USCCB Sends MASSIVE Signal To “DavosPope” That Pro-Life Movement More Important Than FrancisChurch…

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I have been traveling lately, so today will be a quick one.. But an interesting one…

But that is for you dear reader to decide.

Today we talk about MONEY. And POWER. 

To be more specific, today start off by talking about MONEY at the “intersectionality” of neo-Modernism and post-Modernism.

We begin with our very own Cardinal Timothy Dolan. In a homily he gave recently at the USCCB in Baltimore, Cardinal Dolan made a defense of the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV) and he stated the following: (see here) (emphasis added)

There’s “no question” that the late pope’s (Pope Paul VI) prediction that “a widespread contraceptive mentality would lead to ‘marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards’” has come true, said Dolan. 

Little did our Cardinal know, or maybe not…, that right after his defense of HV, we would get this information from the bowels of the Ricca Hostel, i.e. the Casa Sanctae Marthae: (see here)

Pope Francis’ emphasis on “mercy” over “law” allows him to view a “second marriage” after a first valid marriage in such a way that it is not “characterized continuously as adultery,” suggested a Catholic priest and seminary professor in an article recently published in the Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

So what we are witnessing here dear reader, is that if you don’t like what the law says, change the meaning of the words.

A very “fluid” approach, if I do say so myself.

And yes, we are OBSERVING post-Modernism in its ESSENCE. Words have no objective meanings, so change the words and 2+2 can equal 5. Or whatever you want them to mean.

Next, given that 2+2 can equal 5, we get the following:

Pope Francis on Thursday rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such “perverse attitudes” and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. (see here)

So what we see here is that objectively real scientific dialogue is “perverse”. Which would infer that those who do not share ScientistBergoglio’s ClimateTheology are “perverts”. As Tantumblogo correctly observes. So we see that the current bishop of Rome just redefined this term likewise.

Using this line of reasoning, a “pervert” can be identified as… wait for it… “having children”.

Don’t believe me?

Over on the Life Site News blog, we get this beaut..:

Having many children is “wrong, or at least morally suspect,” an ethicist wrote in an article for NBC about the impact of family size on the environment. (see here)

So your asking yourself dear reader, especially if you are new to this blog, what does NBC have to do with the Holy See? Here is that link:

This became patently clear at a Pontifical Academy for Sciences seminar last week when a key speaker said “it’s a little ambitious” to think we can cut the population in half by 2050, but it is “smarter” to cull the number of people first, thereby making the move to renewable energy easier. (see here)

See how the circle closes?

We are seeing a call for the “culling” of human beings here folks. That word IS NOT being arbitrarily used.

Understanding the above, one can then “discern” the proper CONTEXT of the USCCB’s vote in the election to name the new head of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

Furthermore, this vote was taken in the presence of a Vatican dignitary (see here)

One can even go as far as saying a “campaigning Vatican dignitary”.

But back to Baltimore…

In that vote on the head of the Pro-Life Committee, the USCCB … whacked Francis upside his head.

What the USCCB did is put the kabash on the entire TeamFrancis AGENDA. It gave Francis a massive black eye, and they did it in the presence of the Papabile who is considered to be in pole position at the next conclave.

He is another poignant observation:

“Not to put too fine a point on it, but this amounted to the bishops giving the middle finger to Pope Francis.” (see here)

What is interesting to note is that this is a fight within our neo-Modernist/post-Modernist framework.

We see the neo-Modernist Card. Dolan and the majority of the USCCB up against the post-Modernist Francis cabal, as represented by the FrancisCardinal Blase “Francis pulls a rabbit out of his hat” Cupich.

Behind Cupich is the FrancisVatican, which is in ESSENCE a front for the German governmental soft power as projected through the KIRCHENSTEUR -> German Bishops’ Conference on the one side., while on the other side is the German government soft power through the NGO’s -> George Soros fronts -> UN organizations.

And at the end of both these channels of German soft power is GELD.

Or to you and me: MONEY.

And that money is needed to keep the FrancisChurch living in the lap of luxury as we can see here. 

Nota bene: Whatever did happen to that dossier?

In the case of the USCCB, what we have is no such steady source of funding as in the case of the German Bishops’ Conference and their proxy FrancisChurch/FrancisVatican. The USCCB are cleaning up presently through their “human trafficking” activities, but as we see, the Trump Administration is working the cut off those funds. (see here)

Cardinal Dolan and a number of the other US ordinaries, realize that much of his funding also comes via their cozy relationship with the homosexualists. (see here) This is the reason that these ordinaries tolerate this state of affairs. Yet they also realize that each party is using each other like the proverbial cheap condom. Once either of the two parties gets what they are after, the “partner” will be disposed of.

And to be honest, these ordinaries really have no choice. With their dwindling numbers of pew sitters, who are either dying off or are withholding their support, since they see where the sectarian, humanist, anthropocentric neo-Modernism has led. And from what I hear, there are a lot of these folks.

So the Catholic Bishops in these here United States have come to the realization that they are in a catch 22 situation. They are trying to hold onto the human trafficking funding, quietly appease the homosexualists, while at the same time trying to stop the atrophying of their conservative and neo-conservative funding source.

And it is this latter source of funding that is represented by the Catholic Pro-Life Movement.

Let that sink in for a second or two…

Concluding, this is the primary reason behind the election of Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City as the head of the Pro-Life Committee and the defense of the neo-Modernist Humanae Vitae “document”.

Your humble blogger suspects that the USCCB has come to realize that it is not through the culling of His creationg, but rather through the culling of the FrancisBishops, from the various leadership positions at the USCCB, as was done at the conference in Baltimore, that the Bishops could keep the USS Barque of St. Peter financially afloat and hold out for better times.

If my hunch is correct, for the PRO-LIFE Movement, they have received a massive SIGNAL as to how strong they in fact really are within the US Institutional Church. To be more precise, how important the US Bishops see them being. The USCCB showed their hand, and their hand reads as follows:

Pro-Life Movement > FrancisChurch.

If the Pro-Life Movement leaders were smart, they should act on this immediately, and leverage this strength into positions of authority not only at the USCCB level, but also in the diocesan chancelleries and parish administrations.

It appears as if their time has come…

And the Restoration is right behind them. (see here and here and here and here … o heck, the entire New Liturgical Movement is for all intents and purposes should change its name to the  Restoration Movement– see here.)

Nota bene: Wonder what the DavosPope thought when he was witnessing all this?

Would have loved to be the fly on that wall…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meanwhile In Poland… (w/Update)

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Guest post today via Zero Hedge. (see here)

EU “Values” Fit Poland Like ‘The Saddle Fits The Cow’

Via GEFIRA,

“We want God”, “Great Independent Poland,” “Death to the Enemies of the Fatherland!” “Christ is Poland’s King”, “Deus vult” (Latin for God wills, a battle cry of the Crusaders) these are the principal banners carried in the annual Independence March that is held in Warsaw and also in other cities on 11 November, Independence Day.

Also, in the one two days ago, at the head of the marching column you could see a few white flags sporting the red Jerusalem cross.

Tens of thousands of people, waving tens of thousands of white-and-red national flags young and old, of all walks of life, with whole families take to the streets.  

The people participating in the march think of themselves as patriots (the word which in Poland still has positive overtones) paying tribute to the fallen heroes.

To the western media these are Nazis, racists, anti-semites and islamophobes. An abomination for the European Union.

What has positive overtones in Poland (patriotism, faith, family), has negative ones in Western Europe and the other way round. Migrants, LGTBQ and gender mainstreaming is not welcome in the area between the Oder and Bug Rivers. The EU values cannot be farther from Poland’s values and vice versa.

The Independence March denigrated by the Western media was favourably covered by the Polish government and other national media, except for those which are far to the left and very much pro-European. The former shored up the positive aspects of the event, the latter only looked for incidents to blow them out of any proportion and join the chorus of their western counterparts in condemning “fascists” and “white supremacists”.

A thirty-six million nation in the heart of Europe (i.e. with a population approximately the size of Spain’s) is throwing down the gauntlet to the EU establishment and its view of European unity based on cultural and religious indifference and anti-nationalism.

While in France or Belgium Muslims pray openly in the streets, Turkish nationalists stage large rallies waving Turkish flags in the heart of Dutch cities and construct mosques, with empty Christian churches as sad witnesses thereto; Poles pray the rosary on the borders of their country and march, proudly displaying national emblems and flags, demanding God and rejecting multiculturalism.

At the time when the Soviets were establishing the communist political system in Central Europe someone said (someone ascribed these words to Stalin himself) that communism fits the Polish nation like a saddle fits a cow. Is the attempt to Europeanize Poles another attempt at saddling the cow?

 

UPDATE 04:50 15 November 2017

Here is Stefan Molyneux and Tommy Robinson on Poland.

Mr. Robinson was actually at the march:

About Flipping Burgers At McDonalds…

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Today we extend our War on Competence thread into the ECCLESIAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium. Looks like this thread is being picked up by other bloggers and especially blogging priests.

Today, over on Fr. Blake’s Blog, we get a post titled: Has it worked?” the question we dare not ask. Yes, the neo-Modernists and the post-Modernists dare not ask that question.

And it’s not just the Catholic hierarchy that dares not ask this question.

For those following this blog, you dear reader will know exactly why they dare not ask this question.

For those that don’t, the reason is that they would have to admit that they are INCOMPETENT. 

Actually, they would have to admit that they have put in place a system that allows INCOMPETENT individuals to advance, when otherwise they would…. well be flipping burgers at Micky D’s.

Here is an example of a system just like the one described above:

Thinking about the flipping burger’s metaphor, I’m having second thoughts…

I will have more to say in a follow up post…

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“Has it worked?” the question we dare not ask

In this centenary year of the Soviet Revolution, it is worth reflecting that after 70 years the Russian people actually asked the question, “Has it worked?” It is the question an efficient business asks regularly, I suspect parents in a healthy family ask that question. it should be the fundamental question of the spiritual life.

Fifty years after the implementation of the liturgical changes, it is the question the Church should be asking itself, any business would have product tested before a change of brand. I suppose that Summorum Pontificum was Benedict’s way of doing this retrospectively.

Vatican II’s liturgical reforms were introduced en masse everywhere and within a few years of the Council, unlike the gradually introduced liturgical reforms of Pius V that percolated gradually as old books were slowly replaced but even then only where the Roman Rite was used, the Milanese, Lyonese, Bragans, Dominicans, Carthusian, for example, continued using their own Rites, and acted as a kind of quality control or reference point for the reformed Roman Rite.

There are two areas where, ‘has it worked?’ should be asked, the first is liturgical reform, the second is the modern use of the papal fiat that introduced them, it was an unprecedented use of papal power. The second of these, Pope Francis is dealing with very effectively by forcing even the most conservative to ask about the modern use of papal power, “has it worked?”. I half think that it is a deliberate policy, a reductio ad absurdum, that the Pope is raising with allies like Fr Spadaro and Dr Ivereigh and other cheerleaders. Are they cooperators who will heroically sacrifice their careers in a successive papacy. Dare one suggest that Magnum Principium might actually be a return of the Church to local Rites and Usages that are mutually enriching? I suspect not but it is a possibility. The Ordinariate Rite after all seems to have this effect where it is celebrated.

Apparently a large number of French Seminaries are closing, as are a whole lot of ancient monasteries and practically every convent has become a retirement home. I am not sure what the number is this year, but last year, in our diocese we had only 3 seminarians. Whilst I was at the seminary we had in this city of Brighton and Hove almost 30 priests, in 17 years time by the year 2030 we will be lucky to have 2 under 65, they will age prematurely out of exhaustion.

The thing is that there isn’t an absence of vocations, from my little parish we have three men, two preparing for the priesthood and one in a rather rigorous contemplative monastery but they were very much involved in the Old Rite and have gone to communities outside of the diocese. It isn’t even that there is an absence of contemplative religious, there are new convents opening in the Channel Islands and in the Diocese of Lancaster but again the sisters will worship according to Old Rite. The only monastery flourishing, without scandal, in Italy (despite episcopal opposition) is Old Rite, at Norcia. The same in France, where a quarter of this years ordinations were of priests attached to the Old Rite, and where monastic life is retracting but Old Rite monasteries like Fontgombault are actually making new foundations. I am quite willing to accept that it is not necessarily the Rite itself but if it is not then it is the theology that goes with the Rite, or the ‘ecclesiological experience’ that goes with it. On a practical level the Old Rite seems to work.

Why are we incapable of asking, “Has it worked?”, presumably it is because of an ideological attachment, rather like the politburo of the Soviet Union that will not allow itself to question givens until long after they had collapsed.

What Will Be Saved And What Should Be Saved…

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Today a quick republication continuing the thread started in our last post. That thread can best be described as the post-Modernist’s War on Competence.

As your humble blogger has pointed out on numerous occasions, the War on Competence is at the heart of post-Modernism and its tangential offspring. In the mathematical and scientific sub-sets of human activity, we have observed the phenomenon of the “2+2=5” based Common Core and the rise of “postmodernist physics”. In the  ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of human activities, this post-Modernist infested mindset is known as Phenomenology. Here is a great description:

Phenomenology is the study of perception, thought, imagination, emotion, memory, and action from the first person/subjective perspective. “Phenomenology is the study of “phenomena”: appearances of things, or things as they appear in our experience, or the ways we experience things.” (Sanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) Thus, Phenomenology is the interpretation consciousness. It is the study of appearance as opposed to the study of reality.

Now, this last sentence should not be understood thus, that the study of appearance cannot encompass observations that are in conformity with reality. But the problem comes in when the observers detach themselves from reality. And since the human creature has the ability to think abstractly, he can image things that don’t exist. Furthermore, he can allow those delusional thoughts to substitute for his perception of OBJECTIVE REALITY.

When this phenomenon occurs, and it occurs within an institution’s organizational structure, it usually ends in one result: BANKRUPTCY.

The reason that I mentioned “usually” is that if the organization is subsidized by a governmental entity, i.e. a government sponsored enterprise, then this end result can be postponed. But only to a point. And that point is when the state collapses. And this usually ends in the collapse of SOCIETY as well. To make this point, I have embedded a recent Stefan Molyneux video which makes this point quite well.

Back to the specific now. Over at Breitbart News website, we get an article about the bad week at CNN. This bad week comes on the back of many, many bad weeks. But yet, we see that the management that is the cause of these bad weeks, is still in place.  Not what they taught us in the economics department or business school for that matter. Got to wonder who is paying these bill? (Maybe these folks…)

And it is not just CNN which is having “bad weeks” and the resulting financial problems because of their TRANSRATIONAL phenomenological approach. We see this situation in other “commercial” enterprises such as the NFL, Keurig (coffee machines) and what can be called our base case, namely Target. 

And we see this same PHENOMENON behind the Sacred Vatican Walls.

And Stefan Molyneux nicely sums this all up…

PS Here is a bonus video:

Aside, wonder why the Order of Preachers aren’t doing these types of volume?

Sounds like something up their alley…

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CNN’s Awful Week: Lies, Meltdowns, Ratings Collapse, New Discrimination Suit

Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge, who knows of what he speaks, dropped a bomb Thursday with the newsy prediction that CNN chief Jeff Zucker is doomed. “Jeff Zucker out either way at CNN,” Drudge wrote before adding, “primetime ratings abysmal. Feud with President Trump too personal and ridiculous…”

Jeff Zucker out either way at CNN, primetime ratings abysmal. Feud with President Trump too personal and ridiculous…

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) November 9, 2017

Then, as if to prove the “ridiculous” part, CNN’s public relations team immediately and directly responded to Drudge with this sorry piece of spin:

If CNN was only in competition with itself and its own dismal ratings, that tweet would make sense. The problem for last-place CNN, though, is that it has actual competition in the form of MSNBC and Fox, both of which are shellacking The Least Trustws Name In News in every conceivable metric.

Moreover, when compared to the same month last year, CNN’s October 2017 ratings collapsed a whopping 52 percent. Meanwhile, Fox News is only down 26 percent, MSNBC down a mere 6 percent.

My reference to “last place” is not a specious one. Until CNN turned into a 24/7 RedBaitingAntiTrumpFakeNewsHateMachine, the left-wing network was in second place, beating MSNBC much more often than not. So not only has CNN lost more than half of its year-over-year viewers, it has lost its bragging rights over its left-wing counterpart at MSNBC.

And things continue to get worse, primarily through unforced errors caused by CNN’s blinding hate and rabid partisanship. Without a doubt, CNN has just suffered through its worst week since those hilarious weeks back in June when CNN staffers had to be fired over hate-sprees against President Trump, and a barrage of firings occurred after the network was caught red-handed telling one audacious lie after another.

To begin with, although CNN and its elite media brethren are covering this news up, on Thursday we learned that CNN is facing yet-another massive racial discrimination lawsuit — a class-action suit. And when you look back and remember the efforts CNN put into stirring up riots in predominantly black neighborhoods, this should surprise no one.

CNN’s public missteps this week, however, left all kinds of bruises.

Last-week Wednesday, in the immediate aftermath of the worst Islamic terror attack in New York since 9/11, and for reasons only clear to him, CNN’s struggling afternoon anchor, Jake Tapper, decided that it was a smart idea to misinform his viewers about the meaning of Allahu Akbar,” and do so in the most inappropriate way imaginable.

To make matters worse, rather than apologize and correct the record, Tapper chose to have a public meltdown over criticism of his inaccurate reporting.

On Monday, CNN’s twisted hatred for Trump red-lined with a double barrel of very fake news. In order to publish a false fact check, CNN deliberately edited out a portion of a Trump quote that would have disproven the fact check. Worse still, with the use of fake video, CNN was caught attempting to fabricate a Trump gaffe involving fish food.

Is a news outlet willing to lie about fish food willing to lie about anything? The asking of the question is your answer. Which brings me to Thursday…

For at least three hours, primarily led by Tapper (who apparently has never found a rake he won’t step on), CNN lied about Trump setting a precedent in China when he chose not to take questions from the media.

To make matters worse, once it was discovered that in 2009 then-President Barack Obama did not take media questions in China, again, rather than apologize and correct, Tapper was caught in a clumsy attempt to try and cover up his fake news fusillade. To his credit, Tapper’s CNN colleague, Jeremy Diamond, did apologize and retract.

Also caught in a scandal is CNN’s Chris Cillizza. With the release of Donna Brazile’s new book, we are learning that, during the 2016 campaign, concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health were legitimate but covered up by both Democrats and a cooperative media. And no one was more cooperative in that regard than Cillizza (who was at the Washington Post at the time).

CNN’s tombstone will read “death by fakenewsicide.”

In The Francis”2+2=5″Church, The Memes Write Themselves…

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Today your humble blogger is republishing a post that appeared at the Zero Hedge blog, written by Paul Craig Roberts. What attracted your humble bloggers attention to this post is the subject matter. And that subject matter is the human trait of COMPETENCE.

To be more specific, this COMPETENCE theme continuously appears in videos produced by people such as Stefan Molyneux and Dr. Jordan Peterson. In the videos explaining the intellectual scourge known as post-Modernism, which is presently afflicting our secular and ecclesiastical institutions, can best be understood as a WAR ON COMPETENCE.

One good example of just this WAR ON COMPETENCE can be OBSERVED without much effort, in a video that your humble blogger embedded in a post titled FrancisChurch Cognizant Of The Fact That It Has Lost With The Truth… This post should be a considered a continuation of that post.

In that video, James Damore, a just recently fired employee of Google, explains what one can term “how the sausage of the War on Competence” is made”. I suggest a careful re-watching of this video over the coming weekend, maybe with a glass of Chardonnay or a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, whichever your taste may be.

Once you dear reader have re-familiarized yourselves with the video mentioned above, you can then go on and read the rest of his post.

With respect to the post-Modernist War on COMPETENCE in the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, no better representation can be had than this… ahem…. self serving…. tweet that I just put up this morning:

Yes indeed!

The problem that the dissenters and the heretics have is that they are fighting with the truth. The reason that they fight with the truth could be for a number of reasons. One of those reasons could be moral failings. Yet the cardinal sin of pride doesn’t allow these folks to …. go to Confession and afterward go and sin no more.

This explanation however is a bit too easy… a bit too “linear” one can say. Usually other personal weaknesses overly personal moral failings, and influence the CHOICE of adopting a TRANSRATIONAL IDEOLOGY. 

The PATTERN that is becoming apparent, and it is becoming apparent across many sub-sets of human activity, is that this above CHOICE is being made on account of a cognitive realization that they lack the mental capacity to compete in a reason, evidence and fact based system. 

Given that these people are cognizant of their own intellectual shortcomings, yet have ambitions much higher than their corresponding intellectual wherewithal, they resort to adopting IDEOLOGIES that will allow them to overcome their shortcomings.

A good representation of just this situation can be seen in photo at the top of this page. As we see, we have a group of individuals, what a clinical psychologist would term as an INGROUP and one OUTLIER.

The more profound PHENOMENON that we can infer from the photo is that it is the OUTLIER’s COMPETENCE, that not only allows him to “stand out from the crowd”, but to have advanced to the highest levels of what a clinical psychologist would term as the Catholic Church dominance hierarchy. 

As to the above observation about the COMPETENCE trait and the POWER obtained by arguing from the position of OBJECTIVE TRUTH, the Peterson-Damore video explains that quite well.

As to this above pictured INGROUP, what can one say?

There actions condemn them.

Note bene: We are informed that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Fall General Assembly, November 13-14, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland. While over on Zero Hedge, we get this headline: (see story here)

Folks, the Francis”2+2=5″Church memes are writing themselves. But I digress…

Back to the subject at hand…

Now back to the post below. The WAR ON COMPETENCE that is playing itself out in the Catholic Church in the US, in the wider Christendom and especially behind the Sacred Vatican Walls, is playing itself out in other sub-sets of human activity. Paul Craig Roberts makes this case very well.

Concluding, the War on COMPETENCE is a wider PHENOMENON in Western Civilization. One of the main reasons behind this PHENOMENON are that less intellectually COMPETENT individuals, have banded together and forced on the fragmented majority, an IDEOLOGY. The reason being, that they have FORCED an IDEOLOGY within which they can achieve a higher level of status, not to mention economic benefits, then they would if they functioned in a RATIONAL and COMPETENCE based system.

But the problem that these IDEOLOGUES have is that their underlying IDEOLOGY is not rational, therefore not sustainable in the long run. By promoting this TRANSRATIONAL IDEOLOGY, damage is being done to the social fabric of society itself. And undercutting the entire structure from which they currently benefit.

Paul Craig Roberts post below lays that out quite well. (see original here)

The pertinent question, with respect to the post-conciliar church, that needs to be asked is: how may of the voting Cardinals at the next Conclave will figure this out?

Have a happy weekend…

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Paul Craig Roberts Laments “I Don’t Recognize My Country Today”

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Having grown up during the second half of the 20th century, I don’t recognize my country today. I experienced life in a competent country, and now I experience life in an incompetent country.

Everything is incompetent.

The police are incompetent. They shoot children, grandmothers, cripples, and claim that they feared for their life.

Washington’s foreign policy is incompetent. Washington has alienated the world with its insane illegal attacks on other countries. Today the United States and Israel are the two most distrusted countries on earth and the two countries regarded as the greatest threat to peace.

The military/security complex is incompetent. The national security state is so incompetent that it was unable to block the most humiliating attack in history against a superpower that proved to be entirely helpless as a few people armed with box cutters and an inability to fly an airplane destroyed the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon itself. The military industries have produced at gigantic cost the F-35 that is no match for the Russian fighters or even for the F-15s and F-16s it is supposed to replace.

The media is incompetent. I can’t think of an accurate story that has been reported in the 21st century. There must be one, but it doesn’t come to mind.

The universities are incompetent. Instead of hiring professors to teach the students, the universities hire administrators to regulate them. Instead of professors, there are presidents, vice presidents, chancellors, vice chancellors, provosts, vice provosts, assistant provosts, deans, associate deans, assistant deans. Instead of subject matter there is speech regulation and sensitivity training. Universities spend up to 75% of their budgets on administrators, many of whom have outsized incomes.

The public schools have been made incompetent by standardized national testing. The purpose of education today is to pass some test. School accreditation and teachers’ pay depend not on developing the creativity or independent thinking of those students capable of it, but on herding them through memory work for a standardized test.

One could go on endlessly.

Instead, I will relate a story of everyday incompetencies that have prevented me from writing this week and for a few more days yet.

Recently, while away from my home, a heavy equipment operator working on a nearby construction site managed to drive under power lines with the fork lift raised. Instead of breaking the wire, it snapped the pole in half that conveyed electric power to my house. The power company came out, or, as I suspect, an outsourced contractor, who reestablished power to my home but did not check that the neutral wire was still attached. Consequently for a week or so my house experienced round the clock surges of high voltage that blew out the surge protection, breaker box, and every appliance in the house. Expecting my return, the house was inspected, and the discovery was that there was no power. Back came the power company and discovered that high voltage was feeding into the house and had destroyed everything plugged in.

So. Here we have a moron operating heavy equipment who does not understand that he cannot drive under power lines with the lift raised. We have a power company or its outsourced contractor who does not understand that power cannot be reconnected without making certain that the neutral wire is still connected.

So every appliance is fried. Glass everywhere from blown out light bulbs. We are talking thousands of dollars.

This is America today.

And the incompetents ruling incompetents want war with Iran, Korea, Russia, China. Considering the extraordinary level of incompetence throughout the United States, I guarantee you that we will not win these wars.

What Is, That It Is

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Tomorrow Today will be a busy day so I will keep this post short.

Today’s post will be a BIG PICTURE post, and one that really captures the ESSENSE of why this blog exists.

As my dear and loyal reader know, this blog is dedicated to the chronicling of the Restoration of all things in Christ.

But seeing as how there is a lot to Restore, and that the damage inflicted by the neo-Modernists (Modernists) initially and subsequently the post-Modernists is so extensive, and extends way beyond the friendly confines (yes, I am a Chicagoan by the grace of God) of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and into all the lands inhabited by Christendom, your humble blogger has taken it upon his broad shoulders (another Chicago idiom) to try and explain why this is so.

And naturally, since this blog tries to identify the ESSENCE of the above stated problem, it heavily relies on explanations taken from the philosophical sub-set of human knowledge. These explanations are taken and then applied to exiting, specific problems that you dear readers observe unfolding before your very eyes.

Today however, I will stay on the theoretical level. This is due to a brilliant post that I came across that explains, as I mentioned earlier, the raison d’etat for this blog, and it does so much, much better than your humble blogger could have done.

Over on The Orthosphere, a post appeared titled: The Razor Ockham *Should* Have Proposed. So what I will do today is republish this post below and comment alongside the text. (emphasis added)

The Razor Ockham *Should* Have Proposed

Ockham’s Razor is the heuristic sometimes known as the lex parsimoniae: the Law of Parsimony. As he actually proposed it:

Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate: Do not posit pluralities beyond necessity.

Ockham’s Razor as it is usually rendered:

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem: Do not multiply entities beyond necessity.

The entities of a theory are its terms. They are not actual entities, but formal only. So the Razor is often rendered:

Do not multiply terms beyond necessity.

This makes it easy to compare theories and see which one is more parsimonious – especially if they are mathematically formalized. F = ma, for example, clearly  invokes three terms, that terminate on three sorts of properties of things. The basic idea of course is that as between two theories that adequately explain some phenomenon, the simpler is more likely to be more accurate. But why?

In Finality Revived: Powers & Intentionality (Synthese, March 2016), David Oderberg suggests in passing that Ockham should instead have proposed:

Do not multiply mysteries beyond necessity.

There are two ways to multiply mysteries: to increase terms beyond adequacy, or to decrease them beneath adequacy.

Note bene: What is key to understand in the above is that Ockham’s Razor made it possible to compare two competing “theories” using a purely OBJECTIVE methodology. By forcing the definition of terms (of a given theory) into mathematical notation, the SUBJECTIVE elements of the theory were stripped away. Then by comparing the OBJECTIVE terms, the OBJECTIVELY CORRECT (or “more correct” as the case may be) results were easier to “discern”.

If you decrease terms too much, your explanation is inadequate. One common result is that you end up failing to explain all sorts of related things. For example, the modern rejection of final and formal causation can’t account for mind, freedom, complexity, or order; whereas under the Aristotelico-Thomistic Grand Synthesis that modernism had displaced, they had posed no particular problems.

Note bene: This is the reason behind the fall of Marxism. The human creature is more complex than the “linear” explanation given by Marx/Lenin/Stalin/Mao/PolPot/Castro and the other 20th century butchers. The inability to explain and reconcile these human complexities led to the mass murder of large swaths of the population that was seen as “non-conformist”.

If your explanation produces mysteries that your former explanation understood, then you are on the wrong track.

Note bene: This is presently known as Mamet Law. Mamet’s Law posits that to be a “present day leftist”, you have to unlearn a lot of what is already known.  And we are referring to objective knowledge here.

If on the other hand you increase terms too much, you introduce new mysteries; for, when it is first noticed, every new mystery is denoted by a new term; and vice versa. So, to introduce a term just is to introduce a new mystery, or rather to notice it. Every new term notices and relevates a new explanandum, each of which calls out for a new explanans, and bedevils us until we get it. This is a formalization of the fact that each new thing we learn increases the surface area of our ignorance; increases the precision of our understanding of how much we have still to learn.

Note bene: This above preciently explains the fallacy behind Phenomenology. As you dear reader recall, Phenomenology is the “ideology” which claims… well, nothing. It is just the latest regurgitation of Vital Immanence, so precisely explained by Pope St. Pius X in Pascendi Dominici Gregis.

Viz.: F = ma raises the question: what are Force, mass, and acceleration? These are defined in terms of other entities, and each such term must itself be explicated in terms of yet others. That’s not always difficult to do, but it must be done, if the explanation is to amount to more than hand waving.

So: don’t add a new mystery by adding a new term if in so doing you are not clearing up at least one old mystery.

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God is the only term that does not introduce another explanandum – although he does of course introduce another mystery. For, while he needn’t be explained, nor can he be explained. Nevertheless no explanation that does not ultimately terminate and rest upon him can be complete, or therefore satisfactory; for it cannot otherwise rest, or therefore explain. Notions alienate from the Absolute cannot ultimately work; they break down; they fail; they stultify; they negate; they kill.

Note bene: the philosophical explanation not only behind Francis’ JunkTheologyofDeath, but the entire post-conciliar moral/philosophical ediface in one short paragraph!

Brilliant.

Will end here, but will have more to say on this in a subsequent post.

For Those Who Might Not Remember, Today Is A Yuge Anniversery!!!!!!!!!

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Just to remind you folks, it was one year ago today that the CORRUPT FAKE MEDIA went into a full MELTDOWN as it dawned on these dimwits (I know, not too charitable) that Donald J. Trump won the 2016 Presidential election.

Below, some random highlights of that evening and the undemocratic LOSERS.

And just to remind everyone of the moment that the Deus ex Machina blog called the Trump victory, please see this post: The Election Results: Donald J Trump WINS!

Enjoy!

House Of Saud FrancisFunding Being Taken Out Of The Game…

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More fog-lifting in the House of Saud.

As we outlined yesterday in our post titled  Papal States Are Back – Francis Takes Control Of The Roman Streets… (w/Update), the money trail that is funding FrancisChurch and all their various anti-Catholic “projects”, has its origination, in part with the House of Saud.

We outlined one such funding structure, one which began with Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, who funds the various Clinton Global Initiative projects through the Podesta Group. The Podesta Group, along with other funding entities, (cough, cough Soros) created FAKE “movements”, such as FAKE post-conciliar “catholic” groups which then agitate for change within the Institutional Church. Among these initiatives is the funding of the ‘Cathlics in Aliance for the Common Good’ and ‘Catholics United’. These front groups were organized to engage in subversive activities in order to bring about something called the ‘Catholic Spring’. (see here)

As to the money issue itself, it would appear that Prince al-Waleed bin Talal is a relatively wealthy individual, therefore could have funded many ‘Catholic Springs’ if this was a priority for him. According to estimates provided in the Bloomberg Billionairs Index, Prince al-Waleed is worth close to $20,000,000,000. Here is a visual:

Which sets the proper CONTEXT to what you dear reader will read next. Over at the Zero Hedge Website, we get this headline: (see here)

In the post, we read as follows:

From the very beginning, there was something off about Sunday’s unprecedented countercoup purge unleashed by Mohammad bin Salman on alleged political enemies, including some of Saudi Arabia’s richest and most powerful royals and government officials: it was just too brazen to be a simple “power consolidation” move; in fact most commentators were shocked by the sheer audacity, with one question outstanding: why take such a huge gamble?

(…)

Things gradually started to make sense when it emerged that some $33 billion in oligarch net worth was “at risk” among just the 4 wealthiest arrested Saudis, which included the media-friendly prince Alwaleed.

(…)

One day later, a Reuters source reported that in a just as dramatic expansion of the original crackdown, bank accounts of over 1,200 individuals had been frozen, a number which was growing by the minute. Commenting on this land cashgrab, we rhetorically asked “So when could the confiscatory process end? As we jokingly suggested yesterday, the ruling Saudi royal family has realized that not only can it crush any potential dissent by arresting dozens of potential coup-plotters, it can also replenish the country’s foreign reserves, which in the past 3 years have declined by over $250 billion, by confiscating some or all of their generous wealth, which is in the tens if not hundreds of billions. If MbS continues going down the list, he just may recoup a substantial enough amount to what it makes a difference on the sovereign account.”

(…)

Then an article overnight from the WSJ confirmed that fundamentally, the purge may be nothing more than a forced extortion scheme, as the Saudi government – already suffering from soaring budget deficits, sliding oil revenues and plunging reserves – was “aiming to confiscate cash and other assets worth as much as $800 billion in its broadening crackdown on alleged corruption among the kingdom’s elite.

Concluding, if this action by the Saudi authorities is what it appears to be, it could be that that part of the Saudi Royal family that funds all these global Leftist initiatives, among them groups hostile to the Catholic Church can be wiped out.

This would in turn mean that not just Prince Alwaleed would be wiped out, but all his cousins and relatives that are not in the ruling family line of succession. And since the ruling family line of succession is undertaking these actions to shore up the failing Kingdom of Saudi Arabia finances, it could a permanent stoppage of funding emanating from this one, but VERY large funding source.

And we all have our President to thank for this!

Francis”2+2=5″Church Alive And Well… In The CIA.

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Today we transition back to a philosophical discussion and the “2+2=5” meme.

And as we know from our notorious BLT S.J. suffixed individual, ‘theology is TRANSRATIONAL’, i.e. doesn’t conform to the laws of math.

So first up today, more news from the War on Math front:

So as we see, that which we call TRANSRATIONALISM (as in irrational) is alive and well on the US college campuses.

Today, your humble blogger came across a post at the Zero Hedge website that illustrates how the laws of physics are also under attack. But this time, the attack comes from government bureaucrats at the CIA. The information comes via a post titled: CIA Director Met With NSA Whistleblower Who Disputes Russia’s Role In DNC Hack. The crux (not to be confused with that crappy internet polluting website, funded by the FrancisKnights of Columbus) of the matter has to do with the purported “hacking” of the Democratic National Committee servers and is as follows:

The real story, he says, is that a DNC insider stole the emails by downloading them manually from the DNC’s server onto a hard drive. Binney says he arrived at this conclusion after conducting an independent analysis of the metadata from the emails with a particular eye toward timestamps that he says indicate a download speed consistent with loading the files onto a thumb drive.

But according to our FrancisCIAOperatives, this is not the case. The Francis operatives claim that… “the Russians did it”.

And how do they know?

Well, because…

Here is that passage:

While the intelligence community has categorically disputed Binney’s theory, it has never provided a compelling explanation as to why.

Who needs OBJECTIVE PROOF?

Everybody knows that the laws of physics are “white privileged”.

Anyways, here is Zero Hedge’s “white privileged” summary of the situation:

However, we imagine now that the death of Rich is back in the news cycle and both the Mueller indictments plus the revelation that the ‘Trump dossier’ was financed by Democrats, the intelligence community is rapidly hurtling toward a Sophie’s choice of sorts: Admit they lied and acknowledged that Binney’s theory is at least plausible, or produce the evidence that will definitively prove that Russia-linked hackers were responsible for the DNC leaks – something we imagine might be difficult in the absence of any real conclusive evidence.

Like they say, being “mostly certain” is just an upside-down way of saying that doubts remain.

And like we say here at the Deus ex Machina blog, who needs “conclusive evidence” in the FrancisCIA where “2+2=5”, apparently?

The original story is HERE.

So why am I bringing this to your attention dear reader?

Well, as my loyal readers know, one of the threads that this humble blogger has been promulgating is what is known as the OVERTON WINDOW (OW). Here is how it makes an appearance in this post:

Binney’s views have been vigorously rebutted by the intelligence community, which has accused him of cynically advancing his theory to benefit President Trump, whom he supported during the election.

But now, it appears Binney’s theory is being discussed at the highest levels within the CIA after the Intercept reported that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Binney late last month under the advisement of President Donald Trump.

The meeting, as the Intercept noted, has caused something of a stir in the intelligence community, as several agents dished that they were worried Pompeo’s politics were superseding his interest in preserving our national security – an extremely serious charge to make under cover of anonymity.

So what we see above, using our OW framework, is that the CIA Director Pompeo has shifted the OVERTON WINDOW (i.e. what constitutes reasonable discourse) by meeting with the whistle-blower Binney.

The FrancisCIAOperatives are not happy.

And why?

Well, because they have no way to disprove the whistle-blowers assertions since they would need to use an OBJECTIVE scientific methodology, i.e. (rules of evidence), but “everyone” knows that the “scientific methodology” is racist due to its “white privilege”.

And in this simple summation, we can clearly see that we have reached the end of the “Age of Enlightenment”.

What we see here is complete and unadulterated reliance on SUPERSTITION.

But while we are on the subject of the Overton Window, an article appeared on the Life Site News website written by our friend Joseph Shaw. (see here) Dr. Shaw explains the significance behind the Filial Correction, and explains it as follows:

The purpose of the Filial Correction wasn’t to garner support for the Filial Correction. The purpose was to raise the level of debate about Amoris laetitia and to encourage those with misgivings about the liberal interpretation of Amoris to come forward. In this it has been staggeringly successful. Perhaps it is a coincidence, but the ‘Overton Window‘ of criticisms of the policies and (apparent) personal attitudes of a reigning Pope seems to me to have shifted more in a couple of months than it had in the previous century and a half. Whereas on the eve of the publication of the Correction I was wondering if the signatories would be able to show their faces in public afterwards, I now find myself in the company of a roll-call of distinguished figures. Something important has changed.

Yes indeed!

Something has changed.

Concluding, what we are witnessing in the above cases is the strategies of the respective camps. On the one side are the post-Modernists, on the other are what could be called the Realists (Scholastic rationalists, is my choice designation), while the neo-Modernists are caught in the middle. Like deer caught in headlights.

What the post-Modernists are attempting to do is to keep the OVERTON WINDOW in such a position, that does not allow for a rational position, i.e. of the REALIST’s to exist in the public forum.

As we can observe in the Zero Hedge post, an individual who uses an OBJECTIVE investigation methodology, is criticized because his results will help the wrong side of the public debate. 

In the post-conciliar church, we see the same strategy at work. We see a post-conciliar cleric, who reads texts and understands the words using OBJECTIVE MEANINGS UNDER A COMMON USAGE, being criticized not because he is OBJECTIVELY WRONG, but because his results will help the wrong side of the public debate. 

Furthermore, what these two examples also demonstrate is how a successful and effective strategy to combat this TRANSRATIONALISM can look. The key is to shift the OVERTON WINDOW to encompass the RATIONAL position. Once the OVERTON WINDOW is shifted, use the time tested Scholastic (Thomist) scientific methodology to debunk the TRANSRATIONAL.

It’s that simple.

And it’s working, as the above cases clearly demonstrate.

And it is this path, if followed, that will lead Western Civilization out of the irrational cul-de-sac that is has found itself in, a cul-de-sac entered into by adopting the Modernists/neo-Modernists definition of TRUTH and the reactionary post-Modernist SUPERSTITIONS invented during and derived from that period in Western history mistakenly refereed to as the “Enlightenment”.

The SSPX Saves Another One – It’s A Sign… (w/Updates)

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A few weeks ago, I asked all my readers to pray for the successful purchase of the St. Willibrord Church in Utrecht, the Netherlands. (see here)

And as my dear and loyal readers know, we have been successful.

Below is the Rorate Caeli post (see here) with the details of the Reconciliation Mass that will be held this Sunday, the 12th of November.

A big Deo gratias to all my readers.

And one more thing, we might not be able to save all the Churches in Christendom, but we’ll give it the old college try.

Any ideas about which church we should go for next?

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Event: SSPX reconciliation of the stunning St. Willibrord Church in the Netherlands (see SSPX site here)

 

On Sunday, November 12th, His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, will perform the reconciliation of the St. Willibrord church in Utrecht, the Netherlands. A Pontifical Mass will be celebrated afterwards. A reconciliation is the ritual restoration of the dedication of an unholy church. The public is invited and a reception will follow.

 Program:

10:30 a.m. Reconciliation and Pontifical Mass

1:30 p.m. Reception

6.00 p.m. Adoration with Rosary

Address of the church: Minrebroederstraat 21, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Reception Address: Restaurant Zindering (City Theater), Lucasbolwerk 24

Utrecht, the Netherlands (max 10 minutes on foot from the church)

 According to the SSPX: “Why a reconciliation ceremony? Because the previous association, in order to cover the operating costs, organized cultural events in the church; some were acceptable, concerts, for example, but others were entirely inappropriate given the dignity of the edifice. The sanctuary must also be blessed, because the church was desacralized when it was put up for sale and then bought by the Society.”

UPDATE: 13:25 7 November, 2017

And St. Willibrord has a youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIuQJsd-3mfqeC8VwUmKGSg

 

UPDATE 15:00 7 November, 2017

MUST WATCH

And the Catholic Church of St. Willibrord is proselytizing already…

Hat tip to Eoin Suibhne.