The Thinking 

Testing Right and Wrong

July 31, 2015

WHEN testing the truth of two mutually exclusive propositions, it’s important to be guided by one cardinal rule. If one of two propositions is an inconvenient truth, eliminate personal prejudices as much as possible first. I know this seems elementary but it is very difficult to apply. Very smart people all the time decide that something false is true because it is easier to believe it.

Let’s say you are deciding between Proposition A and Proposition B. Both can’t possibly be true because they contradict each other. Let’s say Proposition A, if it is true, involves not just personal inconvenience but hardship. If Proposition A is true, you will, with apologies to Dale Carnegie, lose friends and not influence people. A is an unpleasant truth.

Proposition B, on the other hand, allows you to live just as you are living now. B is convenient. B is easy.

In these cases, don’t gaze into the future. Focus on the philosophical conflict itself. Understand that even if truth is unpleasant, it is still truth. And truth will follow you wherever you go. In the end, truth is the most convenient thing of all.


A Secular Humanist Stamp from the Vatican

July 30, 2015

Family Stamp

OAKES SPALDING writes at Mahound’s Paradise:

The Vatican just released its design for a postage stamp to commemorate the upcoming Eighth World Meeting on Families. Of course, the usual suspects (like me) are already snarking about it.

Three racially diverse sets of parents are standing on a globe in front of the Philadelphia skyline (predictably, there have been complaints that the white people are in the foreground). Note that the average number of children is 1.33, with the white parents being the only ones to have more than 1. One could argue that from an artistic perspective, more kids would probably make everyone fall off. Maybe that’s the point.

There is debate as to who the blond fellow is on the left. He doesn’t seem to belong to the darker skinned couple. Is he lost? To me he looks like a mischievous urchin who is picking the pocket of the colorful coiffed mom in the red dress. What is that in his hand? A stylized crucifix? A book? A jar holding “the good wine”? Perhaps he represents orphans.

Except for the very subtle allusion to the Holy Family and the presence of the Vatican coat of arms, the design is completely secular. Of course, it has that Happy People in the Barrio Mural look that became popular in the 1970’s and unfortunately has never left us. There’s one like it on the wall of my local McDonald’s.


Bernard Nathanson on the “Abortion Cartel”

July 30, 2015


EDWARD writes:

In light of the recent Planned Parenthood exposé videos, you might be interested in this lecture from the 1990s by Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist, NARAL founder and eventual Catholic convert. He discusses fetal tissue research and the medical inefficacy of the practice. He also discusses amniocentesis and the RU-486 pill.

I thought it provided some interesting perspective on the long-term strategies of the abortion industry. Read More »


Detainee Released

July 30, 2015


THIS young exemplar of the New World Order recently returned from a six-month detention at an “Affirmatively Furthering Pizza” camp located on a small island off the coast of Alaska. Most American children avidly consume pizza, probably due to heavy exposure before birth. But those who don’t are sent away suddenly and without the permission of their guardians to this largely unknown government facility, where they watch Domino’s commercials and are force fed industrial novelties such as Totino’s Pizza Rolls, Pizza Bagel Bites and Pizza Poppers until they are conditioned to want nothing else.

This boy is back with his family. He has asked for Pizza Hut’s Hog Dog Crust Pizza with extra cheese for his next birthday dinner.


Catholicism and Paganism, cont.

July 30, 2015


From Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry


With apologies to my Protestant friends, here is my response — slightly different from yours — to your Protestant reader’s remarks concerning Catholicism.

The Eastern Orthodox and Catholic versions of Christianity were formed in the cradle of Greco-Roman, Classical civilization, in parallel with Pagan forms of ethical Monotheism related to a longstanding philosophical tradition.  In absorbing elements of Paganism, Greco-Roman Christianity was simply absorbing civilization, at the same time that, through its doctrines, it was raising the moral level of that civilization.  To someone with little understanding of history and tradition – and Protestantism is and always has been hostile to history and tradition – Catholicism might appear “pagan,” but this is an error originating with the point of view. Read More »



July 29, 2015

j1 Jozef Israëls (Dutch Realist painter,  1824-1911) Mother and Child by the Sea

Jozef Israëls (Dutch Realist painter, 1824-1911) Mother and Child by the Sea

PAINTINGS of people by the ocean are featured at this blog by Barbara Wells Sarudy.


A Continuing Discussion

July 29, 2015

A BAPTIST reader says Catholics are pagans and idolaters, and I respond. An excerpt:

Protestant rationalists dislike things such as beads and lit candles and the crucifix’s image of Our Savior suffering on the Cross, which — because human beings inhabit the physical realm and not just the sterile world of the mind — is a constant reminder of the meaning of his suffering (and our suffering) and serves as a vital outward profession of faith. At the same time, they show no hesitation when it comes to waving an American flag or aiding their patriotism with various physical objects such as little replicas of the Liberty Bell or pictures of the Founders! I won’t accuse them of idolatry because I believe these things are reasonable aids to love of country but they can be used in an idolatrous way and they certainly point to Protestant hypocrisy on the issue of sacramentals and devotionals. Catholics have always believed in these outward professions of faith and reminders of the supernatural world, which many Protestants scorn hypocritically. In the end, the belief that these things are evil and idolatrous smacks of another inherited gimmick and marketing ploy, tricks of the trade to distinguish Protestant sects from the holy tree from which they came, a way to demonize their Catholic ancestors whose beliefs and devotions they now selectively reject. And you criticize Catholics for the sale of indulgences!


Marry Your Pet

July 28, 2015

IF marriage is primarily for emotional fulfillment, then why not marry a pet? Dominique Lesbirel “married” her cat and then her dog. She is the operator of According to The Mirror:

Dominique was inspired to set up the site after her cat Zeus was tragically run over and killed.

“I felt really depressed and nobody seemed to get it,” she said. “People just kept saying, ‘Come on, it’s just a cat,’ but it wasn’t to me. Read More »


Third Video Details Trafficking in Baby Parts

July 28, 2015

THE BLOGGER  “Tantumblogo” writes here:

In a new video entitled Human Capital – Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts, the Center for Medical Progress provides even more damning evidence that Planned Barrenhood routinely sells aborted baby parts for profit, something that certainly seems to be illegal under current federal law. Read More »


Castle and Mountain

July 28, 2015


PLINIO Corrêa de Oliveira’s interesting reflections on the “mythical atmosphere” at Neuschwanstein Castle, which is situated above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany, are posted at Tradition in Action.


Goodbye to All That

July 27, 2015

CYRUS N. writes:

As a daily reader of your blog, The Thinking Housewife, I want to thank you for helping me in my understanding of the Catholic Church and its beliefs and in guiding me to want to become a Catholic myself. It’s been a long road to get to this point in life, but it’s a road I wish to travel. There is, however, something that I must confess and that I humbly ask for your assistance with. For over 30 plus years of my life, I’ve been a homosexual, a life that has been filled with turmoil, chaos, and much suffering. I’m not proud of it and find the “gay” life to be one of despair, loneliness and isolation. Read More »


More on World Trade Center 7

July 25, 2015


EMILE COLE writes:

I think what’s really surprising about the facts about World Trade Center Building 7 is all the continued speculation almost fifteen years later about other possible explanations for the observed period of gravitational acceleration involved in the building’s collapse. When it comes to WTC7 everyone intuitively knows why the official story must be wrong. Let’s not forget that it was David Chandler, a high school science teacher (featured in the video above), who actually forced the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to reverse itself on the issue of free fall. I think that’s why people who see the video experience a persistent, nagging sensation that something’s just not right. They remember…. and they’re correct.

I spent two full months discussing and hammering out what free fall is and what it is not with Dr. Alan Calverd, PhD, a Cambridge University educated, forty-five year veteran research physicist and regular contributor to the Cambridge University sponsored website The Naked Scientists who, though he ultimately ended up repeatedly degrading himself academically over the entire course of the exchange with an eighth-grade dropout by continuing to argue sophistically in open debate against the Law of Conservation of Energy as applied to a falling body, was nevertheless instrumental in helping to guide the formatting of the animations. It’s been over ten months now since I posted a complete Empirically Verifiable Scientific Method Driven Graphical Target System Analysis and Conclusion at the end of the thread “What is Free Fall?” [See the animations on the last page of that thread, in which I write under the name “Aemilius.”] Read More »


Re-Engineering the Suburbs

July 25, 2015

STANLEY KURTZ writes about Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing scheme, which will affirmatively further unfair housing and dramatically diminish local autonomy:

It’s difficult to say what’s more striking about President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing  (AFFH) regulation: its breathtaking radicalism, the refusal of the press to cover it, or its potential political ramifications. The danger AFFH poses to Democrats explains why the press barely mentions it. This lack of curiosity, in turn, explains why the revolutionary nature of the rule has not been properly understood. Ultimately, the regulation amounts to back-door annexation, a way of turning America’s suburbs into tributaries of nearby cities. Read More »


Marx by the Sea

July 24, 2015



HERE IS Part 6 of our ongoing series, “Tales of Chester,” my husband’s recollections of growing up in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Chester, Pennsylvania during the 50s and 60s. In this episode, Buttons, the family dachshund, faces capital charges during the annual summer vacation at the Jersey Shore. It’s somewhat disturbing, and for that, I sincerely apologize.


PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE ONCE opined that Wildwood-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, had achieved the Marxist ideal. It was absolutely classless.

The writer obviously was not from Chester. We knew of no better place on Earth. We went there every year for the first two weeks in August. We savored the absolute purity of the humble white-washed cottages, the candy-colored apartment houses, and the futuristic motels that evoked an alien paradise far from Wildwood – the Eden Rock, the Rio, the Lu Fran. We luxuriated in the dazzling sand that burned our feet; the taste of marine depths in the air; the exotic sensation of being on an island; the enormous tomatoes, and Cokes spiked with vanilla extract.

Wildwood-by-the-Sea was a magnificent refuge. The novelty of the school year’s end had worn off by the day after school closed, and we were left to the brutal heat, the demoralizing odors of bad suppers in the languid air and the horrid realization that we had nothing to do. The sultry days passed at a glacial pace. The nights were too hot for sleeping in our flea-infested beds. The only relief came from a tiny rotating fan that scanned the bedroom, parceling out ineffective puffs of warm air, too weak to blow the mosquitoes away from our ears.

We did not need the fan in Wildwood-by-the-Sea, New Jersey. We had the sea breezes and house-high waves. Instead of the cracked railroad bridge along Sixth Street, we had a Boardwalk with roller-coasters and bumper cars. Instead of the odors of bad suppers, we had the fresh and salty smells of the sea. Instead of the loud fights of bad marriages that had invaded our rusty, hole-pocked window screens, our wonderfully exhausted bodies fell asleep to the rhythmic roars of those waves.

And what a sleep it was after a day of body-surfing and castle-building and football on the beach. What a contrast to those tedious steamy afternoons on The Corner, counting cars and watching dogs chew their hopelessly itchy backs. At home a three-block walk to the grocery store was an odious errand. In Wildwood, the three-block walk to the beach was enchanting, full of reverie and anticipation even as the sun-heated asphalt scorched our feet as we crossed the streets. Would the waves be 20 feet high? Was this the day I finally would be tan? Read More »


Drops of Bergoglian Poison

July 23, 2015

Pseudo-Pier Francesco Fiorentino (active Florence, second half of the 15th Century) Madonna and Child with Goldfinch (2)

A “Pope” who blasphemes the Holy and Immaculate Mother of God is not a pope.

THOMAS DROLESKEY writes at Christ or Chaos:

Jorge Mario Bergoglio rarely misses an opportunity to put multiple drops of blasphemous and heretical poisons into his allocutions, homilies, “apostolic” exhortations, and encyclical letters.

Most of those Catholics who read or listen to his words have no means to recognize blasphemy or heresy and to flee from it because they are the products of over fifty straight years of nonstop apostasy, blasphemy and heresy. These Catholics have been robbed of any true sensus Catholicus, something that Jorge Mario Bergoglio knows and is exploiting all of the time, not most of the time, all of the time.

This is because the Argentine Apostate is a tool of the devil himself, a veritable demon dressed up to look like a permissive, indulgent, understanding and merciful “pope,” and the adversary must know that his time is running out on him as the pace at which events in the world and the counterfeit church of conciliarism are unfolding is nothing less than stupefying. It is as though the combined forces of hell have unleashed their final assaults upon us all. There is no “relief” to be found in the farce that represents itself as electoral politics, and there is certainly no “relief” to be had for “conservatives” and “traditionally-minded” Catholics in the ranks of the sect erroneously believed to be the Catholic Church. Read More »