https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/former-trump-campaign-chairman-paul-manafort-settles-case-justice-depa-rcna73515 NBC report on Manafort, the case Byron referenced.
“A secretive surveillance initiative, managed by the White House, grants law enforcement agencies unprecedented access to trillions of American phone records, raising significant privacy and legal concerns.
“A Wired investigation has revealed a secret White House surveillance program that permits federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to access an extensive array of U.S. phone records. Known as Data Analytical Services (DAS), this program functions in partnership with telecom giant AT&T, offering a comprehensive analysis of American call records to law enforcement agencies at all levels of government.
“This deal not only involves direct phone contacts of criminal suspects but extends to their social networks as well, snooping on individuals who have not been suspected of any criminal activity at all.”
Police State – 1984
Because I am on the internet, I get multiple spam calls and emails every day, but protection against phishing is paid. That said, bad people get more sophisticated with each passing day. Stay away from TikTok and Instagram.
We welcomed 32,000 new citizens since June 24, 2022, the date Roe v. Wade was overturned. That is one hell of a lot better than 11 million unauthorized persons.
We can afford 32,000 bambinos.
I saw a bill. “If you require an overnight stay in a hospital in the US, the average cost is $11,700. Uninsured patients have a lower average cost at $9,300 per day, with Medicare hovering around $13,600.”
Someone pays the bill. Nothing is free.
October 3, 2004, so declared
Josef Dr. Ketzer, my tutor in Austria and a devout Catholic, will like this post.
His wife is from China.
Follow-up for 11/26/2023 post. I provided no translation for the finale of Vivaldi's Juditha.
The battle of Lepanto, fought off the west coast of Greece on October 7, 1571, in the Ionian Sea just below the Adriatic, was a victory for the Holy League over the Ottoman Empire, which saw most of its fleet sunk or captured.
The Holy League was an alliance of Catholic maritime states. Don John of Austria, half-brother of Philip II of Spain, was named by Pope Pius V as overall commander of the fleet and led the center division, assisted by Papal captain Marcantonio Colonna (on the right) and the Venetian Sebastiano Venier (on the left).
Colonna was a duke and Roman aristocrat who served as Viceroy of Sicily for the Spanish Crown and had the rank of Captain General of the Church. This battle saved Christendom and ranks up there with VE Day, May 8, 1945.
With a heart for justice, Judith raised a sword against the enemies of God’s people (Old Testament), and the city of Adria, a Venice possession, gave its name to the Adriatic Sea. Queen Judith was a type for The Queen, Mary, the mother of God.
Some time ago, James Martin, SJ, posted a YouTube video saying the Catholic Church is against war. He is, and he is ignorans.
“Through Project 2025, we’re working to dismantle the deep state by training dedicated patriots to replace the leftist bureaucrats that run D.C. and implement a common sense, conservative policy plan.
“Through the Heritage Oversight Project, we’re utilizing Freedom of Information Act requests and other investigative techniques to expose government corruption and hold policymakers and the deep state accountable….”
The Heritage Foundation https://www.heritage.org/
“By saying gold will be the safe haven of choice during a financial collapse, DNB (Dutch central bank) confesses its own currency (the euro) does not weather all storms.”
left: old gold vault of DNB in Amsterdam
“Indirectly, DNB encourages people to own gold to be protected from financial shocks, making the transition towards a gold based monetary system more likely.”
I do not own gold. The storm will be weathered as anfractuous (circuitous) negotiations ensue.
“…Having thus extended his kingdom, Philip endeavored energetically to centralize the government and impose a very rigorous fiscal system….” He is mentioned in the video posted today, Bankers R Crooks. He is more than complex. For more about him, read https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12004a.htm
Usury. The video is a devastating commentary on bankers, the Federal Reserve and EPA, and the Knights Templar, and now I know why some traditional Catholic parents are concerned about their children entering military service.
We do not need more revolution, government, or money. Trust your instincts, maintain some independent thinking, and surround yourself with trustworthy friends. One of my Catholic friends sent me the video.
map via Glenmary Home Missioners
This same area (blue) also stood out on the very first map of “No Priest Land, USA” created by Glenmary’s founder, Father William Howard Bishop. In 1938, of the 3,000 U.S. counties, only 1,000 had a resident priest.
Bishops in many states need to get back to work and educate and evangelize, for it is the Catholic faith, and not the incidentals, that prevented me from being brainwashed.
Catholic. Bishop. Saint. Tradition tells us that he was born c. 50 and died c. 107/8. He was a disciple of St. John, the man at the crucifixion who became bishop of Antioch, Syria, and was succeeded by Ignatius, which means ardent, first man to use the word catholic. “It’s in your Nicene Creed, fellow Christians. My font is Times New Roman.”
He wears a tunic and early form of a scapular. The word scapular is from the Latin scapula, meaning shoulder blade. It is a garment first designed by monks during the Middle Ages as protective covering to be worn over their clothing when they did manual labor, such as in the fields or outside, and is still worn today by many Catholics, traditional monks, priests, nuns, and lay people near or on the flesh.
I do not subscribe to the History Channel, but here is an exception.
Wilders, mixed Dutch and Indonesian, is an agnostic, but he has stated that he thinks Christians “are my allies” and that they fundamentally should want the same thing. The conservative will become Prime Minister of the Netherlands, following similar victories in Argentina and Italy.
“Geert” is a Dutch name of Germanic origin, equivalent to the German Gerd and the English Gerry. The name is a condensed form of Gerard, itself a combination of the Germanic words ger (spear) and hard, meaning strong or brave with the spear. Wild!
He will plead guilty to money laundering.
“Binance, under Zhao's leadership, has agreed to a monumental settlement with the U.S. Treasury Department. The exchange is set to pay a $3.4 billion fine, the largest in the history of the Treasury Department.”
BA University of Louisiana, Lafayette
MA Virginia Tech
PhD, American History, University of Texas at Austin
He was President of Wyoming Catholic College from 2013 to 2016 and is since October 2021 President of The Heritage Foundation (think tank).
He says that most American colleges have one or no conservatives on their social sciences faculties, including history departments.
During his tenure as president of Wyoming, he led the institution to reject Title IV student loans and grants, citing religious liberty concerns, which made the college one of just a few to reject such funding.
In an article on the decision, The New York Times described Roberts and his students as “cowboy Catholics” for their independence.
Jordan Peterson interviewed Dr. Roberts on YouTube (posted five days ago).
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Subsidiarity is a Catholic organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest, or least centralized competent authority. In 1931, Pope Pius XI definitively pronounced the principle of subsidiarity in his encyclical, Quadragesimo Anno. It simply states that a higher entity in the social order may not do for the lower order what it is capable of doing for itself.
Reuters posted this video 10 days ago.
In a public setting in 2017, Sanchez sang, “The Internationale.”
It is the anthem of various anarchist, communist, and socialist movements and has been a standard of the socialist movement since the late nineteenth century when the Second International adopted it as its official anthem.
Sometimes, a turncoat wears a blue suit.
Vengeful right-wing? “Right-wing politics” is a range of political positions viewing certain social orders and hierarchies as inevitable. They agree that their philosophical position is both natural and desirable, supported by natural law, economics, authority, tradition, family, and property.
My sister alerted me to Javier Milei. He is not perfect; no politician is. However, overall, he represents an excellent change for Argentina. I blogged this interview in September when he was running for president. He takes office December 10. (Lula - Brazil) The interview...
If you are following my blog, you are conscious of what I am doing: lining up the experts on socialism and Catholicism, people with knowledge and street smarts, not those with mere opinions who lack experiential knowledge, the knowledge that is based on experience and observation.
Cops, security guards, firefighters, paramedics and ER personnel, military men and women, and traditional priests hearing confession see life as it is. That is realism as opposed to idealism. Nothing wrong with idealism, but it must be tempered by what is real.
I knew realism not until I entered that realm.
August 1, 2017
“All that is known about the mysterious illness comes from the letter Vivaldi wrote asking for the dispensation, in which he referred to it as a ‘tightness of the chest.’
“According to White, ‘it would have been very hard for Vivaldi to give up saying Mass. It would have been his own decision, a decision of nobody but himself, and he also gave up a good salary.’
“She pointed to rumors alleging that he had been kicked out of the priesthood or even excommunicated, saying they ‘are so ignorant and so stupid,’ because if one looks to the facts, the rumors are ‘not proven.’
“She also addressed rumors that Vivaldi had abused the choir girls as the reason he was kicked off the Pieta faculty in 1715. These rumors, she said, ‘not only are they not true, but also they’re impossible.’
“Not only would Vivaldi have never been welcomed back in 1723, but also many of the girls who remained in the orchestra stayed until they were 70 or even 80 years old.
“The hospital was also overseen by several governors, so had there been abuse, Vivaldi would have been kicked out right away, ‘so that doesn't add up,’ White said.”
[slightly edited to fix grammatical errors]
By Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency
Interview with Micky White, author of Antonio Vivaldi: A Life in Documents
It is conceivable that his asthma was debilitating enough to prompt a decision. Latin Mass is long, and a priest must be moving about, from side to side, to the communion rail and back, and so forth. Maybe God chose musical genius. (b. 1678 Venice, d. 1741 Vienna)
“Now we can add a $375 million loan that the Biden administration gave to the Li-Cycle, a company that is about to go belly up.”
“In February, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) proudly announced that ‘$375 million will now supercharge Li-Cycle here in Rochester, with 270 good-paying jobs, to become one of America’s largest suppliers of recycled materials for batteries.’” [He is 72.]
Dole out the money. We’ll have a barrel of fun.
I post something a bit old because the words radical traditionalists were used in the FBI memos regarding surveillance of Catholics. We don’t endorse radicalism, but we accept tradition. The phrase is an oxymoron. Words are misused today, and I urge English teachers and history teachers to correct the situation.
I spend an enormous amount of time with Alexander (nine) and with myself to understand literal and connotative meanings of words. Literal language means exactly what it says, while figurative language does not. Have this for free, teachers-
Includes eight Figures of Speech – A word or phrase used in a non-literal sense for vivid effect, marked F of S
F of S Oxymoron – Two opposite ideas joined to create an effect “awfully good”
F of S Idiom – A group of words having a meaning not deducible from the individual words, such as, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”
F of S Onomatopoeia – A word formed to mimic the sound, such as “sizzle” and “buzz’
F of S Metaphor – Saying one thing IS another thing
F of S Simile – Saying one thing is LIKE or AS another thing
F of S Personification – Giving a nonhuman, human qualities
F of S Allusion – A reference to a book, movie, song, etc.
F of S Hyperbole – Exaggeration
Ethos – An appeal to authority aiming to establish the credibility of a speaker or source. For example, a writer might say “As a veterinarian…” or “a Harvard University study…” or “a constitutional scholar…”
Pathos – An appeal to the reader’s emotions. They’re trying to make you FEEL something. Angry. Guilty. Sad.
Logos – An appeal to logic. When the author makes logical connections between ideas, that’s logos. IF this happens, THEN this happens.
Anecdote – A short, personal story
Testimony – Quoting from people who have something to say about an issue
Statistics and Data – Facts and figures, often accompanied by logos
Rhetorical Questions – Asking questions to make the reader think; no answer sought
Imagery – Language that appeals to the five senses, most often visual
Diction – Word choice. Can be HIGH/fancy or LOW/informal. Writers use specific words for DENOTATIVE (dictionary definition) meanings or CONNOTATIVE (associative) meanings.
Slang – A type of informal diction, often regional
Jargon – Specialized language, such as legal
Alliteration – Several words that share the same first letter
Assonance – Repeated vowel sounds
(Syntax is sentence structure.)
Repetition – Mentioning a word or phrase several times
Anaphora – Refers to lines beginning with the same word or phrase
Parallelism – Writing constructed in a symmetrical manner
Juxtaposition – Holding two things up to compare or contrast them
Antithesis – Mentioning one thing and its opposite
Analogy – A comparison between two things, typically to explain function – Usually, one thing is complicated, and the other is simple and common.
Inclusive Language – Words that make the reader feel part of a group – “we” is an obvious one
Tone – The way the author’s voice sounds. Is the author being silly? Sarcastic? Desperate?
Humor – Jokes and funny language
Irony – situational: The opposite thing happens from what is expected.
Irony – dramatic: The reader knows more than the characters.
Irony – verbal: saying one thing and meaning the opposite
Symbolism – One thing represents something else.
Antimetabole – Repetition of words in successive clauses, but in transposed order – “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”
Antithesis – Opposition or contrast of ideas expressed by parallelism of words that are the opposites of each other – “Man proposes, God disposes.”
Apostrophe – Talking to an object or idea as if it were human
Metonymy – A thing or concept is referred to by the name of something closely associated with that thing or concept. The Pentagon refers to the whole US military. The press (printing press) now refers to the entire group of news reporters. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” – The pen represents all writers, and the sword represents all soldiers.
Paradox – Contradictory statement that might be true “He has discovered that stepping back from the task has increased the rewards.” “I can resist anything but temptation.” (Oscar Wilde)
Pun – Word play that exploits multiple meanings of a term
Synecdoche – A part made to represent the whole or vice versa, “all hands on deck”
Understatement – Making a situation seem less important than it is – “On winning the lottery, the winner said, ‘I’m delighted.’”
Adynaton – An impossible or unlikely story used for emphasis. “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is a story about telling lies.
Palladius (fl. AD 408–431; died c. 457/461) was the first bishop in Ireland, preceding Saint Patrick. The Latin word flōruit (fl.) denotes when someone flourished or is known to have been alive or active.
“Friday on Fox Business Network’s ‘Mornings with Maria,’ Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz reacted to former President Barack Obama’s criticism of Israel in the wake of the October 7 terror attacks on its southern territory.
“Dershowitz suggested Obama’s criticism was a result of the ‘deep hatred’ Obama had for Israel.
“‘Do you think Obama understands what his words have meant?’ FBN host Maria Bartiromo asked.
“‘I think so,’ Dershowitz replied. ‘I think he always had a deep hatred of Israel in his heart. He hid it very well. He called me to the Oval Office, and he said, Alan, you know I have Israel’s back. I didn’t know he had a target on it. He has never been supportive of Israel. And finally, his true feelings have come out now that he’s no longer president, doesn’t have to be elected.
“‘So, he is contributing enormously to the problem because he is respected among young people,’ he added. ‘If he says the occupation is unbearable and that anything can be done to stop it, he is asking people to engage in their antisemitic, anti-Israel and anti-American attitudes. He should be ashamed of himself. He should apologize. But he won’t.’”
By Jeff Poor, Breitbart, Nov. 10, 2023
California Rep. Adam Schiff has been living in Maryland for years.
https://www.patriotnewsalerts.com/california-rep-adam-schiff-has-been-living-in-maryland-for-years/ Shifty. The first Adam was a saint. This one has taken a dip into the River Styx. His only opponents for senator: Katie Porter (the asp) and Barbara Lee (don't know much about her). One of them will join fake Catholic Padilla. State run amuck!
Musk moving forward. Ground locations like Mexico and Hawaii alerted. Frank Borman dead at 95. Devout Catholic William Anders, 90, mentioned.
Borman said that WA avoided the usual astronaut bull sessions.
Elect Les Républicains and reunite America and France, strongholds of the Latin Mass and FSSP!
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