Sunday, October 11, 2015

Representative of large powerful democracy engages in primitive pagan ritual to acquire blessings of visiting holy man

I of course speak of this

A congressman stole the water glass Pope Francis was drinking out of during his address at the White House on Thursday.
Representative Bob Brady, a devout Catholic and Democrat from Pennsylvania immediately made his way to the podium after Pope Francis finished speaking and grabbed the glass that was still filled with water.
He then drank the water, gave some of the water to his wife Debra, and saved the rest for his grandchildren. 

Of course I am not a fan of swamis and babas of any sort. The era of Vishwamitra, Gautama, Durvasa, Agastya  et al is long gone. And unlikely to return in this yuga, with that in mind I try to avoid these "brokers" who tend to be frauds, charlatans and thieves than anything else. That said I would prefer that Westerners take a look at this behavior that is more common than they care to admit before they mock the unintelligently devout in the third world.

Somewhat related:

Pagan Libertarian candidate from Florida ,Sol Augustus Invictus sacrifices goat and drinks its blood

Denouncing his US citizenship, qualifications, licence to practice law and “all material possessions”, he reportedly wrote: “I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War I would begin it myself. 
“Mark well: That day is fast coming upon you. On the New Moon of May, I shall disappear into the Wilderness. I will return bearing Revolution, or I will not return at all.”

Sol Augustus Invictus(Latin for "unconquered majestic sun". I suspect that is not his birth name) is also suspected of having neo Nazi sympathies. Though I personally think its guilt by association as many supremacists also practice the particular religion he subscribes to. It is by no means certain all practitioners are neo Nazis.

That aside, I really don't see the problem with animal sacrifice especially in a proud meat eating country. What difference does it make whether an animal is slaughtered in a horror show that is the butchery industrial complex which caters to the insatiable carnivorous appetite of the average American or whether a single goat is killed in a forest.
This is occurring so close on the heals of the Pope visit is also instructive. The Pope is the head of the ROMAN Catholic church while this gentleman subscribes to the same Roman religion and customs and glory that the church simply co opted in its rise to power.
Furthermore the very notion of Catholicism is based not just on animal sacrifice but a simulated cannibal ritual and drinking of blood that takes place every Sunday. In context what he has done is downright normal

Now onto Florida, boy this state is host to some strange characters. Firstly Florida demographics are upside down in that for a southern state, it southern parts are more Northern and cosmopolitan due to Yankee and Jewish retirees from NYC and Connecticut to which you add the Cuban population descended from those who fled the communist revolution. And in this strange brew the introduction of moneyed celebrities who buy second and third homes for the views and Caribbean sensuality and the sureality is complete.
Now northern Florida is where you have the yahoos and rednecks typified the negative stereotype of the intolerant and illiterate South. An anecdote is instructive. My sister who used to live and work there was due to move to Key West in the south but the moving company had screwed up her schedule and brought the van a day late. When my irate sister complained to the GM, he responded "What are you going to do? Throw curry on my face?" . My sister ,no shrinking violet responded "That's a good idea , and just for you mother fucker, Ill make it extra spicy". The gentleman was a lot more compliant after that.
 Every month , if there is craziness such as the guy who ate the homeless man's face or a married teacher who sends nude photos to 12 year old students is shocked that it is a no go legally, chances are it occurs in northern Florida.


  1. The Protestant evangelical tradition beats catholicism when it comes to superstitions and general quackery. There was a Gallup poll conducted about a decade ago which found that under 50% of the population of the world's most powerful nation believe creationism rather than evolution. The evangelicals are notorious for their megachurches, Jesus camps and 'hell houses' where 12 year old children are shown graphic visual simulations of the various tortures Hell had in store for them. Evangelicals are well funded and are committed to spreading their faith by hook or crook especially in developing countries like India. The Catholic church at least condemns such tactics in addition to making other reforms like accepting evolution and of late taking a more nuanced stand on sex.

    1. The Protestant traditions does frown upon the notion of venerating holy men and relics which Catholics are still wild about. The advantage Catholicism has that it has better quality control over who is elevated to position of authority. Protestants have none, so you have all Vadakayil sorts of dudes became ministers etc.
      Anyway that wasn't my point.