Charlie's Blog: Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 32

12.03.2016

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 32


Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
GROUCHO MARX

1. TRUMP

Trump is already in action even before taking office. His efforts to keep Carrier in Indiana set a bad precedent for crony capitalism, and Sarah Palin called him out on it. I agree with her. The government should not favor one enterprise over another. President trump needs to pursue and establish policies that benefit all businesses and not just the few. I will wait and see where he goes with this in the new year.

I am also pleased that he picked Mad Dog Mattis for SecDef. That was a bold choice and an excellent one. Now, he should make another bold choice and pick John Bolton for Secretary of State. Romney and Giuliani would not be good picks for that job IMHO.

Trump is shaking things up. That is a breath of fresh air. Things need shaking up in Washington, DC.

2. FRANCIS

The schism over Amoris widens as the fault lines emerge between cardinals and bishops. Meanwhile, the Holy Father remains silent which is odd considering that he is silent on nothing else especially when talking with atheist reporters in interviews.

This pontificate is a scandal to faithful Catholics around the world. The Pope desperately wants to get the SSPX back in the fold not realizing that he is giving them every reason to stay out and making new schisms in the process.

Divorced and remarried Catholics living in adultery cannot take Holy Communion. That has always been the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. The pope only has to affirm this once again, and it is ended. Pray for the Holy Father. He needs it.

But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
GALATIANS 2:11

3. SMARTPHONE RANT OF THE WEEK

This week I got buttdialed from someone's smartphone. Just a moment ago, my brother-in-law buttdialed my wife. Buttdialing is one of the nifty features of smartphones you thought were lost forever when flip phones took over from those Nokia candy bar phones. Meanwhile, Apple has submitted patents for a flip phone design.

People want flip phones. Of course, they also want flip phones with smartphone features. But they want them to open and close just like my current flip phone. I tell you now that flip phones will come back.

4. SEEN ON TWITTER

5. TAKEN FROM A COMBOX
US is a funky place, took me years to get a hang of things. But spending half of my life here are my conclusions: corporations privatize profits, but socialize the loses among the wage slaves. Free market capitalism for the young, European style socialism for the old. Corporations are persons but they have no moral obligation to pay any taxes. Law and order for the blacks and other minorities, while upper class white collar crimes are not prosecuted. Punish lower class people who use street drugs, while provide limitless psychoactive pharmaceuticals for the upper class with nice health insurance. Good liberals talk big on diversity and inclusion while living in gated communities and send their litter to private schools. The conservatives are all about “free market” in theory but corporate welfare state in practice. Crony capitalism is the status quo.
6. QUOTABLE QUOTES

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.
GEN. JAMES "MAD DOG" MATTIS

Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them.
WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR.

When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent. Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people’s free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.
SARAH PALIN

It must be observed, however, if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly. Hence Paul, who was Peter's subject, rebuked him in public, on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning faith.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

There is, in the Tradition of the Church, the practice of correction of the Roman Pontiff. It is something that is clearly quite rare. But if there is no response to these questions, then I would say that it would be a question of taking a formal act of correction of a serious error.
CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE 


7. ODDS AND ENDS

--Fidel Castro finally dies at 90. God have mercy on his soul because he is going to need it.

--Jill Stein is an attention whore capitalizing on suffering Hillaryites who can't accept defeat.

--Kanye West spoke out against Jay-Z and the Illuminati and winds up deranged in a mental hospital. Fuel for many conspiracy theories.

--I don't think I want to live in a world of self-driving cars.

8. LINKS OF INTEREST