Archive for July 2019

FAUNA AND FAUNE

July 30, 2019

There’s not a more lovely melody than that of Debussey’s  Prélude à l’aprèsmidi d’un faune. . . .     faune being fawn in English.   Those haunting strains will be with me for a while, just because I’ve thought of it now.   I’m fortunate to have played flute and had the experience of playing this musical piece . . . .  (high school level ! )

You can hear a two-minute selection of it HERE …

Oh,  or just here, if you have a moment.    2 minutes. Just long enough to remind you of the melody.

 

I played flute.  Son played the french horn that you see — but unfortunately never  at the same time.

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FAUNA

So . . .    fauna, again.   Animals.   I remember writing that last post and feeling almost overwhelmed at the number of critters that live in this world.   When you stop to think of it,  the animal world outnumbers us by far.   They’re all over the place!

I am routinely wakened by a family of raccoons who visit my back deck in the middle of the night — turning on the motion sensor light as they munch on my bird feeders … and the bird food inside.   Even when I remember to bring the bird feeders into the garage,  they still come looking.

Deer in gardfen

The deer regularly visit and relieve me of my roses too.   Every few days the blossoms “come back”  and every few days the roses are “harvested” again.

But Mama brought her babies a few weeks ago.  That was so cute:

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It’s fun to see them, especially when the fawns are frisky.   I don’t know if there is a Mama with twins  and a Mama with one fawn;  or maybe . . .   one Mama and something happened to the other twin.

But I worry about the little thing when he gets too curious:

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That   baby   deer  spent  a good five minutes testing his ability to get down close to the water.   Mama was watching carefully nearby.  So was I.     In the end,  Mama snorted or hissed or something,  and the fawn backed up into the grass and off they went, down into the creek and out up the backside of the creek and into the woods .

(There was water there!   A lot safer to explore than in my deep pond!)

I wrote about gators last time too.     Our local news has reported at least three very recent stories of alligators being found our here in our wilderness – way too close by!  Pet alligators let go in the wild when they got too big.     Hope the deer know how to avoid the reptiles.

TRYING TO PROVE HIM WRONG:

Rodents?    At least four  media videos and news articles have reported the rodent problem in Baltimore.   Even the former mayor of the city,  Kathleen something.    She took a tour of her own city and delivered  an  expletive filled narrative of what she saw including all the rats and the smell of dead animals on Baltimore’s city streets.

A famous racist minister also described the rats in the city,  all the depressing filth,   and described Baltimore as having Third World conditions.    “Reverend”  Sharpton, was it?

But when President Trump concurred,  agreed,  and commented on the rats in the city,  of course you know what he was accused of, producing another Twitter storm and the ingredients for another “entertainment-news media” week-long show.

And then — then —  a young anti-Trump media personality took a camera crew and went to Baltimore to report for herself and prove that,  yes, Baltimore has “problems,” but it’s not as bad as Trump says.

But her camera crew told the story while she was talking:

RAT

For the minute or so that the camera was rolling,  along came the star of this show, running across the scene.   Yick.

Has this been shown a lot on the national entertainment-news media?    “Nope.  No rats here.”     Hah!

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SOMETHING VERY WRONG

I need to report what’s going on “in the Amazon,”  but I’ll do that in the next post, I think.  It has something to do with animals too;  all the fauna,  all the critters that the certain Amazon tribe chosen to be the exemplary of the whole Global Society via the mind of the  uber-socialist pope of the new-version of the Catholic church.

amazon men

This poor Amazon tribe (“who has so much to teach us”) live with an amazing array of poisonous spiders, snakes, disease carrying insects, mosquitoes, rabid bats, and dangerous wild animals.   Although this tribal area has the  second highest homicide rate in the world (!),  the survivors suffer from disease, parasites, and poor nutrition in addition to the violence that kills fifty percent of their young men.

But right now  I’m just focusing on the bugs. The insects.  The poisonous spiders.  The snakes.   Leeches and maggots.    Jaguars.   Wild boar.    Troops of dangerous monkeys who can snatch small children.  

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My deer bring ticks with dangerous diseases.    The raccoons chew on things important to the house.   Even the chipmunks chew up air conditioning wires and cords.     Birds leave droppings on my tomato plants.   There are bats around her found with rabies.

Garden of Eden we are not.  Anymore.

Oh- yick yick yick…..   I’m done writing about animals for a while.

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Fauna & FAUNA

July 25, 2019

I don’t mean to write only once a week.  Sorry for my absence.   Bad week for my “body.”   (Prayers requested.)

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I’ll never forget that sense of astonishment the first time I drove into Florida many years ago.    I looked into the ditch alongside the Interstate – and there was an alligator.  A wild alligator!    My first thought:    “They let their alligators run wild down here!”

Hah!        (Hah! on me.)

bumblebee    Here in the Far North I’m surrounded by a variety of birds, squirrels, an occasional gopher or chipmunk, bumblebees —  (Oh, yes,  our bumblebees are very large and are full of personality.   They’re curious, rather friendly,  and quite territorial, although they usually give us a gentle “shoulder bump”  when we get too close to where they don’t want us to be)  —    Fifty feet further from my house I have deer, lovely little fawns, fox and  coyotes.     Today I had a small brown critter visit my back deck.  I have no name for it.  It was about 18 inches long,  fat, had a long fluffy tail,  no ears I think,  and it shuffled off when I came close to the door where it could see me.

So if you focus just on all the creatures around here,  I guess my immediate living space is alive with living things.

But . . .  alligators?    I eat gator meat.  Long after they’re dead and harmless.    I can make a really good etouffee with gator meat.

But they shouldn’t come visiting to your house, as this Florida family recently experienced:

GATOR Coming

Somewhere else in Florida,  these homeowners had a visitor for dinner:

Gator in house

 

Well, up here, deer can cause damage and smash through large plate glass windows, but the bad news about gator damage —

GAtors NOT COVERED

—   is that insurance won’t cover gator damage in all instances!

In other geographies,  recently,  a pack of pit bulls killed a flock of sheep.   A flock of birds attacked a group of people.   Monkeys killed a couple people in a village in Southeast Asia.  And Bengal tigers are still a  menace in India.

I’m a city girl at heart.  It may look like my back yard is a wilderness . . .

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. . .  but it isn’t.

All the beauty,  none of the danger.

Deo gratias!

 

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Oh, here’s a picture of my etouffe, with a link (here) to how I made it:

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July 17th – COMPEIGNE

July 18, 2019

Lest we forget.

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Innocent women, some still in their teenage years.

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Burn this picture in your memory and pray it does not happen here, because the Revolution still goes on,  albeit  “progressively.”

I heard a speaker recently talk about his time growing up in the Soviet (Socialist) Union.  He remembers having to go into various offices in a university and in the Kremlin; and he remembers seeing on the walls  portraits of Stalin next to portraits of Robespierre.

Side by side.  Stalin and Robespierre.   Both radical Leftists.   Both used violence and intimidation and bullying  against those who disagreed with their politics.    Both became efficient butchers of their own  fellow citizens.

Let’s pray the radical Leftists in our country are not gaining momentum.   Let’s hope political factions and groups like the Extreme-Leftist-Socialist-backed Antifa,  do not become the dominant influence of ordinary Democrats.

Compèigne is in Paris, France.

That’s not so far away.

Sixteen harmless Carmelite nuns were guillotined on July 17, 1994.

That’s not so long ago.

 

 

 

MISUNDERSTOOD

July 18, 2019

 

Just a short posting tonight . . .   I have to prepare for tomorrow’s class.   I like teaching adults.  They’re both easier and harder to teach.    Easier because they’re interested.  Harder because I have to work  at helping them be flexible in their thinking so they can learn  new things.

That’s because they know everything they already know,   and they’re quite content to stay within what they already know when given new material   . . .  which doesn’t advance their learning very much.

Sometimes you just have to put aside what you already know and use a fresh, blank, childlike mind to  confront a new idea, a new fact, or even a new event because things aren’t always what they seem to be.

(Illusion happens.)

Here’s what my task is:

Ambiguity Learned

Ambiguity:   more than one valid way to look at something.

I’ve been holding on to the following photo for a few months:

Man wounded

It’s a screen shot from a local  news report late last winter.   The report concerned a “man down” and wounded, lying in the  middle of the street.   The police were asking for any witnesses to come forward who might have seen the man or know what had happened.

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The video was taken from a security camera on someone’s porch, and it shows in this particular frame that a white van slowed down by the fallen man  Someone  seemed to roll down the window and shout out something to the  man and then drive away at a fast speed.

When I saw this,   I was only half paying attention,  but I remember thinking,  Wow,  that driver didn’t even help the man.      Oh, this could be a drug deal gone bad;  maybe the bad guy stopped to make sure the guy was dead or something, taunting him maybe.

How heartless just to leave him lying there without even getting out to help.

For the next couple of days an outcry went out from our local area about the drive-away and  discussion about how cold and indifferent our society has become.   There was a lot of anger directed at the driver.

We knew what we already knew about “cold and indifferent.”    We fit this scene into our framework of what we already knew about “this side of town,”  drug deals,  drive-aways. . . .

And then, a few days later,  a black woman was interviewed by the reporters in a follow-up to this  incident.    She said she had heard all the bad comments about what was seen on the video so she wanted to come forward.  She said  she was the driver of that white van.

She had seen the man lying there on the street.    She drove a  little past him and then backed up, rolled down her window to tell him that she was calling 9-1-1 and help was on its way.

She said she had young children in the car with her, and she was streetwise enough to not get out of the car late at night in a possible dangerous situation.  This could be  a ruse.  A  set-up.   Criminals who injured this man could still be in the area.

She was a Good Samaritan,  but a smart Good Samaritan.    What we saw on the video was an illusion fed by what we already knew.   The video had shown us not an example of indifference,  but of helping someone without becoming a victim herself.

She had done the right thing.

Well,   hmmmmm.

WOBBLY NUMBERS – EXPOSED BY FINLAND!!!

July 17, 2019

finnish flag

One half  of my bloodline is Finnish –  and today the Finnish people have made me feel proud.    Among the good characteristics of these people is their fierce devotion to honesty;  absolute honesty.

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CLIMATE CHANGE 101

There have been many absurd statements that talk about “evidence” for Global Warming/ Cooling/  Climate Change.    The stuff that jokes are made of.    Like the funny numbers  that accidentally appeared in an Ohio weather report recently.

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Nearly everyone realizes that the hoax part of the Climate Change Hoax is the claim that human activity causes Global Warming.    The Globalists whom are promoting anthropocentric climate change have been caught sending emails to each other explaining how to massage the numbers to make it look like human activity has warmed the planet.       The numbers they use are rather wobbly.  They don’t have a firm basis in factual observations and can be used to support any statement.

They have even convinced unscientific people in governments  to declare that “Carbon Dioxide  is a pollutant” — and a dangerous one at that!     And humans are putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere!!!

But this past week a study was published

“. . . by researchers at Turku University in Finland found that the human contribution to a rise of 0.1°C in global temperatures over the last century is just 0.01°C.

The paper, titled ‘No experimental evidence for the significant anthropogenic climate change’ was published by Jyrki Kauppinen and Pekka Malmi.

The study found that, “During the last hundred years the temperature is increased about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about 0.01°C.”

Carbon dioxide is, of course, a very beneficial gas that all plants need for food.  It produces lush, green vegetation; our crops, our forests, our plains.     We don’t have as much as in ages past, but we’re getting by.     Fauna and flora are all smaller in today’s world.

The main source of carbon dioxide is the earth itself.  Here are some maps of carbon emissions that blossom out from the planet:

Carbon 1

The carbon ripples out all around the globe every day:

Carbon 2

The human contribution to a carbon dioxide increase is 0.01%  of a possible 0.1% increase — if indeed we can really detect that small fraction accurately.

Global climate and weather is far more influenced by activity from the sun;  by overall cloud cover, as the Finnish study goes on to say;  and even by sunspots.  The fewer sunspots the lower the temperatures on planet earth.

 

UH-OH

As you can see in the chart,  we are in a prolonged period of low sunspot activity.  We are entering into Sunspot Cycle 25, and there are even fewer sunspots observed and forecast.  Such periods of time are called minimums,  and there is very cold weather during a minimum.     It affects the availability of food, of northern transportation routes, and human health and interactions.

It’s almost fun to watch dire prediction after dire prediction of Global Warming fall, one by one.     And then, astoundingly,  new predictions are made, just as dire, just as false.

Glob al Warming NOPE

 

Deceptive use of numbers,  erroneous methods of collecting temperatures,  falsification of numerical results,  manipulation of charts and graphs have all been used to “prove”    Global Climate Change, characterized by “unprecedented extremes” in local weather.

So thank you to the Finnish scientists  who are sorting all this out and uncovering the truth!     Thank you for your dedication to Honesty!

 

NUMBERS, THE SPARK OF VIOLENCE

July 17, 2019

There is that old saying:  “Figures can’t lie,  but liars can figure.”

Numbers can certainly be used as weapons coming out of people’s mouths,  and if not “weapons,”  then numbers from a liar’s mouth can be the spark that sets off  a great conflagration, greater even than the liar(s)  intended.

How can this happen?

Just this past Sunday a few people recognized July 14 as  Bastille Day – the great symbolic myth that sparked the uber violent phase of the French Revolution.   As the Revolutionaries would tell it, and as later history books would repeat it,  the Bastille was a horrible dungeon-like prison in Paris that housed hundreds, thousands! of oppressed poor people where they were held in terrible conditions and starved and tortured . . .

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Storming the Bastille

And finally the  good people of Paris had enough and on  July 14, 1789, an angry group of Citizens “stormed” the gates of the prison, overpowering the guards and releasing the wretches inside.

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Once the French people heard this, the Revolution could  begin!!!!!!

And Lady Liberty could at last be set free!

 

 

Except there weren’t thousands of prisoners released.  There weren’t even hundreds set free.  Or  a hundred.  Or even a dozen.    There were seven people inside the Bastille on that day.    Two of them were mentally ill, but were locked away because they were a menace to others .    The others had a falling out with one political faction or another or had committed some financial crime.

Although the Bastille had been a dark place long before in its history,   King Louis XVI had released nearly all the prisoners — because he was a good king, and he wanted to reform many of the laws and unjust practices that had developed.     What he wanted to do was new and unprecedented;  there was no roadmap and he had much opposition.  His reforms were taking a long time.

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Under King Louis the Bastille had become what we would call today a “white collar holding area”  complete with servants, a chef,  and a library available for the prisoners.

Seven released by the angry crowd?   Or thousands released by the angry crowd?

The Radical Leftists of the French Revolution needed a cause the get their Revolution into full swing.   They kept trying,  but nothing succeeded like the lies broadcast throughout France about the “Storming of the Bastille.”

As you know,  history tends to repeat itself, or at least give us strong echoes of the past.  There are those today who’d like to continue to make Progress with this Revolution.  They are the Leftists of the world;  the Progressives.

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They use numbers like weapons, and although there are many stories that can be told about their  methods,  I have room for only one.

It’s the story of CNN and the stories told by CNN.   It starts with a very big number:

90,000,000

Every month  90,000,000 people have to pay for CNN,  even though they have less than a million viewers per month. *   That money keeps CNN on televisions in  homes and in public places and airports in spite of having a viewership of only tens of thousands for their shows, a very small audience indeed.

1,100

CNN — and other cable “news”  channels have to force their way into public attention because Americans know the content of these “news” programs is biased toward one radical political viewpoint.   They do it with vocabulary that isn’t fit  to hear:

CUT THE CABLE

And they do it by repeating falsehoods from the Far Left over and over again.   “If you tell a lie big enough and often enough . . .”   (you know how that saying ends!)

So, that number, 1,100.     Someone actually counted the number of times  CNN and MSNBC  said the word “racist  in three days this week.   They are saying, in no uncertain terms,  that President Trump is a racist based on a recent speech and on a tweet or two.

Well,  okay.  Another cartoon:

 

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I heard that speech this weekend, and I read the  tweets that were so offending to the Leftists.    There was no racism intended or implied,  other than in the imagination of the president’s enemies.

Anyone dare say that to friends?

Why do we, the taxpayers, subsidize a little-watched cable channel?     Because the Progressives, Leftists, of today use it as their mouthpiece to further their own causes, such as  their righteous Revolution in which everyone receives the same material goods from the government:  free housing,  free medicine, free schooling,  (oh, yes –free cell phones)  . . . and it’s free and fair for everyone.

But we don’t have a hot and violent Revolution yet.      We don’t have a shooting kind of civil war yet.    It’s just . . .  after having studied history for so many years . . .  no one can be sure what the flames fanned by the entertainment-news media will produce.

 

bastille house

Sometimes the house just burns down.

And that would be a horrible tragedy.

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IF YOU HAVE A MOMENT:

Some examples of CNN’s  attempt to  promote violence:
Antifa fights for a “good cause.”
Antifa’s fight “is right.”
Antifa’s punches are more “equal morally” than others.
Antifa is “on the side of right.”
Antifa is right because “sometimes you can’t fight by praising them or being nice to them. You gotta fight fire with fire…”
Antifa is as heroic as the America soldiers who stormed the beaches on D-Day.
Antifa harassing Ted Cruz and his wife out of a restaurant is “what he signed up for.”
…any criticism Antifa is “racist” (even though Antifa is predominantly white).
CNN lied to turn the Trayvon Martin story into a black vs. white narrative, CNN falsely identified George Zimmerman (the man who shot and killed Martin in self-defense) as white. Zimmerman is Hispanic.
CNN fabricated evidence against Zimmerman with the false claim he used a racial slur while calling 9-1-1.
CNN’s Jake Tapper stood in the middle of the Ferguson, Missouri, tinderbox and poured gasoline all over it with a hysterical anti-police rant.
Just after the riots in Ferguson finally ceased, to gin things back up, CNN released unverified audio of what they claimed was the shooting of Michael Brown. The audio has still not been verified and there is one gunshot missing.
No other news outlets pushed the incendiary Ferguson lie about “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” more than CNN.
CNN openly called for rioting in Baltimore.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Marc Lamont Hill, and Miguel Martinez, openly attacked and sewed seeds of mistrust against those police officers trying to bring calm to Baltimore.
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin suggested Baltimore cops were staffed with unstable war veterans.
CNN attempted to turn the man who tried to assault then-candidate Donald Trump into a folk hero.
CNN regularly encourages the idea that Trump is another George Wallace (who was shot in an assassination attempt); that violence against Trump and his supporters is legitimate and Trump’s fault; that he is mentally unstable — or in the words of Jake Tapper “unmoored, unhinged, and un-American.”
CNN compares Trump to Hitler; claims that he is Putin’s Manchurian candidate; that he is an illegitimate president.
After presenting the president as a unique threat and danger to the country, CNN points what looks like a sniper scope at Trump’s Oval Office window.

And then there’s this media reminder that some rifles have red dot laser pointers:

Media RED Laser dots

 

Oh, my goodness, they’ve left out a lot on this list!

RECOGNIZE. RESIST. REBUILD.

July 15, 2019

 

I’m the Soft and Squishy shoe type of person.  If a shoe says it’s made with Memory Foam,  I’m all for it!      Apparently I’ve worn off most of the padding on the bottom of my feet, so I need “soft and squishy.”

In the last post I had a picture of jackboots over history,  and it showed the underside of a jackboot with the hobnails attached to the bottom of the boot.   Like this:

Jackboots hobnails

You need hobnails when you’re going to step on hard things or when you are going to trample down on things that would resist your boot.

Metaphorically speaking, if you’re going to assert Authority over people, they will resist, and you will have to come down hard on them.*      Harder and harder and harder.

In the last post I wrote some admittedly and deliberately disparaging words against the mis-educated admirers of Socialism in our country:

 

Socialism's FREE electricity for free

 

It would be funny, but this is the mindset that is (apparently)  leading American citizens on towards Saul Alinky’s goals for us.    Perhaps some of them don’t intend to use jackboots, but they will have to,  if they win,  because people will resist their unworkable and totalitarian ideas.

There are so many sources for us all to learn about the consequences of Socialism/  Progressivism/   National Socialism (Nazi)/  Communism/  “Democratic Socialism . . . . Maybe I’ll give a partial list of books at the bottom.

I wrote in the last post that:

We don’t “give our hearts to God” and then sit back and think pretty thoughts; there is work to be done, wrongs to be righted, people who need our aid and comfort. . . .   we have to STOP sitting back and letting things happen to us – we need to resist; we need to fight back; we need to assert traditional values which work and which built up Western Civilization.

Yesterday I learned that our priest had told us that  “We must generate culture, not sit back and let the culture lead us.”   

Well, that tells me that we have some responsibility for our culture, and we do have some power left to us.   We can live apart from the  culture that the entertainment-news media has created for us.

And for our children:

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“Give me a child to the age of seven and I will have him for life”

Reading 1

 

Actually, it isn’t only our children who are being propagandized away from Western Civilization; it is we ourselves who are continually propagandized by all the “incoming” information around us:  music, posters, ads,  social media,  “news” and entertainment and even  those of our friends who have been so thoroughly propagandized that they can’t even recognize the source of their own opinions.

I remember hearing a talk about what’s going on in J-Schools  (journalist departments of universities).   The speaker said that what she had found surprised her:   the Leftist point of view was so entrenched that it went unnoticed, just like the oxygen in the air we breathe.     These entertainment-news media people don’t even know how extreme their Far Left viewpoints are.

And those are the people who are telling us what’s going on in the world.

We have a responsibility. 

Recognize.  Resist.  Rebuild.    Reconstruct a better culture around you.

Study logical thinking.

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Logic, the way it used to be taught to us

Study Logic.  Study philosophy.  Study ethics.   Study civics. Study true American history.      Study anything that will give you clarity of thinking.

Do you know how EASY it is to do  with YouTube?    !!!!

Remember the 100 Monkeys theory.    Remember the Tipping Point phenomenon.    You can be part of that!

And the next generation will thank you.

 

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. *    In America,  the United States so constituted themselves that the Power and Authority of government arise from the People.  “We the People.”   It does not come from the top down;  that is, Power does not come from the State.

Whether or not that is a workable form of governance is up to us.

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A partial reading list:

 

Rules for Radicals   (Saul Alinksy)

(related video:  A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing_)

The Naked Communist  (W Cleon Skousen)

Reinventing Collapse   (Dmitry Orlov)

Marxist Madrassas

The Clash of Civilizations   (Samuel Huntington)

The Unintended Reformation   (Brad Gregory)

Apostasy in America  (Solange Hertz –  Anything by her, although she is an acquired taste.)

Anything by George Orwell,  such as  Animal Farm;   Homage to Catalonia; Why I Write . . .)

Orwell:  A Transformation   (Peter Stansky)

Anything by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

(Even celebrity radio talk show hosts have written some  accurate observations):

Ameritopia

Dreamers and Deceivers

Disinformation

Bias

When I Was a Kid,  This Was a Free Country  (by G Gordon Liddy; that’s an oldie and a goodie)

Any biography of the fervent  Socialists:  Hitler, Stalin, Lenin,  Pol Pot,  Che Guevara,  back on into the  Italian socialist movements  – and don’t forget to learn Leftist methodology from a study of the French Revolution –  if you can stomach it)

Remember:  The “Enlightenment” is a self-congratulatory name given by the inchoate Leftist movement of the 18th century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JACKBOOTS ON THEIR FACES

July 15, 2019

Take a trip with me to Socialist Great Britain:

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July 14th is the day we honor St. Bonaventure.     Wow!  So much to his life!!   But I won’t take the time here . . .

St.  Bonaventure wrote:   “The fear of God forbids a man to give his heart to transitory things, which are the true seeds of sin.”      (Not “sin” as in doing bad things;  but sin, as in neglecting God in general, keeping Him out of your life.)

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St.. Bonaventure is right;  but then again,  “transitory” issues are an important way to indicate where our heart is.     We don’t  “give our hearts to God”  and then sit back and think pretty thoughts;  there is work to be done, wrongs to be righted,  people who need our aid and comfort.

The “jackboots” in the title refer to the well-known comment by George Orwell: 

Jackboot

In today’s America,  with so many mis-educated younger people flirting with the empty promises of Socialism,   we need to keep this warning from George Orwell in mind —  every day, especially as we are approaching another election.

Although this image is Socialism  ( either right away or as it breaks down eventually )   as awful as it is,  try now to replace that man’s face in the poster with the face of good, gentle elderly folks, living right now in the UK.

An elderly woman or man’s face, under the jackboot.

Jackboots history

hobnails on the bottom of jackboots

Sweet old people who lived their lives, did their work, raised their children, and are now living out the “rewards of old age” with their family, friends, and pets.     Socialism makes it nearly impossible to save for your future, so these elderly people are living in “pension houses” – government subsidized apartments.   They keep their apartments neat and clean, and often grow gardens to beautify their surroundings as well as to grow herbs and small garden vegetables.

Garden 3 old man

Here’s one “pensioner.”  Notice his “garden” behind him.  Or what’s left of it.

When a young socialist is given a position of power,  even a small amount of power,  that person feels compelled to use that power over others.    In this case, in the UK, that person was a young women who is a city councilman has decreed that all these private gardens must be destroyed:

“She Who Must Be Obeyed” *    — because she is a Socialist official.

Garden 6

This was once someone’s garden.

And this, two elderly sisters walking on what was once their prized garden.  The women in the white top is 86 years old and nearly totally blind:

Garden 4

Plants were just trampled down  and discarded . . .

Garden 2

Flowers, herbs,  fresh fruit and vegetables.

Garden 5 patio

Friends visiting,  next to the no-more garden.

I know how much effort it takes to create and maintain a garden, even a small one.   Never thought much about the “effort” when I was younger,   but as you grow older you do indeed recognize the physical effort required.     And you take great joy in it.

It is heartbreaking to watch these people speak of how much they’ve lost.  **

We Americans were taught that “The price of Freedom is eternal vigilance.”  Neither sinning against others nor any emerging authoritarianism  can stand a spotlight thrown on them.      The elderly people and their friends formed a little protest group to call attention to the totalitarian new rule, and the good news is that the decree to destroy more gardens has been rescinded — temporarily.

Rescinded with the smarmy socialist phrase:    “Oh, we like people to beautify their own surroundings.”      Throw your own spotlight on the sincerity of that phrase!

“The price of  freedom is eternal vigilance.”     Or,   more accurately, from the pen of Irishman John Philpot Curran:         “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.”

These elderly people in the UK have everything to do with your life,  with our lives, even here in America.    Though the UK must solve their own problems and injustices,   if we in America do nothing, we will have more and more of these injustices thrown upon us, as we lose our personal freedoms.   A little rule here, a little regulation there, doesn’t affect me yet, doesn’t affect me yet,  doesn’t affect me . . . . .

I’m glad to hear with increasing frequency that those who want to conserve traditional American values (and it’s happening in the Church too)  are more and more telling each other that we have to STOP sitting back and letting things happen to us – we need to resist; we need to fight back;  we need to assert traditional values which work and which built up Western Civilization.

We don’t  “give our hearts to God”  and then sit back and think pretty thoughts;  there is work to be done, wrongs to be righted,  people who need our aid and comfort.

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. *    “She who must be obeyed” is, of course, the only appellation  allowed to be used when referring to the dread queen in H.Rider Haggard’s  book “She” —  great fun to read!

Not so fun when you come across these harridans in real life

 

. **   Among The Four Sins That Cry Out to God for Vengeance is  “the oppression of widows and orphans.”     This comes pretty darn close.

Again:

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

 

 

DOMINATE BY LYING

July 11, 2019

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  “Miseducated Idiots”

 

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There were a lot of little “baby steps”  that my mind took which eventually led me into the Church.     Perhaps the biggest catalyst in my decision-making was the realization that  in order to prove that they are right,  other denominations  had to actually tell me  lies about the Catholic Church.

Now, I don’t want to expand on that right now,  but I was so surprised when opinion after opinion after opinion against the Church all proved, one by one as I examined them, to be actual lies.   Perhaps falsehoods or misconceptions,  but non-factual assertions and unsupported statements, nevertheless.

I know those are complex, complicated sentences, but I can at least tell you what a
“clean”  feeling it is to face the truth head on and be comfortable with it!

There is tension when you have to live according to lies and keep proving a lie is the truth.

How dismaying it is to observe that same  process in our current spirit of revolution and revolt,   every day, delivered to me by the entertainment-news media.

Sheeesh!

I’m no fan of women’s sports teams  — maybe I should write about that some day — but I did take notice that the American women’s soccer team won the World Cup.

America wins.  Nice.

And then I saw this tweet by President Trump:

Nice again, to take time from presidential duties to congratulate a sports team.

And then swiftly followed the outrage and bitter arrogance — accompanied by unsubstantiated falsehoods about the president.

I heard what was probably the team captain speak in response to this congratulations:  Embarrassing profanity coming from a young woman’s mouth.   Profanity of the worst kind, with the worst intentions.

And then – especially to my foreign readers – charges of racism and sexism and whatever else against the president, with absolutely no proof, not even anecdotal proof.

Oh, I’m aware of how some of these accusations began — how the president’s words or actions were deliberately misrepresented, misread, misinterpreted.  I remember the genesis of the accusations that the media then took up as these terms became Gospel.    Then the feeble, scarcely noticed retractions . . . .

These  false accusations are willingly taken up by any Global socialist who feels that President Trump stands in the way of their “progress’ towards the ongoing Leftist Revolution.    They sound like miseducated idiots, but they vehemently believe what they are saying.

The latest email revelations by the British ambassador to the United States show that no matter how high in governance a man goes, he can still fall victim to baseless propaganda.

What to do?    Almost all of us just sit back,  “tsk tsk,”  and go on about our daily lives.  After all, what can you do?   It takes a whole lot of energy and effort to oppose falsehoods.

It’s okay.  We can’t reach out to everyone and persuade them differently.    But we do have to know that LYING HAS CONSEQUENCES.     And we won’t like any of these consequences:  divisiveness;   uncertainty about who you can trust;   enmity;   always keeping score;   an intrusion of “politics” into everything . . .

And possibly one day,  Civil War.

And revolution.

And dominance by the Leftists, who wrote the book on winning by deception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A FOURTH THOUGHT

July 6, 2019

 

Can’t be a “forethought” — I’m a bit late.     But it’s still a “thought”  about the “Fourth.”

The Declaration of Independence was signed 243 years ago.  That document signified our determination to become a free and sovereign nation, and that determination was strong enough to produce a constitutional republic  more than a decade later.

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I’m not going to make a comment about the state of education today, compared to what our forefathers had available to them – and what kind of men of character was produced.

I’m not going to make a comment about the superiority of homeschooling versus government-run schools.

I’m not going to make a comment about all the superannuated children in our society (that is,  adults acting like juveniles).

I’m not going to make a comment about the  maturity of young people — 243 years ago.

But it is a bit interesting to note the ages of some of our Founding Fathers at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

In 1776:       (just a few players, not everyone was a signer….)

Marquis de Lafayette was  18

James Monroe was 18

Charles Pinckney, 18

Henry Lee III, 20

Aaron Burr, 20

John Marshall, 20

Nathan Hale, 21 years old.

Alexander Hamilton, 21

James Madison, 25

Henry Knox, 25

Edward Rutledge, 26

John Paul Jones, 28

John Jay, 30

Elbridge Gerry, 31

Nathanael Greene, 33

Thomas Stone, 33*

Ethan Allen, 38

Charles Carroll, 38

John Hancock, 39

Thomas Paine, 39

Patrick Henry, 40

John Adams, 40

George Washington, 44

And the king we fought for our independence from:

King George III, 38

 

Kind of takes your breath away to consider how young rthe men were who gave us our nation!

John Adams, one of the “older” men,  said, once our independence was won,  that we should remember the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence for ever after,  with fireworks, parades, gunshots, and whatever else families can do to mark the day!

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I was glad to see our nation celebrated:

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Celebration hosted by our President and First Lady:

4TH MELANIA

In spite of the rainy day, many, many, many people came out to celebrate,  more than expected!

4TH RAINIY DAY

I hope you all made this a special day  (special weekday too!)  as I did.

I had a small group of great friends over for a little picnic and good conversation.

Earlier in the week, my Recorder practice friend hosted our musical afternoon, followed by a delicious chocolate/vanilla swirl ice cream cake:

4th Recorder

 

And, of course, around here, we all celebrate my Daughter’s birthday!

 

Kathy alone

“Born on the Fourth of July!”

 

 

BLAKE TO THE RESCUE

July 2, 2019

 Yeah, well,   I guess I don’t need “a few days” to get better, emotionally, as I ended the last posting. I am strong. I won’t die of grief or fade away. I will live to experience more grief in the future.

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INTELLECTUALIZING THE GRIEF

My two favorite poets: Blake and Yeats. It’s time for Blake.   Poet and illustrator.

The House of Death 1795-c. 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

Adam and Eve  become dead, by William Blake

William Blake, one of the most gifted poets the English-speaking world has, understood the supreme tragedy of death. He was deeply attached to his younger brother, who was sickly.  Blake was there when his little brother, Robert, died of tuberculosis. At the moment the pain and difficult breathing overcame his brother’s body, Blake saw something that transformed his understanding of the world. He saw his brother become infused with great joy, great happiness, and he saw what he called his brother’s spirit rise up, attracted to the Source of that joy, rising up further and further . . . .
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DEATH, AGAIN
So, a good night’s sleep and a retreat into intellectualizing has shielded me from the worst of it. That, and being distracted by the surprising, horrifying news that a young man named “Joe” has died, just a couple days ago.  June 29th.   Maybe murder; but maybe, maybe not.   36 years old.
I understand that family’s grief.
Though I don’t know Joe personally, I’ve had him in my house, so to speak, many times a week, for several years now. He and his father host a show that reflects the results of their research into current events. I’ve never known them to be wrong about their information , although their revelations are sometimes “unwanted” – if you want to live a tranquil life.
They are investigative journalists and their show has been removed from YouTube along with the many other non-mainstream news sources.  Here’s a partial list:

CENSOR all these
“The Purging of Truth”  

Too bad, because every single mainstream entertainment-news media has been wrong, and proven wrong frequently, even our local news readers who blithely read their scripts to us, completely unaware that what they are saying is either not true or is a partial truth that is meant to allow an agenda to go forward.
Joe and father Doug   (so some of you will know whom I’m talking about now)  were an antidote to that. I think their religion is wrong, it’s inadequate, somewhat non-factual, but their observations of our world are pretty accurate.    I’m not necessarily a “fan” of their show, I won’t promote it by name, but I’m interested in the topics they cover, from time to time.
netf  When you take someone into your home like that, they do become a part of your life. It’s the reason why you watch your favorite television show. It’s the reason I and many people watch “series’ on any streaming service, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube. You watch the series that has people you become familiar with and you come to like and care about.

But now Joe is dead and gone from this present world.

Blake’s stunning drawing that I show above illustrates the tragedy and finality of death as it came to Adam and Eve after they rejected God.   Whatever you think of Adam and Eve, we are all in Adam and Eve.

sin kills
We would not have done differently.    Romans 5:12 Wherefore as by one man sin entered into this world, and by sin death; and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned.

 

THE END OF DEATH
But of course God, Who is Love itself and has delighted in mankind (Proverbs 8:31) did not leave us alone, without a remedy. Paul goes on to say that : But not as the offence, so also the gift. For if by the offence of one, many died; much more the grace of God, and the gift, by the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
As horrible as death is, the gift of God, is eternal life, a million thousand times better than the life we know now. He came here to overcome Death itself, and we are not permanently dead.
So we can’t get rid of death. We can’t avoid death. We just have to deal with the death of our loved ones, and more significantly, our own death. That’s our primary task; our reason for being here: to find our way to God’s grace.

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No fake news.
No fake religions!

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July 1, 2019

          . . .  surprise . . .

Grief pours out and there is not an end . . . .

A bird flew around inside my house last year and that means someone’s going to die but it was  you not me.    I’m still here and you’re not . . . . . 

Oh, Meghan.

So young.

It’s been one year since you hovered over me and nagged me until, even though I could no longer breathe on my own,  you and Son convinced me to get an ambulance called . . . . I couldn’t think straight and you did the thinking for me.

And you hovered over and cared for Son during all this.  

And we love you so much and we still need you.

I said so often:   May God give you now all the love you wanted and deserved.   

Be in God’s loving hands.

That won’t make us feel better, but  that’s  a  little bit  all right for us to think of.   It’s just got to be, after a whole year.  

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I need a few days.

Love can be awful.

 

 

JULY, A VERY BIG DEAL

July 1, 2019

(Ever hear actual, authentic Catholic teaching?)

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July?    July already?    Already?   Already?    Already?

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Summa

Ten or Twelve years ago Hubbie saw me receive in the mail another volume of Aquinas’s Summa, and he asked me when I’m going to have the time to finish all my books.

Hadn’t thought of that before.   But I answered him that I’ve made a “bargain” with God:  “I promise to read all these volumes if He would just let me live enough years to complete the set.”

Well,  don’t you do that.

I think I’m being given “enough years” to read all these volumes . . . but the unforeseen trick is that the years are going by so fast that . . .   well, I should be done with all these volumes by now,  but I haven’t had the time!

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And now it’s July.    We’ve entered the last half of the year 2019!

So quickly time goes by — a reminder that all time is fleeting, our lives are so short (so say almost every 90 year old you talk to).      Since this is the human situation, God has some advice and wisdom for us – to “set our minds on things above” . . .    because Eternity is where we’ll spend all of our existence, except for this brief time on earth, which does, of course, determine where we spend our Eternity.

Knowing with my Knower

If we do it wrong,  we don’t come back and “try again” — because, in the first place,  even those who believe in reincarnation acknowledge that we “come back to earth”  having forgotten all that we learned “the last time” we were here.    What would we “know” to correct the next time around?

Of course, reincarnation does not happen.   We are all one soul-body person, with a powerful weapon that gives us all we need for a good Eternity.  That “weapon” is our Free Will.   A hopefully well-informed Free Will,  and  then we’ve got to use our Free Will to search for what is the Most Important.

blood drop   So,  July is a Big Deal,  because the Church has designated this as the month of The Precious Blood – with the implication that we will learn how to best exercise our Free Will in the time we have left.    Hopefully, those stuck in the rather squeamish Victorian mindset as well as today’s Snowflakes won’t be too turned off by thinking about blood.

Eventually we’ll all have to, one way or another, especially in our dying days,.

Blood.  “The life of the body is in the Blood.”     When our body separates from our soul, at death,  our blood ceases to flow and deteriorates, back to the elements of the earth.     When Jesus died on the Cross,   we say “he poured out His Blood for us.”

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The only present Source

 

Efficacious death.  Salvific death.  Sacrificial death.    The only One’s death that could actually make a difference.    He died, so we don’t experience a second death – a very bad Eternity, indeed.     And the undeniable symbol of Christ’s death is the pouring out of His blood — Precious Blood.

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July 1st is the “kick-off” so to speak;  it’s the Feast Day of the Precious Blood.   This is the day set aside for us to take some time to meditate on the willing sacrifice of Jesus and what it means to the human race, and to us, individually.

Time.  We still have time.

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Efficacy

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This Feast was instituted  on the occasion of the evidence of the true efficacy of prayers, about 170 years ago.    That prayers of the people are efficacious is not a new teaching,  but the occasion was new,  the crisis was new:

During the First Italian War for Independence in 1849, Pope Pius IX went into exile to Gaeta. He went there with Don Giovanni Merlini, third superior general of the Fathers of the Most Precious Blood.

While the war was still raging, Merlini suggested to Pope Pius IX that he create a universal feast to the Precious Blood to beg God’s heavenly aid to end the war and bring peace to Rome. Pius IX subsequently made a statement on June 30, 1849 that he intended to create a feast in honor of the Precious Blood. The war soon ended and he returned to Rome shortly thereafter. *

 

And there will always be new crises. 

America’s is coming soon, very soon I think.

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There are prayers available for us:

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“For us”   who are Catholic;  or for us who are in the New Version of the Church; or  for anyone who is concerned with their Eternity;  for all humans.

 

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.*  Source (remove spaces, as usual)   —

https://   aleteia.   org/2019/07/01/heres-why-july-is-dedicated-to-the-precious-blood-of-jesus-christ/