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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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Thoughts during July 4 fireworks for a military brat of ten-year USMC fighter-attack pilot: Checkerboarders

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The local volunteer firefighters again invited me to do the blessing for their safety just before heading off into the field to light up the darkness. We thank the Lord, Saint Michael and Angel Guardians that it all went well.

Meanwhile the families of the firefighters and firefighters in training and EMTs and police and police in training were at the minimum distance away. There was gunpowder bits and firework rubbish falling on us, and the occasional bit of still fiery firework would fall in the grass right in front of us (but not on or behind us).

Meanwhile my dad, George Byers, Jr., getting shot down in North Korea while Squadron leader for the Corsair Checkerboarders, came to mind. Having anti-aircraft fire (DShKM) take out your engine, covering your windows with engine oil isn’t a great experience. He did survive, of course (I’m here!). He crashed it on a beach in between the cliffs jutting out into the ocean. I once did the google earth thing and I think I found just where it happened. He said a ground force of his own USMCs came and picked him up. But I’m sure that that kind of thing stays with you, a bit of PTSD. It happens. Nothing you can do about it. PTSD doesn’t say you’re weak. It says that you’ve been willing to lay your life down in service of your fellow man, which also includes the North Koreans. I mean, he wrote poetry about the peasants in their rice fields, flying just over their heads on the way to take out a munitions train or rail bridge used for military purposes. He had the utmost respect for these people, and his being of service for them would make him write diary entries of his own dreams for political life in these USA. The USMC at Andrews in Washington would put him through Georgetown law school to start him on his way while he continued training the guys how to fly.

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Not my dad’s plane, but this is what he said it looked like, what with the prop becoming like a food-mixer beater. Lt. Joe Bibby, the pilot of this plane, also survived.

Meanwhile I am reminded of John Adams’ words about illuminations (=fireworks, which were invented, by the way, in the 7th Century AD):

[This day] of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Meanwhile we thank our military for protecting the Constitution of these USA and the free exercise of religion which we enjoy. The solemn acts of devotion include public acts of prayer, including, of course, Holy Mass, when the Word of the Father became incarnate and we saw the glory of God, the light shining in the darkness. The “illuminations” recall not only the violence of the battle on the ground or in the sky, but also the illumination, if you will, of the glory of God who, Incarnate, dies on the Cross for us in the most ferocious battle of the most ferocious war. All that went into the prayer just before the “illuminations” began. A wonderful, memorable evening. I just love being a priest.

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Stalking a Vietnam Vet with repeated complex desecration of his USA Flag

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One of our elderly Vietnam Vets in my parish territory (up in otherwise ultra-conservative Graham County) has been subjected to multiple nightly attacks on his American Flag. In the morning he finds that it’s been damaged, turned upside down, rehoisted, but with the ropes tightly knotted so that he has to cut it down. He now stays up at night, waiting to catch the perp, who, apparently, watches the watch, and so hasn’t yet been caught.

This isn’t just a prank. This is well thought out in advance and is insisted upon; it’s ideological. There’s a difference between once-off insulting of the flag by way of emotion on the one hand, and stalking people on the other hand. And it seems to me that this is stalking. This is meant to de-spirit this particular Veteran. Stalking is a crime. This perp needs to be put in prison.

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I thank you today, President Reagan, Sir

Make the analogy with this ecclesia militans, with each united to the One Warrior, Mary’s Divine Son, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace. Go to Confession. Go to Communion. The Church must win this war. Fight as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on you alone because you are one with the One Warrior. Act in His goodness, His kindness, His Truth. And be close, very close, to your guardian angel, who sees the face of the Most High, the Living God.

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How can you be Patriotic? I’ll just say it: It’s a matter of love.

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Lots of people give lots of statistics to put America down. They say that America is…

  • First in incarceration. That’s true, far and away. But, of course, lots of countries just kill everyone they don’t like and so have few prisoners. We have the death penalty, but nothing like most communist countries who kill political enemies just to do it. But, yes, our judiciary-incarceration system has totally broken down. Totally. We really do have the worst system in the world for judging people. The guilty get plea deals. Some of the innocent who wont take a plea deal are incarcerated for life.
  • 14th in education. This is a stupid statistic as the matter has to be broken down in subject matter and per capita. Thus, the rank in math, physics, chemistry, geography, history… Yet, I would say these USA are very low on the education scale generally, just from my experience right around the world. We’ve been dumbed down on purpose. But at least some of us know this and try to do something about it. That’s something. If we are 14th in education it’s because politicians didn’t like us being smart (because we were the first in the world). We can be first. We will strive to be first again.
  • 19th in satisfaction. This is another stupid statistic. China, Vietnam, Bangladesh et alii come in right at or near the top because of the people being scared to give any other answer. I mean, satisfied with what? Moreover, it’s a semantic question. Most Americans who totally love America would say that they are unsatisfied precisely because part of patriotism is not to rest on one’s laurels but to strive to be better all the time and in every way not only for oneself but for the common good. Albania thought they had the best military and best economy in the world, until they found out the truth that they were the last in the world on both counts.
  • 44th in health care efficiency. Thanks to ObamanationCare, this is probably too optimistic. Obama killed our health care. But that has nothing to do with patriotism. We will strive to be the best once again.
  • 145th in slavery, meaning pretty much no slaves. There are lots of sweat shops. Heck, there was even one here in Andrews. Lots of migrant workers, legal or not, are treated like slaves. I’ve seen it. Probably also not included in this statistic is that America has lots of prostitutes pimped out, especially teenagers, who are enslaved, and who die in enslavement usually in a couple of weeks. Moreover, if we count junkies who sell drugs under threat of death, the numbers of slaves jumps astronomically. That would be quite a percentage of the population here. We could say that the unborn are slaves of PP, and are put to death for economic advantage.
  • We can add more… Are we first in the world for opioid abuse? Probably. That comes with the gimme-nation-obama-nation-entitlement-nation. Selfish. But that’s not the definition of our country nor Patriotism.
  • Is Comey politicizing the enforcement of the law? Maybe. That would be a partial definition of the end of a nation, but this isn’t the definition of America nor of Patriotism.

And so it goes. Some truth to the criticisms. Lots of lies. Mixed in with the lies, I’ve noticed, are attacks on religion. Thus, there are rankings for stupidity based on whether people believe in angels. America ranks very high on the list, but that’s good. Those who go out of their way to say that “people who believe in angels are morons” are blasphemers of Jesus, who spoke of those pure spirits who see the face of God in heaven, and also  see us. Jesus also did exorcisms over against fallen angels. Those who deny this effectively say that Jesus was a fool to be damned by God if God even exists. I would not want to be damning Jesus at the last judgment when He shows us the wounds which demonstrate how much He loves us, having taken on the whole onslaught of hell so as to stand in our place for the sins we ourselves committed so that He would have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us.

Here’s the deal: Patriotism, by definition, is about wanting what is best for one’s fatherland. We can want what is best no matter what the present conditions are. Those who say that patriotism is foolish hate themselves and their neighbor and the way God made us, that is, as spirits with bodies that necessarily have to be in the here and now in whatever nation, whatever fatherland. Are there elements which need to be fixed? Yes. Is it Patriotic to recognize that and go about fixing whatever? Yes. To be content with what needs fixing is to be selfish, un-Patriotic.

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CIA Memorial Wall. Paying respect to the fallen. It’s a debt of honor. Bucket list.

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The CIA Memorial Wall is now a priority. A must visit.

CIA MEMORIAL LANGLEY

I always knew I was indebted to the CIA not only as a citizen of these United States, but in particular, having recently found out more about my life with The Company.

It was confirmed for me just now that a new friend of mine of a couple of months ago is CIA. He knows everything about my “case,” offering present day advice.

Another longtime CIA friend confirmed that one guy working for the State Department who has been protecting me since at least the early-mid 1980s is, in fact, today, a Station Chief for the CIA. He said that when I told him what and where his present cover is directly under the POTUS. He knew the story. Trump will fire him forthwith, of course, in a matter of hours as of this writing, but – nothing being as it seems – that firing will actually only free him up to go up higher in the directorship of the CIA. I don’t doubt that he even takes over the job of the guy taking care of my “case” at Main State of the Dept. of State, using that as his cover, three down from the POTUS, but doing what he does best in coordination of the executive branch with the judiciary and the military for on the ground ops. But, that’s not a prediction. I don’t know. Anyway, I need to have a chat with him about a present situation. But I have to wait to see where he ends up in the next few days.

As always, the more I find out about myself, the more I don’t know, the more questions there are that arise. Fine. I can work with that. All these guys are the best of the best, exemplary in their integrity, who have earned profound respect. In getting to know them, I get to know America and, in a round-about-way, myself, being a patriot and all.

Some have died in the line of duty. The debt of honor in paying respect to them is not to say that they are great so much as to strive to follow their example. Nothing Kryptos about that at all. Thanks to you all.

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The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten. Lest we forget…

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“Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays.”(W)

usmc2The above was seen on the back of the jacket of one of my parishioners, a veteran of the USAF. He and his wife took me out to lunch at The Hub in Robbinsville after the Noon Mass at Prince of Peace mission church in Graham County. These are always good times. Meanwhile, the owner of The Hub, another Vet, this time on the Avionics side of the USMC was wearing the T-Shirt you see here, the dress blues with a memorial flag for Vets of the past.

Here in America we’ve been doing a terrible job at taking care of our Vets, particularly those who have been injured in whatever way. It’s as if we’ve been punishing them for somehow insulting these United States for having the integrity and humility and fortitude to serve us all at great cost to themselves.

Do you remember the list of potential, that is, already suspected domestic terrorists came out under the present administration (2016), which included Christians and those who respect life? Do you remember that all Veterans, because of being Veterans, were also included on that list? We have hope that this will change. Can we do it? Yes we can!

Recommendations:

  • Get rid of all the anti-American brass in the military that were put in place by the present Administration.
  • Dishonorably discharge high ranking military chaplains who were pawns of the present Administration, who persecuted lower ranking chaplains for exercising their constitutional right to free exercise of religion when they could do this according to circumstance, and then ensure that our military chaplains are provided what they need to bring good morale, good religion, to our men and women serving these USA.
  • Get rid of all non-military administration, staff, doctors, everyone in the Veterans Administration health care system, all of them, and replace them with military Vets who have seen action or been in theater, those who actually care about our Vets.
  • Imprison those in the V.A. who went out of their way to ensure that Vets did not get the care they needed these past years.
  • Beef up our Military with good training and state of the art tools.

Meanwhile…

Yesterday, November 10, was the birthday of the USMC, to whom I’m partial since my dad flew fighter-attack (Corsairs) from 1943-1953 in Guam, Philippines, Japan, China and Korea as commander of the Checkerboarders. It just happens that the owner of The Hub offered his skills in Avionics for the USMC Checkerboarders at Beaufort, SC, for years. This tapestry of the units hangs in The Hub, with my dad’s unit, VMFA-312, being the second one down on the left:

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That big white space could be filled, in my opinion, with a Checkerboard Corsair. After all, MCAS Beaufort is the original home of the Checkerboarders.

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That’s my dad with his back to you at the inside corner of the uplifted gull-wing.

Those who are boo-hoo-ing about the election results need to spend some time in the military serving their country. They are Way Too Soft.

 

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God Bless America, Land That I Love! USA USA USA USA USA USA USA

Thank you, dear Lord.

Let’s make America great again for love of God and love of neighbor.

We have the opportunity. Let’s use it.

Sometimes an education is timely. Listen right to the very end. A prophet…

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National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner – Meaning of “hireling and slave” – Singing along with Whitney Houston!

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. Why? It’s ridiculous.

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