30.10.09

Gov't says stimulus saved or created 650,000 jobs.

Minitrue lies, the unemloyment rate hovers at 9.8 percent. I don't see how having almost 1 out of every 100 are not currently employed can possibly equal 650,000 new jobs, but apparently in the Newspeak of this administration it does. From what wizard do they get the jobs saved news. I think they just saved... none. I'll be off to the Ministry of Love now, thank you...

By MATT APUZZO and BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE, Associated Press Writers Matt Apuzzo And

WASHINGTON – About 650,000 jobs have been saved or created under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, the White House said Friday, saying the president's goal of 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year is on track.

New job numbers from businesses, contractors, state and local governments, nonprofit groups and universities were scheduled to be released publicly later Friday. White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein said the figures will show that, when adding in jobs linked to $288 billion in tax cuts, the stimulus plan has created or saved more than 1 million jobs.

Government recovery plans — everything from the $787 billion stimulus to tax credits for buying new homes to government deals on new cars — are credited with helping the economy grow again after a record four straight losing quarters.

But the job market has yet to show signs of recovery, putting pressure on the White House to show that the stimulus was worth its hefty price tag. The economy has shed millions of jobs since Obama signed the stimulus in February, giving Republicans ammunition to say the government is spending too much for too little effect.

The White House says the report bolsters its case that the economy would have been far worse without the stimulus — a package of government spending, tax cuts, state aide and social programs.

Friday's data will have its limitations, since calculating "jobs saved" will always produce an inexact estimate and collecting data from so many sources is certain to produce errors. But the number released Friday represents the most accurate head count of stimulus jobs to date, one that is more precise than previous estimates based on White House economic formulas.

And it represents the most extensive effort ever by any administration to calculate the effect of a spending program in real time.

"It's a great example of the unprecedented transparency, where the American taxpayer can point and click and see their taxes creating jobs," Bernstein said.

The White House promised the data would be far more reliable than the first batch of numbers, on federal contracts, which the administration initially embraced, then branded a "test run" after thousands of errors were discovered.

Teachers are expected to represent the largest number of jobs in the report. With state budgets in crisis, federal aid helped governors avoid major cuts in education, which officials said spared hundreds of thousands of teachers from the unemployment line.

In Indiana, where officials reported saving 13,000 teaching jobs, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels warned against putting too much stock in the job numbers.

"I personally wouldn't try to tell a taxpayer that this had any effect that I can see on the economy or let alone that there is some specific number of jobs attached to it," Daniels said earlier this month.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, said Friday "there's just no doubt" that the federal aide spared 6,100 government jobs, including teachers, police officers and firefighters, in his state.

"There would have been dramatic layoffs," he said.


What do you say George?

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Health Care Hell

From the Gates of Vienna...

Health Care Hell: The Worst of Both Worlds
by Dymphna

From Americans for Tax Reform: [with my emphases - D]

Official scores of H.R. 3962 (the House Dem health bill) are out from the Congressional Budget Office (spending) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (revenues). A few highlights:

When the bill is fully phased-in, it will increase spending by approximately $150-$200 billion annually. Put another way, it will add about a percentage point to federal spending as a portion of the economy. Put yet another way, it will increase the historical size of the federal government by about 5 percent.


The bill won’t even come close to universal coverage. The bill reduces the number of the uninsured from 53 million to 18 million. It’s true that 96 percent of legal residents will be covered, but those 18 million uninsured will still be a huge drain on our health system. One would expect that $150 billion to $200 billion per year would get you universal coverage, at the very least.
more...

If health care is mandated what next will be "mandated".

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

Castles and Castellany

It is a sad child indeed who never dreamt of living in a castle. Some of my most memorable building projects with my Lincoln Logs were the construction of castles. The older I got, the more ornate projects utilized empty refrigerator boxes built into castles.

Here is a new article I found.
Left: Schematic View of a 14th Century Castle. Such a castle was characterized by height and verticality. (1) Ditch (possibly filled with water) creating an inaccessible zone around the fortress. (2) Gatehouse with portcullis (a large iron or wooden grating used to block the passage when released vertically) and drawbridge (provided with a raising-and-lowering mechanism to hinder or enable passage). (3) Tower, projecting combat emplacement also used as lodging and storage place. (4) Wall, also called "curtain." (5) Wallwalk protected by a crenelated breastwork on top of the wall. (6) Hoarding, also called "brattice", a wooden balcony fitted with apertures through which the defenders could throw down missiles on enemies. (7) Postern, or sallyport, a secondary access. (8) Pepperpot turret, a small watchtower or lookout post. (9) Bailey, the open courtyard with chapel, well, stables, and other lodging and service buildings. (10) Dungeon, or keep, the most powerful tower of the castle and the dwelling place of the lord.

CASTELLANY

...In theory the whole feudal pyramid of loyalty culminated in the king. But as the kings- until the 12th century* - were rather weak powerless rulers, political power was based almost entirely on force of arms. Anyone prestigious enough to gain followers, able to build a castle, and rich enough to garrison it could create his independent state and concentrate in his own hands military, political, juridical, and economic power within his tiny kingdom. Moreover, the holder of a court of justice gained both authority and income as fines paid by offenders went into his coffer. The working unit of government became thus the castellany - the land near enough to a castle that it could be protected, policed, and administrated by the lord of the castle. In the 10th century, most castles were motte-and-baily fortresses. Based on a Viking/Norman design these were made by digging a ditch and piling the dirt into an artificial motte or mound. The edge of the ditch and the top of the mound were fortified with wooden palisades. On the summit of the mound inside the stockade stood a wooden tower which was the residence of the lord and his household. At the foot of the motte there were shallower and narrower ditches and stockades enclosing a bailey, an area which was a small village with houses and workshops for the lord's servants as well as stables and other outbuildings. In case of danger the baily served as a place of refuge for the lord's subjects from the neighborhood: the peasants, their families, and stock...

Dieu Le Roy,
Brantigny

*I dispute this discription of kings, especially those of England, and France. Examples: Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Henry II, Richard Coeur de Lion. But that is my reading of history.

October 30, 1270 the end of the 8th Crusade.

It was on this date that the 7 crusade ended by ending the siege of Tunis in northern Africa by King Louis IX. St Louis has been on my mind this week. I admre him greatly, because he was the ideal Christian King, knight, and husband. Men would do themselves good justice by following his example.

The Eighth Crusade* was a crusade launched by Louis IX, King of France, in 1270. The Eighth Crusade is sometimes counted as the Seventh, if the Fifth and Sixth Crusades of Frederick II are counted as a single crusade. The Ninth Crusade is sometimes also counted as part of the Eighth.

Louis was disturbed by events in Syria, where the Mamluk sultan Baibars had been attacking the remnant of the Crusader states. Baibars had seized the opportunity after a war pitting the cities of Venice and Genoa against each other (1256–1260) had exhausted the Syrian ports that the two cities controlled. By 1265 Baibars had captured Nazareth, Haifa, Toron, and Arsuf. Hugh III of Cyprus, nominal king of Jerusalem, landed in Acre to defend that city, while Baibars marched as far north as Armenia, which was at that time under Mongol control.

These events led to Louis' call for a new crusade in 1267, although there was little support this time; Jean de Joinville, the chronicler who accompanied Louis on the Seventh Crusade, refused to go. Louis was soon convinced by his brother Charles of Anjou to attack Tunis first, which would give them a strong base for attacking Egypt, the focus of Louis' previous crusade as well as the Fifth Crusade before him, both of which had been defeated there. Charles, as King of Sicily, also had his own interests in this area of the Mediterranean. The Khalif of Tunis, Muhammad I al-Mustansir, also had connections with Christian Spain and was considered a good candidate for conversion. In 1270 Louis landed on the African coast in July, a very unfavourable season for landing. Much of the army became sick because of poor drinking water, his Damietta born son John Sorrow died on August 3 and on August 25[1] Louis himself died from a "flux in the stomach", one day after the arrival of Charles. His dying word was "Jerusalem." Charles proclaimed Louis' son Philip III the new king, but because of his youth Charles became the actual leader of the crusade.

Because of further diseases the siege of Tunis was abandoned on October 30 by an agreement with the sultan. In this agreement the Christians gained free trade with Tunis, and residence for monks and priests in the city was guaranteed, so the crusade could be regarded as a partial success. After hearing of the death of Louis and the evacuation of the crusaders from Tunis, Sultan Baibars of Egypt cancelled his plan to send Egyptian troops to fight Louis in Tunis[2] . Charles now allied himself with Prince Edward of England, who had arrived in the meantime. When Charles called off the attack on Tunis, Edward continued on to Acre, the last crusader outpost in Syria. His time spent there is often called the Ninth Crusade.
more...

More on St. Louis and his companions from Jean Sieur de Joinville. I love to read out the roll of knights who took the cross with Saint Louis

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

I prefer to call it the 7th, but in actuality the Crusades were one long effort starting with Charles Martel.

A shocking video.



Prayer to St. Louis:

O God, who didst call thy servant Louis of France to an earthly throne that he might advance thy heavenly kingdom, and didst give him zeal for thy Church and love for thy people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate him this day may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Dieu Le Roy!
Brantigny

29.10.09

From Hinduism to Catholicism

I present an article from the Arlington Catholic Herald via my friend and fellow Knight, Carlos at the Mystery Horn. A case of the Virgin drawing faithful to her Son.

From Hinduism to Catholicism

by Katie Bahr,

It was three years ago when Uma Krishnan says she first dreamed of the Virgin Mary. It was January 2006 and she was living in Singapore with her husband, Kumar, and her son, Karthi. In her dream she saw a “very humble lady” surrounded by candles.

She and Kumar were devout Hindus and they knew the lady in Uma’s dreams was not a Hindu god. They knew little of Christianity, but they thought this lady might be the Blessed Mother. Still, because they came from a long tradition of Hinduism in India, they didn’t give the dream much thought.

Later that year Kumar got a job that took him to San Diego. A few months later, he found a new job in McLean. Uma and Karthi joined him that December.

This past April, Uma began to have more dreams of Mary.

One night she dreamed she was walking into a church she’d never seen before. Once inside, she turned right and found a little room where there were red candles and a statue of Mary.

The second night, she was in the same room, but this time she saw a big cross made of palm leaves.

Another night, she dreamed she was in a boat. On her right was a black woman with dark hair and on her left, a lady wearing a blue scarf and holding a Bible. The woman in blue showed Uma some verses to read to make her worries disappear. In her dream, Uma read the Bible verses and both women disappeared.

Uma and Kumar talked about the dreams and, by the fourth night, they decided to visit a church to see what was happening.

Kumar typed “St. Mary Church Fairfax” into Google and entered the address from the first result into his GPS device. The address was for St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax.

When they got to the church, Uma was shocked. On the outside, it looked just like the church she had dreamed about the first night. When they went inside and turned right, there was a small chapel with red votive candles, a statue of Mary and a cross. It was just like her dreams. Uma started to cry.

“The moment was so touching,” Kumar said. “We were not even Christians and we were not even worshipping when we got such a thing. We were Hindus and we didn’t exactly know how to pray, but we just sat there and said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for all these visions and thank you for bringing us here. We don’t know what to do, you tell us, you guide us, show us what has to be done.’”

After the first visit to the church, a few days passed and Uma and Kumar didn’t return. Instead, they went to their Hindu temple.

Uma had another dream. She saw the statue of Mary on the outside wall of the church. Mary’s arms were out and there was a bright light coming from behind. In Uma’s mind, the statue seemed to be saying, “Come back to me.”

When Uma told Kumar, they decided to go to St. Mary of Sorrows that day. It was a Wednesday, and this time, they went into the main meeting room, where the Charismatic Prayer Group gathered. They shared their story and prayed with them.

After that, Uma and Kumar began to attend Mass and the Charismatic Prayer Group every week.

Uma’s dreams continued, but the couple also started experiencing strange “spiritual disturbances.” Uma would have nightmares, and during the day, alone at home, she would hear strange laughing, heavy breathing or footsteps. Sometimes she would feel a pressure on her neck and would have trouble breathing.

The disturbances were so bad that Uma was afraid to be alone. Kumar would drop her off at St. Mary of Sorrows when he went to work in the morning and she would stay at the church all day.

Frightened, Uma and Kumar talked to Father Stefan Starzynski, St. Mary of Sorrows parochial vicar.

Starzynski told them the disturbances might be coming because they were moving away from Hinduism. He told them not to worry and that they’d be okay if they just went toward the one, true God.

“Even as Hindus they were coming to the prayer groups and the healing Masses and praying the rosary every day, so I think something was trying to stop them from entering the Faith fully,” Father Starzynski said.

Kumar and Uma decided to get rid of all of their Hindu belongings and devote themselves entirely to Catholicism.

Because of their circumstances, the parish had a team of four parishioners teach the couple a condensed version of the traditional yearlong Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program. Uma and Kumar went to the program every Saturday to learn about the sacraments and to discuss the Bible.

“It sounded like Mary was calling them to us and I felt like we had a responsibility to them,” said Father Starzynski. “They told me they wanted to become Catholic and they were so excited and eager that I thought this was an opportunity to be flexible.”

By the end of August, the group decided the family was ready to become Catholic. Sept. 12, Uma, Kumar and Karthi were baptized and the couple received the sacraments of confirmation, Communion and marriage.

In the days leading up to the ceremonies, Uma and Kumar feel they received lots of help from Mary.

Though they had a very limited budget and hardly any time to plan, Uma and Kumar wanted to have a nice wedding ceremony. They only had $400 to spend on a wedding dress for Uma, but their son found a perfect dress for $399.

Then, after deciding wedding photographers would be too expensive, a photographer from the parish offered his services for free.

Before the baptism and wedding day, Uma had another dream. This time Mary was standing outside the historic St. Mary of Sorrows Church, with a big smile on her face. She was holding two wedding rings and three rosaries — red, orange and yellow.

The couple decided to use those colors in Uma’s bouquet and on the wedding cake, all donated by fellow churchgoers.

On the actual day, the whole parish was invited to see Uma and Kumar receive the sacraments. A reception was held in the hall of the historic church, decorated with red, orange and yellow flowers.

“Even though we hadn’t planned things, God had planned for us,” Kumar said. “He planned everything so perfectly and he took care of everything, right down to the photographs. It was like he has predicted this marriage for us. We are so glad and so thankful and so lucky to be here.”

Father Starzynski said Uma and Kumar’s conversion story shows that God works in mysterious ways. He felt honored that he could be there to help the family.

“I think it speaks to how beautifully God can work and does work,” he said. “It makes you think, are we flexible enough to understand the ways God may work that are outside the box that we have constructed?”

Since they received the sacraments, Kumar and Uma say the disturbances and nightmares have stopped. Uma feels stronger and is able to stay home by herself with no fear.

“We feel like the Holy Spirit in her has just given her this total protection,” Kumar said.

The couple says they are constantly impressed with the parish community.

“I feel like I’ve been wandering all over the place and that I’ve come home,” Kumar said. “I never heard of such good people, such good Catholic people.”

And through it all, Uma’s dreams of Mary continue.

“Whether it’s good or bad, we want to share them with everybody so everybody knows about it,” Kumar said. “Some may take it badly, but we want to share it. We are very fortunate. I feel lucky, I feel honored and I feel blessed.”

Published originally in The Arlington Catholic Herald
Jhesu + Marie,
Brantigny

28.10.09

Revolutionary Calendar

The Wilson Revolution Unplugged reminded me of the attempt to change the Christian calendar for a calendar based on "reason", an insult to Christianity, and a system of 10's. It failed miserably because the Catholic spirit was too deep in the hearts of Frenchmen. Catholic still went tomass on which ever day was Sunday, and celebrated the Holy Days none the less.

From a post of 24 October 2009 by J.K. Baltzersen.

So much foolishness and work was put into this calendar...

The Republican calendar year began at the autumn equinox and had twelve months of 30 days each, which were given new names based on nature, principally having to do with the prevailing weather in and around Paris:

Autumn:
Vendémiaire (from Latin vindemia, "grape harvest") Starting 22, 23 or 24 September
Brumaire (from French brume, "fog") Starting 22, 23 or 24 October
Frimaire (From French frimas, "frost") Starting 21, 22 or 23 November

Winter:
Nivôse (from Latin nivosus, "snowy") Starting 21, 22 or 23 December
Pluviôse (from Latin pluvius, "rainy") Starting 20, 21 or 22 January
Ventôse (from Latin ventosus, "windy") Starting 19, 20 or 21 February

Spring:
Germinal (from Latin germen, "germination") Starting 20 or 21 March
Floréal (from Latin flos, "flower") Starting 20 or 21 April
Prairial (from French prairie, "pasture") Starting 20 or 21 May

Summer:
Messidor (from Latin messis, "harvest") Starting 19 or 20 June
Thermidor (from Greek thermon, "summer heat")Starting 19 or 20 July
Fructidor (from Latin fructus, "fruit") Starting 18 or 19 August

The month is divided into three décades or 'weeks' of ten days each, named simply:

primidi (first day)
duodi (second day)
tridi (third day)
quartidi (fourth day)
quintidi (fifth day)
sextidi (sixth day)
septidi (seventh day)
octidi (eighth day)
nonidi (ninth day)
décadi (tenth day)

Instead of most days having an associated saint as in the Roman Catholic calendar of saints, each day has an animal (days ending in 5), a tool (days ending in 0) or else a plant or mineral (all other days).

Thus neopaganism.

The Concordat of 1801 re-established the Roman Catholic Church in France with effect from Easter Sunday, 18 April 1802, restoring the names of the days of the week with the ones they had in the Gregorian Calendar, while keeping the rest of the Republican Calendar, and fixing Sunday as the official day of rest and religious celebration.

Napoléon finally abolished the calendar with effect from 1 January 1806 (the day after 10 Nivôse an XIV), a little over twelve years after its introduction. However, it was used again during the brief Paris Commune, 6–23 May 1871 (16 Floréal–3 Prairial An LXXIX).

Writen on this, 7th (Septidi) of Brumaire, of AN 218.

St Marie-Antoinette Queen martyr,
pray for us...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Count Roland - Our Model

Mark Amesse takes a minute to remind us of what it means to be a Christian Knight.

...The Mediaeval Era is the standard by which we measure. Roland was a man of his times – an era which saw the dawning of the Golden Age of Christendom, not the diabolical, revolutionary and effeminate post-Christian age in which we live. Durendal is the work of Catholic laymen, and it is important to remember that the inspirations of the Spirit of God were, in that age, less frustrated in the layman, whether he be king, knight, poet, or simple ploughman. A militant spirit of heroic Catholic Action, which disposed men to live virtuous lives and defend the rights of Christ the King and His Church, permeated society. Would that we could imitate Roland and his noble peers! We could speak of the historical Roland, or the fictional Roland of Boiardo and Ariosto[i], and they each have their merit, but we draw our ideal, primarily, from the great chanson de geste, The Song of Roland... more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Mark and the folks at Durendal...


St Charlemagne Pray for us...
Jhesu + Marie
Brantigny

More on Durendal

The scent of a woman

From the American Monarchist a short theme about the scent worn by the Queen-Martyr...

“It is a superb floral bouquet made with entirely natural products,” she said. “It does not have the tenacity or the amplitude of a modern perfume, but when I tested it, everyone wanted to know what it was and everyone complimented me on it. It unleashes emotions that we no longer know.”

A FRAGRANCE worn by Marie-Antoinette, a woman sometimes described as the world’s first fashion victim, has been re-created by a French perfume-maker for an exhibition at the Palace of Versailles.

The perfume, Sillage de la Reine (In the Queen’s Wake), is likely to be put on a sale by the palace, which has been inundated with requests from people who want to smell like the Austrian-born Queen beheaded during the French Revolution. A thousand flacons are set to be made available at a price of around €1,500 (£1,050) each, with the profits being used to restore Marie-Antoinette’s furniture and objects.

Sillage de la Reine, which can be inhaled during pre-booked tours of the Marie-Anoinette exhibition at Versailles, was made by Francis Kurkdjian, one of France’s most celebrated perfume-makers. It is based on the ingredients and methods used in the late 18th century by Marie-Antoinette’s personnel supplier of fragrances, Jean-Louis Fargeon. more...


This leads me to repeat this which I have told my daughters and wife (she already knew) being, the scent of a woman should be used with restraint in order to draw a man close, as opposed to an excess of scent which repels men like bug repellent to flys...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Thomas Sowell on Dismatling America

...We already have local police forces all across the country and military forces for national defense, as well as the FBI for federal crimes and the National Guard for local emergencies. What would be the role of a national police force created by Barack Obama, with all its leaders appointed by him? It would seem more like the brown shirts of dictators than like anything American...more

Thomas Sowell relates where this administration is going with a willing congress in order to Dismantle America...

...Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!.. Patrick Henry

Though he spoke of a different revolution and a position far removed from me, the cause is no less evident.

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

Which King of France would you be?

I have taken the Quiz "Which King of France are you?" .

I would be Saint Louis IX, Saint and King. Does that count as a twofer?

"You're pretty much the perfect guy by traditional standards. You are quiet, loyal, courageous, chivalrous, religious and morally-upstanding. You believe in God, duty and patriotism. You fight the good fight, look after those around you ...and stay firm to your beliefs no matter what. When your friends say "You would try the patience of the saint," they're usually thinking about you.You can be a little bit of a mamma's boy though and some people think your beliefs, political or religious, make you bigoted and judgemental. You think that it's better to be accused of that than of being immoral and weak. FACTFILE: * Born just outside Paris, 1214 * Died on Crusade, 1270 * Reigned as King of France from 1226 until 1270 * Son of King Louis VIII and his queen, Blanche of Castile * He fought on numerous crusades and was made a saint by Pope Boniface VIII in 1297. He is the patron saint of the French monarchy, hairdressers and part of the Franciscan order of monks. * Succeeded his father King Louis VIII * Succeeded by his son, King Philippe the Bold.

St Louis Pray for us.
Brantigny

An example of Moral Courage

Slovakian President Signs Abortion Informed Consent Law

BRATISLAVA, August 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - President Ivan Gašparovic signed into law on Tuesday an amendment to Slovakia's abortion act that establishes mandatory counselling, requires a 2-day wait, and increases the age until which parental consent is required from 16 to 18.

The amendment was adopted by the Slovak Parliament in June and it will now come into effect in September.

International abortion groups' pressure, coordinated by the US based pro-abortion network "Center for Reproductive Rights," called for rejection of the amendment, claiming that it was "in conflict with women's rights to privacy, physical integrity and autonomy, confidentiality, health, and non- discrimination."

A letter signed by 19 pro-abortion organizations and networks and 7 individuals was sent to all Slovak policy makers, quoting the World Health Organization: "Parental notification or authorization is considered a requirement that deters women from seeking timely care and may lead them to risk self-induced abortion or clandestine services," and also quoting the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

A couple of days before the vote, however, more than 80 organizations and 53 individuals from all over the world, alerted by the Familiokratos Coalition, complimented all Slovak policy makers, pointing out that, "As many as 85 % of women surveyed feel that they were misinformed or denied relevant information during their pre-abortion counseling."

"While international abortion groups seek to put pressure on this Parliament to restrict a woman's choice, it is paramount that abortion is not a human right under European law and that individual States have the sole authority to determine the protections they wish to afford to life and to women's health," they said.

The amendment was adopted by 87 Members of Parliament voting for and only 7 against.


Common sense prevails someplace on the globe.

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

27.10.09

Marie Magdalen is coming to the US! Wow!


Elena-Maria Vidal has posted great news, namely the relics of the Magdalen are being brought to America.

“The relics, hidden at the time of the Saracen invasions (Early Middle Ages), were found in 1279, the date from which they have been venerated without interruption,” said Bishop Rey in a letter certifying the authenticity of the relics. “They are presently kept by the Dominican priests in the cave of St. Baume, a part of my diocese. A new reliquary has been constructed to allow one of the relics, a piece of the tibia, to travel to different countries for veneration by the entire Church.”more...

For more information I recommend the following video, The Eldest Daughter of the Church, produced by Mary's media. Although the DVD set of 4 is a bit dear at $45.00 the money spent is well worth while. It is an interesting history of the Catholic Church and the part played by France that you should have been told in school but were not. It will hold your interest. It is especially dear to a French Monarchist.

Excerpt from the Catholic encyclopedae...

The Greek Church maintains that the saint retired to Ephesus with the Blessed Virgin and there died, that her relics were transferred to Constantinople in 886 and are there preserved. Gregory of Tours (De miraculis, I, xxx) supports the statement that she went to Ephesus. However, according to a French tradition , Mary, Lazarus, and some companions came to Marseilles and converted the whole of Provence. Magdalen is said to have retired to a hill, La Sainte-Baume, near by, where she gave herself up to a life of penance for thirty years. When the time of her death arrived she was carried by angels to Aix and into the oratory of St. Maximinus, where she received the viaticum; her body was then laid in an oratory constructed by St. Maximinus at Villa Lata, afterwards called St. Maximin. History is silent about these relics till 745, when according to the chronicler Sigebert, they were removed to Vézelay through fear of the Saracens. No record is preserved of their return, but in 1279, when Charles II, King of Naples, erected a convent at La Sainte-Baume for the Dominicans, the shrine was found intact, with an inscription stating why they were hidden. In 1600 the relics were placed in a sarcophagus sent by Clement VIII, the head being placed in a separate vessel. In 1814 the church of La Sainte-Baume, wrecked during the Revolution, was restored, and in 1822 the grotto was consecrated afresh. The head of the saint now lies there, where it has lain so long, and where it has been the centre of so many pilgrimages.


The entire skull was found minus the jaw bone. A Jaw bone traditionally said to be the Magdalen's was remembered to be located in a church in Rome. The pope ordered to to be returned to the rest of the relics and the jaw bone was seen to fit perfectly.

When observing the face of the Magdalen it must be remembered that this Saint was at the Cruxifixtion and witnessed the death of our Saviour. What a glorious face...

Sacre Coeur de Jesus,
priez pour nous.

Dieu le Roy.
Brantigny

Roman Polanski in the news, again...

Legal wrangling in an attempt to keep Roman Polanski out of prison is again making the news. The Victim in the case Samantha Giemer is calling for the court to dismiss the case, because she feels it was so long ago that she should be left alone, besides she has forgiven Polanski for the deed. This appeal is like music to the ears of the polanskiphiles, such as Whoopi Goldberg, who say that it was so long ago and it should just be forgotten, and it wasn't Rape-Rape. Unfortunately for Polanski not only was the crime of sodomy a crime against the child but also against the State of California. That is the crux of the problem. If forgiveness on the part of the offended were the only criteria in bringing a person to trial, then anyone who was forgiven by the victim of a crime would be running about. Forgiveness is for the victim's soul, not for perpetrator.

Roman Polanski has been running about for 30 years. How different would it be were he in my state, North Carolina. We are currently undergoing a court ordered release, of 27 inmates who are serving capital crimes. One big difference is these inmates have served time 40 years or more. I don't hear any Whoopi's here. I guess they are just not famous enough. Video here...

Polanski victim calls to dismiss case

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The victim in the Roman Polanski child sex case has renewed calls for the case against the director to be dismissed and urged the media to leave her alone, court filings showed.

Lawyers for Samantha Geimer made the request in a court motion filed in Los Angeles on Friday, the latest of several pleas she has made for authorities to throw out the 1977 criminal case against Polanski.

The motion said Geimer, who now lives in Hawaii with her husband and children, has suffered health problems and job worries after a media "frenzy" following Polanski's arrest in Switzerland last month.

It cited calls by CNN's Larry King, US talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey, "every" national network morning show, three Los Angeles Times reporters and "nearly every major newspaper" from the United States and around the world.

"Between Samantha and her counsel, they have received close to 500 telephone calls from media around the world seeking a comment," the motion filed with California's Second District Court of Appeal read.

"The response -- 'please leave me alone.' But they won't leave her alone."

"Calls at all hours, invade her at home, on her cell phone and at her place of employment... The victim is again the victim," the filing said.

"The pursuit has caused her to have health-related issues. The pursuit has caused her performance at her job to be interfered with," it read, noting Geimer risked "the real possibility" of losing her job as a result.

Geimer was a starry-eyed 13-year-old when Polanski plied her with champagne and drugs at the Hollywood Hills home of his actor friend Jack Nicholson during a photo shoot more than 30 years ago.

The director was initially charged with six felony counts, including rape and sodomy. The charge was later reduced to unlawful sexual intercourse after a plea deal agreed in part to spare Geimer the ordeal of a trial.

Polanski later served 42 days at a secure unit undergoing psychiatric evaluation but fled the country on the eve of his sentencing in 1978.

His lawyers have argued that the judge who presided over his case held improper discussions with Los Angeles prosecutors and was planning to go back on a sentencing deal agreed with the filmmaker's legal team.

Geimer's lawyer Lawrence Silver argued in the motion that Polanski had been forced to flee by a "corrupt" judge.

"No matter what his crime, Polanski was entitled to be treated fairly; he was not," the motion said. "The day Polanski fled was a sad day for American justice. Samantha should not be made to pay the price."

Yet Geimer suffered the consequences of a "failed judicial and prosecutorial system," the filing added.

"Everyone insists that she owes them a story but her story continues to be sad... This statement makes one more demand, one more request, one more plea: leave her alone."

The Academy Award-winning director reportedly agreed to pay Geimer 500,000 dollars as part of a 1993 civil settlement stemming from the case, but it remains unknown whether he ever paid the funds promised to his victim.

The United States last Friday formally asked Switzerland to extradite Polanski, who has been held in custody since his arrest in Zurich on September 26 as he arrived for a film festival.

Lawyers for the 76-year-old director of movie classics "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown" have vowed to fight the extradition, a process which analysts say could take months.


Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

26.10.09

Saint-O-Lanterns!

A friend of ours sent an article to my Facebook page. It is called Catholic Cuisine and it is found here...

It looks like a good way to carve out the dark side of the pagan holiday.

Dieu Le Roy,
Brantigny

Earhart's Final Resting Place Believed Found

I love a good mystery, especially an historical mystery. My dad first told me about Amelia and I remember feeling bad because she died a lonely death. This last weekend the new film Amelia opened in only 880 theaters, unfortunatly I did not get a chance to see it, however, I did come across this article on the net today...

Earhart's Final Resting Place Believed Found



Oct. 23, 2009 -- Legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart mostly likely died on an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, according to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).

Tall, slender, blonde and brave, Earhart disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator. Her final resting place has long been a mystery.

For years, Richard Gillespie, TIGHAR's executive director and author of the book "Finding Amelia," and his crew have been searching the Nikumaroro island for evidence of Earhart. A tiny coral atoll, Nikumaroro was some 300 miles southeast of Earhart's target destination, Howland Island.

A number of artifacts recovered by TIGHAR would suggest that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, made a forced landing on the island's smooth, flat coral reef.

According to Gillespie, who is set to embark on a new $500,000 Nikumaroro expedition next summer, the two became castaways and eventually died there.

"We know that in 1940 British Colonial Service officer Gerald Gallagher recovered a partial skeleton of a castaway on Nikumaroro. Unfortunately, those bones have now been lost," Gillespie said.

The archival record by Gallagher suggests that the bones were found in a remote area of the island, in a place that was unlikely to have been seen during an aerial search.

A woman's shoe, an empty bottle and a sextant box whose serial numbers are consistent with a type known to have been carried by Noonan were all found near the site where the bones were discovered.

"The reason why they found a partial skeleton is that many of the bones had been carried off by giant coconut crabs. There is a remote chance that some of the bones might still survive deep in crab burrows," Gillespie said.

Although she did not succeed in her around-the-world expedition, Earhart flew off into the legend just after her final radio transmission.

Books, movies and television specials about her disappearance abound as well as speculation about her fate. Theories proliferated that she was a spy, that she was captured by the Japanese, that she died in a prisoner-of-war camp, and that she survived and returned to live her life as a New Jersey housewife.

A new biopic about Earhart's life, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, opens this weekend.

The general consensus has been that the plane had run out of fuel and crashed in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere near Howland Island.

But according to Gillespie, the "volume of evidence" TIGHAR has gathered suggests an alternative scenario.


"Propagation analysis of nearly 200 radio signals heard for several days after the disappearance make it virtually indisputable that the airplane was on land," Gillespie said.

Eventually, Earhart's twin-engine plane, the Electra, was ripped apart by Nikumaroro's strong waves and swept out into deep water, leaving no visible trace.

"The evidence is plentiful -- but not conclusive yet -- to support the hypothesis that Amelia landed and died on the island of Nikumaroro," forensic anthropologist Karen Ramey Burns told Discovery News.

The author of a book on Earhart, Burns believes that the strongest of the amassed evidence comes from the report related to the partial skeleton found by Gallagher.

"The skeleton was found to be consistent in appearance with females of European descent in the United States today, and the stature was consistent with that of Amelia Earhart," said Burns.

According to Burns, another piece of documentary evidence comes from the accounts of Lt. John O. Lambrecht, a U.S. Naval aviator participating in the search for Earhart's plane. Lambrecht reported "signs of recent habitation" on what was an officially uninhabited atoll.

Lambrechet's report begs the question: Why did no one follow up?

"I have stood in plain sight on Nikumaroro in a white shirt waving wildly as a helicopter flew over me and was not noticed until the video tape of the flight was examined," Burns said.

"I find it very easy to believe that Amelia and Fred would not have been seen by the pilot. If the Electra was not visible at the time, their last chance of rescue was lost in Lambrecht's notes," she added.

Abandoned on a desert island where temperatures often exceed 100 degrees, even in the shade, Earhart and Noonan likely eventually succumbed to any number of causes, including injury and infection, food poisoning from toxic fish, or simply dehydration.

The coconut crabs' great pincers would have done the rest, likely removing some of the last physical traces of this pioneering aviatrix.


It is a pity that today's women are routinely described using the male term, such as actor over actress, or aviator over aviatrix. Such a sad thing for these women to be so ashamed about being a woman with talent, fortunately I know some who are not. Amelia Earhart was of that breed of womanhood who were not afraid of being a woman.

Rest in Peace.

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

25.10.09

Abortion does the Klan's job...

Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los, Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black."

--Erma Clardy Craven (deceased)
Social Worker and Civil Rights Leader


http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/55956

(CNSNews.com) – Abortion kills more black Americans than the seven leading causes of death combined, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2005, the latest year for which the abortion numbers are available.

Abortion killed at least 203,991 blacks in the 36 states and two cities (New York City and the District of Columbia) that reported abortions by race in 2005, according to the CDC. During that same year, according to the CDC, a total of 198,385 blacks nationwide died from heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined. These were the seven leading causes of death for black Americans that year.

A total of 49 jurisdictions reported their abortion numbers for 2005 to the CDC. These included all 50 states--except California, Louisiana, and New Hampshire--and New York City and the District of Columbia. Of these 49 jurisdiction, only 36 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia reported the number of abortions by race.

Of these 36 states, Georgia reported the largest number of abortions--18,325--among African Americans. Idaho and Montana reported the fewest, 16 and 17 respectively.

Among the large states not reporting abortions by race--and thus where the number of blacks killed by abortions is not included in the national total of 203,991--are California, Florida, Illinois and the rest of New York state outside of New York City.

According to the CDC, the total of 203,991 blacks killed by abortion in 2005 also does not include those aborted by "private physicians’ procedures.”

Every year since 1969, the CDC has amassed abortion data by state or area of occurrence, requesting information each year from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City. The CDC attempts to collect data on abortions by the age, race and marital status of the women who undergo them as well as the type of abortion procedure.

However, the “CDC is not a regulatory agency,” Senior Press Officer Karen Hunter told CNSNews.com. “So while we are required by Congress to collect this information, states are not required to provide any data to the CDC, including abortion surveillance.”

In 2005, a total of 820,151 legal abortions were performed in the 49 jurisdication that reported abortions to the CDC, according to the “Abortion Surveillance” report, which is published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, or MMWR, for Nov. 28, 2008. (Scroll up to top of report)

The report states, “Approximately 1 in 5 U.S. pregnancies have ended in abortion,” and also notes some limitations on the data: “The overall number, ratio, and rate of abortions are conservative estimates; the total numbers of legal induced abortions provided by central health agencies and reported to the CDC for 2005 were probably lower than the numbers actually performed.”

In Table 9 of the report, it states that there were 203,991 blacks killed by abortion, which comprises 35.5 percent of all abortions reported for that year.

Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., founder of BlackGenocide.org, told CNSNews.com that according to numbers gleaned from statistics provided by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion group, 1,784 blacks are aborted each day. Also, he notes on his Web site that three out of five African-American women will obtain an abortion.

Childress said the information and sources on his Web site have never been challenged by abortion-access supporters. “This is because they can see that themselves, and they know them probably to be far worse than we’re reporting. The facts come from the pro-abort/pro-choice community,” he said.

“You want to go to a reliable source where people can’t dismiss what you’re saying,” Childress said.

“Yet the Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Urban League, and the National Action Committee of Al Sharpton fail abysmally to report not only the decimation but the health ramifications which are questionably very pertinent and provable,” said Childress.

“It would be one thing if we were talking about something hypothetically, but these are actual empirical proofs. … We simply want the health issues of abortion to be discussed,” Childress added.

Susan Cohen, director of government affairs at the Guttmacher Institute, said that black women are not inordinately targeted.

It is the high number of unintended pregnancies among black women that explains the disproportionate number of black abortions, she stated in a policy analysis, “Abortion and Women of Color: The Bigger Picture (2008),” which was provided to CNSNews.com by Guttmacher Institute spokeswoman Rebecca Wind.

While acknowledging that the abortion rate for blacks in the United States is “almost 5 times that for white women,” Cohen concluded in her analysis, “these higher unintended pregnancy rates (among African American women) reflect the particular difficulties that many women in minority communities face in accessing high-quality contraceptive services and in using their chosen method of birth control consistently and effectively over long periods of time."

“Because black women experience so many more unintended pregnancies than any other group—sharply disproportionate to their numbers in the general population—they are more likely to seek out and obtain abortion services than any other group,” said Cohen.

When asked to comment on this report, Dr. Freda Bush, an obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice in Jackson, Miss., told CNSNews.com that she found the explanation for the high rate of black abortions “disingenuous.”

“I would just like for them to explain why there’s such a significant proportion of their clinics that are located in minority communities,” said Bush, who is black. “So if you’ll notice, I did not mention that as a factor when I talked to you [earlier], so I was not accusing them of anything.

“I was just pointing out the fact that we have more, but since they brought it up, I would like for them to explain where their clinics are located, and why their clinics are located in that area,” she added.

“I would also like for an explanation of why their founder, Margaret Sanger, who was a known eugenist, also had a Negro project, and an explanation if that was not directed at the ‘undesirables,’” said Bush. “So, I’m not accusing them of anything. I would just like an explanation for the practices that they have continued.”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is a pro-life activist. In August 2007 she told a meeting of Priests for Life that abortionists “plant their killing centers in minority neighborhoods and prey upon women who think they have no hope.”

“The great irony,” she said, “is that abortion has done what the Klan only dreamed of.”


Thanks to Robert a some time contbutor,

Dieu Le Roy.
Brantigny