Saturday, February 5, 2011

Slouching Towards 'Armageddon'?

While the West and particularly the United States in recent decades has been preoccupied with extreme sexual minorities, disproportionately and grotesquely in both law and media, at the expense of everyone else and family values, Egyptians have been having babies. Over half the population in Egypt right now is reported to consist of those under the age of 25. Evidently Muslims to their credit know what sexual organs and human sexuality are intended for.

Meanwhile, events in Tunisia and Egypt in recent weeks are framed as terribly worrying to the United States----as if we haven't been stirring up trouble with Islam in the most grievous ways for decades now. One cannot help but wonder where it is all going. The West shows every sign of having lost its soul. The US media is bizarrely filled with decadence of every kind----as if non-fecund 'gay' sex and 'stars,' cop shows and sports were the only things worth showing and talking about in practically every way and venue---at the same time that the government is using taxpayer money to arm to the teeth and stirring escalating wars and trouble all over the planet in some form or other, backed as always by international finance (IMF, World Bank, etc).

And to add insult to injury this dramatically increased program of militarization is all done supposedly in the interests of threats to the very "security" we ourselves imperil by our deeds. So we see a two-pronged thing: on the one hand the citizens of the United States and West are distracted by technology in the service of embarrassing decadence, and on the other hand we are said to be imperiled by "extremism" on every side, even as we pay little attention to our own borders. We work full time to stir up the hornets nest and then cry out to the world that the bees are threatening the security of the planet.

--->CNN is reporting: Clarification: Key members resign their posts in Egypt's ruling party. Hosni Mubarak remains head of party and president ...

--->Groups Object to Hearings on Muslim Extremism. 'Singling out a group of Americans for government scrutiny based on their faith is divisive and wrong,' wrote a coalition of religious and civil-rights organizations to the House leadership....

--->Ongoing suffering in Iraq. Iraqis protest power and food shortages; 3 shot...

--->Report - Cong. Ron Paul: "Classified Cable Proves US Ok’d Saddam’s Kuwait Invasion..." [Note: Gordon Duff's editorial comments at the top of the piece are his own, not necessarily mine. My interest here is solely in Ron Paul's statement]

--->Benedict XVI's Introduction to new Youth Catechism...(click) "Some people tell me that today's young people are not interested in the catechism; but I do not believe in this statement, and I am sure that I am right. They are not as superficial as they are accused of being; young people want to know what life is really about".

--->Europe's Debt Crisis Continues, Despite Ireland's 'Resolved' Debt...Europe still cannot rest on its laurels. It now must look to Portugal, Spain and Belgium. The continent's sovereign debt crisis seems determined to roll on, threatening the euro and even the European Union itself...More

--->Pro-Abort Justice Ginsburg Says She Won’t Retire Before 2012; Hints She May Stay Until 2016...

--->When Rulers Recognized A Higher Law Than Themselves: St. Stephen of Hungary...Not all 'elites' are the same; What follows is an excerpt from Saint Stephen's admonitions to his son Emeric:

My beloved son, delight of my heart, hope of your posterity, I pray, I command, that at every time and in everything, strengthened by your devotion to me, you may show favor not only to relations and kin, or to the most eminent, be they leaders or rich men or neighbors or fellow countrymen, but also to foreigners and to all who come to you. By fulfilling your duty in this way you will...Read on

--->Former Reagan Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts: Police Brutality in the USA: Americans, Too Are Oppressed...

--->Vatican prepares to issue pastoral guidelines on AIDS care...

--->Conformist Neo-modernists Opposing Benedict's Reform of the Reform. The new missal for use at Mass from next November is sexist, archaic, elitist and obscure, the subversive Association of Catholic Priests has said... [See Label below this post on 'Reform of the reform' for more on the upcoming liturgical changes].

--->Planned Parenthood, Affiliate, Differ in Sex-Trafficking Video Reaction...

--->In reading George Weigel's new book (click), I am awestruck at the crucifying role and courage Poland suffered in the 20th century. Pat Buchanan touched on much of this from the geopolitical angles in his remarkable book (click), but this volume goes far deeper because it focuses mainly on the redemptive nature of the suffering of the Polish people.

Katyn Forest Massacre BMonument, Golgotha of the EastIt is hard to imagine a modern nation that was betrayed more (both before and after the world wars by all sides), that suffered more for so long, and showed more extraordinary spiritual courage. It was the first nation to resist Adolph Hitler's Nazis; and countless numbers of Poles paid a horrific price for it. Then she was crushed by Stalin with the help of FDR and Churchill, making it in effect a Soviet vassal state; and so the unspeakable suffering continued. Indeed it was in no small part the suffering and courage of Poland whose spiritual will the Soviets could not break that made for the ultimate end of Soviet Communism and the liberation of so many captive states. It is an astonishing story and worth the price of the book alone.

Now to pray that the daily increasing decadence of the West does not destroy what Nazi and Soviet inhumanity could not. The nihilists are already well advanced. This decadence is in many ways more vicious than armor because of its deceitful march under the banner of "freedom". And it was this redfinition and abuse of freedom, Weigel shows, that John Paul worked to combat, countering the whole post-1989 "New World Order" program with opposing Christic definitions of the same concepts across the line. It is an amazing, helpful book which clarifies many, many things.

--->Douglas Rushkoff / CNN.com: Internet is easy prey for governments...Some of us might like to believe that the genie is out of the bottle and that we all have access to an unstoppable decentralized network. In reality, the internet is entirely controlled by central authorities...

--->Documentary blames Bill Clinton... for possible moral endgame in America

--->Redistributing the Wealth: Bloomberg spends $245,000 of taxpayers' dough employing THREE chefs at Gracie Mansion...

--->Julian Assange Extradition Hearing Begins Monday As WikiLeaks Founder Faces Legal Battle...

"The things that we love tell us who we are"---St. Thomas Aquinas

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