7 Responses to Down by the Glenside Open Thread

  • The Supreme Court for the United States of America told the atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair that: “she could go her own way” in Engel v. vitale in 1962. The Main Stream Mob bannered “PRAYER BAN” Are you not laughing yet? “or prohibit the free exercise thereof” The First Amendment obliterates atheism. The atheist must be tolerated, not given the key to the city.
    With God removed from the public square, which by the way is owned in joint and common tenancy by each and every every citizen, you own it all and I own it all, unalienable human rights endowed by “their Creator” could be vanquished, annihilated, eradicated and violated by the Main Stream Mob. Are you not laughing yet? to be continued. I wanted to be a comedianne. are you laughing yet?

  • It’s a reality that not all on earth will be inhabitants of Heaven. “You have not chosen me, I have chosen you.” And even then we run the risk of ditching grace and following the damned.

    To laugh at this world, a place where murder is commonly known as woman’s reproductive health, is unrealistic. How can we enjoy the destruction of society unless we too become numb to sin. The last laugh will not be Lucifer’s nor his puppets in politic’s. They will not enjoy the end.

    When they are finally cast into the pit and the sorrowful who keep the commandments and fight the good fight look upon that day, they will rejoice and be glad. For they have run the race well. They will no longer be sad, nor cry tears. They will enjoy the beauty and perpetual joy that was promised them from the Son of God, the laughing Jesus.

    That terrible and great day is coming.

    Woe to them who laugh at the believers of God. Who laugh at the faithful standing and praying in front of abortion mills. Who laugh at the protesters rallying for God’s Marriage.
    Who laugh at the blasphemous jokes told by late night hooligans.

    Jesus doesn’t laugh at the loosing of souls to Satan. He does laugh and smile at the thought of YOU being with him forever!
    He loves you so much fellow believer.

  • On a positive note, the featured story in this week’s The Arlington Catholic Herald:
    ‘Love always wins’ – A Manassas abortion clinic closes after years of peaceful protests, a number of conversions.
    One of the conversions was a lapsed Catholic abortionist who met with a priest on Divine Mercy Sunday. He hasn’t performed an abortion since and now is delivering babies.
    In Virginia two abortion clinics have closed in the last two years. The closings are attributed to the prayers of pro-life protestors and the Holy Spirit.

  • So-called “legal” abortion will end in this nation, be it by peaceful means or otherwise (God may send a wake up call louder than 9/11), but it will end.

    For over 900 years Germans craved Polish territory, invading, partitioning, suppressing Poles, and ALWAYS being resisted. Heterodox German hierarchy are seeking to wreck Church teaching with their allies and substitute their own garbage in place. The Polish bishops are already resisting.

    Things change…and stay the same.

  • Thank you, Philip. Thank you, Pinky. Thank you, Cam. Thank you, Penguins Fan. Thank you, Donald McCleary.
    Continue as I must:
    The imposition of atheism as a religion on “We the people”, redefined the First Amendment civil right to freedom of religion as being no freedom of religion, the relationship with God, no freedom of speech with God, no freedom of press with God, no freedom of peaceable assembly with God nor free association with God. Without the necessary three quarters of the states ratifying any change in the Constitution and the First Amendment, the fully ratified freedom of religion was relegated to an arbitrary interpretation of Freedom of Religion by Hugo Black who, as a Supreme Court “Justice” hated religion and “We the people” who practiced our freedom of religion.

    In “Everson v. Board of Education”: Taxes are used to support the citizen and his First Amendment freedom, a choice made and enjoyed by the sovereign citizen. This is not the imposition of the religion of the citizen on the people and is not the violation of the anti-establishment clause. This is the acknowledgement of the citizen’s freedom and his participation in government. This is the basis for the toleration of atheists. Atheism is unconstitutional. Atheists, as human beings, must be tolerated. Rulings that omit the sovereign personhood of the taxpayer are taxation without representation.

    In addition, education is mandated for all minor children by the state. Therefore, paying for transportation to their education does not constitute establishment of their religion. It actually constitutes the sovereignty of the citizen, who constitutes the state, and the state laws to education. This is also true for educational vouchers which acknowledge the sovereign citizen’s freedom of choice in religion and in what and who will educate his children, a choice that only the parents can make for their children entrusted to their care by “their Creator”, God. The rest is kidnapping and rape of the innocent child’s soul by the state, and the abrogation of the child’s parental authority.

    In Engle v. Vitale in 1962, the Supreme Court forbade public schools teachers to lead a short prayer as the Court ruled that this was establishment of religion. This is true only if the state owns the teacher, body and soul. The teacher prayers as a sovereign person, a citizen of the state as “We the people” pray. Every human being is dying and may be drawing his last breath. To deny his death and his access to his finally making his peace in his soul is complete monstrosity.

    Engel v. Vitale denied the human being, as sovereign citizen, his human, rational, immortal soul. Engle v. Vitale redefined the human person as having no soul, and evil fulfilled the vacuum.

  • Indulge me more:
    “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
    Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
    Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law..”

    The trouble with the Universal Declaration on Human Rights of the United Nations is that it refuses to acknowledge God as “their Creator” and Endower of all unalienable human rights. This document attributes all freedom and “inalienable” human rights to a finite and fallible community. It seems that when the community dies, all “inalienable human rights” die with it, but it does acknowledge mankind’s “conscience”. This is more than Kim Davis, Aaron Klein and Barronelle Stutzman got from the Court for refraining to indulge in the “no gender marriage” of the Obergefell court. A Court that neutered all mankind.

    I challenge any and all atheists to take a grain of wheat and cause it to germinate and grow without God’s sun and water “…the laws of nature and nature’s God” The Declaration of Independence.

    He, who lives in the Lord, is above the law. He, who lives in the devil, has no law.

5 Responses to Blind Jack Russell Terrier Open Thread

  • What a dag – (kiwi lingo for humorous irony) 🙂 (if you dare, look up the real meaning of “dag” )

    This portrays the reality of our Pommie (USA speak Limey) brothers and sisters who nowadays, need a reliable guide dog to re-teach them morality and proper Religion. 🙂

  • wonderful human parent these two could be . such love and selflessness. to brighten some little boy or girls’ life……. or both.

    dogs, even blind ones, are “easier” ?.

  • In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

    “I see.” said the blind man as he picked up his tools and walked away.

    Jesus speaks, in the Gospels, about where there is no light there is the blindness and the blind leading the blind to horrid effect. Today, the light is being shoved under a million bushel baskets. The Vatican and hierarchy are complicit.
    Woe unto those who call evil good and good evil.

  • The Constitution is predicated on the individual sovereign person who constitutes government and for whom our founding principles were laid.
    Sovereign personhood is endowed and infused at procreation by “their Creator”, the Person of God, with free will, the image of God in the person, freedom, intellect, reason, conscience, talent, intuition and immortality, the eternal life with God for obedience, in the hereafter, forever. These are some of the intangibles, the transcendent qualities of the human being destined to exist in eternity forever. The color of skin, hair, height, weight, race and relations are tangibles. These may be documented by the state as vital statistics. The state tries to measure the intangibles, but cannot get past immortality.
    Unfortunately, since atheism is being imposed by the government through the Courts, the intangibles that point to an infinite, all loving God are being redefined and relegated into nothingness.
    The Constitution is predicated on the sovereign person, who constitutes the government. The individual citizen’s sovereign personhood is created, infused and established by “their Creator”, God. Therefore, our Constitution is predicated on the will of “their Creator”, God, infinite goodness.
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations says that man’s human rights, his sovereign personhood, his veritable human soul is infused by his community at his birth. So, the vital statistics administered by the state, his citizenship, his race and color of skin are begotten of the community. From WHOM has the community gotten its sovereignty and personhood to endow another person? The question is answered by a half truth. The community gets its sovereignty from the sovereign person and the sovereign person gets his sovereign personhood from the community. The dizzying heights and circular reasoning still does not supply the truth about WHO creates the rational, intellectual and immortal human soul and his destiny in eternity. WHO is the PRIME MOVER, the person WHO begat the first sovereign person?
    “We, the people respect our ancestors and hope in our constitutional posterity, and pray that our posterity achieve an higher civilization in their pursuit of Happiness. However, the constitution must be taken in its entirety. One Amendment cannot repudiate or eradicate another Amendment. The constitution cannot contradict itself. For the Fourteenth Amendment to be realized, the First Amendment must be acknowledged and fulfilled.
    It is called an indult: Suffering sodomy instead of homicide, tolerating sodomy rather than mass murder. A living sodomite has an opportunity to relinquish his addiction to lust and turn himself into a free human being, created in original innocence and virginity and called to remain in original innocence and virginity.
    In every event, atheism is unconstitutional. Atheism may not be imposed on a people, a constitutional republic. God is a sovereign Person and cannot be exiled or driven from the public square, which all citizens own in joint and common tenancy, without three quarters of the states ratifying any change in our constitution and due process for the person of God. What crime has God committed that is the reason the God is exiled from our nation? That an individual atheist was “offended” is an opinion. Every person has an opinion. This is the reason why three quarters of the states must ratify any change in the constitutional structure of our First Amendment and the principle of separation of church and state.
    The principle of separation of church and state forbids any entity or person from objecting to another person’s objection to sodomy or any other evil. The principle of self-preservation and self defense against an insidious evil invading the private, intimate relationship a person has with his “Creator” proscribed and protected in the First Amendment “or prohibit the free exercise thereof,” cannot be abrogated. “their Creator” is perfect love and perfect Justice and therefore any relationship with God can only bring Divine Providence and prosperity, “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (constitutional) posterity.” The Preamble
    The state cannot own the person or the person’s immortal rational human soul or the person’s destiny and/or his pursuit of Happiness. It is most degrading to be forced to support sodomites in their descent into hell or cannibals or atheists in their rejection of the only joy and Beauty in creation.
    James 1: 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
    Sodomites, cannibals and atheists are not “unstained from the world.”

  • Since Alaska became a state, Mt. McKinley ought to bear the name of a real human being as opposed to some Eskimo or Hindu or pagan god. A person is always better than the personification of The High One.
    Denali in Hindu is an elephant headed god. Read that Oklahoma is planning a statue of a monkey god. . G. K. Chesterton was correct when he said that when man rejects God, he will believe in everything… not with my tax dollars.

Starry, Starry Night Open Thread

Sunday, August 9, AD 2015


Our usual open thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing.  Contrary to my usual practice I will suggest a possible topic.  Does anyone think that the mullahs are not playing us for fools in regard to the proposed Iran deal?  Does anyone think that the purpose of the Iran deal in the eyes of Obama is to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, rather than stopping the US from doing anything meaningful about Iran obtaining nuclear weapons?

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18 Responses to Starry, Starry Night Open Thread

  • Setting aside Mullahs for the moment, the pic reminds me of that great Van Gogh exhibit now at the Sterling and Francine Art Institute in Williamstown mass. It’s worth the trip.

    I have no evidence of Obama’s motives, but his actions and deceitful words cannot but induce rational people to doubt all that he says. I still ponder if Putin isn’t just acting on Obama’s flexibility.

  • There are three types of demokrats: Those with hatred for Americans and their way of life; those with extreme hatred for America; and those delusional, anti-Constitution idiots (with sh!t for brains} that believe they must rule everybody and every thing, e.g. PC academia, Hillary and Obama.
    It is extremely rare that someone sucks at everything. Obama does. The most dangerous threat to America is the expanding mass of imbeciles that – birds of a feather – vote for losers like Obama and Hillary.

  • The purpose is to give Iran nukes so the US can never use ground troops anywhere in the Mideast again. This is his view of the world–American military mperialism must be stopped, Lady Liberty shackled. If Iran nukes Israel, well that’s a two-fer.

  • Frank Marshall Davis
    enough said.

  • Government is the name we give to the crimes we commit together.

    Democracy is when 52 million people vote to take money and stuff from 50 million other people.
    Hillary in Leavenworth Prison in ’16! Her security breaches are at least 100,000-times more than retired General Petraeus’ pillow talk. .

  • Frank Marshall Davis enough said.

    Frank Marshall Davis was a union official turned stationary merchant who was in Stanley Dunham’s circle of friends ca. 1971. Enough said about what?

  • The Chicago Star’s Frank Marshall Davis.
    Communist Editor and chief.
    Obama’s mentor.

    ( ? )

    Enough said, unless the information I have is incorrect. Do tell.

  • Dr Who and Vincent Van Gogh:
    Barack Hussein Obama – traitor to the nation, the Manchurian President.
    The mad Mullahs of Iran – enemies of humanity.
    I keep on hoping Dr Who will show up and expose liberals and Islamists as Cybermen and Daleks in disguise, and he will rescue us.
    Sadly that’s science fiction. Reality is so much stranger.

  • Thank you Phillip, however I acknowledge the well read contributors to tac, including Art Deco. I try to remember to be careful what one reads and believe’s.

    The Blaze wasn’t my resource.

    I was going from memory from a few years ago. Probably the Obama’s America 2016 movie…of which I’m not proud to reveal.

  • Philip,

    As with anything, sources may be wrong. The Blaze may be wrong about Davis being a communist and a significant influence in Obama’s formation. There are other sources thought they in turn may be wrong:


    But, far our source are occasionally right. John Edwards for example.

  • The American Spectator in 2012 painted FMD as communist and editor of rag.
    I recall the source.

    Does it prove anything.
    I have a dislike for him, Obama, and it’s earned based upon his arrogance and overreach. HHS mandate, P.P. tax funding initiatives and his not identifying the unborn as marginalized people.

  • Little doubt that Frank Marshall Davis was a member of the Communist Party. The Wikipedia editors have insisted on cleansing that from his biography, but the information circulating about his Communist Party membership is too precise to be ignored. He also sold stationary, played checkers, and smoked dope (by some accounts). There are a certain number of knuckleheads knocking about who fancy that he’s the president’s sire, not because there’s any reason to believe he is, but because simply adhering to occam’s razor renders one an indistinct element of the sheeple and not someone in the know.

    My point is (1) that there were indubitably quite a mass of people in the Dunhams; circle of friends. (2) People are not their political views, (3) the Communist Party’s membership rolls contracted by 85% between 1947 and 1972 (i.e. there were a great many more disaffected Communists in 1971 than people with an abiding attachment to Communism), and (4) there is not a great deal of evidence as to what influence Davis might have had on Obama.

    There are a great many people in fora like this who beclown themselves yapping about ‘Marxism’ and ‘cultural Marxism’, but Obama shows little or no evidence of trafficking in systems of social theory or of having any intellectual interests at all. His inclinations are not quite bog standard in the Democratic Party; more bog standard with a tinge of the sort of attitudes (and that’s what they are) traded in by cretins like Victor Navasky. He’s been in office for six years and change. What you see is what you get.

  • Yes I think they are playing us for fools. I think they underestimate American though ant if we can last through this presidency what looks like a good bet for their side right now, could turn around. After watching both the debates last week I have a great deal of hope – Lots of good candidates who I think will not be played for fools.

  • In response to the second question, I think our president’s true colors are showing and that they coordinate very well with the colors shown above in Starry Starry Night (at least it looks more green than anything else on my screen)

  • ok strike that

  • My favorite thing about the Obama reign was the racist healing. He promised hope. He brought hate.

  • How do you say ‘fallout’ in Farsi? ذرات

7 Responses to Back to the Future Open Thread

  • It’s the movie Groundhog Day, except unlike Bill Murray, we haven’t learned a thing.

  • Well there was this previous booing of a pope in Nicaragua (JPII)…..except that time, it was led and encouraged by Jesuits in the name of the “preferential option for the poor,” and unlike hating the evil gun industry, Uzis and guns were a good– for use on behalf of the poor in those days

  • Can you hear me humming the sweet notes of that old goodie, “Don’t cry for me Argentina?”

  • Beautiful mid-winter day in Tauarnga in Godzone – little -1 C. frost last night, expecting 13 C. today.
    We have a classic El Nino weather pattern at this time – wet and windy on the west coast, dry and fine on the east coast. Last wee there were heavy snow dumps in the South Island, then the worst flooding in the southern part of the North Island for 80 years. then last night, there was the coldest teperature recorded in NZ since 1902.
    That’s Global Warming for ya ! 😉

  • . At least back then with the first Clinton, a Catholic could be a wedding photographer, a baker, a gun maker, an air conditioner retailer without being harassed by the gay lobby or by the Pope. We’re running out of employment areas….and fracking oil and gas is not hiring with oil prices down. There’s day trading but less stocks that are moral….defense industry is the new papal Playboy magazine as immoral stock. Anti hacking companies are the near future anyway for daytraders…check charts on panw, ftnt, cybr, vdsi. Anyone in the market, seriously check those but be careful mid to late July on earnings day for each when it can get irrational nowadays temporarily.

  • Not for the first time I envy you Don!

  • ( substitute I for we. )

    “When we get to the bottom
    we go back to the top
    then we slide, then we stop,
    then we turn,
    then we go for a ride,
    till we get to the bottom
    and we SEE YOU AGAIN…. Yah yah yah..yah.”

    Helter Skelter.

    That about sums it up for me.
    Back to the future.

18 Responses to Derby the Dog Open Thread

  • Heart warming. I miss my dog. A few months back one of the Sunday newspaper magazines, maybe Parade, featured a cover story about printed prosthetics.

  • How I wanted to say “Thank You” Sir Donald R. McCleary for our patriotic eagle. And, as I slept through the night with the thought of owing you gratitude this is what must be said:

    “or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” simply means that if the Large Bat or the LGBT wants to get someone fired for being and believing in Christianity, they are free to get three quarters of the states to agree with them and change the meaning of the U. S. Constitution. “…to petition the government for redress” means the same thing. The court decriminalized sodomy in Lawrence v. Texas. The court did not make it a right or a good. The court simply said that the state would not prosecute sodomy. The court did not say that the individual citizen could not prosecute sodomy. Nor, did the court say that the individual citizen who prosecutes sodomy, as John Cochran and I are doing, will be prosecuted.
    The Large Bat or LGBT must be tolerated. The Large Bat or LGTB must not be allowed to run herd over innocence individuals and citizens. The Large Bat or LGBT must not be allowed to infringe on personal space, personal privacy or personal freedom because these natural rights come with sovereign personhood. Nobody has come into the life of a gay person and told them that they cannot be a gay person. Why are the gays coming into another’s personal space and telling him he has to be gay, or hold with their opinion, as in the cake, florist, photography proprietors lives…Toleration does not mean bonded servitude.
    “or prohibit the free exercise thereof’” means that atheism is unconstitutional. Atheists, as individuals must be tolerated because they are the adopted children of God. God’s juvenile delinquents. Freedom From Religion must not be tolerated because the absence of religion causes a vacuum, a dearth of religion, and any vacuum causes the destruction of freedom. I am free.”We, the people” are free.
    The destruction of our constitutional posterity through the destruction of his freedom, his innocence and his virginity, and his family, his society and his culture is unconstitutional.
    “We, the people…” are: our ancestors, especially our Founding Fathers, the now generation, and our posterity, our constitutional posterity, all future generations. The future belongs to us only if we preserve our natural rights and freedoms and hand them on to our children.
    “We, the people…” have entrusted our government to legislate, adjudicate and execute our truth. The Justices of the Supreme Court are the personification of God’s perfect Justice. God’s perfect Justice is predicated on God’s perfect Truth. Secular Humanism will get us a secular and human Justice that will impose man’s fallible, faulty and incomplete truth. An incomplete truth as everyone knows, without God’s help, is injustice.
    “We, the people,” have recourse to human history and tradition and our common sense to guide us, to protect us and to grant us the wisdom to hand down the good things in life along with truth and freedom for our constitutional posterity.
    Be assured that you, Donald McCleary and yours (I include myself in “yours”) are in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Real Presence on the altar in every church for all time and into eternity.

  • and Derby the dog, the contented dog. I appreciate the happiness on Derby’s face.

  • If Derby can happily move about freely on the hard pavement in his world with those aids, then a mind can do so with its aids from Holy sources.

  • First. Mary DeVoe. If you are not currently holding a position in local government please consider it. Your voice and heart needs to permeate the hearts and minds of your community.

    Second. When the love that drove Derby’s owner to seek a solution for his lack of ambulation becomes instilled into the minds of young women, then the problem of unwanted pregnancy may become moot. That love for a dogs well being is touching indeed. If only it (love) could be alive in the cases of mothers that contemplate abortion.

    Nothing amusing about this.
    Pardon me.

  • Philip and Donald I do have something funny to add but this is not it. bear with me.
    God is a pure spirit, innocent and virgin. If God were not an innocent virgin, God would not be God.
    Jesus said: “The Father and I are one” Jesus is one with the innocent and virgin God, the Father.
    God is a pure spirit, innocent and virgin. Mary, Immaculate, is spouse of the Holy Spirit, innocent and virgin. Therefore, Mary, Immaculate, is an innocent and pure virgin.
    If Jesus had fallen into sin, as slandered in the play Corpus Christi, Jesus would have separated Himself from His innocent Father and forfeit His Divinity. Jesus would have had to die for His own sins and could not give us salvation. If Christ had sinned, as proclaimed in so many blasphemies, who would want to be Christ’s brother? Notice the blasphemers do not cling to Christ as their brother or even as a cousin as they blaspheme.
    If Mary Immaculate was not an innocent virgin, Mary would have separated herself from God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, God, the Son.
    A Trinity is necessary as the three Persons of the Trinity love One Another and bear testimony to the Truth of each One.
    In the Hypostatic Union, the Son of God assumes human nature and a rational soul. Christ maintains his Divinity, the spirit of God, His Father, and shares His divinity with His humanity.
    God is a Trinity of Persons. Through the Person of God, man is endowed with sovereign personhood. The sovereign personhood of man is most evident in free will. Man’s free will to live is man’s Right to Life. Man’s natural rights are endowed at the first moment of existence. Therefore, man’s existence is the criterion for the objective ordering of human rights.
    Snowflake babies, those embryos, frozen, thawed and implanted bear testimony to the sovereign personhood and free will of man to live.
    The devil is person. The sovereign personhood of the devil is used to subvert the Truth of God. The chief form of worship of the devil is the Black Mass. The Black Mass is giving to the devil the person who belongs to God. The next form of worship of the devil is fornication. Sodomy is not fornication. Even the devil knows that. Sodomy is abuse of the human body, and like pornography is a lie about human sexuality. An individual cannot lie to the devil. Well, he can try.
    Gaia is a Goddess. There is no such thing as a Goddess. Only God is God. Mother Nature is a beautiful creation from the Creator. “It is not nice to fool Mother Nature”
    The cake bakers, the florists, the photographers who have declined to celebrate same-sex pseudogamy because pseudogamy is a lie about the covenant between God and man, that is a Sacrament called Matrimony, have sacrificed their profit and exposed themselves to the evil brought into their personal space, their human existence and their lives. As sovereign persons recognized by the state (government) as citizens, these business proprietors, have already sacrificed themselves for the truth “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” These persons have offered the truth to our posterity to build the future of our nation. To penalize their sacrifice is the ultimate in “prohibiting the free exercise thereof” of the First Amendment.
    “Pseudogamy” is a word coined by Anthony Esolen. “It is not nice to fool Mother Nature” is an ad for Parkay® “Man’s existence is the criterion for the objective ordering of human rights” is from Francisco Suarez.

  • Philip: I am currently vice president of the Cecil County Right to Life. Our President is Dermot Mullan, father of two priests. Our Secretary is (name withheld), blind from birth, who gets on a train every morning and goes to Philadelphia where he teaches blind people to use computers. He (name withheld) cuts a stunning figure at the fair when people tell him that handicapped babies ought to be aborted. Once he asked: “what kind of disability are you talking about?” Our treasurer started the Cecil County Pregnancy Center. (…and my brother is on the board of the New Jersey State Right to Life)
    Thank you for the compliment.
    Now Donald, I hope you find this funny. Laughter is good for the digestion.
    Not knowing which end was up and being a totally illiterate computer approachee ( I could not use the word “hack”), I took pictures of my ten inch red hibiscus blooms, a whole back yard full. Not knowing which end was up on my cell phone camera, I inadvertently took selfies of my nose and squinted eye. After laughing for three weeks and being totally mortified, I showed the selfies of my nose to my daughters, who, after laughing for two weeks agreed that I needed photo shop.
    God is good.

  • “How I wanted to say “Thank You” Sir Donald R. McCleary for our patriotic eagle.” –

    Wow, Don.
    Mary has just Knighted you – now of which realm would that be, I wonder?

    Your Scottish (I think) heritage, or is it perhaps a Papal Knight (which you arguably deserve) 🙂

  • Good Republican and republican that I am, I think I will just stick with mister! 🙂

  • Mary De Voe.

    Your surrounded by greatness…President and secretary.

    Why is it the blind have better sight than most “normal” folks? Maybe it’s the sight gained in the heart.
    Have a good week.

  • Complaint about the (otherwise appealing) video…listing the dog owner as it’s “parent”.
    The online pet-med store I get my dog’s pills from always seems to address me as “pet parent”. I explained to them that I’m actually the “owner”.
    Sorry, it looks like I’m failing at being amusing, etc.

  • The atheist notion that once you are dead, there is no more of you, you have ceased to exist. The body and soul of the human being, including the secular humanists’ and the anti-theists’, no longer exists, not in time or in memory. Atheism does not believe in God, the human soul, or eternity outside of time. It is all about here and now. The grave mistake the secular humanists make is that our Founding Fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison and all patriots are two hundred year old dead men who have no relevance in today’s Constitution and our world. The atheist by his very non-belief in the Divine Providence of God for mankind forfeits any hope for the future for our country from the past. The atheist believes that our Founding Fathers, who laid the foundation for freedom, are dead and gone forever. The atheist rejects the fact that the newly begotten human being in the womb is a new beginning for the whole human race, for today, for our future and for the embodiment of the past, “We, the people…”.
    The atheist believes that death is all any person has, ending any past, any present and any future, which by the way, is the exact definition of hell. Once you get to hell of you own accord, you are totally and emphatically forgotten, never remembered.
    Atheism is unconstitutional. Those embrace atheism, the atheist and the secular humanist must learn to appreciate free will and freedom, the joy of heaven here on earth.
    Roe v. Wade is not the Law of the Land, our Constitution and our posterity are, in Justice, the Law of the Land. Our ancestors and our posterity are us.

  • “Good Republican and republican that I am, I think I will just stick with mister!”
    “Sir” is an ancient term to designate any person with more wisdom, (who probably would and should be knighted). Although I do not have such power in the physical realm, the Catholic Church does. The Knights of the Holy Sepulcher for one.
    Donald McClarey, if you are a Knight of Columbus you are already knighted. If not, what are you waiting for?

    Philip: Off to Mass. One Hail Mary.

  • Philip: Jesus says He loves you.
    Don the Kiwi: ““How I wanted to say “Thank You” Sir Donald R. McCleary for our patriotic eagle.” –
    Wow, Don.
    Mary has just Knighted you – now of which realm would that be, I wonder?
    Your Scottish (I think) heritage, or is it perhaps a Papal Knight (which you arguably deserve)”
    Dear Sir/Madam is how one addresses the clerk of the court. Having had the need to represent myself in court,”pro se”, this is how I was instructed.
    Sir, I believe to be a shorter form of “Sire”, father of the nation, father of the people, or in Donald McClarey’s case, father of The American Catholic. I have to tell you, I did not appreciate those silly puppets until I realized Who they are: patriotic eagles, bears, chickens, who did I miss? I am good with that.

  • Mary De Voe.

    Thank you. If there’s one message that is currently in great need it’s Gods Love for mankind. While in prison ministry this message more than the others brought tears, as it should for all sinners. God loves. Most times one isn’t privileged to know for certain that conversion is happening, especially prison, however it’s not our priority to know. We plant the seeds and pray for rain. Pull weeds along the way.
    When I started jail ministry it was because the Catholic 1 1/2 hours slot was empty. No Catholics to fill the Tuesday night. That changed. Our Lady and prisoner 16670 St. Maximilian Kolbe saw to it by giving me the courage to attend to these brothers and sisters.
    Yes. God Loves.

  • Thank you, Philip.
    Mister Donald McClarey. I am good with that.

  • Three pieces:
    Malachi Martin, 36 years as exorcist of the Vatican says that Medugorie is a Satanic Hoax. Martin cites the fact that at all apparitions at Fatima, La Salette, the Immaculate Conception at Lourdes, our Lady’s feet were visible. In the apparitions at Medugorie, Our Lady’s feet are covered by a cloud so the hooves cannot be seen.
    I have sanded the word Medugorie from the back of my rosaries and had them blessed.
    I accepted Medugorie since St. Padre Pio accepted Medugorie. Now, I have recanted Medugorie unless and until Our Lady shows her feet and her feet are not hooves.
    Carl Rogers confused sovereign personhood and personality. Carl Rogers called for the maturity of the person.”On Becoming a Person”. When people have sovereign personhood with which people constitute government and act rationally, it is the pursuit of Happiness for people to search for one’s destiny, one’s mature personality.
    “On Becoming a Person” only sowed despair, hopelessness. That is why HOPE and CHANGE carried so many votes. People were burdened with the idea that it is impossible to achieve one’s whole person here in this life.
    People are endowed with sovereign personhood at the very first moment of existence. Sovereign personhood is a faculty of the rational soul. It is the exercise of sovereign personhood for the perfecting of our personalities that brings us joy. Knowing that we, the people, are persons and achieving and pursuing our Joy, that is, our personalities, is who “We, the people” as each individual become.
    And, now, that Obama has his eye on the wilderness of Alaska, it is important to recall how bill clinton wrote an executive order making all free lands and waterways his own and belonging to the chief executive in the White House. Clinton even included the Statue of Liberty and tried to give the Statue of Liberty to the U.N. Until the pitchforks came out..
    All free lands and waterways are owned in joint and common tenancy by each and every person. You own it all and I own it all. This is why the public square cannot exclude religion. Otherwise it is taxation without representation and the people, “We, the people,” have become beasts of burden to the state. Of course the state cannot own a person but taking everything he possess is getting close. This is why the government has reneged on its contracts to lease government lands for grazing cattle, causing chaos. This is why government has shut down government and taken the Mass out of the military bases and leased space of government property to restaurants. See INDWELLERS. Government found that people living in national parks on nation land cannot be forced out.
    With Hillary looking for a 2016 run for the White House, owning Alaska would really put Sarah Palin in her place.
    Owning the whole world when the New World Order comes to be will really give Hillary a boost up the ladder to divinity.
    Remember Hillary tried to imprison doctors for two years in federal prison for practicing medicine without her permission. Hillarycare criminalized the practice of medicine and removed free will from the citizen. Move over Gaia. Move over Mother Nature. It is not butter.

46 Responses to Incompetent Obama Open Thread

  • Steve Wynn “[They, not me] We elected a man as president who had no experience at anything.”

  • Steve Wynn “[They, not me] We elected a man as president who had no experience at anything.”
    Does this apply to the Vatican as well?

  • T. Shaw


    Obama passed his prerequisite to enter Harvard; Alinsky 801. It has served him well.

  • Just call an Obamacare navigator. They’ll fix it.

  • We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    There are some horrible things yet to come.

    But, in Christ we are victorious…no matter how bad things get.

  • Hey, I got some good news! Ebola is covered by Obamacare! That makes me feel so much better!

  • Can there be more snarky threads on here that have this format? Incompetent Blank Open Thread. How about the US’s reponse to Ebola, for starters? The possibilities are endless.

  • Jack Ryan for President!

  • Obama is a spokesmodel for the Left. He works at their promotional events: on the campaign trail, in the White House, at fundraisers, overseas. That is all.

  • RodneyHood1314: “Can there be more snarky threads on here that have this format? Incompetent Blank Open Thread. How about the US’s reponse (sic) to Ebola, for starters? The possibilities are endless.”
    Benghazi? Maybe. While a Senator from Chicago, Obama refused medical assistance to the citizens born alive after abortion, leaving them unattended to die in a storage closet. I would call that a hate crime. Does anyone believe he would do anything for any one of us?
    During the government shutdown Obama refused to allow the Catholic Mass to be said on military bases as though he owned the souls of the persons who serve, and there was no First Amendment.
    “Incompetent Blank Open Thread”.
    It is the Daily News, you know.
    “How about the US’s reponse (sic) to Ebola, for starters?” This is precisely the incompetence of Obama, as leader, we abhor.
    Obama thinks the city under Washington, D.C. is going to save him.

  • Stephen E. Dalton: “Hey, I got some good news! Ebola is covered by Obamacare! That makes me feel so much better!”
    Stephen E. Dalton: If you are Catholic, or even religious your treatment for the ebola virus, and I pray you do not contract it, is not cost effective. In other words, you will not receive treatment. Obamacare, like the stimulus package is for Obama’s friends and he knows who we are.

  • Mary De Voe.

    Your the Man!….well woman that is.

    Jenna Jensen was our key note speaker at our RTL conference two years ago.
    She is an abortion survivor. (saline)
    She sat face to face with then Senator Obola, as she spoke thunderously in defense of abortion survivors. His response was that she shouldn’t of survived. What arrogance. What a pig.
    What a empty chair. A suit with no soul.

    October Baby. A must see movie.
    Jenna gives a great talk afterwards.

  • Not very charitable folks. Pardon me for breaking the rule.

  • When Obama said, “Ebola isn’t a threat to Americans now”, we could assume the opposite to be true. He seems to lie with aplomb. I take due notice that his formative years were spent in Indonesia where he where he may have encountered the Islamic notion of Taqiyya, the so called righteous lie permitted for a supposed greater good. So perhaps he can lie with a clear conscience. He does not seem to learn from his mistakes either. We are in trouble.

  • The movie October Baby focuses on forgiveness.

    My conscience is working on me to forgive a President who states that he is concerned for the marginalized. Unborn? Ask him.
    I will pray for him regardless.

  • What do we do when incompetence becomes indistinguishable from malicious intent?

  • Barack Hussein Obama is a combination of an empty suit and a puppet. Other than his hard left ideology, he is nothing. His childhood, his school years, his college years – all are sealed off. His parents were certifiably crazy. Nobody challenges him politically – ever. He has been propped up by affirmative action. He has two books about himself. Why does nobody remember him at Columbia?

    King Putt is the worst President this country has ever elected. He’s worse than Buchanan. He was reelected by an electorate that is so mind-numbingly stupid that this nation’s future as a representative republic is in doubt.

    A Republican Senate – such as it would be, would serve two useful purposes. One, it would remove Harry Reid from the Majority Leader position. Two, it would prevent Obumbler from packing the courts (more than he has). The least damage Obumbler can do is to spend each remaining day of his administration on the golf course or shooting basketballs.

  • Let us be kind.

    Who among us did not make some major goofs on our first real job?

  • I like the word “aplomb” Mr. Walsh. It was one of my grandmother’s common words and you made me think of her. I thank you for that little kindness.

    I am actually grateful that His Majesty, Barack Obama (May He Live Forever) lacks the will and competency to be a tyrant. God was kind to us in making him lazy and incompetent.

  • Though he seems incompetent, he has managed to do a lot of damage. The effects are going to be felt for a very long time.

  • Hank, an absolutely perfect line, perfectly delivered.

  • The majority of the clergy voted for Obama and look at the results.

  • No comparison. My first job was shoveling natural fertilizer into bags at a rose nursery. OK, well, now that I think about it . . .

  • Philip: “Jenna Jensen was our key note speaker at our RTL conference two years ago.
    She is an abortion survivor. (saline)
    She sat face to face with then Senator Obola, as she spoke thunderously in defense of abortion survivors. His response was that she shouldn’t of survived.”
    Dr. Mengele, the Angel of Death in the concentration camps was a tender and loving grandfather.
    Hank: “Let us be kind. Who among us did not make some major goofs on our first real job? ”
    An honest man would repent of his mistakes and blunders. This student of Saul Alinsky, Obama, is taking us on the fast track to hell. Al Capone had to be removed. Obama is going to be removed if there is anyone left after ebola to remove him.
    “Malice”? Obama is possessed by the devil. Who else can tell another person she ought to be dead? The pigs, a herd of 4,000, wanted no part of the devil and ran off the cliff into the sea and drowned themselves.
    Philip: “I will pray for him regardless.”
    I will, too.

  • I keep wondering WHO is behind the evil in the White House? WHAT has he succeeded at? The economy? Nope. Racial unity? Nope. Improving the moral climate? Nope. Ukraine? Nope. Defending Israel? Nope. Running the military? Nope. Benghazi? Nope. ISIS? Nope. Ebola? Nope. Religious liberty? Nope.

    Well, at least he is consistent …


  • Thanks for the thanks David Spaulding. Aplomb is an interesting word, meaning straight up and down like the string of a plumb bob. Plumbum being Latin for lead and so on. One must love words, most of all the Word of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ who tells us must love also our enemies, including Obama, Domestic Enemy Apparent, whom our youthful oath taken during military induction, binds us to oppose in defense of our Constitution. On the horns of this moral dilemma, we through Grace suppress the temptation to hate the man. “Be angry but do not sin” be my watchwords. Also “Judge not” the state of anyone’s soul for Christ is judge. None of which allows one to retreat to slothful silence in the presence of evils. We have a duty of discernment, of knowing men “by their works”. Obama is an enigma, his Presidency a rolling riddle, our speculations concerning his motives exasperate us. To the extent that he is his own man, we presently consider him to be a mono-maniacal radical egalitarian, an ultimate ideologue whose contributory life-experience comprises little else. That he is the current standard-bearer of the cult of Secular Humanism, there can be little doubt. This is the heresy of our age, and the proper focus of our attention, with Charity and all zeal.

  • Seen at Instapundit, “You can’t expect the Obama government to be as competent as Nigeria’s.”

  • “King Putt” 😀

  • The use of the word ‘incompetent’ must refer to the blatant and competent rejection of the words spoken in the oath of office. And the title of the article shows disregard for taking the Lord’s name in vain.
    The Quote of Abraham Lincoln post nearby – definitely timely as regards both church and country.
    “Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them. To deny it, however, in this case, is to deny that there is a God governing the world. It is a truth which I thought needed to be told, and, as whatever of humiliation there is in it falls most directly on myself, I thought others might afford for me to tell it.”
    It seem the joyous light of truth is detectable in a persons’ eyes. Look at the pictures of Cardinals Pell, Burke, Napier, Muller which are most recently available – there are others, but, I can’t find it in the high-ranking administration officials to the point of suffering difficulty seeing their photographs.

  • 1. Barack Obama: truncated and unremarkable career practicing law and superlatively unremarkable career as a legal academic; no executive experience.

    2. John Kerry: truncated and unremarkable career practicing law. No executive experience.

    3. Jeh Johnson: lucrative career practicing law, fueled by leveraging connections from government positions.

    4. Sylvia Burwell: liberal education; one time associate at McKinsey, but for 20 years alternating between positions in the philanthropy apparat and positions as chief of staff to this or that big shot. Line administration limited to one year as the federal budget director. Care to guess how much critical engagement she had with agency requests?

    5. Dr. Thomas Friedan: genuine experience abroad as a public health physician, but for 12 years willing to truckle to the notion (favored by his patron, Michael Bloomberg) that ‘public health’ efforts now forego attacking actual diseases in favor or stigmatizing behaviors and tastes disliked by the haut bourgeois (gun ownership, smoking, and fast food). Cannot as yet gin up a cogent excuse for why Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia are not under a commercial aviation quarantine. The air traffic controllers report to..

    6. Anthony Foxx: lawyer. He actually did spend three years superintending a municipal government, so he’s not a complete tyro running an apparat which has a purpose other than promoting the fortunes of a particular politician. And now, the czar…

    7. Ron Klain: nominal lawyer; in truth, twenty-five years alternating between stints as a political consigliere and stints as a lobbyist. Reasonable wager is that it’s his job to manage the talking points.

    Do you see a pattern here? What happens when you’ve a hollow man at the top?

  • Art Deco said; “Do you see a pattern here? What happens when you’ve a hollow man at the top.”

    Un happy hollow weenie….that’s what happens, that’s what we ended up with.
    A sausage wrapper without the meat!
    A new Chicago dog!

  • Art, your list reminds me of the televised presidential debate that Ross Perot participated in over 20 years ago.
    Now, I don’t Perot had the political acumen to be an effective president, but he certainly knew how to manage things. I found it stunning when he was asked in the debate about bringing competent women into government and he quickly rattled off nearly a dozen names, almost none of whom were political personalities. In our modern complex world part of getting things done is knowing other people who can get things done. In government we just get the same smiling faces again and again.

    Which brings me to another point: czars. Why American czars? Their very existence demonstrates that the system is broken. If they are really needed it demonstrates that the size of bureaucracy has nullified managerial span of control – presidents haven’t a hope that new policies can be properly devised and implemented because there are too many layers and divisions of responsibility. If they are not needed then it demonstrates that presidents do not manage properly – they allow politics to dictate the selection and retention of incompetents (“I can’t fire the idiot, I appointed him, remember? And besides, people will think I’m mean and I’ll lose support”). Probably both sides of the coin are true.

  • Former House Spesker Henry Clay called President John Tyler “His Accidentcy”. O’bama can be properly addressed as His Malevolency.

  • Perhaps they call them czars because they haven’t the gall to call them commissars.

  • Comment of the week William! Take ‘er away Sam!

  • Pat: “And the title of the article shows disregard for taking the Lord’s name in vain.”
    The title of the article is : “Incompetent-obama-open-thread.

  • On Friday, the government ordered ordained ministers to perform same sex weddings or go to jail. A same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.
    Since the same sex couple could have employed the sitting judge on the bench in their lawsuit, to witness to their vows, the couple was not denied their civil rights; only their demands. There is no other reason for the lawsuit except raw and naked aggression against the Knapp’s freedom of religion, the Knapp’s First Amendment right to be free in their person and citizenship.

  • Wow! What a Hoot! Thanks. I’ll try not to let it go to my head. 😉

  • Mary. !!!?
    To be sure, just in case I was falsely amused, titles of posts here are for posts, titles for newspapers’ headlines are for articles, but, considering the subject involved in both the post and the article – thanks for the spot of humor.
    Today, headlines are dark, down, and dirty, speaking of those newspaper agenda types, with the morning paper here “Bishops scrap welcome to gays”. Yup. If my mother didn’t live to see the paper delivered, it would have been cancelled eight years ago. Those five words are full of wrongness. Welcome is, has been, and will be for anyone seeking a home out of love of God, not the rubber stamp of approval for adultery. Grrr. Those agenda types in the Vatican will next be trashing the Decalogue.

  • To clarify that last sentence, I must say that I think we’ll hear about mercy versus letter of the law types with no mention of the actual ten laws given to man. More is the pity after watching the Constitution recycled.

  • And as far as wedding cake bakers and florists; the gay couple has already insulted, violated and negated their First Amendment civil rights to freedom of religion and peaceable assembly, to come and go unmolested. Adding insult to injury, the law and the court then gives the violator of a free man’s First Amendment civil right to exercise his conscience and go about unmolested, a legal bludgeon to end any thought of individual human rights. The Knapp case is legal assault and battery, discount the terror visited on the Knapps by incarceration and thousands of dollars in fines being levied on them for their violation of the devil’s hold on some gay atheist’s soul.
    As in false arrest, this unwarranted intrusion into the peaceable living of decent human beings by the so-called gay agenda, aided and abetted by the law, is tantamount to an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
    It is incumbent upon a gay and a straight person standing in the public square to have the good will to sustain the common good. It is the same for the public accommodations owned by private citizens.

  • Pat: I, too, was offended by the headline of the article in the Daily News, until I read it as a prayer. I am thankful that both the article and the post are bringing this matter to the fore. I think we are in big trouble with ebola thanks to the incompetence of Obama. Have you seen what the free press media has done with Mayor Parker’s lawsuit and subpoena against the priests and their sermons. Priests are citizens, too, who are free to go about unmolested.
    Glad you had a good laugh.

  • One seaman got off the boat in Marseilles, France, and two thirds of Europe perished. Obama, “The One” says we are safe. Don’t worry, be happy. (sarc.)
    George Washington, the Revolutionary War President, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War President, Obama, the ebola virus President.

15 Responses to Braveheart/Newhart Open Thread

  • I prayed for an open thread for about six weeks. I have forgotten why. Pray to Saint Anthony to find my piece.

  • Something slipping the forefront of the mind is understandable after six weeks of an eventful deluge, rather than one thing after another. This situation reminds me of part of a Tuesday Novena to St. Anthony.
    “The sea obeys, and fetters break, and lifeless limbs you do restore – While treasures lost are found again, when young and old your aid implore.”

  • From “Youth”, a short story, by Joseph Conrad: “I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back anymore – the feeling that I could last forever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort – to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires – and expires, too soon, too soon – before life itself.”

  • Do you guys here at American Catholic ever face criticism from Mark Shea?
    Seems like he takes hard aim at Catholics who are conservative.

  • “Do you guys here at American Catholic ever face criticism from Mark Shea?”


  • Mary, by God’s grace may you find your piece and post it. Amen
    T. Shaw, I am no longer as easily lured on to vain effort as I used to be in my youth, but I’m too stubborn to let the glow in my heart expire. Or perhaps that is my last vain effort. 🙂

  • I should have just used the search function.
    I see his name has come up a few times in posts here.

    hey, ever think about changing the layout of your article postings? They’re kind of hard to follow at times.

  • “Do you guys here at American Catholic ever face criticism from Mark Shea?” “Who?”

    I love it.

  • This is not yet it but one anyway.
    September 17 is Constitution Day.
    The Constitution of the United States
    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    Every citizen ought to know the purpose and intent of our Constitution by heart.

  • “The sea obeys, and fetters break, and lifeless limbs you do restore – While treasures lost are found again, when young and old your aid implore.”
    Thank you, Pat.

  • HOPE AND CHANGE. US median income at $51,939, inflation adjusted, still 8% below the pre-recession measure.

  • Tamsin: Thank you. I am afraid that I need a larger brain. It is called “dumping”. Ten years from now I will be driving down the road and my piece will return on its own. I must say that whenever that happens though, the piece gets better and grows of its own accord. So, I am looking forward to learn what has hatched. It was of a religious nature.

  • Tamsin,

    I think Conrad was younger (than us) when he penned that.
    And, you have to grow old. You don’t have to grow up.

  • I wonder Don – does the parody on Braveheart have anything to do with the referendum in Scotland that is happening now?
    Interesting how it will go. It wouldn’t surprise me if they do split with the UK – then the cat will be among the pigeons – and perhaps the lunatics in charge of the asylum.Time to crack out the popcorn.
    We have a general election on Saturday. I expect the incumbent government to be returned, probably with an increased majority. Their economic management has been nothing short of spectacular. Our Minister of Finance – a staunch Catholic – has maintained a reasoned welfare system to support the needy and unemployed: despite the recession and continued welfare payments, unemployment has dropped to 5.9% ( I think) from around 8% in the recession, our economy will return to surplus this year, and the Debt to GDP ration – now 30% – is predicted to fall below 25% in three years, and 20% three years later.
    Provided the incumbents are returned, we here down-under can expect to increase our prosperity.
    Meanwhile, our mates across the Ditch ( Tasman Sea – the Aussies) are going into recession, with their mineral exports tanking and unemployment on the rise.
    Summers on its way – break out the BBQ’s and beer. 🙂

  • “I wonder Don – does the parody on Braveheart have anything to do with the referendum in Scotland that is happening now?”

    Yep. I have a deep admiration for the battle of the Scots over the centuries to maintain independence from England. The current resurgent Scottish nationalism however strikes me as resembling that struggle just as much as Newhart’s brilliant parody resembles Mel Gibson’s ahistorical paean to William Wallace and the Scots who bled with him.

    “and perhaps the lunatics in charge of the asylum.Time to crack out the popcorn.”

    Precisely my sentiments. Rough on the people in Scotland who vote no, but I suspect if Scottish independence is obtained that the road south will have many Scots on it, at least until the Scottish regime builds a new Hadrian’s Wall in reverse.

    “Their economic management has been nothing short of spectacular.”

    Viewing from afar, I have been impressed also Don.

13 Responses to Starry, Starry Night Open Thread

  • I wish for a blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation to all who contribute, post and lurk here.

  • OK, I’ve got something, inspired by Don’s plea to the people of Iowa. Let’s say that the Senate was set up like a jury trial, where each side was allowed one free waiver (I forget the legal term). Who would you dismiss from the Senate? One person only, no questions asked.

  • Let’s all pray for the University of Arizona Wildcat’s Men’s Basketball team in winning the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this week and next.

    4 Our Fathers & 4 Hail Mary’s, one for each victory necessary to win the championship.

    Bear Down & Amen!

  • Great artist, fantastic music and beautiful poetry.
    Have always love Don McLean since I first heard him back in the early ’70s. Saw him on stage (live TV coverage) in Sydney Australia about 1985. Came on the stage with his acoustic guitar, sat on a stool and enthralled the crowd for about two hours – the mark of a true artist.

  • “Who would you dismiss from the Senate? One person only, no questions asked.”

    Dick Durbin of Illinois, not even close in my mind.

  • Who would I dismiss? Well if we were allowed only one real, fully human person, that is one real woman or one real man: I figure Dick Durbin, Harry Reed and a few others added in would add up to one real man.

  • Kevin – Fair point.

    I don’t know who I’d pick. Reid may do more damage than anyone. Leahy would be a bad decision tactically, but he deserves it for Bork. Dismissing Blumenthal would do a lot to restore the Senate’s honor. And Schumer is Schumer, which is a pretty convincing argument in itself. But my gut says Boxer.

  • from Wither, Notre Dame:
    Thank you Michael Paterson-Seymour: “when men subscribe money for a particular object, and leave it behind them for the promotion of that object, their successors have no right to change the object endowed,” for “there is nothing in calling an associated body a Church [or a university?] that exempts it from the legal obligations of insisting that money given for one purpose shall not be devoted to another.”
    Threadbare: The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, is bankrupt because the behest of John J. Raskob, the money of Raskob’s last will and testimony, forming the financial foundation of the Diocese was seized by the courts to indemnify victims of child abuse.
    (For my part, child abusers ought to be publicly hanged by their man-parts)
    It is bad enough that innocent parishioners were forced to pay indemnity to the victims, but the whole foundation established to support the charitable works of the Diocese was seized, violating the will of the deceased as though John J. Raskob had ceased to exist.
    The legal excuse was “co-mingled funds” a legal term invented long after the will was made. Raskob’s will was broken by “ex post facto” law. In fact, the court made John J. Raskob responsible for the crime of another.

  • and again:
    All church property is held in trust for all future generations. Taxes paid by the parishioners, as citizens, have paid any government levy. Taxes on non-profit groups would be taxation without representation, two taxes, one vote.
    When the Court seized all the assets of the Diocese of Wilmington, including the foundation formed from the will of the estate of John J. Raskob, the trust for all future generations was despoiled and dispossessed of its endowment. Innocent persons not yet begotten were forced to indemnify the victims. Guilt by association. See: Bill of Attainder
    Article 1, Section 9: The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
    No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
    The victims are entitled to indemnity. The Catholic Church has always given over$25,000 and the insurance for injury.
    Now, the Catholic Church has been injured. And our judicial system has been abandoned.

  • still more: Most bishops relied on secular psychiatrists to counsel abusive priests. At that time, the American Psychiatric Association diagnosed homosexuality as arrested development. To earn their keep, the secular psychiatrists returned the offending priests to their bishops as “cured” and reassignment. At the force of militant homosexuals the diagnosis for homosexuality was changed to “normal” and God was blamed for the behavior of the sodomyist.
    Not a single psychiatrist was blamed for the reassignment of offending priests.
    B4UAct, a group of licensed psychiatrists and the North American Man Boy Love Association are suing in court in Baltimore, Md. to normalize, to legalize adult sexual behavior with minor children, no matter that the un-emancipated infant child of the court will not have informed consent to give until the age of majority.
    Basically, these licensed psychiatrists are legalizing the rape of minor children. Children are being treated as sex slaves and right here in America and we, the unfortunate taxpayers, are bearing the cost of his hideousness.
    First, our children are despoiled of their inheritance and now they are being physically, spiritually and culturally deprived of their constitutional rights.

  • Article 1, Section 9: The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
    No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
    Section 10 – Powers prohibited of States
    No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
    The state violated the Constitutional prohibition against ex post facto law when it completely eliminated the statute of limitations for the prosecution of child abuse for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, after the fact. Statutes of limitations of 90 days in New York public schools remain. The state violated the Constitutional prohibition against ex post facto law when it tried the crime of child abuse in civil court instead of criminal court, after the fact. In a criminal court two witnesses are required to establish a judicial fact. In a civil court only a preponderance of credible evidence is required. One witness is no witness. Two witnesses are required to establish a judicial fact.
    The victims are entitled to indemnity. The Catholic Church has always given over $25,000 and the insurance for injury.

    The state violated the Constitutional prohibition against Bill of Attainder law which prohibits family and/or relatives to be held liable, punishable and guilty for crimes committed by another member of their family, or of their parish family, or community or church, when the court seized the inheritance of our innocent posterity, when the court took the foundation that supported all future generations. All that was to be held in trust for future generations of parishioners was seized. Innocent parishioners were forced to indemnify the victims of clerical child abuse. The victims were not satisfied with the insurance, so the court obligingly took money from the parishioners.

  • At direction of Obama, this appointed official, Sebelius by name, wrote the Health and Human Services Mandate, her opinion on how to provide abortifacients and contraception to some of the people who do this thing. Her Mandate was positioned to become part of the Affordable Health Care Act.
    Sebelius’ office does not have the power to make law. Neither does the office of President of the U.S.A. Congress passed the ACA without the Mandate. The Mandate was never voted on by the people. Neither was Kathleen Sebelius. If the Supreme Court upholds this incursion into the conscience of man, the Justices need to be recalled.
    There is a word to describe Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Apostate? That, Sebelius is. The word is strychnine.
    Since when are God-fearing people who are citizens forced to surrender their consciences and their souls to an apostate?

  • Mary, remember that even Jezebel got her comeuppance and it wasn’t pretty – 2nd Kings 9:30-37 as I recall. Or maybe in Catholic Sebelius’ case, Revelation 2:20-23 is more appropriate. And either Scriptural passage could well apply to Pelosi, too.

4 Responses to Toto and the Lion King Open Thread

  • Buy Baby Jesus forever stamps at the U. S. Post Office. Practice your freedom of religion if only as Patriotism and pass it on. Tell everyone.
    The U. S. Constitution’s First Amendment: “or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” would allow the Baby Jesus stamps out front, on the counter and on the post office advertisement.
    Give these Baby Jesus stamps as Christmas gifts. They mail easily and are a remarkable gift.
    Thanks Donald

  • Someone told me yesterday that Obamacare will delete Medicare from senior citizens when they achieve 75 years of age, setting them up for death with dignity. I then realized that Obamacare can change the rules at any time so any assurances given, are useless. I want to write more but I am speechless. How can Obamacare be foistered on the people without the citizens’ informed consent? (emphasis on “informed”). Abort the unborn and abandon the elderly.
    If the elderly try to run and hide we will be penalized, a penalty not specified. If this is true, can it be legal?

  • @Donald, you are joking, right? Make sense??? WHO blesses the rains down in Africa? Or is Africa blessed by rains? WHO brings the rain?

    @Mary, pretty soon we may get folks marching in the streets with placards that say “Bring Back The ‘Broken’ System” and chanting “what do we want? the broken system! when do we want it? now!”

  • Was just getting set to see one of my favorite bands, Koshari, at a concert, but they cancelled because of inclement weather. You can help them out by listening (for free) and maybe consider purchasing:
    Looks like you are stuck with me tonight.

9 Responses to Twins in Bath Open Thread

  • together forever….brotherly love!

  • This is too tender for me to get humorous with. What comes to mind is that it should have a title. I don’t know how old they are but certainly “not very”. Perhaps a caption, something like: “We are children, not choices”. It eludes me how anyone calling themselves human can believe anything else.

  • Our twin boys, now almost 17, were born 9 weeks early. Because they were boys, multiples and preemie, we were told to be ready, because something would happen, and it did. One twin is autistic, albeit very high-functioning thanks to the immediate interventions and therapies we were ready to implement because of the warning. The other has an unspecified learning disorder; neither will be either college or skilled vocation material, although a good and honorable occupation is certainly possible.

    The autistic one runs cross-country and all-season track, and, if not podium material, certainly very much middle-of-the-pack and he does it because he enjoys it. The other is both a youth leader in a church group and a mascot for their high school’s sports teams.

    We have raised them to believe that all work is a statement of Thanksgiving to God for the gift of life, and if what one does is fulfilling and allows that expression of thanks then the money is irrelevant.

    We’re also pretty sure that the non-specific learning disorder may be attributable to what we saw once when on a routine check-up during an ultrasound. Looking “down” from a top-of-their-heads point of view, we saw one boy haul off and just clobber his brother right in the forehead; a ritual that has been repeated dozens of times since. When it happened, the OB – quite the entertaining fellow himself – said “Mom! He’s stealing my fluids!”

  • Know how you can tell these are conservative infants? If they were progressive infants, or bald eagle fledglings, they’d be trying to eat each other.

  • concise, charitable, amusing, and late to the open thread:

    If the nurse really wanted to recreate their experience in the womb, she would have held them pointing different directions. But seeing each twin kick the other twin (gently) in the head is much less charming, so…

    I do like the video very much.

  • Government of the people cannot redefine man, the human being as a creation without a rational, immortal, human soul. King Herod did not define Jesus Christ as having no human soul, Pontius Pilate tried Christ in a court of law for blasphemy, that is, Christ calling Himself the Son of God, the Son of Man, having an immortal, human soul.
    Atheism denies to its adherents the acknowledgement of the rational, human immortal soul. Roe v. Wade denies to the newly begotten, conceived with a rational, immortal human soul, to whom is endowed all unalienable civil rights especially sovereign personhood the acknowledgement of his soul.
    For sovereign persons, the will to live is their Right to Life. The Right to Life is the free exercise of the will to live. The will to live is a share in the life of God, Who is life and existence. The fertilized egg increases in cells and multiplies in cells in response to God’s command to increase and multiply. The Right to Life is the freedom to exercise the will to live.
    Our Constitution’s Preamble, the purpose of the Constitution, is to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (constitutional ) posterity”, all future generations. The human being’s right to life is the state’s acknowledgement of “their Creator’s” endowment of the will to live in the human being’s body and soul.
    The virgins, both male and female, are innocent of any such crime warranting death. Abortion to save the life of the mother must be the mother’s imminent death, death of the mother occurring within the witness of the abortionist. Nor can the death of the mother be a threat of suicide, suicide which is against nature, nor can the death of the mother be a diagnosis, a predictable uncertainty.
    The newly begotten children of God, in virginity and innocence, moral and legal, are the standard of Justice for the nation. It is the duty of the state to deliver Justice and provide for the general welfare. The state cannot deliver Justice without the perfect virginity and pure innocence of the sovereign person at the beginning life.
    If abortion is a preemption of individuals who may wage war against America and commit treason against the Law of the Land, it is the parents’ obligation to prevent the pro-creation of such an individual of the human species. Furthermore, it is the moral obligation of the parents to pray for the mercy of God at all times and at all places in such instance.
    If abortion is a preemption of individuals who may cause over-population, again it is the duty of the parents to prevent such a person from such a crime.
    Only innocence and virtue may deliver Justice. If the parents use contraceptives to preempt over population or the criminal acts of treason, they cannot be successful. Contraception, polluting our water resources with hormones, and damning our citizens to indenture is duplicitous in demanding what it cannot deliver, that is, Justice.
    Losing the will to live, the unborn will miscarry. Also called a spontaneous abortion, loss of the will to live in the world, is how the Lord of Life calls home His own innocents.
    For sovereign persons, those human beings who do survive, their will to live is their right to life.

  • It is the responsibility of the parent to refrain from bringing newly begotten children into existence through procreation when the parent does not believe in their humanity; in the innocence, virtue and virginity of the newly created human soul, who is their offspring.
    In hell, there is no place for innocence; no time nor space for innocence and Justice; no instance of virtue and altruism; no instance of charity or faith or hope. In hell, there is no self sacrifice. In hell there cannot be love, or marriage, or parenting, or community. In hell, there is no patriotism, or statesmanship. In hell there cannot be any nation.
    Hell is no less than a void of love, wisdom, and free will. Hell is the void of God, the Holy Spirit and of Truth and of the Creator. Hell is atheism, despotism, and all tyranny over the mind of man. The devil is not our friend. Hell is not our final destiny. Hell is the abode of evil. Evil does not abide Truth, Justice and the American way.

    All men are the adopted children of God with a vocation to be in heaven with God in the Beatific Vision. This vocation is called the pursuit of Happiness.

    The ban on capital punishment and jeopardy of life denies Justice to the murderer and the practice of the virtue of Justice to the state.

    The ban on capital punishment denies free will to the victim to forgive his murderer, or to hold his murderer bound, (not forgiven) and the power of the Sacrament of Penance to the church: “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them, and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”, and the keys to the kingdom of heaven: “Whatsoever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you lose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” My loose transcription.

    Does anyone in his right mind believe that a ban on capital punishment will deter or restrain the use of the death penalty on innocent persons by tyrants?

    Thanks be to God

12 Responses to Teamwork Open Thread

  • What teamwork? The dog is ingratiating throughout and relies on the cat’s ingenuity. The cat does the brain work and the leg work, just like in anyone’s home.

  • You didn’t catch the dog sneaking a peek at the end to see if anyone had been watching the great escape? That clearly made him an accessory!

  • Yes, the dog was prepared to kill anyone interrupting the breakout, and then he did a sweep afterwards.

  • Dog = Adam/Eve
    Cat = Satan

    As Art says the cat is the instigator, i.e., the tempter of an otherwise faithful canine. I’m not an animal person but give me a dog any day.

  • Much is written by Rebecca Taylor on her blog: Mary Meets Dolly about cloning, transgenderism and transhumanism, the removal of perfectly good body parts and replacement with bionic parts for better performance, or a more perfect soldier.
    I have just finished watching Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove or How to stop worrying and start loving the bomb. In the movie Dr. Strangelove’s bionic right arm has a mind and will apart from its owner and keeps trying to strangle him. It is very funny, but do not be deceived. Bionic body parts like Frankenstein have no soul. These bionic body parts are Abby Normal.

  • Obviously this is a Union household. The Dog (Supervisor) watching the Cat (Worker) accomplish the task. Still just one job accomplished, but 2 “employees”.

  • As Art says the cat is the instigator, i.e., the tempter of an otherwise faithful canine. I’m not an animal person but give me a dog any day.

    No. The cat has ingenuity, elegance, and provides entertainment in its very motion (but also in stillness – a cat does not mean, but be). The dog smiles and wags its tail (when it is not chasing cars, drinking from puddles, and harassing the postman).

  • Art, the cat is the one with its fingerprints on the doorknob.

    Mary, I will drop Dr. Strangelove in the Netflix queue.

  • Art, the cat is the one with its fingerprints on the doorknob.

    Those paw pads are gloriously sensitive and protected from all but intimates. And untreaceable.

  • “the tempter of an otherwise faithful canine.”

  • The humans observing this are thinking: “Ah, how sweet!” The cat is thinking: “Happy meal!” The dog is thinking: ” “.

  • the cat is sending the dog in to insure that it is safe for the cat to enter. dog is the marines. cat is the army.

11 Responses to Fireman Saves Kitten Open Thread

  • Back in the day, we’d place unwanted kittens in burlap sacks, weighted with rocks, and throw them in the bay. Now, the powers that be save kittens but do to 47,000,000 human babies what we did to surplus kittens.

    OTOH, alley cats conrolled the rat population.

    Today, we send our “top” rats to Congress.

    And so, 535 American villages are missing their idiots.

  • Wow. I definetly agree that worrying about kittens more than people is wrong. Are we not also caretakers of the animals given to us by God. I value human life way beyond animal life. We were created in the image and likeness of God and are special.

    I also think that in the midst of destruction this fireman wanted to experience something good. He saved this kitten and I’m sure this helps him deal with the destruction he sees.

    Please understand I would never value life of an animal over life of a human being expecially the most innocent. There are people out there who don’t. There are those out there that think nothing of killing an inoccent human being yet would never want an animal killed. God help these people.

  • T.Shaw, leave it to you to see this charming video and wax nostalgic for drowning kittens! 🙂

    To some of us God gives us power over others, animals as well as humans, for a time during our lives. I have always thought that the mercy and kindness we show, along with justice, on those occasions are quite predictive as to our own reception in the world to come from God.

  • cute and adorable…

  • “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

    This quote is attributed to everybody from Goethe to Malcolm Forbes, but it is in any event true.

  • That kitten – is he/she named Lazarus?? 🙂

    Many of you in the US of A may not know of another “Lazarus” moment which happened on San Francisco Bay over the past week – The Americas Cup regatta.

    Emirates Team NZ had won the first 5 races, 5 – zip. The Oracle Team USA won one. ETNZ kept winning lost of the races, till they were on Match Point – 8 – 1; the winner was the first to win 9 races.
    It is reported Larry Ellison, in the last 10 days of the regatta, spent $15 mil. to improve the Team Oracle boat. The thing that chokes most kiwis is that he employed kiwi technology and kiwi boat builders(predominantly) to reconfigure the boat, and it gained 2 minutes in time around the course. ETNZ improved their times also, but not to the extent OTUSA did. It was amazing to watch these 72 foot catamarans on hydrofoils, doing in excess of 45knots at times. These boats are really at the cutting edge of design and technology.

    Oracle Team USA did a Lazarus act, and won the last 8 races so the final score was OTUSA 9 – ETNZ 8.

    A fantastic effort by our guys, but in this particular sport, its hard to beat money, as has always been the case in the Americas Cup.

    But NZ can take a lot of credit from Oracles win – The OTUSA syndicate is owned by Larry Ellison, but headed up by kiwi Russell Coutts. The majority of the crew on the boat were kiwis, the boat designers were kiwis but funded by Ellison, and a large number of Oracles shore crew and boatbuilders were kiwis.

    So we don’t feel that bad by being beaten by the USA 🙂

    Just wait till nest time !!!!

  • Our kiwis beat your kiwis Don! 🙂

    Any sporting contest that is that close and hotly contested does honor to all the participants!

  • And while I never did it, I took the kittens to the farm, a burlap bag with a brick was common practice. My daughter had a kitten that took up with a pole cat, a genuine, real skunk, Pepe Le Pew himself. They honeymooned under the car. Every morning the kitten came out and the skunk went back into the woods. Kitty did not know she wasn’t a skunk.

  • Our kiwis beat your kiwis Don!

    Very true, Don. 🙂
    To be fair, the OTUSA crew was made up of quite an international bunch. Only, I think, 2or 3 Americans, but also a few Aussies – including the skipper, Jimmy Spithill, a world renowned sailor, and a couple of pomms (brits) including Ben Ainslie(actually Sir Ben) who has won several Olympic gold medals, and has a freakish ability to pick wind shifts, and the correct wind lanes to sail in.
    But yachting is very much a professional sport nowadays, and particularly the Americas Cup, so when someone like Russell Coutts, managing the team for a guy like Larry Ellison who has an unlimited budget, offers a crew position and is prepared to pay the best for the best, who would turn it down.

  • Don and Don,

    Them “yachts” looked more like space ships. Here’s my idea for a cup race. First in from San Francisco to NZ.

    If I had an unlimited budget, I’d have built one of them 100-foot schooners that used to (dory) fish for cod on George’s Bank, early in the last century.

    Not to worry. The All Blacks would beat the heck out of any US rugger team.

  • Look at that kid’s backpack, and all the damage– their whole life is screwy… and that fire fighter was able to give them back the kitten, at least.

    The burlap sack option is a coward’s way; if you must kill, you should do it cleanly and quickly.

But That Would Mean the End of Blogging!!!: Open Thread

Tuesday, April 23, AD 2013

Shakespeare as Blogger


 Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker’s game because they almost always turn out to be — or to be indistinguishable from — self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.

Neil Stephenson

We haven’ t had an open thread in a while, so here it is.  The usual rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing.

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17 Responses to But That Would Mean the End of Blogging!!!: Open Thread

  • A good piece I came across via twitter that some of your readers may like, “Pope Leo and Saint Michael the Archangel.”

    Leo XIII truly saw, in a vision, demonic spirits who were congregating on the Eternal City (Rome). The prayer that he asked all the Church to recite was the fruit of that experience.


  • I think this post was written by some anonymous blogger posing as Don. I refuse to engage. 🙂

  • Okay that’s weird shoulda posted on another bloc sorry…

  • I’ll take the congrats anyway Deltaflute! 🙂

  • “I think this post was written by some anonymous blogger posing as Don.”

    No, no tovarich, I assure you that it is I comrade Don McClarey!

  • Don,

    As I sit in the dentist’s chair having a crown milled, just thought I’d say thanks for the blog. Been reading for years. Even through the Novocain. Wish there were a contact email here…

  • Reading the blog in a dentist chair? TAC: It Relieves Dental Pain!

  • Humility is not always a virtue.

    It’s worth viewing the video of Amanda, Margaret Thatcher’s granddaughter, reading Ephesians 6: 10-18.

    11 Put on the full armor of God
    12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    13 . . . put on the full armor of God,
    14 Stand firm . . . with the belt of truth buckled . . . with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
    15 . . . feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
    16 . . . take up the shield of faith, . . . extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.
    17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

  • “Reading the blog in a dentist chair? TAC: It Relieves Dental Pain!”

    Alternatively, the pain of reading the blog obscures the pain of the drill.

  • Just kidding. I enjoy most of the posts and comments here. Though I don’t think they’d ease the pain of the dentist’s drill.

  • Tomorrow, April 25th. is ANZAC day.

    The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Two nations forged in brotherhood amidst the anvil of war – another country’s war – but nevertheless the mother country of those who suffered and died, but who live in our memory as the heroes who bequeathed us our freedom.

    ( just as well Obama is not reading this – our forebears would be “corpsemen”)

  • “Just kidding. I enjoy most of the posts and comments here. Though I don’t think they’d ease the pain of the dentist’s drill.

    I don’t know Phillip. I have been told on more than one occasion that some of my posts would put anyone to sleep! 🙂

  • “Tomorrow, April 25th. is ANZAC day.”

    I am having a special look back at Anzac Day 1943 tomorrow Don.

  • Humility is always a virtue. It is a part of moderation, and as with all natural virtues it is to be found in the middle, between its absence (pride) and its excess (self-abjection). The virtues that fall under moderation are tricky.

    Humility lies in the recognition of that which is of value in another, in yourself, and in God. Man is created to be a lofty being, and it’s no sin to recognize that potential in oneself, or even the extent to which that potential is being realized – as long as one recognizes the Source of both that potential and of one’s progress toward it.

  • Oops – I should have added that if you don’t keep your eye on the ball, the Source, you undo your progress. That’s the tricky part. In fact, it sounds impossible, but virtues are an orientation developed through repetition and grace, and one can develop the virtue of humility so that one grows without becoming proud in that growth.

2 Responses to With a Little Help From a Friend Open Thread

  • A little sad to watch. We had to put our nine year old chocolate lab down two days before Christmas. She broke here leg and it turned out she had bone cancer. It had spread and so the best thing to do was end it. But we had a good life with her.

  • Very heartwarming clip.

    Our best wishes are extended to your family on the recent loss. Pets are another manifestation of Gods love for us. Unconditional love.

15 Responses to Cows and Governments Open Thread

  • Cheer up all,

    God gave us memory so that we could have roses in December; and peace and prosperity in 2014.

  • That is the spirit T.Shaw!

    Life under Obama. You have two cows. One is taken away because you are a one percenter. The other is taken away to pay for Obamacare. You are given a job with a green energy company that produces energy from cow droppings. It goes bankupt after receiving 750 million in subsidies. You spend the next four years initially getting unemployment and living in your Mom’s basement playing cow themed video games. Your Mom secretly wishes she could trade you for two cows.

  • Alas, I am bereft of clever thought this sunny (but frosty) midwest morning. Clearly, practicing law has taken its toll. Coffee first is needed, then I may return to offer wit (but not wisdumb).

  • All I could think of when I saw the picture of milk and the title about bovines is how much suckling at the teat of the public treasury is going on. At the risk of being offensive, I am not certain we will get all that much milk from bulls since cows are being avoided in our environment of sexual political correctness. Now that my mind has descended beneath the level of curb side, Confession is in order.

  • US “Capitalism”

    You have 2,000 cows. You hire lobbyists to prevent anyone from ever owning just two cows (or a cow and a bull) because complying with regulations would be too expensive to comply with health, safety, &c, &c, &c regulations. To top it off ask for price subsidies.
    Then bemoan the death of the family farm.

  • Modern liberal feminist university:

    You have two cows. You bemoan the oppression of the cows at the hands of the bulls. Calves also oppress the cows by drinking the milk. No cow should have a calf because that is oppressive. The cows should be put on birth control at the taxpayer’s expense. Planned Calfinghood will take care of any calves that dare to be conceived. The two cows should be allowed to marry, because any relationship with a bull constitutes rape. The more butch of the two cows sues to be allowed to fight in a bull ring in Spain. It dies. The surviving cow becomes a professor of wymyn’s studies. It is indistinguishable in appearance from the human professors of wymyn’s studies.

  • Eye of the Tiber. Definitely worth checking out.

  • Pinky, Eye of the Tiber is hilarious! I hadn’t come across that blog before.

  • So why then do we want the government to take away our fellow citizen’s money?

    If we raise taxes on the rich, we end up paying. They just raise the prices of the goods they sell (and we pay), or they ratchet it down and buy less, or they they shut down or move away. We lose.

    A rising tide really does lift all boats. Class warfare creates the sort of socialist utopias that are unraveling as we speak, in Europe.

    When will we wise up. Never, That’s when.


  • On 6 November 2012, 50.1% voted to continue to plunder the rich, the US Treasury, and posterity. And, they voted for “revenge.”

    This is hugely unsistainable and will collapse. Likely, the end will not be gentle or peaceful.

    Thank you, 50.1%!!

  • Feudalism:
    Some milk taken by the Lord.
    Pure Socialism:
    Your cows put with others, you take care of all, gov. gives you milk you need.
    Bureaucratic Socialism:
    Your cows with others cared for by chicken farmers, you care for chickens, gov. gives milk and eggs specified in regulations.
    Gov. takes cows, pays you to care for them, sells you the milk.
    Pure Communism:
    Neighbors help you care for your cows, and you share milk.
    Russian Communism:
    You care for them, gov. gets the milk.
    Cambodian Communism:
    Gov. takes cows and shoots you.
    Gov. takes cows and drafts you.
    Pure Democracy:
    You have cows, neighbors decide who gets milk.
    Representative Democracy:
    You have cows, neighbors choose someone to tell you who gets milk.
    Libertarian Anarcho-Capitalism:
    You have two cows, sell one, and buy a bull.
    Gov. what to feed them, when to milk, pays you not to milk, then take the cows, shoot one, milks the other, throws out milk, you fill out forms re: missing cow,
    Pure Anarchy:
    You have cows, milk them, and either sell at fair price or neighbors take them and kill you.
    You have giraffes and take gov. required harmonica lessons.

    When there are no more cows left, will there be giraffes and who will care?
    Seems the best interest of the cows and family lies in the first choice.
    No wonder that Jesus added the Great Commandment to His Father’s Ten. If we can get to the point of having no other gods before God, then we can love our neighbor as ourselves. And the cows will be OK.

  • Well … found this at Instapundit.
    It deals with governmental things and mentions milk in the last sentence.

    ” , November 17, 2012
    In 37 Chicago Precincts, Romney Received No Votes

    NBC Chicago reports:
    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that in 59 Philadelphia precincts, Mitt Romney did not receive a single vote. So Ward Room decided to look at the results in the president’s hometown, and see if he won as many shutouts here. The answer: no. Romney was rejected by every voter in only 37 Chicago precincts, an embarrassing result, given that segregation and Machine politics are two of our city’s most notable qualities.
    Any doubt there was some vote fraud? Check out this comment on NBC Chicago’s website:
    In critical swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois there are a lot of precincts in Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Chicago which reported 100% of their votes cast for Obama. These add up to many 10’s of thousands of votes for Obama and 0 for Romney. I repeat, 0 for Romney. I have read a number of articles about this and people knowlegable in Political Science and Statistics are starting to take notice of this.Statistically, even if among 10’s of thousands of voters all wanted to vote for Obama, it would not be possible to receive 100% of the vote because at least a few would make a mistake and vote incorrectly for Romney. Not to mention the fact that a least a few of those 10’s of thousands might actually disagree with Obama. These types of election returns are only seen in countries run by dictators.
    Just a reminder to those who want to get rid of the electoral college: corrupt Chicago voting practices could and would determine an election. Vote fraud occurs in Chicago because the U.S. Attorney doesn’t want to conduct a simple investigation of those 37 precincts. Is there similar hand writing on any of those ballots ? Did any dead people vote ? Since Chicago lost 6.9% of its population in the 2010 Census : were any of those 37 precincts in the declining population wards? Maybe, if Chicago had a legitimate U.S. Attorney some of these questions would be answered. No word on this story from “alleged” former crime fighter and Obama “protector” Patrick Fitzgerald. Is Barack Obama and the U.S. Attorney’s Office afraid of this milk story???
    Posted by Steve Bartin “

  • So PM are you saying that instead of talking about cows, we should have been discussing whether to count chickens before the eggs are even laid?

    Chicago Precinct Hen House:

    You have two American Leghorn chickens whom you expect to lay one egg each. You don’t want a leghorn victory, so you stuff a cork in each chicken’s cloaca, go to the store, and buy five dozen Rhode Island Red chicken eggs and distribute them between the two nests to ensure the desired outcome. If anyone questions this, you call them a racist for questioning a clear mandate for Rhode Island Reds. The local chicken breeder’s newsletter is silent on this event.

  • A.S.,
    The cows were fine and all, it’s just that I thought the many chickens involved in the farm were worth a place in the open thread. Maybe ID’s for eggs would pre-empt use of unreliable electronic methods.

    By the way of natural chickens, there’s a great population of RI R’s near here – they were free ranging during a Country Fair this past October, where they were the biggest hit for children when their tenders set up hourly chicken races by using feed for incentive. Plain fun and laughter.

11 Responses to Squirrel on a Rampage Open Thread

ABBA Open Thread

Wednesday, June 6, AD 2012

Well, Governor Walker won last night in Wisconsin, we have had more than two million visits to our website, and I am on vacation next week, so I am in a good mood!  Time for my ABBA guilty pleasure, and, besides, we haven’t had an open thread in a while.   The usual open thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable, and, above all, be entertaining!

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25 Responses to ABBA Open Thread

  • Great news! A victory for life. Maybe things are beginning to turn now so that Catholic values can regain some sway in the public square over against the extreme secularism of the Obama government. Americans, in their hearts, cannot really want the socialist/secular world Obama promotes. It so goes against the “hope” he campaigned on the first time around. How deceived we were! What were people hoping for from him? What a bait and switch he pulled. I hope, too, that this victory will put the LCWR on guard. They are in a power struggle, using contemporary politics, to try and run the Catholic Church according to their feminist, New Age platform. Not gonna happen! The young will not be deceived by this. May we all, old like me and the middle aged and the young, see clearly what is good, what is true, and what is beautiful. Those things are of God and the rest is dross.

  • ABBA! Your poor wife. 😉

  • (Guest comment by Don’s wife Cathy:) Fortunately for Don, I like ABBA, too!

  • Now if I could only convert her to the culinary magnificence of mustard sandwiches and barbecue potato chips! 🙂

  • “Fortunately for Don, I like ABBA, too!”

    As the lady likes ABBA I will not debate the merits of the group further. Merits which are mysteriously hidden to me. 😉

  • We ate mustard sandwiches and coffee when we were kids. My poor mother.

  • What about a bit of Neil Diamond then? …..or Bread?……or ELO?…..or Queen?
    All from the same era. (I won’t mention John Denver 😉

  • I Do, IDo, I Do, I Do, I Do……their best.

    My compliments to Catherine and Don. Your taste is wonderful.

  • That would be a bit hard core even for me Mary!

  • Thank you Karl. We ABBA lovers have to stand together against the Philistines! 🙂

  • JD cannot be mentioned here John, lest the angels of good musical taste appear with fire and sword! 🙂

  • As I’ve got a few minutes to kill before I head off to Cambridge (NZ – not England 🙂 ) for my diaconate lectures, I thought I should instruct you, Don, on some real dinkum 70’s music. 😉 Try this.


    Last week, as my personal time clock ticked past 70years, and I commenced my 8th decade, I still love this music.

  • ABBA is great fun — I bought their “ABBA Gold” CD a few years ago and listen to it frequently. And I applaud Don the Kiwi’s choice of Creedence Clearwater, also one of my favorites from that era.

    Then, of course, there is the other genre of classical music of which my favorite is the Emperor Concerto by Beethoven –a bit longer, deeper, and wider than the pop stuff, but truly magnificent to savor when there is the time.

  • I would have to say if I were a fan of ABBA, I don’t think I would say it publicly. However, the 70s did produce some great folk and fl/lrock music like Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg, Gordon Lightfoot, Loogins and Messina, Bread, Cat Stevens (his unfortunate becoming Yusuf Islam notwithstanding he still has it musically though) and yes Henry John Duescthendorf Jr (better known as John Denver). If the “angels of good musical taste” haven’t come to exact their just pound of flesh from the ABBA lovers, those of us who appciate JD are more than safe. But then again maybe they have:

  • Don: We, the kids, made the mustard sandwiches for ourselves, rye bread, butter and onion sandwiches, sugar sandwiches (on rye bread), anything to make us keep going until the bats came out to eat the mosquitos. I had almost forgotten. Thank you. John Denver is my favorite, but you and your wife, Catherine are in my children’s era.

  • Oh Fernando!!

  • For JD’s sake Greg, I hope being a bad singer involves only temporal punishment to those of us forced to listen to said singer. I recall working in a factory one long summer in the seventies when every other song on the speaker system seemed to be by JD. The factory lacked air conditioning and it was a very hot summer. If I end up in Hell, God forbid, I hope that summer was not a foretaste of what to expect! 🙂

  • Actually, JD was one of the best singers of that era.

  • Only if “best” encompasses annoying, derivative, schmaltzy and banal. However arguments regarding preferences are the most futile type of argument.

  • For an ABBA fan to call John Denver a bad singer is the pot calling the kettle black with an Al Sharpton model bullhorn. That being said, arguments based on preferences are indeed futile.

  • Bravo Greg.
    I had this………discussion??….with Don a couple of years ago. Love JD or hate him, he had a very distinctive tenor voice which put him, musically, well ahead of many of his contempories. Having said that, his lifestyle choices, although trendy, were not what I would have done….nor, I’m sure, our mutual brother (nemesis on this matter 😉 ) Don would have done – perhaps he was a little younger than, certainly me, in that era. 🙂

    Its pleasing to get some support – after all, arguing from the south Pacific against a Flatlander is difficult. (I did not say Flatuslander 🙂 )

  • Well, Don the Kiwi:

    The lifestyles of many artists of that era were less than desirable by a long shot. His song Annie’s Song is one of the most substantively beautiful love songs ever. “Come let me love you. Let me give my life to you.” has a very Catholic ring to it. However, his marriage to Annie Martell, the subject of the song didn’t survive. John was also a very
    good songwriter (he actually wrote Leaving on a Jet Plane which Peter, Paul, and Mary made a big hit) with a brilliant sense of melody. The main guitar riff in Rocky Mountain High is one of the most distinctive in all of folk/rock. And he vocal melody he sings against that riff is a stroke of genius. not to mention tricky to do. something I know from experience.

    Since Don M. is a fan of Gordon Lightfoot, there is at least some hope for him afterall.:-D

  • Today at noon.
    Copied the rally guidelines for this open thread post just in case.
    I think the time choice has to do with Good Friday in the Christian world, but many of us have weekday obligations and other distance limits. Looking at the list of locations around the country, it’s a stretch to make a “lunch” time visit. Many areas have nothing planned, sadly Lukewarm. Maybe, it would be good to remember the rallies at noon to Our Lord.

    Rally Guidelines and Protocols

    The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom welcomes all participants, of whatever religious persuasion — and even those of no religious faith — who are united by support for and desire to protect the United States Constitution’s First Amendment right of religious liberty currently under attack by the HHS Mandate.

    It is not the purpose of these Rallies to promote or advocate for any political party or political movement. Thus Rally participants are asked to not bring political party or candidate signage to the rallies or distribute such literature.

    All those who attend are expected to comport themselves peacefully at all times while asserting their Constitutional right to freedom of assembly.

    Families, even those with small children, should feel at home and comfortable attending this Rally.

    If opposition protests are conducted, Rally participants will not engage counter demonstrators or hecklers with loud verbal argumentation, name-calling or derogatory remarks, nor will such opponents be physically engaged in any way.

    Any interference with Rally participants’ rights to freedom of speech and assembly will be referred to police authorities by local Rally leaders.

    If Rally participants are approached by media for comment, they should refer reporters and journalists to local rally coordinators for an interview