Quotes Suitable for Framing: Donald J. Trump

Friday, January 27, AD 2017



And a special hello to all of you in this room who have known and loved me for many, many years. It’s true. The politicians. They’ve had me to their homes. They’ve introduced me to their children. I’ve become their best friends in many instances. They’ve asked for my endorsement and they’ve always wanted my money. And even called me really a dear, dear friend. But then suddenly, decided when I ran for president as a Republican, that I’ve always been a no-good, rotten, disgusting scoundrel. And they totally forgot about me.

Donald J. Trump, Al Smith Dinner, October 20, 2016

10 Responses to Quotes Suitable for Framing: Donald J. Trump

  • Lol….oddly Trump while being a fibber several times a day…is also at others moments, the only one in politics who will say certain things that are true. He will get the money for the wall from Mexico but he’ll do it indirectly. The Pope criticized ” walls and wires” in the El Pais interview and later said he would not name names. Trump has everyone fibbing circuitously including the Pope and everyone at the NY Times. On voting fraud, he could be way off but a 2012 Pew study noted that 4.5 million voting slots are potentially open to abuse and they are composed of the dead still on register and people moving from state to state and ending up registered in several or multiple states. Trump is waking up many of us to the advantages of a disruptive outlier…and Bannon, no relation, is also a non diplomatic straight talker. They’re both outliers and Trump can also be a regular liar. But I love that he counterpunches the media but I wish he’d ignore trivia like crowd numbers. He will ignore the media on conflicts of interest because he actually is not legally bound in that area except as to emoluments to foreign government personnel. A brewing disaster will be when he hits ISIS probably with Delta force operations. They will bomb his hotels and golf courses in return …but I suspect they too will be counterpunched if they do.

  • I would just like everyone to know that so-called misogynist woman-hater, woman abuser, woman-denigrator Donald J. Trump has appointed Kristine Svinicki as the Chairperson of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
    During Barack Hussein Obama’s reign of terror on the nuclear energy industry, she had often been the lone voice of reason in an organization whole given over to Dr. Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy. She alone had the intestinal fortitude to stand against the actual, real woman abuse that former NRC Chairperson and anti-nuclear wacko nut case Democrat Gregory Jackzo (whom that man of sin and depravity appointed to Chairpersonship). He repeatedly and consistently berated, denigrated and left in tears and misery women staff in the US NRC. Svinicki, a Republican, wrote a letter to the White Chief of Staff detailing what was going on just before the 2012 election, and that embarrassed godless Obama in his mantra about the Republican war on women such that Obama had to demand Jackzo’s resignation. I got to find that letter and post a link to it. As far as I am concerned, she will make a great Chairperson.
    Something else that isn’t talked about much is that many of my friends in the nuclear industry have stated that she is lesbian. I can’t find any corroboration of this in the popular new media and calumny is always sinful, but frankly I don’t give a darn. If she is lesbian, then she doesn’t have this Democrat narcissistic need for popular name recognition that goes along with coming out of the closet. And she darn sure doesn’t force that style of life on anyone else. And she’s Republican, too! Further, she keeps her private business private and I respect her for that. God bless her, lesbian or not.
    Yes, Trump makes another good choice. And lawyer bureaucrat Stephen Burns (who as Chief Counsel in the NRC defended Jackzo during the charges of woman abuse) is demoted from Chairpersonship, and Iranian Jeff Baran (think on that, folks, think on that) – the third Commissioner – will likely be out when his term ends. Besides Republican Svinicki and Democrats Burns and Baran, there are two other slots open that Obama did not fill (I think Congress stopped him). Since the law allows three persons from the majority party and requires two from the minority, those slots will be filled by Republicans – appointed by “let’s reduce the regs by 75%” Donald J Trump!
    Things are looking good, folks. Contrary to Democrat fears that a fossil fuel enthusiast like Trump would oppose nuclear, the opposite may be the case. Why? Because Republicans believe in the Free Market and in availability of energy supply, not in its constriction with useless, worthless solar and wind.
    To the Democrats and the anti-nuclear nut cases – one and the same – I say, “You lost. We won. Get over it, cry babies!”

  • Not to belabor a point, but this statement quoted from Trump above is so very true:
    “But then suddenly, decided when I ran for president as a Republican, that I’ve always been a no-good, rotten, disgusting scoundrel. And they totally forgot about me.”
    This is always and everywhere Democrat behavior. Just read this example from Kristine Svinicki’s testimony to the Committee on Oversight and Government Report in the US House of Representatives – go read page 2 about the abominable behavior of Obama’s appointee Gregory Jackzo, former NRC Chairperson:
    This kind of stuff NEVER occurred before even under Jimmy worthless Carter and William Jefferson “I did not have sex with that woman” Clinton. I have been in nuclear power since my reactor operator days on a nuclear submarine in 1976, and NEVER have I seen this kind of behavior in nuclear energy till Barack Hussein Obama came on the horizon. NEVER. Here is Representative Darrell Issa’s report on the whole thing:
    Want to know why the country languished for the past 8 years? Because of crap like this. And for all of Trump’s faults, he isn’t going to let crap like that slide on by any more. Obama is evil. The Democrats are evil. Period. Trump ain’t no paragon of virtue, but maybe he is our King Cyrus, our Emperor Constantine. One thing for sure: he’ll be hated and reviled by all the right – er, I mean left – thinking people.
    God bless Donald Trump.
    God bless Kristine Svinicki.

  • I knew I would find the letter. All 4 NRC Commissioners signed it but Svinicki wrote here. It was addressed to White House Chief of Staff William Daley back in October, 2011. This is the kind of crap that Democrats do which has ruined our country.

  • The man (Trump) is not perfect, as none of us are, but he knows hypocrites when he sees them.. and is not afraid to say so-

  • If Svinicki is a “lesbian”, then she is certainly not qualified for any job. Why are the mentally ill being promoted to important positions? Find a real man or woman to do the job, not a self-identified pervert…..

  • Dan, with all due respect, I work with gays, straights, Christians, Muslims, Jews, men, women, and at one time even a cross gender person. I oppose sodomy and lesbianism and Islam and cross genderism. But I will treat every co-worker as an equal. And I darn sure respect Kristine Svinicki.
    Further, being an alcoholic dope fiend, I am mentally ill too. So I got no room to complain. Instead, I go to mtgs and do my moral inventory with my priest in the Confessional. That’s my medicine.
    Regardless of what Chairperson Svinicki does in her bedroom, (1) she keeps it private and (2) she is a darn good and competent engineer. God bless her in her new position.
    I am sorry I said anything now.

  • “If Svinicki is a ‘lesbian’, then she is certainly not qualified for any job. Why are the mentally ill being promoted to important positions? Find a real man or woman to do the job, not a self-identified pervert…..”

    I am in no way defending perverted sex, but people committing perverted sex acts (which also include heterosexual fornication, masturbation, & adultery) does not mean they are mentally ill & cannot hold down a secular job. They do so all of the time. They have spiritual problems for sure; they don’t necessarily have mental problems.

  • I want to be clear about something. Chairperson Svinicki is NOT here at this forum to defend herself. The allegations which I noted about her alleged sexual persuasion are NOT independently corroborated. Calumny is a sin, so I should never have mentioned the allegations even though I did so in her defense. Furthermore, this woman is a true heroine because she stood against the arrogance and egotism and abusive behavior of former Chairperson Gregory Jackzo (a liberal progressive Democrat in the very mold of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton). His ruthless, despicable and abhorent behavior against women staff in the US NRC is well documented and independently corroborated by both the US Congress and the US General Accounting Office. Also, Chairperson Svinicki is a REAL engineer and has REAL integrity and a profound sense of ethics. I base that observation on years of readiing various documents that she wrote during her tenure in the NRC, and comparing them to documents written by worthless useless liberal progressive Democrats like Jackzo and his immediate successor Allison MacFarlane. Lastly, to make this relevant to Donald’s post, just as Trump is now regarded as a rotten no good scoundrel by all the right – er, left – thinking people, so will Chairperson Svinicki for NO other reason than she doesn’t conform to the liberal proogressive norm.
    God bless Donald Trump
    God bless Kristine Svinicki.
    I don’t don’t give a flying hoot what she does in the privacy of her home.

  • I’m going to assume that the recent snafu on the “7 country muslim ban” back into the country is more due to DJT’s lack of executive experience in protocol and the thorough realization of the impact exec orders have than anything proposed by the left (i.e. an example of “hate”).

4 Responses to This Is Library

  • We have a library in our town, a very nice one. When I was a child, the ground level/upstairs/adult section was “off limits” to children. Or so it seemed to me. And honestly, I’m still a little intimidated to walk much further than the Reference Desk, right up front. I prefer the Children’s Section, in the basement, which is a bit more rambunctious. One day, I did realize that I’ve been voting age for twice as long as not, and did my work in the Adult Section. How things have changed. Two children were running around making noise for a brief time. Yes, I know, it was the week-end, but seriously?

  • I want that on a hat or T-Shirt.

    hey, Hey, HEY – This is Library.

  • No wonder the Chinese kids make so much progress here. They have minimal competition.

  • Is this the same guy that blocked a whole row of Tanks in Tieneman Square, by STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM ? TR.

The Whole Great Family of Man

Friday, January 27, AD 2017

March for Life

These communities, by their representatives in old  Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We  hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are  created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with  certain unalienable rights; that among these are life,  liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This was their majestic  interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their  lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of  the Creator to His creatures. [Applause.] Yes, gentlemen, to  all His creatures, to the whole great family of man. In their  enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and  likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded,  and imbruted by its fellows. They grasped not only the whole  race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized  upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide  their children and their children’s children, and the countless  myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages. Wise  statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity  to breed tyrants, and so they established these great  self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man,  some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that  none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life,  liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look  up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to  renew the battle which their fathers began — so that truth,  and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues  might not be extinguished from the land; so that no man would  hereafter dare to limit and circumscribe the great principles  on which the temple of liberty was being built.

Abraham Lincoln, August 17, 1858

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January 27, 1967: Apollo I Tragedy

Friday, January 27, AD 2017


Hard to believe it has been fifty years.  I was ten years old and watching the television show Time Tunnel when a news flash interrupted the show to convey the grim news that Apollo 1 astronauts Pilot Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee had died in a fire in the space capsule during a simulated practice launch.  Subsequent investigation indicated that the fire probably started due to faulty electric wiring in the capsule, but the exact cause of the fire ignition has never been pinpointed, which has created a fertile ground for conspiracy theorists usually centering around an alleged plot to kill Grissom.  A sad day for the American Space Program fifty years ago.

PopeWatch: Maltaschluss

Friday, January 27, AD 2017



Pope Francis is attempting to take over the Knights of Malta.  Father Z gives us the details:



The Holy See issued a press release about the SMOM (aka Knights of Malta) dust up. HERE

Traduzione in lingua inglese

Yesterday, 24 January 2017, in audience with the Holy Father, His Highness Fra’ Matthew Festing resigned from the office of Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Today, 25 January, the Holy Father accepted his resignation, expressing appreciation and gratitude to Fra’ Festing for his loyalty and devotion to the Successor of Peter, and his willingness to serve humbly the good of the Order and the Church.

The governance of the Order will be undertaken ad interim by the Grand Commander pending the appointment of the Papal Delegate.

[00139-EN.01] [Original text: Italian – working translation]

This leaves me perplexed.

Let’s break it down into manageable bites.

So, it seems that, the Grand Master offered his resignations to Pope Francis.
Then, Francis accepted the Grand Master’s resignation.
Now, Francis will appoint a delegate to lead the SMOM.

On the other hand, the SMOM is SOVEREIGN.   It is the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta.  They are a separate entity from the Holy See that, like Vatican City State, has sovereign nation status.

Moreover, as I have been instructed, article 6 of the constitution of the SMOM says that the Sovereign Council alone accepts or rejects the resignation of the Grand Master.

In fact, the Pope is informed only by the Council, for validity of the acceptance or rejection of the resignation.  The Pope does not accept the resignation.

In addition, the SMOM’s Constitution does not foresee a “pontifical delegate”.  There is no such critter in the life of the SMOM.  There is a pontifical delegate in canon law for religious institutes.   But, though there are aspect of the religious life to the SMOM, the SMOM is not a religious institute.  SMOM is a sovereign nation.

Is this a play by one state to take over the SMOM?

How would His Holiness react were, say, Italy to decide that it is time to absorb the Vatican City State.  “Your Holiness, we are appointing a ‘civil delegate’.”   If you erode the sovereignty of one, is it possible that you are eroding your own sovereignty?

I could use some schooling by someone who is well-versed in international law and who understands the SMOM.

Surely in the vast readership here, there is somebody who gets this.

Is it a play for the money they control?

I just read that there is involved in this mess a bank account with many millions.  HERE

Is it a play to suppress another “tradition?

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Trump Calls Out Media Non-Coverage of March for Life

Thursday, January 26, AD 2017


Hattip to commenter Greg Mockeridge.  Donald Trump calls out the non-coverage by the media of the March For Life:


During a Wednesday night interview with ABC, President Trump called out the media for covering a pro-abortion march but ignoring the March for Life.

ABC’s David Muir asked Trump if he “could hear the voices from the women’s march here in Washington?”

“I couldn’t hear them, but the crowds were large,” Trump responded. “You’re gonna have a large crowd on Friday, too, which is mostly pro-life people. You’re gonna have a lot of people coming on Friday, and I will say this, and I didn’t realize this, but I was told, you will have a very large crowd of people. I don’t know – as large or larger – some people say it’s gonna be larger. Pro-life people. And they say the press doesn’t cover them.”

5 Responses to Trump Calls Out Media Non-Coverage of March for Life

  • I do not expect Trump to show up. The Secret Service certainly won’t like the idea. Nevertheless, getting in the media’s face about the March for Life is more than many expected.

  • For over fifteen years the non-coverage of the March for Life hasn’t stop the March.
    The EWTN coverage exceptional.

    MSM…..nothing from them, but why would they cover it? They are NOT fair and non-biased. Good for you Donald Trump.
    His observation, which is true, has been too long ignored by a President of these United States. Eight years of sweeping the fetus’ under the US Constitution doesn’t hide them. Hypocrite Liberial Media be damned!

  • I love how the president turned the reporter’s question on the Women’s March For Abortion into a promo for the March For Life.

  • Vice-President Pence will be attending the March for Life.

  • Thumbs up for Trump

PopeWatch: Donald Trump

Thursday, January 26, AD 2017


Continuing our look at the interview in El Pais, the largest leftist paper in Spain, of Pope Francis, we  look at the portion of the interview which concerned Donald Trump:

Q. Your Holiness, going back to the global problems you just mentioned, Donald Trump is just now being sworn in as president of the United States, and the whole world is tense because of it. What do you make of it?

A. I think that we must wait and see. I don’t like to get ahead of myself, nor to judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will form an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise. It would be like prophets predicting calamities or windfalls that will not come to pass. We will see what he does and will judge accordingly. Always work with the specific. Christianity is either specific or it is not Christianity.

It is interesting that the first heresy in the Church took place just after the death of Jesus Christ: the gnostic heresy, condemned by the apostle John. Which was what I call a spray-paint religiousness, a non-specific religiousness…nothing concrete. No, no way. We need specifics. And from the specific we can draw consequences. We are losing our sense of the concrete. The other day, a thinker was telling me that this world is so upside down that it needs a fixed point. And those fixed points stem from concrete actions. What did you do, what did you decide, what moves did you make? That is why I prefer to wait and see.

Q. Aren’t you worried about the things we have heard up until now?

A. I’m still waiting. God waited so long for me, with all my sins…

35 Responses to PopeWatch: Donald Trump

  • “Christianity is either specific or it is not Christianity.” -PF

    I would assume that goes for it’s teachings and doctrines as well. No ambiguity. (?)

  • Yes, I am confused by that as well. It actually seems that he is the gnostic with his “surprises of the Holy Spirit” and conservative “Pharisees.”

  • Maybe (unlikely) PF agrees with Sarah Hoyt: “Trump is not going to put you all in camps and install a Nazi state. He can’t, because George W. Bush already put you all in camps and installed a Nazi state. Oh, wait, he never got to do it, because we were already all dead in the nuclear war our cowboy president, Ronald Reagan, started by talking tough to the Russians. And that is when I got to the States. I’m sure people who’ve been here longer can explain to you how other republican administrations already destroyed everything, ALL THE THINGS WITH ALL THE DRAMA, in the most terrible way. Sorry guys the song has gone thin and only children believe the lyrics anymore. And honestly? That’s only because they haven’t seen the drama you guys create long enough to know better.”

  • Trump is so unpredictable because he seems to have no ideology. What will he be doing next year at this time. Events, of course, have a way of forcing leaders along new paths.

  • “Mark Shea, who has been in full fledged howling at the moon melt down mode since the election of Trump, might wish to take note.”
    That news is most gratifying. If Shea is weeping, wailing and gnashing his teeth, then the country has made the right decision.

  • That news is most gratifying. If Shea is weeping, wailing and gnashing his teeth, then the country has made the right decision.

    LQC, you don’t even know. One of his posts tags is, I swear I’m not making this up:
    life-in-the-banana-republic-of-trumps-amerikkka. Here’s a real quote from a commentor on one of his posts: “As a fellow Christian and progressive I am begging you to stop with the lies and the fake news. You are hurting the progressive movement with posts like these.” The man has gone full out moonbat.

    T.Shaw – excellent choice in Sarah Hoyt quote. I remember finding it the other day and having a belly laugh at it.

  • Well drat, i forgot my closetag. Bad programmer.

  • PF’s comments seem . . . reasonable. Is this one of his feints? Like those cross-over steps soccer players do to throw off a defender?

  • I just heard today that VP Pence will speak at the March for Life. While you can argue it doesn’t do anything substantive for the unborn, the level of interest from the administration is gratifying and a hopeful sign regarding their priorities.

  • Philip, you get five gold stars or something–right on the nail’s head.

  • Don L.

    Keep the five gold stars Don.
    I’d happily trade them in for an orthodox Pope.

  • Nate Winchester
    Thursday, January 26, AD 2017 at 9:21am (Edit)
    Well drat, i forgot my closetag. Bad programmer.


  • Incidentally:
    Good on the Pope. Makes it much easier for me to carry on with the “good guy who has bad information” idea of how he’s working.

  • Thx foxfier.

  • Phillip: In addition to the points that you made, on the road to Emmaus Christ gave an exegesis of the passages of the Scriptures that applied to Him. All the passages in the New Testament that I’m aware of have change agents being opponents of the true Church and her authentic teachings. Covenants are a serious matter.

  • The Holy Father’s emphasis on the concrete is in accordance with the apostles’ preaching recorded in Acts.
    They proclaimed

    (1) The age of fulfilment has dawned, the “latter days” foretold by the prophets (Acts 2:16; 3:18, 24);
    (2) This has taken place through the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ;
    (3) By virtue of the resurrection Jesus has been exalted at the right hand of God as Messianic head of the new Israel (Acts 2:33-36; 4:11; 5:31);
    (4) The Holy Spirit in the Church is the sign of Christ’s present power and glory (Acts 2:17-21, 33; 5:32);
    (5) The Messianic Age will reach its consummation in the return of Christ (Acts 3:20; 10:42);
    (6) The preaching of the good news closes with an appeal for repentance, the offer of forgiveness and of the Holy Spirit, and the promise of salvation (Acts 2:38; 3:19, 25; 4:12; 5:31; 10:43).

    In other words, their preaching was categorical, not argumentative; concrete, not abstract; concerned with facts and actions and, above all, with a Person; not with ideas or notions or reflections.

  • Here is a case the Pope stumbled upon a set of words with which we can all agree. My guess is his politically prudent “wait and see” period will be short lived.

  • Who came up with the concept that one could be both a “Progressive” and Christian ? Was it L. Ron Hubbard ? TR.

  • He certainly didn’t “wait and see” about his support for the phony climate change fear.

  • He certainly didn’t “wait and see” about the phony so-called “climate change” fraud.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour:
    I have a different take on Acts. I view it from a mystical point of view. The post-Resurrection period was one of withdrawing sensible consolation. The encounter at Emmaus and the Ascension both involved the withdrawal of sensible consolation, as does the Eucharist. At Emmaus it was only when the disciples recognized Christ that the sensible consolation of His presence was withdrawn. In the contemplative way the withdrawal of sensible consolation by God is done to stimulate a deeper spirituality in the contemplative. In the book of Acts we see the development of an interior spiritual life in the early Church. Pentecost marked the beginning of this interior spiritual life. The life of mystical contemplation is the work of the Holy Spirit, as was Pentecost. At Pentecost the Church needed to develop an interior spiritual life, so as to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. St. Peter came to his understanding of the Church’s mission to the Gentiles via an interior trance with the sheet coming down with the unclean animals on it. When the Apostles announced their decision at the Council of Jerusalem, the Council’s Letter said “For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:” The sensible consolation of Christ’s presence had to be withdrawn by the Ascension so that the Apostles could give the Holy Spirit their undivided attention. The Holy Spirit is all over Acts. IIRC, Acts can be called the Gospel of the Holy Spirit.
    One of the primary characteristics of the Eucharist is that the Real Presence is not sense perceptible. In the Eucharist we have the hidden Christ, the wholly interior Christ Who can only be seen with eyes of faith, fostering the development of an interior spiritual life. The lack of sensible consolation in the Eucharist makes it completely compatible with every stage of Contemplative Prayer.

  • I must be living right. I had never heard of Mark Shea, until I read this blog. Is it a blessing, to not know people that are not worth knowing ? TR.

  • GregB….Sorry to step into your discussion like this; but I have a question, if you don”t mind. I am a born and raised pedigreed Catholic, but I enjoy the lectures by Ravi Zacharias. I have never heard him speak about the concept of “Real Presence”. Do you know what his stand is on this ? Thank you, TR.

  • I wonder if there is anyone else, besides me, that believes there is a connection between the belief in Real Presence and the need for Contemplative Prayer. TR.

  • Hello Timothy.

    In spending hours with Him in Adoration Chapel and contemplating his life, the mysteries contained in scripture, and deeply meditation while praying the rosary, one can come to service of the poor in attitude of service to Christ. Christ found in the Eucharist can help one to see Christ found in the homeless, the poor, the aged, the addict. Contemplation and Real Presence belief and adoration are equal to blood, water, oxygen, nutrients ….The former sustains and promotes spiritual growth in correct intent, while the latter supports the growth of the material man.

    One of our great examples is following;

    “I Thirst.”

    Quenching the thirst Christ suffered on the Cross is ongoing service to our brothers and sisters.

    I believe your question might of been rhetorical…If so, please forgive my preaching to the choir. I have a tendency to do that.


  • ( deeply meditating… excuse my typo, please.)

  • Excellent, as usual, Philip. But it didn’t address the idea I was trying to share : The Protestant Church services that I have attended only offer Communion as a symbol of the Last Supper, without belief in the Real Presence. Also, those same services usually consist of loud singing, followed by a loud Sermon, followed by dismissal. Get it ? No Real Presence=No Contemplation. No Contemplation=No Real Presence. And I am not suggesting that they do not Worship the Lord. They do. But, but, they are missing out on a wonderful Blessing, that the Lord is offering ! TR.

  • And yes. That bothers me, as I have loved ones there missing out on the Blessing. TR

  • TR.

    Yup. I missed it.
    They are receiving a placebo and some of their faithful believe the Word alone to be the Bread..Body…of Christ. I’ve heard this time in and time out at prison gatherings with mixed faiths in attendance.

    Explaining the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist has been thoughtfully and perfectly executed by our brothers and sisters of the past…Our Saints.


    The box underneath the box titled “The Last Supper,” is an interesting field to walk through. The early Church believed in the Eucharist 500 years prior to Holy Thursday night. I hope this helps with you family that is comfortable with the placebo.


  • Well. Ok then. I guess I won’t pick up my marbles and go home. TR.

  • Timothy Reed: I don’t know anything about Ravi Zacharias. My primary area of interest is mystical contemplation.

  • Timothy Reed: A lot of Catholics are missing out on contemplation. Contemplation is not a special calling for a few spiritual elite. It is a calling for all faithful Catholics. Eucharistic Adoration looses its real significance if you don’t believe in the Real Presence.

  • Exactly, GregB ! And it blows the mind how easily some ex-Catholics can walk away, forever, from the Sacraments, without ever looking back. TR.

  • I guess that makes them Prodigal Sons, that never return Home. TR.

January 26, 1945: Audie Murphy Earns Medal of Honor

Thursday, January 26, AD 2017

The real heroes are dead.

Audie Murphy

When Audie Murphy starred in his aptly titled World War II biopic, To Hell and Back, his battlefield exploits were downplayed.  Partially this was due to Murphy’s modesty, he had not wanted to appear in the movie and did so only after he was promised that much of the focus of the film would be on his buddies who died during the War, and partially due to the fact that what he did during the War was so unbelievably courageous that film audiences might have refused to believe it.  Here is his Medal of Honor citation that he earned in truly hellish fighting near Holtzwihr, France on January 26, 1945:

General Orders No. 65


Washington 25, D.C., 9 August 1945


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I. MEDAL OF HONOR. – By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved 9 July 1918 (WD Bul. 43, 1918), a Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty was awarded by the War Department in the name of Congress to the following-named officer:

Second Lieutenant Audie L. Murphy, 01692509, 15th Infantry, Army of the United States, on 26 January 1945, near Holtzwihr, France, commanded Company B, which was attacked by six tanks and waves of infantry. Lieutenant Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him to his right one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. It’s crew withdrew to the woods. Lieutenant Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, Lieutenant Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer which was in danger of blowing up any instant and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to the German fire from three sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. the enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminated Lieutenant Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he personally killed or wounded about 50. Lieutenant Murphy’s indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy’s objective.
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Major General
Acting the Adjutant General

Chief of Staff

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Resquiescat in Pace: Mary Tyler Moore

Wednesday, January 25, AD 2017

Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80?  Impossible! One of the favorite actresses of my youth, she was a master of comedy, perhaps not greatly appreciated for it because she made it look so easy.  To me she will always be associated with the years of my childhood in the sixties and seventies.  A reluctant icon of feminism, she was clear that she did not agree with radical feminists and that the most important role for any woman was that of mother.  A moderate liberal in her youth, she became politically conservative as she grew older.  Unlike many in her industry she did not seek to inflict her political opinions on her fans.  One of the treasured memories of her life was when she and her mother had a private audience with Pope John Paul II.  Like many comediennes and comedians, she had much sorrow in her life.  May she know the Joy Eternal in the world to come.


5 Responses to Resquiescat in Pace: Mary Tyler Moore

  • God be with her.

    She was a joy to watch on the Dick Vandyke show. They were a great pair.
    When I had a sick day from elementary school I recall watching them on the black and white tv. 7-up and chicken noodle soup on the night stand. May she rest in eternal peace.

  • As in the case of so many other people in show business is how much sadness there was in her life. RIP.

  • I always loved her in my youth. Always funny. Always beautiful. Always elegant.

  • Ditto, LQC. Two well written shows which were funny and wholesome; a rarity these days Thankfully both series are available on cable and on DVD. In the College of Communications on Mondays we’d discuss the latest episode of The Mary Tyler Show with our advisor and often matched grads and undergrads with the characters of the WMJ-TV newsroom. The “Ted” in our group felt it was a real compliment.
    Mary Tyler Moore dealt with Juvenile Diabetes which is especially tough for any athlete or dancer. She lost her only child when he was 24.
    She attended Catholic grade and high school. I was heartened to read that in her later years she had an audience with JPII. RIP.

  • Beautiful woman, beutiful life who brought love and joy to soooooooooooooooo many!!!

January 25, 1890: Nellie Bly Completes 72 Day Trip Around the Globe

Wednesday, January 25, AD 2017



Born in 1864, Elizabeth Jane Cochran, better known by her journalism pen name of Nellie Bly, began her career when she wrote an angry rebuttal to an anti-woman piece in the Pittsburg Dispatch entitled What Girls are Good For.  The editor offered her a job and Bly never looked  back, becoming an internationally known reporter.  Perhaps her most famous exploit started in November 1889 when she embarked on an around the world trip to beat the fictional journey of Phineas Fogg’s  depicted in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.  Her paper, the New York World, offered a contest for their readers to guess how long the trip would take her.  During the trip she met Jules Vernes and developed a global following as she filed stories throughout her journey.  She set a world record when she arrived back in New York on January 15, 1890, seventy-two days after she set out.

Cult of Personality

Wednesday, January 25, AD 2017


The sendoff of Saturday Night Live to the worst President of my lifetime, which is about to stretch back 60 years.  It is sort of precious, the Obama kids all grown up:



Too bad kids that he doubled the National debt, now at an eye-popping twenty-trillion dollars, presided over a growth-less economy and weakened the US around the globe.  Challenges for your generation to address, or not.   Life is a big learning curve, and if you take anything from the Obama years take this:  reality is not amenable to change by political slogans and wishful thinking, and a lot of people in politics are always ready to sell, at a very high price indeed, magic beans to gullible buyers.

9 Responses to Cult of Personality

  • Ben Franklin, “Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.”

    Obama wins the Crowd Size Competition. But, Bush and Nixon had higher average approval ratings than Obama’s 47.9%.

  • Hitler’s Youth had to sing or die in the ovens.(“Sir” means father. Obama did nothing to father our nation. Obama ignored our Founding Fathers.)

  • Was the SNL song meant to mock Obama Worship? Or was it real? I’ve heard both, and nobody seem to know for sure.

  • It’s a disservice to America to believe that there was any form whatsoever of positive race relations ushered in by the first black president. To Sir with Love must be looked upon as a slap in his kisser and a boot in his ass as he trips out the White House.


    Thanks be to God this imposter is toast.

  • I agree with Dave Griffey– it’s hard to tell if SNL is snarky or serious here. I suppose Georg
    Lichtenberg’s aphorism applies best: “A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it, you can’t
    expect an Apostle to look out”. If someone watching SNL is so blind that they refuse to see
    the damage Obama’s administration has done over the past eight years– to his own party,
    to the rule of law, to world stability, to this nation’s economic and military well-being, and
    to race relations in this country– then when that person looks at this SNL skit, he’s likely
    going to be oblivious to the irony of it all.

  • Clinton.
    Great observation.

  • “Was the SNL song meant to mock Obama Worship? Or was it real?”

    Who knows? SNL in the past has not been noted for being subtle.

  • Somewhere around 10,000,000 babies never got to see, hug or kiss their fathers during Obama’s “rule” [yes-he did refer to his presidency in a public speech in 2008 of his WH time as “under my rule”] because they were killed by their mommys in their mommys’ warm wombs. Ironically, about half of them were black and brown-and each one of them descended from a freed slave had infinitely more African-American blood than Obama, because he had none, being half white and half ArabAmerican. Guy McClung, San Antonio TX

  • The Obama Kids Music Video is more than creepy. It’s frightening, almost idolatry, and puts one in mind of Communist China.

PopeWatch: Populism

Wednesday, January 25, AD 2017



Continuing with our look at the Pope’s interview with El Pais, the largest leftist newspaper in Spain, the question of populism came up:

Q. Both in Europe and in America, the repercussions of the crisis that never ends, the growing inequalities, the absence of a strong leadership are giving way to political groups that reflect on the citizens’ malaise. Some of them —the so-called anti-system or populists— capitalize on the fears of an uncertain future in order to form a message full of xenophobia and hatred towards foreigners. Trump’s case is the most noteworthy, but there are others such as Austria or Switzerland. Are you worried about this trend?

A. That is what they call populism here. It is an equivocal term, because in Latin America populism has another meaning. In Latin America, it means that the people —for instance, people’s movements— are the protagonists. They are self-organized. When I started to hear about populism in Europe I didn’t know what to make of it, until I realized that it had different meanings. Crises provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most obvious example of populism in the European sense of the word is Germany in 1933. After [Paul von] Hindenburg, after the crisis of 1930, Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, it needs a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler who says: “I can, I can”. And Germans vote for Hitler. Hitler didn’t steal power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people. That is the risk. In times of crisis we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me. Let’s look for a savior who gives us back our identity and let us defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire, whatever, from other people who may rob us of our identity. And that is a very serious thing. That is why I always try to say: talk among yourselves, talk to one another. But the case of Germany in 1933 is typical, a people who were immersed in a crisis, who were searching for their identity until this charismatic leader came and promised to give their identity back, and he gave them a distorted identity, and we all know what happened. Where there is no conversation… Can borders be controlled? Yes, each country has the right to control its borders, who comes in and who goes out, and those countries at risk —from terrorism or such things— have even more of a right to control them, but no country has the right to deprive its citizens of the possibility to talk with their neighbors.


13 Responses to PopeWatch: Populism

  • Thanks to the Cardinals appointed by John Paul II and Benedict, who should have known better, we have a Pontiff with the reasoning ability of a two year old.

  • Pope Chastisement answers a question containing an uncharitable premise with an uncharitable response. Clearly, President Trump and his supporters “hate” foreigners. And, as all good historians know, “the case of Germany in 1933 is typical…” You have to say that or you don’t get to make the always charitable Hitler reference when talking about President Trump. Sadly, I have come to expect this from the Pope.

  • Goodness, I suppose he might have said that Moses also arose as a populist leader at a time of crisis to lead the chosen people to the promised land–but Hitler serves the narrative so much better.

  • The Pope said:
    “Let’s look for a savior who gives us back our identity and let us defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire, whatever, from other people who may rob us of our identity.”
    God’s Holy Word says:
    “7 And I said to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah; 8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house which I shall occupy.’ And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.”
    I rest my case.

  • “Let’s look for a savior who gives us back our identity and let us defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire, whatever, from other people who may rob us of our identity.”
    No one can rob another of his identity. The sovereign person can forfeit his identity and ignore his identity. The image of God remains until the person chooses otherwise.

  • Again, strange use of the word “identity”, like in that tweet we discussed. He doesn’t realize how gender theory has twisted that word in people’s minds.


  • Someone needs to ask the Pope about the populism among orthodox Catholics rising up against him.

  • Cheer up kids ! ABSOLUTES are making a comeback. Only, they will be formulated by the power of POLLS !

  • I wonder if the “if by whiskey” speech could be translated and sent to the Pope…..
    “My friends,

    “I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey.

    “If when you say whiskey you mean the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.


    “If when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman’s step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life’s great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

    “This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.”

    The Clarion Ledger, Saturday, February 24, 1996, Jackson, MS, p. 3B.

    (Incidentally, this gets listed as a fallacy; I do not agree. I think it’s a brilliant illistration of why you need to define your terms, delivered in a way that exposes the unstated assumptions that people are putting in– that is, it shows how different assumptions create different answers to the same question.)

  • Foxfier…very instructive. Thank you. For some reason, it reminded me of an incident involving General George S. Patton. A Reporter saw a copy of the King James Bible on Patton’s end table, and asked him if he really read it. To which Gen. Patton replied, “Every GD day !” TR.

Gold Star Families Spat Upon by Anti-Trump “Protestors”

Tuesday, January 24, AD 2017


A Gold Star Family is a family that has suffered the pain of having a member of the family die in the military service of the nation.  During the election campaign we were told that Gold Star Families were above reproach when a Gold Star Family attacked Trump at the Democrat convention,  Over the weekend some anti-Trump rioters revealed what many on the Left really think of Gold Star Families, at least those who disagree with them politically:


Allahpundit at Hot Air tells us what happened next:


John touched on this yesterday as part of a longer round-up of “the Resistance” acting like dirtbags but it deserves an extra thread. Imagine the thought process involved in (a) setting out to accost people (b) at an event devoted to the military and their families, specifically, and (c) zeroing in on two women, knowing that chances were fair that they’ve lost loved ones to war. Which, in the case of Ryan Manion and Amy Looney, happened to be true.

Where was security?

We were an hour late to the event. First because we could not get around an angry mob in the street that was burning trash cans and smashing windows. When we finally got to the venue, a group of about 75 people separated us from the entrance. Amy and I stood there unsure of what to do. I finally said, let’s just walk. As we made our way through the crowd we were spit at and called some of the worst and most vile things I have ever heard come out of a person’s mouth. These people had such hatred in their eyes when they screamed at us. After leaving the event we walked outside and was first pushed by a man in a mask hiding his face, then told by 2 women that we ruined this country. They screamed this in our faces along as in the face of a little boy that could have been no older then 6. As the one woman screamed the other pushed up against me and colored all over my mom’s shawl I was wearing with permanent marker.

This was on Inauguration Day, when assorted degenerates were smashing windows and burning limos in parts of D.C., not during Saturday’s Women’s March. Mary Katharine Ham, who knows both women and has worked with the Travis Manion Foundation, went on CNN yesterday to ask the fateful question: How would this have played in the media if the ideological affiliations had been different?

“I don’t think this characterizes the march and the movement that we saw out here today,” she said. “I want to be careful about that because I think that that’s something people have unfairly done to conservative movements in the past and to Tea Partiers, where you pick one thing and you go: ‘Look at those awful people out there, their concerns should be dismissed.’”

“But this is part of the story, as is Madonna saying she thinks about blowing up the White House,” she said. “Those are not great things. If it were a conservative movement, we would hear a lot about it. If you don’t think that the left has some prejudices of its own that can lead it very astray like it did last night in that instance, then you’re wrong. And if you think that that’s not part of the reason many turned to Trump, then you’re also wrong.”

We missed out on some memorably stern lectures about the “climate of hate” on cable news this weekend just because this came from the left rather than the right.

6 Responses to Gold Star Families Spat Upon by Anti-Trump “Protestors”

  • Has Mrs. Clinton denounced these supporters of hers yet? Sen. Schumer? DNC chair?

    We now see who the truly deplorable are.

  • Despotism is two faced, it always comes in disguise, calling its opponents’ despots, while in control of information. It abhors reason and has no sense of humor.

    For goodness sake that’s not Trump, but the Left sure looks like it sometimes.

  • Assault and battery are crimes. Inciting to riot and riot are crimes. Peace on earth to men of good will for the common good.
    After the War for Independence, the Tories, those loyal to King George II (they liked to be subjects to a monarchy) shot the farmers as they plowed their fields. The Tories victimized people for wanting freedom, truth and Justice. Wanting freedom, truth and Justice gets you spit upon.

  • Mistreatment of Gold Star Families – shameful. Rioting, trespassing, destruction of property – the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted when laws are broken. Women’s March For Abortion -disgusting and vulgar. An insult to females. Secret service or FBI should pay Madonna a very public visit. Right of free speech and assembly does not mean one can threaten the president or trash/destroy property, public or private, with impunity. Law enforcement should react swiftly. The whole scenario reminds me of the 60s. The goal is anarchy. The puppet master and money bags is George Sorros (spell?)

  • Pissed off?

    Peaceful protest coming up Feb.11th.


    Two great activist groups are joining together to keep the pressure on these pathetic spitting punks.

    Pro life Action League and Citizens for a Pro Life Society. This is during the Forty Days for Life campaign.

    Saturday join in and Defund Planned Parenthood in your neck of the woods.
    Please consider it!

    It’s better than getting mad at news like the above example, but believe me, I’m pissed off. I’m going to pray it off which is even better. Find a city near you…Please.

    It’s better to ask Heaven for help, than getting even with these parasitic worms that live in turtle blood…Oh wait..”Obama” worms. Official name calling. Anyway please consider the 11th. We pray our Rosaries and take a public stand.

    Witness while you can.
    You’ll never regret it. Even if your spat upon.

Conservative Ivory Towers and Trump

Tuesday, January 24, AD 2017


Father Rutler at The Catholic World Report has a good post on the conservative establishment and Trump:


We heard and read much commentary from ivory towers during the presidential campaign of 2016, some of it from academicians, and most of it from journalists, television commentators and pollsters for whom the imperium of reality is a form of colonial oppression. One self-styled conservative faculty member at Columbia University confidently predicted : “After Trump gets wiped out this November, the passions will cool. Unlike some past elections, this election won’t be close enough for anyone to argue that the opposition stole the election.”

Another contributor to a leading conservative journal added shortly before the voting began: “No one outside Trump’s evaporating base of diehards seems to think nominating a buffoon was an especially good idea. Yet there he stands, setting conservative politics back a decade every time his tongue makes it past his teeth.”

Their bewildered surprise on election night showed how locked and lofty their towers are, and how quickly perception withers in the groves of Academe. The object of their indignation and scorn, of course, was the billionaire candidate, who is the sort they might solicit for donations to the endowments and fellowships off which many of them live, but who would not be welcome at any of their Chablis and Brie symposia which they are deluded enough to think make a difference in the world. Various professors and journalists published “Never Trump” proclamations which made some cogent points for anyone interested in substance, but which were impassioned beyond reason and conspicuous for a kind of snobbery peculiar to arrivistes.

The veneer quickly shattered when they lapsed into middle school name-calling. Many of these were not liberal in politics, as the term now is used. A considerable number would call themselves social conservatives, and might even think of themselves as strong Catholic apologists. They were not satisfied to state their objections to Mr. Trump’s contentions and avowals, for they resented with unedifying condescension that he was not the sort who belonged in their circle and was stubbornly insolvent in their abstract alchemy. He was “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States” and gave offense with his “vulgarity, oafishness, and shocking ignorance.” He speaks with a “funky outer-borough accent.’’ As though these writers had a copyright on the tradition of culture, they complained: “Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.”

The palpable disdain from the Ivory Tower was not because reality has a bad taste but because it is in bad taste. Many of the same voices were relatively mute during the past eight years of our nation’s moral disintegration, possibly out of reluctance to lose status on campuses which have become ethical wastelands.

Before the election, which they assumed would bury conservatism in a landslide, the hyperventilating professors, journalists, and clerics, were preparing to preen that they had been prophets. When the polls closed, they suddenly learned to their dismay that humanity consists of humans, the cipher for whom was “uneducated white males” who had not matriculated in the shade of the Ivory Tower. It is not beyond some of them to shy from the fact that they bet on the wrong horse. Now there is some chagrin that the winning horse has left them at the gate. This brings to mind the incident in 1914 when none of the three white cassocks fit the small and bent figure of the newly elected Pope Benedict XV. The papal haberdasher was hastily summoned to make adjustments. When he told the Holy Father that he knew he would be elected, Benedict said, “Gammarelli, if you knew, why didn’t you make me a cassock that fit?”

10 Responses to Conservative Ivory Towers and Trump

  • My stepson heads finance for Amgen Corporation for all of Taiwan. At Christmas I said to him on Facetime, ” You’re going to hear from Trump”. He burst out laughing…” we already have”. Because our major media hate Trump, his effect on the corporate world is being grossly underestimated. The NY Times has the reporters skilled for data that is complimentary to Trump but it won’t get done. They are obsessed with working towards his demise so they have Paul Krugman laughing at Trump’s account of crime and unemployment by citing the long term decrease ( not the last two years uptick to include also…overdoses) in crime and the sanated lower unemployment figure sans those who dropped out from job searching. If Hillary were in and spoke remotely like Trump on those two issues, Paul Krugman would use Trump data to buttress her despondency. That how the very smart Times lies daily while accusing Trump today of continuing some lie of his. Conservatives of the textbook sort on the other hand can in some cases believe in the free market in places where it is problematic. Luxuries and their prices should not be regulated. No one needs a boxster Porsche. But the lower classes of all colors need through their own fault the antidote for drug overdose and the price for that antidote tripled in several months such that small towns who carried it in their ambulances six mnths ago, cannot afford it now. Trump is non doctrinaire. He will regulate drug prices where research costs seem like bs to him…if he can do so. Having done selfish things in business, he is jaded about excuses because he has used them. Scripture says…”the fool when he walketh in the way, calls all things foolish.”. It’s a factor with him as to the drug industry who in his eyes are robbing from the insurance industry like United Health. The trick is to find out to what extent his cynicism is correct.

  • Google Diocletian’s Edict on Price Controls sometime and ask yourself how that worked out for the Roman Empire.

    Look, I’m glad Trump won, but he’s not infinitely preferable to Hillary Clinton. For me the point of diminishing returns is reached if & when he becomes a slightly more palatable, Americanized version of Peron

  • Donald Trump is the Blue Dog Democrat of our times with strategy focusing on working people and conservative values. He has a clear mind and a strong will. He will identify all the obvious problems and fix most of them. He will be opposed by all those with serious spiritual and mental problems, i.e., those with a very clouded view of reality. These folks would include those mentioned by Fr. Rutler plus Pope Francis and most of the clergy in the Catholic Church. This will be a war of values from which none of us can escape and all of are involved.

  • I look at the red portions of our national map and think of the Vendee during revolutionary France, and of Trump as a Neo-Jean Chouan and his movement as a latter day Chouanneire. The French Revolution is a pivotal event in human history. The Reformation and the so-called Enlightenment were antecedent but in a significant sense the French Revolution has not ended. Tempered by an honest appreciation of human nature, my sympathy is more with the peasants, the hoi polloi who elected Trump than with the urban effete who disparage him. And this from an admirer of William F. Buckley Jr. and long-time subscriber to the National Review. Like Jean Chouan and you and me, Trump is a fallible human being. But he is also rather unique, a billionaire who has long rubbed blue-shirted elbows with the hard-working and practical men and women in construction and learned a great deal about life from them. There is much about which to be happily optimistic.

  • I am ill reading your snobbish comments. I and millions of other highly educated professional people who are famous and admired have been part of the movement from the first. Mr. Trump is a truly fine and brilliant man who has made mistakes as we all have. And you deserve to suffer shame for maligning him. May God help you.

  • Ernest, we have had price controls in this country for over 1/2 a century. Just check out the Department of Agriculture’s propping up of various food commodities prices. The generation before me, in my family, tells a story of the US Dept of Ag telling my paternal grandfather how many rows of what crops he could planting his own privately farmed land. My grandfather was told that, should he plant “extra” rows, that a government would arrive post haste, & destroy those “extra” rows. I think a lot of what is done with food controls in this country has been & still is pure Communism. The Feds have literally paid farmers not to plant their fields with crops. The Feds have completely interfered in the free market by deliberately raising the costs of gas/oil and subsidizing failing green energy like ethanol and wind power. And don’t get me started on Obamacare.

  • “In short, they were more comfortable with conservatism being under assault by liberal control of Washington than they were rolling the dice with Trump.”

    I would say that some of these “conservatives” referenced had their cake and icing as part of the Establishment and could have cared less, except in theory, that the rest of the country is going to Hell in a hand basket. No only are “conservatives” under assault, they have been all but completely run out of the public square. Hence, the requirement that public school teachers, paid with tax dollars, not call biological boys and girls–“boys” & “girls.”

  • My altogether too dense reference to the French Revolution aside, the liberal left is so possessed of their progressive conceits they cannot see the damage they have inflicted upon the ordinary people. Hence Trump, and I wish him every success.

  • There is also the matter of Hillary Clinton. Her extremely careless acts would subject her presidency to blackmail and worse. And while we conscientiously avoid working at the rumor mill, there have been many allegations which bring into question her stability and psychological profile. Her finger on the button?

January 24, 1972: Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi is Captured

Tuesday, January 24, AD 2017


If there were any question as to the fanaticism, or raw courage and determination if one prefers, of the Japanese military during World War II, the tale of Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi would have answered it.  For 28 years after the liberation of Guam he survived in the jungles, initially with nine other soldiers.  He learned in 1952 that Japan had lost the War, but he did not surrender because Japanese soldiers did not do that.  On January 24, 1972 he was discovered by two local villagers on Guam who subdued him and brought him from the jungle with minor bruising.  On returning to Japan he said, “It is with much embarrassment, but I have returned.”

Two Japanese soldiers of World War II surrendered in 1974 and none since then.  Shoichi Yokoi married, became a popular television personality and advocated leading an austere lifestyle.  He passed away in 1997, his tombstone being the one purchased by his mother in 1955 under the assumption that he was dead.

2 Responses to January 24, 1972: Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi is Captured

  • Donald, your historical posts are always informative and fascinating. Thanks.
    Maybe you could do one on an A.A. Historical Note  …..
    Bill Wilson (AA’s founder along with Dr. Bob Smith) was born on November 26, 1895, and passed away on January 24, 1971.
    (at the age of 75 )………..46 years ago, today!!
    He and Dr. Bob based the AA program – its 12 Steps and 12 Traditions – on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, St. Paul’s Love Chapter in 1st Corinthians 13, and the faith without works is dead philosophy of the Epistle of St. James.
    For this once drunken dope fiend but now a recovering alcoholic drug addict that’s what works.

  • If Yokoi went back to Japan he would have been executed anyway.

PopeWatch: Latin American World

Tuesday, January 24, AD 2017


Pope Francis just had an interview with El Pais, the largest leftist paper in Spain.  PopeWatch will be looking at the interview this week.  One answer gives us a clear indication of how the Pope came up with his crackpot economic ideas:



The trouble is that Latin America is suffering the effects —which I emphasized in Laudato Si— of an economic system that has the money god at its center, and that means policies that lead to a lot of exclusion. Which leads to a lot of suffering. It is obvious that Latin America today is the target of a strong attack from economic liberalism, the one I condemn in Evangelii Gaudium when I say that “this economy kills”. It kills with hunger, it kills with a lack of culture. Migration flows not just from Africa to Lampedusa or Lesbos. Migration also flows from Panama to the Mexican-U.S. border. People migrate in search of something, because liberal systems don’t give them job opportunities and foster criminality. In Latin America there is the problem of the drug cartels, drugs that are consumed in the United States and Europe. They make them for the rich countries here, and they lose their lives in the process. And there are those who do it willingly. In my homeland we have a term to describe them: cipayos. It is a classic, literary word that is included in our national poem. The cipayo is the one who sells his homeland to the foreign power who pays him the most. In the history of Argentina, for instance, there has always been a cipayo among the politicians. Or some political position worthy of cipayos. Always. So Latin America must re-arm itself with political groups that will recover the strength of the people. The biggest example for me is Paraguay after the war. The country lost the War of the Triple Alliance and was left almost entirely in the hands of women. And the Paraguayan woman felt that she had to rebuild the nation, defend her faith, defend her culture and defend her language, and she did it. The Paraguayan woman wasn’t a cipaya, she defended what was hers, and she repopulated the country. I think that she is the most glorious woman in the Americas. That is an example of someone who never gave up. Of heroism. In Buenos Aires there is a neighborhood on the banks of the Río de la Plata, where the streets bear the names of patriotic women, women who fought for independence, for their homeland. Women have better sense. Maybe I am exaggerating. Correct me if I am. But they have a stronger inclination towards defending their homeland because they are mothers. They are less cipayas. They are less at risk of being cipayas.

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Trump Reinstitutes Mexico City Policy

Monday, January 23, AD 2017



Bravo for President Trump:



President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Monday reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding.

The policy, initially put in place by the Reagan administration, was rescinded by the Obama administration in 2009.
Even during the Obama years, US law banned direct funding for abortion services. But NGOs that performed the procedure were allowed to receive US funding for other programs, including those related to contraception access and post-abortion care.
Now, NGOs that offer or promote abortions as part of their family planning services will be prevented from receiving any assistance from the US Agency for International Development, one of the largest contributors to international development assistance.

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