Religious and Political Syncretism

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Who can blame Evo Morales, the commie leader of Bolivia, for mistakenly believing that the Pope would relish a crucifix in the shape of a communist hammer and sickle? Perhaps a dried llama fetus would have been better appreciated, so that the Pope could have made a Bolivian-style sacrifice to “Mother Earth” (aka Pachamama).

Update: Francis likes it, despite his apparent puzzlement.

The official Bolivian “explanation” for the symbolism of this bizarre crucifix was worthy of Obama!

Bolivia’s communications minister, Marianela Paco, told Bolivian radio: “The sickle evokes the peasant, the hammer the carpenter, representing humble workers, God’s people,” adding there was “no other” motive behind the gift.

Maybe Bernie Sanders would appreciate this gift more than the Pope apparently did.

Turn that design into pins and pendants, and Bernie could raise a lot of money at his presidential campaign rallies.

Finally, a symbol of Christianity that the newly-religious progressives can embrace. 

That is, unless they’ve already discovered the “Rainbow Crucifix” or  the “Rainbow Madonna”.

One wonders if such offensive symbols would be forbidden in national cemeteries. Progressives really should be careful what they wish for.

Speaking of the Pope, he recently lectured the world about global warming and the need for a global authority to combat it. (Which would be what? World-wide communism?)

Pope Francis wrote (correction: Obama’s minions wrote for him, h/t cynic):

Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it,” he wrote in the draft. “Numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity.”

Hmm. We all know that CO2 is blamed for global “climate change” and that among the biggest sources of CO2 is the burning of fossil fuels. You know, like jet fuel.

Currently Pope Francis is on a 3-country junket to South America. The Pope, as you know, resides in Rome, Italy.

Rome to South America. There and back again is, roughly speaking, about 12,500 miles. Without doing a big scientific study, we can say with some certainty that the Pope’s round trip flight will release a hell of a lot of CO2 into the atmosphere.

There are many carbon footprint models out there for calculating the approximate amount of CO2 for which Pope Francis’s trip is responsible. He usually flies Alitalia internationally, but he goes on a dedicated plane. One model deduces that a typical plane generates 53.3 pounds of CO2 per mile flown, so approximately 300 tons of CO2, plus or minus, for the Pope’s flight.

Suffice it to say that it’s more than would be generated had someone practiced what he preaches. Is that too harsh? Well, so is politicizing the Catholic faith.

The Pope’s not the only one lecturing citizens of the world on environmental sins. Note the use of the word sin. Environmentalism is the new religion.

The New York Times, among the many redoubts where newly religious progressives hone their swords of indoctrination, recently informed us of our “biggest carbon sin“:

For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin. One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.

Surely the environmental footprint of the Pope’s trip is much greater per person, given that the plane was probably not full. He plans yet another trip to our hemisphere in September.

And so we’re told by the newspaper of record that air travel is the environmental equivalent of  a mortal sin. Why then, do progressives commit so many of these serious environmental sins while they travel the world lecturing us about OUR “environmental sins” and the dangers of “global warming”?

The mote and the beam.


198 responses to “Religious and Political Syncretism

  1. Mickey Kaus ‏@kausmickey

    Jamiel Shaw (son killed by undoc gang-banger) should terrify Dems–threatens to open suppressed black/La Raza rift

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    Trump said Mexico’s leaders are “smarter” than those in the United States, and that Mexican leaders send people “that they don’t want” across the U.S. border. Similar remarks over the past week have Pro-voked two celebrity chefs to pull out of deals with Trump hotels.

  3. It’s Time To Take Out The Trash ….. In Our Lives … USA !

  4. Donald Trump Real estate developer ~ Age: 69
    Religion: Catholic ~ Base: Presbyterian
    Résumé: Chairman of The Trump Organization. Fixture on the Forbes 400 list of the world’s richest people. Star of ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’

    Education: B.Sci. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

    Family: Married to Melania Trump (2005). Divorced from Ivana Trump and Marla Maples. Five grown children. Trump’s father Fred Trump amassed a $400 million fortune developing real estate.

    Claim to fame: Trump’s niche in the 2016 campaign stems from his celebrity as a reality-show host and his enormous wealth – $8.7 billion, according to Trump. Because he can sef-fund an entire presidential campaign, he is seen as less beholden to donors than other candidates.

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    Mexico’s Drug lord … do read

  5. Loving Scott Walker right now. WOW.

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    Trump pinatas go on sale in Mexico …. ha

    • This sums it up completely: ” … the purpose of this rule is not to force people to move back to the cities, but to rather take control of their suburbs away from them and enforce on the suburbs the same kind of lifestyle and existing conditions that exist in urban America. And that is the “get even with ’em” aspect of the scheme. …”

      That’s it in a nutshell. They hate their imagined reason for why people move to the suburbs so they’re going to deliberately bring the ills of the inner city to the suburbs. But not, of course, to the suburbs where THEY live.

      • This goes much further than all that….it matches the sustainable living guidelines……it matched the social justice, income redistributive qualities that Bill Ayers’ brother wrote so eloquently about way back years ago. I read it and printed it out. This matches the regional Agenda 21/Smart Growth ideals too. It’s a whole concept that’s been in the planning for years. It’s a Global Ideal.

    • Maya Soetoro-Ng
      Board Member

      Maya Soetoro-Ng is President Obama’s sister and a specialist for the Matsunaga Institute for Peace. She is the co-founder of Our Public School, a non-profit that connects schools to their communities, and the co-creator of Ceeds of Peace, a peace education program that has been implemented in schools and communities around Hawaii.

      Previously, Soetoro-Ng worked as an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii and taught in both private and public settings in New York City and in Hawaii. She also worked at the East West Center, promoting educational exchange between Asia and the United States. Soetoro-Ng received a Masters degree in Secondary Education from New York University and a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Hawaii.

      • Martin Nesbitt
        Board Chair

        Martin Nesbitt is a longtime friend of President Obama and served as national treasurer for his two presidential campaigns. He is the co-founder and co-CEO of private equity firm The Vistria Group, and serves on the boards of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, Norfolk Southern Corp and Jones Lang LaSalle, a Chicago-based global real estate company.

        Nesbitt has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree and honorary doctorate from Albion College in Michigan.

      • Because nepotism pays.

    • Here’s why Obama and Hillary must stop Donald Trump at all costs
      Personal Liberty ^ | July 9, 2015 | by Wayne Allyn Root Views: 98,210
      Posted on July 13, 2015 at 8:05:03 PM PDT by 11th_VA

      Don’t you ever wonder why the GOP has never tried to impeach Obama? Don’t you wonder why John Boehner and Mitch McConnell talk a big game, but never actually try to stop Obama Some people are getting very nervous: Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Jon Corzine, to name just a few. And I know why.

      …They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all and all for one.

      It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich — everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies.


    FWIW. Another take. BTW, I made a few changes to the post, in light of tips from y’all.

  8. Ahhh, Mr. Massie is a true artist with the way he uses adjectives. . “So obama issued presidential pardons to 46 supposedly nonviolent incarcerated criminals. Personally, I think it is a far reach to classify drug dealers as non-violent, less we overlook the inherent violence surrounding dope dealing. But what offends me most is that obama wrote them personal letters. Assuming he wasn’t asking some of them for dates (since being in prison no doubt aroused their interest in his preferred sexuality), what could he have said to them? Did he tell some of them to stay out of trouble and drop around and visit him, wink-wink? It is most offensive that obama found time to write criminals responsible for destroying neighborhoods and lives but he has made no attempt to contact the wives, children, and families of Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Dougherty, and Ambassador Stevens. obama is singularly responsible for the murders of those four brave men in Benghazi. Not only has he lied about his role in their murders but he lied about what took place that fateful night. There are only so many ways to call obama a scab on dog’s behind, and he is all of them. And the one scab that was picked off he married as a beard to hide his homosexuality. Yes I said it, and I defy any of his Erebusic sycophants to debate me pursuant to the facts.” – Mychal Massie (

    • And another 35,000 waiting in the wings, apparently. Mumia. Chesimard. Who else?

      He wrote them personal letters? And yet, according to Gateway Pundit, he hasn’t even CALLED the family of Kate Steinle.

      • ~ Lon Levin ~ 1:23 PM PST @washingtonpost

        Obama doesn’t care about white people. If the victim was black ….
        and the shooter was white …. carrying a confederate flag, he would’ve ran to the nearest T V camera!

  9. IT’S A DEAL…
    ‘Smile diplomacy’ secures…
    Gambles on foreign policy legacy…
    May Take Years to Pay Off…
    NETANYAHU: ‘Historic Mistake for World’…
    ‘Surrender by West’…
    Iran given ‘license to kill’…
    Death to America; Deal with America…
    KRISTOL: This cannot stand…
    House Intelligence Chairman: Paves Way for Bomb…
    Three months breakout time…
    ROUHANI: ‘God has accepted nation’s prayers’…
    Centrifuges Continue to Spin…
    MAG: Dems lie about inspections…
    Iran airs Obama speech…
    Saudis on edge…
    Iran aims to double crude oil exports under deal…
    No breakthrough for Americans held in Tehran…
    WALKER: ‘Will be remembered as one of worst diplomatic failures’…
    Congress Has No Real Kill Switch for Deal…

  10. Jesus was crucified upon a hammer and sickle for your redemption.

    The mighty Oz has spoken. Go and sin no more.

    • Wow. That’s a lot of coincidences. Check out this article about Subud:

      “Ritual Abuse: A Cover Story for Mind Control Operations

      In the mid-’60s, the technological oligarchs of the Agency feared exposure. Newspaper reporters had caught wind of Auschwitzian behavioral modification research funded by the government. Congress was asking questions. The thugs at Langley scratched their heads. It was only a a matter of time before some inquisitive reporter exposed the rot of mind control. The solution: CIA scientists bugged out of the laboratory. The experiments were moved into the community.

      Eccentric religious groups were organized or co-opted by intelligence operators, including the Peoples’ Temple, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the Ordo Templis Orientis (OTO), Finders, the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Movement and Switzerland’s Solar Temple, among others. In 1966 Charles Buckey built a preschool in Manhattan Beach, California. Buckey was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft. This was a period when everyone said, “Hughes is the CIA.”

      The McMartin mind control experiments were reportedly the work of Subud, a religious sect with roots in Indonesia and the UK, according to confidential informants (active members who submitted to injections of sodium pentathol before questioning).

      The cult is a cut-out of the American security elite’s mind control fraternity. One of Subud’s leading lights is Janet Morris, a science fiction writer and charter member of the Association for Electronic Defense. She is also research director of the U.S. Global Strategy Council, a Washington “think tank” founded by ultra-conservatives Claire Booth Luce, General Maxwell Taylor, General Richard Stillwell, former CIA Deputy Director Ray Cline, and the abrasive Jeane Kirkpatrick, among others. In 1991, Morris traveled to Russia to study a technological marvel that transmits subliminal command messages over the low frequency infrasound band. Political researcher Armen Victorian discovered that with the Russian “psycho-correction” transmitter, “subliminal messages bypass the conscious level and are effective almost immediately.”

      Another prominent member of the Subud sect is an executive of a major toy company – a leading maker of virtual-reality computer games for children, like the ones used by CIA scientists to traumatize young subjects. …”

      MKUltra. Remember the story about Barry going into a room frazzled, people hear chanting, Barry comes out all calm, cool, and collected? More:

      “Healing the Children of the Damned

      On September 30, about 100 psychologists, mostly from the western states, convened at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles for a three-day conference on “Mind Control, Multiplicity and Ritual Abuse.” Each of the therapists have patients who have been tormented by cult cut-outs. Conference organizer Catherine Gould, a child psychologist from Encino, California, gave the keynote tour of a programmed multiple’s “landscape of alters.” “In most instances,” Dr. Gould said, “the alter personalities are cult aligned. They are caught up in the underworld of mind control and know no other life. It isn’t unusual for a patient to have an alter who reports to the cult everything said in the last therapy session.”

      But programmed alters are not the enemy. “They have experienced horror. Sexual abuse may be only one part of the traumatization pattern. Mind control is originally established when the victim is a child under six years old. During this formative stage of development, the perpetrator systematically combines dissociation-enhancing drugs, pain, sexual assault, terror and other forms of psychological abuse in such a way that the child dissociates the intolerable traumatic experience. The exception is the child who cannot dissociate and was exposed to horror, disintegration and psychological death. The mother herself may be a cult multiple and an amnoestic. The worst perpetrator is rage-based, disconnected from the core personality, and the alter feels disdain for the victim.”

      Mind control programming is deeply encoded, triggered by code words and sounds, sometimes inaudible ones. The alter personalities frequently “live” in the part of the body that has been traumatized. If a child was tortured in the shoulder, this is where an alter resides. “The psychologist’s job,” Gould said, “is to map the alters and neutralize “booby traps” – including suicidal impulses – left by the programmer to stop the therapeutic process. The patient is ready to work with conscious memories of the trauma and begins healing when he can move around freely in the system of alters.”

      Vicki Graham-Costain, Ph.D., a clinical child psychologist, discussed the treatment of character pathologies that accompany mind control conditioning, and the sudden “flooding” of memories of childhood torture lurking behind post-hypnotic obstacles to recall, and in some cases, repression. Dr. David Neswald took up programming neutralization strategies, and common roadblocks to overcoming mind control conditioning. “Survivors are told they will be shunned by ‘decent’ people,” Neswald says, “that people will be repulsed by and never accept them.” …”

      Remember our early discussions about how he’s a victim of a very abusive childhood and how his behavior, language, bearing, everything, betrays that?

      • yes I believe that this is at the core of his robot like eye movements and speech.

        • What’s it about?

          • did you read it Miri? This was a document from the Orange county comptrollers department in Orlando. All the other documents were about him obtaining a loan, getting served papers for failing to pay the mortgage and foreclosure on his property. You should see the property . Been trying t find out what it was exactly he was buying at the reading way street address, because a house was either built or redone in 2006 on that property and it looks like a mansion. He didn’t have this property by 2006 though ,so I can’t find what was actually there when he bought it. I was not just a tract of land though, because it says he will reside at this address.
            The final dealings on this property weren’t over with until 2012(which is hard to understand why and what that’s about).
            I am just wondering if Mark had to sign this document to prove he was planning to remain in this state/country at the “domicile”, in order to get a loan (was he really a US citizen or what? He always makes the claim he’s an american citizen. I’d love to solve that.

      • “Another prominent member of the Subud sect, according to informants, is an executive of Mattel – a leading maker of virtual reality computer games for children, similar to ones used by CIA scientists to traumatize young subjects…”

        “Other Subudians include executives of TRW and Hanna-Barbara, a cartoon company founded by OSS agents.”

        • RE: Obama, Subud, and The McMartin Preschool case
          Is this just a bizarre, esoteric joke in poor taste? Or something more?

          An interview with TV star Patricia Arquette, who was raised in Subud. During the interview, she wears a t-shirt that says she’s a graduate of McMartin preschool.


          “If I did go, I guess that would explain my level of damage,” said Arquette…”It’s a bad and foul joke.”

    • ~ Progressives-Are-Evil • 13 hours ago YEP! YEP! YEP! so there!

      My mother was a professional Hair Stylist for 25 years and worked with many Gay men over time. Her stories about how they would rapidly jump from one-bed/partner to another were sickening. I guess it’s not very “satisfying”.
      I can’t imagine that there are really THAT many “monogamous” Gay Couples that want to be married for life, compared to the rest of the 2.5% Gay World.

      This whole thing is yet another Progressive Media Construct. And it worked!!

      ~ Dare Tuitt Progressives-Are-Evil • 13 hours ago

      Having lived as gay for 27 years – but now a born-again saved by Jesus Christian (11 years) – I can tell you without doubt that homosexual promiscuity is about trying to find one’s own esteem in others. This is a major component in sex addiction. You do not feel worthy as a person, so you try to find your worthiness if others find you attractive; especially if the other(s) are themselves good-looking and attractive. This is why you find gays pathetically holding onto their youth. In “gay world” youth and money (to stave off old age) is highly prized. The reason why gay relationships don’t last is because eventually, the partners know too much about each other and esteem for the other breaks down. There is nothing else holding them together but the initial attraction. Once that’s gone, it’s on to someone new. It’s a vicious cycle that leads to sex behaviors that cause premature death and endless emotional turmoil. ….YEP YEP YEP …DITTO!!!

    • So true. Unfortunately, it is true of every gay male that I know. Haven’t known too many gay women but the ones I do know weren’t promiscuous and seemed to be in long-term relationships, although I didn’t get too close. In one case, they seemed to be recruiting, maybe for threesomes? No way, Jose! But we all know that females and males differ, so it’s no surprise if gay men differ in behavior from gay women. I don’t know whether I agree that being gay is NOT genetic. I do know that the proportion of people calling themselves gay or LGBTQ yadda, yadda, yadda is increasing. Q means “questioning” and there’s bi-curious, too, which means that anybody (mostly in the younger generation) who thinks it’s hip and wants to be in the “in crowd” (no pun intended) can include himself or herself in that group–the LGBTQQI (QQI now meaning questioning, queer, and/or inter-sex; I kid you not.) So surely the number of self-reported members of that “community” is increasing as we have the likes of Bieber, Hannah Montana, and Ariana Grande to lecture us on the ultimate coolness of it all, as guided by the Hollywood Gaystapo, particularly at Disney. So, yeah, in many cases, if not most cases, it’s a learned BEHAVIOR or a chosen BEHAVIOR. On the other hand, I’d be willing to bet there are abnormalities in hormone levels while a baby is still in the womb or after the person is born that causes a spectrum of potentialities with regard to orientation. Nothing, however, that can’t be changed by acculturation.

  11. “Go, Set a Watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” Isaiah 21:6

    • There’s something very fishy about how that book was “found” and how it’s being published, despite that the woman said she would only publish one book in her life; this was a totally rewritten novel; she’s 89 years old, in assisted living, had a stroke, is nearly blind and deaf, and is incommunicado; and this new book makes a racist of the previous white hero. Did the author really (1) write this book and (2) want it published when it diminishes the hero of her revered novel?

      There’s also something fishy about the fact that the person involved in publishing it is not the person who originally opened the safe deposit box. There were at least two lawyers who went through it and did NOT “find” or even mention this earlier manuscript. Later on, this new lawyer “found” the book in the box. At least, that’s what I gleaned from a WSJ article. In addition, the narrative about the discovery has changed over time.

      We must also ask, who profits? The author is aged. Her sister who was her lawyer and protector is deceased. Who profits from the second book and will profit from this now suddenly rumored “third” book?

      In addition, what cabal would be more than happy to take down a white hero, even if he’s fictional?

      Seems her lawyer, the one who’s her sole communication link and who strictly controls access to Lee, set up a “not-for-profit” and began issuing copyright infringement notices to people in Lee’s hometown who have been selling Mockingbird souvenirs and putting on plays based upon her book(s) for decades. Let’s imagine that yeah, maybe the proceeds of the new book will pour into the “not-for-profit” which just happens to be controlled by that same lawyer! What a coincidence. All this set up since Lee’s sister Alice died. Alice was her previous lawyer and caretaker, someone nobody would doubt had Lee’s best interests in mind. There are some nephews who would be Lee’s heirs, so look for a fight after she’s gone. Then we’ll probably learn the truth.

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