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Comment by the Collector In Chief

ENDNOTE: KofC honors pro-abortion, pro-homosexual “marriage” Gov?

2015-Mar-28

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2015/03/virginia-parish-severs-ties-with-knights-of-columbus-over-plans-to-honor-gov-terry-mcauliffe/

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A Virginia Knights of Columbus council is pressing forward with plans to honor pro-abortion, pro-homosexual “marriage” Gov. Terry McAuliffe by having him as grand marshal of its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In response, the parish priest has strongly reproached the council and cut ties.

Norfolk Knights of Columbus Council 3548, which has organized the Norfolk Saint Patrick’s Day Parade since 1967, had secured McAuliffe as grand marshal, apparently keeping the choice from the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, where the council is based. When Father Dan Beeman took it up with the state council on the advice of his bishop, he was told by the state council that another grand marshal would be chosen, a decision that was reversed ten days later.

“Governor McAuliffe stands contrary to the Catholic Church in not one but many of the most essential teachings of the Church in the political arena,” the Norfolk pastor wrote in a March 5 letter to parishioners, distributed at Sunday Mass on March 8. “He himself promised to be a ‘brick wall’ against restrictions on abortion, has taken away commonsense protections for women in abortion facilities and lowered safety standards, and consistently takes money from pro-abortion lobbying groups.”

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I’m speechless!?!

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ENDNOTE: Obits and Fear of Dying

2015-Mar-21

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/our-primal-fear-of-dying/?awt_l=L7FbM&awt_m=JebzM7cybxWvYa#axzz3Tc85feAX

Our Primal Fear of Dying

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I think over time we grow into our mortality as we do our maturity. That said, I’ve seen 70- year-olds who grasped desperately to the bitter and fearful end. Likewise, I’ve seen 7-year-olds dying of cancer accept their death with a knowing grace that both stuns and humbles. When we can emotionally as well as intellectually place ourselves within a larger storyline and accept life as the grand primal epic that it is, we find a right place within life – and perhaps make peace with death as a meaningful dimension of it.

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Epic?

I guess some folks live an epic.

I read about my fellow Jaspers accomplishments and I am humbled.

Too late now, but I’m impressed with their adventures.

It’d have been great training for a much younger me to “collect” these stories back then to get a sense of what was possible.

Too late, I get smart.

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ENDNOTE: What happened to Hollywood?

2015-Mar-14

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2015/02/hollywoods-forgotten-hero.html

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hollywood’s Forgotten Hero

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Yet, among all from Hollywood who served, only one became a fighter ace. That distinction belonged to actor Wayne Morris, who seemed headed for stardom in the late 1930s, after his performance in Kid Galahad, alongside Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis. At 6’2″ with an athlete’s physique, Morris looked the part of a heavyweight boxer. Critics praised his “natural, realistic performance.”

Three years later, Morris decided to learn to fly in preparation for “Flight Angels,” a “B” feature from Warner Brothers, where he was under contract. While the film was largely forgettable, Morris discovered an affinity for aviation. He earned his private pilot’s license and with America’s entry into World War II, he joined the Naval Reserve. Morris completed military flight training in 1942 and (like Jimmy Stewart) was initially assigned as a flight instructor.

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Almost a decade later, Morris mounted a career comeback, receiving good notices for playing a washed-up boxer on Broadway in William Saroyan’s The Cave Dwellers. That same year (1957), Stanley Kubrick cast Morris in Paths of Glory, as a drunken, cowardly French infantry officer in World War I. Movie-goers who knew of Morris’s record as a brave, tenacious fighter pilot appreciated the irony of Kubrick’s decision, and the actor delivered: his performance as Lt Roget is remembered as one of his finest.

Sadly, Paths would mark one of final screen appearances. During a reserve tour on the carrier Bon Homme Richard in 1959, Morris suffered a massive heart attack and died a short time later at a navy hospital in Oakland, CA. He was 45 years old.

Fifty-five years after Wayne Morris’s passing, Hollywood is speculating about this year’s competition for Best Picture, which includes American Sniper. There is general consensus that Clint Eastwood’s film about Chris Kyle will lose to one of the other entries, since many academy voters are squeamish about his depiction of the Navy SEAL sniper, who killed 160 enemy combatants with a dedication and determination that some (falsely) depict as racism.

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Chris Kyle understood the savagery of war, as did Wayne Morris. It’s one more reminder of how much Hollywood has changed over the past 70 years, and not for the better.

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I knew this story partially from my fascination with Hollywood “war” movies as child.

I was a “child” in this respect until into the early 70’s where I saw the cost of the Viet Nam “war”, Carter’s Pardon for evaders, and the perfidy of the Gooferment, its politicians and bureaucrats, and the Crony Capitalists. 

Ike warned of the military – industrial complex. I knew about the warning. But failed to heed it.

So too “Hollywood” was once populated by stand up people. During the two World Wars, if someone was too “valuable”, too infirm, or otherwise unqualified to get into the fighting, they often became “dollar a year men” working in important government posts to free others. It was a “patriotic” time.

And, just as Ike warned, the Gooferment became the fearful master. Lying propaganda from the media made it easy to lull “We, The Sheeple” to sleep.

Hard times are coming. Made harder still by the loss of “leadership”. 

Hollywood is decadent, hedonistic, socialistic, and too politically correct for its own good.

No wonder they are treated as the trivialities they really are.

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ENDNOTE: The super obesity “opportunity”

2015-Mar-07

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/weird-news/obese-people-treated-zoo-because-5120150

Obese people to be treated at ZOO because hospital beds are too small
10:04, 7 February 2015
By Michael Adams

Prague zoo could build specialist unit with XXL equipment to treat overweight patients – but London Zoo says no to accepting human ‘inmates’

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Stepan Svacina, a doctor at the General University Hospital in the Czech capital, told Czech newspaper Lidove noviny that certain procedures demanded bigger tools.

He said: “We have special weight scales for those people who are extremely overweight but we cannot do computer tomography or magnetic resonance imaging on them because they do not fit in the devices. Some of the obese patients have had to undergo these treatments in the local zoo.”

Around 200,000 people suffer from morbid obesity in the Czech Republic – regularly ranked as one of the fattest nations in Europe – and some 80,000 people suffering from so-called super obesity.

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Wow, 200k people in a population of 10M. Extrapolate that to the US. 2% of 320M is 6.4M.

Sounds like is an epidemic.

How many ebola patients were impacted in the USA and look what was spent on that?

Seems like if there was a “central planner”, then this would be on their list of “issues”.

Have to pray that there is a “cure”. If can’t be all “bad choices”. Can it?

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ENDNOTE: Who wants “a race of thoroughbreds”?

2015-Feb-28

http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/mass-sterilization-kenyan-doctors-find-anti-fertility-agent-in-un-tetanus-vaccine-2/

“Mass Sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

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According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

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Anyone remember Margaret Sanger?

On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
“…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.” Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people
On sterilization & racial purification:

Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial “purification,” couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

On the right of married couples to bear children:
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her “Plan for Peace.” Birth Control Review, April 1932

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

At least, she was “honest” about “human being who never should have been born”.

I have no knowledge that this is more than hype.

But, I do see the number of abortions here in the US. One has to believe that the intelligentsia is breeding “better people”?

Argh!

Are we on the road to our own destruction as a species?

Seems that way.

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ENDNOTE: “Teachers” have been made slaves of the Gooferment

2015-Feb-21

http://faithtap.com/2486/taylor-mali-what-does-a-teacher-make/

Taylor Mali hits the nail on the head whenever someone asks him what a teacher makes. His response is so perfect and incredible that it sent chills down my spine. Teachers make a difference and the really good teachers are changing the world a student at a time with their inspiration and dedication in believing that our next generation can be better than the last. Amen to this man’s wonderful testimony to teachers!

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Sigh! But unfortunately for “teachers” is that they have been made slaves of the Gooferment.

Gooferment Skrules are training grounds for prisons and factories.

Imagine what they’d be paid if they were in their own business.

Imaging this guy running his own school. He be buried in “certificates of appreciation” (i.e., silver coins) by student and parents.

Imagine the Christian Brothers running schools. Oh wait they do and did, and while I hated every moment of it, they were amazing. (I’d recommend less force and more encouragement.)

Argh!

We can only hope to survive the Gooferment, its Skrules, and its tyranny. 

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ENDNOTE: Worldwide Layoff — bull it’s US — At IBM

2015-Feb-14

http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/at-work/tech-careers/massive-worldwide-layoff-underway-at-ibm

Massive Worldwide Layoff Underway At IBM
By Tekla Perry
Posted 3 Feb 2015 | 17:00 GMT

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This is a human tragedy. 

Careers being wiped out by cataclysmic economic forces.

If there is a villain in this story it’s the callous “leadership” that gets bonuses and raises while their “human resources” go into the dumpster.

And, of course, I see the Gooferment’s Unintended Consequences in this as well.

If the corporate tax rate was zero, then there’d be no rush to move work overseas. 

(“Corporations are merely tax collectors; not taxpayers. They merely pass their costs along.” Lawrence Alan “Larry” Kudlow is an American economist, television personality, and newspaper columnist. August 26, 2014 0830 on WMAL Mornings on the Mall Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor)

If there was a long term view in both the corporate board rooms and the “District of Corruption”, then there would be these horrific shifts.

For example, if Corporations could only pay salaries and bonuses, in excess of what the US President’s salary is, in the form of annual bonds spread out over 25 years, then we’d see a complete realignment of economic thinking. (If the corporation goes bust in 5 years, think Radio Shack, then I won’t be able to case out. Guess I better think about that!)

Argh!

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