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BEAD SQUEEZER! How To Pray The Rosary

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING fills up the old inbox with the hatey-hate quite like a mention of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  And I’m feeling a bit cantankerous, crotchety and like shaking my fist at the world, so watch me now bait the pagans and schismatic cultists.

Indulge me here for a moment.  Do you realize there there are millions upon millions of people all over the planet who call themselves Christians who honestly believe that when they face Our Lord at their Judgment, that they will somehow *win points* by explaining to Our Blessed Lord how much they hate His Blessed Mother, and how they did everything they could to befoul and besmirch her name and reputation, and how even the slightest mention of her – Our Lord’s Mother – sent them into a spittle-spraying rage?

Just stop and sit in stillness with that, and then ponder the level of prideful stupidity that is required to honestly hold that God Incarnate hates and is somehow jealous and resentful of His Own Mother.  That just pegs the needle, y’all.

Anywho, bunches of protestants, Catholics who have grown up in the Novus Ordo and thus were never taught the Rosary, or openly discouraged from praying it by the Commie-sodomite infiltrator priests and nuns, and even a couple of Jews who are taking “a second look” at Christianity, have asked me to explain what the Rosary is and how to go about praying it.  Sure.  No prob.

First, the history.  The Rosary was given by the Blessed Virgin herself to St. Dominic in ARSH 1214.  St. Dominic was having a terrible time combating heretics that were deeply embedded in the Church.  (D’oh!  Sound familiar??)  Long story short, she appeared to St. Dominic and told him what the Holy Trinity wanted done.  Her words were, “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation stone of the New Testament. Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.”

The Angelic Salutation are the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary from Luke 1:28:  “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

The rest of the prayer then quotes the words of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, upon Mary’s arrival at her home to be with her through her miraculous post-menopausal pregnancy in Luke 1:42:  “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”

The rest of the prayer asks Our Blessed Lord’s mother to pray for us to her Son now, and especially at the hour of our death.  I eagerly await all of the “Christians” in their rage at this to send me emails telling me how “dead people are DEAD and can’t pray.”  Uh-huh.  Riiiiight.  Because John 3:16 says, as we all know, For God so loved the world, as to give His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him, would die, Die, DIE FOREVER!!!!  Yeah.  That makes PERFECT sense.  Yoooooubetcha.

So, the Hail Mary prayer, in its entirety is:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Now back to what she told St. Dominic: the Holy Trinity wanted the Angelic Psalter.  The Psalter is, of course, all 150 Psalms.  So, each Angelic Salutation stands for one of the Psalms.  There are 150 Psalms in the Psalter, so we pray 150 Angelic Salutation prayers (Hail Mary…).

Now here is where it gets REALLY cool.  Each block of 10 Angelic Salutation prayers (Hail Marys) is matched up with a key event in the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord from the perspective of His Mother – so what you are doing is essentially praying the Gospel itself, in order.  These events are called “Mysteries”.  These 15 Mysteries are then divided into three groups: Joyful (Life), Sorrowful (Passion and Death), and Glorious (Resurrection).  So no, one is NOT mindlessly babbling prayers.  During each decade of Hail Marys, not only are you thinking about the Angelic Salutation itself AND of the need for God’s Mercy upon you, a miserable sinner, both now and especially at the hour of your death, but you are also thinking about the event in the Gospel that each decade represents AND how that mystery applies to you and your life.  Each mystery has attached to it a “fruit”, which comes through grace when one prays it well.

Again, as an aside, I await with bated breath the emails telling me how praying the same prayer ten times constitutes mindless babbling, but also how structured prayer that requires ACTUAL THOUGHT AND FOCUS is evil, too.  No, really.  I love it when people argue directly contradicting ideas in the same breath – the same way I love watching videos of cats running into sliding glass doors.

Here are the mysteries and their fruits:

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation (Gabriel tells Mary she will conceive the Savior by the Holy Spirit).  Fruit: Humility
Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation (Mary goes to her cousin Elizabeth who is 6 months pregnant with John the Baptist). Fruit: Charity – Love of Neighbor
Third Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Jesus. Fruit: Poverty, Detachment from Earthly Things 
Fourth Joyful Mystery:  Presentation of Infant Jesus at the Temple. Fruit: Obedience
Fifth Joyful Mystery:  Finding the Boy Jesus teaching at the Temple  Fruit: Piety, Zeal for God

First Sorrowful Mystery: Christ’s Agony in the Garden.  Fruit: Sorrow for Sin (both one’s own sin and the sins of the world), Conformity to the Will of God
Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar. Fruit: Purity
Third Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crowning with Thorns. Fruit: Moral Courage
Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:  The Carrying of the Cross Fruit: Patience
Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Fruit: Perseverance, Self-Denial

First Glorious Mystery:  The Resurrection.  Fruit: Faith
Second Glorious Mystery:  The Ascension.  Fruit: Hope, Desire for Heaven
Third Glorious Mystery:  Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary (Pentecost). Fruit: Wisom, Love of God
Fourth Glorious Mystery:  The Assumption of Mary into Heaven. Fruit: Grace of a Holy Death
Fifth Glorious Mystery:  The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven. Fruit: Trust in Mary’s Intercession

Where’s the Assumption in the Bible?  Oh, it isn’t explicitly there, but that’s okay because as John clearly, clearly states in the last verse of his gospel, they didn’t write everything down because if they had, the world itself could not have contained all of the texts.  That’s why Our Lord gave us The Church, and sent the Holy Ghost to protect it and guide it, including the repository of non-written information and Holy Tradition at Pentecost.  And I would just ask one more simple question.  We have bits of everyone else’s bodies.  They are called relics, and they are really, really important.  Where are The Blessed Virgin’s relics?  Oh, that’s right.  There are none, and never have been any.  Why?  Because she was assumed body and soul into heaven.  John and the rest of the Apostles and Church Fathers did not MISPLACE the body of Our Lord’s mother.  If you think that they did, then I really can’t help you with that.  Only God can fix problems of that enormity.

But, but, where is this Queen of Heaven stuff in the Bible?  Revelation 12.  Right there.

Now, the actual procedure.  Below is a picture of a Rosary.  Start at the Crucifix.  Begin with,
“In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”

Rosary

On the Crucifix recite the Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Amen.

On the first bead up from the Crucifix, say one Our Father (Lord’s Prayer):

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.

There is a wider gap and then three beads – each of those is a Hail Mary.  The first should be for Faith, the second for Hope, and the third for Love – Charity.  Also internally specify any specific intention you have for this Rosary at this time.

There is a wider gap and then one more bead before the center medallion.  On this bead say one Gloria Patri:

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Now you’re on the center medallion thing.  Here, we pray the Fatima Prayer, given by the Blessed Virgin to the children at Fatima, Portugal in ARSH 1917:

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

Now you are one the circular part of the chain.  Start with the First Joyful Mystery.  Announce which mystery it is and its fruit:
“The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation.  Fruit of the Mystery: Humility.”

Begin each mystery with

One Our Father

The recite the

Ten Hail Marys

There are ten beads for each Hail Mary.  You will then reach a seperator bead with a bit more length of chain on each side of it.  On this bead conclude the Mystery with

One Gloria Patri and

One Fatima Prayer

Continue on to the Second Joyful Mystery, etc.

When you have finished the Fifth Mystery and are back at the center medallion thing, conclude the Rosary with

One Salve Regina:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we made be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

And finish with this concluding prayer:

O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Each set of five decades takes roughly 22 minutes to pray.  Praying all three sets of mysteries, the entire Angelic Psalter, requires a little over an hour.  If you just do one set of mysteries per day (Joyful, Sorrowful or Glorious), the Church’s  Tradition has been:

Monday: Joyful
Tuesday: Sorrowful
Wednesday: Glorious
Thursday: Joyful
Friday: Sorrowful
Saturday: Glorious
Sunday: Glorious

I have YouTubes of each of the Three sets of mysteries in LATIN linked up above on the Menu bar.  You can find oodles of English YouTube Rosaries with a simple search on YouTube.  You don’t NEED audio, but it is a great way to learn when getting started and I sometimes use audio when in a noisy environment or just to help focus.  My mind tends to race sometimes.

If you don’t have an actual set of Rosary beads yet, no problem.  You have, I would assume, ten fingers.  You’re always equipped.

Bottom line: this works.  It is endlessly deep as there are endless insights to be had into the Gospel, and every day presents each of us with a new dataset that needs to be parsed and reconciled to the Gospel.  The Rosary accomplishes this, if prayed persistently and piously.  I can’t tell you how many flashes of comprehension, ways of explaining something and good essay ideas have come to me while praying the Rosary.  It’s even more productive “thinking time” than in the shower or when highway driving with the radio off.  Those were my two big thinking session venues BEFORE I started praying the Rosary years ago.

The Rosary is second only in efficacy and merit to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself.  It is God’s gift to us.  When God gives you something, use it.

 

Obama isn't a loner. He's a crack-smoking sodomite imbecile who has to be kept hidden. Duh.

I happened on this Vanity Fair piece wondering aloud how it can possibly be that their demigod could possibly be the uber-competent, super-genius organizer of people that he is (Right?  He is, right?  Right? *sniff* I’m skeerd.  Hold me!) while being, as it is now clear for all the world to see, held in near-total isolation.

There, there now.  Let me explain it for you.

Barack Obama remains in near-total isolation, never really engaging anyone outside of maybe half-a-dozen to a dozen people inside the West Wing, bluffing his way through pressers and being held safely away from congressional leadership and even his top-tier donors behind velvet ropes, because Barack Obama is dumber than a box of hair, a drug addict, and a sodomite, and CAN’T engage people without blowing his cover.

Barack Obama the man, or whatever his name is, spends much of his time locked in the study above the Oval Office.  In that study he watches ESPN, does drugs, and is sexually serviced by male concubines.  Barack Obama also does not “golf”, unless the word “golf” is the new jive-talk slang for being fellated by a male concubine while smoking crack in the backseat of the presedential limo in the parking lot of the East Course at Joint Base Andrews.  If that is what “golf” now means, then yes, Barack Obama sure as hell plays a lot of “golf”.

Let’s compare Obama to Bill Clinton.  Bill Clinton is a psychopath, a murderer and a rapist.  Bill Clinton is also probably a genius on the I.Q. scale.  Tales of Bill Clinton’s intellectual dexterity and thus his charm and ability to “work a room” are legendary, from both the male and female perspectives.  Both men and women have reported that Bill Clinton can make anyone he is talking to feel as though they are the only person on the planet, and that he understands and sympathizes completely with them and their position.  He has used this ability to manipulate men politically and women sexually to an extent that is perhaps unmatched.

Obama’s handlers keep him totally isolated and won’t even let him schmooze with his drooling mega-donors.  And Obama cooperates, because he knows he is a complete fraud, too.

Do you guys remember the stunningly bizarre incident a few years ago when Obama began a press conference at the White House, and then walked out claiming he had to attend some reception, and turned his own press conference over to Bill Clinton who proceeded to DAZZLE the press corps with a tour de force performace at the podium?  Everything Bill Clinton said was a lie, including the words “and” and “the”, but his rhetorical command and nimbleness was stunning, especially in direct contrast to Obama who can only barely regurgitate rehearsed and coached talking points when speaking ex tempore.  Let’s go to the videotape on that surreal episode:

Who is running the White House?  Who is executing the Cloward-Piven strategy from the West Wing?  Valerie Jarrett is clearly in charge, but even she is taking orders from above.  JPMorgan-Goldman Sachs.  Soros.  The Saudis.  Maybe the ChiComms.  Maybe Moscow.  I dunno.  We’ll all find out at the General Judgment.  Michelle Obama is also far more powerful and involved than is let on.  This is especially terrifying, because Michelle Obama is every bit as dumb as her fake husband, and perhaps even moreso.  Have you ever read Michelle’s Princeton thesis?  Here.  Let me link that badboy up for you.  I simply have to quote Christopher Hitchens, the now-former atheist (God have mercy on him), who said it best:

“I direct your attention to Mrs. Obama’s 1985 thesis at Princeton University. Its title (rather limited in scope, given the author and the campus) is “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” To describe it as hard to read would be a mistake; the thesis cannot be “read” at all, in the strict sense of the verb. This is because it wasn’t written in any known language.”

Obama isn’t a brooding genius, plotting and hatching plans with his roundtable of consiglieres and caporegimes.  He didn’t win the office of the Presidency; he was installed as a puppet by a putch regime who counted the entirety of the mainstream media as a 110% compliant  operational arm.  Obama is a drug-addled imbecile moving through and marking the hours one SportsCenter and one bl**j*b at a time.  He is personally responsible, along with many others, for the giant crime against humanity that is this regime, and he should personally be held to full earthly account according to the rule of law and be subject to capital punishment with due process just like the rest of them in exctly the same way Kim Jong Un, another imbecile puppet, should also be held to full personal account.  But a brooding genius?  Cracker, please.

Starting Wednesday Off Right

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.

We're gonna go "encounter" some musloids and then we're gonna "dialogue" using swords just like this one I'm holding right here in my right hand, because I'm the Vicar of Jesus Christ and I have made my judgment.

We’re gonna go “encounter” some musloids and then we’re gonna “dialogue” using swords just like this one I’m holding right here in my right hand, because I’m the Vicar of Jesus Christ and I have made my judgment.

Meet Pope Urban II.  In the late 11th century, the musloids were exterminating all of the Christians in the Middle East.  (Sound familiar?)  Even though he was over in the West with the Western Rite, and the exterminated Christians were Eastern with their Eastern Rites, it mattered not, because there is only One Church, and when the sheep are being exterminated by a large pack of inbred, rabid, demonically possessed wolves, you suit up and boot up.  Quoth Pope Urban II to those assembled at the Council of Clermont on November 27, ARSH 1095:

I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to pers­e all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it is meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it.

To which, all there present simultaneously cried, “Deus vult!  Deus vult!”  (God wills it!)

Now, 918 years later, the successor to Urban II can only spew incoherent platitudes while his sheep, his flock, entrusted to him by Jesus Christ, are exterminated without compunction in exactly the same lands and by exactly the same people (no, really, the family trees are completely straight lines).

How long, O Lord?

If dead babies won't convince you … will this?

Ladies and gentlemen of the Iniquitous Gutter Republic, I give you an honest-to-goodness taxpayer-funded print advertisement now running for Obamacare.  This is not satire.  This is not a joke.  I dunno.  Maybe since the dead babies didn’t convince you that a tax strike is the very, very, very least that is called for at this point, perhaps this will:

Remember, quarterly tax payments for income generated in the September 1, 2013-December 31, 2013 window will be due on January 15, 2014!

Remember, quarterly tax payments for income generated in the September 1, 2013-December 31, 2013 window will be due on January 15, 2014!

 

New Ann Interview w/ Elijah

We’re basically just doing one of these per month, now to catch up on current events.  We talk about the ObamaCare website intentional failure, the complicity of the Catholic bishops in the ObamaCare fraud, a few different topics.  It’s pretty good – for a chick.  I acquired a headset with a microphone so the audio quality is greatly improved.  I’m still a shrill, shrieking harridan, but I’m a shrill, shrieking harridan with much more low-end bass and less high-end tweet.  It helps.

BTW, someone reminded me of the Big Lebowski Dude and how White Russians were referred to as “Caucasians”, so pour yourself up a Caucasian (or four) and enjoy 44 minutes of browbeating.  Za Vas!

I'll Have a White Russian, Please.

1.  A White Russian is one shot of vodka, a half shot of coffee liqueur, and then top off with cream – all over ice in a lowball glass.  Do not stir.  Be careful with these delicious rascals.  They sneak up on you.  You don’t feel a thing … until you stand up.  And then it’s the Battle of Stalingrad right behind your eyeballs.

2.  Thank you once again for your extreme generosity in my estate liquidation project.  I am happy to report that yet another Tridentine Mass for my benefactors, supporters and those who pray for me has been locked-in for November 29th at approximately 12:30pm EST.  Since only one person can technically “win” each auction, I thought it only right to add “supporters and those who pray for me” to the intention.  Our Lord knows exactly who you are, and thus the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will indeed be offered for your special intention on the 29th.  Mark the date!

3. I came across this little poem on vice and thought it extremely apt.  The word MIEN (pronounced “meen”) means a person’s appearance or manner.

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Do you remember when even the slightest sight of anything having to do with sodomites or lesbians was utterly repulsive to you, engendering even a visceral, physical feeling of repulsion?  We have – all of us, to varying degrees – been desentized to it.  The Communist infiltrators have done this through the media, and as I have said before, we not only let them do it, but we paid them, on average, $50-$200 PER MONTH to let them do it, and most continue to do so.  Endure, pity, then embrace.  Indeed.

3.  With regard to the counties in Colorado voting to move forward in the process of forming a 51st state, no I’m not impressed.  First, the FEDGOV will never, ever approve such a thing because it would dilute the Senate and the two new diluted Senate seats would both be conservative.  Not that the legislative branch has any actual power anymore.  What a joke.  The Legislative Branch is simply a lapdog to the Tyrant Executive, and of zero consequence to the Judiciary, which has usurped the role of authoring legislation for quite some time now.  But more importantly, why is forming a new state that still exists inside an Iniquitous Gutter Republic any sort of improvement?  This is the working definition of peeing into the wind.   Bottom line:  When someone starts a movement to SECEDE FROM THE UNION, then and only then will I pay attention.  Anything less than that is simply the rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic.  Anyone with a brain knows that you need to get your butts in a lifeboat and row away from the sinking monstrosity as hard and as fast as you possibly can.

4.  And finally, something pretty.  While I know that George and Tammy’s relationship was highly, highly disordered, I have always loved this song.  An interesting point about Tammy – she kept her beautician’s license current until the very end of her life.  She always entertained the possibility that she would need to go “back to work” at some point.  At the time it seemed odd, but I think that we can all better appreciate her wisdom and humility on this point now.  This is an old Hee-Haw clip.  Man, EVERYBODY went on Hee-Haw.  Saturday night – 6:00pm.  Scenes from a childhood in the last golden days of the United States.  Enjoy.

 

Starting Monday Off Right

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.

Grrr!  D'oh!  Argh!  Come here!  Hey!  Now I got ya!  BAH! D'OH! ARGH!

Grrr! D’oh! Argh! Come here! Hey! Now I got ya! BAH! D’OH! ARGH!

Jacob rasslin’ with an angel in Genesis 32.  Here is the footnote on the episode from the Douay-Rheims Bible which, I think, clears up the misconceptions about this incident:

This was an angel in human shape, as we learn from Hosea 12: 4. He is called God, ver. 28 and 30, because he represented the person of the Son of God. This wrestling, in which Jacob, assisted by God, was a match for an angel, was so ordered (ver. 28,) that he might learn by this experiment of the divine assistance, that neither Esau, nor any other man, should have power to hurt him.– It was also spiritual, as appeareth by his earnest prayer, urging and at last obtaining the angel’s blessing.

So, two points.  The Divine Assistance is EXTREMELY powerful.  Rasslin’ an angel to a draw is an unfathomable feat.  Second, earnest persistence in prayer is both efficacious and desired by God.  Speaking for myself, coming out of a protestant culture of self-reliance to the point of abject pridefulness and being keen to avoid the traditional female stereotypical behavior of talking too much and, most especially, nagging, this episode reminds us that God wants us to both talk to Him and “nag” Him.  NOT persistently asking Him for help is bad, prideful business.

The one about how WE ARE THE GOLD

Originally penned and posted on February 29, ARSH 2012.  The next day Western Rifle Shooters Association reprinted it in full (everyone has full reprint permission – I’m not writing this stuff to exercise my fingers, I’m writing it to be read), and the following comment showed up on the WRSA thread.  I found it quite humbling.  Hopefully it encourages folks to read this piece, despite its length.

“Part 3 of 3 is the most profound insight on why we are where we are in this allegedly Representative Republic that I have encountered in 40 years of deep reading on history and economics. In this day of shallow education and shortened attention spans, I never expected to come across anything like the profound insight and clarity she put forth here. I submit that the above paragraphs are nothing less than the Unified Field Theory of Western Civilization. One of the Founding Fathers said that the system of government they had put together would only work for ‘a moral and religious people. They will utterly fail for any other’. In a few paragraphs, Ann just explained to us why that is so. Yes, it’s depressing, and the successfully and designed outcome of an amoral state education system. Well done Ann.  -Trivium Pursuit”

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PART 1

If you know how bad the situation is and don’t feel the need to subject yourself to any more of my patented Barnhardt Phillipic and Funeral Dirge for Civilization, take your leave now, because I honestly think that this is the the saddest, most profoundly depressing post I have yet written.

And I’ve written a few.

A few thousand.

The topic is the US Dollar, and currency in general. The Federal Reserve has been willfully and systematically debasing the US dollar for a century by claiming that 2% inflation is the benchmark of a healthy economy. Since the universities and media have been overrun by Marxists, there is hardly anyone alive who A.) is in possession of the capacity to independently think and reason their way through such a question and B.) anyone who cares in the first place.

In addition to the slow grinding debasement by the Fed, the Marxists have finally fully usurped and overthrown the government of the United States, and thus have now executed the coup de grace: wild, flagrant money “printing”, and by “printing”, please understand that we are not talking about the fabrication of paper bills. We are talking about computerized entries into the Federal Reserve’s ledger. The Fed literally types in an addition of x billion or y trillion dollars into its balance sheet – creating dollars out of thin air that exist as zeroes and ones on a computer server – and then use those new dollars to purchase US Treasury bonds. In this way, the Obama regime and its puppetmasters have debased the US dollar by roughly one half the total GDP in less than four years. This iteration of both the United States and the US Dollar are over. There is no way to walk back the damage that the Obama regime has done. They have accomplished their mission, no matter what happens from this day forward.

After reading and reviewing my texts on monetary theory from Mises, Hayek, Friedman and contemporary economists including Denninger, I have come to a profound realization about money and the fiat vs commodity money (i.e. gold-backed currency) debate – and it bodes very, very poorly for us.

First, a few preliminary points.

1. Going to a gold standard will solve nothing. This is not to say that I don’t think that gold and silver are good wealth storage vehicles in this situation. To the contrary, I think they are excellent for these times. BUT, simply reverting to the gold standard, in and of itself, will not turn us around. We will, at some point, be FORCED to revert to the primordial commodity currency paradigm simply because our government and society will collapse, and thus our currency with it. If and when our culture rebuilds itself, if we remain as we are, the exact same problems that have arisen under the fiat money system will emerge again, even under a gold-backed currency.

So why has civilization, up until just within the last few decades, operated on commodity money systems, and why is it plausible to think that any fiat currency could ever have any legitimacy? The reason why civilization has used commodity money, namely gold and silver, up until just recently is because up until just recently, there was no way to instantly verify money held on deposit, or the existence of a line of credit. With computers and the internet, such instant checks are as common as breathing, blinking and walking. We don’t even think about it anymore. We go to the sandwich shop, get our sandwich, and in less than three seconds, the vendor has confirmed that we have funds, and then transferred those funds into his account. In the centuries and millennia past, people would load chests filled with gold coinage and jewels onto sailing ships and set out for distant lands. Why did they take their gold and jewels with them and risk losing that money to shipwreck or piracy? Because they had to take it with them. The only way to confirm your wealth to others was to physically possess it. Physical possession and spot exchange was also the only way to execute mercantile transactions. If we lose telecommunications and computing ability due to the successful detonation of an Electromagnetic Pulse weapon, or simply due to the total breakdown of society and the ability to maintain and power such systems, then indeed, this argument will become moot. BUT, so long as there is near-instant data transmission, commodity money will be theoretically optional (*with a qualifier to be addressed later in Part 3).

While we are looking at history, it bears mentioning that metals-backed currencies have not prevented other economic calamities. Just in the United States, the Great Depression of the 1930’s and the post-Civil War depression of 1873-1879, now called the Long Depression, which was actually caused by the manipulation of silver demand by the German Empire, were not magically prevented by metals-backed currency. Returning to a gold standard would not prevent recessions from happening. In fact, recessions are a necessary fact of economies, and serve to deflate bubbles and restore equilibrium. The only people who promise to eliminate economic recessions are Marxists, and that is because Marxists are liars. Just as all respiring beings on earth must both inhale and exhale, so too must economies. A person who perpetually inhaled would eventually burst their lungs and die. Conversely, a person who could only exhale would asphyxiate and die. But both actions, in a balanced, moderate cycle, are the definition of health. It is the same with economies: periods of expansion followed by a healthy, normal contraction that deflated any bubbles and restored equilibrium, thus setting up the next expansion phase.

2. Metals-backed currencies can be corrupted, too. There are two ways to corrupt a metals-backed currency, and it has happened many, many times throughout history. The first means pertains to coinage, and is to corrupt the metal itself with cheaper metals, such as zinc. The Roman denarius was debased from 4.5 grams of pure silver to less than one tenth of a gram of silver. Hyperinflation was the inevitable result, and the currency had to eventually be totally replaced.

The second means, which pertains to paper and electronic currency, is for the government to lie about the reserve quantity. This could either be done by explicitly lying about the number of ounces in storage, OR could be done by clandestinely issuing dollars to cronies of the oligarchy, which were NOT actually backed by any metal, and thus would be a de facto lie as to the supply. Since the people would be unable to demand a daily audit and reconciliation, the ability to police and reconcile the supply of metal and dollars would be impossible, and exactly the same things that are going on today, namely government looting of the Treasury and debasement of the currency, would continue apace.

PART 2

The problem lies in our overtly criminal government, obviously, but also in the banking paradigm itself. Fractional reserve banking with unsecured lending has got to go. In the current banking paradigm, banks are required to keep from zero percent to ten percent (yes, that’s right, ZERO PERCENT) of customer deposits on hand as reserves, and loan the rest of the money out. If a customer deposits $100 in Bank A, $90 is lent out and $10 remains as reserve (and this is the CONSERVATIVE version). Whoever borrowed the $90 then deposits it in Bank B. Bank B then lends out $81 and keeps $9 in reserve. And so on, and so on. If you go through ten cycles this way, you end up with the original $100 being leveraged into $686.19 of deposits backed by only the original $100. This is what they call “money creation.” For you math buffs, this is a limit function. With a 10% reserve requirement on a $100 initial deposit sum, the limit terminates at $1000. With a 5% reserve requirement on $100, the limit terminates at $2000. With a zero percent reserve requirement, the limit is obviously infinite.

A reasonable, non-zero reserve ratio is workable, but only so long as banks are required to carry one dollar of reserves for every one dollar they lend out. These reserves can be either in the form of the bank’s own capital, OR in the form of FAIRLY VALUED booking of the assets purchased with the loan. All unsecured lending must stop. This means that all home mortgages must be marked-to-market every single day, and if the home is worth less than the loan outstanding, the bank must post its own capital against the shortfall. This also means that credit cards, which are totally unsecured because they are used to purchase mostly non-assets, such as meals, gasoline, vacations and pure service commodities, must be backed by bank capital dollar-for-dollar. The bank could sell bonds to raise capital if it wants to make unsecured loans and then would be arbitraging the spread between the interest rate it must pay on the bonds and the interest rate plus default risk on the credit cards. In this way, the worst that could possibly happen, namely every unsecured credit line totally defaulting, would result in the bank owners and investors losing their money – but the customer deposits would be safe because all of the loans against hard assets, which would be properly valued and marked-to-market, could be sold to other banks in the market, and that revenue would fully cover all customer deposits.

In not posting capital against unsecured loans, the banks are indeed naked short selling our currency – and it matters not whether that currency is gold-backed or not. The credit card customer is promising to pay back (deliver) a loan with money that they do not have and does not exist, and they won’t be able to borrow. So, the bank and the customer together are colluding in the naked short sale. The long on the other side is the citizen and taxpayer who will subsidize the inevitable “need” to print more dollars to “bail out” both the bank and the customer. Taxes will be raised and the currency will be further debased via electronic “printing”, causing price inflation – a one-two punch to the citizen. This is EXACTLY what is happening to us today.

Well, the reality today is that banks are both writing massive quantities of unsecured loans and doing nothing on their side to balance the ledger, AND they are failing to honestly and realistically book the values of their hard-asset loans. The big banks are still booking home values at their original purchase price – not the fair market value today. Given the housing bubble, most mortgages today are underwater and are worth far, far less than the principal balance to say nothing of interest. This is why I say, echoing others, that the major banks in this country are not just totally insolvent, they are insolvent multiple times over. If the government wasn’t criminal and the favored banks of the oligarchs actually had to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley, the entire system would implode into a singularity tomorrow.

For more info and a much better explanation of the concepts covered to this point, do purchase “Leverage” by Karl Denninger – a very easy-to-grasp, detailed explanation of the whole, stinking mess.

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PART 3

And that brings us to the conclusion and actual point.

All of the stuff outlined above is all well and good to talk about, but as I was reading, including opposing thoughts from other schools, including the Austrian School which advocates full-reserve banking in some instances, namely demand deposits – a possibility to which I am not entirely opposed – I kept running into the 400 pound gorilla, which is silently acknowledged, but never really discussed, because the discussion would inevitably lead to talk of morality and thus . . . religion.

At the end of the day, any currency is backed not by physical commodities or a collective abstraction called “a government”. No. A currency is backed by the character and integrity of men that constitute the issuing nation or body. In short, WE ARE THE GOLD. We are the bearers of the “full faith and credit” which backs our Federal Reserve notes today. And that, dear readers, is why this country is not going to turn itself around anytime soon, and is almost certainly doomed in the short-run.

Every text I read over the last few days always included a very brief caveat that all of the preceding theory was, of course, contingent on a moral society with a functioning rule of law, honest regulation and a populace that was mostly honorable and trustworthy. This caveat was phrased differently in each instance, but it was always there, hanging over everything else like a fine mist. If you have a nation of moral degenerates, all bets are off. If the people are more dishonest than honest, and the government is nothing more than a mafia, then all economic systems and all postulations fly apart at the seams. If there is no rule of law, and if theft, graft and looting are the prevalent systems of economic activity, then no matter what your banking system, no matter what your currency – fiat or commodity-backed, your system and your economy will absolutely, positively fail eventually.

Sadly, that is where we are in this country. Sure, there are still good people, but as a percentage it isn’t even remotely enough to bear the burden of the massive moral degeneracy of the others. Even among those people who would never steal or loot, there is a decided lack of courage to stand up to those who do steal and loot. The MF Global confiscation proves this. People have mostly rolled over and taken having their money stolen, shrugging their shoulders and telling themselves that there is nothing they can do – and then going back for more, continuing to patronize the very exchange that facilitated the theft and fraud. To my knowledge, only one broker has exited the field on purely moral grounds in a pre-emptive action to protect clients, and as a protest to the injustice of the system itself.

Our government is saturated with corruption, looting and outright treason and criminality, and yet most people simply cannot be bothered to care, much less to act, and are thus passively complicit. A non-trivial percentage of the population are planning and maneuvering to best “benefit” or profiteer from the criminality and fundamental dishonesty of the paradigm. Others are attempting to enter the oligarch class themselves under the guise of running for political office – and make no mistake, this encompasses both the so-called left and the so-called right on the political spectrum. The degeneracy is everywhere.

The fall of a society can happen very quickly. Our society has taken roughly 50 years to topple. If the previous example of the Russian culture is any example, we can expect it to take many multiples of 50 years to undo this damage, if and only if the pendulum has reached its maximum amplitude and now begins to swing back, which I fear has not yet happened. Morality cannot be legislated. Cultures cannot be purged of evil, selfishness and sloth overnight – even with a war. I cannot lie to you and tell you that short of Divine Intervention, this situation will resolve itself in any of our lifetimes. We had “it.” We had “it”, and we squandered “it”, and now “it” is gone, and no governmental, economic or monetary policy will get “it” back. “It” can only come from God, dwelling in the hearts of men, and God only comes to men if they specifically ask Him.

We, the people, always have been and always will be the ultimate backing commodity of our currency, because at its core, money is merely the representative device for a man’s capacity to produce and create. Dishonest men do not create or produce. They steal. Thus, the currency of a morally degenerated society is by definition degenerate itself. The currency of a degenerate society is the proxy not for a man’s ability to work and think, but rather a proxy for a man’s capacity to steal and evade work.

We used to be like gold – beautiful and warm. Now we are like pig iron – cold, brittle and good-for-nothing. And THAT is what constitutes the “full faith and credit” that backs the U.S. Dollar. So long as our culture remains degenerate, our currency can never be anything but spiraling, worthless trash.

Starting Monday Off Right

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.

Grumpy and stubbly.  Team San Carlo.  Yay!

Grumpy and stubbly. Team San Carlo. Yay!

Today is the Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo. He was grumpy, and apparently was rocking a five o’clock shadow well before noon.  He was a real manly-man.  Among countless other awesome achievements, St. Charles went after his confessor when it became clear that the guy was a pervert, and the confessor was, as a result, convicted of “unnatural offenses”.  He made many enemies – but the kind of enemies that it is good to have.

St. Charles was a toughguy who saw how incredibly messed up and wicked the world in his day was, and just rolled up his sleeves and FIXED IT.  He was a man who got tremendous horsepower to the pavement.  He didn’t shrug his shoulders.  He didn’t roll his eyes.  He just mashed the throttle and went right over the top of anyone who dared slow him down.  Sigh.  Yeah.  We’re a fan.

He also invented Sunday School.

Oh, and he wrote an entire book about the design and construction of churches: Instructiones Fabricae et Supellectilis Ecclesiasticae.  The people responsible for all of these hideously, hideously ugly churches today should be beaten mercilessly with a hardcover copy of Instructiones Fabricae et Supellectilis Ecclesiasticae until they repent of their wicked, evil designs and lying proclamation of ugliness as beauty.

And even though he was widely hated by the corruptocrats and perverts, and even though he was a grumpy-puss who consistently wore his frowny-face, the day he died the people took to the streets demanding that he be canonized a saint.  (I’m pretty sure there is a lesson in there somewhere….)

St. Carlo, pray for us!!

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