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Happy Story – Mom with Cancer, Told She Could Not Conceive, Has Natural Quadruplets February 2, 2017

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A little happy news for a change, what with riots in Berkeley with dozens attacked and the left-wing Berkeley admin and cops just standing by watching it happen because, meh, they’re only Nazis and evil capitalist businesses getting hurt, so who cares, right?

Pining for the days when Reagan was governor and he called out the National Guard for situations like these.  But to the good news, a mom with cancer, told she probably couldn’t conceive, gave birth to 4 naturally conceived quadruplets.  Mom is under treatment for cancer and the kids are still in the NICU:

A Tennessee military family received a huge outpouring of support recently after the mother was diagnosed with cancer while carrying quadruplets.

Sgt. Charles Gaytan and his wife, Kayla, welcomed the naturally conceived quadruplets into the world on Dec. 30, but their birth was bittersweet. Doctors delivered the babies early by cesarean section because their mother needed immediate cancer treatment.

The Daily Mail reports the Fort Campbell, Tennessee family is doing relatively well. Kayla currently is undergoing cancer treatments, and the four babies are in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Doctors said the four siblings should be well enough to go home in a few weeks.

Their story attracted national media attention, and a donation fund for the family has received more than $1 million to support them, according to the report.

“It renews my faith in humanity,” Kayla told People. “To know that people that don’t even know us just wanted to help our family is amazing.”

Before the quadruplets were conceived, Kayla was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, according to the report. The young mother said she went through five months of chemotherapy and was in remission.

Not long after that, the couple was overjoyed to learn that they were pregnant – something doctors told Kayla might never happen. Not only that, but they had conceived quadruplets naturally. Later into her pregnancy, Kayla said she began noticing symptoms of cancer again. Doctors confirmed it, her Hodgkin’s lymphoma had returned.

Though relatively treatable, the cancer can be serious if it returns, according to the report. Doctors gave the Tennessee mother a 50-percent chance of living five years, she said.

“With four babies on the way, I just couldn’t wrap my head around how it could come back,” she said. “I thought I had beat it the first time.”

When she was 30 weeks pregnant, Kayla gave birth to her babies in an emergency C-section. The babies, Lillian, Victoria, Michael and Charles were born weighing between 2 pounds, 8 ounces and 3 pounds, 2 ounces, according to the report.

Doctors immediately began Kayla’s cancer treatment. She said she will have a stem cell treatment and a 16-month round of chemotherapy.

The Gaytan family said they are not giving up hope. With the quadruplets and two older children to care for, Kayla said she and her husband are trusting in God to handle the situation.

“We know that He’s gotta have a different plan up there for us, and surely everything’s gonna work out in the end,” Kayla said.

I have a brother-in-law that went through a similar situation. His first wife, a convert to the Faith who developed enormous virtue, was diagnosed with cancer after conceiving her 6th child.  The doctors wanted her to abort and start cancer treatment immediately.  They gave her a very grim prognosis if she did not.  But she carried her daughter to full term even as her health badly deteriorated.  That daughter was born healthy and is still fine today, but Missy died as a result of the delayed treatment.  I never met Missy, though her widowed husband has spoken of her many times.  He believes his deceased wife to be a saint. Around the same time Missy died, one of my wife’s sister’s husband suddenly died.  She was left with 7 children, all of them young.

At any rate they two got together and had 5 more kids and are now the parents of 18 children.  Things haven’t always been easy, but they remain faithful and keep trying.  They’ve had some particular difficulties and I’m certain they would appreciate your prayers. If you would, in your charity, please pray for J and F and their family.

Now maybe I’ll do a post about last night’s calamity in Berkeley.

That’s Amoris! January 26, 2017

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I guess today is Video Thursday. Sorry for the flood.  This is the last one.  Greatness from Laurence England:

Lots of good laughs.  I really enjoyed that.

The Most Schadenfreude-Filled Inauguration Ever? January 20, 2017

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On this afternoon where our long national nightmare ends (and we are reminded of how an even worse one was avoided), there’s a lot of schadenfreude in the air.  Not that I mind.  I’m enjoying this as much as anyone.  Some videos from the day, including Trump’s swearing in and inaugural speech:

Promise the moon much?  I worry about the endless infrastructure and educational promises.  I am heartened by reports Trump intends to sharply reduce federal government staffing. We’ll see whether he can deliver.

The ceremonial parade, where Trump drags his vanquished enemies behind his golden chariot, is ongoing:

There have been riots and disruptions flaming tantrums aplenty today from some of those enemies yet unvanquished.  They managed to disrupt traffic and then started devolving into the usual childish violence cum rioting for which the Left is so justly infamous.  Keep it up, boneheads……..that’s how you got Trump.

In fact, as I watch the livestream right now, it seems the inaugural parade could descend into a wild melee at any moment.  Nice.  This is the new normal, folks. The Left would be reacting this way to ANY Republican who won, because all they have left in their rhetorical arsenal is hateful demonization.

Language warning below, but the always funny and on-point Gavin McGinness reviews Obama’s deplorable near-decade in office.  Worst. President. Ever.  McGinness is part of the new, young, very hip right that is – for better or worse – remaking the conservative movement in this country into a much more energized, combative, confrontational effort.  It will be interesting to see if this new movement has persistence or just happened to catch the Trump wave.

“Putin’s Russia has moved considerably to the right of the Pope’s Vatican.” January 20, 2017

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If by “right,” one means in the direction of promoting traditional Christian values and beliefs, I’d say that’s correct, and what a damning indictment that is, given how many errors the Russian Orthodox hold, in spite of the ancient nature of that Church and its many beautiful elements.

Reader TE sent a link to an article examining the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Putin’s Russia.  As in the days of the tsars of old, the relationship between Putin’s government and the Russian Orthodox Church is one of complex interdependence, each supporting and strengthening the other.  Post-Christian libertine Westerners are aghast at this relationship, but it’s very similar to how Church-state relations were conducted in western Christendom for centuries.  It would be fascinating – and one hopes instructive – to see if Putin’s close integration of the Church into Russian society/government leads to an increasingly stable, united, morally upright Russia.  That would serve as a powerful counter-example to the direction of the decadent West.

Some highlights from the piece, which is not exactly what I would call a ringing endorsement of these close Church/state relations:

Putin may not be religious in the traditional sense, but he certainly realizes that Christianity- specifically the Russian Orthodox Church- is the common glue that holds the Russian people together. It has deep historical roots that were dampened, but never extinguished by 75 years of communist rule. And it extends beyond the borders of Russia itself into neighboring lands, especially the Ukraine.

Putin has carefully nurtured his relationship with the Church. He has demanded that the oligarchs fund the rebuilding of almost 25,000 Orthodox churches in Russia. A recent law passed forbids the practice of religion outside of an established church- a law that targets Western religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses that practice in their home……..The Church is consulted on legislation of any nature that may touch upon religion.

Putin, like the Church, view themselves as a bulwark against Western decadence. [In spite of the many problems in Russia’s government, the endemic corruption and continued rot and decay, this is not an unfair assessment, and Russia’s re-embrace of religion (along with that ongoing in much of the former Soviet satellite states) is a damning indictment on the Western belief that the irreversible trajectory of history is towards more secularization, more libertinism, more hedonism, and less and less influence on religion.  We simply have not yet learned the lessons learned in the former communist states, which is that a society that explicitly rejects God is a dystopian nightmare where all manner of evils are prevalent in appalling abundance]  He has criticized Western values and “tolerance” as “genderless and infertile.” To Putin, the new Cold War is one of Western values versus Russian conservatism.

As a result, Russia has rising birth rates. [But still far from adequate] It is perhaps the only developed country where religion is taking on a greater role rather than a diminished one. His stance has been intolerant of divorce. He has banned the advertisement of abortion services. Pornography is banned as is “homosexual propaganda.” Putin’s Russia has moved considerably to the right of the Pope’s Vatican….. [Which is equally a commentary on the radicalism emanating from Rome as it is on Russia’s nascent return to its Christian roots]

……..There is nothing new here as concerns the Putin regime and the Church. Since the time of the czars, the Patriarchate and the Kremlin were allies- each doing the other’s bidding. The Church saw the czar as God’s chosen leader. But underlying the alliance was the belief in a shared and almost sacred vision of Russian exceptionalism and a unique national identity- neither Western nor Eastern.

Perhaps this explains why some have called upon Putin- not the EU, not the UN, not the Pope and not the US despite who occupies the Oval Office- to save Christianity. In fact, the Orthodox Church has specifically asked Putin to do just that and he enthusiastically responded, “Consider it done.”

Such a contrast to our decadent Western elites, who, even among those who do not outwardly mock and scorn Christianity, rarely do more than pay lip service to orthodox Christian belief.  Religion for the vast, vast majority in the West, especially among the elites, is at best a quaint relic from a benighted past, and at worst the most dangerous, corrosive, hateful element of society – something to be fought and crushed at all costs.

I think we shall see over the coming decades which vision produces the best effects.  Russia still faces enormous problems, and while the religious revival may be a mile wide, it is yet only an inch deep.  Massive problems including rampant alcoholism and the lackadaisical work ethic resulting from a lifetime of communist rule remain. But the post-Christian West very apparently has a suicidal death wish, forlornly refusing to learn the lessons of history and embracing the exact same ideologies that have led to endless misery and societal collapse around the world.  Should Russia’s religious revival intensify and work more deeply into the day to day lived experience of Russians, I have no doubt which society, which culture will be the more robust, the more vibrant 50 years from now.

This Stinks: Gene Cernan dead at 82 January 16, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Four Last Things, General Catholic, history, manhood, sadness, Society, technology, Victory.
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The old Apollo guys are going to their reward one by one.  Who is left at this point that walked on the moon?   Buzz Aldrin, Al Bean, Dave Scott, John Young, Charlie Duke, and Jack Schmitt.  All are in their 80s.

But today the last man to walk on the moon died.  Gene Cernan, who lived outside Kerrville, was 82:

Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday, NASA announced in a tweet. He was 82.

Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972 – the last lunar mission and one of the final Apollo flights. When Cernan stepped out from lunar module “Challenger” he became the 11th person to walk on the moon. His lunar module pilot, Jack Schmitt, was the 12th. But as commander, Cernan was the last to re-enter the module, making him the last person to walk on the lunar surface.

Cernan had previously served as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 10 and was a pilot on the Gemini IX mission.

Cernan logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space, of which 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon, according to NASA.

Cernan was one of only three men to travel to the moon twice.  The other two were Jim Lovell (still alive) and John Young.

There was a big row in NASA in the first half of 1970 when Nixon foolishly decided to gut the Apollo program (although, in his defense, most all of NASA management wanted it gutted, too).  After it was announced that Apollos 18-20 would be cancelled, even though the hardware was already almost entirely built (everything but the LMs for Apollo 19 and 20), the scientific community got all fired up because the then-current crew rotation would mean that no scientist would fly to the moon if Apollo 17 was the last mission.  The first scientist scheduled to go was Jack Schmitt to the Tycho Crater on Apollo 18 with Commander Dick Gordon.  No Apollo 18 meant no scientist on the moon.

But not so fast.  The science guys raised a big enough ruckus that NASA management was “encouraged” to change the crew rotation.  Gordon and Schmitt had been training together for 6 months at that point so Gordon hoped the entire crew for 18 would just replace Gene Cernan’s crew for 17.  That would have left Cernan out in the cold.  But instead, the awesomely skilled former X-15 pilot Joe Engle was bumped as LMP from Apollo 17 in favor of Schmitt, and Dick Gordon had to watch his chance to be the somewhat famous last man on the moon go up in smoke.

Gene Cernan was a bit of an anomaly among early Apollo astronauts in not being a test pilot.  He was an attack aviation guy in the Navy, flying Skyhawks, when he found out he had been accepted into the third round of astronaut selectees.  Cernan was generally viewed as a competent straight shooter who perhaps had the flaw of being a bit aggressive in his self-promotion.  There was quite a bit of that among the Apollo astronauts, of course.  After his time in NASA and almost de rigeuer collapse of his first marriage, Cernan became a bit of a sad creature, a sort of a caricature of his salad days version of himself, always Captain Cernan, always the former astronaut, not Geno or Gene anymore.

Still, they rarely make men like this anymore.  We’re much too soft to produce such steely eyed missile men as those who flew to the moon in a delicate, lowest-cost government-run contraption.  Engineering was done on slide rules back then, with no 3-D solid modeling and with less computing power in the entire NASA basement than one smart phone today.  And yet they did it, and the engineers of back then were probably far, far better than those of today, man for man.

Gene Cernan was at least a nominal Catholic most of his life.  Not sure if he died one.  I pray for the repose of his soul.

Few know Cernans’s most dangerous mission was not Apollo 17, was not on Apollo at all, but was on Gemini 9A.  During the mission he was to perform only America’s second spacewalk, the first since Ed White briefly flew outside Gemini 4.  What most people did not know at that time, is that White barely made it back inside the spacecraft.  His inflated pressure suit did not want to fit in the cramped capsule and he and commander Jim McDivitt struggled mightily to get it closed. As a result, White got quite severely overheated.

Well, White’s walk lasted perhaps 20 minutes, whereas Cernan’s was scheduled to last several hours.  However, he also ran into problems with inadequate cooling in his spacesuit, especially when in the 250 degree temperatures on the sunny side of the world.  Physical exertion, of which there was plenty, made him sweat profusely.  Then, when the capsule went around the night side of the earth, all that moisture inside his suit froze.  His visor was almost completely frosted over and Cernan was blind.  He barely managed to make it back inside the ship, and probably had a heat stroke trying to get the hatch shut.

Cernan and Stafford repeated their two-man team on Apollo 10, when another accident could have killed them both.  An incorrect setting on a guidance computer caused their Lunar Module to tumble out of control while practicing the landing maneuvers that Apollo 11 would perform on the first lunar landing.  The telemetry showed the LM “Snoopy” doing three 360s before Stafford flipped the switch to go from backup abort guidance to the Apollo Guidance Computer.  That fixed it.

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Texas Ain’t Perfect……… January 4, 2017

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……but it’s a heckuva lot better than a lot of places.  Two recent bits of evidence to that end, Texas has officially removed Planned Murderhood from its list of approved Medicaid “health care” suppliers, and a Texas judge has declared Obama’s plan to allow full-grown, mentally-ill men to legally use little girl’s restrooms unconstitutional:

Texas officially removed Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program Tuesday, according to a report from the Texas Tribune

A legal notice obtained by the Tribune said the $3 million in Medicaid reimbursements the organization received in 2015 will be canceled in 30 days. Planned Parenthood could request a hearing with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to delay the cutoff date, but officials told the Tribune they would resolve the matter in court.

“Planned Parenthood continues to serve Medicaid patients and will seek a preliminary injunction in an ongoing lawsuit filed in November 2015, following the state’s original threats to take action against Planned Parenthood’s patients,” Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, told the Tribune. [Everything is inverted, everything is inside out.  This is not taking action against Banned Parenthood’s patients, but against Planned Parenthood itself.  But PP is deeply politically unpopular, so they erect a virtual shield in the form of whatever patients they’ve had.  Unfortunately, since this will go to the courts, it’s a crap shoot as to how it will come out.  With Trump in, the odds improve somewhat, but are far from a certainty that the courts will rule rightly.  All it takes is one leftist judge and all Texas’ gains in the pro-life area can be undone.]

The state has been looking to completely remove Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program since October of last year, after a series of undercover videos was released that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the use of fetal tissue for research.  [The videos didn’t show Planned Butcherhood “discussing the use of fetal tissue for research,” they showed numerous Planned Barrenhood employees planning the sale of vast volumes of baby parts for profit, in addition to conducting illegal partial-birth abortions in order to save the most profitable bits.]

The anti-abortion group behind the videos claimed Planned Parenthood was improperly collecting fetal tissue from abortions and profiting from tissue donation reimbursements. Planned Parenthood officials have denied these claims and said they haven’t broken any laws.  [Sure, and 99% of those on death row claim they’ve never committed a crime]

Now, regarding the do or die issue of 2016 for the outgoing, diabolical Obama Administration, transgender bathrooms.  Foiled again, Barry Hussein:

A federal judge in Texas issued another crushing blow to President Obama’s transgender agenda Saturday: The judge granted a temporary injunction halting federal health officials’ efforts to enforce rules that would “likely violate” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

In a 46-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with the state and ruled that the Obama administration’s attempts to tailor health regulations while bolstering trans individuals’ rights would “likely violate” the RFRA by placing “substantial pressure on Plaintiffs to perform and cover transition and abortion procedures.” The rule, which was geared toward preventing discrimination against trans persons, failed to persuade O’Connor as he weighed its implementation against the possibility of violating doctors’ religious beliefs. [Everything, including the ludicrous “transgender bathoom” issue, comes back to abortion, for the Left.  It’s the source and summit of their demonic faith]

……..as O’Connor noted, the rule would have “imposed a substantial burden” on private health care providers’ abilities to honor their religious exercise and expression because the rule contains no suitable exemptions.

“The regulations at issue would force doctors to enforce gender transition procedures even on young children, even when doctors believe the procedure is harmful,” Luke Goodrich, an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty representing the case’s plaintiff, told the Houston Chronicle……

…..O’Connor’s Saturday decision marked the second time he has actively thwarted the Obama administration’s agenda in 2016. Back in October, the judge blocked the federal government’s move requiring public schools to allow trans persons to use whichever restroom suited their gender identities. [Good for Reed O’Connor.  One of the few good things that came out of the Bush ’43 administration]

The article did not even touch on an equally egregious aspect of Obama’s ploy, in addition to his attempt to impose immorality through governmental force, no matter how much it harms beliefs deeply held by millions of Americans, and that is his attempt to legislate by executive fiat. Obama knows transgender bathrooms are deeply unpopular across much of the country and there is absolutely zero chance that Congress, as presently constituted, would pass a law imposing such.  Knowing that he is constitutionally thwarted, Obama, as he has often done, has tried an end-run through executive fiat.  Sadly, due to the weakness of Republican leadership in Congress (and, more than likely, their private agreement with him on many of these issues), Obama has been permitted to function in this rule by decree manner far too often, and gotten away with it.

I pray Trump examines ALL the areas in which Obama has attempted to force his agenda through like a tin pot dictator, and repeals them all, including these cultural/social issues that are really even more important that economic/political ones.   If he did that alone in his first 30 days his administration would be off to a strong start.

Trump to DHS: Start Preparations to Build Wall January 4, 2017

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Wellity wellity wellity – is this one prominent campaign promise that might come true?  What might such a wall look like?  What kind of overwatch would it have?  Guard towers every X meters, or regular patrols, or an abundance of sensors, or all of the above, or?  If we can find three camel herding Taliban in 50,000 square kilometers of mountain terrain with airborne drones, can we not find most all the 2-3 million illegals who cross the border every year?

Do you think it will really happen?  I imagine the wall would have to be completed within his term(s) of office, because I don’t see many replacements that would finish it.  Can it be done?  How much will it help? (my guess – if built right and patrolled properly, it will cut illegal immigration 90+%, which is why the business/political elite hates the idea so much):

A memo from the Department of Homeland Security, which was recently reviewed by Reuters, suggest that the Trump administration plans to hit the ground running on the construction of that U.S.-Mexico border wall when they move into the White House later this month.  The memo apparently summarized a meeting held between DHS officials and Trump’s transition team on December 5th in which requests were made for an assessment of “all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.” [Back in the 80s, the South Africans had flat bed trucks rigged with gear that could spit out hundreds of feet of triple concertina wire in seconds. The truck just drove along at a fair pace while the wire spat out the back.  Great way to isolate a fair sized locality very quickly. A southern border wall could be built incrementally, starting with a quick and dirty version while a more permanent one is built.  Even triple concertina will slow people down, a lot.]

In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.

The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump’s transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Reuters. The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect’s strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration. [The Left will try to tie this up in the courts]

The Trump transition team also allegedly took aim at Obama’s executive actions, requesting “copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009.” 

The transition team also asked for copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009, according to the memo summarizing the meeting.

Trump has said he intends to undo Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including a 2012 order to allow children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to remain in the country on temporary authorizations that allow them to attend college and work. [the so-called “dreamers.”]

The program, known as DACA, collected information including participants’ addresses that could theoretically be used to locate and deport them if the policy is reversed.

I’m agnostic on what happens to those millions currently in the country illegally once a wall gets built, or the immigration system is otherwise contained and stabilized at much lower, more easily integrated numbers.  I would actually prioritize expatriation of muslims, especially those with any even remotely radical or criminal connections, far ahead of deporting Hispanics.  Once the immigration rate is stabilized, it may be found that most Hispanics currently here illegally may remain and begin a path to normalized citizenship (save for those with criminal records and with a history of welfare abuse).  There are many reasonable avenues to pursue, once the crisis is past and we can calmly and rationally consider what to do with those already here.

But it’s almost impossible to act wisely while in the midst of such a terrific crisis as we are faced with a practically non-existent southern border.  It’s also difficult to act wisely when one political party seeks to gain a permanent majority by importing reliable voters to the detriment to much of the existing native population.  There are myriad reasons why a wall is necessary and prudent, in spite of any “offense” building such might seem to commit against charity.  Charity does have its bounds, especially in the material sense.  It is not required to absolutely impoverish oneself for the improvement of another, and that could well be what this nation faces on this current path of essentially unconstrained immigration.

One can only imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth that will emanate from the USCCB (and this diocese?) should one brick get laid on that wall.  We rarely hear how those imported Catholics (half of which will be gone from the Church within 10 years or less) are exploited and abused by unscrupulous employers due to their precarious legal status.

Non Sequitur But Awesome: Massive New Oil Discoveries in Texas November 17, 2016

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Two massive new oil discoveries in West Texas, to the tune of nearly 30 billion barrels, have now increased Texas’ likely recoverable reserves to around 100 billion barrels, putting the state in the same ballpark of recoverable reserves as such petrochemical giants as Iraq and the UAE.  Massive recoverable deposits in shale beneath the already heavily produced Permian Basin are coupled with a new find in an area long considered unsuitable for oil fields, the Davis Mountains region of far West Texas.  That’s great news for a part of the state that has long been economically depressed and very sparsely populated.

Anyhoo, good news for the oil patch, which always has a spillover effect on the entire economy of the state.  There will be  – God willing – a lot of very good paying jobs and careers opened up by this, for the people most ignored and left behind in our free trade manufacturingless economy; blue collar whites, the same people largely responsible for electing Trump:

The US Geological Survey said Tuesday that it assessed what could be the largest deposit of untapped oil ever discovered in America.

An estimated average of 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are available for the taking in the Wolfcamp shale, which is in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin. [But reserve growth may see this find exceed 20 billion barrels by a large margin, if it is economically recoverable]

Based on a West Texas Intermediate crude oil price of $45 per barrel, those deposits are worth about $900 billion.

US oil exploration companies have flocked to the superrich Permian Basin in recent years and used shale-drilling technology to create an oil boom that simultaneously helped trigger a price crash two years ago. The count of active oil rigs fell with prices, but has risen over the past few months, mostly in the Permian. Bloomberg noted that the Wolfcamp, where this deposit was found, has been one of the primary targets of shale drillers.

“The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more,” Walter Guidroz, program coordinator for the USGS Energy Resources Program, said in a statement.

The other find, from last September:

The Houston oil exploration company Apache has made one of the biggest U.S. oil and gas discoveries in years, finding the equivalent of more than 15 billion barrels of oil in a relatively unknown quadrant of West Texas’s Permian Basin, the company said Wednesday………

………..Apache said it’s new field holds more than 3 billion barrels of oil – nearly the equivalent of an entire year of U.S. crude production – and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, making it the company’s biggest U.S. discovery ever and one of its most important worldwide. The field, which sits in the western subsection of the Permian known as the Delaware Basin, surpasses Apache’s gas finds in British Columbia of more than 50 trillion cubic feet in 2012 and of about2 trillion cubic feet in Egypt’s Qasr field in 2003.

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Man, that is literally middle of nowhere, Texas.  Between Fort Stockton and Van Horn is one of the most sparsely populated regions of the entire lower 48.

This is also potentially extremely good news for US energy independence.  While we presently import very little oil and gas from the Mideast, we do import quite a bit from other sources.  That’s a huge outflow of money, and always a potential security risk.  Fortunately, our number one oil provider, Canada, rarely gets frisky.

A nice, long, 30 year oil boom would surely be a wonderful thing for lots and lots of people.  At least with Obama leaving office and no Shillary we won’t have to worry much about an EPA-induced termination of fracking, which is behind all these discoveries.

So What Should Be Trump’s Highest Priorities? November 10, 2016

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Reader Tim left a good comment that ties in with my post from yesterday.  Clinton’s defeat and Trump’s election (my preference in that order) is not the end of the struggle to right this nation, but the beginning.  We cannot simply conclude our job is done and look for those we have elected to do the work of restoring this nation along at least Constitutional, if not Catholic, lines.  To do so would be blindly foolish, seeing how many victories we have handed Repubniks and how little they have accomplished with all that power.  Many certainly hope Trump will represent a revolution against this failed establishment, but we have seen many well-intentioned people go to DC before him and become corrupted and part of the establishment in no time.

One of the worst tendencies of Christians and conservatives generally is to quit while much work remains to be done.  We do this because we have many other things, better things, God, families, jobs, churches, that need our attention and support.  But the Left never quits.  They don’t quit often because their literal job or career is leftist agitation, but they also don’t do so because their politics is their religion and thus they maintain a religious zeal in the prosecution of their political ends.  I am not saying we should ever emulate leftists in this respect.  But we should remain just as involved and active as we were in September and October, now that the improbable has happened and a possible revolutionary candidate has been elected to the highest office in the land.

We absolutely must hold Trump’s, and the Republican Party’s, feet to the fire on all the issues that matter most to devout souls.  To do that, however, we need to understand what it is we need accomplished, and the relative priority for the many, many things that need to be done to not only help restore this nation along Constitutional lines, but awaken a spiritual revival in its citizens.  To that end, I suggest what I feel should be the highest priorities for both Trump and the Republican Congress to achieve in, if not the first 100 days, at least the first two years in office.  I am recommending specific actions, not general things like “promote Christianity” or whatever, which Trump may not be terribly adept at, anyway.

A few items, off the top of my head:

  1. Nominate a true conservative to replace Anthony Scalia.  Use the nuclear option as required as the dems promised to do if they regained a majority in the Senate, to get this nominee confirmed.  Ted Cruz would be excellent, I believe.  Others from Trump’s September short-list would be fine.  Have a candidate vetted and ready to go to replace Ginsburg should she retire/pass away, too.
  2. Control the Border.  I don’t care if it’s a wall, or a fence, or armed troops with constant UAV overhead, or whatever, but we must reduce illegal immigration by at least an order of magnitude from its current uncontrolled status.  I think a wall is the cheapest, most cost effective way to do this, but I’m open to other, serious suggestions.  One of the first priorities should be to start laying out a design for the wall, acquiring land, and beginning construction well before the mid-terms of 2018.
  3. Repeal the Johnson Amendment: this could be done easily with the Republican majority in Congress.  This could help jump-start the restoration of spiritual ardor of this nation right away, and could turn into a great rallying point for Christians.  The media/left would have a difficult time arguing that churches should not have the same free speech rights as other groups.  Numerous charities already support and oppose candidates by name rather openly, there is no reason churches cannot.  It would also help put more bishops and priests on the spot with regard to undermining of Catholic Doctrine through support of amoral politicians and political parties.
  4. Overturn Obama’s illegal immigration-enabling executive orders. Also, terminate immigration of muslims or at least enormously curtail this.  Give great preference to Christians seeking to immigrate from Middle Eastern countries the policies of his predecessors have destroyed.  This is part of #2, and could really be done from the moment he enters office with the stroke of a pen.  He needs no real political capital to accomplish this.  The Left will scream he’s a racist “islamophobe,” but they’re doing that, anyway.
  5. Also, overturn the policy of reunification for a policy of preferential treatment.  Right now, one member of an immigrant family enters the US deliberately, knowing they will be allowed to bring their entire family along at a later date.  Replace this policy with one favoring skilled individuals willing to inculturate and be a positive contribution to the nation economically, instead of a leach on the too-generous welfare system.
  6. Work to Overturn Obamacare.  As part of this, immediately repeal all aspects of Obamacare that impinge on religious liberty, such as the HHS Mandate. I know scores of people whose private health insurance costs have skyrocketed since Obamacare began, along with reduction in service and huge increases in deductibles.  Our spending on health care has doubled in the past two years, thanks to Obamacare.  Everyone of the several doctors I frequent voted for Trump because they see the destruction Obamacare is causing every day, and how much it’s hurting people.  Here, Trump may not even need to take positive action, simply let it implode of its own accord?
  7. Break Down the Internal Security Apparatus of the “War on Terror.”  Terminate phone data gathering, cell phone intercepts, etc.  Eliminate the costly and useless TSA and replace them with private security as needed at certain airports.  Institute profiling as practiced in Israel and other more sensible nations.
  8. Work to Re-invigorate the US Manufacturing Base. I don’t care if this involves reneging on free trade agreements, instituting tariffs on China and similar unfair competitors (it has been literally insane that we have basically funded China’s rise to great power status through trillions of US dollars sent there via cheap imports), lowering corporate taxes, or what, but a major reason Trump was elected is because non-college educated Americans have been getting pummelled for 20 years, at least, as free trade deals benefit the US Chamber of Commerce and corporate upper management but leave the middle class destitute.  Also take steps to prevent the erosion of white collar professions through limits on H-1B visas and penalizing offshoring of professional jobs and the like.
  9. Implement an across the board and severe cut in the federal bureaucracy, reducing it, on a per capita basis, to year 2000 levels, at least?  If the federal bureaucracy wants to be politicized and act as weapons of a particular party, they can suffer the consequences.
  10. Terminate involvement in endless overseas conflicts and use the savings to help re-capitalize parts of the military or for deficit reduction.  Shift back to a Reagan/Weinberger doctrine of only getting involved in combat if VITAL interests are at stake.  Nation building is not a vital interest of the US, nor are futile efforts to spread democracy across the Mid-East.  Regarding ISIS, I’m agnostic, it is a threat and should be contained, but could this not be accomplished by means other than direct involvement of US combat forces?
  11. Encourage and accomplish Kalifornia’s departure from the union.  Californian leftists (which is the vast majority, they voted for Shillary 2:1.  Without California, Hillary would have lost by nearly 4 million votes) have been making noise that they want to leave the US now that someone distasteful to them is president.  I say, let them go.  That way, we won’t be on the hook to bail out their state government hundreds of billions of dollars in debt.  Sort of a joke.  Or not.

I’m probably missing some obvious ones, which is why I open the floor to you, dear readers.  If even the first five were accomplished it would be an enormous step towards restoring this nation and turning it away from the dystopian, balkanized corporatist-socialist construct the Left has been pointing at for decades.  As for deporting those here illegally, I see no huge urgency in doing so long as we get control of the border!  Once that is accomplished and the crisis is passed, we will be in a much better position to decide how to deal with those millions who have come here illegally already.  As left-wingers are finding out to their dismay, it’s not nearly so easy to immigrate to a socialist paradise like Canada as it is into the US.  We have some of the most lax immigration laws around.

Tell me your ideas!  And how do we insure Trump and the Republican Congress implement them!

May Our Sweet Lord Jesus Christ Be Praised……. November 9, 2016

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………and His Mother, Patroness of the Americas, praised as well.

Last night was a stunning upset and a repudiation of the globalist, transnational, one-world order that elites around the world but especially in the US and Western Europe have tried to impose on increasingly unwilling populations policies that enrich and empower a narrow few while impoverishing great swaths of people.

Trump was very far from my ideal candidate.  I don’t know too many people not in the alt-right who were really behind him and convinced of a true conversion to conservative beliefs, but he was better than the demonic alternative with which we were faced – an alternative that extended well beyond the corrupt felon Hillary Clinton and her rapist husband to the entire progressive/socialist media/government/academic/cultural nexus.  It was a giant FU to gender theory, allowing adult men in little girl’s restrooms, safe spaces and trigger warnings.  And a well deserved one at that.

But as I noted yesterday, this hardly means we are saved.  It might mean, hopefully, that we are not doomed, however.  Under Klinton, we would have been, the enormous damage done during 8 years of government under the most extreme socialist ever elected president in this nation’s history would have been made permanent and irreversible.  With the Repubniks retaining control of the House and Senate – but narrowly in the latter – will some steps to control the border, terminate the nightmare fiasco of Obamacare, and repeal horribly damaging trade deals finally come to fruition?  One can hope, but the Repubniks have shown themselves to be uniquely unwilling to fight the progressive agenda even when the people give them repeated explicit mandates to do so.

And, as I noted yesterday, the principle problem that is consuming this nation like a cancer – it’s spiritual derangement – is not substantially improved by this election. We can hope things will not get dramatically worse, as they certainly would have under demon lady, but the rot still exists and Trump’s election is in a sense a confirmation of it.  30 years ago, a man with his atrocious personal morality would not have stood a chance of being elected.  Today, he can.  I’m gratified he won, but even that victory is a sign of how far we have fallen.

We shall see how things proceed from here.  I know many are excited and see great possibilities of some true rolling back of the satanic one world government/religion that has plainly been in the making from Rome to Washington, D.C., but whether those possibilities become reality is still a very uncertain thing.

For now, however, this is a time for celebration.  I was up till 2am waiting for Trump to finish the haggard would be queen.  My Lord, if nothing else, to finally be rid of that horrid, horrid woman is such a blessing.  May she never serve in public office again.  One would imagine the Qataris and Moroccans and Russian billionaires and others who made hundred million dollar donations to the Clinton Corruption Fund might be demanding a refund.  The schadenfreude – not really something Catholics should engage in, but impossible to resist at a time like this – has been sweet, delicious, and served up piping hot since about 9pm EST last night.  The liberal tears have been pouring like Niagara Falls – which makes an interesting contrast to the sense of resignation many conservatives/Christians had before the “miracle” happened and full evidence of the popular revolt against the self-serving plutocrats of the global elite was in view.  I hope Nigel Farage is right and that this is just phase 2 of a general worldwide rejection of the self-seeking elite who thought they had just about sewn up their permanent place in power.  That battle still has a very long way to go.

I also hope this election is the final nail in the coffin of the credibility of the leftist media.  They sold their souls to get Obama elected twice, and went all in, 100%+, for Hillary this time around, and still lost.  I pray that is a portent of things to come, that the self-anointed media elites will see their influence swiftly and permanently crater.

Even though Trump is very far from what one would call a moral man,  this is an election result I think Catholics can legitimately be happy about.  I know so many were praying so fervently – I’ll admit, I was on my knees much more about this election than I was either 2008 or 12, because this really seemed like this was it, the last chance to keep a chance! of this nation going off a cliff from which it could never return.  We’re very, very far from “happy days are here again,” but we’re also not playing a funereal dirge.

God must be praised in all things, in victory and defeat, but I am so very thankful that he had mercy on this nation and on the Remnant of faithful and decent people in this country.  I pray this is not a short lived victory, but just the start of a political, economic, and most importantly spiritual revolution – no, reawakening, in this country.  Either way, we need to remember to offer as many prayers of thanks as we did of heartfelt supplication.

In all things may His will be done.  I also want to thank the good priests and few bishops who encouraged their flocks to vote and to vote rightly.  There was a clear moral distinction in this election and, for once, a happy outcome resulted.

Now, pray God, may the victorious party finally implement the will of the people who put them into office.  We on the right tend to get fat dumb and happy after a perceived victory. This is not a time to relax and assume we have won, for the left and its spiritual master will never stop.  This is just the beginning, we must continue and even redouble our efforts.

But a few days of rejoicing is certainly in order.  God bless you all.