Five From The Fathers

Five From The Fathers

When you perceive that God is chastising you, fly not to his enemies . . . but to his friends, the martyrs, the saints and those who were pleasing to him, and who have great power . . .

Saint John Chrysotom

A Christian people celebrates together in religious solemnity the memorials of the martyrs, both to encourage their being imitated and so that it can share in their merits and be aided by their prayers.

Saint Augustine of Hippo

In this way is he (the true Christian) always pure for prayer. He also prays in the society of angels as being already of angelic ran, and he is never out of their holy keeping; and though he pray alone, he has the choir of the saints standing with him.

Saint Clement of Alexandria

In additon to the stuyd and true knowledge of the Scriptures are needed a good life and pure soul and virtue in Christ, so that the mind, journeying in this path, may be able to obtain and apprehend what it desires, in so far as human nature is able to learn about God the Word. For without a pure mind and a life modeled on the saints, no one can apprehend the words of the saints.

Saint Althanasius the Great

The divine Scripture likewise says that the souls of the just are in God’s hands and death cannot lay hold of them. For death is rather the sleep of the saints than their death. “For they travailed in this life and shall to the end,”and Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” What then, is more precious than to be in the hand of God. For God is Life and Light, and those who are in God’s hand are in life and light.

Saint John of Damascus

Five From The Fathers

Courtesy of Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church of Swarthmore.

Five From The Fathers

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Whenever anyone has offended me William W. Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 5-26-24

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
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Whenever anyone has offended me William W. Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 5-26-24

Peter Sonski And American Solidarity Run Principled Presidential Campaign

Peter Sonski And American Solidarity Run Principled Presidential Campaign

By Bob Small

The next President will have five letters in his name. The next President will be serving his second term. The next President will be our oldest serving President, older than Ronald Reagan, 77 when he left office. Either way, we will have six more months of Biden/Trump.

There are a dozen of what I call “Alternative Parties” with presidential candidates and with Pennsylvania connections.

The American Solidarity Party of Pennsylvania can be accessed at here.

They are a self-described Party with Christian democratic values” Among their seven principles is Sanctity of Life, which means they are anti-abortion and anti-death penalty and see themselves as consistent in this regard.

Among their 14 platform segments, they see foreign policy as the belief that “the United States should be committed to a more peaceful world through international cooperation and restriction of the use of military force to a strict understanding of just war theory. “

Peter Sonski is the party’s nominee for president for 2024. He former radio host, a member of Connecticut’s regional School Board 17, and director of The Knights of Columbus Museum.

His running mate is Lauren Onak who has a masters in Adolescent Education from Hunter College but is a stay-at-home mom to three children.

Good party .org gives an outline of What to Know About the American Solidarity Party including that they support “ economic policies that promote fairness, workers’ rights, and the redistribution of wealth to combat inequality.” including a living wage, etc. This article also mentions that they draw inspiration from the “ Christian Democratic movements prevalent in Europe and Latin America,” a rather unusual combination in North America.

One of my newest favorite online publications, The Imaginative Conservative, gives a dozen reasons why one should support them and starts with the adage “good news is only good when it’s subversive.”

The article’s third reason is that “The ASP supports common-sense environmental initiatives. Without being crazy tree-huggers, they promote responsible care for the environment that corrects wanton commercial exploitation.”

The eighth reason is “Supporting the ASP means holding your head up (because you are gazing at the stars) rather than hanging your head because you were gazing at the gutter”

Anyway, we probably know who the next President will be, if not the vice-president.

Peter Sonski And American Solidarity Run Principled Presidential Campaign
Peter Sonski And Lauren Onak

Peter Sonski And American Solidarity

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Success is to be measured William W. Lawrence Sr 5-25-24

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T. Washington

Success is to be measured William W. Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 5-25-24

Sharon Devaney Guest On Don’t Back Down

Sharon Devaney Guest On Don’t Back Down — Sharon Devaney was among the guests of the May 22 Don’t Back Down program on WWDB -AM Talk 860.

Sharon has been speaking out about the irresponsibility of county officials to distinguish between those who emigrate to America legally and those who don’t.

She was crippled in 2017 when a illegal smashed her car in blatant violation of traffic signals. The illegal was never punished for her action.

The show is worth listening to and here is a link.

https://rumble.com/v4x6svk-sharon-devaney-on-dont-back-down.html

Don’t Back Down is a great program and can be a great part of one’s week. It’s hosted by the entertaining and enlightening Andy Teitelman and Stan Casacio. It runs Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.

Starting noon, today, May 24, on WWDB is The Conservative Voice with Gary Heasley. Guest include Steve Edenbo, who re-enacts Thomas Jefferson; economist Joel Griffith, Geri Perna, the aunt of J-6 victim Matthew Perna and Samad, a Philadelphia activist.

Sharon Devaney Guest On Don't Back Down
Sharon Devaney of Haverford with Charlie Alexander of Marple, another person calling attention to the dangers of indifference to immigration laws in Delaware County, Pa.

Sharon Devaney Guest On Don’t Back Down

Parking Kiosks And Cameras Are Undesirable Tech For Swarthmore

Parking Kiosks And Cameras Are Undesirable Tech For Swarthmore

By Bob Small

Swarthmore Council, May 6, tabled a plan to introduce parking kiosks. The introduction of parking kiosks had been discussed at previous meetings.

That the plan was tabled doesn’t mean it still won’t happen

This is from an unpublished letter sent to the Swarthmorean;

Armond White had spoken of “technology and it’s worship” and this Swarthmore Borough change to parking kiosks has many potential problems, some of which are described in this article by Megan Hills from The Columbus Dispatch.

Swarthmore Borough is currently unable to keep up with the maintenance of their parking meters. How will they then keep up with an even higher level of technology and keep the kiosks operational?

Many of us have already battled with the Media kiosks, and, having admitted defeat, rarely attempt to go there. Many of their machines refuse to accept coinage.

Is this the best that Swarthmore can do?

In The Pros and Cons of Parking Meter Solutions other negatives listed are;

As an honor system parking meters traditionally provide less revenue capture

  • Customers sometimes forget their license plate number or have difficulty entering information into the system (Pay-by-License-Plate)
  • Some systems do require proof of payment on a dashboard (Pay-and-Display)
  • Validations are challenging because it is a pre-pay system
  • Regular parking enforcement for compliance is required (additional labor costs)

It turns out that the condo developer decided not to pay his share of any parking changes, so they have been put on hold. We will now have diagonal parking become parallel parking and there will now be a charge for meters on Saturday rather than free parking.

Meanwhile, the proposed Town Center cameras have been tabled. Initially, the rainbow crosswalk(s) were approved as it cost the Borough nada. However, the crosswalk(s) were defaced and the Swarthmore Police Department wants to find the perp. These cameras would cost $8,675, with a possible split in cost with Swarthmore College i.e. $4,337.50.

One of our favorite councilpersons, Scarlett McCahill, said “For instance in the U.K., it’s widely used in public spaces, and it hasn’t demonstrated much reduction in petty crime, and it’s susceptible to abuse, whether that’s criminal abuse, personal, or institutional.” She went on to say “I don’t think this is something that enhances our public life.” For full remarks, see The Swarthmorean article.

Parking Kiosks And Cameras Are Undesirable Tech

Parking Kiosks And Cameras Are Undesirable Tech

Hundred minus one day William W. Lawrence Sr 5-24-24

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
A. A. Milne

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Even-handedness Sought From Delco Domestic Abuse Project

Even-handedness Sought From Delco Domestic Abuse Project — Ulysses Slaughter of Media, Pa. is trying to create an online petition calling for the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County (DAP) to become more circumspect in accepting claims of abuse.

Unfortunately, Change.org keeps removing it.

Why?

A reader flagged it as “potentially problematic” and Change.org said it was “online intimidation.”

As opposed to demanding that commencement speakers being removed? All petitions can be defined as “intimidation”. They are, after all, meant to coerce “change” by mass appeal.

Slaughter was evicted from his home Aug. 4, 2021, by State Police when his now ex-wife falsely accused him of assault.

His four children from another marriage were evicted five days later.

The couple had been officially married for six months but Slaughter says its true start was in 2019 when they exchanged vows in a Quaker ceremony.

Slaughter says he and his ex bought the home in her name to avoid an issue with a tax delinquency in his. The expectation was that she’d add his name to the deed.

That didn’t happen.

The assault allegation did.

The then-wife then requested a protection from abuse order.

A hearing for the PFA happened Aug. 12, 2021 before Common Pleas Court Judge Andrea Puppio.

She ruled for Slaughter.

Slaughter is involved with a group seeking to stop false allegations for advantage in domestic matters.

He notes that a DAP representative had appeared with his wife at his hearing to give credibility on a claim that was quickly revealed to be spurious. He had hoped to petition the organization to become less knee-jerk. He notes that he had worked with, and supported, DAP. Slaughter recognizes that domestic abuse happens and condemns it. He just wants DAP to understand that false claims have become a common strategy to gain advantage in marital breakups.

Slaughter says he is suing his wife for breach of contract for refusal to add his name to the deed.

We have been writing stories about moms falsely accused of abuse, the claims of which have been uncritically accepted by Delaware County Children and Youth Services.

These moms have lost access to their children for months

Two of these moms were teachers and they can’t work because they are listed as child abusers.

None have been convicted much less tried as such.

Then there is the case of Jody McMahon, who hasn’t kissed her children in five years because the Montgomery County courts think she poses them some kind of danger. Her nightmare started, ironically, with an abuse allegation against her ex husband.

Renee Mazer wrote a book regarding her own nightmare that started in Chester County courts and ended with her losing access to her youngest son for several years.

This also started with an abuse allegation against her husband.

Renee says that fathers are more likely to get custody now than mothers because of the Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act of 1996. She says this incentives courts via federal funds to take the dad’s side.

She recommends Motherless America by Doreen Ludwig to explain this. The book concerns Ms. Ludwig’s nightmare in Lancaster County.

Considering that those coming forward to describe custodial horror stories are overwhelmingly women, we think that perhaps the pendulum has now swung a bit too far.

This shouldn’t be a boy versus girl thing.

If 100 dads out of 100 get custody that might be right.

Of course, so might vice-versa.

Ending the profit incentive for lawyers and court-appointed counselor to keep things going as long as possible could be a good first step.

Yes, family troubles have become a get-rich-quick thing by some rather bad people.

Making divorce a bit harder when kids are involved would also help.

“Hypothetically, I can unequivocally say . . . I would choose a psychopathic, child torturing spouse I haven’t had sex with in years over child torturing psychopathic lawyers and judges who screw me on a daily basis,” Renee says.

Even-handedness Sought From Delco Domestic Abuse Project

Even-handedness Sought From Delco Domestic Abuse Project

Proof Positive Establishment Press Is Propaganda

Proof Positive Establishment Press Is Propaganda — Those who still assume the American media are tenacious watchdogs pursing truth without fear or favor should watch this video of snippets showing otherwise.

The media you’ve been taught to trust since childhood are lying propagandists on behalf of an anti-democratic oligarchy that seeks to impoverish and enslave you.

This is proof positive.

Only a fool will not seek other sources.

There are plenty out there.

Proof Positive Establishment Press Is Propaganda

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
Herman Melville

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