Saturday Update January 12, 2013
Our Lady of Saturdays
Forsake me not, O Lord my God : do not thou depart from me. Attend unto my help, O Lord, the God of my salvation. Psalms 38:21-22
On the Lighter Side…
Edit. Those were the days my friend…
The Middle Class In America Is Being Wiped Out – Here Are 60 Facts That Prove It
Our incomes are shrinking, our share of the income pie is at an all-time low, our jobs are being sent overseas, debt burdens have soared to unprecedented heights and millions of formerly middle class Americans have fallen into poverty. America once had the largest and most vibrant middle class that the world has ever seen, but now it is rapidly being shredded. Unfortunately, this is particularly true for younger Americans.
Edit. All the while our alleged representatives act as our keepers rather than true representatives of the people. Something is grossly wrong with the American system of government and politics. We have gone from a Democratic Republic to an oligarchy of the elite. Our “representatives” no longer see their office as a chance to represent the interests of the electorate but an opportunity to guarantee their selfish self-interest and lord it over the great unwashed. They are selling out our liberties to the highest bidder while disarming us, drugging us with prescriptive poison, numbing us with mindless entertainment, promoting sloth through gluttony, and generally ushering in a New World Order for which they will be amply rewarded with honors and position. To illustrate, the first function to be cut off if a fiscal agreement or debt ceiling is reached is Executive and Legislative salaries, including staff of all the President’s and Congress bloated payrolls, rather than the pittance of Social Security, (a fund already paid for by workers and employers).
Housing a Sweet Spot for U.S. Economy as Recovery Expands
U.S. home sales and prices are poised to rise in 2013, solidifying a recovery that began last year after a half-decade slump that was the deepest since the Great Depression, according to analysts and economists surveyed by Bloomberg.
Edit. What the Heck…? Wait who ordered the survey? …Bloomberg! …so we have Bloomberg News reporting on a Bloomberg survey. Wow! Talk about news twisting. If you believe this headline, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.
Rumors of Wars…
Russian Ships Park Off Syrian Coast As NATO Deploys Patriot Missiles In Turkey
Russia has concentrated five landing ships in the eastern Mediterranean in a show of force meant to deter Western nations from intervening militarily in Syria, The Sunday Times quoted a Russian diplomat as saying.
According to the report, the ships are carrying military vehicles and hundreds of Russian marines, and are being accompanied by combat vessels.
Edit. As Al Qaeda zeroes in on the legitimate Syrian Administration, it is unclear if they are truly a terrorist group as the DHS and other agencies of the US Administration have officially decribed them or just another US ally in hopes of upending another Arab government. We see the results in other so-called Arab Spring grassroots uprisings such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and other countries where other “rebel” groups turned out to be Islamists with full knowledge of the US and its allies.
Faith and Morals…
Seven Spiritual Laws of the Family
This is one of the outstanding conferences given at the Family and Homeschool Conference in Kentucky at the end of December 2012.
Edit. These and the other conferences during this symposium, including several by H.E. Bishop Richard N. Williamson, were the type of sermons and conferences that first attracted most of us to the traditional Roman Catholic Faith. Conferences are few and far between over the past few years. It is refreshing to once again hear the truth of the Faith taught in season and out of season. Please support these good and holy independent priests in their efforts on your behalf and in their courageous stand for the Faith.
The word “enemies” used here by Bishop Fellay is of course a religious concept and refers to any group or religious sect which opposes the mission of the Catholic Church and her efforts to fulfill it: the salvation of souls.
…By referring to the Jews, Bishop Fellay’s comment was aimed at the leaders of Jewish organizations, and not the Jewish people, as is being implied by journalists.
Edit. The above article, of course, refers to the SSPX’s damage control attempt after Bishop Fellay’s conference in Ontario, Canada on December 28, 2012. Reaction to both the speech and the above article has been most vitriolic and vehement. The Vatican has made a mad scramble to not only condemn this stance but also to distance themselves from any appearance of agreement with such an old fashioned notion as enemies of the Church. (see Fr. Federico Lombardi’s response: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300086.htm )
Predictably, the ADL, that is the Jewish Anti-Defamation League in their inimitable way has also decided to get its licks in. ( see: http://www.adl.org/PresRele/VaticanJewish_96/bishop-fellay-unrepentant-anti-semite-10813.htm ) The ADL accuses the SSPX of training priests and teaching traditionalist Catholics to hate Jews. Piffle! Perhaps it is the ADL’s meddling in the internal Church affairs that is causing the animosities, rather than any Church teaching.
Yet that begs the question of just why is it that placating those outside the Catholic Faith is now so urgent? Not only is the Vatican jumping through hoops, but now we see the leadership of the SSPX doing damage control in order to maintain the confidence of the Modernist in the Vatican and also give credence to the false ecumenism of Vatican Council II. In my humble opinion, it would have been best to let the statements stand, rather than try to rationalize and vet what Bishop Fellay meant. Hmm! It certainly makes one wonder, if indeed, we are still not in negotiations with Rome rather than back to square one as has been stated.
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
Feeling in the Pink.. Better Think Again!
Grapefruit and prescription drugs make a deadly equation
Experts explain that certain medications react adversely to grapefruit juice by processing in your body at a faster rate. While this may sound harmless, researchers say it actually creates a significant increase in the drug’s potency. In some cases, the strength of certain medicines can be raised to a point equivalent to the patient getting double the dose with each pill.
Edit. While I’m a proponent of natural remedies and healthy eating, this article just goes to prove that we are responsible for our own health and well-being. Whether you believe in alternative, allopathic, or a combination of therapies due diligence must be everyone’s responsibility. Important, taking someone’s advice, even when that someone is a professional is no substitute for personal research . BTW, Originally I read an article indicating that pink grapefruit was most especially the problem, now; however, most articles are saying ALL grapefruit is the problem.
The Times They are a Changin’…
Acapulco Gold is Not Very Green
From using an obscene amount of water to poisoning local wildlife to hampering a fish rehabilitation project, the practice of farming marijuana is taking its toll on the environment. And environmentalists are not pleased.
Edit. While the concept of marijuana as an introductory drug to harder fare is lost on contemporary casual users, the big negative has become its green and carbon footprint. As it turns out MaryJane has a tremendous impact on the environment and this may be the limiting factor on the recently legalized or soon to be legalized industry. Water and electricity, to say nothing of the land use aspect, has a high cost on the environment. However, political correctness being what it is, we’ve also seen these same drawbacks to biodiesel in the form of corn, yet popular culture accepts this as an economical answer to carbon fuel consumption. With marijuana we also see an opportunity for government tax revenue, which truth be told, is the real reason for the politicos pushing for legalization of Weed.
A final irony, again lost on modern fans of a good toke is the effect of the smoke on the users as well as secondary smoke. While cigarettes and other tobacco items are demonized largely on the second hand smoke issue, the second hand smoke of Grass is quickly and conveniently overlooked. It is a sign of the times when what was regarded as good is bad and what was bad is good.
Politics and more…
Outrageous… Lib NY Paper Publishes Names & Addresses of Legal Gun Permit Holders
December 23rd 2012 a New York Newspaper Printed the names and addresses of every Licensed Pistol Permit holder in two Counties and another County is being posted shortly! This is a massive privacy breach and the latest in a series of over the top emotional reactions to the latest shooting tragedy in Sandy Hook CT meant to intimidate the lawful and prey on peoples fears to exploit the gun grabbing agenda.
Edit. With the events of 9/11 in 2001, the American citizenry clamored for security from government. This false security demand resulted in the Patriot Act; The NDAA; militarized police on our streets; pornographic X-rays at our travels centers and ports; spot searches of our briefcases, handbags, and luggage in cities; and citizens reporting on other citizens for alleged suspected activities. Now in the wake of the tragic mass murder by a deranged gunmen at Sandy Hook, CT, the citizenry is once again acting out of passion rather than rational thought and sound reasoning by demonizing legitimate gun owners, who have passed stringent testing and vetting to get Concealed Carry Weapons Permits by exposing their names and address in a local liberal paper, the Journal News, a subsidiary of Gannett Press. This exposition is arguably illegal and certainly unwise as it now alerts real criminals to where there is potential access to guns through home invasion, burglary, and theft.
This type of politically motivated, for lack of a better word, reporting, is not only unconscionable but also tramples upon our fundamental right under the second amendment. Indeed, by its actions this sort of yellow journalism, or more precisely pink journalism speaks volumes by stating that guns in the hands of criminals are safer than in that of responsible citizens .
What is next? Perhaps the Journal News would like legitimate CCW holders to be marched through the streets with dunce caps and placards affixed to their chest advertising the politically correct offense of having a legal weapon, guaranteed by our Constitution, as was done in China during the Red Guard Revolution in 1967 – 68. Wake up America our liberty is being gobbled up by corrupt politicians with a Communistic agenda.
Biden: Obama May Use ‘Executive Orders’ to Crack Down on Guns
Earlier today, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing discussion and debate surrounding gun control. Rather than relying strictly upon the legislative process, he said that Obama “is going to act” — and potentially without Congress’ blessing.
Edit. File this article under …it can’t happen here file. It seems, once again, our God given liberties and our Constitution are about to be further thwarted by effectively neutralizing the 2nd Amendment. In addition to the NDAA, and the Patriot Act we are about to see the beginning of the end of the Right to Bear Arms. This possible Executive Order is designed to make an End Run around our Democratic Republic by by-passing Congress in this most important debate. Should this happen this would arguably be the worst and most personally impacting consequence since World War II when FDR issued Executive Orders to have Japanese Americans confined in camps as a prophylaxis against possible subterfuge and sabotage simply based on nationality and race. Turn off the TV America, and take an active role in the fight to preserve your rights before it is too late.
Let the men of wisdom speak…
Between Christmas and New Year’s a Family Conference was given in Boston, Kentucky. Among the speakers at this outstanding conference was His Excellency Bishop Richard N. Williamson, SSPX. Below are several of his conferences given at the time. Certainly, His Excellency has not lost his savor and his words are to be heeded by all who are convicted in the traditional Catholic Faith …not just the smells and bells. While there are many talks, each less than an hour, they are each well worth listening to, most especially for young families in today’s confusing times; yes, even within traditional Catholic circles. His Excellency has a knack for making what seems complex, simple.
So make time to sit down, both Mother and Father, perhaps after the kids are bedded down for the night. Listen and discuss each talk …one per night, make is a mini-retreat! Bishop Williamson’s insights will help to guide your families through the shoals and eddies in which the Catholic family finds itself today.
Bishop Williamson 1st conference 12-29-12
Bishop Williamson 2nd conference 12-29-12
Bishop Williamson conference 12-30-12 “Hunker down”
Bishop Williamson 4th conference 12-31-12
SSPX Crisis Bishop Williamson, December 28th, 2012
Bishop Williamson sermon 12-30-12
Bishop Williamson 01-01-13 Sermon for Pontifical High Mass
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
I finally, finally got my pilot assembly for my greenhouse heaters after three months of waltzing around with the supply house and manufacturer. I received it on Wednesday of this week, installed it on Thursday and it works fine. Beginning around Columbus Day I’ve had trouble with the heater and after numerous consultations with the manufacturer (and about three weeks or so of trying this and that), it was determined I needed a new pilot assembly, They advised I must go through the supply house. I ordered the new piece from the supply house in mid-November; however, somehow the order feel between the cracks and the order was never placed by the supply house. On December 7th I once again ordered the part and it took until last Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to get it. The supply house blamed the manufacturer and the manufacturer blamed the supply house. Either way this not only represents bad service but also since the heating unit was less than a year old indicated that this was a bad product though it came highly professionally recommended.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed a definite decline in quality and service of late in all aspects of the market place. This is perplexing to me for two reasons, first, in today’s competitive climate, service and quality should be of the utmost, however, there is a lackadaisical attitude in the market. Secondly, the service aspect of the employee, those lucky enough to have a job, frankly stinks. They seem to think that the customer is there for them rather than the other way around. One would think that they would assure their jobs by giving first class service, but again a less then professional attitude prevails.
The new hens adapted well to their new home; Henrietta, the ruler of the roost, welcomed them with not incidents, letting them know who is boss. Unfortunately, ol’ wiley Reddy Fox found a weak link in the armor of my henyard and took advantage of it while I was away on errands. He nabbed on hen before I returned and had the nerve to appear again on my return trying to once again get in to access a free meal. I loosed the dogs and he made a beeline into the surrounding woods. The dogs are now on guard, watching constantly at the back door to alert me to his presence …but I think he knows that and I’ve not seen hide nor hair of him since. I did however, reinforce the loose fencing where he gained access.
With the increasing light of the sunshine the hens are laying about a dozen eggs a week; certainly not the best production but adequate considering the low light of the winter season.
Meantime, we, at Hunny-Bunny Farm are over the flu which lasted for the entire Christmas vacation. Speaking of which the flu season is very bad with Boston, MA declaring a state of emergency. The CDC has advised that the vaccinations for the flu seem to have no effect as the strain of vaccine is different from the actual strain going around. Incredibly, they still say our best defense is to get the useless vaccine …go figure. It usually takes about three months lead time to come up with the correct strain, so by the time they develop it is will be April, with the flu season on the wane.
I’m sure by now most of you have mailboxes overflowing with seed catalogs for the upcoming gardening season. I’m also sure like me you are also suffering from sticker shock over the prices. This is in addition to the decrease in the volume of seed. This is due to both inflation as well as continuing food shortages throughout the world. As I said in an earlier issue I will evaluate the long term, open-pollinated, heirloom seed suppliers and report back on my findings.
Hopefully, I will have my study done of the various long-term seed supplier comparisons done within the next two weeks. Please be patient as I’ve a lot on my plate over the next month or two.
Finally, next week I will be ordering my 4 to 5 nucs of honeybees for the 2013 season. At the moment I’m waiting for 50+ degree days to check my one remaining hive. If all is well I will begin feeding them as within the next few weeks the queen, if viable, will start to lay eggs and brood production will begin.
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
Formidable forces are lining up over our Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms. On the one side you have the Socialist Obama Administration and the media vilifying any and all who hold a legally obtained concealed carry weapons permit, that is, those who have complied with existing laws in order to obtain legal arms. On the other side you have organizations like the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America in partnership with the millions of legal gun owners who still take the Constitution as the governing law of the land.
What is most perplexing to me is the fact that the media, who rely and constantly invoke the First Amendment of the Constitution, that is, freedom of religion, freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Assembly, stand with the Socialists in advocating draconian gun control who’s ultimate goal is the elimination of the Second Amendment. In pondering on this apparent inconsistency it actually makes sense that the press would actually choose the wrong side of this issue. Because the greater majority of those in media readily, (and proudly, I might add), admit to being liberal Democrats or even Socialists. Naturally, as promoters of self-interest they will carry the party line of the liberal Democratic agenda.
This of course, is not news! Even the most naïve of us realize there is a definite liberal bias in the media. However, in this Gun Control debate we are discussing a fundamental Constitutional right of a free people. This now means that they will begin direct monkeying around with the Constitution, which sets a dangerous precedent. Since our laws are based on precedent this could provide a springboard for a reversal of many of the freedoms and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution; so much so it would make the NDAA and the Patriot Act child’s-play.
More and more we see events in politics, culture, society, and even religion reaching a crescendo, and it does not bode well. We might be tempted to pray; how long, Lord, how long? …but the answer is within us. IF we but reintegrate Christ and His Church back into our lives, in all its aspects, we would see an immediate change for the better. However, we are suffering under such strong delusions that nothing short of the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will lift the scales from our eyes that we may see our vital need of God.
So pray fervently the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.
Caveat: I’m not in any way giving or advocating any medical or financial advice but merely informing you of the controversies involved in this topic and the dilemma they present to the thinking Catholic in our times. I do not intend to give medical or financial advice or take any responsibility for anyone else’s health, medical or financial positions and decisions and as always encourage everyone to be fully informed, through personal research and contact a professional adviser before making any medical or financial decisions.
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