Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Rebel Black Heat Wave Song o' the Day


Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, "Fire and Rain" from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Have a Ball (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: The day started off hot & then grew hotter. The interior of the Malibu Stacey was hot as an oven. Then the rain fell, at first a deluge that soaked my clothes on the brief trek from the driveway to the house. We very much need the rain; several times I choked on the dust whilst mowing the lawn yesterday.

Operation ÖSTERREICH

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in
Last weigh-in: 365.0 lbs
This weigh-in: 362.0 lbs.
Difference: -3.0 lbs.

'Twas possible to lose more weight this week, perhaps even advisable given that these pounds are the long-hanging fruit, but our goal is two pounds per week (2 lbs./week) & that goal was achieved. Take the win.


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
Jim Gaffigan, "Spray Cheese" from Beyond the Pale (Mike Papa Watercress)

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the festival of Saints Priscilla & Aquila, Martyrs (died circa 64, A.K.A. Prisca), wife & husband, martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero: Martyr-link Papa, Martyr-link Alpha, Martyrs-link, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Morwenna, Hermitess (sixth century): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Sister of St. Nectan of Hartland [17 June].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Adrian III, Pope (circa 830-885, also spelt Hadrian; A.K.A. Agapitus), one hundred ninth (CIX) Bishop of Rome (884-885): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Raymond of Toulouse, Priest (died 1118, A.K.A. Raymond Gayrard): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Eugene III, Pope, O.Cist. (circa 1080-1153; A.K.A. Bernardo Pignatelli, Paganelli; of Pisa), one hundred sixty-seventh (CLXVII) Bishop of Rome (1145-1153), who proclaimed the Second Crusade (1147-1150); abbot of the abbey of Ss. Vincent & Anastasius at Tre Fontane (1140-1145): Blessed-link ūnus, Blessed-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex; & Second Crusade-link & Wikipedia-link Second Crusade.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Hosea, chapter ten, verses one, two, three, seven, eight, & twelve;
Psalm One Hundred Five (R/. four[b]), verses two & three, four & five, & six & seven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses one thru seven.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus summoned apostles whom he shaped and sent on mission. Priests, through the centuries—from Augustine and Aquinas, to Francis Xavier and John Henry Newman, to John Paul II—are the descendants of those first friends and apprentices of the Lord. They have been needed in every age, and they are needed today, for the kingdom of heaven must be proclaimed, the poor must be served, God must be worshiped, and the sacraments must be administered.

Spiritual fathers are required especially in our time, when a rising tide of secularism threatens to overwhelm the religious impulse. We are wired for God; we will never satisfy the deepest longing of our heart apart from God.

The secularist ideology teaches that sufficient amounts of wealth, pleasure, power, or honor will make us happy. Who will counter this? Who will speak to this culture of the beauty of God? Who will remind us that our lives are not about us? Who will break open the words of the Gospel and spread out the banquet table of Christ’s Body and Blood? This is why we need priests.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Doctor John Bergsma (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Scripture Study—Day 91: Contentness Plateau, Day 17
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter five, verses six thru ten.

Commentary: Jerusalem Is Made Capital of the Kingdom (2 Samuel, 5:6-10).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Charity! Charity! Is this your hour? Let us all try to be worthy of her & prepare her ways. Let us pray, let us love, let us work so that our charity may be in our hearts & may be able to work the wonder of her triumph."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, r. 1963-1978; feast: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Do not pray for easy lives… pray to be stronger people."
—Bl. Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap. (1870-1957, feast: 30 July)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"On my first trip along the streets of Calcutta, a priest came up to me. He asked me to give a contribution to a collection for the Catholic press. I had left with five rupees, & I had already given four of them to the poor. I hesitated, then gave the priest the one that remained. That afternoon, the same priest came to see me & brought an envelope. He told me that a man had given him the envelope because he had heard about my projects & wanted to help me. There were fifty rupees in that envelope. I had the feeling, at that moment, that God has begun to bless the work & would never abandon me."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"Just suppose that there were a great plague which affected a wide area of the world. Then some doctor in his laboratory found the remedy for this plague & made it available to everyone. There would be some who would seek the remedy. There would be others who would not. They might say, 'How do I know he has the remedy? Why should I bother? I will cure myself.' Are they not all potentially saved? It is certainly not the fault of the scientist that they are not cured. It is the fault of people themselves. So it is with the Person of Christ. He brought salvation to all men. It is up to us to find that salvation in Him."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Explorers' Club, № DCCLVIII

Operation AXIOM: After the World War—The Polish-Soviet War, Part I
4-7 July 1920: The Red Army broke through the Polish lines in what is today Belarus, advancing into the Polish heartland; on 30 May, Tsarist general Aleksei Brusilov urged all Whites to be reconciled to the victorious Bolsheviks, swelling the Red Army's ranks & initiating a vital reorganization; Lenin & the Bolshevik leadership publicly lauded the conquest of Poland as the gateway to the rest of Europe.





Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time.

The Rebel Black Dot Heat Wave Song o' the Day


Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" from Motown 1's (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Heat Wave Song o' Today


Montag, 6. Juli
The Lovin' Spoonful, "Summer in the City" from Platinum & Gold Collection: The Lovin' Spoonful (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Hot town, summer in the city,
Back of neck gettin' dirt and gritty,
Bend down, isn't it a pity?
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city,
All around people lookin' half-dead,
Walkin' on the sidewalk, hotter than a matchhead.

"But at night it's a different world,
Go out and find a girl,
Come on, come on, and dance all night,
Despite the heat it'll be all right!…"

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin & Martyr (1890-1902), martyred by her attempted rapist, Alessandro Serenelli, who repented & testified during her cause for canonization: Martyr-link ūna, Martyr-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord Jesus, in a world obsessed with sex, it is easy to lose perspective. Give me the courage to live a life that is chaste, after the example of St. Maria Goretti.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Goar of Aquitaine, Priest & Hermit (circa 575-649): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Sexburga of Ely, Abbess (circa 635-699; also spelt Seaxburh, Saxburgh), Queen of Kent, abbess at Ely (679-699) & foundress of abbeys at Milton Regis & Minster-in-Sheppey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Milton Regis, Wikipedia-link Minster-in-Sheppey, & Wikipedia-link Ely.

Commentary: Sister of Ss. Æthelburh of Faremoutiers [7 July], Sæthryth [7 January], Etheldreda [23 June], & Withburga [8 July]; & mother of Ss. Ermenilda of Ely [13 February] & Ercongotha [23 February].

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Thomas Aufield, Priest & Martyr (1552-1585; also spelt Alfield, etc.), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the one hundred fifty-eight Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Maria Teresa Ledóchowska, Religious, S.S.P.C. (1863-1922, the "Mother of the African Missions"), foundress of the Missionary Sisters of Saint Peter Claver (1894, S.S.P.C.): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S.S.P.C..

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Hosea, chapter two, verses sixteen, seventeen(c), eighteen, twenty-one, & twenty-two;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-five (R/. eight[a]), verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verses eighteen thru twenty-six.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus demonstrates his miraculous power to heal the sick and raise the dead. He cured a woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years who came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. And he took the hand of the official’s daughter and raised her from the sleep of death.

Christianity is, first and foremost, a religion of the concrete and not the abstract. It takes its power not from a general religious consciousness, not from an ethical conviction, not from a comfortable abstraction, but from the person of Jesus Christ.

It is Christ—in his uncompromising call to repentance, his unforgettable gestures of healing, his unique and disturbing praxis of forgiveness, his provocative nonviolence, and especially his movement from godforsaken death to
shalom-radiating Resurrection—that moves the believer to change of life and gift of self.

And it is the unique Christ—depicted vividly in the poetry of Dante, the frescoes of Michelangelo, the sermons of Augustine, the stained-glass windows of the
Sainte-Chapelle, and the sacred ballet of the liturgy—who speaks transformatively to hearts and souls across the Christian centuries.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Curtis Mitch (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Maria Goretti
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter six, verses thirteen(c), fourteen, fifteen(a), & seventeen thru twenty;
Psalm Thirty-one (R/. six), verses three(c/d) & four, six & eight(a/b), & sixteen(b/c) & seventeen;
The Gospel according to John, chapter twelve, verses twenty-four, twenty-five, & twenty-six.

Scripture Study—Day 91: Contentness Plateau, Day 15
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter four, verses five thru twelve.

Commentary: Ish-bosheth Is Assassinated (2 Samuel, 4:5-12).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"One of the underlying problems today is a loss of appreciation of the virtue of chastity. How important it is to recover this virtue in our own time! Chastity helps us to harmonize all the dimensions of our sexuality & thus to live joyfully accordance with God's will."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"No one in the world can change truth. What we can do & should do is to seek truth & serve it when we have found it."
—St. Maximilian Kolbe O.F.M. Conv. (1894-1941, feast: 14 August)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"Don't be afraid to be small. Numbers are not what make a difference, but—are we really His?"
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"Have you ever taken a rose petal into your fingers & pressed & squeezed it? Did you notice whether you could ever restore its tint? You could not. Lift a dewdrop from a leaf; you can never replace it. Evil in like manner is just too deep seated to be righted by a little bit of kindness & a little reason & a little tolerance. You might just as well tell a man who is suffering from consumption that all he need do is play six sets of tennis. The clock with a broken mainspring cannot repair itself. Salvation, therefore, has to come from without. Our human will is too weak to conquer its own evil. Just as the sick need medicine outside of themselves, we need a teacher for our minds, a physician for our bodies, & a redeemer for our souls. We need a redeemer from outside humanity, with all its weakness, its sin, & its rebellion. Now let’s take the other side. We said that if the mainspring is broken, a new mainspring has to be supplied from without, but it must be put inside of the clock. So too, salvation must come from without humanity, but it has to be done in some way within humanity. So God had to become man in order that man would be redeemed from within."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time.

Bonus! Song o' America o' Yesterday


Sonntagg, 5. Juli
The University of Michigan Marching Band, "The Star-Spangled Banner" from Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Saints + Scripture: XIV Sunday in O.T. — Stand By

'Tis the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Lord's Day: XIV

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cowboy Junkies, "Working On a Building" from The Trinity Session (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Working on a building,
It's a Holy Ghost building,
O my Lord, yes, O my Lord!…"

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Independence Day


Rob Carriker, "Battle Cry of Freedom" from Over There!: Songs from America's Wars (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Yes, we'll rally 'round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
We will rally from the hillside, we'll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

"The Union forever, hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star!
While we rally 'round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

"We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we'll fill the vacant ranks with a million freemen more,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

"The Union forever, hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star!
While we rally 'round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

"We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true, and brave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And although they may be poor, not a man shall be a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

"The Union forever, hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star!
While we rally 'round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

"So we're springing to the call from the east and from the west,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we'l hurl the rebel crew from this land we love the best,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

"The Union forever, hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star!
While we rally 'round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!"

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time.

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Explorers' Club, № DCCLVII

Operation AXIOM: Destination Moon—The 51st Anniversary of the N1-5L Disaster
3 July 1969: Thirteen days before the triumphant launch of Apollo 11, the second test launch of the Soviet N1 rocket—their analog of the Saturn V—from the Kazakh S.S.R.'s Baikonur Cosmodrome ended in disaster; engine cut off occurred just after the rocket cleared the tower, causing it to fall back to earth & explode, destroying launch pad 110 East; unburnt rocket fuel fell like rain for half an hour.





Commentary: Unlike the highly publicized American Apollo program, the Soviet lunar programs were conducted under extreme secrecy, not being publicly acknowledged 'til 1990, under glasnost in the waning days of the Soviet Union. The aftermath of the dramatic failure of the N1-5L was photographed by American spy satellites, confirming that the Soviets were indeed attempting their own moonshot.


Bonus! Destination Moon Song o' the Day
Matt Munro, "From Russia with Love" from Best of Bond… James Bond: 50th Anniversary Collection (Space Cadet Mike Papa Whiskey)

Semper Exploro.

Saints + Scripture: Feast of Saint Thomas

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle (died circa 72, the "Apostle of India;" A.K.A. Didymus ["twin"]), who evangelized the Saint Thomas Christians: Apostle-link ūnus, Apostle-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Apostles-link & Wikipedia-link Apostles; & Wikipedia-link Saint Thomas Christians.


Commentary: Wayback Machine.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Feast of St. Thomas
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter two, verses nineteen thru twenty-two;
Psalm One Hundred Seventeen, verses one(b/c), two
(R/. the Gospel according to Mark, chapter sixteen, verse fifteen);
The Gospel according to John, chapter twenty, verses twenty-four thru twenty-nine.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel tells of Thomas’s doubting the Resurrection. Indeed, Catholicism has a rich tradition of questioning, seeking understanding. Aquinas, another great St. Thomas, spent much of his life asking and answering hard questions about the faith.

Do you remember Hamlet’s great line, “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy, Horatio”? If we stubbornly say—even in the area of science—that we will accept only what we can clearly see and touch and control, we wouldn’t know much about reality.

There is, in most areas of life, a play between knowing and believing. It is not unique to the religious sphere of life. Blaise Pascal summed it up: “The heart has its reasons that reason knows not.”

It is not that we who have not seen and have believed are settling for a poor substitute for vision. No, we are being described as blessed, more blessed than Thomas. God is doing all sorts of things that we cannot see, measure, control, fully understand. But it is an informed faith that allows one to fall in love with such a God.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M. (U.S.C. of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Doctor John Bergsma (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Scripture Study—Day 91: Contentness Plateau, Day 12
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter three, verses twelve thru sixteen.

Commentary: Abner Defects to David (cont'd; 2 Samuel, 3:12-16).

'Tis also the festival of Saint Hyacinth of Caesarea, Martyr (circa 96-108), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Trajan: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Anatolius of Laodicea, Bishop (died 283, A.K.A. of Alexandria), Bishop of Laodicea (268-283): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Laodicea.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Anatolius of Constantinople, Bishop (died 458), forty-fifth (XLV) bishop & first (I) Patriarch of Constantinople (449-458): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Constantinople.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Leo II, Pope (611-683), eightieth (LXXX) Bishop of Rome (682-683), one of the Byzantine Popes, who clarified & confirmed the acts of the Third Council of Constantinople (680-681, the sixth [VI] ecumenical council): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex, Wikipedia-link Byzantine Papacy, & Council-link & Wikipedia-link Constantinople.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Christ belongs to you! Do not be afraid anymore—not even of the Cross, His cross that He will share with you. The royal triumph of Jesus leads to the Cross. But, we repeat, do not be afraid: in this way life, true life will be assured for you tomorrow."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, r. 1963-1978; feast: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Act as if every day were the last day of your life, & each action the last you perform."
—St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church (1567-1622, feast: 24 January)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"What is prayer? Prayer is oneness with God."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"What purpose did God have in mind in making this world? The answer is that God intended to build a moral universe. He willed from all eternity to build a stage on which characters would emerge. He might have made a world without morality, without virtue, without character. He might have made a world in which each of us would have sprouted goodness with the same necessity, for example, as that of the sun rising in the east & setting in the west. But He chose not to make that kind of a world, not to make a world in which we would be good, as fire is hot & ice is cold. He willed to make a moral universe so that by the right use of the gift of freedom characters might emerge. What does God care for in things tiled into an infinity of space even though they be diamonds? For if all the orbits of heaven were so many jewels, glittering as the sun, what would their external but undisturbed balance mean to Him in comparison with the single character which could take hold of the tangled skein of a seemingly wrecked & ruined life & weave out of them the beautiful tapestry of saintliness & holiness?"
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' America o' the Day


James Brown, "Living in America" from Rocky IV: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Super highways, coast to coast, easy to get anywhere,
On the transcontinental overload,
Just climb behind the wheel, how does it feel?
(When there's no destination) that's too far
Somewhere on the way, you might find out who you are…"

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Bonus! Song o' the Day


"Weird Al" Yankovic, "The Saga Begins" from Running with Scissors (The Cupcake)

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

The Pope Video
"July 2020: Our Families"

'Tis the festival of Saints Martinian & Processus, Martyrs (died circa 67, of Rome), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero: Martyr-link Mike, Martyr-link Papa, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Swithun of Winchester, Bishop (circa 800-863, also spelt Swithin), eighteenth (XVIII) Bishop of Winchester (852-863): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link & Wikipedia-link Winchester.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Otto of Bamberg, Bishop (circa 1060-1139, "Apostle of Pomerania"), eighth (VIII) Bishop of Bamberg (1102-1139): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link & Wikipedia-link Bamberg.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Bernardino Realino, Priest, S.J. (1530-1616, the "Apostle of Lecce"): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Jacques Frémin, Priest, S.J. (1628-1691): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Amos, chapter seven, verses ten thru seventeen;
Psalm Nineteen (R/. ten[c/d]), verses eight, nine, ten, & eleven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verses one thru eight.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, the Lord heals a paralytic after first forgiving his sins. Jesus’ initial words to this paralyzed man are, “Your sins are forgiven.” Why does God forgive our sins? Because he wants us alive, he wants us moving, he wants us in action, realizing what we can be.

Jesus comes to liberate us for deeper life, to open a new future to us. Sin is a refusal to live according to God’s purposes and desires. Our obsession with past sins paralyzes us. God is opposed to this obsession with the past, because it renders us unable to move.

I can brood over my past sins to such a degree that I become finally paralyzed, unable to move. “Your sins are forgiven” is another way of saying, “Don’t be paralyzed by sins that you undoubtedly worry about far more than God does.”

After saying your sins are forgiven, Jesus says, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” That’s the way it works: First comes the forgiveness of sins, and that is a liberating power in us. Now I can live for the future.
Video reflection by Father Roger Lopez, O.F.M. (U.S.C. of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Becket Ghioto (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Scripture Study—Day 91: Contentness Plateau, Day 11
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter three, verses six thru eleven.

Commentary: Abner defects to David (cont'd; 2 Samuel, 3:6-11).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Friends, do not be afraid of silence or stillness. Listen to God. Adore Him in the Eucharist."
—Pope Benedict XVI (b. 1927, r. 2005-2013)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Let no one be under any delusion. Christ is demanding. Christ's life is the narrow way. To be worthy of Him, we must take up our cross. It is not enough to be religious; it is necessary to carry out the Divine Will in actual fact."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, r. 1963-1978; feast: 29 May)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"God created the whole world, but He is our Father. The Father loves me, & you. The tenderness of God's love—no one can love as God. He made us. He is our Father."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"God works upon your soul. He does not work like a key in a lock; He works less visibly than a father on a son, but His love speaks to our freedom in the same mysterious words, I & you: as one heart to another. Because God is the very embodiment of love, His love inspires you to be what you are meant to be: a free person in the highest sense of the word. The more you are led by God’s love, the more you become yourself, & it is all done without ever losing your freedom."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' America o' the Day


Golem, "Citizen Boris" from Citizen Boris (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: I fear we have lost sight of two important truths: One, we are blessed to be Americans; yes, our nation is deeply flawed, but so is each one of us, & throwing up our hands & denouncing the whole mess as irredeemable isn't helpful. Two, how much our forebears sacrificed to come to this country, in some cases while it was still a collection of British colonies, & how much today's immigrants are sacrificing to build a better life here for their children & their children's children. I still believe in the American dream, not the crass commercial dream of a sterile McMansion with two Teslas in the driveway, but the immigrant's dream of a new land, a new life where a man's destiny is not dictated by the circumstances of his birth. I was born an American. My parents were born Americans. My paternal grandfather & both maternal grandparents were born Americans; true, my paternal grandmother was born in British India, but even her father was a native-born American living as an expatriate. I do not know what it is like to be an emigrant nor an immigrant. But I acknowledge with humble gratitude that this life I am so blessed to lead is a gift not only from the Lord God but also from my forefathers who emigrated from their homelands & immigrated to this New World.
"…Goodbye, my old passport,
I now renounce you…"

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Junípero Serra, Priest, O.F.M. (1713-1784, the "Apostle of California;" A.K.A. Miquel Josep Serra i Ferrer, Miguel José Serra Ferrer): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis the festival of Blesseds George Beesley & Montford Scott, Priests & Martyr (died 1591, also spelt Bisley), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, two of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link Golf Bravo & Wikipedia-link Golf Bravo, Martyr-link Mike Sierra & Wikipedia-link Mike Sierra; Martyrs-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.

'Tis the festival of Blessed Thomas Maxfield, Priest & Martyr (circa 1590-1616, also spelt Macclesfield), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king James VI & I, one of the one hundred sixty Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Tis the festival of Saint Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr (circa 1625-1681, also spelt Oilibhéar Pluincéid), Archbishop of Armagh (1669-1681); martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king Charles II, the last victim of the perjurer Titus Oates's "Popish Plot" hoax; one of the Irish Martyrs: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link & Wikipedia-link Armagh, Popish Plot-link & Wikipedia-link Popish Plot, & Martyrs-link Éire & Wikipedia-link Éire.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Amos, chapter five, verses fourteen, fifteen, & twenty-one thru twenty-four;
Psalm Fifty (R/. twenty-three[b]), verses seven, eight & nine, ten & eleven, twelve & thirteen, & sixteen(b/c) & seventeen;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eight, verses twenty-eight thru thirty-four.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus drove demons out of two possessed persons. Notice that the demons always know who Jesus is. The demonic voice stands for the sinful structure of consciousness; it is the mouthpiece for a soul dominated by the fearful ego.

When the New Being appears, when the new consciousness emerges in the person of Jesus, it is precisely this demonic power that most clearly recognizes it, just as a threatened animal is most acutely aware of the approach of the predator. The ego-dominated psyche knows intuitively what the onset of Jesus means: "What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?"

What is important for us spiritually is to listen with great attentiveness to these inner voices of protest, to these demons within us, for they will, paradoxically, facilitate the assimilation of the Christ, showing us clearly where we have to be changed.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Doctor John Bergsma (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Junípero Serra
The Book of Isaiah, chapter fifty-two, verses seven thru ten;
Psalm One Hundred Ten (R/. four[b]);
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter sixteen, verses fifteen thru twenty.

Scripture Study—Day 91: Contentness Plateau, Day 10
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter three, verse one.

Commentary: Abner Defects to David (2 Samuel, 3:1).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Do not remain passive when the dignity & honor of the human person are threatened. This threat is due to violence, economic exploitation, & the decay of morals, of which our permissive society too often gives a sorry display."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, r. 1963-1978; feast: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Always go forward & never turn back."
—St. Junípero Serra (1713-1784, feast: 1 July)

Commentary: Of course, the very statue of St. Junípero shown above was recently pulled down by riotous vandals—ignorant, deeply hateful individuals. How can I say that without knowing specifically whom those vandals are? Padre Serra was a champion of the natives' rights, a tireless defender of their dignity; to pull down his statue based on claims of racism is to act out of hateful ignorance or hateful dishonesty.

Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart & begin again with joy."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Commentary: I am humbled & grateful for these words on the day of such an unfavorable Operation ÖSTERREICH Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in.

Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"How does God know? God does not know the way we know. We know by looking at things. God knows by looking at Himself. We can get a faint idea of God's knowledge from an architect. Before an architect puts up a building, he can tell you the size of the building, its dimensions, the location of each room, its height, the number of elevators it will have, & so forth. How does he know all of this before the building is built? Because he is the designer of the building. Now God is a designer too, but God is not just a designer of the human universe. He's the cause of the very being of the universe. And just as an architect need only look into his own mind to understand the nature of his building & as a poet knows his verses in his own mind, so God knows all things by looking at Himself. He does not need to wait for you to turn a corner before He knows that you are doing so. He does not see little boys putting their fingers into the cookie jar & conclude they are stealing. Everything is naked & open to the eyes of God."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
Mass Matters
Through yesterday, 30 June, I heard Mass one hundred four times (CIV) in 2020. I am only counting Masses @ which I was physically present, even if I did not receive the Eucharist, not live-streamed nor televised Masses. The count is down from the previous few years, due principally to the suspension of public Mass due to the COVID-19 pandemic & the attendant panic.

Operation ÖSTERREICH: Nunc Coepi

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in
Last weigh-in: 350.4* lbs. (Wednesday, 10 June 2020)
This weigh-in: 365.0 lbs.
Difference: +14.6 lbs.

I rue the quarantine gluttony, but not as much as I rue the post-quarantine pity party. What's done is done, what's past is past. My goal is to loss one hundred pounds (100 lbs.) by this time next year, the Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in nearest to 1 July 2021, should the world perdure. That's not a moonshot, but an entirely manageable average of a modest two pounds/week; I've done that before & I can do that on a sustained basis.


*I do not trust that number, for two reasons: One, only one week later, the scale was bouncing around all over the place; so, this number might have been the first sign of the digital scale malfunctioning. Two, it seems highly suspect to me, based on the fit of my clothes, that I gained ten pounds (10 lbs.) in the nine weeks preceding 10 June & then fifteen pounds (15 lbs.) in the three weeks preceding 1 July. I'll belief a twenty-five-pound weight gain (25 lbs.) in the twelve weeks taken altogether, but the distribution seems off to me. Why do I have more confidence in my new mechanical scale than in the old digital scale? I enjoy the benefits of technology—I'm a lifelong fan of Star Trek & have maintained this blog, a digital undertaking, for eighteen years—but at heart your humble narrator is an analog boy. Plus, the mechanical scale has a zeroing-out feature, which helps to inspire confidence. For the purposes of ÖSTERREICH, accuracy (recording my actual weight) is less important than precision (repeatability of results).

Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
Bill Conti, "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)" from Rocky: Original Motion Picture Score—30th Anniversary Edition (Mike Papa Wimp)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Canada Day, Eh


Blues Traveler, "Canadian Rose" from Straight On till Morning (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary, eh:
"And she called me her ugly American,
And I would call her my Canadian flower,
And I don't think that we'll ever get there again,
We had such power!
And she would call me her ugly American,
And I'll remember my Canadian rose,
Especially when the fall comes to Burlington,
We were in so close…"

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Bonus! Song o' the Day

Cake, "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" from Comfort Eagle (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"I want a girl with a mind like a diamond,
I want a girl who knows what's best,
I want a girl with shoes that cut,
And eyes that burn like cigarettes.
I want a girl with the right allocations,
Who is fast and thorough and sharp as a tack,
She is playing with her jewelry, she is putting up her hair,
She is touring the facility and picking up slack.

"I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket.

"I want a girl who gets up early (Gets up early!),
I want a girl who stays up late (Stays up late!),
I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity (Uninterrupted!),
Who uses a machete to cut through red tape.
With fingernails that shine like justice,
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass,
She is fast and thorough and sharp as a tack,
She's touring the facility and picking up slack.

"I want a girl with a short skirt and a long, long jacket.

"I want a girl with a smooth liquidation (Smooth liquidation!),
I want a girl with good dividends (Good dividends!),
At Citibank we will meet accidentally (Meet accidentally!),
We'll start to talk when she borrows my pen.
She wants a car with a cupholder armrest,
She wants a car that will get her there,
She's changing her name from Kitty to Karen,
She's trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron.

I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket."

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the Optional Memorial of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (died 64), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero: Martyrs-link ūnus, Martyrs-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth Minute Meditations from the Popes:
O Lord, the First Martyrs of Rome were not rich or wise, but You filled them with Your riches, Your wisdom. Fill me, too, with Your gifts, for without You I can do nothing.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Bertrand of Le Mans, Bishop (circa 553-623, A.K.A. Bertechramnus), Bishop of Le Mans (587-623): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Le Mans.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Ramon Llull, Martyr, T.O.S.F. (circa 1232-1316, the Doctor Illuminatus ["Enlightened Doctor"], Anglicized as Raymond Lull), martyred by a mob in the reign of the Marinid sultan Abu Sa'id Uthman II: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Philip Powell, Priest & Martyr, O.S.B. (1594-1646; A.K.A. Philip Morgan, Philip Prosser), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king Charles I: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Zynoviy Kovalyk, Priest & Martyr, C.Ss.R. (1903-1941; also transliterated Zenon, Zenobius), martyred in the reign of the Communist dictator Joseph Stalin, one of the Martyrs Killed under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Eastern Europe.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Amos, chapter three, verses one thru eight & chapter four, verses eleven & twelve;
Psalm Five (R/. nine[a]), verses four(b), five, & six(a); six(b) & seven; & eight;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eight, verses twenty-three thru twenty-seven.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in this wonderful story of the calming of the storm at sea, we witness some of the spiritual dynamics of fear and trust. The disciples stand symbolically for all of us journeying through life within the narrow confines of the fearful ego.

When they confront the storm and the mighty waves, they are immediately filled with terror. Similarly, when the trials and anxieties of life confront the ego, the first reaction is fear, since there is no power beyond itself upon which it can rely. In the midst of this terrible storm, this inner and outer tension, Jesus symbolizes that divine energy that remains unaffected by the fear-storms generated by the grasping ego.

Continuing to read the story at a spiritual level, we see that it is none other than this divine power that successfully calms the waves: he “rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.” This beautiful narrative seems to suggest that if we but awaken to the presence of God within us, if we learn to live and to see at a deeper level, if we live in basic trust rather than fear, then we can withstand even the most frightening storms.
Video reflection by the Reverend Daniel Merz (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Rob Corzine (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church
The Letter to the Romans, chapter eight, verses thirty-one(b) thru thirty-nine;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-four (R/. seven), verses two & three, four & five, & seven(b) & eight;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-four, verses four thru thirteen.

Scripture Study—Day 91: Contentness Plateau, Day 9
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter two, verses twenty-two & twenty-three.

Commentary: The Battle of Gibeon (cont'd; 2 Samuel, 2:22-23).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Remember how the first Christians, most of them simple & humble people, suffered the most cruel persecutions, were successful in spreading Christ's message to all parts of the empire. Their only weapons were prayer, the Gospel, & the Cross."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"If only the suffering soul knew how it is loved by God."
—St. Maria Faustyna of the Blessed Sacrament (1905-1938, feast: 5 October)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"To leave Loreto was my greatest sacrifice, the most difficult thing I have ever done. It was much more difficult than to leave my family & my country. In Loreto I have received my spiritual training."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"God knows all things, but He still leaves us with freedom. How can God influence you & still leave you free? Well, consider various kinds of influences. First, turn a key in the door. There is the impact of something material on something material & the result is the opening of a door. That is one kind of influence; the influence of a material thing on another material thing. But there is still another kind of influence. In the springtime you plant a seed in the garden. The sun, the moisture, the atmosphere, the chemicals in the earth all begin to influence that seed. It certainly is not the same kind of action as turning a piece of steel in a lock. There are tremendous capacities for growth in that seed, & what most awakens the seed to growth is something invisible, namely, the rays of the sun. Now go a stage higher. Consider the case of a father talking to his son, trying to influence him, for example, to become a doctor. What actually influences the son is some invisible truth, as well as the deep love of the father for the son & the son for the father. Love brings out in the son a free act. The son is not obliged to do exactly what his father wants; he is free to do the contrary. But truth & love have so moved him that he regards what he does as the very perfection of his personality. Later on he may say, 'I owe everything I have to that conversation I had with my father. I really began to discover my true self.'"
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Frédéric Chopin, "Piano Sonata № 2 in B Flat Minor Opus 35—Funeral March" from Classical Moods: 100 Top Classical Favorites of All Time (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Reel Big Fish, "Beer" (live) from Our Live Album is Better than Your Live Album, Disc 1: More Shtick than You Can Shake a Stick At (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Anyway, I hate this song & I hate all of you. Just kidding, I don't hate this song…

"Maybe some day, I'll think of what to say,
Maybe next time, I'll remember what to do,
She looks like heaven, maybe this is hell,
Said she'd do it all again, promised not to tell…"

Bonus! Bonus! Song o' Yesterday


Sonntag, 28. Juni
The Interrupters, "Outrage" from Fight the Good Fight (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: This post is all but identical to a post from last month's SKAfter Party, with this slight twist: In your charity, please pray for my parents, who are slavishly devoted to the fearmongers & hucksters of television news. My father watches television every hour that he's awake, most of it Fox News & M.S.N.B.C. My mother is far more like to skip Mass than ever to miss an episode of 60 Minutes.
"Your eyes are glued, glued to the news,
They say there’s two sides, you better choose,
A civil war they want you fighting for,
The ones in power, who always want more.

"They put a mask on to speak their minds,
They need a veil to hide behind,
The mob is howling like wolves trapped in a cage,
This will go down in history as the age
Of outrage! Yeah!
Of outrage! Yeah!

"A house of cards, about to fall,
Where they go one, they go all,
People are hurting, they feel the burden,
They get from learning what's behind the curtain.

"They put a mask on to speak their minds,
They need a veil to hide behind,
The mob is howling like feedback from the stage,
This will go down in history as the age
Of outrage! Yeah!
Of outrage! Yeah!

Yeah!
(This is the age)
Of outrage! Yeah!
(This is the age)
Of outrage! Yeah!"

Bonus! Song o' Yesterday


Sonntag, 28. Juni
Mustard Plug, "Beer" from Evildoers Beware! (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture: Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul, Apostles (died circa 64; A.K.A. Simon, Cephas; A.K.A. Saul of Tarsus), first (I) Bishop of Rome (c. 33-64), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero: Apostles-link Peter & Paul & Wikipedia-link Feast; Apostle-link Peter ūnus, Apostle-link Peter duo, & Wikipedia-link Peter; Apostle-link Paul & Wikipedia-link Paul; Apostles-link & Wikipedia-link Apostles; & Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. St. Peter is the brother of St. Andrew the Apostle [30 November]. Ss. Peter & Paul are the authors of most of the New Testament epistles, too many for me to provide hyperlinks.

Quoth
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord Jesus, You called St. Peter by the Sea of Galilee & St. Paul on the road to Damascus. Call me again & entrust Your sacred mission into my hands.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter twelve, verses one thru eleven;
Psalm Thirty-four (R/. five), verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
The Second Letter to Timothy, chapter four, verses six, seven, eight, seventeen, & eighteen;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter sixteen, verses thirteen thru nineteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus declares that the gates of hell ("the netherworld") shall not prevail against his Church. And Jesus insists that this society, grounded in Peter’s confession, would constitute an army so powerful that not even the fortified capital of the dark kingdom itself could withstand it.

It is fascinating to me how often we construe this saying of Jesus in precisely the opposite direction, as though the Church is guaranteed safety against the onslaughts of hell. In point of fact, Jesus is suggesting a much more aggressive image: his Church will lay successful siege upon the kingdom of evil, knocking down its gate and breaching its walls.

And notice, too, how Jesus uses the future tense—"I will build my Church." Therefore he cannot be speaking simply of Peter personally but of all those who would participate in his charism throughout the centuries.

The integrity of this
ekklesia will be guaranteed up and down the centuries—not through appeal to popular opinion (as instructive as that might be) nor through the ministrations of an institutional or theological elite (as necessary as those might be) but rather through the pope’s charismatic knowledge of who Jesus is.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Curtis Mitch (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Scripture Study—Day 91: Contentness Plateau, Day 8
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter two, verses eighteen thru twenty-one.

Commentary: The Battle of Gibeon (cont'd; 2 Samuel, 2:18-21).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Neither success or failure must ever cause you to forget your vocation as servant. Allow the Lord to grant growth when & how He chooses. At the same time, imitate the Apostle Paul who knew how to suffer want & to live in abundance, ready for anything."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Prayer is an aspiration of the heart. It is a simple glance directed to Heaven. It is a cry of gratitude & love in the midst of trial as well as joy."
—St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast: 1 October)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"Should I devote myself to struggle for the justice of tomorrow or even for the justice of today, the most needy people would die right in front of me because they lack a glass of milk… I do not condemn those who struggle for justice. I believe there are different options for the people of God. To me the most important thing is to serve the neediest people."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"In order to understand the knowledge of God, you must make a distinction between foreknowledge & predetermination. The two are not identical. God does foreknow everything, but He does not predetermine things independent of our will & our merits. Just suppose that you knew the stock market very well. Because of your superior knowledge of business conditions, you said that such & such a stock within six months would be selling ten points higher than it is now. Suppose six months later it actually sold ten points higher. Would you have predetermined & caused it to be ten points higher? Although you foreknew it, other influences were there besides your superior knowledge."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Explorers' Club, № DCCLVI

Operation AXIOM: After the World War—The Armenian Genocide, Part VII
19 June 1920-25 July 1922: Operation NEMESIS—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (A.R.F.) conducted a covert revenge campaign, assassinating seven Turkish & Azeri Ottoman officials who orchestrated the Armenian Genocide, including two of the "Three Pashas" who ruled the Ottoman Empire during the war; the assassinations took place in Germany, Georgia, Italy, & Constantinople.






The Wayback Machine Tour of the Armenian Genocide
№ CDXXXVIII: The Defense of Van.
№ CDXXXIX: "Red Sunday."
№ DCXV: The Battles of Abaran, Sardarabad, & Karakilisa
№ DCXXXVII: The Battle of Baku & the September Days.
№ DCCXXXII: The Maraş Affair.
№ DCCXL: The Shushi Massacre.

Lest we forget.

Commentary: I've not read Eric Bogosian's book, Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide, but it has been added to the Queue under "Eventually."


Semper Exploro.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Lord's Day: XIII

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
O.C.P. Session Choir, "O God Beyond All Praising" from Glory & Praise: Third Edition, Vol. 27 (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Bonus! Song o' Today

Samstag, 27. Juni
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Absolutely Wrong" from While We're at It (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"You were right, I was rude,
I saw the light when it was further reviewed,
Pushed the point past the brink,
Past what's acceptable, now don't you think?…

"Things said while heated might not get repeated,
But then again maybe they might,
I don't care what was said, just get this through your head:
I'm not wrong this time and you,
You are not right,
You are not right,
You are not right,
You are not right…"

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today

Samstag, 27. Juni
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "The Mad Dash" from While We're at It (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Slap the slogans on the t-shirts, watch them fly out of the shops,
I don't like what I've been thinking and I think it's time it stops,
Mad dash to be the first one and I pray that it's not true
Are you trying to shift the spotlight so the spotlight shines on you?

"This might be of little interest, it could come as no surprise,
The level of the interest I possess,
I listen to the outrage while something inside me dies,
The more I hear, the more I could care less.

"It is stale and it is stagnant,
Every fiber, every fragment,
Every second we waste on it is a shame!
Grab your coat, now you'll be leaving,
Hope that you had a nice evening,
We thank you for your contribution and we're glad you came!

"The cars came off the causeway with a healthy head of steam,
Benefits, fundraisers, and events,
I want to find out that this nightmare here is only a bad dream,
Wake up and the world makes perfect sense…"

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Yesterday

Freitag, 26. Juni
The Interrupters, "Babylon" from Say It Out Loud (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Rebel against the kings of Babylon!
Rebel against the kings of Babylon!
Yeah, they got their swords and their spears and their bows and their knives,
But we're fighting with our brothers and sisters for our lives,
Rebel against the kings of Babylon!

"God made man and man made kings,
And the kings rule man and they bring the suffering,
When the people rise up, they see it as defiant,
They want to have control so you can't be self-reliant,
Play your role and don't get out of line,
If you sell your soul they will buy it for a dime,
Then sell it for a dollar, so they can make a profit,
It's a vicious cycle and the only way to stop it:

"Rebel against the kings of Babylon!
Rebel against the kings of Babylon!…"

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Gary Portnoy, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Theme from Cheers)" from Keeper (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Steve Martin & the Toot Uncommons, "King Tut" from A Wild and Crazy Guy (Mike Papa Whiskey)