The Catholic Church in Holland has ceased to exist.

Cowards, you are an abomination.

Dutch homosexuals call off disruptions as parish backs down on Communion (original article)

March 03, 2010

Militant homosexuals in the Netherlands have called off plans to disrupt worship at a Catholic parish in Den Bosch, after receiving assurances that the parish would not deny Communion to open homosexuals.

The dispute in the Sint-Jan parish began when a priest denied the Eucharist to a noted homosexual activist. Last Sunday a large group of homosexual activists, some wearing pink fright wigs, attended Mass at the parish, planning to present themselves for Communion. When the pastor decided not to distribute Communion, to avoid a disruption, the group marched out of the church in protest.

The parish has now announced that members of the congregation will be asked to decide for themselves whether they are properly disposed to receive Communion.

Evidently Moral Courage is not a strong point with the Dutch clergy.

Have you forgotten who the Eucharist is? May God have mercy on your souls.


A Conservative Carolina Blog

I found this blog doing an article a while back. The author is a North Carolina woman who lives "down east" as we say here in North Carolina. The Blog is called Katy's Conservative Corner. Katy reports on stuff the left would have us miss.

She is like my daughter, a Meredith graduate.


The French regret over losing the franc has grown.

The French regret over losing the franc has grown.

According to an Ifop poll(the French version of Gallup)for Paris Match, 69% of the French polled have nostalgia for the franc. The poll came out this month.

of those polled, 47% of the persons questioned said they regret it "a lot", 22% regret it "a little" and only 31% "not at all".

Nostalgia has never been so strong since the introduction of the Euro, on 1st January 1999.* In February 2002, only 39% regretted the changing franc, and in June 2005 that rose to 61% according to the Ifop polls.

The original article from Le Figaro may be found here.

The franc has been identified with France since 1360 when it was introduced by John II of France. The introduction of the Euro was in my humble opinion one of the biggest mistakes France and Europe ever did. By it's introduction it required the more affluent countries to back the economies of the poorer ones. We have witnessed this in the bailout of Greece by Germany in recent weeks. In effect it was one of the last steps in the destruction of the sovereignty of France and the other countries not a part of the European Union. What is next the introduction of a common language?

Thanks to Mickaelus le Miles litteratus with a tip of the beret!


* The original Le Figaro article has it as 2009 it should read 1999.


Blanche of Castille

A study, even casually, provides us with a rich panoply of characters, both noble and peasant. I present another today, Blanche of Castille, the mother of St Louis IX, King and St Isabelle, Princess of France.

It was on this day in 1188 that Blanche de Castille the future wife of Louis VIII is born. She was born in Palencia, Spain, the third daughter of Alfonso VIII, king of Castile, and of Eleanor of England. Eleanor was the daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, whose issue also included two kings of England, Richard known as the Lionhearted and John.

In May 1200 a treaty between the kings of France and England, Phillip II Augustus and John, Blanche's sister Urraca was matched to Phillip II son Louis, the future Louis VIII, however Eleanor of Aquitaine their grandmother, one of the most powerful women in the middle ages, deemed that match unsound and the personality of Blanche as more suited to that of Prince Louis,* and therefore better suited to be a Queen of France. Indeed, the name Urraca means Magpie in Spanish and it is probably for this reason that Elenore objected. For what ever reason Blanche was married on the 22 May 1200 on the right bank of the Seine in the territories of John of England.

In 1216, John of England died, and Prince Louis (VIII) claimed England in his mother's name and actually invaded England. He found the the island opposed to him however, even though the majority of the English barons** had invited to replace John on the throne and had him proclaimed king in London in May 1216. Blanche (his wife) moved to Calais and built two fleets and an army. It all ended in failure as she could not fight for her husband against the English and her husband's temperate character. His father Philip II Augustus adamantly refused to support Prince Louis (even though it would have made the kingdom of France at least as large a territory as the Holy Roman Empire). John actually defeated the rebelious forces although Louis still claimed the title until 1217.***

At the death of Louis VII after a short reign of only 3 years death on 8 November 1226, she assumed the role of regent and guardian of their children, of the 13 she bore only 5 survived.

Blanche was an adroit regent and avoided conflict with the nobles by careful diplomacy and preparation for war defending the kingdom against invasion by England. Any idea that the nobles had of an alliance against her, dissipated when faced with her energy and firmness.

Blanche's primary concern for her son Louis IX was to implant in him a deep regard and awe for everything related to the Catholic faith. She used often to say to him as he was growing up, "I love you my dear son, as much as a mother can love her child; but I would rather see you dead at my feet than that you should commit a mortal sin." but as good as her relationship with her son was her relationship with Louis IX consort was a different matter. Blanche's strong relationship with her son coupled with an already noted firmness, and energy must have been hard on the couple. As Marguerite was a strong woman in her own right, conflict was not only predicable, it was common place. It has been said that the only time she wanted the Queen Marguerite to be with Louis was when they were in bed. There can be no doubt as to why Queen Marguerite, in direct opposition to Blanche, chose to accompany Louis on his first crusade (the 7th) where it appears she was as strong willed as her mother-in-law as she led that crusade while her husband was sick.

During Louis IX's absence in 1248, Blanche again became regent. She maintained peace, and continued to assist her son by continually sending reenforcements to the Outremer. At last her strength failed her. She fell ill at Melun in November 1252, and was taken to Paris, but lived only a few days. She was buried at Maubuisson.

This woman of nobilty, the mother of 13, who mourned 8, was the mother of two of the greatest Saints of France St Louis IX and St Isabelle.

More on St Louis may be found here, and here, and here, or by going to the far left column and clicking on an article about St Louis.

More about St Isabelle, here.

Marguerite of Provence, wife of Saint Louis here.


* Urraca (1186/28 May 1187 – 3 November 1220) did marry a King, Afonso II of Portugal, they had 5 children 2 of which became Kings of Portugal. If the dates of her birth look strange it is because the new year started during May in those days.

** The First Barons War

*** The Treaty of Lambeth, which was signed and ratified on 22 Sept 1217 in which Louis renounced all claims to England from then.


Freedom for all...serfs

It was on this day in 1861 that Tsar Alexander II of Russia wrote and published the Emancipation manifesto. The Emancipation Manifesto proclaimed the emancipation of the serfs on private estates and of the domestic serfs. By this edict more than twenty-three million people received their liberty. Serfs were granted the full rights of free citizens, gaining the rights to marry without having to gain consent, to own property and to own a business. The manifesto prescribed that peasants would be able to buy the land from the landlords. The state owned serfs were not freed until 1866. However this was a big step towards freedom.

By contrast it was not until December 1865 and the passage of the thirteenth amendment that slaves were freed in the United States. It was also on this date that slaves still held in New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Missouri and Washington, D.C. also became legally free.

New Blog for my Blog Roll

My daughter Geneviève has started a blog. Naturally as a grandfather I wanted to put it in my blog roll, so here it is the Daily Audrey.

Like her mother (ma puce), ma petite chou, is a smile machine.

I remember taking her mother's picture with me overseas, just looking at her smile lifted my spirits.

Welcome Gennie and Audrey!



Pommes de le Terre

Gollum: What's "taters".
Samwise Gamgee: Po-tate-toes!

Parmentier offers a bunch of potatoes to King Louis XVI.

Introduced to France in the 16th century, the potato was ill-considered by the population.

Antoine-Augustin de Parmentier (1737-1813) used a trick to have the folk accept it.
He brought a bunch of potato flowers to Versailles.

King Louis XVI adorned his dress with one flower and the whole Court followed his example.

Potato was progressively accepted in the country as its advantages were recognized by both farmers and consumers.

In her book Trianon, Elena-Marie Vidal mentions that Madame Royale enjoyed her fried potatoes at Petite Trianon, well what child doesn't like French Fries.

Catherine Delors tells us about who put the French in French Fries,

Emboldened, Parmentier proceeds to plant potatoes on a plot near the Invalides, but all he gains is the enmity of the landladies, the nuns of a nearby convent, and a dismissal from his position of Apothecary of the Invalides. He is not easily discouraged. He invites the best scientists of the time, such as Laurent Lavoisier and Benjamin Franklin, to dinners where guests are served potatoes. This is, after all, the Enlightenment, and no assumption goes unquestioned.

Official consecration comes at last. In 1785, four years before the Revolution, Louis XVI grants Parmentier two acres at the Sablons, then west of Paris, for him to grow potatoes for human consumption on a trial basis.

In a stroke of genius, Parmentier has the field heavily guarded by soldiers during daytime, and left unattended at night. Of course the neighbors soon surmise this is a particularly valuable crop, and steal plants under the cover of darkness. The following year, Parmentier heads for Versailles to present the King with a bouquet of potato flowers. Marie-Antoinette wears these simple and lovely blossoms on her hat and fine ladies follow suit. Parmentier's allotment at the Sablons is increased to 37 acres, and potatoes are now grown in the King's gardens. in a few years, thanks to Parmentier, the potato has gone from botanical pariah to the height of fashion. more...

The real name of this culinary delight is frenched fries because the potato is cut square and long.

They are of course the bane of anyone on a diet. After having been raised by an Irish mother (only one time removed from Eire) potatoes were a staple, I love them any way they are prepared, even raw. (Unfortunately all my grandchildren followmy example too, to the consternation of their moms.) They just don't grow a potato lite.

Thanks and a tipof the beret to Catherine and to Elena-Maria.


(Illustrated supplement to the Petit Journal)
Coll. Yezid Allaya. Inv. n° 97.2.1

Father of the Nation

Elena-Maria has this article in her blog. Louis XVI was the Father of the Nation, as much as any man is the father of his family. In an earlier post I demonstrated how the plan of God for Divine Governance could be described in a series of triangles, the third and fourth of these is that of the King for his people and of a father for his children. So in a real sense the king is the father of the nation.*

“The country was horrified by his death, and all the provinces utterly opposed to what happened in Paris. He was the Father of the nation.” a spokeswoman later explained. Certainly those present, as we approached the Eucharistic liturgy, seem wrapped in sorrow, the atmosphere heightened by the white tapers in gilded brackets that light the Chapelle, suffusing its pale stone with a golden glow. As I handed round the collection basket – at the request of a lady in a fur hat - I sensed I was intruding on a private grief. more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Elena-Maria...


*Tsar Nicholas II was called by his subjects "Little Father".

Louis Philippe Joseph d'Orléans and Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé a royal contrast.

The Cross of Laeken offers this contrast between two princes...

...Condé and the late Duc d'Orléans represent the most absolute contrast in the Capetian house. Orléans, of an influenceable character, weak, very quick to take umbrage in relation to the Court, where the elder branch often failed to show him consideration, as Louis XVI systematically kept him out of all action, which was a lack of address, for, with tact, he could have won his attachment. He did have worth and, well guided, well oriented, he would certainly not have had the deplorable tendency to go always to the left, always to the opposition, which led him to the guilty cowardice of the regicidal vote, a crime he expiated by mounting the scaffold with courage and resignation. He could see, like so many others, that his regrettable concessions had not saved him from revolutionary hatred. more...


Marines return to Iwo Jima

US Marines land on Iwo Jima to mark anniversary

AP – U.S. Marines salute the flags on Iwo To, Japan, on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Hundreds of Marines landed …

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press Writer Eric Talmadge, Associated Press Writer

IWO TO, Japan – Hundreds of U.S. Marines landed on the remote island of Iwo Jima on Tuesday to prepare for the 65th anniversary of one of World War II's bloodiest and most iconic battles.

The Marines flew in trucks, water and food from Washington to support Wednesday's commemorations of the 1945 battle that was a turning point in the Pacific theater. It claimed 6,821 American and 21,570 Japanese lives in 36 days of intense fighting. A drill team also arrived on the island.

The commemoration was to be attended by about 1,000 people, including Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Conway, members of Japan's parliament and representatives of the Iwo Jima survivors' association.

Only about two dozen American veterans of the battle are expected to attend the "reunion of honor" ceremony because few of the survivors — now in their 80s and 90s — are able to make the trip.

It was not known if any of the fewer than 1,000 Japanese who survived the battle would be able to attend.

Inhabited only by about 300 Japanese troops, Iwo Jima, a tiny island the size of Manhattan, is a maze of tunnels, caves and dense, scraggly underbrush. It is believed to be covered with too much unexploded ordnance left over from the battle to be developed, and has been largely untouched since the war.

It is, instead, an open tomb.

Though dozens of remains are recovered every year, about 12,000 Japanese are still classified as missing in action and presumed killed on the island, along with 218 Americans.

The island formally reverted to its old name of "Iwo To" in 2006. Both "to" and "jima" mean island, but the name of "Iwo Jima" carries the stigma of the treacherous battle and subsequent two decades of occupation.

The Marines who arrived Tuesday from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force on the island of Okinawa, many of whom have been to battle either in Iraq or Afghanistan, said they were visiting hallowed ground.

"I can't imagine fighting in this kind of terrain," said Cpl. Daniel Flynn, 24, of Mount Airy, North Carolina. "I fought in Afghanistan, but that was in open desert. I probably would not have had the same experience here had I not been to Afghanistan."

Joined by Japanese troops and U.S. Navy sailors, many of the Marines trekked down to the beach where the invasion of the island began on Feb. 19, 1945, and filled bottles with its famous black volcanic sand. Others jogged to the top of Mount Suribachi, where the U.S. flag was raised on Feb. 23 — an image captured by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal that became one of the most enduring ever taken of war.

Iwo Jima was declared secured on March 26, 1945. Japan surrendered in August of that year.

"It's like going back in time," said Staff Sgt. Daneil Dumas, 28, of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Flag raising here...

The following hymm is sung at Navy and Marine Funerals, I have been at the burial of many Marines while listening to this hymm.

Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.

Semper Fidelis,


Thank You Maestro Offenbach

I have just ended my somewhat stressful shift, (the inmates started a fire in their cells), but fortunately I have had M. Offenbach and the Gaîté Parisienne suite to keep me company after the hub bub.
Part #1

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Part #3

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Part #5


Georges Seurat - Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte
Chicago Art Institute, my Bohemian home

Another look at the Crusades

An interesting article from Irish Tory about the crusades.

February 22, 2010 by anirishtory

Audacious Epigone has an excellent essay on the Crusades, and how they are used by modern anti-Europeans as another tool to blacken us, even though they were more complicated than the popular view could ever make out. The most important part of the essay is the point that the Crusades were not, as we are constantly being told, a senseless and unprovoked attack by Christendom against Islam, it was in fact a very long-delayed retaliation against Islamic expansion into Christian territory, North Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and what is today the Kurdish region was all Christian, and had been so for centuries. Muslims invaded these areas and through force, population displacement, Islamic laws, tax policy, persecution, kidnap, rape and intimidation had managed to convert parts or most of the population to Islam in the centuries of their occupation. more...


Bertrand du Guesclin

Probably one of the most well known French knights, Bertrand du Guesclin also known as the Eagle of Brittany, was a Breton knight and French military commander during the Hundred Years'War. He was Constable of France from 1370 to his death.

His Fabian strategy of wearing down the English while avoiding major battles allowed the French to recapture most of what they had lost earlier in the war.

Bertrand Du Guesclin was the eldest of 10 children, was born in the (no longer existing) castle of la Motte-Broons, near Dinan, in 1320.

At a time when physical beauty was very important for a knight, he was extremely ugly. he resembled a pugilist. His scars he won at the cost of his fighting, were not as serious as those he inflicted upon his opponents. While very young, he was already much admired by his companions for his courage and good sense. During his youth, Bertrand practised combat with the young country "villiens" (peasntry). He won by his strength, his dexterity and his wilyness, as well as his uncouth manners. His family, ashamed of him, kept him apart. In 1337, a tournament in Rennes gathered together all the nobless of the country. Du Guescllin, who was 17 years old, went there on a plough horse, in the costume of a peasant. He was not equipped(1) well enough to take part in the jousting. He was so upset that one of his cousins from Rennes offered him his armour and his steed. Du Guesclin beat several opponents. Finally, a thrust of a lance lifted his visor. His father recognised him. Radiant and proud, he cried out : "Handsome son, I will never treat you badly again."

Du Guesclin wins respect for the French nobility during the Hundred Years War at the tip of his sword. He entered the service of French crown under Charles V, he won the battle of Cocherel in 1364 against the Charles II of Navarre. The victory forced Charles II into a new peace with the French king, and secured Burgundy for King Charles V for his brother Philip.

In 1364, at the Battle of Auray, du Guesclin and Charles of Blois were heavily defeated by John IV, Duke of Brittany and the English forces under Sir John Chandos. Charles of Blois was killed in the action, ending the Blois pretensions in Brittany. Du Guesclin was captured. His ransom was paid by Charles V for 100,000 francs.

In 1366 (some French references say 1365) he is placed in command of the free companies, most likely to curtail their pillaging after the War of Secession in Brittany, and is sent to Spain to aid Henry of Trasmadera against King Pedro the Cruel. Once again he is captured and once again he is redeemed by King Charles, to whom he is considered inexpendable. Henry of Trasmadera defeated Pedro at the Battle of Montiel, and Bertrand du Guesclin returns to the service of the French King Charles V.

In October 1370, after returning to France he is made Constable by Charles V. War with the English having been renewed the year before. Du Guesclin reconquered Poitou and Saintonge and pursued the English into Brittany from 1370 to 1374. However since he is a Breton he pursues the submission of the Duchy of Brittany halfheartedly.

A loyal and disciplined warrior, du Guesclin had reconquered much of France from the English when he died of dysentery at Chateauneuf-de-Randon while on a military expedition in Languedoc in the south of France. He was buried at Saint-Denis in the tomb of the Kings of France. His heart is kept at the basilica of Saint-Sauveur at Dinan.

On her journey Jehanne "la Pucelle" visited his grave, to pray, and possibly find inspiration.

Notable events in the life of du Guesclin

1356 : The capture of Rennes
1359 : The delivery of Dinan
1363 : The capture of several breton towns. From St-Pol-de-Léon, Du Guesclin arms his boats against the English.
1364 : The capture of Mantes and of Meulan
------- : (16th of May) Victory of Cocherel
------- : (29th of September) Defeat of Auray. Du Guesclin is made prisoner.
1366 : "The Great Compagnies" commanded by Du Guesclin penetrate Spain by the pass of Perche of Perthus. A succession of victories over Peter the Cruel and the English lead them to Seville.
1367 : (3rd of April) Defeat Najera : Du Guesclin, made prisoner, is brought in captivity by the English to Bordeaux.
1369 : (17th of January) Du Guesclin, liberated under ransom, returns to Spain.
------- : (March) Siege of the Château of Montiel. Pedro the Cruel is killed. Du Guesclin returns to France.
1370 : The capture of Moissac. Liberation of Périgord.
------- : Liberation of Le Mans. Victory of Pontvallain. The Maine and the Anjou are freed.
------- : Capture of Bresuire.
------- : Defeat of Pont de Juigné. Du Guesclin is made prisoner.
1371 : The capture of Briouze.
1372 : The victory of Mortain. The Normandy hedged farmland is freed.
1372-1373 : Capture of several towns in Poitu-Saintonge-Angoumois.
1373 : Brittany is conquered, with the exception of Brest and Derval.
1374 : The capture of St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte.
1378 : Normandy is brought to heel, with the exception of Cherbourg.
1380 : (27th of June) The capture of Chaliers.
------- : (13th-14th of July) The capture of Châteauneuf-de-Randon.
------- : Defeat of Pont de Juigné. Du Guesclin is made prisoner.
------- : The death of Du Guesclin.

Final word. In rereading "Joan of Arc, her Story" by Regine Pernoud I came across a sentnece which read that The maid probably visited the grave of du Gesclin when she was at St Denys, during April 1429.

(1) Primogeniture ensured that the younger sons of even great houses set out into the world to make a living with their horse, armor, wits, and skill in arms. One of the ways that many knights could build their fortunes was to hire out as mercenaries. The plunder gained in warfare included horses, armor, baggage, and ransom of wealthy captives. In times of peace, tournaments were depended on to raise a knight's income. In jousting, the loser paid the price of his horse and armor to the winning knight as a ransom.