Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Andrei Move over atheists would be priestesses have hijacked your campaign

Posters calling for the ordination of female priests will be plastered on London buses next month during the pope's visit to Britain, a campaign group said Friday.

The ads read "Pope Benedict -- Ordain Women Now!" and will be on 15 double-decker buses running in some of London's main tourist areas, including Parliament and Oxford Street, said Pat Brown, a spokeswoman for Catholic Women's Ordination (CWO).

The group hopes the ads will raise awareness of the group and the issue, she said.

Oh my

Andrei Bad news for booze zealots

Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers, Study Finds
One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do. The standard Alcoholics Anonymous explanation for this finding is that many of those who show up as abstainers in such research are actually former hard-core drunks who had already incurred health problems associated with drinking.

But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that - for reasons that aren't entirely clear - abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one's risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.
Actually this has been known for years but it is good to see it reinforced.

God save us all from zealots and politicians that go along with them.

Fletch Katrina 5th Anniversary

I notice that the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is being marked in America. Obama visited New Orleans today, which bore the brunt of the hurricane back in 2005. I notice, in the comments that he made, that he apologized for the (Bush) Government's slow reaction in helping the survivors at that time.
"It was a natural disaster but also a man-made catastrophe, a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men and women and children abandoned and alone," Mr Obama said in a speech at Xavier University.
 But was help really that slow? Not according to a special report put together back in 2006 called, "Katrina: Debunking the Myths" by Popular Mechanics, whose "editors and reporters spent more than four months interviewing officials, scientists, first responders and victims."
As far as the slow response, the article reports -
MYTH: "The aftermath of Katrina will go down as one of the worst abandonments of Americans on American soil ever in U.S. history."--Aaron Broussard, president, Jefferson Parish, La., Meet the Press, NBC, Sept. 4, 2005
REALITY: Bumbling by top disaster-management officials fueled a perception of general inaction, one that was compounded by impassioned news anchors. In fact, the response to Hurricane Katrina was by far the largest--and fastest-rescue effort in U.S. history, with nearly 100,000 emergency personnel arriving on the scene within three days of the storm's landfall.
Dozens of National Guard and Coast Guard helicopters flew rescue operations that first day--some just 2 hours after Katrina hit the coast. Hoistless Army helicopters improvised rescues, carefully hovering on rooftops to pick up survivors. On the ground, "guardsmen had to chop their way through, moving trees and recreating roadways," says Jack Harrison of the National Guard. By the end of the week, 50,000 National Guard troops in the Gulf Coast region had saved 17,000 people; 4000 Coast Guard personnel saved more than 33,000.
These units had help from local, state and national responders, including five helicopters from the Navy ship Bataan and choppers from the Air Force and police. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries dispatched 250 agents in boats. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state police and sheriffs' departments launched rescue flotillas. By Wednesday morning, volunteers and national teams joined the effort, including eight units from California's Swift Water Rescue. By Sept. 8, the waterborne operation had rescued 20,000.
While the press focused on FEMA's shortcomings, this broad array of local, state and national responders pulled off an extraordinary success--especially given the huge area devastated by the storm. Computer simulations of a Katrina-strength hurricane had estimated a worst-case-scenario death toll of more than 60,000 people in Louisiana. The actual number was 1077 in that state.
So, does Obama actually know this? Or does it just help him to keep repeating the same old line that the Bush Administration was bad, bad, bad.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Andrei Frankenstein herald's latest activism

According to the Herald
New Zealand fertility experts are asking whether money could be offered to encourage men and women to donate sperm and eggs for childless couples.

Long waiting lists for fertility treatment mean many New Zealand families seek medical assistance abroad, in conditions doctors say could be substandard.

Fertility experts say the Government should follow the example of Britain, which has made several proposals to encourage donations of egg and sperm.

Why is this a big issue?
The trend towards having babies later in life means the demand for IVF is rising - one in six New Zealand couples have fertility problems, according to the Nurture Foundation.

And of course this leads to victims including the perpetual victim class - the gays.
The waiting list for infertile couples could be a year or more. Some may never get treatment. Gay couples often wait the longest, because of a clause which allows donors to choose where their sperm or eggs end up - some want their donations to go only to heterosexual parents.
My goodness - what is wrong with the concept of marrying and conceiving children in the time honored manner?

If you really want children sacrifices have to be made - this having you cake and rating it approach is not really viable for most and probably not at all in the long term.

The whole concept makes my flesh crawl.

Andrei On a slow news day, wind it up

This picture was taken at a rock festival held in a small town you probably never heard of.

There's story that leads the world news section on the stuff website: Skinheads attack 3000 at concert

And according to the story a 14 year old girl is dead.

In truth this is just a story of local interest, unworthy of the attention of AP from whom Stuff got it.

A small rock festival was briefly disrupted. There were eleven injuries requiring medical attention and twenty arrests. Not good but not earth shattering world news either. No dead girl or skinheads and without those elements the story just has no hook.

A local reporter reported scuttlebutt as fact - it ended up on the wires and AP rewrote it with their own spin.

And indeed the local reaction in the town of Miass where this happened is about the same reaction such events had they occurred in Hamilton, say. Dismay at rowdyism.

And the thing is a lot of what we have dished up as News is anything but. A few days ago the Herald reported a man had cut off his penis to avoid being deported from Spain. Did this really happen? I doubt it. It is just too good a story to pass up. The Herald doesn't say where they got the story.

I remember years ago being ribbed in France when a story appeared in one of their rags about a fellow who wandered the streets of Oamaru with a saveloy (explained as a large red skinned sausage) hanging out his fly. According to the story he had been arrested but the judge had ruled it wasn't against the law to have a saveloy hanging from your fly so he continued to do it to the continuing consternation of the good citizens of Oamaru.

Do you think that ever happened?

Stories from far off places that reinforce an agenda or are just plain odd are probably gross exaggerations at best or just plain not true.

And it is highly doubtful a Moldovan priest drowned a baby while baptizing him despite what you might read in the papers and blogs.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fletch More Left Wing Bias Reporting by TVNZ

Yesterday, a huge rally took place in Washington organized by Fox anchor Glen Beck, called "Restoring Honor".

A crowd of several hundred thousand conservatives gathered in Washington yesterday to pay tribute to the sacrifice of America’s armed forces and to call for a return to America’s founding principles, in a show of strength that significantly exceeded most expectations. NBC News estimated there were around 300,000 attendees, two hundred thousand more than the 100,000 originally expected, while the event’s organisers put the figure at half a million. Whatever the final figure, this is without doubt one of the biggest rallies Washington has seen in the 21st Century. Even the leading standard bearer of the Left in the US media, The New York Times, admitted that “by any measure it was a large turnout. The crowd stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.”
So how do you think TVNZ reported it? They concentrated on Beck, showing some old sound bites of him criticizing Obama and calling him racist (which Beck has since apologized for). TVNZ then made much of the fact that Beck was making his speech in the same place that Martin Luther King made his "I have a dream' speech years ago (cue old Black and White clip), inferring a contrast.

What TVNZ didn't say is that King's niece Alveda supported the event, spoke at it, and praised Beck -
"I am attending this rally to help reclaim America," she told "Good Morning America's" Ron Claiborne today from Capitol Hill. "I'm joining Glenn to talk about faith, hope, charity, honor. Those are things that America needs to reclaim. Our children need to remember to love each other how to honor each other, their parents, God and their neighbors. I agree with Glenn on all of those principles. So that's why I'm here. For me it's principles over politics."

TVNZ didn't even mention her or that she was there. Shame on you TVNZ for your highly biased reporting. If King's niece can support Beck and praise him, then who are you to manufacture some kind of conflict between Martin Luther King's original message and Beck's? The conflict was heavily inferred, that is for sure.

Also -
Clarence B. Jones, who served as [Martin Luther] King's personal attorney and his speechwriter, said he believes King would not be offended by Beck's rally but "pleased and honored" that a diverse group of people would come together, almost five decades later, to discuss the future of America.
TVNZ just couldn't stand the fact that so many had turned out and had to put their own spin on it

Spin, spin, spin.

ZenTiger Oblivion

If you endorse suicide as a solution to a problem, are you encouraging others to kill themsleves by this careless act?

Will any new self-assisted suicide laws include an advertising and sale ban that is age restricted?

When you get to the New World checkout, will you need to show your ID to prove you are over 72 when asking for the self-assisted suicide kit? Will the advertisement for "Oblivion" (Death or your money back) carry the message at the bottom of the poster saying: "This self-assisted suicide kit is ideal for old gits and people that have a terminal illness, such as life. Available to anyone over the age of 72. ID may be asked if you appear to be 10 years younger."

Will there be a new market for self injected HIV or cancer cells, which then gives you permission to buy "Oblivion"? Will there be a family pack offering, for those murder-suicide combos where the affected parent ties up loose ends before exercising their human rights in what euthanasia advocates suggest is a dignified and civilised manner?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

ZenTiger Whanau and the Government

There was an article I read a week or so ago about Paula Bennett suggesting Iwi should step in and help out where children were removed from homes of Maori parents that were not able to be good parents.

Given that Maori child abuse statistics are disproportionally high, and that Maori view things through a perspective of race, and that whanua and iwi are defining characteristics of their social make-up, this all makes perfect sense.

Imagine my surprise then when some Maori spokesperson in the article rejected the idea out of hand, saying it's up to the cold hand of government to care for these kids.

Andrei This is kind of cool

Its fifty years ago that the Beatles first played in Hamburg.

And this is being commemorated in Liverpool this weekend. As part of this a concert in Liverpool Cathedral will include video of Beatles songs recorded on every continent.

Easy enough for most but what about Antarctica?

Well they found some Russian Orthodox Monks from Holy Trinity Church, the most Southern Church in the World, down their to perform for them.

What songs? Nobody knows yet but I'm sure it will end up on Youtube.

Should be interesting.

ZenTiger Is this fair?

A few days ago, when I was far too busy to blog, the DomPost blazed the headline

Is this fair?

Former MP rips off charities - 300 hours work for the community

vs.

A Tortured Soul goes off the rails - Two years and three months in jail


At the time, I thought the headline was mischievous. We were not told what the crime was for the 2 years jail. "A tortured soul going off the rails" could have also been Roger McClay's crime for his expense claim fraud of $25,000 or so against charities he (presumably) volunteered his time for.

The crimes of the "tortured soul" in question was for 20 offences around stealing also. The kicker was that a police car chase was involved, and he was finally stopped with road spikes driving a stolen Jag. He had an air rifle in the back seat. Now, I don't really want to argue the harshness or appropriateness of the sentence in this instance - I don't really have enough facts and I'm happy to concede that the Dom Post may have had a point in the overall article.

I just happened to think that the headlines were misleading to phrase the expense claim fraud one one side with "rips off charities" and contrast it to "tortured soul".

The Dom Post makes my point for me so well a few days later with this front page news story:

Police Pursuit Deaths: Moron's act of devastation

Yes, you guessed it. We have another case of a driver fleeing from police, failing to stop and ultimately killing an innocent bystander in the process. Suddenly, this driver is not "a tortured soul", but a "moron".

Because when you risk other people's lives, and don't kill anyone out of good fortune, you don't deserve jail according to the DomPost article above, whereas expense claim fraud involving charities could have theoretically starved a child to death, and probably does deserve jail, according to the DomPost.

I wonder if they ever read what they write?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all

Hello blog people,

Salutations and greetings from my side of the computer screen out to the whole world!

Stop by and chat should you feel so inclined.

Lucia National Standards appear to be a vehicle for environmental propaganda

I've been having a look at the National Standards online, and was not surprised to see that the Standards are not exempt from perpetuating the new environmental religion disguised under the guise of science. This is from Illustrating the reading standard:

The students in a year 5 and 6 class are involved in a science investigation to discover how environmental causes and human actions have led to many animals becoming endangered and to identify a range of actions that individuals and organisations can take to restore the habitats of these endangered species.

'Plight of the Sea Turtle' deals with the decreasing numbers of sea turtles in the Pacific and describes some initiatives to prevent their extinction. The information is logically organised, and the text is well supported by photos, a map, captions, and easily identified information boxes.

The teacher chose 'Plight of the Sea Turtle' because the text includes a range of features, such as descriptive and explanatory text, factual information, and historical details. These require the students to find and use several pieces of information in order to ask and answer questions about this endangered animal.

This example illustrates aspects of the task and text and demonstrates how a student engages with both task and text to meet the reading demands of the curriculum. A number of such examples would be used to inform the overall teacher judgment for this student.

As far as I can tell, this is not a required text for the Standard, but is shown as an example of the type of text that can be chosen. However, when examples are given in these sorts of things they are not arbitrary. They are not chosen by accident.

Imagine, for a moment, if the text was instead a historical investigation of the Crusades, showing how the mythology of the Crusades being bad was influencing our true understanding of the past and why the Crusades were actually neccessary as a defence of the West. Wouldn't that be cool?

UPDATED to add: Or a scientific investigation on why many wealthy countries have too many older people in proportion to the number of children. Even better.

Related link: National Standards Reading and Writing by the End of Year 5

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Andrei Doctors Faith plays an important role in care of the dying

The paper's called: The role of doctors' religious faith and ethnicity in taking ethically controversial decisions during end-of-life care.

And to cut to the chase, a Doctor who is self described as religious is far less likely to prescribe treatment that may hasten death than one who is self described as atheist or agnostic.

Any surprises here?

Lucia Christ in the centre of the West

I've just taken a small part of an incredible speech given by an American Catholic Bishop in Slovakia. He covers alot, and so I would urge everyone to read the whole article. But for those that like their information in small snapshots, here he is on what undergirds the West, and that is Christ. Take away Christ as many want to do, and it will all fall apart. As it is doing.

Two of the biggest lies in the world today are these: first, that Christianity was of relatively minor importance in the development of the West; and second, that Western values and institutions can be sustained without a grounding in Christian moral principles. [...]

Downplaying the West’s Christian past is sometimes done with the best intentions, from a desire to promote peaceful co-existence in a pluralistic society. But more frequently it’s done to marginalize Christians and to neutralize the Church’s public witness.

The Church needs to name and fight this lie. To be a European or an American [or a New Zealander] is to be heir to a profound Christian synthesis of Greek philosophy and art, Roman law, and biblical truth. This synthesis gave rise to the Christian humanism that undergirds all of Western civilization.

On this point, we might remember the German Lutheran scholar and pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He wrote these words in the months leading up to his arrest by the Gestapo in 1943: “The unity of the West is not an idea but a historical reality, of which the sole foundation is Christ.”

Our societies in the West are Christian by birth, and their survival depends on the endurance of Christian values. Our core principles and political institutions are based, in large measure, on the morality of the Gospel and the Christian vision of man and government. We are talking here not only about Christian theology or religious ideas. We are talking about the moorings of our societies – representative government and the separation of powers; freedom of religion and conscience; and most importantly, the dignity of the human person.

This truth about the essential unity of the West has a corollary, as Bonhoeffer also observed: Take away Christ and you remove the only reliable foundation for our values, institutions and way of life.

That means we cannot dispense with our history out of some superficial concern over offending our non-Christian neighbors. Notwithstanding the chatter of the “new atheists,” there is no risk that Christianity will ever be forced upon people anywhere in the West. The only “confessional states” in the world today are those ruled by Islamist or atheist dictatorships – regimes that have rejected the Christian West’s belief in individual rights and the balance of powers.

I would argue that the defense of Western ideals is the only protection that we and our neighbors have against a descent into new forms of repression – whether it might be at the hands of extremist Islam or secularist technocrats.

Related link: When the Tribunal of the World Condemns the Church for Heresy ~ Chiesa

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lucia Suicide Reporting

Many years ago my best friend killed herself when we were both aged fourteen. Nothing in my life to that point really prepared me for that event, and I think now looking back that it put me into shock for many years after.

Could I have done something, I wondered, if I had known more about suicide and what signs to look for? My mind really shies away from dwelling too much on thoughts such as these, for we cannot bring back the past and what is done is done and I was a child back then.

But for years before she died she would send me letters with bombs drawn in as decoration on the envelopes. Apparently this is a "sign" I've learnt somewhere, but as a child I just thought nothing much them. They were just part of her signature.

So I don't know. Should the veil on suicide be lifted? I don't know. And what really is the difference between voluntary euthanasia which so many in NZ seem to support and suicide which can't be talked about publicly? Is suicide the death of the young and voluntary euthanasia the death of the old and sick and useless?

Fletch Beautiful Advertisement



Saw this today and just had to post it. It's a road safety ad encouraging the wearing of safety belts, but it's very touching.

Andrei Shock horror the liquor industry has a dog in this fight

The Headline: Liquor companies bombarded minister

Get a grip, all sorts of wackos bombarded the minister in the lead up to the so called "Alcohol reforms". Its just Calvinism without the softening elements of Christianity to moderate it.

And the press "bombarded" us with their advocacy for these changes.

We should be surprised that those who have a stake in the outcome should want to have a say?

Not if the press can help it.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Andrei Bishops should put their faith in God not Government

The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, The Right Reverend Ross Bay, has waded into the Alcohol debate
Bishop Bay says MPs can take the lead with cross party action on such an important issue for the nation. He is pleased to see some changes being treated as government policy. "Legislation will not fully solve the problem but it can send a strong signal to society that it is time to change attitudes. MPs can provide leadership on this and vote as a unified body rather than turning to a conscience vote for the proposed age split regarding the purchase of alcohol."

The Bishop supports the Alcohol Action New Zealand 5+ proposal as evidence based solutions to the alcohol crisis. The Auckland Diocesan Synod convenes from September 2-4 and one motion for debate is for parishes and ministry units to be involved in the 5+ solutions campaign.
On the planet earth for the last couple of 100 years, in the English speaking world, people have perceived that there is an alcohol problem and have sought to use the heavy hand of legislation to solve it.

And failed dismally and will continue to do so regardless of ever more intrusive regulations or draconian laws.

To solve any social ill you need to change peoples hearts, you need to get people to value themselves, their personal dignity and to take personal responsibility for their actions.

And changing peoples hearts in this manner is in fact a Bishop's job along with the clergy who serve under him not the governments.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fletch Abortion and Child Abuse

I thought I'd do this post to expand upon a reply I made on Lindsay Mitchell's blog. Lindsay had done a post on a statement put out by Paula Bennett called "Why You Should Care", in which Paula reports on the number of child abuse cases in this country, and condemns them -

In the last year Child, Youth and Family received over 125,000 reports from people concerned enough about a child’s safety to notify authorities. In over 21,000 of these cases, child abuse or neglect was confirmed. So that’s over 340 notifications and 57 confirmed serious abuse and neglect cases every day. That’s 2,400 reports of child abuse and neglect every week in New Zealand.
There is no excuse for beating, abusing and neglecting our children. No child’s life should begin this way. And when it does, the harm is substantial and long lasting.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Andrei Here's a really tricky one

St. Vincent's Episcopal School is an Anglican, not Episcopalian Christian school in Texas. Anglican in this context means they are traditional Anglicans and have broken with the Episcopalian Church over - well let's say modern Episcopalian innovations.

Anyway a Lesbian couple decided that this would be a good school for their daughter and on the application form in the space for Father the non biological member of the pair put her name after crossing out Father and replacing it with Mother.

When the school found out this potential pupil came from a "non traditional" family they decided it would be inappropriate to accept her.

Fuss ensues.

On one hand this might present a lost opportunity to minister to the child and her mothers.

But on the other, the a major reason why this school is Anglican rather than Episcopalian is the very issue of same gender partnerships.

The schools reasoning is that the child would find herself conflicted between the values taught at school and the values held at home and it would not be in her best interests to attend.

Its not implausible that this is a set up by activist parents using a child in the ongoing gender wars that are wracking our society.

And if so that is perilously close to child abuse in my book.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Andrei This might generate left wing conspiracy theories galore

Update: The arrest warrant has been withdrawn.

STOCKHOLM — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted in Sweden where he has been accused of rape, the prosecutor's office said Saturday.
"Julian Assange is wanted for two different issues, one of them is that he's suspected of rape in Sweden," the director of communications Karin Rosander told AFP.
He was unable to say what the other accusation was or whether the search warrant was international.
According to the Swedish daily Expressen, the 39-year-old Australian is also wanted for assaulting a woman.
Assange was in Sweden last week, where he announced at a press conference that the whistleblower website was set to publish a final batch of 15,000 secret documents on the war in Afghanistan in "a couple of weeks."

Lucia Irish Grandmother wants women to boycott Mass

BearHunter, is Jennifer Sleeman your mother*?
Irish Catholics should establish a home-grown church by demanding that the bishops "get the hell out of your cathedrals", a leading author said yesterday.

Former ‘Newsweek’ journalist Robert Blair Kaiser [a man of a certain age] also said that a grandmother who is urging women to boycott Mass in protest at the way women are treated in the church has started a revolution

He called on Irish Catholics to fix their "broken church" by making it "more Irish, less Roman" at the opening of the Humbert Summer School in Co Mayo.

Mr Blair Kaiser, who reported on the second Vatican Council for ‘Time’ magazine, said that the battle for the Irish Catholic church had already been started by 80-year-old Jennifer Sleeman, who has called on women to boycott Sunday mass on September 26 "to let the Vatican and the Irish church know women are tired of being treated as second-class citizens".

The US author said that the Cork grandmother had probably started the revolution.

"I have every reason to believe that you can take back your church—your church, not the Pope’s church, your church—not the bishops’ church", said Mr Blair Kaiser who recommended that Irish Catholics create a "autochthonous" or local and from-the-ground-up church.

In a keynote address ‘Church Reform: No More Thrones‘, the author said he was not attacking the Catholic faith but the "special and corrosive tyranny that popes have been exercising over Catholics everywhere".

Related link: IRELAND: Tell Bishops to get the Hell out of our Cathedrals ~ WDTPRS

* BearHunter said on this post that his 80 year old mother in Ireland is refusing to go to Mass because of her problems with "the hierarchy".

Andrei The Zealots want to control the conversation

What does the Government do when a Government funded study contradicts Liberal memes?

They suppress it.

From a critic of the suppression
"If we are truly interested in learning how to prevent two critical epidemics currently devastating our country (out-of-wedlock child bearing and sexually transmitted infections), then the nationally representative findings provide momentum and support for accessing cultural values of parents and children which promote optimal health choices for adolescents."
A point obvious to everyone except Liberals it seems but they are hell bent on imposing their morality on everybody else.

A morality that says anything goes provided you wear a condom.

Friday, August 20, 2010

ZenTiger Friday Night Free for All

Evening all. I've been busy with my to do list, and so blogging has been light. It's been an impressive to do list. It would undoubtedly bring a lesser man to their knees, and even Clark Kent might be running for the phone booth with a list such as mine. Seven impossible things before breakfast? Hah. I'll let you know when I have time for breakfast. If letting you know happens to be on my list. It may well be, given the size, completeness and thoroughness of the list. Take a number. My people will call your people and they will both marvel at the list of doings that need ticks and strike-throughs.

Now, let me see - ah yes, here it is, way down the bottom of the list, on the other side of the list, in a small square box on the list, with fonts and special markings on the list, and a space for a red tick on the list, with lines on the list, and entered in neat list-friendly handwriting on the list, tonight's Friday Night Free For All must do on the list. Yes indeed, here it is directly from the list, the command I have reminded myself to do at this very time:

"Welcome one and all to the FNFFA. Drop in and say hello"

So let's hear from you all. Don't say I don't list-en.

Andrei On why Obama shouldn't be president

It's not because he wasn't born in the US of A - he probably was.

And it's not because he is a Muslim - he probably isn't.

Rather he should be disqualified because

Andrei Councillors - pastors for the secular state?

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
When we are troubled we usually turn to those close to us.

But if they cannot help we seek help further afield. In times not too long ago the next port of call would have been the Church. And Priests or Ministers would give us their ear along with gentle guidance and of course prayer.

But today with the growth of secularism most people don't have a confessor or pastor they can turn to. And perhaps some clergy have even started to shy away from this role preferring to leave it to "professionals".

It is this story about funding cuts for "postvention", a counselling program for people who have lost family members to suicide that made me think.

Obviously the gnomes in the Ministry of Health decided that money spent on postvention was not money well spent but the counselling industry will continue despite setbacks such as this.

New programs and new alphabet organizations to provide them will continue to proliferate because there's a gap in secular society - a gap created by the withering of the Church's influence in society.

That's my thought for Friday.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Andrei Notice to comment spammers

You are a pain in the you know where.

I don't know what you hope to achieve with your rubbish but your comments will be deleted without mercy - no quarter given.

We can delete them as fast as you post them - never fear.

Fletch Indictment On Our Medical Profession

If your husband or father's life-support were about to be switched off and you requested he be given Vitamin C and the doctors refused, what would you do? What about if he received the Vitamin C, began to get better, and then they stopped it, and refused to continue the treatment?
That's what happened to Alan Smith, a farmer from the King Country whose story was shown on
60 Minutes last night. He caught the Swine Flu (probably while on a fishing trip in Fiji), so badly that his lungs had "white out", which is to say they were so full of fluid that they didn't show up on an x-ray. The doctors also said he had got leukemia and he ended up being put on a life support machine.


The doctors told the family the machine should be turned off, but the family asked that he be given high dosages of Vitamin C. After a fight (one of many), one of the doctors agreed. Alan began getting better; his lungs showed pockets of air. Then he began to get worse and the family found out the doctors had stopped the Vit C.


Many more fights ensued, the patient getting better while having the Vit C, and getting worse when he was taken off. Alan's wife describes one of the doctors sitting back in his chair, arms folded, rolling his eyes, looking at the ceiling, telling her that no way could the vitamin C be helping. The family hired a lawyer, forcing the doctors to continue the vit C treatment (albeit in slow dosage, until he got better enough to eat and his wife brought along sachets of large dosage herself for him to take).
Eventually Alan fully recovered, no trace of Leukemia even.


It's this attitude of the medical profession that really pisses me off; they think they know better, and any mention that an alternative treatment or a simple vitamin might help is often rubbished while they sit in their high chairs as though they are the arbiters of all knowledge. They can't stand the idea that Vitamin C might help - one because it is so simple, and two, because it was actually working.  I mean, the man was going to die; they were going to turn off his life-support. Isn't it their job to try anything and everything that might save him? And to stop the treatment when it was obvious to anyone with a brain that it was helping is a crime.  The job of Doctors is to make people well, yet they would not agree to the wishes of the family. Neither Auckland nor Waikato hospitals would appear or comment on the story.


I think that shows the level our society has come down to; with the practices of abortion and euthanasia prevalent, the value of life has become less and less to the point where it becomes easier not to expend the effort and just let someone die. 

See the video of the story from last night's 60 Minutes HERE

Andrei This post is calculated to cause offense

This post might be offensive to all those who find the Cross an offensive symbol. Sorry about that.

So what is it about the cross that drives some people insane?

Example - in Italy the crucifix has been a feature of school classrooms for many years. Naturally this cannot be let stand and a case id taken to the Human rights court in Strasbourg to get a ruling they be removed.

And of course the court obliged.

In Poland a Catholic president is killed in a plane crash. In a spontaneous outpouring of grief a wooden cross appears outside the Presidential palace and people leave flowers there.

Naturally a fuss ensues.

And in Utah where two Highway Patrolmen have erected crosses to mark fallen comrades the inevitable court case has resulted in an order for their removal.

In rejecting the crosses, the appeals court made several arguments, such as the large size and location of the crosses -- on busy public highways where motorists cannot help but notice. Other similar memorial crosses have been erected on public land such as Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen war dead. But the judges noted those markers are generally accessible or visible only to those who expressly choose to visit them, unlike roads where citizens cannot help but see them.

It's a really scary thing that old cross.

Scary unless you understand its real meaning that is.

Andrei The fun police strike again

Depressing
The Mission concert has lost its BYO licence.

Police have won a three-year battle to stop people taking their own alcohol to the annual Mission Estate Winery Concert in Hawke's Bay, saying it led to excessive drinking.
My goodness, how many people get really plastered at these events? Not very many in all likelihood.

But just in case someone might the vast majority who just want an enjoyable day out will be penalized.

Wowserism is alive and kicking in 21st century New Zealand.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lucia Why the Holy Father not accept the resignations of two Irish Bishops

One of NZC's commenters, LeftRightOut, wants to know why Pope Benedict did not accept the resignations of two bishops "implicated by the Murphy Commission".  He says, "At least these two men attempted to do the [honourable] thing, Benedict will deny them that. Why?" He then quotes an apparently damning BBC article:

Pope Benedict XVI has not accepted the resignations of two Irish bishops who resigned at Christmas. Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field announced their resignations on Christmas Eve 2009. The pair, who were both auxiliary bishops of Dublin, said they hoped their resignations would help bring peace to the victims of sexual abuse. They were bishops during the period covered by the Murphy Commission which examined abuse in the Dublin diocese. ~ BBC

However, all is not as it seems. Three things are true. 1) The men did attempt to resign, but not willingly. 2) They were bishops during the period covered by the Murphy Report, but were not criticised in the report. and 3) The pope did reject their resignations, but was asked to by the bishops themselves.

Neither of the two auxiliaries ever wanted to resign. Neither had been criticized in the Murphy Report, and they felt unfairly targeted by the media and some victims’ groups. It was Archbishop Martin’s apparent refusal to give them his full support that eventually pushed them to resign. A number of sources close to the two men have told Catholic World Report that, feeling “unjustly treated,” both prepared detailed dossiers to present to the Holy See detailing why their resignations ought not to be accepted. Both men, sources claim, were concerned “that if their resignations were accepted the impression would be given that they had done something wrong.”

At the same time an intensive letter-writing campaign was launched and dozens of clerics wrote to the Vatican to protest the way the two long-serving prelates had been treated by Archbishop Martin.

Their campaign for vindication has been successful and it is hard to interpret the move in a way that is not embarrassing for Archbishop Martin. To put it bluntly: the Holy See had the stark choice between the archbishop and his two auxiliaries, and it chose the latter. ~ Catholic World Report

So the damning BBC article didn't give all the facts, thus perpetuating the impression that the Holy Father enables child abuse - when nothing could be further from the truth.

Related link: Atrocious attack on the Holy Father by Andrew Sullivan

Andrei Not a pretty picture

The mess with the Whitireia Polytechnic Independent Students Association just gets bigger and bigger.

In my last post on the matter I speculated that the $750,000 that was missing might have been a misprint and the number was lower by a factor of 10.

Not so its over $1,000,000 now!

And the vice President and cousin of the President, pictured, at the time of this fiasco was not long out of prison it seems.

Charming.

I suspect that Sir Roger Douglas voluntary students union bill just might sail through Parliament.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Andrei I'm Grumpy

This is the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I photographed at Sumela monastery on the feast of The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, yesterday.

Religious services have been banned at this monastery since 1922 but the Turkish government has granted permission for this feast to be celebrated there from now on.

So why the grump?

Well every single News story reporting this says he was celebrating "Mass".

No, its the Divine Liturgy, Mass is the term for the Liturgies in the Latin Church.

Neither Orthodox nor Byzantine Catholics ever use this term.

It doesn't really matter I suppose but why can't they get it right?

Fletch He Is Right Of Course

Kylie Minogue mentor Mike Stock says Lady Gaga's performances are not family friendly and sexualising children.

Mike Stock – one third of the legendary pop factory Stock, Aitken and Waterman – said the music industry had gone "too far".
"It's not about me being old-fashioned," he said. "It's about keeping values that are important in the modern world.
"You can't watch modern stars like Britney Spears or Lady Gaga with a two-year-old – 99 per cent of the charts is R'n'B and 99 per cent of that is soft pornography.
 "Kids are being forced to grow up too young. Look at the videos. I wouldn't necessarily want my young kids to watch them.
I have to agree with him. I flip across to the music TV stations sometimes and a lot of it is, as he says, simply soft porn. It's no wonder kids are growing up too soon.

Lucia Atrocious attack on the Holy Father by Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan calls his opinion piece "The Pope Is Not Gay", but his article implies that he believes he is.

At times, it seems to me, his gayness is almost wince-inducing. The prissy fastidiousness, the effeminate voice, the fixation on liturgy and ritual, and the over-the-top clothing accessories are one thing. But what resonates with me the most is a theology that seems crafted from solitary introspection into a perfect, abstract unity of belief. It is so perfect it reflects a life of withdrawal from the world of human relationship, rather than an interaction with it. Of course, this kind of work is not inherently homosexual; but I have known so many repressed gay men who can only live without severe pain in the world if they create a perfect abstraction of what it is, and what their role is in it. Toibin brilliantly explains this syndrome, why the church of old was so often such a siren call for gay men who could not handle their own nature. In Benedict, one sees a near-apotheosis of this type, what Quattrocchi describes as "simply the most repressed, imploded gay in the world."

Granted, Sullivan has been given ammunition to write this sort of drivel as a book has been published in which the writer goes to "prove" the pope is gay. Of course, Sullivan admits quite a lot of the proof does not actually prove anything. And yet ..

I would like to return to the world where this kind of speculation was disgraceful, unnecessary and blasphemous. But when this Pope has already enabled the rape of children, has covered up the crimes of many priests, when he has responded by blaming gay men for the moral failings of his own church, when he has publicly demanded that gay Catholics remain in the closet, i.e. lie about themselves as a sacred duty ... then such deference becomes much more difficult.

Enabled the rape of children? Wrong, Sullivan. The Holy Father has been the strongest force in recent times who has been actively involved in cleaning up the Church. And part of that clean up has been making it more difficult for those with sexual problems to become priests. Because most of the inappropriate sexual behaviour was not with children, but with older teenaged boys. And he doesn't want those with homosexual tendencies to lie - he wants them to get help. Help that is there in the sacraments of the Church.

Related link: The Pope Is Not Gay ~ Andrew Sullivan

Andrei Questions have been raised but by whom?

This NZPA story begins
Questions have been raised about whether New Zealand's SAS may have handed over prisoners to an Afghan unit that is believed to use torture.
Now at the very end of the story and unsurprising name appears but he is not creditied with raising the "questions"
Green Party MP Keith Locke said the New Zealand Defence Force had to share responsibility for what happened to insurgents it captured.

He supported the withdrawal of the SAS from Afghanistan.
If not Keith Locke then who? A journalist looking for a story to promote his world view perhaps?

Anyway as they say war is hell and its a binary proposition here, either Afghanistan is abandoned to the Taliban or the effort is made to try and bring civilization to that place.

If the latter course is taken then we will be peripherally be involved in nastyness that we cannot control.

If we leave Afghanistan to the Taliban it will be even nastier for the poor people there.

It's a symptom of living in a fallen and imperfect world, and we can only do our best to get it right.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

ZenTiger Income Splitting I

I'm for flat tax before I'd support income splitting, but I thought I'd muster a few simple words of defence of the proposed bill for income splitting, because in essence, it is a very family friendly bill, and worth consideration on that basis alone.

I'll likely do a few posts on this topic over the next few weeks or months if the bill gets feet because lefties will crawl out of the swamp and start worrying about the government not gaining their rightful amount of tax from single income families. Oh, the horror of government not maximising its tax take!

Why is income splitting as a concept being put forward?

Well, the progressive tax system is designed to tax rich bastards a lot more than poor bastards because this is "fair".

Fletch Your Juror Information

I never knew this, but according to tonight's One News, if you're serving on a jury, the accused has access to your name, occupation, and address; and until 2008, the accused was allowed to take that list away with them (though not anymore; they're only allowed to look at it under supervision now). This was exposed when accused  George Baker wrote a letter to a juror who it looks like he fancied.


It's alleged Baker contacted a woman juror after getting her details from jurors' list, exposing a loophole in the system.
Under the law, the accused can view a list of jurors' names. People representing themselves get to see the list in more detail. Halfway through the trial the juror contacted police after a letter signed by Baker was sent to her home. [...] ONE News understands the letter wasn't intimidating, but in it Baker introduces himself and makes romantic overtures to the married, middle-aged woman

I have to ask - why? Why aren't the names, addresses, and occupations or jurors kept totally away from accused? Isn't there a fear that if a felon gets sent down, or punished in some other way that he may retaliate at some later stage? Is this how it works overseas?

There is a severe shortage of common-sense in this country...

Andrei Bring it on

This just in
The country's state-owned weather and atmospheric research body is being taken to court in a challenge over the accuracy of its data used to calculate global warming.

The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition said it had lodged papers with the High Court asking the court to invalidate the official temperatures record of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa).

The whole argument over the temperature is of course utterly banal - Niwa's adjusted record
shows an increase of 1°C over a time span of 100 years.

An amount so trivial that you wouldn't notice it in real life. Over a time span so long that any implications for agriculture and so forth would be easily catered for.

Still its worth challenging in court - this garbage science, which we pay for, has been used to grow government and increase taxes as well as creating a new parasitic industry - carbon credits.

I doubt anything will come of this, too many vested interests but its worth a go.

Fletch Mosque–rat Love

Following on from Andrei's post about the story of the mosque being erected near the site of the 9/11 attacks, comes the story today that President Obama has backed the idea.


"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York and the nation.
"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."
The president made his remarks at an Iftar dinner at the White House celebrating the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Just a point that I noticed in that story and have made bold is that the White House celebrates Ramadan? I am wondering if they celebrate any Christian feast days (apart from the commercialized Christmas and Easter).
Yes, I agree with Obama that Muslims have a right to practice their religion, sure, but I think it is very foolish to make such a gesture on that particular spot. The perpetrators of 9/11 were making a statement when they crashed those planes into the WTC. They were Muslim extremists who think of America as the "Great Satan".

Whether Obama thinks so or not, the building of a mosque on that particular spot sends a message that Islam will not fail to find significance in. It would be tantamount to the Americans building a Japanese temple/shrine where the attack on Pearl Harbour took place. Mr Roosevelt wouldn't have been so unthinking; Mr Obama, there is a difference between "freedom" and stupidity.

Andrei Trash Culture

This image comes from a singularly interesting and perhaps depressing post, a photo essay of past Americans contrasted with their modern counterparts.

Place your mouse over the image to view it in its full glory

We may smile at American trash culture but we sure have our own, the Sunday papers are full of a story, two seemly adult people behaving in a distinctly trashy and unadult manner - you can guess the story, I trust, I don't want to give it anymore oxygen than it already has.

We have come to accept this type of poor behaviour from our elites and the papers lap it up, feed it, even promote it.

Whatever happened to leadership by example, where respect was earned?

My goodness we wallow in human degradation, our leaders often exhibit it, celebrities often use it and manipulate it to keep themselves in the public eye and we lap it up courtesy of a shallow media.

Don't we deserve better? Or have we bought this upon ourselves?

Related Post: Then and now

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lucia Revolting Pro-choice Baby Tee-Shirt


What are the chances that the baby that gets to wear this cutsie outfit has a mother that has killed some of his or her brothers and sisters because they weren't wanted?

How revolting.

Related link: I see your pro-choice tee-shirt ~ The Hand Mirror

Andrei Troughing on a grand scale



Three quarters of a million dollars?(1) In one year?

That must have been one heck of a party.

But I guess the party's over now

Update

(1) The linked story gives the figure of $750,000 but this post reasonably suggests the real number is more likely to be closer to $75,000.

A mischievous misprint?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all UPDATED

It's a bit of a late one tonight. I have my reasons!

If anyone feels like a chat, drop by!

UPDATE: I've just watched the below You-Tube clip on the disguises of sin. Freaky. Thanks Muerk! From her link: Satan has many disguises.



No more second glass of wine for me tonight.

Andrei The BBC sniffs

The BBC has run with this story

The CEO of a Russian diary company has told female employees that if they get an abortion they will be fired
"Abortion is the murder of someone," he told the radio station, Ekho Moskvy. "We do not want to work with murderers."
In addition
Vassili Boiko-Veliki, president of Russkoe Moloko, said staff married in a civil ceremony had until 14 October to undertake a religious wedding.
What the BBC omits is that the marriage ruling only applies to those employees baptized into the Orthodox faith.

And more importantly the BBC also omits that the Patriarchy doesn't agree with this stance calling it Pharisaical and reminding Mr Boiko-Veliki of the woman taken in Adultery
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone "
Archpriest Vladimir Vigilyansky of the Patriarchal press service said that it was not Orthodox to apply administrative measures to sin.

Another thing omitted by the BBC is that Vassili Boiko-Veliki is putting his money where his mouth is and will pay an employee who does fall pregnant for the first year of the child's life.

The ideas are right, it is just their implementation that are a little off.

Andrei The farce continues

The activist Judge in California has ruled that "gay marriage" can start in California at 5pm next Wednesday local time provided no higher court issues a stay.

So we will be treated to images of happy couples "going to the altar" and told the march of progress is unstoppable.

Those of us who understand why this is not progress will be cast as "homophobic bigots" which is what this fine upstanding Judge has ruled the majority of Californian voters to be - if you read his ruling.

What is really in the cross hairs here is marriage, a target of left wing utopians for over 100 years.

If they can separate parents from their offspring by separating reproduction from sexual activity then they will have a free hand in creating the new humanity, so the reasoning goes.

Of course the law of unintended consequences applies and the depredations to marriage already accomplished have already resulted in a massive lowering of the birth rate and a demographic crisis, just becoming evident.

What no activist judge can do, nor any court no matter how well intentioned is to make these sterile unions fertile.

They are and will always remain a testament to human selfishness.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Andrei Mischief making Mosque

I wasn't going to blog on this nonsense because I didn't want to play the game as defined by the proposers of Cordoba House, a deliberately provocative name for a deliberately provocative project.

If you want my opinion the authorities in New York have played this exactly right. They have given the go ahead to build this monstrosity - it has sailed through the permission process.

But I don't believe it will ever be built and I am fairly sure those who have given the go ahead don't either. $100,000,000 is not exactly chump change.

The whole thing is just mischief making, a poke designed to stir up the reaction it has.

But if it is built it will stand in rebuke of its builders and their religion for ever more, a hundred million dollar white elephant. A reminder to everyone how the builders co-religionists in the name of their religion murdered 3000 innocent people going about their daily business .

A testament to banal evil.

Andrei The Goddess Rosary and Post Christianity

At first glance they look like Catholic rosary beads but on closer examination there is another object where the Crucifix should be.

You might think this was an object for wiccan worship but no, it can be sourced from a liberal parish of a liberal Christian denomination.

A denomination which in times past would have rejected the Rosary and the prayers prayed with its assistance, well still do actually.

But if you follow the link you can see examples of what might be prayed with this - and they seem to be pagan re-workings of the traditional prayers, which in itself is an interesting phenomenon.

Why introduce a distortion of Catholic Worship onto a distortion of Lutheranism?

We live in the post Christian age but those of us who remain true to the Faith must stick to the basics. The Gospel and The Sacraments while resisting at all costs innovations like priestesses.

Because that road leads to empty Churches and paganism as is fairly obvious from what has occurred over the past thirty years to so called "mainstream" denominations.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Andrei Whats the matter with New York?

This is, or to be more accurately was St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Lower Manhattan.

It along with more notable landmarks in that location was destroyed on September the 11th 2001.

And here we are nearly 9 years after that fateful day and the parishioners of this Church are still having to travel to Brooklyn to celebrate the Divine Liturgy because like everything else that was destroyed that day nothing has been done to rebuild. The Parish wants to rebuild but the authorities continue to place obstacles in their way.

I think the terrorists just might have won after all.

Lucia Hand Mirror writers can't cope with the unborn baby being human

A couple of weeks back one of the The Hand Mirror sent a letter to the Herald protesting their use of a picture of an unborn baby smiling, for she believed it was physically impossible and that the Herald was displaying an inaccurate picture of an unborn baby smiling when it couldn't possibly do so.

When I pointed out that it is actually physically possible for an unborn baby to smile, and in fact more likely the younger the baby is, and could even be quite possibly evidence of a dream-state and that both my babies had smiled from a very young age even before it was supposedly physically possible, I got a very nasty reply. Apparently I was "trolling" and I should really leave them alone, as they leave us alone.

But they leave us alone not because of respect, but because when you have a morally indefensible position it's very difficult to argue. And abortion is hardly morally indefensible. The best you can do with it is argue it from selfishness, ie my body, my choice. Hardly moral.

Now, in their latest post yet more hissing and spiting over people daring to hold the opinion that the unborn baby is human. But, with the qualifier of "fully developed".

What astonished me was the lack of simple biological knowledge that many arguing against abortion displayed. Things like the so-called fact that a fetus at seven weeks' gestation (i.e. roughly 5 weeks after conception) is a fully developed human being.

Of course a fetus isn't fully developed. It wouldn't be a fetus if it was fully developed.  If people are arguing that unborn babies are fully developed human beings it's because they don't have a toolkit of the exact terminology that should be used in the debate.   But if you think about it, a  baby isn't fully developed either. What age does a human being get to before they are fully developed - eighteen, twenty-five?

However, a fetus is fully human, that is a biological fact. It's not a kitten or a puppy or a walnut, it's a human being. There is no point at which it is not human. To get all upset at people thinking a fetus is a "fully developed human being" is to get upset that people see the fetus as human at all.

The last lot that redefined human beings as non-humans and sub-humans so that those human beings could be killed were defeated in WW2. That pro-abortionists hold similar views on the lack of humanity of unborn babies shows just how inhuman they themselves have become.  No wonder they don't like us talking to them.

Related link: Abortion and the Ick Factor ~ The Hand Mirror

Andrei Altar update

According to the Otago Daily Times the the Environment Court has issued an order preventing the moving of the Altar from Teschemakers Chapel to the Church of the Holy Name.

An issue I posted on here.

It almost seems as though the courts once held to protect the property rights and freedom of citizens are now being used to suppress those very things.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Andrei Round and round we go

Haven't we heard it all before - New Zealand's welfare system as outdated, unsustainable and not achieving what people should expect.

All 100% true.

And of course the Greens on cue criticize
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said today the WWG report missed the point and was a wasted opportunity.

"If you want people to work there has to be work out there and it has to be well enough paid that people can live on it without needing government support. That is not the case in this country," she told NZPA.

And this is true too.

Of course the Greens are amongst the first to impede any real initiative which could go toward addressing the issues they raise.

Like mining, for example,

You would be tempted to think from the proliferation of degrees in this country that there were unlimited opportunities for those conversant with queer studies, sociology and so forth.

Sadly those disciplines only prepare you for a job paid for by the taxpayer, as far as I know, supported from exactly the same sources as beneficiaries.

What we need is a task force on how to produce real wealth from the real resources we have in our fair land.

But at soon as anybody proposes something that can generate real wealth you can bet your bottom dollar the greens and there fellow travelers will be at the forefront of those placing obstacles in its implementation.

And you can also bet that National will go along with the obstruction.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

ZenTiger Cause and Effect. Fail.

From the SST today:
The Mountain Safety Council is recommending skiers and snowboarders wear helmets after another fatality at Mount Hutt Skifield in Canterbury. A Christchurch snowboarder died after falling about 300 metres
Mate, you don't need to be demanding helmets, try recommending parachutes for plunging 300m off a cliff.

Why not urge snowfields to place more red flags and roped areas perhaps? Does the newspaper run stories like this just to wind me up? And what will that do to David?

Andrei Hoist on his own petard

I got sent this - I don't know the context but is it sure is funny.

Andrei Heritage isn't the building, its the faith

I saw this at Homepaddock: North Otago vs the nuns.

Its about a row in Oamaru over the moving the Altar from a chapel with no congregation and no services to a Parish with a thriving congregation where it will be put to the use for which it was made.

Of course there would be no issue at all if the people of Oamaru had kept worship alive in the chapel concerned, if a Priest was celebrating Mass at that altar on a regular basis, even if it was only weekly.

But the Chapel stands empty and forlorn, no longer owned by the Dominicans, though apparently the contents are and what's a church without a congregation?

Nothing.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Andrei On cheap bikes and tacky TV

Many years ago a little girl, my eldest daughter wanted a bike.

So for her birthday we went to the bike shop to get her one.

Her eyes fastened on a cheap thing with lots of plastic and ribbons dangling from the handle bars.

But her father, being me, wise in the ways of the world, saw through the rubbish dressed up with ribbons and bought her a bike of more solid construction.

And after my daughter had outgrown her bike, her sister, then her brother and finally her youngest sister all made use of it. And from there it went to another little girl in another family after which I lost contact with it.

Now read on

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fletch The Divinity Code

Ian Wishart has posted this evening on his blog at TBR.cc that he is very kindly making his book The Divinity Code freely available to read (or download in PDF form, if you register a free account) at Issuu. It is a great book. Highly recommended.

ZenTiger Friday Night Free For All

Good evening one and all. Have to rush off and sort dinner. No time to write about the events of the week right now, and so many topics as usual, but the world keeps turning. For most people. Some didn't make it through the week; a Kiwi down in Afghanistan, Hone possibly doing DNA tests on visitors, Amnesty collectors out in force today, Hiroshima day passes us by. Chris Carter can be docked $50 pay per week for doing no work (leaving $2750 a week to scrape by on), a couple of interesting movies out I haven't had a chance to see, something to do with Gillard, Rudd and Australian politics, kindle coming to NZ but I'm using Stanza and my iPhone all the time, iPad looking more and more enticing every day, birthday dinner in the wind (but not mine), my epic Fence construction still in progress (but going well), inappropriate use of the word inappropriate, and a million other things no doubt.

Maybe after Pizza.

Lucia Destruction of Warsaw in 1944



The You-Tube clip above is a digital fly-by of what the destruction of Warsaw by the Nazis would have looked like. A city that was home to a million souls lies in complete ruins. It's amazing that it was rebuilt.

Related link : Was it all worth it? ~ The Economist

Fletch Friday Funny



This is STILL funny to me every time I watch it. I remember seeing somewhere that Frank Oz (Burt) said the most fun he ever had in working with the Muppets was when he was playing Burt next to Jim Henson's Ernie.

Andrei The game plan

Here is a really disturbing finding from Judge Walker's ruling on gay "marriage"
Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.
Now if that stands doesn't this will mean that teaching that homosexuality is a sin will in time become illegal. As it is it has become an incredible social gaffe - one which will lead to the charge of bigotry at a minimum and one which can put your job in jeopardy or the opportunity to graduate.

And doesn't this also mean that priest refusing the sacrament of Holy Matrimony to a gay couple would also become illegal.

And you can almost guarantee that if this ruling stands within a few years this very matter will be tested before the courts.

And you can be sure of the outcome too - Priests will either be forced to conform or give up the right to celebrate marriages.

Far fetched?

When homosexuality was decriminalized, something I supported since the State has no right to dictate what free people do with each other, one objection raised was the spectre of Gay Marriage.

This of course was poo pooed as absurd - but twenty years on and ........

Andrei Caught red handed by the police

Irony abounds in this story - a Turkish couple in Taranaki full of the joys of life were dancing.

The dance they were dancing is called "Kolbastı" translated as "caught red-handed" by the police.

And they were or the male was he was charged with assaulting his wife Elmas after the police were called by a passer by.

It didn't help matters that his wife doesn't speak English or that Turkish speakers are thin on the ground in Hawera.

So the matter has come before the courts who are yet to decide if dancing constitutes assault and will rule on this matter on August the 17th.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Andrei Lead us not into damnation

No surprises here but an activist gay Judge has overturned California's ban on gay marriage.

And every report you see, hear, or read on this matter will cast it in this way - a ban has been overturned and a fight for human rights and equality is being won.

Horse radish of course - its just a self indulgent vocal minority determined to get their own way - to give a great poke in the eye to the sacred institution of the family.

And despite this ruling, which will be challenged, they can never get marriage, that God given sacrament which was given to us to bond man and woman together for the purpose of continuing the human race.

Gay marriage is just a mockery of this, a hollow sham and its real purpose is not one of advancing human rights. Rather it is for the degradation of a holy institution.

Antonio Gramsci understood that two pillars that stood in the way of the Marxist new order for mankind were the Church and the Family. And that these would have to be degraded before the glorious revolution could occur.

Of course the whiners who are the face of movement do not realize that they are just useful idiots in the cause of bringing damnation upon us and our society.

Gramsci might have believed that his ideas would bring about a socialist utopia but the law of unintended consequences applies and the most probable outcome of all of this is that the clitoris loppers shall inherit the Earth.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ZenTiger Voter apathy versus government apathy

From the DomPost last month:
It is tempting at times to think that democracy is wasted on New Zealanders.

United States president Abraham Lincoln once defined this special form of government as "government of the people, by the people, for the people" but in this country, democracy sometimes bears no more than a passing resemblance to that description because "the people" refuse to play their important part in the process.

Last week, the Electoral Enrolment Centre issued research showing that two of out three Kiwis do not know when this year's local government elections are due – it's October – and one in three does not know how to cast a vote (psst, it's via postal ballot).

Murray Wicks, national manager of the centre, sounded exasperated: "The level of ignorance ... is incredible". He is right.
He has noticed the symptoms, not necessarily the cause. He has noticed the sickness, not the source of the disease. He has noticed the cake but not the recipe.

ZenTiger Your Duty to Die

The number of over-65s in New Zealand is projected to double between 2006 and 2031 – by 2050, 1.33 million Kiwis will be over 65.
Well, there's the first problem.
All the while, medical breakthroughs make it increasingly possible to keep the seriously ill and injured alive in ways that, even five years ago, weren't feasible.
And throw in another issue of seemingly equal weight, but really, what's the proportion?
Both sets of facts almost certainly mean that calls such as Dr Pollock's, to the New Zealand Medical Association to reconsider its stance on euthanasia – and, presumably, on assisted suicide – will become louder.
The argument made above, in a nutshell, is all about money. It illustrates exactly the warning from Catholic bioethicist John Kleinsman:
John Kleinsman contends persuasively, however, that when the sick, dying, disabled and elderly are undervalued, as now, the "right" to die will all too quickly become a "duty" to die. "People who feel neglected and invisible will understandably think they are a burden and will want to do the `right' thing," he wrote in the Dominion Post last week.
Furthermore, the editorial extract above uses the issue of attempting to keep people alive beyond the point of reason. That, I think, strays into a different discussion than the specific issue of assisting people to commit suicide.  For example, some people have tattooed "do not resuscitate" on their chests to ensure those measures are not enacted. It's a different kind of decision to find a dead person and leave them that way, than bring them back and possibly leave them as a vegetable. What do you think?



Dom Post: Time for a new look at the right of people to ask others to help them suicide

Andrei Oh my goodness

This lady has just witnessed something.

An oh dear moment when your heart sinks.

The question is why do we find others misfortunes so funny?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lucia GayNZ has requested that we remove some of their content from our site

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This is quite a heavy handed reaction to a simple copy and paste as a blog comment. The text in question Road to Nowhere by Craig Young discusses Chris Carter and what is considered an "unjustified attack" on Phil Goff. Craig believes that Carter ought to be expelled from the Labour caucus.

But I don't think that is the part that is controversial. What I think GayNZ doesn't want the wider public to notice is the part where other gay MPs have been promoted, thus proving that Chris Carter's demotion was not homophobia.

Will I get attacked by a feather boa (thanks KG for that image!) if I post the following?

Accordingly, his initial demotion was justified on that basis and was not attributable to homophobia. Moreover, Phil Goff took the opportunity to promote capable lesbian and gay Labour MPs like Maryan Street, Charles Chauvel and Grant Robertson in the wake of that event, so clearly the Labour Party is still the same inclusive centre-left party that it was under Helen Clark's leadership. It is also still our best hope for eventual adoption and marriage law reform. Phil Goff is clearly no homophobe himself.

Andrei My aren't we sensitive little petals

A kid on his way to a school play rehearsal in costume was stopped by police and will be talked to by youth aid because of two "guns", that would be theatrical props, in his possession.

The wooden guns were confiscated and wont be returned.

But the show will go on.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Andrei Countdown

We have a lot of homicides in this country.

Since the ascent of social liberalism the number of homicides has soared (now there's a surprise).

Fifty years ago murder was so uncommon that it was headline news when one occurred, now we have more murders most weekends than they had in a year back then.

We usually just casually glance at the reporting of such incidents and carry on.

But every so often a murder that does catch our attention comes along and the trial will be followed with lurid interest and in this modern age blog posts.

And I have a sneaking suspicion that just such a murder occurred over the weekend.

Only time will tell if this post is prescient.