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It seems Pope Francis needs to brush up on his Tertullian!

It has been reported (in The ChristLast Media, I must note) that the current Pope does not like the phrase "lead us not into temptation...

"Let no freedom be allowed to novelty, because it is not fitting that any addition should be made to antiquity. Let not the clear faith and belief of our forefathers be fouled by any muddy admixture." -- Pope Sixtus III

Friday, June 23, 2006

Plausible Made Up German Word of the Day.

From The Onion:

fuerchtenunabwendbarfreundlich, noun; Dread of something inevitable yet benign

It Takes A Village To Staff A Gestapo Unit Update.

NewsMax.com: Hillary Blasts 'War on Contraception'

Now this one doesn't make a lick (sorry) of sense. Ol' Goober II and the once and future queen always preferred the natural method of contraception: blowing it on an intern's dress.

Would you look at that...Walter Mondale is still alive.

For you kiddies too young to remember, ol' Walt was a ferocious anti-communist reactionary nativist warmonger and passionate freemarkeeter long before such things were "cool"

NewsMax.com: Mondale: Blow Up N. Korean Missile

Former Vice President Walter Mondale said Friday he supports a pre-emptive U.S. strike against a North Korean missile, saying the U.S. should tell North Korea to dismantle the missile or "we are going to take it out."

"I think it would end the nuclear long-range dreams of this dangerous country," said Mondale, who was the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee and a former U.S. ambassador to Japan.

The tensions are over North Korea's apparent preparations to test-fire a Taepodong-2 missile, which is believed to have a range of up to 9,300 miles. That would make it capable of hitting much of the U.S. mainland.

Mondale, 78, said North Korea already has nuclear weapons and its ambition to develop a long-range missile is "one of the most dangerous developments in recent history."

It's so dangerous, he said, because of the nation's isolation from the international community and its unpredictable leader, Kim Jong Il.

Adriana Lima used to get it done. (The Last)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

So THAT'S what trumps tenure.

WGAL: University Fires Professor After Internet Stalking Arrest

CONWAY, Ark. -- Usually, once you get tenure as a university professor, you have it for life.

But that won't be the case with a professor at the University of Central Arkansas.

The school fired Troy Helm after his arrest on an Internet stalking charge.
Helm served as music librarian and assistant professor of music at the school.

He was arrested last week by North Little Rock police on charges of online stalking and criminal attempt to commit rape.

Authorities said he spent months communicating with a person he took for a 13-year-old girl, but who was actually a police officer.

An arrest report said Helm steered the conversation to a sexual nature while he believed he was talking to a youngster and suggested they meet.
A university official said while the school respects tenure, there are cases that are so bad that they require immediate firing and this is one of those cases.

Headline of the Day.

WGAL: Wife Now Says Husband Did Not Try To Suffocate Her With Fly Swatter

Don't they have to have holes in them?

Vile Christian rollerskaters threaten the Republic!

WGAL: Officials Warn Rink Against 'Christian Skate' Night

ACCORD, N.Y. -- A roller rink in a small upstate New York community has been warned by state officials about its advertisement for Christian skating on Sundays.

The Division of Human Rights told the owners of Skate Time 209 in Ulster County that it might be violating the state's anti-discrimination laws.
The rink's Sunday afternoon "Christian skate" program features contemporary Christian music.

Owner Len Bernardo said the idea was to play wholesome music. He said no one has been denied access to the event, which he compared to a teen night promotion.

Bernardo has changed the name of the Sunday afternoon skating session to "spiritual skate."

That'll really bring out the Buddhist skaters.

Sickest Story of the Day.

One Arrest Made In Shooting Of Bride, Groom
Police have arrested a 19-year-old man who they said fired about seven shots at a wedding party outside a Lancaster row home Wednesday night, hitting the bride and groom on their wedding night.

Q: What's one of the best things about being an American sports fan?

A: After the feckless USA soccer team is eliminated from the World Cup, I can cheer for the team from the Old Country!


Ain't it funny how the Wall Street Journal refuses to see the war on our southern border?

It makes one wonder if they have some vested interest in ignorant and unskilled people invading our country by the tens of millions. Hmmm...

OpinionJournal: On the Editorial Page
The Tancredo Republicans' novel strategy: Run on their lack of accomplishment.

The Theology of the Body: 127. Christian Spirituality of Marriage by Living According to the Spirit

In his General Audience of 14 November 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of Humanae Vitae for the light it sheds on the role of chastity in married life. The virtue of chastity not only regulates manifestations of affection, but opens the couple to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, by which they are enabled to achieve a communion of persons.

Christian Spirituality of Marriage by Living According to the Spirit

At the weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 14 November, Pope John Paul II continued his treatment of the spirituality of married life, drawing from the teachings contained in "Humanae Vitae".

1. In the light of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae, the fundamental element of the spirituality of married life is the love poured out into the hearts of the couple as a gift of the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 5:5). In the sacrament the couple receive this gift along with a special consecration. Love is united to conjugal chastity, which, manifesting itself as continence, brings about the interior order of married life.

Chastity means to live in the order of the heart. This order permits the development of the manifestations of affection in their proper proportion and meaning. In this way conjugal chastity is also confirmed as "life by the Spirit" (cf. Gal 5:25), according to St. Paul's expression. The Apostle had in mind not only the immanent energies of the human spirit, but above all the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit and his special gifts.

Chastity at the centre

2. At the center of the spirituality of marriage, therefore, there lies chastity not only as a moral virtue (formed by love), but likewise as a virtue connected with the gifts of the Holy Spirit—above all, the gift of respect for what comes from God (donum pietatis). This gift is in the mind of the author of the Ephesians when he exhorts married couples to "defer to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Eph 5:21). So the interior order of married life, which enables the manifestations of affection to develop according to their right proportion and meaning, is a fruit not only of the virtue which the couple practice, but also of the gifts of the Holy Spirit with which they cooperate.

The Encyclical Humanae Vitae, in some passages of the text (especially 21 and 26), dealing with the specific asceticism of married life, that is, the commitment to acquire the virtues of love, chastity, and continence, speaks indirectly of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for which the couple acquire a sensitivity in proportion to their development in the virtue.

Power of the Spirit

3. This corresponds to man's vocation to marriage. Those two who—according to the oldest expression in the Bible—"become one body" (Gn 2:24), cannot bring about this union on the proper level of persons (communio personarum) except through the powers coming from the spirit, and precisely from the Holy Spirit who purifies, enlivens, strengthens, and perfects the powers of the human spirit. "It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless" (Jn 6:63).

It follows from this that the essential lines of the spirituality of marriage are inscribed from the beginning in the biblical truth on marriage. This spirituality is also open from the beginning to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If the Encyclical Humanae Vitae exhorts married couples to "unremitting prayer" and to the sacramental life (saying: "...let them drink deep of grace and charity from that unfailing fount which is the Eucharist"; "humble and persevering, they must have recourse to the mercy of God, abundantly bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance" HV 25), it does so insofar as it is mindful of the Spirit who "gives life" (2 Cor 3:6).

Spirit's gift of fear

4. The gifts of the Holy Spirit, and especially the gift of respect for what is sacred, seem to have a fundamental significance here. This gift sustains and develops in the married couple a particular sensitivity to everything in their vocation and life that bears the sign of the mystery of creation and redemption: a sensitivity to everything that is a created reflection of God's wisdom and love. Therefore that gift seems to introduce the man and woman to a specially profound respect for the two inseparable meanings of the conjugal act, which the encyclical speaks of in relation to the Sacrament of Marriage (HV 12). Respect for the two meanings of the conjugal act can develop fully only on the basis of a profound reference to the personal dignity of what in the human person is intrinsic to masculinity and femininity, and inseparably in reference to the personal dignity of the new life which can result from the conjugal union of the man and the woman. The gift of respect for what is created by God is expressed precisely in this reference.

5. Respect for the twofold meaning of the conjugal act in marriage, which results from the gift of respect for God's creation, is manifested also as a salvific fear. It is a fear of violating or degrading what bears in itself the sign of the divine mystery of creation and redemption. The author of the Ephesians speaks precisely of this fear: "Defer to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Eph 5:21).

If this salvific fear is directly associated with the negative function of continence (that is, to resistance with regard to concupiscence of the flesh), it is also manifested—and to an ever greater degree as this virtue gradually matures—as sensitivity filled with veneration for the essential values of the conjugal union: for the two meanings of the conjugal act (or, to use the terminology of the previous analyses, veneration for the interior truth of the mutual language of the body).

On the basis of a profound reference to these two essential values, that which signifies union of the couple is harmonized in the subject with that which signifies responsible fatherhood and motherhood. The gift of respect for what is created by God enables the apparent contradiction in this area to disappear and the difficulty arising from concupiscence to be gradually overcome, thanks to the maturity of the virtue and the power of the Holy Spirit's gift.

Interiorly authentic

6. If it is a question of the problem of so-called periodic continence (or recourse to natural methods), the gift of respect for the work of God helps, to the greatest extent, to reconcile human dignity with the natural cycles of fertility, that is, with the biological dimension of the femininity and masculinity of the couple. This dimension also has a significance of its own for the truth of the mutual language of the body in married life.

In this way, even what refers to conjugal union in the flesh—not so much in the biblical meaning as directly in the biological meaning—finds its humanly mature form thanks to the life in the Spirit.

The whole practice of the upright regulation of fertility, so closely linked to responsible fatherhood and motherhood, forms part of the Christian spirituality of married life and family life; and only by living "in the Spirit" can it become interiorly true and authentic.

Hippies Smell Update.

From Best of the Web Today:

Life Imitates 'South Park'

"You know, I had a guy in Jackson county. He had a little drum circle in his backyard. It turned into a drum circle four miles in diameter. You get a few hippies playing drums and next thing you know, you got yourself a colony." --Eric Cartman, "Die, Hippie, Die," an episode of "South Park," originally aired March 16, 2005

"The Rainbow gathering is scheduled for the first week of July, but hundreds of people already have set up camp at the site, a grassy meadow known as Big Red Park. . . . Many residents and business people are worried that the trouble is just beginning. 'When it's over, all that's left is going to be one square mile of feces,' said Alicia Spanhake of Steamboat Springs. 'I hate hippies.' "--Denver Post, June 21, 2006

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bruce Springsteen, Super Genius.

The Lower Middle Class Balladeer himself whines that even he has opinions.

Drudge: Springsteen Mocks Cable TV Political Pundits While Talking Politics on CNN...

Korea Is For Lovers Update.

From Drudge:

Successful missile intercept reported in sea-based defense test...

U.S. set to down Korean missile?

Many Americans in Range Just Shrug...

The antique media puts us in danger once again by undermining the war effort.

From Drudge:

Feds Tap Vast Banking Database in Secret...

'Extremely valuable' program...

NYT, LA TIMES Refuse to Hold Stories...

Snow: Program Vital to War on Terrorism...

Adriana Lima used to get it done. (Part One)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

Estella Warren: The reason cameras were invented. (The Last)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

(Heavy sigh) So many photographs...so little bandwidth...

Estella Warren: The reason cameras were invented. (Part Six)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

Fyodor's Headlinks.

Stories that have nothing in common...

...or do they????

From Drudge:

Study Flawed?

Strong warming tie to hurricanes...

'End Times' Religious Groups Want Apocalypse Soon...

Tattoo Customers in 3 States Get Infections...

Another domestic spying related tragedy.

The evil BushMonkey regime has once again used its jackboots to step on the necks of ordinary mohammedans and prevent them from worshiping death as they see fit.

Only men like Senator Dick and Senator Fuss Foolsgold can save us!

AP: 7 men charged in alleged U.S. terror plot

A group of young men seized in a Miami warehouse have been charged in a federal indictment with conspiring with al-Qaida to "levy war against the United States" by committing acts of violence including blowing up Chicago's Sears Tower.

The seven individuals indicted by a federal grand jury were taken into custody Thursday when authorities swarmed the warehouse in the Liberty City area, removing a metal door with a blow torch. The indictment also alleges plans to blow a federal building in Miami in conjunction with the al-Qaida terrorist network.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other top-level Bush administration officials scheduled a news conference for later Friday and a similar briefing was in Miami. The seven were expected to appear in court later Friday.

According to the indictment handed up Thursday, a young man identified as Narseal Batiste, beginning in November 2005, recruited and trained the others "for a mission to wage war against the United States government," including a plot to destroy the Sears Tower.

To obtain money and support for their mission, the conspirators sought help from al-Qaida, pledged an oath to the terrorist organization and supported an al-Qaida plot to destroy FBI buildings, the four-count indictment charged.

Batiste met several times in December 2005 with a person purporting to be an al-Qaida member and asked for boots, uniforms, machine guns, radios, vehicles and $50,000 in cash to help him build an "'Islamic Army' to wage jihad'," the indictment said. It said that Batiste said he would use his "soldiers" to destroy the Sears Tower.

In February 2006, it said, Batiste told the "al-Qaida representative" that he and his five soldiers wanted to attend al-Qaida training and planned a "full ground war" against the United States in order to "kill all the devils we can." His mission would "be just as good or greater than 9/11," the indictment accused Batiste of boasting.

The seven defendants were charged with conspiring to "maliciously damage and destroy by means of an explosive" the FBI building in North Miami Beach and the Sears Tower in Chicago.

They were are also charged with conspiring "to levy war against the government of the United States, and to oppose by force the authority thereof."

Residents living near the warehouse said the men taken into custody described themselves as Muslims and had tried to recruit young people to join their group. Tashawn Rose, 29, said they tried to recruit her younger brother and nephew for a karate class.

Keep an eye on those who associate with your kiddies, kiddies.

She said she talked to one of the men about a month ago. "They seemed brainwashed," she said. "They said they had given their lives to Allah."
Residents said FBI agents spent several hours in the neighborhood showing photos of the suspects and seeking information. They said the men had lived in the area for about a year.

Benjamin Williams, 17, said the group sometimes had young children with them. At times, he added, the men "would cover their faces. Sometimes they would wear things on their heads, like turbans."

Managers of the Sears Tower, the nation's tallest building, said in a statement they speak regularly with the FBI and local law enforcement about terror threats and that Thursday "was no exception."

Security at the 110-floor Sears Tower, a Chicago landmark, was ramped up after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the 103rd-floor skydeck was closed for about a month and a half.

"Law enforcement continues to tell us that they have never found evidence of a credible terrorism threat against Sears Tower that has gone beyond criminal discussions," the statement said.

In Chicago early Friday, people headed to work in the Sears Tower knew about the potential threat but didn't plan to change their routines.

In addition to Batiste and Augustin the defendants were identified as Patrick Abraham, or "Brother Pat"; Stanley Grant Phanor, or "Brother Sunni"; Naudimar Herrera or "Brother Naudy"; Lyglenson Lemorin, also known as "Brother Levi" or Brother Levi-El"; and Rotschild Augustine, or "Brother Rot."

Ha! "Rot". Imagine that.

The indictment described the alleged scheme this way:

At a meeting on March 16 at a warehouse in the Miami area, the seven defendants discussed a plot to bomb FBI buildings in five cities, it said, adding that each swore an oath of loyalty to al-Qaida there with the purported al-Qaida representative.

The person they believed to be an al-Qaida representative gave Batiste a digital video camera, which Batiste said he would use to record pictures of the North Miami Beach FBI building, the indictment said. At a March 26 meeting, it went on, Batiste and Burson Augustin provided the "al-Qaida representative" with photographs of the FBI building, as well as video footage of other Miami government buildings, and discussed the plot to bomb the FBI building.

But on May 24, the indictment said, Batiste told the "al-Qaida representative" that he was experiencing delays "because of various problems within his organization." Batiste said he wanted to continue his mission and his relationship with al-Qaida nonetheless, the document said.

It sounds like the goat rapists must resort to recruiting mentally defective common criminals who are only interested in blowing things up. If an undercover agent suggested they blow up a mosque, they'd probably do it.

A friend in need is a friend in deed, kiddies.

AP: Missile threat strengthens U.S.- Japan ties

TOKYO - Many Japanese in the aftermath of the Cold War seriously questioned their country's security alliance with the United States. A decade later, those voices are a lot softer, and one nation deserves much of the credit: North Korea.

The fears this week that the mercurial communist regime is preparing for its first test of a long-range missile since 1998 have again illustrated one of the premier rationales for Tokyo's enduring partnership with Washington.
Military ties between the two are already tight.

Japan is firmly under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, and Washington bases some 50,000 troops on Japanese soil and waters. The two are progressively melding their militaries for greater cooperation.

On Friday, Japan and Washington agreed to expand their cooperation on a ballistic missile defense shield. The agreement, signed by Foreign Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Ambassador Thomas Schieffer, commits the two countries to jointly produce interceptor missiles, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

The threatening stance by Pyongyang is likely to strengthen the trend, both by legitimizing the heavy U.S. military presence in East Asia and fueling Japan's recent moves to bolster its own defense posture.

Senatrix Thrillkill gets off destroying a public park.

Of course it was just a tragic mistake. The illegal aliens she hired to do the job didn't understand her low-pitched whine.

Sodom By The Bay Chronicle: Bloom is off the rose for public garden at Feinstein mansion

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her mega-millionaire husband, Dick Blum, have a bit of fence mending to do with their soon-to-be neighbors in San Francisco's Gold Coast.

It seems that workers remodeling the Pacific Heights mansion that the couple just bought leveled all the green in the adjoining public garden -- without the city's approval.

And not just any green -- we're talking about a Tivoli-style garden just off the front entrance of the couple's $16.5 million abode, which sits at the foot of Vallejo Street, between the Presidio and some of the city's most posh residences.

Theo Bell, Requiescat in pace.

Another member of the greatest football dynasty ever, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970's, has died prematurely.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former NFL receiver Theo Bell, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers before finishing his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, died after a long battle with kidney disease and scleroderma. He was 52.

Bell died Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Amy Gall. Scleroderma is a chronic disease that causes skin thickening and tightening and can cause damage to internal organs.

A fourth-round draft pick of the Steelers in 1976, Bell played nine seasons in the NFL -- the last five with the Bucs. He finished with 136 catches for 2,375 yards and eight touchdowns. He was with the Steelers for their Super Bowl wins in 1978 and 1979.

Saint of the Day and daily Mass readings.

Today is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Today's first reading for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is
Osee 11:1, 3-4, 8-9.
Today's second reading is
Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19.
Today's Responsorial is
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.
Today's Gospel reading is
John 19:31-37.

Everyday links:

The Blessed Virgin Mary
The Rosary
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Prayers from EWTN
National Coalition of Clergy and Laity (dedicated to action for a genuine Catholic Restoration)
The Catholic Calendar Page for Today

Just in case you are wondering what exactly Catholics believe, here is

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession,was left unaided.Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse, pray for us.

Prayer to St. Anthony, Martyr of Desire

Dear St. Anthony, you became a Franciscan with the hope of shedding your blood for Christ. In God's plan for you, your thirst for martyrdom was never to be satisfied. St. Anthony, Martyr of Desire, pray that I may become less afraid to stand up and be counted as a follower of the Lord Jesus. Intercede also for my other intentions. (Name them.)

Prayer To Saint Michael The Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the divine power, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank You today for the gift of my life, and for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the resurrection of Your Son. I am ready to do my part to end abortion. Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, and never to be forgetful of the unborn. I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, and never stop defending life until all my brothers and sisters are protected and our nation once again becomes a nation with liberty and justice, not just for some, but for all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer For Vocations

Send forth your Spirit, Lord, into the hearts of your faithful people, that we may be conscious of our vocation to holiness and sevice to others. Grant that many of us may dedicate ourselves to You through the priesthood and the religious life.We pray especially for the needs of our own parish and diocese. Grant that we may always have sufficient good and holy priests, and dedicated Sisters to serve our commumities.We pray, too, for religious orders; that generous men may join them to become zealous missionaries in preaching the Gospel in word and action, especially to the poor and abandoned.We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

17th century SUVs blamed for previous high.

Study claims Earth's temp at 400-year high
Says recent warmth 'unprecedented' for potentially 'last several millennia'
--Associated Press

Wait just a darn minute. I'm no math major, but "400 years" does not equal "several millennia".

I'll bet those darn leggy Darwinfish have something to do with this!

Korea Is For Lovers Update.

This one might mean something if it weren't that Clinton bootlicker William Perry who said it:

U.S. urged to destroy N. Korea missile
Ex-defense secretary says Bush should attack if launch prep continues
--CBS News

South Korea says missile test not imminent
But ready to intercept anything North fires toward its territory
--Associated Press

A look at North Korea's missile arsenal
Communist nation has claimed to have nuclear weapon
--Associated Press
(Thanks to WorldNet Daily for these links.)

Estella Warren: The reason cameras were invented. (Part Five)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

At least he's better behaved than Clinton.

The Mainichi Daily News reports on Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi's urges and how he deals with them.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's legendary lewdness was on show once again at a recent formal meeting for the vice-ministers of all the national government ministries and agencies, according to Shukan Gendai (6/24).

Just about anybody with a connection to Japanese politics is well aware of the prime minister's propensity for profanity, the men's weekly says.

He got his chance to display his dirtiness during the meeting with vice-ministers after Health Vice Minister Masao Akamatsu spoke to the group about how he had spent the previous day handing out free condoms as part of an AIDS awareness campaign.

Koizumi butted in on Akamatsu's speech, pointing out the irony of the closeness between the Japanese pronunciation of condom -- kondomu -- and the phrase "kondo umu," which means to "give birth soon."

Koizumi continued with what he seems to have thought was a bit of fetus filter fun.

"You know they used to call them 'hygiene sacks?'" Shukan Gendai quotes the prime minister telling the much younger vice minister. "We used to blow them up and play with them like they were balloons."

Koizumi, the men's weekly says, then proceeded to spend about 30 minutes telling jokes about condoms while the mostly male vice-ministers sat and listened. Economy Vice Minister Akira Matsu, the only woman present at the meeting, remained silent throughout.

Once he'd finished bouncing his rubber jokes off the vice-ministers, Koizumi turned his attention to dirty diplomacy related to former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who the premier had met in the days just prior to the meeting.

"(Primakov) got married to a woman more than 20 years younger than him. He says that's what makes him so powerful," the magazine quotes bachelor Koizumi saying. "Now, in my case, my power comes from the fact that I HAVEN'T been married for more than 20 years."

Political pundits say that Koizumi's crudeness is known throughout Japanese political circles. One Diet member the weekly doesn't name recalls meeting Koizumi not long after he assumed the premiership in April 2001.

"Not long after Koizumi became prime minister, he came over to me and said, 'Gee, you're lucky. You're free. Ever since I've become prime minister, all I've been able to do is this.' He was doing a gesture for masturbation. I was a little shocked. It was, after all, the prime minister doing that," the Diet member tells Shukan Gendai.

Political commentator Harumi Arima agrees.

"Koizumi has been saying that his manhood barely functions anymore and that he urgently wants to use it," Arima tells Shukan Gendai. "Koizumi is due to retire in September and there're rumors flying everywhere that he will get married soon after leaving the post, with all sorts of probing around to try and work out who his new bride will be."

Senator War Criminal, again.

The delusional CINO from Massachusetts believes people have forgotten what a pitiful candidate he was after only two years.

Washington Times: 'Empower' Iraq, pull out troops, Kerry says

Whom does he think he is? Jack Kemp?

Ack! Food nazi!

Las Vegas Sun/AP: NYC Councilman Proposes Limiting Fast Food

Yet another reason to keep the Democrasses and their infantile socialism out of power.

Las Vegas Sun/AP: GOP-Run Senate Kills Minimum Wage Increase

It Takes A Village To Staff A Gestapo Unit Update.

US Senator Hitlery Schicklgruber (N-N Y) insists on throwing stones inside her glass palace.

New York Post: Hillary Accuses Republicans of "Playing Politics With the War in Iraq''

Right Wing Smile of the Day.

Heehee! This is a major league smile, kiddies:

New York Times: Republicans Successfully Turn Iraq War Into Political Asset
"Rallied by Bush, Skittish G.O.P. Now Embraces War as Issue''

The War Behind the War Update.

Senate Votes No to 'Cut-and-Run' Plans

(CNSNews.com) - As expected, both Democratic amendments calling for American troops to leave Iraq in the near future went down to defeat in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

In a morning vote, the Senate rejected an amendment introduced by ardent anti-war activist John F. Kerry, who wants to set a July 2007 deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops. The Senate said no - voting 86-13 against a plan dubbed "cut and run" by Republicans.

And in a vote of 60 to 39, a second measure - introduced by Sens. Carl Levin and Jack Reed - failed. It calls for the phased withdrawal of U.S. troops beginning this year. That resolution does not set a deadline for troop withdrawal and therefore was considered more palatable by some Democrats, including minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Hillary Clinton of N.Y.

US Destroying WMD That Insurgents Want, Senator Says

(CNSNews.com) - In a message on his website, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) says it is "essential" for Americans to understand that weapons of mass destruction are in Iraq - right now - and that terrorists want to use them against coalition troops.

Santorum says he will continue to press for declassification of a report that "proves the existence of chemical munitions in Iraq since 2003." Santorum and Rep. Pete Hoekstra, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, quoted from declassified portions of that report on Wednesday, after the information was released by Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.

The information on the recovery of old (pre-Gulf War) chemical munitions in Iraq comes from the National Ground Intelligence Center.

Speaking on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, Santorum said he believes there is additional information in the report that can be released to the public. He said classified portions of the report note that "insurgents have made it very clear that they are trying to get chemical weapons - and so being able to take care of this problem - getting rid of these weapons" is a continuing challenge.

If Pennsylvanians toss a real, decent man like Rick Santorum out of office in favor of that slimy little tool Bobby "Who's My Daddy" Casey, it will be to their everlasting shame.

Document Details WMD Recovered In Iraq
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday that more than 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically "sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles," have been found in Iraq. Full Story

The Theology of the Body: 126. Continence Deepens Personal Communion

At the General Audience on 7 November 1984, Pope John Paul II continued his analysis of the virtue of continence in light of Humanae Vitae. The virtue of continence has "not only the capacity to contain bodily and sensual reactions, but even more the capacity to control and guide man's whole sensual and emotive sphere."

Continence Deepens Personal Communion

At the general audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 7 November, Pope John Paul II continued his analysis of the virtue of continence and its role in the spirituality of marriage and the family. Following is our translation the Holy Father's address.

1. We are continuing the analysis of the virtue of continence in the light of the doctrine contained in the Encyclical Humanae Vitae. It is well to recall that the great classics of ethical (and anthropological) thought, both the pre-Christian ones and the Christian ones (St. Thomas Aquinas), see in the virtue of continence not only the capacity to contain bodily and sensual reactions, but even more the capacity to control and guide man's whole sensual and emotive sphere. In the case under discussion, it is a question of the capacity to direct the line of excitement toward its correct development and also the line of emotion itself, orienting it toward the deepening and interior intensification of its pure and, in a certain sense, disinterested character.

Not an opposition

2. This differentiation between the line of excitement and the line of emotion is not an opposition. It does not mean that the conjugal act, as a result of excitement, does not at the same time involve the deep emotion of the other person. Certainly it does, or at any rate, it should not be otherwise.

In the conjugal act, the intimate union should involve a particular intensification of emotion, or rather the deep emotion, of the other person. This is also contained in Ephesians in the form of an exhortation directed to married couples: "Defer to one another out of reverence for Christ" (Eph 5:21).

The distinction between excitement and emotion, noted in this analysis, proves only the subjective reactive-emotive richness of the human "I." This richness excludes any unilateral reduction and enables the virtue of continence to be practiced as a capacity to direct the manifesting of both the excitement and the emotion, aroused by the reciprocal reacting of masculinity and femininity.

Natural method

3. The virtue of continence, so understood, has an essential role in maintaining the interior balance between the two meanings of the conjugal act, the unitive and the procreative (cf. HV 12) in view of a truly responsible fatherhood and motherhood.

The Encyclical Humanae Vitae devotes due attention to the biological aspect of the question, that is to say, to the rhythmic character of human fertility. In the light of the encyclical, this "periodicalness" can be called a providential index for a responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Nevertheless a question such as this one, which has such a profoundly personalistic and sacramental (theological) meaning, is not resolved only on this level.

The encyclical teaches responsible fatherhood and motherhood "as a proof of a mature conjugal love." Therefore it contains not only the answer to the concrete question that is asked in the sphere of the ethics of married life but, as already has been stated—it also indicates a plan of conjugal spirituality, which we wish at least to outline.

Maintains balance

4. The correct way of intending and practicing periodic continence as a virtue (that is, according to Humanae Vitae 21, the "mastery of self") also essentially determines the "naturalness" of the method, called also the "natural method." This is "naturalness" at the level of the person. Therefore there can be no thought of a mechanical application of biological laws. The knowledge itself of the rhythms of fertility—even though indispensable—still does not create that interior freedom of the gift, which is by its nature explicitly spiritual and depends on man's interior maturity. This freedom presupposes such a capacity to direct the sensual and emotive reactions as to make possible the giving of self to the other "I" on the grounds of the mature self-possession of one's own "I" in its corporeal and emotive subjectivity.

Communion of persons

5. As we know from the biblical and theological analyses we have previously done, the human body in its masculinity and femininity is interiorly ordered to the communion of the persons (communio personarum). Its spousal meaning consists in this. The spousal meaning of the body has been distorted, almost at its roots, by concupiscence (especially by the concupiscence of the flesh in the sphere of the threefold concupiscence). The virtue of continence in its mature form gradually reveals the pure aspect of the spousal meaning of the body. In this way, continence develops the personal communion of the man and the woman, a communion that cannot be formed and developed in the full truth of its possibilities only on the level of concupiscence. This is precisely what the Encyclical Humanae Vitae affirms. This truth has two aspects: the personalistic and the theological.

Laura Ingraham is on her game.

Check out these links from a radio talk show host who comes close to being a conservative.

Finally there are signs that elected officials are listening to the voters on the issue of illegal immigration. More of us are demanding that state officials find the will and the way to curb hiring of illegals. Check out the latest from Massachusetts.

It's always interesting to see how Al Jazeera is reporting on developments and discussions among Muslim "leaders" and "thinkers."

Of course you have to have a web magnifying glass to find this story Thursday morning! But it's good news nonetheless, and it may be a sign that the Iraqi police are getting their act together.

Are you outraged at Sen. Dick Durbin's comment that the discovery of the 2 mutilated soldiers' bodies is a "grim reminder of the price we're paying for a failed policy in Iraq"? Make your voices heard by calling Durbin's Senate office at (202) 224-2152, or visit his Senate website.

Yeah, like he cares what anyone else thinks.

Peggy Noonan sees the chasm between our solons and ourselves and thinks it's bad for R's and good for D's.

OpinionJournal: Off Base
by Peggy Noonan
Washington Democrats think their core voters are barking mad.

It has occurred to me that both parties increasingly dislike their bases, but for different reasons and to different degrees. By both parties I mean the leaders and representatives of the Democrats and Republicans in Washington. I believe I correctly observe that they feel an increasing intellectual estrangement from and impatience with the activists who people their base of support.

And this is something new.

In the past, Republican leaders in Washington bowed either symbolically or practically to the presumed moral leadership and cleanness of vision of the people back home. They understood the base wanted tax cuts and spending cuts, and for serious reasons. The base had deep qualms about abortion. The base intuitively recoiled from big government: They knew the best arrangement was maximum possible power to the individual and limited, policed, heavily checked power to the state. Or, as some back home might have put it, Don't put your faith in governments, which are made by men; put your faith in individuals, who are made by God.

Republican leaders in the capital bowed to this wisdom--if not in their actions, at least quite often in their hearts.

Now they seem to bow less. They know the higher wisdom on such issues as immigration. They feel less fealty to the insights of the base. They know more than the base, are more experienced than the base, have a more nuanced sense of reality. And as for conservative social issues groups, the politicians resent those nagging, whining pushers-for-the-impossible who are always threatening to stay home or go elsewhere. (Where?)

Some Washington Republicans have been in leadership so long they've learned--they've learned too well!--that politics is the art of the possible. It is. But this is not an excuse to be weak, or ambivalent, or passive, or superior.

On the Democratic side, it is not just as bad but worse. They don't only think they're more sophisticated than their base, more informed and aware of the complexities. I believe they think their base is mad.

You can see their problem in their inability to get a slogan. Which, believe me, is how they think of it: a slogan. "Together for a Better Future." "A Future With Better Togetherness." Today for a better tomorrow, tomorrow for a better today.

A party has a hard time saying what it stands for only when it doesn't know what it stands for. It has trouble getting a compelling slogan only when it has no idea what compels its base. Or when it fears what compels it.

I got a sense of the distance between Democratic leaders and the base a few years ago when I met up with a Democrat who was weighing a run for the party's 2004 nomination. He hadn't announced but was starting to test the waters, campaigning out of state.

I mentioned to him that the press gives a great deal of attention to the problems of Republican leaders and their putative supporters on the ground in America, but I was interested in the particular problems a D.C. Democrat has with his party's base.

His eyebrows went up in the way people's eyebrows go up when they're interested in what they're about to say. He said--I write from memory; it was not an interview but a conversation--that he was getting an education in that area. He said when he spoke before local Democratic groups they were wildly against the war in Iraq and sometimes booed him when he spoke of it. It left him startled. He had supported the president for serious reasons: He thought Saddam a bad actor who likely had weapons of mass destruction. He wanted to talk about it, but they didn't want to hear him. They were immovable.

But there was something else. He didn't say it, but something in his manner suggested he thought they were . . . just a little crazy.

I thought of him the other day when I saw Howard Dean say something intemperate on TV. I actually can't remember what it was, one intemperate Dean statement blending into another as they do. I was standing near a small screen with recent acquaintances, all of them relatively nonpolitical, and as I watched Mr. Dean speak I blurted, "Why does he say things like that?" A middle-aged woman--intelligent, professional--answered, "Because he thinks they're stupid."

He thinks who's stupid? I asked. The press? "His party," she said. We both laughed because it sounded true.

But today I'm thinking that's not quite it. Howard Dean is actually the most in touch with his base of all D.C. Democrats because he speaks to them the secret language of Madman Boogabooga. (Heehee! I like that one. - F.G.) Republicans are racist/ignorant/evil. This is actually not ineffective. It's a language that quells the base and would scare the center if they followed it more closely, but they can't because it's not heavily reported because "Dean Says Something Crazy" is no longer news.

I watched the Senate debate on Iraq yesterday. I happen to respect the Democrats' attempts to debate the war, argue it out, bring it again to the floor of Congress. I am impressed that the majority of them seem to oppose calling for a date-certain pullout. There was a lot of administration-bashing, some strange rhetorical sallies. But bottom line they seemed to be saying that while new management for the war is desirable, declaring "it's over, we're tired, we're gone" is not.

The problem is this, Peg: Weakness is a catching disease. See Vietnam; Defeat in.

Just look at the progression of congressional debate throughout the course of the Vietnam War. There were plenty of sane and reasonable Democrass congressthings in the beginning.

This struck me as essentially sane, and as I watched I wondered if these Democrats would take major hits from the base because of it. Or if John Kerry, who is pushing for a declared date certain for withdrawal, would greatly benefit.

Here is my read on a lot of Democratic senators: They think they know more than their base and they think they're more--how to put it?--stable in their view of the world than their base. In their hearts, in fact, they don't really like their base. (They like--they love--the old base: old union guys who drink Schlitz and voted for FDR and JFK. But today those old union guys are mostly dead, dying or Republican.)

Democratic leaders in Washington are in a worse position than Republican leaders in Washington. Neither likes their base, really, and both think they are smarter. But the Democrats think, deep down, that their base is barking mad. The Republicans don't. They just think their base is a bore.

Ms. Noonan is a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal and author of "John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father," (Penguin, 2005), which you can order from the OpinionJournal bookstore. Her column appears Thursdays.

Steelers Update.

Steelers' Holmes Apologizes for Arrest

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes apologized Tuesday for his latest arrest on charges he assaulted a woman.

The 22-year-old Holmes was charged by Columbus, Ohio, police Monday with two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and simple assault. It was his second arrest since he was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft.

Holmes said in a statement that he was sorry for the negative attention his arrest brought to the organization, and he understands that being a Steelers player demands responsible behavior off the field.

Holmes' attorney has said his client is wrongly accused.

Holmes was arrested previously in Miami Beach, Fla., on a charge of disorderly conduct during a Memorial Day weekend crackdown by local authorities.

But sorry doesn't always get the job done:

Holmes could be in trouble with NFL
No. 1 draft pick Santonio Holmes may be in violation of NFL policy as well as the laws of Ohio and Florida, which could impact the outset of his career. (Thanks to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for the heads up.)

Meanwhile, back in the Holy Land...

From Israelinsider:

Stop Apologizing for Defending Ourselves
by Isi Leibler
It is bizarre to continue providing water and electricity to neighbors who proclaim that their aim is to destroy us and rain rockets on our civilians.

Israel's Right to Invade
Bruce S. Ticker
Now Israel has far more of a right to conduct a full-scale war against the Palestinians than it ever did.

Is it moral to die for human shields?
Dr. Aaron Lerner
Kofi Annan may think it's not nice for Palestinians to manufacture, store and launch rockets from among Palestinian civilians, but he rewards such behavior.

In additional failure, Israeli airstrike misses terrorists, kills civilians
Israeli aircraft missed their target in Gaza for the second time in two days, crashing into a house and killing two Palestinian civilians, intensifying international criticism of the army's policy of striking militants from the air. Wednesday's missile was aimed at militants in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, but instead landed in the center of a dinner table, where a family was gathered for a meal honoring a relative visiting from Saudi Arabia.

Israeli air force chief says despite miss, air strikes will continue
The Israeli army will not halt its policy of firing airborne missiles at Palestinian militants despite recent mistakes that killed five civilians in two days, the air force chief said Thursday.

It's about time:

Red Cross movement admits Israeli society, ending long exclusion
The Red Cross humanitarian movement Thursday admitted the Israeli society that had been left waiting for nearly 60 years.

Wow, presbyterians. Again.

U.S. Presbyterian Church shifts investment plan away from targeting just Israel
The Presbyterian Church national assembly has revised a 2-year-old policy on Mideast investments to avoid singling out Israel and also shifted more strongly against late-term abortions.

Animal Flesh Recipe of the Day.

Because Your Humble Servant has been having some trouble with a family of turkeys of late, today's recipe features Ben Franklin's choice for our national symbol.

Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis and Food Network

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

1 (14 to 15-pound) turkey, neck and giblets reserved
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 onion, cut into wedges
6 fresh rosemary sprigs
6 fresh sage sprigs
6 fresh oregano sprigs
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth (approximate amount)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour

To make the turkey: Position the rack in the lowest third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the turkey on a rack set inside a large roasting pan. Place the orange and lemon wedges, onion, and 2 sprigs of each fresh herb in the main turkey cavity. Tie the legs together to hold the shape of the turkey. Stir 2 tablespoons of butter, the herbes de Provence, oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of each the salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the butter melts. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey and between the turkey breast meat and skin. Place the turkey neck and giblets in roasting pan. (Recipe can be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before roasting.)

Cover the turkey breast with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Pour 3 cups of broth into the pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining sprigs of fresh herbs to the pan. Roast the turkey for 40 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Remove the foil from the turkey; pour 1 more cup of broth into the pan. Continue roasting the turkey until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F to 175 degrees F or until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer, basting occasionally with pan juices, about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer. Transfer the turkey to a platter and tent with foil. Let stand 30 minutes while preparing the gravy.

To make the gravy: Strain the turkey pan juices from the roasting pan through a sieve and into a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard the solids. Spoon off the fat from atop the pan juices. Add enough chicken broth, about 1 to 2 cups, to the pan juices to measure 4 cups total. Melt the remaining butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the broth. Simmer until the gravy thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the turkey with the gravy.

Estella Warren: The reason cameras were invented. (Part Four)

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:

Estella seems to be a fun kind of girl. She likes bikes (albeit small ones)...

...and she has legs up to here and then some..

...I doubt she smokes cigars, but at least she's not fanatical enough to refuse to pose with one.

Look! She plays giant chess! An intellectual...

...but I don't think I'd like to help her with her golf swing.

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