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  • West Can Neither Live With nor Take Out North Korean Nukes

    07/13/2017 4:45:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | July 13, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    North Korea recently test-launched a long-range missile capable of reaching Alaska. When North Korea eventually builds a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, it will double down on its well-known shakedown of feigning indifference to American deterrence while promising to take out Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle unless massive aid is delivered to Pyongyang. Kim Jong Un rightly assumes that wealthy Western nations would prefer to pay bribe money than suffer the loss of a city -- and that they have plenty of cash for such concessions. He is right that the medicine of taking out Kim's missiles...
  • THE POPE'S POWER [Catholic Caucus]

    06/30/2017 2:26:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | June 29, 2017 | Marco Tosatti
    Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to undertake institutional reform of the Vatican. But as curial reform has proved difficult, Francis seems to have made it a lower priority. Meanwhile, the corruption and inefficiency of the Curia have not prevented him from pursuing his higher priorities. Increasingly, when he has his own ends in view, Francis simply goes around the Curia—for good and ill. In four years as pope, Francis has instituted a deeply personal (some might say autocratic) regime that is without precedent in living memory. While the popes have always been absolute monarchs—at least theoretically—during the last...
  • A Dictator to Defeat Islam – Part II

    06/19/2017 1:39:38 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 19th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: End the Poofter War. What follows isn’t intended to promote the establishment of a temporary, unconstitutional dictator over the United States. Since we are 240 years or so too late to seriously consider an office which well-served Republican Rome for some 450 years, this squib is simply a thought experiment in free government. The American Constitution and traditions don’t allow for the collapse of enormous, unconstitutional power into the hands of one, or a few people. Or does it? The objectives of Poofter Wars are ill-defined or non-existent; without objectives, there is no practical end to Poofter War. The...
  • A Dictator to Defeat Islam – Part I

    06/12/2017 3:03:24 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 12th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In these two squibs, I’ll justify something that can never occur, the constitutional appointment of an American dictator to defeat our blood enemy, Islam. I’ve always disliked the term, “War on Terror.” It doesn’t convey what it should, a war on Islamic terror. In this ongoing, never-ending, politically correct poofter war, we send men and women around the world for apparently little purpose aside from bringing them home in caskets and filling our VA wards with a steady stream of amputees. While they diligently observe ridiculous ROE, the violation of which has landed good men in Leavenworth, judges open our...
  • Pope receives delegation from Nigerian Diocese of Ahiara [Catholic Caucus]

    06/10/2017 3:59:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | June 10, 2017 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) At an audience for a delegation from the Nigerian Diocese of Ahiara, Pope Francis said he had been “deeply saddened” by the refusal of the diocese to accept the Bishop appointed for them. During the audience, the Pope requested explicitly that the diocese receive Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, who was appointed to Ahiara by Pope Benedict in 2012. In his address to the delegation, the Holy Father, while asking pardon for the harsh language, said the Church in Ahiara “is like a widow for having prevented the Bishop from coming to the diocese.” He called to mind the...
  • Erdogan Signals To Extend Political War In Turkey, Abroad

    05/29/2017 6:45:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The Globe Post ^ | 5-23-17 | Abdullah Ayasun
    Turkey has literally become a party-state after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to the party as its leader in a party congress on Sunday. He added the title of party leadership to his staggering presidential status, solidifying his already omnipresent mark on every layer of the party with the new move, making a de facto situation a de jure reality. He even did not wait for 2019 when the constitutional amendment approved by a popular vote last month takes effect, allowing the president also to retain party leadership. In the presence of a loyal constituency of the ruling Justice and...
  • Can Emmanuel Macron really rule France 'by decrees'?

    05/13/2017 5:41:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies ^ | 10 May 2017 11:25 CEST+02:00
    Macron wants to pass a series of laws by decree in order to speed through reforms — and not everyone is happy about it. But can he actually do it? Macron, France’s soon to be youngest ever president at 39, has major plans for France, including a “simplification” of France’s labor laws and cuts to the public sector and public spending. But to bring these plans to action, the president-elect has said he will not wait for the backing of the French parliament — which he he is unlikely to get a majority in anyway. Instead Macron is planning to...
  • Venezuelan protesters tear down statue of Hugo Chavez

    05/07/2017 2:00:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hot ^ | May 7, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Roughly one month ago I asked what the end game in Venezuela might look like as the country continues to spiral out of control. Judging by what’s been happening this weekend we may be getting close to an answer to that question. Despite the ramped up “militias” of President Nicolas Maduro and the dozens of people who have died in violent clashes between protesters and militia groups, starving and disaffected citizens continue to take to the streets. In one Venezuelan city, a statue of former dictator Hugo Chavez was torn down and smashed in the streets. (Video via the Daily...
  • Four Vatican Specialists Comment on Order of Malta Developments [Cath Cauc]

    05/03/2017 3:12:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    One Peter Five ^ | May 3, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    On Saturday, 29 April, the Order of Malta elected Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre as the new interim leader of the Order. He will reign for only year. During that year, the Vatican plans to reform the Order fundamentally, including changes to the governance requirements that would open the role of Grand Master to those not among the ranks of the professed Knights (who take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience), but instead from a larger pool of candidates within the Order. This 29 April event has put an end to the hopes of many Catholics that Fra’ Matthew Festing would be re-elected...
  • Knights of Malta have done the Vatican’s bidding and the stage is set for a power grab [Cath Cauc]

    05/01/2017 7:54:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 1, 2017 | Ed Condon
    The Knights of Malta have done the Vatican’s bidding – and the stage is set for a power grab by Ed Condon posted Monday, 1 May 2017 Knights of Malta walk in procession at Saturday's election in Rome (Getty) Many see the push for 'reform' as a way for one small group to seize control from anotherOn Saturday, the Council Complete of State of the Knights of Malta declined to elect a new Grand Master. Instead, they submitted to the express instructions of Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Pope Francis’s delegate, and elected a Lieutenant ad interim to govern the Order for...
  • Coup de Grâce? With Election Imminent, Has An Ancient Chivalric Order ... [Cath Cauc]

    04/29/2017 11:12:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | April 28, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    Coup de Grâce? With Election Imminent, Has An Ancient Chivalric Order Been Toppled From Within? This Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMoM) is going to elect its new Grand Master.  As preparations are being made for this election, anonymous sources within the Order have provided us with documentation, giving some depth and clarity on how it all came to this, who is behind it, and what it’s all about.Since December 2016, there have been rumors, accusations, firings, suspensions, investigations, and outright lies regarding the SMoM.  It all began when the Grand Chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager,...
  • Knights of Malta members petition Pope for ‘reasonable explanation’ for meddling with Order

    04/27/2017 8:29:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 27, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    Grassroots members of the Knights of Malta are directly petitioning Pope Francis as a crucial vote for a new leader looms on Saturday. Members are signing on to an open letter launched by Maltese Knight Dr. Paul J. Camarata. They say want answers to their “serious questions and misgivings” that have arisen after Francis reinstated within the order a fired condom promoter, forced the Order’s head to resign, and effectively removed their patron, Cardinal Raymond Burke, from his post. “The recent unfolding of serious events that have taken place over the past months regarding the Order of Malta have left...
  • And by opposing, end them… [Catholic Caucus]

    04/27/2017 5:32:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    what's up with the synod ^ | April 27, 2017 | Hilary White
    The story of the Knights of Malta, Fra Matthew Festing, Albrescht von Boeselager, Pope Francis, the condoms for “sex trade workers” in Malaysia and the multi-million dollar Swiss trust fund, just keeps getting better and better.Today, Pope Crankypants had a few snide comments about holy obedience…Something on your mind, holiness?Maybe this. “…He is a man with a spine, not put off by danger. A man who comes from fighting stock. A man who rose to the top of a complex and ancient chivalric order not through political calculation, but pure dedication and pluck.And today, we are happy to inform you...
  • Why are emotions running high in the Order of Malta election? posted Thursday, 27 Apr 2017

    04/27/2017 10:46:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 27, 2017 | Dan Hitchens
    The reformist German party want sweeping changes. But can they win over the voters?Elections always provoke excitement, but in the run-up to the Order of Malta’s leadership vote this weekend, something more can be detected: anguish, anxiety, even a distinct note of panic. The 60 voters – most of them professed knights, who take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience – are being intensely lobbied. Members are sending emails to the voters, asking them to save the order from “corruption and destruction”. Meanwhile, Pope Francis has asked to see 15 of the voters this evening.To simplify things hugely, the contest...
  • Pope Stacks the Deck for the New Election of the Grand Master of the Maltese Order

    04/27/2017 9:09:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | April 26, 2017 | Giuseppe Nardi
    The Pope Stacks the Deck for the New Election of the Grand Master of the Maltese Order  Villa Malta on the Aventine (Rome) On the following Saturday, 29 April, the Grand Council of Sovereigns of the Sovereign Order of Malta will gather in Rome to form the "conclave", to elect a new Grand Master and Prince of the  Order -- the 80th. The election becomes necessary because Pope Francis, with a blatant act, forced the resignation of the reigning Grand Master without naming reasons and now intervenes massively in the election of the successor. Pope has dismissed the Grand Master and now wishes a successor of...
  • Ex Knights of Malta Head Defies Pope Order, Plans Rome Return

    04/26/2017 4:38:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/26/17 | Phillip Pullela
    The ousted Grand Master of the Knights of Malta Catholic charity will attend a meeting that could elect his successor, the group said on Wednesday, in a direct defiance of Pope Francis' order for him to stay away. A spokesperson for the Knights said Matthew Festing, who resigned on Jan. 24, had informed the group that he would come to the meeting this Saturday at its headquarters in Rome. It was not clear if he would stand for re-election, as some of his supporters have urged him to. On April 15, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican's deputy secretary of state,...
  • Tensions mount as Knights of Malta face vote for new leader [Catholic Caucus]

    04/26/2017 4:49:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 26, 2017
    Leaders of the Knights of Malta have recommended that Leaders of the Knights of Malta have recommended that members select an interim leader, as the date for the election of a new grand master approaches. Archbishop Angelo Becciu, named by Pope Francis as a special delegate to supervise changes in the Knights of Malta, has summoned 15 top leaders of the Order to the Vatican a meeting on April 27. Underlining the importance of the session, Pope Francis is also expected to attend the meeting, which will take place on the eve of his trip to Egypt. The vote for...
  • The Knights of Malta Have an Extra Grand Elector. The Pope [Catholic Caucus]

    04/26/2017 10:27:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | April 25, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The Knights of Malta Have an Extra Grand Elector. The Pope > Italiano > English> Espańol> Français> All the articles of Settimo Cielo in English*To some, the interdict brought down by the pope on the former Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, seemed to be going too far. To others, not far enough.The fact is that for 7pm on Thursday, April 27, on the eve of his journey to Egypt, Francis has convened at Casa Santa Marta a hefty representation of the members of the Order who have come to Rome to appoint their new superior...
  • Who knew? Pope can forbid foreigner from visiting Rome [Catholic Caucus]

    04/18/2017 9:58:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 18, 2017 | New Catholic; Tip: Edward Pentin
    Who knew? Pope can forbid foreigner from visiting Rome Ever since the Porta Pia fell, in 1870, and Rome became the capital of a newly united Italy, no Pope has ever again claimed the right to forbid anyone from coming to Rome. The city is not owned by the Pope, after all, and the temporal power of the papacy has, since 1929, been reduced to the very small limits of Vatican City and a few additional buildings in the region. Alas, that was before Caudillismo had reached the City! If only John Paul II and Benedict XVI had known about...
  • RIP Turkey, 1921 – 2017

    04/16/2017 2:46:23 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 119 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 16 April 2017 | STEVEN A. COOK
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t just win his constitutional referendum — he permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern history... Whether they understood it or not, when Turks voted “Yes”, they were registering their opposition to the Teşkilât-ı Esasîye Kanunu and the version of modernity that Ataturk imagined and represented. Though the opposition is still disputing the final vote tallies, the Turkish public seems to have given Erdogan and the AKP license to reorganize the Turkish state and in the process raze the values on which it was built.