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  • Someone Is Lying About the Pope’s Meeting With Kim Davis

    10/04/2015 8:38:43 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    qwertyz to Romulus

    Roscia is low level compared to Lombardi. A simple search establishes the facts: 1) the nuncio arranged for the Pope to meet with Kim Davis, among others, 2) the Pope did indeed met with her — as described by Fr. Lombardi below. Later on the plane back to Rome, the Pope pointed out the obvious moral principle that government employees have consciences and the right to use them. Here’s Lombardi’s statement from the Vatican Radio site:

    “The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:

    “Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.

    “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.”

  • Boy Scout leaders vote to end ban on adult homosexuals(Makes a great place to help raise your son)

    07/13/2015 5:18:50 PM PDT · 27 of 56
    qwertyz to silverleaf

    This turns Jamborees and summer camps — which host multiple Scout units — into a parade opportunities for “out” homosexuals. No Scout should be subjected to this travesty.

  • LGBT group backed by Cardinal to march in London’s huge ‘gay pride’ parade

    06/27/2015 8:25:20 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    qwertyz to tflabo

    “They feel marginalized by society” while backed by the Prime Minister, LGBT education ambassadors in each borough, and a huge parade that include many of the biggest names in business, Law, education, charity, and media. They include Barclays, Scout Association, Ministry of Defence Civil Service, Armed Forces, Starbucks, Transport for London, Amnesty International UK, NSPCC, Bernardos, Metropolitan Police, Amazon UK, United States Embassy, UK Council for Psychotherapy, Bank of England, Houses of Parliament, National Union of Teachers, Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Buzzfeed, HSBC, Facebook, LinkedIn, BP Oil and Gas.

  • Music chief for Pope Francis' Phildelphia Mass quits in dispute with Archbishop Chaput

    06/02/2015 4:51:30 PM PDT · 15 of 27
    qwertyz to Falconspeed

    There are facts missing in this story:
    1) Romeri served Rigali at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
    2) Rigali is moved to Philadelphia Archdiocese and named a Cardinal in 2003
    3) Romeri follows Rigali to Philadelphia in 2010*
    4) Just a year later, Cardinal Rigali resigns under the sex abuse cloud and Chaput takes his place
    5) Artistic tension ensues between the Capuchin ArchBishop Chaput and Romeri.

    In other words, it’s a case of very bad timing leading to very good people at cross purposes.

    * “In a way, I’m following (Cardinal Justin) Rigali,” the former archbishop of St. Louis who now leads the Philadelphia archdiocese, Romeri said. “I’m really looking forward to working with him again.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch July 21, 2010.

  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 7:19:36 PM PDT · 18 of 47
    qwertyz to Fai Mao

    There was an East vs. West/Humanistic vs. Orthodox split among Quakers (in 1827), so when George Fox College began in Oregon in 1885, it was founded by the more evangelical Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends.

  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 7:17:45 PM PDT · 27 of 119
    qwertyz to ealgeone

    “Early church rejected these” ... Really? Usually it takes several years for someone to study the extant writings of the early Church Fathers. If you were making an unfounded assertion (I never do =), well ... it’s never too late to see what they really said at:

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 7:04:57 PM PDT · 52 of 356
    qwertyz to Iscool

    See post 51 for my reply. Assertions don’t make arguments. Otherwise, I’m happy you know so much about the early Christians and Newman. It takes several years to read through them (not counting the years to learn Greek and Latin).
    For those who want to hear the early Christians in their own words, go here:

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 6:55:55 PM PDT · 51 of 356
    qwertyz to daniel1212

    The subject of this thread was whether or not the bread and wine of Holy Communion becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ. You did a bait and switch saying “RC scholarship provides evidence contrary.” That link leads to a different rant on a different subject. I recommend sticking to the anti-Eucharist subject. Learning what and why billions of Christians have believed the doctrine of the Real Presence for nearly 2000 years is a worthwhile project. Why?

    1. The Holy Spirit just might have guided them into the truth — just as Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).

    2. Apostle Paul had a definite plan to make sure his successors got the proper interpretation passed along without error: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2Tim 2:2)

    3. Peter emphasized that the authority to interpret Scripture does not rest solely with the individual: “no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation.” (2Peter 1:20)

    Frankly, you don’t sound like a Protestant. Are you a Jeh. Witness? A Protestant usually brings up Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia into their anti-Eucharist argumentation.

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 4:23:03 PM PDT · 27 of 356
    qwertyz to Campion

    The problem of interpreting Jesus words rests with the Apostles and their successors, and they aren’t biting on the “symbol only” theory.

    1. Apostle Paul — partaking of Communion unworthily is to be “guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord” (I Cor 11:27). In what way does a symbol entail personal examination (vs. 28) to avoid guilt? A symbol in itself doesn’t command that level of personal scrutiny and the consequence of sin — unless it is the sign of Jesus Christ’s real presence in the bread and wine.

    2. Ignatius of Antioch (as a child, heard Apostle John) — “they do not admit that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, the flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in His graciousness, raised from the dead.”

    3. Justin Martyr (150 AD) — “For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God’s Word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.”

    4. See many more here —

    Conclusion: No argument for the “symbol only” theory gained any following among Christians for a 1000 years, and then only after an individualistic interpretation theory took hold in Germany under Luther that ran counter to Scripture: “The Church is the pillar of the truth.” (I Tim 3:15)

    I like to see this kind of fire-spewing anti-Eucharist rant. That was me a few a years ago, before I converted. “To be deep into history is to cease to be Protestant” — John Henry Newman

  • Evangelicals & the Eucharist (Part 1)

    01/28/2015 2:19:12 PM PST · 11 of 428
    qwertyz to RnMomof7

    Congratulations on your hard work digging up these quotes. The problem is the underlying assumption that there is NOT an authoritative interpreter guided by the Holy Spirit to discern the truth of the matter. Is Cousin Billy Bob and Uncle Fred in 2015 really able to understand the mind of the Church 2000 years ago? Or is there a body (a shepherd, if you will) passing down the authentic Tradition about the Eucharist’s meaning?

    Finally, there is the problem of consequences. If the Eucharist is just a symbol, its abuse shows disrespect, but little more. For Paul, however, the consequence was grave: “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”

    This is not how one talks about a symbol.

    Keep up the good work — but understand that for many, it’s the first step to converting to Catholicism. (”To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.”—Cardinal John Henry Newman)

  • Obama proposes free community college program

    01/09/2015 3:52:26 AM PST · 33 of 67
    qwertyz to nathanbedford

    The economic escalator is broken. Graduates at any level have a tough time getting a job that moves their career forward. So instead of fixing the escalator by lifting the burden on small businesses, the elites throw cake (free health care, free college) at those stuck on the lower steps. The challenge to conservatives is to get this socialist paradigm unstuck exactly at a time when more and more people stuck at the lower levels are more dependent on the freebies.

    This is not going to be easy.

  • It's baaaaaack!

    12/14/2014 10:14:22 PM PST · 41 of 49
    qwertyz to Unam Sanctam

    No guessing needed about Catholic doctrine — just check out the Catechism online at

    In brief: Grace — Christ’s divine life in our soul — is essential for salvation (by grace you have been saved), which is infused into the soul usually through the sacrament of baptism (Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins), which may be experienced as a baptism of desire or martyrdom in unusual circumstances. The supernatural life of charity grows by means of other sacraments — confirmation, the Eucharist, confession, anointing of sick, sacramental marriage, — as well as works of mercy. In fact, physically receiving Communion is obligatory only once a year (the so-called Easter Duty).

    Accompanying Charity are the theological virtues of Faith and Hope. Thus, Catholic theology points to an objective transformation of the soul, a New Birth, worked out in the Church, the Bride and Body of Christ.

    Because sacramental marriage intertwines with everything else, the Pope is calling for a re-examination of remarriage — which becomes adultery when the previous marriage has not been annulled. The question facing pastors is if someone FEELS sorry about their state and wants to amend their life (repent), what ACTIONS of repentance return the soul to an OBJECTIVE STATE OF GRACE — and what is the Church’s role in this reconciliation.

    These are very complex questions that impact a person in time and eternity. Given the high number of remarried Catholics, the Pope wants the Bishops to work on an answer — and starting out, it hasn’t been pretty.

  • US adds 321,000 jobs in November, the most in nearly 3 years

    12/05/2014 7:36:22 AM PST · 14 of 25
    qwertyz to CodeToad


  • Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

    10/12/2014 4:16:37 AM PDT · 52 of 315
    qwertyz to BCW

    This is one of the best scoops in Free Republic history. Thanks for doing the legwork. This has huge implications for air travel. It’s a very inconvenient truth.

  • Family Synod: Welcoming Gay Son’s Partner a ‘Model for Evangelisation’, Couple Says

    10/06/2014 5:36:46 PM PDT · 17 of 79
    qwertyz to Pollster1

    I’m afraid the Bishops are once again being cajoled to set aside their natural repugnance at sexual deviance. Many listened to psychological counselors instead of their gut and put abusing priests back into parishes. Pray they don’t make this same mistake again by giving homosexual “partnerships” a quasi-moral status under the guise of “new evangelism.” It’s repugnant!

  • Europe is in an epic depression — and it's getting worse

    08/15/2014 6:49:52 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    qwertyz to William of Barsoom

    Bernake set up a weak dollar, which gives our products a price advantage in Europe — and gives European companies with a line of credit incentive to buy companies here instead of investing there. It’s simply amazing how the world’s money class can milk U.S. monetary policy.

  • Vocal Fry and Rush Limbaugh

    08/14/2014 11:42:23 AM PDT · 48 of 54
    qwertyz to SierraWasp

    Hilary has been using that clickity low bass tone — makes her sound like a very, very important person.

  • Soccer: Part Deux

    07/03/2014 10:24:14 AM PDT · 33 of 101
    qwertyz to waredbird

    Someone missed a decimal point. That’s 6.2 miles = 10K

  • Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, "My Twisted World" manifesto

    05/25/2014 2:26:30 PM PDT · 41 of 44
    qwertyz to SamAdams76

    “My Twisted World” reveals many inciting issues in this kid’s life. But when it appears to take a demonic turn, one can only pray “St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle ... “:

    “My mother and father had been married for a couple of years before my mother became pregnant with me. In fact, her pregnancy was an accident. She had been taking pills to prevent pregnancy, but when she visited my father on one of his film sets, she fell ill and the medication she took for that illness thwarted the effect of the anti-pregnancy pills, and so their lovemaking during this period resulted in my life.”

    “I asked her if she and father would ever divorce. She said it would never happen” and then a few months later “she and my father are getting a divorce.”

    This unexpected divorce was followed by his father’s remarriage to a disliked step mother, multiple nannies, court appointed visitation arrangements, moving from house to house — perhaps as many as 20 domiciles in as many years.

    He vows to “mold myself into the coolest kid,” then he bleaches hair at 9 or 10.

    “Childhood is fun, but when a boy reaches puberty a whole new world opens up to him…a whole new world with new pleasures, such as sex and love. Other boys will experience this, but not me, it pains me to say. That is the basis of my tragic life.”

    His early, traumatic exposure to pornography was followed by pornographic fantasy and regular masturbation (”I usually masturbated at least every other day”)

    He takes”sanctuary” in video games…”I didn’t want to grow up.” Later: “I could literally play the game for every waking minute. And so I did.” “That was the life I wanted. A life of pleasure and sex.”

    “Sex…the very word fills me with hate.” He is reacting to a culture of 14-year-olds bragging about sex, including hearing an audio tape between a 9th grade boy and girl Crespi CARMELITE High School having sex. He feels: “I just didn’t care anymore. I hated that school. I didn’t think about my future. The only thing I gave any serious thought to was my WoW character.”

    “Infamy is better than total obscurity.”

    “When I think about it, he was always absent from my life. When my whole world took a downward spiral into darkness after I hit puberty, he never made any effort to save me. He just didn’t care.”

    “The power that beautiful women have is unbelievable. They can temporarily turn a desperate boy’s whole world around just by smiling…. to feel her love! That is what I want in life. Instead, I had to watch other men experience my idea of heaven while I rot in bitter loneliness.”

    “I am more than human. I am superior to them all. I am Elliot Rodger… Magnificent, glorious, supreme, eminent…Divine! I am the closest thing there is to a living god. Humanity is a disgusting, depraved, and evil species. It is my purpose to punish them all… I am not meant to live such a pathetic, miserable life. That is not my place in this world. I will not bow down and accept such a horrific fate. If humanity will not give me a worthy place among them, then I will destroy them all. I am better than all of the them. I am a god. Exacting my Retribution is my way of proving my true worth to the world….”

    “I look at the human race and I see only vileness and depravity, all because of an act known as sexuality… I wasn’t the one who struck first … But I will finish it by striking back. I will punish everyone. And it will be beautiful. Finally, at long last, I can show the world my true worth.”

  • Dinesh D'Souza: 'I Was Trying to Help ... I Did It in the Wrong Way'

    05/24/2014 11:26:13 AM PDT · 23 of 33
    qwertyz to SeekAndFind

    Point is: the opposition often successfully uses personal flaws to attack principles.

    D’Souza brought a lot on himself—purported shack up with a married honey before they were divorced.(see:

    I really like the guy, but he wasn’t really ready for big league baseball, much to my surprise.

  • Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy?

    04/26/2014 12:36:47 PM PDT · 29 of 48
    qwertyz to 1rudeboy

    Blue Light Special on a warm water sea port and arable farm land!

    You don’t have to be rolling in dough to know ... now’s the time to fill your shopping cart!

  • This is how much Microsoft charges the FBI for your info

    03/23/2014 9:47:29 AM PDT · 2 of 22
    qwertyz to markomalley

    It’s growth area—no wonder MSFT stocks are at record highs!

  • Luther: The Infallible Church Declared The Contents of Scripture

    03/08/2014 4:39:18 PM PST · 21 of 32
    qwertyz to boatbums

    Never heard Luther quote before, but have heard 1 Timothy 3:14–15:

    “I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

  • The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

    02/03/2014 8:35:13 AM PST · 20 of 47
    qwertyz to nascarnation

    Mainstream restaurant food prices have increased to the point that upscale establishments become an option — if you’re going to blow a wad anyway, why not dine like the elite?

  • McDonald's sees fewer customers, sales disappoint

    01/23/2014 7:47:41 AM PST · 55 of 174
    qwertyz to HamiltonJay

    McD is a volume business that caters to down-and-outer (welfare), quick-grab, and budget customers. “Dollar” menu items appear during recessions and disappear during recoveries. High-end menu items are window dressing to up-sell customers who have extra change. But with so many great options, they can’t keep customers who are moving up the food chain from moving out.

  • 'Yes We Eat Grass and We're Proud of It,' Say Congregants

    01/11/2014 2:52:46 PM PST · 23 of 50
    qwertyz to Irenic
    And then, the church opens a branch in Colorado:
  • Gathering Strength For U.S. Manufacturing: Whirlpool Moves Production Of Washers To Ohio From Mexico

    01/09/2014 8:09:10 AM PST · 21 of 44
    qwertyz to bigbob

    Thanks — without reading the whitepapers, I assume the combination of flat-line wages plus easy money to finance robots on the production side and low-interest financing on the consumer side is helping out.

  • Google's drive into robotics should concern us all

    12/29/2013 6:55:08 PM PST · 37 of 45
    qwertyz to phalynx

    Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, is right on schedule—2029 reverse engineering of human brain will be completed, and in 2049, Ray downloads himself into a robot — eternal life, materialist version!

  • Morality and economics, Pope Francis, and Rush Limbaugh

    11/30/2013 4:58:20 PM PST · 20 of 124
    qwertyz to vladimir998

    Apparently Michael Novak isn’t on Rush’s speed deal. Pity. Also, here’s why Fr. Neuhaus is sorely missed.

  • Let's chat about the "Create Account" user experience.

    11/14/2013 10:21:55 AM PST · 7 of 7
    qwertyz to GSWarrior

    Dialed 1 800 318 2496.

    The response:

    “Sorry, your call can not be completed as dialed. Please check the number and dial again.”

  • Let's chat about the "Create Account" user experience.

    11/13/2013 4:44:27 PM PST · 1 of 7
    "Wait a couple days"?

    How about a couple centuries?

    Have a great day!

  • "On Creative Minorities": Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on how Christians can survive godless cultures.

    11/02/2013 7:02:58 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    qwertyz to yldstrk

    Just saw an article at that births in Ireland are below replacement level.

    I think I’ll have to watch this hopeful video again soon.

  • "On Creative Minorities": Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on how Christians can survive godless cultures.

    11/01/2013 7:02:47 PM PDT · 2 of 9
    qwertyz to qwertyz
  • "On Creative Minorities": Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on how Christians can survive godless cultures.

    11/01/2013 7:00:57 PM PDT · 1 of 9
    See this video by Rabbi Sacks, retired Chief Rabbi of the U.K., for "Plan B" for Christians living in post-modern America.

    Reflecting on the future of Europe, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger foresaw Christians becoming "creative minorities” there. Rabbi Sacks sees hope, however, in American's attempt to keep the public square open for God -- but growing conflict suggests that it will behoove Christians to learn the spiritual and cultural survival mode of Jews. Very, very helpful and hopeful ideas!

    Here's the video:

  • 'Sola Scriptura' Radicalized and Abandoned

    10/31/2013 4:59:31 PM PDT · 9 of 20
    qwertyz to qwertyz

    And there’s this [doesn’t anyone do Web searches anymore?].

    “A council was held in Toulouse, France in 1229 to deal with the Catharist heresy, which held, among other things that there are two gods. In order to promote their heresy, the heretics published a deliberately inaccurate translation of the Bible. To protect the Catholic Christians, the council bishops forbade the reading of that one bad translation. They never prohibited anyone from reading the Bible in its original language or an accurate translation.”

  • 'Sola Scriptura' Radicalized and Abandoned

    10/31/2013 4:55:40 PM PDT · 8 of 20
    qwertyz to sr4402


    Here is the WHOLE canon number 14 of the COUNCIL OF TOULOUSE (a local council, it appears, not ecumenical).

    “14. Forbids the laity to have in their possession any copy of the books of the Old and New Testament (except the Psalter, and such portions of them as are contained in the Breviary, or the Hours of the blessed Virgin), most strictly forbids these works in the vulgar tongue.”

    Landon, E. H. (1909). Vol. 2: A Manual of Councils of the Holy Catholic Church (172). Edinburgh: John Grant.

    “So as you see it was not the possession of the whole bible but of SINGLE BOOKS of the bible that was prohibited, the psalter (i.e the psalms) was allowed. The creation of any of these books in the vulgar tongue was prohibited to prevent poor and heretical translations.”

  • The age of climate alarmism is coming to an end

    10/20/2013 4:02:48 PM PDT · 16 of 47
    qwertyz to melsec

    You got that right — I was at a conference on commercial refrigeration. CO2 emissions and climate change was a working presupposition. It’s profitable to create PRODUCT CHURN by ratcheting up energy efficiency standards — and of course, regulating/penalizing utility CO2 emissions to hike electricity costs — as incentives to buying more “energy-efficient” dairy cases, walk-in freezers, etc.

  • When Paul Corrected Peter

    09/29/2013 2:18:52 PM PDT · 9 of 60
    qwertyz to Mr Rogers

    I’m laughing, I’m crying. Those of us who faced real liberalism in a mainline Protestant denomination and converted to Catholicism know liberalism — and Pope Francis is no liberal. He is different, and that difference can be explained in his efforts to address Pentecostalism, indifferent affluence, and liberation theology by stirring up Catholics to go beyond mere “ideologies” to walk with Christ directly, daily, personally, and with creative charity.

    Instead of liberation theology, think liberation Catholicism.

  • Woody Allen Blue Jasmine - Honest to God Masterpiece

    09/08/2013 5:21:18 AM PDT · 61 of 67
    qwertyz to rusty schucklefurd

    You nailed it. He goes to brink, but never over. He senses that conversion would kill his stories. So neither he nor his characters ever convert. It takes a whole other level of artistic genius (e.g., Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited) to see how eucatastrophe works in a story. Too bad that early on he got attached to Bergmann and European nihilism rather than Catholic story tellers.

  • Woody Allen Blue Jasmine - Honest to God Masterpiece

    09/08/2013 5:08:37 AM PDT · 60 of 67
    qwertyz to Bullish

    Yes, it sort of does, and Allen doesn’t leave himself off the hook.

    Warning: bit of a SPOILER here.

    Hal, the fake rich husband, has a number of affairs. When those are revealed, he tells Jasmine he wants a divorce because he’s really “in love” with a 17-year-old French au pair girl. Jasmine knows he’s been lying about everything. The revelation of this fantasy sends her over the edge. It’s the first time, but not the last, that she says “I’ve got to get out of here.” But what could be a cleansing turn toward truth and God for Jasmine, in a word, repentance, is a turn toward delusional remorse.

    Allen’s artistic sense is better than his personal moral sense. This au pair fantasy is the bubble of wealth, success, and respectability that breaks everything — just like the Soon-Yi scandal justifiably popped Allen’s world, although not Allen’s self-constructed narrative about the scandal.

    “What’s the scandal?” Allen said about marrying his stepdaughter. Gee, Woody, read the Post article ( For 20 years, Allen has been living inside a self-constructed moral bubble about Soon Yi. At least his artistic conscience is screaming about it, even if his moral conscience continues whistling in the dark.

    (The alienation of Allen’s/Jasmine’s son is also referenced in the movie. Woody’s mind will dig up ANYTHING to serve his art, which is either a moral failing or a path back to goodness and God, who knows?)

    Another caution: This is a psychologically and morally troubling movie. While I think it’s a great one, the conclusion is disturbing and nihilistic — a Christian context of confession and repentance versus remorse and despair helps a lot in “enjoying” this movie. Like I said, it’s moral poetry, not a Hollywood production.

  • Woody Allen Blue Jasmine - Honest to God Masterpiece

    09/07/2013 9:07:11 PM PDT · 1 of 67
    Sick of a post-modern culture where elites in Washington and Wall Street make up reality about wealth, wombs, weddings, and war? Well, Woody Allen struck a nerve about the borderline between post-modern illusions and psychological delusion in Blue Jasmine.

    A lot of critics like it; a lot don't. They all see references to "A Street Car Named Desire." Others ding it for being too cruel or not being realistic. Okay, but this movie must be appreciated as moral poetry, otherwise it won't be fully appreciated. The key is the peacock tapestry on the apartment wall. Allen pans across this tapestry three times in the course of the movie. This iconic homage to Bergman's medieval iconography points the viewer to the theme: how easily the illusions of pride transform themselves into delusion.

    Cate Blanchett's portrayal of this descent is strikingly upsetting. It throws a moral monkey wrench into defining the self in terms of material or political status rather than divine.

    "Honest to God masterpiece" is right. After decades wandering in the wilderness, Allen is finally tossing the idols of Egypt and coming home.

  • Why would any company only write an iPhone app?

    09/04/2013 3:15:43 AM PDT · 14 of 34
    qwertyz to Gaffer

    iPhone has the upscale market locked, so that’s where developers want to go. Otherwise, programs can be written in Java and forked to iOS and Android using PhoneGap. But if you know the iOS environment really well and want to target upscale users, why bother.

  • How to lose the fight over gay ‘marriage’ in one easy step

    08/28/2013 1:40:52 AM PDT · 33 of 54
    qwertyz to JSteff

    Nor China. Interesting.

  • Journal of Medical Ethics Says Newborn Babies not People, Can be Killed

    08/12/2013 4:38:36 AM PDT · 19 of 53
    qwertyz to LittleBillyInfidel
  • Feds Investigate Couple for Online Searches (pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!)

    08/01/2013 10:16:44 AM PDT · 46 of 120
    qwertyz to Black Agnes

    Ideally, it would require a browser that can encrypt the search request (such as: or anonymize you as the source (see:

    Plus a search server that would deliver the results in a discreet form (ixQuick and perhaps startpage and duck duck go) through a proxy server setup, as explained here:

    A huge pain.

  • Marriage Rate Drops to New Low

    07/20/2013 9:43:09 AM PDT · 1 of 23
    Ethnic group with the highest proportion of married women: Asians 56% Women with bachelor's degree or higher: 60% Never graduated high school: <30%

    Insulated from the effects of dysfunction, liberals aid the slump into degeneracy by policy. See First Things August 2013 on "Moral Inequality" (behind subscription firewall at Things are so bad, even Krugman is doing damage control on "moral inequality vs financial inequality" (see

  • Debating The Nature of Marriage [Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop od Washington DC Opines]

    06/30/2013 7:46:55 AM PDT · 10 of 18
    qwertyz to qwertyz

    “Despair is a mortal sin.”

    —William F. Buckley

    Not using spell checker is venial.

  • Debating The Nature of Marriage [Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop od Washington DC Opines]

    06/30/2013 7:42:41 AM PDT · 9 of 18
    qwertyz to JCBreckenridge

    “Dispair is a mortal sin.”

    —William F. Buckley

  • Is Obama Lying About Big Brother?

    06/08/2013 2:54:41 PM PDT · 26 of 49
    qwertyz to Captainpaintball

    With Big Data tools like Palantir, the NSA doesn’t need to go into packets of call data — they correlate the call metadata with credit card purchases, GPS tracking, web forum activity like this one, etc., to find a Person of Interest, then dive in. So much easier.

  • Someone Is Cutting The Obama Puppet Strings.

    05/18/2013 12:07:49 PM PDT · 21 of 40
    qwertyz to Joe 6-pack

    Right you are — all our cynical, tuned out, low-information, co-opted, and conformist fellow citizens have swallowed Obama’s mind-numbing medication quite happily for five years. This pill’s must-use-by-date is years and years away.