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Double Rainbow on Flag Day

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I’ve been needing to replace my American Flag outside the Rectory for a long time now – too long – and Flag Day was my excuse to make the 30 mile round trip to Lowes to get a new flag and flag pole. I mention Lowes because, unlike Walmart, Lowes always has patriotic stuff for a decent price (waaaaaaay lower than Walmart) and allow collections by the military for great causes, USMC’s Toys for Tots for example.

Anyway the ray of sunshine in the picture above (taken yesterday evening on Flag Day) crosses the thin rainbow, and then a second one, much wider but much less visible (both crossing the front of Jenny the Jeep).

Again I think to Joyce Kilmer’s Fighting 69th Rainbow Division and the book Father Gordon wants me to read, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.

Note on Flag etiquette: The American Flag always takes its own right in position, or a higher posting. The flag of the Holy See on the far side signals a controversy, or does it? To whom do I owe primary allegiance? I do recite the American Pledge. Notice that it includes the phrase “under God”. I cite Sir Thomas More: “I am the King’s good servant, but God’s first.” That’s not inconsistent with patriotism and loyalty.

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Delicious Patriotism in my Parish

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Every Sunday, creations such as this, with hot firsts and seconds, are in super-abundance after the 11:00 AM Mass at Holy Redeemer in Andrews, NC. The same is true on the second Sunday of the month after the 8:30 AM Mass at Prince of Peace in Robbinsville up in Graham County.

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I fought for you

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Memorial Day Weekend Best Speech

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Presidential. American. Human.

My feelings exactly.

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Disillusioned guy to me: Do it!

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Disillusioned with corruption. Gonna do something about it.

An old school, super excellent, honorable guy, a John Edger Hoover redivivus (in the good aspects anyway), disillusioned as he is with the shenanigans that have been going on from mid-level on up for quite some time at the bureau, gave me my marching orders. What a patriot he is. He waxed poetic, reminiscing about the old days. We have a common understanding about doing what is right for the common good, no matter the cost. Do it! So, he mentioned how to go about this, given the extraordinary difficulties and those who don’t want this to happen at any cost. His “how to” surprised me greatly. I had been warned to go ahead and do anything but that, anything else, including going to my friend in the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations. But, no, I couldn’t do that. I would end up in the middle of some mountain in Colorado if I did that. But this guy insisted that his way, so surprising to me, was the only way.

  • I asked, “You mean I should talk to that guy?” I protested: “I don’t know him personally, as a friend.”
  • “Pffft!” he said. “No, NOT him. No. Go and see […].” He repeated this twice, really strongly: “NOT him. You are to go and see […].”

My reaction to that, only thought but not said – and I confess this – was “Oh s#!+”. Sorry, but I am a sinner. At any rate, O.K. I’ll see what I can do. This may take some time to arrange.

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Half Mast at Holy Redeemer

We pray for those who died and their families and friends, for more heroes like Aaron Feis, for the conversion of criminals and terrorists.

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Going to war on Armistice-Veterans Day

Of course the highest aspiration of our Veterans is peace. Of course the determination of our Veterans is to support that peace with what it takes: courage, valor, integrity…

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Armistice-Veterans Day: MIA-KIA?

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The surest sign that there is a lack of patriotism in a country is when people jump up to ensure that we make a distinction between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the one being for the dead and the other for the living.

Here’s the deal: the living Vets thoughts and prayers on this Veterans Day go to their brothers who died in battle.

Lest we forget.

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Veterans Day – Reagan’s Speech 1985

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U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, my hero, because you knew it when you signed up for it. Thank you.

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U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), one of four American soldiers killed in Niger, second from left in picture above, knew that he might be killed when he, the “Wheelie King”, signed up for the military in service of these United States.

To Democratic Congresswoman, Rep. Frederica Wilson, such an assertion must be false, as if anyone who would risk his life for his brothers and for his country by signing up for the military must be insanely stupid, as if no one would ever be so generous as to lay down his life for his friends. To Wilson, signing up for the military must simply mean another whatever job with no particular risk ever.

But to lay down one’s life for one’s friends by signing up for the military while knowing the risks – and he surely did – is not stupid; it is generous. But to say it is stupid to that soldiers’ loved ones is to attempt to skew their understanding of the heroic nature of signing up for the military in the first place is it not? This would be a viciously insensitive manipulation on the part of the Congresswoman for private political gain. In my opinion, this is a disservice to his loved ones. Horrific, really. It betrays, it seems to me, a spirit of disrespect for America and for Americans by the Congresswoman. What a shame.

I sincerely hope that his family is able to step back from this controversy in times to come and see the heroic nature of his signing up to the military in the first place.

As a priest, if I were to have the great privilege of being a martyr for Jesus, laying down my life for my friends with the love and truth and goodness and kindness of Jesus, witnessing to His love and truth and goodness and kindness to the end, however politically incorrect in a fallen society, I would love it if Jesus were to present me to our dear Heavenly Father saying of me that I knew what I signed up for. Indeed, I signed up for the love and truth and goodness and kindness of Jesus, and that, my friends, is politically incorrect, enough so that Jesus Himself said, “As the Master, so the disciple.”

Just to say it, when Jesus was obedient to His Father, He also knew what He signed up for, and I thank Him for his generosity. And just to say it, Mary, Jesus’ Mother, knew what she signed up for as well, and I thank her for her generosity as well:

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If Trump didn’t say the words about him knowing what he signed up for, he should have, as it speaks to the ultimate generosity.

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Governing governments by extortion: when alphabet soup becomes the mafia. Revisiting death in the Holy See

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Remember Miriam Woldu of Eritrea (34), “Front of House” receptionist at the Pope’s residence of Santa Marta? She was assassinated with her baby in her womb. Intense culpable homicide investigations began after the autopsy and examination of her medical supplies. After. It’s the mercenary guy in my opinion. The deaths were a shot over the bow. Some people said she was simply stupid. But you don’t get an Intelligence job as “Front of House” for the leader of 1.3 billion people by being incompetent. I think she was the best in the world at the can’t ever forget a face thing. At any rate, at the time, the Holy See was under enormous pressure not to influence the Italian referendum on “gay marriage”, so much so that many of the Cardinals, apoplectic, publicly, really almost shrieking, exclaimed that they weren’t saying anything whatsoever about anything whatsoever during the referendum. Sometimes it isn’t about not doing anything evil; it’s about not doing anything good. And sometimes some governments think that neglect needs to be encouraged with extortion.

Thinking of some other things taking place, or not, along the Tiber and along the Potomac, I went to get some advice yesterday with an alphabet soup friend. “Just ten minutes,” I said. “Sure, c’mon over,” he said. That turned into four hours, as always. The result was simply the statement of ultimatums. It comes down to the typical mafia-esque extortion, the shot over the bow kind of thing.

Two questions:

  • On the one hand, the question would be this: if I was being extorted by someone who was holding a friend’s life in the balance in front of me, would I still do the right thing, you know, for God and country and all that?
  • On the other hand, the question would be this: if a friend was being extorted by someone holding my own life in the balance in front of my friend, would I still encourage my friend to do the right thing, whatever about me, you know, for God and country and all that?

Two answers:

  • I would hope that no one would expect me to sin gravely even by neglect just so they could get a bit more time on this earth as opposed to going to heaven.
  • I would hope that no one would gravely sin even by neglect just so that I could get a bit more time on this earth as opposed to going to heaven.

I should hope that no one can be bought, replacing God’s love within us with empty mind games of moralizing self-congratulation, you know, “sophistication” and “doing what you have to do”. God’s love and truth is stronger than death and is our treasure and is irreplaceable.

Jesus’ heart could not be extorted, and so a sword pierced that heart in His tortured, crucified body. But God’s love and truth is stronger than death, and He has led the way. He is the way. I should hope we all say that we cannot be extorted.

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Trump, Tillerson, Pompeo, Sessions vs the self-serving swampish underlings: “Gray Area” – right or wrong or clever?

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“If you see something, say something.” If a tree falls in a forest with no one around to hear it, does it make a noise?

The bear that screams as it is crushed to death can’t even hear itself as it dies. Is that what the tree wants in falling? Sorry to be so cryptic (except to a few), so cynical (no choice on my part at this point). The country is not being served by the unpatriotic swamp who put peoples’ lives at risk.

“If you see something, say something.” If a tree falls in a forest with no one around to hear it, does it make a noise?

Today may be an interesting day.

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Listen up NFL! Vietnam War Memorial Moving Wall moved us to tears. You?

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I went over to one of my “shut-ins”, “Mr Win”, to see if he was up to taking a wheel chair ride at the memorial today. Couldn’t do it. So I said I would go to the Wall for him and take back a stencil of the name of a friend of his, Arthur J Elliot II. One of the guides there gave me this medallion for him. That already about set him to tears, as did the stencil…

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Elliot was a Lieutenant Commander, a Navy Seal, who was in charge of setting up ultra-temporary tactical forward operating bases. Mr Win (finally a Full Bird as they are called) was in charge of logistics. The commander of the entire war effort in Vietnam was having a meeting with Elliot and Win. “Can you supply what’s needed?” he asked. “Yes,” said Win. Later, Win went down to the docks at their base in the Mekong Delta, asking the whereabouts of Elliot. “He no longer exists,” he was told. “What do you mean he no longer exists?” asked Win. “He took a B-40 right to the chest. Nothing left, sir.” A B-40 is a rocket propelled grenade (RPG).

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The guy got his heart ripped out.

And the NFL can’t put their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem…

The mobile wall is called the Moving Wall for a reason. You can’t but weep.

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I was shown the following picture which I later in the morning showed to Mr Win. He said that this was an absolutely typical scene of a Catholic Mass being said immediately after the guys would come back in from combat:

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The priest pictured, Father Kevin Devine, is still alive as far as we know. It’s Father Kevin who supplied my guide at the Wall with this letter of a young man to his parents, written just before he was killed in combat. I read this to Mr Win and, of course, we both got choked up. It’s as if he wrote it today in the midst of the NFL protests:

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Please share this! Honestly!

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The scene at the church

Last night I had a few errands to run at the parish after the last events for the retreat were over for the day. You’ll notice the flag at half mast because of Vegas. This is patriotism, which, btw, is a virtue. I had requested that lowering from the retreat and the parishioners were so eager to carry it out. Our most unpatriotic parishioner can recite all verses of Taps.

Someone set up Laudie-dog with a new doggie house complete with wind flaps for the door, transparent of course. Very nice. More on that when I’m back from the retreat.

Meanwhile, someone’s been working on the creek bank. I didn’t see it at night but was told about it. Could be nefarious or really good. I’m thinking someone was good and kind. People are awesome.

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“The Guy” sent this: Catholic Patriotic Faith in the Public Square

Perhaps someone knows who “The Guy” is. He’s someone whose example I strive to follow.

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National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner – Meaning of “hireling and slave”

This is put up again because misunderstanding of the National Anthem is reported almost daily until today. Fake news continues. Let’s do some analysis.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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The lyrics were written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key about the Battle of Baltimore fought against the Brits’ Royal Navy in 1812. The Brits just wouldn’t let it go, and had to engage again, and so lost again, almost thirty years after the end of the Revolutionary War. The Royal Navy would enlist mercenaries, the “hirelings” mentioned in the third verse, and enslave Prisoners of War to fight for them as well, the “slaves” mentioned in the third verse.

Why do I insist on this having nothing whatsoever even remotely to do with black African slaves when Key himself was a slave owner who lived long before the American Civil War? Because of the purpose of the song and what it is describing, that is, a particular night of battle in the harbor of Baltimore against the Royal Navy in which hirelings and slaves were employed in the battle by the Royal Navy, surely other Brits or POW American military.

Even if a tiny percentage of these hirelings and slaves happened to be black Africans, possibly most recently from the United States, the mentions of those hirelings and slaves wouldn’t refer to any previous status of slavery, but only to the slavery imposed by the Royal Navy on any POWs. To win this battle in Baltimore, there would be no interest in going to, say, Mississippi, and killing hirelings and slaves. To hold that to be the meaning of the words is simply ridiculous.

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9-11-2001? Not the past. Those first responders still lay down their lives

You’re a day late Father George. The anniversary was yesterday…

Here’s the deal: The cases of those those still dying from the toxic dust they ran into isn’t expected to peak until 2041. This wasn’t a one day event. The aggression of terrorists is ongoing. Today. Tomorrow. So many dead. So many dying. Still. So many families stricken. Today.

I hear a lot of conspiracy theories about 9-11. I’ve been in quite a few terrorist incidents and have met quite a few terrorists who’ve taken very many peoples lives. I don’t care much about conspiracy theories. People are dead, and people are dying. It needs to stop. Period. If terrorists got help, the helpers are terrorists, whoever they are, wherever they come from, whatever their work happens to be. For me, it isn’t a matter of many different groups conspiring together. Instead, they are all one, terrorists who share but one outlook, one hatred, one arrogance. Anyone shocked by this or that person or office or bureau or institute or company or group or whatever being involved in terrorism is naive as the day is long also about their own weakness and idiocy.

The response is to be sharing the greatest love of our lives, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace, who holds out that bond of love to us from the Cross when all hell broke out on Calvary. Who is it who was presented with terror more than anyone? Jesus, along with His blessed Mother. They saw clearly all the worst of every last person ever conceived or to be conceived, including ourselves, right there on Calvary. What was their response? Goodness, kindness, forgiveness, peace.

Of course, forgiveness might not be received. That’s on the terrorists. It’s pouring burning coals on their heads. Staying with goodness and kindness and forgiveness and peace is the Way to go. Also, securing peace with the military and our special operators and all of our public safety personnel is not contrary to this goodness and kindness and forgiveness and peace. It’s all part and parcel. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.

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Sovereign Citizens Oxymorons: Descartes’ last sad joke on the world

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If your very person is sovereign to yourself so that you are otherwise without territory, you are nevertheless subject to the laws of the place where you happen to be, right? Can you be a citizen (=a city’s denizen) if you are one person without a city or a city state or state for that matter? Oh I forgot. Sovereign Citizens are not persons, as that’s a “contract word”, so they are just human beings…

Can Sovereign Citizens, whatever they are, rape and pillage and murder, and break the speed limit while under the influence for that matter because they say that local laws don’t apply to them?

What an irony that in claiming to have an ultimate standard of identity in just themselves as cut off from God and man, they have no identity at all.

Sovereign Citizens are the final sad joke of Descartes’ “Cogito ergo sum” — (I think therefore I am). All alone, relative only to themselves, nothing, vacuous, empty…

But then there’s the acting out on the frustration of having no identity. I’m not talking about an identity of belonging to this or that country, but the problem of one not having an identity of who one is before God and, therefore, who one is before man. Not even knowing that this is the problem leads to extreme writhing frustration and weird guesses as to why one is the way one is, like not belonging to whatever State. This is a recipe for resentment of laws and, because one is a law unto oneself, makes one more likely to be a violent anarchistic and terrorist than any others. I would also think that these would be likely candidates, ironically, to be violent Marxists, making the violence of dialectical materialism without borders into one’s identity. One can attempt to find one’s identity by identifying with others who have no identity. The energy of rationalization of one’s state becomes the driving force of every aspect of one’s life.

A priest friend often asked me over the years why it is that communists have such ferocious energy to dedicate to their cause of nothingness that is nowhere, the old ploy of the utopia carrot on a stick that is tied to one’s own back so that one can never reach it.

Well, it’s this, the total lack of identity. The lack of identity is too painful not to act upon.

 

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