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A Bit on Justifying Georgemas

British Great War Recruiting Poster

According to the Gregorian calendar, April 23rd is the Feast of St. George (or Georgemas).  The Orthodox also admire the attributes of St. George but follow the Julian calendar which marks the feast on May 6th.  St. George born in Syria Palestrinia in the late Third Century who served as an officer in the Roman army that guarded the Emporer Diocletian, but who was martyred for not renouncing his Christian faith.  The emperor tried to bribe George to renounce his faith and tortured him, but to no avail. Before he was decapitated, St. George gave all of his wealth to the poor.

St. George is one of the most venerated saints in the Catholic Church, among Anglicans, Orthodox, East Syrian churches. Even Muslims revere this honorable military man. In the Twelfth Century a legend was attached to St. George about slaying a dragon.  The standard Orthodox icon of St. George depicts him slaying a dragon with a woman in the background.

The dragon is generally understood as being both Satan and the monster from his own life (Diocletian). The woman in the background is Alexandra, the wife of Emperor Diocletian. Crusaders credit an appearance of St. George. This was probably legend which traveled back with the Crusaders from the Holy Land and was embellished in courtly Romance retellings. Legend has it that a plague bearing dragon came down from the mountains and terrorized the countryside.

St. George is the patron saint of England yet it is not a public holiday in England. The reasons why celebration of Georgemas is muted are cultural, historical and now tinged with political correctness.

St. George was neither English nor roundly associated with England, even though King Edward III formed the Order of the Garder under the patronage of St. George in 1348.  The Reformation played a part as Protestants did not care much for saints’ days. In addition, celebration of St. George’s day has been in decline since the Act of Union between England in Scotland completed in 1707.  In today’s world,  the Daily Telegraph reports that many English people are concerned that national symbols like St. George can be considered racists,

Aside from the fact that many pubs in England are named after George and the dragon, it makes one wonder why this legend matters. Modern man is quick to dismiss myths (unless it is anthropogenic global warming), but this is short sighted. Myths convey essential truths although the romantic story elements may not be exact.


The reason that St. George matters so much to the English is that the legend reinforces characteristics which the English admire and seek to emulate.  St. George is a knight who exemplified chivalry. St. George and the dragon also champions the little guy as well as the triumph of good over evil.  The versions which depict him making the sign of the cross depict deep dedication to principles (if we dare not declare faith).  These romanticized virtues along with the more verifiable versions of his hagiography make St. George a man worthy (bank holiday or not) for Englishmen to emulate.


A Bit on Are You Happy About Star Studded Climate Change Hypocrisy?

Pop music phenom Pharrell Williams has been lending his voice to star studded crusades against global warming global climate disruption  carbon pollution anthropogenic  climate change.

First, the singer songwriter who originated the peppy hit “Happy” jetted to Davos, Switzerland to be with former Vice President (and Inconvenient Truth purveyor) Al Gore to announce a second round of Live Earth concerts in June which is intended to “harmonize humanity all at once.”  

[L] Al Gore [C] Pharrell Williams at World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland 2015

While Pharrell Williams fondly remembers having a ball at the Rio de Janeiro concert in 2007, he lamented:  “You would have pundits and comedians who didn’t understand global
warming and we were often ridiculed. We wanted to do something very
different this time.”


Pharrell lent his celebrity status to the International Day of Happiness at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 20th.

His clarion call to convert from Climate Change to Climate Action rings hollow considering his hypocrisy.  Pharrell sits alone on a private plane and globe trots in order to attend  green dog and pony shows, yet the little people are supposed to sacrifice for climate change.



Joyce Kilmer on Trees


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

                            ~Joyce Kilmer


Martin O’Malley on Same Sex Marriage

Martin O'Malley on Same Sex Marriage


Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), a prospective challenger to Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for the Democrat Presidential nomination, come out strongly for same-sex marriage.  O’Malley was wont to claim it as a human right (akin to those inalienable rights annunciated in the Declaration of Independence), not a state (or federal) right.


O’Malley’s quip is also a chip against Mrs. Clinton, who went from calling traditional marriage being a fundamental bedrock principle of society to being all in for gay marriage.

Pope Francis on Gender Theory

Pope Francis on Gender Theory


Pope Francis has been expressing his faith based perspectives on Gender Theory and the basis of a covenantal sacramental marriage.


It would seem that The Advocate may rue naming Pope Francis the person of the year in 2013.

Some of Hillary Hiding Emails Hurts Her Honest Reputation

Prior to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) formal campaign announcement, there were questions about her emails while at the State Department . It was revealed that Mrs. Clinton exclusively used a personal email ( stored on a private server during her tenure at Foggy Bottom.  Additionally, Mrs. Clinton only turned over her emails in late 2014 with paper copies of the work emails that she deemed relevant.


Now it has been revealed that House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th) had sent a letter to the State Department on December 12, 2012 which specifically asked if the Secretary of State ever used a personal email account to conduct official business.  Uh oh.


While the Lamestream Media sought to create a frenzy for Hillary’s Mystery Machine Listening Tour road trip to Iowa, Mrs. Clinton is slipping in the polls in key battleground states to Republican challengers.  Quinnipiac Poll Assistant Director Peter Brown attributes this drop to the perception that Hillary Clinton is a dishonest politician, which can be attributed to the continuing email embarrassment.



Lincoln’s Last Words

Lincoln's Last Words

As we commemorate the Sequicentennary of the assassination of our sixteenth President, it is worth noting what were Abraham Lincoln’s last words.

On Good Friday of 1865 the President had taken his wife on a carriage ride and later to see the play “Our American Cousins” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC.  The Civil War was coming to a victorious conclusion.  Although Lincoln had just began his second term, he was contemplating his post presidency plans with his wife Mary Todd Lincoln.  President Lincoln did not want to return to Springfield, Illinois after his term ended.  He longed for anonymity abroad, including visiting Jerusalem. It is said that Lincoln whispered in his wife’s ear about visiting the Holy Land before John Wilkes Booth shot him.

It is ironic that Lincoln had been an aggrieved atheist (or perhaps a soul lashing out of anger at God) for part of his life. But the many tragedies which President Lincoln suffered as an adult along with the weight of the War Between the States was met with good Christian pastoring.  Lincoln transformed the suffering into a holy impulse.

Could this be just hope filled hagiography, as Mary Todd Lincoln was not exactly a stable source.  Maybe.  But it is much more believable than the LGBTQQ? community  revisionist history claiming Lincoln as a bisexual —what stuff!

Hillary 2016: Typology in Campaign Logos?

During the 2008
Presidential Campaign, candidate Barack Obama developed his own campaign
symbol.  The stylized “O”
containing an abstract sun rising over the red and white striped landscape
could be seen emblazed on “O-Force One” (the campaign plane) and was reprised in Mr. Obama’s appearances in “the Office of thePresident-Elect” .
Not to be outdone, candidate First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-AR/NY) also proffered her own campaign logo.But the stylized “H” has not been met with universal acclaim.

It has been noted
that the “Hillary For America” logo has a striking resemblance to the
Cuban flag or a Hospital ideogram, neither of which would broaden Hillary’s

The H is formed with a crossbar arrow pointing to the right. Is this forshadowing how Hillary must run to win the general election or just trying to graphically mime progress?
Hillary Clinton may well be positioning her campaign to put some distance between the Democrat
candidate and the lame duck incumbent President. But that will be hard to do, as Mrs. Clinton was at the foreign policy helm for the withdrawal in Iraq which fulmented ISIS, the pending withdrawal in Afghanistan which will effectively hand control to the Taliban, the war in Libya and the Benghazi bungle.
Nonetheless, Mrs. Clinton is mimicking some of  Mr. Obama’s modus operandi with the campaign symbol. By juxtaposing Hillary’s logo next to President Obama’s, one can discern an inconvenient truth.  

Maybe the Hillary for America campaign can offer more compelling reasons to vote for her other
than after being married to the Philanderer -in-Chief, so it’s now her turn for
the Oval Office. 


Nikita Khrushchev on God

On April 12th, 1961, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man in outer space as his Vostok I spacecraft orbited the Earth in a 108 minute flight.  Upon his return, Soviet Premier Nitika Khrushchev mocked religion by claiming that Gagarin announced: “I went up into space and did not see God anywhere.” This was triumph for Soviet atheism at the height of the Cold War.
But like many aspects of the Soviet Space program, not everything was accurate.  Gagarin was never heard uttering that controversial quip.  In addition, Gagarin was a baptized member of the Russian Orthodox Church who was actually quite devout (but privately so as not to scandalize the Soviet state and their scientific socialism hagiography).


Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the Cost of Discipleship

Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hung  at the Flossenbürg concentration camp on April 9th 1945 for following his conscience and participating in the German Resistance against the Nazi regime. Bonhoeffer well knew the cost of answering the call to discipleship. Yet his faith was so deep that as he was being led away to an eventual execution, he passed along a message to  Bishop George Bell of Chichester: “This is the end — for me the beginning of life.”

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