Gazillionaire Bernie wanting everyone waiting in line for a crumb of bread – a good thing in his own words – getting burned by USA. Sorry, but I laughed out loud. A lot.
Gazillionaire Bernie wanting everyone waiting in line for a crumb of bread – a good thing in his own words – getting burned by USA. Sorry, but I laughed out loud. A lot.
Let’s make an analogy with priests. If priests are accused, it is the very accusation which is the proof. That’s it. Settlement made. Throat slit. Money paid out.
Let’s turn that around again. I wonder who’s been on the take in the FBI, getting paid by other backers of chaos, like, say, perhaps, George Soros. Follow the money.
At any rate, it seems that Mueller didn’t write the report. It really seems he’s starting to suffer from Dementia and/or Alzheimers. I see it quite a bit. It was the way the face contorted. On a human level, I felt sorry for him.
Having said that, the principle that “one is innocent until proven guilty” must be upheld. There is no one who can prove their innocence, and even if they could, there will be no one to listen, for the one who listens has already decided for guilt for having already accepted the impossible burden for the defendant of proving his innocence. For instance, when it was objected that a defendant already proved his innocence by having been born after the alleged crime is said to have occurred, the judge said that that is irrelevant. Get it?
There are those in the FBI who may well have committed treason. One has to take a close look also at Brennan and Clapper. Just. Wow.
Dems Debate Version One was all about ideology over against individual persons. Representative was the ever mindlessly recited sound bite of damning of thoughts and damning prayers which are held to be necessarily exclusive of actions. A straw man. Who does that? Thus, this is war cry against God and neighbor just to do it.
Thoughts: In other words, you are traumatized in solidarity with your neighbor who is suffering and you are taking that hurt into your own heart, carrying that, being burdened with that in all solidarity in a very personal way so as all the better to fill that need as if it were your own need, the old “love your neighbor as yourself” golden rule and commandment of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the very definition of mercy. Is mercy evil. The Dems damn mercy and God and neighbor.
Prayers: We are all creatures of our Creator. Shouldn’t we, as weak creatures, turn to our Creator as expected by the very act of the creation of persons of free will? Yes, we should. Yes, we must.
Thus: The very act of love of God is simultaneous to the very act of love of neighbor, and that act of love of neighbor demands doing what we can for our neighbor in need. What’s the problem with that? That helps society by definition. That fills the need by definition. Why be against that for all these past years? The answer is only that this is arrogant and total hatred of both God and neighbor.
Challenge: I would like to see all those who condemn solidarity and prayer join up with volunteer fire departments, join up with law enforcement, with EMS, with the soup kitchen… Those most vocal in condemnations of thoughts and prayers, in my experience right around the world, are all about ideology, not about action. Oh, the irony. This was first starkly pushed in my face by an ideologue in Nicaragua. Meeting with him in a Marxist book store/coffee shop was a prerequisite to bringing medicine to clinics. And then the clinics were taken over by the Marxists anyway. That’s how it works when condemning solidarity and prayer.
The Dems want to get rid of the Hyde Amendment; the Dems want to force all Americans, despite moral and religious beliefs, to buy the services of Planned Parenthood across the United States even if they don’t want to do that. Isn’t that a violation of the commerce clause?
Pretty much 100% of Democrats want to rip children to death in the womb up to birth and rip children to death during birth and rip children to death after birth discussing how many years old the “tissue” has to be before it’s called a human being with rights.
To vote for Dems is to vote for Satan. Dems voted any mention of God out. They can’t tolerate the God of Life: “god-damn God” they shriek. I’ve always been told by the pro-aborts all around that they worship a different god. Yep. That would be right. It’s not about “women’s rights.” It’s about arrogant demonic power.
But the True God was in the womb. He will be fierce with those who destroy life in the womb. The painting above depicts Mary moments after the miraculous conception of Jesus (in yellow) greeting Elizabeth (in red, now six months with John the Baptist).
If any POTUS did all the things Trump did on just this one day – the things Trump mentioned during his speech during the ceremonies for the National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019 – that POTUS would do more for the Church than all others put together. But Trump does this kind of thing frequently.
It’s all spectacular, but for the conscience rights items, start at minute 16:55″ and go to minute 21:25″. Absolutely stunning.
These have been fights we have been having for decades and Trump has won them all for us in one day.
Some of our ecclesiastical leaders would do well to say something like that:
Bishops and priests: “We don’t worship bishops and priests. We worship God.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., says that Jesus, Son of Jesse of the House of David, Jew of Jews, is not a Jew, the very Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
That’s like saying Ilhan Omar doesn’t cover for terrorists, you know, some people who did something.
Just my opinion, but I think Jews should stop voting for democrats. No, really.
Obama and Hillary in the last day or two have condemned Catholics as being worshippers of an ideological doctrine – not saying that we are Catholics celebrating the Resurrection from the dead of the Divine Son of God, our Redeemer and Savior, the very Author of Creation and life – but saying that we are Easter worshippers, kind of like those who worship the rising sun of the solar system, you know, idiot pagans, who just make up whatever they want and worship their idea. This was their comment about those who lost their lives in Sri Lanka Islamicist terrorism, which they also didn’t call Islamicist terrorism. It’s more like, you know, “someone did something.”
So, this flower is given to the Immaculate Conception, Jesus’ good mom, who was celebrating her Son being risen from the dead, triumphant. It’s personal, not ideological.
And when a wretch like me gives her a flower created by her own Son, if must give her some joy, because this is what her own Son brought about. For you, Mary… Hail Mary…
Yes, well, I was in Nicaragua as well. I saw the window in front of which people would line up in Managua. But nothing as nice as all that. The idea wasn’t to give bread to hungry people. They already had bread in the previous political system. The idea was to aggravate, you know, “The People”, so that they would take up arms and kill each other just to do it as a way to get to utopia more quickly, with everyone all equal, all dead.
You didn’t just stand in front of a window and get your bread. No. You bake for sixteen hours in the sun beating down on you in a HOT parking lot, the entire parking lot dedicated to the bread line, and then you finally get to the window and are told that you are not there at the proper time and so please come back again another day.
That’s what Bernie “Burn in the sun” Sanders wants for everyone, so that they do the Marxist thing and kill each other. Yep.
Pelosi saying that the State of the Union address should be put off because there is no security (that’s a lie, by the way), speaks to her desire, I guess, for a wall around D.C., or is it a fence, or slats, or a barrier, or a force-field, or more drones, or entitlement to nice thoughts?
I’ll loan Laudie-dog to the Secret Service for the evening. She’s a decent attack dog should any ne’er-do-wells show up to take over the District. Sorry to wake you up, Laudie-dog…
Avoiding the chaos on Super Tuesday, I went down to the election commission at the courthouse annex in Murphy, NC, and voted early. Fortunately, this is not one of the counties in North Carolina which has trouble in sending out ballots to active Military personnel and citizens overseas; their votes count. I made sure to ask if these early votes here in the county are counted, as it were, instead of just being thrown into the box for use only upon court adjudication after a contested election. They’re counted in an ongoing fashion, I was told, so that they are the first votes in a continuum. Great!
I think voting is important, so I put up the “I Voted Today!” red-white-and-blue sticker given the election commission to those who vote just after voting on the back window of Sassy the Subaru. Just because the sticker has a USA flag motif doesn’t make this a partisan move on the part of the election commission. And although I am an official representative on a local level of a mainstream church, and retain the right to express my private political opinions in the public square, I don’t have anything partisan displayed anywhere, not on my person, not on my vehicle, not at the rectory, well, unless the USA flag, the Vatican flag at the rectory, and some USMC pride on Sassy the Subaru are partisan. They shouldn’t be.
You can’t be too patriotic. Either you’re patriotic or you’re not. It’s a virtue. “For God and Country” – Pro Deo et Patria, or, as my license plate reads: [4G0D4ALL]. If you’re exaggerated either way (and you can be, either way) it’s no longer about the family of one’s fatherland, so to speak, respecting others, helping others, but instead it’s all just about yourself at the cost of others, at the cost of one’s patria, one’s fatherland. Thus, we have a suspect bomber guy, now assisting with interrogations, as it should be.
Ironically, the best way to be a good citizen of one’s patria, fatherland, here on earth is to know that we are all in exile upon this earth, away as we are from our heavenly homeland, where Jesus will bring us face to face with our dearest Heavenly Father.
We call to mind something written waaaay back in the day, some say the first century, some say later, the letter to Diognetus (here with chapters 5 and 6):
CHAPTER 5 — 5:1 For Christians are not distinguished from the rest of mankind either in locality or in speech or in customs. 5:2 For they dwell not somewhere in cities of their own, neither do they use some different language, nor practise an extraordinary kind of life. 5:3 Nor again do they possess any invention discovered by any intelligence or study of ingenious men, nor are they masters of any human dogma as some are. 5:4 But while they dwell in cities of Greeks and barbarians as the lot of each is cast, and follow the native customs in dress and food and the other arrangements of life, yet the constitution of their own citizenship, which they set forth, is marvellous, and confessedly contradicts expectation. 5:5 They dwell in their own countries, but only as sojourners; they bear their share in all things as citizens, and they endure all hardships as strangers. Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and every fatherland is foreign. 5:6 They marry like all other men and they beget children; but they do not cast away their offspring. 5:7 They have their meals in common, but not their wives. 5:8 They find themselves in the flesh, and yet they live not after the flesh. 5:9 Their existence is on earth, but their
citizenship is in heaven. 5:10 They obey the established laws, and they surpass the laws in their own lives. 5:11 They love all men, and they are persecuted by all. 5:12 They are ignored, and yet they are condemned. They are put to death, and yet they are endued with life. 5:13 They are in beggary, and yet they make many rich. They are in want of all things, and yet they abound in all things. 5:14 They are dishonoured, and yet they are glorified in their dishonour. They are evil spoken of, and yet they are vindicated. 5:15 They are reviled, and they bless; they are insulted, and they respect. 5:16 Doing good they are punished as evil-doers; being punished they rejoice, as if they were thereby quickened by life. 5:17 War is waged against them as aliens by the Jews, and persecution is carried on against them by the Greeks, and yet those that hate them cannot tell the reason of their hostility.
CHAPTER 6 — 6:1 In a word, what the soul is in a body, this the Christians are in the world. 6:2 The soul is spread through all the members of the body, and Christians through the divers cities of the world. 6:3 The soul hath its abode in the body, and yet it is not of the body. So Christians have their abode in the world, and yet they are not of the world. 6:4 The soul which is invisible is guarded in the body which is visible: so Christians are recognised as being in the world, and yet their religion remaineth
invisible. 6:5 The flesh hateth the soul and wageth war with it, though it receiveth no wrong, because it is forbidden to indulge in pleasures; so the world hateth Christians, though it receiveth no wrong from them, because they set themselves against its pleasures. 6:6 The soul loveth the flesh which hateth it, and the members: so Christians love those that hate them. 6:7 The soul is enclosed in the body, and yet itself holdeth the body together; so Christians are kept in the world as in a prison-house, and yet they themselves hold the world together. 6:8 The soul though itself immortal dwelleth in a mortal tabernacle; so Christians sojourn amidst perishable things, while they look for the imperishability which is in the heavens. 6:9 The soul when hardly treated in the matter of meats and drinks is improved; and so Christians when punished increase more and more daily. 6:10 So great is the office for which God hathappointed them, and which it is not lawful for them to decline.
Alec Baldwin, who ever so ironically played Tom Clancy’s character Jack Ryan in Hunt for Red October, is a seditionist, calling for the overthrow of the duly elected POTUS of these United States, thus insulting half the voting population and, whether he likes it or not as he sides with Maxine Waters, is setting up violent situations against law enforcement, against politicians, against citizens in good standing. Alec says such things amidst ricin attacks on politicians and military leaders, amidst politicians getting physically attacked and sent to the hospital, amidst attacks on civilians. Just to say, “overthrow” is not ever consonant with “peaceful” and “lawful.” No.
I was cheering at the justifiable emotion of Senator Lindsey Graham:
The absolute best round of questioning came from Republican John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana, very short, very sweet. This was the very last closing session of questioning:
So, let’s see, I’m guessing that within the next six years, we might well see the resignation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After all, she’s going on 86 right now. Trying to hang on would put her well into her 90s. Her placement would, of course, be another woman, right? I’m thinking of Amy Coney Barrett. Aren’t you?
As you can tell, I’m still in celebration mode. I’m a Catholic priest. But even if you’re an “atheist” but also a promoter of natural law, you should also be in celebration mode. You are, aren’t you?
Having gone through so much, so very much, for me there is only one question remaining for which I demand an answer, and it is urgent, and I want verification. My end of the world question is this, and I will put money up for whatever the answer is:
“What is the favorite beer of *Justice* Kavanaugh?”
I would like to offer him the all time favorite toast of my own father:’
“May the most that you wish for be the least that you get.”
If you’ve had more than one beer, you might have to think about that, but that’s what makes it a great toast.
John Kerry, ex-Secretary of State, actively undermining U.S. Policy, was in Iran counselling this largest state sponsor of terrorism to ignore the present U.S. Administration. The policy of the Iranian government is to wipe Israel and these USA from the face of the earth. Why subversively conspire with them?
Immediately after the funeral of Saint John Paul II back in the day, I had a 15 minute conversation with John Kerry in which he promised me a televised debate. That was to be on abortion issues. But now I would like to expand that to include Israel and Iran.
What shocked me in speaking with him is that it was as if I was talking to a robot, with someone else somewhere else desperately pushing buttons so as to make whatever soundbite come out of his mouth, but none of these soundbites had anything to do with the conversation. It was all so vacuous. Soulless. Styrofoam. Puppetry.
Perhaps I am mean, but if I were to get a televised debate, I would like the presenters to put up a score board on screen so as to number how many times totally irrelevant soundbites were used as answers. Numbers go negative, deeper in the hole when irrelevant answer are given; one goes up in score with each true answer.
But, forget about me. Mike Pompeo has a great stage presence. He hates irrelevance and he’s always on point. I’d love to see a debate between him and Kerry, but this time in court.
I’ve written previously of this relatively recent incident – a conversation at a meal at a private house with many military officers and others – but I refrained from mentioning the involvement, so to speak, of Pope Francis in that conversation. Perhaps I should be more fulsome in these hectic, confusing, dark times. Here’s more detail about that evening with some of the top of our intelligence community. I think it’s safe to say all this now, two full months later. If it had anything to do with Pope Francis in the first place, whatever was happening with the murder as “suicide” thing is a danger which is surely now passed, I guess, maybe. But one should keep up with situational awareness, including those around Pope Francis. After all, there are those who wish harm upon the Holy Father, who do not hesitate to use extortion. Have we forgotten this scene with Mehmet Ali Agca?
I should emphasize that this was a strange evening. In walking into the house… well… it took like 40 minutes to get beyond the entrance as a discussion on what happens at GTMO was so intense, but I digress. Back to the mid-meal bit about Pope Francis:
Intel officer lady standing up and changing the topic: “Hey Father Byers: Pope Francis… Is his papacy viable? Is he worth it?” [This question about “it”, that is, making an intervention on his behalf, was clearly the point of this encounter with some twenty people, many who are in counterintelligence, counterterrorism and are at the top of their game. Everything went silent at this question and some of the main players were able to catch my eyes while they pointed at her, at her question, nodding their heads so as to say: This is it, the reason for this whole evening: Pay attention to the question. For that moment you could hear a pin drop. One stated the importance of the question to the immediate agreement of the others. The question about Pope Francis being “worth it” refers to… what? Since this crowd was making a big deal out of their knowing about every terrorist plot there is as a preface to this question, what am I supposed to think? It’s only a guess, but it is probable that they were taking seriously one of the many thousands of terrorist murmurings that are always being mumbled round about against the Vatican and the Holy Father, both “chatter” and direct threats. It’s only a guess, but it seems a question was posed higher up as to whether making an intervention on behalf of Pope Francis would be in the interests of these United States. Pope Francis, mind you, states that President Trump is not a Christian. Pope Francis, mind you, can offer Mass on the South side of the border fence. Pope Francis, mind you, doesn’t hesitate for a second to interfere in political / economic controversy. On and on. So, Pope Francis being “worth it” is a question. Indeed, I have to think that even the details of methodology were discovered, as we will see below, the whole murder as “suicide” thing.]
Father Byers to all present (paraphrased, as this part of the evening lasted about an hour): “Always, no matter what, any Pope’s security is worth an intervention. Stopping anything untoward against the leader of 1.3 billion people benefits the common good on so many levels and in so many ways. We believe that the papacy is not just some office, stuff to do, but is founded on the person of the successor of Peter himself. To strike at him is to make an attack on the One who has constituted him as Bishop of Rome. But let me tell you why in particular Pope Francis is ‘worth it.'” [A most intense discussion ensues for about an hour. At about the 45 minute mark, this happened…]
A senior GTMO interrogator knowing just about every terrorist plot and clearly with an ax to grind intel officer to me, shaking his head in rejection of my arguments: “Pffft!”
Father Byers baiting the same Senior GTMO interrogator: “Hey! You would know a best friend of mine who lives not quite around here, but, you know, right in this region. He would get permissions exclusively from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs – not the Chiefs – but only from the Chairman. He’s the one who would deliver detainees from black site to black site all around the world. We’ll call him a logistics guy. You would have met him many times. He would know you well.” [Since this conversation I’ve come to know yet another deliverer of detainees, logistics guy, who has been to GTMO many times. Interesting. It seems I’m getting to know all of them.]
Senior interrogator at GTMO: [He didn’t respond other than with two unmistakable tell-tale body language signs]:
Top counterterrorism, counterintelligence guy to me, obviously the senior officer in this discussion but privately, now at the end of the meal and making our way outside the house: “I think you are right about Pope Francis.” [I was giving an impossibly positive spin on Pope Francis’ actions, trying to demonstrate that he’s worth the effort to save with an intervention. I think he repeated some four times in two minutes as we were walking outside and then again outside that he thinks that I’m right about Pope Francis. So then he says:] “I have an assignment for you.” [“assignment” – he’s baiting to find out if I’m the guy who stole my identity decades ago so as to do “assignments,” or if I’m me. Perhaps he knows I can have a chat with the head of security at the Vatican.] “Pay close attention to what Bill Binney [NSA metadata predictor of critical incidents and then whistle blower] says is the first thing to know about himself, that he would never intentionally commit suicide.” [He repeated that, emphasizing, for the sake of my assignment, that he would never intentionally commit suicide. Mind you, Bill Binney had not been mentioned that entire evening. That’s the first time I had ever heard of him. I’m guessing that all this murder as “suicide” thing refers instead to Pope Francis, since, as I say, in the midst of all this, this guy keeps repeating that he thinks I’m right about Pope Francis. I’m connecting the dots here, and I know I’m only guessing, but it seems that there was enough metadata to predict an op over against Pope Francis, one that would involve murder made to look as suicide. How devastating would that be for the Church and the world? The darkness and despair would be hard to imagine.]
To be even more fulsome, I should also include here that other chess pieces also came up in the evening’s conversation, including the demise of Miriam Waldu, the “Front of House” for Pope Francis who was murdered a couple years ago in the midst of the gay-marriage referendum of Italy. She was a shot over the bow. Extortion. Strange that her case was jacked up to a full blown murder investigation almost immediately and then absolutely nothing has been said of her since then. Nothing. As I’ve said previously, I think she was the one the FBI had been bragging to me about, a girl from ultra dirt poor Eritrea snatched up by our intel when it was happenstance noticed that she was the best in the world for instantaneous face recognition, able to recite the relevant biography for any of many thousands of pictures shown to her quickly only once, perfect, then, for “Front of House” for the leader of 1.3 billion people.
Another similar person in the employ of the Holy See came up as well. That guy seemed to have plenty of malice about him, and so I unmasked him. Sorry. I’m the King’s good servant but God’s first. You know the drill. That part of the discussion during the meal was all about his “demise” by way of what I still hold to have been a surely reversible cardiac incident. He was an Italian CIA asset working in the CDF. His identity and intelligence connection was confirmed for me not only by his American trainer – a close CIA friend – but by the head of intel / security at the Vatican).
I can’t imagine what kind of extortion Pope Francis is under, but that’s a story for later.
[[A Jewish friend of mine, a close friend, who is the dialoguing face of Israel, all quite officially, he often saving the day when, during the visits of Popes, those popes were attacked with Islamicist violence, he who is the consummate insider, string puller, the power in the background, answered my request for a comment on the newly ratified Basic Law of Israel as The Nation State of the Jewish People by saying that “It’s unnecessary.”
That’s it, ambiguous as to whether such an assertion is for or against the ratification of the law. It’s something you just repeat with disgust or delight depending on your interlocutor no matter what the pushing for more information happens to be. Convenient.
What “It’s unnecessary” does assert is that what the new Basic Law manifests is what is and has been and will be the state of affairs in this region of the Near East for a very long time, just not in print thus far. It changes absolutely nothing of the reality of the situation regardless of what actually has been in print up to this time. For all these reasons it is very useful indeed for instruction for the rest of the world. While there certainly was a flurry about all this in the Jewish world and among Arab countries, very little commentary hit the news, say, in these U.S.A. Things are said in the Basic Law which change everything inasmuch as the reality has finally been put in print. This draws a line in the sand as nothing else, for it frankly says that it’s all in the sand, and is erased just that quickly so as to morph to the changes it envisions as happening forthwith.]]
1. The State of Israel
a) Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people in which the State of Israel was established. [[But “homeland” borders have never been accepted by the Knesset in favor of ever-expanding temporary borders. Deals made with Egypt and others more recently are not about borders, but about contracts: land for peace. That can be judged to be a broken contract broken on the other side at any time, right? Anyway, what we’re talking about here is “historic”; thus, we recall the borders, say, in the time of the partitioning of the land to the tribes, and then in the time of David and Solomon, much, much more expansive than anything today. Here’s just one snapshot in history (there are many):]]
b) The state of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, in which it fulfills its natural, religious, and historic right to self-determination. [[Historic right? O.K., but in which year in history? It makes a difference. Is there a natural right of conquest from Ur of the Chaldeans (the Babylonians). That would be a blasphemous rejection of the supernatural calling of Abram by God himself. The assertion of a natural right makes God’s calling of Abram redundant, stupid. Mere natural right of conquest makes it a right to kill everyone else in conquest just to do it, a monstrous ideology of power for the sake of power. The reference to “religious” might have something to say about that, from the time of Abram’s call from God onward, throughout what the Israelis call the BCE times (Before the Common Era, meaning Before the Era of Christ). And that’s fine. A religious conquest directed by God as they are to be the chosen people whose history is to be a pedagogy for others and for themselves as they themselves know also with their own eventual dispersion of the north and the exile of the south. But Abraham is not the Messiah, the Savior, the prophesy of whose coming pre-dates Abraham all the way back to Genesis 3:15. That divine King of kings is to be Jewish, yes, but He will be the redeemer of all of Adam’s sons. His arrival changes everything. Suffice it to say here that this paragraph of the Basic Law, 5.b, needs some tweaking. Sometimes punctuation and an extra word here or there can work wonders regarding clarity and purpose. Cannot Catholics, for instance, who believe that the Jewish Messiah said that Salvation comes from the Jews, be Israeli citizens?]]
c) The fulfillment of the right of national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people. [[On face value, this is a rejection of interference from, say, the United Nations. But it also denies full citizenship status to non-Jews, even if they have that status up to this time. My question is this: If a Jewish citizen of Israel becomes Catholic does he lose his voice in the public square? The Basic Law could have said “citizens”, but instead it says “Jewish people”, which, as I understand, may rule out a Jew who loves that Jesus was a good Jewish guy from back in the day. Anyway, if this is really just about rejecting interference of the United Nations, that’s all fine by me. This does need some tweaking, but I’m quite sure this was purposed phraseology. The ever present question is about one being Jewish because of faith, you know, like the non-Jewess who became a Jewess and indeed the grandmother of King David…]]
[[The above video, published just months before the publishing of this post, is an interesting historical artifact about the way things were at one time. But it’s not like this at all anymore. The promulgation of this Basic Law changes everything.]]
2. National symbols of the State of Israel
a) The name of the state is Israel. [[This is a name which points more to citizens being so because of the faith. Otherwise, we would be talking about Judah (via King David and Jerusalem). Interesting. Catholics should be allowed to be citizens because of faith. Meanwhile, say a Catholic priest had a mother, grandmother and great grandmother who were Jewish. Would he be disqualified from becoming a full Israeli citizen?]]
b) The flag of the state is white, two blue stripes near the edges, and a blue Star of David in the center. [[It’s interesting how very much this has to do with Jesus, the Son of David, a good Jew.]]
c) The symbol of the state is the Menorah with seven branches, olive leaves on each side, and the word Israel at the bottom. [[All of which is entirely acceptable and is to be praised by any Catholic.]]
d) The national anthem of the state is “Hatikvah”
[[Here’s the long history of the Hatikvah. ]]
[[Transliteration: Kol od baleivav penimah / Nefesh yehudi homiyah, / Ulfa’atey mizrah kadimah, / Ayin letsiyon tsofiyah; //// Od lo avdah tikvateinu, / Hatikvah bat shenot al payim, / Lihyot am hofshi be’artzeinu, / Eretz tziyon veyerushalayim.
Translation: As long as Jewish spirit / Yearns deep in the heart, / With eyes turned East, / Looking towards Zion. //// Our hope is not yet lost, / The hope of two millennia, / To be a free people in our land, / The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
כל עוד בלבב פנימה
נפש יהודי הומייה
ולפאתי מזרח קדימה
עין לציון צופיה.
עוד לא אבדה תקוותינו
התקווה בת שנות אלפיים
להיות עם חופשי בארצנו
ארץ ציון וירושלים
e) [Further] details concerning the issue of state symbols will be determined by law. [[I would love to see the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.]]
3. [The] unified and complete [city of] Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
[[The borders of the city of Jerusalem, including the old city, can be made to be extensive, say, an eight mile radius whose center is the Temple Mount. Cairo-Giza to the South or Amman to the East or Damascus or Beirut to the North are all just as massive in extension. This is a matter of security. I wouldn’t complain about this at all. The claim of Islamicists over against Jerusalem is that the heretic Mohammad had a dream. That’s it. So, nothing.]]
4. The Language of the State of Israel
a) Hebrew is the language of the state. [[Countries do have a right to have a common language for security purposes. I like Hebrew. People say I have an Israeli accent when I speak Hebrew, not that I’m great at it, as I have few with whom to practice.]]
b) The Arabic language has a special status in the state; the regulation of the Arab language in state institutions or when facing them will be regulated by law. [[Regulation will be regulated by regulation… I like that. But, how about saying: “Regulation of the use of the Arab language in state institutions or when facing them will be enforced.” “Facing them” refers to obligations or not regarding logistics when Arab speakers who don’t speak Hebrew are attempting to communicate with state institutions.]]
c) This clause does not change the status given to the Arabic language before the basic law was created. [[I dare anyone to figure this out. This is actually so convoluted that it cannot be known what this means, and this is, obviously, by design, so that any presumed status quo can be held to be fluid, so that, I guess, Arabic can be phased out. It is what it is. I don’t think it’s a big ask to have Arab speakers learn Hebrew as the languages, the roots of the words, the whole right to left thing, are very similar.]]
5. The state will be open to Jewish immigration and to the gathering of the exiled.
[[So, being open to Jewish immigration is to be expected and doesn’t on its face exclude all others. And I don’t think for a second think that this is necessarily directed at Jewish over against non-Jewish immigration. It also and perhaps primarily refers to Jewish immigration over against, wait for it… Jewish immigration. Already some thirty years ago, when I lived in Israel and studied in the “West Bank”, I overheard conversations between young Israeli immigrants who were practicing a bit of one-up-man-ship by smashing down their fellow Jewish Israelis for not having already given up on their dual-citizenship, not already having gone into the Military (having been there only a short time), not already having been there as long as whoever other Israeli was with them. You would almost think that Israel was only for those Jews who had been there before other Jews. Don’t think that some Jews are not looked down upon by other Jews. The arguments about assistance to be given to some arrivals and perhaps not so much to others can be extremely heated. So, good! Make it a law: The state will be open to Jewish immigration (no matter the provenance of those Jews, no matter how long ago someone else has immigrated).
The second half of law number 5 is that the state will be open to the gathering of the exiled especially in adverse situations. This refers to Israeli funded military operations which seek to transfer entire Jewish populations of whatever increasingly adverse countries to Israel, such as we have already seen with the transfer of the entire Jewish population of Ethiopia to Israel, which was an entirely amazing operation. And if there is violent anti-Jewish sentiment in various countries, and this is all about safety, and people are willing, what could possibly be wrong with this? This is a great service to humanity, the defense of the vulnerable. When Russia because increasingly hostile, getting Russian Jews to Israel was also a priority. ]]
6. The Diaspora
a) The state will labor to ensure the safety of sons of the Jewish people and its citizens who are in trouble and captivity due to their Jewishness or their citizenship. [[This is not only wrought through diplomatic means, but also through intelligence and military means, also by special operators, effected in countries around the world, as is only right. Security is a top priority. Don’t mess with an Israeli! I would expect friends around the world would help with this. I would do whatever I could.]]
b) The state will act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious legacy of the Jewish people among the Jewish diaspora. [[Well, I don’t like the language here. Maybe it’s just the miserable translation. I don’t know. But in common usage, the word “legacy” is used for that which is quaint, cute, nostalgic, but definitely useless, out of date. The word “legacy” enforces the idea that everything cultural, historical or religious among Jews is of course to be abandoned in life. Instead of saying “legacy of the Jewish people”, why not say “life of the Jewish people”?]]
7. The state views Jewish settlement as a national value and will labor to encourage and promote its establishment and development.
[[Here we go. Just to be clear, basically, the Basic Law has just put the remaining land up for grabs regardless of any international or Israeli law whatsoever. This is about ethnic cleansing. This does not rule out bulldozing entire towns to rebuild as Israeli villages. Thus, to give you a shocking example, this law takes in, say, for example, the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, so that its occupation and destruction is entirely within the bounds of the law and such action is to be encouraged and promoted by the State on behalf of settlers. I just wanted to put that in perspective for you. That’s what it means. This is a declaration of all out war with non-Jews, that is, not just with Muslims. But no one in the world is saying a peep about any of this. It is stunning. This confirms my interpretation of the borders of the city of Jerusalem that I gave above. I cannot agree with the sweeping nature of this law. I cannot agree with ethnic cleansing.]]
8. The Hebrew calendar is the official calendar of the state and alongside it the secular calendar will serve as an official calendar. The usage of the Hebrew calendar and of the secular calendar will be determined by law. [[This seems to ready the construction of another Temple and the reintroduction of Temple sacrifices. I dread that this will bring with it much more human bloodshed than that of any animal sacrifices.]]
9. National Holidays
a) Independence Day is the official holiday of the state. [[Great.]]
b) The Memorial Day for those who fell in the wars of Israel and the Memorial Day for the Holocaust and heroism are official memorial days of the state. [[Yes, perfect. I would even add other days and specific places of commemoration.]]
10. Saturday and the Jewish Holidays are the official days of rest in the state. Those who are not Jewish have the right to honor their days of rest and their holidays. Details concerning these matters will be determined by law. [[Of course. Expected.]]
11. This Basic Law may not be altered except by a Basic Law that gained the approval of the majority of the Knesset members. [[I’m glad they had eleven laws here instead of ten! I’m just guessing that a Basic Law needs an ultra-super-majority. If not, the volatility would be more hurtful than helpful.]]
[[I should remind all what Saint Paul says of the Jews: “Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory and the covenants; theirs the giving of the Law, the temple worship, and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them proceeds the human descent of Christ, who is God over all, forever worthy of praise! Amen.]]
UPDATE: Well, well. That only took a day for the White House to agree. The trouble is, they shouldn’t have had to think this through. This should have been known. Rosenstein is up to what? /////
When asked about Rosenstein’s indictment of twelve Russian GRU spies, Putin, of course, with a chuckle, invited Mueller and his investigators to come to Moscow to question them, adding, of course, with a chuckle, and entirely predictably, that his own investigators would then come to these USA to interrogate our own spies. Sounds fair, but what’s the upshot and why is this betrayal of the intelligence community? Because extensive proof would be wanted. We would have to reveal connections, contacts, assets, methods, capabilities, ways and means of all kinds. At any rate, that’s impossible on both sides, not just because neither side would want to do this, but because neither side could. The levels of impossible to overcome levels of physical deniability built into all programs, all actions, all deliveries of any kind of communications will stop any investigation in its tracks, even if everyone would sincerely want to cooperate. I mean, if you think you know something, a discovery, it’s only because it is desired by your opposition that you think this way.
(1) Rosenstein’s unethical indictment
Number two at the Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General, Rod Jay Rosenstein just made an indictment of twelve Russian spies, really of Russia itself, as they belong to Russia’s GRU, equivalent to our NSA, CIA, Гла́вное разве́дывательное управле́ние, Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, descendant of the KGB.
This indictment is entirely unethical, immoral, manipulative, utterly political for the reason that there is zero hope of any trial. An indictment must never be made when there is no hope of a trial. The impression is that those indicted are guilty even though there has been no due process. This is the easiest thing in the world to do. You can indict a ham sandwich, but especially a Russian ham sandwich. It means nothing on one level, but has consequences for politics on another level. This was done immediately before Trump’s trip to speak with Putin. Oh. Politics. A political Department of Justice. Rosenstein is totally discredited. Rosenstein thinks the American people are so stupid that they can’t see through his manipulations.
[[UPDATE: Hahaha! ]]
(2) DOJ Rosenstein’s smacking down of NSA’s William Binney
Bill Binney was by far the NSA’s greatest genius, the guy who could come up with a simple answer that perfectly worked, getting actionable intel for otherwise impossible complexities, time and again. When things got political with our national security, subjecting these USA to terrorist attacks, Mr Binney became a whistle blower.
Meanwhile, during the announcement of the indictment, Rosenstein went on to speak about “Guccifer 2.0,” putting himself at odds with verifiable, repeatable experiments first brought to the fore by Mr Binney, that is, about transfer speeds necessitating not a hack, but a local hardware download. I find it interesting that Rosenstein went out of his way to indicate that this was all mere piecemeal internet hacking, when provably it was not just that.
When Trump had our ex-CIA Director and now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo utilize Binney’s know-how, some thought this looked bad for Trump, but that is not a necessary conclusion. When the best people in the world say something, like Mr Binney, one should listen to what they say. That’s always a good idea regardless of anything else.
(3) Murder as “suicide”: Bill Binney
As Rosenstein was preparing his strange statement about the indictment, I myself got a visit from a group of our top “Humint” counterintelligence, counterterrorism crowd, at the very top of their game, who are privy to plans and plots and all that goes on in that dark world, also by way of enhanced interrogation of the worst of the worst. Some would say that such knowledge is ill-gotten. At any rate, these are the guys and gals involved. At least that’s what they say they were, and perhaps they were at one time, but now, are… are… are… maybe just a bunch of nice guys who want nothing more than to protect Bill Binney.
Firstly, let me state that I am forever mistaken as being someone else in that someone stole my identity when I was just a teenager. The FBI and Main State, in consort, offered me a false passport, wanting to give this guy total access to my identity even while I was supposed to disappear entirely. I’m on (1) a perpetual and (2) an interdepartmental program, meaning (1) all details have been destroyed so that nothing can be connected with anyone higher up the chain (a common exercise) and so that no one’s op can be accidentally revealed by another department, and (2) my actual identity as opposed to the one who stole it cannot be unmasked except through a summary held personally only by the Secretary of State and the Director of the CIA (as was repeated to me, again, this time by Main State this past year). It is what it is, a kind of curse with strange visits through the decades. After all these decades, they have no idea whether I’m me or the guy who stole my identity.
Having said that, our “Humint” crowd gave me what the obviously ranking officer told me was an “assignment”, that is, to note well a possible upcoming murder made to look like “suicide” of Bill Binney. The word assignment is rather interesting. As one of our top guys in the DoD who accompanied me to this meeting said about the word assignment: “Oh s#|+”. But maybe they just want me to write about it so as to help protect Bill Binney. I don’t know. It wouldn’t mean anything if anyone else said it. But it’s these guys, whoever they are. This could be an assignment if I’m actually instead the person who stole my identity – to protect or take out Bill Binney – or it could just be a “counterintelligence product” which seeks a reaction or lack of reaction or change in behavior, whatever. Everything says something even if nothing is at it seems. If I follow up on the assignment in either way, then they know. If I don’t, then they are still wondering, except in this case there look to be a number of Strzok style “insurance policies.” It’s just the way things are done.
Insurance policies aggravate me. I’m a priest. I don’t like innocent people getting hurt. And they won’t if I can help it, part of the motivation for this blog post.
Not wanting anyone to get hurt includes the guy who stole my identity. I have no idea if he’s connected with any of this. He did Mexico. He’s into Syria (which involves Russia). But this? I don’t know. Whatever about him, he’s protected. No one will touch him, or me for that matter. That’s how “perpetual programs” work. Well, unless…
Do you see it?
When I was growing up, if someone called someone a “turkey” it was done with quite a bit of venom and bitterness and in such a way that such an insult was simply impossible to answer. It ended disputes. A kill shot. This always amazed me, and left me bewildered. Why would this ever be perceived as being so vicious? I would just laugh.
Meanwhile, back in the 1500s, guinea fowl were imported to Europe and then North America from the Anatolian peninsula, i.e., Turkey. These were called “turkeys” and that appellative was then used for the much larger North American fowl.
Meanwhile, a person from Turkey was said to be a Turk. But who even knows that? People just used “Turkey” as in “He’s a Turkey.” Intonation told the story: “He’s such a Turkey.”
All of these received usages were developed during the Ottoman Empire. Thus, a Turk was held to synonymous with a Muslim going on rampages of violent aggression to take over the world as they smashed into Europe so very many times. The Ottomans enslaved hundred of thousands of Europeans and left woe and destruction wherever they went.
“You’re such a Turkey.”
I never knew all that as a kid. I’m sure the Armenians can tell you all about it.
Lord, have mercy on us all. We all do this kind of thing all the time.
“Don’t be such a Turkey!” – “Um… O.K.”