Monthly Archives: March 2014

Starting Saturday 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.

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.

St. Benedict and his deeply furrowed brow.  Plus ça change....

St. Benedict and his deeply furrowed brow.
Plus ça change….

The Gospel from yesterday’s Mass of the Feast of St. Benedict:

Then Peter answering, said to Him: Behold we have left all things, and have followed Thee: what therefore shall we have? And Jesus said to them: Amen, I say to you, that you, who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of His majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for My Name’ s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting.
Matthew 19:27-29



St. Joseph, Mailbag, Being Surrounded and Meatgrinders

1.  Thanks to one and all who emailed me to point out that the Corzine Mass on March 19th will be said, in fact, on the Feast of St. Joseph.  Indeed.  In my haste and enthusiasm I glazed right over that.  BUT, it brings up a great point.  One should, especially during Lent, be sure to read the Masses of the day in addition to the Masses of the Feasts.  The Lenten Masses are incredibly rich.  This is the St. Andrew Missal in Latin (of course) and English side-by-side.

2.  I have also begun supplementing my daily Mass with Dom Propter Gueranger’s “Liturgical Year” commentary.  A veritable treasure trove.  I shall be shamelessly lifting from it regularly.

3.  From the Mailbag:

I found it exceedingly odd today in church to be praying for Corzine.  Never thought that would happen. [I know, right?]
Then again, never thought I would cancel my cable but I did that 15 months ago.  [Woot!] Haven’t missed it….thought I would as I have always enjoyed watching sports. [Toldya.]  But instead our family plays games, have Bible studies, talk about stuff important to teens etc.
I thought the kids would be resistant to losing cable, but they haven’t been. [Good kids.  You should keep them.]  In fact they seem well adjusted and happy that their parents are focused on God and family. [Not according to the FEDGOV.  To them you are abusing your children by isolating them and indoctrinating them with religious extremism. Just so you know.]  What a concept, eh?  [Crazypants.]
Keep up the good fight. [That’s the plan, Stan.]
4.  I get lots and lots of requests from people who want me to write more about my conversion.  It’s mostly boring – just lots of reading and thinking.  But something did occur to me a while back which I found interesting.  I have been, for most of my life, physically surrounded in a sense by the Eucharist.  When I was a kid I lived in an old house which was converted into apartments, which used to be a Catholic orphanage for black boys run by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, an order of black nuns.  I remember people saying that they were EXTREMELY striking in appearance in their wimples and habits.  I found a picture:
Back in the Good Old Days before Vatican II when nuns were actually Catholic.

Back in the Good Old Days before Vatican II when nuns were actually Catholic.

Anywho, I also remember it being said that there was a chapel in the orphanage – which stands perfectly to reason.  So, knowing as we do that God is not limited by time, I was, for most of my childhood, not far from where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass had been offered, and maybe even where the Eucharist had been reposed.  So that is the “backward in time” aspect.

For the “forward in time” aspect, there is the public elementary school I attended.  A couple of years ago it was bought by the local Catholic School system and the library was turned into a chapel. I spent a lot of time in that library.  I was well ahead of my classmates and operated on a largely different curriculum from the rest of my class until I was skipped for the first time from the 4th grade to the 5th grade.  When I was in 1st grade, my teacher, a British lady by the name of Mrs. Hanna, would send me to the library to write research reports on various topics.  The first one she tasked me with was the story of Achilles from the Iliad.  I thus learned how to use the encyclopedia and card catalogue.  Sadly, that was my last encounter with the classics, aside from a pedagogical death march through Antigone in the 10th grade.  Ah well.  Divine Providence.  Anyway, I was sent off to work independently in the library a lot through those years.  The future chapel.

I had one remarkable physical encounter with Our Lord in the Eucharist in my childhood.  The Sunday school class I was in at the United Church of (we don’t actually believe in) Christ went on two “ecumenical” field trips when I was about ten or eleven years old.  The first was to a synagogue in Kansas City.  The Torah scrolls were kept in a very big thing on the wall and there was a big production when they were brought out.  Very Vegas.  I remember being very underwhelmed and thinking “nothing just happened here.”  Little did I know how true that was.

Anyway, the second “ecumenical” field trip was to a local Catholic parish on a Saturday night.  We attended the Mass and then were given a tour by the priest after the Mass.  I saw my second grade teacher at the Mass and had the standard “Wow.  Teachers actually exist outside of the school?” reaction that children typically have.  I was also thoroughly off-put by the fact that everyone was in jeans.  My lands, even at the United Church of (we don’t actually believe in) Christ, everyone wore “Sunday clothes” to church.

After the Mass, we had our tour, and the priest took us up ON THE ALTAR and OPENED THE TABERNACLE, took out the ciborium, and showed us the Reserved Hosts therein.  I remember him specifically saying, “Most Catholics never get this close or get to see this.” And yes, I specifically remember him genuflecting before and after and thinking to myself, “Huh.  Why did he do that?”  What he never mentioned was that the Eucharist, those little round discs that we peered at in that gold cup thing with the lid, were the PHYSICAL SUBSTANCE OF GOD ALMIGHTY.  Yeah.  It’s just all so embarrassing.  I mean, that group of four girls might have thought he was crazy, so he couldn’t just TELL US THAT because we might have thought less of him for holding such wacky beliefs.  And, as I said in the post below, it’s all a popularity contest.  That’s the best case scenario, because that assumes that he actually believed in the Eucharist at all.  At any rate, I tremble with awe now thinking back on that episode.

So there you go.  Remember, religion – and there is only one True Religion – is not man’s quest for God.  Religion is God’s quest for man, reaching out over and bridging the chasm of sin that separated us – and that is why it can only be done properly on His terms.  He is the Actor.  Whether or not you “FEEEEEL” or even perceive Him acting upon you is a completely and totally unreliable metric.  This is the lie of Superfun Rockband church and also the Novus Ordo cultural paradigm which is trying to emulate Superfun Rockband church – that the efficacy of the sacrament, or “value of the experience”, is measured by the feeling and perception of the individual.  This is utter and complete narcissistic, self-worshiping rubbish.

Thankfully, He is irresistible, and here I now sit in the Sweet Meatgrinder of Love.  It was a little scary at first, but once you get used to being put through a meatgrinder, it’s FANTASTIC.  Crank it, Baby!  I’m still too chunky!



Starting Sunday Off Right – Keeping Judgment

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.

From the Tract of the Second Sunday in Lent:

Blessed are they that keep judgment and do justice at all times.
Psalm 105: 3

In case there is any question the verb “to keep” means “to maintain” – the Latin in the verse is “custodiunt”, the root from which we get the word “custodian”.

Who am I to judge?  Well, who do I have to be?  When Our Lord says, “Judge not lest ye be judged,” He is NOT saying that we must not judge behavior.  Let’s take Michael Sam’s declaration that he is an enthusiastic and proud practitioner of the grave and abominable sin of sodomy as an example.  Every decent person is charged by God through both the Natural Law and the explicit Law of God to judge the sinful behavior of the sodomite, and condemn it in no uncertain terms.  Anything less is an injustice to the sodomite and to the society in general.  BUT, only Our Blessed Lord will judge Michael Sam’s soul, because only our Lord knows “the whole story” of Michael Sam.  Say, for example, that Michael Sam was raped as a child (hypothetical), and thus his psychosexual constitution has been utterly scrambled.  Is it conceivable that Our Lord in His infinite mercy might weigh that as a mitigating circumstance of some sort?  Yes.  Does this mean that Michael Sam’s acts of sodomy are not sinful and that Michael Sam need not repent?  No – no more than it means that we shouldn’t give medical attention to a person who attempts suicide and in fact RATIFY, ENCOURAGE and even ASSIST them in their insane quest to kill themselves because the person had a troubled past.  The troubled past might mitigate the circumstance and engender Christ’s Mercy, but it does not make the suicide attempt A GOOD THING TO BE COOPERATED WITH, ENCOURAGED OR FACILITATED.

Think of acts of sodomy (or really any sin) as attempts at spiritual suicide.  We are to judge the behavior (attempting suicide) and do everything we can to get the person to stop, but God alone is capable of judging the soul of the person, as only God knows and understands the entirety of the dataset – even the sinner doesn’t know everything about themselves.

What Timothy Dolan did to Michael Sam and countless others by extension was to encourage them to kick away the stool, and even to help them tie and fix the noose.

And why doesn’t Timothy Dolan, or hardly anyone in the Church or culture today understand this relatively simple and common-sense distinction?

Because stupid people are running the world.  We live in a reverse meritocracy.  As hard as it is to believe, Timothy Dolan has probably never given any of this any *serious* thought.  He never had to.  His seminary training was a joke – a combination of Marxism and pop psychology.  The Novus Ordo wing of the Church is, by malicious design, utterly insipid and devoid of any depth.  It is a damn popularity contest.  Superficiality is its main selling point.    Condescension is its currency.  Don’t think… just FEEEEEL.  Thinking is BAD.  Thinking is HARD.

I hope that explanation helps.  Remember, sin is a suicide attempt.

"Bravo.  Good for him." -Cardinal Timothy Dolan, ARSH 2014

“Bravo. Good for him.”
-Cardinal Timothy Dolan, ARSH 2014



Zucchini Bread

1.  I made some zucchini bread the other day in the Easy-Bake Oven here in the Van Down By the River.  The secret ingredient is yogurt.  Yogurt makes baked goods soft and moist.  Just make sure you get the plain, unsweetened kind.  Sweet vanilla yogurt would be cloying and yucky.

2.  I am pleased to announce that the next Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for all of my benefactors and supporters will be on March 18th.  Mark the date!

3.  I have two Masses per month locked-in, and for the non-benefactor Mass I have been cycling through family, friends and people who have done grievous personal harm to me specifically.  Today, however, I decided to finally bite the bullet and dedicate this month’s Mass to Jon Corzine.  Yes, as in MFGlobal Jon Corzine.  As in the Jon Corzine who I still firmly believe should be arrested and tried for his theft, and upon conviction be executed.  Remember, to deprive a man of the justice due him is a sin equal in gravity to his crime.  Thus, my position has not changed in that regard, just so we are clear.  But, as with any criminal, the hope and prayer is that of conversion, sincere repentance, salvation and that the criminal enjoy the Beatific Vision for all eternity.  Jon Corzine is no exception.  My hope is that the death of Corzine’s son (which is being reported as a suicide) might jar Corzine, psychopath though he may be, into some sort of conversion experience.  I know it is a long shot, especially when we are talking about sociopathy/psychopathy, which is by definition the pathological absence of regret, shame or guilt, but I also know that Our Lord said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  So, I am going to ask Our Crucified Lord to affect the conversion and save the soul of Jon Corzine, a man whom, it is completely accurate to say, I have hated.

The Corzine Mass will be on March 19th, and sure enough, I just looked up the propers of the Mass of the Wednesday of the Second Week in Lent and the First Reading is the prayer of Mardochai from the book of Esther, chapter 13, and it couldn’t possibly be any more apropos:

But Mardochai besought the Lord, remembering all His works, And said: O Lord, Lord, Almighty King, for all things are in Thy power, and there is none that can resist Thy will, if Thou determine to save Israel. Thou hast made heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven.  Thou art Lord of all, and there is none that can resist Thy majesty.
Esther 13: 8-11

There is a sporting chance that Corzine has been baptized as he was brought up (like me) in the uber-liberal United Church of Christ.  I doubt, however, that he has ever had the Holy Sacrifice offered specifically for his soul.  I guess we will all find out the result at the General Judgment.

4.  On the missing plane.  I don’t know what to make of it.  The question I keep coming back to is, why would someone who wanted to detonate an EMP nuke steal a super-sophisticated passenger jet, filled with people, that can only be landed on a runway with two-foot-deep concrete lest it sink into the ground and be massively damaged if not destroyed?  777s are massive.  Only 747s and A380s are bigger, if I’m not mistaken.  Why not just use some old mid-sized cargo junker?  Why take the massive risk?  I suspect this is just another case of insane musloids with suicide bloodlust, but the entire business of “losing” a 777 is deeply troubling indeed.

5.  Attention: people who send me the “Michelle Obama is a man” video get permanently blocked, period.  There is only so much stupid I can take before I start despairing and consider giving up and shutting everything down, so I am just blocking the stupid.  It mystifies me how it is that people can be so utterly, totally, completely gullible.  Do you guys not realize that stuff like that is made by either the profoundly mentally ill OR by people who are seeking to discredit any serious criticism of the Obama regime?  This is precisely why the Obama eligibility issue never got traction – because infiltrators were sent in to discredit any intelligent discussion of the objective fact of Obama’s ineligibility and the fake birth certificate so that people like me and Karl Denninger (who did yeoman’s work on the birth certificate photoshopping) were lumped in with the people who blame everything on “shape-shifting lizard-Joooz” and believe that jet contrails are poison, or that there is an entire underground “Middle Earth” civilization, or that there is a giant invisible Death Star planet hiding behind the sun.  I had an idea once to “seed” a conspiracy theory with the 9/11 truther crowd that 9/11 was actually done by time travelers.  Or maybe time-traveling Joooz, because playing the Joooo card will get you a fixed number of nuts no matter what you say.  But I wanted to do the time-traveler meme, because I realized long ago that ALL 9/11 conspiracy theories are all plot devices from Star Trek: the Next Generation.  Holograms.  Shape-shifters.  Tractor beams.  Massive energy sources.  Mind control beams.  The only Star Trek plot device that hasn’t been used is time travelers.  Sadly, there are a massive number of people walking around who literally cannot tell the difference between reality and the fantasies they have in their heads.  It all just blends together.  So if they see something on Star Trek, or on the internet in general, it crosses over into their perception of reality.  What a world.  Obviously, I quickly discerned that to seed a nutso conspiracy theory just to prove a point would be wicked and that would make me just as bad as the people who actually do stuff like that.  So I just bang my head on my desk.

6.   Okay.  I need bluegrass now.  I lurv bluegrass.  Always have, always will.  “Daniel Prayed” –  a bluegrass song about the Divine Office and civil disobedience.  How ’bout them apples?

I heard about a man one day
He wasted not his time away
He prayed to God
Every morning noon and night
He cared not for the things of man
But trusted One who never fails
Oh, Daniel prayed
Every morning, noon and night

Oh Daniel served the Living God
While upon this earth he trod
He prayed to God every morning, noon and night
He cared not for the king’s decrees 
But trusted God to set him free
Oh Daniel prayed every morning, noon and night

They locked him in the lions’ den
Because he would not honor men
But he prayed to God
Every morning, noon and night
The jaws were locked, it made him shout
And God soon brought him safely out
Oh Daniel prayed
Every morning, noon and night

Oh Daniel served the Living God
While upon this earth he trod
He prayed to God every morning, noon and night
He cared not for the king’s decrees 
But trusted God to set him free 
Oh Daniel prayed every morning, noon and night

Now brother let us watch and pray
Like Daniel did from day to day
He prayed to God
Every morning, noon and night
We too can gladly dare and do 
And pray to God He’ll see us through
Oh, Daniel prayed
Every morning, noon and night

Oh Daniel served the Living God
While upon this earth he trod
He prayed to God every morning, noon and night
He cared not for the king’s decrees 
But trusted God to set him free 
Oh Daniel prayed every morning, noon and night.

Starting Friday 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.

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.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

The soul that sinneth, the same shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, and the father shall not bear the iniquity of the son: the justice of the just shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

But if the wicked do penance for all his sins which he hath committed, and keep all my commandments, and do judgment, and justice, living he shall live, and shall not die. I will not remember all his iniquities that he hath done: in his justice which he hath wrought, he shall live.
Ezechiel 18: 20-28

Snifter Clink of the Day

From the FreeRepublic thread on my “Dolan is an Unmitigated Jackass” piece, on the topic of tax strikes, specifically mine:

“You don’t like the ‘shove the Jews in the oven’ law? Work to change it.

In the meantime, everyone who obeys the law and shoves Jews in the oven is blameless, huh?”

Comment #68.  Arthur McGowan, I snifter clink you, Sir.  Well said, indeed.

Snifter clink!

Snifter clink!




As I Have Been Screeching for Years, Timothy Dolan is an Unmitigated Jackass

Really, what more is there to say?  Anyone with a brain knew years ago that Timothy Dolan was a craven, politicking imbecile.  Presiding at the “gay” Mass at St. Francis Xavier parish in Manhattan and CHEERING the unrepentant sodomite club introduced at said Mass – yeah – that was a SUBTLE CLUE.  Inviting antichrist forerunner Obama to the Al Smith dinner and slapping his back while wearing a perpetual ****-eating grin the whole time was another SUBTLE CLUE.  But now, ol’ Tracksuit Timmy has officially jumped the shark, and let’s not sugarcoat this, Pope Francis Bergoglio is driving the tow boat.  From this morning’s pre-recorded appearance on Meet the Press:

Michael Sam, from your home state, the football player, revealed that he was gay, first in the NFL,” David Gregory said. “And you saw the celebration from the president, the first lady, and they were saying what a courageous step that was. How did you view it?”

“Good for him,” Dolan replied. “I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya. I don’t think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us, well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, ‘Bravo.’

“Bravo” to sodomy.  Bravo to one man jamming his erect penis into the feces-laden descending colon of another man, and then using the descending colon as the point of masturbatory friction.  “Bravo” to one of the four sins that cry out to heaven for God’s vengeance.  “Bravo” to self-loathing.  “Bravo” to using another human being as a mere masturbatory vector.  “Bravo” to a sin so heinous, so foul, so disgusting that Our Blessed Lord Himself told St. Catherine of Siena that it makes Him NAUSEOUS and that even the demons withdraw from it because it is so sick and twisted that their angelic natures – demonic as they are – cannot stand to look upon it or be near it.  “Bravo” to that.  “Bravo” to mortal sin, which if never repented of WILL CONDEMN A PERSON TO ETERNAL DAMNATION.  “Bravo” to that, says Dolan, who couldn’t give any less of a shit about this Michael Sam kid, and is perfectly willing to not only watch this poor kid go to hell, but will even relish in Michael Sam’s sin in order to leverage his (Dolan’s) own personal worldly popularity.  There simply aren’t words.  The craven connivance is beyond description.

And WHY does Dolan finally feel free to show the callous indifference to not just human souls but also to the Sacred Heart of Our Blessed Lord that it is crystal clear he has felt for a long time?  Why is does Dolan now feel fully liberated to ratify sodomy and increase his own worldly popularity by his complete indifference to sin, manifested in this sick permissiveness of objective evil?  Because Pope Francis has thrown open the barn door.  Dolan – like the Advocate magazine and every other tool and mouthpiece for satan on the planet – quotes Pope Francis Bergoglio specifically:  Who am I to judge?

Besides a priest and bishop charged with the spiritual well-being of his flock?  Besides a rational human being?

Does Dolan really believe that we are called by God to make absolutely NO moral judgements whatsoever about human behavior?  Really? So we can’t judge murder?  We can’t judge rape?  We can’t judge theft?  “Judge not lest ye be judged” is God Almighty abolishing the very notion of sin and demanding total anarchy?  REALLY?

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be supplanted. Psalm 36: 30-31

 But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined. But the spiritual man judgeth all things; and he himself is judged of no man. 1 Corinthians 2: 14-15

(Footnote: The sensual man: The sensual man is either he who is taken up with sensual pleasures, with carnal and worldly affections; or he who measureth divine mysteries by natural reason, sense, and human wisdom only. Now such a man has little or no notion of the things of God.)

But beyond that obvious imbecility, Dolan has now taken it a step further – he HAS in fact JUDGED the sin of sodomy, and has JUDGED it positively.  “Bravo” means “good”.  “Good for him” means GOOD. FOR. HIM.  But Dolan isn’t smart enough to recognize the internal contradiction in saying “Bravo”  – which is the Italian word for “good” in the sense of “well done” – and in literally the same breath saying “Who am I to judge?”  You just DID judge, you jackass.

For the sodomites, and ultimately their father satan, mere toleration was never, ever the goal.  The goal is full ratification and publicly-stated approval, followed by the outlawing of non-ratification and/or non-participation.  Dolan has now explicitly and undeniably ratified sodomy with the words “Bravo” and “Good for him.”  And why did he do it?  Because he saw the wild mainstream popularity of Pope Francis and he wants in on it too.  Let’s quit dancing around the reality of the situation.  Pope Francis is popular for one reason and one reason only: his moral laxity, permissiveness, moral relativism and compulsive downplaying of the gravity of sin.  Duh.

We are clearly now in the extreme end-stages of this culture.  It is now “illegal” to not participate in the cult of child sacrifice, and it is likewise also almost completely illegal to not participate in or service the cult of sodomy – and jackasses like Dolan will be in position, squarely behind the people, continuing to place his foot firmly in the smalls of their backs and pushing them straight into hell, quoting Pope Francis Bergoglio all the way.  The staggering, unquantifiable damage that Pope Francis Bergoglio has done and continues to do is utterly unprecedented.  Pope Francis’ litany of active statements of permissiveness makes the mere silence of Paul VI seem like “the good old days”.  Heck, at least Paul VI had Humanae Vitae.  Er, or should that be “at most”?  Either way, the poop well and truly does roll downhill.


Sweet Jesus, please do absolutely whatever it takes – WHATEVER IT TAKES – to make this stop.  We know we deserve not only this, but so much worse.  We know it will hurt – badly.  But we know that you have and will provide us with the tools and strength we need to weather the storm.  We have the Church, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and You Yourself in the Eucharist.  We have Your Mother as our mother and advocate, and her Most Holy Rosary to keep us focused and mindful of Your life, death and resurrection every day, as well as all of your Holy Saints and Angels.  But please, for the sake of your Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world.  Show us Your Mercy by showing us Your Justice.  PLEASE MAKE THIS STOP.

But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18: 6-10

But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh. And if thy hand, or thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee to go into life maimed or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18: 6-10

Starting Sunday Off Right – Overshadowing Shoulders

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.

Today is the First Sunday of Lent, and the following verse from Psalm 90 appears three separate times; first in the Tract, then as the Offertory verse, and finally as the Communion verse.

“The Lord will overshadow thee with His shoulders, and under His wings thou shalt trust: His truth shall compass thee with a shield.”  Psalm 90: 4-5

Read the medical description of death by crucifixion below, and then ponder the words, “The Lord will overshadow thee with His shoulders.”

[This is a paraphrase of a summary of an ARSH 1965 article on crucifixion by Dr. C. Truman Davis entitled, “The Anatomical And Physiological Details Of Death By Crucifixion”, originally published in Arizona Medicine.  Since it is widely reproduced on the internet, I have taken the liberty of cleaning up a few things, and correcting scripture citations.  Additions of my prose are in red brackets.]

Crucifixion is the most painful death ever invented by man and is where we get our term “excruciating.”  It was reserved primarily for the most vicious of male criminals.  Our Lord refused the anesthetic wine which was offered to Him by the Roman soldiers in keeping with His promise recorded in Matthew 26: 29, “And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of My Father.”  Our Lord was stripped naked [This is very important. The depictions of Our Lord with His loincloth intact on the Cross are for the sake of modesty, particularly for women and children.  He was naked.  The humiliation of being hung naked with no way of covering one’s self was in integral part of the humiliation of crucifixion.  Our Blessed Lord spared Himself nothing – the agony of His Passion was maximal.] and His clothing divided by the Roman guards. This was in fulfillment of Psalm 21:19, “They parted My garments amongst them; and upon My vesture they cast lots.”  The Crucifixion of Jesus guaranteed a horrific, slow, painful death.

Having been nailed the Cross, Our Lord now had an impossible anatomical position to maintain.  Jesus’ knees were flexed at about 45 degrees, and He was forced to bear His weight with the muscles of His thigh, which is not an anatomical position which is possible to maintain for more than a few minutes without severe cramp in the muscles of the thigh and calf.  Our Lord’s weight was borne on His feet, with nails driven through them.  As the strength of the muscles of Our Blessed Lord’s lower limbs tired, the weight of His body had to be transferred to His wrists, His arms, and His shoulders.  Within a few minutes of being placed on the Cross, Our Lord’s shoulders were dislocated.  Minutes later His elbows and wrists became dislocated.  The result of these upper limb dislocations was that His arms were 9 inches longer than normal, as clearly shown on the Shroud of Turin.  In addition, prophecy was thus fulfilled in Psalm 21:15, “I am poured out like water; and all my bones are scattered.”

After Our Lord’s wrists, elbows, and shoulders were dislocated, the weight of His body on his upper limbs caused traction forces on the Pectoralis Major muscles of His chest wall.  These traction forces caused His rib cage to be pulled upwards and outwards, in a most unnatural state. His chest wall was permanently in a position of maximal respiratory inspiration. In order to exhale, Jesus had to push down on the nails in His feet to raise His body, and allow His rib cage to move downwards and inwards to expire air from His lungs.  His lungs were in a resting position of constant maximum inspiration. Crucifixion is a medical catastrophe.  The problem was that Our Blessed Lord could not easily push down on the nails in His feet because the muscles of His legs, bent at 45 degrees, were extremely fatigued, in severe cramp, and in an anatomically compromised position.

Despite what is shown in all Hollywood movies about the Crucifixion, the victim was extremely active.  A crucified victim was physiologically forced to move up and down the cross, a distance of about 12 inches, in order to breathe.  The process of respiration caused excruciating pain, mixed with the absolute terror of asphyxiation.  As the six hours of the Crucifixion wore on, Our Lord was less and less able to bear His weight on His legs, as His thigh and calf muscles became increasingly exhausted. [And bear in mind that He had already been scourged until most of His skin was gone, was thus in deep shock, and was then made to march approximately two kilometers while carrying His own Cross.  While fully human, Our Lord’s strength during His Passion was unfathomable.]  

There was increasing dislocation of His wrists, elbows and shoulders, and further elevation of His chest wall, making His breathing more and more difficult.  Within minutes of crucifixion Our Lord became severely dyspnoeic (short of breath).  His movements up and down the Cross to breathe caused excruciating pain in His wrists, His feet, and His dislocated elbows and shoulders.  The movements became less frequent as Our Blessed Lord became increasingly exhausted, but the terror of imminent death by asphyxiation forced Him to continue in His efforts to breathe [because His suffering had to be maximal – He had to give us absolutely all of His love].

Our Sweet Lord’s lower limb muscles developed excruciating cramping from the effort of pushing down on His legs, to raise His body, so that He could exhale, in their anatomically compromised position.  The pain from His two shattered median nerves in His wrists exploded with every movement.  Our Lord was covered in His Precious Blood and sweat.  The blood was a result of the Scourging that nearly killed Him, and the sweat as a result of His violent efforts to expire air from His lungs.

Throughout all this He was completely naked, and the leaders of the Jews, the Romans, the crowds, and the bad thief crucified beside Him were jeering, swearing and laughing at Him.  In addition, Our Lord’s own Blessed Mother was watching this, united to His suffering.

Physiologically, Our Lord’s body was undergoing a series of catastrophic and terminal events.  Because Jesus could not maintain adequate ventilation of His lungs, He was now in a state of hypoventilation (inadequate ventilation).  His blood oxygen level began to fall, and He developed Hypoxia (low blood oxygen).  In addition, because of His restricted respiratory movements, His blood carbon dioxide (CO2) level began to rise, a condition known as Hypercapnia.  This rising CO2 level stimulated His heart to beat faster in order to increase the delivery of oxygen, and the removal of CO2.  The Respiratory Center in Our Lord’s brain sent urgent messages to his lungs to breathe faster, and Our Lord began to pant.  Jesus’ physiological reflexes demanded that He take deeper breaths, and He involuntarily moved up and down the Cross much faster, despite the excruciating pain.

The agonizing movements spontaneously started several times a minute, to the delight of the crowd who jeered Him, the Roman soldiers, and the Sanhedrin.  However, due to the nailing of Our Precious Lord to the Cross and His increasing exhaustion, He was unable to provide more oxygen to His oxygen-starved body.  The twin forces of Hypoxia (too little oxygen) and Hypercapnia (too much CO2) caused His heart to beat faster and faster, and Our Lord developed Tachycardia.  His Sacred Heart beat faster and faster, and His pulse rate was probably about 220 beats/ minute, the maximum normally sustainable.  Jesus had drunk nothing for 15 hours, since 6 pm the previous evening.

Our Lord had endured a scourging which nearly killed Him.  He was bleeding from all over His body following the Scourging, the crown of thorns, the nails in His wrists and feet, and the lacerations following His beatings and falls.  Jesus was already extremely dehydrated, and His blood pressure fell alarmingly.  His blood pressure was probably about 80/50.  He was in First Degree Shock, with Hypovolaemia (low blood volume), Tachycardia (excessively fast Heart Rate), Tachypnoea (excessively fast Respiratory Rate), and Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).  Sometime after noon Our Lord’s Sacred Heart probably began to physically fail.  Jesus’ lungs probably began to fill up with Pulmonary Oedema.  This only served to exacerbate His breathing, which was already severely compromised.  Jesus was in Heart Failure and Respiratory Failure.  Jesus said, “I thirst” [partly] because His body was crying out for fluids [but also because He was thirsting for souls – both to love them and to be loved by them].  Our Lord was in desperate need of an intravenous infusion of blood and plasma.  He could not breathe properly and was slowly suffocating to death.  At this stage Our Lord probably developed a Haemopericardium: plasma and blood gathered in the space around His Sacred Heart, called the Pericardium.  This fluid around His Sacred Heart caused Cardiac Tamponade (fluid around His Sacred Heart, which prevented it from beating properly).  Because of the increasing physiological demands on Jesus’ Sacred Heart, and the advanced state of Haemopericardium, He may have eventually sustained Cardiac Rupture. His Sacred Heart may have literally burst [before being pierced by the lance of Longinus]. Heart failure was probably the [ultimate physical] cause of His death, [while our sins are the true cause of His suffering and death].

When the Romans wanted to expedite death they would simply break the legs of the victim, causing the victim to suffocate in a matter of minutes. This was called Crucifragrum.  At three o’clock in the afternoon Our Lord said, “It is consummated.”  At that moment, He gave up His Spirit, and He died.  When the soldiers came to Our Lord to break His legs, He was already dead. Not a bone of His Body was broken, in fulfilment of the prophecy in Exodus 12: 46.  Our Precious Lord thus died on the Cross after six hours of the most excruciating and terrifying torture ever invented, after enduring torture in the twelve hours prior to His crucifixion which, by itself, would have been sufficient to kill any other man.


More Evidence of the Hollowness of Western Civilization

I wrote in the John Maynard Keynes post about the hollowness and “fakeness” of Western civilization today.  In case you didn’t see it, KD had a post up a few days ago about so-called “peer reviewed” scientific journals and how they are nothing of the sort.  Utterly fake articles made by automatic word generators that literally string random polysyllabic words together into sentence structures – in other words, NONSENSE – are being regularly published in these journals.  An investigative study found over 120 such articles over the past few years.

“Peer reviewed” science and academia is a LIE.  Papers are published and certified as “peer reviewed” that have literally never been read by ANYONE, including the editors of the scientific journals.  And yes, this echoes the fact that the so-called “laws” being passed and used to destroy civilization are likewise never actually read by anyone, most particularly the psychopath whore politicians who vote on them.

This has been a recurring theme of this website since its inception over ten years ago.  Guys, I’m telling you, stupid people and/or frauds are running the planet.  In fact, civilization is so far gone that the higher-ranking a person is, be it in academia, business, politics or the Church, the less likely it is that they have any degree of competence or genuine skill.  This is a lesson that I have learned over and over and over again.  The very people in positions of authority that we all desperately want to believe are not just competent but truly knowledgable and wise, are, almost without exception, bluffing or openly incompetent.  The truly competent are marginalized at best, and destroyed at worst.

If you still believe in any way that higher-ups in the government, military, business world, universities or the Church are in any way competent to solve the unprecedented problems that humanity faces today (assuming that they want the problems solved at all), you are operating on a false premise that is so utterly contrary to reality that it defies quantification or even description.

Recognizing and acknowledging this sad and terrifying reality is utterly, utterly critical.  You MUST have an accurate observation and picture of the battlespace in order to have any hope of formulating, much less executing effective tactics.  You all think that you are battling veritable giants and geniuses, when in fact you are battling a cadre of puny imbeciles and obvious frauds.  The main quality these puny imbeciles and frauds have that is allowing them to roll over Western Civilization essentially uncontested is BOLDNESS.  They act.  They play offense.  But more importantly, YOU DON’T.  Yes, they play dirty and we can’t.  But the root problem isn’t that they are beating us by playing dirty.  The root problem is that we aren’t playing at all.  We are fielding no team whatsoever – not even a clean offense.  We aren’t even on the field.  We are all over on the sidelines curled into the fetal position, eyes shut tight, trying desperately to rock ourselves to sleep – while a team of five slobbering fools marches uncontested down the field over and over again in a game of 11 man football.  So yes, a cadre of frauds and imbeciles can absolutely roll over an entire civilization IF and ONLY IF the civilization is so weak and whipped, so steeped in an effeminate desire to deny reality and avoid confrontation (aka, “be nice”), that the said civilization will surrender itself to said frauds and imbeciles to avoid any sort of masculine confrontation of reality, much less the execution of bold corrective action.  In short, we didn’t “lose” our nation and our civilization – we forfeited it.

It is indeed ironic that truly great men spring from cultures who don’t particularly NEED them, and those cultures that desperately need good men to lead them are all but incapable of producing them.

And this is why we pray, unceasingly, for the Divine Assistance and intervention in these especially dark days.


Numerous Points on Putin, Ukraine and Watching the Unthinkable Unfold

1.  Hopefully you have read the “Spectral Doughnut” piece and understand that far-left and far-right are, in praxis, the same, and that the savvy players on each side FULLY understand this.  To wit, Putin.  I have to tell you, it is absolutely chilling – as in making the hair on the back of my neck stand up – to see in my email box how many of you people are falling hook, line and sinker for Putin.  The man is a murderous psychopath.  LOOK at him.  Look at the dead eyes – what you can still see of them after he has literally mutilated his face with plastic surgery.  Oh, and nevermind all of the people who have been “disappeared” under the Putin regime.  Nevermind that Putin is stone-cold KGB to the core.  No, nevermind all of that.  Hey, the guy has made some gestures against the sodomites, and went into a church (a Russian orthodox church, which has been, since its inception, trying to find new and ever-more creative ways of capitulating and kowtowing to whatever rotten government is currently in power) and crossed himself.  Well, hells bells! It’s the second coming of Constantine, here to save the world!

Vladimir Putin is an evil, megalomaniacal, godless psychopath tyrant.  And you people are hitching your wagon to him?  The so-called “conservative right” in the former United States is EMBRACING A SOVIET TYRANT.  It is stunning to behold the blindness.  A neo-Stalinist tyrant is the honest-to-goodness posterboy and hero of the American right.  Beam me up, Scotty.

2.  And so to Ukraine.  I have been warning people (specifically Canadian Ukrainians, of whom I have met many through the cattle business and otherwise) that it is a massive mistake for Ukraine to frame the choice as between Putin’s Moscow and Europe.  Their reply is that they aren’t referring to contemporary Europe, but rather the historical relative freedom – and note I said RELATIVE freedom – of Europe as well as the HISTORICAL European cultural paradigm, as opposed to the Russian political, economic and cultural paradigm, which is really just the latter-day manifestation of the Mongol Empire.  Have you ever noticed how Russians have a certain… look?  Yeah.  That’s the mixture of the Mongols with the Rus.  And it ain’t just the DNA.  It’s the CULTURE.  Brutal.  Tyrannical.  Lusting power and territory.  Kill or be killed.

I guess the most accurate way to state the macro dynamic is thus: the Ukraininans are choosing between the Mongol paradigm and the Christian paradigm.  Sadly, they have no idea how far gone contemporary Europe is.  They don’t realize that the Mongol paradigm has fully infiltrated and overthrown Europe – and the former United States – in a stealth coup spearheaded by Communists.  So yes, unless Ukraine attempts to stand alone, it will be out of the frying pan and into the fire.

I reckon that most of you have watched at least some of my Economics Presentation.  For those of you who have, you realize how utterly dire the financial situation is.  But how many people truly understand it?  How many people have any idea of the enormity of what has been done by the bankster oligarchs in the former U.S. and Europe?  The Ukrainian peasants and workers who are taking to the streets demanding that the rape of their country by Putin’s toadie oligarchs stop – do you think THOSE people have any clue as to the debt situation in the west?  Hell, the people IN THE WEST have no idea whatsoever what is going on.  Why would you think the Ukrainian underclass would understand it?  All they know is that a handful of people have stolen nearly all of the wealth in their country, and they want it to stop.  No more gold toilets.  Sadly, they haven’t realized yet that the “Europe” and the “west” that once was, no longer exist, and are simply the same thing as the Russian oligarchy, except with a different cast of characters, many of whom are servile to Putin already.  It is so terribly sad to watch.

3.  I have to mention Lyndon LaRouche because I get a lot of emails from so-called American conservatives who are falling for and actively spreading LaRouche propaganda, specifically in regards to Ukraine.  LaRouche’s strategy is the same as Putin’s.  LaRouche is a super-hard left nutcase.  LaRouche, by all accounts, is a certifiable megalomaniac, but is very smart.  He realized long ago that the super-hard left could literally reach out and touch the super-hard right.  LaRouche hates Obama and has been sending his people to Tea Party events since 2008, attracting attention with his anti-Obama literature.  LaRouche, like Putin, makes token propaganda statements against sodomites and banksters – and Obama – and has the Tea Partiers eating out of his hand.  But do you know the reason WHY LaRouche hates Obama?  Because Obama isn’t far enough to the LEFT.  LaRouche wanted the Obama regime to immediately impose a single-payer healthcare monstrosity by executive diktat in early 2009.  We all know that single-payer tyrannical control of all healthcare delivery is where this ObamaCare plan is going, and it was designed as such all along.  But LaRouche wanted single-payer IMMEDIATELY, and when that didn’t happen, he went to war against Obama, sucking people on the right into his gaping, fanged, commie maw.  I figured that most people were savvy to LaRouche by now and knew what he was, but apparently not.  But, in these dark days, tyrants like Putin and hacks like LaRouche thrive.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

4.  I admit to having a false hope that the Ukrainians would be able to get rid of Yanukovich and the oligarch tyranny they had been living under without Putin moving in on them.  Then Obama got down on his knees and utterly capitulated to Putin (how can anyone be surprised by this – especially me?) and now it is clear that global dynamics have turned a truly ominous corner.  Putin, and China for that matter, now know with utter and complete certainty that they can do ANYTHING and there will be zero response by the U.S.  Ladies and gents, you may tell yourselves that the U.S. still has the strongest military in the world, but you are kidding yourselves.  A military that will never, ever, under any circumstances deploy against anything other than mentally retarded goathumpers merely as a means of generating cash flow and revenue for oligarchs and other assorted looters of the Treasury, and even then will intentionally allow said mentally retarded goathumpers to BEAT THEM in order to perpetuate the looting – a military that everyone knows will never, ever deploy against a legitimate power like Russia or China, is NO MILITARY AT ALL.  If you refuse to fight, if you refuse to win, then your EFFECTIVE arsenal is ZERO, regardless of how many trillions upon trillions it “costs”.  And make no mistake, everyone now knows that the U.S. is basically a non-entity militarily vis-a-vis a Sino-Russian axis.  Given this, why WOULDN’T a nut like Putin invade Ukraine and recapture it for his neo-Mongol empire?  Capital outflows?  Oh, it will be back.  The markets, especially in these dark days, will ruthlessly gravitate toward a “winner”.  There may be short-term chop, but the attraction to strength and power will attract capital in the medium-term.

I told a friend in the late summer of ARSH 2008, just as it was becoming clear that the Obama usurpation and overthrow would be accomplished, that we wouldn’t escape an Obama regime without World War 3 breaking out and ultimately Chinese boots on the ground in North America.  I remember clearly the sight of his face falling as he thought to himself that I was a loon.  And now here we are.  Everyone with a brain in their head now realizes that both items are well within the realm of possibility.  The European landmass is at risk.  Japan and South Korea are at risk.  Australia and New Zealand couldn’t defend themselves against China.  And there is no longer a United States of America to act as a bulwark of defense against any Sino-Russian aggression anywhere.  Add onto that the de facto mercenary army of the New Caliphate that will happily ally itself with the strength and potency of Moscow-Beijing, and there you have it.

5.  Finally, on a personal note, after I shut down my brokerage in November of ARSH 2011, I had multiple invitations from RT to do full sit-down interviews on MF Global and the markets in general.  It was even theorized that I might be given a show of my own if I played my cards right.  RT tends towards girls who can “talk good” whilst wearing 4 1/2 inch heels.  I… fit the mold.  I declined, knowing as I did at the time that RT was the English language propaganda arm of the Putin regime.  I was widely criticized for turning down the “opportunity”.  Well, apparently some of the RT on-air talent is now coming around to my position, spurred by the sickening agitprop RT has been pushing with regards to Ukraine and Crimea.  CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO OF LIZ WAHL QUITTING ON-AIR.