Sunday, December 31, 2023

Finally Free: of 2023

What a year it has been. Motus in fine velocior, as the Romans put it.  Why is this last post of 2023 also my first post of 2023?  Because events have been too appalling for comment.

As always, I have used Wikipedia as a starting point for the refreshment of my recollection, and focused those items which were of particular note to me.  


2: Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffers cardiac arrest in the middle of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals -- we are invited NOT to speculate as to why.
5: 50,000 people attend the (nevertheless perfunctory) funeral of Benedict XVI, who died on New Year's Eve of 2022.
13: Large explosion on the Lithuania-Latvia Interconnection natural gas pipeline.
19: Embattled French President Macron faces pension reform strikes.
28: Beginning of the infamous incident of the Chinese balloon over the United States.

Deaths: Gina Lollobrigida; Fred White (drummer, Earth, Wind and Fire); Adam Rich; Lynette Hardaway (Diamond and Silk); Melinda Dillon (Ralphie's mom in A Christmas Story); George Cardinal Pell; Paul Johnson (historian); Lisa Marie Presley; David Crosby; Cindy Williams; Lisa Loring (Wednesday on The Addams Family in the '60s).


1: More than half a million workers across the U.K. go on strike over the crisis in pay and cost of living conditions in the nation.
6: Two massive earthquakes strike Turkey and Syria, killing tens of thousands.
21: Russia suspends participation in the New START nuclear arms control pact with the United States, citing the U.S.'s evident desire for the defeat of Russia in the war with Ukraine.
28: Lori Lightfoot loses her re-election bid as mayor of Chicago.

Deaths: Burt Bacharach; David Oreck (Oreck vacuum cleaners); Raquel Welch; Stella Stevens; Richard Belzer.


10: Prince Edward receives the title of Duke of Edinburgh, previously held by Prince Philip, his father.  Also: collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank, the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history.  
21: Uganda passes a law imposing stiff prison sentences on aggravated homosexuality and attempted homosexuality.
24: an outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi kills dozens of people.
27: Six are killed in the Covenant School mass shooting, perpetrated by a transgender person who was herself killed by police.

Deaths: Phil Batt (former governor of Idaho; Robert Blake; Pat Schroeder; Mark Russell.


3: NASA announces the crew of Artemis 2, set to be the first landing by men on the Moon since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.
4: Donald Trump is indicted out of New York on charges related to payments of hush money to Stormy Daniels.
10: Leak of classified documents relating to the war in Ukraine and other foreign affairs, which is pinned on Jack Teixeira, a kid in the Air National Guard who allegedly photographed printouts and posted them online.
24: Fox News fires Tucker Carlson; CNN fires Don Lemon.

Deaths: Judy Farrell (Nurse Able on M*A*S*H); Richard Riordan (former mayor of Los Angeles); Harry Belafonte; Jerry Springer; Barbara Young (Agrippina in I, Claudius).


2: The Writers' Guild of America strike begins.  The world yawns.
3: Two explosive drones are shot down near the Kremlin.  Ukraine denies involvement.
5: The World Health Organization declares covid to no longer be a global health emergency.
6: Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla of England, the first English coronation in 70 years.
16: Portugal legalizes euthanasia.
29: Uganda decrees the death penalty for aggravated homosexuality (homosexual sex with persons over 75 or children, or homosexual rape).

Deaths: Gordon Lightfoot; Eileen Saki (Rosie on M*A*S*H); Tina Turner.


2: Fort Bragg changes its name to Fort Liberty in order to avoid being named after a Confederate general.
4: Beginning of the much-ballyhooed Ukrainian "counteroffensive."
6: Destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine, causing flooding downstream on the Dnieper River.
8: More indictments against Donald Trump out of Florida, for alleged mishandling of classified documents.
12: Pat Sajak retires from Wheel of Fortune.
16: Thousands of Catholics gathered at Dodger Stadium to protest the team's honoring the blasphemous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group that celebrates homosexuality and mocks Catholic nuns.
18: Implosion of the tourist submersible Titan at the wreck site of the Titanic, killing 5.
20: Estonia legalizes same-sex "marriage" and same-sex adoption.
23: The Wagner Group rebellion in Russia.
29: the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down affirmative action in higher education.

Deaths: Silvio Berlusconi; Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (the "Iron Shiek"); Pat Robertson; Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber); Treat Williams; Glenda Jackson; Daniel Ellsberg; Alan Arkin


5: The White House is evacuated briefly after cocaine is discovered in the West Wing.  
13: The FDA approves the first over-the-county contraceptive pill.
14: The Screen Actors' Guild and AFTRA go on strike.  The world turns over in bed.

Deaths: George Tickner (founding member, Journey); Tony Bennett; Inga Swenson; Sinéad O'Connor; Paul Reubens (Peewee Herman).


1: Another set of banana-republic indictments issue against Donald Trump from the Department of Justice, for crimes alleged to have stemmed from his alleged attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
4: Beginning of devastating wildfires in the state of Hawaii.
14: More bogus indictments against Trump, out of the state of Georgia.

Deaths: John Gosling (keyboardist for the Kinks); Johnny Hardwick (voice of Dale Gribble on King of the Hill); James Lane Buckley; Ray Hildebrand (Paul and Paula); Arleen Sorkin; Bob Barker; Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher ("Joe the Plumber").


6: The Supreme Court of Mexico decriminalizes abortion.
12: Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy announces an inquiry into impeaching Joe Biden.
15: Beginning of United Auto Workers strike in Michigan, Ohio and Missouri.
17: An F-35 fighter jet goes missing after its pilot ejects over Charleston, South Carolina.
29: New York City declares a state of emergency in the wake of floods caused by heavy rain.

Deaths: Jimmy Buffett; Bill Richardson; Gary Wright; Terry Kirkman (The Association); Dianne Feinstein.


3: Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House, becomes the first Speaker ever to be ousted.
4: Pope Francis comes out with Laudate Deum, the sequel to Laudato si, thus entrenching the papacy further into the climate change agenda.
7: Large Hamas attack on Israel's southern district, kicking off fearful Israeli retaliation, including bombing campaigns against civilian targets and a blockade of the Gaza Strip.
9: RFK, Jr. announces he will run for President as an independent.
10: The Catholic hierarchy goes in for self-parody with the ridiculous "Synod on Synodality."
14: An annular solar eclipse occurs in the Western Hemisphere.
17: The Supreme Court of India refuses to legalize same-sex "marriage."
25: Mike Johnson is elected the new Speaker of the House.
28: Hockey player Adam Johnson of the Nottingham Panthers dies after an on-ice collision with Matt Petgrave of the Sheffield Steelers results in Johnson's neck being cut by Petgrave's skate blade.

Deaths: Burt Young (Rocky Balboa's brother-in-law in Rocky); Piper Laurie; Suzanne Somers; Richard Roundtree; Richard Moll; Matthew Perry.


2: Russia withdraws from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
9: The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith OK's baptism for transgendered persons and for the children of same-sex couples.
11: Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas is officially deposed from his see for political reasons.
19: The apparently Trump-esque (and unquestionably Trump-haired) Javier Millei wins the presidency of Argentina in a run-off election.
22: Geert Wilders' "far-right" Party for Freedom wins a majority of seats in the parliament of the Netherlands.
23: Rioting breaks out in Dublin, Ireland, following the mass stabbing of three children and one woman outside a school; Ireland's government responds by calling for restrictions on "anti-immigrant" speech.
30: Russia bans the LGBT movement within its borders.

Deaths: Rosalynn Carter; Marty Krofft; Henry Kissinger.


1: George Santos (R.-NY), who is facing various types of fraud charges, is expelled from the House of Representatives.
3: Houthis, out of Yemen, attack U.S. civilian shipping in the Red Sea, threatening to widen the Israel-Hamas war.
13: Voyager I stops sending data to earth, due to a technical glitch, though it can still receive commands.
16: Israeli snipers kill a woman and her daughter on the grounds of a Catholic Church in the Gaza Strip; Pope Francis condemns the action.  Also: Giovanni Cardinal Becciu is sentenced to five and a half years' imprisonment for embezzlement.
18: Publication of Fiducia supplicans.  Pushback from a surprising number of bishops who announce they will refuse to implement it.
19: In a move that will later be reversed, Colorado Supreme Court rules that Donald Trump is disqualified from appearing on next year's presidential primary ballot in that state.
28: Maine's Secretary of State decides on her own to remove Trump from Maine's ballot.
31: Queen Margretha II of Denmark announces her abdication in favor of her son, Crown Prince Frederik.

Deaths: Shecky Greene; Tommy Smothers; Laura Lynch (Dixie Chicks); Bob Johnson (Steeleye Span); Ryan O'Neal; Norman Lear; Sandra Day O'Connor.

Whatever happens in 2024, we need to always remember that Christ is still King.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Finally Through: 2022

2022 has been a difficult year, like the previous years.  It has been a year of revelation.  We have begun to see our bread coming back over the waters, as the saying goes, and the results of the globalist coup that really accelerated in 2020.  Many of the "health measures" were rolled back this year, at least for now.  We shall see what lies in store.

As always, I have used Wikipedia as a starting point for the refreshment of my recollection (excluding covid pushback stories, which are scarcely to be found in Wikipedia's current events roundup), and focused those items which were of particular note to me.  


1: France, eldest daughter of the Church, begins to distribute free contraceptives, including patches, injections and the abortifacient IUD.  Also: Formerly Catholic Austria legalizes physician-assisted suicide.
2: Thousands gather in Amsterdam to protest coronavirus restrictions in defiance of a ban on demonstrations.  Also: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R.-GA) has her Twitter account permanently suspended for not towing the coronapanic line.
3-4: Hundreds of motorists are stranded for more than 24 hours on Virginia's I-95 after a winter storm brought traffic to a standstill.
5: French President Emmanuel Macron declares war on the unvaccinated, saying they are not citizens and declaring his intent to "piss them off" and cover them in excrement.  Also: It is announced that the 79th Golden Globe Awards will be held without a live audience, ostensibly due to The Bug, but probably really to cover up the fact that nobody is watching anyway.
6: Australia cancels tennis star Novak Djokovic's visa and imprisons him upon his arrival in Melbourne for the Australian Open, on the grounds that he is unvaccinated, despite Djokovic's having received a legal vaccine exemption.
8: Over 105,000 people take to the streets in France, including about 18,000 in Paris, over a proposed new law that would exclude the unvaccinated from public life.  Also: Beginning of the eruption of Volcán Wolf in the Galápagos Islands.
9: A deadly fire at an apartment house in the Bronx, New York, claims at least 17 lives and injures dozens more.  Also: Blase Cardinal Cupich gets booed and heckled at March for Life Chicago.
10: The Federal Court of Australia orders the release of Novak Djokovic to compete in the Australian Open, and also orders the government to pay his legal expenses.  Also: covid restriction protests take place all over Germany, dubbed "Monday Walks," reminiscent of the Monday protests in East Germany between 1989 and 1991.
12: About 3,000 Bulgarians protest covid passports in front of their parliament building in Sofia.
13: The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Biden/OSHA vaxx mandate, but upholds the mandate for health care workers in facilities that receive federal funding.  Also: Teachers all over France walk off the job in protest over the incoherence of government covid policies related to schools.  Also: amid his civil sexual assault trial, Prince Andrew is stripped of most of his royal honors, titles and patronages, including the official use of the style "His Royal Highness."
15: Massive volcanic eruption at the uninhabited island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai in the Kingdom of Tonga, sending up a gigantic cloud of ash visible from outer space, and touching off a world-wide pressure wave heard as far away as Alaska, as well as a tsunami that hit the west coast of the United States.  Also: protests across the United Kingdom against a bill in Parliament that would curtail the right to protest.
16: Thousands march to protest covid restrictions in Amsterdam.  Also: Novak Djokovic is finally deported from Australia after the government doubles down and this time is backed up by the high court.  Also: in cities across the Netherlands, dozens of restauranteurs and pub owners opened up over the weekend in defiance of government lockdown orders, with the police choosing not to enforce the lockdowns.
19: Boris Johnson ends covid restrictions in Great Britain.
20: The Czech Republic ends vaccine mandates.
22: Ireland ends most covid restrictions.  Also: A convoy of semis almost 45 miles long leaves Vancouver for Ottawa to protest mandatory vaccinations for cross-border truckers in Canada.
23: Some 40,000 citizens participate in the Defeat the Mandates rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, D.C. 
27: Denmark announces the end of covid restrictions.
28: Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.  Also: collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh, injuring ten, the same day Brandon was supposed to give a speech in Pittsburgh on infrastructure.
29: The Freedom Convoy of tens of thousands of trucks arrives at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
31: Ontario, Canada begins lifting covid restrictions.  Also: The premier of Saskatchewan announces the end of proof-of-vaccination requirements, citing the vaccine's ineffectiveness against the Omicron variant.

Deaths: Peter Bogdanovich; Marilyn Bergman (songwriter, "The Way We Were," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"); Lani Guinier; Sidney Poitier; Bob Saget; Ronnie Spector (the Ronnettes); Terry Teachout; Alice von Hildebrand; Charles McGee (Tuskeegee Airman); Louie Anderson; Michael Lee Aday (aka Meat Loaf); Peter Robbins (voice of Charlie Brown in Peanuts animations); Howard Hesseman.


1: Norway gets rid of most covid restrictions.  Also: The premier of Quebec scraps a plan to tax the unvaccinated, in recognition that this would only cause divisions in society.
2: Finland announces the end of covid restrictions.  Also: The Washington Redskins, having previously changed their name to "Washington Football Team," now changes its name to "Washington Commanders."
3: Police in Canberra raid a protest camp and toast each other with their canisters of tear gas after using tear gas on protesters.
6: Platinum jubilee: the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne.
8: Israel ends masks for school kids.
9: Johnson & Johnson suspends production of its covid vaxx.
11: Italy reopens night clubs and lifts its outdoor mask mandates, which people were ignoring en masse anyway.
14: An Israeli Freedom Convoy against covid restrictions arrives in Jerusalem.  Also: Justine Trudeau announces that he will be invoking unprecedented emergency powers against the Canadian Freedom Convoy.
15: Three radical leftist members of San Francisco's school board are ousted in a recall election.
16: Austria, one of Europe's big holdouts on mandates, does a 180 and announces that all covid restrictions will be scrapped by March 5th.
17: Chris Barber and Tamera Lich, two organizers of the Canadian Freedom Convoy, are arrested.
18: Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback drive a wedge through Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa, trampling two.
23: Trudeau revokes emergency powers in Canada.
24: Beginning of Russian invasion of Ukraine.  The price of fuel, already high, begins to skyrocket.  On the plus side, covid miraculously ends.

Deaths: P.J. O'Rourke; Ian McDonald (Foreigner); Gary Brooker (Procol Harum); Bob Beckel; Sally Kellerman; Priscilla Reuel Tolkien.


3: France announces the end of vaccine passports starting March 14th.
5: A tornado outbreak in the American midwest kills six people.  Also: Saudi Arabia announces the lifting of covid restrictions.
6: The American answer to the Freedom Convoy arrives at Washington, D.C.
7: Belgium lifts covid restrictions.  Also: New York City ditches masks.
9: Austria suspends its draconian vaxx mandate.  Also: Romania abolishes covid restrictions.  Also: Location of the wreck of the ship Endurance that sank in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica, in 1915.
11: Kenya lifts covid restrictions.
15: Pope Francis stuns the Catholic world with his announcement that he will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25th.  Also: beginning of popular uprising in Sri Lanka over the government's "net zero" policies that burden the lives of everyday people.
18: The Vatican confirms that all the world's bishops are being asked to join in the consecration of Russia.

Deaths: Peter Bowles (Guthrie Featherstone in Rumpole of the Bailey); William Hurt; Tim Considine; Johnny Brown (Bookman on Good Times); Alan Ladd, Jr.; Conrad Janis (Mindy's father in Mork and Mindy).


1: Italy ends its two-year state of covid emergency.
7: Ketanji Brown Jackson, unable to define what a woman is during her confirmation hearings, is confirmed as a justice of the United States Supreme Court.
8: Two defendants in the alleged kidnapping plot of Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer are acquitted by a jury, while the trials of two other defendants end in a hung jury.
14: Elon Musk begins the process of buying Twitter.
18: A federal district judge in Florida strikes down the Biden administrations mask mandates on public transportation and airlines; most airlines then abolish masking.

Deaths: Estelle Harris; Sonny Caldinez; Liz Sheridan; Read Morgan; Robert Morse; Naomi Judd.


2: Infamous and unprecedented leak of the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, which will overturn Roe v. Wade.
7: Monkeypox is detected in someone traveling from Nigeria to England; a new pandemic is sought to be begun.
8: Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life group, has its offices in Madison burned and sacked by pro-abortion hooligans.
10: The director of the World Health Organization publicly attacks China's zero-covid policy as unsustainable.
18: Biden and the House of Representatives address the entirely contrived baby formula shortage in the United States.
21: Biden signs off on $40 billion of taxpayer dollars to Ukraine.
24: Mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and 2 teachers were slain before the 18-year-old shooter was himself killed by police.

Deaths: Charles Siebert; Norman Mineta; Mike Hagerty; Mickey Gilley; Fred Ward; Midge Decter; Randy Weaver; Rosmarie Trapp (of the von Trapp family); Rosemary Radford Reuther; Ray Liotta; Angelo Cardinal Sodano; Bo Hopkins.

1: Johnny Depp wins a lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who does not come out of the affair without a tarnished image.
5: As many as 80 people perish in a bombing and shooting attack on St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria.
24: The U.S. Supreme Court formally issues Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, overturning Roe v. Wade.
30: The U.S. Supreme Court puts the kibosh on Environmental Protection Agency overreach, holding that the agency has no authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by requiring them to change their fuel sources.

Deaths: Ann Turner Cook (the original Gerber Baby); Jim Seals (Seals and Crofts); Mark Shields.


6: Destruction by explosion of the odious Georgia Guidestones in Elbert County, Georgia.
7: Women's basketball player Brittany Griner, of whom nobody had ever previously heard or cared, pleads guilty to possession of marijuana in Russia.
8: Assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while he was giving a speech in Nara, Kinsai Region, Japan.  
12: The James Webb space telescope enters into service.
25: Pope Francis' shameful apology in Canada for purported "abuse" and "cultural suppression" at residential schools across the nation.
28: With the economy shrinking for the second consecutive quarter, the U.S. enters a recession.

Deaths: James Caan; Larry Storch; Eugenio Scalfaro; Ivana Trump; Mickey Rooney, Jr.; Taurean Blacque; Rodney Stark; Paul Sorvino; Tony Dow; Burt Metcalfe; Nichelle Nichols.


2: Nancy Pelosi's ridiculous visit to Taiwan.  Also: The Department of "Justice" sues the state of Idaho to block Idaho's trigger law banning abortion.
3: Brittney Griner gets sentenced to 9 years on her Russian cannabis charges.
8: The infamous FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, on the same day that the Pentagon announces a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine.
12: Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, is stabbed during an event in Chautauqua, New York.
13: Two die in flooding in Las Vegas.
20: Russian journalist Darya Dugina, daughter of Aleksandr Dugin, is killed by a car bomb in Moscow Oblast.
23: For the second consecutive year, South Korea experiences a population decrease.
24: The U.S. announces another $3 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Deaths: Vin Scully; David McCullough; Roger E. Mosley (T.C. on Magnum, P.I.); Olivia Newton-John; Ann Heche; Virginia Patton (George Bailey's sister-in-law in It's a Wonderful Life); former archbishop Rembert Weakland; Mikhail Gorbachev.


6: Liz Truss becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Also: Beginning of the Mosquito Fire in California's Placer and El Dorado Counties, the largest of California's wildfires of this year.
8: Queen Elizabeth II dies, following a reign of seventy years.  Prince Charles immediately succeeds as Charles III.
19: Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.  Much consternation in certain quarters about the vast outpouring of love and respect for the late Queen.
20: Long after other parts of the country have moved on, the mayor of New York City announces the end of vax mandates for private businesses as of November 1st.
26: Vladimir Putin grants Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden.
27: Sabotage of the Nordstream Pipelines, probably by the United States.  Also: Announcement that the Donetsk People's Republic, the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as occupied parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts overwhelmingly vote in favor of annexation by Russia.
28: Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida.

Deaths: Barbara Ehrenreich; Anne Garrels; Bernard Shaw; Kenneth Starr; Louise Fletcher; Joan Hotchkis (Oscar Madison's physician girlfriend on The Odd Couple).


1: Canada ends all covid border restrictions.
5: The Donetsk People's Republic, the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as occupied parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts are formally annexed into Russia.
8: Explosion on the Crimean Bridge, for which President Putin blames Ukraine.
22: Giorgia Meloni is sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy.
25: Rishi Sunak succeeds Liz Truss as Prime Minister after the end of the latter's 50-day premiership.
26: Tamaulipas becomes the fourth Mexican state to approve same-sex "marriage."
27: Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter takes effect.
28: Bizarre and suspicious home "attack" on Paul Pelosi by a guy in his underwear wielding a hammer.

Deaths: Loretta Lynn; Judy Tenuta; Jules Bass (of Rankin/Bass Productions); Jerry Lee Lewis.


1: The city of Tokyo, Japan extends legal recognition to same-sex couples.
2: Breaking of the FTX crypto-currency exchange scandal.
5: Russia promulgates an amendment to its anti-gay propaganda law that broadens its scope to include transgender propaganda and child grooming. Also: beginning of growing protests against covid restrictions in China.
8: Mid-term elections.  The much-ballyhooed "red wave" fails to materialize.
13: Four University of Idaho students are found stabbed to death at a residence near the campus in Moscow, Idaho.
19: Donald Trump's Twitter account is restored.
23: The Supreme Court of Great Britain rules that the Scottish government cannot hold a second referendum on Scotland's independence without the approval of the British government.
28: First eruption of Mauna Loa in Hawaii since 1984.
29: Singapore decriminalizes sodomy.

Deaths: Tom Owen (Last of the Summer Wine); Gary Roberts (Boomtown Rats); John Aniston; Gallagher (Leo Anthony Gallagher, Jr.); Robert Clary (Cpl. LeBeau on Hogan's Heroes); Irene Cara; Clarence Gilyard; Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac)


3: Two power substations in Moore County, North Carolina are shot up, leaving 40,000 customers without power.
15: The Senate passes a bill to rescind the military vax mandate.
19: A jury convicts Harvey Weinstein of 3 out of 7 sexual assault charges.
20: The Ferndale Earthquake, magnitude 6.4, strikes Humboldt County, California.
21: Volodymir Zelenskyy addresses a joint session of Congress in his president-at-war costume.  Also: beginning of a massive and severe winter storm over about 2/3 of the United States, resulting in 91 deaths, millions of customers without power and thousands of cancelled and delayed flights.
25: Deliberate attacks on four electrical substations in Pierce County, Washington, leaves 14,000 customers without power.
26: China announces forthcoming suspension of quarantine requirements for travelers into China from abroad.
30: Arrest in Pennsylvania of a suspect in the mass stabbing of students at the University of Idaho in November. 
31: Passing of Josef Ratzinger, formerly Pope Benedict XVI.

Deaths: Kirstie Alley; Stuart Margolin (Angel on The Rockford Files); Frank J. Shakespeare; Pelé; Christian Roberts (Denham in To Sir, With Love); Barbara Walters.

I hope and pray 2023 turns out to be a better year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Thursday, September 08, 2022

The Queen Is Dead, God Save the New King

Queen Elizabeth II has died, the longest-reigning monarch in world history.  One has to be almost as old as she was (96) to remember back behind her reign.  Charles, up to now the longest-serving Prince of Wales in British history, is now King, automatically, by operation of law.

There can surely be no one, at least in the secular world, who compares to Queen Elizabeth II in dutifulness.  Prime ministers and cabinet officials came and went, yet seven full decades, and into an eighth, she stuck to her post; and for all the years before that, when Edward VIII abdicated, and it became clear that she would rule after her father.  Despite all the talk about her abdicating due to her great age, she never did, even though she delegated many of her duties to others.

But, I have often thought, how hard it must have been for her to see what was being done to her people,  especially in the last couple of years, without her being able to do anything about it.  When Teddy Roosevelt asked Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary what his job was as emperor, Franz Josef replied: my job is to protect my people from their politicians.  But the British people have had no one to protect them from their politicians, thanks to the apostasy of Henry VIII, that eventually reduced the monarchy to a figurehead and transferred all the sovereign's power to oligarchs.  

May God have mercy on the soul of Elizabeth II, and on her poor subjects, upon whom the oligarchs who rule over them have declared war.  May God grant to England soon the grace of conversion back to the Faith of her fathers, that she ought never to have abandoned.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

August 1st: Masses Solicited for Blase Cardinal Cupich

Today Fr. Z asks for a hard thing in the wake of Blase Cardinal Cupich's brutal, hateful suppression of the Institute of Christ the King within his archdiocese: that Masses be offered on August 1st for his intention.  He also asks writers and bloggers to pick up this request.

Why is this so hard?  Because, on account of his having been a protégé of ex-Cardinal McCarrick, and still more on account of his appalling cruelty and towering hypocrisy, Cardinal Cupich has made himself one of the most loathsome and repulsive figures in the Church's hierarchy in our lifetime.  One would wish to see some dreadful, humiliating retribution visited upon him in exchange for the misery he has visited upon his subjects and the sacrileges, such as the infamous laser light Christmas Mass and the Bubble Mass, that he has permitted within his precincts.  

But: Christ died for him too, and desires not the death of sinners, but that they should live.  To this we all owe the fact that, up to now, we ourselves have not been struck by lightning and swallowed up by the earth.  

So, if there are any priests amongst my tiny readership, please offer your Mass on August 1st for the intention of Cardinal Cupich, in view of the fact that his conversion would be God's preferred method of putting a stop to his predations.  I myself will offer my daily Rosary for him on that day.

Friday, June 24, 2022

We Have Lived to See a World after Roe v. Wade.

Today, the feast of the Sacred Heart, and the Nativity of John the Baptist, who recognized from his mother's womb the unborn Savior, we have lived to see a world after Roe v. Wade.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson that the U.S. Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, and explicitly struck down Roe and Casey v. Planned Parenthood.  Abortion, then, has been divested of its hitherto impenetrable armor as an allegedly constitutionally guaranteed right.

Legacy media outlets are already hyperventilating about the vulnerability, in light of Dobbs, of other purported rights invented by the Supreme Court over the last 60 years -- and not without good reason.  In his concurring opinion in Dobbs, Justice Thomas states that the high court needs to reconsider all its substantive due process precedents, including Griswold v. Connecticut (striking down laws against contraceptives), Lawrence v. Texas (striking down laws against certain private, consensual sex acts) and Obergefell v. Hodges (creating a "right" to same-sex marriage).  There can be no doubt that the same reasoning that formed the basis for striking down Roe also applies to these other cases.  Justice Thomas argues that the substantive due process doctrine has been the principle engine of what he calls "the Court's constitutionally unmoored policy judgments," the nullification of state laws that do not conform to those policy judgments, and immeasurable human suffering -- in this case, in the form of more than 63,000,000 abortions.  "Accordingly, " he says, "we should eliminate it from our jurisprudence at the earliest opportunity."  Dobbs certainly renders the spindly edifice of court-manufactured "rights" even more rickety and precarious.  

Amid the celebration of this most necessary legal victory for the cause of life, there are two things we need to not lose sight of.  The first is that, as Justice Kavanaugh notes in his concurring opinion, Dobbs does not make abortion illegal in the United States.  What it does do is restore the regulation of abortion to the states.  The hottest battleground in the war on abortion has now shrunk to those states, like California and New York, that are still governed by ghouls who are determined to keep the abortion industry going.  Other states have criminal abortion statutes whose effectiveness Dobbs has now triggered.  Idaho, for example, has a criminal abortion statute that will take effect in 30 days.  With the usual exceptions, which apply to physicians, the statute makes it a felony to perform or attempt to perform an abortion.  The statute explicitly excludes from its ambit pregnant women undergoing abortions.

The second thing we need to not lose sight of is that the partisans of abortion are not going to let it go gentle into that good night.  These are the people who did not scruple to leak the entire draft of the decision in an obvious attempt to flip the high court, and who publicly called for harassment and violence against members of the court.  Do not forget the huge industry, not only in performing abortions but also in trafficking in the body parts and cell lines stolen from aborted babies.  Besides which, do not forget the occult dimensions of abortion.  Abortion is nothing other than the modern-day iteration of the cult of Moloch.  All laws that purport to legalize abortion merely provide a legal cover for human sacrifice.  We should expect to see attempts to subvert or somehow end-run or abrogate this ruling.  We should also expect to see hysterical demonstrations, violent protests, and especially more violent attacks on Catholics and their churches over this ruling.  

In my opinion, today's ruling is not decisive, but does mark a change in the prevailing wind.  We may (and probably will) still be in for rough times, but there is a change in the atmosphere.  Is there the smallest possibility that this is a fruit of the consecration of Russia on March 25th?  

What we really need, to send abortion back to the abyss from whence it came, is for abortion to become unthinkable.  That is going to depend upon a change of minds and hearts.  The battle, then, is only beginning.  But Dobbs is a necessary and crucial victory, and worth a public singing of the Te Deum at the very least.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022



Have you noticed how much society, and especially the policies of governance in both Church and State, have tended to the atomization and isolation of persons?  Is it really all a coincidence?

- Discouraging extended families from living together

- Sticking old people into nursing homes

- Encouraging people to work long hours, to the detriment of health, family and social life

- Making it impossible to support a family on one salary, again, to the detriment of health, family and social life

- Flooding towns and cities with more newcomers than they can comfortably handle, destroying the social cohesion and the character of these communities 

- Pricing people out of the housing market, so that they can no longer afford to live where they work

- Implementing policies that lead to a skyrocketing price of fuel, now that millions are forced to commute

- Taxing people to death, so that they become wage slaves

- Making usury the cornerstone of the economic system, thus further enslaving the populace

- Proliferating social media, so that more and more people are content with virtual contact rather than actual contact

- Making it ever easier to order all goods online, rather than having to go out and get them

- Demonizing Catholics who are devoted to traditional Catholicism

- Deliberately making the Mass of tradition so scarce that people have to travel long distances, even hundreds of miles, to find it

These things all drive wedges between people.  Family relationships, friendships, parish life, and civic activities flourish best when everyone lives in one neighborhood and are able to maintain a standard of living that is fitting to their state in life.  It's very difficult to make these things work when everyone has to work longer for less money, and to spend huge chunks of their time traveling; and when traveling becomes expensive as well as time-consuming, people start cutting back.  This usually means, in our Puritan society, eliminating first the  social and recreational activities that otherwise would foster camaraderie and save people from a one-dimensional life centered on work.  It is another form of slavery.

With The Bug, of course, this all became more obvious, plus, our already strained lives were strained even further.  Now we had:

- Healthy people forbidden to leave their homes

- People forbidden to exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed right to assemble

- The creation of an atmosphere of fear and suspicion

- People urged to view each other as vectors of contagion

- People urged to go around with their noses and mouths covered, when God intended our faces to be visible and our noses and mouths to be exposed to the open air

- Increasingly intrusive interference with people's daily lives

- Divisions between those fearful of catching disease and those who were not fearful

- Divisions between those willing to abide by the mandates, and those who saw them as completely unreasonable and ineffective

- Divisions between the jabbed and the unjabbed

- Hospitals and nursing homes forbidding or severely limiting visitors, thereby cutting patients and residents off from their true advocates with the health care system

- The distrust of the medical profession resulting from its ruthless, one-size-fits-all implementation of restrictions and protocols

- Obsession with scientism and abandonment of the supernatural

- The shutting out of people from their own churches and the cutting off of them from the Sacraments

It should be obvious, after the globally coordinated response to The Bug, that we have fallen into the hands of a worldwide, interlocking directorate of parasitic wickedness, for the benefit of which we are kept fearful and isolated.  Fear and isolation certainly do not serve the common good.  They do, however, make it easy for us to be bullied into acting against our own best interests, and even to consenting to participate in great evils, such as aiding and abetting the oppression of our fellow men who are not willing to be bullied.  

Ultimately, in back of it all, is a dark power that seeks to make us lose our souls by rebelling against God and turning on our fellow man.  That is why the churches were shut down, and we were cut off from Mass and the Sacraments, which are necessary to keep us in the life of grace.  It also has to be why many of the dark machinations are carried out in plain sight.  To give full consent of our will to evil, we have to recognize it as evil and resolve to do it anyway.  We can make all the excuses we want for it, and even come up with some really good ones; but really, in the end, deep down, we cannot fool ourselves.

Or God.

Monday, June 20, 2022

The Abdication of Francis: Wishful Thinking


Rumors are picking up that Pope Francis is about to abdicate.  So many people are so tired of Pope Francis and his sledgehammer style of governance that they seem quite ready to believe it, and are speculating on when this event nobody knows will happen is to take place.  Pope Francis himself has hinted in the past that he has not ruled out the possibility of following the example of his immediate predecessor and stepping down.  

Me?  As much as I look for the light at the end of the dark tunnel of this pontificate, I don't buy it, and I don't hope for Francis to abdicate.

Why don't I hope for Francis to abdicate?  Number one, I don't think papal abdications are, on balance, a good thing for the Church.  Up to now, they have been extremely rare, and rare they should remain.  The latest abdication, after all, brought us -- Francis.  Number two, the abdication of this Pope, who has been swelling the college of cardinals far beyond its normal size in order to pack it with his cohorts, would be an ominous sign: a sign that the fix is in (humanly speaking) for Francis 2.0.  

But in any case, I don't see it happening.  It has indeed been terrifying to see a man in his mid-eighties and in obviously poor health double and treble down on effectively excommunicating the whole Church.  But he appears determined to carry on.  From whence could he continue his campaign of smashing up everything recognizably Catholic, if not from his present position?  His prestige would fall to zero if he stepped down.  No, I think the papacy will have to be pried from Francis' cold, dead fingers.  

Could I be wrong?  Sure.  My crystal ball is at the cleaner's.  But I don't think I am wrong.  It is going to be up to God to deliver us from the hirelings into whose hands we have fallen.  

Friday, June 10, 2022

Confirm Thy Brethren

Pope Francis never stops trolling us.  From bringing in syncretism and pagan worship to dropping 16-ton weights on the Mass of tradition to elevating wicked bishops to the college of cardinals to describing the Holy Spirit as "the author of division, ruckus and a certain disorder," the present sovereign pontiff is the scourge that leaves no square inch of our flesh unbloodied.  So much of what he does and says is the exact opposite of what a Pope should do and say.  He quite fails to confirm the brethren.

Or does he?  

I think 2020 kicked off a period of exceptional undeception.  The evils of the modern world have always been visible; but we who have never known anything else have failed, in whole or in part, to recognize them for what they are.  2020 began to prove to us how naked and defenseless we really are in both Church and State before the forces of malignity in the world.  Once a cadre of unelected bureaucrats and oligarchs began to interfere with our everyday lives, we could see how useless our "democratic" systems of government are in the face of true threats to our "constitutionally guaranteed" freedoms.  With the closure of churches and deprivation of the Sacraments, we have seen that the Church of the New Advent, Updated and Streamlined for the sake of Modern Man, has got nothing for us in a true crisis.  God, in His mercy, evidently wills that this present generation not die in its errors.

I submit that His most powerful instrument is Pope Francis.  What greater proof could there be than this catastrophic pontificate that the Barque of Peter is in dire need of a course correction?  Francis is the ultimate undeceiver.  He is not a one-off.  He is a typical boomer cleric: arrogant, brutal, filled with hatred and contempt for tradition and those who love it.  There are loads of priests and bishops just like him, and so it was inevitable that one such would make it onto the Throne of Peter.  The full horror of the project launched into the open at the Second Vatican Council was never going to really make itself fully known and felt by us until we got such a Pope.   

Pope Benedict XVI, though handicapped by the desire to compromise with the Big Ideas of the postconciliar church (as it calls itself), nevertheless tried, gently, to turn the ship around.  But, coarse as we are, gentleness did not suffice, so God permitted the advent of a destroyer.  By the trials that he has inflicted on us, Pope Francis actually removes all reasonable doubt as to the following:

- "Aggiornamento" is really surrender to the world, the flesh and the devil.

- The novelties of the Council, such as religious liberty, ecumenism and collegiality, constitute a colossal betrayal and led directly to abominations like Assisi, Pachamama and Abu Dhabi (with their proponents citing to the Council), as well as to the paralysis of prelates in the face of such evils.

- The Mass of Paul VI is the expression of something that bears the name of Catholicism but that is in opposition to what came before it.

- The Mass of Paul VI performs, and is performed, precisely as intended.

- By the entirely unworthy men this Pope promotes, we can see that there is no dichotomy between someone's private life and his public life.  Sexual deviancy leads inevitably to deviancy in everything.

In short, all the evils the traditionalists in the '60s and '70s predicted -- for which they were laughed to scorn -- have come to pass.  Pope Francis leaves us no room to fudge or evade or reinterpret this fact into something positive.  

In a strange and backhanded sort of way, and whether he intends it or not, Pope Francis is confirming the brethren.  He is confirming them in the inescapable fact that they have gone terribly wrong, and that they need to retrace their steps and get back on the right road.

Pope Francis acts as someone who loves to sow confusion.  But, in light of all the foregoing, how confused are we really?

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Spend the Month of June Making Acts of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Pray the Rosary every day (which we should all be doing anyway).  Recite the Litany of the Sacred Heart every day during the month of June.  Offer up trials and tribulations, however small, in reparation for the outrages committed against the Sacred Heart during the month that is especially dedicated to Its honor.  Go to confession.  Attend Mass and receive Holy Communion on First Friday.  If you've never made the Nine First Fridays, now would be a good time to start.  If you have made them, it couldn't hurt to make them again.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mother, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the Word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, sacred temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwells all the fullness of Divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all Saints, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy most-beloved Son, and upon the praises and satisfaction which which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the Name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee forever and ever.
R. Amen.