The Thinking 

Come Home, America

September 11, 2017


LET’S HONOR the dead of 9/11 today on the 16th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks — not just those who died on that devastating day but the hundreds of thousands who have perished in the resulting carnage. Let’s honor them now and in the days ahead by speaking up for three things:

1. The return of our troops home, and a close to the fraudulent War on Terror

2. The end of the National Security State and its massive, unconstitutional security measures since 9/11

3. Criminal charges against the true perpetrators of the attacks on the World Trade Center and their accomplices.

Come home, America. Come home to sanity and peace.

The war machine is Goliath, we are David. But lies are inherently weak and the truth is strong.


Ashley Edens’ husband, Spc. Jason Edens, was killed in Afghanistan in 2012

Mike King of The Anti-New York Times summarizes the fruits of 9/11:

“1. The War in Afghanistan: – still ongoing! — 2500 dead Americans, 20,000 injured / Afghanis: 300,000 indirect and direct deaths

2. Iraq War II: 5000 dead Americans, 31,000 injured / Iraqis: 1,000,000 indirect and direct deaths

3. Libya: Libya under Qaddafi was a stable country and an obstacle to migrant invasions into Europe. Now it is ruined, destabilized, and open to Africans making their way to boats, docked at the Libyan shore, destined for Italy / EU.

4. Syria: 100’s of 1000’s dead, cities in ruins, Women taken hostage and held as sex slaves by “ISIS.” President Assad was finally saved by Putin and Iran.

5. The Surveillance State: Americans now accept the monitoring of their personal activities and information — without a warrant — as “the new normal.”

6. Homeland Security / TSA Abuse: Americans now accept improper bodily searches & illegal seizure of possessions at the airport as “the new normal.”

7. $6 Trillion Wasted: The staggering direct costs of the wars which grew out of 9/11 were effectively added to National Debt and now accruing permanent interest costs.

8. $700 Billion Military: The regular military budget before 9/11 was $300 Billion. It now stands at $700 Billion.

9. Dead and Dying First Responders: New York City firemen, policemen, EMT’s and other “first responders” to the 9/11 attacks have a 25% higher rate of cancer than others who were not at the site. Hundreds have died, thousands are ill, and new cases are still being diagnosed every month.

10. Desensitization to War and Death: Prior to 9/11, all past wars and military operations required a mass propaganda sales job in order for the American people to line up behind the government. Ever since 9/11, US Presidents, in the name of “national security” TM, have been able to decree and do whatever they want militarily, without having to “sell” the mission-of-the-day to the desensitized public.”

I would add one more thing: The participation of ordinary Americans in lies, undermining their consciences and probity.

Come home, America. If your roots are at all in rebellion against tyranny then the cause of 9/11 truth should command your attention. In his book, The War on Terror: The Plot to Rule the Middle East, Christopher Bollyn writes on the parties to treason:

It needs to be made crystal clear that the controlled media, which is complicit in the 9/11 cover-up, has shown that it is part of a criminal conspiracy by going on the offensive against the 9/11 truth movement. The truth movement is, after all, comprised of responsible, courageous, and patriotic citizens who stand by the sensible and logical demand to see the evidence before assigning blame and rushing to war. The people in the 9/11 truth movement have no reason to be ashamed, while those in the government and media who have supported the criminal cover-up of 9/11 are guilty of no less than treason.

Treason is specifically defined in the U.S. Constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

“Levying War” is defined as:

The Assembling of a body of men for the purpose of effecting by force a treasonable object; and all who perform any part, however minute, or however remote from the scene of action, and who are leagued in the general conspiracy, are considered as engaged in levying war, within the meaning of the constitution. — A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States, John Bouvier (1856)

The U.S. Government declared the 9/11 attacks to be “an act of war,” which means the people “who are leagued in the  general conspiracy” have engage din levying War against the United States.

Those not familiar with the main reasons why the official account of 9/11 cannot be true can find lots of information at Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. This article by David Ray Griffin, a retired professor of religion and one of the earliest and most prolific authors on the subject, is also a good place to start. See also Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justiceespecially its Toronto Hearings.



An Arbiter of Bad Taste

September 8, 2017

THIS IS Lynn Yaeger, one of America’s most influential fashion experts.

Bad is good, false is true and ugly is beautiful in mentally ill America. Below is a photo of Catherine McManus, the Vogue fashion editor in 1950, when Catholic ideals of womanly dignity remained, mostly a superficial level, in American culture. The deeper principles had long since been lost, laying the foundation for the current Age of  Freaks.


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When We Danced

September 8, 2017


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The Great Miami Hurricane, 1926

September 8, 2017

AN INTERESTING POST from The National Weather Service on the 1928 Hurricane, in which 372 people died:

By September, 1926, the population of Dade County and the young City of Miami had blossomed to well over 100,000 (more than doubling from the census figure of 42,753 in 1920) and construction was everywhere.  Smaller nearby settlements of Lemon City, Cocoanut Grove, and Little River were absorbed as Miami swelled with new residents; optimistic, speculative, and woefully under-educated about hurricanes.  New buildings were constantly starting on Miami Beach, which had been built across Biscayne Bay on a series of barrier islands, bulldozed from their mangrove beginnings.


In those days, storm warnings were centralized in Washington, DC, and disseminated to field offices like Miami.  However, as late as the morning of September 17, less than 24 hours before the category 4 storm’s effects would begin in South Florida, no warnings had been issued.  At noon, the Miami Weather Bureau Office was authorized to post storm warnings (one step below hurricane, or winds of 48 to 55 knots).  It was only as the barometer began a precipitous fall, around 11 PM the night of September 17, that Gray hoisted hurricane warnings.

The story of what happened over the next 12 hours is best told by those who lived through it at the Weather Bureau Office. Click on the links below to read the official record written by Official-in-Charge Richard Gray of the Miami Weather Bureau Office.

Weather Bureau Record Part 1
Weather Bureau Record Part 2
Weather Bureau Record Part 3

Gray describes the moments on September 18 when the eye of the Hurricane passed through Miami and many people, assuming the storm was over, left shelter only to be caught up in the devastating winds a short time later.

People even began returning to the mainland from Miami Beach.  The lull lasted only about 35 minutes, according to Gray, during which the streets became “crowded with people”.  The worst part of the hurricane, with onshore southeasterly winds bringing a 10 foot storm surge onto Miami Beach and the barrier islands, began around 7 AM and continued the rest of the morning.  At the height of the storm surge, the water from the Atlantic extended all the way across Miami Beach and Biscayne Bay into the City of Miami for several city blocks.


On Marital Companionship

September 8, 2017


Coloman Helmschmid and Agnes Breu, Jorg Breu the Elder; 1505

FROM a 2008 article by Michael J. Rayes:

Once upon a time, Boyfriend and Girlfriend had a lot of fun together. Their time together was filled with mutual activities that were fun for them both. Girlfriend looked up to Boyfriend, and Boyfriend thought Girlfriend was a lot of fun. So they got married and became Husband and Wife.

Now, Husband and Wife spend time together bickering about the bills. They don’t spend a lot of time with each other, but when they are together, they only talk about what is stressful because they have responsibilities. Husband tells Wife what she isn’t doing right. Wife nags Husband about all the things he should be doing. When they want to have fun, they do it with “the guys” or “the gals” or they go off alone for “alone time.”

Boyfriend and Girlfriend liked each other and then they fell in love. Husband and Wife love each other, but they don’t like each other. They didn’t fall out of love, but they fell out of like.

Men and women form emotional attachments to members of the opposite sex with whom they spend enjoyable time together.[11] In other words, your tennis partner should be your spouse, not someone else. As the Catholic psychologist Rudolph Allers put it,”Marriage is life companionship. Therefore an education for marriage is an education for companionship in general.”[12]

It is ludicrous to divorce someone you really enjoy being with. No one ever says, “We really liked each other, so we divorced.” Find a mutually agreeable hobby or activity and enjoy it together. Think about it: you have some form of legitimate and wholesome escape that you rely on to mitigate the stress of life. A problem may be that the recreational escape is done alone, without nurturing the marriage. For all practical purposes, this means that Husband and Wife only spend stressful time together. Fun time is spent away from the spouse.

Change your recreational habits and come to a mutual understanding of each other through a rewarding activity. You’ll rediscover your spouse and will be well on your way to reawakening the love and respect your marriage once enjoyed.


A Pilot’s View of 9/11

September 7, 2017

IF ignorance was not considered a virtue and thinking was not obsolete, this would be a highly revealing post to many Americans.


Women and Tattoos

September 7, 2017

I WAS IN a hospital emergency room today with my mother (it’s been a busy week) when a young woman came walking out of the triage room. She was wearing a tank top, slacks and a backpack. She was obviously there for some medical reason.

The arresting thing was, her arms and neck were covered with large, scribbly, black tattoos. It was as if a child had taken a black marker and scribbled all over her or a graffiti “artist” had used her as a canvas. Even in this age of tattoos, it was shocking how disfigured this young woman was. If she was there because of her tattoos, undergoing an emergency tattoo-removal by a concerned physician, that would seem right. But she was apparently there for some involuntary disorder and people were just acting as if it was all perfectly normal.

She reminded me of another woman I saw recently in a very different setting, on a beautiful lake beach in New Hampshire. She was about 20. Her hair was dyed black, she was wearing black-red lipstick and a black tank top. Her body also was covered with black tattoos. One of her arms was entirely blackened. It appeared to be an ink sleeve. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. All in all, she looked like a restless spirit who had risen up from the nether world to haunt children in the sand and rob them of their innocence.

When I returned home from the hospital (my mother is fortunately doing much better), I found a note from this bloggerDesire to Return, recommending his post on woman and tattoos. He writes:

These days, it’s rare to see a young woman in public who doesn’t have some ink on display, or who hasn’t added some metal adornment to her face via an additional hole.

I’m not crazy about tattoos on men either. But, they’re worse on women. Tattoos suggest toughness, pain, grittiness. However bad tattoos look on men they at least emphasize traits that are not at odds with the central nature of the masculine.

Not so with tattoos on women. A woman with a tattoo is declaring herself to be at odds with the essential nature of her own femininity. She has marked herself with a sign that says, “Look at me! I’m hard!”  The decoration on her skin suggests a distortion in her soul. It suggests that she does not see feminine modesty, elegance and reserve as valuable or worth cultivating. Read More »


A Papal Warning about Television

September 4, 2017

POPE PIUS XII strongly warned against the dangers of television for children in 1957. It’s hard to imagine how deep his alarm would be today.

May God give us a true pope soon to protect childhood innocence from the pedophile in the livingroom — pornographic, predatory TV.


Things Feminists Never Say

September 4, 2017


Let this sink in for a minute…Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.

Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.

These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Maddow mocks. The ones Maher and Olbermann just know they’re so much better than.

These are The Quiet Ones. They don’t wear masks and tear down statues. They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.

But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.

When disaster strikes, it’s what men do. Real men. Heroic men. American men. And then they’ll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150.

And the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy”, or “male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.

In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.


Eat Local

September 1, 2017

AN inspiring resurgence of farmers markets, “community-supported” farms, “organic” produce and interest in locally-produced food has taken place all across America.

The preference for regional food is so natural and so ancient that this trend of the last few decades is not at all surprising.

Many consumers have an innate distrust of factory or shipped food and like to have an actual relationship with the people who provide them with meat and vegetables — and also a relationship with the land nearby. Local food is fresher and healthier. It is beautiful in comparison to the shellacked, artificial-looking products in the supermarket.

But, as natural and exciting as this development is, especially for those of us who have always gone out of our way to buy local products, I sometimes have a sense of uneasiness when I walk through these new farmers markets. The idea will survive, but will these farms?

For the people most interested in local food also often happen to be the people least concerned about family breakdown and least interested in the cultural habitat that undergirds the family. To them, chickens must have an “organic” habitat,” but people? Well, not really. For instance, Alice Waters, the famous California chef and champion of “slow food” who turned local vegetables into culinary jewels and who greatly admired French food, which developed over centuries of Catholic civilization, lived what’s often euphemistically called a “bohemian” life. Her two-year-old daughter was present at her wedding; Waters and the father, Stephen Singer, later divorced. Waters had no more children. We know her daughter, Fanny, got gobs of attention, but she got no siblings and no stable home. Waters is a proponent of slow food, but not slow families — the basis of all successful agricultural communities and all cultures with any impressive culinary heritage. It is ironic when today’s metrosexual chefs rave about the culinary legacy of people they never identify as Catholics whose tables were influenced by the altar and a belief that God himself became food. Sad to say, but modern slow food has its basis in hedonism, not reverence.

And so many of these young and ambitious organic farmers seem to have few or no children. Agriculture over the long term depends on strong family ties. There will never be thriving LGBTQ farm communities. Farming entails not just a connection with the land, but a bond between the generations. It’s just so much darned work, farming is. In the Garden of Eden, apples dropped from the trees and heirloom tomatoes cost nothing. But in this fallen world, good food is costly, arduous and backbreaking to produce.

The work can be lonely and isolating. Furthermore, farming skills take many years to acquire. In stable farming communities, children start to learn the way of life and basic skills early.

These facts of farming will never change. When I shop at local Mennonite or Amish farm stands, I know these places will likely be in existence for many years to come. But when I shop at the trendy farmers market in a local suburb, as great as the products often are and as interesting and enthusiastic as the producers, I question how long many of these enterprises will last unless these people change their worldview.

Organic produce needs organic families.

Just as the open field is the natural setting for sheep or cattle, the secure, flourishing home is the natural setting for human beings, most especially the farmer.


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Adults: The Endangered Species

September 1, 2017

AMERICA is experiencing an epidemic of arrested emotional development, known as AED to psychologists, says Dr. Paul Kindlon:

In terms of cognitive activity AED is characterized by exaggeration and over-simplification. If you are angry with one of your parents you might refer to them as a Nazi or Fascist.

This negative attitude now is extended to anyone who disagrees with you and can be seen in slogans such as “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA”. Adults are an endangered species. The cognitive effect of exaggeration and over-simplification leads to irrationality and confusion.


The teenage attempt to rebel and show disobedience is often manifested through the use of profanity intended to shock the older generation. Gratuitous profanity is pervasive in American culture and has replaced the imagination as a form of creativity. It is not an accident that Pussy Riot – a group of “performance artists” using profanity in a Cathedral considered sacred to “shock” the Russian public and “disobey” authorities – has found a home in the United States and been befriended by Madonna, another symbol of eternal adolescence.


Hateful Facts

September 1, 2017

FROMM PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS at Information Clearinghouse: 

In the United States, facts, an important element of truth, are not important. They are not important in the media, politics, universities, historical explanations, or the courtroom. Non-factual explanations of the collapse of three World Trade Center buildings are served up as the official explanation. Facts have been politicized, emotionalized, weaponized and simply ignored. As David Irving has shown, Anglo-American histories of World War 2 are, for the most part, feel-good histories, as are “civil war” histories as Thomas DiLorenzo and others have demonstrated. Of course, they are feel good only for the victors. Their emotional purpose means that inconvenient facts are unpalatable and ignored.

Writing the truth is no way to succeed as an author. Only a small percentage of readers are interested in the truth. Most want their biases or brainwashing vindicated. They want to read what they already believe. It is comforting, reassuring. When their ignorance is confronted, they become angry. The way to be successful as a writer is to pick a group and give them what they want. There is always a market for romance novels and for histories that uphold a country’s myths. On the Internet successful sites are those that play to one ideology or another, to one emotion or the other, or to one interest group or another. The single rule for success is to confine truth to what the readership group you serve believes. [cont.]


Afghanistan: The Endless War

September 1, 2017


AMERICA’S ongoing occupation of Afghanistan is unjust and disastrous.


Life of an Anti-Fascist

August 30, 2017


SOME comic relief.


Barbie and the Sexual Revolution

August 30, 2017


FROM “Wilhelm Reich: The Dean of the Sexual Revolution,” (2005) by Marvin H. Clark, Jr., Esq:

The effects of Barbie are hard to over state. A Jewish businesswoman, Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc., spotted in Switzerland a naked little sex doll named “Bild Lilli.” The sex doll was being marketed as an amusement for men. “Bild Lilli” also was a cartoon character, known for her sleazy sexuality. Men would buy the little sex doll and present it to their “dates” when they wanted to suggest “something.” Like Reich, when he noticed children’s great interest in any sex subject, Ruth Handler noticed that children immediately went for the little doll with big breasts. She returned to America determined to sell it to our kids.

The little sex doll met with opposition at Mattell. It also was rejected by the toy industry. Worst of all, American parents objected. But this was the new age of television, and Ruth Handler knew that the product needed to be marketed to the real customers, children, not parents. Television was a powerful new medium that enabled her to usurp parental control and to present the product directly to children– whether the parents objected or not. So that was what Ruth Handler did. And she relied upon the kids to nag their weary parents into submission.

To help the kids along with the job of selling their parents, Ruth Handler hired a Viennese “psychologist” at the Institute of Motivational Research to help her overcome parental objections. Earnest Dichter was a specialist in planning how to get people to buy things that they really don’t want, and Ruth Handler paid him $12,000.00 in 1958 to help her sell this little sex doll to our kids. Dichter noticed that American moms wanted their daughters to catch good husbands, so he suggested the marketing line, “This doll will help your little girl get a guy; the doll is a learning tool to teach her how to catch a man.”

Then Ruth Handler went to Jack Ryan, who was married to Zsa Zsa Gabor. He was known for wild beach parties that featured lots of scantily clad pretty girls. Jack Ryan dressed up “Barbie” for her new job. The results were devastating.

One woman of “40-something” age, stated on a 20/20 documentary, “When I got Barbie it was like getting heroin.” Another said, “You want to be in that world (where Barbie lives) and do what she’s doing.” Yet another stated, “Barbie was my way of figuring out how I wanted my family to live.” Imagine selling our kids a sex doll that has that kind of affect on them.

Barbie’s mate, “Ken,” on the other hand, “was a palpable idiot,” who even got a big “bump” to represent his genitals. Ken became known for playing “giggly, naughty games” with Barbie. When Ken would move on to someone else, as new dolls came on line, there always seemed to be a new “idiot” friend to take his place with Barbie. Barbie became a “queen” with men merely transitory in her life. Read More »


Barcelona, Charlottesville

August 29, 2017

VERY interesting and thoughtful analysis by Swedish researcher Ole Dammegard, interviewed here by Jeff Rense.


A Defender of Marriage

August 29, 2017


Salome with the head of St. John the Baptist, Andrea Solario; ca. 1465

THIS DAY in the Church calendar is dedicated to the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, who wasted his time and died needlessly according to the theology of the Novus Ordo Church:

For Herod himself had sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her.  For John said to Herod: It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. Now Herodias laid snares for him: and was desirous to put him to death, and could not. For Herod feared John, knowing him to be a just and holy man: and kept him, and when he heard him, did many things: and he heard him willingly.

“And kept him”: That is, from the designs of Herodias; and for fear of the people, would not put him to death, though she sought it; and through her daughter she effected her wish.

And when a convenient day was come, Herod made a supper for his birthday, for the princes, and tribunes, and chief men of Galilee. And when the daughter of the same Herodias had come in, and had danced, and pleased Herod, and them that were at table with him, the king said to the damsel: Ask of me what thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he swore to her: Whatsoever thou shalt ask I will give thee, though it be the half of my kingdom. Who when she was gone out, said to her mother, What shall I ask? But she said: The head of John the Baptist. And when she was come in immediately with haste to the king, she asked, saying: I will that forthwith thou give me in a dish, the head of John the Baptist.

And the king was struck sad. Yet because of his oath, and because of them that were with him at table, he would not displease her:  But sending an executioner, he commanded that his head should be brought in a dish. And he beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a dish: and gave it to the damsel, and the damsel gave it to her mother. Which his disciples hearing came, and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

[Gospel of Mark, Chapt. VI, 17-29]


Feast of Herod, Mattia Preti; 1656


The Small Screen, the Large Screen

August 29, 2017

N.C. Wyeth illustration, Treasure Island

J.P. STRALEY writes:

I read Alan’s remembrance of George and his comment on the small-screen fixation of younger people. I want to tell you why all these screens — TV, movies, and computer — are bad for young people.

First, I am writer of sorts. I make a story with words and give enough hints that the reader can erect what amounts to an image of the character’s personality and an image of the world he inhabits. Note the word “hint.” As a writer you can never include voluminous detail, the reader will fade way from you and put down the book. When this happens you’ve failed.

As a writer you give what amounts to clues, and the reader’s mind grasps these clues and puts together the image. The point here is that it is interactive. The reader is always interpreting and imagining as he reads the story. This trains the mind. You must pick up clues and interpret them, fast! Believe me, this is good for you. In children’s books you notice that for first graders there are plenty of images and few words. Move on to the third grade and there are a few images and more words. A person should be a mature reader by sixth grade, and books of that level have very few images and carry the story entirely by words. Books that tell stories in settings that may not be known to the reader have a few vivid images — think of Treasure Island, etc. Read More »