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  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 3:47:50 PM PDT · 142 of 146
    annalex to tcrlaf

    No they are not tied but both are nationalist organizations and deserve our respect and even admiration for that, in our age of one world government, even if the Right Sector has socialist tendencies.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 3:45:47 PM PDT · 141 of 146
    annalex to dfwgator

    True, but all Bandera was is nationalist, which is a good thing. Quite unlike Hitler who gave his nation nothing but misery, and beside that, killed untold number of innocent people.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 2:15:09 PM PDT · 132 of 146
    annalex to GeronL

    Putin is simply a camouflaged commie.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 2:14:21 PM PDT · 131 of 146
    annalex to dfwgator

    Bandera personally did nothing to the Poles, he was in a German jail most of that time. However, Ukrainian nationalism of course would be opposed to Polish domination of Ukraine just as much as it would be opposed to a Soviet domination of it. That UPA committed war crimes I have no doubt; so did the Soviets and the Germans. It was a brutal war.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT · 127 of 146
    annalex to GeronL

    Not at all. Putin has done nothing good for Russia: he flooded the country with Asian immigrants, pulls the nation into Asia and now severed ties with the civilized world and plunged Russia into unpopular war. Putin is antithetical to anything Russian nationalist.

    The Right Sector, however, is a Ukrainian nationalist organization, just like, for example, the Tea Party is the American nationalist organization. Every country should get one.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 2:06:51 PM PDT · 125 of 146
    annalex to dfwgator

    Bandera is a Ukrainian nationalist leader and a hero. Why shouldn’t a nationalist organization honor (not worship) the leaders of its nation?

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 1:48:59 PM PDT · 122 of 146
    annalex to tcrlaf; 1rudeboy

    So what is wrong with Right Sector, exactly? That is a Ukrainian nationalist organization demonstrating for Ukrainian nationalist causes on Ukrainian soil when their nation is being invaded by neo-soviet superpower. God bless them.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 11:55:26 AM PDT · 77 of 146
    annalex to FBD

    Good article.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 11:51:09 AM PDT · 75 of 146
    annalex to GeronL

    Right; but I also think Putin wanted them stuck: both for the excuse to invade and because they could become a model for liberation movement inside Russia.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 11:09:33 AM PDT · 64 of 146
    annalex to GeronL

    Right, but this is a new development. Prior to the “humanitarian convoy” spectacle the bulk of the insurgents were Ukrainian citizens that got weapons from Russia. There were some Russian citizens and Kremlin agents mixed in, of course, but only now can we speak of regular Russian troops under the official chain of command invading.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 10:42:33 AM PDT · 57 of 146
    annalex to free_life

    WWIII is already underway, but because it is not likely to be similar to WWII with well-defined front lines, we don’t think of it as a global war.

    Typical for the new warfare will be wide use of terror and guerrilla tactics. Civilian population will be used routinely as shields or as provocation fodder.

    For example, the pro-Russian insurgents would deliberately set machine gun nests in apartment blocks, with the hapless residents still in them. That way if the regular army holds the fire trying to spare civilian lives, they get a military advantage, and if the regulars hit the building they get a propaganda advantage to elicit more Russian aid. When the Ukrainian army is not close enough for them to engage it they would deploy a squad of mortars, shell their own territory and quickly disappear, creating another story how the Ukies kill civilians.

    The civilized nations will fight at a distance, with drones and from aircraft carriers, in order to shift the balance of power on the ground.

    That is the face of the new war. We saw it in Chechnya, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Syria and now we see it in Ukraine.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 10:28:03 AM PDT · 56 of 146
    annalex to dfwgator
    three states

    No, this is, I think, an outdated analysis. Following the Maidan Revolution, a unified Ukrainian nation was born. Even the East -- Donetsk and Luhansk and not at all pro-Russian, even though an insurgency could be sustained there with Russian aid. If Russia succeeds in lopping off Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk, they will have to keep an occupational force there for a long time (probably manned by North Caucasus Muslims); the rest of Ukraine will remain unified and very anti-Russian.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 10:22:24 AM PDT · 54 of 146
    annalex to goldstategop

    Yes.

  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 9:59:34 AM PDT · 42 of 146
    annalex to goldstategop
    It won’t annex Novorossiya; that will become another Kremlin client state

    That depends on the character of the newly emerged Putinist Russia. I think, they said goodbye to rational economic behavior long time ago and instead prefer territorial expansion at any cost. If Russia had been driven by this consideration they would have continued covert support to the insurgents and encouraged independent DNR/LNR. Instead they removed the charismatic rebel leaders such as Girkin and allowed the rebels to be nearly destroyed, before they intervened. That is classic Soviet maneuver: use local proletarian base to justify a military invasion, then get rid of leaders with independent streak and gain direct control. In a place like Angola the sovs had no alternative to setting up a satellite state, but since East Ukraine is contiguous, I think they decided on direct annexation.

  • Is Chivalry Too Risky?

    08/28/2014 9:47:21 AM PDT · 41 of 46
    annalex to chessplayer
    Why leap to the defense of a woman you don’t even know if you might end up in the hospital—or the cemetery?

    That is not new. At all times men coming to the defense of a woman risked their life and limb doing so. The difference is that normally, that was the risk men took as a component of their honor, and now they don't.

    what if the woman doesn’t even appreciate a man coming to her defense?

    If the danger was real, e.g. robbery or rape, then she will appreciate, and besides, the reward for chivalry is honor, not appreciation from women.

    many young women resent even having doors opened for them

    Men should teach women. That is a part of chivalry too. If women are growing up rude that is because someone was supposed to teach her manners and did not.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-14, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/28/2014 9:33:36 AM PDT · 27 of 40
    annalex to annalex


    Last Judgement Triptych (central panel)

    Hieronymus Bosch

    1504-08
    Mixed technique on panel, 163 x 128 cm
    Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-14, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/28/2014 9:33:05 AM PDT · 26 of 40
    annalex to annalex
    42. Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.
    43. But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
    44. Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of Man comes.

    JEROME; Having declared that of that hour knows no man but the Father only, He shows that it was not expedient for the Apostles to know, that being ignorant they might live in perpetual expectation of His coming, and thus concluding the whole, He says, Watch therefore, &c. And He does not say, 'Because we know not,' but Because you know not, showing that He Himself is not ignorant of the day of judgment.

    CHRYS. He would have them ever ready and therefore He says, Watch.

    GREG. To watch is to keep the eyes open, and looking out for the true light, to do and to observe that which one believes, to cast away the darkness of sloth and negligence.

    ORIGEN; Those of more plain understanding say, that He spoke this of His second coming; but others would say that it applies to an intellectual coming of the word into the understanding of the disciples, for as yet He was not in their understanding as He was to be.

    AUG. He said this Watch, not to those only who heard 'Him speak at the time, but to those who came after them, and to us, and to all who shall be after us, until His second coming' for it touches all in a manner. That day comes to each one of us, when it comes to him to go out of the world, such as he shall be judged , and therefore ought every Christian to watch that the Lord's coming may not find him unprepared ; and he will be unprepared for the day of His coming, whom the last day of his life shall find unprepared.

    AUG. Foolish are all they, who either profess to know the day of the end of the world, when it is to come, or even the end of their own life, which no one can know unless he is illuminated by the Holy Spirit.

    JEROME; And by the instance of the master of the household, He teaches more plainly why He keeps secret the day of the consummation.

    ORIGEN; The master of the household is the understanding, the house is the soul, the thief is the Devil. The thief is also every contrary doctrine which enters the soul of the unwary by other than the natural entrance, breaking into the house, and pulling down the soul's natural fences, that is, the natural powers of understanding, it enters the breach, and spoils the soul. sometimes one takes the thief in the act of breaking m, and seizing him, stabs him with a word, and slays him.

    And the thief comes not in the day-time, when the soul of the thoughtful man is illuminated with the Sun of righteousness, but in the night, that is, in the time of prevailing wickedness; in which when one is plunged, it is possible, though he have not the power of the sun, that he may be illuminated by some rays from the Word, as from a lamp continuing still in evil, yet having a better purpose, and watchfulness, that this his purpose should not be broken through. Or in time of temptation, or of any calamities, is the time when the thief is most found to come, seeking to break through the house of the soul.

    GREG. Or, the thief breaks into the house through the neglect of the master of the house, when the spirit has slept in upon its post of guard, and death has come in unawares into the dwelling house of our flesh, and finding the lord of the house sleeping, slays him; that is, the spirit, little providing for coming evils, is taken off unprepared, to punishment, by death. But if he had watched he would have been secure from the thief; that is, looking forward to the coming of the Judge, who takes our lives unawares, he would meet Him with penitence, and not perish impenitent. And the Lord would therefore have the last hour unknown, that it might always be in suspense, and that being unable to foresee it, we might never be unprepared for it.

    CHRYS. In this He rebukes such as have less care for their souls, than they have of guarding their money against an expected thief.

    45. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
    46. Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he come shall find so doing.
    47. Verily I say to you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
    48. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming;
    49. And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
    50. The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looks not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
    51. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    HILARY; Though the Lord had given above a general exhortation to all in common to unwearied vigilance, yet He adds a special charge to the rulers of the people, that is, the Bishops, of watchfulness in looking for His coming. Such He calls a faithful servant, and wise master of the household careful for the needs and interests of the people entrusted to Him.

    CHRYS. That He says, Whom think you is that faithful and wise servant, does not imply ignorance, for even the Father we find asking a question, as that, Adam, where are you?

    REMIG. Nor yet does it imply the impossibility of attaining perfect virtue, but only the difficulty.

    GLOSS. For rare indeed is such faithful servant serving his Master for his Master s sake, feeding Christ's s sheep not for lucre but for love of Christ, skilled to discern the abilities, the life, and the manner of those put under him, whom the Lord sets over that is who is called of God, and has not thrust himself in.

    CHRYS. He requires two things of such servant, fidelity and prudence, e calls him faithful . because he appropriates to himself none of his Lord s goods, and wastes nothing idly and unprofitably. He calls him prudent as knowing on what he ought to lay out the things committed to him.

    ORIGEN, Or, he ought progress in the faith, though he is not yet perfect in it is ordinarily called faithful, and he who has natural quickness of intellect is called prudent. And whoever observes will find many faithful, and zealous in their belief, but not at the same time prudent; for God has chosen the foolish things of the world. Others again he will see who are quick and prudent but of weak faith; for the union of faith and prudence in the same man is most rare. To give food in due season calls for prudence in a man; not to take away the food of the needy requires faithfulness.

    And this the literal sense obliges us to, that we be faithful in dispersing the revenues of the Church, that we devour not that which belongs to the widows, that we remember the poor, and that we do not take occasion from what is written, The Lord has ordained, that they which preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel, to seek more than plain food and necessary clothing, or to keep more for ourselves than we give to those who suffer want. And that we be prudent, to understand the cases of them that are in need, whence they come to be so, what has been the education and what are the necessities of each.

    It needs much prudence to distribute fairly the revenues of the Church. Also let the servant be faithful and prudent, that he lavish not the intellectual and spiritual food upon those whom he ought not, but dispense according as each has need; to one is more necessary that word which shall edify his behavior, and guide his practice, than that which sheds a ray of science; but to others who can pierce more deeply let him not fail to expound the deeper things, lest if he set before them common things only, he e despised by such as have naturally keener understandings, or have been sharpened by the discipline of worldly learning.

    CHRYS. This parable may be also fitted to the case of secular rulers; for each ought to employ the things he has to the common benefit, and not to the hurt of his fellow-servants, nor to his own ruin; whether it be wisdom or dominion, or whatever else he has.

    RABAN. The lord is Christ, the household over which He appoints is the Church Catholic. It is hard then to find one man who is both faithful and wise, but not impossible; for He would not pronounce a blessing on a character that could never be, as when He adds, Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing.

    HILARY; That is, obedient to his Lord s command, by the seasonableness of his teaching dispensing the word of life to a household which is to be nourished for the food of eternity.

    REMIG. It should be observed, that as there is great difference of desert between good preachers and good hearers, so is there great difference between their rewards. The good hearers, if He finds them watching He will make to sit down to meat, as Luke speaks; but the good preachers He will set over all His goods.

    ORIGEN; That he may reign with Christ, to whom the Father has committed all that is His. And as the son of a good father set over all that is his, He shall communicate of His dignity and glory to His faithful and wise stewards, that they also may be above the whole creation.

    RABAN. Not that they only, but that they before others, shall be rewarded as well for their own lives as for their superintendence of the flock.

    HILARY; Or, shall set him over all His goods, that is, shall place him in the glory of God because beyond this is nothing better.

    CHRYS. And He instructs His hearer not only by the honor which awaits the good, but by the punishment which threatens the wicked adding, If that evil servant shall say in his heart, &c.

    AUG. The temper of this servant is shown in his behavior, which is thus expressed by his good Master; his tyranny, and shall begin to beat his fellow servants, his sensuality, and to eat and drink with the drunken. So that when he said, My Lord delays His coming, he is not to be sup supposed to speak from desire to see the Lord, such was that of him who said, My soul is thirsty for the living God; when shall I come? This shows that he was grieved at the delay, seeing that what was hastening towards him seemed to his longing desires to be coming slowly.

    ORIGEN; And every Bishop who ministers not as a fellow servant, but rules by might as a master, and often a harsh one, sins against God; also if he does not cherish the needy, but feasts with the drunken, and is continually slumbering because his Lord comes not till a after long time

    RABAN. Typically, we may understand his beating his fellow servants, of offending the consciences of the weak by word, or by evil example.

    JEROME; The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looks not for Him, is to rouse the stewards to watchfulness and carefulness.

    He shall cut him in sunder, is not to be understood of execution by the sword, but that he shall sever him from the company of the saints.

    ORIGEN; Or, He shall cut him in sunder, when his spirit, that is, his spiritual gift, shall return to God who gave it; but his soul shall go with his body into hell. But the righteous man is not cut in sunder, but his soul, with his spirit, that is, with his gift, spiritual gift which was from God, but there remains to them that part which was their own, that is, their soul, which shall be punished with their body.

    JEROME; And shall appoint him in the portion and the hypocrites, with those, namely, that were in the field, and grinding at the mill, and were nevertheless left. For as we often say that the hypocrite is one who is one thing, and asses himself for another; so in the field and at the mill he seemed to be doing the same as others, but the event proved that his purpose was different.

    RABAN. Or, appoints him his portion with the hypocrites, that is, a twofold share of punishment, that of fire and frost; to the fire belongs the weeping, to the frost the gnashing of teeth.

    ORIGEN; Or, there shall be weeping for such as have laughed amiss in this world, gnashing of teeth for those who have enjoyed an irrational peace. For being unwilling to suffer bodily pain, now the torture forces their teeth to chatter, with which they have eaten the bitterness of wickedness. From this we may learn that the Lord sets over His household not the faithful and wise only, but the wicked also; and that it will not save them to have been set over His household, but only if they have given them their food in due season, and have abstained from beating and drunkenness.

    AUG. Putting aside this wicked servant, who, there is no doubt, hates his Master's coming, let us set before our eyes these good servants, who anxiously expect their Lord's coming. One looks for His coming sooner, another later, the third confesses his ignorance of the matter. Let us see which is most agreeable to the Gospel. One says, Let us watch and pray, because the Lord will quickly come; another, Let us watch and pray, because this life is short and uncertain, though the Lord's coming may be distant; and the third, Let us watch, because this life is short and uncertain, and we know not the time when the Lord will come.

    What else does this man say than what we hear the Gospel say, Watch, because you know not the hour in which the Lord shall come? All indeed, through longing for the kingdom, desire that that should be true which the first thinks, and if it should so come to pass, the second and third would rejoice with him; but if it should not come to pass, it were to be feared that the belief of it supporters might be shaken by the delay, and they might begin to think that the Lord's coming shall be, not remote, but never. He who believes with the second that the Lord's coming is distant will not be shaken in faith, but will receive an unlooked for joy. He who confesses his ignorance which of these is true, wishes for the one, is resigned to the other, but errs in neither, because he neither affirms or denies either.

    Catena Aurea Matthew 24
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-14, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/28/2014 9:32:36 AM PDT · 25 of 40
    annalex to Salvation
    Matthew
      English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
      Matthew 24
    42 Watch ye therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come. Vigilate ergo, quia nescitis qua hora Dominus vester venturus sit. γρηγορειτε ουν οτι ουκ οιδατε ποια ωρα ο κυριος υμων ερχεται
    43 But know this ye, that if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open. Illud autem scitote, quoniam si sciret paterfamilias qua hora fur venturus esset, vigilaret utique, et non sineret perfodi domum suam. εκεινο δε γινωσκετε οτι ει ηδει ο οικοδεσποτης ποια φυλακη ο κλεπτης ερχεται εγρηγορησεν αν και ουκ αν ειασεν διορυγηναι την οικιαν αυτου
    44 Wherefore be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come. Ideo et vos estote parati : quia qua nescitis hora Filius hominis venturus est. δια τουτο και υμεις γινεσθε ετοιμοι οτι η ωρα ου δοκειτε ο υιος του ανθρωπου ερχεται
    45 Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed over his family, to give them meat in season. Quis, putas, est fidelis servus, et prudens, quem constituit dominus suus super familiam suam ut det illis cibum in tempore ? τις αρα εστιν ο πιστος δουλος και φρονιμος ον κατεστησεν ο κυριος αυτου επι της θεραπειας αυτου του διδοναι αυτοις την τροφην εν καιρω
    46 Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing. Beatus ille servus, quem cum venerit dominus ejus, invenerit sic facientem. μακαριος ο δουλος εκεινος ον ελθων ο κυριος αυτου ευρησει ποιουντα ουτως
    47 Amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods. Amen dico vobis, quoniam super omnia bona sua constituet eum. αμην λεγω υμιν οτι επι πασιν τοις υπαρχουσιν αυτου καταστησει αυτον
    48 But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming: Si autem dixerit malus servus ille in corde suo : Moram fecit dominus meus venire : εαν δε ειπη ο κακος δουλος εκεινος εν τη καρδια αυτου χρονιζει ο κυριος μου ελθειν
    49 And shall begin to strike his fellow servants, and shall eat and drink with drunkards: et cœperit percutere conservos suos, manducet autem et bibat cum ebriosis : και αρξηται τυπτειν τους συνδουλους εσθιειν δε και πινειν μετα των μεθυοντων
    50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day that he hopeth not, and at an hour that he knoweth not: veniet dominus servi illius in die qua non sperat, et hora qua ignorat : ηξει ο κυριος του δουλου εκεινου εν ημερα η ου προσδοκα και εν ωρα η ου γινωσκει
    51 And shall separate him, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. et dividet eum, partemque ejus ponet cum hypocritis : illic erit fletus et stridor dentium. και διχοτομησει αυτον και το μερος αυτου μετα των υποκριτων θησει εκει εσται ο κλαυθμος και ο βρυγμος των οδοντων
  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 9:27:33 AM PDT · 34 of 146
    annalex to KC_Lion; GeronL; Berlin_Freeper; Monterrosa-24
    The Russians will take everything East of the Dnieper River

    They have the resources to do that, militarily. However, the past several months showed that pro-Russian sentiment is weak in the East. The insurgents did not have the population's support, and the Ukrainian Army was greeted as liberators everywhere where the insurgents were wiped out. If Russia annexes anything beyond Crimea at this point, they will have a guerrilla war on their hands.

    I think, direct hostilities perpetrated by Russia will be the beginning of an end of the Putin's regime.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/28/2014 7:32:18 AM PDT · 34 of 34
    annalex to wetphoenix
    Even if so, it would be an improvement compared to Russia where people still march with red banners and enjoy invading their neighbors:


    Slogans: "We believe Putin"; "With Crimea against fascism"

    But it is not so. The Maidan showed true heroism and genuine desire to get rid of the Soviet past. And the new government is popular everywhere precisely because it is anti-Soviet:




    Statues of Lenin liquidated
    (The text is "To the Madian heroes").

    More here

    The population supports the government even in the East:



    Demonstration in Severodonetsk.

    No question, the desovietization in Ukraine is only beginning. But in Russia the Soviets are on the rise. That is the problem.

  • Joined by Church Leaders, Sensenbrenner Becomes Catholic

    08/27/2014 7:21:27 PM PDT · 9 of 38
    annalex to marshmallow

    Welcome home, congressman.

  • Prayers urgently needed for fragile boy.

    08/27/2014 7:18:40 PM PDT · 47 of 59
    annalex to Pajamajan

    Lord Jesus Christ, send Thy grace to Thy servant Sebastian and give him the knowledge of Thy heart and the strength to proclaim Thy goodness.

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

  • Dutch Woman Euthanized Who Feared Going to Nursing Home

    08/27/2014 7:06:20 PM PDT · 30 of 32
    annalex to hal ogen

    Of the three common words “they”, “showed” and “her” I don’t understand what the first two are referring to in the context of my post. Who showed and what?

  • Dutch Woman Euthanized Who Feared Going to Nursing Home

    08/27/2014 2:50:14 PM PDT · 27 of 32
    annalex to Theodore R.
    the grossly uninformed of the Netherlands

    Is the article in any way factually inaccurate, and if not, what other information about the Netherlands did I need?

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-14, M, St. Monica

    08/27/2014 10:11:55 AM PDT · 27 of 41
    annalex to annalex


    Prophet Jeremiah and Christ

    Master of the Aix Annunciation

    1443-45
    Oil on panel, 152 x 86 cm (each)
    Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-14, M, St. Monica

    08/27/2014 10:11:19 AM PDT · 26 of 41
    annalex to annalex
    27. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
    28. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    ORIGEN; As above they are said to be full of extortion and excess, so here they are full of hypocrisy and iniquity, and are likened to dead men's bones, and all uncleanness.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. Justly are the bodies of the righteous said to be temples, because in the body of the righteous the soul has dominion, as God in His temple; or because God Him self dwells in righteous bodies. But the bodies of sinners are called sepulchers of the dead, because the sinner's soul is dead in his body; for that cannot be deemed to be alive, which does no spiritual or living act.

    JEROME; Sepulchers are whitened with lime without, and decorated with marble painted in gold and various colors, but within are full of dead men's bones. Thus crooked teachers who teach one thing and do another, affect purity in their dress, and humility in their speech, but within are full of all uncleanness, covetousness, and lust.

    ORIGEN; For all feigned righteousness is dead, forasmuch as it is not done for God's sake; yes, rather it is no righteousness at all, any more than a dead man is a man, or an actor who represents any character is the man whom he represents. There is therefore within them so much of bones and uncleanness as are the good things that they wickedly pretend to. And they seem righteous outwardly, not in the eyes of such as the Scripture calls Gods, but of such only as die like men.

    GREG. But before their strict Judge they cannot have the plea of ignorance, for by assuming in the eyes of men every form of sanctity, they witness against themselves that they are not ignorant how to live well.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. But say, hypocrite, if it be good to be wicked, why do you not desire to seem that which you desire to be? For what it is shameful to seem, that it is more shameful to be; and what to seem is fair, that it is fairer to be. Either therefore be what you seem, or seem what you are.

    29. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,
    30. And say, If we had been in the days of Our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
    31. Wherefore you be witnesses to yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the prophets.

    JEROME; By a most subtle syllogism He proves them to be the sons of murderers, while to gain good character and reputation with the people, they build the sepulchers of the Prophets whom their fathers put to death.

    ORIGEN; Without just cause He seems to utter denunciations against those who build the sepulchers of the Prophets; for so far what they did was praiseworthy; how then do they deserve this woe?

    CHRYS. He does not blame them for building the sepulchers, but discovers the design with which they built them; which was not to honor the slain, but to erect to themselves a triumphal monument of the murder, as fearing that in process of time the memory of this their audacious wickedness should perish.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. Or, they said within themselves, If we do good to the poor not many see it, and then but for a moment; were it not better to raise buildings which all may see, not only now, but in all time to come? O foolish man, what boots this posthumous memory, if, where you are, you are tortured, and where you are not there you are praised? While He corrects the Jews, He instructs the Christians; for had these things been spoken to the former only, they would have been spoken, but not written; but now they were spoken on their account, and written on ours. When one, besides other good deeds, raises sacred buildings, it is an addition to his good works; but if without any other good works, it is a passion for worldly renown.

    The martyrs joy not to be honored with money which has caused the poor to weep. The Jews, moreover, have ever been adorers of saints of former times, and condemners, yes persecutors, of the living. Because they could not endure the reproaches of their own Prophets, they Persecuted and killed them; but afterwards the succeeding generation perceived the error of their fathers, and thus in grief at the death of innocent Prophets, they built up monuments of them. But they themselves in like manner persecuted and put to death the Prophets of their own time, when they rebuked them for their sins. This is what is meant, And you say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the Prophets.

    JEROME; Though they speak not this in words, they proclaim it by their actions, in ambitious and magnificent structures to their memory.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. What they thought in their hearts, that they spoke by their deeds. Christ lays bare here the natural habit of all wicked men; each readily apprehends the other's fault, but none his own; for in another's case each man has an unprejudiced heart, but in his own case it is distorted. Therefore in the cause of others we can all easily be righteous judges. He only is the truly righteous and wise who is able to judge himself. It follows, Wherefore you be witnesses to yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the Prophets.

    CHRYS. What kind of accusation is this, to call one the son of a murderer, who ho partakes not in his father's disposition? Clearly there is no guilt in being so; wherefore this must be said in proof of their resemblance in wickedness.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. The character of the parents is a witness to the sons; if the father be good and the mother bad, or the reverse, the children may follow sometimes one, sometimes the other. But when both are the same, it very rarely happens that bad sons spring of good parents, or the reverse, though it be so sometimes. This is as a man is sometimes born out of the rule of nature, having six fingers or no eyes.

    ORIGEN; And in the prophetic writings, the historical sense is the body, the spiritual meaning is the soul; the sepulchers are the letter and books themselves of Scripture. They then who attend only to the historical meaning, honor the bodies of the Prophets, and set in the letter as in a sepulcher; and are called Pharisees, i.e. 'cut off,' as it were cutting off the soul of the Prophets from their body.

    32. Fill you up then the treasure of your fathers.

    CHRYS. He had said against the Scribes and Pharisees, that they were the children of those who killed the Prophets; now therefore He shows that they were like them in wickedness, and that that was false that they said, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not hare been partakers with them in the blood of the Prophets. Wherefore He now says, Fill you up the measure of your fathers. This is not a command, but a prophecy of what is to be.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. He foretell, that as their fathers killed the Prophets, so they also should kill Christ, and the Apostles, and other holy men. As suppose you had a quarrel with some one, you might say to your adversary, Do to me what you are about to do; but you do not therein bid him do it, but show him that you are aware of his maneuvers. And in fact they went beyond the measure of their fathers; for they put to death only men, these crucified God. But because He stooped to death of His own free choice, He does not lay on them the sin of His death, but only the death of the Apostles and other holy men. Whence also He said, Fill up, and not Fill over; for a just and merciful Judge overlooks his own wrongs, and only punishes those done to others.

    ORIGEN; They fill up the measure of their fathers' sins by their not believing in Christ. And the cause of their unbelief was, that they looked only to the letter and the body, and would understand nothing spiritual in them.

    HILARY; Because then they will fill up the measure of their fathers' purposes, therefore are they serpents, and offspring of vipers.

    Catena Aurea Matthew 23
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-14, M, St. Monica

    08/27/2014 10:10:53 AM PDT · 25 of 41
    annalex to Salvation
    Matthew
      English: Douay-Rheims Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000) Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
      Matthew 23
    27 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones, and of all filthiness. ουαι υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι παρομοιαζετε ταφοις κεκονιαμενοις οιτινες εξωθεν μεν φαινονται ωραιοι εσωθεν δε γεμουσιν οστεων νεκρων και πασης ακαθαρσιας ουαι υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι παρομοιαζετε ταφοις κεκονιαμενοις οιτινες εξωθεν μεν φαινονται ωραιοι εσωθεν δε γεμουσιν οστεων νεκρων και πασης ακαθαρσιας
    28 So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just; but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. ουτως και υμεις εξωθεν μεν φαινεσθε τοις ανθρωποις δικαιοι εσωθεν δε μεστοι εστε υποκρισεως και ανομιας ουτως και υμεις εξωθεν μεν φαινεσθε τοις ανθρωποις δικαιοι εσωθεν δε μεστοι εστε υποκρισεως και ανομιας
    29 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; that build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the monuments of the just, ουαι υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι οικοδομειτε τους ταφους των προφητων και κοσμειτε τα μνημεια των δικαιων ουαι υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι οικοδομειτε τους ταφους των προφητων και κοσμειτε τα μνημεια των δικαιων
    30 And say: If we had been in the days of our Fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. και λεγετε ει ημεν εν ταις ημεραις των πατερων ημων ουκ αν ημεν κοινωνοι αυτων εν τω αιματι των προφητων και λεγετε ει ημεν εν ταις ημεραις των πατερων ημων ουκ αν ημεν κοινωνοι αυτων εν τω αιματι των προφητων
    31 Wherefore you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the sons of them that killed the prophets. ωστε μαρτυρειτε εαυτοις οτι υιοι εστε των φονευσαντων τους προφητας ωστε μαρτυρειτε εαυτοις οτι υιοι εστε των φονευσαντων τους προφητας
    32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. και υμεις πληρωσατε το μετρον των πατερων υμων και υμεις πληρωσατε το μετρον των πατερων υμων
  • Dutch Woman Euthanized Who Feared Going to Nursing Home

    08/27/2014 10:09:17 AM PDT · 21 of 32
    annalex to wagglebee

    Lord Jesus, forgive this woman her sin that she committed as she fell victim to her government disinformation, and rest her soul.

    Lord, strengthen the teachers of moral law in the Netherlands and enlighten its citizens.

    Lord, destroy anti-life governments everywhere and dismantle their works.

  • Prayer request

    08/27/2014 10:04:05 AM PDT · 126 of 134
    annalex to Marie

    Lord Jesus Christ our Healer and Savior, heal, we beseech Thee, that young man from all disease.

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/27/2014 10:00:17 AM PDT · 31 of 34
    annalex to GeronL; No One Special
    too many novels

    We did something similar to Qaddafi; it wasn't a novel.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/27/2014 9:57:22 AM PDT · 30 of 34
    annalex to wetphoenix

    We have a country very similar to Russia, Ukraine, where an anti-Communist revolution already has taken place, whether or not Putin succeeds in fighting it in the east of the country. We don’t need to look at the Arabs, whose “spring” did not have an anti-Communist character anyway. Needless to say, complete de-sovietization also occurred in the countries of the former Warsaw pact. There is no reason to think that the Russian nation is under some special curse and is forever incapable of curing itself from the Soviet past.

  • More than 1,400 children abused in Rotherham sex abuse scandal

    08/26/2014 11:49:38 AM PDT · 12 of 19
    annalex to Hulka
    senior officers did not believe the data

    This is just an absolute gem, isn't it?

  • More than 1,400 children abused in Rotherham sex abuse scandal

    08/26/2014 11:46:50 AM PDT · 11 of 19
    annalex to Uncle Miltie; Mears; Cowboy Bob

    Yes; also Hindu are not known for blowing up things at the slightest suspicion of “racism”.

  • More than 1,400 children abused in Rotherham sex abuse scandal

    08/26/2014 11:03:49 AM PDT · 2 of 19
    annalex to A.A. Cunningham; andyk; AlexW; BatGuano; bayliving; Belteshazzar; bert; Bibman; Bigg Red; ...

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  • More than 1,400 children abused in Rotherham sex abuse scandal

    08/26/2014 11:03:06 AM PDT · 1 of 19
    annalex
  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/26/2014 10:28:04 AM PDT · 25 of 34
    annalex to wetphoenix

    In my opinion, the improvement should come in the form of an anti-soviet revolution similar to the Ukrainian “maidan”, which would make a clean break with the Soviet and post-soviet past and bar Communists and FSB from power. Once that is accomplished, the regathering of Russian minorities in the near abroad should proceed not through banditry but according to the international norms.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/26/2014 10:04:46 AM PDT · 23 of 34
    annalex to wetphoenix

    I don’t deny that Putin gave Russia a level of prosperity not known since prior to the Bolshevik revolution. But you cannot deny that RF now has one party rule (well, unless you count the Communist party separately), has political prisoners, often on trumped-up unrelated charges, has very poor business climate due to corruption, and now is fomenting a civil war in an independent country.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-14

    08/26/2014 9:36:07 AM PDT · 25 of 35
    annalex to annalex


    Baptism of Christ

    Pacino di Bonaguida

    The Morgan Codex (Folio 9)
    c. 1320
    Tempera and gold on parchment, 245 x 176 mm
    Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-14

    08/26/2014 9:35:36 AM PDT · 24 of 35
    annalex to annalex
    23. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
    24. You blind guides, which strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.

    CHRYS. The Lord had said above that they bound heavy burdens upon others, which they themselves would not touch; He now again shows how they aimed at being correct in little things, but neglected weighty matters.

    JEROME; The Lord and commanded, that for the maintenance of the Priests and Levites, whose portion was the Lord, tithes of every thing should be offered in the temple. Accordingly, the Pharisees (to dismiss mystical expositions) concerned themselves about this alone, that these trifling things should be paid in, but lightly esteemed other things which were weighty. He charges them then with covetousness in exacting carefully the tithes of worthless herbs, while they neglected justice in their transactions of business, mercy to the poor, and faith toward God, which are weighty things.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. Or, because these covetous Priest, when anyone did not bring his tithes of the smallest thing, made it a matter of grave reprehension; but when one injured his neighbor or sinned against God, they were at pains to reprove him, careful only of their own profit, neglecting the glory of God, and the salvation of men. For to observe righteousness, to do mercy, and to have faith, these things God commanded for His own glory; but the payment of tithes He established for the support of the Priests, so that the Priests should minister to the people in spiritual things, and the people supply the Priests with carnal things.

    Thus is it at this time, when all are careful of their own honor, none of God's honor; they jealously protect their own rights, but will not bestow any pains in the service of the Church. If the people pay not their tithes duly, they murmur; but if they see the people in sin, they utter not a word against them. But because some of the Scribes and Pharisees, to whom he is now speaking, were of the people, it is not unsuitable to make a different interpretation; and 'to tithe' may be used as well of him who receives, tithes. The Scribes then and Pharisees offered tithes of the very best things for the purpose of displaying their righteousness; but in their judgments they were unjust, without mercy for their brethren, without faith for the truth.

    ORIGEN; But because it was possible that some, hearing the Lord speak thus, might thereupon neglect paying tithes of small things, He prudently adds, These things ought you to have done, (i.e. justice, mercy, and faith,) and not to leave the others undone, i.e. the tithing of mint, anise, and cummin.

    REMIG. In these words the Lord shows that all the commandments of the Law, greatest and least, are to fulfilled. They also are refuted who give alms of the fruits of the earth, supposing that thus they cannot sin, whereas their alms profit them nothing unless they are careful to keep themselves from sin.

    HILARY; And because it was much less guilt to omit the tithing of herbs than a duty of benevolence, the Lord derides them, You blind guides, which strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.

    JEROME; The camel I suppose to mean the weighty precepts, judgment, mercy, and faith; the gnat, the tithing of mint, anise, and cummin, and other valueless herbs. The greater of God's commands we swallow and overlook, but show our carelessness by a religious scrupulousness in little things which bring profit with them.

    ORIGEN; Or, straining out a gnat, that is, putting from them small sins; swallowing a camel, that is, committing great sins, which He calls camels, from the size and distorted shape of that animal. Morally, the Scribes are those who think nothing else contained in Scripture than the bare letter exhibit; the Pharisees are all those who esteem themselves righteous, and separate themselves from others, saying, 'Come not near me, for I am clean'. Mint, anise, and cummin, are the seasoning, not the substantial part of food; as in our life and conversation there are some things necessary to justification, as judgment, mercy, and faith; and others which are like the seasoning of our actions, giving them a flavor and sweetness, as abstinence from laughter, fasting, bending the knee, and such like. How shall they not be judged blind who see not that it is of little avail to be a careful dispenser in the least things, if things of chief moment are neglected? These His present discourse overthrows; not forbidding to observe the little things, but bidding to keep more carefully the chief things.

    GREG. Or otherwise; The gnat stings while it hums; the camel bows its back to receive its load. The Jews then strained off the gnat, when they prayed to have the seditious robber released to them; and they swallowed the camel, when they sought with shouts the death of Him who had voluntarily taken on Him the burden of our mortality.

    25. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
    26. You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

    JEROME; In different words, but to the same purport as before, He reproves the hypocrisy and dissimulation of the Pharisees, that they showed one face to men abroad, but wore another at home. He means not here, that their scrupulousness respecting the cup and the platter was of any importance, but that they affected it to pass off their sanctity upon men; which is clear from His adding, but inwardly you are full of ravening and uncleanness.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. Or, He means that the Jews whenever they were to enter the temple or to offer sacrifice, or on any festivals, used to wash themselves, their clothes, and their vessels, but none cleansed himself from his sins; but God neither commends bodily cleanliness, nor condemns the contrary. But suppose foulness of person or of vessels were offensive to God, which must become foul by being used, how much more does He not abhor foulness of conscience, which we may, if we will, keep ever pure?

    HILARY; He therefore is reproving those who, pursuing an ostentation of useless scrupulosity, neglected the discharge of useful morality. For it is the inside of the cup that is used; if that be foul, what profit is it to cleanse the outside? And therefore what is needed is purity of the inner conscience, that those things which are of the body may be clean without.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. This He speaks not of the cup and platter of sense, but of that of the understanding, which may be pure before God, though it have never touched water; but if it have sinned, then though the water of the whole ocean and of all rivers have washed it, it is foul and guilty before God.

    CHRYS. Note, that speaking of tithes He said, These things ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone: for tithes are a kind of alms, and what wrong is it to give alms? Yet said He it not to enforce a legal superstition. But here, discoursing of things clean and unclean, He does not add this, but distinguishes and shows that external purity of necessity follows internal; the outside of the cup and platter signifying the body, the inside the soul.

    ORIGEN; This discourse instructs us that we should hasten to become righteous, not to seem so. For whoever seeks to be thought so, cleanses the outside, and has care of the things that are seen, but neglects the heart and conscience. But he who seeks to cleanse that which is within, that is, the thoughts, makes by that means the things without clean also. All professors of false doctrine are cups cleansed on the outside, because of that show of religion which they affect, but within they are full of extortion and guile, hurrying men into error. The cup is a vessel for liquids, the platter for meat. Every discourse then of which we spiritually drink, and all speech by which we are fed, are vessels for meat and drink. They who study to set forth well wrought discourse rather than such as is full of healthful meaning, are cups cleansed without; but within full of the defilement of vanity. Also the letter of the Law and the Prophets is a cup of spiritual drink, and a platter of necessary food. The Scribes and Pharisees seek to make plain the outward sense; Christ's disciples labor to exhibit the spiritual sense.

    Catena Aurea Matthew 23
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-14

    08/26/2014 9:35:10 AM PDT · 23 of 35
    annalex to Salvation
    Matthew
      English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
      Matthew 23
    23 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you tithe mint, and anise, and cummin, and have left the weightier things of the law; judgment, and mercy, and faith. These things you ought to have done, and not to leave those undone. Væ vobis scribæ et pharisæi hypocritæ, qui decimatis mentham, et anethum, et cyminum, et reliquistis quæ graviora sunt legis, judicium, et misericordiam, et fidem ! hæc oportuit facere, et illa non omittere. ουαι υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι αποδεκατουτε το ηδυοσμον και το ανηθον και το κυμινον και αφηκατε τα βαρυτερα του νομου την κρισιν και τον ελεον και την πιστιν ταυτα εδει ποιησαι κακεινα μη αφιεναι
    24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel. Duces cæci, excolantes culicem, camelum autem glutientes. οδηγοι τυφλοι οι διυλιζοντες τον κωνωπα την δε καμηλον καταπινοντες
    25 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within you are full of rapine and uncleanness. Væ vobis scribæ et pharisæi hypocritæ, quia mundatis quod deforis est calicis et paropsidis ; intus autem pleni estis rapina et immunditia ! ουαι υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι καθαριζετε το εξωθεν του ποτηριου και της παροψιδος εσωθεν δε γεμουσιν εξ αρπαγης και αδικιας
    26 Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, that the outside may become clean. Pharisæe cæce, munda prius quod intus est calicis, et paropsidis, ut fiat id, quod deforis est, mundum. φαρισαιε τυφλε καθαρισον πρωτον το εντος του ποτηριου και της παροψιδος ινα γενηται και το εκτος αυτων καθαρον
  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/26/2014 9:31:17 AM PDT · 21 of 34
    annalex to McGruff; No One Special

    Pieces of the civilian plane on the ground, the pro-Russian insurgents bragging about shooting down a plane (they thought it was a Ukrainian military transport), the Russian BUK missile system photographed nearby. There could be a dispute whether the RF regulars shot flight 17 down or the insurgents did, but since BUK systems do not grow on trees and are not sold at bait and ammo stores, the Russian military is guilty at least of providing the BUKs to the bandits.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/26/2014 9:24:26 AM PDT · 20 of 34
    annalex to wetphoenix

    I never defended Yeltsin, but what you mention is criminality and corruption, not unfreedom. In fact, civic freedoms often correlate with elevated crime levels. However, Yeltsin opened the KGB archives and abolished censorship; that is a significant measure of freedom. Putin has been reversing that trend as soon as he came into power.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/26/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT · 17 of 34
    annalex to wetphoenix

    That is simply not true. Tsarist Russia had individual freedom and rule of law on par with the rest of the civilized world after the serfdom was abolished in 1861. In more recent period, under Yeltsin, there was considerable level of civic freedom: press, for example, was free from censorship and privately owned and there was no political prisioners. Putin ended the mafia wars; that was his single accomplishment. However what he replaced the gangsters with is not rule of law but centralized around his person cleptocracy.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/26/2014 6:34:40 AM PDT · 15 of 34
    annalex to wetphoenix

    Certainly, the election of Obama contributed to the perception of weakness in America and as a result encouraged revanchism in the Russian Federation. Prior to that, the ruling class there had a fear of unilateral action. We still have that, evident is how hesitant RF is in supporting the irredentists in east Ukraine. There seems to exist a party advocating negotiation and complete withdrawal of support for the insurgents. However, so long as Putin and his neo-soviet clan remain in power or close to the levers of power, RF will remain a regional threat.

    Putin seemed attractive earlier for a couple of reasons. First, looking from America, it is easy to confuse his soviet cultural conservatism with genuine conservatism. Buchanan suffered from this delusion. Second, one doesn’t argue with success, and Putin was successful defeating the domestic mafia and bringing the oligarch under Kremlin control or exiling and murdering them. He also presided over the rapid growth of real incomes in RF, fueled by increasing oil prices.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/25/2014 1:31:25 PM PDT · 13 of 34
    annalex to wetphoenix

    Not at all. Putinism today is the closest that Russia has ever been to Communist rule in 25 years.

  • How to Solve the Putin Problem

    08/25/2014 1:29:47 PM PDT · 12 of 34
    annalex to No One Special; ansel12; A.A. Cunningham; andyk; AlexW; BatGuano; bayliving; Belteshazzar; bert; ...
    If you want to be on this right wing, monarchy, paleolibertarianism and nationalism ping list, but are not, please let me know. If you are on it and want to be off, also let me know. This ping list is not used for Catholic-Protestant debates; all confessions are welcome.

    ***

    I am moving (to Seattle) and have been neglecting this ping list. This, I think, is a good article overall.

    I would make one correction. The problem is not exactly one man, Putin, but rather the Soviet remnant in the Russian society, entrenched in the KGB/FSB and the military. They simply cannot think in terms other than territorial expansion by force. Given the loss of the Soviet Empire they regrouped using Soviet remnants in the neighboring countries to foment civil wars while covertly supporting the insurrection. It is therefore not axiomatic that a removal of Putin would by itself cure the problem; rather, the playboy oligarchs need to gain upper hand over the Sovietoid oligarchs. That may not happen for a long time.

  • Updating my medical condition and prayer needs [Update at #'s 843,721,643,910]

    08/25/2014 11:29:19 AM PDT · 919 of 936
    annalex to trussell

    We praise Thee o Lord for the progress in overcoming the bureaucracy and having the disability status approved.

    We pray for complete healing of Thy longsuffering servant.

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-14, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/25/2014 10:15:11 AM PDT · 27 of 38
    annalex to annalex


    The Last Judgement

    Petrus Christus

    1452
    Oak, 134 x 56 cm
    Staatliche Museen, Berlin
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-14, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/25/2014 10:14:46 AM PDT · 26 of 38
    annalex to annalex
    13. But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in.

    ORIGEN; Christ is truly the Son of that God Who gave the Law; after the example of the blessings pronounced in the Law, did Himself pronounce the blessings of them that are saved; and also after the cursings of the Law, He now sets forth a woe against sinners; Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. They who allow that it is compatible with goodness to utter these denunciations against sinners, should understand that the purpose of God is the same in the cursings of the Law. Both the cursing there and the woe here fall upon the sinner not from Him who denounces, but from themselves who commit the sins which are denounced, and worthily bring upon themselves the inflictions of God's discipline, appointed for the turning of men to good. So a father rebuking a son utters words of cursing, but does not desire that he should become deserving of those curses, but rather that he should turn himself from them. He adds the cause of this woe, you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor suffer them that are entering to go in. These two commandments are by nature inseparable; because not to suffer others to enter in, is of itself enough to keep the hinderer out.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. By the kingdom of heaven is meant the Scriptures, because in them the kingdom of heaven is lodged; the understanding of these is the door. Or the kingdom of heaven is the blessedness of heaven, and the door thereof Christ, by Whom men enter in. The door-keepers are the Priests, to whom is committed the word of teaching or interpreting Scripture, by which the door of truth is opened to men. The opening of this door is right interpretation. And observe that He said not, Woe unto you, for you open, but, for you shut up; the Scriptures then are not shut up, though they are obscure.

    ORIGEN; The Pharisees and the Scribes then would neither enter in, nor hear Him who said, By me if any man enter in he shall be saved; nor would they suffer those to enter in, who were able to have believed through the things which had been spoken before by the Law and the Prophets concerning Christ, but shut up the door with every kind of device to deter men from entering. Also they detracted from His teaching, denied all prophecy concerning Him, and blasphemed every miracle as deceitful, or wrought by the Devil. All who in their evil conversation set an example of sinning to the people, and who commit injustice, offending the weak, seem to shut up the kingdom of heaven before men. And this sin is found among the people, and chiefly among the doctors, when they teach men whet the Gospel righteousness requires of them, but do not what they teach. But those who both teach and live well open to men the kingdom of heaven, and both enter in themselves, and invite others to enter in. Many also will not suffer those who are willing to enter into the kingdom of heaven, when they without reason excommunicate out of jealousy others who are better than themselves; thus they refuse them entrance, but these of sober spirit, overcoming by their patience this tyranny, although forbidden, yet enter in and inherit the kingdom. Also they who with much rashness have set themselves to the profession of teaching before they have learned, and following Jewish fables, detract from those who search out the higher things of Scripture; these do, as far as in them lies, shut out men from the kingdom of heaven.

    14. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.

    CHRYS. Next the Lord rebukes them for their gluttony, and what was the worst, that not from the rich but from widows they took wherewith to fill their bellies, thus burdening the poverty of those whom they should have relieved.

    GLOSS. Devour widow's houses, that is, your superstitions have this only aim, namely, to make a gain of the people that is put under you.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. The female sex is imprudent, as not contemplating with reason all that it sees or hears; and weak, as being easily turned either from bad to good, or from good to bad. The male sex is more prudent and hardy. And therefore pretenders to holiness practice most upon women, who are unable to see their hypocrisy, and are easily inclined to love them on the ground of religion. But widows they chiefly choose to attempt; first, because a woman who has her husband to advise her is not so readily deceived; and secondly, she has not the means of giving, being in the power of her husband. The Lord then, whilst He confounds the Jewish Priests, instructs the Christian that they should not frequent widows rather than others, for though their purpose may not be bad, it gives occasion to suspicions.

    CHRYS. The manner of this plundering is grievous for they make long prayers. Every one who does evil deserves punishment; but he who takes occasion for his offense from religion, deserves more severe punishment; Therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. First, for that you are wicked, and then because you put on the cloak of sanctity. Your covetousness you dress up in the color of religion, and use God's arms in the Devil's service, that iniquity may be loved while it is thought to be piety.

    HILARY; Or, because their observance of the kingdom of heaven proceeds hence, that they may keep up their practice of going about to widows' houses, they shall therefore receive the headier judgment, as having their own sin and the ignorance of others to answer for.

    GLOSS. Or, because the servant that knew his Lord's will and did it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.

    15. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

    CHRYS. This the next charge against them is, that they are unequal to the salvation of many, seeing they need so much labor to bring one to salvation; and not only are they slack in conversion, but destroy even those whom they do convert, by corrupting them by example of evil life.

    HILARY; That they compass sea and land signifies that throughout the whole world they shall be enemies of Christ's Gospel, and shall bring men under the yoke of the Law against the justification of faith. There were proselytes made into the Synagogue from among the Gentiles, the small number of whom is here denoted by what is said one proselyte. For after the preaching of Christ there was no faith left in their doctrine, but whoever was gained to the faith of the Jews became a child of hell.

    ORIGEN; For all who Judaize since the coming of the Savior, are taught to follow the temper of those who cried at that time, Crucify, crucify him.

    HILARY; And he becomes the child of a twofold punishment, because he has not obtained remission of his Gentile sins, and because he has joined the society of those who persecuted Christ.

    JEROME; Or otherwise; The Scribes and Pharisees compassed the whole world to make proselytes of the Gentiles, that is, to mix the uncircumcised stranger with the people of God.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. And that not of compassion from desire to save him whom they taught, but either from covetousness, that the greater number of worshipers might increase the number of offerings made in sacrifice, or out of vain glory. For he who sinks himself in a slough of sins, how should he be desirous to rescue another out of them? Will a man be more merciful to another than to himself? By a man's actions therefore it may be known whether he seeks another's conversion for God's sake, or out of vain glory.

    GREG. But forasmuch as hypocrites though they do ever crooked things, yet cease not to speak right things, and thus by their good instructions beget sons, but are not able to bring them up by good life, but the more they give themselves up to worldly works, the more willingly do they suffer those whom they have begotten to work the same. And because their hearts are hardened, these very sons whom they have begotten they do not own by any sign of the affection due. Wherefore it is here said of the hypocrites, And when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

    AUG. This He said not because proselytes were circumcised, but because they imitated the lives of those from following whom He had prohibited His disciples, saying, Do you not after their works. Two things are observable in this command; first, the honor shown to Moses' teaching, that even wicked men when sitting in his seat are compelled to teach good things; and that the proselyte is made a child of hell, not by hearing the words of the Law, but by following their doings. And twofold more than they for this reason, that he neglects to fulfill what he had undertaken of his own choice, having been not born a Jew, but of free will become a Jew.

    JEROME; Or, because before while he was a Gentile he erred in ignorance and was only a child of hell; but seeing the vices of his masters, and understanding that they destroyed in their actions what they taught in words, he returns to his vomit, and becoming a Gentile, he is worthier of greater punishment as one that has deserted his cause.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. Or, because while he was a worshiper of idols, he observed righteousness even because of men; but when he became a Jew, prompted by the example of evil teachers, he became worse than his teachers.

    CHRYS. For a disciple imitates a virtuous master, but goes beyond a vicious one.

    JEROME; He is called a child of hell in the same way as one is said to be a child of perdition, and a child of this world; every man is called the son of him whose works he does.

    ORIGEN; From this place we learn that there will be a difference of torment in hell, seeing one is here said to be singly a child of hell, another twofold. And we ought to consider here whether it is possible that a man should be generally a child of hell, as a Jew, suppose, or a Gentile, or whether specially so in consequence of some particular sins; that as righteous man is increased in glory by the abundance of his righteousness, so a sinner's punishment is increased manifold by the number of his sins.

    16. Woe unto you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
    17. You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
    18. And, Whoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
    19. You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
    20. Who therefore shall swear by the altar, swears by it, and by all things thereon.
    21. And whoever shall swear by the temple, swears by it, and by him that dwells therein.
    22. And he that shall swear by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him that sits thereon.

    JEROME; As by making broad phylacteries and fringes they sought after the reputation of sanctity, and made this again a means of gain, so now He charges them with being teachers of wickedness by their fraudulent presence of tradition. For when in any dispute or quarrel, or ambiguous cause, one swore by the temple, and was afterwards convicted of falsehood, he was not held guilty. This is what is meant by that, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing, that is, he owes nothing, But if he had sworn by the gold, or by the money which was offered to the Priests in the temple, he was immediately compelled to pay down that by which he had sworn.

    PSEUDO-CHRYS. The temple pertains to God's glory, and to man's spiritual salvation, but the gold of the temple though it pertains to the glory of God, yet does it more so to the delight of man, and the profit of the Priests. The Jews then pronounced the gold which delighted them, and the gifts which fed them, to be more holy than the temple, that they might make men more I disposed to offer gifts, than to pour out prayers in the temple. Whence the Lord suitably reproves them in these words Yet have some Christians at present an equally foolish notion See, they say, in any suit if one swear by God, it seems nought; but if one swear by the Gospel, he seems to have e done some great thing. To whom we shall say in like manner, you fools and blind! the Scriptures were written because of God, God is not because of the Scriptures. Greater therefore is God, than what is hallowed by Him.

    JEROME; Again, if one swore by the altar, none held him guilty of perjury; but if he swore by the gift or the victims or the other things which are offered to God upon the altar, this they exacted most rigorously And all this they did not out of fear of God, but out of covetousness.

    Thus the Lord charges them with both folly and fraud, inasmuch as the altar is much greater than the victims which are sanctified by the altar.

    GLOSS. And lest their infatuation should go so far, that they should affirm that the gold was more holy than the temple, and the gift than the altar,

    He argues on another ground, that in the oath which is sworn by the temple and the altar is contained the oath by the gold or by the gift.

    ORIGEN; In like manner the custom which the Jews had of swearing by the Heaven He reprobates. For they did not, as they supposed, avoid the danger of taking an oath by God, because, Whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him that sits thereon.

    GLOSS. For whoever swears by the creature that is subject, swears by the Divinity that rules over the creation.

    ORIGEN; Now an oath is in confirmation of somewhat that has been spoken. The oath here then may signify testimony of Scripture which we produce in confirmation of that word which we speak. So that Divine Scripture is the temple of God, the gold is the meaning which it contains. As the gold which is Outside the Temple is not sanctified, so all thoughts which are without divine Scripture, however admirable they may seem, are not hallowed. We ought not therefore to bring any Speculations of our own for the confirmation of doctrine, unless such as we can show are hallowed by being contained in divine Scripture.

    The altar is the human heart, which is the chief thing in man. The offerings and gifts that are hid upon the altar, are every thing which are done in the heart, as to pray, to sing, to do alms, to fast. Every offering of a man then is sanctified by his heart, by which the offering is made. There cannot therefore be a more honorable offering than the heart of man, out of which the offering proceeds. If then one's conscience does not smite him, he has confidence towards God, not by reason of his gifts, but so to speak because he has rightly ordered the altar of his heart. Thirdly, we may say that over the temple, that is over every Scripture, and over the altar, that is over every heart, there is a certain meaning which is called the Heaven, the throne of God Himself, in which we shall be able to see the things that are revealed face to face, when that which is perfect is come.

    HILARY; For since Christ is come, reliance upon the Law is vain; for not Christ by the Law, but the Law by Christ, is sanctified, in whom it rests as on a seat or throne; so are they fools and blind, who, overlooking the sanctifier, pay honor to the things sanctified.

    AUG. The temple and altar we may also understand of Christ Himself ; the gold and the gifts, of' the praise and sacrifice of prayer which we offer in Him and through Him. For not He by them, but they by Him, are sanctified.

    Catena Aurea Matthew 23
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      Matthew 23
    13 But woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men, for you yourselves do not enter in; and those that are going in, you suffer not to enter. Væ autem vobis scribæ et pharisæi hypocritæ, quia clauditis regnum cælorum ante homines ! vos enim non intratis, nec introëuntes sinitis intrare. 23:14 ουαι υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι κλειετε την βασιλειαν των ουρανων εμπροσθεν των ανθρωπων υμεις γαρ ουκ εισερχεσθε ουδε τους εισερχομενους αφιετε εισελθειν
    14 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because you devour the houses of widows, praying long prayers. For this you shall receive the greater judgment. Væ vobis scribæ et pharisæi hypocritæ, quia comeditis domos viduarum, orationes longas orantes ! propter hoc amplius accipietis judicium. 23:13 ουαι δε υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι κατεσθιετε τας οικιας των χηρων και προφασει μακρα προσευχομενοι δια τουτο ληψεσθε περισσοτερον κριμα
    15 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you go round about the sea and the land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, you make him the child of hell twofold more than yourselves. Væ vobis scribæ et pharisæi hypocritæ, quia circuitis mare, et aridam, ut faciatis unum proselytum, et cum fuerit factus, facitis eum filium gehennæ duplo quam vos. ουαι υμιν γραμματεις και φαρισαιοι υποκριται οτι περιαγετε την θαλασσαν και την ξηραν ποιησαι ενα προσηλυτον και οταν γενηται ποιειτε αυτον υιον γεεννης διπλοτερον υμων
    16 Woe to you blind guides, that say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but he that shall swear by the gold of the temple, is a debtor. Væ vobis duces cæci, qui dicitis : Quicumque juraverit per templum, nihil est : qui autem juraverit in auro templo, debet. ουαι υμιν οδηγοι τυφλοι οι λεγοντες ος αν ομοση εν τω ναω ουδεν εστιν ος δ αν ομοση εν τω χρυσω του ναου οφειλει
    17 Ye foolish and blind; for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? Stulti et cæci : quid enim majus est ? aurum, an templum, quod sanctificat aurum ? μωροι και τυφλοι τις γαρ μειζων εστιν ο χρυσος η ο ναος ο αγιαζων τον χρυσον
    18 And whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, is a debtor. Et quicumque juraverit in altari, nihil est : quicumque autem juraverit in dono, quod est super illud, debet. και ος εαν ομοση εν τω θυσιαστηριω ουδεν εστιν ος δ αν ομοση εν τω δωρω τω επανω αυτου οφειλει
    19 Ye blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Cæci : quid enim majus est, donum, an altare, quod sanctificat donum ? μωροι και τυφλοι τι γαρ μειζον το δωρον η το θυσιαστηριον το αγιαζον το δωρον
    20 He therefore that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things that are upon it: Qui ergo jurat in altari, jurat in eo, et in omnibus quæ super illud sunt. ο ουν ομοσας εν τω θυσιαστηριω ομνυει εν αυτω και εν πασιν τοις επανω αυτου
    21 And whosoever shall swear by temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth in it: Et quicumque juraverit in templo, jurat in illo, et in eo qui habitat in ipso : και ο ομοσας εν τω ναω ομνυει εν αυτω και εν τω κατοικησαντι αυτον
    22 And he that sweareth by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. et qui jurat in cælo, jurat in throno Dei, et in eo qui sedet super eum. και ο ομοσας εν τω ουρανω ομνυει εν τω θρονω του θεου και εν τω καθημενω επανω αυτου