Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

This video from the Financial Times show how refugees are being helped in Baltimore and how they are helping revitalize that city which gave us the "Star Spangled Banner."

It was not the FT’s purpose to defend the family as we and nature know it nor is it a theme of this story. Yet watching it, I thought these refugees may be of more help in the long run than anybody. 

The warring camps on immigration include the President who wants to let in those who he thinks will vote Democratic and the business elite who want to let in more techies and entrants into the New Class. None is lobbying for the unwashed masses who haven’t had their understanding of human nature educated out of them: those waves of humanity who swarmed into our country before 1920 and fueled our greatest period of economic growth.  The unjust and prejudiced laws pasted in the 1920s were designed to keep "those people" out.

These refugees in the video are only allowed to come because they have been victims of one repressive regime or another and were lucky enough to have had an advocate.

America was once a country whose Lady Liberty welcomed all such folk,  
                      "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!". 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Wearing Edmund Burke

As you may not know, Edmund Burke is my political philosophical hero.   There is not an Edmund Burke tie as there is an Adam Smith tie.  But there is an Edmund Burk tie clip!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Third Secret of Fatima

From Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Vatican
Text of The Third Secret of Fatima


VATICAN CITY, JUN 26, 2000 (VIS) - Given below is the complete translation of the original Portuguese text of the third part of the secret of Fatima, revealed to the three shepherd children at Cova da Iria-Fatima on July 13, 1917, and committed to paper by Sr. Lucia on January 3, 1944:

"I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.

"After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."

The complete message of Fatima and documents and commentary can be found on the Vatican Website.