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An economic system where goods and services are exchanged

By Mike Cunningham On September 19th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

When the true Russian revolution occurred, when the Communists, the Soviets, the KGB and all the repressive machinery of the Russian Empire fell apart, for a few months, a very few months, hope sprang to life in a hundred million minds, a hope which declared, ‘the State does not own us, we are individuals, we do not owe anything to the State!’ I do not need to explain the huge repressive machinery, the KGB, the NKVD, the very Russian Armed forces themselves, all part of the Soviet package which kept the Russian people in slavery-conditions for over fifty years; this all fell apart as the Satellite States, themselves governed as tightly as the Russians, began to flex their own muscles, the urge for freedom which was irreversible, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of East Germany and the inevitable collapse of a whole system which was built on a tissue of lies, backed with guns and tanks.

The freedom did not last long, the the KGB got itself a new name, the Russian Federation became repressive, now controlled after a short space of time by unreconstructed old-school Communists, but now with many more super-wealthy people at the very top, all supporting the nearly-dictator Putin who has so far invaded Georgia, Ossettia and now the Crimea, but at least the idea that the State is the ‘provider’, and therefore the ‘owner’ of people has disappeared.

Travel West a few thousand kilometres, and you end up in the Republic of Ireland, which for many, many decades was run under a similar system to Soviet Russia, but this Government was not of material things, but of the mind and indeed the very soul of all things Irish. I do not write of the Governments imposed by Great Britain, which ended when Partition was declared and the island was split in two; nor do I write of the Government of the Republic of Ireland, which has governed since Independence was declared. I write of the ‘Invisible Government’, which, to all intents and purposes, was the real ‘Government’, I write of the Bishops, of the Parish Priest, whose very word was akin to Law; and of the enormous bureaucracy and wealth of the Catholic Church, which told people what they should read, or write, or even to think and to behave, in and out of wedlock; all according to the traditions and rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Of a ‘Government’ which routinely connived at the issue of passports and travel documents so that small children, the illegitimate sons and daughters of usually illiterate and certainly ill-educated young women who had committed the grave ‘sin’ of having sex outside of marriage, and therefore had borne the very ‘Spawn of Satan’ could be routinely packaged, and sent off to America as they had literally been sold by the convents and homes where they had been born, in false and fake adoptions to ‘good Catholic Families’ in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

they were ‘fallen’, but who defines that fall?

By Mike Cunningham On September 15th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

We read of Hurricane Odile, bearing down on the coast of Mexico’s Baja California, no doubt bringing huge seas, super-strong winds, and all the mayhem which accompanies these, the worst that Nature can throw at the puny efforts of Man; in the space of a few hours bringing the possibility of death and destruction into places where there is usually peaceful sunshine. I write of huge storms, because there is also a programme, to be aired on Wednesday evening on BBC2 which will have, or at least should have, the same effect, that of a tearing and turbulent storm of criticism and debate; on the complacent Catholic Church in the Irish Republic in the decades when they were the Invisible Irish Government, along with the inheritors of an real Irish Government which had, for decades, abdicated its moral responsibility over some of its citizens, and handed them over to a dominant, and domineering, Catholic hierarchy. I refer to the forthcoming TV documentary named Ireland’s Lost Babies, by Martin Sixsmith.

I base my post upon the article in the Sunday Times, (paywalled, so I cannot directly link to it), but the writing, based upon the story behind the successful ‘Philomena’ film, tells us just enough to whet the appetites which, for a long time now, have said that the Paedophile scandals of the Irish Catholic Church, hushed up and ignored for years, was just the beginning of a long expose of the criminal behaviour of many within the very body and soul of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Sixsmith writes of the thousands of babies, torn from the very arms of their mothers, themselves working in virtual slavery conditions to repay their ‘debts’ to the Church and to a negligent ‘Society’: and literally sold, for a ‘donation to the work of the Church’ in America, to ‘good Catholic families’ as adopted children. Because of the Catholic Church’s policy towards the babies’ mothers, which was consistently that they were all ‘fallen women’ because they had committed the mortal sin of having sex outside of marriage, and therefore having no moral character at all, their children were simply the ‘Spawn of Satan’, and should therefore be regarded as just a commodity to be traded. As in the previous exposures of over two hundred thousand British children, literally stolen from their families because the mothers had placed them temporarily in a Care Home run by a reputable Charity, or even a Council home, and exported to Australia, Canada and Rhodesia, where many were treated as little more than the cheapest of cheap labour, and others were treated much worse, not much thought was given to the people who were supposed to be caring for these children.

I have, in the past, written of other abominations committed under the veil of this ‘most Christian Church’, and I also wonder, in having the upbringing I did, with a strong Catholic tradition evident in my own life until I saw the tawdry truth and left the whole belief system behind; whether I was just lucky enough to be living in England, where the power of the Catholic Church had waned some hundreds of years in the past, and we only had the home-grown paedophiles and other criminals to worry about!

Was he just a ‘fruit-and-nutcase': or

By Mike Cunningham On September 6th, 2014 at 9:14 am

was he a Muslim fruit-and-nutcase; or was he just a Muslim being a Muslim, acting to Muslim traditional behaviour.?

Freda Odame, 30, a supermarket worker who lives a few doors from the house where the woman was found beheaded, said she looked out of her window and saw the man wielding a machete with a “crazed look” in his eyes.

She said: “He was waving a huge machete around like a madman. He was shouting stuff. It didn’t make sense, it was like he was speaking in tongues.

“His eyes had a fury in them, lots of anger and hate. He was shouting and screaming, thrashing around.

Discuss!

 

Suffer, little children; when you come unto me!

By Mike Cunningham On January 28th, 2014 at 9:54 am

We, the Sisters of Nazareth, aim to share the love of God through our ministries of care and education and our openness to respond to the needs of the times. Sisters of Nazareth have been supporting and caring for those in need at all stages of life. We do this by living our core values of love, compassion, patience, respect, justice and hospitality.

Young people at Sisters of Nazareth properties in Derry were known by numbers rather than their names, and many were allegedly subjected to humiliation, threats and physical abuse, said Christine Smith QC, senior counsel for the inquiry.

Outlining the nature of the allegations, Smith told the inquiry that as well as making children eat vomit when they were ill, nuns used sticks, straps and kettle flexes to beat their young charges. The nuns removed Christmas presents from some children as punishments, Smith said.

She said those who had given testimony also accused the nuns of locking them in cupboards and threatening to transfer them to an adult mental hospital at Muckamore Abbey. in Co Antrim, if they did not conform.

Rather than sending the children to school, the Sisters of Nazareth sent them out to work on farms or in the home’s laundry, Smith said. She said allegations also included sexual abuse by older children, visiting priests, employees and in one instance a nun.

It could be just an anomaly, it could be all just rumour, and it could be all down to the Sisters not reading their own Mission Statement; but somehow, I tend to believe the poor bastards who were placed in those ‘sanctuaries of love, compassion, patience, respect, justice and hospitality’

 

and it is with you still!

By Mike Cunningham On December 23rd, 2013 at 9:39 am

So, you are a practicing member of the Jedi faith, and as everyone knows, the very thought of being near high-strength adhesives, impact glue and other sticky materials is anathema to your very existence. This is because the ‘Force’ rules everything, and if something refuses to stay put on a wall, or a bookshelf fails, the ruling is that because the ‘Force’ did not allow the shelf to exist, or the mirror to be hung from a bracket stuck to the wall in the first place, they should not continue, or something like that.

Your work, strangely enough, is at Home Depot, Corner Hardware, B&Q, or even Homebase; so in pursuit of your religious rights and freedoms, you state that you will not sell any adhesives whatsoever to any customer.

So should the management be suprised when reading headlines like this?

 

Yet another shameful story

By Mike Cunningham On November 10th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I propose to write seven words in illustration of stories which may well run into the thousands, just seven words; but I am sure you will recognise the outline, and then think upon the people in charge; these people who simply knew, and truly believed, that they knew best. Alongside, of course, the foolish ones who believed that those in charge were just like them, Catholic and Christians.

Catholic.  Unmarried mother.  Betrayal.    Irish.     Silence.   Secrecy

The film Philomena is not one which I have seen, but I reckon I would like to have said “I saw it!”

 

 

YOU GOTTA HAVE NO FAITH…

By David Vance On May 17th, 2013 at 7:30 am

I blame the Churches myself;

One in four people no longer believes in any religion, official analysis of national census returns found yesterday. It revealed Christianity is in decline and Christians are increasingly likely to be older or retired people. Many young people, young men in particular, appear to be rejecting religious belief altogether. Nearly one in three under-25s – 32 per cent – say they do not have a religion.

It wasn’t always like this of course and not ALL religions in the UK are in decline. One is growing massively. (Yes, you can guess it) The turning away from faith is sad to witness but I can understand why. Churches have become bland, anaemic, places that seek to be all things to all men. They are riddled with hypocrisy and faithless clerics who outdo each other to be “modern”. For me faith is not about modernity, but rather eternity.  I walked away from Churches when I decided that they were whited sepulchres. But I could never  walk away from my faith. I am also reminded of the aphorism that when people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything. You see the results of that on  daily basis. I think having faith  – having a religion if you will – is a courageous thing in this secular age. It’s not an easy thing but then again the road to hell is paved with smooth stepping stones.

Impossible?

By Mike Cunningham On February 12th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

apopetoofar

 

If the Ities elected him as Prime Minister about four times, its a comparatively easy election to sway.

h/t to Cranmer for the pix

LEAVING THE WHITED SEPULCHRES

By David Vance On February 9th, 2013 at 10:57 am

Think we will see more and more of this as the Church abandons eternity and embraces modernity.

The minister of an Aberdeen church and its members have become the latest to leave the Church of Scotland in protest at the Kirk allowing the appointment of gay ministers.  Gilcomston South’s minister Reverend Dominic Smart and its membership of more than 300 have been discussing the issue for some time. The Church of Scotland said it was sorry and saddened by the decision.

The congregation took issue with the General Assembly approving the appointment of the openly gay minister Scott Rennie to Queen’s Cross church in Aberdeen in 2009. Revered Smart said: “Our decision to leave was the culmination of careful study, sincere discussion and prayer over the past four years. “We have weighed up many different options and believe the decision we have reached has the most integrity. “We are looking forward to the first chapter in the life of our new generation”

Undoubtedly this is the right thing to do. The gayification of the modern Church is an inevitable consequence of its failure to appreciate that following latter day opinion polls are no basis for the tenets of Biblical faith.

WHITED SEPULCHRES

By David Vance On January 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am

Say what you want about the Church of England but when it comes to persecuting those within it who dare to espouse traditional teachings, well, God help you;

“The chairman of the Church of England’s House of Laity is facing a vote of no confidence. A bid to oust Dr Philip Giddings from his post was launched after women failed to win the right to become bishops at the General Synod in November – a measure he had spoken against. The legislation failed in the House of Laity, one of three houses which makes up the Synod, by just six votes.

So, when the liberal wing of Anglicanism fails to gets it way, it has a hissy fit!

Canon Stephen Barney is moving the vote of no confidence in Dr Giddings during the House of Laity meeting in Church House, Westminster.  Setting out the reasons he has no confidence in the chairman, Canon Barney cited the speech Dr Giddings made before the crucial vote. He said the speech had convinced many undecided members of the House of Laity to vote against the legislation to introduce female bishops. Bit it did not represent the views of the House of Bishops as a whole and also directly contradicted the views of incoming Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

The horror of a Bishop such as Dr Giddings actually speaking up for what he BELIEVES IN and ..wow ..”convincing” people to oppose liberal shills like Barney is too much to take! This petulance shows just how twisted and intolerant the liberal wing of the COE has become.