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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

swine!

April8

Preamble:

The (deservedly) immortal Dr. Nick Pappas at Radford Univerity called those of us that yearned to be learned “swine!”. This might mean brutish, possibly contemptible, certainly ignorant. But, a badge of honor, as it turns out, because Dr. Pappas knew we had merit based on the desire to change for the better. We sought enlightenment.

There! I’ve set the stage…

But, and just so you know, I started drafting this post on Sunday while it was, potentially, apropos. But, I wanted my thoughts around Bill Pope to run a certain course. And, so they have. Then of course, many of you know I struggle, and mightily so, with the Jesus element. Although the example, as established by those two men, both now otherworldly, continue to abound.

Thusly, I had these words that I intended to post. But, none of them seem sufficient in the face of the enormity of the events of which that day (Easter Sunday) is a commemoration.  I probably don’t have to tell you that Jesus was killed, in the worst possible way, for the stupidest possible reasons, by, as Chesterton has pointed out, elsewhere, and paraphrased here, an unholy coalition of all that was more or less the best in both government and religion at the time.

Travesty is an insufficient descriptor. Or, opportunity. Because, yet another stage was, therefore, set.

In the midst of this, a thought: Love is the visible attribute of an invisible God.

So… If you are a Christian then you are of the opinion that the Lord is Risen!  So, rejoice, ye swine, for something greater than we had ever hoped is at hand.  No grave could hold Him.  No earth could keep Him down.  Hell itself was merely a brief sojourn; and, He didn’t come back alone. (According to the Bible and Gale Jackson) After forty days of gathering darkness, and the great falling blow of Good Friday, we may finally stand up tall again with our splendid and appalling King.  He brings not peace, but a sword; He brings us to a fight, but it is a good fight and, well worth the trouble.

I’m not a Christian, mind. you. But, I WANT to believe this can happen – or, has occurred.

Many of you raised your glass Sunday (but why not each and every day?), wherever you were, in honor of the One who conquered death and gave us life in abundance.  Take the Bread and the Wine, if you are able.  Be in fellowship.  Love your families, your friends, your colleagues, and even your loathsome, miserable enemies.  You may fling them to the ground, when the time comes, but on this day of days it is best to hope for better outcomes, and more noble.

This might lead us to take the position that it’s apparently faith, not proof, that makes Christians believe in Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the central tenet of the religion.

Well… Possibly until now.

I offer this because it’s being reported that Oxford University professor Richard Swinburne (I don’t know if he is or was a swine, but close enough!), a leading philosopher of religion, has seemingly done the impossible. He is using logic and mathematics to create a formula that he says shows a ninety seven percent (97%) certainty that Jesus Christ was resurrected by God the Father. This information reported by The Age and Catholic News (However, I pulled it off MSNBC, again). NOTE: Meanwhile, nothing particularly original here, as I’m confident you’ve read about this elsewhere (on this very Blog, to be sure),

Nonetheless, as a reminder, this stunning conclusion was made based on a series of complex calculations grounded in the following logic:

  1. The probability of God’s existence is one in two. That is, God either exists or doesn’t.
  2. The probability that God became incarnate, that is embodied in human form, is also one in two.
  3. The evidence for God’s existence is an argument for the resurrection.
  4. The chance of Christ’s resurrection not being reported by the gospels has a probability of one in 10.
  5. Considering all these factors together, there is a one in 1,000 chance that the resurrection is not true.

“New Testament scholars say the only evidences are witnesses in the four gospels. That’s only five percent of the evidence,” Swinburne said in a lecture he gave at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. “We can’t judge the question of the resurrection unless we ask first whether there’s reason to suppose there is a God. Secondly, if we have reason to suppose he would become incarnate, and thirdly, if he did, whether he would live the sort of life Jesus did.” He says that even Jesus’ life is not enough proof. However, the resurrection is “God’s signature,” which shows “his approval of Jesus’ teaching.”

I’ve called the good fellow, to verify his sincerity, but he has yet to return my call.

By way of reference, the calculations that Swinburne says prove the resurrection are detailed in his book, The Resurrection of God Incarnate. Download it to your Kindle, or iPad, I have. Do it!!!

In closing, as I round out my point… We know why God took Jesus (providing you follow the Bible, and Gale Jackson). However, we are still asking ourselves why God felt He needed Bill and Bryce more than we did. Unless the simple answer is the establishment of a compelling example, driven home, if you will, with an awful and dramatic flourish. Our attention is caught. Now we have that scienter in our lives.

This means we need to be ready.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

let's compromise on the nobel peace Prize

October9

Apparently Barrack Obama has “won” a Nobel Peace Prize.

Well sir, I am naught less than speechless over this entire affair.

Given the enormous contribution to global society that most (perhaps ALL OTHER) Nobel Peace awardees have realized, I can’t help but feel that the entire system has now become compromised.

Allright then… I’m not just speechless, that never lasts long. I’ll seethe, but hope for a lesson in this somewhere.

Now we know where all that banking money really went. I understand that is a juvenile thing to write. But, dammit! This feels so uncomprehendingly wrong.

brian patrick cork

roman polanski and lawless purgatory

September29

I know… I’ll take some heat for this post. Maybe a lot of heat.

However, my heart is heavy and my shoulders feel the burden from a situation where the scales of justice have been unbalanced. I’m a Prudent Gentleman. I have no choice but to bring this situation to light and seek equity in the matter.

As a father and a man, I’ll never be able to comprehend what Roman Polanski did over thirty years ago. For me, the details really don’t matter. What he did was unconscionable.

However, what a judge did in terms of abusing our judicial system leaves me speechless. And, the fact that the problem with both the judge, and prosecutors that continue to compound the problem is both unconstitutional and beyond reason.

In 1977 Polanski apparently engaged in inappropriate conduct with an underaged girl. He cut a plea agreement with prosecutors and served time.

Roman PolanskiThe world knows that part. And, they know that in 1978 Polanski fled the United States for France. We also know he has continued a stellar career as a producer of film classics. However, I’ll not make him a hero here by outlining his victories. Because it could well detract from my point.

However, what is not known in the the world, at least the world known within the continental United States, is that  the judge overseeing the Polanski case arbitrarily decided to renege on the pleas agreement after Polanski emerged from prison. Polanski was allowed to plead guilty to one of six charges, and was sent to prison for forty two days of evaluation. Lawyers agreed that would be his full sentence, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. The girls family lawyer, Lawrence Silver, told the judge that his clients were not seeking a prison term for Mr. Polanski, only an admission of wrongdoing and rehabilitation. Later the girls family reached an undisclosed financial settlement with Polanski. Aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time and require his voluntary deportation, Polanski fled to France.

Samantha Geimer (now 45), his victim, said in a 2003 commentary for The Los Angeles Times:

“… he and his most recent film, “The Pianist,” should be honored on their own merits. She added, “Who wouldn’t think about running when facing a 50-year sentence from a judge who was clearly more interested in his own reputation than a fair judgment or even the well-being of the victim?”

Former opponents Douglas Dalton, Mr. Polanski’s lawyer, and Roger Gunson, the assistant district attorney who led the prosecution, together, pin the blame for Polanski’s flight directly on the presiding judge, Laurence J. Rittenband (who stepped down in 1989, and died in 1994).  The lawyers fill in the appalling details of what was effectively a second crime, one largely perpetrated by a celebrity-dazzled judge, and the equally gaga news media he courted.

This crime left two victims, Mr. Polanski, who was denied a fair trial, and Ms. Geimer, who was denied justice, and has publicly stated: “Sometimes I feel like we both got a life sentence.”

Polanski was arrested by Swiss officials late last week as he entered the country to receive a filmography award for life-time excellence. He has never hidden and always made himself available to authorities. Polanski has asked a U.S. appeals court in California to overturn a judges’ refusal to throw out his case. He claims misconduct by the now-deceased judge who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it. Earlier this year, Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza in Los Angeles dismissed Polanski’s bid to throw out the case because the director failed to appear in court but said there was “substantial misconduct” in the handling of the original case. In his ruling, Espinoza said he reviewed not only legal documents, but also watched the HBO documentary, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” which suggests there was behind-the-scenes manipulations by a now-retired prosecutor not assigned to the case.

Nonetheless, Polanski is currently being held in a Swiss prison awaiting extradition to the United States.

Ironically, it’s apparently being left to the French, Polish and Swiss governments to defend Polanski. In France, Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said he was “dumbfounded” by Polanski’s arrest. He went on to add: “In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face.” In Paris, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said he hoped Polanski could be quickly freed by the Swiss, calling the apprehension a “bit sinister.” He also told France-Inter radio that he and his Polish counterpart Radek Sikorski wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and said there could be a decision as early as Monday if a Swiss court accepts bail. The Justice Ministry insisted Sunday that politics played no role in its arrest order on Polanski, who lives in France but has spent much time at a chalet in the luxury Swiss resort of Gstaad. That has led to widespread speculation among his friends and even politicians in Switzerland that the neutral country was coerced by Washington into action.

For the moment I am also dumbfounded by our judicial systems lack of credibility in this matter. What Polanski did was clearly wrong. But, it was resolved, whether you agree with that resolution or not, under the scales of justice. However, those scales are upended and bent out of any shape of fair recognition by a single man acting out of his own self-interest, and willing to abuse his authority. Even though Polanski has petitioned the US courts in good faith for decades to review and resolve the problem created by a rogue judge, he will, tragically, never realize a fair trial in this matter. The media has fanned the wrong flames for years.

Meanwhile, lawyers on multiple continents are asking that Polanski be released on bail. So, the best that he can hope for is a return to France where life, liberty and justice will best if awkwardly prevail.

In other news, President Barack Obama is jetting off to Brazil with Oprah to petition the International Olympic Committee on behalf of the city of Chicago in the hopes of securing a bid for the 2016 Olympics.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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