I will not be posting much next week as I will be at re certifying with in accordance with the NC law enforcement standards, and the NC Dept of Corrections.

Anytime I can shoot someone else's weapons and use their ammunition, and NOT have to clean the weapon afterward I'm game.

de Brantigny

Advance into Belgium

The German juggernaut smashed its way into Belgium on August 5, initially targeting Belgium's line of defensive fortresses. The Belgian army was forced to retreat and by August 20 the Germans entered Brussels on its way to France. The Belgians elected not to defend the city and the Germans marched through unhindered.

Richard Harding Davis was an American newspaper reporter and witnessed the German army's march through the city. We join his account as he sits at a boulevard cafe waiting for the German arrival:

"The change came at ten in the morning. It was as though a wand had waved and from a fete-day on the Continent we had been wafted to London on a rainy Sunday. The boulevards fell suddenly empty. There was not a house that was not closely shuttered. Along the route by which we now knew the Germans were advancing, it was as though the plague stalked. That no one should fire from a window, that to the conquerors no one should offer insult, Burgomaster Max sent out as special constables men he trusted. Their badge of authority was a walking-stick and a piece of paper fluttering from a buttonhole. These, the police, and the servants and caretakers of the houses that lined the boulevards alone were visible.

At eleven o'clock, unobserved but by this official audience, down the Boulevard Waterloo came the advance-guard of the German army. It consisted of three men, a captain and two privates on bicycles. Their rifles were slung across their shoulders, they rode unwarily, with as little concern as the members of a touring-club out for a holiday. Behind them so close upon each other that to cross from one sidewalk to the other was not possible, came the Uhlans [cavalry], infantry, and the guns. For two hours I watched them, and then, bored with the monotony of it, returned to the hotel. After an hour, from beneath my window, I still could hear them; another hour and another went by. They still were passing.

Boredom gave way to wonder. The thing fascinated you, against your will, dragged you back to the sidewalk and held you there open-eyed. No longer was it regiments of men marching, but something uncanny, inhuman, a force of nature like a landslide, a tidal wave, or lava sweeping down a mountain. It was not of this earth, but mysterious, ghostlike. It carried all the mystery and menace of a fog rolling toward you across the sea.

The German army moved into Brussels as smoothly and as compactly as an Empire State express. There were no halts, no open places, no stragglers. For the gray automobiles and the gray motorcycles bearing messengers one side of the street always was kept clear; and so compact was the column, so rigid the vigilance of the file-closers, that at the rate of forty miles an hour a car could race the length of the column and need not stop - for never did a single horse or man once swerve from its course.

All through the night, like a tumult of a river when it races between the cliffs of a canyon, in my sleep I could hear the steady roar of the passing army. And when early in the morning I went to the window the chain of steel was still unbroken. It was like the torrent that swept down the Connemaugh Valley and destroyed Johnstown. This was a machine, endless, tireless, with the delicate organization of a watch and the brute power of a steam roller. And for three days and three nights through Brussels it roared and rumbled, a cataract of molten lead. The infantry marched singing, with their iron-shod boots beating out the time. They sang Fatherland, My Fatherland. Between each line of song they took three steps. At times 2000 men were singing together in absolute rhythm and beat. It was like blows from giant pile-drivers. When the melody gave way the silence was broken only by the stamp of iron-shod boots, and then again the song rose. When the singing ceased the bands played marches. They were followed by the rumble of the howitzers, the creaking of wheels and of chains clanking against the cobblestones, and the sharp, bell-like voices of the bugles.

More Uhlans followed, the hoofs of their magnificent horses ringing like thousands of steel hammers breaking stones in a road; and after them the giant siege-guns rumbling, growling, the mitrailleuses [machine guns] with drag-chains ringing, the field-pieces with creaking axles, complaining brakes, the grinding of the steel-rimmed wheels against the stones echoing and re-echoing from the house front. When at night for an instant the machine halted, the silence awoke you, as at sea you wake when the screw stops.

For three days and three nights the column of gray, with hundreds of thousands of bayonets and hundreds of thousands of lances, with gray transport wagons, gray ammunition carts, gray ambulances, gray cannon, like a river of steel, cut Brussels in two."

Richard Harding Davis' account appears in: Downey, Fairfax, Richard Harding Davis: His Day (1933); Keegan, John, The First World War (1999).

"The German Army Marches Through Brussels, 1914," EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2004).

de Brantigny

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, August 1914

(left) Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde, 1894-1924

On July 31 1914 German troops seized the railway station at Trois Vierges. Two days later the Kaiser’s troops launched a full scale invasion. The Grand Duchess and her elderly Premier, Paul Eyschen, met the invader on the approach to Luxembourg City’s Adolphe Bridge. A perfunctory protest was lodged with the German commander, General Tessmar, who ignored it. No resistance was offered by either the local gendarmrie or the Grand Duchy’s small army. The entire country was occupied in a day.

de Brantigny

To read more about this brave 20 year soveriegn go here...you may be surprised.

Marking the Anniversary of the beginning of World War One

In 1964 I was about 9 years old. World War I was a mere 50 years earlier. I received from a friend of my father a concise history of the Second World War. I will never forget the opening page even now. It concerned the cost of the First World War...

Cost of World War One
Cost in $

United States : 22,625,253,000
Great Britain : 35,334,012,000
France : 24,265,583,000
Russia : 22,293,950,000
Italy : 12,413,998,000
Belgium : 1,154,468,000
Romania : 1,600,000,000
Japan : 40,000,000
Serbia : 399,400,000
Greece : 270,000,000
Canada : 1,665,576,000
Australia : 1,423,208,000
New Zealand : 378,750,000
India : 601,279,000
South Africa : 300,000,000
British Colonies : 125,000,000
Germany : 37,775,000,000
Austria-Hungary : 20,622,960,000
Turkey : 1,430,000,000
Bulgaria : 815,200,000

My book related what could have been bought with this money, Schools and Universities, Hospitals, advances in Medicine, but the money was needed elswhere. Todays Anniversary of the old order and the begining of the new order. The begining of the war to make the "World safe for Democracy"...

God save us.
de Brantigny


Killed in Darkness, Remembered in Light

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

On the afternoon of Sunday, July, 27, 2008, close to five hundred of the faithful filled the tremendous Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament that Mother Angelica built in Hanceville, Alabama. They were gathered for the funeral of three children – Karen Esther, Enoch, and Rebekah.

The three children were all in the same small white casket. All had been killed just weeks earlier by abortion, and discarded in the trash outside of an abortion mill in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, transported the children to Alabama.

I conducted the funeral ceremony. Mother Angelica’s community of sisters sang. The People of Life prayed, worshipped, mourned, and rejoiced in the hope of resurrection. As they honored the dead, they recommitted themselves to protect the living.

I have done funerals like this in various parts of the country. It was especially important, however, that this funeral took place at Mother Angelica’s Shrine. I remember when she first told me, years ago, that at the heart of her vision for that Shrine was the unborn child. This was to be a place dedicated to the Divine Child, and a place where children in the womb – so easily forgotten and discarded in this culture of death – would be remembered and celebrated.

That’s what we did on July 27.

I reminded the congregation of the funeral that Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago conducted back in 1988, when he buried two thousand aborted babies. When asked about the legal implications of the burial, he responded that such concerns paled to insignificance in comparison to the evil of taking innocent human life. He said he was doing a corporal work of mercy – to bury the dead.

That’s what the People of Life do. They protect the living, and they bury the dead. They are not ashamed or afraid to honor in public those who are dishonored in secret by the hidden violence of abortion. By gathering in large numbers to bury aborted children, and by letting as many people as possible know about it, they make up in some small way for the callous disregard in which these children are held by many in our society.

That’s why the 16,500 babies found in a large container in the Los Angeles area in the mid-1980’s had to wait for three years before they were buried, as abortion supporters launched a legal battle to block the burial. They did not want society to acknowledge in any way that there was any humanity there to be honored. Just throw them away – and the more secret, swift, and private the better. So the abortion advocates believe.

But the Church believes different, and as we believe, so we worship. The congregation – including children holding their parents’ hands – filed by the casket, which was open, and viewed the remains of these babies. There were tears of sorrow, but full of hope.

Each person left that church more committed than ever to bring the killing to an end.

de Brantigny


Minnesota professor claims to have desecrated Eucharist

...in the Eucharist the Body and Blood of the God-man are truly, really, and substantially present for the nourishment of our souls, by reason of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, and that in this change of substances the unbloody Sacrifice of the New Testament is also contained...

Well he did it.

When I first read this I though of Robespierre. This fellow Myers would have fit in perfectly with the cult of reason. Thus is the power of Satan.

May God have mercy on his soul.

Posted: 29 Jul 2008 03:24 AM CDT

Morris, MN, Jul 26, 2008 / 02:40 am (CNA).- Saying “Catholicism has been actively poisoning the minds of its practitioners” and characterizing religious instruction as “a devastating crime against the whole of the human race,” University of Minnesota at Morris biology professor Dr. Paul Zachary Myers claims to have carried out his threat to desecrate the Eucharist.

Prof. Myers says that he pierced a Host with a rusty nail and then threw it in the trash alongside coffee grounds, banana peels, and pages torn respectively from the Koran and a book by the atheist polemicist Richard Dawkins.

In a rambling prelude to his announcement of the desecration, Myers tried to explain his actions in a Thursday post on his blog “Pharyngula.” Referencing the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215, which he said codified Catholic doctrine on the Eucharist and established legal punishment for Jews, he said that accusations of Eucharistic desecration had been harmful to Jews in medieval Europe.

“That is the true power of the cracker, this silly symbol of superstition. Fortunately, Catholicism has mellowed with age — the last time a Catholic nation rose up to slaughter its non-Christian citizenry was a whole 70 years ago, after all — but the sentiment still lingers,” he said, apparently making a reference to the Spanish Civil War.

Myers said he had received “thousands of mindless comments” from Catholics and quoted several letters he had received. He said prayerful letters with no threats were representative of the majority of his e-mail, but he also quoted several threatening and bizarre e-mails.

The professor argued that Catholics were intolerant for demanding he be fired and sending threats, repeating his claim that he was motivated by the case of Webster Cook, a student senator at the University of Central Florida, who was accused of taking a Host from a Catholic Mass and keeping it in a plastic bag.

Responding to charges that he is an evil man, he said the truly evil were “hypocritical” clerics who dressed ornately while preaching poverty, people who “undermined family planning efforts for the poor.”

He then asserted that religious education is a crime against humanity, saying:

“And if I wanted to be so evil that I would commit a devastating crime against the whole of the human race, twisting the minds of children into ignorance and hatred, I would be promoting the indoctrination of religion in children's upbringing, and fomenting hatred against anyone who dared speak out in defiance.”

Saying he was inspired by an old woodcut that depicted Jews stabbing the Host, Myers then said he pierced what he claimed was a consecrated Host with a rusty nail.

“And then I simply threw it in the trash, followed by the classic, decorative items of trash cans everywhere, old coffee grounds and a banana peel. My apologies to those who hoped for more, but the worst I can do is show my unconcerned contempt,” he wrote.

Myers did not say where he had acquired the reputed consecrated Host or who had provided it.

He said the also threw in pages from the Koran and Richard Dawkins’ book “The God Delusion,” posting a picture of the act on his blog which appeared to support his claims.

Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, responded to Myers’ reported action in a Thursday statement.

Noting that a formal complaint has already been made against Myers, Donohue said “What he did—in both word and deed—constitutes a bias incident, as defined by the University of Minnesota.”

University policy states “Expressions of disrespectful bias, hate, harassment or hostility against an individual, group or their property because of the individual or group’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion…can be forms of discrimination.”

“It is important for Catholics to know that the University of Minnesota will not tolerate the deliberate destruction of the Eucharist by one of its faculty. Just as African Americans would not tolerate the burning of a cross, and Jews would not tolerate the display of swastikas, Catholics will not tolerate the desecration of the Eucharist,” Donohue said

Guess what Paul Zachary Myers, we still believe. The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. Nothing you can do or say can change that. Never. So stop being a clown.

de Brantigny

Lambeth: African prelate demands resignation of gay bishop

Posted: 29 Jul 2008 03:27 AM CDT

Lambeth: African prelate demands resignation of gay bishop

London, Jul. 23, 2008 (CWNews.com) - An Anglican archbishop from Sudan has called upon an openly homosexual American bishop to step down "in order to preserve the unity of the Anglican communion."

Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, speaking to the world's Anglican leaders at the Lambeth Conference, said that Bishopo Gene Robinson of New Hampshire must resign his post. He added that the other Anglican leaders who ordained Robinson should "confess to the conference" that they were wrong to do so.

Although he is taking part in the Lambeth Conference, Archbishop Deng reminded his colleagues that nearly 250 Anglican bishops are boycotting the event, primarily because of the split opened by the appointment of Bishop Robinson. Most of the prelates involved in the boycott are from Africa, where the Anglican communion has experienced robust growth in recent years.

Speaking on behalf of those African Anglicans, Archbishop Deng said that the acceptance of homosexual relations "violated Anglican norms." He reported that the willingness of American and European church leaders to accept homosexuality had caused major problems for Anglican churches in Africa. "We are being called 'infidels' by the Islamic world," he told them.

The Sudanese archbishop complained that the Lambeth Conference has not allowed for a forthright discussion of homosexuality, and exhorted leaders of the Anglican world to begin that conversation.

A spokesman for Bishop Robinson said that the American prelate had no intention of resigning.


Marie-Antoinette's best likeness

Catherine Delors offers us this for today...

This portrait shows Marie-Antoinette in 1788, when she was 33. It was painted by Adolf Ulrik Wermuller, a Swede who was a member of the Royal Academy in Paris.

Indeed, according to Madame Campan's Memoirs, this is, along with the more famous portrait of the Queen with her children by Madame Vigee-Lebrun, the best likeness of Marie-Antoinette.

Madame Campan, as the Queen's Premiere Femme de Chambre, or First Chambermaid, saw Marie-Antoinette on a daily basis. I trust her judgment on the matter of the likeness,

Thanks and a Tip of the beret to Catherine at Versailles and more.

Dieu Le Roy.
de Brantigny

Sex and the modern Catholic

...The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships... Humanae Vitae

I remember the first Mass after Humanae Vitae was published. Each pew at St. Viators Parish had a copy of the encyclical placed in it. The pastor rose to the pulpit and spoke on it. I don't remember that. What I do remember is asking my parents what it was all about and they wouldn't say. Why? I have some clues in the fact that there are only three of us in a time when Catholic families tended to be bigger, and because my parents did not receive the Blessed Sacrement until, well recently. Undoubtedly they felt they were doing their best for my brother, sister and I. We never felt unloved, we were never abused, (as I look back now). It is remarkable now that my aunts on either side of my family never had big families. Only my uncle Charles and aunt Patricia had more that three children. What the hell was going on?

in 1968, Vatican II had just ended. The feeling in the church was (as I remember) becoming more in line with the thinking of mainstream world view. Priests were becoming more political, more worldly. As a child I was petrified of priests. They were next to God in the mind of an 8th grader. We found out they were human as well. I think we as a church forgot that the most important things about the Church to be come more collegial. We began to believe that all that mattered was that we felt good upon leaving Mass. The priest stopped telling us about sin, and slipped into the easy "I'm ok, your ok." homilies.

So I think the families in the church got the idea that, if they have a couple of children their responsibility to God is finished, completed. If they had only read what was in Humanae Vitae possibly would have seen as did Pope Paul VI did what was in store. Was it the desire for the beginning of the me generation which caused us to ignore Humanae Vitae? Was it a poor explanation to the encyclical, or a opposition to preach this with a the correct zeal.

Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit has a redirect to this web page, called the Tablet.

Tablet Special: Humanae Vitae 40 years on

Publication of Humanae Vitae 40 years ago was a seismic moment in the history of the Catholic Church. Today most practising Catholics ignore its teaching on birth control and more than half think it should be revised. This is the central finding of a major survey commissioned by The Tablet

By the time the contraceptive pill came on the market in 1962, Catholic couples had begun to wonder if it was the answer to their prayers: a reliable and convenient method of birth control they could use with the Church's blessing. The hopes of a great many Catholics were dashed with the publication of Paul VI's encyclical, Humanae Vitae on 29 July 1968 which forbad the use of all artificial forms of contraception including the Pill.

Exactly 40 years later, a major study conducted by The Tablet has found that its teaching is ignored by the great majority of Mass-going Catholics. This is one of the main findings contained in part two of our survey of 1,500 Catholics from parishes across England and Wales. Although almost half have never heard of Humanae Vitae, a large majority is aware of the Church's ban on artificial birth control and more than half believe it should be revised.

Part two of the survey asks a broad range of questions surrounding sex, relationships and contraception and the Church's teaching. It has found that a large proportion of otherwise faithful Catholics are using a range of artificial contraceptives, especially condoms and the contraceptive pill. More than half the adults aged 18 to 45 lived with their partner before getting married and a majority would not consider discussing their family's size and contraception with their priest. The latter point may well be related to modern Catholics' reluctance to go to confession, as confirmed in part one of our survey. more...

I finally figured out the reason it is called Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit. (dopey me)

Thanks and a slap to the forehead to Joseph Fromm.

de Brantigny

PS, Everything Pope Paul VI predicted has come true...Licentiousness, Abortion