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ENDNOTE: The ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas


The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”
By Thomas DiLorenzo
July 7, 2014

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Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and simply support all war and all military aggression – as long as the U.S. government is the aggressor.

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An illustration of this crazed, murderous philosophy that is offered by Rothbard is a congratulatory letter to Woodrow Wilson from his son-in-law, fellow pietist “progressive” William Gibbs McAdoo, the Secretary of the Treasury, for having plunged America into the European War.  “You have done a great job nobly!“, wrote McAdoo. I firmly believe that it is God’s will that America should do this transcendent service for humanity throughout the world and that you are His chosen instrument.” There were more than sixteen million deaths in World War I, including some 7 million civilians.

Such “religious” fanaticism provided a moral cover of sorts for the armaments industry and others who supported (and support) war for monetary reasons only.  Some things never change.

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I remember studying St. Thomas Aquinas and the Just War in grammar school.

Finally a topic I could relate to. I loved Cowboy and War Movies.

The Brothers were (i think) all WW2 and Korean vets. And they had a very unique insight and urge that this was one of the more important things we could learn.

And then came VietNam.

Early on, I was a chicken hawk. But very very quickly, I became anti-war. As more people I knew went into the meat grinder, or went to Canada, and the bodies mounted up, I realize the Aquinas was of so right.

Even today, the only truly Peace Candidate, Ron Paul, was sneered and labeled a “crazy isolationist”. Our fellow alum, Rudy was destroyed by Ron Paul and “blowback”.

All for naught.

War, more war, and tyranny.

Where will it all end?

The best we can hope for is peaceful secession; the worst is more and escalating violence.


Dona Nobis Pacem

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The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”

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Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and simply support all war and all military aggression – as long as the U.S. government is the aggressor.

ENDNOTE: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] cites Australia Anglican Confession


FROM: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

John, I read William Brigg’s blog entry today and thought of you, and said to myself, “Xe might be interested in these thoughts.”

(See both Confessions and Humpty Dumpty)

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[JR: Turning over the soap box to him for a great find!]

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Don’t Go To Confession; Humpty-Dumptying The English Language; More

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Go To Confession

But not in the Anglican Church in Australia. The enlightened leaders of that organization are now forcing priests to rat out parishioners who confess to acts which carry jail terms of at least five years.

“Forgive me, enlightened one, for I have sinned. It has been forty-two weeks since my last confession.”

“Go on, my son.”

“I accidentally side-swiped another car on my way home last week and didn’t report it.”

Sounds of pages flipping. “Were you at the time going more than 40 KPH?”

“Um, I don’t recall. Maybe.”

“Hmm….” More page flipping. “Well, was the other car moving at the time?”

“No, it was parked.”

Flip, flip, flip. “Now we’re getting somewhere. Was this on a public street or in a private lot? Such as might be found at a Drake’s Supermarket?”

“Right on the street.”

“One final question. Were you drinking at the time?”

“Well, I might have had one or two beers at the pub. But I was fine to drive.”

“My son, according to the Criminal Code, if you’re found guilty—and you have just confessed to the crime, so that is not really in question—your offense has a maximum sentence of six years. I’ll be sending a recording of this conversation to the police. Slide your ID through the slot. I’d advise you not to attempt to flee. That can add considerably to your tariff…”

Confession no longer means what it used to mean, and this is because of…

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[JR: When the “King” becomes the “owner” of the “Church”, or as in the USA vastly too powerful, this is what happens!] 

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ENDNOTE: Is former Gov. David Paterson serious


The odds favor the house
By Post Editorial Board
June 27, 2014 | 10:28pm

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When New Yorkers approved a ballot measure to open the state to Las Vegas-style gambling last year, the idea was that the benefits of seven new casinos would flow to an economically depressed Upstate.

The Post has been skeptical about betting the state’s prosperity on casinos, especially for depressed areas such as the Catskills. Our warnings may now be coming to pass as two major developers have pulled out of plans to bid for the right to put up a casino in Sullivan County.

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On top of this is the all-too-predictable political factor. Turns out former Gov. David Paterson, who found himself in the thick of the bid-rigging scandal surrounding the Aqueduct racino, is a consultant for a potential casino operator.

He’s also the new chairman of the state Democratic Party, which is headed by Gov. Cuomo — whose appointees will select the winning casino bidders.

All of which is sadly appropriate: In casinos, after all, the odds are always stacked against the public.

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Sure, no conflict of interest there.

Pepuls Republik of Nu Yuk!

I often rant that Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

But politicians and bureaucrats are worse.

Remember their Rules of Engagement: Reward friends, punish enemies, and feather your own nest.

Wonder when the Pope will get around to the politicians and bureaucrats now that he’s dispatched the Mafia?

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ENDNOTE: It’s “murder” writ large


So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret
By David Swanson
War Is A
June 25, 2014

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The memo considers a section of the U.S. code dealing with the murder of a U.S. citizen by another U.S. citizen abroad, drawing on another section that defines murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought.”

David Barron, the memo’s author, needed a loophole to make murder-by-missile a lawful killing rather than an unlawful killing, so he pulls out the “public authority justification” under which the government gets to use force to enforce a law. It’s a novel twist, though, for the government to get to use force to violate the law, claiming the violation is legal on the Nixonian basis that it is the government doing it.

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This is lipstick on the pig.

If I as an individual can’t murder you, then how can I authorize my “representatives” (n.b, the quotes because they don’t represent me) to do what I can’t?

Here’s a real simple explanation of why this is immoral.

As well as ineffective, and inefficient


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ENDNOTE: Pope Francis, the Mafia, drug prohibition


The Volokh Conspiracy
Pope Francis denounces the Mafia, but praises drug prohibition – the main source of the Mafia’s income
BY ILYA SOMIN June 21 at 6:51 PM

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Today, Pope Francis denounced the Mafia and excommunicated its members from the Catholic Church. But just yesterday, he praised drug prohibition and refused to support any “yielding or compromise” on the issue of legalization. There is an obvious tension between these two positions. As the CNN article on the pope’s excommunication of the Mafia notes, the Sicilian Mafia – like many other organized crime and terrorist organizations – gets most of its revenue from the illegal drug trade.

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But the drug policies he supports are a major cause of the evil that he condemns.

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Interesting that the Pope doesn’t stick to faith and morals.

Once he ventures into politics, economics, and policies, he demonstrates cluelessness.

Unfortunately, how many lives have been lost or ruined due to the stupid “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

It didn’t work for alcohol. So why does ANYONE think it would be different for “drugs”.

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ENDNOTE: Notre Dame not Catholic?


Alumni to Notre Dame: Arrange for Departure of Trustee Who Supports HHS Mandate
June 9, 2014, at 11:15 AM | By Matthew Archbold 

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The Sycamore Trust, an organization of University of Notre Dame alumni, is calling on the fellows of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees to “arrange for the departure from the Board of Trustees” of a new member who has publicly supported the HHS mandate.

The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news last month that Notre Dame named to its Board of Trustees Katie Washington, who has publicly supported the HHS mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.

Washington, Notre Dame’s valedictorian in 2010 and an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, contributed in 2012 with fellow Johns Hopkins students to an op-ed which appeared in the Baltimore Sun, saying, “We … strongly disagree with any employer — religious or otherwise —that would refuse to provide full insurance coverage, including contraception, for its employees.”

The Trust, in its latest bulletin, calls the appointment “inexplicable, insupportable, and incriminating.”

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Seems like Notre Dame doesn’t want to be Catholic?

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ENDNOTE: Young man killed


BOSTON (CBS) – A Marine from New Hampshire has been killed in Afghanistan.

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Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, 19, was one of three U.S. service members killed by a roadside bomb Friday morning.

“The entire State of New Hampshire is devastated by the tragic loss of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who was bravely serving his nation in Afghanistan,” Governor Maggie Hassan said in a statement. “Our service men and women courageously sacrifice every day to protect their fellow citizens and defend the enduring value of freedom that is our very core, and in doing so, Lance Corporal Garabrant made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Garabrant graduated from ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough last year. He had requested to wear his uniform during graduation, but the school did not allow it.

Garabrant was also a volunteer firefighter in Temple, New Hampshire.

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This saddens me on three levels.


Why are “We, The American Sheeple” allowing our politicians and bureaucrats to deploy “our” girls and boys “in harm’s way” in a futile effort that the American Sheeple don’t support.

Afghanistan has been “the graveyard of empires” for all recorded history. Didn’t work out for the British. Nor the Russians a few years earlier.


The Gooferment Skrules are not even consistent in supporting the Gooferment’s agenda.

What propaganda and incorrect memes did this Gooferment entity pump into his head that he’d volunteer to go half a world away to die.

Did “we” learn nothing from Viet Nam?


What could this young man done with his life to benefit himself and society?

What about his progeny that now will never be born?

This is a disaster for all of us.

I pray for his soul and his loved ones. We are all a little poorer now. “No man is an island, entire of itself … any manʼs death diminishes me”. 

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ENDNOTE: Magdalene Laundries


[JR: I defer to a fellow alum’s rant.]

I literally couldn’t pick just one part of this to share, the whole article needs context and needs to be read from start to finish. It’s not an easy read, but we are all accountable.

McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

No country for young women: Honour crimes and infanticide in Ireland
Posted on June 3, 2014 by Stephanie Lord

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When I was in first year in secondary school in 1997, a girl in the year above me was pregnant. She was 14. The only people who I ever heard say anything negative about her were a group of older girls who wore their tiny feet “pro-life” pins on their uniforms with pride. They slagged her behind her back, and said she would be a bad mother. They positioned themselves as the morally superior ones who cared for the baby, but not the unmarried mother. They are the remnants of an Ireland, a quasi-clerical fascist state, that we’d like to believe is in the past, but still lingers on.

The news broke last week of a septic tank filled with the remains of 796 children and babies in Galway. The remains were accumulated from the years 1925 to 1961 and a common cause of death was malnutrition and preventable disease. The Bon Secours “Home” had housed thousands of unmarried mothers and their children down through the years. These women had violated the honour of their communities, by bringing shame on their families through “illegitimate” pregnancy and therefore had to be hidden at all costs, and punished for their transgressions. The children died as they lived, discarded like the refuse of society that the Church considered them and the mothers that gave birth to them to be. Most of the children who survived were put to work in industrial schools under the supervision of perverts and sadists.

Thousands of the healthy ones were sold abroad – mostly to the US – for “adoption.” For the ones who remained, the outlook was poor. Mortality rates of 50% or 60% were common in these homes. In the case of the ones that died, either the Church did not feel they were valuable enough to feed and care for, or they actively worked towards their death. The risk they posed to the social order by virtue of the circumstances of their conception and birth was too great to let go unchecked. These children certainly did not die for lack of money or resources on the Church’s part (they had an income from the children they sold), and the fewer children of this kind there were, the less threat there was to the church’s control over society.

If the Church had allowed them to grow up to be functioning adults in Irish society it would have ran the risk of demonstrating that the institution of marriage was not absolutely integral to the moral well-being of a person. Women were not allowed keep their babies because the shame that their existence brought upon the community would be far too great. They were imprisoned within Magdalene Laundries to atone for their sins of honour, and their babies were removed from them as part of their punishment – women who dishonoured the community were deemed to unfit to parent.

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But when we look the other way, and allow the lie that we live in a modern progressive democracy to breathe, we allow our authoritarian Catholic past to continue to cast its shadow.

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[JR: Speechless!]

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ENDNOTE: No self-inflicted misery or impatience


Looking Back
Creatures of a Day
by Theodore Dalrymple
April 27, 2014

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Yesterday a young woman who was unknown to me except at third hand died.

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[JR: Several touching stories which are well worth the reading.] 

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I have known no such tragedies in my life. No one close to me (except a friend when I was 15) has died young. All the terrible things I have seen in life have been from the outside, as it were, not from the inside. My knowledge of tragedy is by acquaintance rather than by experience, as Bertrand Russell might have put it. This has never prevented me from complaining about my fate, not for a minute or a fraction of a minute. But thinking about the death of my wife’s friend’s friend will change all that. From now on there will be no self-inflicted misery or impatience in my life—until, that is, the next time the food in a restaurant takes too long to arrive or a train is delayed by ten minutes.

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I’ve lost. I’ve gained.

I too am rebuilding.

I may never be finished.

But I hope I can remember patience.

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ENDNOTE: HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI by Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)


Posted on May 19, 2014 by keywestlou

Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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[JR: As is my usual procedure, when I read an “endnote” that I wish I had written, especially one done by a fellow Jasper, I’ll defer to my learned fellow Alum. Please take the time to read it in its entirety. If you do and are not moved, then nothing I would have written would have been better. I’ll quote one small section that I found moving.]

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Two of the speakers were survivors of the bombings. Relatively close to me in age. Setusko Thurlow is today 81 years old. At the time the bomb fell on Hiroshima, she was 13. Yasuaki Yamashita is today 74 years old. At the time the bomb fell on Nagasaki, he was 6.

Moderating the event was Clifton Truman Daniel. Daniel is President Truman’s oldest grandson.

President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The two survivors are part of the Hibakusha Stories Group. Hibakusha is Japanese for atomic bomb survivors, a bomb affected group. The group is anti-nuclear weapons. It seeks the destruction of all nuclear weapons. Ban the bomb!

The personal stories of both survivors were compelling. They were there. Their lives thereafter significantly affected by the bombings.

Setsuko Thurlow again was 13 years old and living in Hiroshima at the time. She was an eighth grade student. However, she and other young school children did not attend school any longer. The men and young lads were fighting in the islands. Japan was losing the war. Only young children and women were left in Japan proper. They had to help in the war effort.

Setsuko was part of a group of thirty girls who were working at Army headquarters. Setsuko’s job was decoding secret messages from the front lines. She was attending an assembly meeting when the bomb fell. The time was 8 am. Suddenly, there was a flash. Beyond description.  All she said of the bombing itself was “…..a real catastrophe.” She added, “No human being deserves that kind of experience.”

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[JR: Readers of my blog know that Harry S. is close to the top of my worst Presidents. Specifically he’s #3. And it’s all about Abombing two civilian targets when the Japanese were trying to surrender. Soecial place in Hell imho for this atrocity. Remember I’m a little L libertarian who believes in the Zero Aggression Principle. This is a national disgrace. And, makes me sad that my country was so foolish and easily deceived. Seems fitting on Memorial Day to ask ourselves some very tough questions. That’s why I say ‘bring the girls and boys home now; we can always send politicians and bureaucrats!’]

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