Things that Bring Tears to My Eyes: A Continuing Series

Wednesday, August 31, AD 2016

Remembering my son Larry, this choked me up:

Michelle Malkin tweeted this story out earlier and I have to say it really is the best thing I’ve read all day. Maybe you’ve seen the photo already but what’s important is the story behind it.

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Florida State University football players visited a Middle School today. During lunch, wide receiver Travis Rudolph noticed one student, Bo Paske, who was sitting off on his own and decided to ask if he could join him. When a picture of the two sharing lunch made it back to Bo’s mother, Leah Paske, she posted it on Facebook and explained why it was such an emotional moment:

Several times lately I have tried to remember my time in middle school, did I like all my teachers, do I even remember them? Did I have many friends? Did I sit with anyone at lunch? Just how mean were kids really? I remember one kid on the bus called me “Tammy Fay Baker” bc I started awkwardly wearing eye liner in the sixth grade, I remember being tough and calling him a silly name back, but when he couldn’t see me anymore I cried. I do remember middle school being scary, and hard. Now that I have a child starting middle school, I have feelings of anxiety for him, and they can be overwhelming if I let them. Sometimes I’m grateful for his autism. That may sound like a terrible thing to say, but in some ways I think, I hope, it shields him. He doesn’t seem to notice when people stare at him when he flaps his hands. He doesn’t seem to notice that he doesn’t get invited to birthday parties anymore. And he doesn’t seem to mind if he eats lunch alone. It’s one of my daily questions for him. Was there a time today you felt sad? Who did you eat lunch with today? Sometimes the answer is a classmate, but most days it’s nobody. Those are the days I feel sad for him, but he doesn’t seem to mind. He is a super sweet child, who always has a smile and hug for everyone he meets. A friend of mine sent this beautiful picture to me today and when I saw it with the caption “Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son” I replied “who is that?” He said “FSU football player”, then I had tears streaming down my face. Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver at Florida State, and several other FSU players visited my sons school today. I’m not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I’m happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten. This is one day I didn’t have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes. Travis Rudolph thank you so much, you made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life! #travisrudolph #autismmom #fansforlife

I’ve read this three times now and it still gets me.

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  • Amen!

  • I don’t know you other than through your blog. I don’t know Larry other than what you have shared about him. You, Larry and your family have been in my prayers because I got to know you all somewhat by your blog. I saw this story as a headline earlier today somewhere and didn’t read it. Then I saw your blog headline and your mention of Larry and I had to read. And you’re right, it is the best thing I have read all day. Maybe the guy just needed a place to sit and eat, but how many others saw that same open place with the same need and for some stupid reason went somewhere else.

    By the way, the best things you have shared among many very good things have been your reflections about your son. Please share some more and make our day again.

  • Thank you Steve, your kind comments mean a lot to me.

    Larry was extremely patient during the endless visits to bookstores that punctuated his life, and the lives of his brothers and sisters during their childhoods. It used to be a saying of our daughter that something was amiss if we didn’t go to at least one bookstore on our outings. Larry would normally be by my right side as I browsed, although if there was a play area at the bookstore he would take advantage of that when he was a small boy. One day when we were at the Barnes and Noble in Kankakee an older gentleman I had never seen before or since came up to me and praised Larry’s demeanor and behavior, and how he reminded him of his son. I thanked him, and it struck me then that his son must be autistic also. My wife and I would often tell well meaning friends that Larry was no burden to us, which was the simple truth, but rather only a source of sheer joy. Seeing the other older father I could see that he understood this, and I have always remembered his remarks because of it.

  • Heart rending and uplifting story reminding us of how we need to be in situations like this. Thanks Don for all you do and all you share. This helps make your blogging unique and valuable. Blessing to you and your family.

  • Beautiful story.
    “What so ever you do for the least of my people, that you do unto me.”
    Jesus found in you is a stone falling into a still pond. The ripple effect reaches outward, moving the still waters, stirring souls to imitate the stone.
    Great story Don.
    Larry, pray for us.

  • Donald, I am the mother of a 51-year-old autistic son who brings us great joy as you said of your Larry. Times can be difficult occasionally, less now than in the past, but he is a treasure and a source of price and inspiration in ways difficult to describe. This piece by this mother expresses what all parents of children with disabilities feel whenever attempts are made to accept and engage in normal behavior with our children. I have felt it and I thank God for such kindnesses for I know that my man/boy understands his difference and appreciates all attempts by others who offer him a token of normal friendship. Your little vignette about your book store trips remind me of my own son’s patience as we browse the library stacks, greeted by the librarians who have come to know him and his obsession with arranging books ‘just so’ considering him their help mate. I truly feel blessed to have him in my life.

  • Anna, we parents of children born with disorders like autism, understand that the treasures of God come often time in the most unlikely manner. There is not a day gone by when I do not thank God for the 21 years and three quarters he game me with my Larry boy.

  • I’ve shed a tear more than once from reading about Larry — his quirky pivot when receiving communion, his midnight snacks, his running ahead of his family “like a gazelle”, his orange room at you office. He has also enriched our lives and will continue to do so as you remind us of the treasure of his life. Thank you, Larry, and thank you, Mr. McClarey. I’m reminded of “All things work together for God’s glory.”

  • Thank you Ginny. Larry was the most unique individual that I have personally known in this life and as I told my wife after his passing, he was our great and grand adventure. Our life seems prosaic without his physical presence among us.

  • Note: the story of the lunch made it in today’s NYTimes. Nice to know the gesture is recognized and appreciated.

State of the Race

Wednesday, August 31, AD 2016

 

 

Going into the Labor Day weekend, Clinton is slightly ahead with Trump gaining ground.  The Los Angeles Times daily tracker shows Trump with a lead today of three points.  Go here to view it.  The topline result in August presidential polls isn’t important but the direction can be, and the direction for Trump is good news.  Almost all polls now show that he has at least halved the bounce that Clinton got from her convention.  As a candidate Trump seems to be learning his new trade of politician.  Clinton is bedeviled by her ongoing e-mail scandals that demonstrate that as Secretary of State she was selling access.  The New York Times published an editorial yesterday urging Clinton to cut all ties with the Clinton Foundation.  Clinton is a candidate under constant ethical fire who seems to be attempting to sit upon a shrinking lead with few public appearances for a candidate for President, while Trump ceaselessly barnstorms up and down the country.  This is political malpractice on the part of the Clinton campaign.

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  • I pray to God Almighty that Trump wins not because I like Trump or think he is capable of being a great President, but because I want to hear the liberal progressive Democrats howl, weep, wail and gnash their teeth in defeat. I want to say to them, “Now get out of this country as you threatened to do if Trump won. Get out! You are NOT welcome!”
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    I also have hope (not much but some) that if Trump wins, then appointments to SCOTUS may be conservative.
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    And yes, there is one blogmeister (who doesn’t and wouldn’t participate here) to whom I want to say, “You lost. You freaking lost! Now get out, you traitor to the US Naval Officer Uniform! Get the frack out, you anti-American effeminate emasculated excrementum putre!” Oh, if Trump wins, then I am going to have so much fun. It may be short lived as Trump acts like a canon ball amid international politics, but he cannot possibly do worse than that murderous pathologically lying scoundrel.
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    Sorry, folks. I just cannot help myself.

  • Most polls don’t matter, including the one cited above, since they measure popular voting trends. The Electoral College determines the President, not the popular vote. In this, Trump’s path is very narrow, as was Romney’s last cycle. Romney had skill, money and a fine political machine and he couldn’t navigate the path. I really doubt this oaf can pull it off.

    270 votes are needed. Hillary already has 234 locked up. A select few swing States are all that matter. States like FL, PA, MI, CO, GA, VA, OH. THAT is where the outcome will be determined: internal polling in key swing States.

    A fine review and of the Electoral College path to Office is here:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439466/donald-trump-electoral-map-paths-270-impossibly-narrow

  • Agree with Dr. McClarey. I believe there is a deep rooted dissatisfaction and anger out here amongst the folks, many of whom will not admit they will vote for Trump and the polls do not see them.

  • Meeting with the president of Mexico is not unusual. It’s debate prep. He is preparing for a slam on Hillary. It goes something like…
    “A president should have leadership qualities, to be on top of the issues. Hillary does not have these qualities. She has been absent at every turn.
    Riots in Wisconsin? Absent.
    Floods in Louisiana? Absent.
    Benghazi? Absent.
    Immigration issue? Absent.
    I met with the president of Mexico to discuss the problems of illegal immigration.”

  • The Bear is for Trump. By Bear standards, there is certainly nothing objectionable about him. But Trump will not win. A Trump win would unhinge American politics. The Bear is not a conspiracy theorist, usually, but goth the GOP and Dems are united on this one issue: Trump must be stopped. No candidate has ever won the presidency without the support of one of the two major parties. Even the Bear’s friend Teddy Roosevelt couldn’t make the Bull Moose Party work. I hear you say, “Yes, but that was a third party.” For all intents and purposes, Trump is running as on a third party “Trump Ticket” even though he is technically in the GOP. The powers will be will make a Trump win impossible. A Trump win would hurt the dems, obviously, but the establishment Romney, McCain, Dole, Bush+ party would also suffer, having been proved to be largely irrelevant. As soon as the Bear’s lawyers figure out a way around the “natural born citizen” business, the Bear will run, and everybody loves Bears. And that will be the last election you humans will ever need.

  • Agree with the Bear that Trump win is slim. The powers that be are the powers that be for a reason, and they will not go quietly into the night. Like the Pope’s much ballyhooed Synod, the outcome of this election has been predetermined. There is simply no way to verify the integrity of electronic “voting” machines. Maybe Russia and China will send election observers.

    If they are smart, they will at least have programmed the machines to make the race look reasonably close. If Texas goes Hildebeast, that might raise suspicions.

  • Liberals suffer from severe allergies to facts. If you must provide facts to a liberal, be charitable and have on-hand an extra large, say a gallon, jar of Claritin.
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    Whoever wins will face a number of ticking time bombs. Clinton will make them worse. Even more dangerous to Americans than making the SCOTUS one which Saul Alinsky would love is Hillary’s destructive (superstition-based) economics policy.
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    Dan Mitchell, “This is the bitter fruit of creationist economics, the erroneous belief that government activity can somehow conjure new wealth and value.” Economic policies based on emotions never solve anything.
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    “When did Americans decide that 1% or 2% economic growth is acceptable, that puny wage increases are inevitable, and that we should all merely shrug and get used to the country’s diminished expectations? …the first quarter is further evidence of what has been the weakest economic expansion in the postwar era. …All of this continues the slow-or-slower pace of this entire expansion that began nearly seven years ago. Each year has had a similar GDP dip, and growth has never exceeded 2.5% (2010). The American economy hasn’t grown by more than 3% since 2005 (3.3%), the longest such stretch of malaise that we can find in the Bureau of Economic analysis tables going back to 1930. …Faster growth is possible, but it will take better policies.”
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    “This would place his (Obama) presidency fourth from the bottom of the list of 39*, above only those of Herbert Hoover (-5.65%), Andrew Johnson (-0.70%) and Theodore Roosevelt (1.41%).”
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    30 Aug 2016, Steven Moore, “Hillary Clinton is apparently one of Mrs. Pelosi’s A students. The entire Clinton recovery agenda is to spend $1 trillion more on government public works programs, free day care and college education, and expanded entitlements. She would raise investment and personal income tax rates (paid by many small businesses) to finance all of this.
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    “Hillary has been parading around a study by economist Mark Zandi of Moodys, which claims that this fairy dust will mean happy days are here again. He claims millions of new jobs and billions in added output. But Mr. Zandi has been one of the wrongest economists in America for the past decade.”
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    28 Aug 2016: Instapundit quoted Powerlline, John Hinderaker: Why it isn’t “the economy, stupid,” this time:

    “In 1992, Bill Clinton announced that “It’s the economy, stupid.” That was pretty much the sole theme of his campaign. He ludicrously claimed that the country was then experiencing “the worst economy since the Great Depression,” a lie that the press, to its everlasting shame, not just allowed but often endorsed. So what was the level of GDP growth that Clinton relentlessly denigrated?
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    “According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the quarterly growth numbers for 1992, in chained 2009 dollars, were 4.8%, 4.5%, 3.9% and 4.1%. That’s right–the growth that Bill Clinton derided as the “worst economy since the Great Depression” was around four times what we are now seeing under Barack Obama. And Hillary Clinton promises to continue Obama’s anti-growth policies.”

  • Seen at “Zero Hedge.” The little people pay! “A look into the time that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and family chartered a Gulfstream Jet, at taxpayer expense (a bargain at $90,000), to attend a retirement ceremony for their chef in . . . La Jolla, California.”
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    As a taxpayer, I prefer that the Foundation pay for her first-class transport and five-star hotels. Hey, she gave Russia only 20% of our uranium – soon to be given back at no charge by Iran. BANG

  • Then why did the powers that be allow the Republicans to win such smashing victories in 2010 and 2014? For that matter, why didn’t the powers that be merely stop Trump from gaining the Republican nomination? I am always cynical about conspiracy theories that require ungodly amounts of people to be involved to make them work, with all of them keeping their mouths fully shut.

  • A poll of world leaders would be neat – if they could vote secretly- as to who they think will win in November – as well as who they hope will win…

  • I know you’re not the “average bear”, Bear, but disagree. This is the most unusual presidential election year in our lifetimes. Trump being the nominee is testament to that. The Republican establishment have nothing to say about this. They weren’t able to wield their influence in the primaries and certainly not now. I really believe he has a decent chance largely due to the morass created by obama.

  • Trump is trashing the K Street GOP establishment. National Review is part of that establishment and, like Glenn Beck, they can’t let go of their Trump hatred.

    Not for one second have I considered Donald Trump to be a champion of social conservative causes. Rick Santorum was, and look where that got him. Social conservatism has been trashed by the media and Hollywood. The typically spineless USCCB, still smarting over the homosexual priest scandal, has nothing to say about anything except allowing more immigrants into the country.

    We need economic growth and we need to be rid of the Clintons. Who knows if it will happen?

  • “Romney had skill, money and a fine political machine and he couldn’t navigate the path. I really doubt this oaf can pull it off.”

    Uh. Were you even alive during Romney’s presidential campaign? It was an absolute joke. There was no get out the vote effort. There was no serious social media component. He would not attack his opponent with the truth. He was a weak candidate in more than one way. He was a purely establishment moderate, and no establishment moderate has beat a liberal Democrat for President in my adult lifetime. Get real!

  • Trump is showing that the dynamics of our basically one party system (Insider Party) can be changed. Even if he doesn’t win there will be over 50 million Americans who have a significant and hopefully favorable influence on politics going forward. Conclusion: The Trump phenomenon is positive for democracy.

  • Plus he is inserting some facts into the public conversation that others have been reluctant to say.

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  • I am re-reading the new, Mark Lee Gardner, Rough Rides book because (I am a retired, useless drain on society) I wanted info to “judge” whether TR did his heroics (and he was very heroic in Cuba – he led from the front and was on horseback, “Little Texas,” or moving along the lines upright at all times in heavy small arms/arty fire while ordering his troops to not take unnecessary risks) because of political ambition or his drive to be a “man” as he saw it.
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    He and a great soldier, Leonard Wood (an MD who was awarded the MoH for actions in the Geronimo Campaign) recruited, organized, trained and equipped the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. His “volunteers” (cowboys, miners, lumberjacks, Ivy League football players, lawyers, et al) were at the forefront of the victorious fights around Santiago with the Army regulars.
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    I am convinced TR did it out of his life-long drive to be a “man.” I think his political ambition was a derivative of his drive to be a “man” as he defined the term.
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    IMO TR earned an MoH for Cuba, but was denied – political and Army jealousy(?). He finally, posthumously received it late in the 20th century.
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    TR chapter heading quote: “I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened.”
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    “He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. … ” Hamlet, I, ii. Not to worry. America is in process of banning manhood from the public sphere.

  • You are now what I hope to be some day T.Shaw! My motto will them be: “I’m retired. Don’t ask me to do anything! And get off my lawn!”

PopeWatch: Signs and Portents

Wednesday, August 31, AD 2016

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The Pope Emeritus on the lightning strike on Saint Peter’s that occurred on the day of his announcement of his resignation:

 

Guerriero then turned to the subject of the famous picture of lightning striking St. Peter’s basilica on the day of his resignation announcement. Benedict knew of the photograph and said “I should have really worried had I not been convinced, as I said at the beginning of my pontificate, to be a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.

“From the start I was aware of my limitations,” he continued, “and I accepted them, as I have always tried to do in my life, in a spirit of obedience.”

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  • But God does speak to man. To man’s core, his heart. Having within the Eucharist the sweetest of milk and honey is a discourse which the princes of this world can not taste. Nor can they hear the gentle guidance and songs of support from an unseen God who is visible in nature.

    Adoration of Jesus found in the Blessed Sacrament is the most profitable time for my soul. He speaks. I listen.

  • “. Benedict knew of the photograph and said “I should have really worried had I not been convinced, as I said at the beginning of my pontificate, to be a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”
    Sometimes we have ears but can’t hear because we already know the answer, or think we do. I think B16 already thought this through as he watched JPII slow down. He thought and thinks he did the right thing …and. He may be right… God’s plan Will come to pass-
    but the photograph does make me think the devil was feeling his oats a bit.

  • Just as Vatican II was a huge mistake but permitted for reasons known only to God, so was Benedict’s resignation. I believe we are somewhere near the beginning of the end of it all as our Church more and more takes on a geopolitical role while forsaking it’s primary mission of salvation and redemption.

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  • Our family watched Willy Wonka yesterday in his honour.

    An obviously good hearted man.

    I will miss him too.

    In the age of rage I will miss his quiet, simple, clean, slightly skewed, head scratching ironic sense of humor.

Clinton E-Mail Depositions: Huma Abedin

Tuesday, August 30, AD 2016

 

When it comes to the Clintons the normal rules that apply to the rest of us apparently do not apply to them.  For example, in a FOIA act lawsuit brought over the Clinton e-mails by Judicial Watch, a conservative group, Hillary Clinton’s chief of state Cheryl Mills was deposed and her deposition was videotaped.  Prior to Mills’ deposition, her lawyers requested that it not be released to the public, so it could not be used against Clinton for partisan political purposes.  In a bizarre ruling, Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed that the video of the depositions could not be released to the public, but that transcripts of the depositions could be released.  He then, sua sponte ( by the court’s unilateral action) made this decision applicable to all depositions taken in the case.

Legal suits, in most cases, are public matters.  The public normally has a right to access to the materials of such a lawsuit, absent matters that a court finds to be subject to some sort of legal privilege.  There is no legal privilege protecting materials in a lawsuit from being used for political purposes.

Fortunately Phelim McAleer, an independent filmmaker, is dramatizing the depositions.  Only the text of the depositions is used in the films.  McAleer is used to telling the stories the news media tries to ignore for political reasons.  He has just finished filming on a movie about abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who he describes as the most prolific serial killer in American history.  He is kickstarting his project to dramatize the Clinton e-mail depositons.  Go here if you wish to contribute.  I did.

The above is the dramatization of the deposition of Huma Abedin.  Abedin is the right hand gal of Hillary Clinton.  Clinton has referred to her as a second daughter.  I think she is the closest thing that Hillary Clinton has to a friend on this planet.  Abedin is up to her neck in scandals involving influence peddling via the Clinton Foundation while Clinton was Secretary of State.  In e-mails she has noted that Clinton is often confused and needs naps. 

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  • There is no “apparently” about the Clintons. Laws that apply to everyone else do NOT apply to the Clintons. They never have, going back to Bill Clinton’s draft dodging and days spent in Oxford.

    The Clintons are sleaze personified. They have always benefited from a compliant media and from Hollywood.
    I think they will never see justice in their earthly lives.

  • She is married to Anthony Weiner, former New York Democrat Congressman and pervert who likes e-mailing people pictures of his genitalia. Abedin announced her separation from him this week after his latest foray into do it yourself e-mail porn was revealed. If Abedin was a character in a work of fiction she would be regarded by readers as too improbable.

    NYC campaign impresario David Garth was once asked why he referred to Ed Koch and Bess Meyerson (who was appearing at events with Koch in 1977) as ‘the Smith Brothers’. His reply, “Two beards, schmuck”.

  • With all of the ties to terrorist organizations of both Huma and her family, how
    did the woman get the security clearance to become such a high level aide
    to a Senator/Secretary of State/Presidential candidate? Given what is
    public knowledge about the woman and her family connections, who
    signed off on her?

  • Weiner belongs behind bars in this latest episode with his young son present. What a disgusting bunch and on so many levels…Bill, Hillary, Weiner, Abedin and their minions.. In most cases the drive by media down plays or excuses the baby parting out, the treason, lying, graft, extortion, perversion, Arkancide, etc. It’s like the Truman Show or Twilight Zone because it doesn’t seem real….but it is.
    Philip’s suggestion to pray to our Blessed Mother each day to intercede in this election gives me hope. Also the fact that good people still are shocked by each revelation about the Clinton camp

  • Did you know Fyodor had a vision of the Clintons? [and of current WH denizen]. Note the “bestiality ” word: “The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov. The true signature of an aristocracy is when the aristocrats sign into law laws that do not apply to them. Think “US Congress and Senate,” and the other legislative branches, the President and so-called S Ct “justices.” Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas

  • Given what is public knowledge about the woman and her family connections, who
    signed off on her?


    The same official who gave ‘refugee’ status to the Tsarnaev clan?

Larry the Lobster Assumes Room Temperature

Tuesday, August 30, AD 2016

 

It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at this:

 

The 2016 Larry was saved from the stockpot, too. He was destined for dinner when several concerned citizens worked with a group called iRescue Wildlife, Inc., to intervene, the Miami Herald reports.

Larry had been reserved for one family’s dinner when the activists offered to buy him and send him to freedom, ABC News reports.

“They really opened up my eyes and it got me a little emotional,” Melluso told ABC. “We went ahead and donated the lobster to them.”

The Larry-savers made plans to ship him to the Maine State Aquarium, which said it would accept him, quarantine him and then decide what to do with him after that. There was a swift response from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

They called on the aquarium to let Larry loose.

“Lobsters are smart, unique individuals who feel pain and suffer in captivity,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement. “PETA is calling on the Maine State Aquarium to let this elderly crustacean live out his golden years in freedom and peace.”

Alas, Larry’s golden years were never to be.

He arrived at the Maine Aquarium … less than alive.

Jeff Nichols, communications director for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, says that there’s always a challenge in shipping a live animal.

“Maine lobster dealers do it all the time … they ship live lobsters all over the world, but it’s something that is part of their business practice and their area of expertise,” he told NPR. “This was a situation where, you know, it was somebody trying to figure it out.”

The first attempt to ship Larry was scuttled when FedEx sent him back. And unfortunately, he spent some time on freshwater ice, Nichols says, which isn’t ideal for a marine animal.

The Florida activists repackaged him, with some coaching from the Maine State Aquarium’s staff, and sent him again, the Portland Press Herald reported on Wednesday:

“Larry was packed in a Styrofoam clamshell with seaweed and frozen gel packs intended to keep him cold. The Styrofoam package was then put in another box, providing extra cushioning and protection from leakage. iRescue did not respond to questions about the shipping cost.

“The packaging method has worked in the past for others who have shipped live lobsters to the aquarium, Nichols said. But when staffers opened the box Wednesday around noon, they found a motionless crustacean and broken gel packs.

“Unsure whether Larry was dead or alive, a staffer touched the lobster’s eye, but found it dry and unresponsive.”

Larry hadn’t made it.

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  • All I could see is the scale of justice.

    For the men and women at PETA and iRescue Wildlife a small fetus is placed on the right side of the scale, Larry the lobster on the left.
    Christ Jesus asks the question; Which one did you try to save while you were on Earth?

    The mindset of hypocritical individuals that support killing children yet fall over each other on a old lobster is testimony of a world in peril. A society in ruin. Heartless and gutless.

  • Animal “rights” activists are another symptom of the current age, along with “enviornmentalists”, who care nothing for humanity but will stop at nothing to further their own causes.

  • http://usccb.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b927174dbe854683d4b527f98&id=962f9257e5&e=5711bef68f

    In today’s first reading St. Paul nails it on the head; “…we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit of the one from God.”

  • The original article left out the best line from the PETA statement:

    “PETA is calling on the Maine State Aquarium to let this elderly crustacean live out his golden years in freedom and peace.”

  • Pinky.

    It’s a Monty Python script…. seriously!?

  • Philip-Re: your scale: But Larry could feel pain. And aren’t you showing your bias placing the baby, sorry fetus, on the “right” side of the scale? PETA will tell you Larry had a Constitutional right to be on the right side. Just check the penumbras of the commerce clause and the shadows of the 5th amendment. Guy

  • So, a fairly quick and delicious death became a slow, torturous, wasteful death. Congratulations iRescue.

  • This crap happens every day of the week. At least 2 entire 1000 page books could be written re: so called “rescue” groups and the animals they have killed in their “rescuing” and the animal abuse taking place under the title of animal “rescue.” These “rescue” groups are getting rich. Recently, while begging for more money, the humane society here in my area had $5 million dollars put up in a CD in one single account. Check out the percentage of animals that are in PETA’s custody that don’t make it out alive–it is literally almost 100 percent.

  • And the ASPCA is a contributor to PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus

Tuesday, August 30, AD 2016

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Sandro Magister at his blog Chiesa notes criticism of the concept of Pope Emeritus:

 

 

In his retreat on the Vatican hill, Joseph Ratzinger just won’t keep quiet. Neither in the written nor in the spoken word.

In the anticipation of the early autumn release of his book-length interview with Peter Seewald, a new monumental biography will arrive in bookstores tomorrow, written by his friend the theologian Elio Guerriero, introduced with a preface by Pope Francis and ending with an interview of the ex-pope conducted by the author, previewed on August 25 by the newspaper “la Repubblica”:

> Ratzinger confessa: “Troppo stanco, così ho lasciato il ministero petrino

In the interview, Ratzinger once again explains that the only reason for his resignation of the papacy was his loss of energy. Thereby contradicting his successor Francis, who in an interview last July 3 with “La Nación” asserted that the abdication of Benedict XVI “had nothing to do with anything personal.”

But there is one point, among others, one which the two latest successors of Peter agree. Both of them give credence to the figure of the “pope emeritus,” a figure that however has no precedent, whether historical, theological, or juridical.

Francis writes in this regard, in the preface to the book previewed on August 24 by the newspaper “Avvenire”:

“For the Church, the presence of a pope emeritus in addition to the one in office is an innovation. [. . .] It expresses in a particularly evident manner the continuity of the Petrine ministry, without interruption, like the links of a selfsame chain joined together by love.”

Not only that. It is known that the prefect of the pontifical household, Georg Gänswein – who as Ratzinger’s personal secretary before, during, and after his pontificate is certainly the person closest to him – has pressed much further in setting forth this contemporaneous presence of the two popes, according to him almost “an expanded ministry,” “in common,” with “a collegial and synodal dimension’:

> Not One Pope But Two, One “Active” and One “Contemplative” (17.6.2016)

But it is not known to what extent Ratzinger may share the reckless ideas asserted in public by his secretary. What is ever more certain, however, is that some of the most competent and authoritative figures of the circle closest to the ex-pope are absolutely opposed to them.

One of these is Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, an illustrious Church historian, who last July spoke out in tough critical terms not only against the figure of the “pope emeritus,” but also against the goodness of Ratzinger’s abdication itself:

> Brandmüller: “The Resignation of the Pope Is Possible, But May It Never Happen Again” (18.7.2016)

Another is Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, a luminary of canon law and secretary of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, who in an interview with Andrea Tornielli for “Vatican Insider” on August 25 ripped to pieces the juridical and theological sustainability of the title “pope emeritus” being applied to one who has abdicated the papacy:

> Sciacca: “Non può esistere un papato condiviso”

Sciacca is bound to Ratzinger by a longstanding and solid friendship, which still lives on after his abdication. And this friendship lends that much more power to his criticism against the title of “pope emeritus,” which Ratzinger was the first to attribute to himself.

In the body of the interview, Sciacca demolishes the ideas of those who maintain that by abdicating Benedict XVI has renounced only the active exercise of the papal “ministry,” but has kept its “munus.”

But it is at the end – reproduced below – that the canonist’s criticisms are aimed against the figure of the “pope emeritus,” of which he spares practically nothing. And Sciacca also advances reservations on the abdication of the papacy in general.

It will be interesting to unearth, in the future spoken and written forays of ex-pope Ratzinger, some indication of his judgment on this double barrage of friendly fire aimed right at him by the unimpeachable Sciacca and Brandmüller.

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Pope emeritus? An aberration

From the interview with Giuseppe Sciacca on “Vatican Insider,” August 15, 2016

Q: What do you think of the designation of “pope emeritus.”

A: The expression “pope emeritus” or “pontiff emeritus” would seem to denote a sort of pontifical authority distinct from a further type of exercise of it. An exercise not identified, never defined in any doctrinal document, and impossible to comprehend, that is taken to have been the object of resignation. Arguing in this way, part of the pontifical authority would remain with the emeritus, even if, as is said, the exercise of it is prohibited. But the prohibition of the exercise of that which by its nature is essentially free in its exercise (potestas) is nonsense. The irrationality of this idea and the possible interpretive errors that stem from it therefore appear evident.

Q: You would have preferred the title of “bishop emeritus of Rome” for the pope who resigns?

A: No, I maintain that this solution would be just as problematic, even though some authoritative canonists may have upheld it: pope, pontiff, or bishop of Rome are in fact substantially synonymous. The problem is not the substantive, “pope” or “bishop of Rome,” but the adjective “emeritus,” which bears a sort of duplication of the papal image.

Q: What hypothesis would you have preferred or would you like to suggest?

A: First of all I would like to preface: I am not among those who hope that the resignation of the papacy may become a custom. On the contrary! Purely as a working hypothesis, if we should wish to sketch out for the resigning pontiff a possible legislative forecast for the future, the most congruous solution would seem to me that of the conferral of the title of “former supreme pontiff.” Or that of stipulating the reinsertion of the resigner in the college of cardinals, in the order of bishops, by the new pope. And to emphasize the “singularity” of the new officeholder, in the hypothesis in which all the  suburbicarian sees should be occupied, to insert him – ad personam – among the Eastern patriarchs who are members of the college of cardinals. “Salvo meliori iudicio,” as we are always accustomed to conclude the views that we advisors give to the dicasteries.

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  • There has never been an “emeritus” Pope in the history of the Church. Other Popes have resigned on extremely rare occasion. But they fully resigned. They went back to their prior state. There has never been two Popes sharing different “munus”, both clearly and claiming a share of Peter’s Seat and the prerogative to permanently alter the nature of this “Rock” of an Office for all time. There is no scriptural basis for what they’ve done, nor past Tradition. Christ chose one man and built His Church upon that Rock. That is pretty much bedrock.

    I do more than lean toward the side of the critics. I reject the notion of two Popes. There can be no more Pope Benedict; OR there can be no Pope Francis. One, but not both. I don’t see how this is Catholic at all; this thing they’ve done to the Rock at the heart of the Church. I am puzzled at the general acceptance of this new status quo.

  • Please forgive mere speculation from I who am nobody but Christ said, “upon this rock” not upon this rubble.

  • Oh, goody. We can revert to Pope Benedict should Pope Francis resign.

  • I always found Benedict’s abdication more than a bit strange. But it has just gotten even stranger with this book length interview. Benedict is doing what he said he would not do after he stepped down, insert himself onto the public stage.

PopeWatch: Bear Growls: Worlds Thinnest Books

Monday, August 29, AD 2016

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Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear has compiled a list of the worlds thinnest books:

  1. Muslim Contributions to Western Civilization
  2. Pope Francis’ Guide to Actual Church Teachings
  3. Archbishop Blase Cupich’s Qualifications as Telepathic Psychologist
  4. Church Growth Since Vatican 2
  5. Hillary Clinton’s Guide to Computer Security
  6. The Rescue Mission in the Benghazi Attack
  7. Reasons Why We Should Invade Syria and Aid Terrorists
  8. Ways Barack Obama is Superior to Vladimir Putin
  9. Other Religions Cardinal Koch Has Not Sucked Up To
  10. Elements Within the Church George Soros has not Put a Tentacle Into

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  • #16. The Catholic Politicians guide and clear conscience; beating insomnia.

    #17. The Catholic Politicians guide and pro-choice affirmations.

    #18. Catholic Politicians I have met while praying the Rosary in front of Planned Parenthood.

  • With regard to #1, that NASA outreach is going to pay dividends any day now.

  • “16. Hillary’s Lifetime Achievements.”

  • What about the “Famous Jewish Sports Legends”? 😉

    Shouldn’t that be #1?

  • Oh c’mon Don, I thought you’d get the reference:

  • Nope I did not. The last time I watched Airplane had to be at least three decades in the past!

  • Nate.

    I was stationed in Drambuie a couple decades ago. Hell-of-a battle. Lost Johnny Red and Black in a nightmarish hand to hand combat.
    Damn.

  • Christian Contributions to Science
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    In the same sense (at least I hope) that the Bear is using Muslim.
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    Also, Heart of Darkness is a thin book too.

  • Christian Contributions to Modern Science would have been a better title for the point I wanted to make.
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    Let me put it this way, if the title had been Muslim Contributions to Contemporary Culture, I’d agree whole-heartedly.

  • Ernst, Provide some details re: Muslim contributions to Western Civilization. FYI – huge plies of corpses and looted/razed cities don’t count.

  • Avicenna and Averroes (Aristotle, Aristotelianism); algebra and the astrolabe (astronomy)
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    to alliterate three.
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    I’m not disputing that it’s a thin book, but thin isn’t a synonym for either insubstantial or inconsequential.
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    And nobody specified that the contribution had to be original.

  • I think I can make a case for the United States Marine Corps and gunboat diplomacy as Muslim contributions (accidental) to Western Civilization.
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    But I’d only want to bring it before the bar of internet fat chewers and notion nodders.

  • notion noodlers.
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    The noddlers are part of the chin strokers and thumb suckers guild.

  • “Avicenna and Averroes”

    Both of whom, as Aquinas pointed out, were wrong.

    “Aristotle, Aristotelianism”

    A Greek pagan who was likely preserved by Eastern Christian monks who then informed the Muslims of his thinking.

  • Ernst-nope that is not where their thumbs are.

  • I don’t know about that first one. I read a book on the history of Islam earlier this year that suggested all of those advancements we Christians like to claim in truth came from the Islamic world.

  • The Arabs served as a conduit for the knowledge of antiquity preserved in Greek monasteries in areas they conquered and to a lesser extent that of the ancient Persians.

    A good look at the rise and fall of secular learning in the Arabic world:
    http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/why-the-arabic-world-turned-away-from-science

  • Islam as a religion is not necessarily anti-science. Where things went wrong was their acceptance of the theory of occasionalism. It goes like this: science relies on the observation of causes and effects. But you can’t say that anything has a cause other than God. If you say that the sun lights the earth, then you’re denying God’s omnipotence. You can only say that the sun rises by God’s will, then the earth happens to get brighter, also by God’s will. You definitely can’t predict that tomorrow the sun will rise or the earth will experience day time, because that would be claiming that God is limited. You can only note that the occasion that the sun came up is the same one as the sky got bright.

    Christianity resolved this puzzle by describing the natural and the supernatural. Aquinas embraced observation as a means of identifying truth. Islam went the other direction at about the same time – not coincidentally, at the end of the “Golden Age” of Islam.

    I said that Islam is not necessarily anti-science, but it’s prone to it. By not understanding the Incarnation and the Cross, or even the first Covenant, all the questions that a thoughtful person might ask about God’s absolute power and absolute goodness never get fully considered. They describe God as all-loving, but never have the experience of Job or that of St. Theresa of Avila. They default to God’s omnipotence. God may have 100 names, but he’s only got one dimension.

  • @Pinky

    I like it.

    Good post.

  • @ Philip – #18 — Too bad, what a photo op

  • @guest.

    Thin…thin book.
    Extremely thin.

August 29, 1786: Shays’ Rebellion Begins

Monday, August 29, AD 2016

 

 

In the aftermath of American victory in the Revolutionary War, times were tough in the new nation.  In Massachusetts farmers faced financial ruin as merchants, concerned with the inflation, were demanding repayment of debts in hard currency which was in short supply.  Governor John Hancock attempted to set an example by not demanding that his debtors pay him in hard currency, and he refused to authorize prosecution of those who failed to pay their taxes to the State.  This was to no avail as more farmers began to lose their farms through foreclosure.  That most of these farmers had fought in the Revolution made their plight more poignant, and also suggested that they would not stand idle as they were reduced to poverty.

Violence broke out after James Bowdoin, champion of the merchants, was elected Governor of the Bay State.  On August 29, 1786 a rebellion broke out when a well organized force prevented the court from sitting in Northampton.  Daniel Shays who had served in the Continental Army as a Captain, and who had receive a sword of honor from Lafayette that he had to sell to help pay his debts, participated in the Northampton action.  His name became attached to the Rebellion, but he staunchly denied that he was one of the leaders of the movement.

The Massachusetts government now confronted the quandary of attempting to assert its authority when the only armed force at its disposal were militia levies and much of the militia sympathized with the rebels.   The Federal government of the Articles of Confederation was deaf to appeals for aid, having no armed forces in any case to aid Massachusetts in putting down the Rebellion.

The solution was  a 3000 man militia force under former Continental Major General Benjamin Lincoln.  The force was paid for by 125 merchants who contributed 6000 pounds.  With this force, Lincoln crushed the Rebellion in February 1787.  Casualties were minor, five killed, a few dozen wounded, but the impact of the Rebellion was profound in convincing many of the leaders in the United States of the necessity of revising the weak Articles of Confederation and forming a stronger Federal government.  Shays Rebellion had given rise to outbursts throughout New England, and although they had been quickly quashed, the alarm they raised reached Mount Vernon.

On October 31, 1786 in a letter to Henry Lee, George Washington demonstrated how deeply Shays’ Rebellion disturbed him:

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Feast Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist

Monday, August 29, AD 2016

August 29 is the feast day of the beheading of John the Baptist, the herald of Christ.  Charlton Heston, in the video clip above, gave a powerful portrayal of the Baptist in The Greatest Story Ever Told, capturing the raw courage and energy that animated John the Baptist as a result of the blazing faith he had in God.  Like Elijah, John came out of the wilderness to fearlessly proclaim the word of God, but what Elijah and the other prophets could only glimpse darkly, the coming of the Messiah, John saw with his own eyes.  The last and greatest of the prophets, John fulfilled the role of Elijah as proclaimed by the prophet Malachi:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.

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The Barque of Peter Sails Through History

Sunday, August 28, AD 2016

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There is not, and there never was on this earth, a work of human policy so well deserving of examination as the Roman Catholic Church. The history of that Church joins together the two great ages of human civilisation. No other institution is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon, and when camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheatre.

The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday when compared with the line of the Supreme Pontiffs. That line we trace back in an unbroken series, from the Pope who crowned Napoleon in the nineteenth century to the Pope who crowned Pepin in the eighth; and far beyond the time of Pepin the august dynasty extends, till it is lost in the twilight of fable. The republic of Venice came next in antiquity. But the republic of Venice was modern when compared with the Papacy; and the republic of Venice is gone, and the Papacy remains. The Papacy remains, not in decay, not a mere antique, but full of life and youthful vigour.

The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustin, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila. The number of her children is greater than in any former age. Her acquisitions in the New World have more than compensated for what she has lost in the Old. Her spiritual ascendency extends over the vast countries which lie between the plains of the Missouri and Cape Horn, countries which a century hence, may not improbably contain a population as large as that which now inhabits Europe.

The members of her communion are certainly not fewer than a hundred and fifty millions; and it will be difficult to show that all other Christian sects united amount to a hundred and twenty millions. Nor do we see any sign which indicates that the term of her long dominion is approaching. She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of them all.

She was great and respected before the Saxon had set foot on Britain, before the Frank had passed the Rhine, when Grecian eloquence still flourished at Antioch, when idols were still worshipped in the temple of Mecca. And she may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul’s.

 

Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay, in his review of Von Ranke’s The Ecclesiastical and political History of the Popes of Rome, during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. (1840)

 

 

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  • . Pope Francis prefers air conditioned planes to that yuuuge double ender row boat even though a rented sailboat could take him to all the Americas and save fossil fuel except for docking and departure and dead air on a windless day….but who’s counting fuel tonnage.
    ( PS…murderer confesses in two nun murders in Mississippi. Sounds like he didn’t want witnesses in a petty burglary case.)

  • Pope Francis is a blip in history. The Barque of Peter defies history.

  • And Pope Francis will one day discover much to his dismay that he is a mere blip in history – or perhaps more like the bite of some microscopic insect like a flea or a tick.

  • Regardless of what PF is now or will be remembered as in the future, we are stuck with him. Something far more important is guiding this old barque…and it’s not Francis.

    Pray. Pray. Pray.

  • Maybe it’s a lack of humility. Maybe it’s hubris (overweening pride) without arête (heroic excellence). I think it’s a common theme among the corrupt, failed elites that have seized control over just about everything.
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    Philip, I believe that “something” is The Holy Spirit and Christ who will be with His bride to the end of tome. .
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    “Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.”

  • T. Shaw.

    Yes.

    The Holy Spirit is working in His Church.

    For your discernment of course;

    http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2127-apocalypse-now-another-great-sign-rises-in-the-heavens

    Come Holy Spirit come, and help prepare the bride for the coming of the groom.
    Keep your lamps trimmed!

  • Some commenters on Fr Z’s blog pointed out another interesting astronomical occurrence next year… a total solar eclipse visible only in the continental US will occur on Aug. 21, 2017, exactly 54 days before the centennial of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima.

  • Elaine.

    Illumination of Conscience at time of solar eclipse. (?)

    Speculation of course, however what a great grace, just before the end of the year of Mercy.

    Only God truly knows.

  • Forgot to mention that the significance of the 54 day interval is that it matches the duration of a 54 day rosary novena (6 novenas of 9 rosaries each, 3 prayed in petition and 3 in thanksgiving).

  • We are currently in one now, 54 day Novena, for the leadership of our nation. Started in on the Assumption and ends on Friday October 7th…Our Lady of Victory. Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Today is day 12.

  • Thanks for the uplift Donald. We needed that. Christ is in the boat with us and would wonder why we are so disturbed by the stormy seas at the present time.

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Sermon of Father Mapple

Sunday, August 28, AD 2016

John Huston’s film Moby Dick (1956) is a true work of genius.  The only film version worthy of the novel, the screenplay was written by Ray Bradbury who in 10,000 words  got to the essence of the 206,052 word novel.  (Bradbury confessed when he was approached by Huston to do the screenplay that he had never been able to get through the novel.)  A deeply religious film that asks questions about God and the human condition that still  jar us, the most striking scene is the sermon on Jonah by Father Mapple, portrayed unforgettably by Orson Welles.  Enoch Mudge who served as the chaplain of the Seaman’s Bethel in New Bedford and Father E.T. Taylor who served as the chaplain of the Seaman Bethel in Boston, served as the real life models for the fictional Mapple. (At the time of Melville any clergyman of age or authority was often accorded the title “Father” by his parishioners in Protestant churches, a distinction retained today only by Catholics, the Orthodox and a few Protestant churches.)

Welles suffered from a bad case of stage fright just prior to the scene and John Huston produced a bottle to help Welles fortify himself.  Welles then did the scene letter perfect in one take.  Here is the text of the sermon as written by Bradbury for the film:

And God prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. Shipmates, the sin of Jonah was in his disobedience of the command of God. He found it a hard command, and it was, for all the things that God would have us do are hard. If we would obey God, we must disobey ourselves.
But Jonah still further flouts at God by seeking to flee from him. Jonah thinks that a ship made by men will carry him into countries where God does not reign. He prowls among the shipping like a vile burglar, hastening to cross the seas, and as he comes aboard the sailors mark him.
The ship puts out, but soon the sea rebels. It will not bear the wicked burden. A dreadful storm comes up. The ship is like to break. The bo’s’n calls all hands to lighten her. Boxes, bales and jars are clattering overboard, the wind is shrieking, the men are yelling. “I fear the Lord!” cries Jonah, “the God of Heaven who has made the sea and the dry land!”
Again, the sailors mark him. And wretched Jonah cries out to them to cast him overboard, for he knew that for his sake this great tempest was upon them.
Now behold Jonah, taken up as an anchor and dropped into the sea, into the dreadful jaws awaiting him. And the great whale shoots to all his ivory teeth, like so many white bolts, upon his prison.
And Jonah cries unto the Lord, out of the fish’s belly. But observe his prayer, shipmates. He doesn’t weep and wail, he feels his punishment is just. He leaves deliverance to God. And even out of the belly of Hell, grounded upon the ocean’s utmost bones, God heard him when he cried. And God spake unto the whale, and from the shuddering cold and blackness of the deep, the whale breached into the sun and vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
And Jonah, bruised and beaten, his ears like two seashells still multitudinously murmuring of the ocean … Jonah did the Almighty’s bidding, and what was that, shipmates? To preach the truth in the face of falsehood! 
Now, shipmates, woe to him who seeks to pour oil on the troubled water when God has brewed them into a gale. Yeah, woe to him who, as the pilot Paul has it, while preaching to others is himself a castaway! But delight is to him who against the proud gods and commodores of this Earth, stands forth his own inexorable self, who destroys all sin, though we pluck it out from under the robes of senators, and judges. And eternal delight shall be his who, coming to lay him down, can say “Oh father, mortal or immortal, here I die. I have striven to be thine, more than to be this world’s or mine own, yet this is nothing. I leave eternity to thee, for what is man that he should live out the lifetime of his God?

 

Here is the much, much lengthier version from the novel  (Too bad that time prevented Ray Bradbury from serving as Melville’s editor!)

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  • That sermon, as are the Gospels, is pertinent today as it was in sailing ship days and when St. Peter was still fishing for fish, not men. St. Peter, pray for us. .
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    It reminds me of a priest’s sermon (I found on the net) on St. Dismus’ conversion and redemption on a cross next to Jesus’ Cross.
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    The priest noted that St. Dismus acknowledged his guilt (and Jesus’ innocence) and the justice in Dismus’ execution. St. Dismus did not ask that his punishment be eased. He asked that Jesus remember Dismus when He came into His Kingdom. St. Dismus showed humility – the theme of today’s scripture readings – along with Faith, Hope and Love of Jesus who suffered next to him. And, Dismus acknowledged true repentance/contrition for his sins.
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    Twenty or thirty years ago, I made it through Moby Dick (MD). I also read a number of Melville’s shorter South Seas sailor novels. In addition to the deep-running themes, MD is an encyclopedia of whaling. I recommend Joseph Conrad’s sea novels, as well.
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    St. Elmo, pray for us.

  • God will save us despite ourselves if only we admit our error and seek his help.

Huffington Post Thinks Their Readers Are Really, Really Stupid

Saturday, August 27, AD 2016

 

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A current post at leftist Huffington Post brings their readership the bad news that in one week the Reuters Ipsos poll has shown Clinton’s lead tumble to five points from twelve points, and in a poll listing all four candidates, including the Libertarians and the Greens, Clinton’s lead drops to three points.  (A Gravis Marketing Poll released yesterday shows Clinton’s lead dropping from five points to one point in a two way race.)

The hilarious thing with the Huffington Post piece is the edit at the end which includes this for their readers:

Editor’s Note:  Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims-1.6 billion members of an entire religion from entering the US.

Go here to read it.  The Huffington Post editors obviously think their readers are so stupid they will be unable to sort the white hats from the black hats without help.

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  • For once, Huffie nailed it.
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    25 Aug 2016: Bookworm Room Blog: “Thanks to the media’s relentless shilling, combined with the Leftist takeover of education, we’ve got several generations of people who proudly acknowledge their ignorance, but still think they’re qualified to vote based upon what the media tells them to do. […] waking up to the fact that Hillary cannot become president — and that if she does, it’s because of media misinformation combined with low-information voters :. . .
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    […]

    “It’s the leftist take-over of education. It’s not your faults that you’re idiots. You represent generations of American “students” have been corrupted (democratic Athens forced Socrates to drink hemlock) with so-called American Studies classes that solely taught bullshit, PC (universal deceit) victim groups, bullshit, and trashing of uber-evil America.”

  • No, the Huffing Post does not “think”, it KNOWS it’s readers are really really stupid. Dear Lord, have mercy. Good catch American Catholic.

  • Type “Breitbart” in the Google search bar and just check out the garbage that shows up after the Breitbart link.

    Typical Huff Post type crap.

  • “Type “Breitbart” in the Google search bar and just check out the garbage that shows up after the Breitbart link.”

    “Typical Huff Post type crap.”

    ——————————

    I read Breitbart’s stuff online, regularly. It is pretty reliable, right of center stuff. I have seen a rather weird, leftist stuff every once in a while.

  • It is not Breitbart that is crazy. I am referring to the numerous leftist websites that Google shows underneath the link to Breitbart. Google is a nest of leftists and Breitbart drives them crazy.

  • This is total misrepresentation and lies – one needs to be an idiot to believe this.
    I am surprised that there is no legal action being taken in these lies, smeers and misrepresentation. I know its politics as usual – but surely there is a limit – there are video tapes and recordings all over to verify what he said.

  • Now, if only Pope Francis could be fired for his insulting and scandalous remarks.

  • “The Huffington Post editors obviously think their readers are so stupid they will be unable to sort the white hats from the black hats without help.”

    I remember an report in the Glasgow Herald. A woman’s remains had been discovered in a couple of suitcases in the left luggage office at Glasgow Central Station.
    Lest the full significance of this discovery be lost on its readers, the paper informed them that “Police are treating her death as suspicious”

  • That ridiculous disclaimer is posted after almost every article that mentions Trump. No fair and balanced reporting here.

PopeWatch: Shea and Fisher

Saturday, August 27, AD 2016

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Eye of the Tiber’s take on the Shea, Fisher firings by National Catholic Register:

Two National Catholic Register staff writers have been fired and are now facing possible public flogging after they allegedly had opinions and were outspoken about them.

The National Catholic Register on Monday terminated Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher from their positions as staff writers from the EWTN-owned newspaper. Reports from several bloggers say that they were fired for allegedly saying stuff that kinda pissed some Catholics off, but made other Catholics happy.

According to officials at the National Catholic Register, comments from Shea and Fisher on Facebook did not conform to EWTN social media standards that require articles be “within the safe confines of the Catholic bubble from which no debate or critical thinking may be had.” 

An anonymous National Catholic Register official reported this morning that a phone call from EWTN chairman of the board and chief executive officer Michael Warsaw was made to the newspaper, asking, “Will no one rid me of these troublesome writers?”

Shea and Fisher were subsequently censured, and all Catholics who owned books by the accused were asked to burn them “effective immediately.” 

“When it came down to it, it was tone,” said the anonymous National Catholic Register official who was being closely watched by an armed EWTN agent. “As everyone knows, EWTN’s audience is mainly comprised of dinosaurs, and dinosaurs don’t like loud noises. One of EWTN’s younger readers who was born in the Cretaceous Era complained that the tone of former staff writers Mr. Shea and Mrs. Fisher was loud. She said that the tone rattled her like a ‘Triceratops hearing the roar of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.’ It had nothing to do with their positions on certain topics, which have not only conformed with the vision of our newspaper, but which have also been celebrated by us for many years.”

“Our EWTN readers,” he went on to say, “are not good with handling people with tempers. St. Jerome, for instance, was known for his temper, which is why those at EWTN, praise be their name, have opened a commission with the Vatican to investigate the possibility of de-canonizing St. Jerome.”

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