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  • Rush Limbaugh Show "Open Line Fridays"M-F 12NOONPM-3PM WOR AM May 27-30,2016

    05/27/2016 10:03:56 AM PDT · 24 of 43
    BlackElk to rockabyebaby
    No matter who tries this trick against whom (among Trump and Cruz). The burden falls on Cruz supporters to reject this because Trump has won the nomination fair and square and now deserves every conservative's support. If we do not allow that we may have been wrong, we show contempt for the democratic process.

    I supported Cruz. Roger Stone's stunts are despicable (as usual) and deserve to be reviled. OTOH, Mark Levin, whom I generally admire, is way off the reservation on this. He is beginning to lose it two cycles in a row. Last time, he supported Moral Monster Mitt Romney and encouraged conservatives to join him.

    This time, he would have us abandon the duly nominated choice of Republican voters who, unlike Romney, conspicuously REFUSED to use corrupt Wall Street, K Street, Chamber of Commerce $$$$$ and, instead of ignoring the base, had the backbone to support many of the issue positions that mean the most to the base.

  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (5/27/2016) [Prayer]

    05/26/2016 9:55:43 PM PDT · 5 of 19
    BlackElk to fieldmarshaldj

    Please pray for me as I am in substantial discomfort and need God’s healing hand.

  • Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History!

    05/26/2016 9:51:50 PM PDT · 164 of 174
    BlackElk to Mrs. Don-o

    While you are thinking of what to say and I have no doubt that you will, please spare a bit of time to pray for me. I am in some substantial discomfort an need God’s healing hand.

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/25/2016 12:17:06 PM PDT · 63 of 65
    BlackElk to fieldmarshaldj

    Surgery successful so far. Discomfort from surgery continues. Spending most of my time horizontal in an often vain search for sleep. Keep those prayers coming. Nothing is better medicine. God bless!

  • Erick Erickson: 'I think the time has come for Mitt Romney'

    05/25/2016 8:46:44 AM PDT · 62 of 68
    BlackElk to kddid

    It is time for Moral Monster Mitt Romney to be guillotined and for Erick Erickson to face the blade as well.

  • Trump Soars in Latest CA, NY, CT, MD, PA Polls [California: Trump 49% Cruz 31% Kasich 16%]

    05/24/2016 6:03:38 PM PDT · 154 of 155
    BlackElk to Plummz

    I forgot nothing but had concluded that you have all the earmarks of a Bircher imbecile and therefore deserve no response to flagrant idiocy. Have the last word if you like.

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/24/2016 9:13:55 AM PDT · 52 of 65
    BlackElk to PhilCollins; Dr. Sivana; BillyBoy; Impy
    As to your suggestion, I live in a rural part of Winnebago County. We can elect precinct committeemen. Many seats go begging. County party chairmen can appoint to the vacancies.

    I do not understand what makes Cook different. Aren't wards and precincts essentially the same thing? Township committeemen may be different. Are precinct captains officials who should not be subject to removal by elected party leaders?

    As to your first paragraph, the freedom you seek for any Tom, Dick or Harriet to vote in the party primary of their choice on the whim of the moment is a national plague in many states and does not work well for Illinois conservatives. Gone are the days when a conservative might want to help a Democrat like Roman Pucinski. The only remaining Democrat who is an American in the entire Congressional delegation is Dan Lipinski. pinions may vary on him but, as with most Chicago districts, he is not going to be defeated by a Republican.

    In exchanging the ephemeral advantage of maybe helping one decent Democrat every decade, we can exclude ALL Demonrats and ALL Demonrats posing as "unaffiliated" from our primaries and by that act move the results as sharply rightward as WE choose, make the continued existence of the Combine impossible and empower Illinois conservatives for the first time in most of our lifetimes. We would be abe to nominate CONSERVATIVE candidates and fight elections on OUR terms.

    There are plenty of socially conservative Democrat voters but they are seldom tempted to vote for the Pat Brady, Ryan Higgins, Combine-type social revolutionary, abortion-loving, gay coddling "GOP-E" types who exist to take the crumbs that fall to them from the Demonrat table. We need to put the red meat down where the folks can get it.

    Here in Illinois 16, it would make more likely a primary challenge to our slimeball Congressman Kinzinger (whose profile includes neither his religion if any or details as to his family if any unlike the rest of them). Kinzinger is purely a product of Combiner politics with an assist from Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and McCarthy. If we had closed our primary before 2010, Don Manzullos would still be i Congress and Kinzinger would still represent Chicagoland or have been disposed of by his Demonrat buddies in favor of one of their own.

    As to your suggestion, what do you want the legislature to enact and be signed by Rauner who is a RINO but was preferable to Quinn on money matters and probably a smidgeon (but no more than a smidgeon) better on other issues?

    Gotta go now for surgery. If all goes well, I should be back on line tonight.

    Everyone: pray for me!

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/24/2016 5:07:36 AM PDT · 47 of 65
    BlackElk to PhilCollins; Impy; BillyBoy
    Phil Collins, thank you for the info on Gilberts.

    Everyone: So, given Michael Madigan's opposition to allowing REPUBLICAN primary voters to choose their own state central committee members, while allowing the rank and file Demonrats to choose theirs, we have our finger on the pulse of Illinois Combinism.

    This also constitutes an opportunity for a young conservative attorney "on the make" to "make his bones" by filing a federal lawsuit claiming on behalf of various Republican voters denial of equal protection of law under the Fourteenth Amendment and having some public fun with the concept that, in Illinois, by connivance of the Demonrat Machine and their GOP-E sockpuppets, actual Republicans are soooooo trampled as to have become a "suspect class." Whatever the decision of a federal district court, an adverse decision would allow an appeal to the 7th Circuit where the appeal my be heard by Dan Manion, Richard Posner, Frank Esterbrook, Diana Sykes, etc. It is worth the chance.

    A future cause should be CLOSING the GOP primary and actual party registration becoming available in Illinois. Unaffiliated voters have no skin in the game and no political investment in the party. Why should they have any say so in the primary? Make them be registered Republicans a minimum of six months BEFORE the primary to vote in the primary. This will keep Demonrats OUT of our primaries. Also have a provision that anyone leaving one party must wait six months before being eligible to register with the opposite party.

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/24/2016 4:44:24 AM PDT · 46 of 65
    BlackElk to BillyBoy
    Let me note, as an Irish (among other things) Catholic that the two creatures by the names of Patrick Brady and Ryan Higgins probably had Christian and even Catholic ancestors, that Patrick Brady's mother probably brought him up not to drop the "F Bomb" on Laura Higgins in response to her defending the traditional moral standards of Western Civilization.

    It must take particular nobility and courage to be Marjorie Kubalanza in representing Kirk/Dold land as she did AND defending Western Civilization. Likewise all those whom you mentioned who did likewise and particularly Raquel Mitchell. They should all be given the opportunity at conservative functions to tell their convention war stories.

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/23/2016 3:07:07 PM PDT · 43 of 65
    BlackElk to PhilCollins
    I can no longer make meetings. The guy who used to drive me moved to Georgia. My health is declining. I am chronically broke. I wish ICRC well but it must be from a distance. As I said in my post, I only wish that I were younger and healthier. Feel free to present the ideas from my post to the meeting as a basis for discussion.

    Finally: Is "Gilberts" a town? A restaurant? If not, you need to post the town and name of restaurant.

    Did this Higgins support man/boy/goat marriage or was he a good guy?

    One State Central member per CD is very bad news. The bigger the committee, the harder for the slime to control it. When there is one member per CD, it is not difficult for the generally useless Congresscritters to control who gets elected in any GOP CD. One per Senate District is better and less controllable and corruptible. One per State House District is still better. Two per district is still better. We have people. They don't.

    With a greatly expanded state central committee, we probably are subject to being embarrassed by a few ideological nutcases but that is quite controllable as the currently constituted state central committee is not.

    Are the current state central committee members subject to primaries? That might be another avenue. Take control, change the rules, vastly expand the state central committee and run the social revolutionaries and other letists off the committee altogether.

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/23/2016 7:24:36 AM PDT · 41 of 65
    BlackElk to BlackElk

    Billyboy: See #40. Meant to ping you!

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/23/2016 7:22:18 AM PDT · 40 of 65
    BlackElk to Impy; PhilCollins
    As with all human affairs, network!

    Illinois conservatives operate at a level reminiscent of those who were arriving on the prairie in Conestoga wagons before the Civil War. That must change.

    Start by publishing the names, addresses and telephone numbers and e-mails of each and every county Republican Chairman marking those who petitioned the good platform change in Peoria. Also the 2016 state convention delegate/alternate roster.

    Add to that list, the same information as to RELIABLE state legislators and local officeholders at the county or municipal level.

    Next, identify sympathetic and RELIABLE leaders of religious, issue, fraternal and social issue and taxpayer organizations. Such groups as Evangelical pastors, Conservative Catholic priests, Chassidic and other Orthodox Jews, socially conservative Mormons, Knights of Columbus, Masonic Lodges, right to life groups, family issue groups, Tea Party groups, veterans' groups like American Legion, VFW, DAV, AmVets, gun groups like NRA, GOA, 2nd Amendment Foundation, Eagle Forum, etc., etc., etc. Use your imagination as to others.

    As the roster grows, analyze the county Republican committees for their remarkable number of vacancies. Apparently, each county party chairman may APPOINT a person to fill ANY vacancy. Match our RELIABLES with the vacancies and make a mass request simultaneously in all counties for appointments to the vacancies suggesting the names of RELIABLES who have agreed to serve.

    I am no expert on this stuff in Illinois but it appears to me that the crucial level in Illinois is the county party committee. Once you control those, you can choose directly or indirectly (I don't know which) the next vital level: State Central Committee members (apparently one per state senate district?). Obtain a majority at that level and you can elect suitable state party leaders and take out the garbage.

    Our strength is that there are a LOT more of us than there are of them. Our weaknesses are that they are far better organized and also far better funded.

    I wish that I were young enough and healthy enough to do more than contribute ideas and internet warfare. Certainly Illinois natives who are capable can make major contributions of effort toward an effort to seize the party and likely succeed. A skilled organizer from out of state, arriving today to live in Illinois, could succeed. AND the organization skills do NOT have to have been acquired in politics as such. Methods are largely not ideological. An effective method will serve capitalist or communist, moralist or degenerate, etc. Our people must master basic organizing skills and methods.

    If people want to have fun while organizing, they could do worse than studying Saul Alinsky's books: Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals. Politically, he was scum, but he knew how to have fun. Let us create an anti-Alinsky (on policy) army of happy warriors!

  • Congress votes to ban Confederate flags from VA cemeteries

    05/22/2016 6:42:39 PM PDT · 21 of 147
    BlackElk to 2ndDivisionVet
    Rep. Huffman was "disappointed" that her proposal, though supported by a majority of the House, did not receive more support.

    Ryan-o, despite the opposition to this disgrace by a majority of the Republican Caucus, allowed a vote to satisfy the Demonrat radicals. Next time, attach a rider as to something that Ryan-o and his despicable fellow prostitutes consider REALLY IMPORTANT like denying funding to Chamber of Crony Commerce legislative schemes. Then the Demonrats can decide whether they will vote to show that they too wear kneepads for the corrupt Chamber of Commerce despite all their faux "populist" rhetoric claiming to support the "little guy" against the big corporate bosses while having their hands out for the tribute paid to them too by the bosses.

    The Demonrats are verrrrrrry angry at the continued Republican voting record of much of the South. This is a classic case of the Demonrat left shouting at all wings of the GOP: Let's you and him fight! It is a clever strategy given the brainlessness and spinelessness of the GOP-E who NEVER respond in kind.

    As Bill Buckley wrote: Politics is the jewelers' art. The value of a stone depends on how it is cut. The Demonrats are constantly cutting our stones against us and our "leaders" cower in the corner hoping that the baaaaaaaad Demonrats will just go away and leave the GOP to coddling BIG BUSINESS as usual. Muffie wants/needs more billions in her trust fund and neither the Demonrats nor the GOP base seem to care about the care and feeding of poor Muffie's billions at all unless she donates to the Demonrats in which case they will care.

    All that the peasants care about is dull, boring or embarrassing priorities like jobs, borders, babies, marriage, family, guns, THEIR culture, nationalism, restricting trade, cutting THEIR tax burdens. Stuff like that.

    Ryan-o may well get his just desserts in the August primary as Cantor did a couple of years ago. There will still be plenty of unprincipled elitist trash to eagerly seek his "leadership" position. Fortunately, there IS The Donald.

  • Poll: Trump trails Clinton by nearly 40 points with Latinos

    05/22/2016 11:51:01 AM PDT · 68 of 79
    BlackElk to dfwgator; Dave W; central_va; heye2monn; Angels27; RitaOK; onyx; Tax-chick; Dr. Sivana; ...
    Precisely. The percentage of Latino voters is rising and will continue to rise for he foreseeable future. Closing the border is one thing (very doable) but sending people back home is quite another (not very likely).

    We can continue to attempt to win an ever increasing percentage of the diminishing white vote and ignore all else or we can learn to compete for Latino and Asian an even black votes. Adapt or die. That does NOT mean pandering. We don't try to market our own ideas in a manner attractive to Latinos, Asians and blacks.

    If conservatives and Republicans can successfully market sometimes undependable widgets, why can they not effectively market the far more dependable truths of capitalism and morality? Why aren't we selling FREEDOM and the dream of prosperity?

    Not only is the white percentage of the vote declining but it seems as though an increasing percentage of it is degenerating spiritually, morally, and even in terms of economic attitudes. Sell capitalism in the black community instead. Stress it in the relatively and often enthusiastically capitalistic Asian communities. Stress it in the Latino community as well. First generation Latinos are likely more dependent on government than the next and future generations will be.

    In all three of these communities. stress family and social issues. None of them are anxious to have their grandchildren aborted or their children in sexually deviant relationships. If Republicans and conservatives think themselves such all stars at capitalism, why not learn to market to available but non-traditional potential Republican "customers?"

    The white vote is being afflicted by many factors. How many white women have had abortions but feel guilt and develop a defensive attitude leading to Demonrat votes? How many white men have taken Suzie by the ear to the abortion mill in order to avoid child support and feel a need to defend abortion?

    How many white kids are consigned to government sponsored ideological indoctrination centers known as public schools where the kiddies learn all about the "evils" of the US and the conservatives and the wondrous glories of the Demonrats, progressives and even communists. Raising kids properly requires serious parental attention which takes time away from keeping ourselves amused.

    How many kids (prodded by "educators") are "discovering their inner LGBTQ and how conservatives (according to the "educators") just don't want them to have fun or indeed want them to live a life of "persecution" staved off only by those brave and noble progressives who are committed to guaranteeing the rights of perverts? How many girls are taken to abortion mills on the sly by public school authoristies with guarantees that mom and dad will NEVER know?

    Add in feminism, anti-American foreign policy propaganda (war is just toooooo much trouble), the ethnic grievance industry, envirowhackois, "green" everything, the notion that conservatives want to shoot Bambi, and most of the other crap that fills the lamestream media day in and day out and you have an effective prescription for the destruction of our nation and our civilization.

    A lot of black people have God at the center of their lives, a lot of Hispanic people as well. They KNOW what Scripture says about sexual perversion and they well know what God knows about abortion. Many have been seduced and bought by the welfare state politics of the Demonrats, who are now toying with "free" college indoctrination for everyone and payoffs of crushing student loans. You may or may not have liked W but surely he was right in pointing out "the racism of low expectations." Paying them off to sit down and shut up in squalor is a Demonrat policy and should not be ours.

    As Mafia dons have traditionally observed: Business makes business. Jack the price of college to the sky to fatten beyond the dreams of avarice the paychecks and perks of the reliably Demonrat privileged class of oh sooooo politically correct professors and administrators. When the kiddies realize that they are enslaved for life paying off the exorbitant (and unbankruptable) student loans, offer relief from taxpayers of some or all of the debt. Thank you Comrade Bernie!

    The Demonrat Party dedicated to nothing more than the postponement of reckoning for their reckless policies since 1972! Or was that 1963? Or maybe 1932? Whatever. At least they know that their theoretical opponents in the GOP don't have the guts to upset their apple cart. Maybe that is why they FEAR Trump who has a real education in economics at Wharton School of Finance and has spent his life effectively practicing capitalism in spite of the corrupt politically created obstacles that ensure nothing more than payoffs to useless bureaucrats. Maybe Trump waited to run until he was 70 (next month) because he wanted to practice capitalism and then do something significant to save it.

    The jaded country club white shoe set are just too sophisticated for that or to recruit blacks and Hispanics on that basis or even on a basis of selling the wisdom of modest capitalism to them.

    After all, the country clubbers have left that embarrassing God business behind. They are their own gods. The country clubbers are just socially uncomfortable around people who are not, well, very much like themselves, especially "bitter clingers."

    There just are not enough spoiled country club brats and trust fund babies to win POTUS elections any more. THAT is a reason for grass roots revolt in the GOP or, if need be, creation of a permanent third party structure to destroy the GOP.

    One thing is for sure. We cannot keep on doing nothing and being nothing but a party of big business and trust funds uber alles and a leadership that lies about everything else to gull the peasants. If THAT is not the reality revealed by Trump's hostile takeover of the GOP with the enthusiastic support of millions of grassroots Republicans, what is?

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/22/2016 6:59:18 AM PDT · 36 of 65
    BlackElk to BillyBoy
    Thanks for the summary and for your attendance and efforts at Peoria.

    May God bless you and yours!

  • Amid Shouts of 'Shame,' House GOP Defeats Gay Rights Measure

    05/21/2016 8:57:20 PM PDT · 55 of 61
    BlackElk to blueplum
    Why did Ryan even let it go to a vote?

    Because he is a spineless GOP-E who wants to limit the issues before the House to the care and feeding of the ultra corrupt business interests, Wall Street, K Street, USCoC, etc. You know, the REAL ISSUES that genuine conservatives do not care about (at least not to the point of $$$$$$ obsession like Ryan-o, Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and the rest of the GOP-E "leadership" whores).

    Ryan-o: Gimme $$$$$$, then gimme more $$$$$$ and then still more $$$$$$. So what if the society goes down the drain with perverts fudgepacking one another and getting the support of the GOP-E?

  • Pat Brady Seeks to Destroy Marriage, the IL GOP, and Dissent

    05/21/2016 4:42:15 PM PDT · 18 of 65
    BlackElk to stars & stripes forever

    Does anyone know the name of Patrick Brady’s “husband?” And whether the “husband” is human or of the animal kingdom. This POS is exactly what has made the Illinois GOP such a powerhouse.

  • Francis to Hold Unprecedented Meeting with Top Sunni Muslim Leader

    05/21/2016 7:04:34 AM PDT · 55 of 58
    BlackElk to Wyatt's Torch; stonehouse01; Mrs. Don-o
    The "last pope" prophecy is a misinterpretation of the predictions of a medieval primate of Ireland, St. Malachy, who predicted a future line of popes and gave names to each such that they might be recognized as having been foretold but only after their respective elections.

    Examples: Pope Paul VI was called The Mountain. His family name was Montini which is an Italian equivalent for mountain. Although John XXIII (the one elected to succeed Pius XII in 1959) was one of about 20 children of a peasant family, the family had a coat of arms with a rose as its most prominent feature. He is referenced by St. Malachy as The Rose.

    John Paul I was De Mediatate Lunae (of the Half Moon), a apparent reference to is very short papacy. St. John Paul I is Labor Solis (the Work of the Sun). Benedict XVI is The Glory of the Olive, a reference which I do not understand. St. Malachy's very long list of popes then has an ellipsis (......) suggesting that there are others unnamed who would extend the list before ending with Peter the Omega (reputedly the servant of the antiChrist) who will presumably be deposed by Jesus Christ Himself in the end times. Note, however, that Saint Malachy has acquired that first name of Saint and is unlikely to be predicting a specific immediate successor of Benedict XVI as Peter the Omega since that would contradict Jesus Christ Who said we would not know the date or hour of his second coming. Culd be Francis.

    Peter the Omega could be Francis or could be some pope one hundred years from now and not yet born.

    Stonehouse01 and Mrs. Don-o:

    I should have also pinged you to #93.

  • Francis to Hold Unprecedented Meeting with Top Sunni Muslim Leader

    05/21/2016 6:36:37 AM PDT · 53 of 58
    BlackElk to SGNA
    When I was a far younger and angrier man, I came close to leaving the Roman Catholic Church over the nearly twenty years of utterly aggravating and seldom relieved liberalism and consequent damage to Holy Mother the Church under Pope John XXIII, Vatican II, and Pope Paul VI. I would have become Russian Orthodox of a sort centered in the United States and quite anti-communist, having Apostolic Succession and valid sacraments, lacking a pope and having some differences over the Fiioque on which I would have continued to agree with the Vatican without understanding why it was an issue.

    A friend advised me to first spend a year reading The Wanderer for a year and then decide. I did as he said and by the the time the year was up, Albino Cardinal Luciani had been elected and murdered and Karol Cardinal Wojtlya had been elected. Those historical facts, beyond my control, seemed to have ratified in my life my decision to stay. Our long international nightmare was over.

    I have not regretted my decision to stay. I am not a sedevacantist and never was. Nor shall I ever be. I am quite aware of the theories of fellow disappointed Catholics that Guisseppe Cardinal Siri had REALLY been elected to succeed Pope Pius XII and/or elected again to succeed Pope John XXIII but somehow cheated out of his election by dark forces bent on the destruction of the Church. Siri would have made a fine pope but I simply don't believe these elaborate conspiracy theories necessary to such beliefs.

    Not that conspiracies do not occur even in the Church as evidenced by the apparent murder of Luciani. If you imagine that Luciani was a heretic you badly misjudge the man. He was a lifelong disciple of Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani who had a falling out with him over submission to papal authority.

    On the occasion of the election of Cardinal Luciani as John Paul I, I drove to Westbury, Long Island with a carful of Catholic Yalies to attend an afternoon weekday Tridentine Mass at the chapel of the Traditional priest, Fr. Gomar DePauw. In his homily, he told us that he had spoken to Cardinal Ottaviani about the election of Cardinal Luciani and that Cardinal Ottaviani was delighted. Surely you are aware that Cardinal Ottaviani was the prefect of the Holy Office under Pius XII for many years. Was even Pius XII (generally conceded even by sede vacantists to be a valid pope (see your reference to "post-1958 popes" that being the year of his death). Was Pope Pius XII a fool or a heretic to retain Cardinal Ottaviani as prefect of the Holy Office for many years? If either, then this becomes a conspiracy soooooo vast as to.....

    At some point, in the face of the available evidence, we must give due regard to questioning our own respective judgments when they conflict with the evidence.

    The first and most relevant evidence is that Jesus Christ founded the Church as we know it and promised to be with it all days even unto the end of the Earth. He is coming back, maybe in our lifetimes, maybe not in our lifetimes, at a time known only to God the Father. If I cannot trust the promises of Jesus Christ and of God the Father (he who hears Jesus Christ hears the Father as well) and trust the Paraclete, just whom should I trust (as Peter himself once asked)? Schismatics? Sedevacantists? Skeptics? The professionally disgruntled and unsatisfiable? I am going with God in all three of His Persons on this one. Your experience may vary but only at your own eternal peril.

    I clearly distinguished in my post those who are regarded as anti-popes from the legitimate ones. I simply disagree with the remarkable notion that Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis were all (or any of them) disqualified by heresy from the papacy.

    Some of the times of up to three "popes" at a time having to be resolved by councils or, far worse, by monarchs, were disgraceful episodes. Even valid popes have been disgraces such as Alexander VI and Benedict IX and they are not alone. OTOH, it is a proof of Jesus Christ being with the Church that it has survived even such miscreants as these in the papacy. No mere human institution could possibly have survived all that Catholicism has survived over nearly two thousand years of shovelling dirt on the coffins of His enemies.

    Secondly, there is the matter of Apostolic Succession, distinguishing our priests from mere ministers or pastors, and guaranteeing the validity of our sacraments, particularly the Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins via the Sacrament of Penance (or Reconciliation as known to more modern Catholics than I). We and the Orthodox enjoy Apostolic Succession as other churches do not. Pope Pius XII died in 1958. That was 58 long years ago. If the Church lasts another 50 years, certainly all of his bishops and priests will be dead. If Jesus Christ has not returned by then, what will you make of His promise to be with the Church all days, etc.?

    Will the Church that Jesus Christ founded then be confined to some small priestless remnant, unable to consecrate the Holy Eucharist or to be able to hear confessions and be unable to transmit the forgiveness of God because the power of the Keys will have lapsed without any earthly way of re-establishing it? Are mere humans THAT capable of thwarting the will of Almighty God? Humans are quite capable of sin and we prove that every day of our lives, even the most saintly of humans. God is still in charge and is far more capable of thwarting the fallen will of mere men.

    Just as medieval monarchs or even councils had no authority (power coupled with morality) to depose popes, neither do sedevacantists who merely issue erroneous opinions enticing their fellow men to their own sedevacantist errors (grounded in the spiritual quicksand of their own wounded feelings if they are as I was in the mid-1970s). The modern sedevacantist does not risk even a forceful "inquiry" by the Holy Office much less rack and ruin, being drawn and quartered or burning at the stake. Those who went before us, wrong or right, were made of sterner stuff.

    Bergoglio is a foolish man of all too many air-headed opinions, few of them useful for the task of shepherding the flock. He is about 78 years old already and will be gone soon enough and is quite unlikely to do damage on the level of John XXIII or Paul VI. The mistake of his election is unlikely to be repeated by the next conclave.

    Pope Paul IV, back there in 1559, apparently failed to express an opinion as to just who was authorized to determine just which pope(s) election(s) were null and void and worthless because the elected one(s) had fallen into some heresy. If he had specified, you would have told us. Surely the long dead Pope Paul IV did not specify thee or me.

    It seems impossible for any human to commit any sin that does not involve the sin of pride in that sins are instances of us placing our own individual priorities over those of our Creator. He gave us free will but it is breathtaking how many are, out of pride, willing to abuse free will and, as one prominent non-Catholic American, even older than I, has said that he has never seen fit to ask forgiveness for a single sin. I have sinned. Have you? On many occasions, I have been forgiven. Have you?

    Why are we arguing over the claims of sedevacantism? Do as you will but I ask you to reflect on the foregoing and respond as you see fit but not merely for the sake of responding.

    May God bless you and yours!

  • How to Understand the Doctrines

    05/20/2016 7:02:23 PM PDT · 42 of 51
    BlackElk to WVKayaker

    I will pray for you nonetheless!

  • How to Understand the Doctrines

    05/20/2016 6:42:24 PM PDT · 39 of 51
    BlackElk to Repulican Donkey

    Pius IX declared the doctrine that Mary was Immaculately Conceived (i.e. without Original Sin) in a document entitled Ineffabilis Deus published 12/8/1854. That would make two instances.

  • How to Understand the Doctrines

    05/20/2016 6:31:55 PM PDT · 38 of 51
    BlackElk to WVKayaker
    I won't debate you on doctrinal differences but I will disagree with one of your points. Canons 846-848 and 851 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church published in 1997 sees the Church as much broader than you suspect. I concede that many statements of early and Reformation era Roman Catholic leaders would have it that formal membership in the Roman Catholic Church is necessary for salvation. That does not seem to be the current belief and I do not share such a belief that non-Catholics are excluded from heaven.

    One problem is the idea of God as the Eternal and merciless accountant in the sky, engaged in a never-ending game of gotcha looking for excuses to send people to hell. That's not my idea of God and I would bet it is not yours either.

    My belief as to God is that there is one and only one God, manifested in three Persons: the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit, that He always was, always will be and always remains the same, that He is omniscient, omnipresent, all good, just and merciful and that He was born into this world through Mary who obeyed God and accepted voluntarily her role as the mother of Jesus Christ in response to God's request conveyed by the Archangel Gabriel at the annunciation. It was necessary for the salvation of any human that Jesus Christ be born into this world, live, engage in public ministry, suffer under the Roman governor Pontius Plate, and be put to death in atonement for human sins. No human can earn or merit his/her own salvation and only a Divine sacrifice could atone for human sins against the will of the Creator of humanity.

    I do, as a Catholic, disagree with a lot of what you posted but I do not allow myself the luxury of arguing theology with my Reformed brothers and sisters in Christ. I am too busy being impressed by the saintly adherence of so many of them to the God that I worship and His standards. I have had the privilege of representing many of them as an attorney in pro-life causes like abortion mill "rescues" and representing each according to his or her own beliefs rather than my own (if we differed in any respect).

    Pray for me as I pray for you.

    God bless you and yours, now and forever!

  • Francis to Hold Unprecedented Meeting with Top Sunni Muslim Leader

    05/20/2016 10:21:02 AM PDT · 48 of 58
    BlackElk to DuncanWaring


  • Francis to Hold Unprecedented Meeting with Top Sunni Muslim Leader

    05/20/2016 10:14:44 AM PDT · 47 of 58
    BlackElk to Leaning Right
    I know some Canon Law but am, by no means, an expert on the removal of a pope. I do know some things.

    A pope must be male, a baptized Catholic, a priest and a bishop before coronation as pope. It seems likely that one who has been formally excommunicated or defrocked (as a priest) would be ineligible as no longer Catholic. It also seems quite unlikely that the College of Cardinals, at its worst, would ever elect anyone not meeting the foregoing qualifications.

    That leaves "impeachment" which is a term from American constitutional law and not relevant to Canon Law. Thus, impeachment, as such, is not available.

    Is there no way to deal with a pope who needs to be deposed? There is no formal way BUT there are fully effective informal ways. In the Catholic Church's governing structure, the answers are often found in subtleties and nuances that escape casual observers.

    Pope Benedict XVI was the first pope in many centuries to resign the papacy (under Canon 332, #2). Pope St. Pontian, sentenced to the salt mines, resigned to allow the election of a successor in 235 AD and was martyred within a year. Pope Celestine V resigned in 1294.

    Pope Gregory XII and antipopes John XXIII and Benedict XIII were forced by the Council of Constance to resign in 1415. In more modern times councils of the Roman Catholic Church are called only by popes. Human nature being what it is, we need not expect a pope to call a council whose purpose is to depose him even if a council had such power. Such conciliar actions often resulted from monarchical interference in Church affairs which would not today be tolerated.

    Pope St. Silverus was forcibly deposed in 536 AD.

    A festival of deposing of popes also occurred in the time of Pope Benedict IX (resigned once, deposed twice) and simultaneously deposed were Pope Silvester III and Pope Gregory VI, all in 1405.

    It is easy to list the popes who have been deposed (or resiged) but not as easy to explain the actual mechanism and, note that it has been more than 700 years since last a pope was deposed.

    One explanation which might cover the resignations as well as deposing of popes is that no pope, despite of all of his ecclesiastical power, can govern on his own. Some Church bureaucrats and, particularly, bishops and cardinals, are very hard to remove even when they quietly oppose papal policy. When they dig their heels in, they can effectively thwart a pope and, if they choose they can embarrass him in many ways.

    Some writers have portrayed Paul VI as effectively a prisoner of the Vatican, doing physical penance (wearing a hair shirt with nails embedded in it and living in despair as though doubting the nature of the Church and his role in it and lamenting that "The smoke of Satan surrounds our altars."

    Pope St. John Paul II was in dangerously bad health in his final years, afflicted by Hodgkins disease and other serious disabling maladies. He would not resign but he could have gone into coma for the duration at any time and left the Church leaderless until his death.

    This post unfortunately explains more of papal history than of the procedure, if any, for removing popes, if such a procedure exists.

    Of course, there is always the old-fashioned method for God to remove popes when the time comes. Death comes for us all, including popes and that is how God fires them.

  • Charlotte Observer:Girls must overcome ´discomfort´ at seeing male genitals in locker room

    05/19/2016 10:11:19 PM PDT · 243 of 259
    BlackElk to Yaelle
    Third declension noun: plural would be penes.

    The Latin Grammar Nazi

  • Pope Francis Defends Jihad, Says Christianity Has Roots in Idea of Conquest [Rev 13]

    05/19/2016 5:30:56 PM PDT · 110 of 111
    BlackElk to BlackElk; metmom

    I wanted to call your attention to my #97 which is not totally comprehensive. Not to proselytize but to set certain popular historical errors aside. You may well disagree with us on matters of theology but the history in that post (which has nothing to do with differences between Catholics and other Christians) is the history. In controversies as to these facts, I choose what I believe to be true when I cannot be absolutely sure but I approach such controversies with the mind of a recovering trial lawyer ad looking for the best evidence.

    An Evangelical Christian working as a tech at the dialysis center where I receive treatment lent me a book by a former atheist or agnostic reporter for the Chicago Tribune and Yale Law School alumnus. The book is The Case for Christ and was written by Lee Strobel about his own investigation of Christ and the Scriptural accounts about Him that led to his own conversion when, to his horror, his wife had suddenly become a fervent Evangelical believer. He was going to muster the evidence, debunk the claims about Jesus Christ and teach his gullible wife a lesson.

    Instead, after consulting about 20 experts and scholars on Scripture, the crucifixion, the Resurrection, the early Christian community, St. Paul, relations between early Christians and the Jews at Jerusalem. etc., he concluded for Jesus Christ and His absolute authenticity. The now Rev. Mr. Lee Strobel is an assistant pastor at an Illinois Evangelical MegaChurch; Willowbrook Community Church. Allow this Catholic to recommend to you and to my fellow Catholics the thoroughly Reformed Rev. Mr. Strobel's book.

    I also lent the Evangelical dialysis tech a copy of the late Bishop Fulton J. Sheen's Life of Christ, one of the more outstanding volumes in my extensive collection.

    Again, God bless you and yours.

  • 'God Being Eroded, Eclipsed, Liquidated' in the U.S., Cardinal Says ("Demonic Threat" to America)

    05/19/2016 4:40:28 PM PDT · 82 of 84
    BlackElk to metmom
    You are welcome! You have repeatedly earned every word and more.

    As for my fellow Catholics who feel persecuted as I do not, they ought to reflect that there will soon be enough persecution to go around to cover every sincere person of whatever faith who loves God as our mutual enemies do not. My allies include each and every sister and brother in Christ Jesus and (I believe) God-fearing Jews as well.

    May God bless you and yours and all of the good that you do here and elsewhere.

  • 'God Being Eroded, Eclipsed, Liquidated' in the U.S., Cardinal Says ("Demonic Threat" to America)

    05/19/2016 7:38:40 AM PDT · 75 of 84
    BlackElk to metmom

    It is a problem for us Catholics because you are an honest woman and would not lie about your experiences. That also means that our Roman Catholic Church has major flaws apparent to honest non-Catholics and their concerns should not be brushed away as though they were irrelevant.

  • Pope Francis Defends Jihad, Says Christianity Has Roots in Idea of Conquest [Rev 13]

    05/18/2016 7:34:19 PM PDT · 100 of 111
    BlackElk to Chong; ealgeone; Bellflower; Fai Mao; Ann Archy; Gasshog

    See #97. That’s how.

  • Pope Francis Defends Jihad, Says Christianity Has Roots in Idea of Conquest [Rev 13]

    05/18/2016 7:21:02 PM PDT · 98 of 111
    BlackElk to TalBlack; Jan_Sobieski

    Jesus, asked if He was King of the Jews, answered: “My Kingdom is not of this world.” It was a charge against him that he was plotting to overthrow Roman rule of the Holy Land. It was a false charge. He was not a politician.

  • Pope Francis Defends Jihad, Says Christianity Has Roots in Idea of Conquest [Rev 13]

    05/18/2016 7:16:19 PM PDT · 97 of 111
    BlackElk to arthurus
    The College of Cardinals which met in conclave twice in 1978 to elect first Albino Cardinal Luciani of Venice as John Paul I and then, upon his very early death, elected Karol Cardinal Wojtlywa of Krakow as John Paul II was a verrrrry different College of Cardinals than the one that elected Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as Francis in 2013.

    First, no surviving cardinal from the 1978 conclaves was still of voting age (under 80) in 2013, 35 years later. The resigning Pope Benedict XVI (the former Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger then 86 years old) did not participate in Conclave 2013.

    That means that each and every voting cardinal of 2013 was appointed by John Paul II or Benedict XVI.

    Do not believe media propaganda about John Paul I. He had a sunny disposition and a sunny smile but he was the classic "fine Roman hand", essentially an iron fist in a velvet glove. Study his handling of pervasive theft of Church funds by priests and officials of the Patriarchate of Venice. He played possum for three years while his investigators compiled the evidence. He played the role of amiable dunce. Then he sprung by ordering each and every priest of the Patriarchate to show up one morning at the cathedral, locked the doors, read the riot act with details of the thefts, naming names, levying massive penalties and demanding full restitution. He was also a lifelong disciple of the magnificent Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, who chaired the Holy Office of the Inquisition under Pope Pius XII. He had had a falling out with Cardinal Ottaviani only when Ottaviani publicly advised disobedience to the persistently liberalizing papacies of John XXIII and Paul VI. Luciani objected on the basis of preserving papal authority intact and not to support liberalism in any form.

    The funeral Mass of Paul VI was celebrated by the senior member of the College of Cardinals, Carlo Cardinal Confalonieri who had been a Vatican official of high rank since World War I. Confalonieri had a beatific smile on his face suggesting his joy at consigning Paul VI to the grave. Paul VI had promulgated a prohibition against cardinals over eighty voting in conclave, apparently trying to rig the election of a "progressive" successor. Confalonieri, Ottaviani and Amleto Cardinal Cicognani, barred from conclave, went to the airport, greeted each cardinal arriving for conclave, gave them an earful of what had transpired under John XXIII and Paul VI, and successfully urged the election of Albino Cardinal Luciani to be the new sheriff in town to clean up the mess.

    John Paul I was murdered although the Vatican will never admit such things. Take that to the bank. Claire Sterling, then of Reader's Digest, wrote a compelling account of the evidence of the murder. Probable means: poisoning of his morning coffee.

    When the cardinals reconvened in conclave after John Paul I's sudden death, it was no more Mr. Nice Cardinal. Apparently convinced that John Paul I had been sound enough of belief but a bit naive in trusting the household staff, they next went for Karol Cardinal Wojtlywa who had survived the nazis as an active participant in the underground (whose then girlfriend had her brains blown out by the Gestapo/he apparently never dated again thereafter but began studies for the priesthood) and made a career of challenging the communists as a very public church official. His candidacy was advanced by a truly grand cardinal Stefan Cardinal Wyszinski who had been Wotlywa's bishop when he was a young priest but had not gotten along with him. They became quite close in later years.

    As soon as he was elected John Paul II summarily fired the entire household staff on the basis that he wanted a staff entirely comprised of people fluent in Polish (whom he brought in from Poland) including caretakers, kitchen staff, servants and everyone else. Bear in mind that such staff turnover was entirely unprecedented and that Pope St. John Paul II was quite fluent in 11 languages including Italian. Draw your own conclusion. John Paul I's physicians had given him a clean bill of health as he headed into conclave, a heart condition of ten years earlier having been successfully resolved.

    In short, Francis and John Paul I could not have been more different and, though I have no explanation as to why cardinals appointed by Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI would have elected Bergoglio, your theory as to what the cardinals THOUGHT they had elected in John Paul I is simply not supported by known fact. Whatever their motives may have been, we are not likely to ever know. It may well be that they thought Bergoglio to have co-operated with the Argentine junta in the "dirty war" in which many communists "disappeared." Upon Bergoglio's election, the liberals had their panties in a twist over the possibility that he was an Argentine fascist. Wrong call on their part but that does not mean that the cardinals did not believe it.

    Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio was rumored to be the second place finisher at the 2005 conclave that elected Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as Benedict XVI. He was a apparently backed then and later by would be perpetrators of a palace coup including the likes of Walter Cardinal Kaspar and several aging European radicals and some like Madariaga of Honduras as well. They had hoped to elect Carlo Maria Martini, a left wing Jesuit of quite heterodox views who was Archbishop of Milan for 23 years until his death in 2002. They have been dying off or aging out but not soon enough to prevent Bergoglio's election. What they could not do was roll back his advanced age. He admits that his papacy will be short. Like Obama, he seems determined to do as much damage to tradition, to papal authority, to the Curia as he can in the short time available to him.

    May there be another conclave SOON and may God send us a young, vigorous, genuinely CATHOLIC pope ASAP.

    May God bless you and yours!

  • Senate backs Fanning as Army secretary

    05/18/2016 6:22:04 AM PDT · 75 of 80
    BlackElk to KC Burke
    If he is a rump ranger, he has NO BUSINESS being anywhere near the army, much less running it.

    Additionally, actual combat experience would seem to be a bare minimum qualification (among others) to be Secretary of the Army, Navy, Air Force or any other high level Pentagon job. I have never been in combat and I would not presume to claim a right to decide policy, rules of engagement, etc. for those who ARE in combat.

    Many Americans conduct themselves with dignity and intelligence when on the job. Many are well-spoken. Not all of them (by any means) fit to command troops at a platoon level much less an entire service branch.

    A Dartmouth education is a potentially nice credential for a job carrying out functions rooted in general knowledge, intellectual horsepower, and high level witty repartee. When it comes to high military command, give me someone who is focused on and capable of developing a fearsome fighting force which will, when called upon, promptly kill massive numbers of our enemies, break their things, confiscate their assets to pay for every nickel expended on the exercise and promptly get the hell out. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

  • NY could be first state to ban declawing of cats

    05/17/2016 9:20:47 PM PDT · 6 of 67
    BlackElk to SamAdams76

    I totally agree with you on this.


    05/17/2016 6:45:53 AM PDT · 27 of 38
    BlackElk to apostoli

    They will relocate to Death Valley in California. 120 degrees in the non-existent shade and with a name they can identify with. At last, Muhammed el Kaboomski, we are home again!


    05/17/2016 6:44:39 AM PDT · 26 of 38
    BlackElk to apostoli

    They will relocate to Death Valley in California. 120 degrees in the non-existent shade and with a name they can identify with. At last, Muhammed el Kaboomski, we are home again!

  • London’s East End ‘Like Baghdad’, As Cockney Culture Dies Out

    05/16/2016 5:27:23 PM PDT · 51 of 52
    BlackElk to Fiji Hill
    See, thirty-one years ago, they were still polite. "May I have your body, English girl?" Not: "Into the alley, spread your legs, infidel bitch! Receive Allah's messenger!"

    Today, if she ignores him, she gets beheaded after the rape or gang rape as the case may be. Or maybe crucified.

  • Mocked and forgotten: who will speak for the American white working class? (GOPe wants them dead)

    05/16/2016 1:24:48 PM PDT · 106 of 151
    BlackElk to T-Bone Texan
    The elites regard people, as such, as obsolete and act accordingly.

    People require resources to eat, to have decent housing, medical care, decent education (which disappeared from "our" gummint skewels generations ago), have individual dreams and hopes and aspirations that have NOTHING to do with the insatiable greed of the elites. They have opinions and votes of their own and, unless they are kept distracted, the people may act in their own interests whether the elite manipulators like it or not. To the elites, such possibilities are nightmares.

    That we do not have to meekly accept being broken and blindly doing what we are told is the underlying reality of the Trump campaign and the secret of his success. May that success continue until he vanquishes Comrade Grandma!

    His task will not be an easy one even after victory. If we REALLY want our country back, we will back his play whatever our individual reservations. We will have a role to play in converting the nature of our society back to some semblance of normality, re-establishing upward mobility and job security, having institutions that reflexively support that which is good and true.

  • Mocked and forgotten: who will speak for the American white working class? (GOPe wants them dead)

    05/16/2016 12:59:18 PM PDT · 99 of 151
    BlackElk to Jim Noble
    Jim, I have only read so far up to your #17 but I KNOW, to a moral certainty, that your #17 will be the most accurate post on this entire thread. My compliments!

    May God bless you and yours!

  • Mocked and forgotten: who will speak for the American white working class? (GOPe wants them dead)

    05/16/2016 12:52:58 PM PDT · 96 of 151
    BlackElk to erkelly
    He certainly would.
  • Mocked and forgotten: who will speak for the American white working class? (GOPe wants them dead)

    05/16/2016 12:51:04 PM PDT · 95 of 151
    BlackElk to Rebel2016
    This attitude expressed by Kevin Williamson and David French was NOT the attitude of Bill Buckley (whom I knew personally and who employed my wife) or most certainly of Jack Kemp. Nor have I noticed either Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin. You may not like history but you do NOT get to revise history.

    Bill Buckley famously observed on numerous occasions that he would sooner be governed by 100 people chosen at random from the Boston telephone book than by the 100 typially serving US Senators. Jack Kemp's crime (?) was apparently that he shared with Ronald Reagan the quality of being an optimistic public figure genuinely seeking to better the lives of each and every Ameerican.

    Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh ar, despite lifelong service to the conservative movement, being pilloried for not being mindless zombies applauding Trump's every utterance. That they both supported Moral Monster Mitt Romney against Obozo apparently does not suffice as a sacrifice of capable minds in service to country (?) unless they also make clear that Trump not only should be POTUS rather than Hillary (who could disagree?) but also make believe that he is the Second Coming of Ronaldus Maximus, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich von Hayek, Antonin Scalia and Jesus Christ all wrapped in a package posing as a "working class" NYC real estate billionaire.

    Truth is the one major and consistent casualty of the 2016 campaign. Hopefully, turning Comrade Grandma into the last casualty will make it a bit more palatable.

  • Fury at racist cartoon comparing 'butch' Michelle Obama to pageant-ready Melania Trump

    05/15/2016 7:31:23 AM PDT · 112 of 163
    BlackElk to Mount Athos

    Just wait for the PC reaction when Trump challenges Hillary with the FACT that Donald’s wife is a LOT lovelier and much more a lady than Hillary’s wife (Huma Abedin).

  • Mitt Romney Identified As Primary Agent Attempting To Construct Third Party Bid…

    05/15/2016 6:16:27 AM PDT · 46 of 52
    BlackElk to odawg
    Because it was NEVER the intention of Moral Monster Mitt Romney to accomplish ANYTHING other than to facilitate the destruction of the USA by social issue revolutionaries and foreign policy wimps and government centralizers such as anything named Romney, Obozo, and Her Satanic Majesty.

    Study on the utterly despicable Romney family including Daddy George (fired as HUD Secretary by Nixon for proposing to deny HUD mortgages to whites fleeing the then riot-ridden and crime-ridden central cities, a proposal recently revived by Obozo's regime) and Mommy Lenore (pro-abort BEFORE Roe vs. Wade as a US Senate candidate). No known Romney in M3R's line has EVER served in the military always excusing themselves as long as necessary as being on "missionary" duty for LDS.

    Even M3R knew that his spineless performance against Obozo following his vicious campaign against conservatives in 2012 in the nomination contest meant that he personally could NEVER credibly run again (and he isn't getting any younger). Romney's sorry ass performance against Obozo is just ONE of the things that fueled the Trump insurgency. Whatever one may say for or against Trump, he is no wimp and can be expected to enthusiastically take this campaign against the Wicked Witch of Arkansas wherever he has to go to obliterate her. For the more fastidious polo player wing of the GOP Establishment, it will seem an ugly campaign but what is necessary is necessary.

    What Romney is trying to do is prolong the evil status quo for just four MORE years (or eight) as he did in 2012. Dudley DoRight has not an honest bone in his body nor an honest cell in his brain. Serial liar, baby killing enabler (for profit, no less), job killer, an engineer on the Cheap Labor Express, a two-faced (only two?) despicable POS and probably the single worst candidate of either major party for POTUS in all of American history.

  • Tempering Zeal with Sensitivity (James, Son of Zebedee)

    05/14/2016 6:07:34 PM PDT · 15 of 34
    BlackElk to Sioux-san

    ping for later

  • John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill [With Updates]

    05/14/2016 7:27:24 AM PDT · 121 of 133
    BlackElk to billyboy15; Romulus; manc; WilliamIII; Dr. Sivana

    As to income taxes and the military draft, both were initiated unconstitutionally by Abraham Lincoln (but I repeat myself). The Lincoln era income tax was later struck down by SCOTUS as blatantly unconstitutional. Those who just could not imagine keeping their grubby acquisitive paws off other folks' income enacted the Sixteenth Amendment to arguably make such taxes "constitutional." Within just a few years (less than a decade) that first "constitutional" income tax was levied at rates of 80+% on upper bracket income. After all, it would have been unseemly to expect Woodrow Wilson to fund massive expansions of government naked power by sitting on street corners or in railroad stations selling pencils to passersby the old-fashioned honest way.

    As to the military draft, if service personnel are being bossed around, which seems rather essential to the mission of the military, they are in servitude. That is legal but re-thinking is always in order. The military draft (or any other) is NOT voluntary by definition. We are supposed to be a free nation of free people.

    If the American people are air-headed enough (or worse) to elect Obozo or, God forbid, the Arkansas Medusa, that does not mean that our young people get "drafted" into involuntary servitude to fight, be maimed and die for the kinds of causes over which Obozo and Her Satanic Majesty might want to go to war.

    A truly voluntary military is a far stronger military than one made up of coerced malcontents.

    Where did I say that I do not want a standing military?

    I want a standing military, a military that is well paid, highly respected, feared by our enemies, well trained in the arts of war, utterly determined to exterminate our nation's enemies whenever they deserve it and with weaponry second to none and about half a galaxy beyond whatever comes second. It should have very substantial numbers of absolutely VOLUNTEER soldiers, sailors, marines, air force. Military service should be viewed as novelist Robert Heinlein viewed it, a far higher calling than civilian pursuits.

    That military should be always ready to deploy, kill the enemy, break his things, and confiscate enough of his property to pay the entire tab and then get the hell out. Rinse and repeat as necessary. No nation building. No police duty.

    Your apparent notion of a military made up of conscripts mainly from those of modest economic means and exempting the affluent from mandatory service is a prescription for building a Marxist revolutionary military that, one way or anothere, would seek a Marxist state. It would be Obozo's dream military and one eager to do his bidding in destroying all worth preserving. And, of course, our nightmare.

    Not one member of our armed services has been "drafted" in the last forty years. It humbles the politicians and that is a good thing. We have, however, learned to abuse the Reserves and National Guard by requiring extensions of time for THEIR service. That too must end. They are the best qualified to fight wars. Now let the politicians grovel before them and beg them and cajole them whenever war seems necessary to the politicians. It is the service personnel at war and NOT the id-infested politicians who deserve respect and deference.

    We are just getting soooooo inclusive: lavender queens, butches, lipsticks, trannys. In earlier days, men were exempted for flat feet, never mind for moral turpitude, and now we take in just about anyone from the weirdo-American community. Some also want to force women into such service. No thanks.

    This "draft them" and "MAKE them fight when WE tell them to fight just BECAUSE WE tell them to fight" is the mindset that emerges from a shameful inclination to even allow women of child-bearing age to be in combat. What's next? Making little girls and old ladies and the physically and intellectually handicapped (differently abled???) do our fighting for us?

  • John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill [With Updates]

    05/14/2016 5:07:21 AM PDT · 110 of 133
    BlackElk to billyboy15
    How about the Thirteenth Amendment which prohibits not only slavery, as such, but also INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE. Shut down the Selective Slavery System permanently. It is no improvement to convert it to a universal slavery system.

    Just as men trooped down to military recruitment offices in immediate response to Pearl Harbor, so too will men volunteer for any just war. Having to CONVINCE them of that justice, constricts the politicians' grandiose views of themselves and threatens to turn corrupticans and corruptocrats alike into (gasp!) public servants rather than dictatorial bosses.

  • John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill [With Updates]

    05/14/2016 4:58:42 AM PDT · 107 of 133
    BlackElk to notdownwidems

    “Fair” is “the four letter “f” word. As I told my children (always it is children who jump first to whine about “fairness” in order to gain advantages), “fair” is a word not to be used in polite company.

  • John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill [With Updates]

    05/14/2016 4:36:37 AM PDT · 106 of 133
    BlackElk to novemberslady

    Better yet: No one’s daughter gets drafted and no one’s son gets drafted either and we permanently shut down the Selective Slavery System. If a POTUS wants to fight a war, he should have to PERSUADE the potential troops that they want to fight his war. No one has a higher stake than the soldiers, sailors, air force and marines. No one.

  • John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill [With Updates]

    05/14/2016 4:32:43 AM PDT · 105 of 133
    BlackElk to notdownwidems; Fiji Hill; Dr. Sivana
    Thomas Jefferson's cousin, John Randolph of Roanoke, put it best a long, long time ago:

    "I am a gentleman. I love liberty and I HATE equality!"

  • John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill [With Updates]

    05/14/2016 4:25:48 AM PDT · 104 of 133
    BlackElk to Fiji Hill

    When you’re out of Schmitz, you’re out of gear!

  • Trump Soars in Latest CA, NY, CT, MD, PA Polls [California: Trump 49% Cruz 31% Kasich 16%]

    05/13/2016 3:06:11 PM PDT · 152 of 155
    BlackElk to Plummz

    Why do you feel a desperate and humiliating need tocling to the John Birch Society nearly sixty years after it was discredited and became utterly irrelevant?