29 October 2011

End my suffering

Aight. . .I've let this go now for a couple of weeks b/c I'm not one of those bloggers obsessed with traffic numbers and popularity (*coughcoughwheezecough*).  But I gotta bring this up. . .

Traffic for H.A. is pretty stable, hanging in there with about 420 views a day and 918 page views.  Not bad.  It's not Fr. Z. or Mark Shea level traffic, but I'm happy with that, considering we've been going at this for almost six years. 

So, what's bugging me?  That Follow Me number over there -----> 398.  It's been bouncing up and down for weeks now but never quite reaching 400. 

End my suffering, please. . .

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Picturing the Coffee Bowl

A faithful H.A. reader asks, "What is a coffee bowl?"

 The Coffee Bowl with which I Browse!

We have a large espresso machine in the refectory.  Though this might look like a large cappuccino, it is actually what the Italians sneeringly refer to as a "cafe Americano"--one part espresso and three parts steamed milk. 

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OCCUPY Coffee Bowl Browsing!

The OSW rap sheet. . .child prostitution, heroin dealing, rape, death threats, anti-Semitism, Nazis (no, real Neo-Nazis) marching in camo with guns, rioting, public masturbation, and on and on.

Some pigs are more equal than others:  OccupyLA's "Peoples' Assembly" (or whatever) suffers a coup over the central committee's fascist ways.  Heh.

No.  Jesus would NOT be among the OWS crowd. . .except maybe to convert them from their hypocrisy and licentiousness.  

OWS protesters meet the Real World:  "[OWS cooks are] angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for 'professional homeless' people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters."  Apparently, freeloading from people who work for a living is a Bad Thing.  Who knew?

A little philosophical history of the OWS movement:  Academic anarchist promotes chaos.

KKK Poo-Bah marches with OWS in Phoenix. . .Crickets solemnly chirp in the MSM.

OWS finance committee member "redistributes" $20,000 into her own account.

"Instead of hope and change, the Obama presidency has delivered decline and despair on a scale not seen in America since the dying days of the Carter administration."  And W. had his hand in this decline as well. 

The left's Official Propagandist is caught lying. . .again.   Seriously, he claimed he wasn't among the 1%.  He's worth $50m and he's "one of the 99%."  HA!

Well, the Great Unwashed of the OWS get one thing right. . .

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A question about Coffee Bowl Browsing

They say that curiosity kills the cat, but can it wound a blogging priest?  Let's see. . .

I'm curious:  Coffee Bowl Browsing is a mainstay of HancAquam.  Basically, it's nothing more than me "flipping through" the internet and grouching about the news.  Why "grouching"?  Well, the caffeine from the morning's coffee hasn't circulated yet!  That's my excuse anyway.  I always end CBB with a few humorous links. . .by then my Bowl O'Stimulants has done its job. 

So, here's the question:  thinking about the typical content of CBB, what do you find to be the most and least appealing topics covered?  Site Meter allows me to track "out clicks," so I have a pretty good idea about what folks find worthy of their time.

Also, include any other observations about CBB.  Format?  Length of entries?  Sources of news?  Special editions?

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27 October 2011

A house becomes a temple

Hey, look!  A homily!  Remember those?

Ss. Simon and Jude
Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP
Ss. Domenico e Sisto, Roma

We are no longer strangers and sojourners. We are fellow citizens with the holy ones. Members of the household of God. A family built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets. And Christ Jesus himself is the capstone. If this is all we were, if this were the sum total of what it means to be a follower of Christ, we could call it a blessing and spend our days giving thanks to God for adopting us as His children, for taking us in hand and giving us a holy place in His creation. But if who and what we are in Christ were to stop here. . .if we were to say, “It is enough that we are a family—thank you, Lord; it is enough that we are a happy community—praise Jesus”. . .if we were settle for this great blessing, we would be settling for something much less than all that the Father has to give us. Yes, we are citizens with the holy ones. Yes, we are brothers and sisters in the family of the Lord. Yes, we are a community of praise and thanksgiving. BUT we are also growing as a temple sacred in the Lord; we are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. 

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul describes who and what the church in Ephesus is AND he tells them who and what they can become. They are a household of the Lord built on the teachings of the apostles and the prophets; however, they are also becoming a temple, a dwelling-place for the Spirit of God. Our household is becoming a temple; our family is becoming a church. How does this happen? How do we move from being a household to being a temple, from being a family to being a church? Paul uses two key verbs: to grow and to build. To grow a plant, you first sow its seed; then, you nurture it; prune it; and harvest its fruit. If you plant wheat seed, you get wheat. If you plant rice, you get rice. A seed can only grow into what it was made to be. Wheat seed cannot become rice. If the Lord's household generously plants itself as the seed of His Word, we grow and grow and we become that which we were made to be: His Word made flesh. To build, we start with a well dug foundation—solid, concrete; then, we frame our structure—sturdy, durable; then, we protect it with a waterproof roof and make the inside welcoming, warm. If our building is to become a dwelling-place for the Lord, our foundation must be the apostles' teaching; our frame must be the Church's Tradition; and our roof will be the Holy Spirit of Pentecost, our protection against the hostile elements of the world. If we invite the Lord in; if we bring Him in with us to dwell among us and give Him the place of honor as Father and Lord, then our house will become a temple.

It is an enormous blessing to be a loving community of believers; to be an international family vowed to justice and peace. How much more of a blessing is it to be a living, breathing temple for the Lord? How much more is it to be one in whom the Spirit of God dwells? And to be one among many and more who can lay claim to having been built up from an apostolic foundation and grown from the seed of His Word?

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Coffee Bowl Browsing (Catholic Edition)

Jesus would be an atheist:  latest idiotic blather from anti-Christian celeb Dawkins.   Make no mistake. . .Dawkins is an anti-Christian bigot not simply an atheist. 

Archbishop Gomez on the erosion of religious liberty in the U.S.  One of the lessons here:  Catholic charities shouldn't take state money.

Sacked Aussie bishop throws a tantrum 'cause his episcopal colleagues support the Holy Father.  Note the usual screeching about "not being heard," "not being consulted," ad. nau. 

Yet another failure of the "Spirit of Vatican Two."  How can you be "comfortable in the faith" but uncomfortable with Church teaching?  This works only if you are a Protestant.  Thus, the failure.

Fr. Z. has more on the recently published "peace and justice" paper.  Apparently, the lay Italian economist responsible for the "world authority" nonsense is a socialist.  Big surprise.

Yup:  "The Church has magisterially stated, again and again throughout history, that she does not and cannot offer particular, concrete solutions to political, social or economic problems."

WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?!  One of my fav scary prank videos.

You'll be glad to have one of these when you run out of ammo during the Zombie Apocalypse. 

Speaking of the Zombie Apocalypse. . .It's Begun!!!

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25 October 2011

TV tech exposes Occupy London charade

And yet more fraud from the Occupy _____ Movement.  This time it's Occupy London.

A Telegraph TV crew used thermal imaging tech to demonstrate that only about one in ten of the tents pitched outside St. Paul's Cathedral were occupied overnight

From the article:

On Monday the revelation was described as a "charade" and pressure was growing on the church and other authorities to evict the camp.

"It is like a phantom camp – a big charade," said Matthew Richardson, a Corporation of London councillor, who is calling for action to be taken. 

NB.  the TV folks are quickly surrounded by Occupy goons and escorted away from the empty tens.

Best comment on the Telegraph blog:  "Tents have rights too!"  HA! 

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Coffee Bowl Browsing

The true poverty of the OWS protesters isn't financial. . .

OWS isn't even close to being the "99%". . ."[OWS] doesn't represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence."

Right Diagnosis, Deadly Cure.  . .a critique of the recently published document on money and morals by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.  My thoughts exactly. 

Another WIN for B.O.'s "smart diplomacy":  terrorist pensions to be paid from U.S. aid money.

"Liberal suicide":  on the long, slow decline of the once-great Episcopal Church.  NB.  the E.C. is now what the Catholic Left wants the RCC to become. 

Most Transparent Administration Evah!  B.O. proposes rule changes to the Freedom of Info Act that will allow bureaucrats to lie about the existence of public records.

The Spirit of Vatican Two Peace Bong Catholic Community gets a new pastor.  When will he have time to reload???

Happy with Puppy Yoda the Force is not.

Ummm, yea. . .I don't think we'll be needing your babysitting services any longer.

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24 October 2011

Vatican Wants One World Government!!!

OMG!!!  The Pope says that ALL Catholics must support a One World Government!!!

@#$%!!!  The Vatican wants just One Bank for the Whole World!!!!

WHAT!?!?  Benedict XVI supports the Occupy Wall St protesters!!!

Deep breath.  One more time.  Now, OK. . .so, if any of your friends, family, co-religionists have expressed any of the above or some version of one of the above, sit them down, give them a beer, let them catch their breath, and ask them a simple question:  have you actually read the recently published document on economics and finance that has upset you so?

Betcha they will say, "Um, no."  Good.  Get them a copy and give them about 30 mins. to read all 18 pgs.  Once they are finished, roll up a newspaper and swatch them briskly across the nose three times while saying in a firm voice, "Bad, bad Catholic!  Bad Catholic!  You never believe a word that the media say about the Church! Never!"

If they are sufficiently contrite and promise to never do it again, make the following points about the document:

1).  The document was NOT written by "The Vatican" or "The Pope."  It's a product of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.  Not the Secretary of State.  Not the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  Not the Congregation for Bishops.  A pontifical council.  In terms of magisterial authority, that's somewhere near a Christmas postcard from your pastor.  'Nuff said.

2).  The document says nothing new about economics or economic theory nor does it promote one model of economics over any other.  The focus is placed squarely on the current difficulties in the monetary market, arguing that some sort of international control needs to be established over these transactions so that we might avoid another global bank collapse.  There is a pointed critique of what the document labels "economic liberalism and utilitarian thinking," that is, unregulated free market capitalism.  This is nothing new either.  The Church has been suspicious of unfettered capitalism since at least the mid-nineteenth century.  

3). The "world authority" proposed in the document is placed within the context of all the usual Catholic caveats about human dignity, morality, respect for cultural and national traditions, the authority of the nation-state, subsidiarity, etc., etc.  In other words, Global Governance advocates will dismiss this proposal out of hand.  It's too religious/ethical and not nearly powerful enough. Oh, and there won't be enough opportunities for politicians to steal us all blind. 

4).  Yes, Church-haters and Prog Catholics will cover themselves with this document and proclaim a divine victory for the Occupy Wall St. type non-sense.   Nothing we can do about that.  Just don't be pulled into the whole Benedict Is Calling For A One World Bank framing of the issue.   

Bottomline:  a little note from a minor curial department expressing the opinions of some Italian economist

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Coffee Bowl Browsing

Conspiracy theorists will love this. . .the lesson for high school/college students is more obvious:  don't trust the internet as an accurate source for your research.

Speaking of editing history. . .WaPo scrubs its hit piece of Mario Rubio

The racist history of gun control. . .Gun control advocates dismiss this history as irrelevant to current efforts to control access to guns.  Fine.  But gun control still has racial (if not racist) consequences.

The Workers' Paradise of OWS is starting to fuss and fight over $$$.  This is what happens when bong-induced undergrad philosophizing collides with the realities of human nature.

Some loon burns a bible during the Papal Mass in Rome.  I bet it was a Protestant version.

Wow.  More "smart diplomacy" from B.O. & The Amateurs:  Billions of American dollars spent, thousands of American lives ended. . .and the prez of Afghanistan promises to ally with Pakistan in a war against. . .America!  

What are the whiners in the OWS movement really "raging" against?

Speaking of OWS whiners. . .here's one.  (NB. strong language) 

Cathy rants about classes in "yoga, the enneagram, tai-chi, labyrinth, channeling, reiki and other New Age" stuff being taught in Catholic parishes.  Rant on, sister!

Steve Jobs goes to heaven. . .and gets his wish.

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