Charlie's Blog: December 2017

12.31.2017

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 57


Look out for number one and try not to step in number two.
RODNEY DANGERFIELD

1. APPLE CAUGHT!

I hate Apple, so I am absolutely gleeful to hear that they have been caught putting the screws to their customers by slowing down older iPhones. Apple has issued an apology claiming the practice of slowing down older phones was for the purpose of extending the life of the phones as the batteries became older and weaker. Everyone knows this is garbage. Here's a tweet that sums it up:

Apple has always been a scam on its customers who are the biggest sheep I know.  The whole purpose of the slowdown software was to drive sales to newer models of the iPhone. No other smartphone maker does this sort of thing. My advice to all Apple iPhone owners is to make the switch to an Android device. You are an idiot if you don't.

NEVER BUY APPLE PRODUCTS.


2. ISIS KAPUT!

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense Mad Dog Mattis deserve credit for doing something Barack Obama could never do. They have utterly annihilated ISIS. Praise God! And how did they pull it off? They let the US military do its job.

Obama never let the DoD go in and clean house. I suspect it was because Obama had a hand in the creation of ISIS. This needs to be investigated, and those facts need to be divulged to the American public. ISIS is without a doubt an abomination to humanity. If Obama had a hand in their creation and funding, the Nobel Peace Prize winner needs to be put on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

3. IRAN UPRISING!



Looks like the Iranians have had enough and are starting off the new year with a little protesting. Of course, there will be a crackdown on these protests. Or, maybe, the people there have had enough of the Islamist crap like the woman in this picture who put her hijab on the end of a stick. I hope and pray these people get freedom.

I also pray for the North Koreans. As bad as Iran can be, it is heaven compared to the hellhole of North Korea. I always pray for the end of tyranny. And does it work? It worked against ISIS.

4. Q & A

Q: Would you ever buy a smartphone?

A: The closest I ever came to buying a smartphone was when Blackberry came out with the Bold. I think this phone was an absolute masterpiece.


This phone was a marvel of productivity. So many people loved it and some still swear by it even today. Then, Steve Jobs ruined the world with his iPhone. Blackberry has fallen on hard times since then, and the Bold and other phones with physical keyboards went the way of the dodo bird. But while it lasted, the Bold was a real temptation. I am sad its time has ended.

Today, I will never own a touchscreen smartphone until the flip phone ends up like the Blackberry Bold. But flip phones are hanging in there, and I am staying with them. Should I ever be forced to get one, it will probably be a very cheap one running Android. Never buy Apple.

5. QUOTABLE QUOTES

There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.
THOMAS SOWELL

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. 
EDMUND BURKE

Be daring in your prayer, and the Lord will turn you from a pessimist into an optimist; from being timid, to being daring, from being feeble-spirited to being a man of faith, an apostle!
SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
BLESSED CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.
SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

It is idle to play the lyre for an ass.
SAINT AMBROSE OF MILAN

The most deadly poison of our times is indifference. And this happens, although the praise of God should know no limits. Let us strive, therefore, to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.
SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

Mary has produced, together with the Holy Ghost, the greatest thing which has been or ever will be—a God-Man; and she will consequently produce the greatest saints that there will be in the end of time.
SAINT LOUIS DE MONTFORT

He who suffers in patience, suffers less and saves his soul.  He who suffers impatiently, suffers more and loses his soul.
SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

Of the things that are necessary for human life, accept only so much, as is needed to prevent death or indecency.
OUR LADY TO VENERABLE MARY OF AGREDA

6. ODDS AND ENDS

--Global warming sounds like a good idea. It is too bad it doesn't exist.

--The dumbest resolution you can make for the new year is to sign up for a gym membership that will go to waste by March. Choose body weight exercises instead. If you slack off, it has cost you nothing. Body weight workouts are free.


--These Christmas cleats will get you fined in the NFL. But you are still free to disrespect the flag, the country, and the NFL fans by taking a knee during the national anthem.


--The return of the XFL would be an awesome and welcome thing.

--There is still no reason given for the Las Vegas Massacre. I doubt they will ever tell us. But they know the reason.

--Disney would do well to never let Rian Johnson direct another Star Wars movie for them. But they probably will.

--I don't care to ever be on Roger Stone's Best Dressed List. I think fashion is for effeminate sodomites. Here is how a real man dresses:


Keep it blue collar. GET IT DONE!

7. LINKS OF INTEREST

12.23.2017

SOC 26


Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
CONFUCIUS

I love classical music. I usually write these blog posts while classical music plays in my headphones. I've tried listening to rock music, but it is too distracting and upsetting. Right now, I am listening to Durufle's Requiem. It is a splendid piece of music that I recommend. But where does rock and roll fit into my life? That's a good question.

My mental space is bifurcated between the high and the low. While I listen to requiems, I also indulge in AC/DC once in awhile. It is a guilty pleasure. I contemplate the bifurcation and a possible purgation of all that is low. Those low pleasures truly are guilty. This is the music that I imagine plays on Hell's Jukebox.


This article informs my thinking currently. Basically, it makes the case for a transcendant norm in the musical realm, and it's lead off quotation from Plato eats at me:
“…when lawlessness has established itself there [in music and poetry], it flows over little by little into character and ways of life.” Plato, Republic 424d
We can laugh at the country preacher railing against the evils of the Devil's Music, but that preacher is onto something. When God is lost, a debased culture emerges. We see this today in our music, our art, our cinema, our architecture, and our literature. Things have gotten so bad that we see that our musicians, artists, actors, writers, and directors can't quite pull it off anymore. Things went bad 50 to 60 years ago with the baby boomers, and it has degraded to this current point. Our culture has lost its soul.

Listening to classical music is a kind of rebellion against the cultural garbage and rot. Listening to the good stuff has the effect on my brain of turning on a firehose in a dirty barn. The dirt and filth come from yielding to all those temptations to listen to AC/DC. I ponder what it would be like to expunge the low stuff from my life for good. For now, I try to increase the influence of the high stuff in my life.

This high/low thing is not particular to me, but it is also reflected in the liturgy wars between those preferring the Latin Mass of the Extraordinary Form and the Novus Ordo of the Ordinary Form. I have never been to a Latin Mass, but I am for it. I am a Summorum Pontificum Catholic. I think that was the best thing Pope Benedict ever did for us, and I think the fact that Benedict is still with us is the only reason Summorum Pontificum continues. The current occupant of Peter's Chair has made no effort to conceal his disdain for the Latin Mass. When Benedict dies, I fully expect the Latin Mass to die with him. That would be sad.

There has always been and always will be a tension between the old and the new. I love classical music, but I listen to it from YouTube on a PC. If it wasn't for technology, I would be deprived of all this great old music. Prior to the internet, it was the classical NPR radio station and my CD player that brought this great music to me. Technology is a good thing. But then, you have the electric guitar which is the primary instrument of rock and roll. Thanks to electricity and electronics, bad musicians can make really loud noises. Should we blame the technology?

Modernism is the belief that the new must automatically be better. But we know better. Technology can improve life, but it can never serve as a substitute for the permanent things. Some things just don't ever change. Morality, truth, goodness, and beauty remain fixed forever. These things resist innovation. The result is that we have big budget movies with eye popping special effects which are inferior to the plays of Shakespeare written for a common stage. Likewise in politics, conservatism triumphs over Marxism and technocracy.

I don't like to think in terms of traditionalism and modernism. It is a false dichotomy. A better set of terms would be the popular and the permanent. A classic example of this would be the First Amendment. If we applied gun control logic to the First Amendment, we would only have freedom of the press for actual printed works on paper but not for television, radio, or the internet since these technologies did not exist when the First Amendment was drafted. Somehow, technology voids those First Amendment provisions. But we know this is nonsense in the same way that we know the Second Amendment does not restrict us to the freedom to carry single shot muskets and nothing else.

The permanent things always remain. The popular will always change. Music may not always be beautiful, but Faure's Requiem will always be beautiful. The sad thing today is that so much of our culture is an outright assault on the permanent things. So many creative people are not creators but destroyers. They make ugly art in the hope that they will obliterate beauty itself. But can the darkness eat the light? It is absurd and risible.


In other news, I think I am at the point of victory in my battle with social media addiction. My problem is a simple one. When I gave up meat, it was easy. This is because meat is totally bad in my mind. Except for survival situations, I can see no good reason to ever eat meat. Consequently, giving it up is no biggie. But social media has been hard because it can actually be used for good ends. This mixture of good and bad is what makes it such a pain to quit.

I love the internet. When I first encountered the internet so many years ago, I knew that it was a good thing that would change my life for the better, and it has. Back then, AOL was the big thing, but I didn't care about it at all. I just wanted to access all that awesome information that would have taken forever to discover in a library. But AOL was the social media of its day. Facebook, Twitter, and the rest merely continue a thing that was already in existence at the beginning. The only difference is that people are starting to question its benefits.

Social media addiction and pathologies are a thing now. The mainstream media have picked up on this and run a story almost daily about the pitfalls of social media or the liberation people feel when they are free of it. I have been off Twitter long enough to experience the benefits and appreciate the difference of a life free from social media. What draws me back is when I see or hear someone in the media mention their social media accounts. I am a news and politics junkie, so Twitter is the platform for those in that world. I experience the Fear of Missing Out or FOMO, so I resurrect my deleted account and lose myself in that world again. Then, after the relapse has set in, I feel self-loathing and disgust at myself for being so weak. Then, I deactivate my account and begin again.


There isn't enough social pressure in the world to make me eat meat again or buy a smartphone or abandon my Catholic faith, and the social pressure on those things is considerable. Likewise, there is pressure to be on social media. When you are a blogger, it is expected that you will also have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I bow to that pressure. I shouldn't, but I do.

I experienced something similar to FOMO when I gave up watching professional sports. I was a diehard sports fan for years with basketball being my favorite sport. But I quit it all, and I have no regrets about it whatsoever. Watching sports is a waste of life. Play sports instead. Anyway, to this day, guys will be talking about something that happened in the sports world, and I am totally MO or missing out. And, I don't care. I don't voice what I am thinking, but I am thinking that these people are totally wasting their lives on that garbage.

I don't think politics is a waste of time or life because those things are important. People that try and ignore politics do so at their own peril. This is because politics will certainly take an interest in you. When some popular riot occurs, it's too late to go grab a newspaper to figure out what is going on. It behooves everyone to care about these things.

Stupid and uneducated people fail to follow the news. This is why I find the NFL anthem protests so ironic. People who watch sports usually don't care about politics. Now, politics is being rubbed in their faces.

It would be nice to live in blissful ignorance of political things, but this ignorance cannot last indefinitely. You can either be proactive on these things by keeping up with them or be reactive to these things when they come and hunt you down and force you on the cattle cars to the concentration camps. Twitter will certainly have a hashtag on it.

I didn't get Twitter for a long time, but this was because I was outside of politics and news. I was libertarian, but this is more philosophy than politics. Most libertarians have dropped out of the political world and retreated to an ivory tower of theories. But when I came back around to conservatism, I saw why Twitter mattered.

Twitter knows what it is which is why it has taken to censoring right wing voices. GAB has emerged as the alternative for the right and alt right, yet there is no GAB app on either Android or iOS. Things have gotten nasty as the progressives try to censor the conservatives. It is a fight, and I love a good fight.

I am torn between trying to break a bad habit or missing out on a good fight. This is my FOMO. I fear the fight for right needs me, and I am MIA in this battle. This is not a good place to be. As far as blogging goes, it is far from the action now. It is rear echelon stuff in this cultural and political war. Even now as I write this, I want to fire up my Twitter account again and get back to fighting. This will lead to another lost weekend tweeting. I can't do that anymore.

12.16.2017

SOC 25


You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
MARGARET THATCHER

My battle with Twitter addiction seems to be a running gag here at the C-blog, but I feel that I am now on the verge of winning the battle. The key seems to be seeing all social media as an unqualified evil thing and to see life free from social media as a truly sweet thing indeed. I hate Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and whatever else occupies the space known as social media.

There are two Catholic bloggers that I follow. They post on a semi-frequent basis. Both of them blog fulltime. Both of them depend upon charitable donations to live. And both of them spend entire days on social media. One burns up Facebook while the other flames people all day on Twitter. Why would I or anyone else want to contribute money to this nonsense? Once again, social media is evil.

Nothing is actually evil in itself. It is in the usage that a thing becomes good or evil. But some things can be used well like wine and others can never be used well like cocaine. Social media is more like cocaine.

I used to see some value in being on Twitter, but I realize that this is an illusion sort of like how people think their lives are enhanced by smartphones until they smash into the rear end of another vehicle while updating their Facebook status. With Twitter, you can plug into the political zeitgeist and find out what the buzz is at any moment. For me, I was curious about what people were saying about Judge Roy Moore which caused me a brief Twitter relapse. But I got back on the horse, and I am off Twitter again. That was over a week ago.

I read more now. My email inbox gets emptied. I run out of things on Feedly to read which is the tool I use to keep up with blogs, news, websites, videos, etc. I highly recommend it. I also write more here at the C-blog. Things are better except for what I call the Twitter fidgets. I liken it to the way a smoker who has quit keeps jonesing for a cigarette. I keep wanting to get a social media hit.

I quit Facebook years ago, and it was similar then. I didn't think Twitter would have the same addictive effect upon me, but it has. In fact, I think it may well be more addictive. To fill that void, I turn to blogging. Blogging is not addicting. If it were, I would write way more than I do now.

These SOC posts are a sort of online journal for me. I contemplate keeping a journal though it would be a handwritten analog affair. Journaling is great for mental health. Virtually every pyschologist and counselor recommends the practice. I've kept journals before, but I trashed them after a few days when I lost interest and went back to Twitter.

Social media is just a huge distraction from writing. I would recommend that all writers delete their social media accounts. You will get more written, and the writing will be way better. Writing is productivity. Social media is just activity.

On a brief sidenote, I shared a story about a coworker who was suspended for using his smartphone while driving. Since then, he has been terminated for doing it again. It boggles the mind except he obviously didn't value the job enough to stay off of his phone.

As for me, I fight a constant battle to not reactivate my Twitter account especially when news events drive me insane with a need to know more and to also gauge the political zeitgeist. I'm fighting the good fight as hard as I can which brings me to a lesser fight but one that is becoming equally important, and this would be the issue of trash culture.

With art, you have treasures, and you have trash. Virtually everything funded by the NEA these days is trash. Likewise, there is rock music and classical music. The treasure/trash thing runs through a lot of cultural endeavors, and the internet has not escaped. For instance, I noticed that I really love and appreciate email, Feedly, Wikipedia, Google News, the Drudge Report, etc. I would put those things on the treasure side of the column while Facebook and Twitter would be on the trash side of the column. I tend to see blogs as being on the treasure side.

With these things, my mantra has become "learn to discern." You have to learn to separate the good from the bad sort of like how you pick the good radio stations on the dial. When you make better choices, you should get better results in your life. This isn't to say that rock music or popular art are completely devoid of value. These pop culture things have their moments. But they are momentary. In high culture, these things are customary.

SOC 25 is an essay I abandoned some time ago as I relapsed back onto social media again. I'm back to sanity again. I came back to my senses again as I listened to Paul Joseph Watson on Infowars say that he saw no reason to be on social media unless you had something to promote. The irony is that PJW has a very active social media account on Twitter. I don't know if he is on Facebook. In a related story, another Facebook exec came out and decried the social detriment of his own company.

Social media is addictive because you get a response. That's it. You post something. People like the thing you posted. You get satisfaction when they hit that LIKE button. Dopamine is released in your brain. REPEAT.

Writing a blog does not have the same effect. There is very little feedback when you write a blog unless you also have comboxes open. For the most part, writing a blog post is akin to putting a message in a bottle and casting it in the ocean. You really have no clue where it will go or who will read it.


The conflict inside me is the belief that if you are going to write on the internet especially about subjects of political or religious interest then you have to be on social media both to gauge where the public is and also to promote your work. I don't believe that anymore. The reality is that you spend all your time on social media and relatively little time on writing.

Writing is a lonely affair. In fact, I think this is one of writing's virtues. You close yourself in a room with your writing tool of choice, and you put your thoughts or stories on a page. The reader really is an afterthought in the mind of a writer. It doesn't mean that the writer doesn't care. But writers should follow the lead of the muse and not be overly concerned with the audience. This is why movies are so bad relative to novels. Movies are made in community. Novels are written alone.

The great conflict within me is a decision to either embrace the world in some way or to reject the world in favor of something higher and better. Becoming Catholic definitely put me on the path of rejection, and I find myself going further and further down this path as I reject pop art in favor of fine art and pop music for classical music. I even contemplate jettisoning digital for analog, but I think this is drastic and stupid. There is nothing inherently bad about digital technology. The internet itself has allowed me to access higher culture and knowledge that I would not be able to discover in the analog days.


A writer is like the saints of old like Simeon who went to live atop a pillar removed from the world. The irony is that the world ended up flocking to these men. By elevating himself above the fray, Simeon became a potent symbol of being removed from the world and focused on God. Writers perform something similar except they opt for isolation instead of elevation. They are more like the hermits in this regard. But writers publish, so this is where the spectacle part comes into play. I don't think St. Simeon was trying to put on a show for people. He just wanted to be closer to God.

I already reject a lot of the conventional world with being Catholic, a conservative, a vegan, and an advocate of simple living. I have always marched to the beat of a different drummer though it was not my intention to be an oddball.  I just became this as I learned and embraced new things. This is why it is so odd for me to have this social media addiction problem which is really a desire to be known and liked.

I need to go back to bed now. Good night.

12.13.2017

Thoughts on the Aftermath of the Alabama Special Election


The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election.  I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!
DONALD TRUMP

Mo Brooks should be the next senator from the state of Alabama. Instead, we got the Democrat Doug Jones. How the hell did this happen? Well, Gentle Reader, it all goes back to when Donald Trump tapped Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. That has turned out to be a colossal mistake because Doug Jones is now going to take the seat Sessions vacated while Sessions is a disaster as AG who needs to be fired. The USA would be a better place if Trump had left Sessions in the Senate.

The next mistake was when Trump did not endorse Mo Brooks in the GOP primary. Brooks is a solid conservative and would have advanced the #MAGA agenda in the US Senate. But people outside of Brooks's district hardly knew the guy. Trump could have changed that, but he didn't. He picked Luther Strange. I will never understand the reasoning behind that pick. Strange was the guy Mitch McConnell wanted. Trump should have known better, and he had a better option in Brooks. But he blew that one BIGLY. I doubt the POTUS will fire off a tweet about that.

Judge Roy Moore became the nominee for two main reasons. The first was that he was already well known in the State of Alabama and was a folk hero especially to evangelical Christians. The second reason was Steve Bannon. Bannon could have picked Brooks, but he didn't. I do not understand this. But Bannon threw his weight behind Moore, and I think it was primarily to rub it in Mitch McConnell's face. In hindsight, that looks pretty dumb.



That primary was an unmitigated disaster. The reason is because Mitch McConnell and Steve Bannon are in a pissing match. This civil war within the GOP threatens the #MAGA revolution, and it does not bode well for the 2018 midterms. These two guys need to come to some sort of meeting of the minds or else the Democrats will take back the House and the Senate. Trump will be lucky to remain in the Oval Office because those jackals will certainly impeach him. This election disaster may be a blessing in disguise if it serves to unify the party.

In the general election, I wholeheartedly supported Judge Roy Moore and fully expected him to win. Moore would have done a fine job in the Senate. That election was his to lose. Then, the unthinkable happened. The Democrats pulled the usual dirty tricks, but they outdid themselves this time. In the past, they would dig up the dirt, but it at least had the virtue of being true. In the case of Roy Moore, they tossed out all restraint and just flat out lied about the man. Combine money and trailer trash whores in a place like Alabama and the rest is what you witnessed.

There are people who will say anything and do anything for a dollar. Moore's accusers were silent for over 4 decades, but they spoke up now. Why? The answer is simple. Money flooded in probably from the likes of George Soros, but these women would have sold out for $50 and a carton of smokes. It didn't take much for them to slander a good man and destroy his reputation. They just needed their lies to be convincing enough to make a lot of Republicans stay home and sit this one out or perhaps write in some nobody which is what many of them did. It worked. Sad to say, this was a stroke of pure genius on the part of the Democrat Slime Party. I'm surprised they didn't throw necrophilia and bestiality at the poor man.


The sordid story with that forged yearbook is all you need to know to realize that Moore's accusers were a pack of liars. The unsubstantiated lies alone were enough, but they had to sweeten it with a prop that was later discredited. Here's a tip to the liars out there. Don't try and be creative. The simpler a lie is the easier it is to sell that lie.

Because these lies worked, you can expect the same strategy to be applied to every single GOP candidate going forward. They are already throwing this crap at Trump as they resurrect the already discounted sexual assault allegations against him and start tossing money out there in hopes that some other trailer trash bimbo will prostitute herself and lie for a dollar. This is the part that I can't stand. These liars are at a competitive advantage in this regard as Republicans generally don't stoop to outright fabrication to win an election.


These lies shouldn't have mattered because most of the people who voted for Moore saw them for what they were. They weren't fooled. But this leaves the NeverTrumpers like David French who hated Roy Moore before the first allegation was tossed out there. NeverTrumpers are a despicable lot. They are Benedict Arnolds. They allow evil to flourish because they cannot bring themselves to vote for imperfection. None of these clowns supported any of the other candidates in the primary. Instead, they write opinion pieces about their "principles."

I am a principled conservative, and I supported Trump and Moore. Other principled conservatives like Mark Levin and Ted Cruz supported Trump. Levin also supported Moore. I can understand if people were a bit put off by the allegations. But NeverTrumpers don't vote for anyone or endorse anyone. They are armchair warriors who'd rather write than fight. They are an insipid lot of cowards and idiots. Who needs these clowns?


Here's a suggestion. If you don't like the guy on the ballot, who do you support? NeverTrumpers can't answer this question. They are waiting for Mr. Perfect. Well, keep waiting because he ain't coming. In the meantime, why not support the best guy available? Like it or not, Roy Moore was way better than Doug Jones, yet these NeverTrumpers effectively elected this supporter of baby killing to the US Senate. If you're not for us, then you are against us. A NeverTrumper is a closet Democrat who doesn't have the stones to admit the betrayal.

Where do we go from here? I think the solution is that all Republicans including Donald Trump should agree on a common set of conservative principles and fight like hell to advance those principles. Unfortunately, the only things Republicans are fighting are each other. In the meantime, Alabama is stuck with this clown for the next two years.

12.10.2017

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 56


A girl phoned me the other day and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home.
RODNEY DANGERFIELD

1. JERUSALEM

Donald Trump recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this week. This is akin to acknowledging that the compass points north, and the sun rises in the east. Basically, Trump chose to embrace reality instead of the fantasy of Palestinians, Arabs, and Musloids with their violent religious fantasies.

I support this move which was decided upon all the way back in 1995. The only problem was that no president since had a pair when it came to actually doing it. So, they waived the declaration every six months. Trump being manly unlike his predecessors did the right thing.

Why do I support the declaration and the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem? I am not a Zionist like many evangelical Christians. I believe the Roman Catholic Church has taken the place of Israel and is the true Israel. I also believe that all Jews need to embrace the Catholic Christian faith and to acknowledge Jesus Christ as their true Messiah. One day, this will happen.

I also believe that God still keeps his promises to the children of Abraham which is why the Jews have survived as a people when they should have vanished by now. I also believe that Israel exists and is preserved by divine favor. Israel still has a role to play in the eschatological drama that is unfolding even now. Israel may have rejected Christ, but Christ has not rejected Israel.

I support Israel not so much for religious reasons so much as it is common sense. The Arab and Muslim world is a cesspool of evil and violence. The Islamic religion is an abomination. If it were in my power, I would wipe that evil religion from the face of the earth. There is no such thing as a good Muslim anymore than there can be a good Nazi or a good satanist. Islam is evil.

Muslims hate Jews. The Muslim teaches the hatred of Jews, and this hatred is non-negotiable. This is why there can never be and will never be peace between Israelis and the Muslims that surround them. Israel is the best thing going in the Middle East. All Muslim countries are a nightmare even for those living there. It is better to be an Arab in Israel than in Saudi Arabia or Egypt.



2. JUDGE ROY MOORE

Judge Roy Moore has to be the most hated man to ever run for US Senate. The fact that the Left has stooped to lies and fabrications to try and derail this man is all the reason you need to vote for this guy. They desperately don't want him up there which is precisely why we need to put him there.


Roy Moore's fortunes have changed all because it turns out that one of Moore's accusers is a liar resorting to forgery to try and bolster her lies. Her admission after the fact was a desperate move to save herself from real criminal charges and consequences. The lady was happy to get paid by the Democrats to lie, but they can't pay her enough to go to jail, And should she go to jail? Absolutely. I think the entire Democrat Party belongs in jail. They are total criminals.

This crookedness runs from top to bottom in the Democrat Party. The left wing are a class of amoral criminals. There is no level they will not stoop to in order to achieve their ends. I believe this sordidness also involves Bob Mueller and his crooked investigation of non-existent Russian collusion. I also believe Seth Rich was murdered by people operating on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

The one guy that needs to get to the bottom of all of this crookedness is Attorney General Jeff Sessions who has been the least effective Republican AG this country has ever seen. With Sessions in office, who needs Democrats to let the shadiness continue? How dirty do things have to get before there are real investigations into this crap? Trump should fire Sessions. That guy is in permanent CYA mode. At least a shady guy like Chris Christie would actually go after some bad guys.

I sincerely hope Roy Moore wins that seat in Alabama. He will be a powerful ally in helping to drain the swamp in DC. He is a good man. Don't believe the lies coming from the left wing mainstream media.



3. Q & A

Q: What do you want for Christmas this year?

A: It is hard to buy gifts for me. This is because I want very little. And when I need something, I usually need it right then, so I can't wait for someone to buy it for me for Christmas. I usually go ahead and buy it. Plus, I don't pursue any equipment dependent hobbies like golf or amateur radio, so there's not much avenue to buy me anything there. This leaves books. I love books, and they make a perfect gift for me. This year I have already received my gift from my wife. Here it is:


This set of books is The Mystical City of God by Venerable Mary of Agreda. Basically, Mary of Agreda was like a female Padre Pio performing miracles and having visions. Mystical City is a collection of what she saw, and it is a pearl of great price. I have wanted this set ever since hearing about it. Now, I have it. It should prove to be profitable reading.

4. QUOTABLE QUOTES

If you really want to be a penitent soul - both penitent and cheerful - you must above all stick to your daily periods of prayer, which should be fervent, generous and not cut short. And you must make sure that those minutes of prayer are not done only when you feel the need, but at fixed times, whenever it is possible. Don't neglect these details. If you subject yourself to this daily worship of God, I can assure you that you will be always happy.
SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA

If you are a Jew and you walk into East Jerusalem, your life is in danger. If you're an Arab and you walk into West Jerusalem, there's no problem at all, which signifies exactly why Jerusalem should be under Jewish control and not under Muslim control.
BEN SHAPIRO

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel.
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and IN THEE shall all the kindred of the earth be blessed.
GENESIS 12:3 DOUAY-RHEIMS

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards one’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER

You may dazzle the mind with a thousand brilliant discoveries of natural science; you may open new worlds of knowledge which were never dreamed of before; yet, if you have not developed in the soul of the pupil strong habits of virtue which will sustain her in the struggle of life, you have not educated her, but only put in her hand a powerful instrument of self-destruction.
SAINT ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE

It is hard to make government representative when it is also remote.
G.K. CHESTERTON

If politicians stopped meddling with things they don't understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocates.
THOMAS SOWELL

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.
CALVIN COOLIDGE

You can stand in the light. And you can set a positive example. But you simply cannot make someone change.
RICH ROLL

5. ODDS AND ENDS

--The MSM reports that Trump drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke and watches eight hours of Fox News each day. I don't actually believe this because Trump has been the most active and impressive POTUS in my living memory. But this shows how desperate they are to get dirt on this guy where his non-vices are now vices. The guy does not drink and has never used drugs. He is basically a workaholic. I can see why the MSM has to resort to fake news.

--Trump has an impressive record on the economy. The sad news is that the bulk comes just from Trump not being Obama. Trump has yet to really get his economic program in place. It isn't that Trump is that good. Obama was just that bad.

--Trump gave an awesome speech at the rally in Pensacola. I take the time to listen to them now. Those rallies are real morale boosters for us wanting to #MAGA.

--Al Franken isn't resigning. That whole non-resignation resignation was political theater. His speech sounded like something he would do on SNL. No contrition whatsoever.

--Leeann Tweeden is a whore. This doesn't mean that Al Franken isn't a creep. And women deserve respect even if they are whores. But they don't deserve compassion when they got their start working at Hooters and ended up posing nude in Playboy. If men need to return to chivalry, women need to return to chastity and modesty.

--David Brooks is one of those Republicans you wish was actually a Democrat.

--Lindsay Vonn trashed Trump. Then, internet elation when she trashed herself resulting in a Olympics ending injury. Is it a curse? I think it is a curse when you deserve it.

--Any mayor that declares his city to be a "sanctuary city" should be prosecuted under federal law and spend a long time in a federal prison. Once again, this is something Jeff Sessions doesn't have the stones to pursue.


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12.09.2017

PRINT--The Dictator Pope by Marcantonio Colonna


Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope in 2013 as a liberal and a reformer. In fact, he had long been known in his native Argentina as a manipulative politician and a skillful self-presenter. Behind the mask of a genial man of the people, Pope Francis has consolidated his position as a dictator who rules by fear and has allied himself with the most corrupt elements in the Vatican to prevent and reverse the reforms that were expected of him.
OFFICIAL BOOK DESCRIPTION

I bought this one as soon as it was available on Kindle. It promised to be an eye opener, and it was. If you want to know whether or not Francis is a bad pope, this book will answer it for you. Pope Francis is indeed a bad pope. The Dictator Pope goes into extensive detail as to why Francis is a bad pope. In a nutshell, he is the Argentinian dictator Juan Peron reborn as the Roman pontiff.

The first thing that needs to be established in this review is that "Marcantonio Colonna" is not the author's real name. The name comes from the admiral of the papal fleet during the Battle of Lepanto. You can read his Wikipedia article here. The reason for the pseudonym is obvious. The author faces the very real prospect of reprisal should his identity be made known. Rumors swirl that phones are tapped and a Stasi of sorts exists within the Vatican reporting everything back to Pope Francis and his lieutenants. I pray that nothing bad happens to him.

Colonna reports nothing staggeringly new to me as I have been reading these stories ever since Francis became pope. What is new are the details of those stories. Colonna fleshes them out and puts the stories in much better context. I don't want to give away everything in the book since it is rather exhaustive, but here are a few important things I have gleaned from The Dictator Pope:

1. The election of Bergoglio was shady from the start.

The book goes into detail about the St. Gallen Mafia group that originally wanted Bergoglio instead of Ratzinger to succeed Pope St. John Paul II. They lost in that mission in 2005 but were elated that they would get a second bite at the apple when Benedict abdicated. They openly campaigned for Bergoglio, and Bergoglio accepted it. This is a big no-no with the possibility of automatic excommunication for both the St. Gallen group and Bergoglio. It could possibly void his election leading to a declaration of Francis as an antipope. The book doesn't go to that conclusion, and it is not for us to draw it. But I would not be surprised in the future if this is actually declared to be the case regarding Pope Francis. The book says nothing about the rumors of Pope Benedict being forced to resign.

2. Pope Francis loves to be surrounded by scum.

The scum could be people engage in shady financial dealings at the Vatican Bank, sodomite clerics, or pedophile priests. Francis looks out for all of them because people with dirt on them are more easily controlled and manipulated.

3. Pope Francis's display of humility is false.

All of Francis's displays of humility are exactly that--displays. His "common touch" is an affectation to endear him to the masses. It was a trick the Argentine pope picked up from Juan Peron. Basically, the Holy Father makes sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.

4. Pope Francis hates the good guys.

The good guys in this case would be the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the Knights of Malta, and Cardinals Burke, Sarah, Mueller, Pell, and whoever else upholds the One True Faith. He has moved ruthlessly to smack these guys down in various ways, and you can expect this dictatorial behavior to continue under the man.

There is much more than just this in the book. Do I recommend it? Absolutely. It is must reading for any Catholic concerned about this disastrous papacy. But the book does not answer the fundamental question. Where do things go from here?

My personal belief is that Cardinal Burke and Company should convene a conclave of faithful prelates, draft a document like the filial correction, and demand that Francis either repent or vacate the Chair of Peter. I think this move will draw the ire of Francis and his allies, and things will become very ugly very quickly. Basically, it will be the fulfillment of the Third Secret of Fatima and the warnings of Our Lady of Akita. I don't expect Francis to repent or abdicate. Worse things are yet to come. Watch and pray.

12.03.2017

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 55


I saved a girl from being attacked last night. I controlled myself.
RODNEY DANGERFIELD 

1. FLYNN

Mike Flynn finally buckled under the pressure and gave Mueller what he wanted. He copped to a plea of lying to the FBI. Now, they will squeeze him to try and get Trump. This is the typical playbook of the FBI when it comes to organized crime. Nevermind that these tactics are as shady as the ones belonging to the crooks they are trying to get.

Basically, here's how the FBI and federal prosecutors work these days. They go after you for a crime. If they can't prove the crime, then they claim there was a cover up which is also a crime. The result is that you are guilty no matter what. This is how they got Martha Stewart. They will try and get Trump the same way. I expect an indictment for "obstruction of justice" any day now.

Mueller and Co. are a farce. Those guys are crooked as hell, yet they are tasked with seeking justice. It just blows my mind. All I can say is that if Mueller succeeds in removing Trump then we are no loner living in a republic but a country ruled by a criminal class of people.

What should Trump do? He should pardon Flynn. He should fire Mueller. He should fire Jeff Sessions for a being an absolutely worthless attorney general and hire someone with some spine. That replacement needs to investigate Mueller, the Clintons, Obama, and whoever else deserves to see the inside of a prison cell for the rest of their days. And he should dare Congress to impeach him.

2. STEINLE

An illegal immigrant kills a woman. A jury of his peers acquits that immigrant. It was an "accident." Let that sink in. If a man dug a hole in his yard and someone fell in it breaking their neck and dying, the man who dug that hole would be facing a minimum of involuntary manslaughter. The same is true of a teenager texting behind the wheel who kills a family of four. Yet, this guy can shoot a woman with a stolen gun and get off with NOTHING.

Unbelievable.

Build the damn wall.

3. Q & A

Q: How can Trump get Mexico to pay for the wall?

A: That is a tough one, but I have some ideas. The most obvious would be to raid the Mexican drug cartels and seize their warehouses of cash. Those guys have enough cash that they could literally build the wall out of the money itself. Another idea is to charge admission to the United States. Still, another idea is to sell advertising space on the wall. That's all I've got for ideas. The most obvious way that the wall will pay for itself is in a reduction in welfare to illegals, lower rates of costly incarceration, and less manpower needed for immigration enforcement.

4. QUOTABLE QUOTES

Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.
ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.
RICHARD NIXON

It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.
THOMAS SOWELL 

Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them.
WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR.

No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.
RUSH LIMBAUGH

The Democratic Party supports criminals and Islamic terrorists but has no sympathy for taxpayers.
ANN COULTER

5. ODDS AND ENDS

--The UK sees Donald Trump as a greater threat than Musloid terrorists, rapists, and scum. Theresa May continues to be a disgrace as PM. Throw her out!

--Bitcoin is a big deal, and I think it will be an even bigger deal when it absolutely collapses. Gold!

--National reciprocity for concealed carry would be awesome. It would be like having a Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

--I support Roy Moore for Senate. Good or bad, he is a Republican which makes him better than the best Democrat. Always vote Republican.

--Alex Jones says the reason big time newscasters like Rose and Lauer are going down is because their contracts are out of proportion to declining ad revenue. The sex harassment/predation stuff is the easy way to void those contracts. I don't know if I agree, but it is an interesting theory.

--I totally support the embassy move to Jerusalem. I despise the Palestinians. I stand with Israel.

--Goodell and the NFL must have decided that the ratings would be even more dismal if the players did a walkout. So, they can grin and bear the kneeling protest hoping it will go away. What is going away are the fans, the ratings, and the advertisers.

--I have never seen a tax cut I didn't like. Whatever tax cut Congress approves will be an unqualified good for this country.

--Deficit hawks should focus on the spending side of things instead of the revenue side of things.

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