The Austin Powers film franchise delighted audiences with its witty writing and its antics involving Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, both played by Mike Myers. During a scene in Goldmember, Dr. Evil notices that everything Powers does is aimed at gaining his father’s approval. After Dr. Evil points this out, Austin Power’s lines keep referring to his father. “Nothing could be my father from the truth!" “No, I dadn’t.” source: wordgenius.com
The YouTube poster responded to my comment. He said, “Merci le puy du fou pour avoir ramener cette medaile en france cest son pays.” Translated – “Thank you le puy du fou for bringing this medal back to France, it’s country.” Le Puy du Fou is a tourist attraction in France. Jacob (23) chose Joan of Arc (19), France’s greatest saint, as his Confirmation name. I recommend the film, The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962). The dialogue is the transcript of her trial in 1431. She outsmarted all the learned men.
I use William J. Bennett’s The Book of Virtues. It contains poetry and stories, mainly raw classics, many translated, suitable for K-12, with sections titled: Self-Discipline; Compassion; Responsibility; Friendship; Work; Courage; Perseverance; Honesty; Loyalty; and Faith. One student is homeschooled, and his parents are able to take their California school funds into the charter school that monitors his homeschooling and the markers set for him by the school, his parents, and himself!
Dr. Josef Ketzer inspired me to post this one on a bit of confusing history.
Joe is the consummate tutor.
There's a Rupert in there, a variant of Robert. So, therefore, I say that there are three endings:
476, 1453, 1806, but, wait a minute, the Roman Empire never ended.
Long Live Lingua Latina.
They marched 20 miles/day. Once, age 23, I walked a 20-mile hiking retreat. My body ached.
Commander - Father Joseph Fessio, SJ
On May 29, 1453, Sultan Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire ended the Byzantine Empire. The Ottomans breached Constantinople’s ancient land wall after besieging the city for 55 days. The anthem, posted by Uncle Sam, begins at Pulchras.
Firmly I pledge Firme nunc me spondeo
my loyalty to thee Fidelis tibi maneo
Land of my Forefathers Bella priorum cara patria
forever brimming with glory Nunc et semper florens gloria
A land of beauty Pulchras terrae patriae
home of the courageous Fortes terrae pro homines
Our Eternal Rome Romae noster aeternae
the might of enemy ships Vis cavire domum navium
Threatens us in vain Frustra ipsa impetur
it is a hopeless quest Sunt sine spe
Turn away from deceit Domus dulces portula
and sweet delusions Fraudi ob sat
For the trumpets of War Tubae militares vox
will call our Legions soon Legionus procat mox
And across the fatherland Et in tota patria
a victory song will ring Cantus nicoliae resonat
And across the fatherland Et in tota patria
our song will resonate Cantus nostrae resonat
A time of joy and pride Tempus est in gaudium
for Eternal Rome. Superbia Roma aeterna.
Alexander’s father loaned me The Godfather Notebook by Francis Ford Coppola for help with the screenplays Alexander (8) is writing under my tutelage. The book is cyclopean.
Mr. Coppola co-wrote the screenplay for The Godfather (1972) while living in San Francisco and sent parts of it as it was written to Mario Puzo, the novel’s author and co-writer for the movie. At the time, Puzo was living in New York City. Coppola’s film company was in the Sentinel Building, built 1906, above the bistro, Café Zoetrope, which is on the ground floor and was created for his office staff to have a place to eat.
I have driven by the building a million times cluelessly.
photo courtesy of wheretraveler.com
Gutfeld is right. I dealt with homeless people in San Francisco for eight and a half years. I asked one homeless man, Ed, who knew my name, why he would not go to a homeless shelter. He said, “I don’t like to be confined by walls.” Not so. He was banned because he fought with other homeless people in the shelters. I watched a homeless woman shoot up between her toes right in front of school.
They would not have survived in rural 19th century America. Soup kitchens, syringe-free distribution centers, and cannabis "clinics", etcetera, coddle them. This is false compassion. Stop paying for their drugs and alcohol and ban tent cities. Pick up their bodies and bury them with a little dignity.
I do not want to support people who have freely chosen a lifestyle that ends in death by drugs or alcohol and will not help themselves. I’d rather support children born with deformities or mental retardation, the elderly, those incapacitated by illness or terrible accidents, and the dying.
Per the New York Post, there is a mysterious fund called, “Resources Legacy Fund”, headquarters in Sacramento, CA, a dark money group that dishes out money, $5.2 million from 2017 and 2020, to law firms to file climate change nuisance claims nationwide.
First Vatican Council
Session 3: April 24, 1870
Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith
Chapter 2 on Revelation
Rachel Campos-Duffy has nine children. She is married to Sean Duffy.
Henry Essex Edgeworth (1745-1807), Edgeworthstown, County Longford, Ireland, son of Robert Edgeworth, Church of Ireland. His father converted and emigrated to Toulouse, France, where the boy was brought up by the Jesuits. After his father's death, he went to Paris for study and devoted himself to the Irish and English Catholics. On the scaffold, he said, “Sire, in this new outrage I see only the last trait of resemblance between your Majesty and the God who will be your reward.”
The Commonitorium or Commonitory is a 5th-century Catholic treatise written under the pseudonym “Peregrinus” and attributed to Vincent of Lérins. It is known for Vincent’s famous maxim: "Moreover, in the Catholic Church itself, all possible care must be taken, that we hold that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all.” Vincent wrote the Commonitory c. 434 and died c. 445. This is the best treatise I have ever read. https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3506.htm
[I skipped some chapters because they contain accepted doctrine.]
2. A General Rule for distinguishing the Truth of the Catholic Faith from the Falsehood of Heretical Pravity.
3. What is to be done if one or more dissent from the rest.
4. The evil resulting from the bringing in of Novel Doctrine shown in the instances of the Donatists and Arians.
5. The Example set us by the Martyrs, whom no force could hinder from defending the Faith of their Predecessors.
6. The example of Pope Stephen in resisting the Iteration of Baptism.
7. How Heretics craftily cite obscure passages in ancient writers in support of their own novelties.
8. Exposition of St. Paul’s Words, Gal. i. 8.
9. His warning to the Galatians a warning to all.
10. Why Eminent Men are permitted by God to become Authors of Novelties in the Church.
20. The Notes of a true Catholic.
23. On Development in Religious Knowledge.
25. Heretics appeal to Scripture that they may more easily succeed in deceiving.
26. Heretics, in quoting Scripture, follow the example of the Devil.
27. What Rule is to be observed in the Interpretation of Scripture.
28. In what Way, on collating the consentient opinions of the Ancient Masters, the Novelties of Heretics may be detected and condemned.
31. The Constancy of the Ephesine Fathers in driving away Novelty and maintaining Antiquity.
32. The zeal of Celestine and Sixtus, bishops of Rome, in opposing Novelty.
33. The Children of the Catholic Church ought to adhere to the Faith of their Fathers and die for it.
Source. Translated by C.A. Heurtley. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 11. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1894.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight.
He also speaks of “cancelled” priests.
Chapter 4. [11.]
“... wives were violated, widows ravished, virgins profaned, monasteries demolished, clergymen ejected, the inferior clergy scourged, priests driven into exile, jails, prisons, mines, filled with saints, of whom the greater part, forbidden to enter into cities, thrust forth from their homes to wander in deserts and caves, among rocks and the haunts of wild beasts, exposed to nakedness, hunger, thirst, were worn out and consumed. Of all of which was there any other cause than that, while human superstitions are being brought in to supplant heavenly doctrine, while well-established antiquity is being subverted by wicked novelty, while the institutions of former ages are being set at naught, while the decrees of our fathers are being rescinded, while the determinations of our ancestors are being torn in pieces, the lust of profane and novel curiosity refuses to restrict itself within the most chaste limits of hallowed and uncorrupt antiquity?”
Chapter 5. [12.]
“But it may be, we invent these charges out of hatred to novelty and zeal for antiquity. Whoever is disposed to listen to such an insinuation, let him at least believe the blessed Ambrose, who, deploring the acerbity of the time, says, in the second book of his work addressed to the Emperor Gratian: Enough now, O God Almighty! Have we expiated with our own ruin, with our own blood, the slaughter of Confessors, the banishment of priests, and the wickedness of such extreme impiety. It is clear, beyond question, that they who have violated the faith cannot remain in safety.”
Vincent quoted Pope Stephen’s epistle sent to Africa: “Let there be no innovation — nothing but what has been handed down.”
This is a commentary on Jesuit F, F for failed pope.
The first time I ever saw Feinstein was 1971 when she was running for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. I was in the audience for her campaign speech. I noticed that she did not connect with the audience. There was a distant look on her face and in her eyes, and I said to myself, “This woman will never succeed.” How wrong I was. The first time I ever saw Gavin Newsom was 1997 when he was running for the same office, and I knew on site that he was an oily operator – his hair and his teeth. How right I was.
I am still surprised that many people have no powers of observation. I guess ideology blinds them, or they will profit by politicians who grease each other’s dirty palms. Whom do I recommend? Farmers and ranchers and men or women who don’t make politics a career. Think founding fathers and mothers and the people who were part of the westward expansion. The down-and-out who garner so much attention these days would not have survived on the plains.
By the way, the same palm-greasing goes on in the Catholic Church. If a Catholic does not see it, he or she is living in a hole. What do I recommend? Support men who embody tradition.
The first three minutes have English subtitles.
[refrain - r] Anima Christi, sanctifica me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O bone Jesu, exaudi me. Intra vulnera tua absconde, absconde me. [r] Ne permittas a te me separari. Ab hoste maligno defende me. In hora mortis meae voca me, voca me. [r] Et jube me venire ad te, Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te, Et in finitas saecula saeculorum. [r] (Conforta strengthen not comfort)
Photo mid-1890’s courtesy of O. Henry Museum
William Sydney Porter, pen name O. Henry, b. September 11, 1862, Greensboro, NC, d. June 5, 1910, New York City, NY, age 47. He is known for surprise endings, and this story is no exception.
(could not strike the advertisement at the end)
Per Reuters, 14 FBI agents-whistleblowers have come forward to Jordan,
and six have come forward to Grassley.
“Dieresis” [di-ER-əs-əs] is a two-dot mark over a diphthong. A diphthong is a sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves toward another, as in coin, loud, and side. An example is naïve. A dieresis is the reason the word “naïve” is pronounced as two syllables. Without the dieresis, it might be a homonym with “knave”, and he is unscrupulous!
Etymology: the word comes directly from both the Latin diæresis and the nearly identical Greek “διαίρεσις”, meaning “division” or “split”.
When a key is pressed, it sends its associated hammer into motion, and the padded hammer hits a string. If the string is long and thick, the pitch is low; the key is on the left end of the piano. If the string is thin and short, the pitch is high; the key is on the right end of the piano. After striking the string, the hammer rebounds and returns to its original position. The piano is deemed both a percussion instrument because of hammers and a stringed instrument because of strings. Eighty-eight keys.
When you hear the phrase, “rational number”, don’t be frightened. Look at the root, rational. [Latin comes in handy.] Thus, a rational number can be written as a ratio, or fraction, which is the same thing: ½. Think of ratio this way: the quantitative relation between two amounts showing the number of times one value contains or is contained within the other. One is a rational number: it can be written as 1/1.
Example: the ratio of dogs to cats is 1 to 2. There is one dog contained in every two cats. Well, in English, we say, “one dog for every two cats”.
In Massachusetts, there are 1.6 million cats to 850,000 dogs. The ratio is 1,600,000/850,000, which is 160/85. Just cross out the four zeros on top and the four zeros on the bottom. Use the calculator and the result is in decimal form: 1.88 ferocious felines, almost two, for every friendly Fido. Figures rounded. These numbers are rational numbers.
The owners, however, might be irrational.
Scotus will hear a key affirmative action case, report dated August 12, 2022, by Robert Ayers
“Fox News reports that the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have decided to hear a case that could lead to the end of affirmative action admissions practices by universities.
“The case is Students for Fair Admissions Inc. (SFFA) v. President & Fellows of Harvard College.
“This case goes all the way back to 2014. At the time, SFFA sued Harvard for violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which ‘prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity that receives Federal funds or other Federal financial assistance.’
“The overarching claim is that Harvard made it more difficult for Asian Americans to be admitted because they did not want their student body to have too many Asian Americans.”
I hope the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiff, SFFA.
Headline in the New York Post, August 11, 2022: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey ‘concerned’ that ‘socialists are taking over’
The 10-minute video is useful to all Latin students.
The video gives instruction in Latin by means of the Mass, attended by virtually every saint since AD200-300. The pronunciation is ecclesiastical Latin, which the Church developed.
Some vocabulary: declension - nouns; conjugation - verbs; vocative (root for vocal or voice) - nouns, pronouns, and adjectives used to address or invoke a person or thing.
The priest and altar boys quietly pray Psalm 42 at the beginning of Mass, but it is preceded by the following:
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.
P. Introibo ad altare Dei.
R. Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
P. [Priest] I will go to the altar of God.
R. [Response from altar boy] To God, Who giveth joy to my youth.
Roman Missal 1962
Striking similarities between Flannery O’Connor and Frédéric Chopin might have gone unnoticed. Both were devout, practicing Catholics from birth to death. Both never married or had children. Both died at 39.
Countless English teachers told me to ignore an author’s background and analyze a piece of writing, and by extension, a piece of music, as it stands…on its own.
I disagree. It would appear that both expressed love through art and relationships with people, and reserved a big portion for Our Lord.
There is an entry for one of O’Connor’s stories read by her, and there are multiple entries for Chopin.
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