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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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Even more examples of Pope Francis banging his head against the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Please pray for the Vicar of Christ and the One True Church on Earth.

From a leading darkness of the Christ Last Media, the Associated Press:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' top advisers are rallying to his defense amid an unprecedented wave of conservative criticism that represents the biggest challenge to his mercy-over-morals papacy.

In an unusual gesture, the nine cardinals from around the world who advise Francis on running the church made a public show of support for the pope and his teachings this week after posters featuring a scowling Francis appeared around Rome. The posters referenced some perceived heavy-handed moves against conservatives and asked "Where's your mercy?"

And on Tuesday, the Vatican published a book by the Holy See's top canon lawyer fully endorsing Francis' controversial opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics — the main bone of contention between the pope and conservative and traditionalist Catholics.

The book's author, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, said the Vatican bureaucracy and cardinals exist to help and serve the pope. "He knows we love him and we are with him," Coccopalmerio said in an interview with The Associated Press.

He called the anti-pope posters "odious" and "from the point of view of civility and manners, not nice and not condonable."

Conservatives and traditionalists have been wary of Francis ever since he emerged on the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica after his 2013 election without the red velvet cape of his predecessors. More recently, they have been alarmed by his takeover of the Knights of Malta sovereign religious order and the public sidelining of its conservative patron, Cardinal Raymond Burke.

But the conservatives' greatest complaint concerns Francis' 2016 document "The Joy of Love," in which he seemed to open the door to letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion. This sparked heated debate and division within the Catholic Church and led to different interpretations from one parish to the next.

Four conservative cardinals, led by Burke, formally asked Francis to clarify certain questions, or "dubia," raised by the document, but Francis hasn't responded.

Coccopalmerio penned his 51-page book to help explain the text, though he said his was neither a formal response to his four fellow cardinals, nor an official document of the Vatican's legal office. However, his book was published by the Vatican's publishing house at the height of two years of tension over the issue, and was presented Tuesday at a press conference at Vatican Radio.

Church teaching holds that unless divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive an annulment, or a church decree that their first marriage was invalid, they cannot receive Communion if they are sexually active. Citing Jesus' teaching on the indissolubility of marriage, some conservatives have insisted the teaching is fixed in the Gospel and that the only way these Catholics can receive Communion is to abstain from sex. Progressives have sought wiggle room to balance doctrine with mercy and look at each couple on a case-by-case basis.

In the book, Coccopalmerio repeats church doctrine and says Francis' text falls squarely within Catholic tradition. But he says sometimes these couples find abstaining from sex "impossible," even if they want to, and should not be denied the sacraments as a result.

"The church therefore, must admit to confession and the Eucharist those faithful who find themselves in illegitimate unions, as long as there are two essential conditions: they want to change their situation, but they cannot act on their desire," he wrote.

Those conditions, he stressed, must be verified by priests and bishops, suggesting that arriving at that decision in one's own conscience isn't enough.

The Rev. Robert Gahl, a moral theologian at the Pontifical Holy Cross University, said Coccopalmerio "has a very broad reading of impossibility" as far as abstaining from sex is concerned. And Gahl said the book, while contributing an authoritative legal voice to the debate, certainly doesn't answer the ambiguities in the pope's document, known by its Latin title "Amoris Laetitia."

"The developing debate will tell, but it seems that Coccopalmerio is advancing an open contradiction for how to read Amoris Laetitia," Gahl said. "And it's to resolve that contradiction that the four cardinals wrote the dubia."

American canon lawyer Edward Peters, an adviser to the Vatican's high court, was more direct. In a blog post, Peters said Coccopalmerio's book represented "more blows upon a swollen bruise" caused by the pope's original document and subsequent liberal interpretations by Maltese and German bishops.

Still more from ZENIT.ORG:

INTERVIEW: Cardinal Ravasi: 'Finally a Feminine Voice in the Roman Curia ...

“It is necessary to begin with the presence of women in the Vatican, and it must not be an ornamental or cosmetic presence, said, in an exclusive interview with ZENIT, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The cardinal spoke in an aside from the presentation of the Feminine Consultation
Group instituted by his dicastery on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The Italian prelate stressed that he wished to create this new organism “in rosa” to give the dicastery’s activities a “feminine look,” which “offers pointers that we men don’t even suspect,” he specified.
Moreover, he added that this group does not stem from the need to reward “claims” of “quotas for women,” just as – explained the cardinal – “he did not want it even as a cosmetic element, a “beautiful presence” in a solely masculine horizon.” The 37 women chosen will, in fact, be active and heard.
Speaking to journalists, Cardinal Ravasi then offered a witty remark of the writer of Polish origin Joseph Conrad: “To be a woman is extremely difficult, because it is necessary to have something continually to do with men. And to have to do with priests – I add – is even more grave!”
* * *
ZENIT: Can you explain the criteria with which the women of the Feminine Consultation  of the Pontifical Council for Culture were chosen? How were they selected?
Cardinal Ravasi: This is an important question because it was perhaps one of my most difficult and demanding tasks. I thought, first of all, of the international “question.” Therefore, there are women from the United States, Ireland, Iran, Chile, Turkey and so on. Second, the inter-religious “question”: different “points of view” are represented, especially Islam, Judaism, Christianity, in their different forms, also the Protestant. The third was the criterium of professions, of activities, privileging, for example, women who work in the realm of culture, hence university, women artists, medicine, science, but in order to cover other realms, such as sport, see Fiona May, to have the whole horizon of the professions. The fourth criterium is that of family experience. There are unmarried women but also women who have a family, therefore, they experience all the problems of the growing up of children, etc. The last criterium is that of “sensibility.”
ZENIT: What do you mean by “sensibility,” Your Eminence?
Cardinal Ravasi: For instance, for politics – because I also wanted politics represented – I chose a person who is interested in the question of “waste,” namely, the waste of food, the recovery of food that otherwise would be wasted, and we speak be it for Italy be it for the world, of a third of all the food produced. And she is also a person interested in volunteer work, she is part of the Parliamentary Commission in charge of refugees, and so on. Moreover, I also wanted to consider the great questions of poverty, of migrations, in the spirit of Pope Francis.  We can say that these topics are also represented in the Consultation, given that there are women who have engaged in activities of a charitable type, although we don’t want to have it noted, they exist. These are the criteria about which you asked me.
ZENIT: Does the Pope have thoughts about this consulting group? What’s his impression?
Cardinal Ravasi: Yes.
ZENIT: So you spoke about it . . .
Cardinal Ravasi: Yes, we certainly spoke about it. He shares very much the idea of this Consultation, because he has always spoken of the lack of feminine voices in the Roman Curia. We know that difficulties exist, the structures are complex, the past history is somewhat “heavy,” but it’s necessary to begin somewhere. And in fact, I repeat it again, because it is very important for me: the presence of women of the Consultation must not be only “ornamental,” only because some woman in the Vatican  should be there by force, the ‘rose’ quotas, as is usually said!
It is necessary that there be space for all, then persons must enter these spaces with their competencies, not because they are women or men who enter automatically, as in the past: they were men, so they entered the Roman Curia automatically, even without any competence, without preparation …
Therefore, I also say: the function of these women is a real function, they are called to express judgments; they have already criticized me on some proposals and have put forward others! For instance, in connection with the forthcoming Plenary Assembly of the dicastery, on neuroscience, artificial intelligence, genetics, robotics, information technology, etc. on all these issues these women have expressed – as scientists and as women – judgments that we would be unable to formulate.
So true is it, I can say this, that the opening event of the forthcoming Plenary, which is the most important moment of the dicastery’s activity, is being organized by the feminine consultation; it will be a television show on which they have already begun to work.
ZENIT: Hence, this group is beginning to activate itself within the dicastery over which you preside. But would you say that this feminine consultation group is a kind of “experiment,” also to understand if something similar would potentially be instituted in other dicasteries?
Cardinal Ravasi: I hope so, in keeping with the principle of imitation . . .  Then everyone has his way of acting and of functioning. However, I think that what Pope Francis said is possible, namely, that some functions in the Vatican dicasteries can be done by women, entrusted to women: I am speaking of women who would in fact enter in the dicasteries. Women are found only in positions as secretaries, or administrative positions. And this is a mistake! Therefore, I think of the principle of imitation for the future.

More from the same page at ZENIT.ORG:

Pope’s Interview With ‘Die Zeit’: Priestly Celibacy, Crisis of Faith, Forthcoming Trips

Optional priestly celibacy, ordination of married men, the crisis of faith, future apostolic journeys: Pope Francis discusses all these subjects in an interview published on March 9, 2017 in the German weekly Die Zeit. Vatican Radio made a summary in French of this first interview granted to the German media.
“I’m a sinner, I can be mistaken” headlined ZEIT. In the interview, the Pontiff confided: “I don’t have the impression of being an exceptional man (. . .) I’m just a man who does what he can.”
Optional Celibacy and Viri Probati 
He referred to the lack of vocations, “a problem the Church must resolve.” To address it, he recommends prayer but also, as he has explained several times, social work with young people “who are the great forgotten ones of modern society as they don’t have work in numerous countries.”
However, the lack of priests should not lead to suspend discernment, he cautions: “Today there are so many youths and then, those who will ruin the Church because they are not priests by vocation. The vocation is important.”
“Optional celibacy isn’t the solution,” assured the Pope, who thinks that the ordination of married men — viri probati — is a possibility to be studied. “But one must also decide the sort of tasks they must assume, for instance, for the isolated communities.”
The Forthcoming Apostolic Journeys
In the course of the interview, the Holy Father enumerated the apostolic journeys to come: he confirmed trips to India, Bangladesh and Colombia. As he did during his visit to the Anglican Church of Rome, he expressed the wish to go to South Sudan. A trip to Egypt is also being studied.
Certain destinations he would like to go to are difficult to implement at the moment, he specified: Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Russia, which implies going also to Ukraine.
Questioned about the crisis of faith, the Pontiff stressed that “Faith is not an acquisition” but “a gift” and that “crisis is part of the life of faith.” Thus, “a faith that doesn’t enter in crisis to grow” remains “infantile.”
The Pope, who affirmed he is at peace, explained that he prays for the grace “of a sense of humor,: and to react jokingly to the affair of the anonymous pamphlets directed against him, the placards in the streets of Rome: “ the romanaccio (a Roman dialect) used in those manifestos was magnificent.”
In regard to the recent crisis between the Holy See and the Order of Malta, Pope Francis hopes for the solution of problems. “It is why I appointed a delegate capable of resolving it, with a charism that Cardinal Burke doesn’t have,” the latter remaining nevertheless, Patron of the Order. It’s Monsignor Angelo Becciu, Substitute for General Affairs of the State Secretariat, who was appointed papal delegate last February 4.
In a first summary made by Zenit yesterday, the Pope also expressed his concern given the mounting populisms in Western Europe and his rejection of a papal cult.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Real Marines fight back!

Yes, the dicks that called themselves "Marines United" are assholes. Everybody knows that. But seriously, ladies, if you can't keep your damn clothes on, don't be stupid enough to allow anyone to photograph you. [If you are so desperate for attention that you are in the naked selfie business, I'm afraid I'm going to have to go all old school Ann Landers on your asses: "Seek professional help."] Yes, boys are weird, even the ones who claim to love you.

This also applies to ALL you non-Marine females as well. Remember what Zardoz says:

With Their Leaders at a Loss, Marine Veterans Fight Abusers

As a Marine infantry sergeant, James LaPorta once led an intelligence team in Afghanistan. Now, as a private citizen, he is doggedly tracking the moves of an online group that has been secretly compiling and sharing nude photos of hundreds of women in the Marine Corps.

With top generals admitting before Congress that they are unsure how to protect members of the Marine Corps from nameless, faceless social-media “predators,” Mr. LaPorta is among an unlikely scattering of can-do young veterans who have decided to take that assignment upon themselves.

He and his comrades in online vigilance have been gathering intelligence and making counterstrikes, tracking the members of illicit groups, including Marines United, as they try to hide, and stripping away the anonymity that has allowed the group to thrive. They are also feeding information back to Marine Corps investigators.

“The Marines’ response is to be careful and slow, but the people they are after move very fast,” Mr. LaPorta said. “If you want to catch them, you have to move at their speed.”

Indeed, Marine Corps leaders have resorted to traditional moves, commissioning a task force and mounting a meticulous investigation. But the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, frankly admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the nude-photo scandal was a cultural problem he was ill-prepared to address.

“There is a risk I cannot protect people on social media,” General Neller said.

It is certainly not easy: Marines United, which consists of thousands of active-duty and veteran Marines, has hopped from Facebook page to Facebook page, changing its name each time it gets shut down, while still trading illicit photos and taunting federal investigators.

“The Marine Corps thought because they shut a Facebook page down, the group was dead,” said Mr. LaPorta, 30, who left the Marines in 2014. “We had to show them it was just metastasizing into other back rooms.”

Mr. LaPorta and other veterans trying to fight groups like Marines United have been deluged with online harassment themselves. Other Marines have called them traitors and threatened them with violence, but they have pressed on in what they see as a battle for the future of the Corps.
“The Marine Corps can’t do this alone. The internet is too huge,” Mr. LaPorta said. “We need to police ourselves.”

They say the fight is up to them in part because trying to get Marine Corps leaders, who are often near retirement, to recognize and address the power of social media in the military is as slow and frustrating as teaching an aging parent to set up a new laptop.

Still fighting the last war, gentlemen?

“There is a disconnect between the upper echelon and a digital millennial generation,” said Thomas Brennan, 31, a former Marine sergeant who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and revealed the existence of Marines United this month.

Mr. Brennan said he was frustrated by what he saw as a slow and outdated response, as commanders convene a task force made up largely of older, high-ranking Marines and put out new social media policies that will be ignored or ridiculed online.

“I almost feel like they didn’t want to admit this stuff existed,” Mr. Brennan said. “And when we forced them to, they were caught off guard.”

Earlier this week, Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat of California, announced that investigators had identified 700 active-duty Marines and 150 Marines in the Reserve who were involved in the Marines United group.

For several years, the Marine Corps has known of web pages where Marines shared racist and sexist memes, as well as photos of female Marines posted without their consent. Despite a number of public reports, the Corps has failed to crack down on the sites.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Jonah Goldberg is right as usual, but his crusade against willful ignorance is doomed thanks to the fake conservatives.

Yep, it's doomed. Waaaaay too much ignorance out here.

Given a Choice Between Fear and Apathy, I'll Take Fear

A Leisurely Drive Down The Wrong Road
Jonah Goldberg  | March 17, 2017

"We all want progress," C.S. Lewis wrote, "but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."

This has always been one of my favorite distillations of conservatism. In principle, I still believe it, passionately.

Of course, whenever you read a sentence that begins "In principle," you should consider it a kind of magical conjuring, a rain dance that calls forth a thunderclapping "but" ...
But politics doesn't work this way.

For starters, we don't walk down this road as individuals, but as a very large group. And when we walk down the wrong road long enough, people in the troupe start to like it. They like the sound of the birds and the shape of the trees. They grow accustomed to the weather and the view. Those who said this was the right road don't want to admit they chose poorly or forfeit their roles as leaders. They insist the payoff is just around the corner.

Meanwhile, they add that road not taken was a bad one, with perils and horrors we cannot imagine. All bad things happen on the road not taken, they say. Why turn back with such wonderful things ahead?

This is the conservative, status-quo bias inherent to progressivism. (If you think there's nothing conservative about progressives, try telling a prosperous Manhattan leftist that we should get rid of rent control because it hurts the poor.)

In America, once an entitlement is created, it's extremely difficult to get rid of. It turns out that people like free things. And when they can't get stuff for free, they like to purchase it at way below
true cost. The wrong road comes with amazing subsidies. The right road has a daunting tollbooth.

In principle, I would like to repeal and replace not just the warp and woof of Obamacare all at once, but considerable portions of the Great Society and the New Deal, too. No, I don't want the aged to suffer or the poor to languish (and if you think that's the motivation behind libertarian critiques of the corporatist-welfare state, you have a comic-book understanding of politics).

That is what I would like, in principle. But it's hard. But voters often don't want it. But entrenched interests will fight for their state-created fiefdoms with any weapon they can find. But the media will freak out like Roman senators being asked to make room in their chambers for Caligula's horse.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is in the worst position possible right now. He is a grown-up conservative. He understands both that we must get off the road we are on and that doing so is very, very hard. It's easy to shout, "We're going the wrong way!" It's another thing to convince the caravan to turn around.

Some of the critics of his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare have many good arguments on their side. The replacement bill certainly needs fixing. But other critics don't seem to care much about the legislative or policy details at all. They just want to see Ryan himself repealed and replaced with a more pliant nationalist.

Ryan surely would prefer a quick and total repeal of Obamacare. But he has to deal with the reality that Democrats will lay down on railroad tracks before they agree to change a comma in Obamacare, and he must deal with the byzantine rules of reconciliation.

He also has to deal with the fact that the president ran and was elected on a promise to leave entitlements untouched and to guarantee health coverage for everybody. Trump won by flipping many Obama voters to the GOP column. Obamacare is popular with this constituency. Trump has officially backed Ryan, but he doesn't seem bothered by the prospect of Ryan failing, so long as Ryan gets the blame.

Hence the bizarre argument on the right: the loudest voices for free-market purity on the health care side, with a president who often says he wants to stay on the road that Obamacare (and the New Deal and the Great Society) put us on. This makes more sense than it seems, because much of the Trumpified activist-right only knows how to denounce "the establishment," even when it is the establishment.

ZING! Forget "fake news", kiddies. FAKE CONSERVATIVES are just as bad as real commies.

It's almost like some people would prefer to stay the course but be able to complain about it at the same time, like backseat drivers on the wrong road.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Incredibly, this won't be the worst result of allowing women in our military.

As I often tell you kids, just look to history and you will find many answers to the questions which vex us today. Human nature has not changed one whit ever. Men are men and can and will be brutes if they are not taught properly. Forcing them to serve with women in  high-pressure situations that often require them to be brutish is just plain stupid and always has been.

As usual, the innocent are suffering because of the diabolical meddling of the fascist left and non-leftists who are too stupid to know better.

- Fox News

From Redstate.com:

Naked pictures of female Marines have reportedly been circulating on Social Media. Now the Marines are investigating. It was all over the chatboards this weekend and now USA Today has a really good round up.

Hundreds of Marines may be caught up in the scandal, the Marine Corps Times reported Sunday.

The revelation was first uncovered by a decorated combat veteran’s non-profit news site and reported Saturday by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Maj. Clark Carpenter, a Marine Corps spokesman, confirmed that an investigation is underway, Marine Corps Times reported, but he said military officials were uncertain exactly how many personnel were involved.

As if you needed more proof that Facebook is the Devil… The nude photos were allegedly shared on a Facebook group this weekend for Military members which apparently has about 30,000 members.

An online link to the the photos, as well as the names and units of the women pictured, was posted in January by a former Marine who was working for a defense contractor, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The contractor has since been relieved of his duties.

Marine Lance Cpl. Marisa Woytek told The Post that photos were taken from her Instagram account and posted to Marines United multiple times in the past six months, without her consent. “Even if I could, I’m never re-enlisting,” Woytek said. “Being sexually harassed online ruined the Marine Corps for me, and the experience.”

Woytek said she was alerted to the photos by others on social media and were shown the comments that accompanied them. She said that many of the comments included allusions to sexual assault and rape, The Post reported.

Wait a minute, Marine. Let me get this straight. You posted nude photos of yourself on your Instagram account and are now shocked and chagrined that somebody spread them around the web? Forgive my bluntness, but you don't seem to be smart enough to defend yourself, much less the rest of us.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"The moral dry rot in academia -- and beyond -- goes far deeper than student storm troopers at one college"

Nobody could possibly say it better than Dr. Sowell...

Thomas Sowell - Jewish World Review

03/14/17: The Real Lessons of Middlebury College

The moral dry rot in academia -- and beyond -- goes far deeper than student storm troopers at one college

Where have all these shocked people been all these years? What happened at Middlebury College has been happening for decades, all across the country, from Berkeley to Harvard. Moreover, even critics of the Middlebury College rioters betray some of the same irresponsible mindset as that of the young rioters.

The moral dry rot in academia — and beyond — goes far deeper than student storm troopers at one college.

Frank Bruni of the New York Times, for example, while criticizing the rioters, lent credence to the claim that Charles Murray was "a white nationalist." Similar — and worse — things have been said, in supposedly reputable publications, by people who could not cite one statement from any of Dr. Murray's books that bears any resemblance to their smears.

Academia, however, is ground zero in the war against people whose ideas go against the current political correctness. The virtual monopoly of the political left, on campuses across the country, allows all sorts of things to be attributed to people the left disagrees with, irrespective of whether those people have ever said anything resembling what they are alleged to have said.

The professors don't usually riot against people whose ideas they disagree with, because they can just dismiss those ideas, with some characterization that there is no one on hand to challenge.

Professor William Julius Wilson of Harvard, for example, said of Justice Clarence Thomas, "He'll say he pulled himself up by his own bootstraps. I say I was in the right place at the right time."

Just where did Justice Thomas say that he pulled himself up by his own bootstraps? The central theme of his autobiography, titled "My Grandfather's Son," credits the wisdom of the grandfather who raised him as what saved him.

Nuns who taught him in school were brought to Washington, at his expense, to be present to see him sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court, to see that their dedicated efforts on his behalf had not been in vain.

But has anyone ever asked Professor Wilson on just what he based his claim about Justice Thomas? The central tragedy of academia today is that you don't have to have anything on which to base dismissals of people and ideas you disagree with.

This attitude is not unique to William Julius Wilson or to Harvard. On the west coast, Professor Lanny Ebenstein of the University of California at Santa Barbara has included economists Stephen Moore and Walter Williams, as well as television host John Stossel, among those "committed to the welfare of the top few."

Professor Ebenstein has every right to disagree with these individuals on economic or other issues. But that is very different from attributing to them a commitment to "the welfare of the top few."

It so happens that I have read books by all three, without finding any preoccupation with the welfare of the affluent or the rich. I have known Walter Williams for more than 40 years. When we both lived on the east coast, we and our wives often met socially.

In all that time, neither in public nor in private did I ever hear Walter Williams express the slightest concern for the welfare of the affluent or the rich. Innumerable times I heard him focus his concern on the well-being of people like himself, from a poverty background. That concern was also expressed in deeds as well as words.

But who is going to ask Professor Ebenstein to cite the basis for his claim?

Why should we expect students to welcome debate about differences of opinion, when so many of their professors seem to think cheap shot dismissals are all you need? Lacking their professors' verbal dexterity or aura of authority, students use cruder methods of dismissing things they disagree with.

So long as academia talks demographic "diversity" and practices groupthink when it comes to ideas, we have little reason to expect better of student mobs that riot with impunity.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Guess what smelly left-fascists do when they are confronted by SMELLIER left-fascists...

...they impose MORE fascism!

I really need to start asking you kiddies more difficult questions. The answer for fascists is always more fascism.

[PDF] ORDINANCE No. - City of Portland


Disruptive, threatening and dangerous behaviors at City Council or meetings ... appropriate actions to eject persons who cause disorders at City Council ..... The Mayor, a Commissioner or Auditor, or designee of these elected...

Mayor Ted Wheeler and the City Council unanimously approved an emergency (Emphasis mine. - F.G.) ordinance... that would allow city leaders to eject disruptive protesters ...

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

Fascists eat their own and us.

If I was a rich, fat, stupid, complacent fascist, I wouldn't care about this sort of thing. Don't fret, kiddies. The evil they spawn will devour them someday. I just hope I live to see it.

From FreeRepublic.com:

Parts of Los Angeles ethnically cleansed of white people...

The heavily Hispanic neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles declared victory recently when they managed to drive a "white" art gallery from the neighborhood.  Community groups have been battling to drive out art galleries out of fear of "gentrification," the code word for white people. 

Almost from the moment it opened its doors last year Pssst, a nonprofit gallery, and its creators, have been the focus of protests and criticism on social media.

Last month, they announced they could not tolerate it. They were closing up shop.

"This persistent targeting, which was often highly personal in nature, was made all the more intolerable because the artists engaged are queer, women, and/or people of color," they said on their website. "We could no longer continue to put already vulnerable communities at further risk."

Hmmm...Maybe Mexican national socialism [Mexinazis?] is now in and rich white pansy socialism is out. That shouldn't really surprise students of history who know the fascists willing to use violence first and most viciously always prevail. [Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...ad infinitum, ad nauseam...]

Defend Boyle Heights, one of the activist groups that has called for boycott of the galleries, said that it considered the closing a victory and that it hoped other galleries would soon follow suit.

Having pushed white people out of the neighborhood, they wanted to be sure not to see them return.

I wondered what Boyle Heights looks like now that it has been transformed and found these snapshots on Google Street, which I think are very representative of the dominant culture:

The area is vibrant with ethnically diverse sidewalk restaurants.

The community has thriving financial institutions.  Note the green letters "EBT" in the window; that is a common symbol on many businesses.  This is a diverse community, with many equally diverse forms of financing.  Note the pawn shop to the right.

Is this a food store that sells liquor or a liquor store that also sells food?  You decide!
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

From Los Angeles Curbed:

Targeted by anti-gentrification activists, Boyle Heights art gallery shutters

PSSST Gallery, a target of anti-gentrification activists in Boyle Heights, has shuttered less than one year after opening, reports Eastsider LA.

In a statement on the gallery’s website, founders place the blame for the closure squarely on activists, saying the gallery faced constant attacks. They say the space became, “so contested that we are unable to ethically and financially proceed with our mission.”

Boyle Heights has a long artistic and activist tradition, and organized opponents to new galleries in the Downtown LA-adjacent neighborhood often underscore that they are not against art. But they do see new galleries such as PSSST as tools of gentrification via “artwashing,” referring to the practice of real estate developers and speculators using artists’ presence in a neighborhood as a way to rebrand a formerly neglected area as highly desirable.

PSSST was targeted specifically, but it was not alone.

Some activists, notably Defend Boyle Heights, have organized protests in front of PSSST and other galleries during art openings. Graffiti reading “f**k white art” appeared on a gallery door in November; the Los Angeles Police Department was looking into the incident as a possible hate crime. (DBH has said it was not responsible for the graffiti.)

Activists have also called for all art galleries to leave Boyle Heights.

"We hope the rest of the galleries follow the example set by PSSST [and] leave Boyle Heights,” Defend Boyle Heights wrote on its Facebook page.

In PSSST’s case, part of what attracted the negative attention was the deal it struck with its its landlord, an “anonymous donor who invested $2 million to purchase and renovate the building and committed a free 20-year lease to the gallery,” says KCET.

That deal had the activists worried “the building could very easily be flipped and resold again to the highest bidder," according to a pamphlet distributed by the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement, another group that called for art galleries to go.

The agreement also required the gallery to operate at “a queer-centered, experimental arts space,” which led activists to also accuse them of “pink-washing.” Like artwashing, it refers to developers using queer and gay people instead of artists to gentrify.

Golly, it seems sodomy is not the new black after all. Being Mexican outside of Mexico is.

PSSST says the “divisive battle” between art spaces and Boyle Heights residents, “resulted in the mischaracterization of PSSST as being fundamentally in opposition with the varied intersectional communities we aimed to support.” It had told the New York Times last year, shortly before its opening, that it would focus on “underrepresented artists — women, people of color, or L.G.B.T.Q.-identified — who challenge existing structures within the arts.”

Little did they realize that some other fascists aren't polite like they are. [To be honest, they probably did and tried to buy them off. You can't do that with End Stage Fascists.] They encountered some folks who take the hate-filled rhetoric a bit more literally...and seriously.

If there are any grand plans to flip the space, they may surface sooner rather than later. Now that PSSST has closed, it’s unclear what will happen to its vacated space. As gallery founders noted in their statement about the closure:
As PSSST does not own 1329 East 3rd Street—and our lease was directly dependent on us maintaining our 501(c)(3) status and mission—the owner will now assume control of the building. We have no say in how they choose to proceed or what they will do with the property.
In a joint statement about PSSST’s closure, Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement and Defend Boyle Heights say the neighborhoods needs basic community amenities, like a laundromat and an affordable grocery store, not art galleries. “Why was there funding for a 501(c)3 to run a gallery to attract new people to Boyle Heights, but not for services for the existing community?” they ask.

I doubt the fine civilized AmeriKKKans who belong to those two fine civilized civic organizations would approve of white grocery stores and white laundromats.

I also doubt the real residents of Boyle Heights give a damn about art galleries. They want freedom, an idea foreign to ALL their moral and intellectual superiors, be they white, black, brown, [even orange!] homosexual, or heterosexual.

We are going to pay for this kind of shit with blood, kiddies, and lots of it.

TheChurchMilitant: Sometimes anti-social, but always anti-fascist since 2005.

What does it mean when judges only block right-fascist "executive orders"?

It means they are left-fascists and not judges. They must be removed from power.

The President of the United States does not REPEAT NOT have dictatorial powers, NO MATTER WHAT FUCKING PARTY HE SAYS HE BELONGS TO.

I blame the pussies inside of congress and out. Check the mirror. You probably will see a pussy who votes for some flavor of totalitarian every damn time.

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