Apr 10

Vatican starts a free laundromat.

I guess this is nice.  Hope it stays that way.

CNN reports (so it might be really fake news):

Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the poor in Rome, the Vatican said Monday.   Six washing machines, six dryers and a number of irons have been donated by the Whirlpool Corporation, while Proctor and Gamble are furnishing laundry detergent and softener. The Vatican said the Pope’s laundromat is a service to “restore dignity to many people who are our brothers and sisters.”

The Republicans are opening a free laundromat in Washington DC. They fold for free.

Apr 10

History of the Social Security System

http://stephansmithfx.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Arrow-Going-Down-on-Chart.jpgSee the questions below.  Answers in red, as in government ink.

Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now
has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary.

No longer Voluntary

2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
Incomes into the Program,

Now 7.65% on the first $90,000

3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year,

No longer tax deductible

4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and,

Under Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.

Under Clinton & Gore Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed

Since many have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month — and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put away’ — you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?

Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate. 

Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

The Democratic Party. 

Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US 

Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.   Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it! 

Apr 06

History of Islam in 5 minutes

Apr 03

Muslim’s conquer Europe in a Decade.

CNS News reports the happy tidings:

Because of their “stupidity,” “pagan and atheist” ways, and “laws that go against God,” Italy and all of Europe will be Muslim in about 10 years, said Monsignor Carlo Liberati, the Catholic archbishop emeritus of Pompeii.

In a Q & A on Jan. 9 with the Italian Catholic journal La Fede Quotidiana, and translated in the Daily Mail and Express, the archbishop was asked if he was worried about terrorist attacks in Italy. He said, yes, but the real problem “is something else.”

“Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way,” he said, and “they make laws that go against God and follows practices that are proper to paganism.”

“All of this moral and religious decadence favors Islam,” said the archbishop. “In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity.”

No worries.  Together with us, they worship the same God.   So it’s all good.

You know, I’ve written fairly extensively on the topic of Islam, especially in light of Paragraph 841 of the Catechism.  If anyone’s interested in reading some of that you can go here, here, and here.   I’d say I’ve gone out on a limb just a bit.  In part I have done this because a) I like going out on a limb.  It’s where all the nuts are; and, b) I want to believe and practice the truth.  It’s one of the reasons I became a Catholic.

But though I’ve taken on people way smarter than I am – which is just about everyone and said some things in opposition to the Catechism, no one has really taken the time to tell me what I am missing.  Perhaps raising the point that Islam is not a religion but a political system is a convenient distraction from the main point.

Assuming for purposes of discussion that I am wrong and Islam is a religion, and “together with us they worship God” is true, then how in the name of heaven do you deal with these swine who are not just blood thirsty but blood intoxicated?  We don’t talk about bombing the Methodists because (as generally warped as their worldview is) they aren’t a threat.  We want to evangelize both, but I don’t see a Methodist takeover of Europe on the horizon.

So go ahead, embrace Paragraph 841.  Join with Francis Beckwith.  Hail Islam as worshiping the same God as a practicing Catholic.

But in the immortal words of Ricky Ricardo: “You got some serious ‘splaining to do.

I can’t wait to hear it.

Mar 14

Triumph of the Name of Jesus

by Giovanni Gaulli.  From Church of the Gesu’.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:9-11

 

Mar 13

#1 with a bullet

Mar 10

Restored B-29. Pretty cool.

Mar 08

Yeah, Jim Jordan

Jordan nails it.

Not only does he call for a clean repeal and not just Obamacare Light, he also calls out his colleagues in Congress to do what they said they would do.  It doesn’t stop there: Every Republican in Congress voted for this bill back when they knew Obama would veto it.  Now that President Trump might actually sign the repeal, they don’t seem to be able to locate certain parts of their anatomy.

Mar 03

Well that was easier than I thought it would be.

Mar 03

If only life imitated art.

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