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Archive | February 2019

February 2019 ‘Super Moon’.

by Anura Guruge


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I do not think I need to explain this. Right? Super Moon rising.

 


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So What Happens To Credibility Of The Bishops Consecrated By Now (Thankfully) DEFROCKED Theodore McCarrick?

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Bishops, let alone Archbishops & ex-Cardinals, don’t get defrocked often. So, this issue that crossed my (ever fertile) mind doesn’t come up that often. What happens to the credibility of bishops who were LEGITIMIZED by Theodore McCarrick during his very long tenure as a bishop, archbishop and then cardinal.

‘Legitimized’ in this context referring to episcopal consecration — i.e., a bishop, per his standing as a bishop, elevating another to be a bishop.

This is the so called ‘Apostolic Succession‘. Each Catholic bishop is supposed to have a direct line to one or more of the original Apostles via this mechanism where a new bishop can only be established by an existing bishop … the theory being that the very first bishops were established by the original Apostles.

But, a bishop who gets defrocked could NEVER have been a worthy successor to the Apostles. He would have always been flawed. Otherwise he would not have got defrocked.

So, this would mean that McCarrick was a fraud when he was a bishop. Thus his consecrations have to be flawed if not bordering on fraud.

Think about it. I bet the bishops he consecrated are none too happy. You can bet on that.


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Moonshadow — Ahead Of The ‘Super Moon’ On February 19, 2019.

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Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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This was 9:41pm, Monday, February 18, 2019 — ahead of the ‘Super Moon‘ on the 19th. The moon was bright and had been all evening/night. I had taken some previous picture too. Pretty impressive. Wanted to share with you. Enjoy.

Given that I was a HUGE Cat Stevens fan I can never look at moonshadow without his song playing in my head. So, I wanted to share that with you too since I am sure that some of you have never had the privilege of getting to know THE Cat. So, here … Enjoy it too.


Same picture. Few minutes later, albeit with my Google Pixel 2’sNight Sight‘ enabled.
Pretty amazing … right?


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‘Autofinders’, Laconia, N.H. — Outstanding Used Car Dealership.

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I bought a 2008 Ford Taurus from Heath England, at ‘Autofinders‘ in Laconia, on Friday, January 25, 2019, and I have nothing but good things to say about the whole experience and the car.

It was an outstanding experience. Made you feel good. No buyer’s remorse of any sort. Heath and his dad, Jeff (the chief mechanic), made sure that the whole process was upfront, reasonable, quick and painless. Probably the BEST car buying experience I have ever had and as some of you know I am no stranger to buying cars. I have over the last 4 decades bought a lot of cars — on two continents.

On Thursday, January 24th, I needed ANOTHER car in a HURRY — like within 18-hours! We had to get rid of the 2004 Ford Explorer. It needed a wheel bearing. The Quest was in Maine for a week. Devanee (18) needed her car (the Infiniti) for school and work. Though the two Jags & the MGB were registered and insured I am not partial to using them in snow and we had a lot of snow on the ground and more coming. So, I needed a SNOW CAR — ASAP. That was when I serendipitiously stumbled upon ‘Autofinders’ and lucked out talking with Heath.

I had four requirements:

  1. A decent (but fair, win-win) price.
    …..
  2. Payment by credit card because there was no time for certified checks
    (and I have enough credit …) {Smile}.
    …..
  3. 20-day plates, because I wasn’t going to run-around getting in registered
    (and I will not drive with illegal plates).
    ….
  4. At least a 30-day warranty in case the wheels fell off.
    ….

Trust me, it was NOT easy to find a dealership in NH who could meet all of these criteria until I found ‘Autofinders’.

I can’t believe the number of dealers that tell you, boldface, to use plates from another car! That is a CRIME. The police can arrest you if you get stopped. Incredible. I kind of automatically rule out clowns that tell me to commit a crime because it means that they have no compunction doing the same. And I rather not deal with that ilk. At ‘Autofinder’ you can get a perfectly valid 20-day plate for FREE. I liked that.

Yes, when I pay by credit card the merchant has to pay a percentage of the price to the credit card company as a commission. I know that, and I also know what the percentages are. So, I am NOT impressed when a dealer tells me that if I pay by credit card they want x2 to x3 times that commission! That just increases the price of the car. Heath was totally honest. Said he would juts charge me what it was going to cost him. You cannot be FAIRER than that. I liked him. He, belying his age, truly knows the art of the deal. He didn’t know but he was dealing with an ol’ pro. I liked his style. He knows that negotiations have to be fair, win-win on both sides.

I saw the Taurus online. I called up ‘Autofinders’. Spoke to Heath. We negotiated on price and warranty. Didn’t take long. I said I will be there the next day. Offered to give him a deposit, by credit card, over the phone. He didn’t want it. He said he would hold it for I. He trusted I. That was good.

Very smooth transaction and extremely FAST. Wow. He gets that paperwork done fast. It was good. I was impressed.

I wanted a longer extended warranty that covered more than the powertrain. He got me a 2-year deal. He sold it to me at a small discount, since this warranty replaced the one he was going to give me. I checked around on this warranty. People say that they will accept it.

So far, so good. No problems with the Taurus. We like it. It is AWD and as such handles snow with impunity.

So, as you can see I am rather chuffed with ‘Autofinders’.

No hesitation in recommending them. Call them up or go to see them. Talk to Heath or Jeff. You will like them both. They are fun, decent folk.

I am SMILING.


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‘SSL Scanner’ At ‘SSLTools.com’, Nifty Way To Check That Your Website Is 100% Secure.

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I was told about this tool, i.e., SSL Scanner, by wordpress.com support.

Google Chrome was claiming that this blog (the one you are reading) was not 100% secure. That confused me since I use SSL certificates and am 100% legit. The support person said I had ONE insecure link on the blog! Holy Smokes. It was my link to the so called ‘Flag Counter‘ — i.e., the widget that showed the number of hits I get from various countries. I checked. Yes, ‘they’ were right. NOT a secure ‘https:’ link. Hence the warning. I removed the ‘Flag Counter’. It was an OLD version. The new version is FINE. I just haven’t god around to using it.

BINGO. Immediately Chrome started showing the full PADLOCK. Have a look at the top. This blog is 100% secure, 100% safe. There is THE PADLOCK.

So, I wanted to share this with you. Handy took. Works well and works FAST.



Now the ULTIMATE irony. The SSLtools Website is NOT secure. It is possible that they have to be like that in order that they can serve the largest audience. Just found it amusing.

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‘Free File Fillable Forms’ For 2018 Federal Tax Returns (With Latest Forms) Now Available At IRS.gov.

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Yes! YeS! YES!

I just love ‘Free File Fillable Forms‘ — from the IRS, available to ALL, for FREE.

I have been using it, with GREAT SUCCESS, for the last 7 years (if not more). It works like a treat and every year they refine it a bit more to make it even better.

Yes, the 2018 ‘tax reform’ has messed things up and complicated matters BUT you can still get around. I just started today. Looks good. I am happy. Enjoy/

Helps if you have a printed set of IRS ‘1040’ instructions handy.


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