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“solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”
“Solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession,” meaning he propositioned the most vulnerable for sex while they were there seeking forgiveness for their sins. This vomitous abuse of power is indeed Satanic – a perversion of a Sacrament of Healing into Sacrilege of Harm. I don’t throw the term “satanic” around lightly. Satan cannot create, he can only pervert those goods which already exist.
I am sick to my stomach thinking about it. Does the punishment fit the crime? I cannot speak to that. My nausea tells me no. But, we do have Luke 17:1-2, and Mark 9:42 –
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
McCarrick shows no remorse – at this point I would be surprised and doubtful if he did. Habituated as he must certainly be to his abuse of power, he sees nothing wrong with his actions. Corruption. Thus are we perverted from good to evil.
I fear for his soul. My guess is one day he will plead for the millstone.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Ft. Worth sends this letter, which I applaud:
And we need to pray for McCarrick. Hard as that is for me to say. We must try to snatch him from Satan’s jaws.
WASHINGTON DC – Two apparently unrelated things, then a tie-in:
First, when I was a lad I worked in a grocery store as a Perishable Manager (think bread & dairy) and was ofttimes tasked to make signs to support the ad of the week. We were always running our private label hamburger and hot dog buns 3 for $1 during spring. And the signs always looked something like this:
Yes, boring, but not my fault. There were creative constraints placed on me – I had to use the yellow sign paper, had to use the big black markers, etc. All quite tedious for an ebullient lad such as myself. For entertainment, I would make signs up and show them to the asst. manager, just to see the look on his face. Like this one:
Then I would wistfully tear them up and make the real ones.
Second, again as a lad, I studied a martial art. We worked out on concrete floors. “Concrete?!” you gasp. Yes. Why? Because, reality. If you fall wrong on concrete, it hurts. Gravity and concrete were our true teachers. Relentless, their admonitions never varied, never lapsed, never encouraged, never chastised. Simply, “You did it wrong.” or, “You did it right.” A mat would have shielded us from reality, would have skewed our world view, would have allowed us to think we were accomplished when we were not. There were no illusions. No false understandings. Simple inescapable reality. Truth, if you will.
The tie-in. AOC as she is often referred to has put out The Green New Deal.
I’m just going to post this link to the Green New Deal website. Click on the picture. There are four pillars to the “plan.”
But, I don’t care about all that. What I care about is something far more sinister. I found a copy of the original FAQ on AOC’s website, since removed.
It has this interesting comment:
Yes, we are calling for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases. Anyone who has read the resolution sees that we spell this out through a plan that calls for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy. Simply banning fossil fuels immediately won’t build the new economy to replace it – this is the plan to build that new economy and spells out how to do it technically. We do this through a huge mobilization to create the renewable energy economy as fast as possible. We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero
“…get rid of farting cows…” I laughed. Out loud, even. It sounded like something I would have written on one of my signs. My guess is someone on her staff was bored, penned that as a lark, and they all had a good laugh.
And then I thought, “This must be fake news – or a deliberate parody.” I looked for the Onion or the Babylon Bee logos. Nope.
I decided to verify if what I was reading was what it reputed to be. I googled, “did original faq for green new deal really mention farting cows?
In my exhaustive 20 second search I determined this was not fake news.
And then I learned that the website had been over-hauled and a new FAQ – a more proper, shall we say acceptable FAQ, one with all the gravitas expected from a member of the House of Representatives, had taken its place. Her staff had been training on mats their entire career; gravity and concrete apprised them of their naiveté.
There comes those moments for all of us of a certain age. A moment when we recognize that something desirable and admirable if not at all practical has been lost. Perhaps it is when you take the training wheels off your kid’s bike. Perhaps it is when they go off to college. Some call that thing youth. Even when inevitable, or perhaps because it is inevitable, there is a wistful solemnity that accompanies standing witness to this loss of innocence. No more farting cows. AOC has taken her first step into the machine.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Washington DC, Feb 6 – Perhaps CNN had the most telling comment of the night:
“It was vintage Trump — in all its incongruity, unpredictability, exaggeration and occasional moments of surprising grace.” – Chris Cillizza
But, did we learn anything about the state of our Union? Or, even, did we learn anything at all? Well, learning is in the mind of the beholder, I suppose. Here is what I beheld.
Apparently the “real” number is 31%. Yeah.
This was rightly savaged in social media, with comments such as “That’s like saying It’s 7:00 pm, and being corrected, ‘No it’s 6:58 pm.'” This comment was “fact-checked”, if you will, by another comment saying, “No, it’s more like saying it is 6:59:30, and then saying, ‘it’s not that close to 7:00.'”
NPR “Fact Checked” Trump’s statement regarding the number of women in Congress. His statement? There are more women in Congress than ever. What is the fact check? Well, let’s first identify what a “fact-check” is. According to the Cambridge Online Dictionary, to fact-check is:
So, what is a fact?
Now that we have defined our terms, what was the fact that was checked by NPR? That the women in Congress are mostly Democrats. Which drew this factual response and related question:
I think that is a fair question.
Meanwhile, Trump said,
“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way.”
That’s a pretty naked attempt to call off the dogs, and was not convincing. And to no one’s surprise he banged the drum of the need for a border wall. Nothing new there.
Lastly, I continue to be amazed at the value placed on style over substance in this country. It’s all icing and no cake. So, an amazing amount of attention is being paid to how Pelosi clapped.
What is clear to me at this point is that both parties are acting like increasing the divide is a good plan.
Now, how does that work exactly? It makes me think of two people on either side of a bridge, setting fire to their end, and then running to the other side and pointing fingers at each other.
(Southern Border) – Once upon a time this country was identified with tearing down a wall. Anyone remember that? Well, let’s do remember that, and then let’s all recognize that we are comparing apples to oranges, and then, let’s consider a few things:
“It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Why do so many people want to come here? Largely because they are trying to feed themselves and their kids in relative safety. Were I in their shoes, I would try to come here.
Driver’s Licenses.Some states do indeed afford immigrants driving privileges regardless of their immigration status — but it’s far from a guarantee given to all immigrants living in the country illegally. As of May 2017, 12 states — plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — have such laws, according to the National Immigration Law Center.Right to Vote.Federal law bars noncitizens from voting in federal elections. However, some municipalities — including several in Maryland — have allowed non-citizens to vote in local elections. In San Francisco, city voters approved a measure allowing some immigrants in the country illegally — those who are parents or guardians of school-age children — to vote in local school board elections there.
Why do I list those? Force assimilation. You want to be here? Then BE here. All in.
What else? Well, if that 63% of households figure is correct, why? Fix it.
Then again, what about the humanity? Can we let these people suffer?
I quote from Deuteronomy 24:19:
When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.
And again from Leviticus 19:10:
You must not strip your vineyard bare or gather its fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the sojourner. I am the LORD your God
You will notice the explicit provision for the needy as commanded by God. And you will notice that God did not say, “And gather it up and hand deliver it to the poor and the widow and the sojourner.” No, they are supposed to work for what they get.
If people want to come here and work, let them come. Let them work. Pay the prevailing wage. But, we really don’t owe anything else outside emergency medical care.
For those of us that want to help, well, do so. But it is up to private citizens and churches to address these needs, not Government. Catholic Charities does a massive amount of work on behalf of immigrants regardless of status. Good for them.
The final question is, if we do this, what will politicians use to make us think they are working?
BY: Frater Bovious
(WASHINGTON, DC) – I haven’t read the tax proposal – I’ve read the headlines talking about making tuition wavers taxable as income. This sounds outrageous, right? Let’s look at it a moment, and then see why they might be making such a suggestion.
It is simply a lie to call a tuition waiver income, and thereby taxable. We should not accept these lies from our elected officials.
N.b. The government does not make any money. All the money it spends it gets from you and it gets from me. There is no other source of income that matters. When people talk about reducing taxes, that can only be done with a concomitant reduction in expenses. This is only possible one of two ways:
Meaning there is really only one way that this country can actually reduce taxes (Governmental Income), there has to be a reduction in Government Services (outgo).
All the rest is literally robbing Peter to pay Paul – that is the smoke and mirrors part. Take from tuition waivers in order to offset the loss of Government Income caused by reducing some other tax. There is no other way.
When are we going to get sick of being lied to, and hold our elected officials accountable? Rhetorical question. The answer appears to be “Never.” We are already bankrupt as a country, and hiding our heads in the sand.
Meanwhile, if you are unhappy with the idea of taxing tuition reimbursement whatever it’s form, there is something you can do. Call and/or write your elected officials. They actually do pay attention if they think enough voters are actually motivated to vote.
Here is how: Contact Your Elected Official
Tell them you are pissed off. Tell them you vote. Tell them you are smart enough to find out how to contact them, so you are smart enough to find out how they voted in this and other issues. (Because, you can find out.)
Tell them you are beginning to believe it is time to vote everyone out and start over. Remind them that the 2018 elections are less than a year away.
Random Thought: If someone isn’t working for you, should you be paying them?
BY: Frater Bovious
(New York City) – From the Girl Scouts we have this helpful tip:
Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life.
Can set the stage for questioning whether or not she “owes” another person…
I’d like to see the research supporting this opinion. There is none to be found on the website. My own uninformed impression is that our current culture has more to do with the pressures young women experience than asking them to hug grandma when she arrives.
So, let’s have a scientific poll!