soon and very soon

Friday, April 29, 2005

Schwarzenegger Right Again...For Now

Cali Gov. Schwarzenegger again speaks the truth on immigration policy,
this time regarding the Minutemen Project in Arizona:

"I think they've done a terrific job. They've cut down the crossing of illegal immigrants a huge percentage. So it just shows that it works when you go and make an effort and when you work hard. It's a doable thing. It's just that our federal government is not doing their job. It's a shame that the private citizen has to go in there and start patrolling our borders."

We'll wait for the governor's retraction once criticized by California Democratic leaders.

Pictures of the Week: Iraqi Sandstorm

Monday, April 25, 2005

No Shit of the Day
Poll: Overwhelming majority of American Catholics approves selection of Pope Benedict XVI, according to new WASHPOSTABCNEWS poll...

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Not so fast my friends...
Schwarzenegger turns politician, remembers you can't speak the truth in politics...Apologizes For Border Remark

Within moments of the announcement Tuesday, the media was already trying to "frame" the situation, labeling the new pope, Pope Benedict XVI, as "controversial," "conservative" — as if they think he is afraid of modernity and progress. Even some Catholics have gotten this idea in their head: a theologian at the University of Notre Dame, the Rev. Richard P. McBrien, was quoted in Tuesday morning's Washington Post, as dismissing Cardinal Ratzinger, "I think this homily shows he realizes he's not going to be elected. He's too much of a polarizing figure. If he were elected, thousands upon thousands of Catholics in Europe and the United States would roll their eyes and retreat to the margins of the church."


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the nation's policy on preventing illegal immigration is too lax, telling a group of newspaper publishers the United States needs to "close the borders."

"Close the borders in California and all across Mexico and in the United States," Schwarzenegger said Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Newspaper Association of America. "Because I think it is just unfair to have all those people coming across, have the borders open the way it is, and have this kind of lax situation."

In February, Schwarzenegger endorsed Congressional legislation authorizing the construction of a fence along California's border with Mexico. The proposal has sparked opposition from the state's Coastal Commission, as well as many environmentalists and Democrats.

Not only does the pourous California/Arizona border mean more threats from terrorists but costs both of the state's economies literally billions of dollars a year. The California needs a real security barrier, an 8 meter high wall to keep illegal aliens out!

No Shit of the Day
On second day as Pope, the liberal, secular, elitist media criticizes, doubts, and lambasts a Pope they would never follow anyway.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Germany's Ratzinger is new pope: Pope Benedict XVI



Monday, April 18, 2005

Text of Cardinal Ratzinger Homily
Didn't take me much time at all, thanks to a link from the Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club Website, to find the German Cardinal's homily today at the mass preceding the onset of the process to select a new Pope today. You can read the entire text here at Inside the Vatican, and I have included what I believe to be the notable remarks below:

Let us dwell on only two points. The first is the journey towards “the maturity of Christ” as it is said in the Italian text, simplifying it a bit. More precisely, according to the Greek text, we should speak of the “measure of the fullness of Christ”, to which we are called to reach in order to be true adults in the faith. We should not remain infants in faith, in a state of minority. And what does it mean to be an infant in faith? Saint Paul answers: it means “tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery” (Eph 4, 14). This description is very relevant today!

How many winds of doctrine we have known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking… The small boat of thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves – thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, and so forth. Every day new sects are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw those into error (cf Eph 4, 14). Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and “swept along by every wind of teaching”, looks like the only attitude (acceptable) to today’s standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.

However, we have a different goal: the Son of God, true man. He is the measure of true humanism. Being an “Adult” means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today’s fashions or the latest novelties. A faith which is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature. It is this friendship which opens us up to all that is good and gives us the knowledge to judge true from false, and deceit from truth. We must become mature in this adult faith; we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith. And it is this faith – only faith – which creates unity and takes form in love. On this theme, Saint Paul offers us some beautiful words - in contrast to the continual ups and downs of those were are like infants, tossed about by the waves: (he says) make truth in love, as the basic formula of Christian existence. In Christ, truth and love coincide. To the extent that we draw near to Christ, in our own life, truth and love merge. Love without truth would be blind; truth without love would be like “a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal” (1 Cor 13,1).

Will Syria really pull out of Lebanon?
Two new reports
suggest that the answer may be, "Not really."

Ratzinger Calls Catholics to Avoid the Temptations of Secularism
Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany today gave an incredible homily at the mass preceding the onset of the College of Cardinal's Conclave which began this after noon.

The Cardinal, who received an ovation for his remarks (quite odd at any mass), now must be considered a favorite to the Papacy, despite the media speculation that the Church must elect an African or Latin American Pope. While I have found the text of Ratzinger's remarks in Italilan, I am having difficulty finding them in English (although I did find the Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club Website), some of his more significant comments are below:

"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and 'swept along by every wind of teaching,' looks like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards," he continued. "We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires."

It was quite amusing listening to Christiane Amanpour and the rest of the CNN nitwits blab on and on about how Ratzinger's comments were sure to mean that he was making a "bold" demand to the College of Cardinals that they must elect a conservative and not a more liberal Pope who would radically change the Church's views on women priests, contraception, or gay marriage, it was great to hear John Allen Jr., author of the book Conclave, lay the smack down on Amanpour saying that while Europe and North America may want a liberal pope, Latin America and Africa are much more conservative on such issues, especially regarding the banned use of contraceptives in Africa despite the devastation of HIV/AIDS in the continent (Papible Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria is a very vocal supporter of abstinence over contraception, shh don't tell Amanpour).

Allen went on to say that the Church is growing faster than ever in Latin America and Africa, and despite the apathy of European Catholics, North American Catholics, while they may not agree with the Vatican on every issue, are still very eager to attend mass and practice their faith (there's a reason why there's a shortage of priests in the US), and of course Amanpour was quick to point out the huge margin of Catholic support George W. Bush received in the 2004 election, despite running against a Catholic opponent.

Allen also made another great point in that the Anglican Church's embracing of all things gay (gay marriage, gays in the priesthood) has bitterly divided the Anglican Church with their faithful, the great majority of Anglican worshippers of course not supporting their leadership's stance on such issues.

Plus, I mean does anyone really think that allowing women to be priests is suddenly going to bring converts by the millions or convince someone doubting their faith that they should suddenly return? I hate to break it to the liberals in the media who are almost demanding a liberal Pope be elected, but the great majority of Catholics want no such thing because when you believe in something, as Cardinal Ratzinger said earlier today, and when you have faith that an absolute Truth does exist, you do not need to compromise such a belief in the face of a secular, ego-driven, morally relativist group of people who will never hold the same tenants of faith that you do. Plain and simple: someone who doesn't believe Jesus Christ was the both the Son of God and God himself isn't going to be convinced by haphazardly allowing female ordination.

List of Cardinals Who Will Vote for Pope

Among those electing the new pope is the above pictured Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini. The retired Cardinal of the heavily influential Milan diocese, was considered a frontrunner for the papacy about 10 years ago when Pope John Paul II began his health problems. As mentioned, Cardinal Martini is retired and currently resides in Jerusalem at the
Pontifical Biblical Institute. I have met the Cardinal many times including having dinner with him and watching him preside over a confirmation. He's quite gentle and quiet, his status as a possible successor to PJPII no longer relevant because of the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, but at about 6'3'' is still a commanding presence wherever he is both in size and stature.

Timeline of Vatican Conclave to Pick Pope

Rules for Conclave That Elects Next Pope

Friday, April 15, 2005

Are you a South Park Conservative?

Those right-of-center college students, for the most part, aren't Alex P. Keaton-clones, decked out in Ralph Lauren double-breasted navy blue blazers.

But there's one thing that South Park campus conservatives abhor: "Political correctness drives them nuts", Anderson says. "In interviewing students, for instance, it was clear how much the PC conformities of the campus Left turned them off."

The "over PC-ing" of the media brings up a key aspect of today's culture wars. "One key reason the Right is, if not winning", Anderson says, "at least no longer losing the culture wars isn't the new media; it's the intellectual exhaustion of the Left, something that has become especially apparent in a post-9/11 era".

Last year, James Pierson of the coined a term called "punitive liberalism" to describe the post-1972 Left's belief that America was always on the wrong side of the key events in history, and therefore deserved to be punished. It was a worldview very different from the older, pro-American FDR/JFK-style of liberalism of the previous generation. It first began to be noticed in shows like M*A*S*H, where Alan Alda's Hawkeye could find little difference between America and the communist North Koreans and Chinese. By the mid-1990s, when he wasn't producing cartoons pushing radical environmentalism, Ted Turner commissioned a history of the Cold War for CNN, and its producer was quoted as saying that Turner demanded that the documentary series deal with the Cold War "unjingoistically," adding that Turner "did not want a triumphalist approach". In other words, Turner didn't want to emphasize why it was a good thing that America had won.

I guess my Dad wasn't the only person to cancel his subscription to this rag

The science behind why Liberals really are crazy :)

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Hero of the Day
KFC Manager Douses Animal Activists
John Olivo, the manager of the fast-food chicken restaurant, turned the system on full blast to soak the curbside protesters. And a man who eats beef followed them around with his stepchildren and a microphone.

Israeli Parking

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

This is one of the craziest things I've ever seen.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Another boy-bomber caught at Hawara

Don't let the "cease-fire" fool you, the Israeli Defense Forces stop attacks every day.

Why does the elite media attack Cardinal Law but give socially-liberal Cardinal Roger Mahony a pass for his part in covering up priest molestations which occured under his watch?

A great piece in the American Spectator follows the story:

What's the difference between the fate of Cardinal Law and Cardinal Mahony? The Boston Globe. Mahony has Los Angeles Times religion reporter Larry Stammer in his pocket, as was revealed in 2002 by a leaked e-mail from the Los Angeles chancery in which Mahony promised a colleague that "Larry Stammer" would whip up a positive story for them ("he stands ready to help if we have a story we want to get out," the e-mail said). Unlike Law who had serious reporters on his heels, Mahony has long benefited from the somnolent coverage of West Coast media liberals willing to excuse his protection of pedophiles in gratitude for his political and doctrinal liberalism.

The Los Angeles Times can at once criticize the Pope as a centralizer, then complain he didn't centralize enough during the abuse scandal, then turn to a cardinal whose scandals were made possible by that decentralization to call through him for an even more "less centralized church."The media even as it huffs and puffs about Cardinal Law will provide a platform over the next few months to a liberal Los Angeles cardinal who populated his inner circle with pedophiles. The media will ask him his opinion on this or that phony issue, but it won't ask him why he knowingly made a pedophile, Carl Sutphin, the associate pastor of his new cathedral; why he housed Sutphin in his old and new rectory; why he refused to turn in Michael Baker (a pedophile so disgusted with himself he begged Mahony to call the cops on him but Mahony refused) and even brought Baker into a circle that vacationed at Mahony's Yosemite cabin.

No, this isn't the accountability the media have in mind. For them the solution to problems created by liberal laxity in any institution is even more liberal laxity, and they'll need to keep Mahony around to push it.

Wisconsin Considers Legalizing Cat Hunting
At least two other upper Midwestern states, South Dakota and Minnesota, allow wild cats to be shot — and have for decades. Minnesota defines a wild, or feral, cat as one with no collar that does not show friendly behavior, said Kevin Kyle with that state's Department of Natural Resources.

Every year in Wisconsin alone, an estimated 2 million wild cats kill 47 million to 139 million songbirds, according to state officials. Despite the astounding numbers, Smith's plan has been met with fierce opposition from cat lovers.

Studying Islam, Strengthening The Nation

Monday, April 11, 2005

Saddam Can Only Watch
Arthur Chrenkoff has
a roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq.

Liberal bias in the ivory tower

"Ariel, would you like some of my Israeli Flag chocolates?"

W. and Sharon met today at the Western White House in Crawford Texas. Not too much interesting was said except that Sharon would fulfill his obligation to the Road Map and remove all illegal settlements. Of course this probably does not include the new plan of building some 3,500 new homes which will connect the Maale Adumim settlement bloc to Jerusalem. I'm really sick of the Israeli settlement activity, we give them everything the could possibly want or need and yet they still continue to build build build, this time in a blatant attempt to cut into Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem. It's really no secret Israel is complicity supporting settlers occupying empty buildings in East Jerusalem and routinely demolish Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem built without "permits". This latest attempt to link Maale Adumim to Jerusalem is just dirty in my book, there's no need for it. To top it all off Israel will probably send someone to beg W. for more money to compensate settlers that will be evacuated from Gaza. What a joke.

Sharon also told NBC before summit that the tension and atmosphere in Israel is like eve of civil war over evacuations from Gaza Strip and N. West Bank. A bit of an exaggeration. Every poll I've seen says that at least 60% of the Israeli population supports the disengagement. Of course you have extremists on the right who are doing everything they can to disrupt the process and create as much problems for the Israeli security apparatus that already has to worry about Palestinian terrorists. Of course the fear is that
some Jewish terrorist will derail the current "cease-fire" and give the Palestinians a reason to resume suicide bombings on Israeli citizens. There has also been worries of an attempt by Jewish extremists of attacking the Temple Mount and in a worst case scenario harming the Al-Aqsa mosque or Dome of the Rock.

There has also been messages around downtown Jerusalem spray-painted on walls "We killed Rabin, We'll kill Sharon", and other obvious references to the assassination of Yitzak Rabin by a Jewish extremist in 1995. Sharon has said numerous times he is aware of plots against him and that he is hurt by Jews who he has been protecting his entire life threatening to kill him. But what can you expect from extremists Erik?

At any rate, I wouldn't call the political atmosphere here any more divisive than that of the atmosphere in the US. As the summer comes, and the weather gets warmer, as the disengagement dates come nearer and as Jewish setters do more and more to engage in acts of civil disobedience in an effort to thwart Sharon's plan, it will surely seem as though Israel is descending into Civil War. But one shouldn't confuse the illegal actions of extremists with on organized movement that has any real popular support among the Israeli population.

Also today it was reported that in an obvious move, the IDF is planning to disarm residents of four Jewish settlements in the West Bank two weeks before the communities are to be dismantled this summer, officials said Monday, reflecting growing concern that settler resistance in the West Bank will be far more difficult to put down than in the fenced-in Gaza Strip.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

U.S. Citizenship of Ex-Nazi Guard Revoked

Protesters Call for U.S. Pullout in Iraq

The Gandhi Project

Meet actor Ben Kingsly, best known for his Academy Award Winning performance in 1982's Gandhi. Now, in an attempt to deliver a message to Palestinians that non-violence works, Kingsly, in cooperation with The Gandhi Project unveiled an Arabic version of the film "Gandhi" on Wednesday, hoping to bring the legendary Indian revolutionary's message of nonviolent resistance to Palestinian towns, villages and refugee camps.

The project, sponsored by the Skoll Foundation and the Global Catalyst Foundation, two U.S.-based philanthropic organizations, plans to offer free screenings throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip and to distribute DVD copies to local civic groups to show to youth. The film also will be shown to Palestinians in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

It's so refreshing to see Hollywood actors actually trying to do something about what the feel instead of blaming or castigating the United States and President Bush for everything. Cheers Mr. Kingsly, a much needed message to a culture saturated with violence and propaganda.

Israel, Mideast Foes in Historic Handshake at Vatican

Israeli President Moshe Katsav (L) and Iran's President Mohammad Khatamimi (R)

At Pope’s funeral in Rome, Israeli president Katzav spoke and shook hands with Syrian president Assad and spoke to Iranian president Khatami in his native Farsi. They talked about place where both were born, Yazd in Iran. Katzav and Algerian president Bouteflika also exchanged hugs.

FM Shalom plays down Katsav handshakes

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Bush I, Bush II, Clinton, Condi pay respects to Papa

Notre Dame means Football
No Matter how hard the academics at the University of Notre Dame try to emphasize the strong Liberal Arts education at Notre Dame is, and no matter how hard the Provosts and Deans of the University adjust curriculm geared toward doctrate research in a "Stanford of the Midwest" attitude to apease the Princeton Review or US News and World Report Rankings, The University of Notre Dame will forever be assosicated with one thing, college football.

Notre Dame alumnus ('74) and editor of Notre Dame Magazine, makes the case in this month's issue of Notre Dame Magazine for the firing of Tyrone Willingham and the hiring of Charlie Weis to take over the program. In the worlds of Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, incoming President of the University, success at Notre Dame consists of "acting with integrity, giving our students a superb education and excelling on the field. Success in only one or two of these areas is not the success we seek. Just as we would not tolerate a program which failed to graduate its students or to act with integrity, so we should not be content with one that fails to succeed on the field":

Despite some rough periods, Notre Dame has won enough football games through the years to be inextricably tied to its football heritage. Few colleges or universities (or corporations, institutions, organizations) have the immediate name recognition enjoyed by Notre Dame, and, for better and worse, the place derives much of that identity from its athletic traditions. Focus groups and surveys consistently confirm that, in the national consciousness, Notre Dame means "Catholic" and "football," with an awareness that the place is pretty strong academically, too. Only a few organizations (the New York Yankees come to mind) have acquired the cachet for excellence over time combined with so broad a following as Notre Dame football.

It's been a tough time to be a Notre Dame fan. There have been a few sweet victories, but Notre Dame football has surely changed in recent years. It is now the ceremony that matters, the ritual of it all. The game may bring us together, but the tradition, memories and fraternity are the real reasons for pleasure. A certain amount of emotional distancing from the games played by college students may demonstrate a healthy maturation for someone my age, and, as an alumnus who subscribes to the school's philosophy and mission, I have no trouble keeping football in its place. But life is more fun when the team gives you reason to celebrate and feel good.

I got hooked on Notre Dame football as a kid 40 years ago. Because of football, I came to love Notre Dame and to believe in it. Through the years I've experienced a lot of the history of the sport so ingrained in the University's character. There has been rejoicing and there has been heartache. I'd like to think it's time that the program and institution bring honor to the tradition and give Notre Dame fans reason to feel good again.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Political Correctness Run Amok Watch
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has decided that his players who are caught loafing will no longer wear pink jerseys during practices in an effort to avoid offending breast cancer survivors.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Ukranian President Yushchenko Visits Bush at White House

In a clear message to Putin in Russia Bush thanks Yushchenko for their conversation on Moldova and Belarus!!!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Feeling the Heat?
Syria sets deadline for Lebanon pullout

Thousands Gather in St.Peter's Square

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Analysis: Choosing the next pope

Papible Frontrunners:

Cardinal Francis Arinze (Nigerian)
Born on Nov. 1, 1932, in Eziowelle, Nigeria.
Gained fame while ministering to refugees during the Biafra civil war in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Has worked for more than 20 years at the Vatican, where he has been a key figure in arranging interfaith dialogue among Catholics, Muslims and Hindus.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Argentinian), Archbishop of Buenos Aires
Born Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Known for his simple lifestyle. Chooses to live in an apartment rather than his luxurious palace next to the cathedral; does his own cooking and travels by bus.
Successfully managed the 2001 synod of bishops in Rome.

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (Colombian)
Born on July 4, 1929, in Medellin, Colombia.
As bishop, he took on both corruption among the police and Colombian drug cartels.
Heads the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, in charge of priests worldwide.

Cardinal Godfried Danneels (Belgian), Archbishop of Brussels
Born on June 4, 1933, in Kanegum, western Flanders.
In 1979, he became archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and president of the Belgium Episcopal Conference.
Represents the liberal wing of the church; suggested the Vatican could allow women to hold top posts and that condoms could be used against AIDS.
He is known for his writings in the Dictionary of the Liturgy.

Cardinal Ivan Dias (Indian), Archbishop of Bombay
Born April 14, 1936 in Bombay.
Spent his career as a Church diplomat in Scandinavia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Ghana, South Korea and Albania.
Is seen as a defender of conservative Vatican thinking.
Speaks Hindi, English, Italian, French and Spanish.

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga (Honduran), Archbishop of Tegucigalpa
Born on Dec. 29, 1942 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
He is multilingual; with degrees in philosophy and theology, and a diploma in clinical psychology.
Has taught mathematics; is an accomplished pianist and pilot.
Considered less conservative than other Latin Americans elevated by John Paul II; served as president of the Federation of Latin American Bishops' Conferences.

Cardinal Claudio Hummes (Brazilian), Archbishop of Sao Paolo
Born Aug. 8, 1934 in Montenegro, Brazil.
Franciscan, born in Brazil of German parents.
While he has consistently defended the poor and criticized human rights abuses, he is also considered a theological conservative.

Cardinal Josef Ratzinger (German)
Born April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn, Germany.
Widely known as the Catholic church theological watchdog. Headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the successor to the Inquisition, in 1981.
A brilliant theologian, he has chased down many partisans of liberation theology and has made a number of enemies at the Vatican.
Has been Dean of the College of Cardinals since 2002.
His advanced age is viewed as a plus, as it ensures a relatively short papacy.

Papal Travels, 1978-2004
John Paul II traveled more than a million miles on more than 100 trips to 129 different countries, readily earning the nickname of "globe-trotting pope."

Rest In Peace Holy Father

Holy Alliance

How Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paull II conspired to assist Poland's Solidarity Movement and hasten the demise of the Soviet Union

Friday, April 01, 2005

A Papacy in Pictures

July 23, 2002: The Pope blesses 16-year-old Anthony Ramuscakm, who was paralyzed after a stroke, during a visit to Toronto.

1982: Muhammad Ali signs an autograph for Pope John Paul II.

With Mother Teresa

Newly-elected Pope John Paul II raises his arms in greeting the crowd from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City in this Oct. 16, 1978

At the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, 2000.

San Francisco, Calif, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, Thursday, Sept. 17, 1987

Skiing during a vacation in Pinzolo, northern Italy

Princess Diana with Pope John Paul II during a private audience at the Vatican in this April 25, 1985

1983: Pope John Paul II talks with Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot him in 1981.

Oh, well glad that's cleared up.