Phony Christians: Pope’s Too Holy!

Pope FrancisWho didn’t see this coming: The Catholic Church elects a Pope that is not only everything one expects a Pope to be, but appeals to a wide range of people, and the Right’s phony Christians’ heads are exploding. Here are a few of the headlines:

The un-Christian immorality of socialist Pope Francis

This guy describes Pope Francis as:

“… an Argentinean radical whose elevationJesus Pssst to the papacy represented the triumph of radical Leftism in the Catholic Church’s hierarchy. Francis’ radicalism, as well as his corresponding anti-Christianity, were on open display this past week during his visit to the United States, during which he addressed Congress, “preached” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and participated in a fake, socially engineered “spontaneous” photo op with a child of illegal immigrants that could be used to browbeat Americans for seeking to defend our own borders.”

These yahoos see “radical leftists” wherever compassion, empathy, or humanity rear their ugly heads. In the past, Phony Right Wing Christians have viewed the Pope as their religious battering ram. Pope Francis it seems, is not about to be a foil for their mangling of religion.

Is Pope Francis the False Prophet?

AngelOfGriefThere are some factors that seem to indicate Pope Francis could well be the False Prophet while others would argue against it.

Pope Francis is a strong proponent of “social justice”, which is simply a politically correct term for socialism.

Pope Francis’ lifestyle of humility and simplicity is causing him to become very popular very quickly.

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope ever.

Per Saint Peter Catholic Church:

“The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ or SI) is a male religious congregation of the Catholic Church. The members are called Jesuits. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, and promote social justice and ecumenical dialogue.”

Wow, put the nail in the coffin, this guy must be the devil himself, caring about the poor, rejecting the gilded palatial Pope life, and -YIKES!- riding in a Fiat. And you just know that word intellectual is scaring the bejeezus out of them.

Matt Lewis at the Daily Caller (I know, it’s a rag, but it’s a conservative rag), whether intentionally or not, made my point for me (emphases are mine):

arroganceif this is a harbinger of things to come, it could be the end of an alliance that has lasted for more than three decades. Disagreements over theology and spiritual matters aside, conservatives of all faiths loved Pope John Paul II (even when he opposed the Iraq war), and should be rooting for Francis, too…

But there is a worry that Francis is now returning to a sort of pre-John Paul II, “Vatican II” brand of Catholicism which stressed non-judgmentalism.

Oh say it ain’t so! What will they do if they can’t be all judgmental and shit? This gem is perhaps the most entertaining, though:

If Pope Francis Is The Best Christianity Can Do, Perhaps Christianity Requires Another Reformation

That headline comes from no other than Red State, the one run by Erick Erickson, Bogus Christian extraordinaire, who famously referred to a Supreme Court Justice as a “goat-fucking child molester”. Who wouldn’t flock to his website to get a “real” Christian’s perspective? The writer (not Erickson), who probably shares some DNA with George Will, writes (Put your waders on):

If The Catholic Church chooses to reduce itself to being just another boring Left-wing interest group that shills for the collective immiseration of mind, body and spirit that Marxism typically entails, then it needs and deserves condign replacement as a legitimate moral authority. This is quite the radical proclamation, but only when viewed through the lens of credulous, rather than skeptical faith.

There was no problem when previous Popes “shilled” for the Right. (FYI: You dont have to use every brand-spankin’ new word you’ve learned in one post.) You can read this guy’s drivel if you want, but the short version is: Pope bad, unfettered greed and capitalism good.

These folks don’t scream about things like Mafia Dons being allowed Catholic funerals, or the church annulling Newt Gingrich’s 20 year second marriage so he could marry his mistress. No, they get all up in arms about the love thy neighbor stuff. I think some intense Bible study is in order for these “Christians”. In the meantime, I’m pretty sure the Pope will be just fine without their blessings.

The President’s Weekly Address: Writing the Rules for a Global Economy

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NewsMax Conservative: Firearms are an Earned Privilege, Not an Absolute Right

A conservative at NewsMax, fed up with mass shootings, went-off this week on the second-amendment absolutists:

Time also to put to bed this second amendment absolute right. Make it a privilege, not an automatic right of DNA passage. Force gun owners to undergo intrusive background checks including mental health exams. Take required gun safety courses. Renew them every year. And while we’re here, how about being held criminally responsible when failing to lockup weapons and keep them from kids, and from those who have no reason to be around something that can take another life. In other words, earn that privilege. Work for it. Be responsible. And pay the price when your actions are the reason an 8 year old kid gets blown away.

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Because let me ask you a simple question here. And think about this before you answer. Don’t just knee jerk. Think about this for a moment. What is more important? Words on a piece of paper that can be changed and create a better and a safer life for everyone, including every kid in America and every adult? Or the piece of paper that gets handed to family members with the words “Death Certificate” top of the page? Your choice.

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Friday Feminism – Gun Violence, Women In Politics and In Memory

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Sylva Stoel, aka @QueenFeminist, with Bernie Sanders. Photo: Sylva Stoel via the Washington Post

Sylva Stoel, aka @QueenFeminist, with Bernie Sanders. Photo: Sylva Stoel via the Washington Post

 Meet the feminists who want a man in the White House – I have been asked on occasion why, as a Feminist, I support Bernie Sanders.  Shouldn’t I be supporting Hillary Clinton?  I usually try to make the point that supporting Hillary just because of her gender is not Feminism. If that is your thought process, why not support Carly Fiorina? She also meets the gender requirement. Obviously, no liberal, or even Democrat is going to do so, and why? Because her principles are contrary to ours. Same with Hillary, though thankfully to a much lesser extent. She was initially against marriage equality, supporting the defense of marriage act. She is certainly in bed with Big Money. Supporting Hillary just because of her gender is pure sexism. Supporting the candidate most likely to bring our ideals to fruition and usher in an era of fairness and equality- that’s Feminism.

Abortion & Reproductive Rights

♀ GOP Probe Into Planned Parenthood Funding Comes Up Empty – Political posturing and chasing boogiemen sends more of our tax dollars down the drain.

♀ Judge rules that anti-Planned Parenthood activists can give Congress undercover videos

♀ Australia Deports Anti-Abortion Extremist Troy Newman

Congress violates Constitution with Planned Parenthood vote

The framers knew the dangers that bills of attainder pose to individual liberty and separation of powers and wrote the protection against them into the first article of the Constitution. Unfortunately, it appears that members of Congress, like my students on day one of their constitutional law course, do not know about this basic constitutional protection.”

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The Reaper Reports

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Literally, the new Killing Fields, American schools. Across the nation, thousands expected to succumb, unless gun laws, policies and attitudes return to civility.

Democrats Fight Back Against GOP’s Phony Benghazi Investigation

In addition to the video released by Democrats on the Select Committee on Benghazi, the American embassy where Democrats died because Republicans gutted embassy security, Democrats released this important fact sheet detailing the crimes of Trey Gowdy and his select group of RWNJs (my emphasis).

How the Benghazi Committee Targeted Hillary Clinton

Gowdy Cancelled All Planned Hearings Other Than Hillary Clinton’s After NYT Email Story

  • Before the New York Times broke its story on March 2 about Hillary’s Clinton’s emails, Gowdy had sent to Committee Members an investigative plan that set out monthly hearings  with all the different agencies involved in preparing for and responding to the attacks in Benghazi, including the State Department, the Defense Department, and the Intelligence Community.
  • After the New York Times’ email story broke on March 2, however, Gowdy completely abandoned this plan and began focusing almost exclusively on Hillary Clinton.
  • Since then, Gowdy has not held any of the hearings on his schedule, and his upcoming hearing with Hillary Clinton is the only hearing now scheduled.
  • For example, Gowdy abandoned the hearing he had planned for April with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary Leon Panetta.
  • The Committee has never held even one public hearing with anyone from the Department of Defense.  The Committee has held only one hearing with an intelligence official, but it was with the CIA’s head of Legislative Affairs regarding the status of document production.

Gowdy Dropped Key Interviews with Top Defense and Intelligence Leaders

  • Gowdy also abandoned plans he had made in February to start conducting interviews of the following top defense and intelligence leaders in April:  former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former CIA Director David Petraeus, General Martin Dempsey, and former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matt Olsen.
  • He never invited any of these defense or intelligence leaders for interviews.
  • Gowdy then announced that he planned to start conducting the following interviews in June:  former Defense Secretary Panetta, General Martin Dempsey, and General Carter Ham.
  • Those interviews were also abandoned.

Gowdy Scheduled New Interviews and Depositions of Hillary Clinton’s Associates 

Gowdy Stepped Up Aggressive Press Campaign Against Hillary Clinton

  • Since March, Gowdy’s press releases have focused almost entirely on Secretary Clinton.
  • Over the past nine months, he has issued 22 press releases related to Secretary Clinton (including one on Sidney Blumenthal’s emails with Clinton), but only 5 press releases on any other topic during that period.
  • Of the 5 non-Clinton press releases, three (1, 2, 3) are about the State Department’s compliance with document production, one marks the anniversary of 9/11, and one is Gowdy’s interim progress report.
  • The only documents Gowdy has publicly released over the past 17 months were Clinton’s emails with Sidney Blumenthal, and Gowdy did this unilaterally with no debate or vote by the Select Committee.
  • At the same time, he has blocked the public release of Blumenthal’s deposition transcript, which would reveal all the questions Republicans asked about Hillary Clinton and other issues that have nothing to do with Benghazi.
  • Almost immediately after the interview with Cheryl Mills, Republicans began leaking inaccurate information to damage Clinton with unsubstantiated or previously debunked allegations, while refusing to release the complete transcript.
  • Gowdy refused to investigate or condemn a leak that made more unsubstantiated allegations against Clinton despite the fact that Politico was forced to correct a front-page story that relied on apparently doctored information about an email produced to the Select Committee.

Gowdy’s Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaign Against Clinton

GOP’s Benghazi Committee Could Not Have Picked a Worse Person for Damage Control

I don’t care if he is the Chairman, what a dunce! Has he never heard of video recording? Or YouTube?

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Clinton Ad Puts Spotlight on Republican Scandal

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Florida Will Make It Easier to Kill

Florida Plans To Make a Bad Law Worse

d180d56ec54fab6b9d8373e1c131d030 In one of the most glaring NRA-has-us-by-the-nuts moves, Florida is attempting to make it easier to claim a “stand your ground defense, and they’ll pay you for it too. From the Orlando Sentinel:

In a bizarre, dangerous and costly new expansion to the NRA-backed “stand your ground law,” GOP legislators want to increase the burden of proof on prosecutors trying to convict anyone who claims self-defense.

… If you get off, the state may have to pay you up to $200,000 for “court costs, reasonable private attorney fees and related expenses” according to House Bill 169.

But Florida already has generous laws for those claiming self-defense. … a 2012 investigation by the Tampa Bay Times of nearly 200 “stand your ground” cases found that 70 percent of the accused killers and assaulters went free.

The law, the paper reported, “has allowed drug dealers to avoid murder charges and gang members to walk free. It has stymied prosecutors and confused judges.”

“One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail,” the paper continued. “Another shot a man as he lay on the ground … In nearly a third of the cases … defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.”

Jeb Bush signed the first “Stand Your Ground Law” (Not to be confused with the Castle Doctrine) in 2005. Speaking to NRA members in April, he said:

“… in Florida we protected people’s rights to protect themselves.”

Like Zimmerman, the guy the 911 operator told to stay in his car and wait for the police. The guy who instead, got out, went after, and shot, Trayvon Martin. The guy who claimed “stand your ground” and was acquitted, when the only thing Trayvon could have done to Zimmerman was pelt him with Skittles. Scary shit right there.

Resorting To Deception?

In February of 2014, Reuters released a graph of Florida’s gun statistics showing the before and after of its “stand your ground” law; this is that graph:

reuters-chartLooks like that all guns all the time/ stand your ground thing is working for Florida. Wait a minute… the chart’s upside down! As Live Science reported:

… sharp-eyed observers noticed that a graph accompanying many news reports seemed to suggest that gun deaths actually dropped, rather than jumped, after Florida adopted the law. “It is so deeply misleading that I loathe to expose your eyeballs to it,” Lisa Wade, a professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, wrote in Pacific Standard.

Christine Chan, who drew up the graph, claimed the inversion was just a matter of her personal preference. Right. This is how it should have been presented:

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So much for the law making people safer; if anything, it seems to have given Floridians carte blanche to murder. This newly proposed law will just make it harder to convict them for it.

The President’s Weekly Address: Congress Should Do its Job and Pass a Serious Budget

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Video Clips of the Week

Oregon Shooter Described Himself as a “Conservative, Republican”

By now you’ve heard about the latest mass shooting in America, this time at an Oregon university. Right wing sites like Breitbart were quick to imply the shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, was a dangerous Muslim because he was reported to have asked students to state their religion and began shooting Christians. But Heavy.com was able to locate the shooter’s dating profile in which he describes his “Political Views” as “conservative, republican“. So it turns out he was just another angry RWNJ with easy access to guns.

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