from my big sister
Joseph-Noël Sylvestre's The Sacking of Rome
Should we sack Washington and every other capital in the world, I ask?
It might be fun and low.
asteroid, massive cosmic ray burst, or vacuum decay
Presenting: Jesuit-Calvinist mash
"Nietzche once said what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. The reality is, whatever kills you makes you exceptionally strong." Ernst Jünger, author of the quote, came from an agnostic family, yet shortly before he died, he saw the bright meteor approaching fast and became Catholic...
I hear various Catholics on the internet constantly talking about penance, no offense to anyone. I never thought I did any arduous penance. When a certain priest gave me a week-long penance, I did it. On the last day, as I was driving to church, I said, “God, just get me there.” Now, I know better. I spent 50 years in the modernist Church. That was penance! Moses only spent 40 years in the desert.
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I wish he could get rid of the capital "S". It's easier to write with a lower case "s". I learned that in my writing career. Unlike the novel, short stories, and true stories, my blogs are unedited by anyone other than myself, so if you find spelling, grammar, syntax, usage, or punctuation mistakes, tell me.
9-1-1 caller: “I have prowlers around my house.”
9-1-1 operator: “Madam, are they ravens or humans?”
9-1-1 caller: “I live in the 21st century, not the 19th.”
9-1-1 operator: “I’ve been reading too much Poe.”
9-1-1 caller: “Are you on nepenthe?”
Customer to waiter: “What is this fly doing in my soup?” Waiter replies, “Looks like the backstroke, sir.” Fly seen clinging to a yard sale sign, “Chester drawers inside.”
ship of state - the only ship that leaks from the top
variable winds - government weather vane
mirages - professional media standards
prostitutes - ladies of equal distinction
grenade pin - feather in your cap
modern redaction - everything
licensing bureau - rat catchers
president’s vacation - AWOL
morals - flip-flops
pope - booger
I won’t be impressed with technology until I can download food. If it doesn’t happen before I die, at my funeral, take the bouquet off my coffin and throw it into the crowd to see who is next. I’ll sneak in a new vocab word: Romeo wheepled up to Juliet’s balcony to not wake her parents. wheeple – verb – to emit a weak cry or whistle
Sherry (22-year-old Napa resident): “Mom, I saw Kamala Harris in a hot air balloon over Nancy Pelosi’s house today.”
Rosé (57-year-old Mom): “Kamala is on vacation, Sherry.”
Sherry: “What’s in a hot air balloon?”
Rosé: “Laughing gas.”
I am being charitable when I let you know about your pants.
Left behind in Afghanistan -
200,965 assault rifles, 95,981 AK47s, 289,289 pistols, 57,745 machine guns, 13,258 shotguns, 9,227 sniper rifles, 36,575 unspecified rifles, 288 unspecified non-standard small arms. Source: https://aoav.org.uk/2021/inheritance-of-loss-the-weapons-left-behind-for-the-taliban-in-afghanistan/
The Americans with No Abilities Act 2022 (ANA)
Democratic Senators are considering introducing legislation that will provide new benefits for many more Americans. The Americans with No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills and ambition.
“Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said VP Kamala Harris. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.” She then repeated, “You know, what they are doing.”
In a Capitol Hill press conference, Nancy Pelosi stated: “Under the Americans with No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.”
Finally, the Americans with No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions, such as, “Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?”
“As a non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Mary Lou Megahertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, KY, because she could not remember “righty tighty, lefty loosey”. “This new law should be real good for people like me. I’ll finally have job security.”
With the passage of this bill, Megahertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Said Maxine Waters: “As a congress-fluid with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg, born 1969, Conservative Member of Parliament for North East Somerset since 2010, cabinet member, prays the rosary frequently and attends the Latin Mass.
Jacob is one of five children of William Rees-Mogg. His father was Editor of The Times from 1967-1981 and signed a petition sent to Pope Paul VI for the continued use of the Latin Mass. William served as High Sheriff of Somerset and was Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain and Vice-Chairman of the BBC’s Board of Governors. So that was his father.
Now, for the best part, the names of Jacob’s children, ages 5 - 15:
Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher
Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan
Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam
Peter Theodore Alphege
Mary Anne Charlotte Emma
Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius
One is named after Saint Alphege of Canterbury (c. 953-1012), whom Jacob sees as a model of opposition to unjustly high taxation. Another is named for the staunchly royalist Earl of Stafford, who was beheaded by seventeenth century Puritans and was an ancestor of his wife.
Jacob joked that he should be called “the member for the early eighteenth century”.
Location of the ceremonial county of Somerset within England,
Nov 23, 2009, Source Ordnance Survey OpenData, Author Nilfanion,
This recording is painful to listen to because it forces you to wait for her high note. My mother's screaming reached an F. Hit me now with that violin F and get it over with. My nana listened to opera on Friday nights. My father watched the Friday Night Fights.
When asked by an actress what her motivation should be in playing a character, Hitchcock answered, “Your salary.”
A friend sent this clip of Bob Hope.
SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Outside his father’s store in San Francisco’s North Beach, Figoni Hardware, my friend met Bob Hope. They had a nice conversation … about Bob’s eye problem. Figoni sold live worms, too. The store was near Fisherman's Wharf.
My dentist's office was a few blocks from Figoni Hardware. A novel by Frank Norris, McTeague, (1899) is about a dentist on Polk Street, an easy walk from North Beach over Russian Hill. I read the novel in high school.
Many of us were not politically aware or experienced. School, church, neighborhood, and playground filled up the days. I worked with a Chinese guy who never left Chinatown until he was 19. San Francisco neighborhoods are backed up against each other very tightly. If you said your school, I knew almost everything about you.
Mine are Congressman Tom McClintock, State Senator Brian Dahle, and State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow.
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.” The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then, a politician came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The politician was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber opened his shop, there were a dozen politicians lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
As Ronald Reagan said, “Both politicians and diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason.”
Not commentary on the above politicians.
Just thought you might need a laugh.
I have spent time trying to understand these women. They have spoken against patriarchy, which is against God the Father, and one has been quoted as saying, “We have gone beyond Jesus,” implying that God the Father sent His Son into the world at the wrong place and the wrong time. It is clear that what they mean is Jesus is not black enough and not modern enough, so they will fix it.
Impossible it is to take their quotes out of context; they stand alone; they are not Catholic. At one point, they refused to say Father and Son or invite a priest to their gathering. I understand that the leadership speaks heresy and the rank and file does nothing about it. It is hard to cope with even a partial quote, “our wishes to save the world”. They are dying out.
I’d like to see one of these toughies in a hair-pulling tug of war with Irene Dunne. On the other hand, I guess I wouldn’t fare well in a fist fight with Marlon Brando.
I had to look up the rule on hyphens when I typed, “hair-pulling”.
From the dailymail.co.uk -
If you’re struggling to decide whether a compound word needs a hyphen, there are four simple rules that work in 75 per cent of cases.
The rules were developed by Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer, a linguistics professor at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich who studied more than 10,000 words, including hyphens, to find a common pattern.
1 - If the word is a verb or an adjective
If the word you’re writing is a verb (like to blow-dry), or an adjective (like world-famous), then it will almost always need a hyphen.
2 - Nouns with two syllables
If you’re writing a noun with two syllables (like break-up, and set-to) the rule is simple – use a hyphen only when the second word has two letters.
3 - If the second part of the word has more than two letters
When spelling a compound where the second part of the word has more than two letters, it should be spelt as a single word. In these instances (like coastline or bedroom) never use a hyphen.
4 - Nouns with three or more syllables
This is another easy one. If the noun has three or more syllables, it is always written out as two separate words. Examples here include bathing suit and washing machine.
The newspaper is a good source. They’ve got plenty of editors, and England is mother tongue territory.
Would these lost Amazonians have a conniption fit if they heard me praying the Litany to St. Joseph from the Roman Missal?
“Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of heaven, God the Son, Redeemer of the world, God the Holy Ghost, Holy Trinity, one God, Holy Mary, St. Joseph, Illustrious scion of David, Light of patriarchs, Spouse of the Mother of God, Chaste guardian of the Virgin, Foster father of the Son of God, Diligent protector of Christ, Head of the Holy Family, Joseph most just, Joseph most chaste, Joseph most prudent, Joseph most strong, Joseph most obedient, Joseph most faithful, Mirror of patience, Lover of poverty, Glory to home life, Guardian of virgins, Pillar of families, Solace of the afflicted, Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying, Terror of demons, Protector of Holy Church … . He made him the Lord of His household. … And prince over all His possessions … .”
And don’t lecture me about feminism. My nana and mother worked full-time their entire adult lives, one in education and one in banking, one raised three children and one raised four, both were Republican women, and they were the best feminists I ever knew.
I swear, it’s the latest speech concoction.
Definition copied word for word: “a racist term used by people who think that non black poc (native americans, asian people, so on) don't experience racism because they are too white to, and instead only experience racial prejudice. the same people who believe in the white adjacent myth also believe that most black people cannot be racist but can be racially prejudiced ‘a racist hate crime’ against a chinese man? that’s not even possible, asians don’t experience racism because they’re white adjacent. this was a prejudiced hate crime, not a racist one” - Urbandictionary
Yeah, I know. I’m going to my caveman cave for several hundred years to wait it out.