Army Vietnam Studies

Monday, July 24, AD 2017


“The internet has changed everything” is a trite saying, but in regard to historical research it is also true.  Travel and expense were often the lot of historians as they chased documents.  Now, so much is available free with a few mouse clicks.  Case in point is the Army series Vietnam Studies, twenty-six volumes that examine the Army’s role in Vietnam.  A feast for historians or those who simply want a detailed look, for example, at Army air mobile operations in Vietnam.  Each volume is now available free in PDF downloads.  Go here to access them.

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PopeWatch: Down Argentine Way

Monday, July 24, AD 2017





Pope Francis is still popular in Argentina, but not quite as popular as he used to be:


More than four years since his election, although most Argentinians, Catholic and non-Catholic, still celebrate Pope Francis’ style and message as a blessing, enthusiasm has dimmed in some sectors of the population. A poll published in the mass-circulation Clarin newspaper in March last year suggested that his popularity had dipped to its lowest point, of 75 per cent. A recent poll taken in Buenos Aires and its province lifted the figure to 82 per cent. However, this was still lower than the approval ratings of well over 90 per cent that he enjoyed in the first months after his election.

The fact that a global spiritual leader is a fellow countryman was always bound to be a refreshing experience, as well as a source of genuine pride, for a country that previously counted football stars – Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi – as its most popular international exports.

Francis’ many admirers see a reassuring familiarity in the humility that characterised Jorge Bergoglio’s years as their archbishop and his devotion to the poor and those on the “peripheries”. They have warmed to his readiness to reform the Church and to open up the discussion of controversial issues. However, he also faces criticism.

Politically conservative and traditionalist Argentinian Catholics see him as too radical and as unsound in theology. Over dinner in fashionable restaurants, they whisper about his reliance on instinct and charisma, like his childhood political idols, General Juan Perón and his wife, Evita. Social media is sometimes excoriating.

More measured doubts are aired in conservative parishes or in informal conversations at which government officials or business executives are present. Occasionally, a sceptical journalist or politician gingerly advances their views in public, as did Elisa Carrio, a conservative Catholic ally of the current centre-Right government of President Mauricio Macri.

After Milagro Sala, an indigenous community activist in northern Argentina, was arrested last year on charges of fraud, extortion and illicit association, Carrio described Francis’ gift of a rosary to her as a “grave error of judgement”. As Jose Maria Poirier, editor of the Catholic magazine Criterio, commented: “The waters are rather divided. There seems to be two perceptions of the Pope Francis: an international, and a national one – and they are very different.”

Concern that Pope Francis is being unwittingly drawn into Argentina’s politics as the nation gears up for mid-term congressional elections in October recently led Jorge Lugones, Jesuit bishop of the densely populated Buenos Aires diocese of Lomas de Zamora, to lament that Francis “was so valued and loved around the world yet so questioned in his own country”.

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  • The current Pontiff quite enjoys the power he wields at the moment. He appears to be more of a politician than a religious leader.
    How often did Bill Clinton go back to Arkansas? Or Obama Chicago? Not much.

  • He doesn’t want to go back because they hate him. Pretty simple, actually…

  • The Pope has no interest in measures which would be tonic for Argentina. That’s true in the realm of social teaching and in every other realm.

  • Not a single member of the Lavender Mafia is a priest in good standing, that is, not excommunicated, by his rejection of Jesus Christ’s virginity.
    And consider this: Men who are complicit in the crime of assault and battery known as the addiction to sodomy cannot receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders, no more than a female can be ordained.
    The Holy Spirit not embraced is an impediment to the Rite of Ordination, Jorge Bergoglio among them.

  • I think Penguins Fan’s observation is very pertinent. How often after achieving power and fame did Bill and Hillary Clinton return to Arkansas to thank those who gave them their start? How often did Barack Obama return to his old stomping grounds in Chicago to thank those who gave him his start? Jorge Bergoglio is of the same cloth: nothing but a worldly politician occupying the See of St. Peter. More and more I am coming around to the viewpoint held by a certain Mundabor over at his blog by the same name. As I go to Novus Ordo Masses and converse with the average Roman Catholic, I become more and more disgusted at the ignorance of Scripture and Tradition held and even practiced where the effeminate gospel of social justice, the common good and peace at any price replace the authentic Gospel of conversion and repentance, righteousness and holiness, manliness and womanliness. A pox on this Pontiff and all his works. May he be quickly and summarily deposed and anathematized along with all the lavendar mafia clerics whom he has appointed both in Rome and abroad!

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The Lion’s Brood

Sunday, July 23, AD 2017


Theodore Roosevelt had advocated American entry into World War I, and wanted to fight himself.  Being denied that privilege by President Wilson, he took solace in the fact that each of his sons volunteered for the War.

His son Archie would be a decorated, and wounded, veteran, serving as an officer with the 16th and 26th Infantry.   He would serve in combat in the Pacific during World War II.  He would have the distinction of being determined to be 100% disabled from war wounds in both World Wars.

Theodore Jr, who would attain general rank in World War II and earn a Medal of Honor, also served as an officer in the 26th and would be gassed and wounded.

Son Kermit served as a Captain in the British Army, serving in combat in Mesopotamia (Iraq), and then transferred to the US Army serving as a Captain of artillery during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.  In World War II he would serve again in both the British and American armies.

Son Quentin, age nineteen, the baby of the family, sailed for France on July 23, 1917 with the 95th Aero Squadron.  His parents and his fiance saw him off.

Not only the Roosevelt brothers saw service in the War.  Sister Ether was the first to see service in the War, as a nurse in the Ambulance Americane  Hospital where her husband served as a surgeon.


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Life in a Time of Tares

Sunday, July 23, AD 2017

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Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Matthew 13: 24-30



In any farming community, farmers being human, feuds will sometimes grow up between farmers and their families.  The Romans understood this, and so they had a law forbidding anyone from sowing tares, darnel, in a wheat field.  A ryegrass, darnel is indistinguishable from wheat in the early stages of development and only when they are both mature can wheat be readily distinguishable from tares.  It takes little imagination to see Jesus as a boy, working in the carpenter shop of Saint Joseph, and hearing one of the farming clients of Joseph ranting about how an unknown enemy of his had ruined his wheat field by planting darnel in it.

Christ has shaped out of this unpleasant example of rural life, a parable which says much about the human condition.  It would save time if we all wore signs saying “good”, “evil”, “both”, “making up my mind”, but we do not.  Until revealed by deeds, the side chosen by each of us each day remains a deep secret, often to the person making the daily choice, sense the capacity of man to deceive himself is bottomless.  But God knows, and ultimately we each reap the harvest of our deeds.  So with us individually, so our societies, our political institutions, our churches and all the other manifold ways in which we humans gather together.  Enough wrong choices and the tares are in charge, lording it over the wheat.  Saint Augustine noted this long ago:

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  • AMEN! Often the parable is misread as “we are the wheat” and “our evil neighbors are the tares”. But it’s the wheat and tares within our own life choices that our Lord leaves us to work out until the end, when, both throughout our lives on earth and in purgatory, the “tares” are burned and the “perfect wheat” is gathered into His Barn!

  • St. Augustine’s Sermon 23 on the New Testament – thanks!

    The message at Mass today was also pretty good. My commentary is here, but as you all know I am not politically correct. Forewarned is forearmed.

  • “Let the good tolerate the bad; let the bad change themselves, and imitate the good.” St. Augustine. Amen to that.

    And a parallel quote: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5

    And another: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7

    And last: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20

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Our Under Studied Civil War

Sunday, July 23, AD 2017



It seems shockingly counter-intuitive to suggest that the Civil War is under studied.  Beginning while the War was being waged, and continuing to the present day, there have been an avalanche of books about that conflict.  However, certain aspects of the War have been understudied.  With the advent of almost cost free e-publishing, the legions of amateur Civil War scholars can help rectify this situation.  I expect to retire in approximately a decade.  If God grants me a long life and good health after retirement I will attempt to aid in shedding light and analysis on facets of the War which have received comparatively little scholarship.  Here are ten such areas.  I would note that the inclusion of an area for further work does not mean that books and articles have not been written on the subject, but that they are comparatively sparse, especially in reference to topics that receive endless treatment.

  1. The Trans Mississippi– Both the Union and the Confederacy frequently used the conflict beyond the Mississippi as a dumping ground for failed and/or troublesome generals and that perceived taint has apparently descended down the years to make this the most ignored theater of the War.  This has helped give a false impression of the War overall.  In the far West the War was fought to the knife and the knife to the hilt, engendering hatreds that lingered for generations after the last shot was fired.  The conflict was important with the Union dedicating manpower and resources against local Confederate forces that could have been better spent elsewhere.  If the Union had lost the War, the conflict in the Trans Mississippi might well have been blamed for being a drain on Union military and naval resources.
  2. Jefferson Davis-Unsurprisingly, the scholarship on Davis is infinitesimal when compared to the mountain of studies on Lincoln.  That imbalance will never be addressed, nor should it be.  However, the day to day activities of Jefferson as commander in chief do need a serious and comprehensive study.
  3. United States Colored Troops-Some 180,000 blacks fought for the Union, most in the United States Colored Troops.  The scholarship  on this organization is limited, weak and much of it dated.
  4. Regimental histories-In the decades immediately following the Civil War, many regimental histories were written, most by former members of the regiments.  Although there is valuable history contained in these tomes, the scholarship usually ranged from non-existent to shoddy.  Modern regimental histories, in the mode of the pioneering history of the 20th Maine, are needed.  Here, especially, amateur scholars could be quite helpful.
  5. Alcohol and the Civil WarAlcohol tends to be mentioned in most Civil War histories only in reference to General Grant.  It was a hard-drinking time and drunkenness was a common problem among officers and men.  Alcohol and its impact on the Civil War awaits good, and detailed, studies.
  6. Artillery-Compared to the infantry and cavalry, books on Civil War artillery have been relatively few in numbers.  The men who served the king of battle deserve better.
  7. Logistics-Serious consideration of logistics and its impact on Civil War operations tends to be scarce in most histories.  A logistical history of the Civil War needs to be written.
  8. Foreign Volunteers-For decades after the Civil War Heroes von Borcke proudly flew the Stars and Bars from the battlements of his Prussian estate, a memento of his service under Jeb Stuart.  Considering how many of them there were, the foreign volunteers who fought for the Union and the Confederacy have received little attention in most histories.
  9. Staff work-Ah, the Remfs, always unloved by the frontline soldiers in every conflict.  Nonetheless, staff work often determines the success or failure of most military operations, and the scholarship devoted to this important topic is minuscule.
  10. War Governors-Considering the key role they played, the war governors, Union and Confederate, have received, the majority of them, relatively little scholarly attention.

In regard to America’s greatest war, much work remains to be done.  Scholars, to your key boards!

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  • “5. Alcohol and the Civil War–Alcohol tends to be mentioned in most Civil War histories only in reference to General Grant. It was a hard-drinking time and drunkenness was a common problem among officers and men. Alcohol and its impact on the Civil War awaits good, and detailed, studies.”

    Under the circumstances of the oceans of bloodshed—how many accounts of so many battles, such as Antietam, Cold Harbor, Devil’s Den at Gettysburg, etc—literally describe the fields and rivers running with men’s blood—plus the maimings, the amputations, the bodily destruction—so that, despite not really being a “useful therapeutic option” at all, men during the Civil War being prone to abuse alcohol is an almost-rational response to a mind-shattering day-to-day reality.

  • Another aspect of the Civil War that I believe does not get enough attention is the fact that the divisions among the American people were not as cut and dried as we are led to believe. For example, not all slave owners were secessionists, nor were all secessionists in favor of slavery.

    If you like audio podcasts I recommend the Church history podcasts by Msgr. Michael John Witt, a former Christian Brother and now professor at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. He has one series that addresses the role of Catholics in the War and explains all the different issues involved; you can find it at his website, Click on the link for “St. Louis: The Lion and the Fourth City, Vol. 2” and the links to each episode (usually 22 to 25 minutes long) will appear on that page. Those that deal with the Civil War are labeled as such. The “Lion”, by the way, was Archbishop Peter J. Kenrick, whose episcopal motto was “Noli irritare leo” or “Don’t mess with the lion.” 🙂

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Anthony Esolen

Saturday, July 22, AD 2017


The colleges are thus committed to a moral inversion. High and noble virtues, especially those that require moral courage, are mocked: gallantry in wartime, sexual purity, scrupulous honesty and plain dealing, piety, and the willingness to subject your thoughts, experiences, and most treasured beliefs to the searching scrutiny of reason. What is valued then? Debauchery, perversion, contempt for your supposedly benighted ancestors, lazy agnosticism, easy and costless pacifism, political maneuvering, and an enforcement of a new orthodoxy that in denying rational analysis seeks to render itself immune to criticism. You sink yourself in debt to discover that your sons and daughters have been severed from their faith, their morals, and their reason. Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper. They might well be healthier, too.

Professor Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes

Hattip to John C. Wright.

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  • Anthony M. Esolen’s prose is poetic

  • Perfect definition of political correctness: “…a new orthodoxy…(that) seeks to render itself immune to criticism.”

  • I don’t know what we are going to do about the generation now coming out of our elementary and high schools, let alone our colleges. They are trained to hate American history, to believe the USA was built upon being a slave Kingdom, that only the wealthy rule America, but worst of all, to hate anyone who disagrees with them with a furious bitter hatred.

    They will risk nothing for a noble cause; serve nothing, except themselves; and cannot seem to measure themselves by avoiding cheating stealing and lying. It is a grim outlook.

  • People who are taught lies can always be taught truth. I have hope in the young.

  • Hillsdale College is my oldest son’s top college choice. He attended their Liberty and Learning Youth Conference earlier this summer.

  • Jay Anderson.

    Thank God.
    Ave Maria University, Hillsdale college these are the antidote to the poison that is being happily distributed through out the world. God bless your eldest son’s top pick.
    I hope he enters in.

  • Anthony Esolen is one of the few orthodox Catholic intellectual leaders of our time. Show your appreciation by buying his book ‘Out of the Ashes’ and maybe subscribing to Touchstone magazine for which he is a writer and edits.

  • Dr. Esolen had a long history at Providence College. Toward the end of his tenure there, he was subject to a campaign of vilification from the usual suspects there, a campaign endorsed by the college administration. The whole mess left a bad taste in his mouth and when a job offer came over the transom from a serious Catholic college in New Hampshire, he took it. Providence College is run by the Dominican order. I’m sure there’s a religious order of some vintage which isn’t a scandal. I’m not sure which though…

  • Esolen is of course on target about the need to find a restoration of fundamental moral and societal values, but there is abundant reason for pessimism.

    Close to “home” here in the SF Baytheist Area, the product of the k-12 public school system, filled with teachers staffed for decades by radicals from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State, the violence is reflected in the utterly amoral attacks on ordinary citizens in the BART public transit system that have been suppressed by the BART authorities and the media:
    Masses of “youths” — let’s be blunt, black teenagers in the Oakland and Richmond areas—have turned criminal attacks into a sporting event. Although the most attention was given to an April 2017 incident, these are regular events and near-events, now, everywhere here. Specifically with regard to BART, people avoid the system if they are wise. But it is all over the area, now, the Lord-of-the-Flies feral youth.
    Now, the most outrageous attack to date occurred this past Thurs, July 20th, at the Richmond BART station, and was witnessed from a train car by, of all people, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt—who to his credit, unlike Mayor Ed Lee (SF) or Sam Liccardo (San Jose), doesn’t try to suppress the exploding crime wave sweeping the Bay Area by “youths” .

    Even while a single man was attacked—who by the way, was a young black guy on his way to work in SF—at least two orange-and-yellow uniformed BART facility personnel watched the attack impassively from their truck nearby—and did nothing. Tom Butt was astounded at the callousness of everyone. When BART police were called by 911, BART police argued that the site of the assault was in Richmond’s jurisdiction. You have to remember, they have been Ferguson-ized, after the Oscar Grant shooting a few years ago, when a BART policeman killed a black hoodlum in the BART Oakland station.

    So, this is the context in which I say that the youth emerging from our public schools today at least in the SF Bay Area, are now the most feral, violent, and conscience-less, that I have witnessed in my lifetime.

  • I have always been a big fan of the Order of Preachers, having been brought into the Church in a Dominican parish in the Dominican Province of St. Joseph (covering roughly the northeast and mid-Atlantic, including Providence College). I have a number of Dominican friends, including one who was once the Chaplain at Providence. Let’s just say I lost a LOT of respect for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in general and for Providence College president Fr. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., in particular, over their treatment of Prof. Anthony Esolen. I wouldn’t send any of my kids to Providence College under ANY circumstances.

  • Michael Dowd, thanks for the tip on “Touchstone”, now being edited by Esolen. I will subscribe today.

  • Also, @ Jay Anderson:

    I used to regularly support the Dominican Province of St Joseph (141 E 65th St, NY, NY – HQ), until the literature they began sending me with their requests for financial support including the full Frankenchurch in display and they as proud standard-bearers. (They didn’t have the good sense to hoodwink me into thinking they remained the way previously had been at Providence and elsewhere. Oy vey. )

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PopeWatch: Let God Sort ‘Em Out

Saturday, July 22, AD 2017


From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:


VATICAN––The Vatican this morning is announcing that every pope that has ever lived, including ones still living, is to be canonized by the end of the year, sources are confirming.

The news comes just a week after John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized, and a day after it was announced that Paul VI was to be beatified later this year.

A Vatican insider told EOTT today that Pope Francis awoke earlier this morning shouting, “Canonize them all! Canonize them all!”

“He woke up in hysterics, telling everyone he passed that he wanted to canonize all the popes who came before him,” the insider said. “He said that by knocking out all the popes at once, that it would give him time to focus all his energy on the Church Militant.”

Speaking from his grave this morning, Pope Alexander VI, known by many historians to be the worst pope of all time, said that he couldn’t believe the news when he heard it. “Get the hell out of here! Oops, sorry about that. But seriously?”

Although the date of the canonizations has yet to be announced, Vatican officials said that since the requirement for miracles had been waived, they hope to canonize everyone by November.

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PopeWatch: Dictatorship of the Zeitgeist

Friday, July 21, AD 2017


There has been a lot written about the message sent by the Pope Emeritus in regard to the funeral of Cardinal Meissner.  Archbishop Georg Gänswein, former personal secretary of the Pope Emeritus, has denied that the statement was in way aimed at Pope Francis.  Here is a translation of the entire statement.  You be the judge:


In this hour, when the Church of Cologne and believers further afield take their leave of Cardinal Joachim Meissner, I am with them in my heart and thoughts and am pleased to accede to Cardinal Woelki’s wish and address a word of reflection to them.

When I heard last Wednesday by telephone of the death of Cardinal Meissner, I could not believe it at first. We had spoken to each other the previous day. From the way he spoke he was grateful to be on holiday now, after he had taken part the Sunday before (25th June) in the beatification of Bishop Teofilius Maturlionis in Vilnius. His love for the neighbouring Churches in the East, which had suffered persecution under Communism, as well as gratitude for endurance in suffering during that time left a lifelong mark on him. So it was certainly no accident that the last visit of his life was made to a confessor of the faith.

What struck me particularly in the last conversations with the Cardinal, now gone home, was the natural cheerfulness, the inner peace and the assurance he had found. We know that it was hard for him, the passionate shepherd and pastor of souls, to leave his office, and this precisely at a time when the Church had a pressing need for shepherds who would oppose the dictatorship of the zeitgeist, fully resolved to act and think from a faith standpoint. Yet I have been all the more impressed that in this last period of his life he learned to let go, and live increasingly from the conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.

There were two things which in this final period allowed him to be increasingly happy and assured:

– The first was that he often related to me that what filled him with deep joy was to experience, in the Sacrament of Penance, how young people, above all young men, came to experience the mercy of forgiveness, the gift, in effect to have found life, which only God can give them.

– The second, which again and again touched and made him happy, was the perceptible increase in Eucharistic adoration. This was the central theme for him at World Youth Day in Cologne – that there was adoration, a silence, in which the Lord alone speaks to hearts. Some pastoral and liturgical authorities were of the opinion that such a silence in contemplation of the Lord with such a huge number of people could achieve nothing. A few were also of the opinion that Eucharistic adoration as such has been overtaken, because the Lord wanted to be received in the Eucharistic bread and not be looked at. Yet the fact that a person cannot eat this bread as just some sort of nourishment, and that to “receive” the Lord in the Eucharistic Sacrament includes all the dimensions of our existence – that receiving has to be worship, something which has in the meantime become increasingly clearer. So the period of Eucharistic adoration at the Cologne World Youth Day became an interior event that has remained unforgettable, and not only to the Cardinal. This moment for him was subsequently always present internally and a great light for him.

When on the last morning Cardinal Meissner did not appear for Mass, he was found dead in his room. The breviary had slipped from his hands: he died while praying, his face on the Lord, in conversation with the Lord. The art of dying, which was given to him, again demonstrated how he had lived: with his face towards the Lord and in conversation with him. So we may confidently entrust his soul to the goodness of God.

Lord, we thank you for the witness of this your servant, Joachim. Let him now intercede for the Church of Cologne and for the whole world.

Requiescat in pace!

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  • Pope Benedict XVI was wrong to have resigned, and is wrong in his idea of a bifurcation of the Papacy – one part contemplative and spiritual, and another part active and engaged in the world. Many people thing Jorge Bergoglio is an interloper and Benedict still the real Pope. Whatever the truth is, Bergoglio fits the definition of one of the little antichrists in the 1st Epistle of St. John.

  • “……..the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.”

    “…..and made him happy, was the perceptible increase in Eucharistic adoration.” Pope Emeritus

    For this observer, Pope Emeritus is making his point. Francis is a big boy. His take on the letter is what I’d like to know. After all. He is in charge of this listing ship.

    The increase in P.E.A. is a GREAT sign!
    Christ is being adored and His leadership is bailing out the sea water….the corrosive sea water that’s​ akin to the smoke of Satan.

    Good things await Holy Church!
    The owner of the ship will see to it.

    Jesus I Trust in You.

  • There you have it. Archbishop Ganswein can’t read. Because there is no way the Pope Emeritus was talking about the Church historically. Francis is the dictator from the zeitgeist.

  • Whether else you may think about him, Joseph Ratzinger is an extremely intelligent man with an almost atomically precise gift for language. If (per Ganswein) he had wanted to make some general statement about the eternal mission of the Church, he would have done so. Instead, he deliberately invoked the current crisis:

    We know that it was hard for him, the passionate shepherd and pastor of souls, to leave his office, and this precisely at a time when the Church had a pressing need for shepherds who would oppose the dictatorship of the zeitgeist…

    …in this last period of his life he learned to let go, and live increasingly from the conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.

    Add to that his closing remarks on Eucharistic Adoration–again, in a time when the reigning pontiff repeatedly demonstrates his indifference toward the Blessed Sacrament–and there’s simply no mistaking his meaning. Of course he was referring to Francis, and the squeals of outrage from the Bergoglian Minion Brigade indicate that he struck home.

  • The diagnosis of the Emeritus hit the mark, but it will be of no avail in correcting the disastruous and self-destructive course of the Vatican under Francis. The overwhelming majority of the hierarchy is simply modernist and this won’t change for generations.

  • LQC ” – one part contemplative and spiritual, and another part active and engaged in the world.” does not mean deluded nor separated from God.

  • Like so much of Benedict’s it is too subtle to engage many. My opinion is that what he said was aimed at Francis, but not exactly a rallying cry for a palace revolt.

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July 21, 1861: Battle of Bull Run-Lessons to Learn

Friday, July 21, AD 2017


The First Battle of Bull Run, or First Manassas, was the first major battle of the Civil War.  A Confederate victory, it gave lessons to those paying attention:

1.    It amply demonstrated the hazards of sending half-trained troops into combat.  Both the Union and Confederate armies were green, and it showed in clumsy battlefield maneuvers and  an inability to coordinate attacks.

2.   An early indication that it was much easier to defend and counter-attack than to launch an initial attack in the Civil War.

3.    Rifled muskets were going to make this an exceptionally bloody war.  5,000 Union and Confederate casualties resulted from this battle, just slightly below the total American killed and wounded for either the entire War of 1812 or the entire Mexican War.

4.    One able general, Stonewall Jackson in the case of Bull Run, could seize the initiative and turn the tide of a battle.

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  • The Manassas battlefield site is well worth the visit. It is in a fairly compact area and can be easily covered on foot in a couple of hours.

  • Also, isn’t this battle the near-epitome of a devastating loss as a result of “still fighting the last war”?

    The now-75-year-old Gen. Winfield Scott, over 300 lbs and unable to mount a horse and really “see the action”, insisted on maintaining brigades, instead of divisions, relying on his experience in the Mexican-American War. But the army of the Potomac now had become enormous (65,000 men?), 3 times as large as all the forces engaged in Mexico, and McDowell as commander found it unwieldy as well as insufficiently battle-ready.

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Mark Shea and Charlie Gard

Thursday, July 20, AD 2017



Hattip to commenter Nate Winchester.  An example of how far down the dark path Mark Shea has gone:

With supreme cynicism, the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Congress of Trump takes a step to grant Charlie residency for a sketchy experiment that holds extremely little promise of hope–by attaching it to a bill funding Trump’s idiotic border wall designed to maximize waste for the taxpayer and cruelty to refugees:

The amendment has been added to a controversial bill that includes money for US President Donald Trump’s border wall and enhanced immigration enforcement, which could take a significant amount of time to be voted into law, if it is at all.

In other news, a hard-working taxpayer and father of four who has committed no crime other than being brown is being deported to Mexico to the orgasmic cheers of Christians for Cruelty, aka, Trump Defenders.  His name is actually “Jesus” and still these Pharisees applaud without irony.  Convinced that petty rule-keeping is their real savior, they hide behind paperwork while families are viciously destroyed and admire their righteousness in punishing the least of these.  And they dare to call themselves “prolife”.


So, let’s see:  efforts to help Charlie Gard’s parents defy the edicts of courts in Europe that they cannot give their son treatment, and that he must die, are futile and efforts to enforce our immigration laws, laws that every nation on Earth have, are racist.  Right.

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  • It sounds like Mark Shea (a white man) hates his own race (the white race). Suicidal. But such is liberalism.

    For the record, I am a white man married to a brown skinned legally immigrated tax paying Asian woman who works her pretty little butt off helping me to pay the bills and keep the household running. And damn straight I am racist! My race is human, but I wonder about Shea! A pox on him! Let him be anathema!

  • Why can’t the father of four take his children with him to Mexico? I understand that the native born children can choose to return to America when they are emancipated.
    Charlie Gard’s permanent residency is called political asylum from the death peddlers and humanity.

  • Mary, you are talking common sense and people like Mark Shea being liberal eschew common sense.

  • Shoot, could you imagine how much this fella’s grocery bill would increase if all those ag jobs were filled with documented workers?

    Why do our bishops and other leftists desire to see the exploitation of brown skinned folk?

  • This may seem like an impertinent observation, but I will make it nonetheless. Mark Shea is not a part-time writer. In other words, he ostensibly foreclosed full-time and more secure employment in some other endeavor in order to become a full-time writer and apologist. This was by no means an ignoble pursuit – just the opposite, in fact. We need men and women devoting their lives to spreading the Gospel.

    And yet, how much of his public ministry has been devoted to this pursuit? He has written about eight or nine books. I’ve read one of them, and it was quite good. But that’s over a 20-30 years as an active, full-time writer. He has written blog posts and contributed to other online publications, of course, but many of these, especially in recent times, are more political than apologetical. Even if you want to include his blog and Facebook writing as works of apology in a certain sense, the ways in which he has engaged his audience in these public fora are hardly constructive for evangelization purposes.

    This is a very long way of saying that this guy supposedly dedicated himself to evangelizing, yet it seems most of his public life is spent on petty political arguments. What a waste.

  • Gee, how much “hope” was there that Terry Schiavo would recover from her infirmity if her parents were allowed to tend to her? Yet Shea was bellowing like a goaded steer about how infamous for courts to order her death. But now that some Bergoglio-appointed punk has declared that death is the best thing for the feeble, Shea falls right in line and can’t wait until they off the kid.

  • I seem to recall he really began to go off the rails around 2005. The reasons for that are occult (I suspect, to anyone not familiar with him face-to-face).

    I think his first book hit the presses in 1996. Eight or nine books in 21 years is adequate. I doubt you can make much of a living off the audience for that sort of literature and I suspect it’s almost always a bad idea for people to pursue creative occupations professionally.

  • Shea has become a pathetic shell of the pathetic shell he already was.

  • If Mr. Lopez was, indeed, on a legal work permit, then he made an agreement– sending him home after he broke it is simply not cruel. Him setting his kids up like that? That might be cruel.
    He screwed up, and there are consequences. He got to spend two decades in the US without bothering to go through the legally required steps for those advantages.

    Want to hear about cruelty, look at what the coyotes do to the people they smuggle across.

  • What specific aspect of “illegal” does Mark-who not understand? IN any case, tehse ignorany, mendacious liberals have no clue as to how angry Americans are with the mass, illegal alien invasion and the dastards (anti-Americans liberals and chamber of commerce Republicans) that promote it.

    I daily perform numerous penances for my uncountable sins. However, reading that nut-job’s liberal crap is not one of them.

  • Dr. Mabuse: Terry Schiavo was a ward of the court since Michael Schiavo tried to deny her her Right to Life. Shrugging off their duty to protect Terry Schiavo’s life annihilated the Court and anyone who supported their dereliction of duty.
    A person must first discard the Holy Spirit to embrace the zeitgeist. A person who discards the Holy Spirit discards God and may not be called CATHOLIC

  • What specific aspect of “illegal” does Mark-who not understand?

    To T.Shaw, foxfier, and others. Shea will say it over and over again: “The law was made for man, not man for the law.” Essentially if a rule makes him feel bad enough (because it would break up families! or send people back into danger! etc), then it should just be ignored or not enforced.

    And yes, it is hilarious to see him advocate for things like living wages, gun control, and universal health care with “man was not made for the law” in mind.

  • It Takes A Village To Raise A Child. Totalitarian translation: It Takes A Village To Take A Child. Guy McClung, Texas

    “Precious Child”

    by Guy McClung
    Catholic Lane site, Feb 11, 2017

    If we wants the child,
    The precious,
    Get it from mommy and daddy,
    How can we does it?

    We hides us,
    We sneaks around,
    Near the ground,
    And we calls us, “Village”.

    We means “steal,” but we says “raise”.
    “Village” is good, “raise” is good.
    Takes a village to raise a child!
    We gets the precious child !

    The child loves us, Village,
    And hates mommy
    Hates daddy.
    We gets the child to dead them all.

    Dead the mommy and the daddy ,
    Dead the aunties and the uncles.
    Dead the brothers and the sisters, and
    Grandma and Granddad, dead.

    All done dead, the family – dead.
    Us Village alive.
    The precious, the child,

    Copyright © Guy McClung 2017

  • So our actions, violating the just laws of the country to maintain it’s borders, has no consequences. We are now the church that promotes the idea there are never any consequences for our actions. Do what you want, and the church will back you.

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  • Guy McClung Precious Child.

  • The speed with which so many Catholics who went to the mattresses over Terri Schiavo are suddenly saying the kid is a hopeless case, so the State should step in and insist the parents let him die is breathtaking. I understand it’s a complex problem. I know that the child’s suffering, as Terri’s, is worth considering. I just can’t help but notice the change. And it’s a change that is quite consistent with how so much of the Church appears to be embracing.

  • Nate- heck, that would be an argument worth respecting. Man is NOT made for the law, but law for the man– so the burden is to show that the law is working against man, rather than “this law is bad because I say so.”

  • The really dangerous line is this so called line of reasoning is that “suffering” is something without purpose that is to be avoided if at all possible. That’s how the whole “Life Unworthy of Living” thing got started.

  • *sad* Explain how the judges’ statement doesn’t boil down to “life unworthy of life.”

    I’ll wait.

  • That and the whole all your babes are belong to us vibe.

  • Charlie’s parents just announced that they are ending their legal battle. The latest MRI, done at the behest of his American doctors, shows it is too late for the experimental medical treatment. Was Charlie given a death sentence by his genes, or by the 5 month delay caused by the hospital and their lawyers?

  • Very sad news today. But what gets me the most about it is the number of people in this country — including some allegedly pro-life Catholics — who actually defended the government’s decision to deny the parents their parental rights to seek healthcare alternatives. I can only assume they felt inclined to defend it so as not to reflect negatively on the future prospects of government-run health care in this country.

    It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for single-payer?

  • Indeed Jay. The grief of Charlie’s parents is unimaginable except for parents who have lost a child. They will need all our prayers.

  • It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for single-payer?

    It’s doubtful the cost allocation was ever the issue here. This issue here was the authority of cadres over parents. Some variation of that is commonly the issue in this day and age.

  • Single payer, single decider.

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Thursday, July 20, AD 2017


The film is getting magnificent reviews and I will be seeing it on the last Friday of the month with a full review to follow.  Operation Dynamo, the transport of British and French troops from surrounded Dunkirk, was a military miracle, aided by Hitler’s agreement with his generals for a temporary pause in operations, for rest and reorganization, from May 24-May 26 of the German Fourth Army around Dunkirk.  Initially it was thought that only some 45,000 men could be rescued, but instead 338,000 men were saved to fight many other days.  But for Dunkirk, the British would have had few trained troops to confront a Nazi invasion, if Hitler had attempted to roll the iron dice of war and risk Operation Sea Lion.

Today we recall the civilian craft of all types that voluntarily came out to rescue the British soldiers.  It was a demonstration that although the British military had suffered a stunning loss in France, along with their French allies, the spirit of the British people was far from broken.  Churchill summed up the Dunkirk Miracle well:

When, a week ago today, I asked the house to fix this afternoon as the occasion for a statement, I feared it would be my hard lot to announce the greatest military disaster in our long history. I thought – and some good judges agreed with me – that perhaps 20,000 or 30,000 men might be re-embarked. But it certainly seemed that the whole of the French First Army and the whole of the British Expeditionary Force north of the Amiens-Abbeville gap would be broken up in the open field or else would have to capitulate for lack of food and ammunition. These were the hard and heavy tidings for which I called upon the house and the nation to prepare themselves a week ago. The whole root and core and brain of the British Army, on which and around which we were to build, and are to build, the great British armies in the later years of the war, seemed about to perish upon the field or to be led into an ignominious and starving captivity.

After having described the Dunkirk evacuation Churchill said this and here he donned the mantle of a prophet:

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  • I think I’m going to have to go see it as a small act of rebellion.

    This is the reality Travers arrogantly ignores. But Travers does more, doubling down on his own stupidity by jabbing a finger at middle America. He complains that “especially here in Trump’s America, the significance [of the Dunkirk evacuation] might be lost.”

    Of course, it was those of “Trump’s America” — middle America — that formed the forces that saved the world from the Nazis and imperial Japan. Those young men, like my grandfather from Fishers Island, New York, knew nothing of European history. But like their brothers at Dunkirk and in the skies over Britain (like my other grandfather), they saved it anyway.

    History matters.

  • In Churchill’s statement he said and repeats “we”. We shall fight- We shall fight etc. The commitment of the whole nation. The EU was formed thinking nationalism was a bad thing- and maybe it can be…but filial piety is a good thing.

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  • “but filial piety is a good thing.”

    Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
    “To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
    And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods,

    And for the tender mother who dandled him to rest,
    And for the wife who nurses his baby at her breast,
    And for the holy maidens who feed the eternal flame,
    To save them from false Sextus, that wrought the deed of shame?

    Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul, with all the speed ye may!
    I, with two more to help me, will hold the foe in play.
    In yon strait path, a thousand may well be stopped by three:
    Now, who will stand on either hand and keep the bridge with me?’

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What Are Six Million Italian Unborn Between Immigration Allies?

Thursday, July 20, AD 2017



A sign of just how bizarre this Pontificate truly is:


Emma Bonino, a former abortionist once praised by Pope Francis as “a great Italian,” will appear in a Catholic church to present the pro-migrant campaign “ERO STRANIERO: La humanità che fa bene” (“I was a stranger: Humanity that does good”)

As an abortion rights activist and an abortionist herself, Bonino is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of approximately six million Italian babies between 1968 and today.

Bonino’s appearance in the Church of San Defendente, Ronco di Cassato, on July 26 will be one of several events celebrating World Refugee Day 2017. The moderator of Bonino’s talk will be parish priest Don Mario Marchiori.  

On his blog “Stilum Curae,” Vatican-based journalist Marco Tosatti remarked dryly that “One assumes that now, after having helped deprive this country of an enormous number of human beings, [Bonino] will be able — in church — to push for a nice ethnic replacement program in Italy.”  

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  • But you see, the refugees will embrace Italian culture and western values. Never mind the fact there be hardly any Italians left within a few generations if Bonino and her ilk have their way.

  • This pope denies the holocaust of abortion. I really don’t need to know anything more about him.

  • What were 53 million murdered unborn Americans to social justice allies? Chopped liver.

  • This Pope will likely go down in history as a main reason for the collapse of Europe.

  • Tosatti puts his finger on it: this is all about population replacement:

    To replace the West with an ignorant, uninformed, anti traditional, non-Christian radicalist new population source.

  • The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of Mary is not professed by Pope Francis. I almost choked writing this. The newly begotten innocent human souls in the sovereign persons conceived in original innocence, the standard of Justice for every nation and people, have been scraped for their mother’s womb and murdered. What is happening now is God’s poetic Justice being visited on a cruel and murderous nation. Like a tsunami, this invasion of barbarians and saracens will inundate the Italian people and wash away every civilization and construction of beauty and grace up to and including The Vatican and its great treasures held in trust for all future generations. If the Italian people can save the Holy Eucharist underground they will be blessed.

  • The Ottomans swore to turn “The Golden Apple”, the Vatican, into a Mosque. They were stopped by King John Sobieski III of Poland at Vienna. Now, with help of Pope Francis, the Ottomans will succeed in turning the Vatican into a Mosque by subterfuge.
    Europe and America do not see abortion as the scourge by God for not loving our sisters and brothers in Christ, in the marriage bed and in our community.

  • No, they won’t get that far. The Turks were a formidable military force. Muslims today are a bunch of cowards. They won’t fight.

  • Italy has a Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 1.37 children per woman. The replacement rate is 2.1.

    Because the TFR fell below 2 in the early 1970s, the median age of the population is now 43.8 years and a shrinking and aging population is inevitable, as there are simply not enough women of child-bearing age to reverse the decline.

    The situation is exacerbated by outward migration of young workers to Germany and other more prosperous EU countries

    Without very high inward migration, the Italian economy will simply collapse under the burden of dependent elderly. They are not going to come from the Balkans, Central Europe or Iberia, where the decline in population is, if anything, rather worse.

    The Italian novelist Primo Levi may well have been right in his prediction that, in 200 years, German and Italian would be spoken exclusively in hell.

  • Not to minimize what she did in the past, but the article describes her as a FORMER abortionist, so perhaps she has repented? After all, Norma “Jane Roe” McCorvey had a pretty big role in the deaths of millions of unborn children but she was still embraced by the pro life movement.

  • I have read no indication Elaine that she has ever budged one iota in her support for abortion.

  • Without very high inward migration, the Italian economy will simply collapse under the burden of dependent elderly. They are not going to come from the Balkans, Central Europe or Iberia, where the decline in population is, if anything, rather worse.
    Net migration of Italian citizens to OECD countries has been running at roughly 40,000 per year during the current business cycle. Net inflow of foreigners has been running at roughly 280,000 during the current business cycle. Typically about 7% of the gross inflow consists of asylum seekers, but there’s been a large spike in recent years and 1/3 of the gross inflow consisted of asylum seekers in 2015.

    Italy’s total fertility rate has been bouncing around a set point of 1.43 during this business cycle. Given Italy’s current population and life expectancy, net migration of 230,000 or so should be about adequate to stabilize population absent improvements in fertility and absent improvements in public health and life expectancy and assuming that immigrants have fertility levels similar to the native born.

    Two questions arise: what is the composition of the immigrant population and what are Italian authorities doing to induce native Italians to have more children? Less than 10% of the gross inflow is arriving from the Western Hemisphere, though that’s the part of the globe from which Italy should be recruiting. Italy supposedly requires Italian language proficiency for permanent residency, which is sensible. If they extended that requirement to aspirant temporary residents as well, required antecedent language proficiency and placed the examination centers only in the United States and Romance Language countries, they could render the composition of their inflow more compatible with their native population. They can contribute to the maintenance of refugees in on-site camps rather than re-settle them in Italy.

    And what are they doing about their domestic pathologies. European labor markets are commonly sclerotic due to wretched excess in protections for the currently employed, housing markets are commonly ruined due to rent-controls, vast inventories of public housing, and greenbelt restrictions on building new housing. Some countries have in addition a policy of mollycoddling immigrants by granting them immediate access to an array of welfare benefits. (Britain is notorious in this regard). While we’re at it, does your tax code encourage fertility?

  • Penguins Fan. Do not believe the Muslims’ subterfuge.The Muslims will rise up as the “CROUCHER” rises up.

  • Art Deco
    Which “Romance language countries” have fertility rates approaching replacement?
    France is close at 2.07, but is also a country with historically low rates of outward migration; the rest are disasters. Portugal 1.53, Romania 1.34, Spain 1.49 are hardly rich recruiting grounds for inward migration. Sub-Saharan Africa would be a better bet, with high TFRs and even more backward economies than Italy.

  • Which “Romance language countries” have fertility rates approaching replacement?

    Argentina: 2.3
    Bolivia: 2.9
    Cape Verde: 2.3
    Colombia: 1.9
    Dominican Republic: 2.5
    Ecuador: 2.5
    El Salvador: 1.9
    France: 2.0
    French Polynesia: 2.0
    Guatelmala: 3.2
    Haiti: 3.0
    Honduras: 2.3
    Mexico: 2.2
    New Caledonia: 2.2
    Nicaragua: 2.2
    Panama: 2.4
    Paraguay: 2.5
    Peru: 2.4
    Sao Tome: 4.5
    Uruguay: 2.0
    Venezuela: 2.3

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PopeWatch: Sorondo

Thursday, July 20, AD 2017

“Yesterday I asked him whether Our Lord had more than one nature. He said: ‘Just as many as you say, Father.’ Then again I asked him: ‘Supposing the Pope looked up and saw a cloud and said ‘It’s going to rain’, would that be bound to happen?’ ‘Oh, yes, Father.’ ‘But supposing it didn’t?’ He thought a moment and said, “I suppose it would be sort of raining spiritually, only we were too sinful to see it.’”

Rex Mottram on Papal Infallibilty




Well, according to the head of the Pontifical Academy of Science there is no human activity that is not subject to the Pope:



– The head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences has again inferred that denial of the controversial concept of manmade climate change equates to flat earth mentality.

“From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!” said Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

The archbishop has been a consistent and zealous promoter of manmade climate change as a non-negotiable Church issue, despite the status of care for the environment as a prudential matter.  

Climate change ideology continues to be contested as a ploy perpetrated with manipulated data by the left to enact environmental regulations and taxes.

Even so, Archbishop Sorondo dismissed deniers of climate change in a recent Vatican Radio interview as “a small, negligible minority.”

The interview conducted in German contained the headline: “Vatican: ‘Climate change is a fact,’” and centered on reception of Pope Francis’ eco-encyclical Laudato Si’ two years after its release.

Archbishop Sorondo went on in the interview to say that human-affected climate change was considered science. He added that the pope not only has the right but also the duty to rely on science in addition to doctrine and philosophy in seeking out truth.

If the pope expresses himself on such a subject, then this was not arbitrary, he said, as the pope’s words are not restricted to the area of ​​”doctrine of faith and morals.” 

The pope makes use of the truths of science or philosophy to not only explain to man how to get to heaven, said the archbishop, but also what he must do on earth. 

All human activities have to do with ethics, the Argentinean archbishop said, so they are already within the jurisdiction of the pope.

Archbishop Sorondo is a close adviser to Pope Francis and the Chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He has repeatedly welcomed pro-abortion and population control advocates to the Vatican for conferences under the pretext of the climate issue.

Last month, just before President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the controversial Paris Climate Agreement, the archbishop likened climate ideology skeptics to flat-earthers as well.

Withdrawal from the Paris accord “would not only be a disaster but completely unscientific,” he said.

“Saying that we need to rely on coal and oil is like saying that the earth is not round,” Archbishop Sorondo stated. “It is an absurdity dictated by the need to make money.”

He has also repeatedly made the claim that those who don’t subscribe to the manmade climate change theory are in some way subsidized by the oil industry. He did so again in the Vatican Radio interview.

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  • “From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!” said Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

    If the people in the Vatican really believed this, then they would not tout useless worthless solar and wind power to replace fossil fuel. < 30% capacity factor – no sun, no power; no wind, no poer. Rather, they would advocate going nuclear full tilt because only that can supply baseload power 24 / 7 wiith stability and reliability.

    The same is true of Angela Merkel who is denuking German, and of the French politicians who are intent on reducing France's nuclear, and of the new South Korean President who wants to denuke South Korea never mind the successful build of four APR-1400 PWRs at Barakah in the UAE – on time and under budget.

    It's all male bovine manure. And it enrages me. I was inside an enclosed metal tube mere yards away from an operating nuclear reactor while hundreds of feet beneath he waves for months at a time. IT IS SAFE – safe enough for a 19 year old to operate (that's how old I was when I first got to pull rods from a reactor core), safer than coal, oil and gas.

    Global warming! Crap! It's all crap. None of these damn fools believe in it. If they did, then THEY would change THEIR life styles. They wouldn't use fossil fuel cars, airplanes, electricity, trains, etc. any longer. BUT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE! They lie and are liars. They are the offspring of the Father of Liars, and that is the way they will choose to die. Sadly, they want to take us with them. A pox on them all. Let them all be anathema!


  • Tell us, Lucius, what do you really think? 😉

  • “From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!”

    The very definition of:
    Equal Opposite Error.

  • The Pope’s infallibility is only engaged when the Pope teaches the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “My kingdom is not of this world.”
    “From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!” People as pollution is a theme of the Death Peddlers.
    If taxpayers are “a small, negligible minority.”, then Climate change enforcers will not need our tax dollars. Climate change enforcers will not even need our informed consent.
    Climate change needs hundreds of years to prove its case like Copernicus’ and Galileo’s teaching on the earth revolving around the sun…hundreds of years. There is not enough proof of climate change to be seriously considered a truth, never doctrine nor dogma of the Catholic Church. Even so will these scientists next propose that man will be taxed to prevent volcanic action or perhaps to cover over Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful Geyser? Time for me to watch “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, or maybe Star Trek for grounding in truth.

  • Do not forget the Sacred Monkeys in the basement of the Vatican

  • To understand just how much of a hoax this man-made “climate change crisis” is, you just have to know a little history of the last forty years. As a kid in the mid-seventies, I remember the climo-scare du jour was the coming ice age. And then within a decade or less it became global warming. Right there, the idea that human activity could change the earth’s core temperature so radically in such a short time should strike anyone as utter nonsense. Another obvious indication is the tweaking of the language. Now, the more ambiguous term “climate change” is used. Any time the language is manipulated like this is an indication that someone is trying to perpetuate a falsehood. This is something the left understands much better than most of us on the right do. This is one reason why hoaxes of this kind are so widely believed.

  • Given that Archbishop Sorondo believes in man-made global warming he must surely have calculated how many men must be eliminated in order to control the situation. We need to ask him when this information will be released and how he plans to accomplish the necessary mass extermination, e..g, starvation, inciting a nuclear war, or advising suicide. Naturally, all willing participants in Global Salvation would receive a special Mercy Blessing from Pope Francis.

  • Mary De Voe wrote, “Climate change needs hundreds of years to prove its case like Copernicus’ and Galileo’s teaching on the earth revolving around the sun…hundreds of years.”

    Copernicus published his De revolutionibus orbium coelestium in 1543. The first physical evidence of the earth’s annual revolution came in 1725, with James Bradley’s discovery at Oxford of the annual aberration of light, a little under 200 years later.

    Of course, Kepler’s publication of the laws of planetary motion between 1609 and 1619 and Newton’s Principia Mathematica in 1687 had long anticipated it. Tycho Brahe, who died in 1601 was the last major astronomer to dispute it.

  • The COW FART TAX was a tax imposed on farmers for the methane passed by their animals during GLOBAL WARMING. GLOBAL WARMING had to be changed to CLIMATE CHANGE as people could not stop laughing. Now Pope Francis’ “From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!” is calling for people to be taxed for the methane they pass. That would be called THE PEOPLE FART TAX.
    As leader of the free world Pope Francis must first hold his gas before asking other people to do the same. And before taxation or the imposition of abortion to prevent CLIMATE CHANGE.

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Mary Jo Would be Seventy-Six

Wednesday, July 19, AD 2017




Yesterday was the forty-eighth anniversary of the Chappaquiddick incident, where Ted Kennedy left Mary Jo  Kopechne to die a slow death of asphyxiation in his submerged vehicle.

Here is Ted Kennedy’s non-mea culpa, notable for how little of the details of the incident he could recall, and an example of how to appear to take responsibility while not taking responsibility.

Any other American who failed to report a lethal accident such as this for such a lengthy period would probably have served some jail time, county or prison.  Any other politician would have had his career destroyed.  When Kennedy died he was referred to as “The Lion of the Senate” and Cardinal O’Malley presided over his canonization funeral mass.  I hope Ms. Kopechne received justice in the next world because she certainly received none in this.  I make the same statement in regard to Mr. Kennedy, who in later years liked to joke about Chappaquiddick.  I trust that in the world beyond he no longer finds those jokes quite as funny.


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  • I hope Mary Jo got mercy in the next life. That of course will mean justice for Teddy. If he repented at the end of his life, then good. But he’s a Democrat and I expect that rare is the occasion when a Democrat would repent. Sorry, folks, only telling it the way I see it. Baby murdering. Negligent homicide. Adultery and fornication and drunkeness. That’s Teddy’s legacy.

  • ” . . and justice for all.”

  • The facts of this story are stunning. I constantly hear how things are so much more polarized now. Give me polarization any day if it means events like this aren’t simply allowed to be brushed aside. This is a compelling reason why the power of the MSM had to be broken. This site, among others, is the antidote to that power.

  • In the early 90’s, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent
    opening of their archives, a reporter for the London Times discovered
    documents proving Ted Kennedy colluded with the Soviets in attempt to
    undermine President Reagan and enhance Kennedy’s own ’84 run for the
    presidency. It’s no surprise that the Democrats were absolutely uninterested
    in investigating a Senator of their own party who had engaged in treason.
    As with Chappaquiddick, Kennedy again evaded justice in this case.

    Oh, how times have changed! For today, the Democrats are very much for
    investigating politicians who might have colluded with Russia, no matter
    how spurious the case might be. Yet I suspect it’s not because our Democrat
    politicians have somehow developed a newfound thirst for justice…

  • I agree this site and others can be part of the antidote. “Give me polarization any day if it means events like this aren’t simply allowed to be brushed aside.” Me too. A
    I hope the events surrounding, absolutely surrounding, the Clintons will not be simply allowed to be brushed aside.
    Also hopefully the revelation of so much rot in our church and our government will not sap our strength, but energize our faith.
    In some Faustian legends, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin saves even the sinners–true to Mother’s love.

  • Joseph P. Kennedy was a bad man. At least three of his sons were bad men. Some of those his children married were bad, wrecked, or implicated to varying degrees in the family badness. About 30% of his grandchildren have a history of scuzzy behavior (lucky for us the worst of them have been too inconsequential to do much damage outside their own households). Most of the bad actors were not lone wolves. They had a camarilla of enablers. The enablers have something for which to answer as well. A dear friend of mine (afilliated with New York’s garment unions) met Robert Kennedy in 1964 while he was campaigning for the Senate (a campaign on which my friend was employed). He said Robert Kennedy interacted with those around him in an appalling manner and when he ran for President my friend was pounding the pavement for Eugene McCarthy. People with well-ordered sensibilities did not need much time around these creatures to see them for what they were.

    One enabler who has a great deal to answer for (and, IIRC, has publicly confessed) was the prosecutor in Barnstable County, Massachusetts who did not secure an indictment for vehicular manslaughter. Others who have much to answer for are the creatures in the Massachusetts political establishment who were working the phones leaning on this man. Others include the reporters and editors treating this travesty as if it were merely an embarrassment (And did you catch the revolting commentary Adam Clymer offered in his biography of Fredo Kennedy?). I do not think the Kopechnes did all they could, either.

  • The Kennedys have often been cretins. As pointed out they have had an army of enablers to assist them and the Catholic Church in Massachusetts is no exception.

  • I knew someone who worked for the Kennedys, said that the only ones who were nice were Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband Sargent.

  • In some Faustian legends, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin saves even the sinners–true to Mother’s love.

    I pray that it is successful.

    I know it sets off a lot of folks’ heresy buttons, but I really, really hope that in the end– not a single person is in hell.

    Don’t think it’s probable, but hey: I can hope.

  • Part of dear Teddy’s last letter to P Benedict XVI had to include the comment (verbatim) that seemed to excuse himself for doing things ‘his way’ (“I’ve always tried to be a faithful Catholic, Your Holiness. And though I have fallen short through human failings I’ve never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings of my faith.”) Rather, as a teacher of mine once used to observe, “So, you’ve honored the rules ‘in the breach'”?

    Ted could never be expected but to fully and amply forgive himself for whatever he had done. Or not done. In his wretched bellowing life.

    Text of the letter is here:

    I don’t see repentance in Ted’s final public words, and I do not want to be in a “heaven” where unrepentant thugs and kingpins once again rule the next life like the brigands and caudillos have done, and done so much damage, in this life. No, thank you.

  • “Robert Kennedy interacted with those around him in an appalling manner and when he ran for President my friend was pounding the pavement for Eugene McCarthy. People with well-ordered sensibilities did not need much time around these creatures to see them for what they were.”

    Looks like RFK’s son Chris isn’t doing much better at this point in his run for governor of Illinois:

  • I doubt he’s cut out for public life and do no know why (at the age of 54) he’s doing this. His cousin Edward Jr. elected a p/t position in the Connecticut legislature, which seems more appropriate. Edward and Christopher are (by all appearances) the most capable of the Kennedy grandchildren and neither has been a source of scandal. Christopher Kennedy also undertook one small act that few college trustees of any description would undertake: he persuaded the University of Illinois to deny the honorific ’emeritus’ to Wm. Ayers. I’m disinclined to cut the man up for clumsy campaign appearances.

  • Steve Phoenix 🙂 of course you don’t think there could be thugs and kingpins still plying their trade in Heaven! God nor heaven will change, rounding down to suit us– it’s the cleansing process the purgation that could only make it possible for me to be there to meet you someday.

  • Anzlyne, I am pretty sure I know what you think about “heaven”, and I am pretty sure, based on what the Catholic Church informed me, at least in its teachings up to 1962, about what heaven is comprised of and what obligations are ours to cooperate with God’s grace in obtaining it—but I just don’t think people like Ted Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Hilliary Clinton or Barack Obama, and many other political thugs and kingpins, can possibly conceive of a “heaven” that hasn’t already reserved a space enthroning them in its highest pantheon, there, as here in this life. Cant conceive of it at all.

    That “heaven”, like Atahualpa the Incan chief reputedly rejecting the Christian Faith because Pizarro affirmed that he, Pizarro, would be “heaven”, I shall defer if those 😈 are there.

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PopeWatch: Dan Brown

Wednesday, July 19, AD 2017


Carl Olsen at The Catholic World Report gives his look at the Spadaro and Figueroa diatribe which appeared in La Civilta Cattolica :


My good friend Sandra Miesel, with whom I co-authored The Da Vinci Hoax years ago, was fond of starting out her talks about the mega-selling novel The Da Vinci Code by saying: “Dan Brown does get some things right: London is in England, Paris is in France, and Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter.” That quote came to mind over the weekend, while I was Facebooking with Dr. Chad C. Pecknold, who teaches systematic theology at Catholic University of America, about the recent essay “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A Surprising Ecumenism” by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., and Marcelo Figueroa. Spadaro, who is editor of La Civiltà Cattolica (which published the piece) and is a close confidant and advisor to Pope Francis; Figueroa is “a Protestant and a close friend of Pope Francis” and editor of the Argentinian edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Dr. Pecknold flatly stated that the two authors “have written an incendiary diatribe against an almost Dan-Brown-level caricature of the kind of politics they disdain.” And he is, I think, quite correct in that assessment. Recall how Brown’s novel was not and is not famous because of great writing or fascinating, current-day characters but because of audacious claims, clumsy but appealing conspiracy theories, and a veneer of sophistication. (For much more on that, see my March 2005 article “The ‘It’s Just Fiction” Doctrine’”.) Spadaro/Figueroa’s essay isn’t fiction, of course—which only makes its errors, dubious claims, hyperbolic criticisms, and hypocritical double standards all the more appalling. While several other authors—including Dr. Samuel Gregg here at CWR—have written some excellent responses, I want to highlight a few points I think are notable and worthy of consideration.

Spadaro/Figueroa’s essay seeks to impress with an air of learnedness, but sloppiness undermines it from the start. For example:

The term “evangelical fundamentalist” can today be assimilated to the “evangelical right” or “theoconservatism” and has its origins in the years 1910-1915. In that period a South Californian millionaire, Lyman Stewart, published the 12-volume work The Fundamentals. The author wanted to respond to the threat of modernist ideas of the time. He summarized the thought of authors whose doctrinal support he appreciated. He exemplified the moral, social, collective and individual aspects of the evangelical faith. His admirers include many politicians and even two recent presidents: Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

No, Stewart did not “summarize” the thoughts of authors; he didn’t even edit the 12-volume sets of books. They were edited by A. C. Dixon and Reuben Archer Torrey, and consisted of 90 essays written by 64 authors from across a fairly wide spectrum of Protestantism—Calvinist, Methodist, Baptist, Anglican, etc.— including scholars who taught at Ivy League schools. The term “fundamentalist” was coined a few years later, and the break between what we now call “Fundamentalism” and “Evangelicalism” was both protracted and complicated, eluding broad strokes or simple explanations. What is important here, however, is that the “fundamentals” in question consisted of the following: the inerrancy of Scripture, the Virgin birth of Christ, substitutional atonement, the bodily resurrection of Christ, the authenticity of miracles, and the second coming of Christ. There were also essays against Catholicism, socialism, Mormonism, evolutionism, and other belief systems.

The essays marked a significant line in the cultural and religious sands of the time, which were characterized by a combination of progressive politics, technocratic aspiration, bureaucratic growth, eugenics, racism (not only against blacks, but also Catholic immigrants), the social gospel, forms of Darwinism, and, in the realm of theology, the flood of historical-critical methodologies (mostly coming from Germany). It’s important to note that most of the radical politics and racial eugenics of that time flowed from liberal Protestants or former Protestants; put another way, the “social gospel” of the time reflected a use of religion for a very “this world” type of political project. All this to say that Spadaro/Figueroa don’t seem to understand that politics in the U.S. have always, in many and often bewildering ways, been shot through with forms of Christian rhetoric and appeal, and that seeking to isolate any one form and make it the Rosetta Stone for understanding American politics is doomed to be simplistic and sophistic.

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5 Responses to PopeWatch: Dan Brown

  • You can find out a lot about a man by the company he keeps, as well as his enemies.
    US bashing had long been fashionable in the Leftist world of Western Europe. It is as of they are proud of their stupidity and Argentina fits right in with them.
    There had been nary a peep from the circles of Bergoglio or even himself about the Polish Bishops Conference refusal to give Communion to the remarried folks without an annulment or the Polish Government’s refusal to accept Muslim migrants.

  • The two common features of all things spewing from the idiot left and moron SJWs’ are stupidity and hypocrisy.

    Their scholarship and truth are anything (true or not) that advances the narrative/revolution. The dolts don’t need (actually abhor) facts. They deploy distortions, exaggerations, false equivalences, omissions, outright lies to advance in the agenda.

    However, mendacity and ignorance aren’t their worst sins. That is their proclivity to subvert the Gospel against the Truth.

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  • It’s because of the ecumenical ties that many Catholics — including JPII and Benedict XVI — fostered with like-minded pro-life evangelicals that I am Catholic today. Difficult for me to reach any other conclusion than that Bergoglio, Spadaro, Farrell, et al, would prefer that former-evangelicals-turned-Catholics like myself just didn’t exist.

  • It appears that Pope Francis really doesn’t much like being a Catholic or anyone who takes God seriously like orthodox Catholics and fundamentalist evangelicals. Schizophrenic outbursts by his henchmen only confirm the madness that has beset them as they try to suppress the voice of God coming from such infra dig upstarts. I guess we can be grateful for the unintended humor of it all.

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14 Responses to The Orville Open Thread

  • Possibly, somewhere in the Universe, the loose crew will uncover evidence of Russian collusion with President Donald J. Trump in the recent election.

  • One important thing that has probably missed the attention of most Americans, who are generally landlubbers. 🙂
    However, it may then have missed your notice that a couple of weeks ago, Team New Zealand beat Team Oracle USA for the Americas Cup – the oldest trophy in the world in sporting endeavours, even if it is just sailing. But with the usual Kiwi ability and penchant for No. 8 wire technology, our Kiwi IT dudes beat the Oracle Larry Ellison IT Giant at their own game and cleaned them out, despite the engineered rules to attempt Oracle to retain this amazing trophy. So now the rules will be changed to ensure that noting is stacked in favour of the holders, that the teams will have to have their own countrymen as 80% of the crew/team ( there were only two Americans in Oracles team – the rest were Aussies and Kiwis) and, despite the magnificent location and atmosphere in Bermuda, the Americas Cup contest will be sailed in Auckland, NZ – the true modern era home of the Americas Cup. 🙂

  • “the true modern era home of the Americas Cup.”

    You Kiwis keep it shiny Don, there is always next year!

  • Actually Don, every 4 years – next event 2021. Start brushing up your sailing skills – you’re gonna need ’em. 😉

  • Don’t count us out Don. One never knows how many Kiwis we can hire if America becomes determined enough!

  • “Unless you honor me I will make of you a no people”
    Does surgery and hormones change Bruce Jenner’s immortal rational soul? Jenner claims that his soul has eternally been a woman, that “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” brought forth a man with a woman’s soul, the metaphysical, transcendent human soul clothed with flesh of the wrong sort. Aristotle said, 384 years before Jesus Christ, that the immanent soul is the form of the body, that the body grows to be whomever the rational soul is created to be. Therefore, the rational human soul does not make mistakes about the human being’s body, being that the immortal soul directs the growth, the physical and spiritual growth, of the human person.
    With Caitlyn Jenner, Hans Christian Anderson’s tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is taken to a new level of swindle by the Croucher. The flesh of the man is refurbished into a female flesh.
    The destiny of the sovereign personhood of the rational soul cannot be accomplished before death. Therefore, no one can determine that he or she has completely pursued their Happiness in the fulfillment of his or her destiny until the grave.
    Bruce Jenner has died and now Caitlyn Jenner faces the second death.
    Lesbians, sodomites and transgendered people do not procreate. LBGT are a no people.
    The devil is no atheist. The devil makes people into atheists. Do as I say but not as I do. Or else. Or else is The Crucifixion, the coliseum, the political correctness of our indecent culture.

  • Why in the world does this feel more like Star Trek than the trailers for the next star trek series??? (I know the answer, just let me vent)

    Ok, 2 more things.

    1) I would feel better if MacFarlane was in a lower role. I think he’s funniest when he’s not the star. Having him be like the ship janitor would be a much funnier and lead to it being funnier I think.

    2) I wonder how it would be if they made it a legit Trek series. Like it takes place in the main trek universe, but deals with one of the “other” ships that we never see anything about. In a way it could give an excuse for why the Enterprise is always “the only ship in range.” It’s really the only competent ship in range. I dunno, I think it could have been the breath of fresh air the franchise is needing.

  • OK, I know what a Red Shirt is. What’s the Green Smock mean?

  • *headdesk*
    No, no, heck no… so tired of “parodies” that feel like they’re a parody of a parody of a parody of a parody…and have an idiot ball to boot.

  • Our culture has descended into the anal stage. Not acknowledging God or the transcendent rational soul, potty jokes and crude sexual jokes have taken over serious comedy.

  • July 21 We know that Bruce Jenner has a Bruce Jenner rational, immortal human soul, because 384 years before Jesus Christ was born, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, said that the soul informs the flesh and directs its growth into the man (and in the inclusive language, as the word “man” no longer represents the glory of man, the woman) so, I must add: the woman. Whoever the soul is created to be, the man and/or the woman will become through the direction and form of his and/or her soul.
    Transgendered folks deny that they have a soul or that their soul is who they are destined to be and become.
    The human being is composed of mortal body and immortal rational soul, endowed with life, free will, intellect and sovereign personhood The soul is who directs the life and growth of the human being from conception until death. Death is defined as the soul leaving the body.
    Some transgendered folks and/or atheists will deny existence of the infused rational, soul. Innate human rights that become our unalienable civil rights cannot be denied. Unalienable human rights are inscribed in our Founding Principles. When citizens with sovereign personhood deny their sovereign soul, they forfeit their citizenship for themselves and further by denying innate unalienable human rights for all humankind.
    Mankind is formed by the Holy Spirit operating in and through the soul of man. Man is created equal in original innocence, moral and legal innocence that becomes the standard of Justice for the state. The sovereign personhood of the newly begotten human being, body and soul, institutes the state from the very first moment of his existence. God is existence.
    “their Creator” infuses an innocent soul into every newly begotten human being. His soul directs the physical body of man to survive and grow into adulthood.
    Bruce Jenner’s innocent, rational soul directed his body to grow into an adult man.
    The devil lied and swindled Bruce Jenner to forfeit his adult manhood for a Caitlyn body…
    Caitlyn Jenner has a male soul whose name is Bruce Jenner.

  • Caitlyn Jenner has no feminine curves. Caitlyn Jenner has corners, male corners. Caitlyn Jenner is built like the man, Bruce Jenner.
    Science can build a nose on a man’s forehead, so, no award for Jenner’s boobs. In fact, boobs and the male voice box, the adams apple on the same human body is incongruous and grotesque.
    Caitlyn Jenner has a male soul whose name is Bruce Jenner.
    Bruce Jenner has been swindled out of his male body and his male identity. Who is Caitlyn?

  • Dred Scott might have been our first black president. The free men of the South would have voted for him. The free men of the North would have voted for him. I would have voted for him.
    By refusing to acknowledge the sovereign personhood of Dred Scott and denying Scott his innate human rights that become his civil rights the politically correct court of Roger B. Taney accomplished what they set out to avoid: the tyranny of lawlessness, politically correct ignorance.

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