Category Archives: Catholics

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.

Marco Rubio Is Upset About Cuba

Senator Marco Rubio is very upset because that man in the White House has decided to open diplomatic relations with Cuba. You know, the land from which Marco’s parents fled in order to flee from tyranny. He terms the President as being the “world’s worst negotiator” which leaves me a bit confused. Either Marco does not want any negotiation with the Castro brothers or he wants a different outcome from the negotiation. For years Marco has been against any form of negotiation. However, if Marco was the President he would have gotten much more from the Castro gang.

1. Fidel would have been compelled to apologize to all Cubans now living in Florida for being a bad man.

2. Fidel would agree to raise wages of all Cuban workers.

3. Fidel would have promised to disband the Cuban armed forces.

4. Fidel would have agreed to give each and every Cuban immigrant to the US a sum of $100,000.

5. Fidel would have promised to welcome Capitalism to Cuba.

As I recall when then President Richard Nixon opened relations with Communist China all he did was agree to exchange Ambassadors. Marco, we have attempted for over half a century to end the Castro regime and it is still there. Enough is enough.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comment.

Sweden, Local: “Elderly Man Fined For Walking Slow”

Please inform my 84 year old body to shuffle along a bit faster!

Norway, Norway Post: “Find Stolen Chocolate”

What a sweet story!

USA, aol: “Alleged Spying”

These days what other kind is around?

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Say Farewell To Dead Miner”

I will have to dig into this story.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Proud To Come To Work”

Words never uttered by any American Congressman

Oh Dem Immigrants!

There are many people in the great state of Texas who are furious for dem Mexican immigrants who cross the border and take their jobs picking fruit or hauling garbage. You have to understand that many men who work in the corporate world in Houston would prefer to work in a meat plant but dem illegal immigrants have taken those jobs away from them. One of the angry young Texans headed for the Mexican Consulate in Austin, Texas, and began to blast away after he set the place on fire. He wants to halt dem illegals from taking the job of nanny away from his wife. The man was finally shot to death after he made his statement clear that illegals have no place in the great state of Texas.

How about a history lesson? The Mexican government in the 1820s was not concerned about immigrants. They invited Americans to immigrate to the place they call, Texas. After a decade or so, these “immigrants” in Texas became upset because the nation of Mexico ended slavery, and they, naturally revolted to ensure their right to have slaves. Oh dem immigrants, always causing trouble and taking jobs away from slaves?

Mexico, The Broken Land

There is an old expression that is known to people in Mexico: ‘so far from God, so near to America.” It reflects the reality that Mexico has always confronted the problem of a powerful neighbor which has robbed the country time after time. Americans took half the nation of Mexico after the Mexican War and since that time has sought to exploit its natural resources. But, in recent decades the Americans fell in love with drugs which led to the emergence of drug lords who have unlimited power in Mexico. A few months ago 43 college students disappeared after they annoyed the mayor of a town who was simply the buddy of local drug lords. We now know the boys were murdered and their bodies burned and dumped in a garbage area. President Enrique Pena Nieto has finally recognized that something must be done about these drug lords. He rules a land in which police earn about $340 a month from the government and hundreds more from drug lords.

The President recognized “there are two Mexicos. One that is part of the global economy with growing levels of income, and there is another part of Mexico with historic problems that have been unresolved for generations.” He promised to do something to create an honest police force. However, the best solution is for the United States of America to legalize all forms of drugs and end the power of drug lords!

Rudy, The Mouth, Guiliani

Confession. I have never been a fan of the infamous former Mayor of New York City, the one and only Rudy Giuliani. He was a creation of the media. His so-called tough actions allegedly led to the decline of crime in New York City. Actually, crime in EVERY MAJOR AMERICAN CITY declined during the 1990s, regardless of what the police did or who was mayor of the city. The decline took place due to the smaller number of young men in the age bracket, 17-28. It is in this age cohort that most crime occurs, and when there are fewer in this age cohort, crime, automatically goes down.

Rudy, the mouth, was on Meet The Press, in order to provide his keen insights into the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Naturally, he had to shout and scream his well known dislike of those with dark skins. IN his analysis of the Michael Brown shooting, the only person at fault was the young man who was shot dead. He lunged at the panel and declared: “Why don’t you cut it down so many white officers didn’t have to be in black areas? The white officers wouldn’t be there if you(black folks) weren’t killing one another! I find it disappointing that you’re not talking about the fact that 93% of blacks in streets are killed by other blacks.”

This keen analysis demonstrates clearly that Rudy is a bigot. Reality, most whites in this nation are killed by OTHER WHITES. The 30,000 who die each year due to gun incidents are killed by white and black people who know the victim. If police stopped and searched white youth for possession of guns and knives our jails would be filled with white youth. This creature is a disgrace to America!

Mexico, Then Failed State

It is time for the people of Mexico to realize their government has virtually collapsed, and the lives of its citizens are at risk. For years, the people of Mexico have been compelled to live in a society in which government officials pay attention to the need and requirements of drug lords. And, when I say, pay, it is meant to infer they receive pay from drug lords. The alliance between police, army, government officials and drug leaders is in place. Their allegiance is to the God of money, not to the people of Mexico. So, what must be accomplished in the coming years?

1. The entire Armed forces must be retrained. This begins by establishing a pay scale that ensures all members of the armed forces do not need to accept bribes.

2. There is need to create special groups of soldiers led by honest officers who will attack drug lord establishments. They must be prepared to blast away at these thugs.

3. The United States of America has to finally legalize drugs. That one step would be the most important step to take in order to save the nation of Mexico.

Catholic Crazies Also Exist

It has become the norm in America to believe that only Muslims engage in horrible warfare against the innocent. Even liberals like Bill Maher are convinced there is something special in the Muslim religion that leads to brutal murder of the innocent. Elena Poniatavska, a Mexican novelist and journalist wrote a powerful essay in which she expressed her horror at the murder of 43 innocent college students by police and drug lords who decided that killing was the only solution. “To hear that 43 young people were assassinated and then burned in a municipal garbage dump;s, as if the kids were trash or crap is offensive. As a Mexican, I am ashamed by this tragedy. How can we face the world after this?”

Yes, there is something extra horrible after these murders. She is particularly upset at the calm attitude of the killers, who murdered without any sense of anger toward the students. She compared this brutality to German (Christians) at Auschwitz. When Christians commit brutality, we Americans insist that Muslim murders are more brutal. Death of the innocent is not the monopoly of any religion. Is yoiu want to murder, you are simply a human.