Saturday Update January 26, 2013
Our Lady of Saturdays; St. Marius and Companions, St. Canute
Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. Put you on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11
On the Lighter Side…
Lord of the Flies?!?!
Edit. FYI, The name, Beelzebub, is commonly translated “the lord of the flies”, and the god is supposed to be so called because as a sun god of the Philistines he brings the flies. Beelzebub is known as the ‘prince of demons’. In the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), it’s who the Pharisees accused Jesus of being because he could cast out demons.
Either way, it an ill omen, yet a fitting tribute to a Great Statesman of the NWO.
CEO of JPMorgan – You Don’t Need to Know How Banking Works, Just Shut Up and Pay Us.
Jamie Dimon in Davos Switzerland today explaining why people don’t need to know what’s going on in the banking world. It’s too “complex.” Just know that their fee comes from managing this ball of financial confusion. And that’s all you need to know.
Edit. Wow! Would you trust this man with your… money? Well, that’s just what you are doing when you trust the financial services sector of the economy. It is good to bear this statement in mind and then realize that credit card companies, owned by big financial companies like JP Morgan, earn 20% interest on your debt, but conversely, you are lucky to earn 1 – 2% when you invest your money in a bank account.
Thank you, Jamie Dimon for that bit of rare honesty, but I suspect it was an “oops” moment immediately after you made these remarks.
Silver Becoming More Rare Than Gold?
It may seem counter-intuitive, as there is less availability of gold in any given mine than there is silver, but considering that silver is used in everything from electronics to medical technology, it may not be out of the question to suggest that silver is actually becoming more rare than gold.
Edit. Yes, I realize that this article is little more than an infomercial for a silver trading company, but that does not take away from the fact that silver, and other precious metals, are an inherently valuable investment. They are tangible assets. Silver is still selling at relatively low rates and has been known as the poor man’s gold for centuries.
That said, in the end you can’t eat precious metals and while it made be a good barter item in a total collapse, (and therefore wise to have some on hand), a much better investment would be in a small family farm of a minimum of 10 acres. This will allow you to grow your food, both vegetables and meat.
A second strategy, if land is not feasible, is to put back some foods and buy MRE’s and other long term foods, even if it is just an extra can a week from the local grocery when there are sales.
Rumors of Wars…
Currency War Between The US, China, Japan In Process, Euro Could Be Next To Join The War.
In this MUST WATCH video, Jim Rickards discusses ‘currency war games’ and how the in progress currency war between the US/West and China/Russia is likely to be played out. Not surprisingly, GOLD plays a pivotal role in the currency war games.
The end of the current fiat monetary system is coming, and a GOLD BACKED CURRENCY will replace the fiat petro-dollar.
Odds of military conflict between China, Japan increase as Xi calls for ‘actual combat’ training
The likelihood of an at least small-scale military conflict between China and Japan over the Diaoyu-Senkaku islands has increased dramatically.
Xi, who took over the chairmanship of the policy-setting Central Military Commission just two months ago from President Hu Jintao, has also reiterated the imperative of raising the PLA’s combat-readiness.
Edit. Though often appealing to nationalism and even sometimes religion, most wars throughout human history are fundamentally based on economics. Evolving from needed resources, conflicts begin with trade wars, then financial, then psy-ops; they usually rather quickly degenerate into military aggression. Thus the currency wars we are witnessing have the potential to quickly morph into armed combat. Certainly, we are living in interesting times.
Faith and Morals…
Cardinal: If Lefebvre had seen proper Mass, he may not have split
This is Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañizares. When it comes to the liturgy, he says some of the changes that were called on by the Second Vatican Council, are still pending.
But if those changes are applied correctly, he says, even traditionalists groups, like that of Lefebvrians, would not feel mistrust.
“On one occasion,” Cardinal Canizares recalled, “Bishop (Bernard) Fellay, who is the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, came to see me and said, ‘We just came from an abbey that is near Florence. If Archbishop (Marcel) Lefebvre had seen how they celebrated there, he would not have taken the step that he did.’”
Edit. What?!?! Certainly, His Excellency Bishop Fellay knows that good Archbishop Lefebvre’s objection to Vatican Council II did not rest solely on the New Liturgy, i.e. the New Mass,, though, to be sure, he objected to the irreverence of it and the negation of the Social Reign of Christ the King. He also saw the evils of the new teaching of Collegiality, that is, the bishops formed a college of which the Pope was only the head, and the Pope would need to consult with the bishops before making decisions. Then there were the problems of Divine Revelation through Sacred Scripture and the new definition of Tradition defined by Dei Verbum. Additionally, the good Archbishop saw the redefining of the proper ends of marriage under the Gaudium Spes document of the council. Prior to the council it had been, first the begetting and education of children; and second the conjugal bond of love between a husband and wife. Now it was put on equal terms, which has, in practice mutated into the cheapening of human life through abortion, contraception, and euthanasia. This does not even touch on the Archbishops objections to Communistic atheism, ecumenism, and religious liberty.
Clearly, either the Cardinal is distorting Bishop Fellay’s statement or the outlook of the SSPX is, in deed, changing from the example and mandate of His Excellency Archbishop Lefebvre. One has only to read the many books written by the good Archbishop, such as, They Have Uncrowned Him, to know where he stood.
Salon Article Says Unborn Baby is “A Life Worth Sacrificing”
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.
Edit. It is difficult to believe that a human being, most especially a mother (which she apparently is), could say such a thing. Finally, the mask is off! This is the true face of the alleged pro-choice mob. Their callous indifference to life is truly revealed.
Child Protective Services should legitimately be called to investigate this woman, since she regards the mother’s rights foremost, there is the potential that she could have an exasperating day with her living children and consider they are a restriction on her freedom and personal needs, just as her unborn aborted children were. At the very least, such statements indicate instability.
It’s never ceases to amaze me that as we become more conditioned to the worthlessness of life, all life; we become jaded to the callousness of the current situation. Largely, most readers will read this as a passing interest and move on to the sports section or the sales inserts.
Pray for our nation, we are about to suffer a most brutal chastisement.
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
Children Raised on Farms Develop Better Immune Systems
Edit. Research shows exposure to animals and other aspects of farm life are good for health.
The Times They Are a Changin’…
Panetta to lift ban on women in combat
Leon Panetta, in one of his last acts as President Obama’s defense secretary, is preparing to announce the policy change Thursday, which would open hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war, the Pentagon confirmed.
Edit. Unfortunately, what we are witnessing here is the culmination of years, perhaps even decades of the distortion of the male-female nature and roles within Western Society and culture.
Although it began with the distorted and misnamed Feminist Ideals of the late 1960’s, of late, we are increasingly seeing the gender-bending of the nature and unique qualities of men and women. These qualities, placed in the inherent nature of both genders by God, are now so vague that the value of each, male and female, is being made purposeless. In our entertainment, we see increasingly effeminate men, not only exhibiting their so-called “feminine side” but actually wallowing in it. Proportionately, we also see the masculinization of women as more and more characters in literature, movies and TV, and most especially video games become ruthless and avenging warriors. These media all feature “tough” women who take on in battle and day to day competition the most vicious and testosterone laden of men. Essentially, we have at least one if not two generations who can no longer distinguish the proper nature of both male and female, thusly, unable to understand the intrinsic value of each.
So, here we can see the root causes of sodomy, abortion, and birth control as human nature is altered into a bizarre relationship of men and women. I’m reminded of my youth and the Superman comics that were popular back then. There was a character named Bizarro, who like the super-hero Superman, had all the extraordinary qualities of Superman, but these were all opposite: Superman’s goodness was evil in Bizarro; Superman’s virtues were vices in Bizarro, even Superman’s good looks were distorted and evil. To make matters worse, it was not limited to this infamous villain, but occupied and entire world of opposites to the world of Superman. Essentially, this is what we are living in now a Bizarro World, where good is evil, and evil good. Sacred Scripture warns us of such conditions: Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. Isa.5:20
Politics and more…
Assault Weapons Ban and what you need to be thinking about next
I am sitting here in the UK feeling like I am seeing the death of America. If they take your guns and destroy the laws the USA was built on, the world’s last bastion of freedom will die. Then its onwards to the one world government and slavery. Some in the UK are doing the little they can to pull us from the evil EU overlords. May you win your fight to keep a free people. Comment to the above video by Stealthyspider
Edit. This past weekend there were rallies in all the nation’s State capitals in support of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution for the right to bear arms. I attended the one in Hartford, CT.
Although the attendance was considerable, numbering by my estimation at the start of the rally at high noon of at least 2,000 people, the media in the form of local TV News crews who had arrived at 10 AM and took selective footage of the sparse groups that assembled between 10:00 and 11:00 AM and subsequently reported only hundreds of pro-2nd Amendment proponents. They also picked the most outrageously outfitted people to interview, including those who were indiscreetly, but legally open carrying weapons from Bushmaster AR-15’s to side arms. This naturally was both an attempt to distort the news and a flagrant piece of yellow journalism.
One interesting aspect of the weekend experience was that when I arrived at 10:00 AM there was, at the rear portico of the Capital, a Rosary Rally against the murder of the unborn. There were several hundred people there. This was in response to the infamous Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973. While I knew of the infamous date, I thought the Rosary Rallies would be held on January 21, 2013, so I was quite pleased to participate in a decade of the Rosary for Life of this valiant and tenacious group of fighters for human life and dignity. When they finished their prayer vigil the Rosary organizers came and shook the hands of the organizers of the 2nd Amendment Rally and boldly claimed while the gun proponents were standing for the 2nd Amendment, they, the pro-lifers, were standing for the 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech and Assembly, as well as, the right to Life as detailed in our Republic’s founding documents. Each group assured the other of their memberships overwhelming support for each other’s cause, truly this was a great moment and perhaps the highlight of the day’s events.
The speakers and attendees at the 2nd Amendment Rally represented all ages, from children to octogenarians, all races, both sexes, and a broad political spectrum, though most were conservative Christians who understood the definition of rights vs. privileges and also Republic vs. Democracy. Truly, this was a good and satisfactory response to the opportunistic emotionalism of the liberal left Socialist in government.
The Actual Capabilities of Semi-Automatic Weapons
World champion shooter Jessie Duff demonstrates the firing power of several semi-auto rifles and pistols on the Hannity Show.
Edit. The irrational panic over weapons can be summed up in one word, ignorance. Since very few shooters, both sport and competition, live in cities it seems most of the anti-gun furor is coming from people in urban and even suburban areas where there is little to no access to either guns or public ranges where one can gain experience. Essentially, a gun, whether rifle or handgun, is a tool. Like any tool proficiency comes with experience; and like any tool, a gun must be treated with respect and care in both use and storage to protect the innocent.
Unfortunately, many of the anti-gun proponents have never seen a gun, let alone used one. They wouldn’t know the difference between a air-rifle, commonly called a BB gun, and a 357 Magnum. Worse, yet they don’t care to know the difference. To them the only function of a firearm is to kill innocent human beings. It’s strange that when it comes to firearms, people actually prefer to remain ignorant; certainly, one of the few human endeavors where willful ignorance is NOT bliss. The anti-gun crowd can be likened to medieval people who irrationally feared werewolves and had no desire to look at the truth that they were just deranged and unkempt vagrants living off the land by their wits.
This video goes a long way to dispel the mystique of pop-culture’s view of weapons. So even if you are not a fan of shooting or hunting allow this video to strip you of your delusions concerning guns and their firepower.
Let the men of wisdom speak…
To be sure, this is not your father’s America! So much has changed in America in the years since the revolutionary times of the 1960’s. We’ve come from a Democratic Republic to a Progressive Socialist Oligarchy, that is, a small group of people who together govern a nation or control an organization, often for their own purposes, aka, Marxists Socialism. Slowly by slowly we are being stripped of our basic rights, that is, rights given by God, as opposed to privileges which are indulgences granted by state. Now our 2nd Amendment Right to self-defense, which is a foundational component of natural law, is under severe attack. Remember, eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.
Possible Litmus Test: Obama to Top Brass: Will you fire on American Citizens?
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
As promised below is my “ideal” New England vegetable garden. Please note, that I’m not neglecting the other areas from which the readership comes but can only speak with authority on my own experience. In general, this can be a template for the entire Northeast, from Northern West Virginia and Indiana east to Maine. It is likely also good for Southern Ontario and Quebec in Canada. As stated, these are tied and true species and varieties and yields are generally reliable, blights and other things being equal.
|Kentucky Wonder||Improved Golden Wax||Royal Purple Bush|
|Detroit Dark Red|
|Di Ciccio||Cherry Belle|
|Golden Acre||Bloomsdale Long-|
|Red Acre||Summer Squash|
|Carrots||Black Beauty Zucchini|
|Danvers 126||Straightneck yellow|
|Marketmore 76||Burpee’s Butternut|
|Nasturtium||Bush Sugar Baby|
|Dwarf Jewel Mix|
Yes, that is the flower nasturtium; they make a peppery and colorful addition to a salad.
So there you have it this is what I will be growing this summer. I’m sure I will be adding some other seeds to this as the season approaches.
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
Again the furor over the 2nd Amendment reaches to greater and greater heights as Americans, who understand the meaning of the Constitution, and gun control advocates further polarize and square off for what would seem to be a political show-down …in the very least. Right now anti-gun hysterics, including many elected representatives are shocked beyond belief that so many Americans would put up such an unexpected resistance. They will try to ram through unjust laws restricting our right to bear arms. This is a right under the natural law, that is, the right and duty to protect ourselves, loved ones, and possessions from harm’s way, be it a thug invading your home in the middle of the night or a tyrannical government coming to make you “disappear” under NDAA. Let your elected representatives know where you stand on the vital right; go to: https://www.popvox.com/ Here you can see the bills before Congress and express your opinion directly to your representatives.
The latest barrage in the political and cultural battle involves the postponement of the nation’s biggest sports and outdoors show in Harrisburg, PA this weekend, (Nation’s Biggest Sports and Outdoor Show Postponed Indefinitely Following Massive Boycott Over New Policy Banning Semi-Automatic Rifles; http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/24/nations-biggest-sports-and-outdoor-show-postponed-indefinitely-following-massive-boycott-over-new-policy-banning-semi-automatic-rifles/ ).
I believe based on precedent of the politically correct overlords in the case of tobacco smoking, we will see a constant and increasing villainization of law abiding guns owners as degenerate and unstable citizens who need not only supervision but out right repression. Low key efforts have been underway for decades in a myriad of ways; for instance, Massachusetts makes it illegal to use power hammers that use blank .22 casings for construction in affixing wood to concrete and other hard surfaces. Now with the random acts of few murderous and deranged criminals, (Sandy Hook was a criminal action beginning with the fact, among other things, that the guns were illegally stolen from the shooter’s mother …a fact the media doesn’t report), the overlords see an opportunity to ratchet up the stakes with a over-reaching move in the ultimate disarming of the American citizen.
One last, but seemingly inconsistent item to report is that the Vatican has also come out in favor of increased gun control. ‘A Step in the Right Direction’: Obama’s Gun Control Proposals Get Support From the Vatican; http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/19/a-step-in-the-right-direction-obamas-gun-control-proposals-get-support-from-the-vatican/
Throughout Church history the Roman Catholic Faith has magisterially taught that the right to defend oneself is a foundational right. In fact, it teaches that we not only have a right to protect ourselves, family, and possessions, but a duty to do so. It teaches under the protocol of due force, that is, we can apply the same force needed as the aggressor is using to assault us. We can use deadly force if the aggressor is using deadly force against us. It follows then, that if an aggressor merely seeks to assault and rob that we can only use enough force to dissuade his actions, that is, use non-lethal force. Once again we see the NewChurch applying new moral principles in an increasingly secular and, I might add, brutal world.
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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