Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bookmarked for later reading

I am catching up with all the worldly news I missed when living (literally) off the grid. So bookmarking for later reading (on my tablet).

GetReligion analyzes the way the MSM reported the Pope's synod, and questions if the name calling is a quote or just the opinion of the reporter:

Where did this "tea party" image come from? Who is being quoted here?
Who, precisely, is comparing the vast majority of the bishops from Africa with the Tea Party Movement (which in American media is usually code language for racism and other forms of irrational bias)? Is this a quote or material provided by the Post team itself?
FatherZ 's latest comments are HERE.
the Pope as Saruman? Works for me....

The Pope excoriates bishop's with closed hearts.

He said the synod had “laid bare the closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families”.

all of this sounds nice, until you realize it was the soft headed hearted bishops who forgave (over and over again) then reassigned those poor "wounded" priests who schtupped young boys...

Forget those thorny problems of sin that are harming people.... notice the ravages of the sexual revolution that decimated families, aborted babies, left millions of kids fatherless (and in poor countries, left them living as street kids).

Let's get into the real problems of the day: climate change.

and no, unlike that hard hearted stuff about adultery and marriage, it isn't based on what Jesus said: it is just their political opinion so you can disagree with it and remain a good Catholic.


there are so many meetings about climate change that one never hears about. AViewFromHere reports on the latest preconference from Bonn.


Millions of girls aborted in China, so the young men lack wives. No problem, says one professor: Just legalize polyandry...

there is a poorly reported back story about buying wives from SE Asia, or kidnapping girls from rural China to marry men in China. In Korea, a lot of rural farmers marry such brides...


AnnAlthouse also has a link to an article lauding the feminist ideals of "talking circles"...and genderless pronouns.

Hmm...Tagalog and Shona have common pronouns for a person, but they don't seem to have a problem distinguishing men and women...

The problem is of course that outsiders viewing a new culture don't see the subtleties, but project their own ideas into the culture.

. Discussion circles are not exactly democratic in reality because too often the weak are pressured into not giving their opinion. (for example, young married ladies rarely have a say in the circles, which are run by the elder wives who have power over them in real life i.e. mother in laws or the senior wife. Oppose them in public, and your life at home is made hell).


Instapundit links to a blog quoting Heinlein's 1973 speech to Annapolis graduates about the need for warriors, and it's not exactly politically correct (but alas it's true).

One of their (the pacifist's) favorite quotations is: ‘Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.’ What they never mention is that the man who made that sneering remark was a fat, gluttonous slob who was pursued all his life by a pathological fear of death.
uh, tell us what you really think, Mr Heinlein...


first Abraham Lincoln, now Elizabeth Bennett:

What is it with zombies in culture? A subconscious idea that maybe things are out of control and big brother won't help you when things get bad?

I don't know, but when it was dark here after the typhoon, and I was alone (the family was caught in Manila and couldn't get back) I do wish I still had Lolo's submachine gun in the closet, or at least my 9mm pistol instead of just the 70 year old 90 pound cook guarding the entire home/business compound at night...

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