Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dr. King Would be Appalled: UPDATED

So I wrote this post last night, but decided to wait till this morning to edit it. Since then, I realized that Matthew Archbold has already addressed this. But I've decided to post this anyways. Also, I did a bit of redesigning. Let me know what you think.

Were he to see what the media has become, I firmly believe that Dr. King would despair. In the last few weeks, it seems every network, and a good portion of the newspapers in this country, has some kind of story on how the GOP Candidates are pandering to the racist white folk in South Carolina. Here are just a few of the many articles found with a simple Google News Search for "GOP racism" and "Newt Gingrich Racism"

From Mediaite: Jimmy Carter tells Piers Morgan that Gingrich has 'Subtlety of Racism'
There's even a video that goes with this one. It's really sad the way Jimmy Carter thinks he's still relevant.
                        Chris Matthews Accuses Newt Gingrich of Racially Charged Use of the Name Juan
Really?

From NewsBusters: Behar and Goldberg See Racism when Gingrich Talks of Helping Poor

Fox Nation reports: [Rep.] Sheila Jackson Lee: Newt Using 'Codewords' to be Racist

From the Huffington Post: Chris Matthews: Newt Gingrich May be Speaking in Racial Code (VIDEO)

Media Research Center: CNN Hints at 'Racial Coding' in Gingrich's Words

And, the Grand-daddy of them all... The Daily Beast: Michael Tomasky: Newt's Racist Surge May Sink Romney in South Carolina!

Now, I need some help here; I'm feeling inadequate. I am a middle-class, white, male, Texan college-student at a notoriously Conservative school. I fit perfectly into the demographic the GOP is aiming their coded racism at. But, I don't see it! And I want to see it, I need to see it! So, if any of you out there can help me out and just tell me which candidate hates black people the most it would be greatly appreciated. I've been trying to see who is the most racist, and I've been disappointed by how un-racist they seem. Luckily, the Media was there to clue me in to the fact that they're using coded racism. So, yeah, just let me know.

UPDATE: Watching MSNBC election coverage tonight, I want to throw up. Apparently "Food Stamp President" is racist, and, by God, MSNBC is gonna make sure we all know that Newt Gingrich and all Republicans are racist, homophobic backwards hillbillies. If I lived in South Carolina, I would be so pissed I wouldn't be able to speak. Al Sharpton should tender his resignation to MSNBC, withdraw from public life, and spend his retirement away from the media, reflecting on how he cheapened the meaning of the word "racism." Al Sharpton, like his colleague Jesse Jackson, long ago lost all credibility by pimping out his status as a Civil Rights hero for "influence" and TV appearances. He should be ashamed of himself. He should be ashamed of the way he has betrayed the Black Community. He should resign the title of "Reverend," and he should spend some time thinking about what Dr. King would think of his actions over the last decade or so. Shame on you , Al Sharpton.

Thank the Lord I go to an incredibly conservative college, because if I hear one more person say Gingrich is race-baiting I might just punch them in the face. Or headbutt them. I haven't made up my mind on which will hurt the most.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Sudden Loss

First, apologies for my long absence from this blog. I decided to take a long break from blogging while I was out for Christmas. Also, I had nothing to blog about. But mainly I just wanted to take some time off.

So, I'm back at school for this semester, and I must inform you, my readers, of a great loss in my life. While attending daily Mass this week, I noticed it: a conspicuous lack of pretty veils. I know that, as a male, I am sticking my neck out on this one, but I feel it must be said. This is, after all, one of those topics that political correctness dictates be left to the ladies. So go ahead, call me old-fashioned, misogynistic, etc. but I think this needs to be said. One of the things I have loved about St. Mary's from the very start was the number of young women who chose to veil. Every day, there were 5 or 6 veils present in the pews. So far this semester: 2. I know it's a small thing, but there's just something about a girl with a veil that sets my heart aflutter.
It's a good thing I don't have heart disease; she could have ended me
Now, because I have a vestigial self-preservation instinct, I will not officially advocate that veils be required, but it would be nice to see a little encouragement of this ancient tradition!

Also, Mr. Joseph Koss from Defend us in Battle, should you ever come across the post: Thank you for recommending The Spirit of the Liturgy by Josef Cardinal Ratzinger! While I cannot read it for more than about an hour straight, it is a most worthwhile read. Here are a few quotes for those who haven't read.

"Thus, Adoration is not opposed to Communion, nor is it merely added to it. No, Communion only reaches its true depths when it is surrounded by adoration. The Eucharistic Presence in the tabernacle does not set another view of the Eucharist alongside or against the Eucharistic Celebration, but simply signifies its fulfillment. For this Presence has the effect, of course, of keeping the Eucharist forever in church. The church never becomes a lifeless space but is always filled with the presence of the Lord, which comes out of the celebration, leads us into it, and always makes us participants in the cosmic Eucharist.... [A] church in which the eternal light is burning before the tabernacle is always alive, is always something more than a building made of stones. In this place the Lord is waiting for me, calling me, wanting to make me 'eucharist.' In this way, he prepares me for the Eucharist, sets me in motion toward his return."              -pg. 90

Pope Benedict XVI is a truly remarkable man. One can sense in his writings such a passionate love for the Lord, and such humility! It reminds me of how he described his reaction to being elected Pontiff to German Journalist Peter Seewald

"All I was able to say to the Lord was simple: 'What are you doing with me? Now the responsibility is yours. You must lead me! I can't do it. If you wanted me, then you must also help me!'"

How many of us could have that same reaction?

Finally, here's a great video for your troubles. Watch, and be merry!