Monday, February 28, 2022

Just Say Nyet to War in Ukraine, Da to Peace

Updated 3/12/2022  Added Video:  Why Ukraine Matters::

I have argued that the biggest threat to Europe, Africa & the Middle East is not Russia or the Taliban, but Islam. The Biggest Threat to China is not Russia or the USA but Christianity in general & Pope Francis specifically. In fact, Christianity has been a threat to authoritarian regimes for 2 000 years.
You may recall that On April 6, 2009, President Obama, speaking  in Turkey, effectively proclaimed that the United States did not consider itself a Judeo-Christian nation.

Christianity in the world

"Although, as I mentioned, we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation" - "fact checkers immediately went to work to refine what Obama actually said - very much along the lines of rewriting history.  Ditto for the statement: " I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." included in his book Dreams of My Father.  Again self-proclaimed fact checkers came in to argue semantics.  While we can argue semantics ad nauseum, the fact speak for themselves:  Obama, like Joe Biden,  a self professed Christian, 

Biggest World Threats
On July 7, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a package of amendments with the declared purpose of countering terrorism and ensuring public safety. These amendments, known as the Yarovaya law, which went into effect July 20, present a number of severe restrictions to religious freedom, essentially banning preaching, praying, proselytizing, and disseminating religious materials outside of officially-designated locations. Writes Religious Freedom Institute's Elizabeth A. Clark.  

It is no coincidence that the main reasons for Russia's annual population decline are high death rate, low birth rate, high rate of abortions, and a low level of immigration. According to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook, Russia has a very high death rate of 13.4 deaths per 1000 people per year.  In 2005, 1.6 million abortions were registered in Russia; 20% of these involved girls under the age of 18. Official statistics put the number of abortions at 737,948 in 2016. As of 2010, the abortion rate was 37.4 abortions per year per 1000 women aged 15–44 years, the highest of any country reported in UN data. While in the U.S. we have Black Genocide:  The killing of preborns, mostly African American, enabled by progressive policies and the main stream media, Russia has its own genocide as a result of banning Christianity

Using the same data, ABC News could have accurately reported that the Killing of preborns was down by 60% in Texas in the first month under the most pro-life law in the U.S. - but decided to support the killing lobby

Christianity in a most restrictive environment was the religious self-identification of 47.1% of the Russian population in 2012 according to Atlas. Whereas Ukraine is an overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian nation, much larger than that of the United States and overwhelmingly much larger than that of the United Kingdom at around 55%

The history of the Church is full of many Martyred saints, who received recognition for great deeds or meritorious conduct. Many lost their lives in defense of the faith, while others were themselves the mothers of important saints. Many were also honored for their contributions to the Church and their community. Catholic Online writes that "The Greek word martus signifies a witness who testifies to a fact of which he has knowledge from personal observation. It is in this sense that the term first appears in Christian literature; the Apostles were "witnesses" of all that they had observed in the public life of Christ, as well as of all they had learned from His teaching, "in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth" ( Acts 1:8 )

Today, the Catholic Priest who runs the Ukranian Catholic EWTN network decided to stay in Kyiv, rather than to flee.
Ukraine Priest willing to be martyred 

St Thomas Aquinas posited that to one who has faith no explanation is necessary to one without faith no explanation is possible:  While Wikipedia diminishes the power of prayer "The efficacy of prayer has been studied since at least 1872, generally through experiments to determine whether prayer or intercessory prayer has a measurable effect on the health of the person for whom prayer is offered. Empirical research indicates that prayer and intercessory prayer have no discernible effects."  The Anti Catholic New York Times goes even further:  At least one earlier study found lower complication rates in patients who received intercessory prayers; others found no difference. A 1997 study at the University of New Mexico, involving 40 alcoholics in rehabilitation, found that the men and women who knew they were being prayed for actually fared worse."  In a study by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health concludes. "We believe that the research has led nowhere, and that future research, if any, will forever be constrained by the scientific limitations that we outline."

On the other hand, the Catholic Church believes miracles are works of God such as healing miracles- Jesus healed people who were sick or disabled. Exorcism. the act of freeing someone of demons. Restoration of Life -there are three occasion in the gospel eyes Jesus raises people from the dead and Nature miracle - a miracle in which Jesus shows his power over nature.

James 5:13 tells us about the power of prayer in "The Prayer of Faith Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.[a] 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects."

I also pray I will not be tested beyond the Threshold Of Belief - because prayer and suffering are not mutually exclusive, but complementary as illustrated in todays reading of 1 Peter 1:3-9 "A Living Hope3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice,[a] though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Without having seen[b] him you[c] love him; though you do not now see him you[d] believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. 9 As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your soul"

Certainly peace under a nuclear threat, at this moment seems unattainable; Belarus just revoked her non-nuclear status, allowing Russia to mobilize nuclear force.  Perhaps as impossible as the victory of David over Goliath.  But  Matthew 19:26  tells us  Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.


Dr Ben Carson's Ukraine Backgrounder

 If you want to know how we got her, you may want to start with Dr. Ben Carson's Ukraine Backgrounder below Over the last week, the enti..

Saturday, February 26, 2022

The Beatles Let It Be or The Kitchen Madona

 Any Catholic who has ever heard the beautiful lyrics of the beautiful Beatles' song "Let it be" must have surely thought it  was a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. On February 23, 2022 Pope Francis invoked the following:  "May the Queen of Peace preserve the worlds from the madness of war".

 Until today, I thought the song was a prayer to Mother Mary. When asked whether the song was religious, in typical marketeeze, the Beatles left it up to the fans to decide.  Some accounts say the inspiration was Paul McCarthy's mom who died of cancer and would appear to him in his dreams. 

It is said John Lennon's disliked the song, but it still became an iconic hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on April 11, 1970. 

Consider some of the lyrics

"When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be" 

In he piece titled Our Lady of the Coronavirus published March 22, 2020, Angelo Jesus Canta writes the “at a time of social distancing, increased anxiety and worldwide fear, Francis is not just making an appeal to Catholic devotion. He is calling us all to consider Mary not as an abstract helper but as a mother who has a proven track record of healing, protecting and watching over her people.”

Compare part of the prayer recited by Pope Francis recited on on March 11, 2020 asking Mother Mary to protect Italy and the world from the pandemic as translated by the Catholic News Service:

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of us who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Now the Catholic Company has a different insight about the Blessed Mother. 

It suggests that when you make dinner, or clean up a messy kitchen the Blessed Mother can empathize with you.  While she reigns as Queen in heaven, on earth, she lived the life of a humble housewife. cooking countless meals for Jesus and Joseph, scrubbed countless dishes, washed countless floors, and did countless loads of laundry. 

The Catholic Company Kitchen Madonna

It says that Our Lady, The Kitchen Madonna knows the stress and weariness of everyday tasks, means she can help you find new purpose and energy for everything you.

• The key represents 1) the safety of the home against worldly dangers and 2) prayer, which opens Heaven’s door 

• The kettle symbolizes the nourishment of both body and soul 

• The broom represents the cleanliness of our earthly and spiritual lives

Whether you have a Kitchen Madonna or Gospel music in the background, this is sure to help with the anxiety caused by current events.

As St, Thomas Aquinas said: "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."  So, whether at work or in the kitchen: Pray for people in Ukraine , Pray for people in Russia, Pray to Blessed Mother Mary: - today's scriptures are apropos Jas 5:13-20 

The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.

Elijah was a man like us;

yet he prayed earnestly that it might not rain,

and for three years and six months it did not rain upon the land.

Then Elijah prayed again, and the sky gave rain

and the earth produced its fruit. 

Of The Rise & Fall of the Roman Empire & The Rise and Fall of the American Experiment

 Why should we study history? in a piece in the American Historical Association Peter Stearns verbosely tries to justify studying history, as if he was trying to justify his profession: While he is on the right track when he asserts that

Any subject of study needs justification: its advocates must explain why it is worth attention. ...Historians do not perform heart transplants, improve highway design, or arrest criminals. In a society that quite correctly expects education to serve useful purposes, the functions of history can seem more difficult to define than those of engineering or medicine. History is in fact very useful, actually indispensable, but the products of historical study are less tangible, sometimes less immediate, than those that stem from some other disciplines

Then he goes on to add over 15 000 words as justification covering the following

  • History Helps Us Understand People and Societies
  • History Helps Us Understand Change and How the Society We Live in Came to Be
  • The Importance of History in Our Own Lives
  • History Contributes to Moral Understanding
  • History Provides Identity
  • Studying History Is Essential for Good Citizenship
  • What Skills Does a Student of History Develop?
  • History Is Useful in the World of Work

But Stearns apparently fails to apply his lecture to the world around us:  To enforce Protestant orthodoxy,  for example, England used the same tactics as the #Taliban and the #Chinese during the Cultural Revolution, or the Puritan vanguard whose mission was dedicated to the destruction of an entire world view.  On September 8, 2021 NPR published a piece titled:  Virginia's Massive Robert E. Lee Statue Has Been Removed— was lifted into the air by a crane

On Wednesday, the state of Virginia removed the 12-ton statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee more than 130 years after it was installed in Richmond.

Despite its massive size, it was lifted from its pedestal in one piece and is headed for storage. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, was there as the statue came down and appeared pleased by its removal. A crowd also chanted and cheered as the statue of Lee — atop a horse — was lifted into the air by a crane

As soon as Joe Biden was installed President, Democrats pushed for a restoration bill as described by Forbes' Gina Heeb in the piece titled
Democrats Push For Reparations Bill, Testing White House Support

Congressional Democrats renewed their push for a federal study of racial reparations at a committee hearing Wednesday, the latest test of whether President Joe Biden would support compensation to Black Americans for centuries of slavery and systemic racism in the U.S.....
It has garnered the support of more than 170 co-sponsors in Congress, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, who introduced the bill known as H.R. 40, said at the House Judiciary subcommittee hearing

While Cancel Culture is Not a New Construct - It's Been used to Impose a Different Worldview Stearns fails to tell us that perhaps we failed our history class.  Or perhaps we have been plagued with fake historians.  People often rewrite history for a number of reasons:  money, power, revenge, jealousy and so on.  Take for instance the English invention of the Black Legend used to vilify Spain, the Catholic Church and  Mixed Race people. Or the lies that Saint Junipero Serra maltreated native Americans. It was quite the opposite

Using the same data, ABC News could have correctly reported: Killings of preborns, mostly African American in Texas, fell by 60% in the first month under the most prolife law in the U.S.

Or take for instance Bill Clinton, Obama and  AntiCatholic historians blaming the Catholic Church and  the Crusades for Islamic Terrorism. Bill Clinton in a 11/7_2001 speech at Georgetown University, not unlike AntiCatholic historians, blames the Catholic Church and the  Crusades for Islamic terrorism!

The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1967 requires all "consumer commodities be labeled to disclose net contents, identity of commodity, and name and place of business of the product's manufacturer, packer, or distributor. .. The Act authorizes additional regulations where necessary to prevent consumer deception" 

But much more important than what touches our body is what touches our mind! How about new labeling regulation for mainstream media, high tech and historians?

From NPR's Nina Totenberg's reporting on SCOTUS MaskGate, to the Business Insider/CSPAN claim that Historians ranked President Trump among the worst presidents in US History to the coverage of the Covington Kids, The Kyle Rittenhouse Trial, the Russia Hoax, the censoring of Hunter Biden's computer and on and on.

But I digress.  Perhaps we should study history to avoid making previous mistakes, to use as a general benchmark to show the human spirit can reach the impossible, as seen in the present and to guard against fake historians/

As  Carl Young, Assistant Professor of Classics and one of the two professors teaching Hillsdale College’s newest free online course, “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic.” puts it 

As I’ve discovered in my own life, to learn from Rome’s triumphs and disasters is to receive a rich moral and political education. And I think our schools—and we as a nation—would be far better off if we spent more of our time studying the great figures and events from Roman history.

The course explores the great deeds of Romulus, Lucretia, Cato, Scipio Africanus, Cicero, Caesar, and others as well as the virtues that made ancient Rome great and examine the challenges that led to its collapse." 

A worthwhile endeavor, as many books gave been written about the Rise and Fall of America. And considering what is going on around us today, some would say we are rapidly approaching the end of the American Experiment. “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic” is set to be released on March 15. To reserve your spot , click on the link provided:  Perhaps we can learn how to avoid the Great Fall

Der Spiel Names Putin Man of the Century

According to The Hill, 62% of voters say Putin wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine if Trump were president. And according to the Palestinian Wasp, Der Spiel just run a poll showing 99.9% of Germans selected Vladimir Putin as the Man of the Century. This all happened after Merkel agreed to pay for the Russia gas pipeline and pledged to withhold funds from NATO to pay for Germany’s own defense.  We must do what is best for Germany and the German People and not the NATO allies”  Merkel said, according to the Wasp.

The Wasp also reports that Joe Biden spoke to Vladimir Putin and told him to take off the heat until after the election. Putin said Nye

So the Big Guy said, no need to invade, just carve out Ukraine & gobble up the pieces and Putin said Nyet

So, then the EU decided to increases the pressure on Russia by blowing lots of hot air, while single-handedly Elon Musk does more to help Ukraine than all of them combined

Putin says Nyet

Then Belarus revokes her non-nuclear status, allowing Russia to mobilize nuclear forces in the country.

So the Big Guy said Russia could have Ukraine and give Taiwan to China and while Germany pays for oil pipeline and withholds NATO funds to pay for her own defense she declares Putin Man Of The Century

………As long as the Big Guy gets his usual 25%

Friday, February 25, 2022

Which is more consequential: CRT, CIT or CST

Which is more consequential? Critical Race Theory, Critical Ideology Theory or Critical Strata Theory? All are cross-disciplinary intellectual and social movement of  scholars and activists, in the case of CRT, who examine the intersection of class and  law in the US and challenge  mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice, while blatantly that the Biden Crime Bill codified into law institutional racisms, that progressive policies enabled Black Genocide and led the African American nuclear family join the Seat Turtles in the endangered species list.

For Example, In a LinkedIn post, David E Kelly, a typical defender of Critical Race Theory asks the following rhetorical questions:

Who held us in chains?

Who stripped us of our language

Who beat us to a pulp

Who made us angry

Who raped our great grandmothers

Who made us hate ourselves

Who ripped us apart

who slew our leaders

Who denied us of our civil rights and freedom

Who imprisoned millions of us

Who stole our inventions, patents, trademarks and copyrights

Who appropriates our culture to rob us of our wealth

who strikes millions with poverty

Who denies us justice

Who Lies constantly to absolve themselves from guilt

Who continues to live in denial

Now tell us why shouldn't #CriticalRaceTheory be taught

The reasons used by Kelly to justify, or rationalize the study of Critical Race Theory reads more like a pity party - something that every single group has gone through since Cain murdered Abel out of jealousy. While there is nothing wrong with opinions, when passing judgment we have the obligation to present a logical argument for our case. Not unlike what our Founding Fathers enumerated in the Declaration of Independence,. For example, Rohingyas have often been called the most persecuted minority in the world, unable to claim citizenship in Myanmar (where about 1.1m of them live in Rakhine), or in any other country. Arkam and Ashan are but two of the growing number of Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar to reach Malaysia, Indonesia or Thailan

Jewish and Christian people in some Muslim countries

Albinos in Sub-Saharan Africa

Native Americans in the USA, Still largely in reservation lands with few natural resources

Muslim populations in China

Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq

Women and girls in much of Africa, the Middle-East and Asia

In the case of  Critical Ideology Theory - CIT,  it aims to examine the intersection of ideology and law in the United States and to challenge progressives &  mainstream media approaches to social justice, which has led to the Perverted Blackstone Ratio:  Better to risk setting 100 guilty liberals free than to risk setting free one innocent conservative.  Why Why Dinesh D'Souza and Martha Stuart went to jail, but even though, Obama knew, Clinton knew, Biden knew, Comey knew., Brennan knew, Clapper knew, McCabe knew, Strzok knew, Schiff knew, the Ohrs knew, theFBI knew, the DOJ knew, the CIA knew, the 17 Intelligence Agencies State knew, Trump was innocent, yet they smeared and spied on him. The worst scandal in nation's history, but nobody has been held accountable

In the case of Critical Strata Theory - CST, it seeks to examine the intersection of class and law in the United States and to challenge mainstream media & liberal approaches to class justice:  The class that commands the most resources wins;  We all know the drill, the powerful can afford the best attorneys in the planet and can buy experts that testify for the defendant.  Whereas if the accused is poor or middle class, regardless of guilt or innocence, there are simply not enough resources to fight off the powerful.  Why Hunter Biden is roaming free, but John Does is rotting in jail


Ethnic Studies is Just Glorified Grievances Studies & Antithetical to Civics Education

According to the LA Times, "California is deleting the often-used In Lak’Ech affirmation from its model ethnic studies curriculum to settle a lawsuit from a San Diego group that claims the affirmation constitutes an Aztec prayer." Why does it take a lawsuit? Progressives encourage students to pray to ancient gods, but not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They encourage the edification of other cultures but balk at the notion of American Exceptionalism. Ethnics Studies is just Grievances Studies and not only a drain on the budget, but it is prioritized over other subjects, like STEM and is antithetical to Civics Education

Cancel Culture is Not a New Construct - It's Been used to Impose a Different Worldview

Cancel culture is not new.  It has been used for generations to impose a different world view.  In the biblical Book of Genesis, Cain and Abel are the first sons of Adam and Eve. Cain, the firstborn was a farmer, and his brother Abel was a shepherd. The brothers made sacrifices to God, but God favored Abel's sacrifice instead of Cain's. Cain then murdered Abel out of jealousy, whereupon God punished Cain by condemning him to a life of wandering. 

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Chuck Schumer & the killing fields

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader has scheduled a vote for Monday night on the   “Women’s Health Protection Act.” - euphemism for legally killing the unborn.  This legislation goes way beyond codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law – which itself would be horrible. It starts by legalizing lethal violence against unborn children, for any reason, at any time, at taxpayers expense  The law would also allow killing children with disabilities, permit partial birth abortion… and nullify all existing pro-life legislation in every state. 

This after Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization threatens  overturn Roe v. Wade, . 

Sen. Schumer is under heavy pressure from the Unborn killing  lobby. They are freaking out, knowing the Supreme Court could soon rule in favor of protecting vulnerable mothers and children. They also know the coming midterm elections could be a wipeout. For example, ABC News reports that "Abortions in Texas fell by 60% in the first month under the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. in decades, according to new data."  One could, using the same data, report the following:  "Killing on the unborn in Texas, fell by 60% in the first month under the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. in decades, according to new data."

So they want to rally the hard-left base inside the Democratic Party. But this also means that Democratic senators running for re-election in competitive states like New Hampshire, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada will be forced to publicly affirm not only their strident support for killing innocent children at nine months – but also eliminating even the most commonsense pro-life protections passed in the states. 

Should the legislation pass, in addition to codifying legal abortion into federal law, it would torch pro-life parental consent and parental notification laws all across the country. Parents will be locked out, and forbidden to know if their own daughters are being pressured into an abortion or planning one. 

Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats have ignored the clear message of the shocking 2021 elections in Virginia, when mothers and fathers stepped up and demanded that their government not undermine their role as parents. 

Next Monday, Schumer will put his fellow Democrats on the record.  

 What will they do? 

What will you do?

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Domestic violence in Muslim Communities

Three women were beheaded last week in Alawdin area of Kabul, according to #KavianPress. The incident took place near the Taliban intelligence center. The families of the beheaded women have been threatened with death if they provide details to the media. Sadly,  all the so-called scholarly papers available conclude that violence against women in Muslim communities is no different than any other   

Most reports conclude that although completely accurate numbers are probably not available, researchers generally agree that among ethnic minority groups in the United States, Blacks are the most likely to experience domestic violence followed by Hispanics and then Whites.  In 1965 25% of African American children were raised fatherless.  Today is up to 75% and soon The African American nuclear family may join the Seat Turtles in the most endangered species list

Not a trivial matter:  According to – 71% of high school dropouts are fatherless; fatherless children have more trouble academically, scoring poorly on tests of reading, mathematics, and thinking skills; children from father-absent homes are more likely to be truant from school, more likely to be excluded from school, more likely to leave school at age 16, and less likely to attain academic and professional qualifications in adulthood.

Researchers don't seem to be interested into the question of domestic violence in Muslim communities.  What is clear is that Muslim women by western standards are subject to abuse in very high numbers, but most of the victims may disagree that what they are exposed to is domestic violence. Such as a slap in the face, verbal abuse or depriving them of their physical freedom for misbehaving.

Several honor killings have been documented in the United States in recent years. As of 2012 there is no central agency that collects data across all jurisdictions in regards to honor violence in the United States. There is reluctance among some organizations to label events as honor killings to avoid stigmatizing Muslim and Arab cultures. They don't seem to mind stigmatizing African Americans or Hispanics

Friday, February 11, 2022

Happy Lupercalia or Happy Valentines?

 Seems like everybody is jumping on the Saint Valentine's bandwagon.  From PBS, to the Biden Administration to The New Yorker.  Or is it Lupercalia?  St. Valentine’s Day started as a Catholic holiday honoring two men named Valentine who were martyred in consecutive years during the Roman festival of Lupercalia - a bloody, violent and perverse pagan celebration including animal sacrifice and random coupling under the guise of “love.” 

Democrats in Congress Celebrating Infanticide

One Saint Valentine was supposedly a Roman priest who performed secret weddings against the wishes of the authorities in the third century. Imprisoned in the home of a noble, he healed his captor's blind daughter, causing the whole household to convert to Christianity and sealing his Before being tortured and decapitated on February 14, he sent the girl a note signed “Your Valentine.”  Others says St. Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus about 270. He was buried on the Via Flaminia, and Pope Julius I reportedly built a basilica over his grave. Other narratives identify him as the bishop of Terni, Italy, who was martyred, apparently also in Rome, and whose relics were later taken to Terni.  Whether two Valentines, or one.  While details are vague, the common understanding is that the Catholic holiday was intended to celebrate true love in marriage.

At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I forbid the celebration of Lupercalia and is sometimes attributed with replacing it with St. Valentine's Day.  According to Catholic Online,  Pope Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, a third-century Roman saint is widely celebrated on February 14 commonly associated with courtly love to  celebrate and to honor true love in marriage

"Although not much of St. Valentine's life is reliably known, and whether or not the stories involve two different saints by the same name is also not officially decided, it is highly agreed that St. Valentine was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome.

In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint, listing him in the February 14 spot of Roman Martyrolgy."

So, what is the difference between Lupercalia Love and Saint Valentine's love? 1 Corinthians  12:31—13:13 tells us exactly what Saint Valentine's love is:

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a miror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.o only one via beheading on February 14

Clearly the "love" the New Yorker describes In the Seduction of Ulysses, is not the love Corinthians describes.  More like Lupercalia Love:

It writes:  "Since its publication, a century ago, James Joyce's epic has acquired a fiercesome reputation for difficulty.  But its great subject, sappy as it may seem, is love."

PBS has been on the shiny new #DIE - Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.  But the Church invented it 2000 years ago.  The old worn out DIE encourages everyone to share his or her gift and develop it to the maximum.  The new shiny PBS DIE wants the maximum benefit for the least effort.  James Joyce exemplifies the old DIE with his book Finnigans Wake's  character HCE:  Here Come Everybody.  The New Yorker Piece reminds me of 1 Corinthians 1:27:  "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."   Or even King Solomon: the wisest man to ever live, builder of the temple, beautiful poet and national leader--he was a man who seemed to have it all then he turned against God.  In Kings 11:4 we read: 

When Solomon was old his wives had turned his heart to strange gods,

and his heart was not entirely with the LORD, his God,

as the heart of his father David had been.

By adoring Astarte, the goddess of the Sidonians,

and Milcom, the idol of the Ammonites,

Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD;

he did not follow him unreservedly as his father David had done.

Solomon then built a high place to Chemosh, the idol of Moab,

and to Molech, the idol of the Ammonites,

on the hill opposite Jerusalem.

He did the same for all his foreign wives

who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.

The LORD, therefore, became angry with Solomon,

because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel,

who had appeared to him twice

(for though the LORD had forbidden him 

this very act of following strange gods,

Solomon had not obeyed him).

Reads like the transformation of Kings Solomon is what the elites of today are going through

What's in your house: Lupercallia or Saint Valentines"

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization May overturn RoeVWade

In the coming months the Supreme Court of the United States will take up Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which the pro-infanticide group Center for Reproductive Rights says In the most consequential abortion rights case in generations. On December 1, 2021, the Center for Reproductive Rights argued at the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the right to abortion, a right recognized in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. In the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court heard Mississippi’s appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down as unconstitutional the state’s law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The case has the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade. In essence, it will make abortion a state-based issue.  In Blue States like California, Oregon, Washington. New York & New Jersey,  not much changes, argues  Dr. Ben Carson, founder of American Cornerstone Institute

Photo:  Wikipedia

Dr. Carson says that while the overturning of Roe v. Wade may seem like a final victory in the fight for the preservation of human life, it is not   He goes on to argue that what is needed is a culture shift. Which is why  Carson has started an affinity group just for that 

Collage showing Democrats In Congress Celebrating Infanticide

Dr. Carson says that he feels  like our culture has forgotten—or ignored—some very important and basic lessons when it comes to the development of human life.  He argues that "our society has been infected by an anti-life ideology, treating its most vulnerable members as disposable objects. Abortion that was once thought of as a last resort in a medical emergency has become the new normal."

As a surgeon, Dr. Carsom adds, " I have operated on infants pre-birth. I can assure you that they are very much alive. Medicine tells us that life begins at the moment of conception. It also tells us when an unborn baby develops a heartbeat, brainwaves, and nervous system. Yet, despite all of this, the unborn are not treated as though they are alive or even human. Life is a precious gift that has been given to us from our creator. No person is disposable, and every life is precious according to Him.  I believe that everyone deserves life, even those who have been denied this right by our society. I believe that together we can make a difference and bring dignity and a voice to the unborn. I also believe that I’m not alone in this belief."

The Culture change Dr. Carson refers to  is  to build a society that values life and would like all other like-minded individuals to review the pro-life pledge he has created and commit to fighting for the unborn

The first step is clearly stating what we believe and what we are willing to do to protect the lives of the unborn. Will you join me today and stand up for those who cannot do it for themselves?  

US Attorney's Office Charge Two Hawaii Democrats Legislators with Accepting Kickbacks

The United States Attorney's Office District of Hawaii announced Tuesday Feb 8, 2022 announced that it is charging two Hawaii Legislators, Jamie Kalani English and Ty Cullen with one count of honest services wire fraud and it expects  Court appearances for both defendants  shortly. 

The defendants are charged with defrauding the :citizens of the State of Hawaii of their right to honest and faithful services as elected legislators through bribery and concealment of material information." 

English is a former state senator and Senate Majority Leader who served the 7th Senatorial District from approximately 2000 until 2021. The charge alleges that on or before  2015, English received benefits such as cash, hotel rooms and other bribes to take official action that would benefit the person providing the bribes. In one instance involving the 2020 state legislative session, English agreed to introduce a bill and also to kill bills in exchange for cash. The gifts and benefits English received totaled in excess of $18,800, which he also failed to report" 

Cullen’s has represented House District 39 since 2013, and serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Finance. 

The charge alleges that beginning in 2014, Cullen accepted benefits and gifts such as casino chips and cash intended to influence his official actions as a legislator. The Charge specifically  alleges four cash payments totaling $23,000 from September 2019 to March 2020. 

Accirfing to United States Attorney Connors: “Ensuring that government officials provide services free of corrupt practices that violate federal law is a critical priority. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute government officials who use their positions for illegal enrichment.” 

FBI Special Agent I'm Charge Merrill stated: 

“The FBI makes corruption investigations a priority in Hawaii and will pursue alleged corruption by public officials such as Mr. English and Mr. Cullen to the fullest extent of the law,” 

If convicted, each defendant faces a sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000.

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

The Catholic Vote Sues the Biden Administration over lack of transparency in managing Texas Border

Last September Catholic Vote  submitted a “FOIA” (Freedom of Information Act) request for copies of all communications between federal government agencies and Catholic-affiliated charities and organizations on the Texas border. The Act requires the federal government to respond and disclose these communications in a timely manner.  

Source:  Wikipedia

After six months, the  Biden administration has refused to respond. So Catholic Vote  partnered with Judicial Watch and filed federal lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Catholic Vote Brian Burch says that the Biden administration’s lack of transparency and obstruction forced us to file these federal lawsuits. American Catholics deserve to know the full extent of our federal government's role in funding and coordinating with Catholic Church affiliated agencies at the border, and what role these agencies played in the record surge of illegal immigrants over the past year. 

Last summer record numbers of migrants were surging toward the United States. The Biden administration was blocking media access while vulnerable migrant families and children were packed in holding facilities, sleeping in squalor under highways in camps, or worse.     

Catholic Vote wants to know: What role are Catholic charities, dioceses, or Catholic-affiliated relief organizations playing in this effort? Are they helping house migrants in homes, hotels, or shelters? Are they paying for transportation, flights, buses, or other services – with government money? 

Is what they are doing legal? 

And is it the right thing to do?  

The first FOIA request to DHS includes all communications between the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and any of the following: 

• The Diocese of Brownsville (San Juan, Texas) 

• Bishop Daniel E. Flores in his capacity as Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas 

• Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (“CCRGV”) 

• Sister Norma Pimentel in her capacity as the Executive Director of CCRGV 

• The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. 

The second FOIA request to HHS includes all communications between the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the following: 

• Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (“CCRGV”) 

• Sister Norma Pimentel in her capacity as the Executive Director of CCRGV 

• The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas 

Catholic Vote and the Cotobuzz Journal agree; Catholics – and all Americans – deserve to know what’s going on at our border.  

Catholic Vote goes on to say; 

We know every person, regardless of their legal status, deserves to be treated with dignity.  

But that’s just it: Our border is in chaos. Women and young girls are being trafficked and raped. Dangerous drugs are flowing into our country, while reports suggest border enforcement officials are overwhelmed……and Catholic-affiliated agencies are reportedly working directly with the federal government.  

Are they helping? How so? What exactly is happening? 

Again: Catholics deserve to know. 

our southern border is a humanitarian disaster, and something needs to change. 

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Biden Commits to Total Racial Equality by His Third Term

The Palestinian Wasp reports that Joe Biden is planning to make a major announcement on race equality to a joint session of Congress in the upcoming weeks - The Wasp has obtained a draft copy which reads in part and similar to John F. Kennedy's speech:  " if we are to win the battle that is now going on around the world between freedom and tyranny, the dramatic achievements in race relations which occurred in recent weeks should have made clear to all of us, as did Sputnik in 1957, the impact of this adventure on the minds of men everywhere... Now it is time to take longer strides—time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in race relations, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth. ...we have never made the national decisions or marshaled the national resources required for such leadership. We have never specified long-range goals on an urgent time schedule... race relations is open to us now; and our eagerness to share its meaning is not governed by the efforts of others. We go into this  because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share... I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving total racial equity by the end of my third term. No single race project...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important...and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish...” -President Joe Biden, 2022

Just last week schools across America implemented BLM Week Of Action calling for disruption of Western Nuclear Family, a key element of Biden's goal of racial equity.  All this All comes just days after the White House, Democrats, MSM & Big Tech celebrated RoeVsWade, which led to Black Genocide: millions of preborns are being killed,  mostly those of color.  It also led to the extinction of the African American nuclear family: in 1965 25% of African-American kids were raised fatherless.  Today it is up to 75% & soon will join the Sea Turtles in the endangered species list. 

To obtain total racial equity, the Biden signed an Executive order to paint the White House black, known to be known hereafter as the Black House.  Biden also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  with Planned Parenthood to increase the total number of White preborns killed, until a White Genocide is reached, where white preborns killed are comparable to those of color  Biden has ordered Health & Human Services to draft a plan for the  extinction of the non-Black Nuclear Family by giving white mothers a $50, 000 bonus if they divorce after their third child.

According to Dr. Michael Kaliszewski  "It is estimated that there are 5.6 million Native Americans (classified as American Indian and Alaska Native alone or in combination with one or more other races) living in the United States, comprising 1.7% of the total population.1 While Native Americans account for only a small part of the U.S. population, these people experience much higher rates of substance abuse compared to other racial and ethnic groups."  Some of the factors that contribute to the increased risk of addiction among Native Americans include:1-2 Historical trauma &Violence (including high levels of gang violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault).

Biden has ordered HHS to work with historians and the media to rewrite history showing all races have been oppressed since Adam and eve. Also,  Native American teens will be required to take a one-year survival course in Chicag, Los Angeles or New York.  The key element is that HHS will partner with Hunter Biden to  supply alcohol and drugs to white  students until the drug use is similar across all ethnic backgrounds

This week, the  Biden Admin announced funds for a turn-key distribution network managed by Hunter Biden to hand out crack pipes to crackheds in order to "advance racial equity." According to Times News "The application window for the $30 million “harm reduction” program grant closed Monday. The three-year grant program was funded through President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill pushed through by Democrats in March of last year. It specifically outlines syringes and “safe smoking kits/supplies” as an approved use of federal funds"

According to Biden "it looks like a jungle out there ," referring to the NFL and echoing the words he used when he argued for passage of the Biden Crime Bill. Initial proposals include:  Require all black players to go vegan, to have black players play with their hands tied behind their back and ban white players to play quarterback.  Biden just signed a MOU with the NFL to achieve racial parity: while Blacks make up only 24% of the US  population close to 60% are represented in the NFL, this is totally unacceptable," he said.

A similar agreement is being worked out with the NBA.  If you thought the NFL was racist, you should see the NBA.  According to racial equality activist Richard Lapchick, the NBA in 2020 was composed of 74.2 percent black players, 16.9 percent white players, 2.2 percent Latino players of any race, and 0.4 percent Asian players. There were 6.3 percent of the players classified as "other" races.  Since white men can not jump, The Biden Administration is proposing to lower the hoops to a maximum height of 5 feet. and not allow players over 6 feet tall.  Other ideas are in the process.

With these actions, President Biden repeated:   I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving total racial equity by the end of my third term. No single race project...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important...and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish...” 

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Why is it the FBI singles out LinkedIn and not Pols, Media or High Tech?

Updated February 4, 2022

Camas, WA - In prepared  remarks on Threats Posed By the Chinese Government, on  January 31, 2022 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library FBI Director Christopher Wray took the unusual step of calling out out LinkedIn saying:  "Now, as an aside, I would be remiss if I didn’t note that we see an awful lot of Chinese intelligence outreach on social media, especially on #LinkedIn" 

FBI Press Release announcing Director Christopher Wray remarks at Reagan Presidential Library 

Why is it that FBI Christopher Wray on threats posed by Chinese Government was compelled to single out #LinkedIn. Is it because 76% of LinkedIn’s users are outside the U.S.? or because 59.9% of LinkedIn’s users are between 25 and 34 years old? Perhaps because while the U.S. is LinkedIn’s biggest market at 174M users, the network has gained traction around the world.? What about the fact that 57% of LinkedIn users are men, and 43% are women or that Bill Gates penned 50% of the 10 most engaging LinkedIn articles in November 2020 or the fact that, Gates often appears in the list of most engaging articles shared monthly in the LinkedIn Water Cooler Series? Because Gates has been more vocal about COVID than Dr. Faucci? Gates in fact thinks that Climate Change can be worse than COVID-19. "I realize that it’s hard to think about a problem like climate change right now. When disaster strikes, it is human nature to worry only about meeting our most immediate needs, especially when the disaster is as bad as COVID-19" Gates write. Gates has also spoken about depopulation to the point that Gates' apologists claimed that he really did not mean to say: "The world today has 6.8 billion people," .. That's headed up to about 9 billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent." Gates has failed to condemn Black Genocide, where millions of preborns are killed, mostly African American

Or Perhaps because Microsoft owns LinkedIn? You see, last year, Microsoft's Bing suspended auto suggest function in China at government's behest.

Yet Pew Research found that most people have multiple social media accounts. 90% of LinkedIn users, for example, use Facebook. 94% use YouTube, while 57% use Instagram.  While Edison  found that 64% of whites in the US use LinkedIn more than 16% of Hispanics. African Americans were at 6% while others were at 14%.  But Wray  fails to mention Tweeter, Facebook, Google, politicians or the media.. Consider that 1000s of Google employees walked out to protest the company working with the US government, but the same people  remained apathetic as Google continues to do work with company which directly benefits the Chinese Communist

According to Pew Research a small number of prolific Twitter users, mostly Democrat try to drown out the majority. They conscientiously use misinformation to promote their agenda. 70% or more of these falsehoods are likely to be retweeted:  the bigger the cognitive dissonance, the more retweets. 

Pew Research on Twitter Users

As if that was not enough 52% of adults get their news on #Facebook, while 87% of #Twitter users also use Facebook.  Twitter promotes Silo building then uses flags as a safety measure and or call to action. The Wall Street Editorial Board writes

 It’s been clear for some time that the tech giants look to government to determine what coronavirus-related speech to allow. YouTube’s misinformation policy bans content that contradicts the evolving guidance of “health authorities.” Facebook stopped blocking some commentary on the lab-leak theory of the virus’s origins only after President Biden ordered an investigation into the possibility.

Public-private coordination is not in itself sinister. The government can be an important source of information, and most people would agree that it’s not an abuse of Facebook’s authority to suppress, say, fraudulent medical advice that goes viral.n ordered an investigation into the possibility. 

Yet, while Twitter has banned President Trump for life, it continues to allows totalitarian regime representatives, such as Chinese Government Spokesperson Lijian Zhao @zlj517 even though he blamed the CIA for planting the COVID-19 virus 

Collage of Lijian Zhao Twitter Posts related to COVID misinformation

Meanwhile Facebook monetizes hate and division, according to whistleblower Frances Haugen.  We also know that Facebook fact-checkers are not checking facts but promoting an agenda.  And of course, there is Facebook and the rest of Big Tech censoring news items that do not fit their agenda such as this one. "On Thursday, Facebook decided its users should not be able to share a New York Post article about the property-buying habits of one of the founders of Black Lives Matter" Or  as the Posts's Devine wrote:  "In case there was any doubt that Facebook and Twitter are corruptly partisan, the social media giants censored The Post’s story Wednesday on Hunter Biden’s emails suggesting he took cash for access to his ­father, Joe Biden."  A typical excuse for this gross abuse of power, or online censorship is  that "legal expert agree, its no illegal."   You may recall that killing Jews in Nazi Germany was legal.

Then there's the deep political connection.  Senator Diane Feinstein had a Chinese spy on her employ for twenty five years, while Fang Fang targeted California Politicians, including representative Eric Swalwell & Barbara Boxer. Senator Ted Cruz told Sunday Morning Futures  Maria Bartiromo " ‘The Democratic Party today is funded by Big Tech and giant corporations which are in bed with Chinese communists’"