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ENDNOTE: War is best left to politicians and bureaucrats; fighting them I mean


Irishman shares his horrific World War II experience
James Wilson  @jameswilson1919 April 10, 2017 05:04 AM

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Even by the standards of the Greatest Generation, the life of Derryman Harry Callan has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Now 93 and living in north Dublin, Callan first went to sea at the tender age of 16.  Conscription was never introduced to Northern Ireland during the Second World War, but young Harry joined the Royal Navy anyway.

Joining HM Armed Forces at such a perilous time in British history was never going to be risk-free and Callan’s ship was captured.

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When I read these stories, I want cry and yell.

‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: [screaming at the top of his lungs] “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!” — the character Howard Beale played by Peter Finch in the movie Network (1976) 

How do we change this disastrous meme?

Take the advice of Nancy Reagan?


Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Faux “liberalism” is anathema to Classical Liberals aka little L libertarians


The Exhaustion of American Liberalism
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The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism. All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?
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Today’s liberalism is an anachronism. It has no understanding, really, of what poverty is and how it has to be overcome. It has no grip whatever on what American exceptionalism is and what it means at home and especially abroad. Instead it remains defined by an America of 1965—an America newly opening itself to its sins, an America of genuine goodwill, yet lacking in self-knowledge.This liberalism came into being not as an ideology but as an identity. It offered Americans moral esteem against the specter of American shame. This made for a liberalism devoted to the idea of American shamefulness. Without an ugly America to loathe, there is no automatic esteem to receive. Thus liberalism’s unrelenting current of anti-Americanism.Let’s stipulate that, given our history, this liberalism is understandable. But American liberalism never acknowledged that it was about white esteem rather than minority accomplishment. Four thousand shootings in Chicago last year, and the mayor announces that his will be a sanctuary city. This is moral esteem over reality; the self-congratulation of idealism. Liberalism is exhausted because it has become a corruption.
Mr. Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is author of “Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country” (Basic Books, 2015).
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And interest summarization of the era that I’ve lived through.
Today’s “faux liberal” try to sway “We, The Sheeple” with “for the children”, “wage gaps”, “wealth inequality”, “political correctness”, “Secular Progressive”, and phoney outrage over everything. Seems like “We, The Sheeple” have gotten emotionally tired of the guilt trip while they have “real problems” to solve. It’s tiring,  as well, for the Classical Liberals aka the little L libertarians. While we don’t want the “Conservative King”, neither do we want the “tyranny of the mob”
like the French Revolution’s guillotine. Regardless if you call it “democratic socialism”, fascism, communism, totalitarianism, or whatever-ism, then it all devolves into dictatorship or oligarchy — that’s just another form of “King”!
So in summary, I want you all to have all the freedoms I want for myself. Including the right to be left alone by all your Gooferments!
“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.” — President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in “The American President” (1995)
While I don’t agree with the political views “President Andrew Shepherd”, I do agree with the passion for a “land of the free”!
Dona Nobis Pacem
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ENDNOTE: “Masculinity Confession Booth” is anti-Catholic as well as dumb


Students Confess Their Sins At ‘Masculinity Confession Booth’
ROB SHIMSHOCK Education Reporter
12:38 PM 03/27/2017

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A university will be hosting a “Masculinity Confession Booth” along with a number of other workshops and screenings to combat “hypermasculinity.”

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Maybe I have my tin foil hat on a little tight, but I see this as an anti-Catholic activity.

Can’t think of another religion’s sacrament being used this way. And, it’s always fair game to attack the things that Catholics hold sacred. 

Never gets done to Muslims. 


Because they speak up and are not “Christian”. The “Secular Progressive” left hates anyone who opposes their version of morality.

Just my opinion and observation.


Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Foster care system is so horrifically broken



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Our Foster care system is so horrifically broken. No child should go from home to home with their belongings in trash bags…God bless these men for giving these children a home filled with love and making a difference in other foster childrens’ lives. Telling his own experience is changing the lives of others.

Channel 4 News

February 9 · 

He wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had. Warning: descriptions of abuse. Video by Jess Blank, with special thanks to

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{Note: It’s not “my” forster care system. If I owned, I’d fix it! PDQ!}

QUOTING FROM AN OLD BLOG POST FROM “Reinke Faces Life” on 12/8/2008

POLITICAL: Policies need to make sense. Common sense.

New at Reason: Steve Chapman on the Case for Gay Adoption
December 1, 2008, 7:00am 

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Laws against gay adoption say, in effect, that a child may not be adopted by gays even when the adoption is in the best interest of the child. But as Steve Chapman writes, the real meaning of family values is that the best interest of the child always comes first.

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Regardless of how you feel about “gays”, I personally PREFER “gay adoption” to “gooferment foster care”. Many of the horror stories come from the gooferment trying to insert itself into every facet of our lives.

First priority, should be two parent heterosexual parents. But clearly, we don’t have enough of those to go around.

“Best interest of the child” would get them permanently placed ASAP!

Once that’s done, we can tackle the other thorny issues. Like abortion, marriage, infidelity, teen sex, and all the other “moral issues”.

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At risk of sounding like Oprah Winfrey, if I ran the “Foster Care System”, then I’d be giving out foster children like Oprah gave away cars. “You get a child; you get a child”.

My criteria would be loving homes. I know personally what it feels like to be denied the ability to adopt a child. My wife had “brutal type 1 diabetes” and was not expected to last past 40 — she passed at 63; so much for experts — and we were told we couldn’t adopt in 1976 when we were in our late 20’s. 

So I guess to the Gooferment it’s better that children suffer in what everyone admits is terrible horrific foster care, than a gay couple, or any couple willing get to take care of a child.


This really ticks me off! 

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ENDNOTE: The politically correct AP


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Mar 19, 5:37 PM EDT


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Imagine my surprise I knew that Maryland’s loss had given me the victory over my “old” friend in our “bracketology for a beer” bet. 

Could we both have missed an overtime or a do over. 

The AP is so politically correct that they didn’t report in the headline that it’s the Womens’ NCAA. 


They don’t seem to know how to write headlines to differentiate men and women as well as NCAA and NIT.


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ENDNOTE: The Pope’s Problem with Basic Economics


The Pope’s Problem with Basic Economics

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As Rothbard has written:

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.

When it comes to economics, the Pope’s views reflect the uninformed views of most of the masses. He is one among billions.

Catholics and atheists should give him no special attention on this topic.

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Unfortunately, I think that Pontiffs, straying outside of faith and morals, have damages the image of the Church.

This Pope’s embrace of “climate change”, “greedy businessmen”, and “pedophilia” has just destroyed the moral high ground that he should occupy.

It’s just more “watermelon”— green on the outside and red on the inside — trying to take away individual liberty and give power to Gooferments.


It’s hard to be a big C “catholic” any more.

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ENDNOTE: Notre Dame is tested?



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Dear CV Friend,

Do you remember March 20, 2009?

That was the day the University of Notre Dame announced they would honor newly-elected President Obama as their Commencement speaker.

Under intense pressure, Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins called the invitation a “catalyst for dialogue.” He noted that Presidents of both political parties had spoken in the past, and that the invitation was in no way an endorsement of President Obama’s well known hostility to Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life.

Will Notre Dame continue their tradition and invite President Trump?

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I doubt it and that’s what will expose what’s wrong with “Catholic” institutions.

We’ll see.

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Update: CV reports that ND didn’t invite DJT45, but did invite the VP. Does that tell you anything.

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