The other day, a friend (who shall remain nameless, to protect the guilty) sent an email that started The Pink Flamingo thinking about theRead More
Have you ever noticed that conservatives and the religious right, like nerds, are completely obsessed with sex? Evidently they cannot get their minds outRead More
I am not a philosopher or an expert in government. But, I know my history. I know it is just as important for theRead More
I don’t even think, as Hugh Hewitt has suggested, this is because of Obama Care. I think this is a battle that is aRead More
This is first of three posts, all of which will anger just about everyone. I really don’t care. I don’t know about you, butRead More
She has seen 11 US Presidents come and go. She has outlasted 13 Prime Ministers. Her family is far from perfect. She has withstoodRead More
The Pink Flamingo has repeatedly stated, like a broken record, that one cannot follow the gospel of Rand and follow Christ. They are completelyRead More
Henry II of England is one of my favorite people in history. He was a jerk, a womanizer, and had a rather fascinating andRead More
The tea party world and the far right is abuzz about the tea party based movie, Courage, New Hampshire. The Pink Flamingo watched theRead More
One of the big mimes of the far right talkers is that NO one in the UK was interested in the Royal Wedding. Really?Read More
Yes, I stayed up. I’m glad I did. It was a wonderful break from the vitriol, ugliness, and nastiness that is almost cursing theRead More
Religions get into trouble when practitioners and leaders within that religion decide to become political. The Pink Flamingo is quite adamant that the problemsRead More
From the Chambers’ Book of Days THOMAS BECKET The career and fate of this celebrated ecclesiastic, form one of the most remarkable episodes ofRead More
Jerusalem And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England’s pleasant pasturesRead More
(This post is dedicated to Pink Flamingo friend and confident Sally Vee.) Every once in awhile The Pink Flamingo sorta loses it, and takesRead More
The Pink Flamingo thinks it is time for a little reality check. When UK PM George Grenville proposed and moved the hated Stamp ActRead More
The Pink Flamingo is an archaeology “freak”. I love it. In another life I would have been an archaeologiest. Regular readers know I amRead More
More treasures from the Vatican Secret Archives have been revealed: “…Other letters in the archive are more personal. In a 1550 note, Michelangelo demandsRead More
Let me state up front, Populist Movements and Populism absolutely repulse me.
Having spent so many years dealing with the after-effects of serious abuse when I was a child (3rd grade elementary school principal) I have a tendency to be rather analytical when dealing with people and groups of people. I also do not mind admitting I am rather stand-offish, do not join things, do not do crowds, and avoid meetings and conferences like the plague. When recovering from serious abuse, if a person wants to “normalize” their personality, then you learn how to look at the world much differently from what you once did. You become highly critical of yourself and learn how to take absolute responsibility for your actions. (I think this is a 12 Step thing, also). In a way you start viewing things with a little bit of cold blooded Vulcan logic.
This said, one of the things I’ve also learned is that there are certain personality types who absolutely refuse to take responsibility for their own action and blame everyone around them. They deal in absolutes, and can be absolute bullies when it comes to their absolute requirements.
Have you ever had someone with whom you had a romantic interest who was more demanding than “usual”? The world must revolve around them. You know something isn’t “quite right” but you just can’t figure what it is, so you end up surrendering a portion of your personality to that person in order to keep peace. Before long you are going to be required to surrender more and more if you do not want your “loved” one shouting profanities, slamming you against the wall, or withdrawing their presence from your life. (Yea, I had one fiancé who wanted to know if I could survive if he withdrew his presence from my life).
There is nothing wrong with a healthy ego and a healthy sense of self. When an ego and a sense of “self” becomes so over-whelming that other egos and another sense of “self” cannot shine through, then we are dealing with a personality disorder. The loved one has a temper tantrum because something does not go their way. While I can see having a tantrum once in awhile, primarily for righteous indignation, having a tantrum when something does not go your way is the sign of a very emotional stunted individual.
The loved one manipulates. They threaten. They blackmail. If they do not get their desired results they destroy. The more civilized person simply destroys the spirit and emotional well-being of those they “love”. If the person does not have certain parameters of a civilized behavior they will literally inflict bodily harm and eventually, if not stopped, kill the object of their “love”.
In other words, there is a certain kind of person who is so certain they are right that they will stop at nothing to prove they are right, and will destroy in order to prove their point. There are times when these individuals happen to be on the fringes of society they have a tendency to bond with other like minded bullies. Their sense of individualism is not as well developed as they project. They become a “group” and a mob. Enfranchised by other like minded individuals, they become more embolden and more extreme.
Some people call it populism. I call it a mob. They are no different from the people who collected around Oliver Cromwell, John Brown or William Quantrill. Left alone, our little bully is simply going to destroy his/her spouse or loved one. As a mob they are terrifying and can bring down monarchies, murder hundreds of people, or help instigate civil war.Read More
Because it is The Pink Flamingo’s birthday, I am going to indulge myself. The other night I was watching Tombstone. (Yea, this is yet another “Why I love Wyatt Earp…”). Even having watched the movie so many times, something struck me that I’d not noticed.
The perfect definition of honor:
When a person of honor does something that requires personal strength and character, something difficult that the average person would shrink from doing, that person is usually criticized. Those of lesser character would like nothing better than to swoop in and destroy. The most perfect example of this The Pink Flamingo knows is the life of Wyatt Earp.
Wyatt Earp basically gave up his entire future to do what was right. This 1923 photo is my favorite. It shows a man, brave, courageous, and bold – one unafraid, unflinching, and was willing to face the consequences.Read More
The very first state dinner in history is going on as The Pink Flaming writes much of this post. It is obviously the very first state dinner ever given by a President and First Lady. NOTHING before has compared to this august event.
Second, the Obama Administration basically snubbed the GOP by inviting very few Republicans in its cast of thousands.
The Pink Flamingo is a student of history (FYI). One of the truths that strangely repeats itself is the way a “leader” who is extremely extravagant is grossly incompetent. Let’s face it, Obama and is Dems are spending like Louis XIV of France. Plus, there is his clueless and pathetically dressed Michelle Antoinette. The extravagant incompetents of history all have one interesting little tidbit in common. They all come to a very bad end.
One of the hallmarks of these sorts of narcissistic “leaders” is their petty demand to destroy the reputation of the great men who came before them. In this Obama is no different from any number of pathetic and mediocre losers of history.Read More
Inside Catholic puts it this way:
“…The “personal ordinariate” is a structure whereby Anglicans will be able to come into full communion with the Holy See. Individuals, congregations, parishes, religious communities, whole dioceses and provinces will be able to maintain their Anglican traditions, use the Anglican Use Roman liturgy, see their married priests ordained to serve as Catholic priests, and even have their own “ordinary” (akin to their own bishop). Think of a mixture of the system used to minister to the military and the semi-autonomous structure that the Eastern Rite Catholics enjoy.
The Archbishop of Canterbury looked a bit like a deer in the headlights at the press conference in London today, where he admitted that he was not consulted about this step and was only informed about it two weeks ago. Nevertheless, he should have seen it coming: Not only has the Traditional Anglican Communion been publicly courting the Vatican, but two of his own traditionalist bishops were in a “secret” meeting with the Vatican last Easter….”
The Pink Flamingo has a sneaky feeling that someone in Canterbury is running around, wringing their incompetent little hands demanding that someone do something with that “meddlesome” Pope!
Is it acceptable to think that the Holy Father is a doll? The Pink Flamingo has been a hug fan the Holy Father before he became the Holy Father. I revel in being right! I just emailed a Catholic friend and reminded her that I told her he was a doll!
It is entirely possible that we Episcopalians who would like to be Anglican-Catholic may no longer be considered the illegitimate children at a family reunion. I’m still not sure what all is going on here. I’m not sure if we pathetic Episcopalians are included or if this is for “Anglicans” only. Things are such a mess because of our dimwit Presiding Bishop, I’m just not sure. I hear Canterbury is in a snit.
According to the UK Telegraph:
“...The historic move will allow groups of Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Holy See while allowing them to retain some of their traditions, and could see married Church of England clergy ordained as Catholic priests. It has dealt a serious blow to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has tried to keep traditionalists in the fold despite their bitter disputes with liberals over the direction of the Anglican Communion, although he denied it was an “act of aggression”….”
“...American Episcopalians will get a giggle out of this because you get the joke. He comments
“Anybody else have a vision just now of Katharine Jefferts Schori jumping up and down and screaming, “He can’t do that!! Nicaea!! NICAEA!! NICAAAAAEEEEAAA!!” and then running away shrieking incoherently? Maybe it was just me”….”
Naturally some Presiding Bishops are not amused. Frankly, I don’t care. You can’t go around acting so darn liberal and not suffer the consequences.
“…The response to the Vatican move from the U.S. Episcopal Church, which has about two million members, was muted. “We are in dialogue with the Archbishop’s office and will, in the coming days, continue to explore the full implications of this in our ecumenical relations,” said Bishop Christopher Epting, deputy for ecumenical and interreligious relations. Bishop Robinson declined to comment, saying he hadn’t had time to study the announcement.
William Shakespeare and Thoma Kyd wrote The Reign of King Edward III. Something else I’ve thought for ages has been proven – he didRead More
The discovery of the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure trove in the UK was announced today. An unemployed coffin maker named Terry Herbert discovered the treasureRead More
The UK’s “neolithic” culture is still being defined and explored. It was huge, and one day will rewrite human history. One of the greatRead More
There is no excuse for this one, and there is no excuse for dumping it all on the shoulders of the French. Oh wait,Read More
A new manuscript has been discovered, shines new light on the Robin Hood legend. For one thing, it proves, beyond a doubt, that RobinRead More
Tomorrow is science day at The Pink Flamingo! Currently the family is driving me crazy. Doc Holiday is acting like a cat. She willRead More
Years ago I was able to visit Sidbury Hill the day I toured Avebury and Stonehenge. It was strange then. It ahs been strangeRead More
Get over it already yet. There is nothing no one I dislike more than a two bit, obnoxious self-righteous alleged Christian who decides toRead More