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  • The Great Christmas Night Raid

    12/24/2006 12:16:28 AM PST · 44 of 44
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Molly Pitcher
    "The Hessians – some still in their underwear, and nearly all with hangovers from too much Christmas Day celebrating . . ."

    The Hessians were Calvinists, complete with chaplains graduated form the University of Marburg. They held prayer services on Wednesdays and Sundays. They did not celebrate Christmas with drinking, if they even celebrated Christmas at all!!!

    I challenge anyone to find me an example of ovservant Calvinists in the eighteenth century who celbrated Christmas in such a manner.

    " – were attempting to form ranks, but were quickly overrun."

    Wrong. The three battalions in Trenton DID form up at pre-appointed rallying points. Rall's intention was to march out and meet the enemy, so he made no provision for defending the houses themselves. He lost because he decided to attack INTO the town again to recover the brigade's baggage. Had he cut his lossses, acknowledged defeat, and retreated, Washington would have captured nothing more than the brigade's cannons and supplies.

    "Many fled in a panic. Hundreds surrendered."

    One company of Knyphausen's battalion cut its way clear and escaped towards Bordentown. Hardly fleeing in panic. Another battalion, I think it was Lossberg's, was on the verge of making its escape as well, but was informed by a courier that the brigade was instructed to lay down its arms.

    It continues to amaze me that the writers of "popular history" insist on perpetuating stories that actually DIMINISH Washington's achievement, by describing a victory over a diorderly band of drunkards. Eyewitness accounts from the Continental officers themselves tell a quite different story.

  • Nation, Rise Up, and Let the Storm Break Loose

    11/26/2006 12:20:55 PM PST · 5 of 5
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to FreeUSofA
    "Eighth, I ask you: Do you, especially you women, want the government to do all it can to encourage American women to put their full strength at work to support the war effort, and to release men for the front whenever possible. [Is that what you want?]"

    Unemployment also helps "to release men for the front." So does unrestricted immigration from Mexico. One good thing about these guest workers is that they are coming here voluntarily at their own expense, rather than being conscripted from recently liberated nations.

    The reduction of America's industrial base, therefore, and the government's refusal to halt the flow of illegals from Mexico are part of a comprehensive strategy for the War on Terror.

    The outsourcing of software jobs to India etc. and corporate downsizing assure a higher quality of unemployed professionals and middle management will be included in the pool of potential recruits. Now that they have been relieved of their responsibilities in the private sector, they will be excellent raw material for replenishing the officer corps.

    Obviously the Bush administration has thought out this whole campaign in the most minute detail.

  • France's Le Pen To Strike a Deal With Muslims

    02/22/2006 6:27:53 PM PST · 76 of 78
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to royalcello

    I'm not sure I'd say that I am actually "left on FR." I really have neither the time nor the inclination to argue with these people.

    Invincible ignorance really is -- well -- invincible.

  • Local author takes a closer look at war in The Black Regiment [RevWar]

    02/04/2006 4:31:21 PM PST · 10 of 13
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Pharmboy

    There were also Africans in the British and French armies.

    And even more obscure . . .

  • Keeping history alive [Reenactors at Lexington, MA]

    02/03/2006 3:35:17 AM PST · 13 of 13
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Pharmboy

    These are the major events planned for 2006. Some have links; some don't.

    225th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Court House, Greensboro, SC, March 18-19

    Washington-Rochambeau Weekend, Platt Farm, Southbury, CT, June 16-18

    225th Anniversary of the Battle of Green Spring Williamsburg, VA, July 15-16

    225th Anniversary of the "Grand Forage", Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY, July 22-23

    225th Anniversary of the Siege of Yorktown, Yorktown, VA., October 19-22

    The Southbury and Ward Pound Ridge events should be rather large (by AWI re-enacting standards) even though no battles were actually fought on these sites.

  • Keeping history alive [Reenactors at Lexington, MA]

    02/03/2006 2:37:39 AM PST · 11 of 13
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Pharmboy

    The official name for the annual commemoration is "Battle Road". The schedule for this year's event can be seen at

    And, yes, you are correct about the French muskets. They arrived only after the war had already started. It is possible, however, that there may have been a couple of old pieces that had been captured during the French and Indian War.

    There are several re-enactments of the 1781 battles this year, including Guilford Court House and Yorktown. If you wish, I can provide links.

  • This Day In History December 25, 1776 Washington crosses the Delaware

    12/25/2005 11:59:05 AM PST · 34 of 36
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to mainepatsfan
    "Trenton's 1,400 Hessian defenders were groggy from the previous evening's festivities."

    The Hessians were strictly observant German Reformed (i.e., Calvinists), who would customarily sing psalms and chorales on the march and in battle. Each battalion has its own chaplain, and prayer services were held on Wednesdays and Sundays. They were not a band of drunken pirates.

    As Calvinists, they did not celebrate Christmas in the same way that American propagandists have described. Some of the more extreme Calvinists (e.g. Oliver Cromwell) even considered such celebrations blasphemous, and a residue of Popish paganism.

    Trenton was an exposed salient, lacking any close support from other posts, with the men of the garrison exhausted and on constant alert. While Colonel Rall may have been drunk or hung over, the men and other officers assuredly were not.

    The major reason for Rall's defeat was that he did not make any provision for using the houses of Trenton as defensive positions, but rather established a routine whereby the three battalions were to form up at pre-arranged places des armes. This routine was based on the flawed assumption that the brigade would then move OUT of Trenton to encounter the enemy. Rall, relying exclusively on the competence of his outposts, made no provision for defending the town itself.

    So when the alarm was sounded, the battalions attempted to assemble according to plan. But this was hampered by cannister from well-sited American battalion pieces.

    And as if this were not bad enough, after the battalions were formed, Rall decided to try and RETAKE the town, rather than cut his losses, break out of the encirclement, and fall back on von Donop who had the rest of the grenadier brigade at Bordentown.

    About one third of the total command DID break out of the encirclement, and another third might have been able to had they not received the pre-emptive command to surrender after Rall was mortally wounded.

    Grogginess had nothing whatsoever to do with it. And it astounds me that "historians" continue to belittle Washington's military prowess by ignoring what he actually DID do (a successful atttack by converging columns under extremely adverse conditions) and replacing it with the myth of Hessian drunkenness.

  • Musical Creativity Nourished by Christian Roots of Europe

    10/22/2005 6:32:18 AM PDT · 16 of 24
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Desdemona

    Compared to what has passed for Church music sinice V-2, yes, Verdi is conservative.

  • Musical Creativity Nourished by Christian Roots of Europe

    10/21/2005 4:08:39 PM PDT · 10 of 24
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to ELS

    I did a quick search to see if there might be any recordings of music by Georg Ratzinger. Unfortunately, I did not find any. I did, however, locate several recordings where he conducts the Regensburger choir.

    The choice of pieces is decidedly conservative.

  • In Defense of His Majesty

    09/11/2005 9:32:15 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to royalcello
    I generally only visit if summoned to one of the royalist threads.

    Russia started to lose its lofty principles when the Russian ambassador was permitted to stand at a playing of la Marseillaise. I am fairly certain that this was in the very late nineteenth century.

    After that, it's a small step to supporting Serbian regicides.

    But history plays tricks. So the French monarchy was bankrupted by its support for the American rebels, only to be toppled later by its own rebels, with the ungrateful Yankees cheering on the executioners of their former beneficiary.

    Sort of like the Americans supporting the mujahadeen against the Russians in Afganistan, only to have them turn on us.

  • In Defense of His Majesty

    09/11/2005 1:16:34 AM PDT · 13 of 18
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Casekirchen
    "Recall though that it was the Germans who shipped Lenin at al on a sealed train into Russia."

    The war started because the Tsar's government supported Serbian regicides. While I do not approve of the deal with Lenin in the least, it has a sort of tragic poetic justice to it.

  • Habemus Pianist: The Pope on Music

    05/07/2005 8:09:05 AM PDT · 30 of 49
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to ELS

    Of course, the Pope is correct in his assessment of rock-n-roll. It is the result of, and cause of, mental disorder.

  • The Attractiveness of the Tridentine Mass

    05/01/2005 12:01:25 AM PDT · 4 of 21
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Grey Ghost II
    In 1996, Cardinal Stickler celebrated the Tridentine Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The church was filled to overflowing, with people standing in the aisles. An article describing the event appeared on the front page of the Metro section of the New York Times.
  • Why the Holy Father chose the name "Benedict"...?

    04/21/2005 2:09:47 AM PDT · 251 of 291
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Southack

    So there's this little country, and it sponsors terrorists. But because it has big tough friends, it figures that it can get away with this.

    Seems I've heard this story somewhere before . . .

    How does Serbia's support and protection of the Black Hand differ qualitatively from Afganistan's support for al Qaeda?

    Didn't a recent American president launch missiles against a sovereign state (without a declaration of war) because of its ALLEGED involvement in a plot to assassinate one of our ex-presidents.

    How about that whole U.S.S. Maine deal?

    And why is Pershing's incursion into (or invasion of) Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa justified?

    Or is it that one set of laws applies to the U.S. and another set to Austria-Hungary?

  • America Now Functioning As 'Krytocracy'

    04/01/2005 10:04:50 PM PST · 24 of 25
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to kjvail

    You cannot make sense of the American legal system. It is complete sophistry. Words do not mean what we laymen think they mean. Rulings are inconsistent and depend predominantly on the disposition, philosophy, or ideology of the presiding judge.

    Because of this, it is almost impossible to really "know" where you stand on any given legal issue.

    The Sciavo affair seems to me (but, hey, what does a mere layman know?) to be a very straitforward issue of violation of contract -- specifically, the marriage contract. Michael had an adulterous affair, which would be grounds in any court in the country for a divorce. But Terri was physically incapable of launching such a civil suit.

    Nevertheless, this evil, evil man was permitted to exercise jurisdiction over his wife as part of that very same marriage contract, and effectively order her execution! Now substantial evidence that suggests he physically abused her prior to the onset of her terminal disability.

    So all you have to do in order to violate a contract with impunity is disable the other contracting party to the point where he or she is incapable of starting a civil suit.

    But this is just one example of how the law has become essentially meaningless. People are arguing this issue from the perspectives of right to life vs. right to die. That's not the issue at all.

    It's about contracts, and it demonstrates that agreements are unenforceable unless you have sufficient financial resources to shepherd a case through the entire appeals process. Basically, it's rich man's justice. The only exception to this is when you become an "enemy of the state", such as Martha Stewart.

    In this, at least, socialist critics of the American "legal" system are right. If there is ever justice for "the little guy" this usually occurs only because it is in the interests of the state to do so.

  • A resurgent right (Germany's Extreme Right Gathers Strength)

    02/11/2005 6:51:54 AM PST · 127 of 148
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Guelph4ever

    The essential legal problem with Lincoln's view of the Union is that it is an hereditary contract that binds third parties (non-signatories) and cannot be broken even in the event of non-compliance by one of the contracting parties (i.e. the federal government). The other word for such a contractual arrangement is slavery.

    I agree entirely about George III.

    The sovereigns who had been deposed were generally the most morally upright of their respective lines -- Charles I, Louis XVI, Nicholas II -- thus proving that nice guys finish last.

    Nobody ever messed with Vlad the Impaler.

  • A resurgent right (Germany's Extreme Right Gathers Strength)

    02/10/2005 11:21:31 AM PST · 115 of 148
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Killing Time
    " . . . are not the United States of America still the rightful property of the British Crown?"

    While I would have supported the Loyalist cause (as all good New Jerseyans did, including our governor William Franklin), the Treaty of Paris did legally grant independence to the colonies. It's ironic, but accurate, to claim that the legitimacy of the United States was guaranteed by the King of England.

    If there is any usurping that was done, it was in the triumph of Lincoln's central government over the Confederates States. Thereafter, the federal government has been like a black hole, absorbing our rights one after another.

  • The Red and the Black The end of the myth of the Spanish Civil War

    01/17/2005 1:39:48 PM PST · 54 of 57
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to royalcello
    "The Spanish Civil War . . . is often described as the last purely idealistic cause of the twentieth century."

    I agree

    Viva Don Francisco Franco, General de los heroicos ejercitos y Caudillo de España por la gracia de Dios.

  • Habsburg restitution claim turned down

    12/16/2004 2:01:35 PM PST · 14 of 17
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to kjvail

    Certainly in Austria there is, just as there was in Jacobin France.

    It is instructive to note that the same nation that had no objection to an ex-SS officer being president continued to uphold the prohibition against the Habsburgs returning to their homeland. At least we know whom the current illegitimate goverment's REAL enemies are.

    Did you know that the current national anthem of the "Republic of Austria" is one of Mozart's masonic songs? Utterly deplorable.

  • Habsburg restitution claim turned down

    12/16/2004 10:33:01 AM PST · 12 of 17
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to kjvail

    The modern Austrian government fears the Habsburgs because it understands rightly that it is illegitimate two times over. Now if the FPÖ were to be in charge, perhaps that would be another matter.

    In any event, The wording of the article suggests that the claim was presented under the wrong jurisdiction, rather than that it is denied without recourse. Perhaps the claims should be pursued through EU administrative channels.

    If Jewish emigrants can make claims against Germany and Austria on the basis of being "Holocaust Survivors" then certainly the Habsburgs have a right to make a claim for restitution on the same basis.

    Unless, that is, there is one law for Jews and another for Gentiles.

  • Cardinal Ratzinger Discovers America

    12/13/2004 2:02:28 PM PST · 223 of 387
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to kjvail

    Most "Americanists" do not believe that the U.S. is man-made, but rather that it is, in fact, a divinely ordained "shining city on a hill" with a mission to refashion the world in its image. Ask any random Evangelical.

    We have inherited this view from the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony, and it has increasingly dictated our domestic and foreign policy.

  • Cardinal Ratzinger Discovers America

    12/13/2004 11:05:47 AM PST · 197 of 387
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Unam Sanctam
    "Your lack of patriotism and disloyalty to our constitution is, frankly, disgusting."

    To which Constitution? The one that's written on paper, and according to the plain understanding of the words (i.e. the "reasonable man" criterion) -- or the one that the Supreme Court and Executive Orders have mutated beyond recognition? This year's Consitution? or last year's? or next year's? How much of a blank check are we supposed to give to a government that refuses to abide by it's own written by-laws?

    The reading of fiction requires a suspension of disbelief. At this point, so does the study of Constitutional Law. We have become so accustomed to burning what we had worshipped and worshipping what we had burnt, that a defense of the US Constitution is effectively to support whatever the government decides it wants to do -- whether it be to murder infants, to take away our firearms, or to confiscate property. Massah say "jump" and we ask "how high."

    There is an English song from the 18th century that pretty much sums up what has happened to American "constitionalists" over the past two hundred years:

    The Vicar of Bray

    In good King Charles's golden days, When Loyalty no harm meant;
    A Furious High-Church man I was, And so I gain'd Preferment.
    Unto my Flock I daily Preach'd, Kings are by God appointed,
    And Damn'd are those who dare resist, Or touch the Lord's Anointed.

    And this is law, I will maintain Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
    That whatsoever King may reign,I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!
    When Royal James possest the crown, And popery grew in fashion;
    The Penal Law I shouted down, And read the Declaration:
    The Church of Rome I found would fit Full well my Constitution,
    And I had been a Jesuit, But for the Revolution.

    When William our Deliverer came, To heal the Nation's Grievance,
    I turn'd the Cat in Pan again, And swore to him Allegiance:
    Old Principles I did revoke, Set conscience at a distance,
    Passive Obedience is a Joke, A Jest is non-resistance.

    When Royal Ann became our Queen, Then Church of England's Glory,
    Another face of things was seen, And I became a Tory:
    Occasional Conformists base I Damn'd, and Moderation,
    And thought the Church in danger was, From such Prevarication.

    When George in Pudding time came o'er, And Moderate Men looked big, Sir,
    My Principles I chang'd once more, And so became a Whig, Sir.
    And thus Preferment I procur'd, From our Faith's great Defender,
    And almost every day abjur'd The Pope, and the Pretender.

    The Illustrious House of Hannover, And Protestant succession,
    To these I lustily will swear, Whilst they can keep possession:
    For in my Faith, and Loyalty, I never once will faulter,
    But George, my lawful king shall be, Except the Times should alter.

    We Americans have had our Constitution "constructively amended" into meaninglessness. We live under a system that consists of both arbitrary rule and hereditary office, thus proving that neither of these features are exclusively characteristic of monarchy.
  • Cardinal Ratzinger Discovers America

    12/13/2004 10:28:54 AM PST · 188 of 387
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Great Prophet Zarquon
    Just to clear up something for me, do you support the American democracy as it currently exists, or the constitutional arrangmeent at the time of ratification in 1787-1788? Or is there some other time you would consider normative for American government?

    Also, whom did you support for president during the Republican primaries of 2000? And why?

    This will help me understand whether you are just a comedian who specialises in cheap shots or if you actually have some sort of rational political position.

  • Cardinal Ratzinger Discovers America

    12/12/2004 10:18:24 PM PST · 136 of 387
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to royalcello
    "Interesting discussion here if you're still around."

    . . . and one I've had before, it seems, in a galaxy far, far away.

    It is useless to argue with the supporters of democracy as it currently exists in the U.S. because they are intentionally blind. They are also basically ignorant of history.

    Your time would be better spent talking to a brick wall; you know what they say about trying to teach a pig to dance.

  • Queen's visit stirs Anglo-German WWII past

    11/05/2004 12:50:14 AM PST · 6 of 6
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Willie Green
    ''Whose idea was this?'' asked Germany's top-selling Bild daily after learning the dinner would be held in the Zeughaus, a 17th century palace where Hitler honoured Nazi war heroes.

    So who did the fact checking for this article? Are the people at Bild so utterly ignorant of their own history? The Zeughaus was a storage house (arsenal) finished in 1706. It was not, and never had been a "palace" and I have no idea whatsoever what the author means by the Hitler reference, except possibly that the building had been used as a museum and library after it ceased to fulfill its original logistical functions.

  • Catholic chaplains affected by French veil law

    10/09/2004 2:51:59 PM PDT · 25 of 37
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Canticle_of_Deborah

    I looked at the link you provided. This group definitely represents the Good Guys, and is explicitly opposed to the spirit of the French Revolution and, thus, the founding principles of the current secularist republic. The symbol of the Sacred Heart that the group uses is the exact same as used by the Vendée counter-revolutionaries.

    No wonder the government hates them.

  • Catholic chaplains affected by French veil law

    10/09/2004 2:45:48 PM PDT · 24 of 37
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to royalcello
    "The French Republic is built on the murder of King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette . . ."

    Here's a perhaps bizarre thought that occurred to me recently after viewing The Messenger: Supposedly there was a prophecy that France would be saved by a "maid from Lorraine." In one instance, that maid proved to by St. Jeanne d'Arc, ultimately murdered by the English.

    But what if a second maid of Lorraine had been pre-emptively murdered? Recall, the male line of the house of Habsburg had died out with the death of Kaiser Karl VI. After Archduchess Maria Theresia married Prince Francis of Lothringia, the line is more properly called Habsburg-Lorraine.

    The evil perpetrated by the French revolutionaries may have been far more than merely political and cultural.

  • Catholic chaplains affected by French veil law

    10/09/2004 3:25:11 AM PDT · 19 of 37
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Land of the Irish
    ". . . unexpected targets . . . "

    Not really all that unexpected, when you consider French history since the Revolution. Prior to, and during, the First World War, the government was so anticlerical that competent officers were denied promotions if it was discovered that they were "too Catholic."

    Prior to the Second World War, the various rightist groups in France, such as the Camelots du Roi and Action Francaise were very pro-Catholic, but the victory of the Anglo-Americans (and French Communists) in 1945 ensured that the Catholics would be tarred with "collaboration" and excluded from the political and cultural scene.

    It is easy to read far too much into the recent "outburst" of anti-Mohammedan legislation. It's not really nationalist, and it's certainly not pro-Christian. Basically, it is just the devotedly anti-God government going after anything even remotely resembling religion. Last century, it was the Catholics. Now that they have been utterly and completely routed, it's the Mohammedans' turn in the barrel. Damage to Catholics is purely collateral, and -- I am sure -- not unwelcome to those in power; the secularists are just happy to be able to kill two birds with one stone, and take a last belated swipe at l'infame.

  • Austria's last emperor nears sainthood

    10/04/2004 1:35:25 PM PDT · 19 of 64
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to royalcello

    I have to go to Savannah this weekend, unless my plans fall through. If I cannot go, I will certainly attend the Mass in NY.

  • Karl I Beatification Causes Uproar

    09/28/2004 9:36:22 PM PDT · 21 of 34
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to thor76
    "This is the same thinking upon which the partition of Poland was based."

    How so? I was under the impression that Poland was partitioned because the nature of its elective monarchy made it a tripwire for war in eastern Europe, especially since one faction invariably had the support of the Bourbons.

  • Vatican set to beatify emperor

    09/28/2004 6:02:09 PM PDT · 28 of 29
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to AMDG&BVMH
    One expects despicable conduct from the (republican) French. But Savoy and Romanov should have known better.

    For the longest time, Russian ambassadors were forbidden to offer respects at the playing of la Marseillaise because it had been the theme song of the regicides of the Revolution. But all that changed once the Russians decided that they would co-operate with the Jacobins against their former allies, Germany and Austria-Hungary.

    The Crimean War should have demonstrated the true intentions of the English and French. Tsar Nicholas was far too trusting of these western scoundrels, and his trust was repaid by the refusal of the English to grant him asylum, even after Kaiser Wilhelm's government had agreed to give the Romanovs free passage through Germany after the revolution.

  • Zapatero: Catholics Out, Islam In

    09/25/2004 1:56:43 PM PDT · 71 of 77
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to ELS

    The federal government in Germany attempted to ban crucifixes in schoolrooms in Bavaria, but the Bavarians refused. We'll see if the Spanish are as Catholic.

    Not to sound too hopeful, but the King of Spain has as much constitutional power as Generalissimo Franco did. In other words, it's not a purely ceremonial office. Often on state occasions, a major address to be given by a high-ranking clergyman would have to be cleared by the King, if not in person then certainly by His Majesty's master of ceremonies and protocol. So, I'd say there is a pretty good chance that there is profound disagreement with Zapatero's agenda "at the highest levels."

    He may be digging his own political grave. Now is not a really good time to support a dilution of Spanish national culture.

  • Austrian government official to attend Hapsburg beatification

    09/14/2004 5:38:14 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to royalcello
    "[W]hy does the government continue to require any Hapsburgs wishing to return to Austrian soil to renounce their claims to the throne?"

    Because the socialist scum in charge know that their government is illegitimate. If you are in possession of stolen property, it's always awkward when the real owner shows up.

    The Austrian republic has no problem with harbouring ex-Nazis, but has a serious problem with the Habsburgs, who had been very vocally anti-Nazi and who spent WW II in Switzerland.

    Personally, I don't think any representatives of the Austrian government should be permitted anywhere near the beatification ceremony. But then, I tend to be vindictive in these matters.

  • 'Exporting America: Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas' by CNN's Lou Dobbs

    09/09/2004 5:54:52 AM PDT · 239 of 294
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Casloy
    "Once a worker knows he is protected by law from losing his job . . . "

    A non-unionised employee in a state with "at will" employment has no protection whatsoever from losing his job, unless he or she is part of a protected class, such as Black, female, or homosexual, and has enough $$$ to get an attorney to to take the case.

    Under absolutely no circumstances (at least none that I've heard of) does an employee have even a ghost of a chance of suing if his entire function or department has been shut down.

    I have reason to know this. After ten years as "management" in the same company, I was morally compelled to resign because I was threatened with reprisals if I refused to participate in an unethical scheme to defraud the union.

    But here's the fun part, which most people don't know: if you are fired for refusing to do something unethical or illegal you have no recourse except in rare instances covered by specific laws.

    For example, you work as a cashier and your boss tells you to short change the customers. You refuse and he fires you. Tough luck, Charlie. Maybe you shouldn't have been paying so much attention at church when you were a kid. But, no problem for the employer -- he'll just keep cycling through the labour pool until he finds someone willing to lie, cheat, and steal for him.

    And, under such circumstances, don't expect to collect unemployment either, because unless you have amassed whole file cabinets of corroborating documentation, the state D-o-L is going to believe the employer rather than the ex-employee.

    The idea of the pampered American worker is a myth used to justify the economic treason of American business.

  • Karl von Habsburg, Emperor and King

    08/18/2004 11:43:21 AM PDT · 43 of 71
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Destro

    The United States and England have done far worse, not only to foreigners, but to their own citizens, or -- in the case of the U.S. -- those unfortunate natives who happened to be in the path of its expansion.

    Unless of course, you are one of those who believes in "my country right or wrong", which is evidently the case.

    For an American to call any other nation a blight on civilization is the ultimate hypocrisy. Look around you.

    "America is the first country to have gone from barbarism to decadence without the usual intervening period of civilization." -- Oscar Wilde

  • Karl von Habsburg, Emperor and King

    08/17/2004 6:58:39 AM PDT · 37 of 71
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Destro
    And the English were on the side of Islamic Fundamentalist Arabs, so I fail to see your point.

    The "Muslim Turks" were the major force for secularism and modernity in the Islamic world. They used to govern Mecca and Medina. All those areas that are currently under Islamic fundamentalist rule in the Middle East were provinces severed from the Ottoman Empire by the English and French for the exclusive purpose of setting up their own puppet governments.

    We can thank the victors of Versailles for the origins of the current turmoil in the Middle East.

    The U.S. was brought into the war because of Woodrow Wilson's repeated violations of international law. This is the reason why William Jennings Bryan resigned as Secretary of State. American citizens were PURPOSELY used as human shields by the English government when it transported troops and munitions on auxiliary cruisers masquerading as civilian liners.

    Wilson and his administration repeatedly lied to the American people in trumping up causes for America's entry into this war, which was fought primarily because American banking and industrial interests had become so heavily invested in the English war effort that a defeat would have spelled financial disaster.

    The idea that an American administration would send its citizens to war in order to benefit the financial backers of the government, after trumping up bogus casus belli, is not such an innovation after all.

  • Karl von Habsburg, Emperor and King

    08/17/2004 12:25:55 AM PDT · 33 of 71
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to ELS

    I will be sure to mark the day for my personal celebration. The beatification of His Imperial Majesty serves as just one more confirmation that the wrong side won the First World War.

    And all of us -- Christians, Jews, and Moslems -- have been suffering for it ever since. Truly, Woodrow Wilson was an agent of Satan.

  • Thousands Of Shiites To Form Human Chain In Najaf Guarding Shrine, Sadr

    08/15/2004 1:43:48 AM PDT · 53 of 56
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Askel5

    It would be amusing to correlate the opinions of the current crop of "kill-em-all" posters with the people who supported the non-violent protest of the Serbs, back in the day.

    The moral quality of a government is conveniently correlated to its response to non-violent protest. Sure, you can run 'em down with bulldozers or shoot 'em up with rubber bullets, but then what is it that defines your side as the "good guys"?

  • Serb Hard-liner Leads in Presidential Vote-Monitors

    06/16/2004 9:01:27 PM PDT · 12 of 15
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to wardaddy

    "Aren't they in the Habsberg line?"

    Absolutely not. One thing about which the Habsburgs have always been particular is that their marriages must be to other Roman Catholics. The Serbian royal family is Eastern Orthodox ("not that there's anything wrong with that").

  • Church to Remove (Statue of) Moor-slayer Saint (James) (Save Us From Wimpy Catholics O Lord!)

    05/08/2004 2:24:20 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Pyro7480
    "The Baroque image of a sword-wielding St James cutting the heads off Moors is not a very sensitive or evangelical image that fits the teachings of Christ, he added."

    versus . . .

    "I come not to bring peace but a sword."
  • THE CHURCH MILITANT--REAL MILITANT--The Knights of St. John & the Siege of Malta

    03/29/2004 5:25:13 PM PST · 9 of 38
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Antoninus
    "But nowhere was the Knight’s stand against seemingly overwhelming odds so perfectly realized than by Queen Elizabeth of distant, Protestant England. Declaring a six-week thanksgiving, she noted that a Turkish victory 'would have made uncertain what peril might follow to the rest of Christendom.'"

    Ah, yes, the English Crown. Ever the pinnacle of hypocrisy! From this quote you would never know that the English were engaged in active piracy against Spain, in addition to aiding the Dutch rebels. Our dear "separated brethren" were, in effect, allies of the infidels throughout this period. Any triumph of Catholic arms occurred in spite of Protestant efforts.

    It puts things in perspective when one learns that many of the captains of Spain's Armada in 1588 were veterans of the Battle of Lepanto.

  • Gibson's 'Passion' remains a concern over portrayal of Jews

    03/24/2004 8:31:45 AM PST · 27 of 27
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to OrthodoxPresbyterian
    There was no official, legal discrimination against Jews in Austria-Hungary OR the German Empire prior to the rise of Nazism. There was residual social prejudice, but it varied by region and social class.

    Antipathy towards Jews had multiple causes. As in Russia and elsewhere in Europe, there was a very strong involvement of Jews in German Communism. These people were rightly understood as being agents of a foreign power, whose goal was the destruction of law, order, and Christianity in Germany.

    On the other side of the political spectrum, German Jews with access to foreign capital (through their "kinship newtorks") started buying up everything in sight once the German economy fell apart.

    In addition, many of the artists and entertainers who led, exemplified and aggravated the decadence that is a byword for the Weimar republic were Jewish.

    When the Allies imposed their unjust peace on Germany and Austria-Hungary, one of the principles on which it was based was "national self-determination." In other words: racism. The existing governments which Wilson and his friends destroyed (with the help of Jewish Communists) had been based on personal loyalty and legal tradition. In the previous Christian monarchical/parliamentarian system, there was a place in the national community for anyone whose loyalty was to the fatherland. Jews, therefore, were as assimilable as Slavs.

    The Treaty of Versailles heralded the triumph of racism and the end of any national community based on personal loyalty. In light of this. Jewish involvement in many different forms of treasonous and destructive behaviour came to be seen not as acts by individuals but rather as an expression of inherent genetic evil.

    The "scapegoating" of the Jews was not manufactured out of thin air, but was the result of a consistent application of Versailles-sponsored racial doctrine. Bear in mind that from 1914 onwards it had been a standard feature of Western propaganda to claim that the Germans were inherently evil. Germans simply adopted the same attitude towards the Jews that the Allies, often under the influence of Jewish-American emigrants, had adopted towards Germany.
  • UN administrators flee Kosovo's Christian “Kristallnacht”

    03/18/2004 2:06:58 PM PST · 174 of 241
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Askel5
    "There are few people more hell-bent on the destruction of Christians than the descendents of those who betrayed Jesus for satanic lies."

    It's pretty clear from context that this refers to Mohammedans.

    But it's suitably ambiguous to someone with a guilty conscience -- say, hypothetically, someone belonging to a group that has relentlessly sought the de-Christianising of "the West" but nevertheless understands that the group's continued survival may depend on the willingness of these ex-Christian Westerners to be deployed as its armed surrogates.

    If the hired help downstairs ever knew what master and his family were saying about them in private, they might just be inclined to hand in their notice and let master fend for himself. And we coudn't have that, now, could we?

  • UN administrators flee Kosovo's Christian “Kristallnacht”

    03/18/2004 1:53:47 PM PST · 173 of 241
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Maximilian
    "Why is there a special code of PC speech regarding Jews, but not any other religious or ethnic group?"

    I'm sorry, but even to ask that question is anti-Semitic. Please refer to the fine print on your copy of the Constitution under Amendment One.

    Maybe you'll even get a chance to read this before the post is deleted by the Administrator.

  • Denver Synagogue Vandalized(Passion of Christ Blamed)

    03/06/2004 10:06:36 PM PST · 89 of 467
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to ApplegateRanch
    "Wonder why they didn't think it was just a run of the mill skinhead?"

    Because you can't sue skinheads for inciting violence etc., etc. Well, you can, but you won't get a very big settlement. On the other hand . . .

    This from Forbes:

    "At the close of its fifth day in theaters, the controversial The Passion of the Christ movie officially grossed $125.2 million, and industry experts anticipate that the international box office sales could hit $650 million by the end of its run."

    Foxman and the gang would dearly love to be able to pin something on Gibson. They failed to force him to bowdlerise the script, and they failed to scare people away from the film with the claim that Gibson is a neo-Nazi. They failed to nag the Pope into condemning the film.

    So now that Gibson's project has seen the light of day AND has become a major money-maker, how about a class action suit to cash in?

    Grounds? How about for inciting hate crimes? $650 million means pretty deep pockets, and the jackals are salivating at the prospect of being able to cash in.

  • The Forgotten Holocaust

    02/25/2004 6:30:44 AM PST · 6 of 10
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Land of the Irish
    " . . . the fanatical Foxman, who considers it vaguely anti-Semitic even to mention other atrocities in the same sentence as the Holocaust . . ."

    The real reason Foxman is outraged is not because the Ukrainian famine is some sort of "natural" disaster, but because of a "subtext" that Foxman knows, that Gibson knows, and that Conquest most likely knows but avoids mentioning.

    It is that those in charge of implementing Lenin's policies in the Ukraine were disproportionately Jewish -- the commissars of the Soviet political police, later known as the NKVD and supsequently the KGB.

    "He doesn’t begin to understand the difference between dying in a famine and people being cremated solely for what they are," Foxman said.

    No, what Gibson doesn't understand is that Jewish involvement in implementing Lenin's and Stalin's brutal policies is the 600-pound gorilla in the living room -- the one that no one is allowed to mention propter metum Judeaorum. Gibson needs to be taught obedience to the agenda, and Foxman is just the one to do it. There was a time when smear campaigns would be conducted in secret. But people like Foxman are so sure of their iron grip on the culture of this country that they now parade their double standard in public and expect unquestioning compliance.

  • Donahue: 'Relentless' attack on 'The Passion'will backfire

    01/25/2004 7:25:53 AM PST · 19 of 24
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to ultima ratio
    "Personally, such men remind me of Christ's cowardly disciples who went into hiding immediately after His arrest."

    I think they're much worse. It's as if they have taken a turn at hammering in the nails, just so the crowd won't call them "anti-Semitic."

    So much is done and said now, or not done and said, "propter metum Judaeorum." Our masters perceive this film to be as dangerous to their stranglehold on our culture as a public creche or a Christmas carol, and they will fight it tooth and nail.

  • Vatican set to beatify emperor

    12/22/2003 10:53:58 PM PST · 19 of 29
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to royalcello
    As a supporter of eventual Habsburg restoration, I naturally welcome progress in His Imperial Majesty's beatification.

    I do not, however, approve of the condescending and accusatory tone against Kaiser Wilhelm, another of my personal heroes. Germany's support for Austria-Hungary after the murder of the Archduke and Archduchess was in fulfillment of a debt of honour, and most assuredly NOT in Germany's best practical interests, as members of the General Staff and other imperial advisors had pointed out to Kaiser Wilhelm.

    German conduct in this matter had been as virtuous as Italy's and Russia's had been despicable. The houses of Romanov and Savoy had, in effect, put themselves squarely in support of regicide and nationalistic terrorism.

    Had Kaiser Wilhelm been of the same moral quality as his illustrious but unscrupulous ancestor Frederic II, he would have colluded with "the Allies" in divvying up Austria-Hungary much as the violators of the Pragmatic Sanction wanted to do in 1740. He could certainly have gotten deutsch-Oesterreich in return for betraying Franz Josef to the Russians.

    While we can praise Kaiser Karl as "the Peace Emperor", it should nonetheless be borne in mind the moral quality of the people with whom he was negotiating such a unilateral and dishonourable peace -- the English, the French, and the Americans. Minions of Satan, all.

    It is unfortunate, but in dealing with these people, he was basically willing to sacrifice Germany to preserve Austria. Had Kaiser Wilhelm had the same attitude towards Austria in 1914, the Great War may have been postponed, but there would have been no Austria-Hungary left for a Kaiser Karl to rule.
  • Singer Lauryn Hill Blasts Church at Vatican Concert

    12/17/2003 10:15:28 PM PST · 118 of 119
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to L.N. Smithee
    "I am not a Catholic."

    My personal terms for John XXIII and Paul VI who, between the two of them, did more damage to the Roman Catholic Church than the Reformation and the Mongol invasions combined.

    The usual name for the travesty that they perpetrated on the Church is Vatican II, being the Pastoral Council (literally) From Hell. I prefer to refer to it as V-2, the standard designation for Hitler's rocket-propelled bomb.

  • Singer Lauryn Hill Blasts Church at Vatican Concert

    12/14/2003 1:56:57 PM PST · 43 of 119
    Goetz_von_Berlichingen to Loyalist
    Since FatBoy and Skeletor let the Smoke of Satan into the Roman Church with V-2, I am hardly surprised that the current management invites a practitioner of degenerate "art" to give a concert at the Corporate Headquarters.

    The Catholic Church is so much better after having excommunicated Archbishop LeFebvre. So, when does Rome put up its Kwanzaa decorations?