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Note: CafePress now has a ‘delay’ policy– these shirts may not be available for a few days– or ever– depending on them. If not, I’ll do the design elsewhere….
~ ITEM: NCIS Season 4, episode 11 — ‘Driven’
~ ITEM: Spring-assisted Rescue Knife on eBay
~ TWO RECENT things– one on TV, the other in non-cyberwebspace, reminded me of the mad skills given to me by my Dad, by the Scouts, by reading, and a little preventative thinking.
The first? A careless van-driver in front of me who suddenly stopped in front of me (without signalling or checking his rearview), and proceeded to back up. Brain, in 1 second: “reverse, then honk”– 2 seconds later, I’m backing away from his approaching rear, three seconds later I lay on the horn. He gave me the “How dare you upset me as I try to do multiple-thousands of dollars of damage to your vehicle?” dirty look and related language. I drive off, rolling my eyes.
I blame my family, whose rule (drummed into me with every driving lesson, and proven too many times to name): They Are All Trying To Kill You. Even The Pedestrians. Try it– it focusses the mind wonderfully. I and countless passengers would now be roadkill statistics were I not operating a vehicle (or walking) as if They Were All Out To Get Me.
In the NCIS TV-episode from season 4 ‘Driven’, a woman is trapped in a robotic car by someone’s evil programming, and suffocated by exhaust vented into the cabin of the vehicle. She deads, because the doors, windows, and seatbelt lock on her.
So there I sat watching the episode, and thinking about how to save myself if I were her, or save her if I were on scene. “Gee, glad that’s not me” is not an option.
Carrying a simple rescue knife is basic self-and-other protection. With same, in case of an automobile crash, you can break a car window (use the point on the end, cover your hand with some cloth first, hit near a corner of the window in question, use the cloth-covered hand to crumble the rest of the safety-glass), cut your own or another’s seat-belt, and generally be much more likely to survive that and other straight-forward and common emergencies.
It’s a very very basic set of skills, and you can get a decent little rescue knife on eBay for about $20 (perfect for pocket, purse, jacket pocket, or belt). Why not get one for your vehicle, and one for each family member, friend, or neighbour, husband or wife? Christmas is coming.
There. Binks just saved more lives, if you read & do. The choice is up to you. ~
~ IT ALL DEPENDS WHAT YOU think is actually going on– and therefore what needs to be said and done– on what you think is real and true.
For instance, if you were born in the 60s, and tend Leftwards, you think it’s all about getting people into the Kumbayah circle, generating positive feelings, and perhaps some weed-smoke, and the world will come together in peace, love, and flowers. The 60s were an optimistic time, and old barriers and conflicts were going to be fixed by the UN, and fine-sounding words, and becoming subtly Communist & worldly. This fulfilled that part of the European revolutionary spirit of the 1840s. Utopia, next stop! Happy happy, joy joy, everything is awesome!
However, what if the real situation is that we are in a burning Minas Tirith, surrounded by countless entrenched orcs, wargs, Nazgul, and other monsters; within the walls are despair, treachery, not enough warriors, and a fading spirit. There are a few hidden away in the burning city singing Kumbayah or the Gondorian equivalent, but they are worse than useless. Even worse? somehow, The Enemy is in control of the people running things. And there’s plenty of blame to go around, not just based on your habits of mind, group-think, or the alleged general consensus.
Sadly, many of the churches of our time worship big government, the spirit of the age, and feelings over facts and faith. That is, the church militant– the church fighting the good fight here below cheered on by the angels, saints, martyrs and faithful ones of the church above– is making Kumbayah, not spiritual war, against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Think cops on permanent donut-break whilst the criminals run wild.
To a real extend, this is the fault of Rome. When the Roman Catholics get a sniffle, the protestants get double pneumonia. Vatican II was a mess. It replaced evangelism with ecumenism; truth with consensus (a.k.a. the pooling of ignorance & contradiction in search of truth); worship with self-regarding spectacle; a world-culture with a divided weak waffling ‘spirit’. A house divided cannot stand.
C’mon Rome– Kumbayah? Ecumenism with Muslim prayers at the Vatican? All happy times, and ever onwards and upwards? Great, big massive lies, with feckin’ bells hanging off them! Please, Pope Bergoglio: show me in the Bible where Jesus ever said that he came to bring peace, flowers, and Kumbayah, and that the march of the church is like a bunch of hippies skipping through a field of flowers. Where he said that we should surrender to other faiths, or to a worldly feel-good agnosticism.
The one thing I know and feel in my bones is that the more we deny the fact of darkness in ourselves, the world, and in spiritual places, the more we’ve wandered into a self-decieving la-la land, while failing to recognize we’re in a minefield. In the fog. At night. Having no clear idea which way to go. And the darkness knows it.
The more we live in denial, the more we excuse ourselves from these time, OUR times, which require wakeful, wise, brave people to fight against and to name the evils around us, within us, and threatening us. ~
I’m a guy from Brooklyn who attends the Traditional Mass at Holy Innocents Church in New York City.
I don’t know if you have heard anything about the impending closure of my parish, Holy Innocents. It is the central church for tradition in the archdiocese of New York, with a daily TLM (Traditional Latin Mass).
Oh, we have the standard Mass in English there as well. We have no debt. The congregation is growing. We just went through a tremendous rehabilitation of our mural, which was painted by Constantino Brumidi, the artist who later painted the U.S. Capitol. See here:
All of this was done by the congregation raising money or, in my own case, using my construction skills sometimes literally on my hands and knees for hours, working and sweating to help rehabilitate the church building.
On The Other Hand
The archdiocese is currently rehabilitating St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the tune of $200 million, and it needs money big-time. To save costs, it recently announced that it was looking to close a number of parish churches in Manhattan.
Fair enough. There are too many churches in Manhattan left over from when the Church was strong in New York. However, we are on the top of the list. Interestingly, one of the Manhattan churches that holds LGBT Masses is not on the list:
Father Justin Wylie, who was attached to the United Nations, preached the following sermon at mass a few weeks ago. I was in the front row, and I was so excited I almost jumped up and shouted (but didn’t, not in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass–I AM a Traditionalist Catholic).
Here’s a post by Catholic blogger ‘Father Z’ with the transcript. Please take a moment to read it:
The end result? Not so good.
Then What Happened
It seems that the archdiocese of New York has not only yanked Fr. Wylie’s permission to say Mass in New York, it’s written letters to the UN delegation and father Wylie’s diocese, and he’ll be officially kicked out of New York City shortly:
This is not made up. This is not drama. I know Father Wylie personally. I know that Traditionalists often come off as paranoid. But remember the old joke that just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get you.
Please, read Father Wylie’s sermon. If there really was anything in there warranting his immediate silencing and expulsion, please point it out to me.
If not — if you see any questionable procedures or outright injustice in this maneuver by the archdiocese — I ask you to publicize it.
Thank you for your time, and interest.
~ DEAR OLD Hitler loved it. Because master-race. Purity. Even though he himself had a physical problem, and was part-Jewish.
Get rid of the retards, cripples, gypsies, Jews, homosexuals, socialists, communists, non-Nazi journalists, and all the other human debris and pests. Had a whole bunch of government programs to clean the gene pool up, including total war.
Eugenics was quite popular with all the cool kids in the early 20th century, along with other horrid notions like enforced sterilization, abortion, breeding programs, euthanasia, and suchlike. They breed horses and flowers, right? And they shoot horses, don’t they?
After The Hitler, eugenics had to re-invent itself.. hence abortion, the pill, euthanasia (compassionate good death, if you want weasel-words) willing or otherwise, and all the other ideas & practice of The Culture Of Death.
In the West, even as our desire to baby is vanishing, our desire to have ourselves murdered is increasing a little, and some governments are kinda into it, and trying to enforce it. No doubt this has utterly nothing to do with the uber-selfishness of many modern people; their lack of fear of God & judgment for suicide; and especially not the the catastrophically expensive wave of old people known as Baby Boomers now starting to need old-person drugs, care, facilities, and hospital-care– even as socialism is collapsing from over-spending on the social safety net. Ironic and tragic hilarity to ensue?
In Canada, Alex Schadenberg amongst others have been fighting cases across Canada to oppose euthanasia. The killing of old, sick, disabled, pain-stricken, depressed, and elderly people by doctors and nurses: sometimes with, more often against their wills, as the experience in Belgium and the Netherlands has shown over the past 25 years and more.
Please support his work as generously as possible, and be forewarned: euthanasia– like many other Liberal notions– is just as clueless, destructive, and full of what they like to call “unintended consequences”. Plus, huge piles of corpses.. some of them people you knew and loved.
Medicalized Murder: Oppose It Now, Before It Gets You. ~
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body…”
~ SAITH TEH BINKS…. Ear-hamstering. Really? Fut. The. Wuck.
However, just because I’d never contemplate it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t mean something greater than “Those Darned Kids” or the fleeing fads and fashions of the world. And also, sin and evil and stupid and lookatme and ‘protest'; and there is a part of us that is still in love with the barbarian within, which is what our ancestors were for hundreds of thousands of years or more.
Still. In a world where kids are expendable, preventable, recyclable, exploitable, abortable, abusable, pornable, ignorable, and where many come from the horrible and life-blighting reality of divorced homes, a disfiguring conformity is really a symptom, and not the core of the heartbreak, alienation, and pagan defiance of such marks and holes.
I think these physical fashions to be ugly, and yet another part of me looks past the outer, and asks “Why? Why now? Why this?” The same with the passive living online, in games, or via The Shiny Things– so that life is almost always at 2nd-hand. There are reasons for such half-living, and why it’s so powerful and attractive just now.
After the many & horrible social catastrophes of the 20th century, kids feel themselves afraid & alone in a cold, uncaring world which is profoundly not for them, not on their side, not reflective of God’s great “Yes” to all, young or old, rich or poor, male or female, who turn to him. Children are the great unwanted, inconvenient, decorative, murderable, expensive wee horrors. The message is loud and clear.
Despite all the riches and power and freedom and comfort and safety, our world is sever more spiritually dead. It’s a desert out there– sometimes burning, sometimes freezing, with little shelter or mercy.
Lord Jesus, have mercy. ~
* Otic = ear-related.
~ ITEM: The Cardinal Virtues: The four hinges of the moral life, By Scott P. Richert
~ ITEM: Murphy’s Law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
~ ITEM: Theodore Dalrymple on ‘Growing Up British: The sordid is all too typical‘
~ ITEM: David Suzuki repeats assertion that ‘climate deniers’ should be jailed; and ‘Kerry: If We’re Wrong on Climate Change, ‘What’s the Worst That Can Happen?”
~ HUMAN CAN BE naive and accident-prone– ever more so the glowing-screen-raised indoor generation. Wee Binks was running about outside most days, getting into and out of scrapes, petty crimes and misdemeanors. Life in the great outdoors is being alive, and learning (most of the time( how to stay that way.
The hard-won operating rule for me (along with the useful driving-rule of “They Are All Trying To Kill You”) is fairly simple:
That is, of any possible course of action or situation or activity, ask yourself thusly: WTWTCH? It establishes the moral seriousness of decisions, bad choices, and life in general.
It’s an old idea, from the Greeks: Wise men learn from wisdom, fools learn from avoidable mistakes. It’s one of the four pagan virtues: prudence.
You don’t actually have to get neck-deep in evil to know that something is evil; or as modern fools would have it “How can you know if you don’t try it?”, which usually comes immediately prior to “Oh dear God, I never thought that would happen!” It’s Adam & Eve versus the verboten arboreal produce all over again.
WTWTCH does not necessarily make you paranoid or OCD or joyless. It’s a good habit of mind which arises from the simple truth that the world is not a harmless theme park full of harmless characters and no consequences ever… and that some of those avoidable consequences are inflicted on those around you.
As a handy-dandy all-purpose preventer, you can liberally apply, lather, rinse and repeat WTWTCH whenever needed, whether you are a yoot, a politician, a parent, or an ordinary person.
Alcohol and/ or drugs plus driving. Unmarried engaging in the baby-making activity. Doing whatever because “everybody else is doing it” (vice makes right). Practicing constant inward adultery against a spouse. Various forms of minor & major theft. Dabbling in the occult. Over-feeding on a degraded pop culture. Elaborate forms of blaming & judging everybody else. Silencing others, or– which is demonically worse– inhumanizing them.
Oddly enough, the modern progressive Left is all about externalizing evil (Global Warming GMO unfaircoffee patriarchy capitalism homerphobia) without the turn to the miirror which makes good & evil specific and connected to the self, and the will. If, instead of any introspection, I can hate “Them” for their obvious and manifest “Evil & Injustice”, then I never have to look at the state of my own soul, my participation in small evils & terrible careless decisions and all the petty nastiness and cruelty which darkens our world, as opposed to Them & That.
What’s The Worst That Could Possibly Happen? WTWTCH?
Because evil & accidents, and good and active acts of virtue are (somewhat) in our moral responsibility.
~ ITEM: Harvard Group Is Hosting a Reenactment of a Satanic Black Mass; and, more from the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club
~ ITEM: UPDATE– Letter to Harvard President Drew G. Faust about the Satanic Mass to Take Place on the Campus of Harvard
~ ITEM: UPDATE– Dawn Eden Chimes In– “Harvard can do better than give a platform to a “Black Mass” promoter who ridicules sex abuse victims“. Boom, baby. MUST READ. Further, Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress, blew the lid off this story. Read her coverage
~ IT’S LIKE peeling a rotting onion– finally, the vaguely Christian then Unitarian then not much of anything Harvard comes clean– the father of Lies, The First Rebel, the Accuser and Deceiver and Hater… is at the heart of the anti-moral Progressive spirit. A satanic ritual as allegedly dispassionate “cultural study”, because everything is relative, and good in its own way, and there’s no boogie-man under the spiritual bed.
So let’s “re-enact” a black mass (and mock the holiest things of Catholicism, of course)! Who are these idiots?– teens with a Ouija board at the start of a horror-movie? It’s the very height of pride combined with stupidity to call on darkness: because when you summon it, darkness may come, seeking souls to eat, and lives to wreck, and places to haunt.
It is the very presumption of the soulless modern experiment that one should live a life spiritually uncommitted, and that “being mostly good” is the very most that we can reasonably expect of anybody. In reality, supernature abhors a vacuum. Or as Jesus said, an empty soul is an invitation to darkness. We all have a choice to make, now, and for eternity– ‘none of the above’ is not an option.
Remember: radical wrecker Saul Alinsky dedicated his book to the Arch-Wrecker Lucifer. For at the heart of destroying faith, family, and foundations is no good spirit, no redeeming Lord, but the Dark gibbering idiot, fallen archangel, grumbling grudge-muncher, and fool.
Forget playing your rock albums backwards– many of them (and our mass media) say cheerfully Satanic things when played forwards. Self. Me, my, mine. Rules? What rules? Don’t tell me what to do. YOLO. What is truth? Who says you can’t do that? If it feels good….
Wanting to play at black masses is already satanic, and impious curiousity gone quite insane.. and wicked. Harvard reaches an anti-apotheosis.
Let’s forecast the future– in the spirit of inclusion, future school curricula will include ‘exploring satanism’, as part of diversity (i.e., erasing every bright spot or remnant of innocence, Christianity, family, and morality from young souls). “It’s part of the program”– sorry, parents, think of the school as co-parents, since we have your kids for 1/3 of the waking day. You see them in the morning, and supper, and talk with them for exactly how long each day? That’s less time than they spend on their smart phones.
Pray for these addled fools at Harvard, that they and those exposed to such evil not be harmed, and be led to the Lord. Because such things are real, and not to be trifled with. Think of these folks as naughty kids in a dark wood when they hear a roaring beast close by.. that’s the spiritual reality of what they are at.
“Let the Holy Cross be my light /
Let not the dragon be my guide
Step back Satan / Never tempt me with vain things
What you offer me is evil / You drink the poison yourself.”
Via Steve Skojec:
The Sacraments of Christ being carried by Saint Tarsicius,
When a vulgar profane gang would have overwhelmed the Wholesome Things,
He willed to release his soul by being cut down
Rather than give up the Celestial Members to rabid dogs.
When threatened with a Satanic black Mass in their diocese — and the use of a real, consecrated host for purposes of desecration — the best the Archdiocese of Boston can come up with is this wimpy bit of nothing statement. Pathetic:
STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON
The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Boston expresses its deep sadness and strong opposition to the plan to stage a “black mass” on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge.
For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.
In a recent statement, Pope Francis warned of the danger of being naïve about or underestimating the power of Satan, whose evil is too often tragically present in our midst. We call upon all believers and people of good will to join us in prayer for those who are involved in this event, that they may come to appreciate the gravity of their actions, and in asking Harvard to disassociate itself from this activity.”
Terrence C. Donilon
Secretary for Communications & Public Affairs
Archdiocese of Boston
~ ITEM: UPDATE– Joffre The Giant weighs in: “No people in this country is more sheep-like than the people of New England.”; Daughter, 14, confronts school board after dad was arrested over sex book: ‘I don’t feel safe’; Dad arrested after protesting book speaks out
~ WATCH HOW Petty-tyranny grows. The current New Hampshire State Motto– Live Free Or Die! Possible new version: Keep Quiet, or get arrested. Remember: author & freespeecher Mark Steyn moved there from Canada to enjoy some freedom from arbitrary and malicious state power. Oops.
So: a school effs up with notifications about an iffy book, then a concerned Dad (William Baer) speaks up about his concerns, and ends up.. arrested & handcuffed for no actual crime? Here’s the story. Here’s the video: “William Baer, a parent upset over a reading selection in Gilford, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct when police said he did not leave a school board meeting after being asked.”
Did you see what just happened in that video? “Two Minute Rule Trumps Freedom, Rights”. Or, petty school board honcho (Sue Allen?) gets her Hitler on.
The Cop needs to be fired, the school-board needs to be held accountable, the school board woman who brought the cop into play needs to be fired, and both she and the cop and the people responsible for this fiasco civilly sued, and the full story needs to be told. Their uppance needs to come,if things happened as they appear to have done.
What’s worse than the arrest? A terrible shame that the other parents sat there like obedient robots, while an armed agent of state power interfered with their neighbour’s freedom & rights. At. A. School. Meeting.
Remember: New Hampshire is also the place where a police chief not long ago labelled protesters as “potential domestic terrorists”, justifying the purchase of pricey tank-cars for the police.
‘Live Free Or Die‘ is a partial quote from New Hampshire’s most famous Revolutionary War General, John Stark. He said, in full, “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.“
Is that still true in 2014? Not the idea, but that most comfy moderns would be willing to endure death rather than submit willingly to evil? Back in the 13th century, William Wallace, an educated man, treasured his family wisdom:
Dico Tibi Verum,
Libertas Optima Rerum:
Nunquam Servili Sub
Nexu Vivito, Fili
My Son, Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won. Then never live within the Bond of Slavery.
Or if Braveheart is too ancient for you, how about 20th century hero Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
If people are not willing to go through inconvenience, or suffer, let alone possibly face death to defend and live out their deepest convictions, then where are we, really? Freedoms die one at a time, people get harrassed, arrested, IRS-raped, handcuffed, NSA-snooped, free speech is chilled and frozen. The sons and daughters of America the free become tax-cows, slavish minions, willing accomplices in the growing & fearful servility of their neighbours, their children, themselves, and future generations.
Ideas matter. Words matter. Actions matter. The U.S. is becoming a potential police state in too many ways to be listed, and all that is needed for the hirelings and bully-boys to conquer is that all the sheep, the sheepdogs, and shepherds keep quiet, so nobody gets hurt.
Wake up, sheeple. The wolfish are licking their chops.
Be a sheepdog, even if it costs you something– especially if it costs you something. ~
~ REMEMBER, YE MINIONS– As I’ve said since this horrid human toothache first appeared on the radar, do not trust. Thou shalt verify. Fact-check, and presume he’s up to something, because he– or his handlers, or his minions, or the renegade CIA & NSA– is always up to something illegal, immoral, unAmerican, pro-death, pro-same-sex, pro-Islam, anti-Christian, anti-freedom, and smugly sneaky. Always. And always up to something.
How serious am I? If Obama told me face to face that “the sky is blue”, I’d doubt every word, including “the”, until I’d checked for myself, or sources I trust.
Remember– he’s a former rent-boy who had sex for coke, who smoothly lied his way along about everything, always. He’s covered his past, his health-records, his schooling, his family details, and everything else.
The current POTUS (Psychopath Of The United States) has botched America for 8 years, and everything is stagnant, broke, and worse; now, sick people and healthy people are being done to financial or physical death by his health-plan.. i.e., death-panels, and IRS extortion-squads. Now, the whole world is looking at America, and seeing a deflating Hindenburg, without even the excitement of the fire. America was not is not and could not every be perfect; and yet the truly bad people are running this planet more and more. Thank you, Unicorn Man!
Do not trust. Do verify.
Oh, and if you want your free voting instructions, even if it’s Bobo The Evil Psycho-Clown versus Hilary, vote Bobo. Jeb is just another creepy RINO from the Bush Organized Crime-Family.. anybody but Bush 3.
Remember– ITYS, on this date. I’m so amazing. ~
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