Sunday, December 04, 2022

Bernini and Tradition

The essay here is remarkable for a couple of reasons.  First, the author, Fr. Joseph Scolaro, shows us a marvelous Bernini sculpture (which most of us have never seen.)

Then he tells us why it is an analogue to the Church.

...Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius. The image captures the moment in the Aeneid when the three figures escape from Troy to make their way to Italy, where they will eventually become the heroic progenitors of Romulus, Remus, and the Roman people.

Aeneas bears his father Anchises on his shoulder, Anchises carries a vessel with the ashes of their ancestors and figures of their household gods, and behind follows Aeneas’ son Ascanius carrying the eternal flame of Troy. Three generations, all carved from a single block of stone, united as an image of past, present, and future....

...One of the great challenges facing the Church today seems to be exactly that: how do we move forward, how do we engage our own world, burdened by the baggage of centuries gone by?

Much of the contemporary effort has been to jettison the accumulated traditions of the medieval world so foreign to us, whether in devotions or art or liturgy. Many theologians and even ecclesiastics seek to overcome the weight of doctrine, hoping to pare down, simplify, and “develop” ideas in such a way that we can subtly leave behind much of the burden....

... What Bernini’s statue reminds us of though, is that the burden we bear is not some meaningless sack of baubles. He carries his father who gave him life, who raised him up, who made him the man he came to be. More than that, he carries the man who gave him faith in his gods, who taught him respect for the divine protector, who taught him to value the long line of ancestors, who shared that faith and handed on from time immemorial the way of life by which he has persevered.

He carries a burden of tradition, but a burden which is also the source of his strength
....

A remarkable way of portraying a timeless truth by Bernini, and a reminder that "timeless" means "permanent" from the author.

The D.C. Paranoid Bunch

You will have noticed that generally speaking, D.C.-based Government figures are far more paranoid than they were back in the '50's, '60's, and '70's.

In fact, they're more paranoid than they were in the '90's.

Then came GWBush, Dick Cheney, and 9/11.  The 9/11 criminal Muslims did a huge favor to the D.C. Establishment:  they gave them a reason for the "Patriot Act."  Then things went straight to Hell.

...In the era shortly after 9/11 the DC national security apparatus, instructed by Vice President Dick Cheney, was constructed to preserve continuity of government and simultaneously view all Americans as potential threats. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) were created specifically for this purpose.

After 9/11/01 the electronic surveillance system that was originally created to monitor threats from abroad was retooled to monitor threats inside our country.  That is when all of our electronic ‘metadata’ came under federal surveillance....

Pelosi's erection of The Wall surrounding the Capitol (the "People's House"/sarc) was only one of the signs of paranoia.  Congressional staffers now sic the CapCops on anyone who gives a Congress-critter a sideways glance.  In one famous example, a CapCop committed 2nd-degree murder of a civilian who happened to be protesting inside "the People's House"/sarc.  Every communication path--including first-class mail--is monitored continuously by Big Brother.

Don't like your School Board's decision to groom your children?  You're a Terrorist.  Don't think the Establishment Twits were correct about the Chinese Cooties?  You're a Terrorist By Other Means:  Dis-Information.  If you WrongThink, the FBI will send a dozen provacateur-informants to help you commit a WrongThink crime.  Then you're cooked.

It's a form of madness, yes.  Send someone to D.C. and they usually develop symptoms rapidly.  

Here's an easy test:  how often does your Congressman or Senator make themselves available for questions in an open public forum, i.e., not by phone to their selected RadioMouth, or not only in D.C., or not only in tightly-controlled "friends only" meets?  We don't mean 'during campaign season.'  We mean 12 months/year.

Yup.  You've answered the Paranoid Test question.

 

Trump, Another Charles VI?

We've been patient through Trump's ranting about the '20 Election Fraud.  After all, it was fraudulent here in Wisconsin and the other "swing" States such as Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona.  It was 'fraud by other means'--that is, illicit ballot-harvesting was the vehicle, not Chicago-style brute theft.

So he had a legitimate gripe.

But, like Charles VI of France, he's apparently escalated to a Mad King level.  PowerLine isn't the only outlet to report this.

Too bad.

So now the question:  which 'next man up' will continue the quest to reclaim America for actual Americans--the ones growing the crops, assembling the cars, running Main Street shops?

Or will the GWB/Entitled Class install their own puppet--again?

Why They're Leaving Illinois

Recently, Boeing, Caterpillar, Citadel, and Tyson announced moves out of Illinois.

There's a reason for that, and it isn't only 'street crime.'

...in Illinois, estimated pension liabilities totaled an estimated $246.2 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, the state’s pension assets totaled $92.3 billion. Considering both assets and liabilities, Illinois’s pension funding ratio was only 37.5%, the worst in the country....

The companies leaving Illinois--and there will be more--are getting out of Dodge while the getting is good; either Illinois slams a huge tax increase home or the State will face bankruptcy.  And we all know that "greedy corporations" are the targets of any major tax hike.

By the way, notice that the numbers are from 2020--before the market slump of 2022.

This is going to get real ugly.

 

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Brazil 2022 v. USA 2020

Things are going to be ............interesting.............in Brazil.

   ... Military vehicles have been spotted mobilizing in Brazil as President Bolsonaro met with military leaders ata ceremony to promote new generals in Brazilía Thursday. “Martial law is coming next week”, says Brazil observer Matt Tyrmand.  Elon Musk noted Twitter may have interfered with Brazilian elections.

    “I have sources on the ground saying that the reservists are being activated right now, starting yesterday in smaller and mid-size cities,” journalist Matthew Tyrmand told Steve Bannon on Dec. 2.

    “You can already see videos of tanks being transported to strategic points and chokeholds around the country. I think by next Wednesday or Thursday, (the Generals) are going to put a letter in front of Bolsonaro and say, sign this and activate us. We believe we have to act right now, according to the constitution, and go after these (voting) machines, arrest these judges, and then the house of cards will fall.”...

A Communist was "elected" in Brazil.  His opponent, Bolsonaro, remains in office for a few weeks--like in the US.  The military is concerned about election fraud, so they're fixin' to do something about it.

Education's "Green Book"

C. S. Lewis was a great author of fiction, but he was also a prophet, just like Tolkien, and the other mid-20thC Brits Orwell and Huxley.

But Lewis may have been the first to pin the tail on the malevolent donkey"Education."

...But Lewis was urgent about the danger coming down the road, a menace he saw as just as threatening as Nazism, and in fact deeply intertwined with it, give that:

    The process which, if not checked, will abolish Man goes on apace among Communists and Democrats no less than among Fascists. The methods may (at first) differ in brutality. But many a mild-eyed scientists in pince-nez, many a popular dramatist, many an amateur philosopher in our midst, means in the long run just the same as the Nazi rulers of Germany. Traditional values are to be ‘debunked’ and mankind to be cut into some fresh shape at will (which must, by hypothesis, be an arbitrary will) of some few lucky people…

...This “Green Book” that Lewis viewed as such a symbol of menace was his polite pseudonym for a fashionable contemporary English textbook actually titled The Control of Language. This textbook was itself a popularization for children of the trendy new post-modern philosophy of Logical Positivism, as advanced in another book, I.A. Richards’ Principles of Literary Criticism. Logical Positivism saw itself as championing purely objective scientific knowledge, and was determined to prove that all metaphysical priors were not only false but wholly meaningless. In truth, however, it was as Lewis quickly realized actually a philosophy of pure subjectivism – and thus, as we shall see, a sure path straight out into “the complete void.”...
That "subjectivism" thing sounds very familiar, doesn't it?  It's the sine qua non of nihilism.

So how did that subjectivism crawl into the West world?

...Lewis zeros in on one seemingly innocuous passage in The Control of Language to begin illustrating this point. It relates a story told by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in which two tourists visit a majestic waterfall. Gazing upon it, one calls it “sublime.” The other says, “Yes, it is pretty.” Coleridge is disgusted by the latter. But, as Lewis recounts, of this story the authors of the textbook merely conclude:

    When the man said This is sublime, he appeared to be making a remark about the waterfall… Actually… he was not making a remark about the waterfall, but a remark about his own feelings. What he was saying was really I have feelings associated in my mind with the word ‘sublime’, or shortly, I have sublime feelings… This confusion is continually present in language as we use it. We appear to be saying something very important about something: and actually we are only saying something about our own feelings.

For Lewis, this “momentous little paragraph” contains all the seeds necessary for the destruction of humanity....

You really should read the rest.  It's not a short post, but it is worth your time.

We were led to the post by this item, which contains a precis and a startling fact about the author.

"Whoops!" Say the Swiss

Maybe that Greta Crapola isn't so smart after all.

Switzerland may become the first country to limit the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in a bid to ensure energy security this winter, German daily Der Spiegel reported on Thursday. Under the proposed action plan, which is yet to be adopted, the use of EVs in the country could be banned except in cases of “absolutely necessary journeys.” The government also plans a stricter speed limit on the highways. The harsh restrictions are being discussed as the government fears a power shortage in the coming months, due to the country’s high dependence on imports.--quoted at Vox
When Our Governments (Fed and State) manage to choke off all carbon-based energy generation here in Wisconsin, we'll all benefit from walking several miles every day, too!

See!!  It's a "health" thing!

That Jobs Report? Look Deeper

The Bureau of Labor Statistics put out a jobs 'report' which was very optimistic, indeed.

That's because they're playing games with the word "jobs."

...Recall that back in August, September, and October we showed that a stark divergence had opened between the Household and Establishment surveys that comprise the monthly jobs report, and since March the former has been stagnant while the latter has been rising every single month. In addition to that, full-time jobs were plunging while part-time jobs were surging and the number of multiple-jobholders soared....

There's the manipulation.  When Joe Sixpack (or Mary, his wife) add a part-time job, it counts as a job "added."  But that doesn't mean that there are more people working, does it?

...Showing this another way, there were 158.458 million employed workers in March 2022... and 158.470 million in November 2022 an increase of just 12,000 over 8 months, a period in which the number of payrolls (which as a reminder is the number the market follows) reportedly increased by 2.7 million!...

Both can NOT be true simultaneously.

Is it possible that BLS is doing the Political Thing with its happy-happy "establishment" survey?

(That was a rhetorical question, friends.)

No Coal? Pay at This Window

The FedGov and the StateGov are forcing utilities to move away from coal-fired electricity generation and to install horribly inefficient but very expensive windmills, sun-catchers, and Majik Rainbow Sparklefarts instead.

So YOU get the shaft.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on Thursday agreed to a rate increase of 10.9% for residential electric service. The panel adopted a staff recommendation that was lower than the 13% increase sought by We Energies, but higher than the amount sought by consumer advocates....

... natural gas costs will go up 6.2%, or about $47 a year, for residential customers of Wisconsin Gas, which serves the city of Milwaukee, its western and northern suburbs and Ozaukee and Washington counties. Wisconsin Electric Gas Operations customers in the southern suburbs and Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties will pay about 9.5% more for gas service. That adds up to an estimated $63 in additional annual gas costs....

As usual, the lowest-income people will be hit hardest.

By the way, the utilities were also screwed:

...the commission set the utility's profit limit at 9.8% for both its electric and gas operations, a reduction from 10.2% and 10%, respectively....

And:

 ...Other changes resulted in a $65.5 [sic] reduction of We Energies' revenue requirement, the amount it needs from ratepayers to cover its operating costs, according to a memo prepared by PSC staff....

We think that "$65.5" means "$65.5 million" (but who knows?)  

That's the Green New Deal!!  Vote Democrat again, fools!!

Truth

 

Truth in Pix


News Story

 Well.....it's just as much a "news story" as the bilge you read in Local Pravda.

The Dictatorship Is Here

If you're paying attention, The Dictatorship has arrived in the US.

President Joe Biden signed legislation on Friday that would avert a national railroad strike in the middle of the critical holiday season, but the measure did not include improved sick pay measures some union workers had wanted....

Congress passed a law, now signed by the President, which binds railway workers and their employers to certain terms and conditions of a "contract".

There is no provision of the Constitution allowing this action.  None.  Zero.  Zip.

The Truman action with the railroads was very different.  He seized them and had the Army operate them during time of war; he did it by EO, not by law.

If this action goes unchallenged, the precedent is set; should Congress and the President decide that you or your organization does not fit their agenda, ...............buh-bye!

 

You Trust the Post Office?? You're Nuts!

The Post Office joins IRS, CIA, the FBI, and the Department of "Justice".

...On four separate occasions between June 2022 and November 2022, packages sent by Elise for Congress containing campaign contributions were ripped open and the contents stolen while in the custody of USPS or its contractors. Three of these incidents occurred in a single week. In each case, the evidence indicates that Elise for Congress’s packages were plundered by a USPS employee or contractor while the packages were in transit. These repeated security failures by USPS have not only resulted in the loss of nearly $20,000 in campaign contributions, but also—and more alarmingly—have exposed hundreds of Congresswoman Stefanik’s campaign supporters to potential identity theft or financial fraud....

It's on video.

Stefanik is more disturbed by the USPO's 'ho-hum' response to the complaint than anything else.  But that's not new, either; the FBI and IRS stiff-arm FOIA's and court orders on a regular basis.

You think that electing Republicans will drain the swamp?  

Go ahead.  Give us one good reason to think that way.

Green Europe; Food Shortages to Follow

The Greens will green-ify Europe.  First steps are in Holland and Germany.

The Dutch government is planning to buy and close down up to 3,000 farms near environmentally sensitive areas to be in compliance with EU environmental rules. 

FIY, Holland is the second-largest agricultural goods exporter in the world; second only to the US.  This will significantly reduce vegetable availability in Europe.

Over in Deutschland.....

 ...Germany is still caught up in the demands of the climate change lobby to reduce its carbon footprint drastically in the coming years. One part of this initiative, similar to calls we've seen from activists in the United States, was a mandate to reduce all livestock on German farms by 50%....

 ...Die Welt, citing the German Meat Industry Association (VDF), reported this week that within the next four to six months Germany will face a meat shortage, and prices will skyrocket....

It's not just meat, either.

... Farmers in Germany have been banned from properly fertilizing large areas of their land under strict EU rules pushing the green agenda.

The use of nitrate fertilizers has been further restricted for large swathes of farmland in North Rhine-Westphalia, which is now likely to drastically reduce yields.

Although German authorities have implemented the ban, it is ultimately at the behest of the European Union, which is seeking to reduce the amount of nitrogen to tackle ‘climate change.’...
There's a benefit to all this, of course.  The population at large will be losing a lot of weight.

All the Correct People in the US have been pounding the "Eat Bugs" theme for a few years.  That's not co-incidence.

Perhaps this is The Whimper; the Bang is on holiday.

It certainly is The Wimp-ification.

Friday, December 02, 2022

Stifling "Free Speech"?

Meantime, over in Putin Country......

The State Duma on Thursday approved the third reading of a bill prohibiting propaganda that promotes non-traditional sexual relations, pedophilia and information capable of causing someone to seek gender reassignment surgery.

The bill bans LGBT propaganda in the media, on the Internet, as well as in commercials, books and movies. Also, any calls for gender reassignment among minors on the Internet, in the media, and in books, audiovisual services, movies and commercials will be prohibited.

In addition to that, movies containing material with propaganda promoting non-traditional sexual relations or preferences will be banned from screening. Under the ban, children will have limited access to LGBT information on paid audio or video platforms. For example, viewers will be asked to enter a code or take some other steps to verfify their age. Those under 18 years of age will not be able to access LGBT information....

Some kinds of "speech" should NEVER be tolerated.

Looks like the Russkies know what kind of speech that is.

Ron Johnson and Scott Fitzgerald's Corruptocrats

You recall that Ron Johnson and Scott Fitzgerald both voted YES to sending $40 BILLION to Ukraine.

Because if Russia wins there, they'll be marching on Atlanta the month after.

But where did that money go?

CBS investigated; 70% of it ($28 BILLION DOLLARS) couldn't be traced.

...Samantha Morris, a medical doctor from the US, drew attention to the theft of medical supplies and the overall corruption: “The lead doctor at the military base in Sumy has ordered medical supplies from and for the military at different points in time, and he has had 15 trucks of supplies completely disappear,” she said. The doctors couldn’t even set up courses for medical assistants until a friend of the Sumy Region governor interceded.

CNN talked to a retired US colonel who said that Ukrainian troops are short on supplies. Small arms, medical equipment, field hospitals, and a lot more are under the control of private organizations – more concerned about stealing money than saving the lives of their compatriots.

As Stephen Myers, a former member of the US Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, insisted, “There is little to prevent a field commander from diverting some of the equipment to buyers, aka the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians or whomever, while claiming the equipment and weapons were destroyed…”

Thousands of tons of humanitarian aid is being stolen. In September, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) proved that the head of the Office of the President, Andrey Yermak, his deputy Kirill Tymoshenko, the head of the Servant of the People party, David Arakhamiya, and his friend Vemir Davityan were behind the large-scale theft of humanitarian aid in Zaporozhye Region. Zaporozhye officials Starukh, Nekrasova, Sherbina, and Kurtev only superficially carried out the task of distributing aid. In six months, they organized the theft of 22 sea containers, 389 railway cars, and 220 trucks. Humanitarian aid was sold in ATB and Selpo – supermarkets owned by Gennady Butkevich and Vladimir Kostelman, respectively. Of course, Tymoshenko, Nekrasova and Davityan all became 'refugees' and found asylum in Vienna....

And the Ukraine Parliament gave themselves a 70% raise.

Meantime, the US is drowning in debt, 10s of thousands of US citizens are being killed by drugs pouring over the border.

"Major" Fitzgerald ought to find his (now ill-fitting) fatigues, grab an AR, and head over there to provide something other than Other People's Money.

Diversity Is Their Strength!!

In a soccer game, Morocco defeated Belgium.

The Moroccan population in Brussels celebrated.

...violent riots broke out in Brussels.  More than 100 police officers confronted hundreds of Moroccans, who threw firecrackers, stones and bottles at them, set fire to and demolished cars and smashed shop windows....

Belgians are pleased with their diversity, right?

This is Closer Than You Think

 

This Is the Clash of Civilizations

Wauck--as usual--comes up with a most provocative column, suggesting that what we're seeing now is a Clash of Civilizations as foretold by Samuel Huntington.

On the one hand, we have the West, now a "civilization" of nihilism run by a Pelagian managerial elite determined to eradicate morality and realism both in the West and worldwide and substitute their own laws for those of God.*

On the other hand, there are (largely) intact civilizations in both China and Russia, as well  as in other regions worldwide.

Caught in the middle, so to speak, are the remnant Western Civ Christians who understand the Pelagian/Nihilist push and seem powerless to do anything about it, and who have no interest whatever in imposing that crap on others, either.

Is that too grand a schematic?  We're finding out, amirite?

*As we pointed out earlier about Pelagianism in America:

 ...A secular society, devoid of a transcendental horizon, consigning sin to the “unknowable theological,” and having imbibed a Rousseauean confidence in inevitable human “progress,” is essentially Pelagian. It believes the myth that it can repair evil and, by following that myth, arguably launches its own vicious cycle of injury. Woke cancellation and historical revisionism are Promethean ploys to undo what was....

 


Dan Kelly? Jennifer Dorow?

Procopis has the right call here.

Dan Kelly's a great guy and solid-as-a-rock Conservative.

Jennifer Dorow could win an election to US Supreme Court right now, given The Trial.

Kelly should gracefully bow out.

Belfry Bats? Not for Long!!

We know about the "green" windmills' murder-rate on birds, particularly small ones (songbirds.)

Turns out they're also eliminating the bat population.

...New evidence indicates that millions of bats are being slaughtered every year by wind turbines.

This astonishing figure of wildlife massacre arises from a reasonable extrapolation of casualty numbers collected by a group of German zoologists. Their data cover a number of years, and more specifically a recent two-month detailed survey at a wind farm near Berlin. Germany has nearly 30,000 onshore wind turbines, and the researchers suggested their findings translated to 200,000 bat fatalities every year in that country alone. Land-based wind turbines are common across many parts of the world, and a total figure running into millions is possible....

The mosquitos of the world are very happy, of course.


Pp. Francis' Very New Gospel

There's a wonderful blog essay on Pp. Francis' interview with America Mag-a-Rag.  Here, we'll concentrate briefly on one statement made by the Pope.

...Reacting to criticism that he favoured Communism, the pope said this was a socio-political reduction of the Gospel message

    “If I see the Gospel in a sociological way only, yes, I am a communist, and so too is Jesus.”

There is no passage in the Gospel which forbids the possession of property--which happens to be a fundamental of Communism.  Sociological, theological, narrative, inspired Word of God, or otherwise, that difference is stark.

The commands (counsels) of Christ regarding property always began with "GIVE....."  That is to say, you may dispose of your property for the sake of the Kingdom, (for Christ.)

It should be obvious--even to a Jesuit--that one cannot give what one does not have.  We can conclude that Christ had nothing against possessing property, but He did require that such property should be given to benefit others--not merely oneself--as far as possible.  Does that mean to 'give it all away'?  No--unless, like the rich young man, you seek perfection.  Christ did not order you to make your wife and children into homeless victims.  But that is what Communism requires.

Meantime, Pp. Francis has taught you another meaning of the phrase Reductio ad absurdum

You'll Get Teh Vaxx From "Friends"

 Oh, goodie!!  Thought you were a PureBlood?

Maybe, maybe not.

...It’s looking like messenger RNA is transferring from the vaccinated to the unvaccinated. Just another thing the health experts and fact checkers got wrong....

... there is a great likelihood that mRNA (lipid nanoparticles or within exosomes) is in the bloodstream and is excreted through body fluids including sweat, phlegm and breastmilk. mRNA was also found to pass the transplacental barrier during pregnancy. These shedded lipid nanoparticles are able to penetrate by inhalation, through the skin and orally (through breast milk)....

... Another study looked at vaccine mRNA in the bloodstream. They found vaccine mRNA still circulating in the blood 15 days post-vaccination with no reduction in levels. It wasn’t that on day 16 the mRNA levels decreased, they only looked for 15 days....

Graphic and cites of the literature at the link.

Merry Christmas, Spike-Spreader!

Teh Feeeeelzzz-Good Mask

All it ever was was "Feeeeeelzzzz Good" for Karens and other dim-bulbs like teachers and officious little assholes in various governments.

...a new peer-reviewed, randomized controlled trial (RCT) of N95s versus surgical masks, considered the midrange of protection, is undermining the late federal pivot to higher-quality masks and calls to reimpose mask mandates in schools, among other settings.

Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) this week and led by researchers at Canada's McMaster University, the study found no statistically significant difference in protection between the two kinds of masks in healthcare facilities in Canada, Israel, Pakistan and Egypt. 

Funders included the Canadian government and World Health Organization, which unlike the U.S. opposes masking young children and also found "no evidence" face coverings made a difference against influenza in a 2019 study....

So:

1)  The type of mask makes no difference.

2)  Masks are useless against CoVid.

Which anyone with common sense knew 2 years ago.

Kaul Plots Abortion-Law Overturn

This "news" propaganda story begins with the Big Lie.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said Monday that he wants his lawsuit challenging the state’s 173-year-old abortion ban to move quickly through the courts...

No, he doesn't.  He hopes it won't hit the Wisconsin Supreme Court until late summer.  Kaul was lying for the sake of appearances.  (It's also possible that Kaul is too stupid to have engineered this, but....)

 ...Conservative justices hold a one-vote majority on the court but Democrats are banking on a liberal candidate winning retiring Justice Patience Roggensack’s seat in April’s election. Impending delays in the abortion lawsuit make it likely the case could land at the court after the new justice takes the bench in August....

Kaul named three DA's as defendants; all of them are hard-Left (MKE, Madistan, and Sheboygan.)  All of a sudden--out of the clear blue sky--one of those DA's is going to file for dismissal of the suit.

Which will take a LOT of time to adjudicate.

Like until late summer.

Just co-incidence.

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Vote-By-Mail Scam Worked in Wisconsin

 The Democrats have learned how to scam vote-by-mail.  And they're doing it in Wisconsin.

The method here is simple:  change a couple of digits in a voter's mailing address--or change the ZIP code. 

...County election managers change the zip code of 31,000 voters on September 3. Ballots go out that week.  Those 31,000 are undeliverable.  Someone collects those valid ballots.  On September 15th, those addresses are quietly changed back. ...

The traditional address databases NEVER catch this change, because it's been reversed long before they wake up.

...The 31,000 citizens were getting their mail just fine -- except for ballots.  Ballot addresses were driven by the county mail-in ballot database -- the one that was changed, then changed back....

OK, so then what?

....Here’s the fraud equation taking place across the country: 

  • Count the in-person votes on election day. 
  • Count the early, in-person votes. 
  • Shut down the system (Atlanta water leak, Maricopa County everything). 
  • Bring in undeliverable ballots gathered when you changed voters’ names, addresses, or zip codes, then changed them back.
  • Determine the votes you need to win.  Press the “WIN” button.
  • Wait for the Republicans to file a lawsuit months later....
  •  

 But that can't happen here, right?

Wrong, latent-databreath!!

...We know an election commission is going to do anything possible to make the Democrat win.  Wisconsin Election Commission, Arizona’s Maricopa County, seven states in 2016, for instance.

Rather than wasting time on batch NCOA, we get a daily copy of the election roll. That’s expensive!  The list in Wisconsin is $12,000! But did you know your Democrat friends bought it 28 times before the 2016 election?

What is a governorship worth? How much does a contested Senate seat cost?  Maybe $50 million?  What is a presidential campaign worth?

Why would anyone spend $50 million on a Senate seat and let the other side own the election rolls?  That is a question Ronna McDaniel may be asked by Mike Lindell!

We take that election roll, with perhaps 15 million voters, Florida, for instance, or Texas -- compare every voter against every other voter and address, down to the cell level, and see any differences -- every day! 

What do we find?

In a real-life example, this month, we found a county that changed 31,500 zip codes, yet the voter remained at the same address.  Curious? 

That means the voter did not change their address, continued to receive all their mail, except one item -- a ballot sent from a voter commission.

Our teams in Wisconsin and Florida are discovering this scam by the truckload -- do not email me that it is not real!  And NCOA and Melissa?  They are totally blind to this -- because the addresses are changed back!...

Was voter turnout REALLY 90% in Dane County?

Wouldn't you like to know, Tim?  Eric??

 Here's a hint:

...We learned the core strategy to fight ballot-gathering fraud in real time analysis of voter rolls and cast ballots.  It is also real-time analysis of ballot collection points -- like large apartment complexes and dorms where ballots gather because there is not an apartment number....

STILL believe the Dane County (hard-left) clerk?

Tammy Baldwin's War on Christians Continues

It seems that a war on right order and Christianity in general will proceed.  You can bet large money that the lawsuits  against the churches are already being prepared.

The Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act on Tuesday, with 12 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in supporting the legislation.

The legislation, negotiated in the Senate by Maine Republican Susan Collins and Democrats Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Dianne Feinstein of California, will go back to the House of Representatives. There, it is likely to pass. The lower chamber approved the legislation in July, with 47 Republicans joining all 220 Democrats in support. If signed into law, the Respect for Marriage Act would affirm that states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, in accordance with the Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause....

Since SCOTUS declared that same-sex "marriage" is OK, intelligent citizens wonder why this law is necessary.

Here's the answer:

 ...Heritage Foundation Vice President of Domestic Policy Roger Severino told the Daily Caller that a religious liberty amendment negotiated by Collins and Baldwin is “not enough.” The amendment declares that the legislation may not be used to “diminish or abrogate a religious liberty or conscience protection otherwise available to an individual or organization under the Constitution of the United States or Federal law.”...

 ...Severino pointed to the 1983 case Bob Jones University v. U.S., in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could revoke a segregated university’s tax-exempt status based off of the agency’s reading of the Civil Rights Act. He argued that the Baldwin-Collins amendment would not prevent such a move for organizations that refuse to recognize same-sex marriage.

“Giving it the most generous interpretation, it’s not enough. It doesn’t provide the defenses needed. This bill will set a chain of events in motion, and this construction won’t stop it,” Severino said. “Unless there’s an affirmative defense, it will not prevent the IRS or DOJ from taking away tax-exempt status.”...

That's the reason it was pushed.

More succinct:

...“Nowhere in [the Collins-Baldwin amendment] is a statement prohibiting the federal government from taking adverse action against an individual or an entity based on a sincere religious belief interest same-sex marriage, whether that religious belief is one that embraces or does not embrace same-sex marriage. It does not do that. It instead says that nothing in this act shall be construed to alter or deny any status or benefit of any group. Those are two very different things. That language does not do what my amendment does. You see, the threat is not and never was based on what the act itself would do,” Lee said...

Be prepared.  Prayer and fasting.

A Trial To Watch

Is street-level terrorism disguised as "protest" protected in New York City?

A New York City mother-of-three who plowed her BMW into a group of BLM protesters in 2020 has yet again refused a plea deal in favor of a jury trial....

 ...The Howard Beach, Queens, mom has previously claimed the demonstrators had come up to her car and called her 'a white privilege b**ch' before banging on the vehicle. 

She said she then panicked and hit the gas when they tried to open the doors of her vehicle, which led to nine activists being injured....

...the mother said she feared for her daughter's life as a group of protesters started attacking her car and decided to hit the gas, eventually plowing into a group of activists in 2020.  Casillo was issued no more than a desk appearance ticket for the incident and was released only hours after her arrest....

The "protesters" broke the passenger-side window and were trying to haul her daughter out of the car; that's when mom hit the gas.


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Picture, 1000 Words

 Think of it this way:

HHS' Sex-Trafficking Deal

Yes, the US Government is cooperating in sex-trafficking--and child-labor trafficking.

Yes, HHS employees know about it.

Best part?  YOU get to pay for it!!

Question:  does "Catholic Charities" know what's going on?

Tim Michels Is Right!

Well, yes, that's a play on words.  That's what you get for reading this site.

Back to the topic.

In a lengthy interview with Jay Weber, Tim Michels mentioned one thing we've brought up:  PAY Republican activists to harvest votes.

In other words, catch up with the Democrats who PAID a crap-ton of people to pound on doors at UW-Madison and elsewhere in Dane County resulting in a 90% turnout.

They didn't get that number by mailing 1,000 postcards to every voter.  They didn't get there by relying on volunteers to spend whole weeks--or months--pounding the pavement.  They didn't get there by holding meetings and cheering each other at various bars and grills.  They didn't get there with the RoJo 'give me 10 more' limited-contact model.

They got there the old-fashioned way:  they PAID people to work.  As I recall, that's a Republican thing, right?  Work gets pay??

Along the way, he was gracious to Kleefisch--except for one late-interview slap--and didn't beat the stuffings out of the Republican Party of Wisconsin's structure.  But he didn't leave much doubt about the deficiencies in that operation.

Good.

Did Pp Francis Say "Dump the Bishops' Conference?"

One of the items on which Pp Francis is correct is this one.

...“The bishops’ conference is there to bring together the bishops, to work together, to discuss issues, to make pastoral plans. But each bishop is a pastor,” the Pope said in a lengthy interview conducted at his Vatican home on Nov. 22 and published Nov. 28.

Let us not dissolve the power of the bishop by reducing it to the power of the bishops’ conference.”...

We humbly admit that we advocated for dissolution of the USCC a few days ago.* 

Perhaps Pp Francis reads Canon212 and landed here?

*We did NOT suggest that it be nuked.  That is a very slight exaggeration of our real position.

 

What You Will NOT Know, Children's Hospital Edition

Yesterday a story about Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin broke; the story detailed Children's hire of a trans-sexual activist/lesbian/Christian-denying "chaplain."

It caused enough controversy to make it to the front page of the London Daily Mail.

But not enough to make it to Local Pravda.  

The editors there decide what you will NOT know, you see.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Confused About China's Riots?

Don't be confused.  The subjects there may riot.  Then they will die.

Childrens' Hospital WI: Tranny & Pervert Central

CAUTION:  ELLIOTT's ACE HARDWARE IS SOLICITING DONATIONS FOR THIS PIT OF IMMORAL ANTI-HUMANS!

Wisconsin’s premier children’s hospital has had its fair share of scandal, particularly with regard to religious liberty and leadership, but the bar just keeps getting lower: Children’s Wisconsin is now hiring trans activists as chaplains and “spiritual care interns.”...

 ...a deeper dive shows that ["chaplain"] Newendorp’s social Marxist views aren’t confined to a push for preferred pronouns. The new chaplain is all-in for transgender surgeries, abortion, and a rejection of religious teaching when it cuts against her personal comfort....

 ...after announcing her engagement to her female fiance who identifies as transgender, the Children’s Wisconsin “chaplain” spouted off about her church online. “Also your casual reminder that my validity as an ordained minister is currently under review by my denomination because of the love I feel for my fiancé. Do better Church, because I’m not going anywhere. I was called,” she wrote....

If you intend to read the whole thing at the link, have your puke-cleanup materials handy.

More Coal-Fired Generators??

Found by Wauck:

A new report from the electricity and gas utility National Grid (which serves parts of New York and Massachusetts) found a rapid increase in electric vehicles on the city streets and highways will require upgraded power grids to handle all the new demand. By 2035, a charging station could demand as much power as a sports arena or small town.

National Grid expects by 2035, large charging stations serving EVs, from SUVs and pickup trucks to delivery vans and semi-trucks, would require 19 megawatts of peak power -- that's approximately what a small town uses. In 2045, those large charging stations could demand upwards of 30 megawatts of capacity, with peak usage of a large manufacturing plant....

So to 'de-carbonize' we'll need a HELLuvalotta electricity.  We know that breezes and sunshine won't do it and storage batteries have real limits.

 

Vindman Brings Up THE Question

There's a kerfuffle between the forcibly-retired ex-Army officer Vindman and Elon Musk.

You can read about it here.  At one point, Vindman's feeeeeeeeeelzzzzzz were hurt, so he stated this:

I’ll put my reputation up against yours any day. I’ve spent my entire adult life in service to my country. 

Hmmmm.

WHICH country, Alex?  The US, or Ukraine?

The 2A Ain't in Red China

You've seen the videos and you can read the story.

Thousands--maybe tens of thousands--of Chinese subjects are demonstrating over the Covid lockdowns imposed by the communist dictator.

In return, the dictator has 'turned on the red signal' on the Covid Passports of subjects they identified.  That 'red signal' means that the holder will be identified as a troublemaker wherever they go in Red China.  They will probably "disappear."

China hasn't had gun rights since 1949, when Mao took over.

That's why the Chinese are 'subjects,' not citizens.

It would be too bad if someone here tried to distribute 'Covid passports' and fell into a river or something; good ol' Klaus Schwab, hero-instructor to the Enlightened Ones in the USA, and creator of the Great Reset, said thisthe Chinese model is certainly a very attractive model for quite a number of countries.”.


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Paul Ryan, a New York Kinda Guy

What we began to see during Paul Ryan's career in Congress, and particularly during his mating with Mitt (spit!) Romney, is now fully blossomed.

There's a reason Ryan moved to New York City.  It's his kind of place.

...Ryan’s not-Trump agenda is included in a new book of policy proposals from 19 authors organized by the investor-funded, investor-directed American Enterprise Institute.

The 16-chapter book is titled, American Renewal: A Conservative Plan to Strengthen the Social Contract and Save the Country’s Finances.”...

Well, let's see what that really means!

... the book does have plans to provide the GOP’s donors with more migrants, more government spending, and lower taxes....

Here in the Midwest, 'more government spending' plus 'lower taxes' equals MORE debt-financed deficits.  In New York City, government bonds mean income for the bond-tradersSee the difference?

Now we know why he moved to New York City, right? 

He's not done yet!

The book does not clearly offer to trade some of the donors’ goals to earn the decisive votes of ordinary Americans.

...But it does offer a grand bargain between the establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans — new carbon tax-and-spend programs funded by Americans in exchange for investors getting lower taxes and a share of the carbon taxes....

Ryan--in perfect New York-ese, tells us that 'removing carbon from the atmosphere' is a fine goal.  All his best friends say so!!  Thus we should tax electric utilities which use coal, and increase the tax on diesel fuel (meaning increase the cost of every. damn. thing.) because it's 'right.'  Who says it's "right," Paul?  Is that The Science, or another Fauci-mess-of-pottage?

He does have a proposal for reducing the Medicare/Medicaid spend which is absolutely necessary, although the proposal should be vetted, and he has some sort of proposal to 'fix' Social Security, another program which needs attention.  But you can bet that his proposal there does NOT include removing the cap on SocSec taxes, which would go a very long way toward the fix--because that might cost the Uber Donor Class a few bucks.

And of course, Ryan loves immigration.

...When President Trump was elected, Ryan worked successfully to derail Trump’s immigration reform proposals, even though it was the main issue — alongside opposition to free trade — that propelled 2016 Trump into the White House....

It's good that Ryan is in New York.  It's his real home.  Janesville was a convenient masquerade--but no more than that.

Killing Germany

This has been coming for a few years, but it's accelerated by the Ukraine mess.

...One in four German companies is considering moving production to other countries amid the energy crisis, Tanja Gönner, CEO of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), told Die Welt am Sonntag news outlet.

“The high energy prices and the weakening economy are hitting the German economy with full force and are placing a great burden on our companies compared to other international locations. The German business model is under enormous stress…Every fourth German company is thinking about relocating production abroad,” Gönner stated.

Germany’s energy-intensive chemical industry is particularly affected by the crisis, Wolfgang Grosse Entrup, CEO of the German chemical industry association (VCI), told the news outlet.

“The brutal energy prices are knocking us out..."---quoted at Vox Populi

The "energy crisis" began with the Green Conversion, where Germany shut down its coal electricity plants and nearly all its nukes.

Because windmills and sunshine, you see.

That may have been bearable, but then somebody cut off at least half of the nat-gas pipelines to Germany.

Since the German government is effectively run by the Green Party, it's not likely that industries there will get any relief.

Should be interesting to note where those displaced manufacturing operations go, no?

Putin Tightens the Screws Again

The yammer-flammer about 'Russian retreat' is a bit premature.

...The recent Russian pull-back of troops clearly indicated a broad shift in tactics, and the one thing that the Kremlin avoided for several months seemed like the next most logical step - Full spectrum strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure.  

Initially, Ukraine's media spin suggested that the precision strikes were "ineffective", with western news outlets showing only a handful of images of craters in streets and some scarred apartment buildings.  There were limited admissions of damage to the power and water grids, but Ukraine claimed that these systems would be back and functional within days.  This did not happen.

Not surprisingly, Ukraine suffered far more damage to their utilities than the government and media let on.  Later estimates ranged from 60% to 80% of the nation's grid destroyed or unusable and the latest satellite photos of active lights at night support this....

Very good satellite images at the link.  It's DARK in Ukraine.

Next, we'll hear about how MEAN and NASTY this tactic is.

Really?

 ...No doubt the media will portray this as a cold weather holocaust, though, elimination of infrastructure is usually the first measure of a large scale attack.  It is standard operating procedure for the US military, for example. ...

Yah, well....

Putin is demonstrating the real meaning of FAAFO. 

How the Liturgical Dirty Deed Was Done

Although this is a 1999 essay, it is pertinent because of the reign of Francis I and his malevolent liturgical pronouncements and Vatican liturgical staffers.  Yes, we said "malevolent."

Cdl. Stickler served as a peritus for the Document on the Liturgy.  He was based in Rome, and was one of six who wrote the draft document, participated in or audited all the debates and discussions, and as a result, knew the final document very, very, well.

...You can understand my astonishment when I found that the final edition of the new Roman Missal [1969] in many ways did not correspond to the Conciliar texts that I knew so well, and that it contained much that broadened, changed or even was directly contrary to the Council's provisions. Since I knew precisely the entire proceeding of the Council, from the often very lengthy discussions and the processing of the modi up to the repeated votes leading to the final formulations, as well as the texts that included the precise regulations for the implementation of the desired reform, you can imagine my amazement, my growing displeasure, indeed my indignation, especially regarding specific contradictions and changes that would necessarily have lasting consequences....

So....how did that happen?  Cdl. Stickler visited with Cdl. Gut, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Liturgy (Rites) and asked that question.

...he shared my concerns completely. He emphasized, however, that the Congregation of Rites bore no blame, for the entire work of reform had been achieved by the Consilium, which was appointed by the Pope specifically for that purpose, and for which Paul VI had chosen Cardinal Lercaro as president and Fr. Bugnini as secretary. This group worked under the direct supervision of the Pope....

Oh?  

Cdl. Stickler knew Bugnini's track record; he described it as 'unsatisfactory,' and as a result, Bugnini was NOT placed on the implementing Consilium.........until...........

 ...An organized group of liturgists represented this neglect to Paul VI as an injustice against Fr. Bugnini, and they managed to see that the new Pope, who was very sensitive to such procedures, righted that "injustice" by naming Fr. Bugnini as secretary of the new Consilium responsible for the implementation of the reform.

Both of these appointments — of Cardinal Lercaro and Fr. Bugnini — to key positions on the Consilium made it possible for voices to be heard that could not be heard during the proceedings of the Council, and likewise silenced others. The work of the Consilium was accomplished in working areas that were inaccessible to non-members....

In other words, 'Bugsy' Bugnini perverted the work of the Second Vatican Council on the liturgy.

+Stickler describes the intent of the reforms as voiced in the Document on the Liturgy (DoL):

... According to article 33, the liturgy is principally the cult of the majesty of God, in which worshippers come into relation with Him by means of visible signs that the liturgy uses in order to express invisible realities, which have been chosen by Christ Himself or by the Church. Here there is a vibrant echo of what the Council of Trent of the Catholic Church already recommended in order to protect her patrimony from the rationalistic and spiritless emptiness of Protestant worship, a patrimony which the Holy Father [John Paul II] in his writings on the Eastern churches has characterized as their special treasure. This "special treasure" also deserves to be a source of nourishment for the Catholic Church. It distinguishes itself by being rich in symbolism, thus providing didactic and pastoral education and enrichment, making it splendidly suited even to the simplest people. When we consider that the Orthodox churches, despite their separation from the rock of the Church, through the symbolic expression and theological progress that continuously found entrance into their liturgy, have preserved the correct beliefs and the sacraments, every Roman Catholic liturgical reform should rather increase the symbolic richness of its form of worship than (sometimes even drastically) decrease it....
You're beginning to see what +Cdl. Stickler's objection centers around, no?  Well--just in case you don't, here's one specific:

...Article 36 speaks about the liturgical language generally, and article 54 of the Mass in particular cases. After a discussion lasting several days, in which arguments for and against were discussed, the Council fathers came to the clear conclusion — wholly in agreement with the Council of Trent — that Latin must be retained as the language of cult in the Latin rite, although exceptional cases were possible and even welcome...

Read those articles (36 & 54) yourself.  It is impossible to come to any other conclusion--unless you're 'Bugsy' Bugnini.

As to music:

 ...Article 116 speaks extensively about Gregorian chant, noting that it has been the classical chant of the Roman Catholic liturgy since the time of Gregory the Great, and as such must be retained. Polyphonic music also deserves attention and cultivation. The other articles of Chapter VI, on sacred music, speak about appropriate music and singing in the Church and the liturgy, and emphasize splendidly the important, indeed the fundamental role of the pipe organ in the Catholic liturgy....
Not the piano, and certainly not any 'guitar-and-combo' group.  Period.

We'll leave you with the Cardinal's summary of the history and purpose of the Divine Liturgy:

...The Church and the liturgy grow and develop together, but always in such a way that the earthly is organized around the heavenly. The Mass comes from Christ; it was adopted by the apostles and their successors as well as by the Fathers of the Church; it developed organically, with the conscious retention of its substance. The liturgy developed along with the Faith that is contained within it; thus we can say, with Pope Celestine I, in his writings to the Gallican bishops in the year 422: Legem credendi lex statuit supplicandi: The liturgy contains, and in proper and comprehensible ways, brings the Faith to expression. In this sense the constancy of the liturgy participates in the constancy of the Faith itself; indeed it contributes to its protection....

And his summary of what are the liturgical 'first things':

...Never has there been, therefore, in any of the Christian-Catholic rites, a break, a radically new creation — with the exception of the post-Conciliar reform. But the Council again and again demanded for the reform a strict adherence to tradition. All reforms, beginning with Gregory I through the Middle Ages, during the entry into the Church of the most disparate peoples with their various customs, have observed this ground rule. This is, incidentally, a characteristic of all religions, including non-revealed ones, which proves that an attachment to tradition is standard in any religious worship, and is therefore natural.

It is not surprising, therefore, that every heretical offshoot from the Catholic Church featured a liturgical revolution, as is most clearly recognized in the case of the Protestants and the Anglicans; while the reforms effected by the popes, and particularly stimulated by the Council of Trent and carried out by Pope Pius V, through those of Pius X, Pius XII and John XXIII, were no revolutions, but merely insignificant corrections, alignments and enrichments. Nothing new should be introduced, the Council expressly says of the reform desired by the fathers, which the genuine good of the Church does not demand. ...

By corollary, if one observes decay in the Church, the introduction of 'something new' must be examined carefully with abrogating such change as a remedy which must be strongly considered.

We (Dad29) consider the problems in the (Western) Church to be the result of a perfect storm consisting of Enlightenment rationalism and gross materialism, among other things--including the flaccidity of (or lack of) orthodox teaching by the Bishops on matters of Right Order, especially concerning sexuality.  The facile 'post-hoc ergo propter hoc' (blame the Liturgy for all evils) is, while a tempting 'quick fix', not the entire remedy.  Not by a long shot.

But the Cardinal's essay (lots more at the link, including very useful specifics) should give pause to the progressives who insist--along with Francis I--that obliterating the Traditional Mass is the cure.  The question to them should be "Cure of WHAT?"

(If you wish to read a lot more on the topic, start with the links presented in this article.)  

'Hide the Affiliations' in Wa Examiner Propaganda

The Washington Examiner is firmly in the NeverTrump camp.  While its owner, Phil Anschutz, is a conservative, his dislike of Trump is reflected by the Examiner's continuous and often somewhat subtle anti-Trump 'news' stories.

Here's one of those 'somewhat subtle' items.

The headline is this:  Kari Lake can be conservative superstar if she dumps Trump, strategist says

So just for fun, you read the story.  There are a few 'strategists' mentioned and quoted who are none-too-friendly to Kari Lake at all (some implying that her campaign was merely a setup for a long-term grift), and eventually we find the one who is openly NeverTrump.

...Political consultant Lorna Romero took a more cautious approach and said how Lake handles her election loss to Hobbs could make or break her career.

"If she concedes graciously in the coming days and weeks, then I think there could be a path for her in the future in politics in Arizona," Romero told the Washington Examiner, adding that Lake should take time to rebrand and start associating herself with people outside the Trumpshere. "From what I have seen [Wednesday] and what she has been retweeting on social media and whatnot, it still seems like she is mulling over a potential lawsuit over the way Maricopa County handled the election. If she goes down that route, I think she will forever be branded as a Trump-type candidate. I think her political career in Arizona will be over. At that point, her only path would be to be on a conservative talk show somewhere."

Romero added that if Lake pivots from former President Donald Trump, her career could skyrocket....

We linked Romero's name to her current Chamber of Commerce affiliation; the bio therein tells us that she's a McCain (GOPe) veteran.  So her blatant anti-Trump noise is expected, and that is what the Examiner's editors placed in the headline.

Also note that Ms. Romero issued a threat to Kari Lakeif you sue Maricopa, Kari, you will be dead meat in Arizona.  Apparently Ms. Romero 'thinks' that no matter the substance of, nor grounds for any lawsuit, Kari Lake should metaphorically 'lay back and think of England.'

One is entitled to be anti-Trump, of course.  And anyone is entitled to be a 'strategist,' too.  And the Examiner can run any story they like, shaped in any narrative they think is best.

The question is this:  'Best' for whom?

One more item showing the clear bias here:

...Unlike other Trump-endorsed candidates who lost their races across the country, Lake doubled down when her race was called Monday, tweeting, "Arizonans know BS when they see it."

She had spent the week before hinting at fraud, without proof, and leveling accusations against election officials in Maricopa County, purposely playing into fears that the election was somehow rigged and that people's votes weren't being counted correctly....

The "without proof" template!!!  Moreover, it's clear that the author of this vapid screed doesn't have a clue what Kari Lake alleges about the election.  She maintains that Maricopa County disenfranchised (largely) Republican voters by virtue of its multiple machine malfunctions on Election Day.

The moron "journalist" ought to keep up with what's happening, don'cha think?

Saturday, November 26, 2022

How About Those Interest Rates??

We note that the Fed Funds rate is somewhere between 3.75-4.00%; it's been going up from 0.25% in March of this year.

We also note that banks and credit unions are holding tightly to a 0.1% rate PAID to savers, unless said savings are in excess of $25K (or more) or are time deposits.  

Using prime mortgage rates as a measure of comparison, there is typically a two+-point spread between rates paid to savers and rates obtained from mortgages.

Not this year!

Truly a 'finance capital' world!

Willie & Friends

 

Picture, 1000 Words

 

Q: What do Fauci and Hillary Have in Common?

A:  Total memory lapse when under oath.

Greatest Parody in Limbaugh history!!

Clever!! "McLeadership"

 National Pulse creates a clever pun with some indisputable facts:

The National Pulse has revealed that self-identifying conservatives and Republicans blame the party’s institutional leadership – Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, and Ronna McDaniel – far more than they blame presidential front runner President Donald J. Trump for the party’s underperformance in America’s recent mid term elections. The trio at the head of the party – dubbed the ‘McLeadership’ by this publication – have quietly attempted to foist blame onto President Trump for the results since November 8th. So too have Republican mega donors who ran to corporate news outlets...

You know the rest of the story above.  

All the Right People are parroting these nattering nabobs of negativism (see, e.g., Paul Ryan and a local RadioMouth or two.)  They still haven't named the Democrat opponent to Trump.  They still haven't assessed the economy during '24.  They're just dead-certain that Trump will lose.

Geniuses!!

Caution Flag on "Died Suddenly"

Pretty compelling set of counter-facts to what Stew Peters* presented in the "Died Suddenly" video.

...Here are four examples of the garbage that stuck out and that I remember. There may be more. ...Mathew Crawford looked into the DMED data and discovered that the original whistleblowers had made a simple mistake in comparing 2021 with previous years: what they essentially did is to count every office visit instead of every diagnosis. So if you were newly diagnosed with, say, myocarditis, every visit you had with the military health system (more or less) was added up and compared to how many individuals had been diagnosed with myocarditis in previous years. (The details are a bit more nuanced, but that captures the basic gist of the error.)...

... One graph shown in the movie displays statistics for several countries, including a massive decline in birth rates for Australia that sticks out like a sore thumb. Turns out that huge decline is simply due to a reporting problem where the numbers of births from December 2021 are hugely undercounted when the official statistics are released, and then generally not updated until much later. So that huge decrease shown in the movie is just plain wrong....

There are a couple of other serious flaws mentioned in the essay.  On the other hand, the author praises some specific portions of the movie.  Read the entire essay, then watch the video.  You're adults; figure it out.

*FWIW, I've seen Stew Peters' video works a few times and my 'he's a nutbag' sensors flashed red every time. 

Luther's Children

As you recall, Martin Luther was a German.  

The head of the German bishops’ conference has declared that he does not want to “accept an irrevocable ‘No’ from the Vatican” regarding the ordination of women priests. 

According to a report by the German bishops’ own news site katholisch.de, Bishop Georg Bätzing said that “even if Rome sees this point as settled, it is still an urgent question” that has been asked and is therefore “on the table.” ...

Looks like ol' Marty has descendants.

(At one time during +Rembert Weakland's time, the Milwaukee Seminary had a statue of good ol' Marty.)

The Problem With the US Bishops

Christopher Manion points to a few historical problems with the US Bishops (and the USCC bureaucracy as a whole).

...Today, [the Bishops'] agenda features a vast array of government programs and policies as the authoritative teaching of “the Church,” while they fall silent on the magisterial teachings of Humanae Vitae on contraception, Romans 1:26-27 on sodomy, and Matthew 19:3-6 on marriage and divorce....

That 'vast array of government programs and policies' is translated "Distributive Justice."  That's the claim, anyway:  that the 'distributive justice' portion of 'social justice' is served by Federal programs.  (You'll recall that 'distributive justice' is a project of the mother of Ponzi-Man Bankman-Fried--the mom who has a very pricey Vacay Home in the Bahamas.)

...The death knell for Catholic demographics came long ago, with the massive wave of opposition to Pope Paul VI’s promulgation of Humanae Vitae in 1968. Alas, the core of that opposition was within the Church herself, including the hierarchy....

 ...But even that opposition had precedents. Throughout the 60s, as historian Donald Critchlow recounts, America’s bishops had already refused even to oppose taxpayer funding of contraception in government family planning programs at home and abroad.

Their abdication of that consecrated duty persists today.

In 2010, Bishop Howard Hubbard, as chairman of the USCCB’s International Committee on Justice and Peace, joined with other secular lobbyists at the federal trough to support half a billion dollars in funding for contraceptives, and $65 million for abortion, in foreign aid “family planning” programs....

+Howard Hubbard, like +Jos. Bernardin and +Roger Mahony, stands next to Cdl. Ted McCarrick on the All-Time Truly Evil American cleric list.  The Wanderer's old "Agony in Albany" series, describing the horrendous homosexual abuser culture during Hubbard's reign, could curl your hair.

Going forward, what can we expect from the USCC?

In their annual meeting this month, bishops reaffirmed their support for the Schumer Doctrine by electing Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso to head the USCCB’s Committee on Migration.  

+Seitz is strongly opposed to the Rule of Law vis-a-vis immigration.

...At the same meeting, they elected Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout to head their Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People.

Some twenty years ago, Knestout lived in the same apartment as then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and served as his secretary in the Washington chancery. When McCarrick was removed years later, Knestout wrote: “Throughout the time that I was in Washington, I can tell you that I was not approached by anyone with any allegations or evidence of sexual harassment or abuse involving the cardinal.”

Unfortunately for the bishop, the question in the minds of the people was, “But what did you know?”...

That's a question he'll never answer until he gets to St. Peter at THE checkpoint.

Individual Bishops in a number of places such as Tyler, TX. and Madison, WI. (there are others) will hold fast to that which is good.  They need prayers to overcome the USCC's 60+ year tradition of deliberately-vague infidelity to Catholicism pure.

There is a simple solution:  abolish the USCC, which is merely a creation of +Jos. Bernardin, another member of the "most infamous Bishop" club.  Keeping the USCC is like keeping a memorial to Beelzebub.

Why would Catholics do that?