Thursday, March 31, 2011

Andrei A dog with a really bad conscience

Andrei Stuff you couldn't make up

I've removed this post, the world is a sad place at times with sad people in it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Andrei Dead vegan babies

This is sad - a French vegan couple have been charged with neglect after their 11 month old breast fed daughter died of vitamin deficiencies arising from the diet of her mother or so it is claimed.

These people are eccentric not criminals, is there any merit in bringing such a case to trial?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Andrei "Protecting" the vulnerable?

Goodness gracious the world's a dangerous place.

And unless action is taken New Zealand is about to get more hazardous - for the "vulnerable" anyway.

And evil KFC are behind it. We need protection from their latest offering according to this story.
A nutritionist says New Zealand's 'vulnerable' should be protected from KFC's newest burger, which has no bun but double the meat.

The controversial Double Down - a bunless burger with two slices of bacon and cheese sandwiched between two slabs of fried chicken - has been confirmed for New Zealand release.
And who is going to do the "protecting", pray tell? You know who BIG GOVERNMENT. Well I for one do not want BIG GOVERNMENT telling KFC how to run their business or telling me what I can or can't eat.

We need protection from goody two shoes "nutritionists" not from KFC IMHO.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Andrei Word of the day

Hubris - 1. pride or arrogance
Hubris - 2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor's ruin.

I wonder why that word might have come to mind over the last few days?

ZenTiger The Progressive Experiment

"Conservatives change the rules" blares the front page headline of the SST.

Apparently, showing sex scenes on a G rated program during hours where school children may be watching has been par for the course since the TV was invented. So the TV stations push the envelope, and have the audacity to complain that it's merely conservativism that prevents them from getting more and more explicit on TV. Here's the money quote:

He said research showed whilst sexual attitudes might be liberalising, attitudes to sexual material during children's hours were not.

Damn those conservative attitudes.

Meanwhile, a few pages later an article on the rising issue of bullying. A note buried in the disturbing article: 5 and 6 year olds are now being sent home from school for bullying. Why? We get the clue on another article - concern by the anti-smacking lobby that a father didn't go to jail for cutting his son's hair on one occasion, and washing his mouth out with soap for continual swearing on another occasion. Such violence has to stop they wail. What they actually practice though is avoiding discipline of any sort, and their children grow up to be little snots that remain children throughout their adult life. But at least they have their sex education early, so they can watch those sex scenes on TV.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

ZenTiger Was the intervention in Libya Justified?

Was the intervention in Libya justified – and if so, does that mean the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was justified? The conditions laid down by the French for their participation in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libyan air space go some way to answering those questions. Before they would join in any military action in Libya, the French were asking for (a) a clear UN resolution for the intervention(b) it had to be a UN operation, not one led by NATO (c) there would have to be some Arab involvement in the force, however token and (d) there would have to be a direct request and support for that intervention from a significant part of the civilian population.

What a pile of rubbish. The UN resolution puts it squarely against its own doctrines. The intervention was not about saving civilian lives, it was about offering direct support to one of the two sides in this dispute, something the UN Charter does not allow. And both sides are not interested in Western Democratic Principles, so the liberals all imagining world peace is about to spring up because this time it is Obama firing the rockets have another thing coming. And why compare it to Iraq? You don't need to answer that. I had a good laugh yesterday.

The Good Ship Lollipop

Lucia It's turn on all the lights night!

Earth hour must be resisted.  It pays homage to the pagan gods of the planet.  It signifies a guilt for our human presence here on this planet.  It calls for cultural suicide.

Previous Earth Hour Posts: Not dancing naked under a full moon ~ 2008
Worshipping the Environment ~ 2009

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Lucia Friday night free for all

Chat time!

Andrei Another thing that makes you fat

Going to Church regularly apparently.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Andrei A poisoned chalice

Phil Goff has made a pigs breakfast of the Hughes affair, no question about it.

This has lead to speculation he may be rolled in some quarters.

What would I know about that but who in their right mind would take up the reins of the Labour Party at this juncture?

The party is in disarray and heading for a drubbing come November, it would take a miracle and a miracle worker to overturn that.

If someone does decide to challenge him and take that on good luck to them but it seems like a loosing proposition to me.

Andrei In God's image

Creedal Christian

Affirming the Faith of the Church

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Greatest Danger in the Modern World

"In the better than 16 years or more that I have known Archbishop DMITRI of Dallas (my retired Archbishop), I have heard him warn repeatedly that the greatest danger in the modern world is the attack on man as the image of God. That God became man in order to unite man to God is the only sure Divine underwriting of human worth. We have value because of the image we bear."

~ Fr. Stephen Freeman, "Smashing Icons"

On the left is a post from the Blog Creedal Christian, a blog well worth visiting as it often has wisdom filled posts.

In any case the quote that is this post I find very striking, in its very truth.

Of course reading the news today what is striking is not man in the image of God on display but rather the converse, utter human degradation. In particular our latest political scandal or the comedian of suppressed name fame. There's plenty else besides but that will do to go on with.

Rather than man made in the image of God we see him as something equivalent to or even lower than that of a barnyard animal.

And that surely is the Devil's point - for he loathes the man made in the image of God and will do everything he can with his temptations to degrade us and lead us to deep despair. Which is where sin will ultimately lead whoever we are.

For us all it is a struggle.

Lucia Sex offenders and Name Suppression

A well-known comedian/entertainer in NZ has pleaded guilty to performing an indecent act on a child - a 4 year old girl.

This man has had his name suppressed all the time he was waiting for his trial, and if he was found not guilty, then this name suppression would have protected him from an unjust allegation that was eventually proven false. For that reason, I will grudgingly allow for concept that temporary name suppression is a good thing. Such a vile crime should not smear the innocent.

However, the man now admits to his guilt, and it appears from the news items I've been reading that he's not going to be jailed, and was offered a "non-custodial sentence" by the judge if he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

This is where I really have to question whether the NZ justice system really thinks that child sex abuse is a serious matter. Why not have a trial? Why not then imprison him on the more serious charge of unlawful sexual connection? At least other children would be safe from him while he was locked up. I don't get it.

Then there is the issue of name suppression, which appears as if it will continue. Hopefully it won't, hopefully when this pervert is sentenced then the name suppression will be lifted and all parents will know which man they need to keep their children away from. For it makes absolutely no sense to not lock the man up, but then also not let his identity be known. There is no justice in that, and gives him and men like him a free pass to keep molesting children with very few consequences.

Which makes me think that sexual molestation of children is not something NZ is terribly concerned about preventing.

Related links: NZ comedian pleads guilty to indecency charge

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Andrei Chaos theory predicts the end of religion in New Zealand

In a paper presented at an American Physical Society meeting in Dallas it was revealed that New Zealand is heading towards becoming a religion free country.

Not only New Zealand but eight others besides, those being Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

The boffins came to their conclusions after applying non-linear dynamics to census data questions on religion.

Then comes the hand wavy stuff to explain the results in non numerical terms.
The research pivoted on the idea that social groups that had more members are going to be more attractive to join, and that social groups had a social status or utility.

The researchers found that the relative social and utilitarian merits of membership of the "non-religious" category were similar across all the countries studied, suggesting that similar behaviour drove the mathematics in all of them.

And in all the countries, the indications were that religion was headed toward extinction.
It's true of course that in New Zealand and the other countries identified there has been a remarkable turning away from the Church. But that hasn't resulted in an increase of rationality, the converse in fact, we live in an age that is as superstitious as any that has ever existed.

Just look at the premium people pay for second rate organic produce if you doubt this. Or the compulsory tithes we pay to the Global Warming religion.

But beyond this the "relative social and utilitarian merits of membership" of the Church have throughout history frequently been low. But the Church has persisted through hard times.

It wasn't particularly advantageous to be a Christian in the Ottoman empire for example but Christianity persisted and it still persists in overtly hostile environments.

When it comes down to it what the authors of this study have missed, and what the ardent secularists don't get is that people do not go to Church for its relative social and utilitarian merits but to worship the Risen Christ and to grow in the faith so we may eventually reunited with the God who created us.

Lucia Excessive Damage Control?

Darren Hughes, a Labour opposition MP, is being investigated by the police for some sort of incident with a young man, age 18. Darren says he's done nothing wrong, but he doesn't say what it is that he is accused of.

What I find interesting is the level of damage control that Kiwi-Blogger, David Farrar is undertaking. The post on this issue has comments turned off. Comments in the General Debate that indicate glee at what is occuring to Darren or any indication that he is guilty are deleted.

I've not seen this level of damage control for any other Labour MP undergoing police investigation. It's almost as if the potential male sexual nature of these allegations elevates this person to a special level of protection.

Related links: Darren Hughes confirms he is MP in alleged late-night incident

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lucia Catholic Bishops in Australia getting vocal over the Greens

There's a State election coming up in New South Wales, in Australia this Saturday on the 26 March, and it looks like the Greens are getting a little bit of unwelcome scrutiny from the Catholic Bishops.

AUSTRALIA, March 18, 2011 ( – In the lead-up to a March 26 state election, the Catholic bishops of New South Wales, Australia, have issued a declaration condemning the pro-abortion and anti-family agenda of the state’s Green Party.

The bishops note that while “abortion involves the deliberate killing of an innocent unborn child, and current NSW law offers some limited protection to mothers and their unborn children,” the Green Party “will pursue the removal of abortion as an offence under the Crimes Act in the next parliament.”

They also point out that the party supports a law “that specifically denies doctors and other health practitioners the right of conscientious objection to participating in or being associated with the practice of abortion.”

“It is remarkable,” they say, “that such offensive laws could be passed in an Australian parliament, denying individuals the fundamental freedom of belief, conscience and religion.”

Regarding the practice of killing terminally ill patients, which the Catholic Church condemns, the bishops lament that “the Greens sought to introduce euthanasia legislation into the NSW Parliament last year and almost succeeded.”

The bishops also note that the Green Party supports homosexual “marriage” and the legalization of addictive recreational drugs.

The party is also seeking to cut funding to Catholic schools and require private educational institutions to hire people who do not agree with their convictions, another provision that is perceived as anti-Catholic.

Cardinal George Pell has also been a very vocal opponent of global warming.

Cardinal George Pell has also publicly attacked the theory of catastrophic global warming, which is promoted by the Green Party and is used by environmental groups as a rationale for global population control.

Following Senate testimony by Dr. Greg Ayers, the head of Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, supporting the theory of catastrophic global warming and criticizing Pell for his opposition, Cardinal Pell blasted him as a “a hot-air specialist.

“I’ve rarely heard such an unscientific contribution,” Pell added.

Ouch! Hot-air specialist! That's gotta hurt!

Related link: Australian bishops denounce pro-abort, anti-family Green Party agenda

Andrei Let's all play spot the Vicar

Somewhere hiding in this picture is a Vicar.

Can you pick him out? It might be harder than it seems.

Mouseover the questionmark and the vicar will be revealed.

This story which generated a snappy headline does not have a happy ending, you can read about it here.

Andrei Enough of the horse radish already

This man claims he is treated like a second class citizen

Second class citizen

Guess what Clint there really are a lot of second class citizens out there but they aren't who you think they are.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lucia What I think of "gay people"

The other day, Clint Heine of the Clint Heine and Friends blog launched a scurrilous attack on myself and this blog. When his first blog post was picked apart, he tried to make out that my reply to his false assertions was "frothing".

I really don't want to give him to much attention, as I think he enjoys it a little too much, however I do have to answer his accusation that I "hate gay people".

First off, I do my very best not to hate anyone. Every person has vices. My vices can be as dangerous to my soul as the unrepentant sex addict's vices can be to his. Vices that are not resisted tend to drown out any hope of redemption, yet that redemption nevertheless exists and is available to all who seek it. 

So, I think of the "gay person" as having sexual vices that they have succumbed to, that make it difficult for them to imagine any other way of being. I feel sad for them that this is the case, but also hopeful that God may work a miracle in their lives and maybe help them to hear His voice and take the opportunity of redemption when it is offered.

The unrepentant homosexual who is seeking to change the world into his own image so that his sexual desires are celebrated and victims are offered no matter who they are, I will oppose with every bone in my body. We are at war.  Just as in a war, you don't necessarily hate the opposing side, but will engage in an aggressive defence, because if the other side wins, you will be overwhelmed and worse, so it is in this war of ideas that has real consequences for this world, my children and our way of life.  To not fight is to give in to those consequences.  To say it's because I hate the other side is to deny those consequences.  It is to be blind and deaf and dumb,  and selfish, so that only your own desires and wants and needs are important and stuff everyone else.

Men are natural protectors.  When all is right in the world they channel that protective energy into their societies, their wives and their children.  When all is not right in the world, some will protect other men's rights to do what ever they want, in a perverse reverse of the protective instinct that should be directed towards women and children.  In doing so, they become predators, not protectors.

So we have the ultimate irony of a man (Clint) attacked a woman (me) for wanting a society in which men act like men, not narcissistic nancy boys that don't give a damn about anyone except for themselves and other men.  And so I have to become what is not natural to women, a fighter.  Which he objects to and attacks me over, rather than acting like a real man himself.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

ZenTiger Another Quake in ChCh

A fairly sizable one, at 5.1, at around 9:34pm. Early reports are that people are shaken, but safe.

This completely debunks Ken Ring's prediction that there might be a strong earthquake on the morning of the 20th of March. He was nearly 10 hours out. That should settle things.

ZenTiger Capitalism is not a moral framework

Clint Heine advances some interesting thoughts around Capitalism in two posts which he attacks Lucia Maria, and to a lesser extent, NZC bloggers for imagined crimes (covered here).

It's those thoughts on capitalism though that I thought worth discussing further. Clint makes these two claims about capitalism:

1. a fundamental part of capitalism is equality.

2. Capitalists believe in equality and fairness.

Now capitalism means many things to many people, and this might be why the conversation gets off track, but I think I'm fairly safe if we agree the core tenets of Capitalism is that (a) it is an economic system and (b) the means of production are privately owned and operated for profit. The profit goes to the business owners, and wages are paid to the workers in exchange for their labour.

Clearly, at first glance you can see that Capitalists have no intrinsic reason to believe in fairness and equality. I'd suggest capitalism is more about competition, reward for work for skilled workers, and reward for owners who risk capital.

Capitalism isn't designed to advance equality or fairness. These are, at best side effects of the economic production using capitalism as it's underlying base. Those side effects are hotly contested.

The Marxists and Socialists (the left) define fairness along the lines of everyone getting the same money, regardless of skill or level of investment.

The Right might see fairness as being rewarded for effort. The right loosely see equality of opportunity as more important than equality of outcome, whereas the left look for equality in the outcomes.

Western economies have a huge variation between the richest and the poorest, but the entire population as a whole generally has a better lot in life than the third world economies, so the arguments continue.

However, when all is said and done, capitalism is not a moral framework. It is capable of great exploitation, and ownership of the means of production arguably carries far too great a benefit compared to the workers that are instrumental in producing it. There are many counterweights to these arguments, both for and against but I submit that whatever Clint is suggesting about capitalists is far too simplistic, and thus, ends up being wrong.

Marxists see the entire world through the prism of capitalist economies, and they wait with bated breath for the eventual collapse of capitalist societies so workers can rise up, kill off the bourgeoisie and owners and establish a utopian society where the State owns the resources and the workers share the profits.

A capitalist who looks in from the other direction is no better.

When you begin to see the entire world as a battle between capitalism and communism, you move away from the essence of the human and the divine and economics becomes the main criteria for evaluating the human condition, and all sense of morality is lost. These are dangerous ideologies for that reason.

Personally, I like capitalism and I like property rights. I like that people can be rewarded for their efforts, even if that creates inequality. Inequality is a good thing in some situations - it creates competition and it requires people to take responsibility for their lives and gives them a reason to work hard, which is in turn provides a sense of fulfillment. However, unrestrained capitalism will remove equality of opportunity, and property rights become meaningless to the people that are denied property in the first place. This is why we need another dimension to our lives.

And where is Clint heading with this? I'm not sure, but for some reason, he wants to attack Lucia and the NZC by suggesting we are capitalists, and yet hypocrites for not believing in fairness. Well, fairness is a complex thing, and I'm not ready to be a marxist or a capitalist as both those stereotypes don't understand fairness in the full sense.

Yet, we can see a glimpse of the criteria in Clint's society:

If tax paying members of society are judged for their private activities that are perfectly legal

Why just "tax paying members"? I was wondering about that comment, and perhaps Clint will explain that to us? What do our readers think? Are capitalists all about fairness and equality?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lucia A day out for those in Christchurch

I've been asked to pass this on. It's a day out in the country, with free sausage sizzle, activities for the children and more. It's tomorrow, on Sunday 20 March, from 10am to 2pm. Bring a picnic.

For more information, see Oxford invites you to a Day in the Country.

Lucia Clint wants attention - well, he's got it

A blog that I removed from this site near four years ago (see Tidy Time) has published a scurrilous attack on me because of a post I wrote the other day on the NZ paedophiles who were part of a giant paedophile ring. I wanted to know who they were and was hoping they wouldn't get name suppression.

So, I am accused of faux outrage. Given that I am a parent of two children that I watch out for, this accusation has to be just for effect. Without it, I suppose the whole post might flop. Here's the justification:

For a blog that is so openly catholic to now be all upset about the awful crime of kiddy fiddling is a joke. Plenty of perverts in the catholic church - I'd be willing to wager some of these perverts are part of one of our organised religious movements in NZ.

If there are still any pederasts (homosexual men who target teenage boys) in the Catholic Church in NZ, I would also want to know who they were. At this point, there are no reports of who the paedophiles are, and furthermore, given that the site they were a part of was called, where men talked about their sexual feelings towards boys, there is a high chance that we aren't looking at paedophiles here, it's pederasts.

Then there is the implication that pederasty is part of the Catholic faith - which is dead wrong. All sexual activity outside of marriage is mortally sinful and if unrepented, will lead the sinner directly to Hell. That is what we believe. Unfortunately, over the last number of decades, a great many unsuitable men were admitted into the priesthood. This problem has been dealt with recently, but the effects are unfortunately ongoing. From What the US Military could learn from the Catholic Priesthood:

Homosexual relationships caused a deep fracture in the priestly male fraternity. Pseudo-intimacy and intrigue replaced the outward looking evangelization of apostolic brotherhood. Bishops were unwilling to discipline the abusive priests under their charge. The Communio became divided. Religious leaders hid their own homosexual proclivities. The worst priests desacralized the liturgy and their vows and their priestly identity, while good priests often became isolated, fearful, and rigid. All priests were maimed.

We've had time to reflect, analyse and understand this issue. I don't think Clint is really interested in what the problem has been and how it is being solved. He's more interested in pushing his view of the world in which sex can be had any which way, and there's no consequence to anyone.
Lucia Marie, the author of the post is hardly the type of mild mannered christian you'd want to live next door to.

We've told by our neighbours that we are great to live next door to, and that our children are wonderful, friendly and polite.  Clint does not know me personally.

If you have the misfortune to read their blog get ready to see her frothing at the mouth over the mention of equal rights to all citizens.

Most people reading this blog be a little puzzled by this statement, unless they know what he is implying. The redefinition of marriage, for instance. Equal rights, in some people's vocabulary, means changing long established traditions to fit the new amorality.

For people that apparently are for free enterprise and freedom of choice and expression, ask them how they feel about gay people.

Freedom is not what this blog is about. We have the word "Conservative" in our blog name for a reason. Here is what Conservatism means to us: 10 Conservative Principles. The first being:

...the conservative believes that there exists an enduring moral order. That order is made for man, and man is made for it: human nature is a constant, and moral truths are permanent. A society in which men and women are governed by belief in an enduring moral order, by a strong sense of right and wrong, by personal convictions about justice and honor, will be a good society—whatever political machinery it may utilize; while a society in which men and women are morally adrift, ignorant of norms, and intent chiefly upon gratification of appetites, will be a bad society—no matter how many people vote and no matter how liberal its formal constitution may be.

An enduring moral order means that you don't go about redefining or destroying the moral order.  That leads to chaos, which leads to destruction.  As is happening right now, before our very eyes.  Kind of like being sucked into a black hole in slow motion, so slowly it's hard to see it. 

Anyway, Clint goes on:

You either support freedom for all or you don't. That's why these sorts of people would love the idea of a religious state like Iran, but run by christians, able to administer death penalties to those who don't conform to their narrow-minded moralistic codes.

Well, we don't support unrestrained freedom. That's just license, not freedom. Easy to confuse.

Furthermore, at this point in time, Catholics cannot support the death penalty. As Pope John Paul II has said, "Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform."

Don't get me wrong, they have the freedom to believe whatever they like and say whatever they choose. But as long as they insist that they are also part of the VWRC* then it is insulting to all right wingers.

Clint is stuck in a time warp. Again, this blog is called NZ Conservative. Conservatism transcends left/right politics.

Graham Capill is the closest people like NZ Conservative have got to getting one of their own into Parliament. Just like Lucia and her co bloggers, he too was an angry religious nut bar and look what he was into.

And now, true to form, Clint shows his real self. He accuses me of being like Graham Capill, who was imprisoned for molesting an 8 year old girl.

In another time, Clint, doing that to someone's face would have resulted in a duel.  Instead, it's just a blog post.  This time.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Andrei Thank Goodness I sold my HSV

Updated to serve as tonights Friday Night Free for all

Gassed up the car this morning, forty dollars and there was no detectable movement in the fuel gauge. Its not so long ago that that amount of money would have filled it from empty.

Lucia Who are these NZ paedophiles near the top of the pyramid?

Apparently some of the busted paedophiles in the massive ring that was taken down by international police involves New Zealanders who are near the top of the pyramid.

They better not be getting name suppression, I want to know who these people are.

Related link: NZ men 'near top' of global paedophile ring ~ Stuff

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lucia Sex education results in parents being jailed in Germany [UPDATE]

Germany has to be one of the most perverted Western nations around right now. Ve vill teach your children about sex or else! The "or else" is being imprisoned for refusing to allow the state to give their children very explicit sex education.

Authorities in Paderborn, Germany, today sent two fathers to jail for refusing to allow the public school system to indoctrinate their children with a sex philosophy that "if it feels good, do it." Another student's mother already had been imprisoned for the same offense.

Did WW2 teach the Germans nothing???

On related topic, police have busted the largest paedophile ring in the world.  It was run from The Netherlands and had 70,000 members.

The site posed as a discussion forum for people wanting to talk about their sexual feelings towards boys.

But as covert officers infiltrated the site they discovered users were sharing films and images of children being abused.

... Most of the 184 people arrested across the world hold positions of trust - police officers, teachers, a karate teacher. There's a scout leader and other community leaders and professionals.

I wonder how many Germans they will get?

UPDATE: The extent of Germany depravity - Government encourages incestuous paedophilia as healthy sex education. It's from a few years ago, but it's shocking that few Germans were actually outraged.

Related link: Teaching Christian morality gets parents jailed ~ WND

Lucia Anglicans becoming Roman Catholic [UPDATE]

The Australian has an article titled, Anglicans flee to new faith, a story about how a greater number of Anglicans than expected are converting to Catholicism. It should really have been titled, Anglicans come back to old faith, considering that Anglicanism is a result of England breaking away from Catholicism so that Henry VIII could divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Bolyn. The rest, as they say, is history.

ABOUT 900 members of the Church of England have quit their parishes and begun worshipping in the Roman Catholic Church, according to figures released yesterday.

At least 600 laity were expected to join the new ordinariate, set up by the Pope to receive disaffected Anglicans, but the first official figures showed the number was higher than expected.

More than 4700 people gathered in cathedrals across England and Wales last weekend as part of their preparation to be received into the Catholic Church during Holy Week in the run-up to Easter.

Anyway, things are moving. At glacial speed, but still, moving.

UPDATE: Three of the new converts who used be be Anglican bishops, have been given an extra distinction by Pope Benedict XVI, which gives them the title of Monsignore. They now belong to family and the retinue of the Holy Father. So the link from Holy Smoke, Pope makes former Anglican bishops monsignors is not totally correct. For more information on Monsignors, read New Advent's Catholic Encyclopedia.

Lucia Catholic liberals are set for a great wailing and gnashing of teeth

Lucia Racism is being redefined by Tariana Turia

"... when someone denigrates another culture, then for me that's racist."

That was Tariana Turia responding to what Hilary Calvert said in Parliament yesterday. To me, that is Tariana Turia seeking to redefine what racism is by expanding it's meaning.

Not all cultures are equal. Some cultures are downright revolting and deserve to disappear into the dustbins of history. I'm happy to denigrate all cultures that fit into this category.

Racism really means unreasonable discrimination against those of a different race despite common beliefs and attitudes. Kind of what Tariana Turia's Maori Party stands for.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Andrei A whoops or clever marketing?

A scene from Glee, a sex education class taken by Gwyneth Paltrow.
OK the song is suggestive but unless you are of a certain age and blessed with a long memory for crud music the real reason why the choice of this particular song for this scene is raising eyebrows may well elude you.

Personally I think the whole thing is in poor taste, regardless.

Andrei Cruelty and fifteen minutes

I guess Thirteen year old Rebecca Black badgered her parents into fronting up the money for a vanity video, produced by the Ark Music Factory.

A song was provided, "Friday" and electronic wizardry, including autotune, applied to Rebecca's voice to disguise missed notes and other deficiencies.

But nothing could really save it from being a trainwreck, the lyrics alone are beyond inane, the tune banal and the video derivative.

But the damn thing has gone viral - its popularity derived from its sheer awfulness.

And this is Rebecca Black's fifteen minutes of fame, and I'll bet she is not enjoying them one little bit as her foray into pop music is lampooned by everybody from CNN to the Sydney Morning Herald.

I just can't get past the fact that this is a thirteen year old child being savaged by adult journalists and how much that has got to hurt.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Andrei This should go down like a lead balloon

The Chinese ambassador reckons the New Zealand Government (in reality the long suffering taxpayer) should pay extra to the families of the Chinese killed in last months earthquake.
"There is a very notable difference in terms of the family situation between the Chinese family members and other foreign family members," he said.

"You can expect how lonely, how desperate they are, not only from losing loved ones, but losing almost entirely their source of economic assistance after retirement."

The notable difference is of course China's obnoxious "one child policy" which means that the parents of the dead students have lost everything. I grieve for them.

But I ask this, every day in China there must be parents who loose their one child, through accident, disease etc - what provisions does the Chinese Government make for those people? Hmmm.

Grief knows no international borders - we all want to do everything we can to alleviate the pain of the bereaved but certainly not on a racial or nationality basis.

Andrei Japan's travails

One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. Joseph Stalin

Like everybody else I am watching the horrors unfolding in Japan. And the center of fascination, in the media at least, is the behavior of the Nuclear power plants. Unquestionably these are part of the story as is the battle to contain them. In some accounts we are facing no less than a nuclear Armageddon, others are a little more sanguine.

But there are 10,000 dead and counting and untold devastation and the power plants bear no responsibility for any of this. In the scale of this disaster it is hard to imagine that in terms of human misery these plants will be a major factor, a factor yes and some may even die from the consequences, but the vast majority of the misery has come from the crumbling buildings and the rushing water not from purported nuclear leaks.

To add to the trials being endured by Japan at this time is a major volcanic eruption but you would be hard pressed to know it, reporting of that is buried underneath lurid reporting of nuclear meltdown.

Pray for the Japanese people.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Andrei The bishops are like "Hitler's generals"

The good old Sydney Morning Herald doesn't approve of the way the Vatican appoints Catholic Bishops
A SECRET Vatican document used to research possible bishops almost certainly breaches Australian anti-discrimination laws and seems designed to ensure only the most conformist candidates can be promoted.

The questionnaire, sent to trusted clergy and a few laypeople by the Pope's ambassador, asks about the candidate's personal qualities, orthodoxy, loyalty to the Pope, commitment to celibacy and opposition to women priests, and his public image. It asks about predisposition to hereditary illness and the family's "condition".

I'm sure the writer would love the Vatican to appoint Bishops who would ordain women and partnered homosexuals, perform same sex marriages and all the rest - the Episcopalians have gone down this track and emptied their churches in the process.

One Dr Collins is quoted in this piece
The present system ensured appointed bishops were conformists whose primary gaze was upwards to the Pope rather than down towards the church. Pastoral aspects took a minor place in the questionnaire.

"The bishops are like Hitler's generals in that their oath of loyalty to the Pope utterly cripples them. They are unable to take any action contrary to Rome, and seem not to be interested in the local church," Dr Collins said.

A very poor piece of writing - the Church is in the business of saving souls not reinventing its self to satisfy a society that has in a very large part turned its back on God.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Andrei 8.9 Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

This is not good

This follows a major 5.8 quake in China yesterday

And of course the Christchurch event just over two weeks ago.

Our prayers for all caught up in this.

Andrei Lent Ancient and Modern

We are are coming to the end first week of Lent. For Eastern Christians such as myself it began on Monday, "Clean Monday".

In the West it began on Wednesday, "Ash Wednesday".

Here is a 21st century approach to Ash Wednesday for those to busy to acknowledge the rhythm of the Liturgical year.

Now I can see the merit in this reaching out to the unchurched, it certainly doesn't do any harm. But it does seem a little superficial. Small steps perhaps.

On the other hand setting aside time to go to Church and working through the services is surely more desirable, By way of contrast here is part of the Canon Of Saint Andrew of Crete, used in Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic Churches for more than 1000 years during the first week of Lent.

This was recorded last Monday at the Three Saints Russian Orthodox Church Garfield New Jersey USA. Update: Just to be clear, these a short excerpts from a Service of Repentance that lasts between two and three hours.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Andrei Grooming kids for sexual deviancy

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Unbelievable - if an ordinary citizen presented such things to small children it would be a common, and probably correct assumption he was up to know good

So why is it ok for the school authorities to do this? It is close to perverse

I'd call showing a five year old this sexual abuse and pedophilia.

From here: Is this what you want YOUR five-year-old learning about sex? Explicit materials cleared for schools

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Andrei Stuck in a timewarp

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Can you guess who has come out with a statement that he doesn't approve the new Governor General?

Some people are tiresomely tedious and the sad thing is they will never have the insight to realize it.

Apart from him virtually everybody else thinks Lieutenant General Mateparae is an inspired choice.

Andrei Sacred Space and " Iconic" Buildings

The "heritage" discussion is forefront and center in Christchurch after the destruction wrought by last months earthquake.

And top of the list is the Anglican Christchurch Cathedral which when mentioned always has the qualifier "iconic" preceding its name.

Another, mentioned as appropriate for restoration is Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

A comment on a previous post alludes the future of the Anglican Church asks

I note that I haven't heard a single person who wants to restore the ChristChurch cathedral actually quote a motive that involves it's actual purpose. Very sad

Something I had noticed myself.

And a response of sorts to that comment from one of the usual suspects

scrubone, what purpose? As a tourist destination, souvenir shop and cafe?

And that my friends is a very valid question to the concern raised by Scrubone, the original commentator.

Temples are for prayers and worship, they are not Disney World attractions, nor suitable venues for secular debates or concerts. But this is what some of the great Churches have become.

Here is a rebuilt Cathedral Christ the Saviour, demolished not by an Earthquake but by Stalin. Rebuilding began almost immediately with the fall of communism and a wonderful job has been accomplished, prayer never ceases in this Church as the holy offices of the day a recited day and night although in a smaller chapel rather than the main body of the Cathedral on weekdays. And this is the model I would like to see followed.

One more Church to give guide, a new one in this case, still under construction in the photograph Saint Benedict's Chapel,Chesapeake, Virginia.

The Parishioners here have worshiped for many years in rented halls but raised the money to build this Holy Church. And this is a Church where reverence prevails, the women for the most part wear chapel veils and the Mass is in Latin. The congregation for the most part consists of families and there is not a tourist in sight, visitors yes, there to worship which is what a Church is for.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Andrei The Altar tug of war

I've posted on this before here and here, if you are not up with the play.

But the stoush of the removal of the Altar from the Teschemakers chapel carries on and is headed back to the environment court.

Apparently the new owners want to use the chapel as a wedding venue. And indeed in Wellington there is a least on ex Chapel, complete with Altar that has met that fate. It provides the aesthetic surroundings but not the sacrament for these events, including doubtlessly some same sex civil unions. You would have to wonder how those who originally built these places and donated the fittings would feel about their modern profane use.

In any case the people who have bought the property do not own the Altar, the Parish of the Holy Name in Dunedin does having been gifted it by the Dominicans, well before the property was sold.

Its amazing to me how people worry over heritage buildings, stone and mortar, while having no interest in and discarding the real heritage of those places, in this case the sacramental worship of the Catholic Church.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Andrei A PHD in what?

Anglican priest earns doctorate in spirituality of snowboarding

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Andrei So how is Ele getting on?

Some blog hosted by Wordpress has seriously annoyed someone.

And they have retaliated with massive DDOS attacks.

Which means we can't read our friend Homepaddock's blog.


Lucia 4000 Muslims attack Coptic Christian homes in Egypt and burn church

(AINA) — A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George. There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the Church pastor Father Yosha and three deacons who were at church; some say they died in the fire and some say they are being held captive by the Muslims inside the church.

Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last two days in the village of Bromil, 7 kilometers from Soul, initially refused to go into Soul, according to the officer in charge. When the army finally sent three tanks to the village, Muslim elders sent them away, saying that everything was “in order now.”

A curfew has been imposed on the 12,000 Christians in the village.

This incident was triggered by a relationship between 40-year-old Copt Ashraf Iskander and a Muslim woman. Yesterday a “reconciliation” meeting was arranged between the relevant Coptic and Muslim families and together with the Muslim elders it was decided that Ashraf Iskander would have to leave the village because Muslims torched his house.

The father of the Muslim woman was killed by his cousin because he did not kill his daughter to preserve the family’s honor, which led the woman’s brother to avenge the death of his father by killing the cousin. The village Muslims blamed the Christians.

The Muslim mob attacked the church, exploding 5-6 gas cylinders inside the church, pulled down the cross and the domes and burnt everything inside. Activist Ramy Kamel of Katibatibia Coptic advocacy called US-based Coptic Hope Sat TV and sent an SOS on behalf of the Copts in Soul village, as they are presently being attacked by the mob. He also said that no one is able to contact the priest and the deacons inside the burning church and there is no answer from their mobile phones.

Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub reported the mob has broken into Coptic homes and has called on Copts to leave the village. “Terrorized Copts have fled and some hid in homes of Muslim neighbors,” he added.

Witnesses said the mob chanted “Allahu Akbar” and vowed to conduct their morning prayers on the church plot after razing it.

Hattip: Fr Z

Related Link:Assyrian International News Agency

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Lucia Islam still wants an apology for the Crusades from the Pope

The Egyptians have suspended talks with the Vatican that were planned for a couple of weeks back.
A two-day meeting between the Vatican and an Egyptian institute of Sunni Islam set for Feb. 23-24 was suspended. Egyptian officials have said unofficially that the future of dialogue hinges on an apology from the Pope.
They still have a problem with the Holy Father condemning attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt.  The fall of Mubarak has not changed this line.
The bombing of the Coptic Christian Church in Alexandria, Egypt after a New Year's Mass nearly two months ago was the first in a series of events that led to the suspension.

In the days that followed, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the attack and called for greater religious liberty in Egypt and protection for all citizens. His words appear to have been perceived by the government through media reports as possible calls for a western action in the country.
Looks like Egypt is worried the West in going to step in. Which could be why they are also calling for an apology for the Crusades! They also want an apology for the Pope's Regensburg address and a condemnation of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Funny thing about the Crusades, they were a Western response to almost 400 years of Muslim aggression. We really should be getting an apology for all the invasions of Christian lands over the last 1,400 years and all the recent terrorist attacks in the name of Islam. But somehow, I don't see that coming any time soon.

Related link: After setback in dialogue with Islam, Vatican official entrusts talks' future to God

Friday, March 4, 2011

Andrei No it wasn't a lecture on thermodynamics

Fifteen minutes of fame for this pair after they demonstrated the use of a motorized sex toy for a "sexuality" class at Illinois' Northwestern University.

It has, to be fair, caused a bit of a fuss but even so it does demonstrate how degraded western culture has become.

Questions: just what value attending such a demonstration provide to the students in attendance? How will it help them (the students) in latter life as they negotiate this wicked world and how will the knowledge imparted in any way, shape or form improve the lot of mankind?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Andrei Martyrdom

Catholic Pakistani Minister Killed for Protecting Christians