News McNuggets

July 30, 2010

“Even less useful information than you get from the Weather Channel!”

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The French government decided Wednesday to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a full-face Islamic veil in public…

Washington Post

Not so fast, Pierre. Sometimes the wearing of a veil is a public service.

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District of Columbia High school students have been complaining to District officials that the free condoms the city has been offering are too small.  So D.C. officials have decided to stock up on Trojan Condoms’ super-size Magnum variety.

Washington Post

Sorry white boy, but it’s true.

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In Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities.

USA Today

Maybe we can learn something from the Mexicans.

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FDA officials visited 91 kitchens operated by airline caterers and found unhealthy preparation methods in 27 kitchens. The three major airline caterers, LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet, and Flying Food Group deliver food to Delta, American Airlines, and United Airlines.

Money Times

Obviously a Democrat conspiracy against those rich Republican bastards in first class.

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The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has said it is “very happy” about the twin blasts which hit the Ugandan capital Kampala on Sunday, killing 74 people.

BBC

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

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Many Doctors Don’t Report Incompetent Colleagues. Survey Shows One-Third Don’t Blow Whistle on Peers Who Are Impaired or Incompetent.

Web MD

An old joke comes to life. Q: What do you call a guy who graduated at the bottom of his class in medical school? A: Doctor.  (Q: What do you call a guy who graduated at the bottom of his class in law school? A:Your Honor).

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They blow each other up by mistake. They bungle even simple schemes. They get intimate with cows and donkeys. Our terrorist enemies trade on the perception that they’re well trained and religiously devout, but in fact, many are fools and perverts who are far less organized and sophisticated than we imagine.

The Atlantic

It’s true. If it weren’t for the fact that once in a while these assholes succeed, they’d be a laugh riot. The overhead Predator drone shots of these misogynists fucking sheep are priceless.

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A Taliban commander and his assistant died when a bomb they were assembling blew up, Pakistani officials say. The militant leader, Irshad Khan, is suspected of several attacks on Pakistani soldiers in the region. Several of Khan’s family were wounded when the device exploded at his home in the Bajaur tribal region of north-western Pakistan, officials said.

BBC

That’s what happens when you let little Achmed play with the mercury fulminate.

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A gay priest sex scandal has rocked the Catholic Church in Italy after a weekly news magazine released details of a shock investigation it had carried out. Using hidden cameras, a journalist from Panorama magazine filmed three priests as they attended gay nightspots and had casual sex.

London Daily Mail

Now that young boys are off limits, what did you expect the priests to do? (Q: Why don’t priests fuck sheep? A: They don’t want to be accused of being closet Muslims).


The Feds Won’t Enforce Their Laws and Neither Can You

July 29, 2010

“Against a backdrop of rampant illegal immigration, escalating drug and human trafficking crimes, and serious public safety concerns, the Arizona Legislature enacted a set of statutes and statutory amendments in the form of Senate Bill 1070…The Court by no means disregards Arizona’s interests in controlling illegal immigration and addressing the concurrent problems with crime including the trafficking of humans, drugs, guns, and money. Even though Arizona’s interests may be consistent with those of the federal government, it is not in the public interest for Arizona to enforce preempted laws… The Court therefore finds that preserving the status quo through a preliminary injunction is less harmful than allowing state laws that are likely preempted by federal law to be enforced.”

Judge Susan Bolton
United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Praise the Lord. Apparently even God is on the side of the illegals.

The Court has spoken and, as expected, cites precedent (i.e., the errors of previous judges) and the supremacy of federal law over state law. So, once again, the will of the people is pre-empted by claims that federal law trumps state law.

According to Ms. Bolton, most of the Arizona law cannot be enforced, even though the Arizona law says about the same thing as the federal law. Underlying her reasoning is the understanding that the federal government already has laws in place allowing federal officers to determine the citizenship of suspected illegal aliens and to take appropriate action when they determine that immigration laws have been broken. According to Ms. Bolton, only the feds have the right to make and enforce immigration laws.

There’s only one problem: the federal government consistently has demonstrated a reluctance fully to enforce federal immigration laws. Once illegals manage to enter the country they are unlikely to be subject to federal enforcement of immigration laws unless they are arrested for violating some other federal law. About the only exception is when someone is caught up in a raid on an employer suspected of hiring illegals.

The State of Arizona is powerless to enforce federal immigration laws. “Against a backdrop of rampant illegal immigration, escalating drug and human trafficking crimes, and serious public safety concerns” (Judge Bolton’s words) Arizona’s only recourse is to enact and enforce its own immigration laws. This, the State of Arizona has every right to do. First, because the feds are not doing their jobs and, second, because the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution protect the rights of the states and their citizens to make and enforce law:

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

Amendment IX

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Amendment X

Ms. Bolton and her clerks spent a lot of time culling the law libraries for precedents when all they need have done is read the Constitution. This is yet another example of the Courts ignoring the Constitution and reaching for any excuse to ratify their pre-conceived notions of what America ought to be.

By Ms. Bolton’s reasoning, the federal government can prevent the states from passing almost any law by simply passing a federal law and then not enforcing it.

You can read the full text of Ms. Bolton’s decision at http://www.azcentral.com/ic/pdf/0729sb1070-bolton-ruling.pdf


The Operative Word Is “Citizen”

July 28, 2010

You’ve probably heard of LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. The most important word in LULAC’s name should be “citizen,” but the name of this organization contradicts LULAC’s mission statement: “The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.” No mention of citizens here.

LULAC is another of the growing number of organizations that rapidly are dividing this nation into racial/ethnic constituencies. Our house is being divided against itself by organizations that emphasize national origin, race, language, religion, etc. vs. the notion of being Americans.

Virtually everyone in this country is represented by one or more of these organizations except, of course, white males under 55. Their only recourse is the Elks Club or the American Nazi Party.

LULAC’s hypocrisy? They claim to represent Latin American citizens but, in recent years, the bulk of their agenda has been the representation of non-citizens, more specifically illegal aliens. LULAC’s top agenda item is “immigration reform.” Immigration Reform is a code for Amnesty, nothing less. There is not a serious immigration reform proposal out there that does not include amnesty as its central feature (see “Obama Wants Amnesty for 11 Million Illegal Immigrants“). Recently, I made the case that this country cannot afford amnesty for illegal aliens. (see “Tax Amnesty for Illegal Aliens?”). The economic cost to the citizens of this country will break the backs of those whose life savings have not been destroyed already by the profligacy of Wall Street, the congress, and the Bush and Obama administrations.

LULAC National President Rosa Rosales says LULAC will “aggressively target anyone in Congress who isn’t supporting reform efforts” according to the Associated Press. Rosales made the statement at the organization’s July 12-17 national convention in Albuquerque NM. “Rosales pounded her fist on a podium and urged delegates to organize voter registration drives. She says if elected officials don’t support LULAC’s effort, “they’re going to be shaking in their boots” because she says comprehensive immigration reform is coming.” Sounds like a threat to me, and one we should take seriously.

Pandering to the LULAC crowd, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson drew applause when he told the crowd that New Mexico law allows undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. And he’s proud of this? Richardson, by the way touts himself as the nation’s only Hispanic governor (his mom’s side). That distinction is as dubious as being Baltimore’s only white janitor.

Richardson went on to say “The future of our Latino kids is going to determine where this country goes.” Folks in New Mexico tell me if this is true we’re in deep shit already. New Mexico’s “Latinos” lead the state in crime rates, teen pregnancies, and high school dropout rates.

The problem of illegal aliens in the United States is fast coming to a head. LULAC, the congress, and the president all seem to see the same benefit coming out of amnesty for illegals: votes. To hell with what’s good for the country or what it means to be an American. Just get yourself re-elected no matter what it costs the losers.


Hysteria at the FBI

July 21, 2010

The FBI (Fumbling, Bungling, and Ineptitude) claims to have conducted a “secret” test of the Times Square bomb Faisal Shahzad “intended” to make. According to the Bureau, the bomb “would have killed thousands of people.” “It definitely would have been bigger than [the] Oklahoma City” bomb.

Get a grip guys.

Yes, the Times Square bomb was potentially lethal. Had it detonated, there would have been casualties. But it is irresponsible to make claims about the bomb Faisal “intended” to make. The fact is, whether because of ineptitude, lack of funds, or the inability to secure the “intended” bomb-making materials, the bomb Faisal tried to set off was poorly designed and constructed; and, the materials used were of poor quality. Faisal may have had lethal intentions, but it’s what he did (or, in this case, failed to do) that should be of concern not his, or the FBI’s, jihadist fantasies.

The FBI did not release the details of Faisal’s “intended” bomb but we do know the components of the bomb he actually built. In every way, Faisal’s bomb falls woefully short of the one constructed by Timothy McVeigh and Michael Fortier 15 years ago. For the Bureau to claim that Faisal’s bomb would have been bigger than the Oklahoma City bomb is hysterical and irresponsible. (More about the FBI’s motive below).

Let’s compare the components of the Faisal and McVeigh/Fortier bombs. You tell me if Faisal’s bomb would have been “bigger than Oklahoma City.”

The Faisal Bomb

  • 10 gallons of gasoline
  • 160 M-88 firecrackers (these are cheesy 50 mg firecrackers inside a large tube to make them look substantial; they are nowhere near as powerful as the 2-3 gram M-80’s and cherry bombs that were banned in 1966; M-88’s contain flash powder, not high explosive)
  • Gunpowder (quantity not specified; gun powder is a propellant classed as low explosive)
  • 60 gallons of propane (or so some sources report; I suspect Faisal’s bomb was made with three 20 lb propane tanks, or about 18 gallons)
  • 250 lbs urea-based garden fertilizer

All told, Faisal’s bomb might have contained 600 lbs of energetic materials. Fortunately, it was a Rube Goldberg device that failed completely. Proper assembly of the components used by Faisal probably would have produced deflagration (subsonic combustion) of some consequence. If Faisal was trained by al Qaeda in bomb making he was either a very poor student, his instruction was inadequate, or perhaps both.

The McVeigh/Fortier Bomb

  • 2 3/4 tons of high-grade ammonium nitrate fertilizer
  • 165 gallons of nitromethane (industrial solvent also used as a high-performance racing fuel; somewhat lower energy density than gasoline but, because it contains its own oxidizer, more suitable with explosives than gasoline)
  • 935 lbs of ANFO [Ammonium Nitrate and Fuel Oil] (a commercial explosive widely used in mining; ANFO is classed as a high explosive)
  • 16 gallons of diesel fuel
  • 350 lbs of Tovex (a high explosive composed of ammonium nitrate and methylammonium nitrate; Tovex has replaced dynamite for most purposes)

McVeigh and Fortier knew their stuff. They constructed their bomb in the back of a truck, not a Nissan Pathfinder. The total weight of their bomb was 7-8000 lbs. They used multiple fuses, shock cords, and initiators to detonate the bomb and installed a backup detonator in case the fuses failed. In addition the bomb was tamped. Tamping involves surrounding a bomb with mass on one or more sides in order to direct the blast wave.

The McVeigh/Fortier bomb killed 160 and injured 680. Many of the casualties resulted not from the initial blast wave, but from the progressive collapse of the Murrah federal building. The Faisal bomb would not have caused progressive collapse of nearby buildings. It could have resulted in a large number of casualties but probably far fewer the the 840 caused by the McVeigh/Fortier bomb.

The Boys in the Suits

It is irresponsible of the FBI to claim that “thousands” would have been killed by the Faisal bomb. So why did they do it? The Bureau needed the press. The FBI, DEA, ATF, and the rest of the three-letter “public safety” agencies compete viciously with one another for prominence, public image, and congressional dollars. The Bureau led the Joint Terrorism Task Force investigating this case. After the Bureau’s failures surrounding 9/11 (and they were manifold), they needed a win. Never mind that the disaster was not averted by the Bureau. Prior to the event, they were clueless. After the danger passed, they caught the guy and they want everyone to know what big boys they are.

Guys like Faisal and Abdulmutallab (the Underwear Bomber) are dangerous and, unfortunately, sooner or later one of these assholes will succeed. In the meantime, we don’t need the FBI hyping the danger and crowing about “thousands” of deaths they had no hand in preventing.


Some Things Just Irritate Me

July 20, 2010

For a mere $10 per year (the cost of registering my domain name) I find myself with a bully pulpit from which I can declaim, rationally or incoherently, to an audience largely unknown to me. I have some loyal followers and, frequently, strangers drop by, a few leaving words of encouragement or disparagement. In any case, I am grateful to all who read this. It’s personal therapy. If you’re a sentient being and often suffer from cognitive dissonance (what thinker wouldn’t) I can recommend blogging as a way to organize and calm your mind.

I would be remiss not to offer thanks and praise to WordPress for providing this forum. If you don’t want your own domain, it’s free. I’d pay a hundred bucks a year for it, but don’t tell the folks at WordPress.

That said, on to today’s rant, a collection of minor irritations you may share:

Home and Car Alarms. When your neighbor’s car or home alarm goes off do you run out of your house, .45 in hand, ready to stop injustice in its tracks? Probably not. Like me, you doubtless utter some profanity and hope the asshole shuts his alarm off before you take your .45 and go after him. Alarms are fine but they shouldn’t disturb the tranquility of a neighborhood. Pay someone to monitor your alarm, you cheap bastards, and let the rest of us sleep. If you insist on having a horn or siren, put it inside the house or car. An alarm screeching at one hundred and twenty decibels inside a closed spaced will drive even the most determined thief quickly into the street.

Musical Ringtones. (Sorry RW).  I don’t care if it’s Bach, jazz, rap, or C&W; it’s just goddamn irritating. What are you trying to do, make some sort of statement about who you are? We don’t care. The ringers on old Bell telephones were pretty irritating, but they pale in comparison to a cheesy rendition of “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” or “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.”  Pick a ringtone that’s unique but unobtrusive. In 2008, Americans spent $585 million on ‘custom’ ringtones. Sheesh.

Blister Packs. The inventor of these diabolical containers should fry in hell. (The term blister pack may be foreign to you but you’ve encountered them numerous times. They’re those clear, impenetrable plastic bubbles behind which something you paid good money for is just daring you to try and get it out). Scissors usually are futile against blister packs; garden shears will work if you can just remember where the hell you put them. A box knife will do the job, but it’s only a matter of time until you slip and suffer a ferocious laceration. Sue the bastards. My remedy: If I buy something in a retail store I take the blister pack to the service desk and make them open it. Yes, it’s fatuous but it makes my point. Amazon, by the way, has told its suppliers not to use blister packs. For them, it’s a green initiative. To me, it’s a valuable public service.

Social Security Numbers. Even though I have one of the older cards that says “Not for Identification” (the new ones don’t have that caveat) I’m asked constantly for my ‘social’ (a term I despise).  I can’t give blood or buy a cell phone without giving up my social security number. (Question: How do all those illegals get cell phones)? At a lot of places (the blood bank, for example) I just lie about it. I use alternate phony numbers whenever I think I can get away with it. I’ve got a credit card that was issued years ago, when banks asked for social security numbers but apparently didn’t check them. My number is phony. The bank is none the wiser. Am I paranoid? You bet. Your name almost certainly is not unique, so identifying you to the exclusion of all others with the same, or similar, name is a problem. But someone armed with a number that uniquely identifies you and only you, owns you. Might as well do what the SS did and tattoo the fucking thing on the inside of your left forearm.

Illiterate Sign Makers. For Christ’s sake, we license almost every trade (plumbers, carpet layers, electricians, hairdressers but, oddly, not auto mechanics) Why don’t we license sign makers? I’m tired of seeing misspellings and bad grammar on signs. I guess it’s all part of the dumbing down of America or, as Roger Price used to call it, “Creeping Meatballism.” For a journeyman sign maker’s license, the candidate should have to demonstrate that he can read, write, and use a dictionary. Only a master sign maker, after passing a rigorous exam, would be allowed the use of apostrophes. All signs would have to be approved by Ellen Hall (the only person I ever knew who could recite correctly the inflections of “to lay”). I shop at Target, where the fast lane is signed “Ten Items or Fewer” (correct) as opposed to WalMart, “Ten Items or Less” (braaack).


“I Can’t Do This Anymore”

July 19, 2010

“I have grandchildren. I hate to leave, but I can’t do this anymore.”

recorded interview with a terminally ill woman prior to her death
brought about through the assistance of Dr. Jack Kevorkian

Several years ago my favorite correspondent and I were examining his latest acquisition, a .454 Casull pistol, arguably the most powerful handgun in the world. Fans of the .44 Magnum, or .50 Desert Eagle need not contest this claim. The point is that, at close range, any one of these monsters would pretty much remove the top half of your head, effectively speeding your body towards room temperature.

My correspondent and I examined the Casull, which uses a cartridge not much smaller than a double-A battery and agreed that, properly aimed, it would guarantee the end of life. We discussed our inevitable decline towards death, an event we hope is not yet imminent.  This led to a contemplation of the weeks, months, or even years preceding death when life might become unbearable. Pain, incontinence, dementia, immobility, and a feeling of utter despair await many of us at the end of our lives. A few of us will be lucky enough to die peacefully in our sleep, but more will suffer the lingering consequences of the approach of death.

We agreed the Casull would be an effective remedy, though the attendant mess would place a ghoulish memory in the minds of those we left behind. An open-casket funeral, if you care about such things, would be out of the question.

Jack 'Dr. Death' Kevorkian, served seven years for second-degree murder after giving Thomas Youk a lethal injection. "No change happens without somebody going to prison."

This discussion prompted me to look into the life and work of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, also known as “Dr. Death.” At first glance, Kevorkian is a bit scary—a cadaverous-looking man who appears already to have achieved what many of his patients were seeking.  While he is famous, or infamous, for assisting people in ending their lives, Kevorkian’s passion is far more encompassing than simply the right to die. For Kevorkian, the underlying issue here is liberty—whether we are free to do as we wish with our own bodies; whether we are free to live our lives as we choose, so long as we do not bring harm to others.

Kevorkian’s arguments are based on rational-objectivist philosophy and, he points out, fully supported by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution:

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

Amendment IX

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Amendment X

These two amendments typically get short shrift, even from avowed libertarians for whom the 1st, 2nd, and 5th Amendments are sacrosanct. Amendments IX and X make it clear that all liberties, including the right to death, are “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In the 213 years since the ratification of our Constitution the bulk of the work of legislatures, both state and federal, has been dedicated to denying or disparaging rights “retained by the people.”
Advocates of broad government powers would argue that, to the extent that countless rights have been taken from us over the past two centuries, this has been done by legislators elected to represent the “will of the people.” We have, according to this argument, voted away our liberties time and time again through our elected representatives. This, they would say, represents the will the people. Legislators seem to believe the people favor certainty over liberty.

Legislatures local and federal do not give a damn about the will of the people, nor are they concerned about what Alexis de Tocqueville called the “tyranny of the majority.” Most legislators have only one real interest: re-election. They will pander to the masses, lie, obfuscate, remain silent, or bluster shamelessly, each of these alternatives taken, not to support the right, but to ensure their return to membership in the elected aristocracy. According to one shrewd, if cynical, political observer:

“[For a legislator] the essence of political activity consists in a heroic struggle to keep permanent hold on this milk- bottle as a source of livelihood for himself and his family. The more his wife and children are dependent on him, the more stubbornly will he fight to maintain for himself the representation of his … constituency. For that reason any other person who gives evidence of political capacity is his personal enemy. In every new movement he will apprehend the possible beginning of his own downfall. And everyone who is a better man than himself will appear to him in the light of a menace…

“How little such a line of conduct commends itself to our public leaders nowadays is proved by the general corruption prevalent among the cabal which at the present moment feels itself called to political leadership. In the whole cabal there is scarcely one who is properly equipped for this task…

“Those … who have been elected by the people come from various dissimilar callings in life and show highly variable degrees of political capacity, with the result that the whole combination is disjointed and sometimes presents quite a sorry picture. Surely nobody believes that these chosen representatives of the nation are the choice spirits or first-class intellects. Nobody, I hope, is foolish enough to pretend that hundreds of statesmen can emerge from papers placed in the ballot box by electors who are anything else but averagely intelligent. The absurd notion that men of genius are born out of universal suffrage cannot be too strongly repudiated. In the first place, those times may be really called blessed when one genuine statesman makes his appearance among a people. Such statesmen do not appear all at once in hundreds or more. Secondly, among the broad masses there is instinctively a definite antipathy towards every outstanding genius. There is a better chance of seeing a camel pass through the eye of a needle than of seeing a really great man ‘discovered’ through an election.”

Kevorkian sees the fundamental weakness and ineptitude of legislatures clearly, but he takes the matter one step further by pointing out that the real power in our country lies not with presidents and governors, not with state legislatures and congress, but with the courts.

Legislators, concerned primarily with prevailing in the next election, will vote for any measure that garners for them either campaign funds or votes, preferably both. They care little about the right, or about justice and are happy to defer to the courts. When the courts uphold them, they proclaim the matter settled and hail the courts’ decision as a ratification of their wisdom. When the courts repudiate them, legislators throw up their hands and say, “Ah well, we tried, but the courts are the ultimate authority. Perhaps we’ll have better luck next time.”

And the courts? Doesn’t it strike you as strange that most judges in this country run on party tickets? What does party affiliation have to do with the issue of whether a law is consistent with the Constitution or not? Even in those cases where judges do not claim party affiliation (e.g., the Supreme Court of the United States) the political leanings of judges are carefully scrutinized. “The Law and the Constitution be damned,” say the legislators. “We want judges who will get us off the hook for trampling wholesale on the rights of individuals.

Even the courts themselves have a way of weaseling out from under responsibility for the consequences of their decisions. They cite ‘precedents.’ The more stupid decisions made by other judges, the better.

Kevorkian chose to fight his battle for liberty in an arena where he had experience and expertise. You may think you have no stake in Kevorkian’s battle. You may even disagree with his notion of the ‘right to death.’ But before you condemn him, ask yourself, “Do I have a right to my own body? If I don’t, who does?”

Perhaps in some future, more enlightened, age (don’t hold your breath) Kevorkian will be recognized as a champion of human rights.

(At this writing, assisted suicide is legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland as well as Oregon, Washington and Montana).


At Least the Pope Recognizes Some Scripture as Valid

July 16, 2010

“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

I Corinthians 14:34-35

On Thursday, the Vatican made “attempted ordination” of women an ecclesiastical felony, punishable by excommunication. The Vatican says ordaining women is as “grave” as sex abuse. Excommunication would apply both to the woman ordained and the bishop who attempted to perform the ordination. The Vatican has not announced the penalty for a successful (as opposed to attempted) ordination but one would have to presume such a heresy would merit burning at the stake for the woman and a week without pay for the bishop.

"See, I told yez the chics dig me. They even let me into the Red Hat Society"

At least Pope Ratzinger recognizes some scripture as valid. The Bible says women should shut up and listen in the church. And Ratzinger is making it very clear that, unlike turncoat Protestants who will ordain a woman at the drop of a mitre, the Catholic Church will not tolerate any deviation from The Word of God.

Joe, I’ve got a question for you. How did you figure out that Corinthians (above) was correct in its assessment of the role of women, but that you can safely ignore the Second Commandment in Exodus:

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

Exodus 20:4

Last I looked, your Houses of Magic had graven images from one end to the other and almost all of them attempted to portray the ‘likeness of something that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath.’

I guess that’s why you’re the pope; making the big bucks, wearing the big hat, God’s cell number on your iPhone. When you talk to Him he says, “Joe, buddy, when I said no statues, I was just breaking the balls of the Israelites. Those goddamn Chosen People were getting out of line. You can put up all the bleeding martyrs you want. But I meant it about the broads. Give them an inch and they’ll be running your whole operation in a few years.”