Daily Archives: May 31, 2015

R.I.P. BEAU BIDEN

After my grandmother had been beset by a series of strokes dementia was starting to set in. The family thought she was becoming incoherent. I had my doubts. I took her to lunch one day and after we got in the car and left the house she looked at me and with 100% lucidity she said: “It’s terrible when you have to bury a child.”

At that time my mother and my oldest uncle Ron had passed. It was then I knew she wasn’t as far gone as everybody thought she was.

I have no use for Joe Biden. Never have,never will. He’s a foul-mouthed buffoon who has lived on a government check his whole adult life. But my heart and prayers go out to the Biden family on the loss of their son, Beau. He succumbed to brain cancer last night at age 46. I have a beautiful daughter who is 40. If anything were to happen to her or any of my children I would be devastated. It leaves an unfillable hole in your soul. It is said that time can heal a broken heart but the scars never go away. Ever. Partisanship aside for now, I want to add my tiny voice to those offering condolences to the vice president on the loss of his beloved son.

Joe Biden’s son Beau dies aged 46 after battle with brain cancer: Vice President mourns ‘the finest man any of us have ever known’ in second tragedy of his life after wife and daughter died in 1973
Death of Vice President’s son announced by family 9:45pm Saturday
Beau Biden served in Iraq and later became Delaware’s Attorney General
Biden family statement called Beau ‘finest man any of us have ever known’

Joe Biden released a statement at 9.45pm on Saturday, announcing the death of his son. Here is the statement in full:

‘It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.

‘The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us – especially throrugh his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter.

‘Beau’s life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo.

‘A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse.

‘More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother.

‘His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.

‘In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3104243/Joe-Biden-s-son-Beau-dies-aged-46-battle-brain-cancer.html#ixzz3bkFhwn00

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Circle the BAD Catholic

2015_05 26 Rubio on religious rights

Pelosi said she thought Rubio’s statement was “unfortunate” … not because it isn’t true, but because it’s “polarizing.” Whatever that means.  And to prove how very correct and Catholic she is, she mentioned how she had been raised Catholic and had raised a Catholic family. Then she added, “I don’t even think that Pope Francis would subscribe to what Marco Rubio just said.”

Uhhhhhhhhhh … no.

In June 2014, Pope Francis said that ensuring people’s right to live their religious values is increasingly difficult in the modern world “where weak thinking — this is a sickness — lowers the level of ethics in general and, in the name of a false understanding of tolerance, ends up persecuting those who defend the truth about the human person and its ethical consequences.”

Oh wait … “a false understanding of tolerance” … THAT’S what “polarizing” is about.

In March 2014, Pope Francis presented President Obama with a copy of his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), which criticizes some public figures who attempt to marginalize the pro-life message by presenting it as “ideological, obscurantist, and conservative.”

Pelosi is a long-time supporter of abortion and says she supports Hillary Clinton’s 2016 bid for the White House. Clinton recently opined that it isn’t enough for abortion to be legal.  “Religious beliefs” about abortion also “have to be changed.”

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Those Westboro Baptists boggle my mind

I was intrigued by the Westboro Baptist Church’s (WBC) screed justifying its hateful protest at Officer Orozco’s funeral. I mean, Bloody Mary? Really?

2015_05 26 Westboro screed Bloody Mary

Historian David Loades wrote that despite executing some 290 Protestants during her reign, “Bloody Mary” was no more “bloody” than other monarchs of the time.

“Religious persecution was a common form of social and political control in the sixteenth century.”

Still, she did burn people at the stake, so ick … but what has that got to do with NEBRASKA?!

“God Hates Nebraska” because … uhhhhhhhh … okay, I got nothing. There are passages in Scripture that say God hates those who have given themselves over to sin. But everybody living in a state?

Psalm 11:5 for example. “The Lord …. hates those who love violence.”

Plus, it’s clear from the overall message of the Bible that someone who “loves” violence (or any other sin) has made that sin a false idol (Old Testament) and is trying to serve two masters (New Testament). IMHO, Westboro is on very thin ice theologically, since they seem to “love” their “violence” a whole lot too much.

They are also guilty on a number of counts listed in Proverbs 6:16-19.

“There are six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that are quick to run to evil, The false witness who utters lies, and the one who sows discord among kindred.

Obamacrats should note that the one sin that is doubled (sixth and seventh) is LYING. But I digress.

Bluebird of Bitterness commented at PoliNation, “Is one of the requirements for membership in Westboro Baptist that you don’t work for a living? Where do they find the time to travel all over the country to do their stupid obnoxious protests? Most normal people couldn’t do things like that even if they wanted to (which, thank God, no normal person does), because we have actual lives and responsibilities.”

Westboro Baptist has been protesting at funerals and other public events since about 1991. They have a special hate on for our military and some protests have included WBC members stomping on the American flag. They also really hate gays, Jews, Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, and … well … pretty much everybody but their own sweet selves. While they claim to be against abortion, I didn’t see any indication that they protest clinics or lift a finger to help pregnant women carry to term.

Wikipedia says WBC pickets as many as six locations every day and that, on Sundays, they may hit up to 15 churches! Most of these are in their hometown of Topeka, but they claim they’ve hit all 50 states and spent about $250,000 a year on picketing.

Wait, what? Who’s paying for this?!

I googled and found a number of other people asking about WBC finances also. As a church, they have no obligation to disclose their finances. They claim they support themselves entirely with member donations, which is a bit hard to figure … unless somebody in the TINY congregation is a trust fund baby or something.

Some folks suggested they rake it in with law suits, but that didn’t hold up. They have filed and won a couple suits against people who tried to deprive them of their First Amendment right to be total assholes, but the awards didn’t net them enough money to pay for even one year of travel.

So I ask again … who pays for all this?  Am I being too tin-hatty to think somebody who hates Christians is paying for these turds to go make the rest of us look bad?

Wikipedia says WBC is a non-denominational church that has been condemned by Baptist and other Christian denominations, so there’s not likely to be any money coming in from other churches. Wikipedia says it has only about 40 members … FORTY … most of whom are members of the extended family of the founder, Fred Phelps, who died in March 2014.

Phelps’ daughter said they did not have a funeral for dear old dad, because they do not “worship the dead.” Call me crazy, but dontcha think that if God considering it idolatry for loved ones to gather and pray for the deceased, JESUS might’ve said something to that effect while He was here? Say … when he showed up at Lazarus’ tomb? John 11 says, “many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.”  If God had a problem with funerals, would that not have been the ideal time to give us all a heads up?

The WBC website is called http://www.godhatesfags.com. Classy. They announce military deaths with a “Thank God for # more dead troops” and characterize all Catholic institutions as “Catholic Pedophile Whorehouses.”

I’ll spare you what they say about Catholic priests; it’s really gross.  And what kind of church publishes PORN like that anyway?!

The site also links to Sister Sites, which include GodHatesIslam.com, GodHatesTheMedia.com, GodHatesTheWorld.com, and PriestsRapeBoys.com.

There is also a lovely feature called “Numbers” which celebrates

  • “soldiers that God has killed in Iraq and Afghanistan”
  • “pickets conducted by WBC”
  • “nanoseconds of sleep that WBC members lose over your opinions and feeeeellllliiiiiings.”

That last one is zero.  And speaking of ZERO … there are ZERO pages at the WBC website devoted to what the Bible has to say about God’s LOVE or Jesus’ SALVATION.  However, there is one devoted to “God’s Hatred in the Bible.”

Among the WBC’s contemptible actions listed at Wikipedia:

  • January 2011: WBC announced plans to picket the funeral of the 9-year-old girl killed in the 2011 Tucson shooting (Giffords).
  • April 15, 2013: WBC thanked God for the Boston Marathon bombings and announced plans to picket the funerals.

Their picket schedule shows them going to North Carolina this week-end and Florida the following week-end. Lucky North Carolina and Florida. :0/

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Mascot Update

Buzz and Bunny are making the most of Alaska’s short, but very bright summer. 2015_05 Mascot Update Mama Buzz loves to garden and quite possibly loves even more to share her garden photos with her avid-but-homebound gardener mommy. 2015_05 29 Begonias male and female Begonias grow male and female flowers on the same plant. I did not know this! The male is the one on the left with the yellow stamens.

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