The Tiger's Eye: March 2006

29 March 2006

Thought for the day

He did not hate us; he did not reject us… He had mercy on us and burdened himself with our faults, and he surrendered his own Son as a ransom for us: the holy one for the ungodly, the innocent one for the wicked, “the just man for the sake of the unjust” (1 Pet 3:18), the incorruptible one for those who are corrupted, the immortal one for those who are mortal. What other than his own justice could have covered over our sins? In whom could we be justified… if not through the only Son of God? Sweet exchange, unfathomable work, unexpected kindness! The crime of a great number of people was covered over by the righteousness of a single person, and the righteousness of one single person justifies many who are guilty. In the past, he convinced our nature of its inability to attain life; now he shows us the Savior who is able to save what could not be saved. In these two ways, he wanted to give us faith in his kindness and to let us see in him the nutrient, the father, the teacher, the counselor, the doctor, understanding, light, honor, glory, strength and life.

Letter of Diogenes (around 200)Ch. 9

I have nothing to add to this.

25 March 2006

Just a thought...

Have you ever been almost asleep and you swear that you can hear faint voices like an off-tuned radio station full of static so that they are just barely intelligible? In that moment of failing sense sometimes things seem so clear and crisp yet also just beyond your grasp, then you fall asleep and when you wake up only faint memories remain.
Lately my thoughts have seemed a bit like that. Like there is a great something just out there barely beyond my reach.
Just sayin...

21 March 2006


I've been away for a while and then when back this weekend we experienced the big Blogger Blackout but we are back now. Nothing lost and hopefully a few things gained.
This weekend I heard something on the subject of forgiveness that really made me think:

Not forgiving someone when they repent is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.


09 March 2006

More of the discussion of evil.

The purpose of this post is to address a number of comments made over the last few days.


You commented on a couple of my posts. I though I would take the time to address your comments in as thoughtful a manner as I can.

First if I may ask what was your purpose in commenting?

Your first comment was about my post on another weblog where the writer posted a picture of Justice Ginsberg apparently asleep at the bench during arguments. You took me to task for my comment about Jesus and joking with the disciples. You said, “I'll bet he belittled and ridiculed old women behind their backs for a laugh every now and again.”
As I commented on the blog, if I offended, I apologize but I stand by the initial thought that it was funny. Justice Ginsberg is a public figure and a sitting Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Perhaps she was feeling sick; perhaps the attorney was extremely boring (Justice Alito beside her in the picture and frankly he looks a bit disinterested as well but that could just be the artist). For her to apparently fall asleep during arguments plays into the content that many of the Justices are old and would be retired were it not for the fact that they do not have to.

Your second comment was on my posting about Evil. You said, “like the death penalty (record setting under the current president's governorship)? Like pre-emtive war and "shock and awe attacks kiings babies and women?" Really, what are you talking about? Maybe the person from the left you're listening to is putting one over on you. Culture of death? really, just some facts. If that's what you call obscene, belligerent or offensive then you really aren't interested in understadning what the "left" stands for.”

My initial intention in my post was to draw a parallel between the mindless killing of the Khmer Rouge and the absolute evil of abortion in our culture. You used my post as a pulpit to rant about our current administration. Yes, I do admire President Bush so perhaps we will have to disagree about him. You comment about the Death Penalty. The last time I checked the Death Penalty was legal in Texas when President Bush was Governor. Whether it is legal or not is open to debate. Whether it is evil is also debatable. Personally I have a very hard time with it. I feel it is most likely over used. More importantly it rules out the possibility of change, of forgiveness and most importantly it places in the hands of imperfect men a finality of sentence that should be left in the hands of God. Too often the sentence is not one of justice but rather of revenge. That being said, it was the law in Texas and carrying out the law even when distasteful isn’t evil.

However your comments about the war are in my opinion just wrong. If you haven’t already, go to Michael Totten’s weblog: and read about the evil we ended when we overthrew Hussein. We went to war for a noble cause and while not a perfect campaign (none ever are) it was the best we could do. More importantly, a nation which had little hope under the hand of a dictator is now a nation that has held 3 free elections and is slowly but successfully estlabishing a free and modern society. If you wish to debate the war we can in another setting (feel free to email my hotmail address and I will discuss it with you ad naseum).

You touched upon the abuse scandal in my church. Yes, it was a great evil. One which never should have happened but is being dealt with. Is everything perfect there? No, sadly the church is made up of fallable humans. Too often we fall short of the goal that our Lord sets. Am I entirely satisfied by the way those who abused the priesthood by preying upon young men and women have been dealt with? No, I believe I did state that there are things about my church that I have a hard time with. This is one of them.

Finally you launched into a diatribe again against the current administration:
Perhaps some of us on the left see: Bush's domestic spying, a pattern of political hitmanship against dissenters exemplified by Scooter Libby's case (ntm General Shinsecki, John McCain, etc.) appointing lobbyists for the lead and petroleum industries to protect the environment, failure to oversee the colossal mismanagement of our occupation in Iraq ($9 billion of out tax money missing), appointment of incompetant cronies to positions bearing on national security and safety (this is just a start) as exactly the kind of evil you're talking about.”

I will attempt to give you my $0.02.

Domestic Spying – We have been assured by this administration and the records indicate that the amount of “domestic spying” was and is limited to persons who have received cellular telephone calls from out of country, calls from a known list of Al Qaeda phone numbers. If this was the limit to the “domestic Spying” you refer to, I say it wasn’t far enough. We are a nation and a culture at war. We have been attacked numerous times over the past 16 years by an enemy whose stated purpose is to establish a caliphate over the entire world. Theirs is a culture which would relegate to the status of dhimmi all who do not follow their unique brand of Islam. Frankly, I would be willing to allow the FBI and allied agencies far more leeway in observation, tracking and prosecuting the war on Terror here at home.

Political hitmanship? – Why not call it what it really is; political hardball. President Clinton was KNOWN for using the services of the government to attack political and personal enemies. Apparently that’s the way the game is played. Again, I’m not exactly pleased by some of the things that I am sure are done by either party. I also cannot do much about it either.

Your comments about the environment are out of my area of expertise, I will allow them to stand. I’m sure others could comment but I’m not sure what it would add.

Finally your comment;” failure to oversee the colossal mismanagement of our occupation in Iraq ($9 billion of out tax money missing), appointment of incompetant cronies to positions bearing on national security and safety (this is just a start) as exactly the kind of evil you're talking about.”

Incompetence in management during wartime is not evil. From what I have been able to understand, it appears to go hand in hand with war itself. War itself is evil but it less evil that what it replaced.

Cronies?!? Go careful how you wield that axe, Eugene! It is the nature of political systems to appoint friends and supporters to posts after you win an election. Could Brown have been a better FEMA director? Certainly. One could make similar arguments about pervious administrations.

Still, none of these approaches the level of evil that I was referring to; an evil that the Democratic Party has thoroughly compromised its principles to. Since 1973 over 45 million children have been aborted in the United States. These were legal murders. Let that number sink in, 45 million. That’s more than the current populations of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey combined. Imagine waking up tomorrow and all three states completely empty. Frankly those kinds of numbers make me numb. Over the last 20 years it has become obvious that one cannot be elected a Democrat and be pro-life. Lately it is becoming harder and harder to find a person who is openly Democratic and pro-life. I know a number of people who call themselves Democrats but have voted for President Bush primarily because of the kow-towing of their party to this one special interest.
When I posted this, I was attempting to comment that I fear for our country and our culture because so many people in power and those who elected them have become blind to this great evil. Evil is a poison, once it enters the system is slowly but surely corrupts all it touches as it destroys all around it. Once one refuses to recognize evil it is as if you were standing on a railroad track denying that a train is bearing down upon you even when those around you are calling for you to move out of the way.
I hope this helps clear up some of my thoughts for you. If not, please continue to comment and I will attempt to answer as best as I know how.

08 March 2006

Ok he'll spell it out for you...

Technical issues...

In light of recent comments I will reiterate from my second post:

I guess blogger etiquette demands a few things like rules and intentions to be added somewhere about here:(obviously I'll be editing this as I figure this out)Intention:As the Heading says, it is one man's view of the world as seen from a Midwestern American viewpoint. I intend it to be somewhat freewheeling. My mind has a tendency to bounce around when pondering issues so it may be possible to have a post about politics veer into a sports analogy and a family story with a spicing of Catholic theology before eventually winding back on-topic. Like all Blogs,ON THIS PAGE I AM A DICTATOR. My word is law so if you don't like what I say, you are welcome to comment and as long as they are cogent, respectful of other's opinions and on topic then I will allow pretty much anything to be said. If you become belligerent, offensive or obscene (Remember its my world here) I will ban you, like Zeus, I can reach to the heavens and pull down thunderbolts to strike mortals, so be nice and maybe we can all get along.

I am leaving the comments from anonymous only because they speak for themselves. In the future anonymous comments will be summarily deleted.

04 March 2006

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

I was going to put Verbal Klint's face here but instead I think this is more appropriate:

This man was "Comrade Duch"
The caption with the photo says: "Duch, head of the Tuol Sleng prison complex, was a former schoolteacher named Kang Kech Eav.
Duch oversaw a precise department of death. His guards dutifully photographed the prisoners upon arrival and photgraphed them at or near death, whether their throats were slit, their bodies otherwise mutilated, or so thin from torture and near starvation that they were beyond recognition. The photographs were part of the files to prove the enemies of the state had been killed. Duch even set aside specific days for killing various types of prisoners: one day the wives of "enemies"; another day the children; a different day, factory workers.
--Elizabeth Becker, When the War Was Over"
He doesnt look like much but when his hell was in session, I would imagine his thin face stuck fear in the hearts of those under his hand. This man was truly evil.

I've been thinking about evil lately.

I was reading Michael Totten’s weblog today:
On his March 3 posting he discussed the museum in Suleimaniya, Iraq that commemorates the attempts by Hussein to eradicate the Iraqi Kurds. (Thankfully he failed).
I’ve also been reading Dawn Eden’s blog:, where she spends much time in righteous anger shining the light of God’s truth on the evil work of Planned Parenthood.
Both are worth reading on a regular basis.

It’s always tempting to look around us and think that, “With all the evil that men seem intent on doing to each other, ITS ALL GOING TO GO TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET! When in fact it isn’t.” Why is it so enticing to think that the dark night is about to overtake us, pull the door shut, turn out the lights and call Ole Nick to feast, even when we have God’s promise that this isn’t going to happen?

I’m thinking that it might be because even though we have plenty of evidence all around us of its existence, we in our modern, clean, antiseptic culture have attempted to convince ourselves that Evil does not exist. When President Bush referred to an Axis of Evil there were plenty of people who scoffed at the very idea that the leader of a nation would apparently believe in a real evil. They saw it as further proof of his simpleton vision of the world and only reinforced their belief that he was a man of little intelligence. I would say that perhaps it was because they have already sold their souls for power and the asking price was the denial of immorality and the existence of Evil.

When I was much younger a man whose opinion I dearly value and to whom I am forever indebted (Thanks for everything Dad) once told me; “you can learn much about a person by whom they associate with.”

As an observer of our current culture as well as something of an amateur historian and witness to our past, I return to this comment often. While I am sure there are those on the left who are honorable and good people, I wonder when I view the fellow travelers on their common path. For a movement that started with the good intentions of fairness and human rights, they appear to have strayed far a field and have now become a movement that obsessed with death and hatred of life. More than anything it is the aligning with a movement lusting for death, death of death’s sake that has ruined the left in America. As much as part of me would like to be able to agree with much of what the left says it stands for, I cannot because of its marriage with this culture of death in America. I do believe the left has sold out completely in an unholy contract. This is not to say that those on the right are blameless either. We have many who walk with us who are just as willing to sacrifice the innocent in the name of expediency whether it be the old, the inform or the helpless, all that appears to matter to them is the vote.

This wasn’t supposed to be a political rant, I am wrestling with much deeper thoughts here but in the end all of everything that is worth anything is either about religion or politics. As Chesterton said, Religion is about man’s relationship to God while politics is about his relationship with each other so I guess it isn’t all that unrealistic to expect the two to intertwine.
On the rare occasion that I watch horror movies or read really frightening books, the ones that I find most fearsome are those where evil has run amuck and nothing stands in the way of its conquering the light. The stories where cacophony is the norm and dark spirits run legion are those that I cannot read or watch when alone on a dark night. It must be a deeply rooted cultural fear because it is interwoven throughout our literature. It appears to be in the nature of evil to feed upon itself in a conflagration of ever increasing destruction. When the Khmer Rouge took control in Cambodia, they started an orgy of destruction that eventually became so foul that even their fellow communists in Vietnam saw it necessary to invade and put a stop to it. Their bloodlust was insatiable; they killed indiscriminately only to kill more all for no more reason than there was no one to stop them. This also appears to be an earmark of our enemy’s followers. He rules by fear and they attempt to rule by fear as well.

I am a devout Christian of the Roman Catholic faith; I find many of my personal beliefs tested by the necessary decisions required for survival in our modern culture. The obverse is that I also find my faith hard to follow and often personally disagree with the leaders in my church but as a member and a believer I also have to put aside the personal for the orthodox. Belief and agreement are not the same thing. I can agree on something without truly believing and it is possible to believe without fully agreeing.

To believe is not always easy and never cheap.

The first definition in the dictionary for “believe” says: “To accept as true or real”. Each Mass I proclaim publicly that I do accept and believe when I recite the Nicene Creed along with the congregation. Next comes the harder part, just because I believe in my head do I believe in my heart?
Therefore it is imperative that I remember that our Lord has promised he will always be by our side. I must tell myself that Evil will not overcome the Good and that no matter how dark the night it will be followed by the dawn.