Financial Meltdown Started Here

This is a stunning C-Span video on a massive cover-up of the financial crisis. Please pass it on –we MUST help Americans see what is at stake in this election.

Understanding the Crisis on Wall Street

This is a video that is worth its 9 minutes.   This storm has been brewing for 12 years–guess who is behind it??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5tZc8oH–o&eurl=http://

Triumph of the Cross

I’m in Sacramento for a conference, please forgive the  light blogging.

But do visit the newly uploaded    http://maryjoanderson.net for quotes and resources on Catholics and the election of 2008.

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September 14th was the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.  Someday I hope to be back in Oviedo Spain for this feast.  In the cathedral of San Salvador there reposes the most astounding relic of The Crucifixion, the Sudarium of Christ. This is the “other cloth” that St. John’s gospel describes, distinct from the Shroud.  Pope John Paul II held this relic and declared it authentic. On the 14th of September the canons of San Salvador remove the Sudarium and use it to bless the people.This blessing is repeated on Good Friday. Only twice a year the precious relic is exposed to air.

More on the Sudarium here

A day’s drive to the east along Spain’s Atlantic, Catabrian coast one can descend into a valley to visit what is believed to be the largest piece of the True Cross outside of the Vatican.   There, in the spectaular Picos de Europa, the secluded monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana, gaurds a segment of Christ’s cross. It has been protected here since before the invasion of the Moors.

When I visited  Santo Toribio Ipurchased a large number of prints from the eighth century apocalyptic visions of  the monk, Beatus.

In the VIII century, Beatus, abbot of Liébana and Visigoth bishop, wrote a dark and striking commentary on the Apocalypse, inspired by fear of the coming millennium. This text became a bestseller, copied by numerous artists and amanuenses over the following two centuries. Thus the Beati were born and continued over the millennium to become the iconographic source for the most important Romanesque marble and for the builders of great cathedrals.


If you speak Spanish this video will amaze you


Obama and Marxism

My newest article at Inside Catholic.com explores Obama’s Marxist formation. There is a bit of a food fight in progress over there–feel free to join the fun.

Doubtless you’ve all heard radio talking heads mention–with deserved derision–Obama’s claim to fame as a “community organizer.” What excactly is that? What IS a “community organizer”?

The phrase is a euphemism for “agitator for change”, in short, Obama’s modus operandi. The model is from Marxist Saul Alinsky, author of the twin scourges, Rules for Radicals and Reveille for Radicals. Organizers schooled in the Alinsky method –and Obama was (as well as many other leftists like Hillary Clinton whose dissertation was on Alinsky) –seek out the poor, the lower income workers and exploit their anxieties and resentments. What the “organizer” does is to package their various grievances so that these groups hurdle their usual suspicions of each other in order to unite as a force that city /State officials “must ” deal with. You know a better word for this–extortion.

The bottom line is that the agitator goes to the city council with the angry mob at his left hand and “suggests” that the city knuckle under to the demands of the newly organized group. When the city capitulates, the “organizer” returns to his mob and announces his victory on their behalf.

He is hailed as a savior. His power grows. The city now courts his favor because the organizer is the key to keeping these fomenting factions contained.  And, often as not, the organizer does push the city into doing some things that were needed. But that true motivation is to gain political power for the agitator, to curry favors and funds and to gather strength to push for even greater “change.” The “change” is rarely moral or healthy in the long run. It is cosmetic. It looks good until the fruit ripens and rotten pit is exposed.

Exhibit A is the horror of South Chicago where Obama’s cronies (Resko) bilked the city of millions for “public housing.” Housing so shabby that it was condemned in less than 15 years as uninhabitable. But Obama and company lined their own pockets with cash and power. The poor had a “victory” courtesy of Obama for three or four years…until the roofs leaked and the doors warped and the plumbing rusted.

Today the poor of South Chicago are still poor, and poorly housed. But Obama, following the Alinsky model he applied so astutely, is hailed as a redeemer, a power-broker for the poor. Who was served? The poor or a Marxist politician with dreams changing America into a nation of  unified– that is– “organized” serfs?

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