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ENDNOTE: Fasting?


3 Reasons You Should Abstain from Your Vices During Springtime
By: Maggie McCrackenJanuary 29, 2017

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If you grew up Catholic, you’re already familiar with the practice of giving something up for Lent. In fact, the idea of fasting or parting with our vices for a predetermined period of time isn’t specific to Christianity. Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and pagan religions all have various traditions of fasting, generally as a means for developing compassion for the less fortunate, disciplining one’s mind and honoring a higher power.

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Isn’t that a subtle dig at Catholics?

I never understood this and wrote about it in my “opus”. Although calling it an “opus” seems pompous!

“Always sounded dumb to her, how would my not eating help a starving kid in China.” — Character Jody — CHURCH 10●19●62 page 73

Maybe now I understand that we were supposed to put money in “mite boxes”. But I’m really not sure. 

Small sacrifices aren’t going to “save the world”. What’s needed imho is a change in thinking. Now I know to call it memes and paradigms. Memes, like their counterpart genes, are those “ideas” that keep the common folk in poverty. Paradigms, “pair of dimes”, is how we see and interpret the external world. Either can kill us or enslave us.

So sad.

IMHO Gooferment is the meme that imprisons up to thinking that we don’t have to take personal responsibility. Yes, we are our brother’s keeper.

IMHO Gooferment doing “charity” is the paradigm that makes us think it’s OK for us to rob our neighbor for the things we think are good for everyone. Argh!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: So Pope Pius XII was a good guy; not like the liberal media portrays him


Church of Spies Reads Like a Thriller
By Peter
January 28, 2017

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“Church of Spies” will inspire many Catholics. It brings to life the heroic priests and ordinary faithful who did not sit on their hands, and who shed their own blood in the Pope’s high-stakes espionage to stop the Third Reich.

This book will also interest students of the Holocaust. It provides a new context for evaluating Pope Pius XII, who opted for quiet clandestine operations instead of loud public speeches. Although not uncritical of Pius – Riebling writes that “he should have spoken out” – the book shows the German resistance itself begged the Pope not to do or say anything publicly that would cause retribution against Catholics in Germany who were concurrently planning assassinations and coups against the Third Reich.

Written with the attention to detail that one finds in Rick Atkinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II books, Church of Spies reads like a thriller. But the nearly 100 pages of source citations remind us that what happened here is true. And savoring that truth makes reading “Church of Spies” all the more compelling.

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I vaguely remember the Good Brothers in Good Shepherd grammar school making this same point. 

Since they were all vets, I took them at their word. 

Turns out they were correct.


Have to read this one.


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ENDNOTE: The Women’s March? Like the astroturf anti-war movement!


The Women’s March is a sham
By Dissident Mama on Saturday, January 21, 2017 

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And, of course, the biggest sacred cow of them all, “reproductive freedom.” Translation: Women have a right, rather, a duty to kill the parasites that grow within them, especially boys, without restriction and without payment, and even demand subsidization of birth control and misogynist tampons. These female zealots are completely ignorant of history, and the fact that most of the early women’s rights activists were pro-life. They would rather celebrate Lena Dunham than Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger rather than Susan B. Anthony, and Sarah Silverman rather than Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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An excellent exposure of the astroturfing!

I often wonder how these women can be sucked into this political “barbara streisand”?

I thought women, in general, were smarter than that.


All we can do is be firm in our resolve that everyone should have the freedom and liberty we want for ourselves.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Charlie Liteky — a patriot

Charlie Liteky, who gave back his Medal of Honor, dies
Published January 22, 2017  Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO –  Charlie Liteky, an Army chaplain in Vietnam who won the Medal of Honor for rescuing more than 20 wounded men but later gave it back in protest and became a peace activist, has died.

Longtime friend Richard Olive said Liteky died Friday night at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco. He was 85.

The Army awarded Liteky the highest military decoration for his actions on Dec. 6, 1967, when his company came under intense fire from an enemy battalion in Bien Hoa province. Despite painful wounds in the neck and foot, Liteky carried more than 20 men to the landing zone to be evacuated during the fierce firefight.

“Noticing another trapped and seriously wounded man, Chaplain Liteky crawled to his aid,” the Army’s official citation reads. “Realizing that the wounded man was too heavy to carry, he rolled on his back, placed the man on his chest and through sheer determination and fortitude crawled back to the landing zone using his elbows and heels to push himself along.”

He left the priesthood and in 1983, married former Catholic nun and peace activist Judy Balch in San Francisco. His wife introduced him to refugees from El Salvador, “teenagers, whose fathers had been killed and tortured. I didn’t believe it, but I kept going to more and more of these meetings and it became clear these people weren’t blowing in the wind,” Liteky told the San Francisco Chronicle in a March, 2000 interview.

Twenty years after his heroic actions in Vietnam, Liteky left the Medal of Honor — awarded under the name of Angelo J. Liteky — and a letter to President Ronald Reagan at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington in protest of the country’s foreign policy in Central America, where U.S.-backed dictators were fighting bloody wars against left-leaning rebels.

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There are no plans for a funeral, Olive said.

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An older and wiser me recognizes that vets understand war, death, and Gooferment war crimes better than those who have not “seen the elephant”.

[Old soldiers in the Civil War coined a phrase for green troops who survived their first taste of battle: “He has seen the elephant.”]

When a man goes thru such an experience and comes out of it, they are changed.

While that younger me was brainwashed to believe that “our government right or wrong”, the years have washed away that naïveté. Now, I don’t trust it, don’t believe it, and really don’t like it very much. The “American Experiment” went off the rails long before I came on scene and will probably be off them for a long time after me too.

That being said. 

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, — it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” — probably incorrectly attributed to George Washington

So, sorry if I am cynical, but Litkey was probably correct.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Don’t let your story or wisdom go unpublished


Posted by: By Tom Woods | October 12, 2016

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Even though nonfiction titles sell fewer copies than you may have thought, they are not for that reason a waste of time, particularly if you derive intellectual pleasure, as I do, from the challenge that comes with writing them. Writing a book can open major print, radio, and television outlets to you and your ideas, thereby giving you a chance to spread your message to a wider audience than just the reading public. Authors receive speaking invitations that give them the opportunity to reach a broader audience still, while adding to their (erratic) income. And so on.

If you want to write a book, then, just be sure to go into it with your eyes open: you probably won’t retire on the royalties.

But there are other reasons to write a book, even financial ones. A book can yield income indirectly. For one thing, rightly or wrongly, being an author gives you automatic credibility with lots of people. As I noted above, a book can open doors for you on the speaking circuit and in the media. It can promote your business, service, or product, though you need to be subtle about this.

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I think there is another more significant reason to self-publish — to capture and memorialize for all time some of your dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom), your memes and paradigms, or your feelings.
I’ve done a little of each —
CHURCH 10•19•62 

2009 Collected Short Stories

Sharp elbow; warm heart — The journey of a girl born into poverty, From a tenement walk up … to … a quiet passing into heaven … with frequent stops: to help people, and love all the children along the way. The Evlynn Marie Mahoney Reinke story

My Code Book

Reinke Faces Life in 2006 

2013 carmina quam triste

Maybe someday in someway, this might be useful to someone.

I was at my Uncle Big John’s wake, and his younger brother approached me about him writing a book. Of course, I encouraged him.

After we talked, I wonder how much of Big John’s stories and tales went with him. And it made me sadder.

Don’t let yours die with you. Get them on paper for whatever reason.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Corzine skips on a missing 1B$


Corzine Agrees to Futures Industry Ban in CFTC Settlement
Bob Van Voris
Jan 06, 2017 10:55 pm ET

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(Bloomberg) — Jon Corzine has agreed to a lifetime ban from the futures industry to settle a U.S. lawsuit that he failed to properly oversee MF Global Holdings Ltd. as the brokerage spiraled toward failure in 2011.
Corzine, an ex-governor and U.S. senator from New Jersey and the former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., also agreed to pay a $5 million penalty from his own pocket to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, under a consent order approved by a federal judge in New York Thursday. The agency had been seeking the industry ban since at least October.

“I am pleased to have reached this settlement to resolve the CFTC’s claims,” Corzine, 70, said in a statement. “As the CEO of MF Global in 2011, I have accepted responsibility for its failure, and I deeply regret the impact it had on customers, employees, shareholders and others.”

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A missing 1B$! And he gets a slap on the wrist.


Where did the money go?

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ENDNOTE: Unethical; does it come back to bite you in the


The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley
By Erin GriffithIllustration by Alconic for Fortune
December 28, 2016, 6:30 AM EST 

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Breaking the rules makes you a Silicon Valley hero. That’s great if you’re breaking a dumb rule, not so much if you’re breaking an important one. Startup mythology is packed with stories of That Time Steve Jobs the Genius Did Whatever It Took to Win, and That Time in the 1990s that Larry Ellison the Badass Calculated Revenue the Way He Damn Well Pleased. Today’s founders cite Airbnb’s famous “farming” strategy (it spammed people advertising rentals on Craigslist to lure them to Airbnb). They speak breathlessly about how “T.K.”—Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick—has repeatedly ignored legal roadblocks. Admirers see an aggressive attitude and a $70 billion valuation, ignoring Uber’s careful, behind-the-scenes negotiations with regulators in many cities, notes Bradley Tusk, a political consultant for Uber.

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Is it enough to “win” by any means possible?

“One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole” ― Mahatma Gandhi


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