Archive for December 23, 2008

Lots of good news today

Posted: December 23, 2008 by datechguy in employment, gaming, local stuff
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Well I’ve had a few rants today but there are a lot of good things to smile about as well.

Got my car inspected and filled up, the price was less then a fill-up would have been 4 months ago.

Saw a convoy of power trucks from Chattanooga Tenn. these guys are really working hard. Still a few people without power but they are working on it.

Been reading about King Phillips War it wasn’t far from here that houses were torched and people killed stripped and scallped. Compared to that an Ice Storm is nothing.

The direct deposit for my unemployment has come in. With the direct deposit system the check was processed in 48 hours. A whole lot easier than 4 years ago.

And I got my first sale, If I can manage 8-10 more a week we can say goodbye to the unemployment bit altogether.

And its game night. You can never be unhappy on gamenight.

And the blankets are finally in for Christmas.

Pope preaches Catholicism. Non believers outraged!

Posted: December 23, 2008 by datechguy in catholic, opinion/news
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The Pope affirmed Catholic teaching yesterday:

Pope Benedict said Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

The Church “should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed,” the pontiff said in a holiday address to the Curia, the Vatican’s central administration.

“The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less.”

The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are

Considering the first line I was waiting for a direct quote concerning homosexuality. Maybe the author didn’t include it because the Pope didn’t make one:

Benedict XVI stands accused today of ecclesiastical gay-bashing. When I was woken up very early this morning by a radio station looking for a quote, I was given the impression that he’d given a speech saying homosexuals were as big a threat to the planet as climate change.

That would have been an own goal, I admit. But look at the text of the Pope’s speech to the Curia and he doesn’t even come close to saying that. The point Benedict is making is that God’s plan for creation encompasses both stewardship of the planet and the expression of human sexual relations within (and only within) marriage.

Nowhere in his speech does he say that “homosexuaity” is a sin, because that’s not Catholic teaching.

None the less the long knives are out:

“When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent way because they feel that they are doing God’s work in ridding the world of these people.”

Her views were echoed by the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, the vicar of Putney and president of Inclusive Church, the pro-gay Anglican movement. “I thought the Christmas angels said ’Fear not’. Instead, the Pope is spreading fear that gay people somehow threaten the planet. And that’s just absurd … Can’t he think of something better to say at Christmas?”

Pam Spaulding, a leading lesbian blogger from the United States, was even more direct. She said: “The Prada Papa Ratzi opens his trap again, and the homophobia stinks like trash piled up during a NYC garbage strike.”

If you want to read the actual text of the speech it is available in German and Italian here, but not in English. A babel fish translation is here but it seems a tad iffy to me so feel free to use your own translator.

Lets cut to the Chase: Regardless of what is done in other denominations the Pope is not going to change Church doctrine because you don’t like it. There is no requirement for anyone to be Catholic. There is no requirement for you to believe Catholic teaching. If you want a church that fits your beliefs there are plenty of denominations out there that tailor their beliefs to fill the collection plate. Or you can even form your own. If you don’t want to believe in any religion that is fine too. It’s all up to you. Feel free to critique, demonize, attack, belittle, ridicule, denounce and even hate the Church and proclaim it loudly for the rest of your life if you want to.

After that you’re on your own.

On being used

Posted: December 23, 2008 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Continuing the topic of my last post there is something I said that should be elaborated on:

I suspect beyond the core set of true believers the support is actually very thin. It is what the “enlightened” and “right” type of people support to show how good and tolerant they are. It allows people to feel good about themselves without actually doing anything. It keep them safe from that most dreaded charge of bigotry. In short it is an exercise in narcissism.

It is my opinion that the left in general and the democratic party in particular will use the supporters of gay marriage for their fundraising, votes and for their organization as long as it is to their political benefit. If the worm turns (see 2nd amendment rights for an example) they party will run from them like a scared rabbit.

It is up to actual supporters of Gay Marriage who truly believe this is a civil rights issue to decide if that thin help is worth it. Perhaps they believe that there is no chance for a cultural reversal, media would suggest that may be the case, but demographics do not. Or maybe the short terms gains outweigh the risks of long terms betrayal. Or perhaps they gay marriage supports are pragmatic in the political sense.

I don’t know but the outrage of the left over the president elects decision means that this choice is going to have to be made. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Special UPDATE: With the return of Gay Marriage as a big issue I’m bumping this post from my first month of blogging to the top. I think the points within concerning Gay Marriage are just as valid two years later and as the blog was only a month old it got very little play. So I present my blast from the past, my very first post on the subject of Gay Marriage.

I’m am constantly amazed at the lack of memory in this country, it might have to do with the lack of knowledge of history in this country. As evidence I quote Richard Cohen today:
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