“It takes about five miles to turn an aircraft carrier around. But I think we started the motion.”

Congressman Allen West

“You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters #12

Today I’m going to be flat-out at the Madonna Della Cava festival so other than any kind of posts by my co-bloggers this is likely going to be it.

On Thursday I got into several discussions concerning Homosexuality & the Church, Gay adoption etc and I was standing with Lisa Graas.

One might think because I have a different take or a less confrontational style and generally enjoy the debate itself that I might not be as rigid as Lisa on doctrine.  This assumption would be a mistake.  Doctrine is what it is and I’m certainly not going to change it, nor should I consider trying.

While I don’t have Lisa’s directness I do have a style I’m mindful of this scripture from Paul

Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible.  To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law – though I myself am not under the law – to win over those under the law.  To those outside the law I became like one outside the law – though I am not outside God’s law but within the law of Christ – to win over those outside the law.  To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. 1 Cor 9 19-22

I will do my best to empathize with any person and maintain a speaking relationship because you can’t persuade someone who is so angry that they will not listen, but in doing so I will not and can not justify a decision toward sin, particularly mortal sin.  Nor will I call it good or allow a fellow Catholic in particular to do so.

My plan is the CS Lewis Screwtape plan in reverse.  I’m not expecting to convert anyone I’m only hoping to as Col West described it start to turn the carrier make people think.

As long as the seeds of that movement are planted the potential for that  turn is there and if one can get someone moving in the right direction, and authentically searching for God’s Truth it’s highly likely God will give a person a path there.

I don’t discount sin, I have my own to deal with and at time the temptation is overwhelming and I’m not proud of my failures, but that’s why God provides the sacrament of confession so if we fail we can get back on track and have a coach to keep us moving where we need to be.

We have a lifetime to get where we need to go.  Maybe the people I talk to will make it there, maybe not.  Maybe Lisa’s urgency as we don’t know the day or hour is better.  I honestly don’t know, but as there are many different examples as there are Saints perhaps it’s less important how we move the ball then getting the ball moving.

In many ways I think Lisa has both more courage than me & more love for people in sin than me.  If a person insists on sin and declines to speak further I stop.  Not Lisa.   She is so desperate to save strangers and those who hate her from damnation she is willing to be hated, abused, mocked, stalked and so much more for Christ.

A lot of people, particularly the non-religious mistake that for zeal or pride.  They couldn’t be more wrong.  It’s love.  Lisa loves people so much she is willing to be hated, mocked and have every calumny thrown upon her if in her mind there is the slightest chance she might persuade them and any others from mortal sin.

That takes a special kind of love & courage.  I simply don’t know if I have as much as she in either department.


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Sunday. A new week begins and so a new Da Weekly paycheck quest begins.

Last night with under 3 hours to go I managed to get da full paycheck proving as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over until it’s over.”

I’ve never made my full paycheck the very first day. It would be nice to have it happen, for me because it would be a worry free week, for you the reader because the tip jar requests would be retired till the next Sunday.


My Special Easter Show featuring Lisa Graas and Associate Pastor George Kelly is now available here.

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In our first hour we’ll be joined by Minister George Kelly from Georgia who will talk Easter from the perspective of both the Protestant Perspective and as a pastor of a Black Church.

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Opus: Penguin lust is not Immoral and Wicked and anyone who says so is an old prude. It’s beautiful and natural, and I for one fully support penguin lust.

Phil Donohue: That’s great, caller, but today’s topic is “Nun Beating.”

Opus: Good Lord, man, I can’t support that!

Bloom County

One of the first pieces long pieces I wrote as a blogger  was a critique of Gay Marriage and Richard Cohen attack on Rick Warren:

I will go as far as to say that it would have been an impossibility to have a clergyman who publicly SUPPORTED gay marriage give the invocation before the year 2000 and in 2004 if John Kerry had won it would have been an incredibly controversial decision.

But 8 years later the word “bigot” is thrown around at all who dare say otherwise.

3 years later came this story from the daily caller

If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

and I asked this question:

My point? I’m not surprised one bit and nor should anyone who has been paying attention over the last 3-4 decades. The question is will this be the final trigger for the latest Great Awakening or in the final decline of American/Western society?

Four months ago came (and nine months after Rick Santorum said it was coming came the Polygamy argument out of the Guardian and the marriage of three people:

Why shouldn’t three people get married?

As three Brazilians are legally joined as a ‘thruple’ it starts to look illiberal to insist that marriage must be between two people

and I said:

That this is advanced in the Guardian is interesting, even more interesting is the comments, tons of people agreeing after all one does not want to be “Judgmental.”

Now we have this in Salon:

A legal defense of donkey sex
A man accused of feeling up a farm animal argues an anti-bestiality law is unconstitutional. Does he have a point?
By Tracy Clark-Flory

With apologies to easily offended readers, this story brings new meaning to the word “jackass” but I’ll say this for Tracy Clark-Flory, she didn’t wait 32 years into her journalistic career to jump on board a movement after it became popular.

Lisa Graas is not amused:

It is not Rick Santorum who came up with the idea that “gay rights” would lead to the acceptance of bestiality. The slippery slope of immorality leading to more and more immorality is just a fact of human nature. It surprises no one who is educated about human nature in the conservative (Aquinas) tradition that Salon is now defending bestiality just as it surprised no one in the pro-life movement that Jack Kevorkian ended up with his day in the sun in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade. Though assisted suicide has not taken hold, “passive euthanasia” is common practice now in hospitals. The slippery slope is real.

That we have reached a point where a major online publication feels comfortable with this speaks volumes, because it tells people it’s OK to think about it, that there is a legitimate debate. It is the same dynamic as the Gay Marriage argument:

I suspect beyond the core set of true believers the support is actually very thin. It is what the “enlightened” and “right” type of people support to show how good and tolerant they are. It allows people to feel good about themselves without actually doing anything. It keep them safe from that most dreaded charge of bigotry. In short it is an exercise in narcissism.

This principle is going to continue to be used on all types of things that just a few years ago people would have been ashamed to advance, but it makes sense. After all it’s a lot easier to re-define what is acceptable behavior than actually changing behavior your behavior.

And PLEASE don’t give me the “ick” factor argument about these other things being accepted. Ick is just an argument about culture. It is the same argument that one would have heard concerning gay marriage less that 20 years ago. It is particularly galling when gay people are subject to state sponsored murder in places like Iran and ick is invoked beside Islam.

And once the ICK factor moves the definition of acceptable will move as well and then Opus the Penguin will find his opposition to “Nun Beating” doesn’t makes him a prude, it will make him a bigot.

It takes courage to stand up to this, I suspect that is why the left considers faithful Christianity in general and faithful Catholicism in particular its greatest obstacle and enemy. For it provides to the courage to stand up and say “Enough!”

Robert Stacy McCain’s has two pieces concerning the Romney campaign that must be read. One at the American Spectator discusses Romney’s strength of message and how the battlefield is playing out:

What about the Electoral College? Romney’s chances look promising there, too. An article in Sunday’s New York Times seemed to find a suspicious amount of optimism for Obama in the key swing states, but could not ignore the fact that the nine crucial battlegrounds — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — are all states Obama won four years ago. In other words, Democrats begin the 2012 campaign playing defense, and there are indications that Obama is already facing a tough fight in many of those battlegrounds. Romney is ahead in the three most recent Florida polls, for example, and the latest poll from Ohio showed the Republican within two points of Obama there. More importantly, the focus on such traditional swing states shows that there is little prospect the Democrats could “spread the field” to challenge Romney in GOP strongholds. In fact, Obama’s campaign may already be writing off hope of carrying North Carolina, the state that will play host to this year’s Democratic convention

And the other at his blog where he makes the most important point of the campaign to date:

When I went up to Massachusetts to cover the Scott Brown campaign in January 2010, one of the first campaign staffers I met was Eric Fehrnstrom, one of Romney’s top advisers. If Fehrnstrom and the rest of the Romney guys were good enough to beat a Democrat for Ted Kennedy’s seat, they deserve a certain amount of confidence now that it’s their job to beat Obama.

Those are the magic words, the Romney team includes the same guys that transformed Scott Brown from an electoral sacrificial lamb to a United States Senator.

And remember the same MSM types that months ago were saying this election was all but over and are now saying it will be a close race that Obama will win were saying this two years ago in Massachusetts:

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let’s not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has the state’s political class buzzing with anticipation. (emphasis mine)

They are also the same MSM types who just this morning were talking about Romney and trouble with the base. They are being treated a few hours later with this post from of all people Lisa Graas

Rick Santorum has endorsed Mitt Romney for President this evening. His statement is below in full. Since May, I have been 100% behind Rick Santorum because I trust him to do what is right for America. If Rick Santorum believes that Mitt Romney will defend life and marriage, then that is good enough for me. I also now endorse Mitt Romney for President and look forward to being a part of Rick Santorum’s grassroots volunteer team to continue the fight for conservatism in America.

If Lisa Graas is endorsing Mitt Romney then I think Stacy’s blame warning, while true, is not in play as Captain Ed explains:

What does this mean for the race? First, the ad cutters at Team Obama will be busy this week with a new project, but that was going to happen anyway. Romney should solidify his support among the social-conservative base of the party, and perhaps even get a little more enthusiasm from it. It sounds as if Santorum could become a surrogate for Romney among the constituencies where Santorum’s message resonated, which would help Romney most in the Rust Belt states where the presidency could be won or lost. The relative rapidity of the endorsement — last Friday was only their first meeting since Santorum’s withdrawal — puts an end to stories of Republican disunity far ahead of the convention.

Santorum’s endorsement coming early also takes one more media story off the table early. By doing so it forces the MSM to find a different excuse to avoid talking about the Economy and the president’s record.

It also means that the Tonight Show is going to be a very interesting program

I’ve written about the concept of yesterday’s conference call with Rick Santorum but not about the actual questions asked and answered. Here is a quick rundown all Q & A are based on my notes:

Andrea Shea King—Q Will you go through with the debate with Trump? Answer: Yes. I was one of the only candidates who didn’t beat a path to Trumps door yet those who did have gone running. After all the tough questions I’ve faced the last thing I’m worried about is a question from Donald Trump.

Stacy McCain: The media tries to portray you as one trick pony on social issues. How do you get around that? Answer: I’ve spent most of the time on economics and the like but the bottom line is you can’t have strong economy without strong family. I am the best guy on Economics but also the best choice on entitlement reform, taxes and spending and foreign policy.

Maggie’s notebook: Who would be the EPA director would they give back land seized by Bush and Obama administration? Answer: I don’t have a name currently for that position but I’d want a person who shares my vision. The EPA needs to be put back in its box. An Santorum administration would want to get rid of as much federal land as possible while preserving national parks and forests.

Steven Ertelt: There was a dust-up with Gingrich stating he believes beginning of life is implantation and switched and then switched. Answer: Life begins at conception, it’s not a belief it’s an incontrovertible fact and should not be conceded. (Follow up on Gingrich’s pro-life record in the House) Answer: He was not a pro-life warrior, it was not a critical issue compared to other issues. There was always an attempt to put social issues on the back of the bus.

Tina Korbe: Why have you not had the boomlit? Answer: I’m pretty boring no scandals no big gaffes no pizzaz (Follow up Does that indicate a lack of desire to be president and just to advance issues) Answer: (sarcastically) Yeah I’m leaving family for months and going through all of this just to draw attention to issues. to draw attention

Me: Given the current endorsements and the comments of people like Cokie Roberts How high do you need to finish to go on. Answer: We are planning to win of course but the expectations are low so that’s pretty good for us. The idea is to in or near the money…. (Follow up How significant is it that you a strong Catholic have been endorsed by an Evangelical Pastor and a Mormon sec of state this week) Answer These are folks who know me and spend time with me, if you want to get to know them, you can. That is what matters over religion. In Time 2005 listed as the top 25 evangelicals even though he I’m Catholic. I was the only non-pastor listed in the group “The Point man not just on marriage and poverty , international, jihadist, Israel, and growing government.

Lonely conservative: Do you think that Paul Ryan’s plan is “Right Wing Social Engineering”? Answer: No and I was shocked that he made the comment. It will be thrown back in his face and will congressmen who supported it down the ticket.

Lisa Graas: Are you getting to Mass & eating veggies Answer: I try to fit in mass on a regular basis and wife makes sure I am eating right on the road.

Sissy Willis: Talks a little about Palin “semi endorsement” Answer: It was very gracious of her and sent e-mail thanking her. Brings up the Santorum amendment to the No child left behind bill. Science of Global warming is specious as best compared to the knowledge of where life begins.

There you have it. Conservative questions asked by conservative pundits and conservative answers given.

Any questions?

I mentioned Mitt’s surrogate Conference call in my last post. Today Rick Santorum had a conference call too. Unlike Mitt he took questions in person. We already know Mitt people answered questions from Time, CBS, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Mother Jones and Talking Points Memo.

None of these organizations will be supporting the GOP nominee in November and at least two (and most likely all of them) will be openly hostile to them. It is unlikely that GOP primary voters will be consulting any of them when they make their decision in the primaries.

Now lets look at who Senator Santorum took questions from:

Andrea Shea King: The Radio Patriot, Robert Stacy McCain: The Other McCain the American Spectator ,Maggie Thornton: Maggie’s Notebook, Steve Ertelt: Life News, Tina Korbe: Hotair, Pete I DaTechGuy Datechguy’s Blog WCRN Radio, Karen : Lonely Conservative: Lisa Graas: Catholic Bandita , Sissy Willis: SEIU and Riehl World View.

Every single person on this list will not only be voting in the GOP primaries in their relative states and thousands of GOP voters will be reading what they write concerning the candidates.

Question: Which group of people would an actual conservative who wants to attract conservative voters what to have on a conference call?

If you are snubbing conservatives before a GOP primary how will you treat them once elected?

This post on Rick Santorum:

Santorum’s brand of conservatism may not be your particular cup of tea, but there is no denying that he is a man of firm principle, untainted by even the slightest hint of corruption or scandal. Neither can it be denied that Santorum has campaigned tirelessly despite all discouragement. He has held events in all 99 counties in Iowa and you might think that some of Herman Cain’s critics — who have slagged him for his alleged neglect of Iowa — would give Santorum credit for his relentless campaigning in the Hawkeye State.

He is also a Catholic gentleman who is not afraid to BE a catholic gentleman and to articulate stands consistent with that belief no matter what any pollster or pundit says.

I haven’t made my final choice for the primaries but Rick Santorum has been consistently in my top 3 and may in fact have the best chance of getting my vote. Any conservative should be proud to support him.

As Morning Joe lionized Rob Reiner and his one day play on Prop 8 a much more interesting story has been taking place that the MSM has no interest in.

Catholic mom blogger Stacy Trasancos put up a post a few weeks ago concerning taking her kids to the park.

The same people who say I shouldn’t impose my morality on them, are imposing immorality on me and my children to the point that I literally have a hard time even leaving my home anymore to do something as simple as visit the park. And this is freedom?

Now understand this. Stacy’s blog is a small blog, part of a circle of Catholic Mom Blogs etc. Looking at her twitter numbers they aren’t spectacular

The blog post was found by members of the Gay community and linked worldwide and it resulted in a gigantic traffic spike…and some of the most hate filled and disgusting comments that the peace and tolerance crowd can produce:

The LGBT community has now linked to this at reddit, and I just got the 824th comment and screenshot it. [“What a c*nt. I hope her children are kidnapped, raped, and murdered. It would be better than having them grow up with such a twisted f*ck for a mother!”] I also have the IP address of the commenter. Please stop threatening my family.

Apparently unlike Ann Barnthart she is not heavily armed so we don’t see directions to her house, but she also has Lisa Graas who has her back both at the American Catholic.

My friend Stacy Trasancos, a fellow Catholic mom who is concerned about the world her children have to grow up in, is under attack from the ‘gay rights’ community for daring to write what she thinks about public displays of affection. She’s received death threats, which she has reported to law enforcement, and is naturally questioning whether or not she should continue to simply speak publicly about her beliefs.

I believe it is important at this time for the Catholic blogosphere to come to her aid by offering support in the form of encouragement and in the form of condemning the tactics of the ‘gay rights’ movement against people of faith who simply would like to take their kids to the park without having to risk exposure to depravity, not to mention who would simply like to write what they think about things on a blog.

And at her own site she has blogged extensively on the subject.

This is a great victory for all orthodox Catholic moms in America when Perez Hilton, the most popular “gay” blogger in America, is found to be such a weakling who is so full of the fear (yes, fear) of Catholicism that he cannot pass on the chance to point to this average, every day Catholic mom in Massachusetts and call her a “homophobe”. This is not being done to her because she is “Stacy Trasancos” (he has no idea who Stacy is personally and uniquely) and not because she has done something herself that is wrong. It is being done to her because she thinks the very same way every other orthodox Catholic mom in America thinks on this issue, myself included. She is enduring this for all of us….and we are grateful to her for her strength in this time of trial.

There is an old saying that you don’t punch down, but I think her foes were not punching down, if you are hitting a person with faith in God then you are always punching up.

Consider: Perez Hilton is an internationally known pompous ass celebrity with a lot of people who follow him, yet he is afraid of the views of a Catholic Mom with a couple of hundred followers on facebook and a small column in a weekly diocesan paper.

It sure sounds like someone is insecure in their beliefs, has the actual fear of God, or both.

She has also been taking hits from the Atheist community and some Catholics who thought she should stay silent she responded with Jeremiah reading that I quoted a few weeks ago:

You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me.

I say to myself, I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,
imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

In fact all of the August 28th readings would fit perfectly.

She also has an answer to a person who decided to play logical substitution but left out a bit:

See, while Catholics will read this, I can promise you with 100% certainty that there will be no herds of Christians following each other over to find you and tell you that you are a hateful, bigoted, Catholic-o-phobe. Absolutely no one would even consider telling you anonymously that they hope your children are “kidnapped, raped and murdered.” There probably won’t even be any more emotional reaction than a shrug because we’ve heard it all before, and we realize we stand among a rich history of saints and martyrs far better than us who have suffered for the preservation of our Faith. We don’t demand that you approve of us.

This weekend she called into DaTechGuy on DaRadio (Saturday 10 a.m. EST WCRN in case you don’t know) and told a bit of her story. As of that weekend she has been given a permanent standing invitation to be on the show.

End result? Thanks to the efforts of all those who have hated her and threatened her and her children she now has the means at her disposal to give her opinion and thoughts to an audience in 6 states with 50,000 watts of power to back her up and I intend to continue keep that means available to her as long as I can.

I suspect a few of you are upset at that, maybe even some of those who threatened her but there are two things that keep me from being worried. The first being the job description:

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

And the second? I’ve found for some reason the type of people who have no problem threatening women and their small children tend to hesitate to make the same threats to adult Sicilian men. Odd isn’t it?

Final thought: Wouldn’t you think that threats against a mother of 7 and her children might be newsworthy? I would have thought so, but apparently such threats might portray a community that the MSM supports in a bad light, so no seat next to Rob Reiner for her.

Update: On Sept 24 Jose Trasancos came on the show and for the second time in a week was able to give his opinions with 50,000 watts of power, For Perez Hilton and that renowned defender of women and children Dianne Williamson it equals EPIC FAIL…

…also anyone who met her husband would think twice about threatening his family