Thursday, June 17, 2010

On a Mission From God: Vatican Calls Blues Brothers a Catholic Classic

"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses." 

The less than holy Blues brothers, Jake and Elwood, have finally been recognized for their service to the Church in all things Blues as the Vatican  (technically the Vatican News Paper L'Osservatore Romano) calls the Blues Brothers movie a "Catholic Classic."

Reasons for this approval include but are not limited to the bothers being on a mission from God, Elwood's ascetical diet of dry white toast and water (Elwood does play the role of a monk like hermit), the trickery they give the Illinois Nazis (dang commies), Elwood remaining open and pursuing (though not very long) the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood, and the church visits.

The real question is who long till we have the Blessed Blues Brothers?

Friday, June 11, 2010

How BP Handles a Coffee Spill

It's a small spill on a very large table.

Note:  One "F"-Bomb is dropped near the end of the video.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Not Said by Jesus

What if . . . Contraception was Covered by Health Care

"What if . . . contraception was covered by health care?" is a the topic for a recent article on CNN by Adam Sonfield.  It is clear from his article that he either sleep through his intro to logic classes or he never bothered with them.

Some of his gems include:
The result would be fewer unintended pregnancies and abortions in this country and lower costs to the health care system. 
[Actually the opposite will happen.  Part of the contraceptive mentality is "I can't and won't get pregnant while contracepting".  This assumption is WRONG.  It leads adults to have the juvenile assumption of teenagers who believe themselves to be invincible in regards to fertility, sex, and pregnancy, which is "It won't happen to me."  Contraception decreases the chances of pregnancy but there still is always that chance.  By not eliminating the chances of of pregnancy and perpetuating the uberman mentality results in more unplanned pregnancies.  One only needs to visit parts of Africa where contraception is distributed like candy on Halloween to see that children are still being born by using contraception and AIDS is still being spread.


Secondly, many birth control pills act as abortifacients: that is, they terminate a pregnancy using a number of methods.  Most commonly, it prevents the fertilized egg from implanting in the uteran wall.  What happens is that birth control results in more unknown and unintended abortions.  


If a person really wants to decrees the pregnancy rate and abortions in a country the emphasis must not be only on passing out pills and pieces of rubber.  It has to emphasize life style change, which is what Mother Theresa did in Calcutta.  By opening up clinics, the Sisters were able to teach the local women about the fertility cycles of their bodies and they days when they were fertile and the days when they were not fertile.  


Thirdly, pregnancy does not happen over night.  Planning a family is not the same as planning a trip to Disney World.  I used to wonder why I only had one older brother.  I found out why after my father passed away.  In short, my parents tried for 13 years to have children before my older brother came along.  They were not contracepting. ]


An amendment authored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski stipulates that beginning this fall, newly written insurance plans must cover preventive care and screenings for women free of the various types of cost-sharing typically required by insurers. . . . The decision to include contraception in this package should, in truth, be an easy one.
[The reason for preventive screenings is to ensure that a person is not unknowingly walking about town with a deadly condition that would terminate her life years prematurely.  By including contraceptive into preventive care and screenings is very much a misnomer, as it places pregnancy on the same bar as cancer and other deadly diseases.  Pregnancy is life giving where as cancer is life destroying.  Commonsense tells us such.]


Contraceptive services are also highly cost- effective, with every $1 invested in publicly funded family planning services saving $3.74 in pregnancy-related Medicaid expenditures, according to a 2010 study by the Guttmacher Institute.


[I was treated as a number with dollar and cent signs target on who I was when I was in college.  Rarely was I treated like a human being.  I was too often treated like a number.  The university was only interested in whether or not I could afford the tuition.  They were not interested in my pursuit of happiness and my overall well being.  It is sad when the life of a person and the life of a child is boiled down to dollar and cents.  The cost of a child might be much, but there is no formula for calculating the overall benefit a child can have on a person's overall happiness and what the child might contribute to a society.]


One analysis by the National Business Group on Health estimates it costs employers 15 to 17 percent more when they fail to include contraceptive coverage in employee health plans.


[Simple solution: hire fewer women.  Just kidding.  Again, what is the cost of happiness?  When an employer actually invests in their workers the result is a worker who feels valued and needed, and it results in a higher morale in the company.  A higher morale means better productivity.  Also, there is what appears to be an age old saying that in the world of business you have to spend money in order to make money.  Then again, a company could treat their workers like animals, but as of lately we know the outcome would be much like the FOXconn suicides.]



Sunday, June 06, 2010

Lady Gaga on Catholicism: Confused, but Honest

I often don't like it when celebrities speak on matters of faith, spirituality, and religion. They usually get it all wrong. Lady Gaga isn't much different, but at least she comes across as being honest in what she considers the pursuit of goodness.  Here for your consideration:  Lady Gaga and Larry King.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Sign of a Victory: 2010 World Cup Anthem

Of all people to do the Anthem for the 2010 World Cup. R. Kelly does a fantastic job with this song. It makes me want to go do good things. I'm sure I'll be hearing it alot over the course of the world cup. Now I just have to find a place to watch the WC.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hurricane Saison: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Pray For Us.

Yesterday was June first.  Not only was it half priced Hurricanes, the deliciously fruity and strong cocktail, from the Bourbon Street watering hole Pat O'Brien's, it was also the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Now some five years after Katrina and Rita and only two years after Ike and Gustave the memories of such storms never fade, and the anxieties and worries come anew every June first.

New Orleans is still waiting for "the Big One" -- the one storm destined to go up the mouth of the river and obliterate the city making Baton Rouge gulf front property.

Long story short.  During the hurricane season many gulf coast residents as for the intercesion of Our LAdy of Prompt Succor (pronounced Sucker by native New Orleanians).  Mary's title by that name has its roots to Our LAdy of Perpetual Help, and somewhere along the way a group of Ursuline Sisters began promoting a devotion to Mary under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Our Lady of Quick Help).  It is said that Mother Saint Michael, while the city of New Orleans was burning, prayed to Our Lady under this title in hopes that Mary would intercede and save their convent and city.

The Prayer she used was quick and simple, and is good for all Christians.  Mother St. Michael prayed "Our Lady of Prompt Succor, we are lost unless you hasten to our help."

If you have 30 seconds or less in your day and can spare a prayer for the gulf coast residents during the this year's hurricane season and in light of the gulf oil spill we will be great full  for your time and will remember you in our prayers.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

BP Proposes Ways Louisiana Can Benefit from Oil Spill

New Orleans -- Earlier today, BP executives held a press conference with the intent of helping gulf-coast states, particularly Louisiana, cope and possibly benefit from the oil currently gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.  This is seen by many as a nobel and good will effort on BP's part after the recent Top Kill of the leaking well failed.  At 1:00 p.m. CST, BP executive Tony Haywood took the stage with a confidence rarely seen in BP executives since the drilling rig, Event Horizon, exploded causing the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Though the press conference way short, Haywood littered his speech with quips and saying such as: "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Then open a stand and over-charge people.  And, if life gives you scurvy along the way, drink that lemonade." and "Every cloud has a silver lining." and "If life dealt you a bad hand.  Bluff your way to the winner's circle."

It was clear from the start of his speech -- and his comment defaming those who see the oil spill as a glass half empty when in reality Haywood says that the oil spill is "a glass half full." -- that Haywood is trying to get gulf coast residents to see the oil spill in an optimistic light.

Haywood gave eight suggestions on how Louisiana the gulf coast states can benefit the states.  His suggestions were as follows:

  1. Seafood from the Gulf no longer needs to be buttered and fried.  Avoid transfats, dangerous peanut oils, and high cholesterol clogging oils and butters by using Gulf oiled seafood and go straight from the sea to the pan in one fluid motion.
  2. Louisiana has no theme parks.  Louisiana can open the first ever Oil-Land.  With such theme park rides as wreck the Valdez, sponge the sea, and save a seagull.
  3. In the bayous and marshes of Louisiana open health spas and retreat centers.  Offer such unique features as crude oil soaks and skin treatments involving a pumice exfoliating body rub of gulf oil and salts.  The rub can be called the Hydroleum Vitalizing Skin Rub.
  4. Market it to boogie boarders and wake boarders and the Mecca of boogie boarding.  No waxing of boards needed as the oil on the surface waxes your board as you surf.
  5. Gold and gem mines have their own pan your for gold attractions of the public.  Likewise Louisiana can start a "gather your own oil and learn to refine it" attraction.  Participants walk down to the gulf with a bucket and gather their own oil from the coast.  Then they separate it from the sea water, process it, refine it, and then take it home.  Wow all your friends when you tell them you refine your own oil.
  6. Oil, it's what's for dinner.
  7. Oil-Aid.  Featuring the world's top performers till the oil is cleaned up.
  8. Create a new line of oil spill health products.  Better-4-U-Oil.  It will feature such things as crude oil caplets supplements, Crude Shampoo and Body Wash (give your skin that luster of a fresh oil spill), Fiber Oil breakfast cereal and bars, Crude oil pitchers to give your filtered water that slick crude taste, and a full range of diuretics and laxatives.
Haywood ended the press conference encouraging the local residents to strongly consider these ideas brought forth from a BP panel of uber-thinkers and mind-benders before reminding the residents of Louisiana to always look at the bright side of life and ending the press conference.

In light of the long delay, Louisiana residents were not reacting kindly to Mr. Haywood's speech.  Some of whom were overheard as saying, "come over to my house and I'll show him what's for dinner." and "I'll refine him!" and "If I ever meet that man in a dark alley I'll give him a skin scrub he won't soon forget."

In this time, we all pray for the well being the the Gulf-Coast and its residents.
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