Charlie's Blog

5.20.2018

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 63


When people go through something rough in life, they say, "I'm taking it one day at a time." Yes, so is everybody. Because that's how time works.
HANNIBAL BURESS

1. DC TRIP

I spent last weekend visiting family in the DC area. There are a few things I can say about the trip. The first is that I noticed not a single car accident despite travelling through four states in heavy traffic. Yet, I thought I would get killed when I got back to SC. People in South Carolina cannot drive. It was not always this way, but it has become this way. Why is this? In those other states, I saw a lot of highway patrol on the interstate. I did not see this in the SC. We have a trooper shortage here because the state doesn't pay well. Because of this, the highways here are becoming lawless.


The lasr time I made the DC trip, I noticed a lot of Trump signs and stickers when everyone was saying that Hillary was going to win. This time I noticed the urban graffiti which had turned very political against Trump. The bottom line is that the Urban Slime Class that makes DC a cesspool of crime hates Trump with a real passion. The guy must be doing a good job. You can always tell a man by his enemies.

The third thing I noticed in the Archdiocese of Washington is the heavy presence of Cultural Catholicism. There are a lot of Catholic churches in the DC/Maryland area, but the Catholics there are faithful in name only. The result is a lot of churches that are mostly empty. We attended a special first communion service for the kids, and it was obvious that the parents did not know the words of the Mass as they did not participate. They just wanted their kids to get their sacraments while they slept in on Sunday. I am working on a post about this insipidness, but it has a long history.

Overall, it was not a pleasant trip for me, and I did not expect it to be one. City life does not appeal to me. I just want my house in the country.

2. ROYAL WEDDING

If invited, I still could not have attended the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This is because this is the second marriage for Ms. Markle, and her first husband is still very much alive. No real Catholic can celebrate a joining in adultery even if the adulterers are Protestant/atheist types. The only way I could make an exception would be if her first husband had been married before and divorced. I have read no information on this. But I don't ever expect to be invited to a royal wedding.

I tell people that I will gladly attend a wedding if it is their first marriage to someone who is also never married or widowed. Basically, I can't celebrate people's adultery. The reason it matters is because marriage has been reduced to a mockery with the farce known as gay marriage. But Christians can't complain when they have celebrated all of the heterosexual farces leading up to this.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now living in open adultery. I wish them the best which would mean their repentance. But I don't expect this marriage to go well. At least they diversified the royal gene pool to overcome the inbreeding.


3. Q & A

Q: Would you go to a wedding on the beach?

A: Catholics are supposed to get married in a Catholic Church. Most people are not Catholics and marriage is not reserved to Roman Catholics. It is a matter of the natural law, so if two atheists want to marry on some beach or mountain as the sun rises, I can attend this as long as they are heterosexual and entering their first marriage. As for lapsed Catholics, I consider them atheists. Perhaps they were baptized as children but this makes them no different than the children of Presbyterians who baptize their children.

All Catholics are required to have valid marriages. This means a traditional marriage between opposite sex members who are unmarried, and the wedding is done in a Catholic church by a priest. Catholics who marry outside of the Church have invalid marriages. But I can still attend these invalid marriages. Here is a helpful article on the subject.

4. QUOTABLE QUOTES (THOMAS A KEMPIS EDITION)


FROM THE IMITATION OF CHRIST:

Grant me prudently to avoid him that flatters me, and to endure patiently him that contradicts me.

Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying, or meditating, or endeavoring something for the public good.

If you desire to know or learn anything to your advantage, then take delight in being unknown and unregarded. A true understanding and humble estimate of oneself is the highest and most valuable of all lessons. To take no account of oneself, but always to think well and highly of others is the highest wisdom and perfection.


Fight like a man. Habit is overcome by habit.


The Lord bestows his blessings there, where he finds the vessels empty.

5. ODDS AND ENDS

--Another school shooting. Same arguments as last time. The only real solution is good guys with guns.

--I support the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem. I am not a Zionist, but I do think Israel has the right to exist. I also think the enemies of Israel are total bad guys.

--Before it is all done, the US is going to end up beating the crap out of North Korea. This is because the communist regime in North Korea has to end. Peace talks are a desperate attempt by the regime to remain alive, but it is cynical. I expect to see Kim Jong Un's fat bloated body strung up Mussolini style by his own people.

--The mass resignation of the bishops in Chile is a good thing, and it should happen in other countries as well especially the United States. Time to clean house.

--Mueller needs to pinch it off. The Democrats should forget the last election and focus on the next election. The reality is starting to set in for them that Hillary actually lost. Meanwhile, Trump has been working hard to MAGA.

--I support Catherine Templeton over Henry McMaster for governor of SC. As always, I vote for whoever wins the Republican primary. McMaster is a decent fellow, but I like Templeton's fire. She probably won't win.

--John McCain is a disgrace. In death, he will have managed to top himself in the disgrace department. I don't see this man dying in a state of grace.

6. LINKS OF INTEREST

Jordan Peterson’s Right That You Should Become Dangerous, And Here’s How

British Hero Sentenced To Prison For Outsmarting Traffic Cameras

John McCain Has No Class