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Just When You Think the New York Times Can’t Go Any Lower

Yep, all equal as slaves of the State.

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Hattip to commenter Nate Winchester.

July 18, 1969: Entering the Gravity of the Moon

Fifty years ago Apollo 11 entered the gravity well of the Moon from the gravity well of the Earth.  Three-quarters of the

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  1. I think Mark just proved Dave’s point about the malice driving both the secular and the “religious” Left.

    Look at me! I’m a mass murderer! It’s for a good cause!

    Way to immanetize the Eschaton Markie

  2. Dear Lord. I used to say Mark was going to become the Fred Phelps of Catholic apologetics if he didn’t change, but after spending two minutes on that twitter feed, I must admit that’s unfair to Mr. Phelps. I feel like I should go to confession just having read the bilge. It make’s his blog look like one of the Gospels. I didn’t imagine he could get worse than his FB and Blog pages, but I stand corrected. Once again, in fairness to Protestants, I could find not a single Protestant – even Fundamentalist – who didn’t shun Phelps once his ministry became known. Mark continues to be invited to Catholic institutions, colleges, parishes, and is recognized by Catholic clergy, publications and ministries. That is a significant difference. And a significant problem, IMHO.

  3. Mark continues to be invited to Catholic institutions, colleges, parishes, and is recognized by Catholic clergy, publications and ministries.

    Well, now we know what’s unacceptable to the Church-o-cracy.

    A dear cousin of mine lost her husband not long ago after an illness of a year and a half or so (shorter than she anticipated). His problem was frontotemporal dementia. Her spare comment on the situation was that she was married to one man for 42 years and then this stranger appeared in her house. She had a great many happy years with that man, as he was a good man. I sometimes wonder about Shea….

  4. I only know what I see here.

    He Believes Lies.

    His religion is secular liberalism and his phony theology is sloppy.

    Viva Cristo Rey!

    Que viva!!!

  5. I sometimes wonder about Shea….

    I found the answer, Art.
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2018/10/a-reader-offers-some-kindly-words-of-disagreement.html
    –“But I am not in a place to do what he does since I am (except as a diabetic threatened by their sadistic love of destroying health care), not one of their victims.”–

    Shea literally sees conservatives as threatening his life. If you convince yourself of that, anybody would go off the deep end.

  6. Shea literally sees conservatives as threatening his life. If you convince yourself of that, anybody would go off the deep end.

    Um, no. He’s convinced of that because he loathes them a priori. Financing medical care and long term care is a knotty problem and this country has been stumbling through piecemeal solutions for 8 or 9 decades now. If he weren’t an ignorant blockhead, he’d realize that. If he were still capable of thinking, it would occur to him that there was such a thing as ‘health care’ before the Obamacare exchanges appeared. If he’s been paying attention, he’d realize that the whole thing was poorly structured to begin with and the market for household medical insurance is in a state nearly everywhere (without regard to anything the Republicans have or have not done). The Republican caucus in the Senate should have had a polished program on deck to replace Obamacare. They didn’t because it was, like much of what they do, sloganeering. They didn’t expect to have to actually do anything. They have the same approach to immigration control. Are they ‘sadistic’? No, complacent, shallow, incompetent, and a half dozen other things. That’s the Donorist Fredocon Party at work. And that’s not Trump’s fault. Or Ted Cruz’s fault. (Or Jeb Bush’s fault, while we’re at it).

  7. Mark Shea is off his rocker. The guy’s lost it. When someone’s that far out, don’t pay any real attention to them.

    On more serious matters, I am taking very strong offense at all the insinuations in the media that drinking beer is bad. It’s not. The Lord drank wine which typically today has (&had – I think) twice the alcohol be volume of beer. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in America. Imagine the millions of blue collar workers who heard Kavanaugh say “I like beer” as the media scoffed and called him a rapist. I home brew and (gasp) have kegs which I share with friends, family and neighbors. What might that make me? Generous.
    Ah but then there is a silver lining, dear slanderous democratic party masquerading as main stream media, keep telling America that everyone who drinks beer is evil. Go ahead. Keep it up. Let’s give you more rope before the midterm elections-
    In mean time have a brew and forget about Shea, except in prayer.

  8. I am a tee totaler and I have seen in my practice many lives wreck because of drink. However, in moderation, there is much wisdom in what Ben Franklin said:

    We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under circumstances of present necessity, which required it.

    Ben didn’t think much of beer however:
    I now began to think of getting a little Money beforehand; and expecting better Work, I left [Samuel] Palmer’s to work at [John] Watts’s near Lincoln’s Inn Fields, a still greater Printing House. Here I continu’d all the rest of my Stay in London [he returned to Philadelphia in 1726].

    At my first Admission into this Printing House, I took to working at Press, imagining I felt a Want of the Bodily Exercise I had been us’d to in America, where Presswork is mix’d with Composing. I drank only Water; the other Workmen, near 50 in Number, were great Guzzlers of Beer.

    On occasion I carried up and down Stairs a large Form of Types in each hand, when others carried but one in both Hands. They wonder’d to see from this and several Instances that the Water-American as they call’d me was stronger than themselves who drank strong Beer. We had an Alehouse Boy who attended always in the House to supply the Workmen. My Companion at the Press, drank every day a Pint before Breakfast, a Pint at Breakfast with his Bread and Cheese; a Pint between Breakfast and Dinner; a Pint at Dinner; a Pint in the Afternoon about Six o’Clock, and another when he had done his Day’s-Work. I thought it a detestable Custom. But it was necessary, he suppos’d, to drink strong Beer that he might be strong to labour.

    I endeavour’d to convince him that the Bodily Strength afforded by Beer could only be in proportion to the Grain or Flour of the Barley dissolved in the Water of which it was made; that there was more Flour in a Penny-worth of Bread, and therefore if he would eat that with a Pint of Water, it would give him more Strength than a Quart of Beer. He drank on however, and had 4 or 5 Shillings to pay out of his Wages every Saturday Night for that muddling Liquor; an Expence I was free from. And thus these poor Devils keep themselves always under….

    From my Example a great Part of them, left their muddling Breakfast of Beer and Bread and Cheese, finding they could with me be supply’d from a neighbouring House with a large Porringer of hot Water-gruel, sprinkled with Pepper, crumb’d with Bread, and a Bit of Butter in it, for the Price of a Pint of Beer, viz, three halfpence. This was a more comfortable as well as cheaper Breakfast, and kept their Heads clearer. Those who continu’d sotting with Beer all day, were often, by not paying, out of Credit at the Alehouse, and us’d to make Interest with me to get Beer, their Light, as they phras’d it, being out.

  9. Nate, Mark lives in a fantasy of his own creation. He defends it through calumny, insults, name calling, personal attacks, lies and judgmentalism. He banned me after saying I accused him of supporting abortion. I protested that I did no such thing. I merely pointed out that if Christians defending Romney in 2012 were, per Mark, betraying the pro-life cause, then certainly his constant celebration and promotion of Bernie Sanders (it was the 2016 primaries) was no better. At that he said I was accusing him of supporting abortion. I wasn’t of course. I was pointing out his hypocrisy and inconsistency. But he repeated it several times, called on his followers to ambush me, and then banned me, telling everyone it was because I had accused him of something I never did. That is Mark in a nutshell. You can no longer reason with him than with the Terminator. Except the Terminator doesn’t represent Catholic teaching with official endorsements.

  10. Donald,
    One or two on a weekend is my limit. Per Ben Franklin’s writing: “My Companion at the Press, drank every day a Pint before Breakfast, a Pint at Breakfast with his Bread and Cheese; a Pint between Breakfast and Dinner; a Pint at Dinner; a Pint in the Afternoon about Six o’Clock, and another when he had done his Day’s-Work.
    – I thought it a detestable Custom. ”

    Agree, that would be a detestable custom. That’s six pints of strong ale in a day! Drunken slavery.
    American Strong Ale per https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/styles/78/ would have clocked in “at least 7 percent alcohol by volume… some may even be as high as 20 percent ABV.”

    Strong Ale is something one has a half a glass of in front of a warm fire on a winter’s eve. No more.
    Side note, it must have tasted awful back then, as the Colonies only had access to six row barley, rather than two row in Europe. https://www.mbaa.com/meetings/archive/2011/Proceedings/pages/P-50.aspx
    Six row barley is harsh. https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/zymurgy/zymurgy-extra-2-row-vs-6-row-barley/

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