VIACOM – Via Contempt

May 27, 2005


Mother Teresa was a living saint during her earthly travail. I have always believed that no one would contradict that statement and that even non-believers would honor her service to the unclean poor of the streets in Calcutta. Just a year after her death, the Catholic Church began the process of beatification, overriding their usual five-year waiting period following the death of a candidate for sainthood. However, the giant media corporation VIACOM, is traveling the “Via Contempt” when portraying Christian saints and the Catholic religion. (Cartoon from http://www.cartoonistgroup.com)

Today, I am totally shocked to read of the profane charges against such a saintly women and her acolytes, under the sponsorship of an American corporation, VIACOM. According to yesterday’s Catholic News Agency, the Catholic League

“is leading a charge, railing against the company, and their subsidiary, Showtime, for airing a program which they call ‘a full frontal assault’ on the late Mother Teresa and the Catholic Church. The program, ‘Holier than thou’, starring magician entertainers Penn and Teller, paints Mother Teresa and her Sisters of Charity as ‘cruel, exploitative, self-serving nun[s] who ripped off the poor’.

Here is the Press Release from the Catholic League. I cannot write, nor repeat the vulgar, blasphemous, and supposedly humorous comments about her that were aired on VIACOM’s television show, “Showtime”, however you may read the horrid details at The Anchoress.

At the web site of the Columbia Journalism Review is a listing of all the companies that are owned by VIACOM:

“One of the largest global media empires, Viacom has a financial interest in broadcast and cable television, radio, Internet, book publishing, and film production and distribution. Some of this vertically integrated conglomerate’s highly recognizable properties include the CBS network, MTV, Infinity broadcasting, Simon & Schuster, Blockbuster and Paramount Pictures. With such a diverse portfolio of properties, Viacom is one of the most profitable media giants as CBS is a top draw for older viewers while MTV remains the most popular teen orientated media outlet.”

VIACOM itself has a web site too, but don’t bother searching there for anything about Mother Teresa, as to them she seems not to have ever existed. I cannot help but wonder if VIACOM’s “Showtime” is broadcast in Italy. If it is, will they be brought up on charges of defamation against religion, as was author Oriana Fallaci, when she wrote negatively about Islam in her latest book? In Italy, “a preliminary judge in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, Armando Grasso, … said Fallaci should be indicted” for “inciting religious hatred” and “defaming Islam“. Would defaming Christianity or Catholicism be considered a crime also? Somehow, I doubt it.

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‘Early-Death Incentives’

May 27, 2005

are part of the new planned Social Security System overhaul proposed by the Democrats, according to The Onion. This would be funny, if it were not true, and it is just one more reason why we need the Democrats to stay with their game plan of saving the old folks by “doing nothing”. Who really enjoys those last few years, anyway?” asked 76-year-old Herman Norquist of Mesa, AZ, one of millions of seniors who have already signed up for the plan known as “EDIP”. “Better to enjoy five terrific, high-yield years of life than 15 low-yield ones.

“WASHINGTON, DC—Overwhelmed by a dearth of funds and a glut of recipients, the Social Security Administration unveiled a new ‘Early-Death Incentives Plan’ Monday. Under the terms of the program, senior citizens willing to sacrifice additional years of life will be eligible for larger payouts.

‘As the Baby Boomers approach retirement age and U.S. life-expectancy continues to rise, we are forced to distribute Social Security funds to an ever-widening pool of recipients,’ said Social Security Administration commissioner Kenneth S. Apfel, announcing the radical reform program. ‘But with Early-Death Incentives, rather than force millions of retirees to eke out a meager subsistence on a small stipend for years, we can offer them a few years of high living, followed by guaranteed, permanent relief from being a burden on the American taxpayer.'”

Under the Early-Death Incentives Plan, retirees can double their monthly Social Security payouts by signing an agreement to perish within five years, or quadruple their payouts by dying within three. Those eligible can also opt for a six-month Accelerated Mortality Program, which pays $4,000 a month over a half-year period, provided the person ceases living at the conclusion of the agreed-upon term.

“A senior citizen who is receiving $300 dollars a month under the current Social Security system can barely get by,” Apfel said. “But with EDIP, that same senior can substantially increase his or her quality of life simply by signing on for a slightly shortened term of existence. This will make it possible for recipients to eat out several times a week, purchase a nice, large TV to keep them company in their final days, and, at the end of the designated period, take a nice relaxing trip to anywhere in the world to die.”

The true story of Social Security, and More Truth on Social Security


You Have A Life –

May 27, 2005

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As anyone who has ever had one can tell you, the experience of running a popular blog/online journal is a double-edged sword. In the cutthroat world of online writing, every blogger is only as good as his last update.

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Do you really think most of the halfwit ‘celebrities’ who contribute to my blog even know how to write a complete sentence? So really, it’s not like anyone noticed when I switched to AutoBlogger anyway.

And then there is Dave Barry who testifies:

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I switched the day I discontinued my column to “write a children’s book.” I only set AutoBlogger to post about 372 times a day so you all would think I’m working instead of bumming around the Bahamas.


Deany Did the Deal

May 26, 2005

Yes – Yes – Yes, The Deany did it! According to The Museum of Left Wing Lunacy, Howard Dean, Chairman of the DNC, sent out the following e-mail today:

“We saw this week what we can do when we organize. Millions of Americans persuaded seven Republican Senators to abandon their leadership’s drive for one-party rule. They joined Democrats to do what was right and protect check and balances.

Right-wing demagogues had declared their intention to win this fight at all costs — this loss will loosen the death grip the right-wing has on the Republican Party.

We did this with organization — with our petitions, phone calls and events. Most importantly, we reached out to each other and to people in our communities and mobilized them, too.”

There you have it folks. The seven Senate RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) clomp-clomp to the tune of Dr. Dizzy Dean and his Deaniacs. Suzy Bird has a picture of the the “Insignificant Seven”, with a caption that reads “They Folded Like a Cheap Card Table”. You will see Big John McCain leading the pack. The Seven RINOs were: Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island; the lady senators from Maine –Susan Collins; and Olympia Snowe; two senators from the South – John Warner, Virginia; Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; the Great One, Big John McCain, of Arizona; and Little Mike Dewine, The Insignificant, of Ohio. These seven heroes threw themselves on the Big Bomb, and saved the rest of us all from the “nuclear option” and certain destruction, while gathering effusive praise from Dr. Dean and the Dems. Purple Hearts to the wounded and Medals of Honor to the living dead.

ScrappleFace reported yesterday:

New McCain Deal Protects Democrat Electoral Rights, by Scott Ott
“(2005-05-25) — Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, who earlier this week brokered a deal over judicial nominees to protect the rights of Democrats in the Senate, today announced a compromise with DNC Chairman Howard Dean which would effectively give Democrats the White House for three of the next five presidential terms.”


Defaming Islam

May 26, 2005

Many of us recall the 1973 Broadway musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar“, which shocked many Christians. All of us are old enough to remember 1988, when Muslim author Salman Rushdie published a novel about immigrants, “The Satanic Verses”, which resulted in book burnings and killings world wide. In the late 1990s, Andres Serrano created the artwork, “Piss Christ”, which was extremely blasphemous to Christians, considering that its exhibition had involved government funding and approval. Today, if you drive through Rutherford, North Carolina, you may see displayed upon one of those ubiquitous trailer signs in front of a country church, “The Koran Needs to be Flushed”. Meanwhile, in Italy, another author has been brought up on charges for her recent book which defames Islam as being a religion of hatred and slavery, not love and freedom. Is it not time that Muslims who have chosen via immigration to live in free democratic societies, learn to accept freedom of speech for all? Or is that contrary to the teachings of the Koran? And speaking of the Koran, my understanding is that “The Holy Book of Islam” only exists when written in Arabic, where it is entitled “al-qur’anu l-karîm“. If that is correct, then why should “flushing a Koran” be a killing offense at all?

Fallaci charged in Italy with defaming Islam:
“ROME (Reuters) – A judge has ordered best-selling writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci to stand trial in her native Italy on charges she defamed Islam in a recent book.

The decision angered Italy’s justice minister but delighted Muslim activists, who accused Fallaci of inciting religious hatred in her 2004 work ‘La Forza della Ragione’ (The Force of Reason). Fallaci lives in New York and has regularly provoked the wrath of Muslims with her outspoken criticism of Islam following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. cities.

In ‘La Forza della Ragione,’ Fallaci wrote that terrorists had killed 6,000 people over the past 20 years in the name of the Koran and said the Islamic faith ‘sows hatred in the place of love and slavery in the place of freedom.’

State prosecutors originally dismissed accusations of defamation from an Italian Muslim organization, and said Fallaci should not stand trial because she was merely exercising her right to freedom of speech. But a preliminary judge in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, Armando Grasso, rejected the prosecutors advice at a hearing on Tuesday and said Fallaci should be indicted.”

From North Carolina comes this sign posted in front of Danieltown Baptist Church, which has sparked debate in Rutherford County about religious tolerance. The Looney Left has the video (Quicktime Video 6.35MB) from Keith Olberman’s show, with the usual outrageous comments such as: “creaton! too perfect. don’t worry, he does not represent mainstream america. they have to go to the freaky south to dig up these yokels. this **** is what will destroy the religious right. keep it coming.” (Posted by pablo at OneGoodMove). You will have to ask Pablo what is a “creaton”, as here in the South, we yokels don’t know nothin’ much about good English.

Church sign sparks debate

By JOSH HUMPHRIES Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — A sign in front of a Baptist church on one of the most traveled highways in the county stirred controversy over religious tolerance and first-amendment rights this weekend.

A sign in front of Danieltown Baptist Church, located at 2361 U.S. 221 south reads “The Koran needs to be flushed,” and the Rev. Creighton Lovelace, pastor of the church, is not apologizing for the display.

Seema Riley, a Muslim, who was born in Pakistan and reared in New York, was one of those upset by the sign. She moved to Rutherford County for the “small town friendly” atmosphere, she said. When she saw the sign on the side of the highway Saturday she felt angered and threatened. “We need a certain degree of tolerance,” said Riley. “That sign doesn’t really reflect what I think this county is about.”

She said that according to Islamic faith, a follower does not even touch the Koran without going through a ritual cleansing. Muslims believe the physical book to be a sacred item that is treated with respect and reverence, much like the image of Jesus in Christianity, according to a report on National Public Radio.

“For someone to put that sign up — the person just didn’t understand — didn’t take into consideration what putting up that sign means,” said Riley. “I don’t think it should be posted on a sign in public viewing on the highway to create a hostile environment for me.”

To those newcomers who are uncomfortable living in free societies, and consider the environment to be too hostile, we have an old saying in America: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”


McCNN – New News Network

May 24, 2005

I have often wondered how it is that Arizona’s Senator McCain manages to get any Senate work done, because of his repeated appearances on television. Jerhad!com agrees with me and are reporting:

McCain Launching Cable News Network
“WASHINGTON, DC — Senator John McCain announced plans to start his own cable news network today in order to get more time in front of a camera. Frustrated that he can only get the main news networks to interview him for a few hours each day, McCain has plans to launch the McCain News Network (McCNN).”

“It’s important that I am on television as much as possible,” said McCain. “I’m not very popular with the majority of Republicans, but being on television all of the time gives the impression that I’m very popular. And that’s why I do this senate thing. To get on television. Now people can tune in 24-hours a day to see me strutting my stuff and undermining the GOP to get more attention. I’m a genius.”


Holy Book of Islam

May 17, 2005

The holy book of Islam is al-qur’anu l-karîm. That is the Arabic word for what is commonly written as ‘Koran’, ‘Quran’, or ‘Qur’an’ in English. Apparently, for some unknown reason, only the latter is the correct English translation.

The University of Virginia refers on-line to al-qur’anu l-karîm, as the Koran and has turned it into an electronic version: The Koran at the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia. The University of Michigan also has an electronic version of the Koran which is searchable at its website.

The University of Southern California has three translations of the Qur’an at its website, where they note: “any translation of the Qur’an immediately ceases to be the literal word of Allah, and hence cannot be equated with the Qur’an in its original Arabic form. In fact, each of the translations on this site is actually an interpretation which has been translated. The first-time reader is strongly advised to read the introduction to the translations we have made available. Corrections and suggestions are appreciated.

Catholic Encylopedia has a synopsis of the “Koran”, from a Roman Catholic viewpoint of course, which is described as; “The sacred book of the Muslims, by whom it is regarded as the revelation of God. Supplemented by the so-called Hadith, or traditions, it is the foundation of Islam and the final authority in dogma and belief, in jurisprudence, worship, ethics, and in social, family, and individual conduct.

There is a site called Holy Quran Resource Group which has information on the Quran.

Scott Ott at Scrapple Face has an interesting post on the various names used for the Holy Book of Islam. Actually, I think he hits the nail on the head.

“Muslims Riot Over Spelling of ‘Koran’ in U.S. Media” by Scott Ott, (2005-05-17)
— As many as 25 people died and dozens more were injured during riots in Afghanistan today which
erupted over what one Muslim cleric called “the U.S. media’s desecration-by-mispelling” of the name of Islam’s most holy book.Indeed, American editors have failed to reach consensus on how to render the holy book’s name. Some spell it with a ‘K’ others with a ‘Q’ and — perhaps most offensive to Muslim sensibilities — some insert a meaningless apostrophe in the middle of the word.