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Pentecost Sunday

May 15, 2016

 

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Pentecost in the letter S, from Florence, Santa Maria Nuova, before 1405

A Blessed Pentecost Sunday to all!

“PENTECOST IS the seal and perfection of the mystery of Easter. If Easter is baptism, Pentecost is confirmation. Easter gives us a new birth; Pentecost brings us to maturity. At Pentecost we reach our full stature, we are brought to maturity. At Pentecost we reach our full stature, we are brought to man’s estate, to perfection by the power of the Holy Ghost. The baptism of the Spirit prepares us for heroic deeds, sanctifies our thoughts, purifies our motives. It makes us perfect Christians.” (Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., The Light of the World, Volume 1, pp. 574-576.) [Quoted here.]

For a Pentecost Q and A, go here.

Pope St. Leo the Great wrote of the mystery of the Holy Ghost:

The three Persons in the Trinity are perfectly equal in all things. But although, dearly-beloved, the actual form of the thing done was exceeding wonderful, and undoubtedly in that exultant chorus of all human languages the Majesty of the Holy Spirit was present, yet no one must think that His Divine substance appeared in what was seen with bodily eyes. For His Nature, which is invisible and shared in common with the Father and the Son, showed the character of His gift and work by the outward sign that pleased Him, but kept His essential property within His own Godhead: because human sight can no more perceive the Holy Ghost than it can the Father or the Son. For in the Divine Trinity nothing is unlike or unequal, and all that can be thought concerning Its substance admits of no diversity either in power or glory or eternity. And while in the property of each Person the Father is one, the Son is another, and the Holy Ghost is another, yet the Godhead is not distinct and different; for whilst the Son is the Only begotten of the Father, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and the Son, not in the way that every creature is the creature of the Father and the Son, but as living and having power with Both, and eternally subsisting of That Which is the Father and the Son.

On the beautiful ancient customs of Pentecost, Fish eaters reports:

The “Veni Sancte Spiritus” Sequence at today’s Mass, which comes right after the Epistle,  includes the words, “Heal our wounds, our strength renew, on our dryness pour thy dew.” From this comes the custom, thought to bring blessings, of walking barefoot through the dew on Whitsunday morning. (Another custom, though one rarely practiced anymore, is “cheese rolling” by which people would race to see who could roll round cheeses downhill the fastest. This is — or at least was — done in England and Germany).

The Dove — the form the Holy Ghost took at Christ’s Baptism — is the primary symbol of the day. In medieval times, there even used to be “Holy Ghost Holes” in the roofs of some churches from which a dove — real or a model — would be lowered over the congregation as trumpets sounded or the choir mimicked the sounds of rustling winds. When the dove descended, red rose petals or, incredibly, pieces of burning straw symbolizing the “tongues of flame” in Acts would shower down. 

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In medieval times, families in many parts of Europe would suspend a carved and painted wooden dove over their dining table. Such a custom could be easily revived for the throughout the Octave of the Pentecost — and imagine that dining room table covered with a white tablecloth, sprinkled with red rose petals, and with a vase of columbine at its center.

On this day, as on 1 January, a plenary indulgence can be acquired, under the usual conditions, by reciting the “Veni, Creator Spiritus” (Come, Holy Spirit), a prayer attributed to Rabanus Maurus (A.D. 776-856). It is prayed during the liturgy today.

 

 

 

Obama the Pervert

May 14, 2016

HIS latest act of executive overreach lends fuel to the theory that Obama has a history of homosexual activity. The man is a fag. For who but a pervert would order schools across the country to accommodate “transgenderism” by creating unisex bathrooms? It’s true that this is a recommendation from Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, but it comes with the implicit threat of federal denial of funding.

The bathroom war is deadly serious. It is an attempt to sow confusion and doubt in a place where anatomical differences make the natural order of male and female irrefutable. It is an attempt to corrupt children. It’s motivated by hatred. Sodomites are never satisfied. They must wage war against God.

We are the laughingstock of the world. With all our sophistication and advanced technology, we can’t handle the ABC’s of everyday hygiene. This country is sick, disgusting, lost. Remember that Obama’s perversion is widely supported by corporate America. The choice to be male or female is just one more private want, one more extension of capitalistic consumerism. This decision, this child abuse, has everything to do with profit. Read More »

 

Restoring Wages

May 13, 2016

KRISTOR writes at The Orthosphere:

Immigration of millions of unskilled workers reduces the price of labor. So for that matter does the entry of women into the workforce. Men used to be able to earn a wage sufficient to support a wife and children. It stands to reason that if you double the supply of labor by adding to it almost all women, you will cut the prevailing wages for most jobs – not perhaps by half, but to such a degree that it will thenceforth take almost two workers to earn the income that had once taken only one.

On the demand side, the regulatory and labor environment in the US is so completely whacked, irrational, cumbersome, and costly that it is better, easier, and cheaper, all things considered, for a manufacturer to produce in China than here. So the jobs are going to China. To the far side of the planet, where they speak a different and unrelated language, use a completely alien and wildly inefficient form of writing, and are culturally comfortable with fraud and corruption and cheating and adulteration – with harming their customers.

This is nuts.

All these massive distortions in the labor market that crush wages happened as a result of stupid government policies. The solution is not to add another layer of policy to correct them, but to delete the problematic policies, root and branch – and, where necessary (not very often) replace them with something rational – so that the labor market can right itself naturally in such a way that the minimum wages anywhere being offered ad libitum suffice for a family to live dignantly thereon.

This is simply done …  [cont.]

Kristor offers real solutions. Unfortunately, there is zero chance of them being implemented under our current political system.

 

One in Indebtedness

May 13, 2016

COLIN McKAY writes:

Even people who imagine they have no debt, do, because the cost of debt (“interest”/usury) is embedded in prices.

 

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Pagan NewChurch

May 13, 2016

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AT the Basilica of Saint Mary of Minneapolis, Aztec dancers join in Evening Prayer. Not that it is any worse than this.

Here is the M.C., who wears the grin of a game show host:

 

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The Demonizing of John Wayne

May 12, 2016

 

ALAN writes:

To glorify the Communist future, one must first blacken the American past and demonize the white men who built American civilization and defended it.  That is why American patriots and heroes are now routinely demonized by the Fascist Left and their well-trained agitators.

John Wayne was an American patriot, exemplified masculine authority, and upheld a code of chivalry in his portrayal of heroic men in many motion pictures.

Those are some of the reasons why he is being demonized by the Left:  Not for his faults, but for his virtues.

Public officials in California who were not yet born when John Wayne was earning the respect and admiration of millions of Americans were outraged that some people wanted to establish a day to honor John Wayne for his life’s work. Why were they upset? Simple:  Because Mr. Wayne had the temerity to imagine (a) that he was living in a free country, (b) that he had a right to express his views, and (c) that he had no obligation to get the approval of Communist-trained agitators before expressing those views. Read More »

 

Herb Ladies

May 12, 2016

 

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THERE is a certain type of older woman. She is not very noticeable in a crowd and typically has not done anything much of worldly importance, but she is someone whom I’ve always admired. She usually has gray hair (rarely dyed hair) and something about her matronly face that is distinctive. There’s a visible peace about her — a peace and nobility that is rare in this frazzled world. She is an aristocrat of the earth. After many years of working in the garden, she has acquired a knowledgeable intimacy with plants and a confident dominion over them that together suggest an overall wisdom about life, as if she herself is rooted in place. But then who could be lost or alienated with so many friends — friends who disappear in the winter (except for the few brought inside) and then always, without fail, return in the spring. There is never a spring without them, never a May in which they cannot be counted on to assert their remarkable individuality and mute tenderness. Everything else may change. Other friends die and never return. Other friends move away. But these always return, often different plants, it’s true, but always the same nevertheless. Their loyalty is positively shocking. Read More »

 

Usury Castrates

May 10, 2016


THIS AD may be a perfect illustration of our fraudulent monetary system, which renders what is fertile infertile and what is infertile (money) fertile. Jamie Dimon, president of JP Morgan Chase, will be paid $27 million this year for, among other things, increasing debt peonage. And as if that isn’t enough, his company psychologically castrates American men by promoting “transgenderism.” (The commercial is ambiguous, but everyone knows the subtext. And don’t bother writing to Chase to complain. They don’t give a hoot what you think.)

It is often said that usurers — those who charge interest on loans — deserve payment for their loans because of the opportunities they lose by not using money in another way. But that assumes that they would make their money increase another way. It also assumes they have actual money to lend.

In fact, most bank loans are made with money created through the accounting deception known as double-entry book-keeping. As Colin McKay writes:

All of the ‘money’ that we believe ourselves to own, and that we circulate daily among ourselves in payment for goods, services, and investments, is neither ‘money’ in true substance, nor are we the owners of it.

The reality of the system is this. Bankers create IOUs out of nothing. These digital tokens represent our IOU to the bank. Then—by a clever accounting trick—they let us borrow their IOUs as ‘money’.

Usury is money magick, as McKay argues. It’s an inversion of values. It destroys the natural order. The inversion of male and female follows as night follows day. In the manufactured chaos of sexual confusion, the indebted may never realize they’ve been robbed. Read More »

 

Cell Phones and the Soul

May 10, 2016

A READER writes:

A cell phone is a Satanic device for sucking the soul and all traces of a personality out of the body of its user.  The user becomes the adjunct of the device.  All young adults are users of the device. Read More »

 

The Death of Bush Republicanism

May 10, 2016

PATRICK BUCHANAN wrote in a recent column:

No matter who wins in November, there is no going back for the GOP.

Can anyone think the Republican Party can return to open borders or new free-trade agreements like NAFTA?

Can anyone believe another U.S. Army, like the ones Bush I and Bush II sent into Afghanistan and Iraq, will be mounted up and march to remake another Middle East country in America’s image?

Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom are history.

What the Trump campaign revealed, as Republicans and even Democrats moved toward him on trade, immigration and foreign policy, is that Bush Republicanism and neoconservatism not only suffered a decisive defeat, they had a sword run right through them.

They are as dead as emperor-worship in Japan.

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George Pal writes:

The death of Bush Republicanism may be a hankering in search of a desire.

Communism hadn’t died in 1989. The baton or gavel (or hammer and sickle) had merely been passed on to other brigades (cadres) in the instance of cultural Marxists who had sapped their way into education decades (many decades) earlier.

What may seem, at first glance, a cadaver, is more likely a zombie – like Schrödinger’s cat, dead and living; and like the modern though not yet, seemingly, fully evolved anthropocene leech – blood sucking. Golems and trolls (and neocons – whatever their moniker de jour) are never gotten rid of – never. Short odds that the greatest likelihood is a re-branding and a younger hip (hep) cohort steps up as vanguard – meaning Establishmentarian Republicanism may be sacrificed in name only and an ilk, or three, of Bill Kristols exiled – otherwise, SNAFU.

Never one to stand in the way of progressive nomenclature I might suggest, up from Neoconservatism – Meliorism. Who could not stand proud and puffed as a Meliorist? Read More »

 

Ian Fletcher on Trump

May 10, 2016

IAN FLETCHER, author of Free Trade Doesn’t Work: What Should Replace It and Why, comes close to endorsing Trump in the liberal Huffington Post:

As a trade specialist, I’ve had my eye on Trump for years. That’s why I wrote this article way back in 2011:

I think Mr. Trump understands this better than anyone else. That’s one of the things I like about him. The reality is that the United States is already in a trade war with China. Kowtowing to China today is economic appeasement, with the same result as political appeasement in the 1930s: a few more years of relative quiet with a bigger explosion at the end.

I also predicted, long, long before the current election cycle, that economic nationalism, the essence of Trump’s appeal, would take over the Republican party:

Foreign state capitalism is forcing America into economic nationalism. Like it or not, we don’t have a choice – except, of course, surrender and economic decline. For the first time since the American Revolution, the United States is being pushed around by foreign economic forces, rather than being an economic force reshaping the rest of the world. The hard fact is that America cannot compete playing Marquis of Queensbury rules against foreign competitors (read: “China”) who play by the Law of the Jungle. Read More »

 

A Concert in Ancient Palmyra

May 10, 2016

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MICHAEL RUSKIN writes:

U.S. President Barak Obama recently released information giving insight into the type of appalling behaviour the Russians are carrying out in Syria. Following the liberation of Palmyra, St. Petersburg conductor, Valeri Gergiev, thought up the idea of taking the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater there to perform a concert of Bach, Shchedrin and Prokofiev in the Roman Amphitheater. This was the first performance at the UNESCO site since the theatre was used by ISIS to hold public executions.

“I can assure the public we would have brought in Madonna and Beyoncé to perform instead. There would have been a  strong insistence that the music for such an event should  reflect the values which we think are important and worthy of promoting. It’s why we are invading countries and starting coups and wars,” Obama [should have] concluded while speaking from the White House.  

When a reporter asked how the U.S.A. could have liberated Palmyra as it was surreptitiously backing Daesh through its Saudi Allies, the president [should have] said that it didn’t matter, “What’s important is public perception and we’re good at manipulating that.”

 

Yes, Virginia, Conspiracies Are Real

May 10, 2016

FROM Henry Makow:

Our political and cultural “leaders” are accomplices in a plot to re-engineer humanity to serve the Judeo-Masonic central banking cartel. Wars, terrorism, depressions, political and social change, entertainment and fads are all contrived to gradually bring about an Orwellian police state.

Dr. [Richard] Day says politicians are manipulated “without their even knowing it.” Their failure to protect us from this Satanic conspiracy is a betrayal of the first order. We have to alert the sincere ones and reach soldiers and police too. Civilization hangs in the balance. We are in real danger and should prepare for the worst.

Progressives and Leftists need to learn that “progress” and “change” actually refer to totalitarian world government. This is “the change they believe in.” (2004)  The “Hope and Change” (2012).

Dr. Day said in 1969, “people will have to get used to constant change.”

Our society and culture are a fraud based on one central fraud, the monopoly over government credit in the hands of Cabalist private bankers. They are using this power to extend their monopoly over every aspect of our lives by manipulating world events and social behavior. The only way to save civilization from failure is to nationalize the Central Banks.

 

Trump the Spartan

May 10, 2016

 

 

Civilization and Bathrooms, cont.

May 10, 2016

DR. THOMAS F. BERTONNEAU writes:

The bathroom wars are not new. In the mid-1980s, I studied comparative literature in the graduate program at UCLA. The Comparative Literature Program was housed on the third floor in UCLA’s iconic Royce Hall, modeled after the Cathedral of Saint Ambrose in Milan. Although Royce Hall was one of the four large structures of Royce Quad, the original 1929 campus, its third floor was a fairly remote place. It might have been that remoteness that made it a place of rendezvous for campus (and undoubtedly for many off-campus) homosexuals, who, then as now, apparently get a “kick” from performing pornographic acts in public places. Read More »

 

Why Bathrooms Are So Important

May 9, 2016

FROM LifeSiteNews:

“What we are really talking about is the abolition of sex,” Stella Morabito, senior contributor to The Federalist and an expert on cults and propaganda, told LifeSiteNews.  “And it is sex that the trans project is serving to abolish legally, under the guise of something called ‘the gender binary.’  Its endgame is a society in which everyone is legally de-sexed.  No longer legally male or female.  And once you basically redefine humanity as sexless you end up with a de-humanized society in which there can be no legal ‘mother’ or ‘father’ or ‘son’ or ‘daughter’ or ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ without permission from the State.  Government documents are already erasing the terms.  In such a society, the most intimate human relationships take a hit. The family ends up abolished.”

“A sexless society is ultimately a totalitarian society because it erases in law the most basic human relationships,” said Morabito, “particularly the mother-child bond.”

Pro-family advocates have for years warned that the weakening of family bonds leads to a weakened society and greater government involvement in the individual lives of its citizens.

 

The Model Minority: Chinese Spirit Edition

May 9, 2016

FROM an article by Frank Ching:

Much has been said about China’s growing nationalism but little attention has been paid to its increasing assertion of something akin to sovereignty over ethnic Chinese who are citizens of other countries.

While this is particularly noteworthy in Hong Kong, it is also true in the United States, Australia and other countries.

What China wants is for foreign citizens of ethnic Chinese background to be loyal to the “motherland” – meaning China – regardless of their citizenship and to work to further the interests of China.

This was disclosed in the People’s Daily a couple of years ago when it encouraged “more and more overseas Chinese to participate in the local political life”.

 

Digital Dumbing-Down

May 9, 2016

FROM an article in The Daily Caller by Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins:

Headmaster John Vallance pronounced the billions of dollars spent on classroom technology a “scandalous waste of money” that “distracts” from quality teaching. “We see teaching as fundamentally a social activity,” Dr. Vallance said. “It’s about interaction between people, about discussion, about conversation. We find that having laptops or iPads in the classroom inhibits conversation – it’s distracting.”

Dr. Vallance identified a related problem with technological “personalized learning” – when conversation is removed from education, the students find themselves confronted with a uniform point of view. “The digital delivery of teaching materials across Australia has had a powerful normative effect,” he observed. “It’s making it quite difficult for children to learn how to disagree, how not to toe the party line, because they can’t question things – the possibility of questioning things has been taken away from them.”

So according to a prominent educator who has seen the results in the classroom, digital learning increases the likelihood of, well, indoctrination. Bill Gates, who through his vast wealth pushes his well-known political and cultural predilections, apparently sees no problem with this. Parents might disagree. [emphasis added]