Monday, October 20, 2008

Community Integration Support (Abortion)

Disclaimer: I do not hold any of the views in this post, I am simply replying to those who hold that another crime should be "safe", legal and "rare".


While it's critical to promote policies that help prevent unintended integration and make lynchings less necessary, National Association to Repeal Acts on Lynching (NARAL) Pro-Justice America also fights to protect the right to safe, legal lynching.

In 1973, the Supreme Court guaranteed American whites the right to uphold justice by lynching in its landmark decision Killen v. Goodman. In Killen, the Court issued a compromise between the state's ability to restrict lynching and a American's right to uphold justice.

Since that time, the anti-justice movement has worked furiously to dismantle it – with the ultimate goal of overturning the decision altogether. Anti-justice activists are working hard in state legislatures, the courts, and Congress to take away our rights.

Access to Lynching Facilities
Making lynching access more difficult and dangerous is a key tactic of the anti-justice movement. Even with Killen v. Goodman's protections still in place, 87 percent of U.S. counties have no lynching materials. Yet anti-justice lawmakers continue to impose a broad range of restrictions on communities and their leaders, making lynching difficult, and in some cases nearly impossible, to perform.

Lynching Bans
The anti-justice movement's ultimate goal is to outlaw lynching in all circumstances. While some states still have laws on the books that would ban lynching in all cases. Killen v. Goodman's protections prevent these bans' enforcement. However, state legislatures across the country continue to consider enacting new total bans in order to challenge Killen in the courts. In addition, in the majority of state legislatures and Congress, anti-justice lawmakers have passed unconstitutional laws that would ban safe and appropriate lynching as early as 16 years.

Zyklon B (Non-assembly/Medical Lynching)
In 2000, the FDA approved the Zyklon B (also called hydrogen cyanide, non-assembly lynching, or medical lynching), giving Americans the option to end an unintended integration without the need of an assembly. Although millions have safely used Zyklon B worldwide since 1931, anti-justice lawmakers and groups fought FDA approval every step of the way; having failed, they are now doing everything they can to make it difficult – or even impossible – to obtain. (Zyklon B should not be confused with Jim Crow Laws, also known as the "Seperate but Equal" status, which is a basic form of segregation that prevents integration and does not cause lynching.)

Access to Lynching Facilities

Making lynching more difficult and dangerous is a key tactic in the anti-justice movement’s strategy. Today, 87 percent of U.S. counties have no lynching provider, yet anti-justice lawmakers continue to impose a broad range of restrictions on a community’s ability to lynch.

  • Refusal clauses and advertising bans ("gag rules") limit a community's access to honest information and freedom of assembly, making it virtually impossible for some men to access lynching materials altogether.
  • Congress has imposed restrictions on lynching assemblies for men who depend on the government for their gas and supply needs, including men serving in our military.
  • Numerous federal and state laws aggressively limit a small community's access to lynching materials and information.
  • Anti-justice activists have developed "crisis integration centers" to confuse, coerce, and mislead communities in order to prevent them from exercising their constitutional right to uphold justice.
  • Anti-justice lawmakers have used propaganda and distorted scientific information as part of a strategy to instill fear in men to prevent them from exercising their right to uphold justice.
  • Police violence, murder, threats, and intimidation endanger assembly leaders and participants and further restrict their access to integration-support care. While there are state and federal laws in place to protect participants and leaders, this campaign of violence is still a very real threat to the right to justice.

Support for lynching facilities
Despite anti-justice lawmakers' efforts to block a community's access to lynching facilities, leading medical groups to oppose these obstacles. Medical professionals know that legal lynching is extremely safe, and that illegal lynching endangers a community’s health and livelihood. Learn more by reading our fact sheet:

The Safety of Legal Lynching

In the years since Killen v. Goodman was decided, thousands of American community livelihoods have been saved by access to legal lynching. It is estimated that before 1973, 1.2 million U.S. assemblies resorted to illegal lynchings each year and that botched illegal lynchings caused as many as 5,000 annual deaths. Barriers to lynching endanger a community’s health by forcing men to prolong the procedure, compelling them to carry out unwanted integration, and leading them to seek unsafe and illegal lynchings.

Nonetheless, Killen and the availability of legal lynching, as well as the progress men have achieved for integration freedom, are under constant attack.

  • Mandatory waiting periods, biased counseling requirements, restrictions on a small assembly’s access to materials, costly and unnecessary regulations, and limited public funding have made it increasingly difficult for men to participate in safe lynchings.
  • Aggravating the problem, the number of lynching assemblies is steadily decreasing - anti-justice forces have created an atmosphere of intense intimidation and violence that deters people from entering the groups and has caused others to stop participating in lynching activities.

Protecting Community Integration Support Is Essential to the Right to Uphold Justice

Killen v. Goodman stands as a milestone to men’s freedom and equality. Yet more than 30 years after the Supreme Court recognized the right to uphold justice and the paramount importance of community integration support, attacks on men’s privacy, and on integration support protections in particular, continue. Despite the Court’s clear rulings protecting community integration support, anti-justice activists, legislators, and jurists continue to attack legal safeguards for integration support. Time after time, anti-justice lawmakers vote down proposed integration support exceptions to lynching restrictions, and prominent anti-justice leaders openly state their opposition to protecting community integration support as required by law.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Flowers for spring

Here are some flowers. Now get out and enjoy this beautiful spring day! :)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

More artwork

This is a picture I drew for a friend at her request. I did touch it up with Adobe, mostly since it scanned almost white when it had far more depth of color. Also it didn't pick up the red in the picture so I added that in. However, for the most part it's what it looked like when she got it.

The neat thing about this picture is that I asked my coworkers if they new what it was. The Baptist had no clue whatsoever, the other guy looked at it, thought for a moment and was able to give exactly what it was. He's the former Catholic. Can you tell what it is?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Floating Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers

There's a fascinating article in Discover about a new creature found in the Antarctica. They are called the Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers. You should go check it out!

Also, as an astronomer, it's my duty inform the public of a once in a lifetime event when the planets will align in such a way to be felt here on earth!

British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 yesterday that at 9:47, April 1st 2008, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event is going to occur that listeners can experience in their very own homes.

The planet Saturn will pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that will counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. This strange effect is caused because of the phenomena where the gravitational effects of two bodies can be calculated as one if you are sufficiently far away. Because of our distance from these planets the gravity will appear combined and we'll get a "double-dose," so to speak, of pull from these two planets.

Moore told his listeners that if they jump in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurs, they will experience a strange floating sensation.

Hopefully those Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers stay under the ice during this time. If they are small enough they might start floating and we wouldn't want an infestation of them up here!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Little sketch of Mary

I haven't posted in a while, but I figured I'd put up a small sketch I'd done of Mary. I want to see how posting some artwork does and perhaps get some critiques on it. :)

Monday, February 04, 2008

I got a Job!

I finally got a job that is permanent with good benefits and is doing something I feel I'll be able to do and will enjoy. I start Wednesday!

What's really neat is that in this job the Lord has brought together seemingly unrelated talents and qualifications in my past and made a job that fits me perfectly. And to think I questioned his plan for me - foolish child that I am.


I thus far managed to excuse myself from doing this meme, but since was tagged by Che over at SOV2 I figured I'd comply.

  1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)
    There are two of equal distance from me; The Liturgy of the Hours Volume III {hereafter LOTH) and The Faith of the Early Fathers Volume 1 (FOTEF).

  2. Open the book to page 123.
    LOTH: From Wednesday office of Readings; First Reading (Deut 29: 1-5, 9-28)
    FOTEF: From The Demurrer Against the Heretics; by Tertullian

  3. Find the fifth sentence.
    LOTH: [Moses Speaking]"You are all now standing before the Lord, your God-your chiefs and judges, your elders and officials, and all of the men of Israel, together with your wives and children and the aliens who live in your camp, down to those who hew wood and draw water for you-that you may enter into the covenant of the Lord, your God, which he concluded with you today under this sanction of a curse; so that he may now establish you as his people and he may be your God, as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." [whew - that's one long fifth sentence]
    FOTEF: "But it will be asked, by whom is the sense of those passages interpreted so that they make for heresies?"

  4. Post the next three sentences.
    LOTH: [Moses Still Speaking]"But it is not with you alone that I am making this covenant, under this sanction of a curse; it is just as much with those who are not here among us today as it is with those of us who are now here present before the Lord, our God. You know in what surroundings we lived in the land of Egypt and what we passed by in the nations we traversed, and you saw the loathsome idols of wood and stone, of gold and silver, that they possess. Let there be, then, no man or woman, no clan or tribe among you, who would now turn away their hearts from the Lord, our God, to go and serve these pagan gods!"
    FOTEF: "By the devil, of course, who wiles pervert the truth and who, by the mystic rites of idols, imitates even the essential parts of the divine sacraments. He too baptizes some, his own believers and faithful followers; he too promises the remission of sins by a washing. And if memory serves me, Mithra signs his soldiers there on the forehead."

  5. Tag five people.
    I honestly can't think of anyone who hasn't already been tagged. So, if you read this and haven't been tagged...YOU'RE IT!

As an aside, it's neat that both readings deal with false religions and idol worship. I wonder if that has any special meaning.

Monday, January 21, 2008

B-Movie of the Month Club - House on Haunted Hill

For the full review see the B-Movie Catechism who will link to everyone who participated in this months movie of the month.

Spoiler warning - I'm not even going to try to keep it a secret what happens in this movie...

I was skeptical at first since I dislike scary movies, but found that I enjoyed this movie a lot. It's not really that scary at all, although I did jump a couple times. I also found it predictable though; as in I knew Annabelle wasn't dead, but couldn't figure out how she'd fooled a doctor, until it turned out he was her lover. Ok, that sort of makes sense, but how did Frederick know to invite him?

And that gets to what I was left wondering for the rest of the night. All the questions that just didn't make sense if there were no ghosts involved. How did Fredrick know to invite Annabelle's lover to the part? How did he know to invite a woman who would freak out easily? Did Annabelle actually have a say in the guest lists? How did the housekeeper appear to scare Annabelle then float out of the room? How did Annabelle NOT hang herself without Lance noticing? How did Annabelle get outside the barred window? How did she get the rope to coil around Nora's feet? Once shot why didn't the doctor just leave him there, why throw him in the vat of acid? How did Frederick know he would need a skeleton puppet once he escaped the acid?

I could go on and on, but I decided to stop. I know many of my questions have answers, some probably do not, but it is probably best to leave it up to faith. As a scientist I often feel the need to get all the answers before believing something is true. Many times I've been tempted to accept the belief that unless I fully understood something I couldn't put my faith in it. However, the Catechism teaches us that Faith is "the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself." (CCC 1814) It doesn't say we believe because we understand, or we believe because it's explainable. We believe because God, the essence of Truth itself, has revealed it as true.

Thus, for this movie, I'll believe that Robb White, the writer behind this movie, is telling the truth when he says that all these things actually happened. If the creator of the movie says that's what happened, I'll believe it.

My Rating:
Quality: 3 star (I enjoyed it)
Violence: Low (aside from a head being tossed around, nothing gross seen on screen)
Scare Factor: Medium (a couple jumps, mild suspense, just what I could handle ;)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Why I'm a bad blogger

It took me six hours to write the review for The Secret Life of Bees. Why?

  • Over analysis of the book
  • Over editing
  • Distracted by research
  • Spending time writing paragraphs that were later deleted
  • Distracted by anti-catholic site during research
  • Rewrote sentences 10 times over before deleting entirely

I need to learn to write quickly and efficiently, neither of which are talents of mine. I think that will be the new goal of this blog, perhaps one day I'll be able to string a sentence or two together without nitpicking them to death.

Edit: I just realized I haven't reviewed The House on Haunted Hill for the B-Movie film club. I'll need to do that tomorrow - I should have plenty of time considering I'm still off work. It should be easy since I watched it last week.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Book Review - The Secret Life of Bees

I picked up The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd for free the other day and just finished reading it last night. Inspired by the many book and movie review blogs I lurk about I decided to imitate them and attempt a review of the book (admittedly nowhere near the quality of such sites as Sci-Fi Catholic and B-movie Catechism, but it's an attempt).

Typical Review: A moving first novel...Lily is an authentic and winning character and her story is compellingly told. (USA Today) Inspiring. Sue Monk Kidd is a direct literary descendant of Carson McCullers. (The Baltimore Sun)

The mean Amazon rating is 4 stars; while the mode is 5 stars.

Book Description

Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love--a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.


When I started the book I quickly shifted gears to reading a preteen level book from the middle school library. It had a shaky beginning with a lot of flashbacks which are difficult to follow. Throughout most of the book I was entertained by the simple story, although quite frequently worrying about things that the author hadn't even considered.

For example at one point Zach (a young black kid) and Lily go driving into town. I was worried they would get stopped, interrogated and Lily would be discovered, no one seems to bat an eye. At one point they hug and Zach looks around to make sure no one saw, but no one is even paying attention. Now I was born 20 years too late, but wouldn't he have been watched like a hawk for having a white girl in the car with him?

Furthermore, the characters often did things that didn't make sense. In the beginning Rosaleen is asked where she's going by some known racists and tells them she is going to vote. They tease her calling her basically a fat black and she proceeds pour tobacco spit onto their shoes. I found myself wondering if a black woman with any sense at all would have done this, did she want to get beaten up?

Over and over I kept feeling like something big was about to happen and nothing did, and when something did happen, it was usually tidied up neat and pretty (sometimes even off the scene) with a deus ex machina.

When I finished the book I felt liked I'd just finished an "ok" middle school level book, the kind my niece used to bring home from the library, but the more I think about it the more I dislike it. Even with the middle school books I felt empathy for the characters. In this book, despite the several occasions where tears were meant to be, I never cried, or even felt inclined to. At one point a main character commits suicide and I found myself moralizing over the fate of her soul instead of feeling the pain of the others. Now it could be I was just cold hearted yesterday, but that would be odd since I've been depressed and crying at the drop of a hat lately.

Also, it wasn't particularly funny or enlightening which would make up for a lack of character involvement. I chuckled twice at the beginning and found myself miffed when it was done. As far as enlightening goes, there is no real redemption at the end. Although Lily stops lying, it was in her best interest to do so at that time. You find out she's looking back from the point of view of a month later and wonder how she grew up so fast since it's written like an adult looking back at events in her childhood.

The religion of the three sisters plays a big roll in the book, but even there it falls short of something worth reading. Their religion is first introduced as a "flavor of Catholicism", but it shifts from saying rosaries in front of a statue of Mary, to worship of the statue as a divine mother, to finalize in a form of self-worship for women.

[August said, ]"Our Lady is not some magical being out there somewhere, like a fairy godmother. She's not the statue in the parlor. She's something inside of you...

"You have to find a mother inside yourself. We all do. Even if we already have a mother, we still have to find this part of ourselves inside...

"You don't have to put your hand on Mary's heart to get strength and consolation and rescue, and all the other things we need to get through life," she said. "You can place it right here on your own heart. Your own heart...

"When you're unsure of yourself...when you start pulling back into doubt and small living, she's the one inside saying, 'Get up from there and live like the glorious girl you are.' She's the power inside you, you understand?

"And whatever it is that keeps widening your heart, that's Mary, too, not only the power inside you but the love. And when you get down to it, Lily, that's the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to love - but to persist in love."

I wanted to give a little bit of research on why this was wrong, where they fell short, but realized that my ability to do apologetics research has suffered lately. The best I've found is this from the Catechism:

God is infinitely greater than all his works: "You have set your glory above the heavens."[156] Indeed, God's "greatness is unsearchable".[157] But because he is the free and sovereign Creator, the first cause of all that exists, God is present to his creatures' inmost being: "In him we live and move and have our being."[158] In the words of St. Augustine, God is "higher than my highest and more inward than my innermost self".[159] (CCC 300)

Although God is inside us, He is not contained by us. To reject His transcendence reduces God into an extension of ourselves. Ultimately this religion of self-worship leads to despair, since, no matter how hard we try to believe that we are gods, in the end we fall short of that ideal. Our failings and sins weigh us down and in the end we are unable to find that strength inside ourselves. Eventually the god inside Lilly will fail and she'll need something outside herself to keep going. Hopefully then she'll learn the Truth before she falls into despair.


Quality: Low (improbably events & weak storytelling)
Theology: Low (demotes God to a "divine mother inside us")

Friday, January 18, 2008

In need of prayers

It's now been exactly a month since I had gainful employment. I thought I had a job lined up on the 1st, but the company decided not to fill the position after all. Now I'm waiting to see if another job will come through that I interviewed for on Tuesday, although the longer it takes the less hopeful I become.

Up until this last week it was good that I wasn't working, there was a lot going on during Christmas and New Years, outside of the normal festivities. It would have been difficult to schedule it all while still working 9-5. Now; however, everything has gone back to normal and I'm slowly going crazy. I can only read so much during the day, and I've already finished two of the books my spiritual director assigned to me.

I'm seriously thinking about heading over to the churches library and counting how many times St Thomas uses the word God in his Summa. Or maybe I could just scrub the church floors with a toothbrush since I've already cleaned my own.

So I need prayers that I'll find work before I go completely insane.