Daily Archives: June 14, 2013

It’s about persons, not politics

2013_06 02 Pope Francis tweets

Ruth went to her mail box, and there was only one letter. She picked it up and looked at it before opening it, but then she looked at the letter again. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address. She read the letter:

Dear Ruth,

I’m going to be in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon, and I’d like to stop by for a visit.

Love Always, Jesus

Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. “Why would the Lord want to visit me? I’m nobody special. I don’t have anything to offer.”

With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets. “Oh my goodness, I really don’t have anything to offer. I’ll have to run down to the store and buy something for dinner.” She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. Five dollars and forty cents. “Well! I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least.”

She threw on her coat and hurried out the door. A loaf of French bread, a half-pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk…leaving Ruth with grand total twelve cents to last her until Monday. Nonetheless, she felt good as she headed home, her meager offerings tucked under her arm.

“Hey lady, can you help us, lady?”

Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, she hadn’t even noticed two figures huddled in the alleyway. A man and a woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags.

“Look lady, I ain’t got a job, ya know, and my wife and I have been living out here on the street, and, well, now it’s getting cold, and we’re getting kinda hungry and, well, if you could help us, lady, we’d really appreciate it.”

Ruth looked at them both. They were dirty, they smelled bad, and frankly, she was certain that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to.

“Sir, I’d like to help you, but I’m a poor woman myself. All I have is a few cold cuts and some bread, and I’m having an important guest for dinner tonight, and I was planning on serving that to Him.”

“Yeah, well, okay lady, I understand. Thanks anyway.” The man put his arm around the woman’s shoulders, turned, and headed back into the alley.

As she watched them leave, Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart. “Sir, wait!” The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them. “Look, why don’t you take this food. I’ll figure out something else to serve my guest.”

She handed the man her grocery bag. “Thank you lady. Thank you very much!”

“Yes, thank you!” It was the man’s wife, and Ruth could see now that she was shivering. “You know, I’ve got another coat at home. Here, why don’t you take this one.” Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman’s shoulders.

Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door and worried too. The Lord was coming to visit, and she didn’t have anything to offer Him. She fumbled through her purse for the door key. But as she did, she noticed another envelope in her mailbox.

“That’s odd. The mailman doesn’t usually come twice in one day.” She took the envelope out of the box and opened it.

Dear Ruth,

It was so good to see you again. Thank you for the lovely meal. And thank you, too, for the beautiful coat.

Love Always, Jesus

The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.

Matthew 25:31-35 God’s command to practice personal charity

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”

I want to call particular attention to a theme that runs through both the story and Jesus’ teaching. That theme is PERSONAL charity. This call is also present in Catholic teaching.

Excerpt from Section 27 of the Catholic Church’s teaching “Gaudium et Spes”

Promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 7, 1965

In practical terms, the Church stresses that everyone consider his every neighbor without exception as another self and recognize the special obligation we each have to actively help our neighbor when he comes across our path. “As long as you did it for one of these the least of my brethren, you did it for me” (Matt. 25:40).

http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_cons_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html

I’ve got two quick thoughts on this. One, we are not called by God or Jesus or the Bible to redistribute wealth via punitive taxation, but to give person-to-person to those WHO CROSS OUR PATHS.

And two, we are called by GOD.  Not every open hand or guilt tripping charity mailing is a call from the Almighty. It’s in the story: “Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart.” This is one of those places where living in prayer is so important. It keeps you open to God’s tweaking of your heart strings not just in the quiet of your prayer time, but also in the midst of a worrisome day.

A priest once taught us that God calls us to give of our overflow, not of our substance. The line from his homily that stuck in my mind was, “Don’t throw peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at your family while you rush out the door with a steaming hot chicken dinner for your neighbor.”

I’ve used this concept so often to make hard decisions. Just one example. Attending Mass is a Catholic obligation that I took very seriously. But it got to the point where even going to the least attended (least perfume etc.) service of the week and hiding out in the cry room with my air filter was taking such a physical toll that I was spending Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in bed. I prayed about this and saw very clearly that my family needed me on my feet much more than God needed me in that pew. In other words, it was a peanut butter and jelly vs. hot chicken dinner situation, so I stopped going to Mass.

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THE FRIDAY FEEL-GOOD GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

If you are one of the 15 or so people who visit the garden,it is not a revelation I’m pretty depressed these days.

I was even going to summarize the outrages du jour,but we all need the break even if only for a day or two.

YOU WON’T HEAR IT ANYWHERE ELSE,BUT TODAY IS FLAG DAY.

ALSO,ON THIS DAY IN 1775,…238 YEARS AGO,THE U.S.ARMY WAS BORN.

LETS CELEBRATE THEM BEFORE SOMEBODY MAKES IT ILLEGAL

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CtH:I included this one of US Army women just for you.

Pete: Thanks! Just FYI, I’m pretty sure those are Marines (MARPAT digital camo pattern and rolled sleeves are tip off). Ooh Rah!

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IF YOU’RE WORKING AT WENDYS,ENJOYING A FROSTY THIS WAY IS NOT A GOOD CAREER MOVE

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From CtH: Screenshot of site where you can get your hard-drive checked for the DNS Changer thing.

DCWG

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NBC going the way of MSNBC

2013_06 13 NBC News feels your pain or something

Tweet – How tragic: the American people have run out of true journalists.
Tweet – How tragic that you have to be sarcastic instead of just reporting the news.
Tweet – Matt Lauer – $25 million a year. Diane Sawyer – $12 million a year. Anderson Cooper – $11 million a year. Joe Scarborough – $4 million a year.
Tweet – Limousine Liberals, the biggest hypocrites on the planet.

Source: http://twitchy.com/2013/06/13/how-tragic-nbc-news-takes-sarcastic-swipe-at-rich-people-problems/

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About that Syria thing

According to Twitter, the First Nobel Peace Prize winner is kicking the tires on a 3rd war.

Oh that’s reassuring as hell to this military mom. NOT.

Big phew that someone of the monumental stature of Jose Canseco is giving policy advice to his bff Barack. My guess … Barack actually reads Twitter. We know he doesn’t read his intelligence reports or attend intelligence briefings. So yeah … Canseco probably has the Presidential Ear … or should I say Blackberry. Can you read tweets on a Blackberry?

  • Tweet – Oh good, I was worried @JoseCanseco would have no interest in foreign policy.
  • Tweet – Yeah. And they’re so like coherent or something.

2013_06 13 Jose Canseco advises POTUS

  • Tweet – Yeah…President of the United States…take foreign police advice from Jose Canseco. Best. Idea. Ever.
  • Tweet – Hope POTUS waits until the more level-headed Dennis Rodman has had a chance to weigh in.

I admit. I had to google José Canseco. He’s a Cuban-American former Major League Baseball guy. Well, golly. He’s an athlete and COOBAN and hyphenated. Clearly, he totally knows all about important foreign policy stuff. He also appears to either have Multiple Personality Disorder or somebody else who trades off using his Twitter account. Did you notice how the “hey buddy” tweets are violent while the “Mr. President” tweets are conciliatory? Weird!

Iowahawk thinks we should send Syrian rebels pistol-shaped Pop Tarts.

Yeah, that’ll work. It’ll be a lot cheaper than what we’re sending them now! Plus we know how über scary anything that is kinda sorta shaped like a gun is … bubble-making toys … finger spelling signs for the letters G and H … the state of Idaho.

Source:

http://twitchy.com/2013/06/14/unleash-the-hounds-jose-canseco-advises-president-obama-on-syria/

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First Commandment goes the way of First Amendment

Obama as Lightbringer

2013_06 WH photo deifies Obama

Their blasphemy started a long time ago.

EXCERPT FROM “Spiritual wise ones say Obama is an enlightened being, a Lightbringer” – June 6, 2008

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/morford/article/Is-Obama-an-enlightened-being-Spiritual-wise-2544395.php

Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

[CtH: Did you catch the snarky “coweringly religious” reference to the real Christians who bow their heads and bend their knees? PRIDE is the name of their game, just like it is the name of Satan’s game.]

  • Tweets:
  • Is the “H” for ‘Hussein’ or ‘Hellspawn’?
  • Can’t wait for the stained glass version.
  • Q: What’s the difference between Obama and God?
    • A: God doesn’t think he is Obama.

EXCERPTS from “What are your religious beliefs?” interview with then-State Senator Barack Obama in March 27, 2004

Full transcript @ http://www.wanttoknow.info/008/obama_religious_beliefs_views

GG: What do you believe?

OBAMA: I am a Christian. So, I have a deep faith. I draw from the Christian faith. On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where obviously there are a lot of Eastern influences. I lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, between the ages of six and 10. My father was from Kenya, and although he was probably most accurately labeled an agnostic, his father was Muslim. And I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith. So, I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place. I was raised mostly by my mother. She was a Christian. We’d go to church for Easter. And I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.

[CtH: Riiiiiiiiight. He’s a Christian who draws from Christian faith with a lot of Eastern influences like Muslim and agnostic and his mother dragged him to church once a year sometimes, so that made her a Christian too. Plus he’s like so Jewish. And he doesn’t believe Hindus go to Hell, plus Gandhi was one of his heroes. Did he miss any bases in the Liberal Litany of Meaningless Spiritual Tolerance? Bowing to Gaia maybe?]

GG: Do you consider yourself born again?

OBAMA: Yeah, although I’m suspicious of dogma and a big believer in tolerance.

[CtH: IOW, no he’s not born again.]

GG: Do you pray often?

OBAMA: Uh, yeah, I guess I do. It’s not formal, me getting on my knees. I have an ongoing conversation with God. Throughout the day I’m constantly asking myself questions about what I’m doing, why am I doing it.

[CtH: His “ongoing conversation with God” consists of him asking himself what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. Who is “god” in this scenario?!]

GG: Who’s Jesus to you?

(He laughs nervously)

OBAMA: Right. Jesus is an historical figure for me. And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.

[CtH: Laughs nervously. Ahem. Real Christians get choked up when asked about Our Lord and Savior. Nervous laughter means what I said before … he’s no kind of real Christian. The essence of Christianity is believing that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose on the third day.]

GG: Is Jesus someone who you feel you have a regular connection with now, a personal connection with in your life?

OBAMA: Yes. I think some of the things I talked about earlier are channeled through my Christian faith and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

[CtH: How can anyone have a “personal relationship” with “an historical figure”?]

GG: Do you read the Bible, take time for meditation, prayer, spiritual reading?

OBAMA: I don’t have much time for reading or reflection.

GG: Do you believe in heaven?

OBAMA: Do I believe in the harps and clouds and wings?

GG: A place spiritually you go to after you die?

OBAMA: What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.

When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother, and that they’re kind people and that they’re honest people and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.

[CtH: Nice touch about tucking in his daughters. Too bad he wasn’t actually living with them at the time … or before they were born … or after they were born. For eleven years, he lived on his own and the girls lived with their mom. They only started play-acting happy family when they moved to the White House.]

GG: Do you believe in sin?

OBAMA: Yes.

GG: What is sin?

OBAMA: Being out of alignment with my values.

GG: What happens if you have sin in your life?

OBAMA: I think it’s the same thing as the question about heaven. If I’m true to myself and my faith, that is its own reward. When I’m not true to it, that’s its own punishment.

[CtH: This crap passes muster with Leftists, including the Christians-In-Name-Only who use their churches as social welfare agencies and community organizing clubs, not as hospitals for the spiritually weak and sinful. Any real Christian will see clearly that Obama believes in Obama and not much else. Little wonder he is so comfortable with his followers deifying him and with his own constant lying, slandering, race-baiting and cutting of spending where it will hurt Republicans, because of “sequester” … all the while increasing his own salary, throwing splashy parties for his supporters, and taking extravagant trips and vacations at taxpayers’ expense. He makes up his morality as he goes. What “aligns” with his values at any given moment – i.e., what gets him what he wants right now – is morally justified, because he is his own god and there is no other before him.]

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If the Founding Founders were here today …

… methinks they would be inclined to demand a paternity test. Or maternity test. Or DNA test. Whatever.

2013_06 13 Founding Founders page screenshot

The White House posted a new website containing papers of the “founding founders” @ http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/13/papers-founding-founders-are-now-online

The title on the page itself has been corrected to read “Founding Fathers”, but last I checked, the URL was still as above.

And, in case you thought it was just a typo, think again. President Obama used the phrase in a speech he gave June 7, 2010, at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C.

“… the spirit of our Founding Founders did more than just create a nation …”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-fords-theatre

Tweeters had fun!

  • Must. Not. Credit. Patriarchy.
  • For the Founding Founders, necessity was the inventor of invention.
  • Obama is the Floundering Father.
  • ‏The Founding Founders wrote the Constitution after the Revolutionary Kinetic Military Action.
  • I don’t get the sense that Martha Washington, Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams et al would be offended by the phrase “Founding Fathers.”
  • Glad Obama found the papers of the Founding Founders that details all their foundering.
  • Founding Persons? Founding Parents? Founding Partners?
  • You can’t use Parents. That would be insensitive to childless couples.
  • Plain ol’ “Founders” would’ve worked fine, you dumbasses. Sheesh.
  • The WH changed it to Fathers. NSA prolly told ’em they were being mocked on Twitter.
  • These people are losing their minds.
  • They didn’t have minds to lose.
  • I feel they cannot get stupider. But I could be wrong.
  • Next they will photoshop womyn into the paintings and womyn’s names into the Declaration.
  • Yes. That will come at the same time they delete all references to the Almighty from every historical document.

Source:

http://twitchy.com/2013/06/13/founding-founders-white-house-creates-gender-neutral-birth-of-a-nation/

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