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For the last few days, it’s been all about Donald Trump and his fiery words to NFL owners regarding players who choose to sit down or kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. Lots of mischaracterizations out there about the state of this feud, including that it’s a “First Amendment” issue or a “Free Speech” issue. It’s neither. It’s a contractual issue between the employer – the NFL – and the employees –the players. And if the employer chooses to allow its employees to react in any way that an individual employee sees fit, then that’s the way it should be.

And, of course, the consumers — ticket-buyers and viewers — should respond in the way each individual consumer sees fit. Nothing new there.

Consumers should remember that

[t]he league regularly clamps down on social messaging, like wearing cleats commemorating the heroes of the 9/11 attacks or decals honoring slain Dallas law enforcement officers. Taking a knee for God can also be problematic, just ask Tim Tebow. But the anthem protests are explicitly league-sanctioned activities.

Emphasis mine.

I think that the ultimately goal is to bankrupt the NFL. Why owners would go along with this is open to speculation, so that’s what I will do. Speculate.

The elite know things about which we non-elites can only conspiracy theorize and I think they see which way the wind is blowing in this country – toward socialism. And many of them are undoubtedly assisting the wind’s direction. So, they want to cut their losses sooner than later and, therefore, are willing to see their Golden Egg-laying Goose destroyed. No big deal because, for most of them, the NFL isn’t their only Goose. One wonders whether President Trump’s son-of-a-female-dog commentary was intended to speed up this process; to inflame anger in the true tools in this saga: the players and the consumers, not to mention the taxpayers who often fund the construction of stadiums.

But there’s something else to consider:

The last thing Americans (and particularly American men) need is agenda-spreading bread and circuses, either paying for the “privilege” or wasting hours in front of the telescreen. With the accelerated pace the Republic is being internally subverted, and with the enhanced and extended dangers that appears to be making inevitable, I’m sure we could all find more productive uses for our limited time and resources.

If my theory is correct, I don’t think the elite bargained for the fact that they might be removing a distraction from those who would oppose their true agenda, but that’s what they are probably doing.

Speaking of dead geese and removing a distraction, this is from the Instagram account of Sonequa Martin-Green, the star of the new Star Trek: Discovery:

The cast is kneeling in solidarity with the NFL players.

I watched the first two episodes free via CBS All Access and I was impressed. Because of that, I had been thinking about buying the service, but now I think I’ll pass. I already have to ignore enough Leftist political musings from members of the older Trek casts.

Maybe I’ll check it out when it’s free – assuming there aren’t more pressing things on all of our plates by then.

(Thanks to Big Hollywood)

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Love is never monotonous in the uniformity of its expression. The mind is infinitely variable in its language, but the heart is not. The heart of a man, in the face of the woman he loves, is too poor to translate the infinity of his affection into a different word. So the heart takes one expression, “I love you,” and in saying it over and over again, it never repeats. It is the only real news in the universe. That is what we do when we say the Rosary, we are saying to God, the Trinity, to the Incarnate Saviour, to the Blessed Mother: “I love you, I love you, I love you.”

Venerable Fulton Sheen


The third in my series explaining why the Hail Mary is a prayer for all Christians not just Catholics.

Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners.
Now, and at the hour of our death, Amen.

In part 1 the Angelic Salutation, we talked about how the opening words of the Hail Mary, taken directly from the greeting of the Angel Gabriel, signifies not only the importance of Mary as the very first Christian but her position relative to the heavenly host.

In Part 2 the Human confirmation, we noted how the words of the Angel to Mary taken directly Elizabeth’s greeting from scripture signifies the confirmation of the angel’s message and that in addition to the angels it is for man both born and unborn to honor Mary in every generation.

So let’s begin part 3: The Holy Name:

It might seem odd to give a full post to a single word in a prayer but it is the single most important word out there.


There are three important things to consider concerning  use of “Jesus” in the Hail Mary prayer.

A:  How the holy name “Jesus” affects the Hail Mary’s structure.

There are several functions that the name of Jesus give to the structure of the Hail Mary.

The use of Jesus here delineates and unites the two parts of the prayer, the scriptural sections which establish the place of Mary which we’ve already discussed and the intercessory sections which are to come where we make the primary requests in this prayer.

The use of Jesus here completes the previous phrase reminding us of Mary’s status and the primary reason of Mary favor that she was by the grace of God worthy to bear the Messiah.

It emphasises the humanity of Christ as not simply the fruit of the spirit but the fruit of a human womb, the son of a mother which will be exploring in our next two sections further.

It is the syllable emphasized within the prayer, the key moment.  Any person who has watched someone praying the Hail Mary sees that when the person says:”Jesus” is the moment emphasized.

It establishes Jesus as the object and target of worship within the prayer.  the emphasis is on Jesus which makes this prayer explicitly Christian.

And that leads of course to the second thing to consider

B:  The Power of  holy name of Jesus in the Hail Mary

One can not overemphasize the power and importance of the name Jesus

Remember it was by the name of Jesus that Peter healed the cripple at the gate

It was by the name of Jesus that the building shook & the holy spirit came upon them again

It was by the proclamation of Jesus that the Ethiopian was converted

It was in the name of Jesus Christ that the first gentiles were baptised

The Name of Jesus is the profession that Paul speaks of to the romans

It is the location of Truth as he tells the Ephesians

It is the name of Jesus that John says we should believe in. and warns us not to deny and is the test of spirits   John warns us not to deny

It is Jesus who Paul tell Timothy will judge the living & dead

It is by the name of Jesus that Paul tells the Corinthians they are justified and later tells them

no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the holy Spirit

1 cor 12:3b

And that he tells the Philippians

at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:10-11

And those are just the biblical references we could turn to the saints and the fathers of the church and Bishops and Popes for centuries preaching the power of and in the name of Jesus but if I tried to search for them all I would die of old age before I even began.  So I will settle for this from St. John Vianney the patron of parish priests:

With the Name of Jesus we shall overthrow the demons; we shall put them to flight. With this Name, if they sometimes dare to attack us, our battles will be victories, and our victories will be crowns for Heaven, all brilliant with precious stones.

There is nothing more powerful than the name of Jesus and that leads to the thing that most people forget concerning the Hail Mary

C:  The Hail Mary as direct worship of Christ through his holy name.

The Lord’s prayer, given to us by Christ is of course the most excellent of prayers.  The prayer taught to us by Christ.  It is the primary prayer spoken by Christians from the very start, prayed at every single mass and said at the start of every single decade of the Rosary.

But if you look at the Our Father there is one thing you might notice…

The name of Jesus is not mentioned in it.

This is not a surprise, Jesus gave the disciples this prayer during his ministry at a time when the Disciples still did not understand his nature completely.  While eventually they perceived that Jesus was the son of God it’s unclear that they understood at that time Jesus taught them that prayer that Jesus was God himself.  It is no coincidence that it isn’t until after Christ’s resurrection that we hear these words from one of the disciples:

Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”  

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.

John 20:26-29

Now consider the Hail Mary, every single time you pray the Hail Mary you are saying and praying the holy name of Jesus.

That’s a powerful thing, but it gets better.

The Hail Mary is the primary prayer of the Holy Rosary so for every decade of the Rosary you say,  you are praying the holy name of Jesus 10 times (11 if you pray the Fatima prayer at the end of the decade which goes:  Oh my Jesus forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead us all into heaven especially those in most need of thy mercy.)

It also means every full set of Mysteries with the into & the Hail Holy Queen at the end you are saying and praying the Holy name of Jesus 55 times (60 with the Fatima prayer)

And of course it means if you pray the full 20 decades of the Rosary with the intro and the Fatima prayer you invoked and pray the holy name of Jesus 228 times.

There are those who critique repetitive prayer but no matter what brand of Christianity you  proclaim we can all agree that you go wrong repeating the Holy Name of Jesus.

And if you are praying the Hail Mary that most Catholic of prayers, that’s exactly what you’re doing.



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Sir Percy Blakley:  You think I like sitting there in the shadow of the knife while one head falls after another. People I know and love that innocent people, kindly people, herded like sheep and butchered like cattle by men who make high sounding principles an excuse for the most bestial cruelty?

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934

Sheldon: Well done, Leonard. The true hero doesn’t seek adulation, he fights for right and justice simply because it’s his nature.

The Big Bang Theory: The Financial Permeability 2009

A great example of how to see the real difference in culture over four generations is to compare the heroes of one age vs another.

In the 1934 movie the Scarlet Pimpernel the title character, played by Leslie Howard, is joined by a group of 20 followers all posing as “fashionable puppies” young upper class twits who in reality are risking life and limb to save the life of those who are being slaughtered by the French Revolution for not believing the right things at the right time.

When one of his followers notes that they could,  with little effort be 1000 rather than 20, Sir Percy scoffs saying:

Mere force is useless against people who are neither cowards nor fools, so we must match courage with courage and cunning with still greater cunning if we are to do anything at all.  We’re all willing to give our lives but we must do more than that.  We must mask our identities, suffer the humiliation of being taken for fops, fools nitwits, cowards.

For that hero it’s not all about them, it’s about those they wish to save and are willing not only to risk their lives, but also willing to suffer humiliation for the cause of good and right.

The same young boys who saw movies like this or read books like that and dreamed of risking all, ten years later were willing to give their lives to fight the Nazi’s (Howard himself would be shot down over the Bay of Biscay) and the men who came home didn’t boast or brag about it.  Remember the famous Band of Brothers spent over five decades under the nations radar satisfied with the knowledge that they had done right, and their duty before Tom Hanks’mini series made their names and faces internationally known.

Contrast that with the idiots of Ferguson and beyond.

They imagine themselves brave heroes defending the honor of black america in general the Brown family in particular yet what to they do?

They torch and loot business and bakeries owned by people of people, of color in the town (leaving strangers to pay to rebuild them), loot black elementary schools , and even burn the church of the Brown Family’s pastor at least as long as they are undefended

They close down shopping malls on the one weekday where many working people might have off before Christmas.

The disrupt a christmas tree lighting making a bunch of children cry.

The try & fail to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

They block Traffic disrupting the lives of average people

And then they tweet about their “bravery” as one person described it in LA:

“Half of this protest I feel like is baiting cops … sort of about proving who you are against the police,” said Wilder Bunke, 21, of Hollywood, who was critical of actions by some in the crowd. “The modern-day “… the police” isn’t shooting a cop, it’s posting a picture of yourself posing with a cop car on Facebook or Twitter.”

Do you see the contrast?  In the 30’s the hero pretends to be a coward in public while putting themselves in danger behind the scene.  Today they pretend to put themselves in danger in public.  All those videos of college kids lying down in malls and professional protesters disrupting shoppers, all those tweets declaring death threats to Officer Wilson are all about faking the courage of those who came before for all the world to see.

And yet, even that “courage” is an illusion as they taunt police in the sure and certain knowledge they will not shoot and are in fact trained not to.  (Although I suspect the professional protest organizers, the Lisa Fithians of the world dearly hope one of their dupes would get themselves shot and create a martyr to the cause).

Alas the problem with living in a bubble, even a bubble that holds the fascination of the mainstream media, unlike Cuba’s Women in White , is that while your niche might see such action as world-changing, the general public sees something else, as Jazz Shaw put it:

The very first thing which came to my mind was to place myself in the position of a commuter who might not be all that familiar with the events in Ferguson hearing about the movement on the news later one. Oh.. so those were the guys who kept me sitting on I-90 for five freaking hours when I was supposed to be picking up cranberry sauce for my mother-in-law? Oh, I definitely will want to get on board with their legislation.

People understand it takes no actual courage to make trouble for average folks and people who can’t fight back that’s why those who practice the form of cowardice take so much time to pretend otherwise.  I’ll give the last word to C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape

Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember;



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When a group of people have become guided by their bellies–their appetites–appealing to them on an intellectual, spiritual and/or altruistic basis is pointless. Not only do they become unable to discern any difference between good and evil, but they even become unable to figure out what is best for themselves.

We see this attitude made flesh–pun intended–in the latest Missouri drama involving the police.

Vonderrit Deondre Myers, a teenager who died in a police shooting, was struck by seven or eight bullets, St. Louis city Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham said Thursday night.

“All but one gunshot wound were to the lower extremities,” Graham said. “The one fatal wound was to the head.”

Police Chief Sam Dotson said the killing happened Wednesday evening when a suspect shot a pistol three times at the St. Louis officer, who was off-duty but wearing his uniform while moonlighting for a security company. The officer fired his pistol 17 times, police said.

The shooting sparked angry street protests, with residents pointing out similarities to the August killing of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

Emphasis mine. There has also been rioting.

Many things fall under the heading of appetite. There is food, of course. (Esau famously sold his birthright to his brother Jacob–one of the earliest examples of selling oneself out against what is best for self.) And there are physical intoxicants and hallucinogens for which people will do anything to obtain.

But there are other appetites as well–tribalism, vengeance, covetousness, etc., and these are all spiritual in nature. And here’s how they operate: in the absence of the Holy Spirit, an individual–or a people–will be prone to these appetites.

Here we have black people protesting against the police because the latter responded to a shooter with identical force and, of course, the only reason they are protesting and rioting is because the shooter is black. Their appetites are more important than right and wrong. Which appetite? Their appetites for tribalism, tribal vengeance, and covetousness. Their bellies for these things have become their gods.

And many of these people won’t realize that they have food poisoning until it is too late.


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In his examiner column today Glenn Reynolds (tomorrow’s guest BTW) talks about how the rules concerning “patriotic dissent” apparently change as desired by the holders of the meme:

“Protest is patriotic!” “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism!”
These battle-cries were heard often, in a simpler America of long ago — that is, before last November. Back then, protests — even if they were organized by the usual leftist apparatchik-groups like ANSWER or ACORN — were seen – at least in the media – as proof of popular discontent.

Yes we remember those halcyon days of yesteryear, when one could call for the murder of a president and yet simply be expressing dissent, exercising the rights guaranteed under the constitution. Who cares if some group might have fronted it. However now that the tea party has become a source of such protest…

Funny how fast the worm — or maybe it’s the pitchfork — has turned. Now that we’re seeing genuine expressions of populist discontent, not put together by establishment packagers on behalf of an Officially Sanctioned Aggrieved Group, we’re suddenly hearing complaints of “mob rule” and demands for civility.

Civility is fine, but those who demand it should show it. The Obama administration — and its corps of willing supporters in the press and the punditry — has set the tone, and they are now in a poor position to complain.

That’s why a “living breathing Constitution” is in my opinion BS. That allows people to decide it says what they want it to say rather than what it actually says (a contract).

I guarantee we will be talking about this tomorrow.

I’ll be continuing to put up the various interviews but for now we have a series of short clips of the lead up to and the actual march in question with my commentary and some photo links.

First there was the revving up of the crowd:

Before anything else I want to say the two speakers there gave me access to the Gazebo to take some shots and were extremely polite to me. I may disagree with them but they get full marks on that. Here is a pan of the crowd:

It was pretty small at that point but small contingents kept showing up during the day, here is the second to last that came:

By the time the final batch came the total was about 300 or maybe a bit under. Here is the second Pan after the contingents showed up. It still added up to maybe 3% of the Tea Party crowd.

In a few minutes they were about to Watch, I checked with the Police and asked if I could walk ahead and take pictures, they smiled saying it was a free country. So they started to line up to do their march through the streets:

The Crowd started down the street with the police clearing the way. The public watched with some amusement and some bemusement as they continued on.

They basically marched a block down, two or three blocks over then back up toward city hall. Their cry was “education not deportation”. I would highly recommend education particularly on the subject of economics which was sadly lacking in this group. I would suggest for that they begin with Don Boudreaux, a bit of history perhaps, I would recommend Anne Applebaum’s book Gulag to reacquaint people with all the good that Che and socialism did for people and perhaps some current events with Byron York as none of these people seem to be actually have read it. Maybe even a lesson in English like the difference between “immigration” and “illegal immigration” which the entire march seemed to try to blur rather dishonestly.

The March then stopped near city hall where the Big Apple Circus was in town. It gave me a chance to show the entire crowd.

It was not the brightest idea of the marchers to stop in front of a large tent with the word Circus on it where one could take pictures. From there they marched by the graveyard where James Otis, Sam Adams and the dead from the Boston Massacre are buried. That would have been the place to stop and talk but they didn’t think of that.

The Democrats on the Sunday shows like Al Sharpton who said: “Nobody is talking about Open borders” certainly wasn’t talking about this rally nor was Katrina Vanden Heuvel who lionized these rallies as significant while minimizing the tea party rallies that not only in Boston drew 33x more people but did so on a Wednesday rather than on a weekend. It was blatantly dishonest. And I’m sure they would have loved some of the things said about the military in front of the recruiting center where it ended.

The truth is this march and movement has absolutely no chance of convincing average Americans of anything if their ideas are presented unfiltered. A great example of this was Diane a black woman who was working one of the two jobs she had worked for the last 20 years. She was unimpressed with the march, the marchers and their cause. Media outlets should be ashamed of themselves for pretending they are something they are not.

Update: Apparently the low Boston turnout wasn’t unique.

Update 2: Smitty provides links to other coverage in LA and NY and Charlotte NC.

…well actually I just finished watching the new Doctor Who by Proxy after I got home from the immigration rallies and let me tell you it was a lot more interesting than the rally.

Several things about it:

The crowd came in several groups. When I got there it was about 10 min of 12 and there were about 150 people there. The primary theme was Marxism/socialism.

Three distinct waves showed up later that brought the totals up to about 300 people.

There was an organized group of anarchists which seems to be an contradiction in terms.

The people there were very polite and the people in charge let me take shots from a few angles behind the stage, they never showed me anything but courtesy.

One bit of advice for people If you are going to stop during your march through the streets don’t give speeches in front of a giant tent that say Circus

My photos follow:

My Traditional short interviews will follow during the day.

Update: At Washington Monthly they ask this question:

Attendance at May 1 events have varied in recent years, but it was just a few years ago when hundreds of thousands of people participated in enormous events demanding change to the immigration status quo. Whether today’s events generate those kinds of crowds remains to be seen.

Well here is the answer, On a beautiful Wednesday two weeks ago 10,000 people showed up on the Boston common at the tea party rallies.

Today on a beautiful Saturday afternoon a whole 300 people showed up. In fact is was a small enough crowed that I was able to actually COUNT them. You tell me which rally was more newsworthy.

I think with all due respect Mr. Breen the question isn’t how Fox will report it. The question is will the MSM inflate the numbers and its importance and suggest it is supported by more people than it actually is.

Back at the hotel after spending the Evening at the Washington Monument rally.

There were a lot of impressive speakers, I managed to score interviews with Breitbart, and even Tucker Carlson (who proved to be a very good sport about the whole $800 a week thing.) Those videos will up over the weekend along with many others as time permits

The feeling of the overflowing crowd was one of unity of purpose, there were a few counter protesters who were quite comically represented their 3 dozen or so as the “other 95%”. Proof positive of the ineffectiveness of their public schools.

Considering how many of these events were repeated all over the country it is going to be very hard to ignore or dismiss.

Any political group that doesn’t take the tea party protests seriously does so at their own risk

I wonder if they will have any comment on this at the meeting tomorrow?

According to a police report filed at the scene, supported by several witnesses, the following interaction took place between Miss Rose and the uniformed Planned Parenthood escort:

Rose, from the public sidewalk: “Sir, are you familiar with the abortion procedure?”
Escort approaches Rose rapidly from Planned Parenthood parking lot, says, “You idiot. You’ve caused so much trouble. You piece of crap.”
Rose offers to show Escort a picture: “Can I show you a picture of what it really does to a baby?”
The Escort strikes Miss Rose’s hand, knocking literature and Bible to the ground. Rose steps further back on sidewalk, Escort steps towards Rose.
Escort, visibly shaking, says, “It’s a woman’s choice!”
Rose says, “What about the baby’s choice?”
Escort says, “It’s not a baby!” Escort turns around and walks away.

Police were called and interviewed the victim and several witnesses. Rose sustained no injuries from the attack. Charges of assault and battery are pending. There have been no apologies.

I guess he didn’t have an answer to the “cut to the chase” either.

Now the assault took place back in December but more interesting than the assault is the response by Planned Parenthood, as Cassy Fiano reports:

I was asked by Live Action to try to contact Planned Parenthood and get a response from them about this incident. I genuinely wanted to know their side of the story. Have they done their own investigation into this? Is the escort, a Gerard Nordley, still working with Planned Parenthood? Do they have a statement? Will they issue an apology?

I called their public relations department repeatedly for over a month. I left message after message. I never received a single phone call to follow up about this incident, or a single e-mail. This leads me to believe that Lila Rose’s statement is indeed accurate, and that Planned Parenthood is trying to keep this quiet. I understand the role of escorts for abortion clinics, and approaching the abortion protesters is not in the job description. Assaulting them is definitely not. Lila wasn’t hurt, thankfully, but what happens next time? If this man wasn’t even disciplined for his actions, what will keep him from taking it a step further with someone else?

That’s a great question. I wonder if anyone will be asking it tomorrow night, and what the answer will be? Would their response time for such an event be better than 6 weeks?