Starting Thursday Off Right: Recoiling Before the Enemy Edition

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe.

In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind.

This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.

Moreover, want of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions, and by always exerting themselves more strenuously they might reckon upon being successful.

After all, no one can be prevented from putting forth that strength of soul which is the characteristic of true Christians, and very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted.

Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: “Have confidence; I have overcome the world.”

Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.

SAPIENTIAE CHRISTIANAE
Pope Leo XIII
Paragraph 14

Some Points of Review on Monetary, Banking and Derivatives Theory

(Just to polish up on things since we are discussing Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general….)

I have covered some of these concepts in my YouTube Economics Video, but some are new. Also, Karl Denninger’s book “Leverage” is a great resource which I used heavily in making my video.

1. After the war and collapse, I would recommend once again outlawing branch banking and bank holding companies. Did you know that branch banking (a bank having more than one physical location) was only popularized in the early 20th century by Bank of America (now one of the biggest pus-filled gangrenous boils on the global financial corpus, requiring amputation and burning to ash of said infectamenta. Yes, I just made that word up. You’re welcome.)

In the U.S., back when it still existed, the McFadden Act of 1927 prohibited most branching and all interstate banking. The Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 prohibited all bank holding companies from owning banks outside of their headquarters state, a business model that sprang up as a specific attempt to circumvent the McFadden Act. This restriction on branching provided a BRAKING MECHANISM. If you don’t permit banks to branch and coalesce under one Holding Company, it keeps banks limited to a reasonable size with strong ties to the local economy, and thus greater accountability to the community it serves. It also prevents exactly the problem we have today of one bank, by itself, being able to collapse the entire global financial system if it is “permitted” to collapse – as it should. Remember my citations of the derivatives exposure of the top 4 banks in the former U.S.?

JP Morgan: $78 TRILLION in derivatives / $1.8 Trillion in assets
Citibank: $56 TRILLION in derivatives / $1.2 Trillion in assets
Bank of America: $53 TRILLION in derivatives / $1.5 Trillion in assets
Goldman Sachs (aka US Government): $48 TRILLION in derivatives / $89 BILLION in assets

If banks are limited to one brick-and-mortar location with ATM machines, all of the garbage above stops. Banks will once again be neighborhood businesses, directly, personally accountable to their customers, and simply unable to inflict systemic damage because their size would be checked by the constraints of physical distance.

Also, foreign-owned banks should not be permitted to open up branches after the war, obviously.

So when was the “brake” removed from the banking system? Guys, it was only in ARSH 1994 with the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act, which at its heart is what forced banks to start making bad loans to non-white people under the Community Reinvestment Act, which were then bundled, derivativized and churned, and finally dumped on the FEDGOV, which is to say the taxpayer. THAT, my little chickadees, was the coup de grace. That was the death thrust. Once they got that through, the end result of total systemic collapse was LOCKED IN. What we have been in for the last 20 years is the bleed-out.

2. There can be derivatives (forward delivery contracts and options of forward delivery contracts) and other risk management products, but I am convinced that these markets can ONLY be allowed if the execution is 100% open outcry, meaning NO COMPUTER EXECUTION OF TRADES EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. Orders can be routed to the trading floor electronically, but then they MUST be executed by one human being screaming like a freak at another human being. Then the fill can be transmitted back to the customer electronically – but the EXECUTION must be human-to-human. Again, this goes back to my concept of “braking”. Human execution and open outcry is a massive brake on a market. Humans can only move so fast and place so many orders, or cancel/replace those orders. In the time it takes humans to place orders and then have them executed, information can continue to flow into the market and be reacted to appropriately. The volume and volatility is held in check by the limited speed and capacity of the human market participants. Again, computer execution is an invention of only the past 15 years. I myself placed my first electronically executed order in ARSH 2006. Not only can we go back to open outcry, we MUST go back to open outcry. And I promise you, an all open outcry market would become the global standard for price discovery precisely because the price discovery would be PURE, not merely a meaningless pissing match of market manipulation by a handful of computer algorithms.

3. Exchanges MUST be not-for-profit entities. All of the guys in Chicago pinpoint the “end” of the markets with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange “demutualizing” and becoming a for-profit concern on November 13, ARSH 2000. Once the exchange becomes a for-profit entity, it whores itself out to whomever and whatever will generate execution fees, and will balk at performing its role and entire raison d’être, namely serving as a universal guarantor and counterparty and backstopping failed firms – because, you know, that might cut into profits or something. The conflict of interest is so egregious there simply aren’t words to describe it. It has to stop.

4. Back to banking. As covered in my video, as sourced from Denninger’s book “Leverage”, banks must be forced to use the “One Dollar of Capital” accounting method. Briefly, banks MUST be forced to post, dollar for dollar, their own capital against unsecured loans (credit cards and signature loans). They must further be forced to mark to the market EVERY DAY their collateralized loans (mortgages, auto loans, anything with a physical asset behind it). When there is a shortfall between the salvage or liquidation value of the underlying asset and the value of the loan, the bank MUST post that shortfall with its own capital. This is the only way to keep the depositors safe, and, once again, will act as a BRAKE against making bad loans, which is a crime against both the bank shareholders and depositors, as well as the borrower. We don’t give stupid and/or morally defective people loans for the same reason we don’t let toddlers play with Samurai Swords.

Oh, and also, failing to capitalize unsecured loans IS NAKED SHORTING THE CURRENCY, which is a capital offense. It’s stone-cold counterfeiting. It is a crime against humanity and a crime against peace. It is theft on a civilizational scale. It is a crime that calls out to heaven for vengeance, because it is robbing from the widow and orphan, and depriving the laborer of his just wage.

5. Okay this is new. There are people out there who swear up and down that fractional reserve banking and the creation of money within the banking system must stop. I disagree. There can be, and perhaps even SHOULD be fractional reserve banking – so long as the “One Dollar of Capital” paradigm is present and ENFORCED.

Here’s the deal. Human populations should GROW. People should reproduce in excess of the replacement rate. “Be fruitful and multiply.” Now, if you recall from my Economics video, I put forth my premise that the base “commodity” behind ALL money is, in fact, human life, namely the human capacity to labor, produce and create THROUGH TIME. Even gold is a “fiat” proxy for human potency. “Ooooh. Shiny yellow metal that doesn’t rust. LET IT BE money. Give me gold in exchange for my labor, and then I will use that gold to buy bacon and hats.”

So, if we have an economy consisting of ten people, ten pounds of bacon, and one hundred seashells which are the currency, AND THAT IS THE ENTIRE ECONOMY, then the clearing price of bacon will be 10 seashells per pound. (100 seashells divided by 10 pounds of bacon)

Now, what happens when the human population has doubled to twenty people? Well Buster, you’re gonna need more bacon. So now your economy is twenty pounds of bacon. But, wait. There are still only 100 seashells, so that means that the price of bacon is now 5 seashells per pound. (100 seashells divided by 20 pounds of bacon) Um, what happens when there are 100 people? This deflationary paradigm would dictate an economy with 100 pounds of bacon now “clearing” at 1 seashell per pound. And what happens when there are 1000 people and 1000 pounds of bacon? 1/10th of a seashell per pound of bacon? And 10,000 people 10,000 pounds of bacon? That would be 1/100th of a seashell per pound. And you see where this goes.

As economies grow in toto, AS THEY SHOULD, because the human population is growing, the money supply should grow and SCALE WITH THE POPULATION OF HUMANS. Why? Because MONEY is a FUNGIBLE PROXY for human capacity to labor, produce and create. Mo’ peeps, mo’ jack. So, back to our example, when there are 10,000 people noshing 10,000 pounds of bacon, there SHOULD BE 100,000 seashells in the economy (total money supply), which would then bring us right back to where we started – the clearing price of the bacon would be ten seashells per pound.

Can you say PRICE STABILITY, baby? Aw, yeah. That’s what I’m talking about. Dig it: in a price-stable economy, if you put away 1000 seashells when you’re 25, when you are 85 your 1000 seashells will still buy you 100 pounds of bacony goodness. And economic growth has developed unfettered over the past 60 years because there has been no perverted incentive to either hoard seashells (deflation) or to NOT save seashells (inflation).

So, here’s the big punchline. How do we accomplish this business of scaling the money supply to the growing population? We all agree that the whole Central Bank thing is from the darkest pit of hell, so… shouldn’t money be “created” in a non-centralized way through a healthy, diffuse banking system with “One Dollar of Capital” being enforced as outlined above with a SENSIBLE FRACTIONAL RESERVE COEFFICIENT?

Ya dig? Ya feelin’ me on this?

The conceptual keys to this are A.) the proper understanding of money as a “fiat” proxy for human capacity itself, coupled with B.) the moral truth that human populations should grow and multiply. If you’re unsound on either of these foundational premises, you’re not going to get it.

6. As a corollary, how do we define the sizes of economies? In dollars? Nope. These systems should be measured in terms of a transcendent, invariant unit. Currencies are, by definition, variant, because they are constantly changing relative to one another. This includes the dollar, which is itself measured against a BASKET of other currencies. I propose that GDP should be measured in the unit of MAN HOURS or MAN YEARS. $20 per hour average wage. 2000 hour average work year. Because the buying power of an average man hour or man year shouldn’t change much at all. Think about it.

So, if we take the latest bee-ess GDP for the former US of $16.8 trillion, and if we use an average wage of $20 per hour, or $40,000 per year, we get an economy of 840 billion man hours, or 420 million man years.

Puts a different spin on it, huh? Now, you really want your mind blown? Do that same calculation with the debt (now $18 trillion). Now do it with the unfunded liabilities of the FEDGOV (conservatively $250 trillion).

450 million man years, and 6.25 billion man years respectively.

7. Finally, since you’re probably sitting there thinking that people need to be executed for this mess, let me throw out an idea for how to go about meting out justice for these massive financial crimes after the war. I would simply say that the amount of a theft should be converted to man years, and if the man years-equivalent of what was stolen is in excess of the average working life of a man, say 50 years, then the offense would be a capital offense and execution would be on the table. For anything less than that, the man years conversion would inform the judge or jury as to incarceration terms.

So, just pulling a completely random number out of the sky, say $1.6 billion, and converting that to man years at an average wage of $40,000 per year, that is 40,000 man years, which equals exactly twelve feet of rope, which happily, can be reused an almost unlimited number of times.

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Starting Wednesday Off Right: Army In Battle Array Edition

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

 

Assumption of The Virgin, Guido Reni, ARSH 1617

Fair and beautiful art thou, O daughter of Jerusalem, terrible as an army in battle array.

Canticle of Canticles 6: 3

Fifth antiphon of Vespers of the Feast of the Assumption

Original Sin Explained in Fifteen Seconds By a Two Year Old

One of the core concepts of Christian Dogma that many people, especially adult converts, struggle with is the Dogma of Original Sin.  People find it difficult to understand that all human beings are born “fallen”, and this stain of sin is literally hereditary, the result of the first sin of Adam.

A very concise definition comes from the Second Council of Orange, which occurred in ARSH 529:

One man has transmitted to the whole human race not only the death of the body, which is the punishment of sin, but even sin itself, which is the death of the soul. As death is the privation of the principle of life, the death of the soul is the privation of sanctifying grace which according to all theologians is the principle of supernatural life. Therefore, if original sin is “the death of the soul”, it is the privation of sanctifying grace.

Because we are fallen, human beings are born with a tendency to sin.  This is called concupiscence.  Concupiscence is not sin itself, it is simply the inclination to sin, which can and should be corrected and held in check.

I came across a perfect example of this “brokenness” in a little video clip that has gone viral.  It is of a little boy named Noel who is two years old.  Just a matter of months before this little video was filmed, Noel was a baby – a literal infant.  But here we see little Noel – cute as a bug’s ear – already manifesting the effects of Original Sin.

Noel’s mom has discovered Noel in her bedroom, standing in front of the full-length mirror. The mirror is covered in “drawing”, apparently with red lipstick.   Little Noel has succumbed to his desire to feel the sensation of drawing on the mirror with lipstick.  He knew that mirrors are not for drawing, and that lipstick is not paint, and that this was the incorrect and unnatural use of the mirror and the lipstick – but he succumbed and chose to do something that he knew was wrong.

But this is just the beginning.  Here, watch the clip, then we will continue on…

If cuteness were carbohydrate, we’d all be in a diabetic coma now.

But let’s look at Noel’s actions, which mirror the Genesis 3 narrative about the Fall of Man.  Like God in the Garden of Eden, Noel’s mother is not asking Noel questions because she lacks information. When God asks Adam, “Where are you?” it isn’t because God doesn’t know.  God is trying to gently elicit a confession.  This is exactly what Noel’s mom is doing.

“Noel, who drew on Mommy’s mirror?”

Because Noel’s mommy loves Noel, she is giving him the chance to confess and come clean.  She knows exactly what he did, but she’s giving him a chance to repent and “get right” with her, again, because she loves him.

But what does Noel do?  He lies.  He lies, and the little tyke lays it on thick.  “I don’t knooow” as he scurries away from the scene of the crime in faux-surprise.  He lies to the person that is the complete source and experience of love in his life.  Noel’s mommy hugs him and kisses him, but also feeds him, dresses him, protects him and provides for him in every way.  Noel is completely dependent upon her and he lives his entire life in the warm embrace of her love… AND HE LIES TO HER FACE.

“Was it you?”

“No.”

But wait, it gets even worse.  Noel’s Mommy asks him who it was and what does Noel do?

Noel lies again, and frames Batman.  Now, this is very interesting because Batman is Noel’s buddy, his superhero friend.  Noel loves Batman.  Batman’s his boy.  And yet, in order to cover his own tail Noel sells out and frames his boy, Batman.

It all got pretty morally intense pretty quick, didn’t it?  That’s Original Sin, folks.  We are, all of us, broken in this way.  Baptism remits the guilt of Original Sin, but it obviously does not eliminate concupiscence, or that tendency or inclination that we all have to sin.  We all need to accept God’s grace to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow, which is possible, but obviously difficult.  Look at the example of this sweet little tyke, who in a flash lied to his mother and framed Batman.  He’s two.  A young two.  What about when he is 12, or 22 or 42?

Original Sin isn’t a lie that churchmen came up with in order to control people, or whatever argument heretics and atheists make these days.  It is real, and it is clearly visible, first and foremost in ourselves, but also all around us.  But Christ gave us, through His Holy Church, the Sacrament of Baptism to remit the guilt of Original Sin, and then the Sacrament of Confession so that we can be absolved of all the times we have “framed Batman”, and the Sacrament of Love Itself, the Eucharist, so that like little Noel going to the arms of his mother (after coming clean, and cleaning up the mirror), we can go to the embrace of Our Savior.

Barnhardt Podcast #019: Let’s Talk About Bitcoin

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In this “Financial Friday on Satoshi Saturday” episode we discuss what bitcoin the software (wallet) is, what bitcoin the currency (BTC) is, and spend more than a little time talking about globally distributed ledger which stores all bitcoin transactions (The Blockchain). We go over what is good about bitcoin, what is bad about it, and conclude by introducing a concept which we’ll talk about much more in the future: smart contracts.

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This from a Podcast listener:

“Just a suggestion you might want to toss out to assist the readership in their weekly struggle to digest what has now turned into upwards of THREE GLORIOUS HOURS worth of truth, explicit language, and shaming:

Instead of listening from the website, use the podcast and the 2X button. Twice the fun in half the time! The only time I ever have to slow it down is when Ann gets super excited/Holy Ghost shooting out of her face like a nine gun broadside from an Iowa Class battleship, or whenever SuperNerd talks, because he talks really fast and sometimes I wish I could slow him down in real time. Thanks!”

Barnhardt Podcast #018 — Novus Ordo Islam??

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In this episode we address email feedback inquiring why Ann doesn’t talk about islam that much anymore by… talking about islam! Specifically we reiterate that Islam is a satanic political order which manufactures diabolical narcissists by the suicide bus-bomb load, enshrines lying as a cornerstone of its anti-culture, and has a below-average IQ due to centuries of inbreeding. We also review George’s Weigel’s article calling for a Vatican 2-like reform of the reform of Islam (uh, George, they did that in the 1920s and it’s called Wahhabism!).

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Timestamp Outline:
0:12 Intro and recap of Matthew 17:20 Initiative
3:48 The effeminate requirement for direct precedent, the inability of soft, effeminate men and women to think on their feet and formulate responses
07:47The effeminacy of modern “fasting” rules and how fasting can combat effeminacy
10:11 Why don’t you talk about islam much anymore, Ann?
15:15 Islam as a system engineered to create masses of Diabolical Narcissists
19:57 Lying and mendacity attacks and destroys faith, islamic culture is built on a foundation of explicitly condoned and encouraged mendacity
22:26 Islam engineered to create Diabolical Narcissists by sexual abuse, psychological abuse/torture, especially of children
28:05 Example of the couple who publicly apostatized from islam earlier this year on Twitter. The importance of explaining islam to muslims, then being ready to evangelize them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
35:42 George Weigel essentially admitting that he does not believe in the Catholic Faith. Also Archbishop Charles Chaput’s blasphemous public insistence that musloids “worship the same God we do.”
38:45 Weigel does not call for the conversion and extinction of islam, but for islam to adopt modernism and “not actually believe what they believe”, and accomplish this by islam having its own version of “Vatican II”. SuperNerd points out that islam DID do an “updating” after WWI and it yielded Wahhabism.
43:34 Weigel’s position is the same as that of Antipope Bergoglio: condemning proselytization and “Catholic fundamentalists”
45:35 Modernism as the foundation for using the Bride of Christ as a racketeering front
48:27 Weigel as a member of the elitist American clique in Rome, chasing the wealth of the “conservative” American Catholic “right”, who are Weigel’s target market for his John Paul II personality cult
53:35 Weigel’s indifference to other human beings in the islamic political system – Weigel is even coaching islam on how to make itself more attractive!
54:50 Someone should draft a set of dubia to be submitted to George Weigel!
59:55 Uncontacted peoples: does George Weigel think they should be converted to Christianity and civilized? Will unbaptized pagans rage eternally in hell at those Christian also lost to hell to refused to tell them about Jesus Christ and His Holy Church?
01:11:31 Indifference to musloids, uncontacted pagans, or anyone outside The Church is the COMPLETE INVERSION OF CHARITY.
01:14:13 Conclusion, announcements

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Bergoglio is NOT “peacefully and universally” accepted as Pope

One of the arguments you will hear effeminates make, desperately trying to avoid acknowledging the reality of the Bergoglian Antipapacy qua Antipapacy, is that Bergoglio is the Pope because he is “peacefully and universally accepted” as such by The Church.  The Church, being indefectible, therefore, could never make such a mistake.

We could go down several rabbit holes here, the most obvious of which are the questions of truth being determined by popular opinion (aka mob rule), and the question of who, exactly, gets a “vote” in determining what is true – does Nancy Pelosi get a vote? Does James Martin, Ethh-jay, get a vote? Does Cardinal Coccopalmerio (spiritual father of the cocaine gay orgy set) get a vote?  Like I said, rabbit holes, and deep ones at that.

But those questions are not what this piece is about.  This piece is about disabusing one and all of the lie that Antipope Bergoglio is “peacefully and universally accepted to be Pope Francis”. He is not.

My sources in Rome (whom I think have proved themselves) have said for a while now, and reconfirmed recently, that there is talk inside the Curia of Bergoglio being an antipope.  Among this population, the consensus is that “there is nothing we can do except wait for Bergoglio to die”.  This notion that “there is nothing we can do” is, of course, completely wrong and is a pure function of effeminacy.  As I have said many times before, ONE PRESS CONFERENCE COULD CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY.  One. Press. Conference.

Let it be noted that these same people never sat around and discussed whether or not Pope Benedict XVI (before his failed attempt to half-resign) was the Pope, or whether JPII was the Pope.  Some of these men disliked Ratzinger, and some disliked JPII, but no one questioned whether or not these men were the Pope.  But Bergoglio?  Oh yes, whether or not Bergoglio is the Pope is a real, serious topic of conversation inside the Vatican, and has been for years now.  It is also a topic of conversation among an ever-growing number of priests, and there are a growing number of priests that say the Mass of the Ages who commemorate either “the Pope” without saying a name, or who commemorate Pope Benedict by name at the Te Igitur.

So, that does away with the “universality” argument.  Now to the question of “peace”.  My Roman sources reconfirm that the Curia, Bishops and Cardinals are nearly all “scared witless” of Bergoglio.  The few remaining Catholics are terrified of what further damage Bergoglio is going to do (eliminate priestly celibacy, female ordination, promulgate a new, non-Catholic faux-Mass, etc.) Almost all of the rest of them are terrified of losing their position, career track, and, as I have been screaming for years now, being taken down by the near-universal connection to sodomy and the sexual abuse of children and seminarians.  I think it is safe to say that there is not one Catholic bishop alive today that is more than one degree of separation from a sodomite scandal.  Every bishop COULD be intimidated, coerced or blackmailed with, at the very least, the charge of “why didn’t you do something” or “why did you look the other way?”  I covered that HERE. Obedience to the “pope” has nothing to do with it.  They’re all blackmailable.

So, would you call that “peace”?

Would you call North Korea a “peaceful” society?  Walk the streets of North Korea and I’m sure you will find them to be quiet and even orderly.  Tell the people of North Korea how their society is an example of “peace”, and how fortunate they are to get to live under the “peaceful” Kim regime.  After all, the North Koreans UNIVERSALLY accept the Kim regime, don’t they?  Nevermind the mortal fear every one of them lives under every day.  Details, details….

And make no mistake, for the Vatican to be analogized to North Korea is exactly what Bergoglio wants.  Bergoglio is a Diabolical Narcissist Psychopath.  His obsession is POWER.  All he cares about is his own personal power, of which money and sex are subsets, and his appetite is insatiable. Bergoglio hates God and is trying to prove that he is more powerful than God.  Exactly like Lucifer.

Peace isn’t the absence of war, folks.  Peace is the perfect application of Justice in Charity.

I wrote the following piece in December of ARSH 2011, before any one of us had ever heard the accursed name of Bergoglio.  I wrote it about the former United States.  I republish it now, unaltered, and its application to the Bergoglian Antipapcy is even more direct and clear than to the former U.S. in the throes of the Obama/Clinton regime.

The One About… BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

(Originally penned and posted on December 12, ARSH 2011.)

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.
Matthew 5: 9

Well, according to all of the readers out there who attend the United Church of Insipid Music, General Dumb@$$ery and Worshiping of Our Own Self-Esteem, this Beatitude guarantees me a special place in hell involving a spit, a large fire of the “bon” variety, and a pack of starving hyenas. I certainly may spend eternity roasting on a spit being eternally consumed by hyenas, but it won’t be because of my failure to act as a peacemaker.

While it seems deeply counter-intuitive at first blush to think of an assault rifle-wielding wench who spends her spare time giving rowdy musloids driving directions to her home in a decidedly Dirty Harry-meets-Loretta Young pose as a “peacemaker”, the truth is, that is exactly what I’m doing.

In order to understand this, we have to get beyond Pastor Ashton, his super-fun rockband, and his Crackerjack chickenpoop “seminary training”. Dude, if those seminary curricula get any shallower, we are going to have bacteria beaching themselves en masse. I’m convinced that the totality of most modern Christian theological training consists of training Pastor Ashton and his ilk to figure out a dozen different ways of taking six minutes between the rockband and the interpretive dance number (barf) to tell people that they need to “learn to encounter the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives.” Uh, okay, Thomas Aquinas. Would you mind explaining just what EXACTLY that MEANS? Seriously. That’s like handing me a clod of dryer lint and a darning needle and telling me to go make a Blu-Ray player. I’ll get right on that. You betcha.

The problem we have here with this Beatitude is that the meaning of the word “peace” has been distorted over the course of the 20th century. Hold on to your britches, because here comes the truth:

PEACE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF WAR. 
PEACE IS THE FULL APPLICATION OF JUSTICE IN CHARITY WITHIN A SOCIETY.

Let’s use North Korea as our object lesson. North Korea has been in a state of armistice since July 27, ARSH 1953. But, the people of North Korea have been enslaved under a despotic, and frankly bat-poop crazy dynastic dictatorship ever since. The North Korean people are held in slavery to this nutty regime by a combination of engineered starvation, brainwashing, and concentration camps. If you go to North Korea it is very, very quiet and very, very orderly. But is that PEACE? Absolutely not. PEACE can only come to the people of North Korea if they rise up, with help, and overthrow the Kim family and the human slime that enable them in the North Korean government and military, throw open the 38th parallel and reunite them with their fellow Koreans on the Southern half of the peninsula. In other words, the only way the North Koreans can ever have peace is by the forcible application of JUSTICE upon the Kim regime. And that would involve war against the Kim regime.

So yes, you are hearing that right: sometimes peacemaking requires insurrection or war.Sometimes the only way to achieve the full application of justice in charity is to gear up and kick some @$$.

Conversely, the refusal to live up to one’s responsibility to see justice done is a failure in charity to one’s community, nation or society. Refusing to enforce justice actually causes the LOSS OF PEACE and tranquil order, and thus pacifism, like all lies, actually yields exactly the opposite of what it promises. Pacifism doesn’t yield peace, it yields WAR, DISORDER, TUMULT and SUFFERING. This is the meaning of Amos 5:15

Hate evil, and love good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be the Lord the God of hosts may have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
Amos 5:15

The phrase “judgment in the gate” means justice in the courts and seats of authority. In other words, do your duty in charity to God and your fellow men, both the innocent and the guilty, by enforcing just laws and waging wars of self-defense and defense of allies when necessary.

This is why law enforcement officers are called “peace officers”. That isn’t irony, it is truth. The very men who are trained to use billy clubs and firearms against criminals are trained and called to do so in order to see justice done in charity and thus MAINTAIN THE PEACE. Wyatt Earp was gifted a revolver by the people of Dodge City with a plaque on the butt with the word “Peacemaker” engraved on it. This wasn’t snark or irony on the part of the citizens of Dodge City. It was a statement of truth. Peace is the state of applied justice in charity within a society, and thus it is completely appropriate to emblazon a gun with the word “peacemaker”.

Does this sound familiar at all? Can you think of any examples whereby a nation failed to enforce its own laws in a spirit of “tolerance” and “pacifism”, and eventually moral sloth and callous indifference, and in that failure to see justice done upon criminals, both within and without, allowed a cancer of crime, theft, terrorism and general evil to metastasize and destroy said nation, and eventually an entire civilization? Hmmm?

So as much as some folks don’t want to hear this, every time I call out musloids and psychopath politicians and crony oligarchs, what I am doing is trying in my strange way to inspire a shift towards JUSTICE and the craving and demanding of justice in our nation, society and world, so that in that application of justice there can be the ultimate harvest of true, lasting, genuine PEACE. I am not so stupid or deluded to think that laying low and going-along-to-get-along is going to lead to anything except an escalation of injustice, suffering and eventual violence and death at the hands of the very people that our sick culture demands we “tolerate”.

This stupid nonsense all started decades ago when so-called Christian clergy began to twist and pervert the words of Our Lord in the Beatitudes into the lie of pacifism and touted effeminacy as a virtue and virility as a sin. Today’s ministers [Catholic clergy] are just too stupid, intellectually lazy, cowardly and money-obsessed to preach the truth. And so all they can say between rockband numbers is, “Always be nice!” while civilization [The Church] crumbles around them. Fools.

Mailbag: The Penitent Sinner Weeps Tears of Gratitude

Dear Ann,

I first came across your blog in 2012. My husband had abandoned me for another woman. I was very naïve during my marriage and had no idea I was married to a narcissist, until he walked out of my life. I was a wife of a decorated military officer. He commanded a squadron and personified all the public qualities of being an officer and a “gentleman.” Privately, in the confines of our home, he was a completely different man.

When he wanted “out” of our marriage, something came over him that is difficult to describe in words. For me, it was unadulterated evil flowing through his eyes. By the pure mercy of God, in which I deserved not His benevolence, He saved me from a premature death. In all likelihood, I would have left the marriage in a body bag if my husband had his way…(details redacted…)

Five years later, my ex-husband is still full of rage and hate towards me. It defies understanding.

However, the destruction he wrought upon me has taken me many years to overcome. I am still in the process of rebuilding and reclaiming my lost life. The devaluing and discarding for me was the most painful of the treatment for it wasn’t always so obvious. He was a master charlatan and con artist.

It wasn’t until I heard your diabolical narcissism talks last year that I finally understood with clarity what I was up against in my marriage and divorce. I am very grateful for everything you said in those talks. For the first few years post divorce, I was like exactly like Lot’s wife – wistfully looking back to what I now know is a false reality.

The sins of my ex-husband I choose not to elaborate; however, after many years of marriage, I know the tragic state of my own sinfulness and culpability — the bitter fruits of a godless Catholic marriage. My soul was spiritually dead and I lived in the dark abyss of hell. I look back on those days and wonder how I even survived….

This brings me to the reason why I write. I listened to your podcast about St Mary Magdalene. It was beautifully done. I, though, also wanted to share with you some very beautiful imagery of this fascinating and repentant woman. You may already be familiar with these images.

I have a deep affection for St Mary Magdalene and ask for her intercession daily. The imagery I wanted to share with you comes from the visions of Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich’s Life of Jesus. I know these are private revelations, but after reading this book, one cannot help but be changed interiorly and for the better.

Bl. Anne Catherine’s visions of Mary Magdalene are riveting. She was the youngest sister of Lazarus and Martha. Their family was incredibly wealthy and Mary was given an estate in Magdalum when she was very young. She had servants and “entertained” men since she was in her pre-teens. Bl Anne said she was exquisitely beautiful. Her hair was long, dark and thick, which she often would adorn with jewels and pearls woven in her plaited hair. She wore beautiful refined clothes and was embarrassed by her older sister who wore plain, modest and unattractive clothing. When Jesus began his public ministry, Mary Magdalene was in her early 20s and purposely separated herself from Lazarus and Martha to maintain her current lifestyle.

Mary’s conversion was not immediate. Her conversion is a testament to Jesus’ great love for her and a hope for all of us penitents. Jesus was particularly close to Lazarus. It was Lazarus who financially funded Jesus’ ministry paying for food, Sabbaths, accommodations, etc. Mary refused to be part of her siblings’ ventures and often refused to attend any of Jesus’ teachings when Martha and the other holy women would invite her. One evening during a Sabbath, the holy women were playing a game with shells and a pearl and were outwardly discussing Mary’s lifestyle and their concern for her. During the game the pearl fell off the table and was lost. It was at this point, Jesus came to the women while they were looking for the pearl and told them that they must continue to pray for Mary; but He assured them that she will be converted and when she was, she would be the greatest of all penitents. He then told them that Mary was like the pearl – the pearl of great price and offered for the first time this similitude, which he attributed to Mary Magdalene. He also said to Martha in order to console her in her concerns for Mary:

“If even one germ of penance, of contrition, of love, of faith has, in consequence of My words, fallen upon some poor erring heart, it will bear fruit, it will be set down in favor of that poor sinner, it will live and increase. I Myself shall nourish it, shall cultivate it, shall present it to My Father.”

After this incident, Martha often invited Mary to listen to Jesus preach, but Mary would turn her down; yet her soul was growing more and more troubled.  Her troubled soul became somewhat of an obsession and she secretly sought ways to look for Jesus without being noticed. During one of the times Jesus was set to preach, Martha invited Mary and she accepted the invitation to listen to Jesus. It was at this time Mary’s first deliverance from a demon occurred and she wept at Jesus’ feet. Yet, she was not fully free. After that event, she returned home to Magdalum and continued in her sexual sinful ways. In doing so, seven demons took possession of her causing her to fall into more grievous sins.

Mary was a tortured and afflicted soul. When Jesus delivered Mary from the seven demons, Mary had come to a place where she wanted and desired repentance and reformation. She was consumed with longing to cease her sinful ways and showed Jesus deep sorrow for her sinful life. It was then that Jesus freed her from all of her afflictions and demons. A sorrowful and contrite demeanor and countenance replaced her exquisite beauty. She no longer adorned herself with jewels and refined clothing. She wept continually out of reparation for her sins and for the holy gratitude and love she had for Jesus.

The most telling thing about Mary’s final conversion was that after Jesus delivered her from the seven demons, he instructed Mary to go to His Mother and never leave her side for she is heavenly purity. Jesus told Mary that His Mother would teach her how to be pure and remain pure.

I relate to St Mary Magdalene because I know what it is like to be tortured in soul and heart, as well as my conversion has not been swift or painless. But, through it all, I contemplate how Mary Magdalene suffered and how her desire to cease sinning and accept Jesus’ mercy and love allowed her to be so deeply in love with Him. It gives me great hope that my struggle is not in vain and that Jesus hopefully is nourishing, cultivating the germ He planted in my heart, in which one day He too will present me to His Father.

Thank you for all that you do to inspire us to greater faith.

In Corde Jesus,

N

PS: I apologize for the length of this email. I really only wanted to thank you for making such an impact on my life.

The Mourning Magdalene, detail, Colijn de Coter, ARSH 1550