Saturday Update April 27, 2013
St. Peter Canasius, Confessor and Doctor
On the Lighter Side…
Radio Flyer car turns heads on streets
Thanks for the web citation on this Mrs. K.
The Just-in-Time Consumer
“Consumers are saying, ‘I’m going to buy what I need for a specific period of time,’ rather than loading up and buying two or three extra units just because they can get a good price on it,” says Richard Wolford, CEO of Del Monte Foods Co. He calls the phenomenon “need it now.”
Edit. Although this misleading article is rather old, (2010), I found it most interesting. Keep in mind that this was when the recession was but two years old. Most people who did not have firsthand, (or even second hand experience through their parents and grandparents), with the Great Depression of the 1930’s, were convinced, based on their own personal experience, that this was just the bottom of a cycle and that things would soon be normal again. Well, I’m here to tell ya’ that those days are over and done; and we now have a new normal of frugality. In fact, I would be so bold as to say that this Wall Street Journal article was a propaganda piece to get people to spend more. Remember back then the official party line was for consumers to once again jump on the merry-go-round of spend and consume, thereby jump starting the economy.
As proof that this was a propaganda piece look at the proliferation of wholesale stores / warehouse stores in the intervening years: Costco; Sam’s Club; and BJ’s for instance. Based on the article above one would think that these stores would go the way of the dodo, but such is not the case. Indeed, these stores are popping up like dandelions on a spring lawn all over the nation. Now one might say it is due to the large-family purchases, but the large American family has long since gone the way of the dodo so this could not account for the spread of the wholesale outlets. On the contrary, in the wake of disasters like hurricanes Katrina and most recently Sandy, most folks see the Achilles’s heel of the “just-in-time” distribution and inventory systems. Indeed, even the government is urging people to store and put-back basic goods for a minimum of three days need, (http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit). …and this was only a recent change because they used to urge a two week supply, while some State and local agencies still do.
One other aspect of the fallacious nature of this article is while the WSJ itself did not have any direct benefit of the “bailouts” of Wall Street, it directly serves the financial and investment communities which did receive the benefit so it behooved them to see the economic world through rose-colored, if not biased, glasses.
SO remember, folks, don’t always believe what you read in the media, even the mainstream media, as they are angling for the positions that serve them best. This also applies to the alternative media, that is, the Internet and shortwave radio contrarians, as they usually have a vested interest in selling you products to “offset the adversity” whether it be water filtration, gold, long term food stores, etc. Read, read, read, research, and prepare; that is the only way to ensure that you are temporally set for any adversity.
rumors of wars…
Kerry promises $123 million to Syrian jihadists fighting Assad
In spite of Middle East experts and counterterrorism professionals advising government officials, including President Barack Obama, that many of the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime are connected to terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Nusra Front, the U.S. State Department is preparing to fork over another $123 million in aid to those rebels, according to an official announcement on Saturday.
Edit. On one hand government and media are tripping all over themselves to deny the reality of the Boston Terrorist Bombing of last week being related in any way to Islam or al-Qaeda, (who are officially classified by the State Department, DHS, and other government agencies as terrorists enemies of the US), yet on the other hand supporting this same group in the so-called Arab Spring of 2010 – 2013 and now in Syria.). Just like in these other uprisings, we are supporting our official enemies in overturning a sovereign government under Assad with financial and military aid to the terrorists. Why is that? Perhaps it serves the dual purpose of sculpting the world view to the new paradigm of an Israeli oriented Middle East, the Greater Israel, so to speak, not seen since the days of King Solomon; and also as a pretext to curtail our freedoms here at home and undermine the U.S. Constitution as just an outdated piece of paper.
Statistical decline of the Catholic Church since Vatican II…
The following statistics are originally from Kenneth Jones’ Index of Leading Catholic Indicators:
· Priests. After skyrocketing from about 27,000 in 1930 to 58,000 in 1965, the number of priests in the United States dropped to 45,000 in 2002. By 2020, there will be about 31,000 priests–and only 15,000 will be under the age of 70. Right now there are more priests aged 80 to 84 than there are aged 30 to 34.
· Ordinations. In 1965 there were 1,575 ordinations to the priesthood, in 2002 there were 450, a decline of 350 percent. Taking into account ordinations, deaths and departures, in 1965 there was a net gain of 725 priests. In 1998, there was a net loss of 810.
· Priestless parishes. About 1 percent of parishes, 549, were without a resident priest in 1965. In 2002 there were 2,928 priestless parishes, about 15 percent of U.S. parishes. By 2020, a quarter of all parishes, 4,656, will have no priest.
· Seminarians. Between 1965 and 2002, the number of seminarians dropped from 49,000 to 4,700–a 90 percent decrease. Without any students, seminaries across the country have been sold or shuttered. There were 596 seminaries in 1965, and only 200 in 2002.
· Sisters. 180,000 sisters were the backbone of the Catholic education and health systems in 1965. In 2002, there were 75,000 sisters, with an average age of 68. By 2020, the number of sisters will drop to 40,000–and of these, only 21,000 will be aged 70 or under. In 1965, 104,000 sisters were teaching, while in 2002 there were only 8,200 teachers.
· Brothers. The number of professed brothers decreased from about 12,000 in 1965 to 5,700 in 2002, with a further drop to 3,100 projected for 2020.
· Religious Orders. The religious orders will soon be virtually non-existent in the United States. For example, in 1965 there were 5,277 Jesuit priests and 3,559 seminarians; in 2000 there were 3,172 priests and 38 seminarians. There were 2,534 OFM Franciscan priests and 2,251 seminarians in 1965; in 2000 there were 1,492 priests and 60 seminarians. There were 2,434 Christian Brothers in 1965 and 912 seminarians; in 2000 there were 959 Brothers and 7 seminarians. There were 1,148 Redemptorist priests in 1965 and 1,128 seminarians; in 2000 there were 349 priests and 24 seminarians. Every major religious order in the United States mirrors these statistics.
· High Schools. Between 1965 and 2002 the number of diocesan high schools fell from 1,566 to 786. At the same time the number of students dropped from almost 700,000 to 386,000.
· Parochial Grade Schools. There were 10,503 parochial grade schools in 1965 and 6,623 in 2002. The number of students went from 4.5 million to 1.9 million.
· Sacramental Life. In 1965 there were 1.3 million infant baptisms; in 2002 there were 1 million. (In the same period the number of Catholics in the United States rose from 45 million to 65 million.) In 1965 there were 126,000 adult baptisms—–converts—–in 2002 there were 80,000. In 1965 there were 352,000 Catholic marriages, in 2002 there were 256,000. In 1965 there were 338 annulments, in 2002 there were 50,000.
· Mass attendance. A 1958 Gallup poll reported that 74 percent of Catholics went to Sunday Mass in 1958. A 1994 University of Notre Dame study found that the attendance rate was 26.6 percent. A more recent study by Fordham University professor James Lothian concluded that 65 percent of Catholics went to Sunday Mass in 1965, while the rate dropped to 25 percent in 2000.
Edit. I wonder if Pope Francis saw these and similar statistics from other nations before declaring last week that Vatican Council II was the working of the Holy Spirit. This also throws into a cocked hat the statement of Bishop Fellay that Vatican Council II was “95% acceptable”. Extrapolating these contrasting stats from 1965 to present I can predict that within the next generation Catholics will more resemble the Protestants in their mindset and practices than the generations of Catholics that came before them. The Pope, though still paid lip-service as the Supreme Head of the Catholic Church, will de facto be more of a figurehead much like the Queen of England is to her political and religious system. His teachings will be regarded as something rather quaint rather than official. By extension, the same will be regarded for the Sacred Magisterium of the Catholic Faith and most will disregard it if it conflicts with their religious, social, and political views. The true Catholic Faith will be reduced to a remnant …or a remnant of the remnant and will face much intensified persecution. That said, we can still cling to the promise that in the end Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart will triumph. Meantime, it is up to the traditional Catholic movement within the Church to uphold traditional Catholicism despite the costs.
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
Psychiatry gone wild: One in five boys now being diagnosed with ADHD in America
It used to be that only a very small number of children, mostly boys, with severe behavioral problems were even considered as potential ADHD candidates. But today, even the slightest deviations from so-called normal behavior can land a child in the crosshairs of overzealous psychiatrists eager to dispense them the latest mind-numbing drugs.
Edit. Too easily our kids are being trapped in the lifetime pit of legal drug dependency in the earliest stages of life. Many parents still not being aware of the hyperactive effects of sugary cereals for breakfast, (as shocking as this may be), load their children up on highly refined sugar products for breakfast and send the kids off to school. Here the teacher either having a bad day or legitimately concerned by the hyperactivity as a direct result of the sugar recommends a psychological evaluation that most often results in prescribing dangerous psychotropic drugs to adjust mood and behavior. This oft misdiagnosis results in a lifespan dependency on risky drugs which not only harm the individual taking them but many times erupt into anti-social even dangerous behavior in public and private settings. This cycle is surprising since the class size today is not only limited but also the teachers today have the advantage of teacher’s assistants within the classrooms to maintain control of the students and classes.
Back in the day, Sister Timothy Mary, not only commanded the attention and respect of the student body, but also provided an atmosphere where real learning could take place. Sister Timothy Mary’s class size was usually between 45 to 60 students, which she handled alone, and within such classes you could hear a pin drop because the surroundings was so orderly. Obviously, something has changed for the worse. My instincts tell me that a large part of the misdiagnosis and overprescribing of drugs is a direct result of school systems receiving extra Federal dollars based on the number of students so diagnosed and incorporated into such special needs programs. A large part of the tragic Sandy Hook incident might possibly be attributed to this situation if investigated honestly without the agenda of “gun control” first and foremost in the thinking of both school and government administrations.
the times they are a changin’…
Boy Scouts Move to Lift Ban on Gay Youth Members
Seeking an elusive middle ground on an issue that has divided its ranks and drawn heated national debate, the Boy Scouts of America on Friday proposed ending its longstanding ban on openly gay scouts but continuing to bar gay adults from serving as leaders. The decision must be approved by the roughly 1,400 voting members of the Scouts’ National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20.
“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” the proposed policy states. But the organization “will maintain the current membership policy for all adult leaders.”
Edit. So we see another great American institution bite the dust, along with the Eddie Eagle School Program of the NRA, and other previously wholesome institutions. The leadership says this is a compromise in that they will not allow adult Sodomites into the organization so our boys don’t fall prey to their wiles. However, what about the older scouts who have influence over the younger? Certainly this also has the potential to sacrifice our sons to the depravities of older Sodomite Scouts, perhaps even more so given the power of peer pressure.
It is time for Catholics, most especially traditional Catholics to form their own internal organizations to not only protect our sons but also to provide good and wholesome role models for our boys.
Now this should scare the life out of all Christians.
Edit. It has been no secret that Islam has been gaining ground in the heart of Christendom for decades, however, since a picture is worth a thousand words this video will bring the significance of the situation home to the readership. As we descend into a now foreseen Islamic nation we will be seeing more and more of the Boston Marathon type of terrorism.
Through the centuries the Moslems have plagued Christianity, so much so, they became known as the Scourge of God. In the past, when Christians abandon their Faith, God has sent Islam as a chastisement. Once again as Christians become lukewarm and abandon Christ and His Church for the gods of indifference, consumerism and hedonism we are once again being scourged. Meanwhile, Christendom, with the Catholic Church as the visible head of it, has been aiding and abetting it by turning over abandoned churches to Islamists as co-worshippers of the God of Abraham. Surely, contemporary Christians are subject to diabolical disillusion as God surrenders us to our wicked inclinations and vices. With no resolution in sight, indeed, no remorse or repentance expressed but simply continued mockery of the Christian Faith, the future does not bode well for Christians in general and Catholics in particular.
Yet some traditional Catholic are still of a mind to flirt with the very enablers within the Vatican who are largely responsible for the Muslim domination of the world thanks to false ecumenism. It is time to wake up and resume our mantle as the voice of reason within the Catholic Church and not engage in capitulation and compromise with the perpetrators of Modernism.
It is said that Saladin, the Great Islamic warrior and leader of the Saracens (Islam) of the Crusades, once said: one day we will stable our horses in the Vatican. Should the inevitable conquest of Christendom by attrition come to fulfillment this will certainly be true. Judging from recent history our children will suffer the same bloody persecutions we are now witnessing in modern Egypt. Lord help us!
Politics and more…
’Penmanship’ is now ’handwriting’ as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes
SEATTLE – Washington state’s governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as “fisherman” and “freshman” with “fisher” and “first-year student.”
he new gender-neutral references, for example, include “journey-level plumber” instead of “journeyman plumber,” “handwriting” in place of “penmanship,” and “signal operator” for “signalman.”
Edit. Somebody pinch me; I must be dreaming because this pettiness cannot be real from overpaid and under qualified government politicians. Ah… well… then again…
Let the men of wisdom speak…
The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways. John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America
Edit. Believe me I’m not in any way a fan of John Kennedy, (nor his decadent kin) because he publicly repudiated his Catholic Faith when running for President way back in 1960, but this quote does certainly ring true.
Unfortunately today the plight of the famer has been increasingly disparaged as many look down on those who work the land. Yet it is ironic that the food lifeline of the great cities and suburbs of our times are increasingly more reliant on fewer and fewer farmers for their sustenance. Obviously, consumers are completely oblivious to this dependency as they have been brought up on stereotypes of hillbilly, hayseed, gapped-tooth, and largely ignorant famers. Truth be told… farmers today are among the most educated and informed of professions.
The outside work here at Hunny-Bunny Farm is now in earnest, and finally we have the cooperation of the weather. The late April, early May flowers, and the woodland tree blooms have filled the air with their perfume. The ground is completely defrosted and this week I’ve begun to clean up the gardens of last season’s and winter debris. Though hardly warm enough to support the delicate vegetables of summer, the soil is easily worked for the hardier plants like cabbage, lettuce, peas and others. The nostril filling fragrance of the warm earth is sublime and fills me with anticipation of good harvests ahead.
This week I also was able to move my statue of St. Joseph from the perimeter of the property, where encroaching border weeds and vines were a constant battle, to the rose garden at the rear of the herbs. With the roses trimmed, (which was also accomplished this week), it is an ideal spot to have this reminder of the great patron and protector of not only Our Lord Jesus Christ and His /our Holy Mother Mary, but also Holy Mother Church. Here he will be better located as a reminder to venerate and pray for his intersession.
Regarding the herb garden I was finally able to completely remove the superstructure of the old rabbit pens. This was a most difficult, hand and knees type job, and I suffered considerably for it over the next 24 hours …but it is done. Hopefully this week I will get to the superstructure of the old rabbit pens in the henyard. As the readership may remember before I had an official rabbit shed I had pens set in the gardens to help improve the soil and keep the rabbits as inconspicuous as possible to avoid disputes with the transplanted city neighbors.
This week I also began preliminary preparations for the laying of the patio block along the cement pool apron… Yep! the C-ment pond came with the house, in fact the pool is so old its brand name was Johnny Weissmuller Pools… you old-timers will know what I talking about here. Anyhow, last year with the help of a hulking friend I was able to place pavers on one side, which we got for free, (but that is a story for a different issue). It was a laborious job which I might not have easily accomplished without his muscle and bulk. This season he is not available so I will tackle the job as best I can. Indeed, just hauling the stones the 20 to 30 feet to the pool area is most tedious and tiring. Surely, I will have to pace myself. The rub is once undertaken the job cannot be done piecemeal, but must be seen through the end. I’m hoping to line up some assistance to make this job easier, but the less experienced and less mature helpers will be no match for the likes of James who put in a yeomen’s effort and did a fine job.
Since I had the whitefly problem in the greenhouse, and with the cold wet spring to date I’ve been unable to make much headway with the seedlings. My cabbage sprouts have grown little and so in order to stay on top of the season I bought some yellow and red cabbage plants, along with some purple and green basil. BTW, if you plan to grow purple basil it is best to start your own seedlings or purchase plants now, because the purple basil disappears quickly from the nurseries. I use my purple basil to enhance my vinegars that I make over the summer. They give a nice hue to the final product reminiscent of red wine vinegar as well as adding a distinct flavor that you just don’t get from store-bought salad dressings.
Finally, I must say that those chickens that I acquire from a good friend this late winter are really quite prolific. Not only are they laying fully now but have induced my old Partridge Rock hen to recommence laying. Truly amazing! So for those who live close by or attend the local chapel which I attend I once again have eggs available …eggs and eggs and eggs.
One thing I did notice about this new flock is that they seem hungrier than the Partridge Rocks flock I had previously. They eat everything including cedar flakes used as lining in the henhouse and soil. I have huge ruts throughout the henyard and even the support pillars are slowly dropping as the hens consume the surrounding soil. Therefore, I go through feed and supplements like grass clippings at an alarming rate. In addition, they get all the table scraps from the house as they come available. Thank goodness that spring is here so I can take cutting from the wildflowers and weeds to provide them with fresh greens.
Meantime, this week will also herald the spring-season as the new rabbit kits will be kindled. I’ve mated three does, (back in late March) and this week I will provide the nest boxes and the timothy / alfalfa hay needed to protect the newborns. I’m really excited about this generation of my rabbits as this will be the first official birthing of my own strain of Florida White Rabbits. Two or the does are inexperienced and often times they don’t instinctively know what to do. It may take a second breeding before they catch on with their maternal instincts.
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
So it is spring; a time of renewal and a time of distractions. However, as seemingly calm as things may appear there is still forces and trends at work that will impact us. Whether in the secular or religious realm the still waters at the surface are misleading. There is much roiling and boiling going on beneath. Especially in the Faith! Now is not the time to sit back and think all is well. We have a new Pope with obvious liberal and Modernist tendencies. He seems determined to undermine the office of Pope by insisting on egalitarian treatment with other bishops of the Church. He seems to, so far, regard himself as first among equals, which goes against all that was taught by the Church for nearly 2,000 years. He also seems to regard false ecumenism as a priority which was made obvious by his Holy Thursday washing of the feet of a Moslem, and a woman at that.
For traditional Catholics caution must be the watchword. We mustn’t sit back and say nothing has changed in our chapels; we still have the Tridentine Mass; we still have the traditional Sacraments. Since, as evidence now points out, we came very close to compromise and capitulation, seemingly out of nowhere, we must be vigilante in our Faith and actions.
As we see from several of the articles above, the least of which is the threat of Islam, now is not the time of compromise. We mustn’t let our scrupulosity cloud our judgment under the claims of obedience. We must be constant in our Faith and practices. We must raise our children in the traditional Catholic Faith and when necessary, remind our priestly leaders of their duty to the Faith and the Faithful who have entrusted the care of their souls to them. It is vital for the future of the Catholic Faith that we stand like a beacon on the hill holding the standard of Christ and His Church so that Catholics may rally to her cause and defense. Hold fast to your Catholic Faith, remain loyal to Eternal Rome; abhor any Modernist tendencies, read, study, and pray so that you can recognize any dangers to your Faith no matter the source.
Most importantly, pray for the light of Faith for our Pope and bishops of the world so that they have the courage to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The sands of time are quickly running through the hour-glass; time is running out as we approach 2017, the anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.
Finally, I ask the personal favor of prayers for myself and family as we joyfully celebrate, today, the Baptism of a new grandchild.
So pray fervently and without tiring the Rosary for this purpose, the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the hour glass of 100 years is quickly draining.
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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