Category Archives: Catholics

Tides Of Hate Sweep Over France

The people of France and the world have yet to recover from the horror of Islamic terrorists who murdered some cartoonists who committed the horrible crime of drawing the “wrong” pictures, but events in France now make clear that Muslims have the capacity to control the politics of Christians and Jews in France. Latest polls reveal that the right wing Marine Le Pen’s party has risen to the point where she now threatens to become the largest political force in France. Who is Miss Le Pen? Her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen years ago was a fanatical anti-Semite who denied there ever was a Holocaust, and blamed any and all problems in his nation on immigrant from North Africa. He was generally regarded as a nuisance extremist who obtained about 5% of the vote of those who hate. His daughter has revised the party and now agrees there was a Holocaust. She even has reached out to French Jews arguing that Muslims ARE the enemy of their nation.

Marine Le Pen’s rise in polls simply reflects the power of hate in the modern world. Her supporters would go by the name of Tea Party in America. They argue that getting rid of immigrants IS the problem of modern times. Of course, those immigrants are the ones who do the dirty jobs of society. Hopefully, her surge in votes is temporary and sanity will return to the French people. Then again, we Americans continue to be insane by voting for Tea Party haters.

Cuba Again In News

There is something rather strange occurring in the halls of Congress. On one hand, Marco Rubio, the son of those who fled the island of Cuba and Ted Cruz the Hispanic born in Canada seek to continue all restrictions on interactions with the evil folk who run Cuba. After all, if a policy that has been in place for seventy years has yet to bring about change in Cuba, who knows what will occur after another seventy years of doing nothing? A band of eight Republican and Democratic Senators are introducing legislation to dissolve restrictions on travel and trade with the Commies in Cuba. Why?

1. American farmers see a new place to sell their farm goods just off the shore of this nation.

2. American industrialists are confident they can sell and even build in Cuba. Consider the drop in costs for manufactures which are made a hundred miles away?

3. Young Cuban Americans want to have connections to their relatives on the island.

In the end, MONEY SPEAKS!

Cool It, Says Pope Francis!

it has been a long time since a Catholic leader has attracted the attention of Catholics. Since the death of Pope John XXIII decades ago, no Pope has come upon the scene with words of deeds that would impact young Catholics with hope that someone in the Vatican understands modern times. The Catholic church has remained fixed in time, but unfortunately, the “time” was about two hundred years ago. Pope Francis has a habit, not only in dress, but in words, of speaking out with joy and understanding to his flock. The other day he informed Catholics they don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should focus upon the practice of “responsible parenting.” I words that most probably referred to Chinese leaders, he argued that “no outside institution should impose its views on family size.”

OK, this is the initial verbal salvo in the war to allow Catholic women to use some form of contraception. He still hesitates to argue for contraception, but it is simply a matter of time before the Catholic church catches up with the behavior of Catholic women. Perhaps, someone should inform the Vatican that most Catholic women in modern societies work and cannot remain home to handle a brood of children!

Banish Winter TV Blues

The onset of winter leads to a sense of the blues in those areas of the nation in which people must endure winter weather and snow. We offer some tips on how society can end the blues for those who must endure this form of despair:

1. No more TV shows in which Mike Huckabee declaims about the evil un-American folks who live on the west or east shows. Last night on Jon Stewart he insisted those on the coasts are not really true Americans. Sorry Mike, but a few million men from the east and west coasts risked their lives in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. Exactly what did the chubby minister of God ever do to help save America?

2. An end to Beyonce and her demanding body. Frankly, she turns me off with her pseudo sense of power.

3. I would be so happy watching a TV show in which Rupert Murdoch explains why he created Fox News for we Americans. Or, he can head home to Australia and pester those people.

4. Allow me to watch a football game on TV without having to hear those inane comments from the blond haired woman on the sidelines who thinks she knows something about a game she never played.

5. I would so love to go to the movies and watch a film in which there was an issue other than than walking zombies and ghouls.

Oh well, at least the snow is pleasant to look at.

McConnell Takes A Stand!

Senator Mitch McConnell told the world that he is digging in his feet, and standing up for justice, prosperity and the American people. So, what exactly does the new majority leader of the United States Senate intend to do for the American people? “We need to do everything we can to rein in the regulatory onslaught which is the principle reason that we haven’t had the kind of bounce back after the 2008 recession.” Oh, during the past year over two million new jobs were created by the dude from Africa. Oh, our economy is moving ahead, but the real problem according to the wizard from Kentucky is that President Barack Obama insists that our nation address issue of pollution that will impact the future. So, what then is the agenda of Mitch and his Republican buddies?

1. He intends to fight to the death for more oil. Thus he supports construction of the Keystone pipe line from Canada that will add to our existing supply of oil.

2. “People are tired of inaction. They want to act and put a lot of people back to work.”

Has anyone informed this idiot that gas prices are heading for $2 a gallon? Has anyone informed the Republican party that the world is awash in oil? Oh, I forgot, constructing this pipeline might provide a few thousand temporary jobs. Just what America needs-more temporary jobs?

THINGS THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN IN 2015

Following are events that will not occur in 2015.

1. George Bush will not announce that he is running for vice president on a ticket headed by brother, Jeb.

2. Barack Obama will not end his aloofness attitude as president.

3. Chris Christie will not weigh in at 180 pounds.

4. Sarah Palin will not be shown at a Homeless shelter hugging one of those dirty kids.

5. Justice Scalia will not support continuance of the Affordable Care Act.

6. New York Mayor de Blasio will not be shot by a cop.

7. We will go an entire year without a single story about police shooting an unarmed black male.

8. Some app will got appshit.

9. Vladimir Putin will be shown hugging a gay man.

10. Fox News will run an expose about the growing disparity in America between the wealthy and middle class.

You have my word on these non-events!

New Year Predictions

We offer predictions as to what will occur in the year 2015.

1. We predict many priests in the Catholic Church will pray for the demise of Pope Francis and his silly ideas of reform.

2. We predict that another plane will disappear into the Java Sea triangle.

3. We predict that a new law will be passed in Congress to assure we have pipe lines to carry needed oil.

4. We predict that President Obama will run out of pens due to signing so many repeal laws.

5. We predict that Ted Cruz will not offer his ideas to any Ivy League audience.

6. We predict that Vladimir Putin will wrestle a bear in order to handle Russia’s financial crisis.

7. We predict the New York Knicks WILL win another basketball game.

8. We predict some college kid will announce a new computer idea that will sweep the nation, if not the world.

9. We predict that Republicans will debate whether or not Congress should actually meet this year.

10. We predict that Jeb Bush will announce he desires brother George to be his running mate in 2016.

11. We predict that Elizabeth Warren will emerge as the only Democrat with balls!

12. We predict that somewhere in America another black boy will be shot by police because he sold sodas without a permit.

Pope Francis Vs Catholic Church

For Catholics born after the death of Pope John XXII, this is the first time in their lives that a Pope has emerged with a sense of the necessary changes needed in the Vatican if Catholicism is to emerge as a 21st century religion. Pope Francis is attempting to drag a recalcitrant Catholic clergy into the new century. Ironically, he is the first non-European Pope in 1300 years. He is also the first Pope who comes from Latin America. He appeared before a gathering of clergy and spoke some blunt words of wisdom. “The curia needs to change, to improve, a curia that does not criticize itself, that does not dare to improve is a sick body.” He went on to blast the silent crowd with warnings about “rivalry and vainglory” as sins that hamper establishment of a modern Catholic Church.

There is no doubt this Pope wants dialogue about issues such as celibacy, abortion, and the role of women in the Church. The main issue is whether he lives long enough to alter the composition of the Vatican. At this point in time there are too many who live in the 19th century, and seek to return to a time that has scant connection to the 21st century. The issue is –time. Can Pope Francis lie long enough to bring about the needed changes?

Oh, and he warned against the “terrorism of gossip.” Gee, I wonder who he was referring to!

Some American Cubans Upset

There are moments when one does not know whether to cry or laugh at antics of Republicans who can only see horror and disaster whenever President Obama opens his mouth or makes a decision. Let me get this straight:

1. The United States of America in 1961, when I was 31 years old, imposed sanctions on the new government of Fidel Castro.

2. Every American president since that moment has supported this decision.

3. Fidel Castro was a dictator in 1961.

4. Today, Fidel is retired and his brother is now the dictator.

5. DESPITE sanctions, human rights does not exist in Cuba.

In other words, imposing sanctions has not altered anything about the power structure of Cuba. According to Carlos Eire, a college professor whose family fled Cuba, “I am furious, in pain, and deeply offended by this betrayal of the Cuban people.” In other words, altering a policy which has NOT provided human rights for Cubans somehow is a “betrayal.” Those opposing change simply wish to dig the hole a lot deeper. Oh, the US has diplomatic relations with China, a leader in denial of human rights. We also diplomatically engage with Zimbabwe whose leader, Robert Mugabe, makes the Castro boys come across as defenders of human rights!

Goodbye Stephen Colbert

It has been for years part of my nightly behavior to tune into the Colbert show in order to enjoy the antics of our good friend who pretends to be a conservative defending the American way of life. But, as the expression goes, all good things must come to an end. During the course of my 84 years I have been part of the last show of many series such as MASH or Seinfeld Or All In The Family. I have always looked forward with anticipation to the last episode. I must confess that not a single last episode remains in my mind. They all conclude with a flat joke or nostalgia. Such was the last Colbert Report. Sort of warm and fuzzy with singing from God knows how many people. Can’t say that I was disappointed, just sad that a good show is now over.

Stephen, we will miss your antics. Have a good time on the new show.