester Dies After Inhaling Fumes From Burning American Flag

Ah, sweet! I wish more of these neanderthals would take a deep breath of the burning (and likely Chinese-made…) US Flag as they stage their murderous protests! J. Christopher Stevens? Your death has been avenged by the very flag you served; may you rest in honored peace. Too bad it wasn’t one of the Libyan proponents of the religion of peace that got a lungful – But they all seem to share the same tenets and the same goals – so, weighing this on the same scale of justice the muslims use: any one will do.

I just wonder if he’ll still get his virgins?

-Pateratic

A quick question…

17 September 2012

Let’s get out of here, Jesse! They’re onto us!

Are “Reverends” Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton still members of the democratic party? I mean, each portrays himself as some sort of Christian preacher, don’t they? Yes, yes – there’s that nagging detail that no-one has ever once been able to tell me where their churches are, or what their denominations are, but they are Christians, aren’t they? And the democrats did deny God three times during their convention, didn’t they? And they did boo God heartily after the chair ignored the, at best, deadlock and added mention of God back in, didn’t they? (Honestly, it sounded more like a majority against adding mention of God back onto their platform, but I’ll give them the benefit of a doubt. Because that’s precisely what we stupid American conservatives always seem to do…) In the face of that, how can any Christian espouse the tenets of the democratic party?! I mean, and remain faithful tho their God?

Or are their ministries simply the means  to avoid paying taxes as these race-baiting welfare pimps bilk their adherents out of millions by promulgating racism and reverse discrimination?

-Pateratic

Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Religion, and the “religion of peace”

17 September 2012

You’ll accept our peace if we have to beat it into you!

I know I’ve been silent for months. My self-imposed hiatus had more to do with my absolute disgust with the political and economic situations in the US and my absolute disdain for the players – I simply couldn’t give voice to what I was feeling: our media – our traitorous media, as a whole, needs to be purged. The Democratic party – the traitorous democratic party needs to seek its roots (not the ones in Soviet Russia; the other ones). But an article I read this morning – a simple report – needs comment.  Why? Because I don’t get it. Really, I don’t. Every day I see disgraceful affronts to the Christian faith. There are letters of protest, email petitions, and speeches from the pulpit from the Christians. Yes, the Christians get angry, but no one is harmed, no one dies. More importantly, those responsible are left to create their perversions against the Christians unabated. For the most part, their protests are ignored or mocked by the media and society as a whole. They’re a buncha holy rollers – hahhaha! Lookit the Bible thumpers – snort!

Why is this suddenly bothering me now? We’ve known this disparity, both in religious demeanor and in society’s response, for a long time. Why now? Well, someone created a film which painted the founder of “the religion of peace” in a, shall we say, less than favorable light. The response is as it always is with these “peaceful” practitioners of islam. All hell breaks loose. US embassies in muslim countries are sacked outright – attacks on US soil – and US citizens are murdered by the proponents of this “religion of peace”.

The US response? Apologies all around, and the purported creator of the film is arrested to determine if publishing of his film somehow broke the law. Some contrived issue with probation for some previous conviction that would have made publication of this film a crime – not the content, mind you, but that the responsible individual would have used electronic means to publish it. My, my, my – how hokey do they get? And how absolutely stupid do they take us for?! Had this been a you-tube of this person breaking their neck doing parkour stunts, or bashing Christians, or some other practice viewed as so pedestrian by our government and our society, do you think there would have been a second look? Do you think a posse of sheriffs would have been sent out to bring him in for some contrived violation of parole? Not likely: it was the content that has driven his insurrection; not some trumped up violation of conditions of parole.

And am I the only one that sees the hypocrisy? The glaring double standard? Where is the alleged artist who created “Piss Christ”? Was s/he dragged in to languish in a cell somewhere while they trumped up charges to demonstrate that the making of his/her “art” was somehow illegal? Did Øbama or his administration offer any apologies to the mass of offended Christians? No, of course not. No need to pander to the Christians – particularly when you’ve duped the majority of them into believing that taking ones wealth at the point of a gun and giving it to someone else (who may be a slothful generational thief) is a manifestation of Jesus’ call to charitable giving. No need to pander to Christians because they do not believe in demonstrating their angst over your actions using your still-warm corpse.

Washinton DC: Any interpretation of “making no law respecting the establishment of religion” and “equality of each citizen under the law” makes what you’ve done in this case shameful, illegal, and entirely too telling of your motivation.

-Pateratic

A call to action

28 May 2012

Time to crush the liberal snake…

A loud call to action for all Christian citizens of The United States who are of voting age…

Full text of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky’s homily at men’s march and Mass, Peoria, IL:

There is only one basic reason why Christianity exists and that is the fact that Jesus Christ truly rose from the grave.

The disciples never expected the resurrection. The unanimous testimony of all four Gospels is that the terrible death of Jesus on the cross entirely dashed all their hopes about Jesus and about his message. He was dead, and that was the end of it. They looked for nothing more, and they expected nothing more.

So as much as they had loved him, in their eyes Jesus was a failed messiah. His dying seemed to entirely rob both his teaching and even his miracles of any lasting significance.

And they were clearly terrified that his awful fate, at the hands of the Sanhedrin and the Romans, could easily become their awful fate. So they hid, trembling with terror, behind shuttered windows and locked doors.

When the Risen Christ suddenly appeared in their midst, their reaction was shocked incredulity. They simply could not believe their own eyes.

Reality only very slowly began to penetrate their consciousness when Jesus offers proof of his resurrection. He shows them the wounds on his hands, his feet, and his side. Jesus even allowed them to touch him. He breaks bread with them and eats with them. And only then could they admit to themselves what had seemed absolutely impossible – the one who had truly died had truly risen! The Crucified now stood before them as their Risen, glorious, triumphant Lord.

His rising from the grave was every bit as real as his dying on the cross. The resurrection was the manifest proof of the invincible power of Almighty God. The inescapable fact of the resurrection confirmed every word Jesus had ever spoken and every work Jesus had ever done.

The Gospel was the truth. Jesus was the Christ, the promised Messiah of Israel. Jesus was the Savior of the world. Jesus was the very Son of God.

There is no other explanation for Christianity. It should have died out and entirely disappeared when Christ died and was buried, except for the fact that Christ was truly risen, and that during the 40 days before his Ascension, he interacted with his Apostles and disciples, and on one occasion even with hundreds of his followers.

Today’s appointed Gospel reading for this Saturday in the Octave of Easter is taken from the 16th Chapter of Mark. It concludes with a command from the lips of Jesus, given to his disciples, given to the whole Church, given to you and me assembled here today: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

We heard in today’s Second Reading from the Acts of the Apostles that the same Sanhedrin that had condemned Jesus was amazed at the boldness of Peter and John. Perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, they recognized them as companions of Jesus. They warned them never again to teach, or speak to anyone, in the name of Jesus.

But the elders and the scribes might as well have tried to turn back the tide, or hold back an avalanche. Peter and John had seen the Risen Christ with their own eyes. Peter and John were filled with the Holy Spirit. They asked whether it is right “in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”

And Peter and John and all the Apostles, starting first in Jerusalem in Judea and Galilee and then to the very ends of the earth, announced the Resurrection and the Good News to everyone they encountered.

According to the clear testimony of the Scriptures, these Apostles had once been rather ordinary men – like you and me. Their faith hadn’t always been strong. They made mistakes. They committed sins. They were often afraid and confused.

But meeting the Risen Lord had changed everything about these first disciples, and knowing the Risen Lord should also change everything about us.

You know, it has never been easy to be a Christian and it’s not supposed to be easy! The world, the flesh, and the devil will always love their own, and will always hate us. As Jesus once predicted, they hated me, they will certainly hate you.

But our Faith, when it is fully lived, is a fighting faith and a fearless faith. Grounded in the power of the resurrection, there is nothing in this world, and nothing in hell, that can ultimately defeat God’s one, true, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

For 2,000 years the enemies of Christ have certainly tried their best. But think about it. The Church survived and even flourished during centuries of terrible persecution, during the days of the Roman Empire.

The Church survived barbarian invasions. The Church survived wave after wave of Jihads. The Church survived the age of revolution. The Church survived Nazism and Communism.

And in the power of the resurrection, the Church will survive the hatred of Hollywood, the malice of the media, and the mendacious wickedness of the abortion industry.

The Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the President of the United States, his appointed bureaucrats in HHS, and of the current majority of the federal Senate.

May God have mercy on the souls of those politicians who pretend to be Catholic in church, but in their public lives, rather like Judas Iscariot, betray Jesus Christ by how they vote and how they willingly cooperate with intrinsic evil.

As Christians we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, but as Christians we must also stand up for what we believe and always be ready to fight for the Faith. The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.

In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work – like that very first apostolic generation – we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for our salvation.

Remember that in past history other governments have tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches like the first disciples locked up in the Upper Room.

In the late 19th century, Bismarck waged his “Kulturkampf,” a Culture War, against the Roman Catholic Church, closing down every Catholic school and hospital, convent and monastery in Imperial Germany.

Clemenceau, nicknamed “the priest eater,” tried the same thing in France in the first decade of the 20th Century.

Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care.

In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.

Now things have come to such a pass in America that this is a battle that we could lose, but before the awesome judgement seat of Almighty God this is not a war where any believing Catholic may remain neutral.

This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings – could easily be shut down. Because no Catholic institution, under any circumstance, can ever cooperate with the instrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb.

No Catholic ministry – and yes, Mr. President, for Catholics our schools and hospitals are ministries – can remain faithful to the Lordship of the Risen Christ and to his glorious Gospel of Life if they are forced to pay for abortions.

Now remember what was the life-changing experience that utterly transformed those fearful and quaking disciples into fearless, heroic apostles. They encountered the Risen Christ. They reverenced his sacred wounds. They ate and drank with him.

Is that not what we do here together, this morning at this annual men’s march Mass?

This is the Saturday of the Octave of Easter, a solemnity so great and central to our Catholic faith that Easter Day is celebrated for eight full days, and the Easter season is joyously observed as the Great 50 Days of Easter. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ – risen from the grave – is in our midst. His Holy Word teaches us the truth. His Sacred Body and Blood becomes our food and drink.

The Risen Christ is our Eternal Lord; the Head of his Body, the Church; our High Priest; our Teacher; our Captain in the well-fought fight.

We have nothing to fear, but we have a world to win for him. We have nothing to fear, for we have an eternal destiny in heaven. We have nothing to fear, though the earth may quake, kingdoms may rise and fall, demons may rage, but St. Michael the Archangel, and all the hosts of heaven, fight on our behalf.

No matter what happens in this passing moment, at the end of time and history, our God is God and Jesus is Lord, forever and ever.

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

Christ wins! Christ reigns! Christ commands!
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Conflicting views

7 March 2012

To truly appreciate a book, reading is fundamental...

Contrast this:

“The U.S. military should distribute copies of the Quran in Arabic and other local languages to any and all Afghan civilians who want them. …  Americans, who come from a country awash in books, simply don’t realize how important books (especially ‘the book’ for Afghanistan’s Muslims) are to a people that has very few of them.” —Richard Miniter, The Daily Beast

with this:

“Afghanistan Literacy Rate: 28.1%” —CIA, The Word Fact Book

There’s a reason Afghans have very few books and it is very similar to the reason primitive man had so few books: aside from tinder and personal hygiene, three of four have no idea what to do with them (and muslims as a whole prefer the left hand for those things hygienic, anyway) .

Now do you understand how ridiculous you idiots on the left sound to most rational people? First, why should we provide ANYTHING AT ALL to the Afghan people, the most of which absolutely hate us? Second, since we do provide things to Afghans in the form of “foreign aid“, using your normal logic and rhetoric: why would the United States Armed Forces distribute anything religious in nature to anyone? Flies in the face of your usual “separation” rants and raves, doesn’t it? I mean, having a government entity distribute religious tracts and all.

I remain firm that liberalism – that uncanny inability to learn from the painful mistakes of myriad societies that have gone before – is a form of mental retardation. Most of you go pretty far in supporting that conviction when you promulgate your opinions.

-Pateratic

Aye, but you’re both wrong.

7 February 2012
Not Mine: By Alejandro Gonzalez, USA TODAY

No excuse for Constitutional ignorance

His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington writes a scathing letter regarding the audacious attempt by the Øbama administration to force religious to fund abortion, contraceptives, and sterilizations – despite being against the teachings of these religious – under the auspices of the yet-to-be-repealed Øbamacare.

Yes, yes: the alleged president’s actions are a clear violation of the first amendment, and is, happily, yet another “nail in the coffin” for this abomination in law,  Øbamacare; another weapon with which it can be defeated.

Notably, the Catholic response has garnered the lion’s share of the news – a huge glob of press on it, with a minor peppering of Jewish and protestant-Christian responses as well. Notably, I haven’t laid a finger on similar outrage from the Islamic community –  seeing as health insurance in itself violates sharia law, I can understand their silence only if they were long ago exempted.

So why do I single out Archbishop Wuerl’s letter? Unfortunately, though I agree in general with the uprising against this alleged president’s actions here, I find a troubling line in Archbishop Wuerl’s letter – a line I must take exception with; one which belies an offended liberal, to wit:

Nor should it have to deny its employees [sic] access to affordable health care, a basic human right. (emphasis mine)

Really? Since when is “affordable health care” a basic human right? Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Yeah. A job? No. A house? No. A car? No. A XBox 360 and a big-screen HDTV? Definitely not. Nor is “affordable health care”. Affordable health care – health care in general –  is a privilege. Actually, comparing to the majority of other countries, it is, in fact, a luxury. That we have those who think as Archbishop Wuerl does in this regard helps to explain why we have an illegal immigration issue, and why something like Øbamacare could come into being.

Truly basic human rights come without taking from someone else. Liberty comes without expense. Life comes without expense.  The pursuit of happiness comes without expense. The maintenance of any of these, particularly liberty, can come at huge expense, but the incidence of any of them is free. Not so with any of the other items on the list above.

We have a history in this country of charity, of helping others. I dare say most healthcare providers, if left to their own devices, would provide some care to those who cannot afford it. Certain charities and foundations have always existed to assist these.  However, this current bent on “affordable healthcare for all” is either charity at gunpoint for all, or theft of services from healthcare providers.

-Pateratic

Christians: Matthew 7:15

21 May 2011

Folks, he’s only in it for the money. He’s made a fortune off your superstitions.

Camper: The gaping hole in your “prediction”, aside from your previous failure: Matthew 24:36. And you claim to be an adherent of the Bible. Despicable you.

See most of you tomorrow – after all, every day is the end of the world for some…

Update 21 May 2011, 10:30 pm EDT. Well, there it went. 6:00 pm PST has come and gone. Either a bunch of people have disappeared, and I’m in for 5 months of torment, or… Yeah, well, you get the picture. I hope all you “religious” folk out there who believed this person – even after knowing he’s done  this side show before – enjoyed being bilked. I class this jackass in the same category as Freddie Phelps.

One question did occur to me this evening: if the world actually did end, it would have been pretty ironic. But, if it did, and no one was left to experience the irony, would it still be ironic? Boggles the mind, it do…

-Pateratic