Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Hope & Fraternal Charity … pride and ranting and prancing …

Sacrament of Tears”, Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Mortualia”, 2012.

150625-N-SN160-356 EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Jun, 25, 2015) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, join their signature Delta formation with the Canadian Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds, for a photo shoot over Evansville, Ind. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform at 68 demonstrations at 35 locations across the U.S. in 2015. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Lindsey/Released)

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Jun, 25, 2015) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, join their signature Delta formation with the Canadian Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds, for a photo shoot over Evansville, Ind.  (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Lindsey/Released)

This is not a “Feel Good” post. This is more of a cranky, uncharitable, old man post, and its about 5000 words, so way too long for easy reading, but at least it’s a personal purge so I can relax and sleep. If you are looking for a snappy 1000 word  “Feel Good” post you will have to look somewhere else.

So the Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron are cleared for action again after a months long grounding due to an unexpected crash of one of their antique aircraft. Above is an inspiring image from 5 years ago when no one had an inkling that we would all willingly, at the command of our Progressive Overlords, and accompanied by the chattering chorus of their gibbering minions in the media, walk in lockstep into the metaphorical ovens of their COVID terrorism, and BLM, and ANTIFA, which inform our every action these days.

Love Trumps Hate …

All these new terrors are just so much more terrifying than all our old fears of “Global Warming“, “Climate Change“, islands of plastic garbage in the Pacific Ocean and all purpose Gaia worship. Now instead of sacrificing our economy to Gaia we willing sacrifice our entire way of life and our freedoms to the deadly “Casedemic“.

I am curious who can tell me just when was the last time anyone anywhere actually saw or heard reported any statistics dealing with “DEATH“, and “Actual Hospitalization” because of “Real Symptoms“. Anybody? Anybody?

Come ON class … probably 4 or 5 months at least since ALL the media and ALL the authorities and ALL the universities, and ALL the Social Media pundits just gave up on “DEATH” as the scare tactic of choice.  NOW the NEW WORLD ORDER refers only to “CASES”, and “OUTBREAKS”, and “HOTSPOTS”!

And all of these stats are based on a “test” for a “possible Virus” that is of questionable value at best, even when testing for bacteria – a much larger and easier identified target, and this notorious unreliability of the “TEST” has all been common knowledge in the medical and clinical research community for over 15 years now.

As usual, size matters, Bacteria are waaay larger than Viruses which have yet to be proven to actually exist since all research extent fails Cox’s tests. We haven’t even proven the existence of the critters we are blaming all this Casedemic on but we have no problem scaring the shit out of millions of ignorant people.

And the PCR test technique is designed to detect bits of genetic material from bacteria which are millions times larger than the as yet unproven and undetected “Viral cause” of COVID. The “COVID Virus” test is TOTALLY dependent on amplification and detection of amplicons.

Fossil Fools

And we haven’t even established any connection between the yet-to-be-found “Virus” and the “disease”.  But why would the general left-wing “feelings” crowd be interested in anything like facts and truth. It’s way smarter and easier and just more enjoyable to read Karen on Facebook and the rest of terrified control fanatics and then feel all warm and superior ranting about COVIDIOTS who won’t “Mask Up”.

So here is a primer from 18 years ago before the government realized that they could use this “test” to grow Fear uncertainty and Doubt in an easily panicked and lead population of low information voters. “Dammit All”! We have to defeat Trump somehow before Bernie and Bidden die on us, and since we can’t do it with brains we will stampede the herd into voting against the evil overlord Maximus Trumpicus.

He caused all this to just to make money, right, feely people? Better read this article soon before it joins the legion of deleted documentation shining a light on the “Fraud” being pushed on us all. Because that’s what is really going on here … intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain, or to deprive a victim of a legal right.

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From the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health we have extracted:  “… The application of PCR to clinical specimens has many potential pitfalls due to the susceptibility of PCR to inhibitors, contamination and experimental conditions. For instance, it is known that the sensitivity and specificity of a PCR assay is dependent on target genes, primer sequences, PCR techniques, DNA extraction procedures, and PCR product detection methods.

Even though there are many publications concerning basic protocols of a PCR assay, including DNA extraction and preparation as well as the amplification and detection of amplicons, PCR detection of bacteria in clinical specimens such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has not yet been reviewed.”

“… In particular, a diagnosis based on detection of a few bacteria in clinical specimens by using PCR must be carefully evaluated technically as well as microbiologically.  …  

Since PCR is based on DNA amplification, false-positive or -negative outcomes may easily occur. …

Since clinical specimens have PCR inhibitors, such as hemin, which binds to Taq polymerase and inhibits its activity (), DNA purification is important to avoid such effects. In fact, inhibitors are detected frequently in CSF specimens (), and boiling of CSF is not sufficient for removal of inhibitors which affect the detection of microbes by PCR (). ….

The classical DNA extraction protocol is based on purification with organic solvents like phenol-chloroform, followed by precipitation with ethanol. The precipitates obtained from CSF containing only a few bacteria may contain too little material and may not be visible. Therefore, handling of these precipitates may require guesswork, particularly during the washing of the precipitates. Thus, it seems likely that the resulting yield of bacterial DNA from CSF with only a few bacteria may not be consistent. …

… Some commercially available extraction and purification kits based on a solid-phase purification protocol are listed in Table Table1.1. These kits eliminate not only guesswork but also labor-intensive phenol-chloroform extraction steps. However, there is only limited information regarding bacterial DNA isolation from clinical specimens, particularly CSF, with these commercial kits.

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In fact, the developers of the test themselves in testifying before the Congress clearly stated that the “test” being used to identify “cases” could not actually be used for these purposes because of false positive rates as high as 80%.   So who benefits from all this terror and control, and all these “CASES“?  Well, just listen to the news people, it’s all being done to protect us from a deadly “case count”.  And who pays the WHO and all the other authorities?  They sure aren’t doing this out of the goodness of their heart, are they?

It is a virtual certainty, based on 60 years of empirical experience, that whenever every source of information and authority agree on something, anything, we can bet anything on that “something” or “anything” being dead wrong. And all this is only possible when there is no moral compass in the culture, when there is no way possible for John and Jane Doe to tell the difference between right and wrong between moral behaviour and immoral behaviour, when it all relative and it just depends on … well … something, you know what I mean?

David Warren

We have lost all sense of “sin” and everything is now reduced to “feelings” and it is all “the other’s” fault.  “Evil” has become “anyone who disagrees with me“, and I have to make sure I am part of the “in” crowd and we all know that I am now the pinnacle, the crowning glory of the universe, right?

David Warren has an interesting take on this phenomenon here.

The image above, of spectacular flight, is a tribute to virtues and abilities now lost to our civilization … courage, will power, determination, grit, hard work, self discipline, and sheer brain power … these virtues may yet return, … but not as long as the shrieking howler monkey tribes occupy the battleground.

These virtues, are all sadly lacking in most of our pink and brown and black and yellow monkey tribes these days, and we find ourselves wrapped in the mad-coat straight jacket of a utterly corrupt and immoral Progressive Socialist government bureaucracy which we can never change.

found on “Being Liberal” … Can’t you just feel the love … Golem loves you precious …

We have in fact, the Bipolar Progressives … the “Two Faces of Golem”, as it were: … on the one hand we have Smeagol, endearing and pathetic, just let us look at how stupid all we COVID deniers are. We just have to be “Handled” with care in order to be brought to the light.

But don’t lose sight of the other half, on the other hand, there is always “Golem” and he is one downright scary “Dude”, and he’s standing right behind you!  

With 1.7 million “Likes” … Be Afraid … Be Very Afraid .. I’d guess that pretty much defines conservatives, right? We are all just afraid and we don’t understand and it is better to just kill us while we are still babies, right? That’s where narrative goes.

So, imagine a universe where authority can be wrong. Sometimes, a person in authority can be mistaken. A person who believes a lie, and who repeats the lie, does not do so out of malicious intent! And yet, he is repeating a lie!

Sometimes people and authorities believe things that are later proven to be untrue and they act on those things with a clear conscience because it’s “for our own good”. If you forced these folks to take a lie detector test they would pass because they actually do not know it is a lie.

There are books, books written as recently as a few years years ago, books you can still find in the library, which include untruths. Did those writers lie to you? No, they’d told the truth, as they’d known it. But future generations discovered that their concept of the truth had been very limited, and knowledge is still advancing. And that is just the mild form of misinformation.

Dr. Jerry Pournelle, 2005

Authority is also often more interested in maintaining itself than determining the truth. A person(s) who clings to his/her authority – which may or may not be based on a known lie – is unlikely to want to do anything to weaken it. This reminds me of Pournelle’s iron law of bureaucracy: ...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.

I am also reminded of Santayana’s  “those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.” in the sense that the vaults of history are crammed full of “authorities” who viciously resisted any form of change when their beliefs were questioned, and in the end they turned out to be wrong, even dead wrong, but that didn’t stop them from making millions of people miserable, or even dead in support of their lies, in support of their power and greed.

I think we are up against the same sort of situation now when dealing with our health care system, our government, our social programs, the “religion” of climate change, “pandemic, virusphobia and so on and so forth. Government bureaucracies IN AND OF THEMSELVES are fatally cancerous. They just grow back, like cancer, no matter how much we cut out.

Carbon Free Canada … where’s your mask, Boy?

King Ralph made major surgery back in his day and completely eliminated government debt but now we are right back where he started, bigger and more bloated than ever before, and more in debt.

Progressive government is a cancer … It is in the NATURE of public bureaucracies. Government bureaucracies are always and everywhere inevitably fatal. They always kill the host because no economy in history has had a bottomless well of resources for them to take.

Yes, courage, will power, determination, grit, hard work, self discipline, responsibility and accountability, and, yes, sheer brain power, are essential factors in every successful civilization, and as Robert Heinlein once remarked:

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded—here and there, now and then—are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. “This is known as ‘bad luck’. ” – Robert A. Heinlein

He says it so much more elegantly than I, in my grey tribe arrogance, “Viva Grey Tribe!”

You don’t even get a hand launched glider into the air on “feelings” and “emotion” and “fairness”, but it’s plenty good enough for launching Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, Hatred and Corruption, Rapine and Murder.

I mean who the Hell cares about a few more innocent victims when we murder almost a million children a year in North America and pretend it’s all about “Rights” and “Health Care”.

And all of this evil rushing forward amidst a crashing continuous media drumbeat of “feelings” and “emotion” and “fairness”, where literally everything from COVID to rioters killing and burning and looting is the fault of the Police and Trump. Yes! Boy Justin walks on water but Trump is evil, and anyone who doesn’t wear a facemask is a “Covidiot”, and anyone who believes in God is a primitive superstitious peasant.

Yes, “feelings” and “emotion” and “fairness” work very well to launch our current reign of terror, of BLM and ANTIFA and our daily soup of terror and violence and (Evil Overlord Laugh) BWAHA HA HA HAAA our DEADLY Case-demic. It’s really all about “Cases” not deaths, and its enforced by “Social Shaming” … but what about the people who don’t use Facebook???? Oh My …

Who needs a real “killer disease” when we can make up something that “the proles”, the “low information voters”,  will believe totally and wear their little “Slave Masks” and shame the thinking public into going along with everything because of “Social Pressure”, ALL POWER TO THE INVINCIBLE SOCIAL MEDIA MACHINE.

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Thugs rampage in the streets of Portland, Chicago, Seattle, smashing and setting fires and looting, for joy and profit, and they are called, on television, “protestors.”” and  … “We find a media that have inverted and given a false account of virtually every issue that arises in our politics and law, from the phony “Russian conspiracy” to abortion, transgenderism, and of course – gasp – “climate change.

The passion over the climate comes from people who have long rejected the notion of moral truth, and taken “the environment” as their religion and as their substitute source for moral righteousness.  This is in part a new paganism with a worship of the earth.  If it shows a lingering concern for human lives, they are the lives threatened by rising waters in the future.

Let’s just kill all those stupid COVIDIOTS while they are still babies … it’s just so much simpler.

But then the question naturally arises:  Why such a concern for humans not yet living, when set against the 800,000 living beings destroyed every year in this country (U.S.A.) in abortions?  And yet, the party that now declares itself the party of “light” and hope, against the darkness of the current president and his administration, finds no darkness in its willingness to defend and promote these killings as a deep “right,” which can brook not the slightest restraint.

As Orwell would have it, “war is peace” and “peace is war.”  Everything is inverted.”

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But this is the face of true evil.  The day that the world of ISIS and BLM and ANTIFA (is ISIS still a thing with the media?) and the rest of the shrieking screaming, drooling, Pink Tribe Progressives can put together something even remotely like the Air Demonstration Squadrons we see in my opening picture, or even develop the technology to record a picture like this, then, and only then, will they have joined productive human civilization, ready for the stars. In the meantime it’s all destroy and kill and burn and terrorize, cut them up for parts, and O, don’t forget “feelings”.

Children of Dark or Children of Light? We choose …

Is it not even more terrifying than “Death by Red Bat Flu” to realize that these very screaming howler monkey tribes who believe that 800,000 child murders are a “right” and a “Health Care” issue, are the ones now responsible for implementation and enforcement of our new religion of Masks. They handle all the research, all the results, all the pronouncements, all the information, all the “Proof”, and all the social engineering directed at shaming the actual thinking public into complying with the latest sponsored idiocy.

It is desperately sad to observe that the the old saw often thrown my way over the years in discussions, about being too “black and white” was never truer than now. There are really only two categories of humans … black or white,  darkness or light,  children of GOD or children of Satan.  And the children of GOD are ordered by Christ, our True Master, to love those children of Satan, to love our enemies. And make no  mistake, that is what they are, the earthly manifestation of the Enemy in all his insidious evil.

I hope we can get off the planet before it is destroyed under us by those legions of losers.  Or … alternatively, I hope that at least we, the Remnant, manage to set up independent republics here and there where numbers warrant, our own little Benedict Option with easily defended borders where everyone is welcome.

BUT of course, the iron clad criterion for citizenship is:

#1: Prima Fascia evidence of real life Service and Sacrifice (eg. multi-tour military service with honourable discharge or equivalent non military service – equivalency to be determined by a panel of expert “citizens” and no one else)

#2: The criterion for eligibility for candidacy for political service is “citizenship” and candidate acceptability determined on a scale relating brain power and willingness to work and accept basic subsidiarity and accountability in a hierarchy (no free rides ’cause you’re smart and/or good looking and/or related to someone and/or are a political hack, and so on and so forth). Wanting the position is an automatic fail. Only one position, one term,  per person, per lifetime. No exceptions.

#3: No person regardless of sex, creed, parentage, wealth, or belief system gets an exemption for any reason from #1 and #2. No person covered in #3 gets any say whatsoever in how the republic is run or what kind of programs are offered. Folks covered by #3 get normal respect for human life as normal human beings  and as they have been recognized for, Oh … several thousand years … Natural Law is the foundation of civil law in this republic.

Albertastan Border Security detail…

Any pink tribe emoticons who find they don’t like this setup, or objects to any of the above or decides he or she or it wants his or her or it’s “rights” and “privileges” as our current society recognized same gets an escorted free ride to the nearest border crossing, 1 litre of water, a hamburger, a map showing how to get to the nearest “other” pink tribe place and an solid understanding that if they are still in sight in an hour they will be shot and left for the coyotes so at least some critter will benefit from their carbon footprint.  Well, maybe not shot, just … well, maybe paint balled until they are out of sight.

Now, In thinking about this visceral, rather childish, unloving, uncharitable jingoism which I have just indulged in, I am remembering a Catholic priest friend whom I respect greatly who taught me much. He reminded me that Dorothy Day said something like “How we feel about the least likeable people we know is how we feel about God”. Catholics believe that Jesus died for ALL men, even those we most dislike and despise. If one fails at this test one is failing to follow Christ’s orders… just gotta get up again and keep trying.

Just feel the love …

He (Jesus) was absolutely serious about “Love each other as I have loved you” That is undeniable, but Oh – So – Hard to put into practice in every day life. And the undeniable fact that everything the 90%’ers take for granted was developed by the 10%’ers for their own purposes doesn’t make “loving each other as I have loved you” any easier. I have a huge stumbling block “Loving” those murderin’ savages “as Jesus loves me”.

The actuality and the potential of the mostly reviled and unsung “Grey Tribe” in our society goes unremarked day to day even as they maintain and develop all that makes our modern riches possible and usable. We depend upon them all, utterly, and daily.

And just as an example in passing, who among us, how many among us, knows (or even cares) about a project such as “New Horizons”. Here is more info about this wonderful event and New Horizons.

The Stick Prepares to Jump … I miss ya Dad

Now, I know I am a grey tribe geek. And at times I am an arrogant prick. That’s my curse, my thorn, as Paul put it. I daily live in a reality neither perceived nor appreciated by the majority of those I know, mostly love, and interact with on a daily basis. I have lived more or less comfortably with this hierarchy of ability and perception for all my thinking life, that is, from about 10 or 12 years old on. This often brought me into “differences of opinions with others. My sister sometimes calls me an A..hole … I reply “A man should stick to what he is good at”.

By the time I was about 16 I had learned, with the help of strong “encouragement” from a strict and powerful father, who WAS still in the family and definitely WAS the head of the family, that I had to learn to “play nice” with others, and that regular folks really don’t like having the error of their ways, their own “issues and perceptions” pointed out to them, as when I would tell my father that he was wrong “because …”.

Good Days …

One of his parting bits of advice to me when I left home to join the military at a tender age was “Always remember son, you will have good days and bad days, but,  if you have more than one Ass-hole in your life, it is probably you!

Behave yourself and pay close attention to Sergeants”.  While I often ignored much of my dad’s advice at times, that one stuck with me and has saved my life many times. Another useful bit of advice was “never give up, never give up, never give up”. I miss ya Dad.

Bad Days …

I have had a mostly happy life with my “lower deck mates” regardless of their abilities and shortcomings and over the years have gradually become aware of how I, and we, must appear to our Commander in Chief and his Son. He made us as we are with all our various talents and abilities as well as our lack thereof and our failings.

Looking at all things visible and apparent to me, and the observed state of society these days is seems that being able to think is probably not the only talent that matters, although I believe it is an essential ingredient of any successful society.

I suggest that “thinking” without “self sacrifice and love” is even worse than not thinking at all. Not thinking at all is probably the most common human state these days and has most likely been the common state of most of mankind for all of history. We can see real time evidence of what that gets us in ISIS land and BLM land, and ANTIFA land, these days in full brutal living colour.

Imagine a world where literally every media experience you have is the result of someone putting their magical slant on how they would like things to be.  You don’t really have to imagine it, because that is what our daily lives are made up of here in the west. Pink reality is an accidental side-effect of the grey search for knowledge.

Let’s think for a moment about this web page here. Not just the information and images on the web site, but the fact that the website exists at all and is easily accessible by millions of viewers at the click of a button. WOW!  nh-pluto_charon_color_finalThis image was not dreamed up by some Hollywood graphic artist at the request of his producer or director and realized on his computer. Literally every single aspect about this page, both the contents and it’s accessibility are the direct result of some grey tribe experiment, mostly for purposes having nothing to do with this web page.

All that pink tribe stuff from Hollywood, which we call entertainment, is possible because a large amount of grey tribe stuff was developed to send an observation tool to this location in space and send back information about what is there on the way past to some still further location in space to send still more information back about what is really there and so on and so on … now taking some five hours transmission time. For scale realize that our sun is about 8 minutes transmission time away. 

I spent almost 8 years as a ship’s radioman in the 70’s and I know a bit about radio. Radio waves and light waves travel at the same speed. We used to consider it a long connection working Halifax from Gibraltar on CW (Morse Code for you noobs). These images above and at the site weren’t faked up in some studio but rather were built up from a bit-stream of data travelling at 186,287 miles per second.  The tech developed to do this work accidentally gave us Pandora and all the other Feelings fantasy that so many mistake for reality.

TRIVIA QUESTION:  How fast does light travel from the Sun to each of the planets?

Light travels at a speed of 299,792 kilometres per second; 186,287 miles per second. It takes 499.0 seconds for light to travel from the Sun to the Earth, a distance called 1 Astronomical Unit. below I list the light travel times from the Sun to each planet:

Planet    Distance in AU            Travel time
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Mercury   0.387        193.0 seconds   or    3.2 minutes
Venus     0.723        360.0 seconds   or    6.0 minutes
Earth     1.000        499.0 seconds   or    8.3 minutes
Mars      1.523        759.9 seconds   or   12.6 minutes
Jupiter   5.203       2595.0 seconds   or   43.2 minutes
Saturn    9.538       4759.0 seconds   or   79.3 minutes
Uranus   19.819       9575.0 seconds   or  159.6 minutes
Neptune  30.058      14998.0 seconds   or    4.1 hours
Pluto    39.44       19680.0 seconds   or    5.5 hours
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And all these tools and everything that supports them has to be invented first and developed into a prototype and then turned into a production model and so on just so the grey tribe can conduct their experiment. And the rest is just fallout.

The pink tribe entertainers see an opportunity in these tools developed by grey tribe folks for their experiment. They see an opportunity to produce a product which other pink tribe types will enjoy watching and using and will pay good tax-payers money for the privilege because the experience reinforces their magical thinking.

Because any time one is using something that one does not understand for whatever reason for any purpose that person is indulging in the use of “magic”.  And just like for Harry Potter, there is a cost for everything, but especially for the use of magic. Always remember that we are standing on many shoulders without which we are simply groveling in the mud and the blood and the beer.

The grey tribe does what they do, “to boldly go where no-one has gone before” to borrow a pink tribe fantasy phrase, for the sheer joy of learning and exploring the unknown, to confirm their predictions and expectations or to show where they are off the mark. Supporting and developing all of civilization is just something they do incidentally, on the side as it were, so they can continue to do what really interests them.

The grey tribe types understand that they are searching for the pig, not the lipstick on the pig.  They understand that the pig has some semblance of reality, measurable and provable, and they can build upon what they learn in order better describe the pig, to reach ever more rarefied heights of knowledge and produce still more stuff which trickles down to the pink tribe masses who believe that the lipstick IS reality.

And yet … we once had …

Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Lark Ascending, 1921

before the “arts” were subordinated to a darker power …   and David Warren puts an interesting spin on the Horizon event here.

So it gives me pause to realize that I am seriously expected to love these pink tribe folks as Jesus loved me. He created the pig and the lipstick and everything else from just … well … nothing.  And He had to create “nothing” first because He was everything. That kind of love is truly something awesome … truly beyond human comprehension.  Kinda puts all our pride and ranting and prancing around in perspective.  Dust to dust and all that.

Cheers

Joe

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http://www.wired.com/2015/07/new-horizons-latest-image-reveals-features-charon/

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Disclaimer for the nit pickers: “We take pride in being incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, and unfair. We do all of them deliberately”.

 

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Life in a small town

I Find Myself Very Busy …

Oh Earth Oh Earth Return”, Bill Douglas, (1996)

David Warren

Well, as happens every year (this year earlier than previous … thankfully) the anxiety of finishing Year-End accounting has flooded me with a sense of urgency which wipes out all other interests. I will simply ride on some coat-tails of others who have nothing to do but blog and so I point to some posts which I found interesting and so may you … or not … your mileage may vary of course.

The first item of interest is the latest post from David Warren on “Getting dirty” here.

The next little item is a Homily by Fr. James Altman, at St. James the Less, La Crosse, WI.  Found on YouTube, and if you are deeply invested in the secular world view and not particularly religious, perhaps even one of the “Nones” then it might not be of interest, again, your mileage may vary. If you ARE of a religious bent, with a firm belief in God, of any believing denomination then it is a call which cannot be ignored.

Then there is another short but interesting post by David Warren titled “Fight them on the beaches, &c”

Mark Mallett with Pope Benedict XVI

And finally, last but not least, I have another recent post by Mark Mallett called “Our 1942”, which is well worth the time and emotional expenditure because it is rather grim. Again, if one is firmly committed to the secular world view, then there is nothing here but “stupid conspiracy theories” from Red Necks in fly-over country”.

But if you are starting to have doubts about the honesty and credibility of all our secular authorities then it is well worth the time to work through his post. It is well researched and well footnoted.

Anyway, that’s enough for now, gotta get back to accounting and “all the duties of my state in life”.

Cheers

Joe

A little rougher than usual …

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The Return of the King … Sheepdogs and Donkeys … part 3 …

Twilight And Shadow”, Howard Shore, from “Lord Of The Rings

Remember … back before “Social Distancing”?

It should be very obvious to everyone who has even one eye and ear open, and with our most important continuous droning media event being the ongoing FUD drama of our “made-in-government” Red Bat Flu pandemic, that ‘Evil” exists. There are lots of places where good is absent.

There are places where government control includes killing regular folks on a regular basis out in the open, but in most places, in the West, that all happens in the shadows. Our government kills about a million of us a year but it is all covered up in euphemisms and double speak and buried in our health care stats.

You better believe it, and we don’t even have to look overseas to find them.  There are lots of evil men in this world and they are capable of horribly evil deeds. If you forget that or pretend, as so many do, it is not true, that evil doesn’t exist, you self select for the sheep team.

As David Warren writes:

“The daily count of deaths from the Red Chinese Batflu is among the prized, scare-mongering features of our mass media. I am among those who consider these numbers to be significantly overstated, for a reason that Nikolai Gogol would understand.

Each corpse is worth cash to some public authority, usually from a higher authority; and as always, finally from the taxpayers. Each also saves money for government programmes, that can be reallocated to the purchase of new votes. As the corpse providers from this virus are very old, and suffering from other life-threatening conditions, in almost every case, this statistical inflation is easy to perform.

Death certificates are issued for any who died with “Covid-19,” whether or not they died from it, and more are then added of those who were never tested. Anything respiratory will do. It’s all judgement calls — on which side of the bread is buttered.

Compare if you will the Hong Kong Flu of 1968 and 1969. I was just reading a memoir, from down that memory hole. The death toll was actually higher then, than ours is now, and from within a smaller population; the victims included children and the young. Yet there were no interruptions in economic life; no public emergency theatricals; and at the height of the second wave of that scourge, we had events like Woodstock. (Those were the days, my friend.)”

And for all of us, there is no safety in denial. No refuge in refusing to see, and no insult or belittling about this. It is simply choosing to live in reality, or denying reality.  Most of the people in our society are sheep. Most of the people live in denial. As I have said previously, they are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident. There is no mortal malice in them.

The truth is, our society is like “… the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey, and someday it may grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell“. LTC (RET) Dave Grossman,  author of “On Killing.”   If you find you can handle that book then check out “On Combat”  and The Bulletproof Mind.  Soldiers, sailors, Police officers, Firemen, Para-medics and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful, a civilization that they protect from the enemy, the wolves.

So, for example, I have a little flash-back from over 40 years ago when I routinely spent over 300 days a year at sea because the Liberal guv’mint, the red jackals of the Cold War, saw us as the problem and ran us permanently at less than half strength, under paid, and under supplied, doing everything in their legal power to deplete us, the better to hinder the Americans, while still demanding that we give them cover by “doing everything, with nothing, forever”:

The Naval Prayer

O Eternal Lord God,
who alone rulest the raging of the sea;
who has compassed the waters with bounds
until day and night come to an end;
be pleased to receive into Thy almighty and most gracious protection
the persons of us Thy servants,
and the Fleet in which we serve.

Preserve us from the dangers of the sea,
and from the violence of the enemy;
that we may be a safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lady,
Queen Elizabeth,
and her Dominions,
and a security for such as pass upon the seas upon their lawful occasions;
that the inhabitants of our Commonwealth may in peace and quietness
serve Thee our God;
and that we may return in safety
to enjoy the blessings of the land,
with the fruits of our labours,
and with a thankful remembrance of Thy mercies
to praise and glorify Thy Holy Name;
Amen.

First published in 1662 in the Book of Common Prayer,
The Naval Prayer has remained mostly unchanged since then,
with the exception of a change to the name of the monarch

That comes under the heading of “Tradition”. To stand between the pretty blue egg and the enemy. To be a safeguard and a security. To serve the Master, the True Good Shepherd.

Lobos Vestido de Oveja

And the enemies of that pretty blue egg are all around, in the form of the usual legion of killers and terrorists, and criminals, and so on.

But there are others in the shadows, even more dangerous, enemies, “stealth” enemies, the jackals in the deadly 5th column of gov’mint officials, and teachers, and administrators, and unionists, and economists, and central bankers, and politicians, and bureaucrats, and the state sponsored media,  who want to keep the sheep under control and stupid so that  they can turn them into lamb-chops – metaphorically of course – after all, where do taxes come from?

It was a sad day, and also a most important day in my military service when I realized, like a blast of lightning, one dark day of storm, in the Baltic Sea, that the most dangerous enemy we faced was back home in the Capital and the Administration. A shocking and saddening realization that the chestless ones, our leaders and intellectuals and academics and media wankers thought of us,  the security, the guys and gals in uniform,  as “the enemy”. Because they chose the “self interest” side of the coin (see previous post) and they had subverted the polity. That they had mutinied against the True King, our Master and now served only themselves.

Greta … a perfectly molded child, eh?

So how did teachers make the list above? Let me be clear, there are indeed many teachers who have done and continue do exemplary service to and for the people they teach. I am NOT talking about those teachers. I included teachers in the list above because the good teachers have been eclipsed by the “Teachers” the administrators and unionists who  collude in this process of subversion as the first line of indoctrination, because their “careers” depend on it and they are highly rewarded for “buying into the meme”.

They are the primary interface between young folks and the gov’mint. They “teach” young people to become sheep, scorn their family, revere their peers and the power teachers at the top of their social pyramid, or at least weed out the non-sheep as “trouble-makers”.  We give our children to these minions, most of whom have never done anything in their lives except go to school, first as students and then as teachers.

They know nothing of real life in the trenches, always part of the Kool crowd, no sacrifice, no self determination, but they have indeed drunk deeply of the chestless Kool-Aid and got their tickets punched by the right authorities  These very well paid know-nothings are now, for the last two or three generations, given our children by our masters to mold as the bad shepherds see fit.

Can anyone remember “1984”? Big Brother knows best …

Teachers in sheep’s clothing, to instruct the young, not in the higher things of life like values and ethics and morals, but rather to turn them into good little compliant, consuming, self centered, lamb-chops who won’t ask questions and will more or less do as they are told by their enlightened betters.  BAAAA!  Everybody Stay Home! BOHICA!

Then there are the legions of administrators who have the power to punish the sheep if they fail to “get in line”.

And then you have the central bankers and gov’mint ministers who have the power (for example) to create fiat money at will with printing presses and thereby deplete and dilute the savings and destroy the security of the sheep at will, and many other shady evils which it would take several posts to go into so I will leave that for another day.

On the bright side, there are the donkeys. … luv those donkeys …

To be continued …

Cheers

Joe

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Just a link to a surprising government blog …

“River Flows In You”, Yiruma, from the album “Yiruma Piano Collection” , (2001)

Went to this blog site from a link in this blog post by David Warren. David’s post is worth reading on its own but the link he provided to a blog post responding to a Sunday Times hatchet job is a pearl in it’s mature and measured response to the typical “journalism” of the vast majority of the MSM of all types.

The response is worth reading all the way to the end to get an idea of just how much mendacious garbage is routinely published by the MSM and just as routinely consumed by the “in my opinion” crowd. After all, who cares about truth and facts, I just want to have a pleasant conversation with my friends, right?

Having, once upon a time in a different life, been responsible for writing, editing, publishing and distributing a monthly newsletter (pre-blogosphere days) for a government department, I can attest that the response from the D.H.S.C Press Office is a minor work of art coming from a government blog. This blog is covered by Crown Copyright.

The writer is most likely an unsung minor Program Officer whose postings on this blog site probably will not outlast his usefulness to whichever deputy minister decided that a blog was the appropriate vehicle of response to the usual mendacious and incendiary attacks from the Zombie Media – which is really all there is these days.

Anyway, it’s all part of God’s plan, and this whole crisis is definitely not “A Hill To Die On”.  Good days to be far far away from all cities.

Cheers from the Shire.

Joe

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FUD … Sound and Images … The lies of this world … Labels … and a couple or three links …

“Yamanakabushi” performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal & Yuzuko Horigome, from the album “Yamanakabushi: Japanese Melodies”, Vol. 3, (1982)

Sunday, the 29th of March 2020, the fifth Sunday of Lent, and a very important and detailed Gospel, John 11:1-45. This is one of the longest Gospel readings in the Liturgy. It is the story about the resurrection of Lazarus by our Lord Jesus Christ after he had been dead for four days.

This is the story of the miracle that finally tipped the Jews, the Leadership, over to realizing that they had to act to kill Jesus immediately to silence His message of Truth. Their hammerlock on popular power was seriously threatened by this miracle, so they did what social and military dictators have always done throughout history, and still do, they silenced those who disagreed with them by killing them and/or marginalizing them. That was then … and they murdered the Christ to keep control. What now?

Del Bigtree

Now, the world is facing a multi-hundred-billion-trillion dollar “The Sky-Is-Falling” crisis. Let’s follow the money. So, a couple or three questions, to help filter the torrent of  incoming sound and fury. First, “Does it spark joy?” I don’t feel joy in any of this. Second, “Who benefits?”, The MSM, Big Government, and Big Pharma.  Third, what can we do to get to “Truth” if ALL authorities are lying, and lying about who is lying? Realy, not a damned thing we little people can do except pay up and die.

It’s all just so hugely frustrating and crazy making. The money trail seems to point at hundreds of billions of dollars of annual profit for Big Pharma and the MSM and huge budgets and unlimited control for Big Government … IF … IF they can manage to keep the hysteria going for a few more months.

I have come across another tidbit (over 2 hours – big tidbit, maybe well beyond most folks attention span, eh?) of information which appears to give the lie to the current zombie apocalypse of COVID-19 … the “end-of-the-world” event giving the MSM and the Health Department bureaucrats, and Big Pharma the justification for the abrogation of all civil rights and liberties “for the duration” of the “virtual crisis”. But this “tidbit” is worth following to the end – think of it as one protracted “Big Reveal”.

This video might very well be very upsetting for people on both sides of the information divide, but is it any more upsetting than the current main-stream news on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bill Gates’ favorite media outlet MSNBC? Seriously, is anyone out there happy with the current zombie apocalypse as being shoved down out throats by the MSM and the WHO and the rest of the Social Media Terrorists?

And I don’t think for a moment that all the talking heads are involved in some sort of conspiracy to mislead. Most of them, I think, actually believe what they are reporting, and they are terrified, and selling their souls for any kind of Atta-Boy. The only alternative theory is that they are part of it and are guilty of crimes against humanity on a scale like we have seen in totalitarian regimes the world over throughout the 20th century.

The whole “sound and fury” of our current pandemic panic feels familiar to any player of MMORPG apocalypse games. But just now I have come across a report outside the mainstream (where else?) about mortality and epidemiology in Italian “Health Care” and in other world pandemic disease centres as well.

The virtually universal vitriol with which all the mainstream players, media and gaslighters throughout our social media empire, put down, ridicule, and vilify the few nay-sayers out there convinces me that Del Bigtree is a Truth speaker.

Whenever ALL the MSM and talking heads and “experts” agree on something, 50+ years of personal experience has convinced me that it is a virtual certainty that they are ALL wrong. They always seem to find themselves on the wrong side of history whenever they all agree on something.

The part of interest is here and the analysis of the statistics, the facts, starts at the 18 minute mark. … But this 2 hour and fifteen minute YouTube video is virtually impossible to find unless someone gives you a direct link. I bolded the time stamps along the video track at the bottom: Just check out minute 54:16 of this video … or minute 58:50 … or minute 1:00:09 … or minute 1:08:27 … or minute 1:08:42 (this expert is really good), or minute  1:12:00 and 1:16:12 and then minute 1:20:00 for the start of the charts and numbers. Please please hang in there for this wonderful antidote to hysteria. It is just so illuminating.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

All the usual misdirection is rampant on this one and it is easy to find over 200,000 search results assassinating Del Bigtree and about 250 thousand doing the same to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny denying what they are talking about, BUT, not one of them seems to have anything factual to throw up against the information that Tenpenny and Bigtree are presenting.

Nothing but loud screaming and character assassination by the same crowd pushing for Trump’s impeachment and the whole “Russia got Trump elected” meme. The same crowd that are rushing to completely shut down New York and and the whole state of Californication.

Of course every right minded person KNOWS that the MSM and Social Media are the only true gospel preachers out there, right?  There are no experts backing up what Trump is saying, Trump is lying!  Or we can take a look at what “The Experts” are actually saying … rather than accept the talking heads version of reality.

So lets listen to some experts rather than the nice hair pretty media types like our Clown Prince’s wife. Of course we all know that those who speak out, trying to bring some facts, and truth, and sanity into the debate are just stupid, and are particularly troubling for public health bureaucrats and drug companies and the controversial issues surrounding the current abrogation of all human rights in the west.

But, again, let’s jump ahead to the hot button points on the video. Just check out minute 54:16 of this video … or minute 58:50 … or minute 1:00:09 … or minute 1:08:27 … or minute 1:08:42 (this expert is really good), or minute  1:12:00 and 1:16:12 and then minute 1:20:00 for the start of the charts and numbers. Please please hang in there for the antidote to hysteria. It is just so illuminating.

So, that’s enough of that. One is either a Kool-Aid drinker, or not, you can watch the video and make up your own mind and do your own digging, or not, before the MSM take it down … and there is nothing to be done for those who believe the Social Media miracle workers. I have been up and down this path for years. And so, in the interest of a little peace, here is a reprise from the wayback machine of a post I did in January 2018:

Michi Haruka”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”  (2013)

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I tried writing in silence and posting plain text with no sound and no images, Just the facts, ma’am” … and I don’t enjoy writing in silence and I do enjoy trying to pass on the mood to my readers, or at least to offer the opportunity to taste the mood … so I have decided to go back to sound and images as part of this effort … my blog, my rules.

I found this item, like a delightful little breakfast treat left over from the surfeit of Christmas  … David and I seem to be in a similar  frame of mind regarding “The World” …

https://www.davidwarrenonline.com/2018/01/11/le-monde/

David Warren

David Warren

… I was, even in those days, a fan of this “Richard Nixton” (the misspelling of his name was a smug convention). I didn’t actually like him, but in the words of a Czech friend, “he gives those liberals heart attacks,” and that seemed a good enough reason to support him.

For those were the days when I was just discovering that a lad with my views is not called a “liberal,” but a “conservative” instead. (I’ve since moved on, to “reactionary.”) It was a question of mere labels, “truth in advertising” as it were. An old-fashioned “liberal” like my father to start, I was already in favour of liberty and small government, against totalitarianism and thus, gung-ho on Vietnam.

But I had also already noticed that most people who thought themselves “liberals,” were otherwise insufferable. …

Satan

Satan

I am reflecting on references in previous posts (here) regarding the “Chiaroscuro” of silence versus noise revealing the face of God.  And also reflecting on references in previous posts (here) and (here) about the appropriateness of “labels” or metaphorical “figures” standing for icons in respective cultures, icons of evil, and icons of good, and the error of believing that the “label” is the “thing” … the good or the evil “actualized” in the label.

I have often ruminated on the use of metaphorical and mathematical labels to stand for personal opinions, or assertions of theory which we desire to be true, but which remain “unproven” or  “not true” and the inherent error of confusing the label for the truth and the truth for the label, as if the truth becomes self evident (obviously) by virtue of the chosen label, and if one just “doesn’t get it” one must be self evidently lacking in some essential aspect.

Back in April 2015 I touched on “other religions” and “ad hominem” here. The social and media attack on “the other” aka “anyone who disagrees with me” is still going strong and is showing signs of reaching the level of physical coercion and intimidation even here in North America in the early 21st century … “Burn The Witch!”

Spirited Away, Dragon and Girl

Spirited Away, Dragon and Girl

Something about the frequency with which we delude ourselves, how the best plans and ideas of mice and men “gang aft a’glay“, our innate ability to discern truth (what 21st century man identifies as “our BS detector”) seems to have gone wildly astray in the minute by minute noise and distraction of our 21st century society.

It might be seen as odd that I write here about silence immediately after deciding to put sound back into my blog. But there ya go, I am not rigidly consistent I guess. We have lost our affinity for silence, that peace which man was originally born with, but I like my music.

Much of my thoughts here are drawn from the work of Robert Cardinal Sarah. But this is not a PhD dissertation and no one is grading me and I am not selling this sort of writing for a living so call it what you will. I have an omnivorous appetite for truth and am willing to adopt things or change my mind when I find something that makes perfect sense to me, even if it is a new path.

Man has lost the simplicity, the natural innocence, of childhood. That is why silence is so difficult for him. And man rejects silence even more because he wants to become God himself, and has done so for all time, since Adam first sought to “become god”. That is why Christ admonished us to “become as little children”. In silence man cannot be a false god, cannot pretend to “be” god, but can merely stand in a luminous face-to-face encounter with God.

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

In “The Confessions”, Saint Augustine exposes his own experience with these beautiful lines: “Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved Thee! For behold Thou wert within me, and I outside; and I sought Thee outside and in my unloveliness fell upon those lovely things that Thou hast made.

Thou wert with me and I was not with Thee. I was kept from Thee by those things, yet had they not been in Thee, they would not have been at all. Thou didst call and cry to me and break open my deafness: and Thou didst send forth Thy beams and shine upon me and chase away my blindness: Thou didst breathe fragrance upon me, and I drew in my breath and do now pant for Thee: I tasted Thee, and now hunger and thirst for Thee: Thou didst touch me, and I have burned for Thy peace.

Where are the dwelling places of solitude and silence? Where are those places where we escape the noise and distractions of modern life, the disruptions which continually prevent us from finding God? Only a fortunate few can find the solitude and silence of the sea, or of the desert, or the mountain hermitage. Where do we find this silence in our busy daily run?

For joy … I find myself not so alone in my observations of the irrational illogicality of life on this tiny planet of mostly blue water. I give you a couple of tidbits worth visiting just in time to save us from giving way to despair and desperation.

https://www.davidwarrenonline.com/2018/01/05/twelfth-night-no-surrender/

“… “A lie gets halfway round the world before the truth even gets its pants on,” or something like that, as Mark Twain is supposed to have said, though if he did, it was hardly original.” courtesy of David Warren.”

and

https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2018/01/05/the-stupid-animal/

” … “Bombogenesis” is my favorite word this week. It is meteorologist’s jargon for what is happening off America’s Eastern Seaboard. It was last popularized, if I recall aright, four years ago, when we had about twenty of them in the North Atlantic, within a January and February.

These storms result from a form of collision between high and low-pressure cells. The air pressure suddenly drops, and sailors are in for quite a blow. A lot of snow is dumped along coasts. But it is not the end of the world; not yet.

The fish in the sea are probably exempt, but I’ve noticed that animals on land often react to these pressure drops: even cats and dogs. They know to seek shelter. Humans, not so much, till they have heard a weather report; but as the keeper of a municipal weather station when I was a high-school kid, I found that I could tell, too. This was because I was “open to the experience.”

Many things that humans can do are not apparent to most humans.” … Also courtesy of the same David Warren writing on a different blog site.”

C.S. Lewis, at his desk writing

C.S. Lewis, at his desk writing

It is well to remember the words of Aslan (the Lion icon) “… He answered, “Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me. …  I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. … Dost thou understand, Child?”  

I said, “Lord, thou knowest how much I understand”. But I also said (for the truth constrained me), “Yet I have been seeking Tash all my days”.  “Beloved”, said the Glorious One, “unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek”. C.S. Lewis, “The Last Battle”

  早春賦, William W. Spearman IV, from the album “Beautiful Japanese Songs” (2006)

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

Perhaps the “Brights” do have the answers to everything of this world … do tiny minorities inherently have the truth by virtue of their minuscule numbers, their sample size?  Perhaps we the people are a legitimate target of predators.  But what about the rest of life? Well, we are also beloved of God, or so I am told …

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1 December 2019 – First Sunday of Advent …

Winter is upon us in our little town, a dead truck abandoned in front of our place and minus 17 degrees Celsius yesterday AM while getting ready for church.

I find myself thinking a lot about how dire is the state of the world and the state of our church, and the state of our country these days.

Looking out from my library window over the vast panorama of my domain I find myself surprised at agreeing with David Warren, not at the agreement, but rather at what we are agreeing about.

We are agreeing about one of the few bright lights in the darkness of the Dead Marshes of our 21st century Canadian wasteland looking eastward towards the pass of Cirith Ungol and 24 Sussex Drive, the lair of Prime Minister Shelob.

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As David recently wrote: A sign of the times, as it were. At any given moment, approximately half of the (American) population is baiting the other half, or vice versa. There are (legions of) Internet sites devoted to supplying verbose ammunition to the respective sides …

Scenic view from the living-room windows and homes of my idolatrous Atheistic extended  family along the Ottawa River somewhere in Eastern Ontario. Pray for them all …

In Canada of course, it is different. This is because our Thanksgiving falls earlier in the autumn.

Another (big) difference is that one side seems to have succeeded in cutting off the other’s ammunition supply, so that if you are a “conservative” — and nearly half the population is, up here, too — you tend to be very peaceful.

(Israelis know better) … “The Israelis are also, about half-and-half, “liberals” and “conservatives,” but behave differently from us, because both sides know that if Israel loses just one major skirmish, they must all either escape, or be annihilated.

Moreover, it wouldn’t be the first time in history this had happened to them.” … “An old Jew once told me, that when he was young, he would see graffitoes declaring, “Jews to Palestine!” Now he was old, the signs read, “Jews out of Palestine!”  … 

(and) What has Trump to do with this, you ask? Apart from the fact that there are a surprising number of Jews in his family, and his entourage?  (This is the surprising agreement) … Well, I feel affection for him, and anxiety. The hatred directed at him, and all he stands for, constantly from the Left, has taken on the murderous, bigoted quality.

(Like the Israelis) If he loses one election, or one significant legal decision, his whole Party is finished; the jackals will be all over the Republicans. That’s how he has come to command the loyalty, even of people like me, who disagree with many things he says, and regret some of his policies.

For Merican Thanksgiving this year, after considering the matter from numerous angles, I would like to thank God, for Trump. In a time of real darkness, and civilizational despair, he has become, paradoxically, a point of light. I think that’s why the devils hate him so.

He is among those who still understand that Norman Rockwell poster, as it was before the caption was added. Which was sentimental, corny, and good. For as I would paraphrase:

“Stand beside him, and guide him, through the night with a light from above.”

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Paul Corrects Peter

Yesterday’s 2nd reading was from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and we find:

11And this, knowing the season, that already it is time for you to awake out of sleep: for now is salvation nearer to us than when we first believed. 12The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 

13Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. 14But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof . (Romans 13.11-14)

Truly, truly we live in times of almost universal revelling and drunkenness, debauchery and licentiousness, quarrelling and jealousy. Don’t believe me?  Just look about you at our movies, our news, our politics, our social lives, our families. Sad, sad, so sad.

And Popes have been making mistakes and errors more or less serious since the very first Pope, St. Peter.

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Fr Hunwicke

From another perceptive blogger who I follow regularly … Fr. Hunwicke writes:  Here is an extract from a very fine Advent homily given by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008:

“The cry of hope of Advent expresses all the gravity of our condition, our extreme need for salvation. Which is to say that we await the Lord not as some beautiful decoration to a world already saved, but as the only way of liberation from mortal danger.”

What was so noteworthy about this is that it represented a turning away from the semi-Pelagianism which characterised the post-Conciliar selection of Advent Sunday collects; Benedict instead turned back to the authentic tones of the Sunday collects which they replaced.

Three of these … did a moderately unusual thing in the Roman Corpus of collects: they began with an imperative verb for their first word. This, in turn, was taken from psalm 79/80: ‘Excita potentiam tuam et veni ut salvos facias nos‘ … a cry from Israel to her God to come and save His vineyard; a psalm full of a sense of dereliction and of pressing supplication. …

Here is the translation which the good old English Missal gives for the collect of Advent I: Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy power and come: that by thy protection we may be found worthy to be set free from the dangers of our sins which beset us; and to be saved by thy deliverance.

Compare this with (my translation) the OF collect: Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, this will unto thy faithful people, that, running with good works to meet thy Christ as he comes, they may be set at his right hand and be worthy to hold fast the kingdom of heaven. … 

Lorenzo Bianchi says this about the newer selection of Sunday Collects in the post-Conciliar Missal:  ‘A Pelagian turn of thought becomes apparent: which does not show itself in a failure to speak about grace, but in the way it is separated from a realistic consideration of the human condition; and the manner in which the grace of Jesus Christ is made into an optional extra: just an unnecessary ornament … [in the Advent Sundays and Christmas collects of] the new Missal … sin does not appear, or even expressions explicitly linked with this concept … [instead] we find phrases which, making no mention of the fragility of the human condition, tend to bring to the fore the aspect of man’s commitment’.

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Pope Francis

We, in our inordinate self love have forgotten sin, explicitly forgotten our own sins … and brushed aside our desperate need for Christ’s grace as unneeded ornamentation.

This vanity lies at the root of the evil settling over our land and our church like a noxious vapour from the bowels of Mount Doom.

Gone are the days of sin … we are no longer sinners … and perhaps our church is no longer Catholic … In this time of judgement by subjective conscience, and the Sincretism of all religions are equal, and the pagan rituals involving the idol “Pachamama”.  

Dark days indeed … we enter a prolonged era of a sort of UltramontanistPapolatry“, where none dare speak out against the current incumbent of the Chair of Peter.

BUT! No matter the evil, no matter what may come to pass, whatever lies before me going to keep on singing and never give up.

Here is another opinion: November 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Popular blogger Father John Zuhlsdorf bluntly told a reader considering leaving the Catholic Church because of Pope Francis that doing so could lead to his eternal damnation. “No. And NO! And HELL NO!” the priest wrote on his Fr. Z blog.  And Zuhlsdorf was equally blunt that leaving the Catholic Church would be a failure of courage: “Fast. Give alms. Pray. But don’t be a coward,” he wrote. … “Look, friend, popes come and popes go,” explained Zuhlsdorf, who is based in Madison, Wisconsin.“Only one thing is clear about popes, and the Romans get this right: Muore un papa se ne fa un altro … A pope dies, you make another. We make another until Christ returns. Somehow that’s the way Church will always be even if we don’t like the choice.”
Gonna sign off for now with a YouTube link of a worship song we have been recently leading in church … this is one a lot of folks sing loud and with enthusiasm … we are not alone …
“And on that day
When my strength is failing
The end draws near
And my time has come
Still my soul will
Sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years
And then forevermore
Forevermore”
Cheers
Joe

From generation to generation … take up the torch … 10,000 years and then forever more.

Never give up … never surrender … Ten thousand years and then forever more …
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Momentary Aside … year end is finally done!

Anduril, Howard Shore, LOTR, 2003

I took a break from blogging being preoccupied with completing my Corporate Year End(s). and it is now complete and we have only to discover by dint of my Chartered Accountant’s efforts over the next month or so just how much “Protection Money” we will have to send to the gang leaders in Ottawa.

Now, therefore I must stir my “stumps”, and return to more normal daily tasks than punching numbers into an electronic black hole, namely my PC running Quickbooks. I am considering moving my “Office” back upstairs so I can work in more comfort but that is a project for another day. So again, I leave my comfortable library lounge and return to my Server Workstation in the “bunker”.

No windows or nice views down there, and kind of cold and damp … fortunately I have “electricity” and “electric heaters”  which are far easier to use than fireplaces and coal … thank you my daughter, child of a newer age for your insistence on some 21st century amenities.

While not as aesthetically gratifying as my library, I have access to vastly better equipment and connections in the bunker, where I can maintain and monitor all those process and events by which my family and I draw material sustenance from the dark world outside my castle walls.

So, while I am away dealing with the trivial details of material existence I give you old links to pleasant distractions over at David Warren’s site, starting with his April Fool’s day post, and then his Back to the Land post. Enjoy!

Cheers

Joe

Note to self: For Today …

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Here We Stand … Hae nobis propriae sedes

“Waiting On The Night To Fall”, by “Casting Crowns”, from the album “Thrive” (2014)

Yes indeed … waiting on the night to fall … and it is falling, isn’t it?  I have a small selection of Web blogs which I read regularly, at least weekly and I am going to share links here because I have found these writers helpful in my own quest … expressing other insights into the same questions and helping me avoid “scope creep” in my own quest.

Letter of Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen, April 17th, 2018

Letter of Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen, April 17th, 2018

The first one (on the list that is, not necessarily in importance) is the Canadian blogger Mark Mallett and his blog “The Now Word, Reflections on Our Times”.   Mark Mallett, a one time TV reporter, is a Roman Catholic singer/songwriter and missionary. He has performed and preached throughout North America and abroad.

The messages posted on Mark’s website are the fruit of prayer and ministry. Mark is very current and he doesn’t pull any punches, but his views are charitable and restrained with respect to the human players. He sets my bar when it comes to “Fraternal Charity” and I often write something in my own posts and then after reading what Mark has to say I edit or rewrite what I have written about the event in question.

Any postings on Mark’s site which contain elements of “private revelation” have been subjected to the discernment of Mark’s spiritual director. I included a letter from his Bishop (image on the right) which he posted on his blog-site on the “about Mark” page.  For a recent example of his work, Mark writes on Robert Cardinal Sarah’s interview with The Catholic Herald:

CARDINAL Sarah has given a stunning, perceptive and prescient interview in the Catholic Herald today. It not only repeats “the now word” in terms of the warning that I have been compelled to speak for over a decade, but most especially and importantly, the solutions. Here are some of the key thoughts from Cardinal Sarah’s interview along with links for new readers to some of my writings that parallel and expand his observations”.

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Father John HunwickThe second Blog-site which I follow regularly is that of the British blogger Fr. John Hunwicke, titled Fr. Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment”   Father Hunwicke was for nearly three decades at Lancing College; where he taught Latin and Greek language and literature, was Head of Theology, and Assistant Chaplain. He has served three curacies, been a Parish Priest, and Senior Research Fellow at Pusey House in Oxford. Since 2011, he has been in full communion with the See of S Peter.

Fr. Hunwicke asserts: The opinions expressed on this Blog are not asserted as being those of the Magisterium of the Church, but as the writer’s opinions as a private individual. Nevertheless, the writer strives, hopes, and prays that the views he expresses are conformable with and supportive of the Magisterium. In this blog, the letters PF stand for Pope Francis. On this blog, ‘Argumentum ad hominem’ refers solely to the Lockean definition, “Pressing a man with the consequences of his own concessions“.

Fr. John has a deep (and sometimes obscure) interest and expertise in “old” liturgical rites and prayers, pre-Vatican II Catholic and Anglican liturgical practices and also a very current and even humourous eye for the goings on in the “modern Roman Curia, The Church of England Hierarchy, and the Catholic and Anglican church at large”.  I appreciate greatly his restraint, and at the same time his dry humour, irony and even satirical observations. He helps me to stay focused, restrained, and to practice “fraternal charity”, when confronted with some of the more egregious “missteps” of our current batch of Curial managers in Rome and in the rest of the Catholic world.

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Third, there is the American blogger Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, writing at “Fr. Z’s Blog“, formerly entitled: “What Does The Prayer Really Say?” – Clear, straight commentary on Catholic issues, liturgy and life by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬)    In Fr. Z’s own words: “This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z

I don’t really have any images for Fr. Z. so I guess I will just include an excerpt from a recent post “The Internet Prayer” which I enjoyed:  “… Meanwhile, here is the English (version).  A prayer before logging onto the internet:

Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thine image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

(and) Finally, I’m still waiting for an improved version in Klingon.”

And just for good measure another post on cooking and “traditional” recipes:  “Lately, Sundays have found me in the kitchen making something interesting… to me, at least. 

Yesterday I had a hankerin’ for Ragù alla bolognese.  When I say “ragù” I don’t mean something in a jar!  Ragù alla bolognese is a classic from one of the truly amazing foodie regions of Italy – and that’s saying a lot – Emilia-Romagna and, so they say, Bologna in particular. 

The denizens of Bologna, as a matter of fact, have codified the “official” recipe via their chamber of commerce.   You can use this ragù (French ragoût from ragoûter… “revive flavor”) directly on various shapes of pasta or as a layer with lasagne.   Broad, flat noodles, such as tagliatelle and pappardelle are great.  I used the latter, dried.  I was a too lazy to make fresh. This sauce is easy to make, but you need patience and time.”

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“Ladies in Lavender”, Joshua Bell, from the album “the Essential Joshua Bell”, (2005)

David Warren

Fourth and last, for today, but by no means least, is the Canadian blogger David Warren. He posts 4 or 5 times a week, a slightly less charitable view of the world than the above three, but no less elegant in his own way.

Because David is closer to my heart, I actually have his site as my default Home Page on my browser so the first thing I see each day when I log on is whatever new words of wisdom and repartee David has seen fit to share with the world.

Irony and Satire figure in many of his posts both on his own site at “Essays in Idleness, but also he aims for a broader audience with his occasional op ed pieces on “The Catholic Thing“. There are many other writers of worthy articles in the archives at “The Catholic Thing”.

Back in 2015, over at David Warren’s site Essays in Idleness we found “Hae nobis propriae sedes” Virgil, Aeneid 3 147-149,  in English I think it is something like “This Will Be Our Proper Place“, according to Google Translate, but I’m no scholar so I may have missed the mark on that. Anyway, David is a beautiful writer and I enjoy his insight. Here is an old post in full from October 2015, or better yet, just go and read his stuff at his own site, it would certainly be worth one’s time.

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Hae nobis propriae sedes

If the Viking priests from the age of the Orkneyinga Saga Orkneyinga Saga(composed eight centuries ago, about matters through centuries before it), returned suddenly to their old haunt on Papa Stronsay, they would have lively conversation with the current inhabitants. As they could not speak English, nor these new monks Old Norse, the chatter would be in Latin. The Mass they would celebrate together would also be in Latin, of course, and the Vikings would have no difficulty in following it. For it was their Mass, too.

The gentle reader who does not already know about the Transalpine Redemptorist presence in Orkney may inform himself (here, and perhaps also, here). For it is more than the “romantic story,” of a genuinely counter-cultural adventure. In some sense one might say that the living centre of the Catholic Church is now more on that bleak, and beautiful island of Papa Stronsay, than in the heart of today’s pagan Rome. This seems especially so in light of the recent Synod; as to me, after reading the current pope’s latest remarks at the conclusion of it — full of his characteristic slights and insults towards traditional practitioners of the Catholic faith.

I know that many faithful are hurting, or quite understandably angry; that they feel violated and betrayed. That is why I am writing like this, reminding that Christ will bind wounds; that He will not betray us. Christ goes where He is wanted, and under present circumstances that is far, far away, “to the peripheries” — or rather, let us cut the cheap sociological blather and say, “to the ends of the Earth.” He is in love with the bright-eyed peoples of Africa; and with those suffering under murderous tyrannies in Asia and the Middle East. By contrast in Europe, and here in the Americas, in our life of fat and consumption, we now have little use for Him; and so He leaves us to find our own way, progressively, downward.

Yet in many rural and remote places, and even sometimes in little neighbourhoods within the huge, fraught cities of these once-Christian realms, His Church is flourishing. The numbers may be tiny in proportion to the general population, but wherever that old Latin Mass is sung, there are vocations, and there is revival. Where it is not, the Church is dying out; and yet here, too, where the Mass of the Ages, and through it the teaching of the ages, is no longer made available, individual novus-ordo Christians still wait and humbly pray for relief.

Christ is there, forever in the Eucharist; and wherever it is taken by the shriven with real faith and the childlike understanding, the power of the Redemption is felt. (And where it is taken by appropriation, unworthily “by right,” the power of Judgement is visited instead.) He is present in the sincerity of all private prayer and petitions, extending from that Mass, and every good and virtuous deed, done in the communion of the Saints. Christ is crucified, dead, and risen; He is alive. Try as they will, His detractors will ever fail to kill Him.

This is simply how things are, and how they always were and will be. Within every cell of the true Church is the relation between that small Christian soul, and this Tremendous Lover. (See here.)

We have often before been abandoned by priests and bishops, with their own private agendas, or strutting their fake “humility” for the adulation of crowds. We have had bad popes; we have had every sin of which men are capable, done in sacred places. This is the world, and this is what men are: fallen. Let them seek forgiveness, and pick themselves up; do what they can to rectify the damage they have caused, the pain they have gratuitously inflicted. Let them open their eyes before Our Lord closes them forever. It makes no sense to choose the road to Hell.

There is nothing new under the Sun, and I see that Saint Peter Damian’s Liber Gommorrhianus, or “Book of Gomorrah,” from ten centuries ago, is once again circulating, in English translation. (Can be ordered here.) It is from another age, when clerical corruption, including rampant sodomy and pederasty, was threatening the integrity of holy orders. Damian was an ascetic, at home in the remote Italian hills, but as I recall from a previous translation of this book, he can be unpleasantly modern in his forensic descriptions of what priests and monks descend to, when they become depraved.

He turns, with a form of mercy that is excoriating, upon the most common crime: then as now, the satanic tampering with adolescent boys. He provides, too, the context for this corruption, through cross-allusion to simony and careerist self-advancement (his Liber Gommorrhianus ought ideally to be read alongside his Liber Gratissimus) — directing fearless, full-bore attacks on the princes of the Church who make themselves comfortable, and hide the crimes. The book made its author extremely unpopular, and the defence of him, by Pope Leo IX, though brave at first, became increasingly lukewarm. But the scandals it exposed were quietly acknowledged and gradually addressed. The shame that this saint had helped to reawaken slowly triumphed over the filth of this eleventh-century liberalism.

This is not the whole story of Petrus Damiani, some of whose miscellaneous writings on the spiritual and contemplative life are also known to me through the excellent translations of Patricia McNulty (1959, here). These are precious, very positive works, curiously contemporary with that saga of conversion in the northern wilds. This lonely Benedictine would likewise be at home with those monks on Papa Stronsay, so far away from him in space and time.

It was beloved Benedict XVI, incidentally, who through his motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, brought the Transalpine Redemptorists back into full communion with Holy Church. They were a product of the SSPX reaction against the liberal innovations that followed from Vatican II, and the account of their relations with Rome is complex and often vexed. So it must be in a generation when the Vatican bureaucracy is more easily alarmed and scandalized by the persistently faithful, than by the faithless and glib. But that generation is already passing into ashes.

Our task is to keep our moorings in the true and unchanging Magisterium, clinging, as it were, “to our guns and our Bibles,” or to distant treeless islands as the case may be. For wherever Christ is — however cold, windy, and wet — we are at home in the breast of Our Saviour.”

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Cheers

Joe

I think it’s almost time to eat … fasting makes “EVERYTHING” taste so good.

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Momentary Aside …

Anduril, Howard Shore, LOTR, 2003

I  must take a break from blogging since I am preoccupied with recovering my momentum in completing my Corporate Year End(s) recently lost due to my broken ankle and my temporary invalid status.

Therefore I must stir my “stumps”, leave my comfortable library lounge and return to my Server Workstation in the “bunker”, another lower level space of my vast stone establishment, “Casa Bernhart”.

No windows or nice views down there, and kind of cold and damp … fortunately I have “electricity” and “electric heaters”  which are far easier to use than fireplaces and coal … thank you my daughter, child of a newer age for your insistence on some 21st century amenities.

While not as aesthetically gratifying as my library, I have access to vastly better equipment and connections in the bunker, where I can maintain and monitor all those process and events by which my family and I draw material sustenance from the dark world outside my castle walls.

So, while I am away dealing with the trivial details of material existence I give you links to pleasant distractions over at David Warren’s site, starting with his April Fool’s day post, and then his Back to the Land post. Enjoy!

Cheers

Joe

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Lent …

David Warren has a good post here on Lent … it ends with this poem from a Confucius quote:

Confucius in his “Book of Songs” quotes an ancient Chinese lamentation (Waley’s translation):

Don’t escort the big chariot;
You will only make yourself dusty.
Don’t think about the sorrows of the world;
You will only make yourself wretched.

Don’t escort the big chariot;
You won’t be able to see for dust.
Don’t think about the sorrows of the world;
Or you will never escape from your despair.

Don’t escort the big chariot;
You’ll be stifled with dust.
Don’t think about the sorrows of the world;
You will only load yourself with care.

My broken ankle continues to be troubling. Along with giving up “control” for lent, I am also working on giving up moaning and complaining.

Cheers

Joe

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