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  • Dear Hollywood: Please, For The Love Of God, Go On Strike.

    As many people know, the election of Donald Trump has caused Leftists in general, and Hollywood in particular, to become unhinged.

    I’ll begin with Leftists in general. Their latest tantrums concern the inauguration. They have mounted a campaign to shame performers who were asked to perform into dropping out, and are currently twitter and Facebook mobbing any individual or group that chooses to perform on January 20.

    Here’s just one example. Below is a Facebook post by the band Three Doors Down, who will be performing next Friday.

     

     

    Note the vitriol:

     

    Old fans of this band commented with their support, of course, but that doesn’t negate the hate from the Left. What business is it of theirs who performs at the inauguration?

    And if I read that Leftist talking point about Trump “mocking a handicapped person” one more time, I may just scream into a pillow.

    It was debunked. It did not happen. Trump did not mock that reporter’s disability. Trump was acting boorish on the campaign trail, but he did not go after a reporter’s disability. The true story can be found in the article below, by Mollie Hemingway.

    Unlike another president, who really did make fun of mentally handicapped people:

     

    Of course, Leftists reserved comment on the Special Olympics insult, because, Obama.

    Now on to Hollywood Leftists, who have become as crazy as sh*thouse rats.

     

    I’ll start with the big enchilada, Meryl Streep. And,except for some sh*thouse rats on steroids who will appear at the end of this post, I will also finish with Meryl, who believes she is brave.

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    (Leftists in general also believe Streep is brave for standing in front of a large group of people who agree with her every word and making a nasty speech about half of America, but they are also crazy, as shown above, so we can concentrate on Meryl.)

    There is plenty to say about Meryl here in this post by Mollie Hemingway.

    There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.

    Um, okay. Here again we have a Hollyweirdo who thinks people give a damn what she thinks, insinuating that more than half of Americans are now “showing their teeth.” Like we’re dogs, or some other rabid animal.

    Hello? Meryl? Please take your narrative and choke on it. We don’t care what you think. (In fact, we believe you are deranged.)

    For anyone who’s interested, here’s the video:

     

    And here’s the big enchilada speaking of her love for child rapist Roman Polanski and giving him a standing ovation. (Leftists have no comment on this, either.)

    Okay, that’s about it. Except for this:

    The above Hollyweirdos have jumped the shark.

    I’ll be glad when Trump takes office. The derangement of the Left will most likely remain, but once Trump begins to fix the mess Obama made, I’ll be less annoyed by their antics, and more entertained. 🙂

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    And now for a bit of shameless self-promotion.

    The new anthology Freedom’s Light: Short Stories goes on sale Monday, January 16. It is now available for preorder.

    My short story, The Birthday Party is included. I am still over the moon with happiness at being chosen.

    And… my new book, Cadáin’s Watch , the final book of the Storms of Transformation Series, is available for preorder on Amazon.

    Please give these books a try.

    I say this not to nag readers, but for an entirely different reason, one that some folks may not have thought about.

    If you are a Conservative or Libertarian, have you ever wondered why all the arts have been taken over by Leftists like the ones above?

    Books, movies, TV, art and music, with few exceptions, are the property of the Left. This was not an accident. It happened gradually, but knowing that politics is downstream from culture, the Left worked behind the scenes for many years.

    They inserted themselves into all the arts, and now we are faced with craziness from all sides. Anyone who does not subscribe to the Left’s worldview is mocked, derided and ridiculed.

    We have a chance to gain back some ground, but we need readers to buy and read books by authors that don’t tow the Liberal line. It’s the same with movies, TV shows, music and games.

    We have a reprieve, now that Hillary will not be troubling us for at least 4 years. To give independent authors or those with your values a chance will help us change the culture, one story at a time. (And please don’t forget to leave a one or two sentence review on Amazon. The more reviews for each book, the better the chances of it being seen by other people who are tired of Leftist ideology being at the top.

    For information on books that won’t insult your sensibilities, please visit Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance.

     


  • Book Review ~ Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine

    This is the headline to my review of Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine:

    “Compelling story of the human spirit and the deeply ingrained desire to be free.”

     

    How very true this is. I was dying to read Chasing Freedom in full, because I had read bits and pieces of it in order to give Marina feedback. Knowing her dystopia was set in the near future, about ten years after my own dystopian series ends was one of the reasons, but not the only one.

    I have come to regard Marina as a friend. We indies need to support each other, be encouraging and stick together, especially we who are deemed less than optimum by those who have hijacked fiction to push an agenda. This is not news to many people, but for those who aren’t aware of it, Conservative and Libertarian artists often get the shaft, be they authors, actors, musicians or other creative types.

    In music, Rock & Roll icon Ted Nugent, one of the best guitarists to come out of Classic Rock, is despised by way too many people because he champions the second amendment to the US Constitution, while other Classic Rock artists are beloved by Americans across the broad political spectrum even though they themselves are to the Left of Bernie Sanders in ideology, all while living as part of the 1% whom they insist Americans should hate. Yet no one seems to see anything out of the ordinary.

    There are probably other examples of the double standard in the arts; I’m just listing what I know off the top of my head.

    The shaft comes from all the usual suspects: Traditional publishing houses and agents that promote a single ideology and only that ideology, therefore dismissing talented authors who believe differently, Hollywood blacklisting of Conservatives, which ultimately led to the formation of the group Friends of Abe (who have incurred shafting just for daring to join together for support), and, of course, the old stand-by: When successful authors of a certain ideology dare to question the status quo, they are smacked down as angry white men, racists, sexists and homophobes.  This despite the facts:  They themselves are men and women of Portuguese descent and not caucasians, one is married to a black woman, and the aforementioned woman, a Portuguese immigrant/American citizen by choice, is a bestselling author who writes books and stories featuring gay characters.

    For anyone who is reading this and perhaps not quite believing it, I can’t help you. All I know is what I see, which I have described above with supporting links.  And this is what is so darn frustrating.

    Despite story after story describing the lead-up to Marina’s dystopia, and also mine, some people still dismiss us as cranks. This despite the fact that American citizens who escaped from totalitarian societies (including Marina) warn us over and over that we are on the path to a place we do not want to go. They should know; they lived it. Yet few will listen, because the alternative is to be “uncool.”

    We aren’t the cool kids; we don’t agree that certain symbols representing American History, even though they offend some, should be purged. And we have our reasons. If battle flags and statues of Confederate Generals are purged from the public eye, it might be easy to purge them from the history books at some point. And, if the bad parts of American history disappear from the history books, how will future generations learn not to allow a different version of slavery to be foisted upon them?

    This is the point that people who base their ideology on “feelings” miss, time and time again. And I bring up this particular attempt to purge history because of an incident last summer, where my husband, who doesn’t have a racist bone in his body, in order to show his support of free expression and his hatred of purging, placed a small Confederate flag on his truck bumper.

    A week or so later, a crazy man was waiting for him as he came out of the bank. This man proceeded to begin the name calling of “racist, racist,” screaming at my husband that he should drive into the wrong of side of town in Wilmington, DE, so the residents there could see the bumper sticker and “f–k you up.”

    This could have ended badly. My husband does not take any shit, but that day he was forced to counter this idiot with only the words “f–k off.” He couldn’t risk any kind of altercation because he was on blood thinners, and might have incurred a brain bleed if the crazy man, who was younger then he by at least 10 years, knocked his head against the truck.

    I’m writing all of the above because situations like these, if not stopped soon, may lead us to real dystopias like Marina’s fictional one.

    This should give one pause. Take a moment to reflect on the above points, and remember the old saying: “You may not be interested in politics, but politics are interested in you.” Please, if you’re on the fence, get off. Choose Freedom, so your children and grandchildren won’t be forced to chase it.

    Below is my review ~ 5 Stars.

    Dystopian Novel, Chasing FreedomBeing quite familiar with dystopian literature, having read plenty over the years, it’s always a pleasure to find something completely different. Marina Fontaine’s Chasing Freedom is just that–completely different.

    To begin, the setting (near future America from 2040 – 2058) distinguishes this novel from others set further in the future. This is quite a change from the majority popular dystopias, such as The Hunger Games, set far away in time. The Hunger Games and similar stories, though they are compelling, don’t have the same impact as Fontaine’s debut novel. When a book takes you, the reader, to places you already know in the back of your mind are quite possibly in your future, the ride can be scary. But while certain situations portrayed are grim, the author does a superb job of conveying just enough to allow readers to know what has happened to a given character without being gruesome.

    When the novel begins, the majority of the characters are living in dark and oppressive “Cities.” The Cities are planned high-rise slums, where human beings who once lived quiet suburban lives, with jobs and families, have been forced to move by the government. The Cities, and the system, are soul crushing, hateful, and in some cases, deadly. Ordinary freedoms like music, books, religion and even creative outlets such as art are strictly prohibited. Health care is doled out by bureaucratic fiat according to “need” or “quality of life”, and children may or may not be approved for college educations, depending on their embrace of the system.

    Out of this darkness come rays of hope in the characters who begin a rebellion. Main characters Randy and Julie begin the resistance movement as teens, yearning for freedom and willing to fight for themselves and others. These characters and the other freedom fighters endure great pain–emotional, mental and physical–as their movement grows, slowly but surely.

    Loss of Freedom in America is certainly not out of the question. Anyone who is paying attention knows this. Perhaps that’s why the dystopian genre has exploded over the past five years or so. But while the subject matter portrayed in Chasing Freedom gives one pause, it also gives hope. As stated above, the course of the novel covers 18 years, the time from the beginning of the rebellion till the beginning of something better. In those 18 years we see Randy, Julie, Chris, Daniel and other freedom minded kids grow into mature leaders, parents, husbands and creative types. Fontaine’s use of mountains in New York, quiet Lancaster County Pennsylvania, and suburban New Jersey as settings enhances the story, making it relatable in additional ways, since people live and work and go on vacations in these places now, today in 2016.

    This debut novel is a great reading experience. I cared about the characters, cried with them in their sorrow and rejoiced with them in their victories. To end, I will simply say that even though America seems to be headed for exactly the scenarios depicted, I was left with a feeling of hope. Freedom is not free. It was (and is) hard won. And though it can be thrown away with both hands by some people, there will always be others who will fight to get it back.

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    Above is my criteria for book reviews. Chasing Freedom earned five stars from me, and I hope others will purchase the book and read it. It really is something special.

     

    Marina Fontaine is a Russian by birth, an American by choice, and an unrepentant book addict.
    Because of her background, Marina has always appreciated an opportunity to discover, share and support pro-freedom literature. She runs Small Government Book Fan Club on Goodreads, Marina Fontaine of Conservative Libertarian Fiction AllianceConservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance group on Facebook, and a personal commentary/review blog, Marina’s Musings.
    In addition, she is a part of the Creators’ Team at Liberty Island website, where she contributes book reviews and occasional creative work. In December of 2013, she entered a Liberty Island flash fiction contest with a story that became an inspiration for Chasing Freedom, her first novel.
    Marina lives in New Jersey with her very supportive husband, three children and four guinea pigs, working as an accountant by day and a writer by night. Her other interests include hard rock music, action movies and travel.


  • Catholics Shaming Catholics. (Yeah, It’s a Thing Now)

    As a Roman Catholic, I’m very happy that Pope Francis will be visiting the United States for The World Meeting Of Families.

    This much anticipated event will take place in Philadelphia, PA. I am especially excited, because my parish church is part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

    For those who may not be aware of the latest news re Pope Francis’ visit, here’s an update. President Obama has invited several people to the Whitehouse for the express purpose of welcoming the Holy Father to America. These include a religious sister who seems to condone abortion, a transgender woman, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and Catholic gay activists, all of whom openly flout Catholic teaching. Please click here. For more analysis, see this article by Declan Finn, of The Catholic Geeks.

    Invitee #1? The retired Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson, famous for leaving his wife for his boyfriend, and being the first openly gay episcopal bishop in 2003. Robinson would divorce said partner in 2014. The cross-dresser in this group is a “Mateo” Williamson, former co-chairman of the Transgender Caucus for Dignity USA, born a woman, now thinks of herself as a man, and yet is still attracted to men.

    No, this is not part of a joke. This is an actual quote:

    “Today I identify as a gay man and before that was difficult to understand because I thought that in order to be transgender, in order to be a transgender male that I had to be attracted to females but I never have throughout my entire life.”

    Pardon me while I bang my head against a wall. After a while, I may even come to enjoy it.

    For people who may not know, all of the behaviors these guests are proud of are against Catholic Church teaching.

    That’s not to say that Catholics do not ever fall; all of us do. No human being is perfect. All of us sin. If we sin, whether by missing Mass, committing murder, having sexual relations outside of marriage, cheating on our spouse, telling lies about others and bearing false witness, looking down on our neighbors, and numerous other sins, we are taught that Jesus always forgives. Jesus forgives a repentant soul, always. Always. No matter what. However, the sinner must repent of the sin, and try not to sin again. Some of the more serious sins, such as murder and theft, must be paid for by being brought to justice. In most civilized nations this includes a jail sentence. Being forgiven does not mean we don’t pay the consequences.

    Of course, we all know that we fail many, many times. We commit the same sins over and over again, go to confession, are absolved, and leave church with the intention to never do it again. Some of the sins are venial, such as using foul language. (This is one that I struggle with daily). You get the picture, right? We, as Catholics, are supposed to follow Christ’s Church every day, and if we fall, we should admit it, repent, and know that we are forgiven. It does not mean that we should openly flout our behavior and lead others to follow us, which is what the people Obama invited to meet Francis are doing. Nobody would admit openly to the taking of a human life and expect not to be punished, even if Christ forgives the person, right?

    Oh, wait. I forgot. Some people do take human lives and do not pay any consequences other than being hailed as doing “God’s work” by our President, Barack Obama. And at least one person whom Obama has invited to greet Pope Francis condones the taking of innocent human life by abortion, through her promotion of Obamacare, since taxpayer money is given to Planned Parenthood, enabling them to continue performing abortions. How many people were influenced by this person are not known, however, her behavior might possibly have led others off the narrow way Jesus asked all of us to stay on. It seems odd that this religious sister would be someone chosen to represent Catholics here in America, but I’m sure Obama had his reasons.

    Now, of course, this all comes after Pope Francis has declared that, while on the one hand, he doesn’t believe in judging people, on the other hand he’s also stated that Catholics reject transgenderism, and even said that gay marriage is the devil’s “attempt to destroy God’s plan.”

    The Vatican just recently made official that the transgendered cannot be baptismal godparents, especially when acting as the opposite sex they were born into — because acting as a transsexual is blatantly contrary to the Church’s moral imperatives. Or, in Vatican-speak, “transsexual behavior publicly reveals an attitude contrary to the moral imperative of resolving the problem of one’s sexual identity according to the truth of one’s sexuality.”

    (Why President Obama decided to invite these guests is anyone’s guess. Please click here to see what might possibly have been going through Obama’s head after issuing the invites).

    Remember those bad old days, before we evolved, when all Catholics used to worry about was the following?

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    But such times are in the past now. There are other issues which must be addressed. On June 26th of this year an event occurred, one which changed everything. No matter that the Catholic Church was begun by Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago, and has held the same beliefs on marriage for the duration. On June 26th Gay Marriage was legalized in America, and according to many, especially some Catholics, the Church needs to get with the times. I mean, come on. It’s been almost 3 months. That’s more than enough time for the Church to get the hint: Gay Marriage should become part of Church doctrine. Get it over with already.

    Please see the following pew research analysis on countries of the world that have legalized Gay Marriage.

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    As you can see, less than half of the world’s countries have legalized Gay Marriage. This is an important point. You see, the Catholic Church is also known as the Universal Church. This means that the Church’s doctrine applies to all Catholics, whether they reside in the Northeast Region of the United States, or China. Catholics in France follow the same rules as Catholics in  Syria.

    For folks who didn’t hear this bit of news, ISIS executed four gay men by throwing them off of rooftops in response to the SCOTUS decision on June 26th.

    Four gay men were executed by members of the Islamic State following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide Friday.

    As was reported by a Syrian Twitter user on a tweet posted on the #LoveWins hashtag and picked up by Gateway Pundit, the men were thrown off the roof of a highrise building in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor as a crowd gathered to watch below.

    Several Islamists also reportedly sent out anti-gay messages on the social networking site using the hashtag #LoveWins. That hashtag was used by many worldwide to celebrate the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

    While everyone in America was tweeting about Love winning (complete with a rainbow heart supplied by twitter) and disparaging people who might possibly disagree for more reasons than one, gay men were executed by the Islamic State.

    Please see the following Pew research map of Catholics around the world. Note that only countries with one million plus Catholics are represented. For more info on Catholics in the Middle East, please click here. For a taste of what happens to Christians and Catholics in certain regions of the Middle East, click here.

    As you can see, the two maps differ significantly.

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    Please think about this for a moment while we look at Catholic Doctrine regarding marriage, straight from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (Universal). See 2396.

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    Also see The Catholic Church and Homosexuality from dummies.com.

    The Catholic Church respects and loves the homosexual person the same as it does the heterosexual. Catholicism teaches that homosexual people must be treated with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every act or thought of hatred, violence, or persecution toward the homosexual is condemned.

    Possible unintended consequences of Pope Francis being photographed with the guests mentioned above.

     The consequences are self explanatory, however, we can go over them briefly. Again, the map showing countries where gay marriage is legal is much different than the map showing Catholics around the world, yet Francis is the head of all Catholics. As demonstrated above, Islamic Militants kill gays in their own countries. This is not news. Now, as I write this, there are Christians fleeing ISIS, seeking refugee status in Europe and other countries. Click here for a story detailing the uprooting and displacement of Christians in Iraq. Other atrocities committed by ISIS on Christians include crucifixion, and rape and sale of women and girls as sex slaves.

    As seen above, ISIS is not unfamiliar with social media. They used it to tweet their response to the SCOTUS decision. Imagine what might happen if Francis is photographed with the guests Obama has invited to greet him. Just imagine it. The photos will be in news stories and tweeted and shared on Facebook. Since not all Catholics live in the first world, might not such a thing cause distress? Is it possible that ISIS militants could seize these photos and use them as an excuse to grab any Catholic they see, and perhaps crucify or kill them?

    We all know such a thing is not impossible, and we shouldn’t pretend it might not happen. So, Pope Francis is being put in a terrible position by our President and American Progressives. America and the west are not the only members of the flock. Francis is Il Papa to all Catholics. He has a responsibility to look out for everyone, not just Americans or the West.

    For any progressives who might read this, can you understand that something greater than yourselves and your feelings might be in play? Does any of this matter?

    For a way to help persecuted Christians and Catholics in the Middle East, please click here.

    So, you may be asking yourself what the above information has to do with Catholics shaming other Catholics. This is where my own personal reflections come in. When folks see the words “Catholic shaming” they might be tempted to think of holier than thou Catholics scolding others for what they wear to church, or perhaps for failing to pray a certain way, or other such things. But that’s not what I’m talking about. 

    I have blogged repeatedly over the past year or so about my community at large, and some fellow parishioners who seem to not be on board with Catholicism. For background please see my posts, Saving Nineteen Minutes, parts one, two and three, and No one can Drive you Crazy unless you give them the Keys.

    In addition to what was described in the above posts, other things have happened. They have happened more to my friend than to me, since my kids are grown and hers are still in school. Being termed a Nazi in public by the people who are supposed to be your brothers and sisters in Catholicism does take its toll. So does snootiness in church and other nonsense. The point is, things are about the same as they were last year. It may be that a stalemate is in progress. We can only pray that tension will diminish in time.

    Now I’m going to write my personal account of the latest in Catholic shaming. It all started with a Facebook post, which I made the mistake of commenting on a week ago. Since I cannot seem to get this event out of my mind, I thought I should write about it, hoping some hearts and minds might see that there are larger issues in play.

    Please read this article, which was posted by a friend, and on which I commented. I commented because my granddaughter is in an ArchPhilly school, and I could see the point of asking people to sign this statement.

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    I still fail to see an issue with this statement. Students other than Catholics attend Catholic schools, because of the superior education Catholic schools provide. To make sure everyone understands that Catholic teaching will be a part of the school day seems prudent, especially now that the Court ruled that gay marriage is legal. (Hold on for elaboration on this point.) Also, students of differing faiths attend Catholic schools. It’s a good idea to let parents know that the schools will be teaching their children about Catholicism. Gone are the days when such simple points could be taken for granted. These days some people fail to understand such issues. In order to head off a possible case of a parent taking issue with parts of the curriculum, this statement is a pretty good move. No one will be forced to sign it. In fact, people were quoted in the above article saying they ignored this paper.

    Such a statement, whether it’s signed or not, simply lets parents know that the school is in charge of the curriculum. This could head off parents who feel that certain books or texts which are not included should be, and vice versa. This protects the parents who are happy with the curriculum from having their child’s school year disrupted with a dispute among families. It also protects ALL the kids in the school, because sometimes such disputes become national news. Imagine a 2nd grader being a part of such a thing. News stories about their school, twitter flame wars, Facebook posts, and families taking sides against each other might be possible.

    Children don’t need this kind of BS. It’s upsetting, and they don’t understand why parents are fighting. Maybe their friends stop speaking to them, and they have no control. And older kids get sucked into these messes by their own parents and even teachers sometimes. See my posts on Nineteen Minutes for just such a scenario. Such things are unnecessary and hurtful to all involved.

    How does all of this apply to Gay Marriage and the other information above?

    Simply because, in a roundabout way,  the post in question had to do with Gay marriage. A lot of this stems from the firing of a popular teacher, Margie Winters, from a Catholic school in Merion PA. Ms.Winters had been employed for many years, and the firing took place a short time after the SCOTUS decision. My personal opinion is that Margie Winters should not have been fired because of the simple fact that the school knew she was in a same sex marriage when she was hired. I assume the admins of the school know Catholic doctrine, yet they hired Ms. Winters anyway. Why on earth should she have been fired simply because of an overreach by SCOTUS? I have to assume the court decision put the nail in Ms. Winters’ coffin. Why else would her firing have taken place just a few weeks after the decision? Couldn’t this teacher, who was beloved by students and parents alike, have been grandfathered in?

    But all that aside, it happened. Ms. Winters was, unfortunately, collateral damage in this transforming America in which we find ourselves. She’s no different than pharmacists who have been forced to choose between their profession and their conscience when asked to sell Plan B abortion pills over the counter to minors. It sucks, but this is the America we live in now.

    Each time such a moral conflict arises I’m reminded of the following scene from the Godfather II:

    “This is the business we’ve chosen.”

    It may seem a little strange to include a clip from a movie about mobsters in a post about Catholics, however, for me it speaks volumes. What has happened in America over the past ten years or so is what we have chosen. All of us made our choices. We shouldn’t be surprised when ugly consequences to those choices come to pass.

    It’s terrible that people with lives and families and dreams are used as pawns by the elites of our nation, however, we let it happen. Perhaps, if we’re blessed, we might get some semblance of normalcy back someday. The people who fought for gay marriage to become the law of the land got what they wanted. But such a rapid and complete turn around of what was previously considered marriage will not leave victims in its wake. I’m sorry for Ms. Winters, but at least she’s alive, unlike others who were unlucky enough to have their lives taken while Americans were covering their Facebook profiles with rainbow filters.

    And now we come down to the nitty-gritty of Catholics who shame other Catholics, and why I feel it was a mistake for me to have given an opinion on the Archphilly school statement. It certainly won’t be happening again. I made my own choice in venturing a comment, and was promptly put in my place by other Catholics, people I have never met, and who know zero about me.

    I will begin with a screenshot of my first comment. The poster had stated that she would never sign such a statement. Here’s what I said:

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    This is the following comment by a poster who disagreed with the request for parents to sign the statement. (All names and profile photos have been erased).

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    As you can see, this person stated that ALL Catholics should be forced to sign such a pledge. This would be to insure that each Catholic who opposes certain positions that other Catholics subscribe to could be “actively monitored, evaluated and judged on their adherence” (that they themselves are without sin of any kind).

    Here was my answer on the comments thread:

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    Here’s what I think after a week of reflection. (Please excuse me for committing the sin of using foul language).

    To this commenter: FUCK YOU and your SJW high horse.

    This is America. Americans don’t force each other to sign papers, and then monitor, evaluate and judge them on their adherence. I don’t know many Catholics who would suggest such a thing, but as you can see, this comment got 3 “likes” so obviously they’re out there, living among us and sitting in the pews with us.

    Again, please take into account all that was described above concerning the effect gay marriage has had on people throughout the world.

    Is the above actual shaming? I think it is, since the commenter ended with the warning that Francis is taking the Church in a different “more inclusive” direction.

    But wait. It gets better.

    CATHOLIC SHAMING

    Remember right after the SCOTUS decision was handed down, and there was a simplistic article seemingly written for rudimentary readers going around? “A 30 second guide to how the Gay Marriage ruling will affect you.” According to this article (which disparages people who worried about the possible consequences of the ruling by hiding behind snark) NONE of what I’m writing about today should even be happening. Why, if this gay marriage ruling was nothing but a well needed blip on the radar of evolution, are people being shamed and subtly degraded for having different opinion?

    (I took great pleasure in fisking the article above. It was my first fisk, and I’m pretty proud of it. It certainly doesn’t rise to the level of master fiskers like Lori Bird of The Catholic Geeks, or other masters, but for a first try, it isn’t bad.)

    And now, finally, we have the shaming on full display, in this comment on the same thread as the other one.

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    There it is. Witch trials. Love thy neighbor! Acceptance of all who marry for love!

    Shame, shame, shame on you! Maybe you should wear a scarlet letter!

    One more thing, before I share my response to this person, who again, knows absolutely NOTHING about me. I have never met this person. I have never seen this person on social media, or even heard their name, unless I’ve forgotten it. But note the way this person dressed down a fellow Catholic, using talking points and methods of shaming right out of Alinsky 101.

    RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

     SJWs have no problem making comments such as the one above. That’s what they do, fellow Catholic or not.

    Before I end this post, I want to give my opinion on the “acceptance of all marriage that is based on love” part. I don’t know what this person is getting at, but if they or anyone else thinks that marriages in the future will be limited to only two individuals, I have a nice bridge in Brooklyn I can sell them.

    Yes, I know there was some such language in the court decision, stating “two people” but that’s not going to be upheld if some threesome, foursome, fivesome, etc. decides they’re victims of discrimination. The idea that such people wouldn’t win a decision in court now that the longstanding definition of marriage has been changed is patently ridiculous, as I’m sure we’ll all know before long.

    My position is simply this: I don’t care. I don’t care who marries who, what sex they are or how many there are, as long as everyone in the “marriage” is over 18. I just don’t want it pushed on my family or myself. We are Roman Catholics who try our best to follow Church teaching and our conscience, despite our failings. I have zero interest in this marriage debate beyond how it is affecting my Faith. Until Church teaching says different, I’m following the catechism to the best of my ability. I am guaranteed the right to practice my religion without interference from government or highfaluting SJWs in the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If people want freedom of religion to go away, they should begin a movement to amend the first amendment. (Good luck with that).

    BTW, if the church ever does change the doctrine concerning marriage, I doubt it will be in my lifetime. Such a major change would require a third Vatican Council, or at the very least, a Synod. It won’t, nor should it happen overnight, for reasons already explained above. The only way it could happen without major paperwork and councils is if Francis makes a statement in Ex Cathedra, which he probably will not do anytime soon. Remember, Francis is the leader of the ENTIRE Universal Catholic Church, and he must take into account what such a statement would mean for Catholics in remote areas of the world, including Catholics trapped in ISIS controlled territory.

    Here’s my response to the comment insinuating I might be Cotton Mather inhabiting  a 21st century woman’s body:

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    What loving and caring Catholics these commenters showed themselves to be when debating another Catholic. It’s really sort of a shame. But this is the business we’ve chosen.


  • The Culture War In The Streets Of Philadelphia

    As if any more proof were needed that there is, indeed, a culture war, and that said war is descending into nasty trenches of slimy muck, here’s a story: A group of exhibitionists rode naked through the streets of Philadelphia on bicycles Saturday.
    After a day spent helping family deal with a medical issue, nothing life threatening but still stressful, I don’t have the mental clarity to work on book three. (Though I do have a potential title in mind, finally). So, after seeing this story on my Facebook newsfeed, I decided to… well… cut it apart, tromp on it with my keyboard combat boots and stamp it down into the nasty, slimy muck of the SJW culture trench.

    To begin, please see this article entitled: Is saying Merry Christmas politically correct?

    It seems a bit odd that this article ever had to be written. A slew of similar articles have been written over the past few years. With the addition of news stories, blog posts and my own fear of actually saying the words “Merry Christmas” in public, I believe that there has indeed been an attempt to marginalize the real meaning of Christmas by the Social Justice Warrior crowd. They want no mention of prayer, Christ and God in the public square. If you’re reading this, waving your hand and saying: “Piffle. No such thing has happened. Americans have never shouted down prayer in public, or ridiculed people who pray, or made others feel uncomfortable when they say Merry Christmas. This woman is a religious nutcase,” then stop reading now. You won’t like this post, so don’t torture yourself. Just go. I’m going to contrast the tendency of SWJs to frown upon traditions such as prayer, etc. with their seeming nonchalance when a group of people decide to get naked in the streets in broad daylight. This is my prerogative. I will write what I please on my own blog.

    I don’t need any more convincing, so I will proceed with my post.

    If you’re still here, please watch the following video. Also see Philadelphia, with Tom Hanks, 1993.

     

    Okay. So if you’ve never been to Philadelphia you can see many moving scenarios in the video above. City Hall, the Philly skyline, the Liberty Bell, the Ben Franklin Bridge, sweet schoolchildren, firefighters, underprivileged neighborhoods, homeless people and piles of trash in the streets. There are also great lyrics to reflect upon. (Forgive me for my almost incessant usage of Springsteen’s music in both blogging and books, but the man has rented permanent space in my head. Also, there’s a Springsteen song for pretty much every situation in life, both bad and good).

    So as you see, there are in fact many opportunities to bring awareness to many different causes by visiting the streets of Philadelphia, even in a 3 minute video. For ways to help the underprivileged in Philly, please see Catholic Social Services, Philadelphia.

    So should I wonder at the Naked Bike ride? Am I an old fuddy-duddy, living in the past and needing to get with the times because I see no redeeming feature in a bunch of people riding through the streets naked without even the courtesy to warn people they are coming within a reasonable time frame? I don’t think so. For the Naked Bike Riders to give only 24 hours notice of the fact that they will be cruising the streets alá Anthony Weiner, exposing unsuspecting families to their nasty naked selves, is plain rude and inconsiderate.  I’m not a fuddy-duddy. They are trying to get, pardon the pun, a “rise” out of traditional Americans.

    If you don’t believe me, please click here. Then click on the link to YouTube & find a video, one with a warning. Then play the video. You will see that I am not joking. You may also become ill, but at least you will know I’m telling the truth.

    Again, please, if you are a SWJ or a CHORF, go while you have the chance. (Science Fiction friends, please forgive my co-opting of the term CHORF. As I told Declan Finn on his excellent internet radio show, The Catholic Geek, I feel the acronym crosses multiple boundaries, and applies across the board to the cold Civil War we are fighting in America at this time). So CHORFs, again, go elsewhere unless you decide to actually consider the opinions of other Americans for once. I am assuming, rightly or wrongly I care not which, that you might just approve of cyclists going commando. This is your last warning.

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    The following quotes are taken from this AP article.

    Thousands of bicyclists in various stages of undress have pedaled their way around the city to promote fuel conservation and positive body image.

    Okay. So unsuspecting people walking the streets of Philly, perhaps with young children in tow, should just take heart. The reason you might have come around a corner and seen the following (perhaps traumatizing your child for life) was because these cyclists have a good body image, and they are also promoting fuel conservation.

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    Photo credit, NJ.Com

    Well, that’s a relief. (If you screamed and ran away, dragging your child by the hand and perhaps tripping off the curb, falling and chipping a tooth, take heart! This dude wants to promote body image. Namely his. Who are you to say he shouldn’t? This is America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. Especially those who have courage enough to subject their naked rear-ends to hard plastic bike seats while cruising city streets. The fact that you might have been scared out of your wits at the sight of their dangling junk is not important. What’s important is their body image.

    And also fuel conservation. How… politically correct. So, for the naked bikers and all SJWs and CHORFs who support their endeavor, this is for you:

    Now remember, this is only one of many, many such displays. Hundreds, maybe thousands of them will be set up and flashing from Thanksgiving until New Years every single night, using high voltage and burning energy by the ton, celebrating Christmas and giving young children joy.

    Remember, I wrote that if you sympathize with the cyclists you would not like it here. Don’t be afraid of the following. It’s only a clip from a movie.

    Now please. It was only a clip from a movie. The scary muscle cars and the men driving them are nothing to be upset about. I just wanted to break the news in an entertaining way. (Wooderson, the Matthew McConahey character, is one of my favorites of all time). Here’s the scoop: In addition to the thousands of Christmas Light Displays all across America, there will also be cars full of families driving to see the lights each and every night. They will pile into their cars (unnecessarily some may say) and drive for miles to see the things that make them happy, neglecting to conserve fuel. Some families may visit multiple displays, and many will be driving gas guzzlers. Maybe even classic cars like the ones in the above clip. This might be frightening but you will just have to accept it. I myself am going to insist on seeing a light show somewhere this year, and I will make sure my husband drives me in our 1974 Corvette Stingray, the one with side pipes. Unfortunately it’s not good on gas, but we rednecks must have our bit of fun. Don’t be mad!

    Ed Blanton traveled from Arlington, Virginia, to ride nude in the Philly event for the fourth time “because I’m a bicyclist and it’s fun.”

    He wore just a sign on his back: “The earth is the Lord’s.”

    “I like to get this message out,” he said before hopping gingerly onto his bike and riding off.

    So, Mr Ed, not as smart as a talking horse, but perhaps similar to a horse’s ass, traveled to Philadelphia from Virginia (using FUEL) because he’s a bicyclist and he wants to have fun. That’s it. The Earth is The Lord’s. (Just not that pesky fuel). That’s just the EARTH’s and should be conserved by making a statement and showing your bare ass to unsuspecting sight-seers after it’s been gingerly positioned on a bicycle seat.

    I do hope Ed and others didn’t forget to check the following list, found on the Philadelphia Naked Ride Website.

    Q: What should I do to prepare for the ride? 

    1. Read and follow this: Code of Conduct

    2. Make sure your bike works.

    3. You might want to pack these things:

    • Clothes for after the ride
    • A way to carry your clothes with you or on your bike
    • Shoes
    • Helmet (highly recommended)
    • Money for any pre-ride and after ride activities, and to donate to PNBR
    • Phone
    • Water
    • Patch kit
    • Bandaids
    • Sunblock
    • Bug spray
    • Decorations for your body and your bike

    Don’t want to carry a backpack? Wrap your stuff in a plastic bag and duct tape it to your frame.

    Imagine showing up at the ride after traveling all the way from Virginia and realizing you had neglected to bring your helmet, sunscreen and bug spray. Oh, the horror!

    You may have noticed that 1st on the list to prepare to cycle naked through the City Of Brotherly Love was the Code Of Conduct, headed “Respect For All Bodies.” Following is an excerpt.

    Respect for All Bodies

    The Philly Naked Bike Ride is dedicated to making cycling, nudity and free expression safe and enjoyable for everyone.

    PNBR’s Sexual and Physical Harassment Policy

    WE (organizers, volunteers, and participants) will ensure that all meetings and events pertaining to and organized by the Philly Naked Bike Ride are safe, comfortable and enjoyable for everyone involved.

    WE (organizers, volunteers, and participants) will ensure that no one, under any circumstance, participates in any form of sexual or physical harassment.

    Sexual and physical harassment is: Unwelcome verbal remarks or physical behavior of a sexual nature, especially when concerning a person’s body or sexuality.

    Unwelcome Behavior is the critical word. Unwelcome does not mean “involuntary.” A victim may consent or agree to certain conduct and actively participate in it even though it is offensive and objectionable. Therefore, conduct or behavior is unwelcome whenever the person subjected to it considers it unwelcome. Whether the person in fact welcomed the act or behavior depends on all the circumstances.

    Sexual and physical harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following unwanted behaviors:

    • Commenting on another person’s body (Comment: A remark, opinion or description)
    • Commenting on another person’s sexuality (Sexuality: Anything relating to the person’s sexual nature as a human being)
    • Expressing an opinion about another person’s body
    • Expressing an opinion about an aspect of another person’s body
    • Expressing an opinion about another person’s sexuality
    • Expressing an opinion about an aspect of another person’s sexuality
    • Unwanted sexual looks or gestures
    • Cat calls
    • Comments about a person’s anatomy, clothing or looks
    • Unwanted sexual or physical jokes, teasing, remarks or questions
    • Asking someone about their body or their sexuality
    • Touching someone’s clothing, hair or body without their permission
    • Staring at someone
    • Asking personal questions about social or sexual life
    • Looking a person up and down (elevator eyes)
    • Following someone
    • Repeatedly asking out a person who is not interested
    • Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences or history
    • Making sexual gestures with hands or other body movements

    WE (organizers, volunteers, and participants) vow to confront anyone that we see engaging in these types of behaviors.

    The PNBR is dedicated to the prevention of sexual and physical harassment at all PNBR meetings and events. The PNBR reserves the right to remove any organizer, volunteer, or participant who violates this policy from the event in which the violation occurs as well as ban the violator from any and all future PNBR events.

    Okay. So a bunch of nude exhibitionists decide to ride through the 5th largest city in America on a Saturday afternoon, through crowds of people, some of whom came out especially to watch them flip and flop past on the streets, and some of whom were not expecting to see such a sight. But the Naked people all agree that no one will look at another, comment on another, or make gestures with hands or other body parts unless the looks etc. are not unwanted. What about the 44 double Ds? Will their owner be subject to confrontation because someone complains about inadvertent bouncing? What if someone hits a speed bump and something swings? What if the owner of 44 double Ds glances randomly behind herself just at the moment when Mr. Ed hits a cobblestone? What if his gingerly placed ass somehow shifts at just the wrong moment, causing the inadvertent movement of that which he uses to get the word out? Why are there so many rules about unwanted looks, words and gestures among the naked cyclists, when zero respect is given to the general public who might be surprised by them?

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    Does anyone else think they are on some kind of long strange trip? Click here for a google search of “Naked Philly Bike Ride.” Compare the amount of coverage 3,000 exhibitionists riding for fun, body image and fake fuel conservation received to the network coverage of the Planned Parenthood video exposés. 3,000 nude cyclists vs tens of thousands of butchered children, and who gets the media’s attention? The junk danglers. And all of this occurs while there is a hue and cry at times if a woman simply whips out a breast in order to feed her own baby. Strange. Long strange crazy trip.

    I think I proved my point. Let’s move on from the cyclists for a bit.

    The more I hear and see of such pushing of the boundaries of decency, the more I wish to retreat from the world. I guess I’m a throwback. I feel that grown-ups should remain inside their homes, or locker rooms or gyms, etc. while in the buff. How very backward I must seem to some.

    Speaking of “backward” I have had a deep longing lately to attend Latin Mass. The closest Latin Masses to me are in Philly or Lancaster, PA, always on Sunday, of course. My husband works every Sunday, so I doubt I will go for quite some time. Still, I long to, and I plan to wear a veil.

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    Reading stories such as the one above make me want to retreat from the insanity.

    I believe I will order a veil to have on hand, just in case we ever go to Latin Mass. I like the one below. Perhaps a CHORF will see me somewhere and find me offensive. Good.

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    Again, I believe my point about the sliminess of the culture war has been made here. We are all affected by it. We must all descend into the trenches at times, but we with a bit of class don’t need to wallow in the muck. We should stay above it as best we can, however such a debacle as described above deserved the keyboard grenade I just threw at it. I feel better now.