Saturday Update February 16, 2013
…but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
On the Lighter Side…
Edit. I’m not a sentimental man by nature, yes, I do have tugs on the heart strings quite often, but as is the case with most men, reason wins over sentimentality. So when human interest stories appear I often overlook them. However, in this case my sentiments are with the rewards for lifelong companionship and devoted faithfulness of a dog towards its master and vice versa. To many it is just a dog, but to dog owners who know the personality and loving attitude of a loyal dog this is more.
I sometimes wonder at the short lives of our dogs and other pets, but I believe this is a blessing from God because should they outlive us we would be distracted in focusing on our last end if we had to worry about our furry little charges. Here at Hunny-Bunny Farm there is an understanding, if the animal is in enough pain that it cannot negotiate going back into the woods to relieve itself and return without undo pain, it is time to put the animal down for its own sake. This is a very difficult thing to do and of the many dogs we’ve had over the decades I’ve only recently chosen to be with the animal as it is euthanized. I believe it is very comforting for the pet to have the owner on hand to reassure them in their final moments, even as sad as this may be. This man’s efforts to comfort his still living but suffering dog go above and beyond but nevertheless, speaks volumes of his dedication.
So yes, I do have a heart, and occasionally when a unique story presents itself I will feature it. This is certainly one of those stories.
No End in Sight for Global “Currency Wars”
As the European, Japanese, and US-governments sink deeper into a morass of debt, the ruling politicians are pressuring their central bankers to print more money, in order to finance their budget deficits. So far, five central banks, – the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Swiss National Bank have effectively created more than $6-trillion of new currency over the past four years, and have flooded the world money markets with excess liquidity. The size of their balance sheets has now reached a combined $9.5-trillion, compared with $3.5-trillion six years ago.
Edit. The devaluation of currencies is considered “currency wars”, but it is inevitable that whether by intent or not, sooner or later all inflated currencies will falter and fall. I can best relate this to baseball cards of my youth. Let’s say that if you had a “Ty Cobb” card and only five were ever made, you were the envy of all collectors. Now let’s say that of those five cards published all those many years ago only 2 remained… Wow! You would be quite wealthy.
Essentially, we are talking the old law of supply and demand. Whether a widget, or cards, or dollars the more you have the less all are worth. The Quantitative Easing of the Central Banks is a finger in the dyke for the time being, yet no long term solution to our economic malaise is forthcoming. So, yes, they push the problem further down the road but inevitably the problem grows with each delay with additional QE’s.
Meantime, alternatives to real wealth is manipulated behind the scenes, notably I speak of gold and other precious metals, however, it could apply to all tangible assets. Farm realty is another, if not better alternative because if push comes to shove, you can’t eat gold.
Rumors of Wars…
Bear Bombers Over Guam
Russian nuclear bombers circle Guam
The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address.
Air Force Capt. Kim Bender, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii, confirmed the incident to the Washington Free Beacon and said Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, “scrambled and responded to the aircraft.”
Edit. Increasingly, there are more and more shows of force, by Russia as our US misadventures slowly threaten a stranglehold on not only Russia but China as well. With our support of the Free Syrian Army, otherwise known as the rebel army, we have further threatened the stability of the Middle East and North Africa. This affects world oil supplies and markets and nations and companies are scrambling to get some share of the oil output.
It will certainly be interesting to see the developments in this situation.
Faith and Morals…
Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
ROME (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said on Monday he will resign on Feb 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.
The 85-year-old pope said he had noticed that his strength had deteriorated over recent months “to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me”.
Edit. The Pope is, indeed, not a young man, and certainly the contentions of the Modernist have been harrowing, (not that he is not in some degree one of them). However, there seems to be more to this than meets the eye and I suspect that deep Vatican intrigues are at work here, after all the last precedent for this type of action occurred under the reign of Pope Gregory XII in 1415 as a solution to resolve the Great Western Schism.
Among the speculations of the reasons is the famous Butler Leaks Scandal of May 2012, the so-called freeing up of the Tridentine Rite of Mass and other seemingly conservative moves, and even the hybridization of the Mass overall. While I believe these speculations may have some weight the important thing is what happens to the Church of Christ now? Will the Modernists now have total and complete reign to further destroy the vineyard of Jesus Christ? What will happen to the traditionalist Catholics who reject the Modernism injected into the Church via Vatican Council II? Will the Pope make a sweeping and unilateral gesture to “regularize” the SSPX? And if so, what will be the ramifications of this? Will it cause disunity among traditionalists who were severely fractured over 2012?
Certainly, this is a time of prayer and reflection; our recourse should now be the Twin Hearts of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. On the temporal end, the leadership, now more than ever, must strive to heal the rifts and suspicions that have developed within the ranks. We must present our once united and monolithic front to the Modernists of Rome and strengthen our allegiance to Eternal Rome. It is only through this united effort that we make conditions conducive for the workings of the Holy Ghost who has been our guide since the leadership of Archbishop Lefebvre.
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
Doctor warns: Obama taking over psychiatry
Exclusive: Dr. Lee Hieb explains dangerous weapon in hands of state
In the administration’s latest push to limit the Second Amendment rights of its citizens, the term “mental health” is being bantered about and used as common ground between anti-gun activists and staunch defenders of gun rights.
Wait … not so fast. The problem is one of definition: Who is mentally ill?
Edit. This coincides neatly into the following article regarding behavioral evaluations of homeschoolers. The defining of terms can be a dangerous weapon in the hands of State, as we have seen in other nations; specifically, the old Soviet Union, China, and other Socialist / Communist countries. Indeed, my very statement opposing this and citing the evils of Communism might someday be grounds for being considered either mentally ill or socially maladjusted and warrantee an all-expense paid trip to the local mental institution.
Certainly, this is something that bears watching as even second amendment rights advocates are falling for this ploy.
The Times They Are a Changin’…
Surprise investigations aimed at homeschoolers
Connecticut cites need for ‘confidential behavioral health assessment’
In what critics are seeing as an ultimate power grab, state officials in Connecticut are pushing forward a bill to require state investigations of children like never before – calling for a “confidential behavioral health assessment” of every public school student in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, and every homeschool student at ages 12, 14 and 17.
The proposed Bill 374 is being described as the ultimate home invasion.
Edit. Connecticut probably has the most progressive attitudes of any State in the Union regarding home schooling. There is little restriction and oversight compared to other states on a parent’s primary role in the education of their children. States where the teacher’s unions are strong is where the most restrictions are found. For example, in Pennsylvania, anyone who might supplement a child’s homeschooling education besides the parents must be certified by the State. This would include grandparents and other near relatives. It seems odd, therefore, that out of the blue, a bill is proposed in the Connecticut State legislature that would intervene in this arrangement. While it does not impede, per se, in the education of the homeschool student, the State is now seeking the power to evaluate and assess behavior. Why? …and what does behavior mean.
First let me say, that during my recent trips to Hartford, CT, the State Capital, for the School / Gun Violence Hearings, the legislators promised to take comprehensive action, which is all inclusive, to stem the violence in our schools. Needless to say, recent incidents including the Sandy Hook Shootings were the apparent impetus for this. Notice I say apparent because as the liberal left loves to quote from its demi-god, Rohm Emmanuel; You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.
Oddly enough the final “comprehensive legislation” that will be inevitably enacted will not address the issue but will be the vehicle by which the liberal left gets its pet projects rammed down the throats of the citizenry. The first agenda item sought is Gun Control, that is to limit or even eliminate guns from the control of the average citizen. This would have had no effect on the Sandy Hook outcome because the shooter in this case, Adam Lanza, was in fact a criminal because he stole both the weapons and car from his murdered mother. Obviously, like all criminals he did not consult Connecticut’s already stringent laws to make sure he was not breaching any of them. So expect sweeping legislation, not only in Connecticut, but also throughout the nation, depriving law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment Rights.
Secondly, regarding this Bill 374, this will give the State the latitude to determine just what behavioral problems are. Might it be the teaching of homeschooling Christian parents that Sodomy is a sin and abhorred by God? The term behavioral is a far-reaching term that can include almost any behavior they deem deviant in our increasingly godless society. Thus, they could, based on the deviancy of being a “homophobe”, declare the children as a socially deviant behavioral problem and at best delegate what will be taught regarding Sodomy, or at worst seize the child through Child Protective Services. In Either case, this does not address the problem of school violence in any way.
Once again we see this as the left’s golden opportunity to legislate their liberal agenda; to foist Socialist ideals on the innocent and unsuspecting citizenry. They wish to be able to control the behavior of people to conform to their standards of morality. Instead of addressing our Ridlin riddled student body in the public and private school system, they go after the closely supervised and monitored home schooling parents to bring them under their agenda. Will this mean that a designated homeschooled behavioral problem student will now also be mandated to take mind destroying Ridlin? Certainly, I would not be surprised, most especially if parents are given the draconian choice of having their kids taken away or drugging them into stupor.
SO here we go folks, we have a fight on our hands against liberal government bureaucrats who’s ongoing social experiment is to wipe our the nuclear family. I guess that means I will be spending a lot of time in Hartford on the doorstep of my Senators and Representatives. WE must stop this wide ranging juggernaut of the liberal agenda, from 2nd Amendment repression to homeschooling education. Our children and grandchildren’s future depends on it. Get out! And Get active!
Politics and more…
Eulogy for an American Hero
Absolutely heartbreaking AND inspiring at the same time. As difficult as it was for her to do this, what a great tribute to her husband.
This is the amazing eulogy delivered by Taya Kyle, the wife of slain American Hero and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle at a Memorial Service held today at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
R.I.P. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle
Edit. While many from both the left and the right have vilified this great American hero, in reality he was just a man who took his duties as husband, father, and patriot seriously and with all his effort and will. The commanders of our military may be misusing our armed forces in foreign misadventures; but it is heroes like Chris Kyle who epitomize our soldiers who obey their orders. Surely, all things do work for good, as Holy Scripture tells us; it is scenes such as this grieving new widow that brings out the nobility and glory in all situations. Our prayers go out to the grieving family; Requiem in Pace Christopher Kyle.
Let the men of wisdom speak…
Don’t Worry; Be Resilient
These ‘burdens of knowing’ can diminish the small but real joys of the present: work we like, a home-cooked meal, and time spent with our friends and family. As a result, many smart, well-informed people consciously refuse to dwell on our systemic problems because doing so “is a downer.” These folks hold the perspective that anxiety about the future should not get in the way of the simple pleasures of living.
This attitude can be described as “don’t worry; be happy.” And it certainly makes sense when life is still comfortable and enjoyable.
But the philosophy of “thinking about the future is a downer, so I live in the present” ultimately rests on a false confidence that the future will take care of itself, regardless of what happens to the large-scale systems of State, finance, and resources.
It overlooks the reality that not all responses to instability or devolution are equally successful. Those who are totally dependent on the Central State and speculation-based markets will have a much more difficult time maintaining their “happy” view if the systems they depend on erode or fail.
Perhaps the wiser response is “don’t worry; be resilient.” The resilient household can be happy not only in the present surplus of energy, entitlements, goods, and services, but can also thrive in a future where the current surplus of cash, credit, and speculative gains has dried up.
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
This past week I’ve been involved in the remodeling project for my basement. As of this writing I’ve painted the mold abatement paint on the raw cement block and have about 2/3 of the framing set in place thanks largely to my son, who came with his professional tools and made short work of it. Meantime, I will finish the painting on the remaining wall and get the framing in place, after which, we will await the electrician to install the high hats and the outlets.
There is still much to be done here in the basement and I operating under a time constraint as by this point in March I will have to begin my outside work in the gardens, as well as, resume my schedule of breeding the rabbits.
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
Unfortunately, this week has been almost entirely dedicated to the remodeling project and so I’ve not had time to cogitate on the state of the world and provide a comprehensive perspective of the past week.
Of course, the overriding event of the week was the resignation of His Holiness Benedict XVI. There is so much speculation and guess work going on that it is worthless to comment on the ramifications of this historic event. This is especially, true of the disposition of the SSPX and where they will stand now, during the interregnum, and under a future pope. One false rumor circulating is that the Pope resigned because he faced investigation by Italy and other EU nations for the alleged corruption and money laundering of the Vatican, news of which were leaked by the butler. First, let me state that as a Head of State he (Pope Benedict XVI) has immunity from investigation and prosecution. Second, even if true, Italy and other EU states are in the corruption up to their necks not only from money laundering but also from the economic games that their Central Banks are playing with the global economy. They are complicit with the alleged crimes of the Vatican so they would not risk exposing their own role in these weird financial dealings.
More on this and other news analyses next week, hopefully.
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 advisor before making any medical or financial decisions.
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