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Theodore Roosevelt on Abraham Lincoln

Monday, June 12, AD 2017


Theodore Roosevelt had two heroes:  his father and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1905 he wrote this introduction to a collection of the writings of Lincoln:


Immediately after Lincoln’s re-election to the Presidency, in an off-hand speech, delivered in response to a serenade by some of his admirers on the evening of November 10, 1864, he spoke as follows:

“It has long been a grave question whether any government not too strong for the liberties of its people can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies. On this point, the present rebellion brought our republic to a severe test, and the Presidential election, occurring in regular course during the rebellion, added not a little to the strain…. The strife of the election is but human nature practically applied to the facts in the case. What has occurred in this case must ever occur in similar cases. Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged…. Now that the election is over, may not all having a common interest reunite in a common fort to save our common country? For my own part, I have striven and shall strive to avoid placing any obstacle in the way. So long as I have been here, I have not willingly planted a thorn in any man’s bosom. While I am deeply sensible to the high compliment of a re-election and duly grateful, as I trust, to Almighty God for having directed my countrymen to a right conclusion, as I think for their own good, it adds nothing to my satisfaction that any other man may be disappointed or pained by the result.”

This speech has not attracted much general attention, yet it is in a peculiar degree both illustrative and typical of the great statesman who made it, alike in its strong common-sense and in its lofty standard of morality. Lincoln’s life, Lincoln’s deeds and words, are not only of consuming interest to the historian, but should be intimately known to every man engaged in the hard practical work of American political life. It is difficult to overstate how much it means to a nation to have as the two foremost figures in its history men like Washington and Lincoln. It is good for every man in any way concerned in public life to feel that the highest ambition any American can possibly have will be gratified just in proportion as he raises himself toward the standards set by these two men.

It is a very poor thing, whether for nations or individuals, to advance the history of great deeds done in the past as an excuse for doing poorly in the present; but it is an excellent thing to study the history of the great deeds of the past, and of the great men who did them, with an earnest desire to profit thereby so as to render better service in the present. In their essentials, the men of the present day are much like the men of the past, and the live issues of the present can be faced to better advantage by men who have in good faith studied how the leaders of the nation faced the dead issues of the past. Such a study of Lincoln’s life will enable us to avoid the twin gulfs of immorality and inefficiency—the gulfs which always lie one on each side of the careers alike of man and of nation. It helps nothing to have avoided one if shipwreck is encountered in the other. The fanatic, the well-meaning moralist of unbalanced mind, the parlor critic who condemns others but has no power himself to do good and but little power to do ill—all these were as alien to Lincoln as the vicious and unpatriotic themselves. His life teaches our people that they must act with wisdom, because otherwise adherence to right will be mere sound and fury without substance; and that they must also act high-mindedly, or else what seems to be wisdom will in the end turn out to be the most destructive kind of folly.

Throughout his entire life, and especially after he rose to leadership in his party, Lincoln was stirred to his depths by the sense of fealty to a lofty ideal; but throughout his entire life, he also accepted human nature as it is, and worked with keen, practical good sense to achieve results with the instruments at hand. It is impossible to conceive of a man farther removed from baseness, farther removed from corruption, from mere self-seeking; but it is also impossible to conceive of a man of more sane and healthy mind—a man less under the influence of that fantastic and diseased morality (so fantastic and diseased as to be in reality profoundly immoral) which makes a man in this work-a-day world refuse to do what is possible because he cannot accomplish the impossible.

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Sarah

Monday, June 12, AD 2017


PopeWatch has long thought that the alleged amity between the Pope Emeritus and his successor is basically a sham.  The flap over Cardinal Sarah’s book might be evidence of this:


“The arrogance, the violence of language, the disrespect and the inhuman contempt for Benedict XVI are diabolical and cover the Church with a mantle of sadness and shame,” Cardinal Sarah said.

“These people demolish the Church and its profound nature,” he added.


Critics of Benedict XVI have complained that the former Pontiff meddled in Church affairs by contributing the afterword to the German edition of the book, in which Benedict praises Cardinal Sarah and thanks Pope Francis for appointing the African prelate to his current post as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

In his afterword to Cardinal Sarah’s book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, Benedict XVI wrote that the liturgy is in “good hands” with the Guinean cardinal, while also praising Sarah for his prayer life.

Sarah, Benedict writes, speaks “out of the depths of silence with the Lord, out of his interior union with him, and thus really has something to say to each one of us.”

“We should be grateful to Pope Francis for appointing such a spiritual teacher as head of the congregation that is responsible for the celebration of the liturgy in the Church,” Benedict writes.

The last line of the afterword reads, “With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.”

Critics were quick to accuse the former pope of interfering in Church politics and trying to undermine Pope Francis.

One, the Italian liturgist Andrea Grillo, a longtime detractor of Pope Benedict, claims that the former pope has behaved in a “scandalous way” by writing the afterword in praise of Cardinal Sarah and his book, accusing him of “clericalism” and “hypocrisy.”

“It’s as if Ratzinger suddenly renounced his renunciation and wishes to influence the decisions of his successor,” Grillo declared.

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  • Benedict’s rather effusive praise of his successor in his post pontificate interview with Peter Seewald suggests he is playing both sides against the middle. I think B16 giving interviews and writing afterwords to books is a bad idea in my opinion. I think it would be best if he said nothing at all.

  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is still a bishop, and is still entitled to speak as he thinks fit – because he has handed over the papacy does not remove his right and duty to speak as any other bishop has the right to do.
    I am part way through reading Cdl. Robert Sarah’s book, “God ro Nothing” – and I cannt help but be hugely impressed by this amazing man. I will be getting his new book, and pray that he will be elevated to the papacy on the passing of Pope Francis. We would then get clear and definitive speaking, and most certainly in line with Church doctrine – not the confusing and obfuscating language we get now.

  • We don’t know what a former Pope is supposed to do or not do. None of us have any experience with this. The best we can do is by analogy and it seems to me that the closest parallel is with retired bishops. Here in Philadelphia, we have had a lot of retired bishops around and their conduct was as they see fit. Some were really vocal like Krol. Some were dead silent like Bevilacqua. My point is only that there does not seem to BE a standard, a general view of of how retired bishops should behave. Against that backdrop, I think that Benedict should be given some latitude. Expecting him to remain silent as everything he believes about the liturgy and the importance of theology to the life of the Church is torn asunder is unreasonable.

  • “He is not going to express himself directly for fear of bringing about a formal schism.”
    Pope Benedict should speak truthfully, forcefully and frequently. If this results in a schism so be it.

  • As a human being, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is free to speak his opinion. Pope Benedict’s opinion said nothing against anyone, but only in praise of Cardinal Sarah. Those who would find fault where there is no fault are seeking to inflict their opinion by intimidation.

  • The pope ought to have taken the name, Boniface IX.

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I Have Made a Dreadful Mistake

Sunday, June 11, AD 2017

The young recruit is silly — ‘e thinks o’ suicide.
‘E’s lost ‘is gutter-devil; ‘e ‘asn’t got ‘is pride;
But day by day they kicks ‘im, which ‘elps ‘im on a bit,
Till ‘e finds ‘isself one mornin’ with a full an’ proper kit.

Rudyard Kipling, The ‘eathen




Ah, the first difficult day of military service.  You suddenly realize that military recruiters had better hope that lying is not a go to Hell sin.  Pride comes later.  Decades after the experience you realize, as the saying goes, that you would not repeat the experience for a million dollars, but you also would not take a million dollars and have the episode subtracted from your life.

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  • Anyhow, I feel sorry for Marine DI’s. The reason they need to scream so much is the typical marine recruit has the IQ of a bag of rocks. The DI’s are under a great deal of stress trying to teach them their left foot from the right.

    And, sometimes they forget to give them back their brains when they discharge them.

  • The reason they need to scream so much is the typical marine recruit has the IQ of a bag of rocks.

    The military is by law debarred from enrolling anyone who scores below the 9th percentile on psychometric tests an has had for a number of years a practice of not enrolling anyone below the 14th percentile. The median score for a recruit during the period running from 1992 to 2004 was around the 60th percentile of the general population.

  • T Shaw,
    You misunderstand the purpose of the yelling. Nearly every minute of training from the moment that DI steps onto the bus to the moment of graduation, has been studied and scrutinized to the nth degree. It is to maximize stress and reinforce to the recruit that they are no longer in control. The Army, which I am more intimately familiar with, uses similar techniques. EVERYTHING is planned, observed, and supervised.

    Look again at those men on the bus. Do they look like “typical” low IQ recruits? Do “low IQ people make it through? You bet. But they are more the exception rather than the rule. Even “knuckle-dragging” infantry and artillery personnel have many skills to learn, memorize, and be very proficient at.

    But that is just my view from my own foxhole.

  • Art and Arminius,

    I guess you should be Marine recruits because what I posted was a joke.

  • I wonder what kind of recruits Joshua got, and what kind of training he gave them for the invasion into the land of Canaan.

  • T. Shaw
    Sunday, January 2, AD 2011 at 4:45pm (Edit)

    MEMO FROM: God Almighty
    TO: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines
    RE: Which Service is Best

    I’ve been watching and here’s what I think. All branches of the United States Armed Forces are truly honorable, courageous, well-trained and capable.

    Therefore, there is no superior service.

    God Almighty, USMC (Ret.)

    Best PR dept. in the world . . . the Church ought to hire them.
    Donald R. McClarey
    Sunday, January 2, AD 2011 at 6:53pm (Edit)

    T. Shaw, I’m sending you the bill if I have to buy a new keyboard. I was drinking coke when I read “God Almighty, USMC (Ret.)”. 🙂
    T. Shaw
    Sunday, January 2, AD 2011 at 9:19pm (Edit)

    Sorry, Mac! I read that in a Christmas gift book. It hit me that way, too.

    Catholic Chaplains go at “it” with zeal for the salvation of souls. Not sure what motivates protestant padres.

    PS: I’m boycotting Pepsi products, too. That’d be about $1.50 less in annual sales.

    PPS: I bet dollars to donuts Michelle didn’t give Barrack “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces” as a kwanzaa gift. He might learn something.

  • A 40 year route march I believe.

  • I can’t honestly say the recruiters lied to me when I joined the Navy. Nothing they said could have dissuaded me from my naive preconceived notions as to what expect.

    Boot camp was actually one of easiest things I did in the Navy. After the first two weeks, we settled into a routine and since we were basically sequestered, there was nothing in the way of distraction.

    I found life aboard ship much more difficult. For one, a little freedom and the indentured servitude of military life is not an easy balancing act for an immature 19 or 20 something.

    I found marching, barracks and personnel inspections easier than crawling in and out of boiler drums, tanks, and cleaning somkestacks, as well as 16 to 20 hour days in 130+ degree heat often doing doing heavy manual labor. I never felt I ever got quite used to that, even five years of sea duty.

    Do I regret it? Hell, no! It was the formative experience of my life. The Navy let me see the world, perhaps a little more than I should have seen.

    But most of all, there is an inestimable satisfaction in knowing that I was able to serve this great country in such a way, although I didn’t see it that way at the time.

    As sailors, it our birthright to make fun of Marines, I have say that, at least as far as conventional forces go, they exceed the other three branches of service in terms of discipline and military bearing.

  • I come from a long line of veterans, most of them war veterans: WWI, WWII, Korea, up through Vietnam. My Dad ( who did his basic at Fort Knox) pushed for me to go to college instead. I would be the first on his side to go to college. I was thinking of joining, and was even in our local recruiter’s office. But my Dad wanted one of his kids to go to college, and so I walked. To this day, I sometimes wish I would have signed. Veterans are one of those rare groups who, in my view, begin with top respect in my book, and have to work backwards to lose it. And when I can, I’ll thank one if they have paraphernalia that says they served.

    Except once. We were at a local Irish Festival in 2001. We were in some Irish Heritage tent. I looked at an elderly gentleman and saw he had a cap that had some veteran designation. I walked around and saw that his hat said ‘U.S.S. Arizona.’ I was awestruck, but didn’t talk to him. I wasn’t sure if I should. A month hasn’t gone by that I don’t wish I had.

  • Greg Mockerige said, “I found life aboard ship much more difficult.”

    Life aboard a submarine was much more difficult than bootcamp.

  • If your dad did his job, one should find boot camp to be a delightful vacation. 😉 (that’s what I’ve joked with mine sometimes, drill sergeants would never let me get home sick)

    It’s a hard, mean, cruel world out there. Men have got to try and be harder and meaner without being crueler to survive. To all the new boots, don’t worry kid, you’ll live and become the best you ever. To all veterans, thank you – now and forever.

  • That first day of bootcamp was horrible– not because of anything that happened, but because there was no going back.

    After that, exhaustion took over for the next seven and a half years. *grin*
    I’m no good at explaining it, but the US doesn’t have four military branches. We’ve got the Army, the Navy, a social club and a cult.

    Going to pass on T. Shaw’s funny, too.

  • It’s a hard, mean, cruel world out there. Men have got to try and be harder and meaner without being crueler to survive.

    You don’t live in wartime Europe. You’re not an 18th century peasant, either. The world you live in is not hard, mean, or cruel. It’s just that your boss is not your mother. Neither is your landlord. Neither are police officers. Neither is the bank to whom you owe money.

  • Remember them.

    On 10 June, three American soldiers (our sons) “gave the last full measure of devotion” in the Peka Valley, Nangrahar Province, Afghanistan. The DoD released the names. Their family was called D (Dragon) Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Inf. Reg’t. (Rakkasans), 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Div. Ne Desit Virtus.

    My son commanded D Company until September 2015. He again worked with his “family” in 2016 at Fort Polk where he ran a task force team in their pre-deployment training (during Vietnam Fort Polk ran Tiger Land for deploying troops). Two of his former PL’s attended his wedding.

    Some of the older soldiers have done four, one-year deployments; some five.

    Tonight, I will remember them in my Rosary.

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GK Chesterton on the Trinity

Sunday, June 11, AD 2017

“The meanest man in grey fields gone
Behind the set of sun,
Heareth between star and other star,
Through the door of the darkness fallen ajar,
The council, eldest of things that are,
The talk of the Three in One.




There is nothing in the least liberal or akin to reform in the substitution of pure monotheism for the Trinity. The complex God of the Athanasian Creed may be an enigma for the intellect; but He is far less likely to gather the mystery and cruelty of a Sultan than the lonely god of Omar or Muhammad. The god who is a mere awful unity is not only a king but an Eastern king. The heart of humanity, especially of European humanity, is certainly much more satisfied by the strange hints and symbols that gather round the Trinitarian idea, the image of a council at which mercy pleads as well as justice, the conception of a sort of liberty and variety existing even in the inmost chamber of the world. For Western religion has always felt keenly the idea ‘it is not well for man to be alone.’ The social instinct asserted itself everywhere as when the Eastern idea of hermits was practically expelled by the Western idea of monks. So even asceticism became brotherly; and the Trappists were sociable even when they were silent. If this love of a living complexity be our test, it is certainly healthier to have the Trinitarian religion than the Unitarian. For to us Trinitarians (if I may say it with reverence) – to us God Himself is a society. It is indeed a fathomless mystery of theology, and even if I were theologian enough to deal with it directly, it would not be relevant to do so here. Suffice it to say here that this triple enigma is as comforting as wine and open as an English fireside; that this thing that bewilders the intellect utterly quiets the heart: but out of the desert, from the dry places and, the dreadful suns, come the cruel children of the lonely God; the real Unitarians who with scimitar in hand have laid waste the world. For it is not well for God to be alone.

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  • Allah has no son to love and to love him.
    The Supreme Sovereign Being is Three Divine Persons in One. The first family: Father, Son and the Love proceeding from Them. People are made in the image of our God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.

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Resquiescat in Pace: Adam West

Saturday, June 10, AD 2017


William West Anderson, better known by his stage name of Adam West, has passed away at age 88.  As a kid I did not like the Batman show in which he starred in the sixties.  Too campy and too silly for even my childish tastes.  The show was a long term disaster for Adam West, typecasting him with a vengeance and largely destroying his acting career.  After a self destructive period involving lots of alcohol, he bore his ill fortune with grace and good will, directing a large amount of self deprecating humor at himself.  Eventually he established a respectable niche for himself in the entertainment industry.  Atque vale Mr. Wayne.

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  • This brings back memories.

    I never did take a liking to Batman though I avidly watched it. My older brother always asked me about the atomic batteries in the Batmobile and the nuclear reactor in the Batcave because even from a young age I was the “nuke” in the family, reading all the books about atomic power that my 8 year old mind could understand. I still have my Nuclear Engineering handbook of 1958 (the year I was born) from Etherington – one of the first books I bought from lawn mowing money as a kid in the late-60s. Indeed, my preference in TV shows was Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Star Trek – aboard ships powered by reactors (one fission and the other matter-antimatter) for long distance journeys into the unknown (hence my later career aboard submarines and in commercial nuclear power). Nevertheless, I really liked Adam West and I never laughed at the buffoonery on and ridiculousness of the Batman TV show. I just saw the nuclear reactor in the Batcave and heard reference to those atomic batteries in the Batmobile, and drew diagrams – lots and lot of diagrams with reference to all those books (the math at that time was beyond my 8 year old ability).

    I never knew about Adam West’s alcoholism (though because of this post I did a little research and discovered that supposedly he had had a drunken encounter with Pope presumably on a trip to Italy???). He kept this part of this life quite anonymous. But I can identify with the self-destructiveness. And to his eternal credit he picked himself up afterwards. I wonder if he was an AA member – a friend of Bill Wilson? The stories I read claim that his third wife was instrumental in his sobriety. Yes, he was thrice married, and the third one seemed to have worked: 47 years right to his death. We Catholics can say what we want about serial marriages; nevertheless, Adam West was successful in the 3rd and if the stories are true, his 3rd wife merits much credit in getting him sober. Thank God that it is He Who does the judging and not we.

    I sincerely hope that Adam West made it to Heaven (perhaps with a stop at Purgatory – we will never know in this life, but surely the alcoholism is purgatory enough).

  • Love his version of Batman. It’s fun.
    If you’ve seen the “Adam West: See: Bruce Wayne” phonebook listing thing– apparently it’s real, from his home town.

  • Adam West was one of a number of actors who were, thankfully, eventually able to make peace with being typecast and just be grateful for the opportunities they had. The alternative is to wallow in bitterness about not being taken seriously. A good example of those two approaches can be see in Tina Louise and Dawn Wells, Ginger and Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island” (and now the only two surviving cast members). Louise bitterly resented being typecast as Ginger, blamed the show for ruining her career and refused to participate in any of the subsequent reunion movies, whereas Wells embraced her identity as Mary Ann and exudes gratitude just for having had the chance to entertain people. She goes to small town festivals, does small market TV interviews, etc., has a website and Facebook page and is still beautiful, inside and out, at age 78 (!).

  • Former Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder (he composed most of the instrumental part of the mega hit song Hotel California) had Adam West as Le Maz classmate when his wife was expecting their second child recalls:

    ““One of the other fathers-to-be in the class was Adam West, who played Bruce Wayne, alias Batman, in the popular television series. He was in his mid-forties and into his second marriage, and I’ll never forget sitting alongside him on the floor, each of us cradling our heavily pregnant wives while urging them on. His looks and voice were so distinctive that each time he said “Breathe!” or “Push now!” Susan and I half-expected the Penguin or the Joker to come flying through the window and attack him with an umbrella.”

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  • Louise bitterly resented being typecast as Ginger, blamed the show for ruining her career and refused to participate in any of the subsequent reunion movies, whereas Wells embraced her identity as Mary Ann and exudes gratitude just for having had the chance to entertain people.

    I’ve found it interesting that, heavy participation in different aspects of the Star Trek franchise notwithstanding, Wm. Shatner was able to rebuild his career and Leonard Nimoy never stopped being salable in other roles. It was something James Doohan and DeForrest Kelley could not manage.

  • Partly it was generational, both Doohan and Kelley were around 50 when Star Trek ended, partly it was that their careers hadn’t been that great prior to the show, but mostly it was that Shatner and Nimoy received most of the press attention from the show, a fact that still gripes most of the surviving other members of the show, as well as their loathing of Shatner for being Shatner.

  • An excellent choice of tribute, Don. One of my favorite B:tAS episodes.

    Infamously, one of Adam West’s “drunker” moments of life was probably captured on film in “Zombie Nightmare” – which mst3k lambasted in season 6.

    Rest in peace, good sir.

  • Batman: The Animated Series was excellent television. Yes, it was animated but the stories were excellent. They were watchable by child and adult alike. Kevin Conroy was the voice of Batman, who portrayed the character in Justice League as well. Below is a lint to one of the better performances:

  • Penguins fan, Justice League was in the same continuity as B:tAS and Superman’s animated series (and batman beyond).

    And yes, every true fan knows the first Batman to compare all others against is Kevin Conroy.

  • It’s uncanny how Conroy does such different voices for Wayne and Batman. When I initially saw the cartoon show with my kids during the nineties I thought two voice actors had been engaged. Those cartoons really captured classic Batman before the Dark Knight image went over the top.

  • Don, can you still believe that the voice of the Joker (and best joker) in those cartoons was none other than Luke Skywalker himself?

    I’ve seen videos of him doing the voice and I still can’t believe it.

    Those classic shows had a knack for finding singular talents.

  • Partly it was generational, both Doohan and Kelley were around 50 when Star Trek ended, partly it was that their careers hadn’t been that great prior to the show, but mostly it was that Shatner and Nimoy received most of the press attention from the show, a fact that still gripes most of the surviving other members of the show, as well as their loathing of Shatner for being Shatner.

    Kelley and Doohan were 11 years older than Shatner and Nimoy, so a fragment of a generation. Kelley’s first screen credit is dated 1945, Doohan’s 1950, and Shatner’s and Nimoy’s 1951. Over the period running from 1945 to 1966, Kelley had 150 or so screen performances. Doohan had about 140; Shatner, 120-odd; and Nimoy 90 or so. Nimoy had a couple of years out for military service. (Kelley and Doohan had WWii service and Shatner I think was a Canadian citizen of the post-WWii service cohorts). Nimoy I think was making his steadiest living in those years from setting up and cleaning fish tanks in doctor’s offices. Not sure what the others’ balance sheets looked like, but I’d say at least superficially Kelley and Doohan had busier schedules.

    Unless I’m misinformed, Doohan and George Takei had issues with Shatner, not the others. Shatner when asked Takei’s public attacks said he couldn’t make sense of it. Takei he said had only been on the set a couple days a week and they only ever had brief stereotyped conversations.

  • lol @ the Joker’s defense team.

    How would you like that job, Don?

    There’s ideas for ya if you ever need material. “Worst possible legal cases from fiction.” Or “Fictional presidents measured by my Washington scale.”

  • Actually it would be a breeze to prove insanity. The first witness I would call would be Batman. The second would be the wheel chair bound Barbara Gordon.

  • That’s fairly mild compared to what Takei has said, and concerns day-to-day business on the set ca. 1968, not anything recently. Supposedly, jabs at Shatner were part of Doohan’s shtick at Star Trek conventions and Takei after nearly 50 years still has his panties in a wad.

    Star or no, Shatner was ca. 1971 broke and living in a trailer park, if I’m not mistaken. Nimoy said about his Star Trek years that after 17 years of living hand-to-mouth as an actor, he was bound and determined to lay away as much money as he could manage. (“I never turn down a paid appearance…”).

  • Walter Koenig declined to be interviewed for an unauthorized biography written by a man who writes for a fairly vulgar newspaper. I’m not seeing how that’s hostile. The point of Koenig’s joke is obscure.

  • The point of Koenig’s statement is clear as a bell: he really, really hates Shatner.

  • The point of Koenig’s statement is clear as a bell

    No, it’s not. It’s some sort of joke that did not come off. It doesn’t make much sense at all.

  • Completely disagree Art. He obviously is conveying the fact that he would be unwilling to cooperate with the bio unless it painted Shatner in the worst light possible. This isn’t brain surgery.

  • It puts one in mind of the roast of Chevy Chase which went horribly, horribly wrong. Anyone heard of that ordeal?

  • He obviously is conveying the fact that he would be unwilling to cooperate with the bio unless it painted Shatner in the worst light possible. T

    It’s an unauthorized biography by a man employed by the newspaper which publishes “Page Six”. Koenig had every reason to believe they would be pleased to hear anything catty he had to say about a man employed on the same set between 1967 and 1969.

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PopeWatch: Get Thee to a Nunnery

Saturday, June 10, AD 2017



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


After several public failed relationships and an embarrassing 8-months without a boyfriend, award winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift announced today via Twitter that she was leaving the music industry to become a nun.

“With some prayer, and lots of thinking about boys, I’ve decided to become a nun,” she  wrote on Twitter.

Swift’s agent Rod Steelman confirmed this morning that she has been accepted into the Monastery of Our Lady of Perpetual Disappointment, a convent exclusively for women who respond to a calling immediately after experiencing a devastating breakup.

“She told me a few months ago that she had discerned entering a convent every time she had ever had a breakup, but that this last breakup  was different,” Steelman told EOTT. “She said that she was thinking about how Jesus seemed like the only man that wouldn’t ever break up with her, and how she would never have to write a song about him like she did other men in her life. That’s when it dawned on her to get herself to the nunnery.”

Swift has won several awards, including  ten Grammy Awards, one Emmy Award, and  21 Billboard Music Awards. Forbes recently named her in their annual 100 Most Powerful Women.

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  • “She said that she was thinking about how Jesus seemed like the only man that wouldn’t ever break up with her, ”
    Jesus is the only man who would never break up with her. For real. And convents are good places to write songs about The Beloved.
    Hopefully Taylor Swift will take EOTT’s advise.

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Pop Goes the Weasel

Saturday, June 10, AD 2017


Something for the weekend.  Pop Goes the Weasel.  Watching Congressional testimony this week, this song came to mind.  First published in 1853 this song is a very old English folk tune whose origins is lost in the mists of time.  Endless lyrics have been attached to it.  With apologies to all weasels, four footed and two footed:



Played on an infinite loop the above video might be an effective means of interrogation.

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Christians Need Not Apply

Friday, June 9, AD 2017


Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders really needs to brush up on the Constitution, and he might start with this passage in Article Six:


The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

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  • As I’ve said, the really damning part of this is that, according to The Atlantic, both the ACLU and CAIR came out and jumped on the bandwagon, not condemning Sanders, but condemning Vought’s belief. Especially for CAIR, that was a major gaffe, for it feeds into the fears (perhaps, paranoia) that upon achieving influence in the West, Muslims will promptly begin herding non-believers into a state of affairs similar to that which many Christians enjoy across the Islamic world today.

  • “…Muslims will promptly begin herding non-believers into a state of affairs similar to that which many Christians enjoy across the Islamic world today.” SUFFER is a better word. “enjoy” might be misconstrued.
    Article VI “…but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
    Our Founding Principles are online and in the public library. That Bernie Sanders prefers his religious bigotry over freedom and refuses to educate himself is a cause for disenfranchisement.

  • The Commie Pinko Senile Anti-Nuclear Energy Geriatric (not, I am not talking about Jorge Bergoglio) is at it again.

  • For eight years beginning in 2009, the enemies of God and America ran roughshod over us.

    “Some animals are more equal than others.” These vicious people (liberals and Muslims) subvert the Constitution to gradually erode our liberties and property.

    Thank God for President Trump!

    Pray that God grant him the victory over vast numbers of enemies of Christ and of our way of life.

  • Sanders had his accomplishments as Mayor of Burlington and he has actual political principles, not just attitudes and improvisations. This whole exchange is an indication that (1) he lives in a bubble and (2) he’s lacking in both acuity and depth. (One is reminded of Robert Bork’s descriptions of John Paul Stevens). There’s little doubt this sort of thing goes on all the time in higher education (whose operators tend to be rather more malevolent than Sanders).

  • As I’ve said, the really damning part of this is that, according to The Atlantic, both the ACLU and CAIR came out and jumped on the bandwagon, not condemning Sanders, but condemning Vought’s belief.

    That’s not surprising at all. Nearly a generation ago, Nat Hentoff and Alan Dershowitz were in their topical commentary delineating the ways and circumstances in which the ACLU was a crooked and phony lawfare operation. Both maintained that the ACLU had decent chapters and straight up people on its boards (with regard to which the rest of us might be skeptical). William Donohue wrote a history of the organization when he was still in academe, the burden of which was that the ACLU’s interest in civil liberties ca. 1985 was similar to AT & T’s interest in telegraphic transmission and that the organization had never been what it claimed to be. We live in an era when that’s broadly true all over the non-commercial sector of the economy.

  • LCQ. – Good one!

  • Comrade Sanders can explain himself to Christ on His Throne when he meets Him after his death. Good luck to him.

  • @ Charlie.

    I know where Sanders can borrow a Hammer & Sickle Crucifix to help him explain his pseudo Christianity to Christ.

  • @ Mary De Voe.

    The loss of Nature’s Law or disrespect thereof is in part much of the application of a disordered idea of social justice.

    Sir William Blackstone: “This law of nature, being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is if course superior in obligation to any other. It Is Binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at All Times: No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.” (Commentaries on the Law of England, Oxford: Clarendon Press 1765), 1:41

    Our guard has been lax and for a group in our society to support the likes of Sanders is an indication of just how lax we’ve become. Thanks be to God that Trump is in…. breathing room for a small moment in time…but our work is ahead of us.

    That’s why our small public square testimony is at least an effort to allow the children a chance to hear our plea for
    Nature’s Law.

    (Italics are added by this grunt in the trenches.😊)

  • T Shaw.

    Right On!

  • Sanders and others seem to want to believe that neither Christians nor Muslims actually believe their own holy books. That we should be moderate and secularized …basically non believing and non-active cafeterians.

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PopeWatch: Que?

Friday, June 9, AD 2017


Another papal mess to clean up:


Pope Francis again sparked calls for clarification today as he stated before the crowds in St. Peter’s Square: “God cannot be God without man.”

The pope was speaking from a written text at his Wednesday general audience.

According to theologians who spoke with LifeSite, there is a danger the phrase by itself could be taken in an erroneous way.

In context, the Pope said:

Dear brothers and sisters, we are never alone. We can be far, hostile; we can even say we are ‘without God.’ But Jesus Christ’s Gospel reveals to us that God cannot be without us: He will never be a God ‘without man’; it is He who cannot be without us, and this is a great mystery! God cannot be God without man: this is a great mystery!

John Paul Meenan, professor of theology at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, a Catholic college in Eastern Ontario, told LifeSiteNews that while the second phrase (God cannot be God without man) is open to misinterpretation, the Pope’s first wording (He will never be a God ‘without man’) is less problematic since it is in the future tense, “since God is now in an eternal covenant with man.” Professor Meenan said it is not true that ‘God cannot be God without man’ in a universal sense.

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  • Listen, analyze, judge against what the Church has taught always and everywhere, if in error- under necessity ignore.

  • The comparisons to the IQ of a soap dish and or a house plant are appropriate.

  • Penguins Fan is correct. I read the statement that Pope made and immediately thought heretic. God doesn’t need man to be God. God doesn’t need anybody or anything to be God. He is God, omniscient, omnipresent and eternal, existing before man was ever made and continuing to exist long after man has passed from this universe, outside of space and time, not subject to the laws of matter and energy, but having created all those things by His very word. However, in charity maybe the best we can really say is this is the ravings of a geriatric senile imbecile who for the sake of the Church must be deposed and anathematized.

    God, please save your Church from this Marxist Peronist Argentinian.

  • I read this and I immediately thought Process Theology. Maybe I’m reading into it, but that’s what came to my mind.

  • What the Holy Father meant to say was

    Father all-powerful and ever-living God,
    we do well always and everywhere to give thanks.

    You have no need of our praise,
    yet our desire to thank You is itself Your gift.
    Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to Your greatness,
    but makes us grow in Your grace,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord…

    –From the Preface of the Mass in Weekdays of Ordinary Time, IV

  • “I read this and I immediately thought Process Theology. Maybe I’m reading into it, but that’s what came to my mind.”

    I suspect you are right Dave.

  • It seems Papa Foxtrot is a liberal. Orwell wrote (in Reflections on Gandhi) that a liberal cannot be, is not, a spiritual.

    “. . .Gandhi’s teachings cannot be squared with the belief that Man is the measure of all things and that our job is to make life worth living on this earth, which is the only earth we have.”

    “But it is not necessary here to argue whether the other-worldly or the humanistic ideal is ‘higher.’ The point is that they are incompatible. One must choose between God and Man, and all ‘radicals’ and ‘progressives,’ from the mildest liberal to the most extreme anarchist, have in effect chosen Man.”

  • Frank J. Attanucci

    He should of said that..your spot on.
    He would do well to follow the master…not share his throne. Less would most definitely be more in pf’s case.

  • Infinite God. Only God is God. What Francis is saying is that God cannot contradict Himself. If God contradicts Himself, God ceases to be God. Francis’s text blames God for man sins and accuses God of going back on His Word, Who is Jesus Christ. Those of us who refuse to be brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ are going to hell with the fallen angels. Those of us who embrace Jesus Christ will spend eternity with our infinite God in the joy of heaven. Pray for me to get to heaven. I’m not going unless you get to heaven too.

  • He was a Jesuit formed in the First Reign of Insanity following Vatican II. Most of them are drift nets who have scooped up all sorts of profound-sounding nonsense. There’s a reason that the Father John Hardon types stand out for their orthodoxy.
    At this point, I suspect the man can’t help but be a rotating sprinkler of heterdoxy with the hose cranked up to full.

  • Look on the bright side: in no way can that quote be acceptable to Islamic theologians.

  • Dale Price:

    Not to pound the Process Theology angle too much, but I just keep going back to that. Especially because, IIRC, there is some connection between those in the Latin American liberation theology movements and process thought. And it’s my strong feeling that Pope Francis is, above all things, a child of LA Liberation Theology.

  • Dave Griffey, I think you are half-right. A lot of Pope Francis’ career in Argentina can be explained if he accepted the descriptive side of liberation theology but not the prescriptive side.

  • “And it’s my strong feeling that Pope Francis is, above all things, a child of LA Liberation Theology.”
    A half-child. Pope Francis appears to accept the descriptive side of Liberation Theology but not the prescriptive side. His thinking appears to be an attempt to reconcile Liberation Theology with Peronism.

  • Apologies for the partial double post. The first post took 30 minuted to appear on my browser.

  • I don’t think it’s process theology. I read the full text, and he’s saying something different, that God is limited by His mercy. He needs man, and His love makes Him incapable of being anything but man’s Servant. Utterly heretical, but different from process theology.

  • One should be suspicious of anyone who wears black slacks under a white see-through cassock.

  • “At this point, I suspect the man can’t help but be a rotating sprinkler of heterdoxy with the hose cranked up to full.”


    Can I use that line? With attribution of course. 🙂

  • Pinky,

    Possibly not bona fide Whitehead, as I said, didn’t want to push it too far. But it’s worth noting that I can’t remember hearing the last two popes at any time and thinking ‘gee, was that Process theology’? To me, that speaks volumes.

    But then I just read that Bernie Sanders has been joined by CAIR and the ACLU in saying traditional Christian beliefs about salvation and hell are racism and bigotry and could preclude someone from holding office, so there you go. These times, as they say, are a changin’.

  • Pope Frank’s steadfast propensity for making ungodly-stupid statements is now so legendary that he is surefire material for a Geico commercial:

    “If you are Pope Frank, today you would say something that shocks and confuses both Catholics and non-Catholics alike worldwide. That’s what he does: He’s Pope Frank.”

    “If you want to save you up to 15% or more in 15 minutes, you call Geico. That’s what we do.”

  • Man is an expression of God’s beneficence not His need.

  • “God cannot be God without man.”
    Threatening Almighty God with extinction is in poor taste and uncharitable. Threatening The Supreme Sovereign Being with annihilation is disingenuous.
    God is Existence and God exists. God is Love and God loves. God is Justice and God is just. All existence extinguished, starting with Satan, is a lie. The vows of the Sacrament of Matrimony bound in heaven will not be unbound on earth.

  • “God cannot be God without man.”
    Mary, I think I understand what Pope Francis meant. You write that “God is Love”. True. So we can state in a narrow sense that God ‘needed’ to create Man so that He would have more to love, and of course the greatest expression of love by Man is to turn to God. There is a faint echo here of a popular explanation of the mystery of the Trinity.

    Of course, God REALLY did not ‘need’ to create Man, the infinite Love within the Trinity is sufficient for God. This ‘need’ is really just a metaphor.

    Regarding process theology, as far as I can see the only problems arise with the variants that deny God’s omnipotence, omniscience, etc (which admittedly is most of them). The mathematician Georg Cantor demonstrated more than a century ago that it is not illogical to think that an infinity can be increased.

  • One qualification to my last post: God is unchanging, per the Creed. My feeling is that process theology can only be true if the process result(s) are ALREADY ‘accepted’ by God before they happen. Personally I don’t think most process theologians really thought about such matters, they were too ‘worldly’ in their scope.

  • Yeah, I can guess what he meant. I’m sure he wasn’t trying to promote a heretical idea. But, as Chesterton notes, orthodoxy is a balancing act. If you’re not careful, and you put too much emphasis on one idea over another, you can lose the balance. The mystery of God’s love for us doesn’t change the fact that He is pure existence. It’s such an odd thing: for most of us, love is something that disrupts us, binds us, changes us all the time. But God is pure love, and remains unchanged by the object of His love.

  • How about interpreting what Pope Francis said through a Christological lens? God and man are united in the person of Jesus therefore it would be to deny his very existence without his full and complete possession of his humanity. That’s the way I understood what he said.

  • If God cannot be God without man, then man cannot be man without God. The Word of God made flesh in the Hypostatic Union is infinite, making man immortal. Even so, The Word of God in the Hypostatic Union is infinite, man is finite.

  • The Hypostatic Union of God and man by the Word of God depends upon the creation of the Mother of God, Mary. The Son of God chose to be the Son of Man. The Hypostatic Union and the Crucifixion are before all ages. The Hypostatic Union and the Crucifixion before all ages are eternal. God is infinite. The Son of God is infinite. The Son of Man is eternal and depends upon Mary, whose immortal soul was created in original innocence before the fall of Adam. Mary chose to remain in original innocence and obedience to God, offering herself to God in eternity.
    In the Hypostatic Union, the Son of God chose to be Jesus Christ, the Son of Man with Mary as His human Mother. The Word of God as the Son of God is infinite. The Word of God and the Son of God as the Son of Man is dependent upon the human being Mary, who is created in original innocence, as all human being’s souls are created. Mary chose to remain in original innocence as Immaculate Conception.
    Therefore, God is God without or until the creation of the image of God in mankind.

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Comey Tonight!

Thursday, June 8, AD 2017


The Comey testimony was the best  farce I have ever viewed on live television.  My take:

  1.  Comey came across as a cowardly lion, constantly trembling in fear of the White House.
  2. He admitted that Loretta Lynch, former Attorney General, told him to call the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton a “matter” rather than a criminal investigation and that this disturbed him greatly.
  3. That he leaked material which may expose him to criminal indictment.  Comey stated that he did so in order to spur the appointment of a special prosecutor.
  4. That he was most outraged by the Trump administration stating the obvious truths that Comey had been a poor Director of the FBI and that the Bureau was in disarray under his leadership.
  5. He refused to state whether he thought that Trump was trying to obstruct the Russia investigation by asking him if the investigation of Mike Flynn could be dropped.  If Comey did think that Trump was trying to obstruct an investigation he was required to immediately report it, and failure to do so would constitute a possible criminal offense.
  6. Comey confirmed that he told Trump on three occasions that he was not the subject of an investigation.  He had no good explanation as to why he refused Trump’s request to announce this publicly.
  7. I kept imagining how J.Edgar Hoover would have handled this.  I picture Hoover telling a President trying to pressure him that an FBI Director led an arduous life with many duties.  That one of his duties was to restrain overzealous FBI agents gathering huge amounts of embarrassing material about lots of politicians, and that as Director he was continuously engaged in making sure such shocking material did not end up being revealed, ending careers and unduly alarming and disturbing the American people.  Hoover was quite a few things, but a simpering, impotent non-entity like Comey, placed in a job well above his capacity, he never was.








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  • I would have loved to be the fly on the wall in the room where any president would have tried to do to Hoover what Comey claimed Trump did.I think that president would have learned, in a New York nano second, that he made one of the biggest mistakes in his life!

  • Comey appears to be something of a careerist weasel. The question in our time is whether or not careerist weasel is the best you can do in and among the worst political class in history. To be fair, he worked for Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Evidence either of these creatures thought of the law as anything but a tool to use against the opposition = zero.

    At the top of the heap was Barack Obama, one of the great mediocrities of this age, a spiteful man with little integrity, but vain and shallow. The Harvard law student who said he was much more interested in being the president of the law review than in accomplishing anything in the job had this man’s number. What you saw with that administration was the Democratic Party’s default settings and the modus operandi of those in the intersection between the legal profession and the Democratic Party. It’s all quite disgusting.

  • Comey comes across like a corporate politician where one must comprise one’s integrity to get ahead. The scary thing is this may be the only way one is able to get ahead in both the corporate world and government.

  • I watched the Penguins stomp the Predators. Official Washington, known locally as a bunch of jagoffs, cares about Comey. To me he is just another jagoff.

  • The “weasel” thing slapped me, too. It was like a National Geographic TV extravaganza. You (I only wasted a half hour listening to his bullshit) were treated to a three-hour exposition of the world-record, six-foot-eight-inch weasel.

    The Big-Trump-lie = the FBI is in disarray. Wah! Reminds me of an incompetent shave 2LT crying because the CO canned him and figuratively kicked his ass.

    Take-away. Yesterday, you saw the tip of the iceberg of the worst American political class in History.

    Much ado about less than nothing. Roger Simon: “The American people — even and especially those too clueless to realize what is happening — are being dissed unimaginably by their own representatives. Too bad we can’t sue the government, because we certainly have grounds to.”

  • I hope that justice kennedy etal. are not also afraid, perhaps cowed by yet unexplained deaths of people who may have been a problem for the left. It doesn’t seem far fetched to me anymore- not so much in the tin foil hat category as in the gambino territory..
    The fact that Comey is no longer useful won’t deter the left too much

  • As to point # 2 re: “matter” v “criminal investigation” a clear and careful reading of Comey’s testimony confirms that notwithstanding any discomfort he may have had, he did exactly and directed by Attorney General Lynch and did indeed publicly mischaracterize an FBI investigation by using a neutral term “matter” instead; matter of course being so vague as to encompass anything from an FBI clothing drive to a formal investigation. Comey’s actions in the two situations raises a couple of question. Why didn’t he see fit to document the undue influence put upon him by Lynch who didn’t express a hope but issued a directive, while Trump issued no order or directive yet he proceeded to document his thoughts immediately by way of a memo written on a government computer which he thereafter leaked to the press when an opportune time arose? Second, why did Trump’s reference to “loyalty” cause him angst when he dutifully proved himself to be loyal to his prior superiors by stating that which he knew to be false; the characterizing of a criminal investigation as a mere “matter”?
    In short, his testimony raises at least as many questions as it answers.

  • “I kept imagining how J.Edgar Hoover would have handled this. I picture Hoover telling a President trying to pressure him that an FBI Director led an arduous life with many duties. That one of his duties was to restrain overzealous FBI agents gathering huge amounts of embarrassing material about lots of politicians, and that as Director he was continuously engaged in making sure such shocking material did not end up being revealed, ending careers and unduly alarming and disturbing the American people.”

    But Hoover never met a radioactivity-surviving cockroach.

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Assassination Chic

Thursday, June 8, AD 2017


You can always tell when a Republican is in the White House because the arts and crafts crowd begins to fantasize about murdering him.  A tradition that goes back to John Wilkes Booth and the first Republican President,  we see that this proclivity is alive and well today.  This is why I tend to roll my eyes when reading any leftist bemoaning the loss of civility.  Lack of civility for most leftists means a conservative who actually has the temerity to answer them back.

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  • If the President is – God forbid – assassinated, I think there will be a tremendous upwilling of anger that liberals will rue the day they had the temerity to even suggest such a thing. I think we should pray for the President’s safety.

  • Yes to Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.
    We must pray for our President and his safety.
    The thugs who started antagonizing Trump supporters, the thugs who silenced Milo at Berkeley and the thugs who gaslight news (MSM) …these are the John Wilkes Booth of our day.. granted they haven’t assassinated a President however they have assassinated his character and the freedom of speech and also trample on Religions Freedom. These thugs… Michael Moore are you listening (?)….these thug’s need a boot in the ass and a one way ticket to Cuba.

    Run on sentence specialist…. guilty as charged.

  • I think liberals will rue the day already in the manner they’ve attacked this president. They’ve lost middle America, they’re just too arrogant to realize it.

  • http://www.theagon.org/blog/?p=267

    The link about is an article that was written two days before the election that best describes what we are dealing with here. I did not write it. I wish that I had. It is one of the best ilucidations of the left’s mental state.

  • Imagine the appropriate outrage if such a piece of “guerrilla theater” had had Barry Soetoro in the cross-hairs.

    Worse, than the “assassination chic,” worse is the closely cherished liberal lie that President Trump is a tyrant deserving of death.

    We should have been similarly, continually aggressive beginning in January 2009. I shall not make the same mistake if, God forbid, the anti-American totalitarians get back in power.

    It appears s of the left will not stop until they get somebody killed.

  • Assassination Chic! Where’s the Secret Service?

  • Arminius, I went to the link you provided and read (mostly) what was posted. Interesting (sort of) but wrong. His list of “Republican” beliefs is not credible. I’m a life long Republican, just to right of Reagan, a strict Constitutionalist and NO ONE I have ever met would agree to half of his list.

    Here’s a simple example, “An end to all funding for foreign aid, the arts, and scientific research.” People of many political strips want the end of FEDERAL funding of these items. Where does the Constitution grant the Federal Government the Authority to do this? Some may also want their States to follow suite but that should be up to the individual States and the private citizens. Who has stated that no one should fund scientific research? No one. But I have heard liberal Democrat activists falsely accuse Republicans of this charge.

    How many unConstitutional activities should we accept? Should we bring back slavery? Ignore the “Bill of Rights”? Or should we ONLY accept the unConstitutional activities that some people think are acceptable and those who disagree be damned or more likely locked up.

    He also has a warped sense of reason. Such as, “What if the woman’s best reasoning tells her that the six-week-old fetus growing inside her isn’t yet a human life? What if her conscience tells her, therefore, that the abortion she wants, for her own, well considered reasons, can harm no one?” What if her “reasoning tells her” that her one month old is too much trouble and needs to go? What about the 3 year old? The 72 year old? This so called “reasoned” woman IS harming someone and this writer fails to see this simple truth.

    As I said, some interesting points, but falls far short of good or moral.

  • Obviously the people behind this production do not like Trump so I have to wonder if they have thought this through. In the play, the assassins come to bad ends because Marc Antony eulogizes Caesar and points out that Caesar was not guilty of all the things the killers claimed.

    It is a very clever scene that begins with “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” And yet he lists all the things Brutus said about Caesar that were not true, “But Brutus is an honorable man.” The crowd turns on the killers and Brutus and Cassius have to run.

  • If Trump is assassinated it will be the Pearl Harbor for the sleeping Americans. God help us. We need God’s help, divine Providence.

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Colonel George A. Taylor

Thursday, June 8, AD 2017

“There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let’s get the hell out of here.”

Colonel George A. Taylor, said as he rallied the men of the 16th Regiment to attack inland on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Colonel (Infantry) George A. Taylor (ASN: 0-14922), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Colonel Taylor landed during the most crucial and threatening period of the invasion operation. Thousands of men lay huddled on a narrow beachhead, their organizations and leaders cut down by the disastrous enemy fire. Without hesitation, unmindful of the sniper and machine gun fire which was sweeping the beach, Colonel Taylor began to reorganize the units. While continuously exposed to this murderous fire, Colonel Taylor never slackened in his efforts in directing and coordinating the attack. By his initiative and leadership, he was able to clear an exit from the beach and begin moving groups of men from the crowded beachhead. This was the only exit opened in the early part of the assault and subsequent events proved it to be one of the most vital points contributing to the success of this operation. The high professional skill and outstanding courage exhibited by Colonel Taylor exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

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  • Thank God for Colonel George A. Taylor at Omaha Beach.

  • Amen, Mart De Voe.

    I think Robert Mitchum played Colonel Taylor in the movie, “The Longest Day.”

    Again, uncommon valor was a common virtue.

    Off topic, but vital. From “For The Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon:

    “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.”

    Lest we forget.

  • “I think Robert Mitchum played Colonel Taylor in the movie, “The Longest Day.” ”

    He played General Norman Cota who was the assistant division commander of the 29th Division. Taylor’s quote, a variant of it, was put into his mouth.

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PopeWatch: One Minute

Thursday, June 8, AD 2017


Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there is no peace; and when one builds up a wall, behold, they plaster it with whitewash:

Ezekiel 13: 10


Pope Francis is requesting a minute of prayer for peace:


Pope Francis has appealed for prayers and international participation in the “One Minute for Peace” initiative to be held Thursday, 8 June, at 1:00 PM Rome time.

He said the initiative represents “a short moment of prayer on the recurrence of the meeting in the Vatican between me, the late Israeli President Peres, and the Palestinian President Abbas”.

Their encounter took place in the Vatican Gardens on 8 June 2014, during which the three men prayed together for peace.

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  • Does Pope Francis not know or care that minutes of silence and prayer are banned in the United States of America since the athiest, Madalyn Murray O’Hair told the Supreme Court that she and her son are OFFENDED by prayer, for peace, health, prosperity and the pursuit of Happiness? Pope Francis visited the American gulag. What did he learn?

  • I shall pray for victory – that the Israelis defeat the Muslim Palestinian infestation.

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Bear Growls: Truth

Wednesday, June 7, AD 2017


Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.

John 14:6



Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear is in an ironic mood:


We will probably never know what Pilate meant when he asked Christ, “What is truth?” Sarcasm? The world-weary cynicism of a Roman official with one of the most difficult jobs of Rome? Or perhaps the echo of a genuine question from a decent young man long ago ground down by his responsibilities to a brutal empire?

In any case, it is the wrong question for our time and is causing Catholics far too much anguish and contention.
The question is not “what is truth,” and we betray our naïveté when we ask and our disloyalty to the Church when we complain. The legitimate question is “what does the Church now say the truth is?” In fact, the second question always answers the first, because of the inerrant truth-knowing feature built into the Church as an institution and the Pope in his office.

“Truth” is nothing more or less than what the Church, through its many channels, but in our day, primarily the Pope, says it is. We now understand that truth is a construct that is contingent upon the matrix in which we live. This matrix is comprised of our evolving language; our behavior; and the changing moral consensus of our culture as expressed in many different ways, ranging from our laws to popular entertainment. The truth is to be found in the current teachings of the Church.

The Church reflects the culture, and perhaps has done so for most of its existence, although we can only speak certainly of our own time.

It is irrelevant whether Church teachings are formal or not. Indeed, the less formal teachings of the Pope with a microphone in his hand loom larger in both the culture and the minds of individual Catholics. It is the informal teachings which are seized by the news gatekeepers, massaged, and then proclaimed in partnership with the Church – not merely reported, it is important to note.

“What is truth?” is not some great mystery. One of the main purposes of the Church is to be the authority that tells us what the truth is for our generation. The power of the keys means that the truth is whatever the Church – ultimately Peter – says it is. The Church is trusted with not just proclaiming the truth, but creating it.

It must be so.

The Bible is understood by all but the most conservative Protestant scholars as a collection of tales edited long after the events it relates by men who wished to promote different and sometimes conflicting agendas. It is certainly not historically reliable, according to the very best scholarship. Read the notes to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Bible, the New American Bible, Revised Edition if you have any doubts. They will quickly disabuse you of any lingering Protestant tendency toward bibliolatry.

Only a fundamentalist would today hold up the Bible as containing “the truth.”

Only the most naive traditionalist would look to the teachings of the brutal, superstitious and exclusivist past of the Church to find the truth for today’s world.

Neither Holy Scripture nor poking around in the Museum of Church History can be the source of truth today. No, the truth is what the Church says it is, most immediately and importantly through the Pope when he utters his oracles to the interpretive priestly class of reporters.

Let go of the irrelevant past and embrace the truth as it has evolved right up to this second and is proclaimed by the Pope: Peter, upon whom the Church was built and to whom the Keys of Binding and Loosing were given in perpetuity. Yesterday’s Catholics owed the same duty to yesterday’s Church. Why would some of you, today, presume to be less faithful and arrogate to yourselves the authority to decide “what is truth?”

Do you imagine for an instant that the Pope himself could (if he would even think of such a crime, which he could not, protected from error as he is) weave a carpet of lies to spread beneath the Bride of Christ without an army of brave and faithful bishops rising up to challenge him? The teachings of the Pope are confirmed by the agreement of the clergy, the acceptance of the people, and his personal popularity with the entire world. You may trust him without question and to question him is to place oneself outside the Church.

What is truth? The answer is simple:

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5 Responses to Bear Growls: Truth

  • We are not left orphans but, Lord, this is hard!
    Is the pope antichrist? Are we?
    Lord, who can accept this!?
    Does the Church teach Truth? Are we the Church?
    Save us from apostasy. Holy Spirit fill us so that we can trust in the Love and nearness of the Holy Spirit.

  • Evidently, the Bear has had enough of the Bergoglio nonsense. What he is saying sounds a little like a swan song. Hope not. We need the Bear on that wall that separates truth from fiction.

  • Bear-ing it together.

    I feel his pain, our bruin friend.
    In the examination of modern Truth a clarity flawed by magnification is my humble take. That being the glass used to examine Truth. Mercy is the magnifier.
    If mercy itself is myopic then the Truth is perceived in narrow terms only, the focus is lost in distance. The application of mercy becomes troublesome because blurred vision will not allow one to see the path ahead…only the culture in the face is in complete focus.

    Truth of course is neither modern nor ancient.

    Like the foundations of Mt. Tabor it is the same yesterday today and tomorrow.

    God have mercy on us.
    Correct our sight. Clarity of vision is rooted in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  • Jesus Christ is the Revelation of God in Truth. The Vicar of Christ is Truth only when the Vicar of Christ is the Vicar of Christ. Man, in his sovereign personhood, must pursue his destiny and Happiness to attain his original innocence as was done by Saint Augustine. The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ is the Way to attain our original innocence into which our rational, immortal, human souls were created and endowed by “their Creator” and the discipline over our fallen nature. The TRUTH is the perfection of Jesus Christ in his obedience to His Father in heaven. What is bound on earth cannot be unbound in heaven. God does not contradict Himself. God does not revoke free will. What is bound on earth by man’s free will is bound in heaven by God’s gift of free will. God does not reject man’s free will choices but stamps man’s free will choices eternal. God’s mercy gives man the manhood and courage to live by his own choices…the alternative is to become a liar and go to hell.

  • I have worked in nuclear power for about 40 years since as a late teenager I got qualified to operate a nuclear reactor on a submarine beneath the ocean’s surface back in 79 or so. Science – the laws of physics, chemistry and math – governed everything I did. Not once did God change physical law for my convenience. Not once did the Regulator change regulation so I could do things in my own way instead of the safe way.

    Why the freaking frack does this Jorge Bergoglio think God would do ANY differently with spiritual and moral laws?

    God does not change. He is Truth. That’s it. We need to repent or we shall surely perish. God always wins in the end, not some geriatric senile Latin American Marxist Peronist.

    PS, what is worse – liberals really believe what Bear wrote is literally true with this Pope. They wouldn’t be able to see the sarcasm and irony and paraody. They believe truth changes. This is why they make horrible nukes. They should never be trusted to operate reactors because they can’t accept truth is immutable. They are always trying to work around regulations. Then they crash against the inevitable laws of physics as their stupid dumb-idiot ideas don’t work.

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4 Responses to You’re Welcome?

  • The obvious naval, the belly button on the guy proves that he is not infinite and therefore, not God, eternal, “their Creator” and Endower of all to mankind. So, “you’re welcome” ought to be a thanksgiving to almighty God, not to the Polynesian Hercules. I like “The Rock” as a person and this is just a job for him but he needs to discover and accept the TRUTH of an infinite God, three PERSONS in one God. Disney needs help. Gheesh I have to fast and diet more. Lay off the tapioca.

  • Bah, he does just fine. Not going to become a professional singer any time soon, and it’s simple, but I like simple.

    ….although I HAD just gotten the dang thing out of my head yesterday.

  • Aaaaand now the Princess wants to hear it again. 😀

  • Not as catching or as irritating as Disney’s It’s a Small, Small World.

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Evergreen Students Speak Out

Wednesday, June 7, AD 2017


Leftwing students, often acting like a violent mob, have tossed Evergreen State College into chaos the past few weeks.  Go here to read about it.  A handful of Evergreen students are fed up and are brave enough to sign an open letter:




To the world with their eyes towards Evergreen,
We will open this message by stating that we are not attempting to discard or discredit legitimate concerns of racism throughout society, however attention to rectifying these issues has been detracted from due to the events at Evergreen during the last two weeks. These events have not only damaged the credibility of those who want to address racial issues, but have also put a greater portion of the student body, staff and faculty at risk of bodily injury. Addressing the real issues has been made much more difficult due to a tendency for those disagreeing with the protesters or their methods to be labeled as being racist, which stifles expression and dissent while diluting and perverting the meaning of the term. Through abundant use or threat of the racism label, and an unwillingness of various individuals to contest such claims, the protesting group has held a stranglehold on the administration, which the protesters have used in an attempt to avoid responsibility and enact their agenda.

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4 Responses to Evergreen Students Speak Out

  • One of these days there will be a reckoning. Yes. A reckoning. That is what is needed here to put these riotous students and professors in their place.

  • Evergreen University is a microcosm of America since atheism, imposed by the government, has removed the love of “their Creator”, “divine Providence” and good will for the common good from our public square. Working at a public university I was called “white meat”, my son was called “white boy”, I was spit upon because I was a white woman in a black neighborhood. My best friend at the university was a black woman whose father was a minister and she never failed to inquire of my health and well being. We shared many beautiful times together.
    Threats of violence are infractions and violations of peaceable assembly. Violent protesters ought to be handcuffed and dragged off to the big house no matter what color they are. A good police record ought to slow their progress to revolution. Perhaps they ought to be sued for defamation of character and slander.

  • Most states have excess inventory in higher education. Washington state can clear some of theirs by closing Evergreen down and auctioning off its plant and equipment. The place is hopeless and not amenable to reform. Of course, the Democratic Party (which currently controls the executive and (barely) both houses of the legislature) would never countenance that as it would injure the economic interests of one of their principal clients. One thing you have to remember about the Democratic Party is that they have no compunction about taking tax money (or settlement money) and funneling to various sorts of truculent political advocates.


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