CARNIVORES UNITE: Responses to Vox’s tweet – “Save the planet by eating factory made processed bean paste flavoured with chemicals.” “I think we need to up our bacon game in 2022.” “137 shellfish? Maybe in one crawfish boil.” “I’ve eaten a tenth of a cow in one meal.” “I take this as a challenge. Thank you, Vox, for my New Years resolution.”
FDA: On Thursday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to produce the documents it relied on to license the Pfizer-BioNTech ‘rona vaxxx at a rate of 55,000 pages per month, which gives them just over eight months. The FDA claimed it couldn’t manage more than 500 pages per month, which would have given them about 75 years.
I-95: For 24 hours this week, 48 miles of traffic was stopped by freezing temperatures. One couple noticed that a Schmidt Baking truck was also stuck out on the road with them. They called the company and asked them to open up the truck to stranded motorists who had been there all night, most without food or water, some with elderly passengers, small children, and pets. The company owner called the driver and told him to open up. With the help of some people close by, they were able to give bread to more than 50 cars.
The situation was worse for those in electric vehicles, because batteries of all kinds lose capacity more rapidly in cold weather. Cold also makes recharging take longer, assuming there was a charging station nearby. You couldn’t pay me to own one of those things.
J6: None of the people who participated in the so-called “insurrection” have been charged with “insurrection” … or “sedition” or “terrorism” or any other actually serious crime.
MIRACLE: On January 20, 2021, a gas explosion destroyed a parish building at the Virgen de la Paloma Parish in Madrid, Spain. One newly-ordained priest died from injuries and the chapel tabernacle, where the Holy Eucharist had been reserved, was completely destroyed. Look at the photo on the left! The walls were blown out! But incredibly, inside the tabernacle, an empty gold pyx and a consecrated host in a glass-covered monstrance were both undamaged!
OH HELL NO: The Italian government has decreed that COVID-19 vaccination will be compulsory for all residents over the age of 50. About seven percent of this group has resisted the jabs. After the mid-February deadline, noncompliant workers will be punished with unpaid suspension. It is not clear what penalties unemployed residents may face.
VDH: Victor Davis Hanson has a good article up at American Greatness called “Who are the real insurrectionists?” His answer is, “stone-cold sober elites [who] are systematically waging an insidious revolution in the shadows that seeks to dismantle America’s institutions and the rule of law as we have known them.”
VFAUXTUS: During the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, Simmons tweeted, “I think #JoeBiden’s heart is in the right place but I just heard the perfect summation of his position. ’Black ppl are happy to have Biden at the cookout but he should remember he didn’t get the original invitation on his own. He was a plus one.’ Don’t get too comfortable.”
GRAMMY NOTES: Lately, I have been struggling with a lot of memories of times when loved ones really let me down. I listened to an old EWTN broadcast in which Mother Angelica talked about disappointment and she said something very helpful. “If you have disappointed someone, apologize and pray to be better. If someone has disappointed you, forgive and pray for them.” She also reminded us that Jesus had a lot of disappointment with his people too. “Peter? James? John? Did I mention Peter? And then there was Judas.” Ouch. It has also occurred to me that the hurts that remain after the spiritual work is done can be offered up for the souls in Purgatory, which reminds me of compost.