‘Hell Took a Body, and Discovered God’

 

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!
Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!
Are there any weary with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.

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Men and Women: Complementary, Not Competitive

 

One day in high school, a friend of mine didn’t dress for PE. I asked her what was the matter, and she pointed out that it was “that time of the month.” Oh. Hmmm … I had one of those every month, too, but it never really altered what I did from day to day. I mean, I cannot even imagine his reply if I’d have said to my dad on one of those 5:30 a.m. wake-up calls, “Oh, I’m sorry. I cannot go out and milk the cows this morning because it’s ‘that time of the month.’ Seriously?

Okay, I know I’ve gone on and on about my farm-girl life on Ricochet. But, it was the only life I knew, and it totally shaped everything I was, and am, and will be. For instance: I just didn’t understand the Women’s Rights movement when it began to rock the world as I was becoming a woman myself. I didn’t know that women needed to be liberated. I, personally, didn’t know any oppressed women.

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Woo! My (Pending) Patent Is Listed!

 
A polynomial clothoid

In 2015, I did some research on curves (the sort of curves made if you play with a guitar string or a piece of springy wire), and my employer, Robert Bosch GmbH, decided to patent it. The patent application is now listed. Here’s a blog post describing my work.

Honestly, I don’t know if my patent will make any money for Bosch. The computer graphics industry doesn’t really buy patent licenses (a lot of companies would rather make do without), but other engineering fields sometimes will (e.g., the animation industry won’t license T-Splines, but engineering firms do). Anyway, I just thought I’d share this; I’m so excited.

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Comey Knew

 

Reading the Weissman Report* can be rewarding if you’re familiar with a lot of the other documents publicly available and know how to interpret the tortured verbiage of the report which is designed to imply all sorts of things that the authors would have liked to be able to prove but were unable to do so.

Remember the Steele Dossier that became a big media splash when it leaked the day after Comey briefed President-elect Trump on selective portions (only the salacious parts involving his personal behavior) in January 2017? The Dossier that was the basis for the four FISA Warrants issued regarding Carter Page? The predicate on which this entire Russia collusion story was based?

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Patriots’ Day

 

Thursday marked the 244th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. On the night of April 18, some 700 British regulars were dispatched from Boston to seize powder and arms belonging to the Massachusetts militia, then believed by the British authorities to be stored in Concord. Warned ahead of time, the Colonial militia commanders had the weapons and stores moved to prevent their capture by the British Army.

Approaching Concord by way of Lexington, the British troops encountered a company of 77 militiamen formed up on the Lexington commons. The British commander elected to draw up his own forces and engage the Massachusetts men. It is unclear which side fired the first shot. What is uncontested is that the British fired several massed volleys of musket fire into the shattered militia ranks. Given contemporary infantry tactics, it is surprising that the British commander would have made repeated volleys rather than advancing with bayonets (the preferred infantry close combat technique of the era). It is doubtful that 70 or so Massachusetts militia would have stood their ground against ten times as many charging British bayonets.

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Trump2020: A Response to One Objection

 

One objection to re-electing President Trump in 2020 is that, because he exhibits so many of the personal traits which conservatives have traditionally condemned, his election by Republicans casts the latter as hypocrites and removes character as a dimension on which future Republicans can differentiate their candidates from those of the Democrats.

While I made this argument during the primaries leading up to the 2016 election, I think it is no longer relevant. Republicans have already elected Trump; failing to re-elect him will not in any way redeem Republicans. We live in a hostile, left-leaning media environment, and there is no voice on the left that will speak well of Republicans for rejecting President Trump in 2020. That would require a degree of charity the left is completely unwilling to extend.

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Using Mueller’s Standard, Did Obama Obstruct Justice?

 

Andrew McCarthy said Thursday night that, using Mueller’s standard, almost any action by a president could be obstruction of justice. In 2016, the DOJ was investigating HRC’s illegal server. We know that the investigation was a bit of a joke. HRC was not put under oath. A person of interest was allowed to serve as her lawyer; many members of her team were given immunity. Obama in April said that she hadn’t done anything wrong. Certainly she did not intend to do harm (in his opinion).

The statute does not require intent. Comey was writing his exculpatory memo before the investigation was completed. The AG secretly met with Bill Clinton. Comey then let her off in his press conference. It sounds like obstruction of justice to me.

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“The ‘Little Way of the Cross’ Is Not the Way of a Little Cross”

 

Those words, lovingly penned by Clare Booth Luce in her description of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, packed a quite a wallop, as did pretty much anything she ever said or wrote. I recalled Ms. Luce’s metaphorical description of St. Thérèse in the aftermath of the fire which consumed a significant portion of Notre Dame Cathedral:

Stooping a dozen times a day quietly, she picked up and carried the splinters of the Cross that strewed her path as they strew ours. And when she had gathered them all up, she had the material of a cross of no inconsiderable weight.

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The Progressive Projection Project Continues

 

It is now factually and legally known that President Trump committed no crime. He did not (and as it turns out no one in his family or campaign did either) illegally conspire with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. Trump cooperated in unprecedented ways with the Special Counsel and asserted no executive privilege to deny access to evidence. Trump, with the guidance of his attorneys, did decline to enter perjury traps set for him by the Special Counsel’s team of partisan attorneys. But the exercise of his First Amendment right to speak his innocence and declaim against the unfairness of what was happening, was no crime. He avoided indictment not because you cannot indict a sitting president, but because he committed no crime.

He was legally and factually innocent.

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The Police Blotter: Someone Might Need a 72-Hour Psych Hold

 

A college philosophy teacher arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral this week and had booked a Thursday flight to Rome, the New York Police Department said.

Marc Lamparello, 37, is facing charges including attempted arson and reckless endangerment after his arrest Wednesday night at the New York City landmark, said John Miller, the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.

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For Men Only: The Secret Life of Women

 

That’s a photo of the little woman (Now don’t get all hissy. I warned you not to read this, you snowflakes of the female persuasion) with one of her BFFs. Marie the wife is on the left.

Marie is fairly typical of her sex, I suppose. I don’t know for certain because I don’t know many women. What women I know, I don’t quite understand, but I’m willing to tell you the little that I do know.

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Election Meddling

 

The online edition of the Wall Street Journal has the following as its lead headline: ‘Putin Has Won’: Mueller Report Details the Ways Russia Interfered in the 2016 Election. The following is a slightly edited version of a comment I left:

There was no election meddling in 2016. There was meddling in the campaign. If somebody interfered with the counting of ballots, such as got Al Franken and Lyndon Johnson elected to the Senate, that would be election meddling. If somebody tries to influence the campaign, that is not election meddling.

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Quote of the Day: Judicial Perspective

 

“I don’t think I know a single judge who has allowed religion to interfere with their jobs. I think if you start the day on your knees, you approach your job differently from when you start thinking that someone anointed you to impose your will on others.” Justice Clarence Thomas

I once wrote a story featuring a monarchy in the far future. In it, the main character spoke at length about the vital nature of religion in such a society. Without faith, the king answers to no one in life or death. There is no law above him, no judgment.

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The First Generation to Never Know American Prosperity?

 

When AOC uttered this ridiculous sentiment, I asked myself whether millennials were likely to look at the phone on which they were likely reading this tripe and say: Really? This looks pretty prosperous to me.

I thought it unlikely, but I should know better than to paint an entire generation with such broad strokes. Here is a little ray of sunshine by a 26-year-old I saw referenced on Rush Limbaugh:

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Not Enough Sharks in the Ocean for Ann Coulter to Jump

 

Margaret Hoover, host of the new Firing Line, just interviewed Ann Coulter. They discussed Bernie Sanders. Coulter expressed her willingness to support the aging and angry socialist:

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Sharing the Sacred

 

I’m flying out very early tomorrow morning (my husband calls it the middle of the night!) to fly to the @iwe family for Passover. I want to wish all my Jewish friends a very special celebration for this time commemorating freedom, connection, and holiness. I also want to wish my Christian friends a very blessed Easter celebration.

Although our holidays are different, we all share a love of G-d, a spiritual connection and the joy of living in a country that allows us to worship as we choose. May we all appreciate that which we share together, as well as those things we honor that are uniquely part of our traditions. Blessings all!

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Red-Green Coalition vs. Church [Updated]

 

Stories arising from the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, France, seem to avoid too much or impute too little. The usual suspects on the left, and the anti-Trump (because somehow this distorts everything) personalities at Fox News and Fox Business News, demanded that we immediately look away and ask no questions. Mind you, they have shown no such standard in any other stories. The usual suspects on the right were similarly rolling outlooks/swims/quacks like” stories. And … both have avoided and obscured the red-green coalition’s full expression.

We can all agree that Shepard Smith, a Trump-hater who launched his brand with his Hurricane Katrina hysterical on-camera performance, and Neil Cavuto, the leading anti-Trump Chamber of Commerce voice on Fox Business, were outrageous in their silencing of the factual reports about the long string of significant vandalism, desecration, and arson attacks on Roman Catholic churches in France. These attacks have been on top of the now routine assaults on Jewish persons and places in France. Smith and Cavuto cut off guests because they want their audiences to hear nothing of either set of facts, except when spun as indicators of “right-wing” violence that can be smeared onto President Trump.

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The Hero of the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

 

The chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, Father Jean-Marc Fournier, is being lauded as a hero after rushing into the burning cathedral and rescuing Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and the relic of the Crown of Thorns.

According to this article, Fr. Fournier was ordained an FSSP priest (Priestly Society of St. Peter, a traditionalist order) but was detached from the FSSP temporarily in 2006 into the diocese of the French Armed Forces. He served in Afghanistan where he survived an ambush attack that killed 10 of his brother soldiers. Fr. Fournier was also present at the November 13, 2015, Bataclan concert hall terrorist attack where he rushed in to comfort the wounded and pray for the dead.

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Virtues Laid Stone-by-Stone

 

The media flows with genuine tears over the catastrophic fire at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. Historians would be quick to point out that such awful fires have occurred with dismaying regularity across the centuries. The difference here was the possibility of limiting the damage through modern firefighting equipment, plus the fact that technology allowed the entire world to learn about the tragedy within minutes.

Since Monday’s blaze, commentators across the world are the hailing this remarkable 850-year-old cathedral as a “Treasure of our Western Culture” or “A Landmark of our Western Civilization.” All true, of course. All true.

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Why I Left Facebook

 

Four years ago a cartoon contest was held in Garland, Texas. Organizers encouraged contestants to draw political cartoons in response to a terrorist attack by Islamic supremacists on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a Parisian newspaper, in January of 2015, in which a dozen people, including the newspaper’s publishing director Stéphane Charbonnier, were murdered.

This is the winning cartoon, drawn by a fellow named Bosch Fawstin.

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