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  • lczarnik 11:57 on July 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 31 July 2013 03:26
    Subject: Fw: TEXAS

    Waltz Across Texas

    Wyman Meinzer, the Texas State Photographer, used to live in the old jail in Benjamin, TX. The photo of the coiled rattlesnake appeared on the cover of a wildlife magazine in the 80’s. He said there were times he crawled

    a long way on his belly to get a good shot of a wild animal.

    The music is by Doug Smith. Doug is from Petersburg, Texas and lives south of town. Doug plays by ear-
    He cannot read music, but has many CDs.

    A pickup accident left Doug paralyzed and he does not play anymore.

    Most of the pictures were taken in the rolling plains (cap rock to Seymour, the Fork, 6666, and Waggoner Ranches).
    There are some scenes in Palo Duro Canyon.

    Please take a moment to watch this….I don’t know if I’ve ever come across such a skillful combination of music
    and amazing animal and landscape photography.

    The changes in the tempo perfectly compliment the scenery. This is simply a beautiful portrayal of the unique part of our country.

    Click here: Wyman Meinzer’s West Texas

  • lczarnik 11:54 on July 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Trop mignon très belles images (Too cute beautiful images) 

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    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 2013/7/30
    Subject: Fw: Trop mignon très belles images


    If you don’t want to download, you can use this link to see online –
    2016JL22 09:30

  • lczarnik 11:52 on July 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Ramblings of a Retired Mind 

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    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 28 July 2013 01:47
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: Ramblings of a Retired Mind

    This may have been around before – but today it seems to
    apply to me. BA

    Ramblings of a Retired Mind

    I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse.

    I can’t afford one. So, I’m wearing my garage door opener.

    You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn’t like me anyway.

    I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!

    I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is ‘when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.’

    I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age, and call it ‘Pumping Rust’.

    I’ve gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That’s when your chest is falling into your drawers!

    When people see a cat’s litter box, they always say, ‘Oh, have you got a cat?’

    Just once I want to say, ‘No, it’s for company!’

    Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write, ‘A Good Doctor’!

    I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me. They were crammingfor their finals.

    As for me, I’m just hoping I get graded on the curve.

    Enjoy Your Days & Love Your Life,

    Because Life is a journey to be savored.

    Gentle Thoughts for Today –

    Birds of a feather flock together . . . .and then poop on your car.

    A penny saved is a government oversight.

    The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

    The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

    He who hesitates is probably right.

    Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.

    If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

    The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble..

    Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words ‘The’ and ‘IRS’ together it spells ‘Theirs…’

    Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

    Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
    When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra.
    You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
    One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

    “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.”

  • lczarnik 07:34 on July 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Abe Lincoln’s Son! 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 26 July 2013 23:17
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: Abe Lincoln’s Son!

    Subject: Abe Lincoln’s Son!

    Some really interesting facts that I never knew, especially the incident with the train…how ironic!


    He was the only child of Abe and Mary Lincoln to survive into adulthood – with his three brothers having died from illness at young ages. Believe it or not, Robert lived until 1926, dying at age 83. But along the way, he sure lived a remarkable life.

    For starters, he begged his father for a commission to serve in the Civil War, with President Lincoln refusing, saying the loss of two sons (to that point) made risking the loss of a third out of the question.

    But Robert insisted, saying that if his father didn’t help him, he would join on his own and fight with the front line troops; a threat that drove Abe to give in.

    But you know how clever Abe was. He gave Robert what he wanted, but wired General Grant to assign "Captain Lincoln" to his staff, and to keep him well away from danger.

    The assignment did, however, result in Robert’s being present at Appomattox Court House, during the historic moment of Lee’s surrender.

    Then – the following week, while Robert was at the White House, he was awakened at midnight to be told of his father’s shooting, and was present at The Peterson House when his father died.

    Below are Robert’s three brothers; Eddie, Willie, and Tad.

    Little Eddie died at age 4 in 1850 – probably from thyroid cancer. Willie (in the middle picture) was the most beloved of all the boys. He died in the White House at age 11 in 1862, from what was most likely Typhoid Fever.

    Abe grieved the hardest over Willie’s death. It took him four days to pull himself together enough to function as President again. Lincoln had a temporary tomb built for Willie, until they could return home with his body to Springfield , and he often spent long periods of time at the tomb.

    I guess Tad was a real hellion. None of his tutors could control him, which is why he grew up unable to competently read or write. He was a momma’s boy, he had a lisp and was probably mildly retarded.

    He died at age 18 in 1871, most likely from the same thyroid cancer Eddie had died from, suggesting a genetic flaw.

    But – back to Robert, shown at age 22 at left, following his father’s assassination, he moved to Chicago with his insane mother, and brother Tad, who was 12 at the time. Robert finished law school and practiced the craft for a time, while constantly struggling to keep crazy Mary in check.

    As she had done as First Lady, Mary went on shopping binges that far exceeded common sense, driving what was left of the family fortune into bankruptcy, and leading to violent disputes between Robert and she.

    Robert also had torrid battles with Mary to keep her from destroying Lincoln’s private papers, not just for their financial worth, but for their historic value also, with Mary forever trying to tear them apart and burn them in fireplaces.

    In fact, her irrational behavior (she was probably schizophrenic) grew so destructive that Robert had to have her put away, with his signature signing her into a psychiatric hospital, where she stayed locked up for three months. Mary never forgave him for it – and they remained estranged from then on – until Mary died at age 63 in 1882.

    Worth noting, as a deceased President’s wife, Mary had petitioned Congress for a pension, and by God, she got one! She received $3,000 a year, a sizable sum back then.

    Of profound interest, as an adult Robert wrote there was a lot of distance between his father and he – caused mainly by Abe’s being absent so much of the time during Robert’s formative years. Abe was forever gone on state wide judicial circuits, or campaigning for office – or serving in the state legislature.

    Robert writes that his most vivid memories of his father were seeing him pack his saddle bags to be off again. Nonetheless, Robert respected his father – and he wept obsessively the night he was killed.

    In 1868, Robert married a senator’s daughter and they had three kids – two girls and a boy, Abraham Lincoln’s only grandchildren. Their son, whom they named Abraham Lincoln II (but whom they called "Jack") would die in 1890 from an infection arising from having a boil pierced under his arm. He was 15 at the time, and at left is a blurry, but still remarkable photo of his lying in bed, shortly before he died.

    The two daughters, however, lived fairly long lives, one living until 1938 to die at age 69, and the other until 1948, dying at age 72.

    The last direct descendent of Abraham Lincoln would be the child of one of Robert’s daughters – Abe Lincoln’s great grandson – a guy named Bud Beckwith, who died married but childless, in 1985.

    At left is a pic of Robert’s children, taken before the boy in the picture, Jack, died.

    In his own right, Robert made quite a life for himself. He got into politics and was highly regarded in those circles. In fact – he served as Secretary of War under President Garfield – and, incredibly, was with him when Garfield was shot at the Washington train station!

    And then – some years later, Robert would also be present when President McKinley was gunned down in Buffalo ! I’m telling you, if I were President, I’d be leery about having him around me – wouldn’t you?

    In later years, Robert would grow a beard, as shown at left. He would serve in other political appointments and ambassadorships, and later became president of the Pullman train car company, a booming enterprise back then, and a position he would hold for the rest of his life.

    Worth noting, Robert was an avid amateur astronomer, and even had an observatory built into his Vermont home, which is better described as a mansion, really; but anyhow – the telescope was so well built and powerful that’s it’s still used today by a local astronomy club!

    In the photo at left is Robert (far right) appearing in his late 70’s at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922.

    And below – is his house. Some joint, huh?

    A footnote. Abe Lincoln once said he doubted Robert would do as well in life as he had done. You sure wouldn’t know it from the pad Robert lived in, huh? Beyond that, Robert was several times offered the chance to run as President or Vice-President, with his every time refusing the offer, so – Old Abe’s assessment of his son was way off the mark, wasn’t it? Of course, who knows how much ‘being Abe’s son’ influenced Robert’s success in life?

    But anyhow – now for the most incredible thing there is to know about Robert Lincoln.

    In his 20’s, Robert was standing on a train platform in Jersey City – buried among a crowd of passengers attempting to buy sleeping births from a haggard conductor – when the train moved. Robert was standing so close to the train that it spun him around and sent him dropping into the space between the train and the platform – a perilously tight place to be – against a moving train threatening to crush him!

    Suddenly – a hand grabbed Robert by the neck of his coat and pulled him up onto the platform, a quick action by a solidly strong man that may well have saved Robert’s life.

    And you know who that man was? It was Edwin Booth – the brother of John Wilkes Booth … who had murdered Robert’s father.

    Below is Robert’s sarcophagus at Arlington National Cemetery , where he’s buried with his wife and son Jack.

    And – now you know the whole story….

  • lczarnik 09:30 on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Not All Seniors Are Senile… 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 25 July 2013 06:46
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: Not All Seniors Are Senile…

    • Not All Seniors Are Senile…*****



    A balding, white haired man from Naples, Florida ,****

    walked into a jewelry store this past Friday evening****

    with a beautiful much younger gal at his side.
    He told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend.***

    • The jeweller looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring.

    The man said, *’No, I’d like to see something more special.’**

    *At that statement, the jeweller went to his special stock and brought
    another ring over. *’Here’s a stunning ring at only $40,000’*****

    the jeweller said. The lady’s eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with

    The old man seeing this said, *’We’ll take it.’**
    *The jeweller asked how payment would be made and the man stated,****

    *’By check. I know you need to make sure my check is good,*****

    *so I’ll write it now and*****

    *you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds*****

    *and I’ll pick the ring up Monday afternoon.’**

    *On Monday morning, the jeweller angrily phoned the old man****

    and said *’Sir… There’s no money in that account.’*****

    *’I know,’** *said the old man… *’But let me tell you about my weekend.’**

  • lczarnik 02:40 on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    More Historical Photographs 

    Forwarded message
    From: Bill
    Date: 24 July 2013 09:20
    Subject: Fwd: More Historical Photographs

    How about those Russian Nightwitches? They were something else!

    Subject: More Historical Photographs


    Miss America 1924


    Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin


    Leather gloves worn by Lincoln to Ford’s Theater on the night of his assassination. Blood stains are visible at the cuffs.


    Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old, she once shot the ashes off of Kaiser Wihelm II’s cigarette at his invitation. When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married. They remained married the rest of their lives.


    Very Young Lucy Lucille Ball around 1930


    This is one of five known X-rays of Hitler’s head, part of his medical records compiled by American military intelligence after the German’s surrendered and declassified in 1958. The records also include doctor’s reports, diagrams of his teeth and nose and electrocardiograms. He had bad teeth, lots of fillings and crowns.


    Two Victorian sideshow performers boxing – the fat man and the thin man.


    Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot’s licence, Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women’s Auxiialry Air Force in WW2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.


    Prison Garb 1924. Belva Annan murderess whose trial records became the musical "Chicago."


    Female photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera, 1900s.


    Roald Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole. At approximately 3pm on December 14, 1911, Amundsen raised the flag of Norway at the South Pole and named the spot Polheim — “Pole Home.”


    The extraordinary life of Maud Allen: Seductive US dancing girl who was sued for being too lewd, outed as a lesbian, and fled London after being branded a German spy who was sleeping with the prime minister’s wife.


    John Fitzgerald Kennedy


    Caroline Otero, courtesan, the most sought after woman in all of Europe. She associated herself with the likes of Prince Albert I of Monaco, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Kings of Serbia, and Kings of Spain as well as Russian Grand Dukes Peter and Nicholas, the Duke of Westminster and writer Gabriele D’Annunzio. Six men reportedly committed suicide after their love affairs with Otero ended. Two men fought a duel over her. She was famed for her voluptuous breasts.


    Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured.


    Billie Holiday at two years old, in 1917


    Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.


    Filming the MGM Logo


    Amelia Earhart


    Mae Questel ca. 1930’s, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse, Felix the Cat (for three shorts by the Van Beuren Studios), Little Lulu, Little Audrey and Casper, the Friendly Ghost


    Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II. Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC. Best remembered for her title role in the TV series “Maude” and as Dorothy in "Golden Girls".


    In 1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel. Fourteen years later, in New Zealand, he slipped on an orange peel and died.


    Emily Todd was Mary Todd Lincoln’s half-sister. In 1856 she married Benjamin Helm, a Confederate general. After Helm’s death in 1863 Emily Helm passed through Union Lines to visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers. Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the Union and was granted amnesty


    Three days before his 19th birthday, George H.W. Bush became the youngest aviator in the US Navy.


    Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.


    All-American Girls Baseball, 1940s


    c. 1943 : Breast Protectors for War Workers


    Mary Ellen Wilson (1864–1956) or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly.


    Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean. The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.


    Zelda Boden, circus performer, ca. 1910.


    A Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913. Image from the Library of Congress. July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.


    Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration behind the famous Rosie the Riveter poster.


    Vintage Baked Potato Cart. A legitimate fast food lunch option back in the day.


    Black physicians treating in the ER a member of the Ku Kux Klan


    Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.


    Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America’s first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months ‘over there’ and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there til American Soldiers found him).


    Nightwitches – Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany during WW2. They had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props. To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft guns, they’d climb to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair & get the hell out of dodge. Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.


    Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II, London, 1956 Both women are 30 years old.


    Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson plays “Going Home” as FDR’s body is borne past in Warm Springs, GA, where the President was scheduled to attend a barbecue on the day he died. April, 1945.

    • jon 19:08 on July 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Fascinating photos. If someone asked, ‘How do we know they’re what they say they are?’ is there anywhere that they could be referred to for authentication?

    • lczarnik 09:46 on August 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      We check out text style posts in http://www.snopes.com/, but don’t know of any way to validate the photos. If you find any way, let us know by reply and we’ll post here.

  • lczarnik 02:34 on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Detroit Bank Robbery 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 23 July 2013 22:40
    Subject: Fw: Fwd: Fw: FW: Detroit Bank Robbery

    it took a minute for this to sink in, but it is priceless…..kj

    Keystone cops, anyone?

    34-second Video ofbank robbery inDetroit. You can’t make this stuff up!!

    Click here: (21) Actual Bank Robbery In Detroit — Absolutely Priceless !!!!

  • lczarnik 12:34 on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    25 facts about Detroit 

    Yes it’s VERY sad. Almost as bad as when Detroit was better known as the Murder Capital of the USA, even ahead of Motor City or even MoTown!

    Here’s a link we’ve already posted when we first heard of the bankruptcy



    Forwarded message
    From: Mark
    Date: 23 July 2013 21:31
    Subject: 25 facts about Detroit




  • lczarnik 09:22 on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Pope Francis 

    Note from the owner of the blog – We have not read this in great detail. And can’t attest to it authenticity. But it is interesting and as we’ve declared – Thought Provoking.

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & BA
    Date: 21 July 2013 06:47
    Subject: Fw: Pope Francis

    "I checked this at snopes and T&L and did not find anything. None the less, I personally hope it is true and is the philosophy of Pope Francis. This is long but worth the read." Jim

    An interview prior to the recent conclave

    The following is a transcript of an interview between CHRIS MATHEWS, MSNBC atheist American journalist and then Cardinal Bergolio. It is clear why the interview was never broadcast. I believe that our new Holy Father is about to go to war with the forces of evil and will need your prayers. I called MSNBC in Washington D.C. where Mathews works and they claim the interview never took place. This transcript was sent to me by an intern at MSNBC in New York. When you read it you will understand what a huge battle Francis is about to wage and the fall out may be overwhelming.
    REPORTER: Welcome Cardinal.
    BERGOGLIO: Thank you. Happy to speak with you.
    REPORTER: Well, let me get into it directly. Last conclave, you were almost elected Pope. Can this happen again?
    BERGOGLIO: What? That I will almost be the Pope, again?
    REPORTER: No. Will you be the next Pope?
    BERGOGLIO: Friend, I’m only jesting with you. I understand the question. I will not be the next Pope.
    REPORTER: Why not?
    BERGOGLIO: I chose not to. God has someone else in mind I’m certain.
    REPORTER: But you would take the job if it were offered.
    BERGOGLIO: I think not.
    REPORTER: Why not.
    BERGOGLIO: I believe I’m too embroiled in the secular fiasco. It is a spiritual job and I’m a soldier. Look at the nature of power. In Europe first and now in America, elected men have taken it upon themselves to indebt their people to create an atmosphere of dependency. And why? For their own selfish need to increase their own personal power. I’ve been a keen observer of the effect this has on the people, especially the poor. They are very good at creating poverty where there is no reason to explain it. My job is try to alleviate poverty and if that means to oppose the ‘cause then I will not be Pope.
    REPORTER: But you are worried you would be a spend thrift pope?
    BERGOGLIO: Friend. Where did you go to school?
    REPORTER: La Salle College High School in Pennsylvania and….
    BERGOGLIO: And after that?
    REPORTER: College of the Holy Cross.
    BERGOGLIO: They told me you were Catholic. Once elected the Pope is by virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error. God would change any spend thrift politician into a responsible Pope. I’m just saying I’m not that man.
    REPORTER: So what is your job?
    BERGOGLIO: My job is to ask you, “why are men creating poverty?”
    REPORTER: What do you mean?
    BERGOGLIO: I mean that poverty is part of the natural condition and that is bad enough. But my task is to prevent the aggravation of this condition. The ideology that adds to the poverty must be denounced. I have and this is the reason I will not be Pope. I have a saying for myself, “No more poverty than God originally intended in the fall from Grace.”
    BERGOGLIO: It is a spiritual choice and I’m a political person. I’m sorry. I know you will make more money from this interview if I’m Pope. Or want to be Pope. But I’m sorry. I can’t help you. God has already chosen someone anyway. Right? You learned this in school?
    REPORTER: Yes. Well… Where are you on the issues that matter most, issues about contraception, women priests?
    BERGOGLIO: This might be a surprise to you, but I am Catholic. We are Catholic. It isn’t an issue and for you to pretend that it is being debated goes against God.
    REPORTER: If you were Pope then you would not change anything.
    BERGOGLIO: Certainly God would direct the new Pope to have more compassion for these newly created poor. And if there is any social justice in the Church, the new Pope would have a stern word for the creators of the new situation.
    REPORTER: But you are staunchly orthodox on the issues of abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage.
    BERGOGLIO: I am catholic.
    REPORTER: You were punished for opposed same-sex marriage in Argentina. You opposed free contraception and the government exiled you. What do you have to say about that?
    BERGOGLIO: I am catholic.
    REPORTER: In the secular world, as you say, you follow the conservative line. You oppose, uh, same-sex marriages, very popular with young people. You are conservative on birth control. Won’t that be the doom of the Church, alienating young people who support reality based faith?
    BERGOGLIO: Since God created the world, he also created reality. You seem to be arguing that a man can’t be Catholic in reality. Son, you are a Catholic?
    REPORTER: Yes, of course. I meant no disrespect.
    BERGOGLIO: You don’t have to worry about offending me.
    REPORTER: Okay, good. Can a, uh, Pope even be elected if he is pro-choice or pro-love? I mean isn’t the election sort of fixed in favor of anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage?
    BERGOGLIO: Yes, the election is fixed by God.
    REPORTER: Very witty.
    BERGOGLIO: Well, you did ask.
    REPORTER: It is being reported in America that you are against marriage equality. Is that why you feel that you can’t be Pope?
    BERGOGLIO: God chooses the Pope and God also made men and women different.
    REPORTER: But you are …a conservative and oppose abortion!
    BERGOGLIO: Friend the expression on your face gives you away.
    REPORTER: I’m sorry, I’m just trying to do my job.
    BERGOGLIO: And what job is that?
    REPORTER: I’ve been sent to interview eight men in line for the papacy.
    BERGOGLIO: And I guarantee you that they all oppose abortion. So…
    REPORTER: But…
    BERGOGLIO: So, you feel like you need to alienate the eight from the flock?
    REPORTER: That isn’t it. How can the church attract young people when it is opposed to abortion and contraception?
    BERGOGLIO: Young people are just as attracted to the truth as they are convenience and expediency. So we will call it a draw.
    REPORTER: Doesn’t the church need to modernize?
    BERGOGLIO: Finally, I’ve met someone who will advocate publicly painting over the Sistine Chapel with one of the contemporary street artists. Are you sure you support this and in public?
    REPORTER: What?
    BERGOGLIO: Forgive me, I was rude.
    REPORTER: Won’t the new pope, don’t these cardinals realize what they’ve gotta do if they want to attract young people to the church?
    BERGOGLIO: I am a cardinal.
    REPORTER: Won’t the new pope, don’t you and the other cardinals realize what they must do if they want to attract young people to the church?
    BERGOGLIO: I’ve explained the mysteries of the atom to rural young people and also I’ve explained the Grace of God. And you know what? They can understand both perfectly well. Frankly, I have more trouble with adults understanding both.
    REPORTER: But they have done focus groups; if you want to spread your message you can’t have this position that’s anti-gay marriage and anti-contraception.
    BERGOGLIO: And you treat the church as a political institution.
    REPORTER: So we were not gonna see any kind of change when it comes to things that matter like abortion or gay marriage?
    BERGOGLIO: All eight of the men you will be talking to are Catholic.
    REPORTER: Okay, I understand. Let’s talk about your controversial stand on poverty.
    BERGOGLIO: You want it to be controversial?
    REPORTER: But don’t you blame various governments around the world for poverty?
    BERGOGLIO: Some. Yes.
    REPORTER: But you refuse to blame corporations for their role.
    BERGOGLIO: Okay, they also told me you have a degree in economics. No buyer, or seller either, enters into any exchange against his will. It is the nature of the economy. Man is frail, and he makes mistakes and sometimes is greedy and they enter into exchanges that don’t help them. Sometimes they become poor, but they made choices. There is nothing the Church can do except try to educate people to become good consumers. Chiefly, for me, it is an education solution on that side. And the Church has more schools around the globe than any other faith. I say teach the people to save their souls, and also teach them how not to become poor. And now not to allow the government to trick them into poverty.
    REPORTER: And you blame government.
    BERGOGLIO: No, I blame the self-serving politicians.
    REPORTER: So your solution to poverty is to change the nature of politics?
    BERGOGLIO: Please feel free to broadcast this; I don’t want to be pope. Friend, you are a socialist and your friends are socialists. And you are the reason for 70 years of misery in Russia and Europe now is seizing in pain from your policies. You believe in the redistribution of wealth and it makes entire populations poor. You want to nationalize everything and bring every human endeavor under your control. You destroy a man’s incentive to take care of his very own family, a crime against nature and nature’s God. You want social control over populations and incrementally you are making everything against the law. Together this ideology creates more poverty today than all the corporations you vilify have in the history of man.
    REPORTER: I’ve never heard such from a Cardinal. I’m not sure if you are here to help yourself or disqualify yourself.
    BERGOGLIO: Please air this interview. People being dominated by socialists need to know we don’t all have to be poor. Some poverty is part of our being cast out of the Garden of Eden. But look at the empire of dependency created by Hugo Chavez. Promising them, tricking them into worship of government and his very own person. Giving them fish but not allowing them to fish. If a fisherman does develop a talent today in Latin America; he is castigated and his catch stolen by the socialists. He stops…
    REPORTER: You would be the first pope from the Americas.
    BERGOGLIO: He stops fishing. I will not be pope, but yes I am from Argentina.
    REPORTER: And you didn’t want to be pope?
    BERGOGLIO: God didn’t want me to be pope.
    REPORTER: Perhaps he changed his mind.
    BERGOGLIO: Ludicrous.
    REPORTER: Okay, I’m sorry. I feel like we are getting off on the wrong path. I’m sorry.
    BERGOGLIO: Yes, lets be productive.
    REPORTER: You are a classic conservative Catholic theologian?
    BERGOGLIO: Of course there’s politics clearly in the Curia throughout the Vatican, but in terms of church teaching, it’s not a political institution. It’s religious.
    REPORTER: I heard people, in fact, media people, "Is this cardinal, is he a liberal? Is he a conservative?"
    BERGOGLIO: Tell them please, “He’s a Catholic.” It’s no more complicated than that. Catholicism is what it is. You don’t have to believe it; you may not. You don’t have to follow it; you may not go to Mass. But it’s not up to you to modernize us.
    REPORTER: You see no room for reform?
    BERGOGLIO: It’s not up to any religion, although some do this, ’cause they want the money. They want the membership. But the Catholic Church doesn’t do it. It’s not up to them to bend and shape and mold itself to accommodate the shrinking depravity of a worldwide culture. It’s to provide the exact opposite. It’s to provide a beacon out of depravity, socialism and sin, among other things.
    REPORTER: If pope you would be bad news for the left.
    BERGOGLIO: I won’t be pope. But I am opposed to abortion. I’m opposed to euthanasia. The pro-choice movement is a culture of death. I oppose the demonic same-sex marriage. I oppose gay adoption on the grounds that it is discriminatory to the child. I was exiled by the Cristina Kirchner government, but I hold no grudge. How is this bad news?
    REPORTER: John Paul II rescued you?
    BERGOGLIO: He made me the archbishop of Buenos Aires. Yes.
    REPORTER: And so you feel like you owe the Right some sort of repayment?
    BERGOGLIO: There are many values… and many types of people. Perhaps it is my interest in mathematics, but I’m the type of human who is interested most in the truth. God gave me a healthy love for the truth. Loyalty is only a virtue if in support of the truth or another important value.
    REPORTER: Cristina Kirchner said you held a grudge.
    BERGOGLIO: Funny I’ve never spoken her name. Not once. And it is a battle of ideas not a battle of two or more people. I’m only concerned with ideas.
    REPORTER: She said you refused to speak up for civil rights violations.
    BERGOGLIO: As a spiritual leader, I opposed cultural modernization, and so I became a political enemy. I understand politics as well as I do mathematics.
    REPORTER: And the Jesuits, they were eager to cast you out, which they did.
    BERGOGLIO: So you are implying that I’m a vengeful priest?
    REPORTER: Do you feel that you need to erase the progress recently made in Latin America?
    BERGOGLIO: I say “poverty”. You say “progress”.
    REPORTER: Lets talk about poverty.
    BERGOGLIO: Sure, there is voluntary poverty that is virtuous. Many understood the nobility of making themselves independent of the fleeting things of earth. They are distractions from our pursuit of the truth. I have no problem with this. I only oppose involuntary poverty.
    REPORTER: That is what I thought you would say.
    REPORTER: Because you are a capitalist right?
    BERGOGLIO: Yes, I think capital is needed to build a factory, a parochial school, or a church or hospital, all. Do you oppose factories or churches or hospitals?
    REPORTER: Of course not but don’t you think the capital is sucked out of people’s hands by greedy business types to pay for these factories?
    BERGOGLIO: No, I think people agree, through their economic choices, that some of their money goes to build these. Capital building should be voluntary. Only when the politician confiscates their wealth, to build government factories, government schools, government hospitals; only then do the people not agree. Money given voluntarily is legitimate to build with. Money coerced from the people is not legitimate to build with, because it isn’t given voluntarily.
    REPORTER: You are opposed to all government?
    BERGOGLIO: No of course not. But it isn’t the seat of wisdom in any society I’ve seen in my life. The best government was created by the Americans, in which they admitted that people are “endowed by their creator” and most of the administration of society was left to the relationship between God and man. However, slowly that has been eroded by the atheists on the left, who would replace man’s relationship with God with a new relationship with an opportunist like Hugo Chavez.
    REPORTER: I just found it fascinating that you were willing to stand up to an entire government in Argentina. You where cast aside. Didn’t you care about your career?
    BERGOGLIO: Yes, there are people who cave to worldly authority. Even priests.
    REPORTER: But you didn’t?
    BERGOGLIO: No, I changed nothing. How did I have the power to change anything in church teaching? My opinion? The democrats, seeking votes, only wanted me to change my opinion and legitimize their decadence. I did not, as evidenced by the fact that I was teaching high school math in small isolated town.
    REPORTER: I’m sorry that happened to you.
    BERGOGLIO: Why don’t you feel for others oppressed for their interest in freedom.
    REPORTER: Freedom isn’t punished anywhere, is it?
    BERGOGLIO: Certainly it is.
    REPORTER: In Latin America?
    BERGOGLIO: I’m afraid Latin America is lost. The people of the entire area are controlled by a bloc of militant “socialist” regimes in the region, most prominently Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua. They have a gun pointed at their head. So their heart is now captured. Who will save them at this point?
    REPORTER: So the game is over. Checkmate?
    BERGOGLIO: Friend, I’ve been studying America this month, before the Pope chose to resign. You must not have fear at speaking the truth. It is for the salvation of souls and the recovery of Thomas Jefferson’s people. America must not fall to the new painted communism. Even the low information voters don’t want America to be sold into slavery. I pray they cast out the money changers in their government! What manner of government is there that condones sin? Abomination upon abomination–giving monies for the murder of children, giving monies for the murder of the elderly! You are an American. Your government, My child, has been infiltrated by men of sin.
    REPORTER: These are pretty radical ideas.
    BERGOGLIO: No. Perhaps reactionary. Radical means something different. But a very long time ago, Khrushchev warned, that we cannot expect Americans to fly from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small injections of socialism until they suddenly awake to find out they have Communism. This is what is happening now in an ancient bastion of freedom. How can America save Latin America when they are slaves to the government themselves?
    REPORTER: I’m having a hard time digesting most of this.
    BERGOGLIO: The truth can be painful. You look angry; do you want to stop or ask a question? … But you have created a new type of state, the so-called ‘welfare state.’ This has happened in order to respond to the needs of the politically created poor. However, intervening directly is depriving the original society of its responsibility. Families escape responsibility in the welfare state. And churches even escape responsibility. People stop giving to charity and see every poor person as the government’s problem. I am a Catholic priest and there are no poor for me to take care of, they are made permanently poor and the property of the politicians.
    REPORTER: I’m not sure this interview is going to work.
    BERGOGLIO: You asked and now you will listen, my son. The social assistance state leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic thinking than by real concern for helping people. Needs are best understood and satisfied by people who are closest to them who act as neighbors and parish members to those in need. It should be added that certain kinds of demands often call for a response which is not simply material but which is capable of perceiving the deeper human need. This is not to mention the welfare state’s excesses and abuses.
    REPORTER: I think we are done.
    BERGOGLIO: Wait. If I speak on the ordination of women, on celibacy, on divorce, will you air this interview and my message?
    REPORTER: No, we are done.
    BERGOGLIO: Partially what irritates me to the core is the media’s inability to look at anything without looking into the cause of the various problems. People are made poor so they will vote for the very candidates that made them poor.
    REPORTER: Have a nice day and thanks for your time.

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