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The arrogance of little men saying that they speak for God was on full display this past week.

God has apparently ordered his guys to reassert control over women worldwide. Islam and Hinduism are already bad enough, so I guess Christendom is just playing catchup via the recent dustup over birth control.

True-believing zealots are always victims of their own prejudices. Things are a certain way because things have always been so.

"Always" is usually limited to one's own brief lifespan and narrow experience. Pretty much all the rest must be taken on faith. (Jesus of Nazareth probably didn't have a birth certificate.)

Refusal to read history is worse than historical revisionism, especially if you believe nothing that Fox News hasn't got on video.

How many Catholics know that their basic rituals — the ones I learned as an altar boy — were lifted from ceremonies glorifying Roman emperors as gods? Or that the bedrock of their religious philosophy is based on supposition popularized by Saints Thomas Aquinas and Augustine? (Jesus got back-burnered somewhere in the Fourth Century when the marketing guys staged a corporate takeover.)

I've been reading Aquinas' seminal (more on that later) Summa Theologica since 1959.

Here's a quote from my freshman high school textbook: "In the face of widespread (Protestant) denial of the power of the human intellect to reason to the existence of God, the Vatican Council [1] solemnly defended the validity of intellectual knowledge as distinct from sense knowledge and defined not only that God can be known by reason, but also how 'through those things that are made,' i.e., from His created effects. This definition is a restatement of the teaching of both the Old and New Testament (Wisdom 13, 1; Romans 1, 20)." (O'Connell, David, Notes from the Summa on God and His Creatures, Providence College Press, 1956, at 33).

Thomas Aquinas, purely through internal supposition, presumed to read the mind of God. Primitives have been doing the same for millennia. Worship the sun, the moon, stars, trees, rocks, things that go bump in the night, anything you don't understand.

Voltaire (François Marie Arouet) once said that God is a comedian playing to an audience afraid to laugh.

She played a long distance joke on dear ole St. Tommy. The punchline came about 700 years after he died. One of Aquinas' five suppositional proofs for the existence of God lies in observance of order in the universe. (Fr. O'Connell would probably call it "sense knowledge.")

Alas, pesky scientists figured out that chaos is exactly how our particular corner of reality is organized. The only people with perfectly orderly brainwaves are the criminally insane. Regular folks are a chaotic bunch, just like the observable physical universe.

Father O' and St. Tommy get further lost in space when it comes to sex.


"It is evident that the intellective principle in man is a principle transcending matter, for it has an operation in which the body does not take part. And therefore it is impossible that the power which is in the semen be productive of the intellectual principle." (Fr. O'Connell's translation of Summa Question 118, article 2)

"Thus, every child is more God's than the parents', since in His government of the world He produces the human body mediately, i.e., through second causes" [called parents], "but the human soul immediately," O'Connell instructed us horny teenagers. (Notes at 166)

St. Tom continues "the body has nothing whatever to do in the operation of the intellect." (Brain waves caused by chemical electricity were apparently unknown in the 13th Century.)

"Therefore, the power of the intellectual principle, as intellectual, cannot reach the semen. Hence the Philosopher (Aristotle) says 'It follows that the intellect alone comes from without.'"

What devilishly convenient circular logic. The intellect comes from God (Aquinas was all intellect), and sweaty bodies are mere husks, vehicles, instruments, sexual objects.

Thus, as Monty Python sang it, every sperm is sacred. (Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, theatrical release, Universal, 1983)

Here's the capper from St. Tommy hisself: "It is therefore heretical to say that the intellectual soul is transmitted with the semen."

How does he know that? Why, intuitively. Suppositionally. Superstitiously. Faithfully. Intellectually. Out of thin blue air.

Thus was spawned the twisted rationale against birth control which is all over the news yet today.

I'll give the prodigious priest some credit, though. Aquinas never looks for legitimacy by asserting that he had some psychedelic vision, at least not until the end.

While saying mass not long before he died, a great change came over him.

"All I have written seems as straw," Aquinas said.

His last writing was ironically a commentary on the sexy biblical Song of Solomon, composed at the request of Cistercian monks, historically the most physically deprived order of the church. (Aquinas I, Brittanica Great Books, 1952, at vi)

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REWRITING HISTORY. Sunday's Grammy Awards trumpet the first reunion of The Beach Boys in more than 20 years. Bull. They crossed union picket lines at the Reno Hilton during the 1995 Hot August Strike at Hot August Nights. They belonged to three unions and Mike Love even lived in the Lake Tahoe area. Appeals to their unions in Los Angeles and calls to Love's home failed to move them.

HOT AUGUST STRIKE AT HOT AUGUST NIGHTS Nevada United Plant Guard Workers of America Local 1010 members in the heat in front of the Reno Hilton during the 1996 Hot August Strike during the Hot August Nights rock'n'rods nostalgiafest, the region's largest special event. Left to right are Jack Stratton, Jay Vanderpool, Al Corral and Chuck Fisher. The outdoor arena where the Beach Boys appeared can be seen in the right background. Although they are members of three unions, the Beach Boys crossed the picket line and performed. [To read the inspiring story of the little union that could, click here.]

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[1] This is a reference to "Vatican I (which) ended in 1870, and before that was the Council of Trent which concluded 448 years ago." (Calvo, Bishop Randolph; Bishop Calvo's homily for Diocesan Conference; published in the Northern Nevada Catholic, inserted into the 2-11-2012 Reno Gazette-Journal; page 2) The much higher profile Vatican II was convened by Pope John XXIII in 1962.

Andrew Barbano is a 43-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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Nevada Press Assn. annual award winners announced.
HAT TRICK: Barbwire takes first place three years in a row.

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RED flags flying low over Sparks
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The wrath of self-righteous racism
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The Dean's List

   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.
RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

The 2009 first-place Nevada Press Association award winners
Tony the Tiger & the flaky NFL
Barbwire / 11-30-2008
Deregulation is never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire / 8-3-2008
Nevada: A good place to visit, but do you want to live here?
Barbwire / 6-15-2008

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The plight of the paper pushers
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How urgent can economic troubles be if leaders say things are getting better?

Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review / 11-23-2011

Fact-free nation: Inside the lie machine
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Phillips, Kevin; Numbers Racket: Why the economy is worse than we know

Harper's Magazine; May 2008; page 43
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Johnson, Chalmers; REPUBLIC OR EMPIRE? A National Intelligence Estimate on the United States; Harper's magazine; January, 2007. I love it when heavy hitters validate what I've been saying for years in the tiny Sparks Tribune.

Barlett, Donald L. and Steele, James B.; America: What Went Wrong? (1992); America: Who Really Pays the Taxes? (1994); America: Who Stole the Dream? (1996) ; Andrews & McMeel/Universal Press Syndicate.

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The Orwell Diversion by Alex Carey
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     SEE ALSO: Lapham, Lewis H.; Tentacles of Rage: The Republican Propaganda Mill, A Brief History; Harper's Magazine cover article; September, 2004, page 32.

     By one conservative estimate, the corporate right has spent about $3 billion over the past three decades manufacturing public opinion to suit big business goals. Lapham's number covered the early 1970's to the present day. Alex Carey noted that by 1948, anti- New Deal corporate propaganda expenditures had already reached $100 million per year, not adjusted for inflation, for advertising alone. (Carey, ibid; page 79)

     Adjusted for inflation, that 1948 $100 million becomes $801,659,751.04 in 2005 dollars.

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