Open Thread, Sunday 8 December 2013

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Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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15 Responses to Open Thread, Sunday 8 December 2013

  1. solaratov says:

    The six contradictions of socialism in the United States of America

    * America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.
    * Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.
    * They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.
    * Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.
    * The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
    * They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

    H/T- – Doug Ross @ Journal: Old Soviet Jokes Become Our New Reality

    👿

    • You know what else I’m sick of hearing about here in the USA? That we’re such a racist nation. Gruntessa and I were in Virginia this morning and went to mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton. What a pleasure it was to worship in a church full of blacks and whites and hispanics and asians and middle easterners all praising Christ together with smiling faces and firm handshakes, confident that there were no strangers there, only brothers and sisters. When we held hands for the Our Father, there was no hesitation for me and the black woman standing next to me. The colors of our faces meant nothing important there. It was like that for everyone, and there were plenty of blacks visibly proud to be involved in the ministries (in lead positions) and doing the Scripture readings. Here was a place where I expected uneasy divisions and cliquish self-segregation in the pews, but there was none of that.

      Is it only in America that you can find this kind of racial harmony? Of course not, and neither can you find it everywhere here. But the fact is, you CAN find it here. God bless America for that. This really can be a post-racial country, even in a place with the racial history of Virginia. If we ever get totally past all our racial crap, though, I don’t think it’s going to happen with this pResident. I feel that it has become more tense in the past 5 years, as our disuniter-in-chief has only made things worse.

      • solaratov says:

        Well said, Grunt.
        I do believe that we – as a country – were well on our way to becoming an actual “post-racial” society….before the appearance of our current pResident.
        I have never seen anyone not directly associated with the KKK do as much to divide the races and the classes in America as he has done. And he – and his ‘czars’ – have done these things maliciously and on purpose to pit the races against each other. Rather than a reconciliation between the races which would improve life for everyone, he seeks only to divide and pit us all against each other. It’s the Alinsky and Cloward-Priven way.
        I have come to believe that obama and his minions actually want to see open warfare between the races in America…perhaps leading to a full-blown civil war. And I’m sure that he thinks that his leftist forces would win such a fight and we would emerge as a socialist state.

        It’s going to take a lot of years and hard work by many people of good will to undo the damage that obama and his bunch have wrought on this country.

        • Say it Brother. I think you’re right about their plan, but you gotta be one cold sonofabitch to purposely incite race war. But he’s every bit that cold. When you see him giving speeches to certain crowds, he just oozes whitey hatred… and I’m not even sure he cares much for any other race unless they’re muslims. And like you say, it’s gonna take a lot of years to fix what’s going on right now.

  2. Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception to those who celebrate it today. Happy feast day, Mary!

    • ZurichMike says:

      I little late to the party. ZurichMike is very dedicated to the Blessed Mother, she who is higher than all the angels, and who has kept me from great harm over the years.

      Did you know that the Orthodox Christians do not celebrate this feast day, as they believe that what we inherit is not the sin of Adam and Eve, but the consequences of that sin, i.e., that we are mortal and will die (as did Adam and Eve when expelled from the Garden of Eden) [the wages of sin is death]. Since Mary was mortal, she cannot be said to have been born without [the consequences] of sin. However, the feast of the assumption (the dormition of Mary) is a very big feast day. The Catholics and the Orthodox also disagree on the specifics of *that* event, too: did she die (“sleep” = dormition) and was raised body and soul (Orthodox view) or was she assumed to heaven at the moment of her death (Catholic view).

      Whatever — hope everyone said an extra Hail Mary — the 4th commandment also applies to your spiritual mom, too!

  3. I loved Sean Penn in that one.

  4. I love this mornings bible verse! Talk about TRUTH!

  5. Tammy Bruce had a funny video up. Sounds strange, but “Tippy, the Narcoleptic Squirrel” is funny as hell. Laughed my butt off.

    Here’s my comment over on iota about Tippy:

    Squirrels are basically retarded by nature. They really are the liberals of the animal kingdom. Why is this? Simple. While other smarter critters are burrowing into the ground to stay at a nice 55 degrees in wintertime, the squirrels build a nest in the high treetops and huddle together into a ball o’ squirrel to try to stay warm. When the wind howls and the temp drops to 40 below, the squirrels literally freeze solid into squirrel-sickles. Not kidding. It’s hard to find any squirrel in northern climates that doesn’t have some brain-glitches. Some are just more obvious than others.

    I’d say more, but then it’d be too obvious that I’ve spent too much time in the frozen wastelands myself and have my share of… *clunk*

  6. ZMike,
    I also think that many westerners cannot or do not know the difference between Orthodox and Eastern Catholic, such as the Byzantine Eastern Catholic Church. The Byzantene Catholic Church often call Mary the “Theotokos”. It is a Greek word meaning “God-bearer.” It is a title that is commonly translated into English as “the Mother of God.”
    In the Eastern Catholic Churches they weigh heavily on tradition and mysticism. That is why they look at Mary’s unique role and unique relationship with her Divine Son, she has a special place of honor in the Church.
    The Mystical side of the Church is awed by the mystery that her womb contained the uncontainable God, and the hymns of the church proclaim Mary to be “higher in honor than the cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim.”
    I also would remind all who are interested more to look at the Historical apparations of the Blessed Mother at different times in different locations and pay attention to the message. Not everything is as it would appear to be and there is also alot of “disinformation” so you must be careful. Some facts are hard to brush off though.

    • A couple of interesting lines about Our Blessed Virgin Mary

      Mary is called the “new Eve” because Eve said “no”, and Mary said “yes”.

      Here is some information about the Ark of the Covenant:

      Inside the Ark of the Old Covenant were the stone tablets of the law– the word of God inscribed on stone.

      Inside Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, The Body of Christ — the word of God in the flesh.

      Inside the Ark of the Old Covenant was the urn filled with manna from the wilderness — the miraculous bread–the manna from heaven that fed the Israelites in the desert.

      Inside Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, Her womb containing Jesus, the Bread of Life, who came down from Heaven.

      Inside the Ark of the Old Covenant was the rod of Aaron that budded to prove and defend the true high priest.

      Inside Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant was the eternal High Priest, our Lord Jesus Christ!

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