Man discovers he's not a ninja after all

November 18, 2009 by  
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Ouch.

Did you know Hitler's propaganda machine tried to commandeer Christmas?

November 17, 2009 by  
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Neither did I. And that’s why this article in today’s
Daily Mail online caught my eye and raised my eyebrows.


This insidious effort on the part of the Nazis to superimpose their own atheistic symbols and thought categories onto Christendom’s ancient Christian symbols associated with the celebration of the Nativity of Christ was ultimately a failure, mainly because the Nazis were beaten by the Allies before this program of “re-education” could gain traction and take effect. But it is a good reminder that one of Hitler’s prime directives was to do everything in his power to neutralize the Catholic Church, a force which he clearly understood to be the most formidable non-military obstacle standing in the way of the Reich’s quest for total domination of Europe and beyond.

Well, happy holidays, Adolph. Your little scheme didn’t work out the way you had planned, now did it?

P.S. Sadly, where Hitler failed, the modern Western media and merchandise complex has succeeded. But that’s another post for another time.

Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, ‘Germanic’ cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown.

The way the celebration was gradually taken over and exploited for propaganda purposes by Hitler’s Nazis is detailed in a new exhibition.


Rita Breuer has spent years scouring flea markets for old German Christmas ornaments.

She and her daughter Judith developed a fascination with the way Christmas was used by the atheist Nazis, who tried to turn it into a pagan winter solstice celebration.


Selected objects from the family’s enormous collection have gone on show at the National Socialism Documentation Centre in Cologne.

‘Christmas was a provocation for the Nazis – after all, the baby Jesus was a Jewish child,’ Judith Breuer told the German newspaper Spiegel. ‘The most important celebration in the year didn’t fit with their racist beliefs so they had to react, by trying to make it less Christian.’

The exhibition includes swastika-shaped cookie-cutters and Christmas tree baubles shaped like Iron Cross medals.


The Nazis attempted to persuade housewives to bake cookies in the shape of swastikas, and they replaced the Christian figure of Saint Nicholas, who traditionally brings German children treats on December 6, with the Norse god Odin.


The symbol that posed a particular problem for the Nazis was the star, which traditionally decorates Christmas trees. . . . (continue reading)



"My Name Is Luka" Redux

November 17, 2009 by  
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First, refresh your memory as to the original:



Now, listen to this:

Some words of encouragement for those who predict the imminent end of the world

November 17, 2009 by  
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“When you wish upon a falling star, your dreams can come true. Unless it’s really a meteorite hurtling to the Earth which will destroy all life. Then you’re pretty much hosed no matter what you wish for. Unless it’s death by meteor.”

Despair.com

In Praise of Bacon

November 16, 2009 by  
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You know this is true. You know it. Don’t lie.

Nihilist thought for the day: Nothing really matress

November 16, 2009 by  
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Even when misspelled, it is still true.



Here's a Bible Verse You'll Never See Cross-stitched on a Pillow

November 16, 2009 by  
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Just when you think you've solved a problem, along comes a bigger one

November 16, 2009 by  
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You know the old saying, “One step forward, three steps backward”? Well, this video is a good example of “one step forward, 1000 steps backward.”

One priest per Dublin parish shortly, archbishop warns

November 16, 2009 by  
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Ireland, once a mighty powerhouse of priestly vocations, sent men by the thousands to the United States, Canada, and elsewhere to help build the Church here, over the last 150 years. But the Emerald Isle is now struggling just to ordain enough priests to meet its own ever-dwindling church-going Catholic population.


What has shut off the firehose of Irish vocations to the priesthood in Ireland? My guess is that it is the steadily tightening grip of secularism and indifferentism that have coiled around the Irish so unremittingly in the post-War era, as well as the terrible sex-scandals with men, women, and children involving Irish priests and even bishops which have soured so many in their view of the priesthood. What can be done, short of a miracle, to reverse this trend? I have no idea, but I am praying for a miracle.

The Irish Times reports:

DUBLIN’S CATHOLIC archdiocese will soon have barely enough priests to serve its 199 parishes, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said.“We have 46 priests over 80 and only two less than 35 years of age. In a very short time we will just have the bare number of priests required to have one active priest for each of our 199 parishes,” he said in Dublin’s pro-cathedral at the weekend.

He was speaking at a Mass on Saturday to celebrate the feast of St Lawrence O’Toole, principal patron of the Dublin Catholic archdiocese, of which he was archbishop from 1162 until 1180. Last April Archbishop Martin said there were now 10 times more priests over 70 than under 40 in the archdiocese.

In April also it emerged that the number of priests in Tuam Catholic archdiocese is set to fall by 30 per cent over the next four years, leaving most parishes there with just one resident priest. . . . (continue reading)

A Caller to My "Open Line" Radio Show Asks Me About the "Good Fruits" of Medjugorje

November 16, 2009 by  
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A call came in recently from a woman who wanted to remind me about all the “good fruits” associated with the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. You know, the thousands of confessions and conversions, rosaries and other prayers prayed, and even numerous priestly vocations which are attributed to men having made a pilgrimage there.


Well . . . I don’t deny that there are good “fruits” associated with Medjugorje, but even so, I am strongly disinclined to believe that it is the site of authentic Marian apparitions. And, as I explained to the caller, I personally do not agree that the “good fruit” argument constitutes proof of its authenticity.

The Medjugorje issue comes up from time to time on my “Open Line” show, and the fact that I am skeptical about this alleged apparition seems to perplex and, at times, irritate some of my listeners. I surely do not mean to irritate them! But I feel obliged to give my honest opinion when callers ask me about it. Take a listen.

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