Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Twitter Thoughts:

This sums up my opinion perfectly.

Sean Davis 
@seanmdav

Trump should be impeached because he fired a bureaucrat and didn't give us a reason.

Trump should be impeached because he fired a bureaucrat and tweeted the reason.

Pick one, you idiots.

11:00 AM - Nov 15, 2019
The Wildest Subway Passengers You’ve Ever Seen
Seahawks reportedly turned down trade offer for Rashaad Penny

Friday, November 15, 2019

I have made a few adjustments to a project a cursory outline of which was posted recently to this site. Two parts originally planned as sections for the project will now be stand alone pieces that link to the eventual final product and a new section was composed last night as a new segue into the final parts. The operative date for the final project to be published as of this moment is February 26, 2020 though the two new stand alone pieces that will now be linked to it will be posted in the weeks prior to that time.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Points to Ponder:

[T]he very exercise of authority becomes, in the context of this dialogue, an exercise of obedience, the obedient performance of a service, a ministry of truth and charity. By obedience We mean the observance of canonical regulations and respect for the government of lawful superiors, but an observance and respect readily and serenely given, as is only to be expected from free and loving children.

By contrast, a spirit of independence, bitter criticism, defiance, and arrogance is far removed from that charity which nourishes and preserves the spirit of fellowship, harmony, and peace in the Church. It completely vitiates dialogue, turning it into argument, disagreement and dissension-a sad state of affairs, but by no means uncommon. St. Paul warned us against this when he said: "Let there be no schisms among you." (1 Cor 1. 10.) [Pope Paul VI: Encyclical Letter Ecclesiam Suam §115 (c. 1964)]

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Briefly...

Jadaeveon Clowney had his breakout game as a Seahawk, Quandre Diggs made his debut at FS and was a massive upgrade over the tepid Tedric Thompson. Josh Gordon made his debut and had 2 receptions for 27 yards, both key third down receptions and one against Richard Sherman.

The pass rush finally decided to show up, Jarran Reed in his fourth game back had his best game of the year, Poona Ford played solidly, Jacob Hollister had a workmanlike game at TE, Duane Brown was back at LT and played with a vengeance shutting down Nick Bosa.

Russell Wilson did not have a great game but he had great moments in the second half and with the exception of the INT in overtime. The corners played well. Chris Carson did okay with what they gave him and had a couple really clutch grind them out third down conversions.

As a team, I think the 2019 Seahawks have finally arrived. Now we go into bye week with this great road victory to savour. Oh and the rivalry with the Niners? Its back baaaabyyyyy!!!
ELIZABETH WARREN WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT

Monday, November 11, 2019



Next week, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, we will hear from William Taylor and George Kent. On Friday, November 15, 2019, we will hear from Marie Yovanovitch. More to come.


Replying to
Morning Consult/Politico already has public support for impeachment falling to 47% from a high of 51% in mid October. But like Wil E Coyote, I am sure you and your ilk will push on nonetheless. I am looking forward to the latest ACME Impeachment gadget blowing up in your faces.
3:13 PM · Nov 6, 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Twitter Thoughts:

I am not sure how often I will do one of these but here is something from Twitter that I found of interest in the past week...

Comfortably Smug
@ComfortablySmug

NBC and ABC are really going all in on protecting rapists. Like holy shit. This isn't even gaslighting. They're doing it in front of everyone's eyes and the Journos aren't saying a peep.

Amazing what they're willing to ignore to get CNN contributor gigs

4:54 PM · Nov 6, 2019
Sean T at RCP
@SeanTrende

·Nov 6

It's gonna be lit when McConnell schedules a six-week Senate impeachment trial that all Senators are required to attend, silently, starting a week before Iowa.

Lawyers, Guns, and Money
@ShawnMcElhinney


Replying to
@SeanTrende

Only six weeks? I figured #CocaineMitch would slow roll this thing from about a week before Iowa all the way through April or so basically crushing the presidential campaigns of Warren, Sanders, Harris, Booker, and Klobuchar in the process.
12:10 AM · Nov 7, 2019
It seems appropriate to designate a special subtag for the upcoming postings pertaining to the 2020 election in addition to the usual subtag we use for political stuff. Essentially all political, election, sociopolitical, and geopolitical postings will continue to be tagged with the Pol/Elect/Sociopol/Geopol subtag but those pertaining to the upcoming election will have an additional political subtag attached to them. However, unlike the main political subtag, the one being introduced here will have a select shelf life.

So without further ado, I want to introduce the subtag 2020 Election which will be utilized on applicable postings from this point forward until the presidential swearing in on January 20, 2021.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.
AEW Full Gear results, recap, reactions: Lunatic fringe

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Outline For Planned Expository Musing on the Magisterium:

I cannot remember the last time I wrote out an actual outline for a subject I planned to treat on in some detail but this subject is one that has been on my mind from time to time in the past few years. As I put the finishing touches on a piece that will probably be used as one of the references for this project, the idea to set down a skeleton outline of how I am considering treating the subject of the magisterium seems appropriate. Without further ado...


Magisterium Outline:

Introduction and Prefatory Comments on the Subject of Obedience:

a) Introduction
b) On the Nature of Obedience
c) Examples of Obedience in the Writings of the Catholic Spiritual Tradition
d) Newman on the Obedience Owed to the Pope

On the Magisterium: Faith and Morals:

a) Nature and Scope
b) Newman on Faith and Morals

The Popes on Their Magisterial Authority:

a) Clement I
b) Victor I
c) Callistus I
d) Leo the Great
e) Hormisdas I
f) Nicholas I
g) Agatho I

Ecumenical Councils on the Magisterial Authority of Popes:

a) Philip the Roman Legate at Ephesus on Behalf of Celestine I
b) Council of Chalcedon to Leo the Great
c) Council of Constantinople III to Agatho I
d) Council of Constantinople IV 
e) Council of Lyons II
f) Council of Florence
g) First Vatican Council
h) Second Vatican Council

On the Magisterium, Extraordinary Matters of Faith:

a) Definitions De Fide
b) Canonizations of Saints

On the Magisterium, Ordinary Matters Pertaining to Faith:

a) Ordinary Universal Magisterium
b) Dogmatic Truths

On the Magisterium, the Authentic Magisterium:

a) Newman on the Syllabus of Errors

On the Magisterium, Matters of Ecclesiastical Discipline

On the Magisterium, Matters of Church Government

On What the Magisterium is Not:

a) Matters of the Prudential Order
1) Matters of Science
2) Matters of Economics
3) Matters of General Politics

Conclusion


I anticipate that the above project will be finished and ready for publication sometime in the spring of 2020.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Democrats are wasting America's time on impeachment
Seahawks claim former Patriots WR Josh Gordon off waivers
Purgatory Project Names 2019:

Richard Dunn McElhinney
Margaret Dianne McElhinney
Anna Maria McElhinney
Shawn McElhinney
Teresa Marie McElhinney
Frank D. Barone
Raffaelina Barone
Bobby Kanski
Pat Kane
Chris DiSomma

Mic Greubel
Jim Greubel
Cindy Greubel
Kathy Hanks
Shane Rasmussen
Bill Walkling
Tim Tull
Charles Tull
Daniel Tull
Pauley Perrette

Mike Mentzer
Ray Mentzer
James Dunn McElhinney
David Kanski
Harry Kanski
Mary Kanski
Paul McElhinney
Mildred McElhinney
Mark Usher
Virginia Usher

Jack DeLisle
Larry Gonczy
Ed Flynn
Cecilia Flynn
Hugh Dunn
Silvana Barone
Albert King
Albert Collins
Freddie King
Sharon Yotter

Lisa Yotter
Bob Kanski
Claudia McElhinney
Keith McDonald
Mona McDonald
Michelle Bigliatto
Gwen Stefani
James Pavlick
Kevin Tierney
Albert Cipriani

Mark Harmon
David McCallum
Barry Goldwater
Ronald Reagan
Fr. Augustine Hartmann
Fr. Christopher Hunter
Emilio Barone
Jimi Hendrix
Ronnie Van Zant
Allen Collins

Steve Gaines
Leon Wilkinson
Bob Burns
Billy Powell
Roger Waters
Syd Barrett
David Gilmour
Rick Wright
Nick Mason
Jack Bruce

Eric Clapton
Ginger Baker
Johnny Cash
Waylon Jennings
Merle Haggard
David Allan Coe
Glen Campbell
Yvonne Goodwin
Diana Louie Taylor
Marc Taylor

Beth Cleaver
Kender McGowan
Misha Lynn Nicastro
Mel Denny
Hattie Denny
Miki Odendahl
Bob Klaus
Deborah Klaus
Art Sippo
Michael Lopez

Leta Allen
F John Loughnan
Fr. Robert Taft SJ
Mark Cribbs
Larry Usher
Steve Paul
Marlene Eiden
Linda Hale
Dave Altier
Vangie Altier

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Points To Ponder:

The critique of fundamentalists that Catholics basically appropriate pagan symbols left and right is not without merit. Catholics are supposed to have a nuanced understanding of these things not react like haughty colonizing douchebags about contemporary examples of inculturation while blindly uncritically accepting prior pagan inculturations without a second thought. After all, if they did that, they would have to jettison virtually everything about Catholicism. How do you think the Church is Catholic which means "universal" and how do you think it was able to worm its way into so many cultures? A hint: inculturation.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

Points to Ponder:
(On Dialogue)

The dialogue...supposes that one listens to the other, and in the divine sense of this word listen, as Jesus the child listened to the doctors, or the risen Christ listened to the pilgrims of Emmaus, or the man listens to Revelation, or God listens to man's prayer. Let yourself listen, I say, with the hope that the other's point of view will teach you something new, will complete your thought, or will allow you to expand it, to purify, subliminate, deepen it. An objector, contradictor, critic are unsuspecting aids, for in every objection there is a part of the truth, which allows us to better express what we think, to forestall confusion, to give relief and contour to our opinions. St. Thomas began by presenting what went against his thesis. He leaned on the obstacle, on the apparent negation he built his discreet affirmation, filtered, tested, simple, and sure. And Laecorde, in the same spirit, said: "I do not try to convince my adversary of error, but to join him in a higher truth." [Jean Guitton: Dialogues of Paul VI With Jean Guitton pg. 163 (circa 1967) as quoted in I. Shawn McElhinney's Commentary on the Intricacies of Dialogue (circa 2003)]

Monday, October 14, 2019

Points to Ponder:

Yesterday was the 102nd anniversary of the Fatima appearance of 10/13/1917. I remember many devoted Fatima folks who were convinced the Blessed Virgin Mary would make an appearance to mark the 100th anniversary of the event but that never happened. I have long wondered if the biggest devotees of Fatima have not wondered as to why that was the case.

Having given this some thought, I strongly suspect that the reason why there was no anniversary appearance is that the BVM was none too pleased with those who claimed to honour and venerate her Fatima apparition (the foundation of which are repentance, conversion, and obedience) more than everyone else (essentially being More Fatima Than Thou™) while at the same time, being so blatantly and unrepentantly disobedient and disrespectful to her Son's Vicar.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

DEBRA J. SAUNDERS: Whistling past the graveyard
Points to Ponder:

"...And now, though I might say much more about the prerogatives of the Holy Father, the visible head of the Church, I have said more than enough for the purpose which has led to my speaking about him at all. I have said that, like St. Peter, he is the Vicar of his Lord. He can judge, and he can acquit; he can pardon, and he can condemn; he can command and he can permit; he can forbid, and he can punish. He has a Supreme jurisdiction over the people of God. He can stop the ordinary course of sacramental mercies; he can excommunicate from the ordinary grace of redemption; and he can remove again the ban which he has inflicted. It is the rule of Christ's providence, that what His Vicar does in severity or in mercy upon earth, He Himself confirms in heaven. And in saying all this I have said enough for my purpose, because that purpose is to define our obligations to him. That is the point on which our Bishop has fixed our attention; 'our obligations to the Holy See;' and what need I say more to measure our own duty to it and to him who sits in it, than to say that in his administration of Christ's kingdom, in his religious acts, we must never oppose his will, or dispute his word, or criticise his policy, or shrink from his side? There are kings of the earth who have despotic authority, which their subjects obey indeed but disown in their hearts; but we must never murmur at that absolute rule which the Sovereign Pontiff has over us, because it is given to him by Christ, and, in obeying him, we are obeying his Lord. We must never suffer ourselves to doubt, that, in his government of the Church, he is guided by an intelligence more than human. His yoke is the yoke of Christ, he has the responsibility of his own acts, not we; and to his Lord must he render account, not to us. Even in secular matters it is ever safe to be on his side, dangerous to be on the side of his enemies. Our duty is,—not indeed to mix up Christ's Vicar with this or that party of men, because he in his high station is above all parties,—but to look at his formal deeds, and to follow him whither he goeth, and never to desert him, however we may be tried, but to defend him at all hazards, and against all comers, as a son would a father, and as a wife a husband, knowing that his cause is the cause of God. And so, as regards his successors, if we live to see them; it is our duty to give them in like manner our dutiful allegiance and our unfeigned service, and to follow them also whithersoever they go, having that same confidence that each in his turn and in his own day will do God's work and will, which we have felt in their predecessors, now taken away to their eternal reward..."  [St. John Henry Newman: From a Sermon (circa Oct. 7, 1866)]

Friday, October 11, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Points to Ponder:

Complaining not only ruins everybody else's day, it ruins the complainer's day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get. [Dennis Prager]

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

On the Electoral College Map For 2020:
(Musings of your humble servant at Rerum Novarum)

This was compiled from comments posted to social media about three or four weeks ago.

Of the 538 electoral votes out there, 451 are already known. Well, 452 because whatever the polls say right now, Trump is not going to lose the one tossup electoral vote in Nebraska. So it starts off as follows:

Republicans -220 electoral votes
Democrats -232 electoral votes

I am assuming for a moment that the Democrat floor is 232 which is not a given either (as Minnesota and New Hampshire were very close last time and the Republicans have a lot more money to spend this time around). But let us make that presumption from the get-go, ok?

So starting with 220 electoral votes, Trump will follow the pattern of Republicans in 16 of the past 17 elections in the postwar period and retain Arizona and its 11 electoral votes. That puts his total at 231 electoral votes. Then there is Florida. Watch for the Republicans to dump a metric shit ton of money into Florida. Unlike in 2016 where the Democrats outspent the Republicans 3:1 the numbers will be reversed this time and the president will be helped by the lack of a primary contest meaning the Republicans can use all their money in a fashion befitting a general election and not worry about wasting any of it to fight off primary opponents as will be the case with whomever the Democrats nominate.

As has been the case in 13 of the past 17 elections in the postwar period, the Republicans will keep Florida and its 29 electoral votes. That brings the president's total to 260 electoral votes and a mere 10 away from what he would need to win re-election.

From there we have Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania representing 10 electoral votes, 16 electoral votes, and 20 electoral votes respectively and all of which Trump won in 2016. The Republicans would only need to grab one of those three to put the president at or over 270 electoral votes. By contrast, the Democrats would need to run the table there and win all three of them and with the lions share of their remaining field, that is not going to happen. Its conceivable that a Biden-Gabbard ticket could do it however but many Democrats seem insistent on nominating someone like Warren, Sanders, or Mayor Pete: none of whom would be successful in running that gauntlet with the radical nonsense they are spouting in these primaries and which the Republicans will tar and feather them with in a general election campaign.

As I said, this path is not a hard one at all. And the real kicker is this: it could be reached even if there was an overall nationwide five million deficit in the popular vote.

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Even if the Dems swung MI and PA back in 2020, they would still lose if they did not also swing WI. And as I said before, this assumes for the moment that Dems hold MN: a state they won with a mere 1.5% in 2016. The Republicans are going to dump some coin into that state this time to try and swing it and a few others which were barely contested last time which were a lot closer than many folks figured.

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You cannot base what will happen in presidential election years with what happens in midterms. Ask the Republicans who thought their wipeout of the Democrats in 2010 made winning in 2012 a certainty. Ask the Democrats who thought in 1998 that they were on their way to a threepeat in 2000 or who thought after 1986 that they were well positioned to win the presidency in 1988.

The bottom line is the party whose president is in power usually loses seats in midterm elections. The only exceptions to this rule in the past 90 odd years were 1934 and 2002 where the presidents party actually increased their presence in the House and Senate. In that light, what happened in 2018 was not unusual except for the fact that Republicans while losing roughly the average in House seats for a midterm correctional actually gained Senate seats last year. In short, the Republicans showed less overall weakness in 2018 (-41, +2) than the Democrats showed in 2010 (-63, -6).

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Ohio is slated as likely Republican in 2020. It has also been roughly twice as likely to go Republican (12 times) than Democrat (7 times) in presidential elections since 1944. Florida has gone Republican in 13 of the past 17 presidential elections and so strongly trends that way that even Obama in bucking that trend struggled to win Florida. (While Obama did win Florida in 2012, he won it by .88% and even in 2008 his margin of win was less than 3%.) You can expect the Republicans who will have a lot more money in 2020 than the Democrats to prioritize campaign spending in Florida and they will carpetbomb that state into submission next year. North Carolina and Georgia are Republican leans even more so than Minnesota and New Hampshire are for the Democrats. Arizona is open at the moment but as I said, when a state goes to one party in 16 of the past 17 elections, it is very rash to presume that trend will be bucked in 2020 -especially since the one time that trend was, the Democrats were running with the power of incumbency: something they will not have next year.

In short, incumbents always have an advantage in re-election and the Republicans have a very strong structural one in the electoral college right now. So much so that Trump could lose the popular vote by up to 5 million next year and still win the EC. None of this means he will win of course but those who rashly consign him to defeat without considering the actual numbers on these matters as well as the partisan voting index of states in play{1} could very easily find themselves come November of 2020 wondering what the hell happened to their supposed concrete certainties on these matters.

Note:

{1} State PVI's of 2020 Swing States:

Arizona: R+5, Colorado: D+1, Florida: R+2, Georgia: R+5, Michigan: D+1, Minnesota: D+1, Nevada: D+1, New Hampshire: EVEN,  North Carolina: R+3, Ohio: R+3, Pennsylvania: EVEN, Wisconsin: EVEN

As you can see, the swing state PVI's strongly favour the Republicans and once impenetrable Democrat strongholds like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are tossups while Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nevada are a mere D+1 which is not much of a Democrat advantage and one easily wiped out if the GOP gets even a slight turnout advantage in those states next year.
UltraBriefly on the "Unanswered" Dubia:

My words will be in regular font.

The dubia Cardinals have entirely legitimate theological credentials yet the Pope still has yet to answer them.

The Dubia has been answered. Twice. By yours truly.

Here is the most recent answering if interested:

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Points to Ponder:

Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others. [Francois Fenelon]

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Points to Ponder:

Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have it in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Too-hul-hul-sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, to see how many I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever. [Chief Joseph (circa October 5, 1877)]

Friday, October 04, 2019

Seahawks 30 Rams 29: Winners and Losers from a Thursday night classic
If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they're better left unsung
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of men

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall you fall alone
If you should stand then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home.
[Robert Hunter]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Media, the Left Have Pushed Trump Impeachment for 35 Months, Even Before Inauguration

I am not a fan of Mr. Trump as most everyone who has followed my stuff in various mediums online for a few years well knows. However, I also do not take this latest so-called "whistleblower" thing even remotely seriously either.

Why? Because these same clowns have been trying to push impeachment since before Mr. Trump was even sworn in. It was even being discussed on news networks before the Electoral College met to cast its votes. And there has been one attempted scam after another since November 9, 2016 undertaken by whining brats unable to accept the results of an election they did not like. It is why when (not if) the latest ploy blows up in their faces, I will laugh at them.

Mr. Trump is in many respects pathetic yes. But his opposition makes him look somewhat palatable by comparison. It did not have to be that way of course as Mr. Trump is an inherently vulnerable incumbent. But to beat him would require  both moderation as well as sanity: two traits nearly non-existent on the Democratic side right now. But I digress.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

In the attics of my life
Full of cloudy dreams; unreal
Full of tastes no tongue can know
And lights no eye can see

When there was no ear to hear
You sang to me

I have spent my life
Seeking all that's still unsung
Bent my ear to hear the tune
And closed my eyes to see

When there were no strings to play
You played to me

In the book of love's own dreams
Where all the print is blood
Where all the pages are my days
And all my lights grow old

When I had no wings to fly
You flew to me
You flew to me

In the secret space of dreams
Where I dreaming lay amazed
When the secrets all are told
And the petals all unfold

When there was no dream of mine
You dreamed of me. You dreamed of me.
[Robert Hunter]

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A pistol shot at five o'clock
The bells of heaven ring
Tell me what you done it for
No I won't tell you a thing

Yesterday I begged you
Before I hit the ground
All I leave behind me
Is only what I found

If you can abide it
Let the hurdy gurdy play
Stranger ones have come by here
Before they flew away

I will not condemn you
Nor yet would I deny
I would ask the same of you
But failing, will not die

Take up your china doll
It's only fractured
And a little nervous from the fall
La la la la la la la. 
[Robert Hunter]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Democrats’ double standard on Ukraine

I seriously do not know about the whole Trump and Ukraine thing but I will say this: when the accusing side engages in the same thing themselves that they now are squawking about impeachment on, I cannot take them seriously for a moment no matter what I think of Trump!



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead Collaborator and Lyricist, Dead at 78

"Fare you well, my honey, fare you well my only true one.
All the birds that were singing are flown, except you alone.


Going to leave this brokedown palace,
On my hand and my knees, I will roll, roll, roll.
Make myself a bed by the waterside,
In my time, in my time, I will roll, roll roll.

In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul..."


#RestInPeace