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With the topic of this thread, Happy Easter weekend everyone. Mass last night attended with 13 Altar boys, two Deacons, and our Priest. SRO. Not a bad turnout, I think, in a small rural community, a county of only +/- 40K or so. When folks here in 49242 find out you are new to the area, one of the first three questions asked will inevitably be some version of: "What Church do you go to? Do you have a Church yet? Would you like to come to my Church?" Very strong Christian community here, very strong. We've got a good Bishop in Bishop Boyea. https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/office-bishop/biography-bishop-boyea We have a good Church, and now as I look, a new website too: http://stanthonyhillsdale.com/ Up on the hill, the largest such chapel built in America in at least 50 years in nearing finish: https://youtu.be/8KW03xu3BGM The outside has been completed since this video, inside the plastering is complete, painting has begun. The limestone columns inside are 70 feet tall and at least (I think) about three feet in diameter. Will seat ~1500. Regrettably, will not be ready for this year's graduation. Justice Clarence Thomas is coming for dedication in the Autumn. ~~ To the Jewish half of our Judeo-Christian community, Clarice (and anyone else for whom the bell tolls), Happy Passover to you, your families and friends! (Is that the correct greeting?) God Bless us one and all. Take good care, Sandy
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That is FAR too generous. I'm feeling charitable this morning. 44 is a pos; no, a commie pos; no, a stinkin commie pos; no, a stinkin commie, crypto-islamo-fascist pos; no, a STINKIN, COMMIE, CRYPTO-ISLAMO-FASCIST, PIECE OF SHITIE Ah, that feels better.
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an opportunity was squandered. Not just the opportunity squandered, but 4400 American servicemen lives, another ~45K severely maimed, and that's just the butcher's bill for the uniformed contingent. I'm optimistic though. Look at Vietnam now almost 50 years after withdrawal. Thriving. Anxious to be pro-US, well at least not anti-US; and Americans are warmly greeted there on vaca. Could be a LOT worse outcome. If something similar attains in Iraq by, say, 2050, it'll be good.
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arnett, a real P.O.S.
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SAD ! It almost worked. Coulda/Woulda/Shoulda. But, remember, the WMD materials in Iraq was used/used as the justification, but they were not the real reason. 44 punted on 2nd down.
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Iran almost flipped--remember Neda? Qudaffy went into his box; even called us to return his illicit materials. The other countries were starting to fall inline. It was an ambitious, if not audacious plan. It almost worked. But, 43 ran out of time (and the administration got bogged down). 44 did not support, didn't speak out re Neda, pulled the control rod out of Iraq in 2011, supported Morsi and the Brothers in Egypt etc etc
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For a variety of reasons, Iraq was chosen. 1. Iraq was a bad actor with multiple priors. 2. Iraq had a relatively large, relatively stable middle class, relatively well educated (by MENA norms). 3. Iraq was large, that is, Kuwait was too small, KSA too religious, Syria geographically too far to one side (with the ottomans on their other side). 4. Iraq helped border or box-in Iran which was one (and still is) of the jewels. 5. Iran with Afg getting some of that ol' time representative participatory government on one side, and Iraq on the other, would soon want the same, and when/if that happened voilà !
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Thus, they needed another strategy. Call it a "snowball' effect or "priming the pump" 43's idea was --and it was successful as far as it went-- was to start the concept of non-dictatorial forms of government throughout the MENA. The thought being that if the residents turned inward, trying to make their own countries better, they'd be less inclined to turn outward, conducting attacks against us and US, again.
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43's team either did not think America would 'buy-in' or did not think they possessed the rhetorical chops to make the case for the real reason. The real reason was to create the conditions for what eventually have become the pejorative term the "Arab Spring." 43's team recognized that there was not sufficient military power to march across the entire MENA
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True, Narciso. excerpt: American military personnel helped move about 600 tons of uranium in the form called yellowcake. It had been stored at Tuwaitha, an installation south of Baghdad that had been the site of Iraq's nuclear program. Cameco, a Canadian company that produces uranium and sells it around the world, bought the material, according to foreign officials knowledgeable about the transaction. "The Iraqi government requested our help; we helped them," said Leslie Phillips, a spokeswoman for the American Embassy in Baghdad. "It was their decision and we were happy to assist, at their request. This is a good example of Iraqis working with international companies to get done what they want to get done." https://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/07/world/africa/07iht-iraq.4.14301928.html But, the Iraq campaign was never about the WMD (or precursor materials).... WMD was/WAS the leading 'casus belli' when the campaign concept was circulated in the inter-agency arena. That is, more of 43's agency heads could agree on, could support WMD than any other of about a dozen justifications for going in.
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Heck, FWIW, I compared Frau's use of different names to something my momma used to do. I cannot say I had a 'personal' relationship with her, but certainly she was an internet 'friend' and unlike some others here and elsewhere, was one I would never think of blocking (killfiling). Always enjoyed her posts. Grief is an individual thing, though, and I think it poor form to intrude into others display or lack thereof of grief. That is, everyone grieves differently, and to presume someone else's grief is an act of hubris. Calling someone out for spitting on the dead is something else entirely. Unless, that is, the object is an enemy, like dead taliban or dead nazis or dead aq. I'll piss on their graves any day. I'll piss on the graves of dead communists and socialists too, for that matter. There, now you've done it. I started off charitably this morning, and now I am pissed off. Time to take the dogs for a walk. Laters.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2019 on A Man For All Other Seasons at JustOneMinute
excerpt: In the current political culture, magnanimity is unlikely to be met with gratitude, unless the words are spat out with irony. Passions are high and neither side appears willing to give an inch. It may take time before an extended hand is not met by a punch. The fever must still run its course. One can only hope the fever breaks before the patient does. From: https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/continued-high-stakes/ 588 Comments, so far. Most I've ever noticed at the Belmont Club. Top comment: No. The simple fact is, Wretchard, the offense of Obama and Hillary was directed at me. Me and every other person who voted for Trump. Trump was just in the way. This was an attempt by the Obama, Hillary, their weaponized FBI, their corrupted bureaucracy, and their co-conspirators to first steal, then overturn the results of a democratic election. This was an attempt to disenfranchise 63 million American. I do not want to let bygones be bygones. I do not want healing. I do not want the people who call me an "irredeemable deplorable" to walk away without consequence. Now I want to see Trump "crush enemies, see them driven before him and hear the lamentations of, well, those who call themselves women." emphasis added
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Thanks JMH, JimS... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The most singular thing about Donald Trump's wiretap accusation against Barack Obama is how he's refusing to play the game of extremities — losing a Flynn here and getting a Sessions paralyzed there — and getting right into lethal range. Trump's gone right past Schumer, ignored the surrogates and gone straight for the former president himself. This escalation represents a real threat to Obama. Suddenly everything is out of control. Nobody would have minded much if Trump had gone after one of Obama's henchmen — which is probably what was expected — but none can foresee how an exchange of blades between principals will end. It is safe to say, however, that unless the combatants disengage, someone will get hurt. It will be a terrible moment for American political civility when a king lies on the political floor. The whole point of a peaceful transition of power is to prevent a clash between kings. Yet the very tragedy the electoral process is intended to prevent is happening before our eyes. from: https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2017/03/06/long-knives/
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@ MissMarple2 | March 31, 2019 at 09:59 AM https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/03/30/democrats_disarm_for_the_sake_of_the_american_people_139910.html This is pretty much the warm-up speech he gave to the Grand Rapids crowd. Honestly, DJT Jr was the most impressive, best poise of the warm-up acts. He has a stage presence which has improved remarkably from earlier. Butt, I gotta say, I found the crowd's chant of 2024 in response to him a bit disappointing. Haven't we learned yet that family right-of-Presidencies are not the ideal option for 'merica? I am among the first to point out that in spite of POTUS' three marriages, he still seems to have raised a solid group of kids; apparently the two ex-wives and he are still on good terms, too. But, did Junior, who had a wife and five kids, necessarily have to divorce her after 13 years marriage taking up with Gavin Neusome's ex-squeeze? Really? Calls in to mind a question of judgement at a very fundamental level. SAD !
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“When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson I hope this proves true in our current situation. Said differently, Mark Antony in Act 3, Scene 1, line 273 of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "Cry 'Havoc!,' and let slip the dogs of war." Go man, go.
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Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology? Floated across my screen this morning, 13 months old, longish, but well worth your time... ...the healthy-industrial complex making money and pushing the insanity. https://thefederalist.com/2018/02/20/rich-white-men-institutionalizing-transgender-ideology/
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@ MissMarple2 | March 31, 2019 at 09:54 AM VDH's "The Case For Trump" discusses this idea in great depth. Anyone coming afterward is shadows on the wall
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As we talked, I said I'd be happy to send the links I had found, doing the research and re-learning about these martyrs... And I did that. But, you know, one of the links which came up the second time around, was this one, from October 12, 2004, from some sort of new "blog" thingy, called FOOTNOTES. Huh. https://justoneminute.typepad.com/footnotes/2004/10/ill_show_you_ho.html Our host's comment: Fabrizio Quattrocchi dies a hero. Just so. I believe he was ready. May God Bless Him, and all the martyrs. RIP.
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I added that the 21 Coptics beheaded in Libya were also a reminder of, "Are Your Ready?" Our discussion led to Father Hamel, "Are You Ready?"
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I thought about talk, and engaged him when next we met at the March men's meeting. (typically, an opportunity for confession, adoration, a discussion, and then fellowship over refreshments, pizza, wings (not Trumps's wings - heh-thanks Miss M for https://vimeo.com/283451714). I said, Ken, your talk on Are You Ready reminded me of an Italian who was beheaded by AQAP back in '04. I told him although I could ot find any reference in the available links, that at that time (in Iraq), we were told by "some in the know" (I think the word came fromt eh Italian embassy but I cannot recall anymore, that the Italian who was beheaded had recited the Lord's Prayer, initially proclaiming, I'll show you how an Italian dies, Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
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A Sunday in Lent posting, with a JoM twist... Our church (St Anthony's) Men's group meets once a month. Great fun, very helpful when trying to stay centered, in a world gone off course. The former headmaster of Hillsdale Academy who has given up that role to concentrate on being a full time professor at the College--ancient history--is a recent (like 6-9 months ago) convert to the Catholic faith. Hundred-pound head, and a very fine sense of humanity. I really like the guy: -- B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Wheaton College, -- M.Div. in patristic studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, -- Th.M. in ancient Christian literature from Harvard University, and a -- Ph.D. in ancient history with medieval studies from Miami (Ohio) University. Whelp, he says his faith journey took his entire life, but he's home now. During our February men's group meeting, he gave a very good, as you would expect from someone with his professional chops, talk on "Are you ready?" Of course, he was referring to death, departure from this mortal coil, and what's to come.
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The Rally in Grand Rapids was great fun. Thanks to Miss M for the initial heads up. You know, they ask you to 'apply' for tickets, but they never ask at the door. Everyone had hard-copies, or their phones (like checking in for a flight) but the security--uniformed Secret Service, verrrry polite--doesn't care. ~~~~~ Not sure if I got this video link here or elsewhere, CWCD, if it was a JOMer, sound off, if not, you must watch... 2'54" From 2004, Trump Chicken Wings: https://vimeo.com/283451714
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Sandy, There is a difference: Trump doesn't drink:) Posted by: Jack is Back! | March 27, 2019 at 03:46 PM Grant struggled with his drinking his entire life, and if the account is correct, by the time he entered the Presidency, was for the most part a recovering alcoholic. President Trump has made no secret that he believe his susceptibility to alcohol would make him the "best" that is, "WORST" drunk imaginable. Given time and distance, the stories are not too dissimilar, we know a LOT more about alcoholism today that was known in the mid-to late 19th Century, surely you'll agree?
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available here: http://jonmcnaughton.com/national-emergency-10x15-litho/ A short video from the artist: https://youtu.be/xKYEE1-U_tc
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Both had no political experience prior to the Presidency, aside from tangential involvement with politicians. Both were giants in their respective prior-to-the-Presidency occupations; Grant as a military Master of the Universe, and Trump as a Master of Real Estate. Both were double-dealt by supposed friends and allies while in office. etc
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