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Pope’s Uvalde comments. Strawman.

  • “Ho il cuore affranto per la strage nella scuola elementare in Texas. Prego per i bambini, per gli adulti uccisi e per le loro famiglie. È tempo di dire basta al traffico indiscriminato delle armi. Impegniamoci tutti, perché tragedie così non possano più accadere.”

My own loose translation:

  • “My heart is in mourning on account of the massacre at the elementary school in Texas. I pray for the children, the adults killed and for their families. It is time to say enough to the indiscriminate trafficking of arms. Let us all work so that tragedies like this can no longer take place.”

“It is time to say enough…” So, when was there ever a time when indiscriminate trafficking of arms was acceptable? Never. Where was there ever a place in which indiscriminate trafficking of arms was acceptable? Nowhere. So, this is yet another straw man to attack, flailingly, so that one’s “doing something” is a waste of time and an insult to those innocents who continue to lose their lives.

  • “But Father George! Father George! Give the Pope a break! Everyone says stuff like that! He’s just trying to show concern!”

No. Kids are dying and are dead because of rubbish like this. And it’s not everyone saying stuff like that. It’s only the marxist MSM. Anyone think I’m wrong about Pope Francis on weapons?

Back in 2014, Pope Francis had some comments about anyone who has anything to do with even the manufacturing of guns, condemning all of them individually and indiscriminately:

  • “I am thinking of those who manufacture weapons for fomenting wars; just think about what kind of job this is. I am certain that if I were to ask: how many of you manufacture weapons? No one, no one. These weapons manufacturers don’t come to hear the Word of God! These people manufacture death, they are merchants of death and they make death into a piece of merchandise. May fear of the Lord make them understand that one day all things will come to an end and they will have to give account to God.”

Seriously? I’m guessing that there are plenty of upstanding, religious people who work on production lines at, say, Benelli, Beretta, Browning, Glock, Heckler & Koch, Remington, Ruger, SIG Sauer, Taurus, Walther, Winchester and dozens of others. They all surely go through background checks continuously. Are they really to be condemned to hell for eternity?

With Pope Francis, there’s clearly no right to defend one’s country against violent unjust aggression by joining the military which uses guns, or to defend kids in an elementary school as an SRO by training up with appropriate tools such as guns, or to participate in law enforcement to serve and protect citizens in good standing over against deadly aggression also by usage of guns, or to come to the aid of one’s neighbors or oneself when deadly aggression comes to the doorsteps of the neighborhood, also by usage of guns. For Pope Francis, the very fact of the existence of weapons is bad and evil, so that, a fortiori, worse than the manufacturing of weapons is the use of weapons. Any use.

So, what’s really going on? Does Pope Francis allow weapons in Vatican City for his own protection? And you’ll recognize the names of the manufacturers as well:

  • The Swiss Guard carry a SIG Sauer P220 pistol and the SIG SG 550 rifle or its SG 552 variant.
  • Vatican City’s Gendarmerie carries various types of Glocks as standard-issue. They also use the Beretta M12 and the Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun.

Let’s take look at a few of the tools of the Swiss Guard:

Then the tools of the Gendarmerie (I myself use the G-19 gen 4 as EDC):

There are plenty of plain-clothes guys:

And also special response teams:

Meanwhile, Tucker asks what’s going on with mostly young men who go on rampages. He makes lots of good points, but asks for a real discussion.

Meanwhile, Ben Shapiro notes the obvious as only he can:

  • Gun control was the discussion in Texas but it can’t be the discussion in New York because New York already has very heavy gun control. So instead, the discussion was about white supremacy. If it’s a New York subway shooting where it isn’t about gun control or white supremacy, the incident is simply ignored. If it’s a shooting at a religious building in California it’s a hate crime but it’s not about gun control as there’s already more than a lot of gun control, so that’s also ignored.

Might I venture a guess as to what’s happening?

  • Increasing violence of young men isn’t at all predetermined by the lack of a good father figure in the home. No. But, statistically, we see that to a very large degree a couple of good parents is beneficial. If they are not worth a father sticking around to help raise them they can quickly get the idea that no one’s life matters.
  • What doesn’t help are liberal school policies that push hatred of God, neighbor and hatred of self with Critical Race Theory. Students can quickly get the idea that no one’s life matters at that point.
  • What doesn’t help are liberal school policies that super-hyper-sexualize children from pre-pre-school, instructing them about sex-acts, stripping them of any kind of individual identity, grooming them into thinking that their bodies are mere pieces of meat for the utilitarian usage of the state and others and self. Students can quickly figure out that no one’s life matters at that point.
  • What doesn’t help is atheist teachers smacking down any prayer, any relationship with God, and therefore smacking down any rejoicing that the image of God in which students have a vocation to participate is described, as Genesis says, with male/female/marriage/family. When the image of God, who we are before God and each other is trashed, then students can quickly figure out that no one’s life actually matters.

Here’s the deal: if you rip away all possibility of identity from individuals, they will lash out in overwhelming cynicism that asks the question: “Are all y’all so sure that no one’s life matters; how about yours?” And then they force an answer, “Oh, it’s a tragedy.” But apparently that answer is a lie, because no one goes to the heart of what’s happening. They stick with the same ol’ same ol’: “Blame inanimate objects but we’re going to destroy children’s identities all the same!” Sigh. Instead, we need our religious leaders to bring us to the truth, and not fall back on liberal talking points that keep getting kids murdered. So:

  • Let’s stop attacking Jesus, attacking doctrine, attacking morality, attacking liturgy and attacking the spiritual life. Let’s stop demonic idol worship. Let’s stop attacking the Way, the Truth and the Life.
  • Let’s start again to talk about and worship our Lord and God, Christ Jesus. Let’s get back correct doctrine, correct morality, correct liturgy and correct spiritual life that all brings identity in Christ Jesus, that all brings back joy in the Holy Spirit in a life lived well before self, before neighbor and before God. Anything else brings dead children in its wake.

I’m guessing that, after SCOTUS publishes their decision on kicking abortion law back to the States, there will be another “Summer of Love” here in the USA, this time not with attacks on Federal and local law enforcement, with a CHAZ here or a CHOP there, but inside any church during whatever services, all wrought by those who have been taught to kill children in the womb or just born. There are plenty of Catholic schools which do field trips to abortion clinics to teach girls where to go if, you know, they put their sex-ed into practice. But then the “official line” of the Church is no abortion. Kids will lash out. I can’t think of anyone who would hate herself more than a woman who just had an abortion. Statistically the day a woman has an abortion is the day more than any other that she will at least attempt suicide. All of it so very sad.

People have a right to have witnessed to them what Jesus did for us in laying down His life for us, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He has the right in His own justice to have mercy on us, to bring us to heaven. But who talks about Jesus anymore? So many priests and bishops and Cardinals – and the Pope – promote LGBTQI+. The last thing they want to do is talk about Jesus, talk about our identity in Jesus.

If people do not have Jesus witnessed to them, they have a right before the throne of God to take the witness. That means martyrdom. People lashing out won’t go to Styrofoam cowardly people. They will go to real people. Good laity, any good priests, any good bishops, innocent children, and take witness from them. There are heroic teachers and heroic little students who I’m sure tried to help each other, protect each other. The loss of their lives bids us to do what is right in bringing back true identity to individuals.

Where is God in all of this? He’s the one being executed for bringing us back the possibility of our true identities. Get that? God gave His all for us in the midst of all the hell of this world so as to provide us, if we want it in His grace, our true identities in which we can rejoice before God, neighbor and ourselves. That’s what’s going to reverse the sharp increase in violence among disenfranchised young men. People keeping up with prayer and the commandments and regular Confession are relatively speaking extremely less likely to go on rampages like this.

Oh, and just to say, might it not be a good idea to go ahead and harden the soft targets, like elementary schools and churches, maybe not to the extent of Vatican City State, but you know what I mean. :-) Training of teams includes situational awareness, de-escalation techniques, etc.


Finally, the Diocese sent out prayer intentions:

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Gun control, cartels, kickbacks, death… and Catholic Charities

It’s been my contention for many years that, say, the reason why Chicago, dumping ground of deadly drugs for, say, the Sinaloa cartel, has some of the most restrictive gun control anywhere ever, is that the politicos are given massive kickbacks from the sale of deadly drugs to the effect that law abiding cititizens are not allowed to protect themselves with their 2nd amendment God-given rights, but those on the street who sell the drugs, even if ultra-felons, even if arrested, are simply let go so that they continue their sell of deadly drugs as accompanied by untold numbers of murders. Follow the money.

Gun control only hurts citizens in good standing. Thugs and buffoons assisting the cartels love gun control, because they are not controlled by it. This is all proven exhaustively, comprehensively, repeatedly, year after year, decade after decade, century after century, millennium after millennium. Everyone knows it, including, say, the Department of Justice, including, say, INL in the Department of State, including, say, the Department of Homeland Security.

Oh. I forgot. The Disinformation Governance Board of DHS will deny everything written in this post and force shadow banning on any such opinions. They’ll say it’s a grey area. As I’ve always said, when anyone claims “grey,” a river of red blood is shed.

The FBI? Easy peasy. They’re good at following the money. They know who’s who:

But I hate to point fingers. That’s not fair.

You know whose policies are also helping cartels with drugs and human trafficking and sex trafficking, hurting these U.S.A.? Catholic Charities. Let’s see… remember this video?

I got a response about that video from Catholic Charities. The response was a mishmash of ambiguity about being happy to follow the direction of the bishops in these USA. So, a non-response. Whatrya gonna do, Father Byers, take away the 501(c)3 of Catholic Charities? ;-)

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Finally, a non-epic “Day Off”, preparing for Hanukkah and Christmas, et alia.

A million little projects. Just calm, at a million miles an hour, but a breather for sure. To start off, the Hanukkah and Christmas picture window display needed setting up. The lighting from last year, pictured above, was not easy. A simplified version was in order, which I like much better:

That was just for the picture, a trial lighting making sure everything works. I’ll change out the “Shamash” candle in the middle. I know, I know, it’s not even Advent, or even Hanukkah, or even Thanksgiving for that matter. Just preparing.

Hanukkah is all about God’s joyful intervention in assisting the celebration of the rededication of the Temple. Christmas is all about the Living Temple in the Body of the Messiah, the Lumen gentium, the Jewish Light of the Nations borne amongst us.

I totally get that the candles or lamps should be wax or oil. I mean, I wouldn’t use electric candles for the Altar for Holy Mass. But this is a celebration at home, which doesn’t have the same candle/lamp viability as does the church.

Hanukkah is super early this year (the lunar calendar thing), beginning Sunday Night 28 November, 2021, which coincides with the evening of the first Sunday of Advent. Hanukkah runs through daytime of Monday, December 6. Only the “Shamash” and the first candle are lit Sunday night, from right to left, night by night. The prayers the first night (from Chavad.org):

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר חֲנֻכָּה
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בִּזְּמַן הַזֶּה

  • Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.
  • Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לִזְּמַן הַזֶּה

  • Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion. [This one is just for the first night.]

Next up on the day off was the cutting of a rose bush out front (which was obscuring the picture window), then the ripping off the Jasmine from the inside fence of the backyard (lots more to be done there), as well as ripping up of the Jasmine that had been hiding “Brake-Man” since springtime. The asparagus forest was also knocked to the ground.


Next up on the day off was attaching the tiniest of all concealed carry holsters next to the standard shift of Sassy the Subaru. I rarely use stuff for what it’s intended. Benefits: availability-at-speed instead of struggling with the seat-belt over the open carry and now, almost winter, under a jacket (the concealed carry permit was just renewed). I can’t imagine concealed carry under a shirt, under a jacket, under a seat-belt. That would be worse than carrying non-chambered. Also, there’s a comfort factor while driving, however slight. But most people won’t carry if there’s the slightest discomfort. I’m no better than anyone else.

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The footwell of the passenger seat is a catchall for rituals of all kinds, Holy Water, a sacramental stole, the mail that day, other items of various projects. I don’t care what any ecclesiastical authority, say, in Rome, says about priests being forbidden to give Last Rites because of Covid-whatever, I’m always a priest and always have the right to provide Last Rites. That rebellious spirit applies over against any secular authorities as well. Going up against all the lawyers and upper-echelon admin of the hospital and going up against the governor’s office brought immediate positive results.

The bit of orange you see is a glass-breaker should the doors be wrecked and the electric windows fail. All the electrical in the car failed just the other day. Just sayin’. A left-over from years gone by next to that bit of orange is a really old wallet filled with cancelled credit cards and one dollar in cash. That would be given to any would-be robber who would ask for the wallet if the circumstances permitting that kind of deescalation and avoidance of conflict were present. It just buys enough time to leave a situation and have it resolved another way. We live in weird times. I’ve already been in a car-jacking incident helping transport a retired cop to the hospital. But that guy was apprehended on the spot by the police came screeching up with miraculously good timing.

  • “But Father George! Father George! You start off with the Temple and the Prince of Peace and wind up with guns?!”

Lol. Yes. That’s me. You might want to read up on the violent occasioning of the celebration of Hanukkah, the celebrating being brought about by God Himself. You might want to recall the violence occasioned in this world throughout time by Adam with original sin (see “Brake-Man” above) but the actual peace we will have in heaven, please God. You might want to remember that the second amendment is a service to one’s fellow man in violent circumstances. This is about just defense over against unprovoked and already being delivered deadly aggression. Statistically, where the second amendment is respected there is a huge decrease in crime. But there is always an increased risk for those who render the service of deescalation and defense of the innocent. There’s really so much good with Jesus intervening amongst us, but it helps us appreciate His entrance into this world when we remember why He came!

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Call of Duty Rittenhouse Meme: Humor and bonus, neither Vigilante nor Vigilatte®

Hahaha. What’s not funny is that the media brought about the riots in which people lost their lives. That they lost their lives is not the fault of Kyle, not in the least. They forfeited their own lives by delivering potentially deadly aggression toward Kyle. Meanwhile, Kyle had been busy putting out fires and rendering first aid. Kyle is not a vigilante. And he’s surely not a Vigilatte®:

Employment of the 2nd Amendment for defense of self and others against unprovoked and already being delivered deadly aggression is still part of this Constitutional Republic with the Rule of Law, and always remains part of Natural Law (=unalienable, God-given). Just defense is not illegal. It is a positive contribution to the virtue of justice which you never want to have to make. But if you do, it is what it is.

Kyle is the victim in all this.

Thanks for putting out fires, Kyle. Thanks for rendering first aid, Kyle. Praying for you, Kyle.

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“They’re all kill-shots, Father! Great!” the Jewish guy said. “Stop-the-threat-shots,” I answered, “but thank you.”

Targets out, I’m told, 125 feet, from the new balcony at the house of some parishioners. I was there to bless the house, but stayed for the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue. Really good. What a great family. Lots of exquisite food and drink. No alcohol for me!

The old man is one of the most studied up, practiced, scenario-ed constant trainer of decades, having all that the IDF etc have to offer down cold. As soon as he saw that I was carrying, like in a nanosecond, he said: “I like you already.”

Of course, we had to do up some target practice. He gave me Federal to use, which you simply cannot get these days.

The rubbish you see at the tree line above is the group of targets. A close up:

My favorite was the second from the left up top, just a few inches across. It got set to swinging, again and again and again.

I was happy to be accurate at that distance, which I’ve never practiced, ever. The most I’ve done is 25 yards out, just 75 feet, and only quite rarely, concentrating on 21 and 25 feet out. This was another 50 feet beyond the 75 feet, close to another 17 yards farther, with a mere pistol.

Since I haven’t practiced in forever, this was a confidence builder. Of course, without an abundance of ammo, the aim, so to speak, was accuracy, not speed. But I think that will also come back easily enough in future, unless these USA go total communist.

We talked quite about that, communism, and Russia. I said that the old USSR didn’t much like the Jews. No, he agreed. I said it was because they didn’t like moral principles, the Natural Law, such as is expressed in the Ten Commandments. That set off quite the commentary by many, all in agreement.

The conversation and the bullets were all on target. A great time. Surprising what carrying can open up.

In stepping up to shoot I apologized for not having practiced in a long time. Then I pulled the trigger a few times. Then they gave me a new nickname: Shot-Shark. :-)

Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for the Pontifical Family to go through the personal archives of the Holy Father – having the originals of all correspondence with any Pope – and provide me a copy of the letter of Emmanuel Célestin Cardinal Suhard to Pius XII. But they are afraid. Sooooo afraaaaid! They shouldn’t be. I got the response down cold. I just need to contextualize this with what actually instigated the response. I thought we were going to open up the archives, right? to help out with Jewish-Catholic dialogue, right? RIGHT?

If I got that and made commentary on it and somehow actually got published I would get another nickname from the anti-Semites, and it wouldn’t be so kind to me as Shot-Shark. It might be something like: Jew-Boy! Of course, I would take that as reality and a compliment. In fact, they could be combined: Shot-Shark-Jew-Boy. I like it, a lot. But seriously, that commentary would be done with accuracy such as I still retain with my firearm. ;-)

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NC Concealed Handgun Permit Renewal or baiting people into talking about Jesus

The call came in yesterday morning at 8:30 AM. Jumping in the car, continuing with other phone calls on the road about funerals and then about extracting friends out of Afghanistan, ever more dangerous, ever more frustrating, arrival was soon made in the Sheriff’s Office, always a super friendly bunch.

  • Why? Recreation with wild target practice, though that’s difficult at this time with the loss of my private range and the high price and scarcity of ammo. One session of practice can entail really a lot of ammo, with so many courses to run through. So, only rarely. But it’s fun when it happens.
  • Why? Self-defense, and some occasions have arisen when I’m happy to have been at the ready, but always happier when, with the whole “carry” lifestyle of situational awareness as avoidance and verbal deescalation techniques, there are no confrontations at all. This has been a real education.
  • Why? Defense of others, and some occasions have arisen when I’ve been happy to have been at the ready, particularly during one would-be carjacking incident when I was driving a crippled police officer to the hospital. Given permission to leave the scene by the first arriving officer, we counted nine cruisers from one direction, guessing that there were as many coming from the other direction. Imagine if I had let that crippled officer become a hostage to that guy. Ain’t gonna happen with this transporter. ;-)
  • Why? To support the 2nd amendment to this democratic Republic’s Constitution.
  • Why? Because all this prompts wildly wonderful conversations about Jesus all around town and far beyond.

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Complimented I guess by Sheriff’s Office: You have the most boring background check ever. BÓRING! :-)

Today was the day at the Sheriff’s Office for renewing my CHP (Concealed Handgun Permit). I’ll be able to go pick up the actual card in a few weeks, just before my old one gets out-of-date at five years.

“Five years.”

What a ride these five years have been. It’s all been a learning process for the better. So many great opportunities for serving others, for sharing the faith with perhaps sometimes some that that one might think are the least likely candidates for evangelization, who turn out, of course, like clockwork, to be those most intensely interested in hearing all about the good Lord.

And, yes, with all due credit to my guardian angel and the dear Lord (who both like to work with those who appreciate being reasonable in a fallen world), the “tool” that is carried appendix has done me well, keeping me alive.

Here’s to looking forward to another five years of enjoying the 2nd amendment to the Constitution of this Constitutional Republic with the Rule of Law, of these United States of America.

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Today’s the day: CCSO appointment

target can

All that fun was a while back out at the now sold-off hermitage. However, last time I was out the timings and accuracy were still up to muscle memory par. All that’s necessary, but…

What’s most important for the lawful and prudent exercise of the 2nd amendment is a good spiritual life, lots of friends, lots of involvement with the wildly varying community at large, just wanting to do good for one’s neighbor, lots of involvement also with honest peers. Moreover…

It’s necessary to have ever sharpening skill sets regarding situational awareness, which skills, mind you, have their emphasis on noticing and evaluating circumstances so that if there are indicators of any kind of trouble you have already mapped out your extraction from that situation and have already become at the ready to take steps in de-escalation.

Just my opinion, but I wish more would be presented for newbies on situational awareness and de-escalation for any required courses for concealed carry. There are plenty of books and articles about this, plenty of situational training sessions in which one can participate. The USCCA is great for this. I’m a member of that.

I’m always amazed (I shouldn’t be) at the mentions of having one’s spiritual life in order as a sine qua non for carrying, having gotten it straight in mind and soul and spirit what it means to be in a position whereby one might end the threat of someone already delivering deadly aggression on yourself as a non-aggressor or on other non-aggressors.

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TBI-IED shooting therapy Hornady Creedmoor 6.5 Match = humor!

https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/rifle/6-5-creedmoor-140-gr-eld-match#!/

If you haven’t had a TBI from an IED while serving God and country, don’t even ask why it would be therapeutic recreation to teach an ultra-naive Catholic priest how to hit a target at far away sniper distances (with a lot of luck, perfect conditions, lots of patience and determination to enjoy the hilarity of it all). My friend said that he would step it back from the crazy distances as we worked through ammo, but only with ever diminishing targets, down to playing-card size, you know, so I could have a souvenir.

This guy’s not a sniper. Such over the top skill sets constituted just one box of many dozens he had to check off to attain his real occupation in the military. He’s the best of the best of the best.

And he has made miraculous progress with his TBI. He was so very far gone. For so very, very long. The Veterans Administration did him good. Thank God.

In the past, he’s been one of out top operators who taught me how to shoot a pistol. Now he wants to have some more fun with me, you know, because it’s kind of hilarious to teach a naive priest over-the-top skill sets. :-) You can’t know how much respect I have for this guy. He’s been down to North Carolina now a couple of times. This time, I will be making 1,200 miles up North to get to his ginormous prairie range. But that trip will double and triple for other visits.

The least I could do is special order a box of Creedmoor 6.5., pictured above, which came in just the other day. He shoots out of a setup just like this…

Just guessing, but methinks that part of the TBI therapy part must be getting outside and doing a zillion calculations in your head all at once about heat, humidity, distance, trajectories, wind, breathing, heartbeats. This guy has the more patience than most people in the world put together. That means that the frustrating moments of teaching the likes of me immediately turns into hilarity. And hilarity is great therapy for what ails you.

Writing this in convalescence of pneumonia is a good distraction for me. The doctor says that a couple of things a day while on the mend helps the mending.

Oh. Almost forgot. Saint Paul.

  • “To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)

Oh. Almost forgot. Plot twist alert just in case people were asleep reading all this:

  • Don’t you think it might be my sniper friend who is the one who has become weak to win over the weak, coming the closest I’ve seen anyone come close to laying down his life for his friends, the greatest love of all, so that, for instance, I myself might be the priest for Jesus’ Little Flock, bringing people into the life of the Sacraments?

The least I can do amidst all this valor of his is to offer him a moment of hilarity. It’s hilarious for me too. His laughter allows me the therapy of laughter, which is all the more hilarious for him.

So, I get it, probably the DOJ and BATFE will entitle me an extremist for having a picture of a gun and a picture of ammo in this post, and – ooooh! – because I mentioned the military, but to all that imbecilic idiocy of our deepening deep state self-entitled anti-American snowflakes, I say, take a breath, lean back, and laugh!

Now Here Comes The Part Where We Throw Our Heads Back In Laughter |  Reaction Images | Know Your Meme

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Get a grip! Don’t tell BATFE! Baiting the DARPA sarcasm detector! [ = !!!!! ] UPDATE: It worked!

UPDATE: Sometimes I’ll look up IP geolocator longitude / latitude coordinates and sometimes those will come out at Fort George Meade or Langley or Tyson’s Corner, etc. Sometimes that’s not necessary as named servers will be used, such as the CIA’s open source crowd in Reston, etc. Geolocators are often imprecise, but basically the coordinates for a hit on this post landed on top of the roof of DARPA headquarters located in Arlington, VA. ;-) ///// end update


Exclamation points are important for getting the attention of the DARPA sarcasm detector. Perhaps it makes it easier for them if, at the end of an offscouring of sarcastic statements, the following is added: /// off sarcasm.

Some background that will be useful in battling to be allowed bail for what is surely a crime as detailed below.

The almost five year old Hogue grip add-on for my Glock 19 Gen 4 is now slightly worn out, as depicted above. After getting my North Carolina concealed carry permit, this grip was a gift from a 25 year deputy sheriff. I’m sure he thought a priest, perhaps particularly me, would need all the help I can get, and he’s right about that. So, the other day I splurged and got a grip on the situation and did a new and newly revised for the better grip.

And now…

Much better. The material is better, much more heavy-duty, much better fitting, just much better. Kudos to Hogue. But – a word to the wise – keep it away from the mag-release on both sides, otherwise it will interfere with the slide, and then you’re dead.

Meanwhile, BATFE has been apoplectically changing definitions of gun stuff. Everything seems to be defined as an actual gun. I wonder if my new Hogue grip counts as an unregistered weapon of mass destruction all on its own or as an evil add-on that I don’t yet realize is a felony weapons charge that will have me put into a Federal Penitentiary for the rest of my life. Sigh. BATFE needs to get a grip. We do have a 2nd amendment, right? The whole “shall not be infringed” thing, right? And – oh no!!!!! – I used my credit card to make this purchase: BATFE knows everything! Gasp!

Does DARPA really have a Sarcasm Detector? Hah! Yes.

https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2021-05-06

Let’s try it out. Let’s see if this post get’s banned by DARPA:

I LOST MY GRIP IN A BOATING ACCIDENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dropping the sarcasm, let me say this: shall not be infringed means shall not be infringed. So, such a tautology is sarcasm, but not really, because, I mean… Oh, sorry!!!!! I’m being sarcastic again!!!! ;-)

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6MWE = Proud Boys; Hundreds of Millions Wasn’t Enough = Bishops

6MWE = Six Million Wasn’t Enough, which means 6MIE = Six Million Isn’t Enough.

6MWE is an academic opinion as far as the law is concerned, but it may hide an active threat of a serial killer.

Proud Boys can’t see anything wrong with 6MWE. They think to say 6MWE is good.

I checked out what Proud Boys say of themselves. How very filthy, disgusting. Anyone belonging to the Proud Boys who was Catholic has taken himself out of the Church.

I’m not virtue signaling here. Catholics who should know better and vaunt themselves as “leaders”, say, some bishops in Texas, seem to have the idea that it’s no good to lobby against procured abortion claiming that “no political issues” can be mentioned in church regardless of also being moral issues belonging to the Ten Commandments, indeed, to natural law (without which there is no moral life). Religion does have something to do with the moral life!Simultaneous to this is what seems to be the opinion of some of them that nuances regarding the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution can be politically lobbied about, as long as what one says politically militates against the 2nd amendment. Because defense of the innocent against mortal aggression already being delivered threats is evil? Have these bishops taken themselves out of the Church?

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Creedmoor 6.5 challenge to priest

In past years, a good friend of mine with over-the-top skill sets in all things operational offered to sharpen my at-the-time non-existent skill sets with my EDC Glock 19. He was in NC the other day and invited me to a special range he frequents for recreational purposes. He’s wanting to introduce me to long-range fun, with man-sized targets a mile or more out, and playing card targets out a thousand yards. He wants me to put few bullets through the center of a Quarter, that is, a U.S. 25¢ coin. That special range of his is many thousands of miles a way, so that will have to wait for just a bit, for some months. Perhaps later this Summer.

That’s a stock photo above, but he has his long-range tool set up exactly the same way. His particular tool uses Creedmoor 6.5.

So, it’s just a coincidence, I know. But that’s the cartridge for the rifle that my “Shadow” wanted me to buy for him. Straw purchasers become instant felons in doing such things, so, no, I won’t be doing that. :-) But it’s weird that my “Shadow” and I always and everywhere in every way have each other’s skill sets, no matter how improbable. Interesting, but this guy has nothing to do with my “Shadow.” If you knew why target practice in such manner even with the likes of yours truly is great recreation for my friend, you would say, stunned into silence… “Oh… wow… so… it’s all good… wonderful… that’s the best… prayers for him…”

Anyway, I’m now on a list. I went down to one of our great gun stores the other day and put my name down on a customer form for some boxes of Creedmoor 6.5. That’ll be months coming in. So, I’ll have to wait for that.

But that timing is great. I’ll be able to study up on all the math I’ve long forgotten with cosines and such for the longer shots. Calculations are constantly changing for wind, humidity, and so on. I’ll have to practice calm breathing with the shot going out on the exhale, with the heart slowed down altogether. I did that once as a kid, but I knew nothing then, as now.

It’ll be an entirely different experience. The Glock factory down in Smyrna, GA, worked on the trigger for quite a while. Usually Glocks are set to 5.5 pounds or so. Some redo theirs to about 3 pounds. This guy has his trigger on his ultra-special tool set for… wait for it… 0.5 pounds. Yikes! Hair-trigger if there ever was one. But when you’re lying down, your breathing is way calm and smooth, your heart hardly beating, your trigger finger can be ever so calm in pulling just that tiny little bit.

Ah… you know… would that it could be – and it can be – that we can have an agility of soul and purity of heart that we can calmly follow the least movements of the Holy Spirit in our souls, ever so prompt and at the ready to commit to what God has in mind for those He takes to Himself, like laying down our lives for the least of the brethren at a moments notice. Yes. That’s what we aim for, so to speak, by instead letting ourselves be led by the Holy Spirit.

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Entire Andrews NC Police Dept suspended w/o pay for not breaking law or policy :-)

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Yours truly just being helpful back in thee day, fetching a cruiser from the mechanics due to unrepeatable logistics and circumstances. Because I was chaplain, I cannot publicly give character references lest I be obliged in court to repeat every great conversation we ever had, however private, personal, religious. But I can comment on the public town meeting.

We’re looking to get the 8th police chief in three years coming up. Get that? You think that’s the fault of the chiefs, of the officers, all of them, so many officers, so many chiefs, in so little time, career LEOs or fresh out of BLET?

There was a town meeting last week at the Firehouse. We found out that our officers not only did not break the law, but that they did not break any policy, at all. In fact, what they are accused of allegedly doing seems entirely reasonable, laudable, indeed, necessary, as a matter of personal, city and county security, and because of that, of state and national security. If what happened to these officers is happening elsewhere, we’re all drowning in deep sewerage. Personally, I think they should get a medal for what they allegedly did, casting a light – with humor :-) – on what seems to me to be dark and dangerous and wide, wide, wide open to abuse. Yep. It’s always best to avoid pre-arranged ambushes of police officers, don’t you think? :-)

I pushed a bit in that town meeting – speaking four times – with the last intervention being four words: “Pay and back-pay.” It worked. Now they have their pay, though they are still suspended. I call them victims, not perps. I do not think they did anything imprudent, or because they lack experience, or whatever. Some of these guys have long time military and law enforcement careers. Instead, I think they allegedly did what they very precisely had to do until investigations about who and why can take place. :-)

If what allegedly happened to them in their police station – taking them by surprise – happened in my house, I would not have the same actually very benign and humorous and entirely laughable response. :-)

I would be very much tempted to do the Keanu Reeves thing if I were outside the city limits and having no neighbors, tempted to… – in less than a second and from the hip – take out multiple non-human non-animal targets. :-)

I have done up a bit of practice and I am happy to report that it has stuck with me. Sorry, just a bit of humor there. Laugh with me. :-)

It would have fictionally gone something like this in that fictional house of mine :-)

Let me say one more thing: :-)

To the liberals out there: Don’t be Red Flagging me for putting up a bit of humor with Mel Gibson. This IS humor. We’re allowed humor, are we not? Oh, I forgot, liberals have no sense of humor, except, say our Vice-President, who hysterically laughs in the face of drug cartels and human trafficking and sexual abuse and murder in kid-cages at the border. I would laugh, instead, at what would be truly humorous, like the the alleged perps of our day going to prison, say Hillary and Bill, say Comey and Rosenstein, say Kerry and Pelosi, say drug cartels and sex traffickers. :-)

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“I AM THE MAJORITY!” 2A must watch. Plus, follow the money.

This video is three years old. The situation is worse today.

The Demoncrats want a gun registry unto gun confiscation, except for those who don’t have any I.D.

Follow the money example:

The Sinaloa Cartel has owned Chicago for decades; it’s their biggest dumping ground for drugs. It cannot but be that they provide kickbacks to the Demoncrat politicos for the favor of ongoing attacks on gun rights so that the only ones left with guns are their scouts and runners and sellers and drug and safe houses.

And why is everyone incapable of following the money? Meanwhile, the “I am the majority!” crowd, like the guy above, is stripped of defense of self and the innocent from unjust violent deadly imminent aggression, even while guns are basically being supplied to the criminals.

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Doubting Thomas Sunday. No right to be cynical. Mary Immaculate saw it all.

“Let’s go to die with Him!” exclaims Thomas, who clearly loved Jesus. But we are weak. That the King of kings, who raised people from the dead, worked great miracles, spoke with authority, no political correctness, would have to fulfil being the Suffering Servant caught Thomas off guard. He ran with the rest of the Apostles, Judas already going to his own place.

Doubt comes upon us when we run after mercy not founded on justice, nice stuff from God without anyone paying the price in God’s justice. It’s like Thomas and the other Apostles say, “Why does this always have to happen to me? This isn’t right? Where’s God in all of this? I’m gone!” We’re such entitled brats, all of us, without exception. “I deserve to be able to sin because, you know, yeah.” Something like that. We’re so tough. But, no. At the very first opportunity we can say that we deserve to be able to sin. I’m too weak anyway, and that has to be God’s fault, not mine. I’m sinless. I’m immaculately conceived. There is no such things as sin, and I don’t need forgiveness.”

And there’s Jesus’ Immaculate Mother, having seen all the sin of all mankind from Adam until the last man is conceived, with purity of heart and agility of soul and clarity of vision – so totally unlike us – not at all blinded to all the hell vomited out on her Son.

If anyone had the right to be cynical – and of course no one does – it would be Mary. No one has ever suffered as has she and she remained entirely faithful to the Lord Jesus, her Son, in solidarity with Him.

How dare we think we have something more to be cynical about than her. We cave. She didn’t. She’s the heroine whose example we strive to follow with the mercy won for us in justice by her Son, He standing in our place, the Innocent for the guilty. She’s the one who intercedes for us that we become members of the Body of Christ.

How dare we offend her by still thinking that we are entitled to steal our souls away from God, away from her, our mother. Cynicism is a sin against God, but it’s also a sin against Immaculate Mary.

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Orthodox Greek Priests announcing Christ has Risen

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Gun confiscation fingerprints? I kind of lost them in a boating accident…

Just the other day the druggies in my neighborhood were readying themselves to do up a home invasion on me, but my fearless neighbor, risking life and limb, chased them away. This happens quite a bit. Andrews, NC is the drug capital for WNC, for East TN, for North Georgia. The crime has transformed and increased to crazy levels. But we don’t have stats because, you know, why should they be sent in to state level anyway? We’re a nice town! But the State is on to us now, so I imagine something might be sent in, maybe for parking tickets or the like. So, speaking of the Second Amendment…

We hear much about HR127 which in effect is tantamount to removing the Second Amendment from the Constitution of these USA. I doubt that will proceed very far. But more recently, an interview with Wuhan Joe was published (now post-inauguration), which presents something even more far reaching in its simplicity. Wuhan Joe wants to confiscate all guns, though providing his personal permission[!] for having a sidearm if there are biometrics involved, so that, for instance, a self-defense tool will not operate unless any involved fingerprints are those of the registered owner of the self-defense tool. This, of course, requires a new purchase on the part of citizens in good standing. Surely there’s no kickbacks to be involved there… Um… Also, technology for framing individuals for crimes by way of fingerprint transfers has been around for decades.

Fingerprints… I’ve submitted to that process by way of black inkings and by way of all sort and manner of glass-plate scanners right through the years right around the world and right across these USA. The fingerprinting events of whatever method have always been frustrating, with whatever law enforcement techs becoming visibly annoyed and even somewhat aggressive with my lack of viable fingerprints. Hunted criminals try to “erase” their fingerprints. No fingerprints = suspicion. The meme question to me is then: “Who are you, anyway?” This blog has sported many accounts of this occurrence which, being so frequent, is humorous.

The last fingerprinting event came about as part of the process of getting permission for second amendment Constitutional rights here in what the Sheriff has declared to be a 2A sanctuary: Cherokee County of North Carolina. The nice officer worked it seemed for an exaggerated amount of time in an attempt to acquire something, anything of recordable data for any would-be fingerprint so as to send these off to the State Bureau of Investigation. “Maybe two or three partials, maybe,” she said after many repeated attempts, exasperated that she had reached the limit of attempts possible in the law. “I’ll send what I have to the SBI, but they will reject this immediately and we will have to go through this multiple times, setting up more appointments on this end and waiting possibly for weeks each time, and then sending it all to them and waiting. This may add months to your request for getting permission. But after many attempts they also will have to accept what is there and send whatever it is off to the FBI. And then we’ll wait again.”

“Permission.”

“No worries,” thought I. “There are other ways of ascertaining who I am, and there will be no problem at all,” thought I, smiling with sardonic contentedness. Indeed, the SBI instantaneously approved me first try – instantaneously – but not because of any viable fingerprints. The nice fingerprinting officer was shocked about this, once again giving me the “Who are you anyway?” look, and offering comments of amazement. It is to laugh.

UPSHOT: I could never fire a gun that wouldn’t fire without immediately viable fingerprints, which wouldn’t work anyway except in perfect laboratory conditions regarding temperature (cold and hot not working), no gloves (which are common when working, and/or when in cold areas, like from Texas to Canada), no sweat (that you otherwise would have even in cold weather when there is an adrenaline pumping situation), no mud, no dirt, no new scrapes since the last fingerprint scan, no blood, and no switching of hands when your own fingers of your strong hand have been shot off (a not super-infrequent occurrence as you draw up with your self-defense tool right in front of you), a bad grip for reason of broken fingers and you shove a trigger finger into the trigger guard all the way to the palm of your hand to get some viable muscle to pull the trigger (no fingerprints there), and so on.

But I don’t have fingerprints to begin with. So, how is this Constitutional? I’m a citizen in good standing, and I’m being infringed. And, yes, I have a many reasons for carrying my now permitted concealed carry tool, also openly carried here in North Carolina and in this 2A sanctuary of Cherokee County.

The joke in these days about any gun confiscation is to say: “Oh! I’m so sorry dearest confiscation officers! I would hand over all my guns but I lost them in a boating accident!” But let’s update that for my situation:

“I lost my fingerprints in a boating accident.”

Go ahead and laugh at my stupidity, as I got what I deserved: While I’ve always had trouble fingerprinting, this intensified when building the hermitage now many years ago. I needed to fill in gaps under the rafters and I used expanding foam. I didn’t read the directions and so didn’t wear gloves. This was like a gorilla glue in the hair experience. My hands had glops of foam all over them. I’ll just wash that off before it dries, thought I. Nope. Rubbing alcohol? Nope. Gasoline? Nope. I finally read the warnings on the spray-can. Uh-oh. I then tried an abrasive pot scrubber. Nope. My heart fell. I entrenched. Steel wool? Yep. After many sessions, many hours each, my hands were entirely raw. It worked, but…

“You see these marks?” asked the nice law enforcement fingerprinting officer, showing me printouts of my non-fingerprints. “The story is embarrassing,” said I, but then I recounted the story above. There was deserved rolling of eyes. I laugh at myself as well.

But should I lose my second amendment under Wuhan Joe just because I didn’t read directions on a spray foam can while going a zillion miles an hour in just getting things done in my construction tasks, even triple tasking? Even someone who makes a mistake with a spray foam can still has second amendment rights, right? Believe me, that mistake will never be made again. We can learn from mistakes. And this wasn’t criminal and there was no criminal intent.

Having said all this, I still have two requests for Diplomatic Security.

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Nazi-hunting trophies, guns, swords: need help for dates, places, ranks…

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The Luger Pistole Parabellum 9mm was made in a number of configurations from 1898 to 1948, and was used throughout the Wehrmacht during both World Wars I and II. It’s symbolic of Nazi Germany. The markings on this particular Lugar pictured above put it at a manufacturing date just in time for World War I. But someone more expert than I will have to look up the serial number pictured further below. This Nazi sidearm was likely used by a young soldier in World War I, who was so attached to it that as he rose through the ranks in now Nazi Germany he added the Swastika.

The gun below was captured from this Nazi monster in Germany in the early 1940s by a young American soldier who passed it along to his son, now himself much older. It’s a trophy which, because it is a trophy, mocks the impotent Third Reich.

Over the decades, advances were made in the mags, which finally allowed a view of remaining ammo.

If anyone has the wherewithal to provide an exact date and location please drop a comment on this post.

Here are some random examples of the same or similar decal work. I’m guessing that the differences regard diversity of branches of the military or intel or perhaps rank:

Meanwhile, to help the story along a bit, there’s another trophy, not certain it’s from the same Nazi guy, but I’m told that that’s the story in recall. It’s a parade sword with rubies for eyes for the lion-hand-guard. Not sure of the other symbolism or what rank one would have to have in order to carry this. If anyone knows something about this, again, please drop a comment on this post. Sorry, but it looks like the Nazi guy from whom this sword was captured was run through with it right up to the hilt; I’m guessing that’s his blood still on the sword after all this time. I asked the owner and he said that such was his guess as well.

I asked the guy if I could put these pictures up on the blog not giving any names or locations, and he readily agreed, as long as I didn’t where or who, lest neo-Nazis kill him him to get it back.

There are a thousand reasons why this affected me deeply enough for me to take these pictures and share them with you. For instance:

  • The other day I ran a bunch more of my ancestors names (newly discovered the other day) on the USHMM site and discovered that these were frequent names related to Nazi “Final Solution” camps. Sigh.
  • Just the other day I also (re)watched a few videos:

I carry all this in my soul…

  • Romans 9:4-5 — They are Israelites; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; theirs the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, is the Messiah. God who is over all be blessed forever. Amen.

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Day Off: Confession. Way too much fun.

In these days of idiot political lockdowns trying to scare good Americans it’s important to get out in nature, do up some wholesome recreation, see friends, go to Confession. Find a way to do these things if you can. Make a concerted effort. Get friends to help you if need be. Friends are always good to be friends with. :-)

The other day brought yours truly all over North Carolina, with a very late start to the day because of black ice in this furthest-west mountainous part of the state. There were four stops to be made. The first was logistic, the second provided a “flower for the Immaculate Conception” (more on that later), the third was for Confession (thank you, Jesus!), the fourth was… (more on that below).

Meanwhile, outside of the “four lane” as the locals call the interstate system, Sassy the Subaru bounced the curves of over 100 miles of extreme mountain roads. The steering wheel often went fully 90゚or 180゚and more in one direction and instantly in the other, back and forth, making the car actually bounce the suspension. Waaay tooo much fun for this priest. Thank you, Jesus!

Back to the fourth stop. I had been invited to use a private range during the last moments of daylight. I was hoping I would be able to do that as I had a new magazine of a type never used in my Glock previously. I really had to put out some rounds out in order to trust its mechanics and to see what would happen to any would-be flip. Because there is no ammo to be had which isn’t four weeks out and four times the price, target practice is pretty much otherwise out of the question. But this was necessary.

Result: I totally couldn’t believe it. I’ve been beating myself up in this time of Wuhan idiocy, thinking that surely I’m not a natural at gunslingery and therefore the fundamentals and the accuracy and speed would have degraded somewhat with little to no practice. But his wasn’t the case at all. Not. At. All.

Single shots from a locked holster 25 feet out were under time and dead-on for the pre-2001 Federal Air Marshal course (and using a much smaller target). I only did a few of these as there was obviously no need to do more. Great! Best I’ve ever shot, especially cold barrel. Single shots and double taps with the new and weird magazine were also dead on. I emptied that magazine as I had to see if the spring would work the whole way though. All good. That put a smile on my face. That kind of experience to be had a myriad wholesome ways is important. Think of some and do them up in what ways you can.

There was no time for pictures. Just time for the Angelus, and then racing the roads. So, the top pic is from years ago, two overlapping Folgers Breakfast Blend plastic tops (depicting a hostage situation). The idea back in the day was to spin around 30 feet out and instantly take the shot, only hitting – ever – the plastic cover in the back representing the head of the perp (to the left in the pic), entirely avoiding the overlapping cover representing the head of the hostage (to the right in the pic). I must have gotten some muscle memory that day. I remember it well, in detail. Something like 450 rounds without missing even once.

The few rounds I put out on the Day Off the other day were a great recreation, getting me out in nature, and the speed and accuracy gave me some confidence. Over confidence would be bad, and there were two traffic events yesterday, right at the start and right at the end, which had me develop some situational awareness, a hoot altogether. I had to laugh out loud at both. More on that… later.

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Made in China 2A flag? No.

“Just testing!” is what a 28-year military intel friend is surely going to exclaim to me when I roll my eyes at him next time I see him, likely tomorrow. He gave me the flag pictured above the other day – all packaged up – and then ran. Can you see any problems here?

  • The subtle reading: “A well regulated [read: infringed upon] 2nd Amendment…” … “shall not be infringed.”

“Father George, you’re exaggerating. It’s just artistic license to lay things out that way. It doesn’t mean that the Kamala Biden proclaimed infringements on the second amendment are not themselves to be infringed. That would be too clever. Come on, man…”

  • There are 14 stars on this flag. There was never even once a flag with fourteen stars. Federally accepted flags jumped in numbers of stars relatively infrequently. The first jump was from 13 to 15 stars.

“Father George, you can’t possibly be thinking that China is subtly pushing for the District of Columbia to become a full state so as to sway what happens with infringement of the 2nd Amendment are you? Come on, man… Just because Chinese Communist Party is continuously complaining that there is a grave problem in these USA until there is full-on gun confiscation doesn’t mean a thing. Do we have to do bring you out back of the gym or do a pushup contest, you dog-faced pony soldier?”

I agree. Surely this is just a mistake of someone who doesn’t know how to run a word processor banner widget thingy. I get it. But I also could never hang this insult to America anywhere. This “flag” will be burned forthwith.

I think I passed the test.

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