Charlie's Blog: Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 23

8.13.2016

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 23


I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
JEROME K. JEROME


It would be easy to dismiss Clinton involvement in coincidental deaths/suicides as crackpot conspiracy theory except for one glaring and obvious thing. These deaths are turning out to be quite numerous and quite coincidental. The fishiest ones are the two most recent. Shawn Lucas was going to sue the DNC over robbing the election from Bernie Sanders. Then, he died of unknown causes. Then, there is Seth Rich who is suspected to be the source of the leak to Wikileaks about the stolen election. Wikileaks has even offered a reward for information about the murder of Rich. Rich died in an attempted robbery.

Who are we to believe on this? Do we believe the conspiracy theorists? Or, do we run with Snopes?

I am someone who has dealt with the conspiracy theorists and the skeptics heavily for the last decade. The problem with conspiracy theorists is that they may actually be on to something but then they bury it under their wild speculations and theorizing. Conversely, skeptics like Michael Shermer dismiss all conspiracy theories with alternative theorizing. If the skeptic presents what seems to be a "rational" analysis of things in calm and even tones, the skeptic is given credit for being the sane person in the room. Then, that skeptic has an event that shakes his skepticism, and his own turn on him. The simple fact is that skepticism has its own dogmas that cannot be violated.

These deaths are too convenient. When these people died, problems for two people we know very well were solved. I don't believe all conspiracy theories, but I don't think we should dismiss them as just conspiracy theories. The convenience and coincidental nature of these deaths are enough for deeper investigation.


2. TRUMP

Either Donald Trump is imploding or he is doing awesome. It depends on what media source is doing the reporting. Then, Trump started listening to good advice. Then, he tossed that advice to keep running the plays from the playbook he has been using since the beginning of this odyssey. And it is quite obvious that the media is biased against Trump and for Hillary Clinton.

The problem with Donald Trump is that he is not Ronald Reagan. Most of his problems would evaporate if he had a consistent set of principles like Ted Cruz. The problem with that is that the American public does not like or desire those conservative principles that Cruz espouses. Conservatism is what America needs and wants, but they are too stupid to understand this. It is amazing that Reagan ever got elected in the first place.

Reagan won for two basic reasons. The first was Richard Nixon. Nixon's corruption and scandal opened a door in the GOP for a guy like Reagan who tapped into the glowing embers remaining from the Goldwater conflagration. Then, Carter was such a lightweight as president with his inept handling of the economy and foreign policy that Reagan had his road paved to the White House. People were fed up and disgusted, so they were willing to gamble on Reagan. That bet paid off handsomely.

Things are much worse today. Obama has been the complete anti-Reagan. He is the worst president in my living memory. Yet, if he could run for a third term, this idiot nation would re-elect that man. This is why Hillary Clinton is where she is now despite scandal, corruption, and bizarre behavior and ill health from what looks like brain damage. If you combine Clinton and Obama, it would look like Frankenstein after Dracula turned the monster into a vampire. His bad policy and her corruption will finish this country.

To me, the choice is stark. I don't see how anyone could see Trump and Clinton as two heads of the same beast. They are as different as night and day. One is fudge ripple mixed with dog crap. The other is Neapolitan with strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla. Then, you have these Republicans kvetching about how they can't stand strawberry, so they just refuse the Neapolitan and will find a way to stomach the dog crap of the other for the next four years.

I believe things will be better under Trump and worse under Hillary. I would rather deal with his negatives for the next four years than live with hers. There are two things I remember about Reagan. He made America great again when it had been taking it on the chin for a long time. And Reagan never lived up to all that he believed in or promised. But if I could go back to the eighties, I would take it.

I don't know if Trump can win this thing. He won't win it if Republicans opt for Gary Johnson or choose to stay home on election day. One thing I learned from Reagan was that you close ranks when it comes time to fight the enemy. The Republicans are refusing to do this. Paul Ryan knows this lesson which is why he endorsed Trump despite reservations. Unfortunately, the rest of the GOP wants to keep fighting it out.

I will lay my cards on the table. I wanted Cruz to win it. I think Trump is a terrible candidate and not a true conservative. I love listening to Mark Levin, and I agree with virtually everything that guy stands for. But here is where I part company. Reagan ran hard against Ford. But, he ended up endorsing Ford when he said that the GOP had to leave the '76 convention united. There are those who debate whether this unity call was an endorsement or not. What I can say is that Reagan cast his ballot for Ford. I also know that both Cruz and Levin will vote for Trump.

Unity matters. Unity is what wins elections. Republicans have always been the ones to get it together while the Democrats have been the ones to keep fighting it out. In this oddball election year, those roles have been reversed. The Democrats are the ones united. The Republicans are locked in a civil war that may spell the end of the party.


Things look bad for real Catholics. This Mirus article is depressing to read with some faint glimmers of hope. My personal belief is that we are living in the time of the Great Apostasy that many Catholic seers predicted would come. These predictions go all the way back to the New Testament. The church father Hippolytus wrote in the third century:
And the churches too will wail with a mighty lamentation, because neither oblation nor incense is attended to, nor a service acceptable to God; but the sanctuaries of the churches will become like a garden-watcher's hut, and the Holy Body and Blood of Christ will not be shown in those days. The public service of God shall be extinguished.
Basically, the Roman Catholic Church will dispense with the preaching of sound doctrine and will do away with the Mass as we know it. There will be no exposition or adoration of the Holy Sacrament. What will this look like? You don't have to imagine it. Here it is:


This is a picture of a yoga session inside of a Catholic sanctuary courtesy of the apostates over at the Jesuit Post. Perhaps I should be heartened by the presence of a real crucifix instead of one of those horrible resurrexifixes. Otherwise, I find this to be an abomination.

I've said this before, and I say it again. More people go to Hell than go to Heaven. Therefore, it should be no surprise that authentic faith is so scarce in our world and the Church today. I always remind myself of this quote from our Lord in Luke 18:8, "When the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” The question is not answered, but the fact that it is asked implies that faith will be a scarce thing.

You can count on the Society of Judas to do their part in debasing the deposit of faith. There isn't a solid Catholic faith that can't be undone by a Jesuit education and a seminary of sodomites. Yes, folks, it is really bad.

St. Athanasius, pray for us.

4. Q & A

Q: Is the system rigged?

A: Absolutely.

5. ODDS AND ENDS

--The Ghostbusters reboot disaster should be a lesson for Hollywood. Unfortunately, it won't result in bold new films being made. It will mean another reboot with dudes instead of dudettes.

--Michael Phelps is a genetic freak.

--Keynesian economics is good at producing stagnation. That's it.

--KISS is the greatest and worst rock band of all time at the same time.

--I always resolve to listen exclusively to classical music in an effort to elevate myself culturally and intellectually, but I never follow through on it. Then, a KISS song will make me resolve again to grow up musically.

6. QUOTABLE QUOTES

Out of clutter, find simplicity.
ALBERT EINSTEIN

When push comes to shove, moral relativism always turns out to be "might makes right."
PETER KREEFT

Don't wish to be like the gilded weather-cock on top of a great building: however much it shines, and however high it stands, it adds nothing to the solidity of the building. Rather be like an old stone block hidden in the foundations, underground, where no one can see you: because of you the house will not fall.
ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
WILLIAM JAMES

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.
LEO TOLSTOY

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.
VICTOR HUGO

Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.
ANNE FRANK

In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.
TINA FEY

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.
PETER DRUCKER

7. LINKS OF INTEREST

The Problem of Uncertain Trumpets

Robots: Love and Destruction

Vulgar Speech Leads to Coarseness of Soul

Pope Francis and the Decline of the West

Roosevelt's Reading