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ENDNOTE: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) disagrees with Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)


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

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I feel compelled to comment further re the nine blacks killed while in church in Charleston. An act of white supremacy. Slavery was banned via the Civil War more than a 150 years ago. The Confederacy died with it. Confederate ideology not, however.

Things have gotten worse in the six years Obama has been President. Not his fault. The fault of those whites who cannot stand the thought of a black man in power.

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I disagree that it’s not Obama’s fault.

I strongly disagree with “who cannot stand the thought of a black man in power”.

He has practiced racially divisive tactics politically. Spoke out inappropriately at times. And, in general, demonstrated his youthful inexperience.

For example, after blaming guns for the killing, without mentioning the SSRI component of all but two of the mass murders by young males, he incorrectly states that this doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. A fact that was quickly refuted by folks on the internet.

Then, instead of being Presidential and flying to Charlestown, he goes to Hollywood for two fund raisers.

This is his fault.

Leadership is badly lacking in this country. And, it’s taking all of us — black and white — down to Perdition.


Happy “independence day”. Lower case because “We, The Sheeple” have lost it by electing the corrupt politicians.

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ENDNOTE: Portugal 14 Years After Decriminalizing


14 Years After Decriminalizing Heroin, Here’s What Portugal Looks Like
by Terry Turner – June 3, 2015

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he total number of people using drugs in Portugal has actually fallen by more than a third since the country began focusing on treatment programs instead of punishment.

In 2001, critics worried that drug addiction rates would skyrocket, but not only have they come down, heroin addiction rates have been cut in half.

HIV infections, which are spread by shared needles, have also been cut in half, while the number of drug-related deaths has been cut by 75%. 

Under the decriminalization law, users are allowed to possess a 10-day supply of illicit drugs — anything from marijuana to heroin – and those who have more are sent before a three-person drug commission. The panel decides on a fine or treatment, but opts for treatment in four out of every five cases.

About 25 countries have reduced criminal penalties for drug use since Portugal changed its approach on illicit drugs from a criminal matter to one of public health.

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In my recent trip to Keene NH, meeting with the FSP / Keeniacs welcoming me, one of the topics mentioned was their recent effort to get the State Legislation to consider decriminalizing drugs. Ending the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” is a key to returning freedom and liberty to USA. At the legislative hearing, they reported that one legislator opposed said: “I don’t want to hear any more about Portugal. I’m sick of hearing about Portugal!” (Like saying don’t confuse me with facts, my minds made up.) So, of course, later, another citizen speaker for decriminalizing cited Portugal.

Like Alcohol Prohibition, the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” has been a TOTAL failure.

  • In the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, my nieces and nephews reported that drugs were easier to get than beer in schools.
  • Young people are regular die from illegal drugs of unknown strength and purity.
  • Drugs are regularly reported in prisons.
  • Gun battles over turf by drug gangs kill each other and innocents. (Remind you of Prohibition?)
  • The inner cities have been devastated by “drugs”.
  • The police have been further corrupted by drug money.
  • Our Fourth Amendment rights are a casualty of this drug policy.
  • AND, the police have become militarized “fighting” the “war”. 

Yet, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein

Can we NOT try treating drug addiction as a medical problem.

I am confident that WalMart, Walgreen, CVS, and the local pharmacist can drive the cost of these drugs down to where there is no profit for the drug gangs to thrive on. Some studies have claimed that aspirin will actually cost more than “illegal” drugs.

Also, the “kool factor” will be gone. If there not illegal, then the young won’t be tempted to be “kool”.

And, if they do experiment, the drugs will be pure, clean, and of a known strength.

Let’s start saving lives.


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ENDNOTE: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) cites Portugal’s drug policy


[JR: Using Key West Lou’s blog post as a springboard.]

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I wrote this week’s KONK Life column yesterday. Got it out a day early. Don’t know where the energy came from.

The title is Portugal The Blueprint.

Portugal legalized drugs in 2001. All drugs. Even the real bad stuff like cocaine and heroin. Fourteen years later, the results are amazing. Drug problems significantly down in every area. Jails closing because there are not enough criminals to occupy them.

You will find the article interesting. Perhaps something the U.S. should consider. Read the column before you criticize my comment.

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I am a little L libertarian and completely agree with you about ending the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”. It’s a MEDICAL problem; not a legal problem.

My exemplar is Prohibition that created organized crime. (We got Prohibition because women regained the right to vote, but that it another rant.) Once Prohibition was repealed, there is no violence between Budweiser and Miller employees. And, “organized crime” had to move on to other prohibited substances.

Remember why Prohibition was repealed? Jury nullification.

Prosecutors could get a jury to convict any one of booze arrests; that’s why they had to get Al Capone on Tax Evasion.

So regardless of what the Gooferment, the politicians, or the bureaucrats say, American Juries can put an end to this nonsense all by themselves. No victim; no crime. Sorry. A juron doesn’t have to explain or even talk; just vote “not guilty” and this house of cards will come tumbling down. Argh!

What does an out of work Columbian drug lord do for a living?

p.s., You need to put up a link to the Konk Life columns you cite. I couldn’t find it.

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

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ENDNOTE: Saint Louis University gives into pressure


Pat Buchanan on desire to dump statues: Aren’t we carrying affirmative action bit too far?
Published: 15 hours ago

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The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed.

 Last week came word Saint Louis University will remove a heroic-sized statue of Father Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J. from the front of Fusz Hall, where it has stood for 60 years.

The statue depicts De Smet holding aloft a crucifix as he ministers to two American Indians, one of whom is kneeling.

Historically, the statue is accurate. Father De Smet, “Blackrobe,” as he was known, was a 19th-century missionary to Indian tribes who converted thousands. A friend of Sitting Bull, he spent his last years in St. Louis.

And as the mission of this Jesuit university is, presumably, to instruct the Catholic young in their faith and send them out into the world to bring the good news of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior to nonbelievers, what exactly is the problem here?

According to SLU Assistant Vice President for Communications Clayton Berry, “some faculty and staff … raised questions about whether the sculpture is culturally sensitive.” Senior Ryan McKinley is more specific: “The statue of De Smet depicts a history of colonialism, imperialism, racism and of Christian and white supremacy.”

But if the founder of Christianity is the Son of God, then Christianity is a superior religion. What Ryan and those faculty and staff seem to be ashamed of, uncomfortable with, or unable to defend, is the truth for which Saint Louis University was supposed to stand.

But simply because they are cowardly, or politically correct, why should that statue be going into the SLU art museum? Why should not they themselves depart for another institution where their sensitivities will not be assaulted by artistic expressions of religious truths?

The message the SLU president should have given the dissenters is simple: We are a Catholic university that welcomes students and faculty not of the faith. But if you find our identity objectionable, then go somewhere else. We are not changing who we are.

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Unfortunately, the Gooferment Skrules have taken over.

Catholic Colleges and Universities have become Secular Progressive institutions.

They’ve lost their “Catholic” identity and become yet another socialist propaganda institution.

Just last week, Nancy Pelosi declared that Cruz was not “a good Catholic”. Who died and left her Pope.

It all traces back to folks not willing to fight what they believe in.

The State wants to be the people’s “god” and as such it has to kill “religion” which asserts that the State is not the “supreme being”.

I know as a little L libertarian that I must sound like a broken record.

BUT when does the Catholic Church, the People, or even just “people of good will” stand up and say “NO”?

There are morals. There is right and wrong. There is conduct that is just unacceptable.

When does one fight for their God-given rights as human beings?

“…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939. 

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Perhaps the time is past and the slide is inevitable.

Heaven help our posterity. Heaven help us for our failure.

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ENDNOTE: anti-Catholic Letterman gone


Letterman: Goodbye and Good Riddance
Monday, 18 May 2015 06:01 PM
By Bill Hoffmann
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Bill Donohue has issued a not-so-sweet farewell to David Letterman: Good riddance!

Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said the gap-toothed funnyman has bashed Catholics for years on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

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”We have a whole litany of his anti-Catholic statements, particularly about priests … He gets away with this because the elites tolerate, if not accept, anti-Catholicism.”

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Say what you want about Bill Donohue, he calls them as he sees them.

Interesting to look at the celebrities and media tip toe around Muslim sensitivities but have no such concern about the Catholics, Jews, or Evangelicals.

Ditto around the LGBT as well.

And we wonder why America with all its advantages is rapidly following the Roman Empire?

It’s the lack of morals and common sense.

Pure and simple, we have left the past good things behind us in the search for something better.

And, what we find is that the “road to Hell is paved with good intentions”.

Graduates that can’t read. Prisons overflowing due the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”. The politicians and bureaucrats as corrupt at unimaginable levels. “Money” is worthless. Families are rare. And, “marriage” — as a life long vow — almost unimaginable. 

Sad to say, like the drunk, we have to hit bottom to begin to rebuild. 

If such is possible.

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ENDNOTE: Risk of developing dementia lowered by 30% by “magic”


Agostinho, Marcos [MC1996] shared this link:

Doctors urged to promote exercise
By Press Association
Published: 19:10 EST, 12 February 2015 | Updated: 19:10 EST, 12 February 2015

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Billions of pounds spent on the NHS could be saved if people did 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week, the report said.

The risk of breast cancer could be reduced by as much as 25%, while the chances of getting bowel cancer could be lowered by as much as 45%.

Heart disease could be cut by 40%, while the risk of developing dementia could be lowered by 30%, the same percentage as stroke.

The report followed analysis of more than 200 separate pieces of research, including studies that found that 80% of obese patients had never discussed their weight with their GP and that twice as many deaths were due to inactivity than were due to obesity on its own.

It is estimated that half the population do not do enough exercise, while less than a third of the over-65s do so.

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Thanks to our fellow Jasper for catching this piece of “cheap” advise.

The poor man’s gym — go for a walk.

That reduced risk of dementia is for me. The only thing I have going for me is my “charm”! :-)

Seriously, I bought a fitbit so that my niece-in-law wouldn’t be at the bottom of her “friends” list of step counts. I don’t mean being the “designated loser” for a good cause.

So first day out, in a fit of typical fat old white guy Jasper injineer, I say to myself: “what’s so hard about the walking <synonym for excrement> anyway”. The device comes set at a daily goal of 10k steps. (Notice that is NOT 10k in kilometers, but 10k in steps — however long or short your step is.) “Piece of cake”!

Not so much.

After walking a mle per day in the company garage at lunch time when I was working, did NOT seem like much.

I did 10k but strained my knee. Then next day I tripped and fell. 

Time to reconsider that plan. 

So, I dialed back the goal from 10k to 4k. And, started slower. 

After two weeks, I can report that both the Fitbit, the iPhone app Human, and the iPhone app Moves can’t agree on exactly what I am accomplishing. But, I know it’s somewhere in there.

Another week of 4k and I’ll raise it to 5k. 

Why am I making this an endnote and why should you really care, I don’t know. But it seemed like good advice and, before I tried it, I’d have sluffed it off as “are u talkin 2 me?”

Anyway, hope it helps.

Thanks, Jasper Marcos

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ENDNOTE: Pope Francis is NOT infallible on economics


Being Frank
by L. Neil Smith

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Just for the record, when private capitalism came into being, it was a revolutionary economic, political, and social system that has since fed, clothed, and housed—not to mention educated and cured—more individual human beings than any other system in history. When it appeared on the world scene in the mid-1700s, a person’s average life expectancy at birth—in London, the most advanced and civilized city on the planet—was about 20 1/2 years. A hundred years later, life expectancy was three times that number, and it is now approaching four times.

If only for those reasons (and there are many others), capitalism has been the target of centuries of relentless, vicious attack by evil parasites who wish to be perceived as humanity’s benefactors without actually benefiting anybody at all, Today, virtually every member of what the great essayist H.L. Mencken called the “booboisie” believe (you can’t really say “think”) that capitalism and capitalists are evil.

Capitalism’s gravest “sin” in this connection is that it has made more widespread and greater individual freedom available than ever before (even though in his abysmal ignorance—or ideological delirium—the Pope accuses it of imposing ” a new tyranny” that is “causing people to die”. That, of course, is why there are seven billion people in the world today, as opposed to a few hundred cold and starving millions when his gang of terrorists was running things.).

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It gets worse. The Pope, it says here, is calling for a radical (Stalinist) overhaul of the world financial system. The trouble is, he is an economic ignoramus. He knows absolutely, pathetically nothing about economics. That isn’t really my long suit, either (history is, I guess) but even I know that wealth, under “unfettered capitalism” is more evenly distributed among human beings than at any other time in world history. The article ends with ominous and violent threats against Americans who won’t get with the Glorious Socialist Five Year Plan.

Unfortunately for the Pope and his orcish minions, capitalism is nothing more (and nothing less, as communist China is discovering to their dismay) than the economic expression of “unfettered” individual liberty. Operationally, mechanically, it is simply a system under which people refrain from consuming their wealth today, in order to put it aside somewhere where it will grow, so that they can consume much more tomorrow. As author and lecturer Robert LeFevre pointed out, this has proven to be the only rational way to handle wealth, thus every country, every culture across the face of the planet does it, whether they like to admit it or not. In that epic struggle between capitalism and its mortal enemies, the war is long over; capitalism won.

What remains is the decision whether the wealth in question will be tucked away by individuals who have created and own it, or by the political criminals who routinely steal it, doing with it whatever they wish, most recently claiming that the original owner didn’t really make it, or could not have done so without the government to help.

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I knew when I heard “unfettered capitalism” from Rome that we were going to get a dose of economic “barbara streisand”. Which was then followed up by adoration of “climate change”.

It was one of the wise old Christian Brothers in Good Shepherd grammar school, when covering “Rerum Novarum” by Pope Leo, commented on the limits of Papal infallibility.

I didn’t recognize it at the time, but he was calling attention to the flaw in the Pope venturing into economics.

“Wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner.”

Shifts responsibility from the worker to the business owner.

It’s an axiom of little L libertarian thinking that a business owner dare NOT to underpay his workers, gouge his Customers, or commit any other misstep. Underpaying workers allows competitors to lure them away. See Henry Ford’s wage policy.


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