Let Us Begin!

Originally posted on St. Dismas Independent American Orthodox Mission:

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God, forever and unto the ages of ages! Amen.

lbdisxToday we begin the work of establishing a mission to the un-churched, the lost and discarded of our society, thirsting for the nourishment of God’s Word and like a sailor adrift on the ocean, there is water everywhere but it is not fit to drink!

I cannot yet afford a permanent place for this mission so please watch or follow this blog, either in the WordPress Reader or via the RSS feed in the sidebar for notification of worship place and time.

Your donations (items preferred but small cash donations via PayPal are accepted) are solicited and appreciated. A list of needed items will be in the next post.

May God bless all who read this and even more greatly bless those who stand to support this missionary endeavor.

Father…

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How Stands The Union?

Originally posted on Western Rifle Shooters Association:

sabot wrench
Defiance, disdain, and sabotage.

As stretching exercises for the Big Game.

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

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Burger King Rolls Out “The Proud Whopper”

Originally posted on The Williamson Commentary:

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

~ Romans 1:22

Fast food giant Burger King’s slogan used to be “Have it your way,” based on their policy of serving up whatever you wanted on your burger.  Some of you may even be old enough to remember the commercial jingle, “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us.”  This was a vast improvement over McDonalds, where at one time it was a major ordeal if you wanted your burger a special way.  And besides that, Burger King served up some good burgers – and I do mean really good.  Especially the Whopper.  I would always order a double Whopper with no pickles and extra onions.  There was no way you could beat the taste of that, in my opinion.

How times change, though.  Recently, Burger King changed their slogan to “Be your way.”  Doesn’t sound quite right…

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In Re ELH-14-CV-1683

Originally posted on hogewash:

The preliminary injunction hearing in the Hoge v. Schmalfeldt copyright suit concluded just after 1 pm. The preliminary injunction I am seeking is an unusual remedy in a copyright case. Judge Hollander was not prepared to rule from the bench. She said we should expect a written ruling within a week or two.

A side note: Schmalfeldt was accompanied to court by Brett Kimberlin.

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Remembering Dad

582079_174794985987462_960461485_nToday is Father’s Day here in the United States. I am not a father so the only way I celebrate this special day is by remembering my own father.

My dad was born in 1919 and he survived the Great Depression of the thirties by leaving school at eighth grade and working with his father as an itenerant boiler maker/plumber/welder/etc. Anything that they could turn their hand to that could earn money to be sent home to Michigan. They traveled and worked all throughout Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

By 1937 the economy had improved slightly and under FDR’s New Deal programs, dad, now 18, was able to secure employment with Timken Roller Bearing as an apprentice draftsman in Detroit. The family relocated from Flint to Detroit around that same time so I do not know if they relocated because of his job or prior to his job. I know that because, as the eldest, he had quit school to help the family financially, his younger brothers and sisters were all able to complete high school.Now living on Burt Road in Detroit, the family flourished as did dad. As you can see from the photo, he was a dapper and handsome man, a popular and engaging fellow with many friends. It was around this time (and about when the photo was taken, that dad met the girl who he would later marry, my mother.603402_174794799320814_1734509324_n

Both families lived in the same neighborhood so it is no surprise that they met, sharing the same social circles.

With the advent of WWII, dad attempted several times to enlist but was rejected. Finally, in mid to late 1942, he was drafted into the US Army.

In 1943, after their romance had blossomed, mom got on a train from Detroit to Salinas Kansas and they were married in the post chapel at Camp Phillips. Mom returned on the next train, no time for a honeymoon!

150px-79th_Infantry_Division_SSI.svgOn D-Day +8 dad’s platoon (79th Infantry Division, 314th Infantry, Company L) entered France through Utah Beach and joined the drive to take Cherbourg. Eleven days later (20 June 1944) on the outskirts of Cherbourg, in the hedgerows, dad was severely wounded when a German mortar shell hit the radio pack he was carrying (dad was the platoon sergeant). He normally would not be carrying the radio pack but his RTO had been killed in heavy fighting the previous day. That radio pack saved his life even though he was gravely wounded. During the drive to Cherbourg he lost over 80% of his platoon due to enemy action. He was hospitallized in a field hospital in France until he was sent forward as ‘walking wounded’ and assigned as a replacement depot sergeant in Belgium during the Ardennes campaign in December of 1944. His job was sending fresh troops forward during what is now known as the Battle of the Bulge. After the battle was over and the atrocities on troops who were being sent forward (with weapons but no ammunition as that was issued once they arrived at their new units) including the machine-gunning of replacements in the snow, dad suffered an emotional breakdown and was again hospitalized for ‘battle fatigue’, what we now know as PTSD. He was evacuated to England for a couple of months and then transferred back to the states to McLaren General Hospital in Illinois (then operating as a VA facility) for psychiatric treatment related to persistent battle fatigue in early 1945. He was honorably (medically) discharged from there in February, 1946 and returned home to his waiting wife. My oldest sibling, born 9 months later in November of 1946, started their family, reaching seven children of wjich I am the fifth, born in 1955.

Timkin couldn’t return him to his job as it had been filled by another returning veteran so dad looked for other work and found employment with Spitzley Corporation, a heating and cooling contrator, as a draftsman. He undertook classes at night school as well as self-improvement classes through the Dale Carnegie courses.

Dad steadily rose through the company, head draftsman, estimator, head estimator and project manager, contributing to the reputation of the company and the companies abilities to deliver on successively more complex contracts.

In 1967, after being passed over for vice president in favor of a recent college graduate (non-veteran) who was a new hire (dad had worked for Spitzley for twenty years), dad resigned and after a month became vice president and chief estimator for Midwest Mechanical Contractors. He helped grow that company and successfully out bid his former employer on a consistent basis, leading to the decline of Spitzley through the late 60′s and eventual closure in 1975, a year after dad’s passing.

Dad taught me much, both directly and indirectly. He taught me to hunt and fish, he made sure I had a good Catholic education and he also taught me, by example, what not to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my dad and I am grateful for what he taught me. He taught me, through his alcoholism to not be a drinker. He taught me through his abuse of us kids that I would not be a good father and thus I have no children and married late in life because I knew that I would not be a good husband and father. Only after much maturing have I reached a point where my wife is teaching me to be a good husband.

In many ways my dad was a good man and only because of what we now know was PTSD did my father engage in the destructive behaviors that made him less than perfect. Dad was a much changed man after the war according to my late mother. He said as much to me. As a young adult (18-19) we discussed his experiences in the war while fishing and camping together and especially so in the last five months of his life, following my honorable discharge from the Air Force.

My dad passed away in my arms just after midnight on June 9th, 1974 (forty years ago last week) while on a camping trip. He was five months shy of 55 years of age.

I miss him and I pray for his immortal soul every day.

May you rest in peace dad and in the presence of God be healed of all your wounds.

Your loving son

Paul

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Elitism, the Great Unwashed and the Destruction of Liberty

Elitism, the Great Unwashed and the Destruction of Liberty

Elitism is a plague on American society.
There are two types of elitism: those self-important deluded souls that believe they are better than everyone else and those that are, through great wealth and the power that wealth brings, able to mold opinion and behaviors, set national policy and influence society. Let us address the first group, those that believe themselves superior to everyone else and thus, are elite and must be obeyed and their wishes followed.
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Epic: Watch Ted Cruz’s Dad Go The Bible To Slam Obama, Lois Lerner, Eric Holder

Originally posted on wchildblog:

“Let me prove it to you.”

Western Journalism, May 20, 2014

Tea Party-Backed Sen. Ted Cruz often cites the impact his father, Cuban immigrant Rafael Cruz, had on his current status as a conservative icon. The elder Cruz, who serves as a pastor in Texas, remains an outspoken advocate for traditional values and, in a recent speech, presented the case for mixing faith and politics.

He concluded that the “Bible talks a lot about politics,” going on to explain how God’s Word can direct voters.

“As a matter of fact, did you know that the Bible tells you exactly who to vote for?” he asked. “Very, very clearly the Bible tells you who to vote for. Let me prove it to you.”

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Thoughts on Liberty (Updated)

This is a repost (with revisions and expanded content) of a post from last year.

I agree with Thomas Paine that:

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

The government designed by our founders was a minimalist one, leaving much power and freedom to the individual. Our government as it stands today has become an intrusive and intolerable one, unrecognizable as the government our founders gifted unto this Republic.

As Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote: 

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.”

Substitute Obama for Caesar and you have the situation we currently experience under the “Imperial Presidency” of Barack Obama.

I have concluded, after reading quite a bit of history, that all forms of government eventually devolve into tyrannical and totalitarian regimes unless they are overthrown by the people or conquered from without. Even our founders recognized this and included language in our founding and establishing documents regarding this:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Has the time come for “We the People” to abolish our current socialistic government and reconstitute our Republic? I now believe that the only answer any thinking individual can honestly say is “Yes!”

Our Liberty (as well as our other endowed rights) are being sold to the highest bidder in the forecourts of our national temple by dishonest politicians and cronies of this administration, our children’s birthright traded away to enrich the oligarchs and supporters of Obama and those who would see us as mere subjects, the serfs of old, right-less and controlled like livestock.

To combat this I have made decisions in my life to place myself, my fortune (such as it is) and my sacred honor (tarnished and dented as it may be) on the line in the cause of Liberty. I support those in the struggle for a reset of our national government, a restoration of the Constitutional Republic as ratified.

That is the starting point for our nation, the reset position. From there we must work together to ensure every individuals Right to Liberty, every individuals Pursuit of Happiness and every individuals Right to Life.

I have volunteered my services and my voice to several groups of Patriots who recognize the danger we as a Republic are in and also recognize the futility of proceeding further down the rabbit-hole of Marxism.

I am not a combatant on the front lines in what I have written about previously as our “Cold Civil War”, I am merely a blogger who is a Patriot. I use my words in this war. Sadly, we appear to be moving swiftly towards a “Hot” Civil War as recent incidents like the Bundy Ranch standoff indicate.

Our tyrannical federal government has begun gearing up for military action against it’s employers, the nation, that is, all 320 million of “We the People”, the actuality of the nation, the inheritors of the American Republic. We see this amply demonstrated by the huge expansion of ammunition reserves held by the government, expansion of militarized units of federal departments and the militarization of our local law enforcement officers.

The reports of training scenarios for our military being changed to focus on action against the citizens of this nation only increase the realization that our government is against us, the rightful masters of this nation.

May God grant me the Grace and ability to stand against this. I ask you to ponder these things, to search your heart, to gather your courage and to stand with me against these domestic enemies.

You will note that on the side bar there is a link to III Percent Patriots. I urge you to read their mission statement and the activities thay are involved in. I also urge you to support them in their endeavors towards a restoration of our Constitutional Republic.

I conclude with two quotes from Patrick Henry:

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

“Give me Liberty or give me death.”

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The Role of Clergy in Conflict

avatar4Clergy in any conflict must be proactive in their support of the church (in this context I mean the body of believers not the hierarchy of any specific denomination). I am saddened that today, many clergy and the hierarchy that they report to in their specific denominations are complacent in their non-support for the political realities of our besieged Republic and society. In their complacency they are complicit in the downfall of America. Where are the firebrands? The rebel priests and ministers standing forth in their pulpits, standing with the protesters as they decry government over-reach and the suppression of individual God endowed rights and Liberty? Where is the “Black Robe Regiment” of our Revolutionary War? 

Were they at the Bundy Ranch standoff?

No.

The majority were comfortably ensconced in their air condition residences, watching on television. They are afraid of losing their IRS exemption, of losing the taxpayer support for their schools and charities, politically bound to silence by their acceptance of Caesar’s coin.

What follows is a compilation of photos and commentary showing how the clergy should act during a conflict, political unrest or an insurgency. I use these photos of the conflict and unrest in the Ukraine to illustrate what faithful shepherds to believers must do in order to fulfill their spiritual obligations to their “flock”.

Standing forth in the center of conflict, calling both sides to remember their faith.

Another example of the above, in front of the barricades.

Ever the peacemakers, the clergy attempt to defuse conflict.

Give absolution to the combatants from either side.

Stand forth as a patriot of their nation.

Comfort the grieving.

Bury the dead.

Hold worship services for their flock in the field.

They man the barricades and live with their flock.

They bless their flock with Holy Water, reminding them of their baptismal promises.

They give last rights to the dead, even if under fire.

They set up mobile chapels to minister to their flocks.

All in all, the clergy need to take a lesson from the events in Maidan Square, that they are obligated to minister to the believers that look to them not only as ministers in a comfortable church on Sundays but a leader, a true shepherd that leads and protects and stands up for his flock, risking everything even his life for his flock.

May God Bless you all.

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Text and commentary © 2014 Dead Republican Party (DeRP)

Sed neque me paenitet, patriae vitam dare.

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