Friday, August 26, 2016

Lifting up the rock and watching the cockroaches

I wonder if during this hectic election year Americans are interested in what their own government, in tandem with other governments, are doing to destabilize nations and bring misery upon many peoples including Christians.  Americans wonder why fanatical Muslims seek revenge upon people.  They wonder why the Islamic world is enraged against us.  They wonder why atrocities pile up daily. They would not have to wonder if they would pay attention to what is being done in their name.

It is not so simple, as some would have it, that Islam is a false war-like religion bent upon world domination. We know it is a false religion and we don't need nincompoops like Mr Robert Spencer et al to enlighten us on this point.  It isn't the rabble-rousing tactics of the Spencers, Gellers, Horowitz' or Shillmans we need now; what we need is a sober, sensible look at the reality of what is happening in the lands where Christ walked.

The following article is an up-to-date look at what the Christians in Syria are facing at the hands of the criminal states that are trying to destroy her.  These states include Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel and our own dear Uncle Sam.  Readers will note that the protectors of the Christians in Syria include President Assad of Syria, Russia and Iran (yes, Iran too).  While the following article makes no claims to infallibility it does offer a helpful look at the facts.  With these facts we can better understand and fight the propaganda that is leading us inexorably to war, misery and the annihilation of the Christian presence in the Middle East.  As any health practitioner worth his salt will tell you, look for the origins of the sickness.

From the article:

On Wednesday morning, Turkey abruptly launched an all-out military assault on Syria, sending in tanks, troops, and engaging in airstrikes, in concert with airstrikes from the United States, to the northern portions of Syria near the Turkey-Syria border under the guise of combating ISIS forces. At this time, the military operations seem focused around Jarablus.
According to the BBC, “A dozen Turkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.”
Al-Masdar reports on the progress of the Turkish military offensive by writing:

The Turkish Special Forces, alongside the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Faylaq Al-Sham, reportedly captured their first village during this new offensive dubbed “Operation Euphrates Shield.”

According to Faylaq Al-Sham’s official media wing, their forces captured the village of Tal Katlijah after the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists quickly abandoned the area in order to reinforce Jarabulus.

ISIS has mostly abandoned the small area between Jarabulus and the Turkish border, leaving only small units to resist the advancing Turkish-backed rebels.

The Turkish-backed rebels are now attacking the hilltop village of Tal Sha’er, which is along the road to Jarabulus.

What Is Turkey Doing?

The Turkish invasion is predicated on the basis of “fighting ISIS,” a wholly unbelievable goal since Turkey itself has been supporting, training, and facilitating ISIS since day one. Not only that, but Turkey is arriving in Syria with terrorists in tow since, as the BBC reported, “Between nine and 12 tanks crossed the frontier, followed by pick-up trucks believed to be carrying hundreds of fighters from Turkish-backed factions of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).” If Turkey was interested in stopping terrorism, why would they lead the charges for more terrorists to enter Syria? Indeed, if stopping terrorism was truly Turkey’s goal, it is capable of sealing the border from its own side without any need for invasion so why the war the party?
Turkey’s interests do not lie in stopping terrorism. Far from it. Turkey’s foreign policy and military decision to invade Syria are based along three lines; its desire for more territory (which it believes was stolen from it long ago), its willingness to continue working with NATO in its attempt to destroy the secular government of Syria, and its concern over the Kurdish expansion.
With this invasion, Turkey has solidified its willingness to risk outright war with Syria and perhaps even Russia in order to fulfill the goals of NATO and Anglo-American powers who have sought to destroy Syria from the beginning. Part of this strategy is the creation of “buffer zones” and “safe zones” in the north, precisely the concepts that were re-floated and discussed by the United States and U.K. only days before the invasion. Note that the invasion and operations are centering around Jarablus, the eastern border of the famed Jarablus corridor which, bordered by Afrin and Azaz in the west, make up the last fully functioning terrorist supply routes coming in from Turkey. These were precisely the dimensions that were discussed by Western think tanks and NGOs in regards to what a “safe zone” in Syria should look like. Although argued on the basis of “giving civilians somewhere to go” the zones were supposed to be controlled by “moderate” Western-backed terrorists and were clearly designed to prevent the Syrian government and Russian forces from closing the supply routes coming from the Turkish side of the border into Syria.

This “safe haven” is also a way for the neo-Ottoman Erdogan to lay claim to more territory in order to placate his dream of becoming the 21st Century equivalent of the leader of the Turkish empire. At the very least, this desire for more land under the Turkish flag will lead to a situation similar to that of the Golan Heights, which Israel has illegally occupied for decades but which there is frequent threat of military action and controversy.

Read the whole article.

And this:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


May I recommend to my readers this fine article from Brother Andre Marie of Saint Benedict Center? It deals with the twin evils of indifferentism and apostasy, two scourges which the world, in what seems its dying agony, now endures.

From Brother Andre:

Indifferentism is the condemned heresy that advances the possibility of salvation in any religion. Apostasy (according to Father Hardon) is the “complete abandonment of the Christian religion and not merely a denial of some article of the creed.” There is a certain inexorable logic — or at least a psychologically coherent dynamism — that facilitates the journey from indifferentism to apostasy. It may take some time — a few generations perhaps, which is a brief span in the life of the Church — but indifferentism will feed the beast of apostasy.
Do we live in a time of widespread apostasy?
In his 2003 post-synodal exhortation Ecclesia in Europa (No. 9), Pope John Paul II spoke of the spiritual condition of Catholicism’s heartland: “European culture gives the impression of ‘silent apostasy’ on the part of people who have all that they need and who live as if God does not exist.”
The wording of that last sentence may be somewhat dispassionate, but it is thereby no less utterly cataclysmic in its implications. If the Révolution tranquille in Canada was “quiet,” it was still a revolution against Christ the King. So, too, to speak of a “silent” apostasy of the former Christendom is to make a very loud denunciation of a people who once produced saints but have now forgotten God.

Read the whole article.

What do Pope Francis and George Soros have in common?

Apparently they both want to destroy Europe as a Christian continent.

Possibly it is the naivete and showbiz shtick that makes the Pope want to do it. Who can know?  It is clear what Soros has in mind: the destruction of the last remnants of Christendom, a fanatical revenge fantasy that he has the money to possibly make happen.  Regardless of their individual motivations, Francis and Soros want to see the uniquely Catholic character of Europe disappear.

More revenge from the Soroses and their ilk; more self-annihilation from Rome.

Francis, Francis, is a swine like George Soros really the type of man you wish to emulate?

[Editor's Note: I wrote this post in late June but held back from publishing it due to some further information I was aware that was coming down the pipeline.  With the latest from Julian Assange's WikiLeaks that has now hit the fan, information we strongly suspected would be the case, we present this post, one which points out the strange ideological connection between the Pope and one of world's nastiest Jewish Oligarchs.]

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mr Orban speaks his mind

Will Hungary be the next one out the EU door?  Many Hungarians hope so, bless them, and are going to make their voices heard on October 2nd, when that nation will hold a referendum on the advisability of accepting more migrants into their borders.  This referendum will surely be a "testing the waters" moment for Hungary and - who knows? - it may be the beginning of Hungary's own Brexit.

I needn't add that there is one super rich Hungarian who will fight Orban tooth and nail over this.  You will not be surprised to learn that the name of that man is George Soros.

From William Engdahl:

Will Hungary be the next nation to exit the dysfunctional European Union? The question isn’t at all as far-fetched as it might seem. On October 2, voters in Hungary will participate in a nationwide referendum to vote whether they agree to the forced settlement of migrants in Hungary by the EU or not. It’s a major issue in Hungary, a land of proud and staunchly independent-minded people who have endured 150 years of Ottoman rule; wars with Habsburg Austria until the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 created a peaceful coexistence under the dual Monarchy of Austria–Hungary. After that, Hungarians were subject to the Soviet Union since 1945, initially under the dreaded Mátyás Rákosi, until it became the first Warsaw Pact communist country to declare a constitutional republic in October, 1989 and open its borders to Austria, setting in motion the domino fall of East Germany and then of the entire Warsaw Pact and, ultimately, the Soviet Union. Like every nation, they have a very special history.

It might well be said that Hungarians, always an ethnic melting-pot population whose parliament enacted the first laws of ethnic and minority rights in the world in 1849, are not a passive people when they sense something is wrong in the way they are being treated. So it is today regarding the Brussels proposal that Hungary and other EU member states must accept a Brussels-determined number of political war refugees from the Middle East and pay for all their costs whether they want them or not. Countries that refuse to take their quota would face severe financial penalties. In 2015 some 400,000 refugees arrived in Hungary in 2015 before a four-meter high razor wire fence was erected on the border with Serbia.

About half, or 200,000, attempted to gain asylum in Hungary, and after government procedures, only 264 refugees were granted political asylum. Since the erection of the fence the inflow via the so-called Balkan Route has all but stopped. The Austrian government has also decided to cooperate with the Orban government in jointly patrolling their common border.

Hungary is joined in opposing the Brussels mandatory refugee quota proposal by the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland–the so-called Visegrad Four group. So far only Hungary has decided on a national referendum on the issue. Polls show well over 66% opposed to the mandatory quotas, including Orban, who has urged a No vote.

Hungary’s outspoken Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, the only prime minister since 1989 to serve a full term and be re-elected, is very popular among Hungarians for speaking his mind against what he feels are wrong policies coming out of Brussels. Many Hungarians see him as a modern David pitted against the far larger Goliath, the faceless, unelected EU Commission.

On October 2 Hungarians will vote on a single question in a special national referendum: “Do you want the European Union to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary even without the consent of Parliament?”

Orban: ‘terror risk…’

On the war refugee issue Orban minces no words: “Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or the population to sustain itself, or for the country to have a future,” he said in a recent interview. On the contrary, he stated, “Every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk. This is why there is no need for a common European migration policy.” Whoever needs migrants can take them, but don’t force them on us, we don’t need them.” As far as Hungary is concerned, he stated in an interview with RT, “migration is not a solution but a problem…We don’t need it and won’t swallow it.” The Hungarian government insists that the right to decide refugee issues should be reserved exclusively for national governments.

Hungary and three other central European states that constitute the Visegrad Four group, which includes Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, have been opposing the mandatory quotas the EU wants to impose on each member state. Last December Hungary filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Justice to thwart the EU’s attempt to redistribute incoming arrivals across the European Union. A decision could take years. The referendum is intended to give a broad popular mandate against Brussels’ forced quota attempts.

First step to EU Exit?

Clear to all from Brussels to Berlin to Budapest is that Hungarians will vote an overwhelming No to refugee forced quotas. At that point the real question will be will Hungarians hold a second referendum, as the British did recently, to vote on leaving the EU or not when it becomes clear that Brussels will ignore the Hungarian vote with their usual deafening silence. The idea of a Hungarian EU exit is not unthinkable at all at this point now that Britain has become “first out the door,” establishing the precedent exit is possible.

Read the whole article.

Monday, August 22, 2016

How's this for stupefying arrogance?

From Daniel McAdams:

Just when you thought US foreign policy could not get more absurd. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, who is listed as “commander of US forces in Iraq and Syria,” has issued a warningto the Syrian military that if its counter-insurgency operations on Syrian soil leave US troops on Syrian soil “feeling threatened,” the US military would “defend itself.”
That needs to be broken down to even be believed.
The Syrian military is fighting an armed uprising on its own soil. The US government is training and equipping several factions of that armed insurgency, in this case the Kurdish YPG militia. The US military is also operating on Syrian soil alongside and in support of the YPG militia. Members of the YPG militia have, over the past several days, been firing on Syrian government forces. The Syrian air force returns fire on its own soil and the US military that is illegally operating on Syrian soil issues a warning to the Syrian government to stop firing on insurgents on Syrian soil!
Read the rest here.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Victoria: AVE MARIA



Composer Alfred Newman used this piece as the anchor to his beautiful score for the 1939 Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Banality on Steroids

I must say that if the Roman Catholic Church were ever to die today it would die of terminal banality. Catholics have been showered by weak, poor teaching for decades now, so the powers that be, in this instance the current occupant of the Chair of Peter, offers us banalities that might sound great to eighth graders recently emerged from some advanced course in being nice but sound empty to everyone else.

The Pope has issued a kind of manifesto to the simpering Archbishop Vinczeno Paglia, another compromiser when it comes to the one, true Church of Christ, another incarnation of Rembert Weakland, or a poor man's Rembert Weakland, whichever you like.  He has been appointed the head of two pontifical academies regarding family life. Among the topics Paglia will oversee will be the Church's teaching on abortion.  This will be somewhat of a first here, having an Archbishop who doesn't seem terribly interested in abortion heading a pontifical academy that is supposed to make Catholics aware of the authentic teaching on abortion.

Read these marching orders in the pages of Crux:

The editors of Crux tell us on their masthead that they are "taking the Catholic pulse". They might want to know that things that are dead have no pulse.

Words are designed generally speaking to convey a certain meaning.  To wit: what is the possible meaning of Francis' "marching order" which will focus on "an authentic human ecology" to restore "the original balance of creation between the human person and the entire universe"!  (Goodness, the entire universe no less.  Has our Pope been seeing too many space movies?)  To anyone who can decipher that phrase and rewrite it into something plain, simple and compelling I will offer a reward.  If an interpreter can get through the phrase "an authentic human ecology" he will have earned the reward just for trying.

Then there's this stirring call to arms: "Reciprocal respect between the sexes and among the generations".  If that doesn't produce a whole slew of new Francis Xaviers ready to go out and convert people to the Catholic Faith I don't know what will.

Is anyone uplifted by such drivel?

I'll bet the Bishops love it, though.  With such empty words they can pretty much do as they please knowing their backsides will be covered by the current Roman Regime of Boring Indifferentists.

Amusingly, Crux magazine tells us that Francis' words give an indication of where he wants the Church to go.  They do?  Where?  What in that jumble of incoherence, pap and empty platitudes gives any indication of a solid direction the Church is supposed to be going?  Such words might do for hippies (are there still any around?) or a Woodstock, Part Two, but as "marching orders" they leave an awful lot of room for any freewheeling interpretation one would wish to give to them; substance-wise they are devoid of any meaning at all.  Two reasons why our Bishops must love them.  They're so full of oodles and oodles of Gaudiam et Spes.

The signals being sent from Rome for decades indicate with refreshing clarity that no sound catechetical teaching will be offered anymore by the Catholic Church. Articles like the one linked above are further proof of that if any more proof were needed.  Therefore the one viable solution is that lay people have to do the catechizing.  The Church has abandoned that job, near totally with this current fellow in Rome, so the job falls to parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.  That would mean real catechism classes among families.  How that would be arranged would be the purview of the individual families themselves but it might be a pleasant idea to offer a forty-five minute class on, say, a Sunday afternoon, and follow that with a big bowl of popcorn or some other special treat.  First the serious, then the fun. Old fogey grandads and grandmamas can chime in if called upon, and the whole class can easily be turned into an enjoyable family gathering.

Naturally that would mean a learning curve on the part of teachers but thanks to a number of enterprising souls there are now many resources to help in the learning journey.  A few such would be Roger McCaffrey's Roman Catholic Books, the invaluable offerings at IHS Press, Loreto Publications and many others.  Not a bad idea to first know what we're talking about.

The Church has demonstrated that it doesn't "do" catechizing.  The schools certainly wont do it.  By process of elimination that means laymen have to jump in and do the job the Church refuses to do, to teach the Faith to future generations until God takes pity on us and gives us a great Pope again.  If the Faith is to be passed on, if it is to be kept from dying out altogether, then the lay people will have to get the job done.

No one else will.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Stealth Euthanasia

Not surprising, of course, considering the fetid stink of the dying American empire. But this article by Ron Panzer is very much worthy of a good, careful read.  It tells the grim story of so-called "hospice care" like you probably have not seen before. It begins thusly:

Selected excerpts, along with bracketed comments by Donald W. Miller, Jr., M.D.
(The bold, italic, and red font text that the author uses in Stealth Euthanasia are copied as is here.)
When the federal government becomes the big HMO itself, test and treatment denials will be the equivalent of death sentences for some, even many. The new health care reform law creates several methods that are likely to result in rationed care under the guise of “limiting expenditures,” or “keeping costs down.” [The power elite’s 2010 “Affordable Care Act” is a giant step towards their goal of installing a government-controlled and run, centralized, single-payer health care system — “the big HMO itself.”]
About 40% of all American deaths now occurring in hospice. [The new politically correct American way to die.]
This book provides a rare glimpse of the realities of health care in America that you will find nowhere else [This is not true. See my 2015 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeonsarticle “Modern Medicine at the Crossroads,” also on LRC, and other articles and books on these realities by other investigators.]
Because of the HIPAA privacy regulations, nobody interested in researching what is actually going on in hospice can get access to the data, so hospices that have an agenda can act without any outside interference or supervision. [This is a key point in the book and an important insight by the author.]
Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, who our President appointed Health Advisor, promotes the “Complete Lives System” that is being implemented to ration care. Donald Berwick, who our President appointed administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is a strong proponent of Comparative Effectiveness Research which will also be used to ration care. Under the new law, “Accountable Care Organizations” [ACOs] are set up which will force very aggressive rationing practices by medical groups. [Despite substantial effort the “Complete Lives System” could not be incorporated in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Furthermore,ACOs are fast going bankrupt.]
Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research institute (PCORI), whose main activities will result in rationed care. [After considerable opposition the IPAB was also removed from the ACA.]
Palliative care (symptom management).
There is one practice that is sweeping through hospices and being very widely used: terminal or palliative sedation. This involves permanently sedating the patient, allowing the patient to dehydrate and die. It looks outwardly peaceful as the patient is made to sleep in a medically-induced coma, but the patient’s death is the result. [Sad. But true.]
The top level policymakers have decided that people will die in hospice or palliative care units and that they will be pushed into hospice through a wide variety of means. $3.6 billion saved in one year. Think that motivates the government? That’s nothing compared to the savings when the people placed into hospice doubles in the years to come. That’s the plan. If patients are hurried along toward death, the savings skyrocket! [To make matter even worse, it will not make much difference in ever-rising medical care costs.]
The “culture of death” that promotes imposing death through euthanasia, assisted-suicide or the Third Way in hospice (terminal sedation) views the pro-life movement as “the enemy.” In fact, they view traditional American society as “the enemy,” something to be manipulated and defeated so that their goals can be achieved. It is clear that traditional American values are pro-life. The Declaration of Independence mentions specifically the right to life!
Its 1994 Charter for Health Care Workers specifically warns against depriving the dying of the “possibility of living his own life, by reducing him to a state of unconsciousness not worthy of a human being. This is why the administration of narcotics for the sole purpose of depriving the dying person of a conscious end is a truly deplorable practice.” [This brings to mind the spirited 2006 movie Two Weeks with Sally Fields, which my wife and I saw recently, from Netflix, which I highly recommend.]
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider and 96% of its services for pregnant women are abortions.” [The author describes how a fetus, viewed on ultrasound, even in its first three months of life reacts and fights to keep from being aborted by an abortionist.]
But withholding the patient’s regular medications, way before the patient reaches the end, active phase of dying, pushes the patient into a crisis. The patient then appears to be “actively dying” and is then either sedated, given morphine and other opioids, or both, and that un-needed cocktail of medications completely destabilizes the patient, who then dies. The trusting family doesn’t know what happened. Sometimes unneeded laxatives are given to promote uncontrolled diarrhea and contribute to life-threatening dehydration. [Pretty sickening.]

Read the rest of the article.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Man up, Mr Trump

Stop worrying about the tender feelings of sex deviates, or those "advisers" of yours who gave us Mike Pence, Peter Thiel at the Convention and all the other recent blather we have been hearing from you.

From Mike Sheuer:

Mr. Trump, you have fallen into a snare placed for you by the Republican establishment people on your team, most of the media, and by Hillary Clinton and her advisers.
The name of that trap is “complexity” and it is used by both party establishments to explain why they never solve any of the problems America faces. Oh, they promise to do so, but when they fail – and they always fail – they say it is because the problem is too “complex”, too “multifaceted, or too “nuanced”, and that it needs great amounts of time and enormous sums of money to solve. [NB: Like the “generational war” against Islam lusted for by those 50 Israel-First war-mongers who wrote you the public letter.]
Clear, commonsense, patriotic, and non-complex ideas brought you to the dance and won you the nomination, do not throw that success away by the playing the bipartisan enemy’s confuse-bilk-and-deceive-the-voters game called “complexity”.
Try the following:
Organizing Principle: AMERICA FIRST
Components of the Principle:

Read the rest here.