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Glorious ‘D-Day’ Commemorative Painting, By ‘Dick Bobnick’, For Sale Starting At $22.

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Remember. Reflect. Rejoice!


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This is a magnificent piece of art in it own right, even if you put aside the subject matter. The portraits of the five Allied Commanders are special; portraits Dick Bobnick’s forte.

You really must check this painting out. The detail is incredible.


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Pictorial Guide To ‘D-Day 75’ Commemorative Events On Both Sides Of The Channel By The U.K. “Daily Mail”.

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Remember. Reflect. Rejoice!


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Nice, easy to follow guide. Just note that the times are LOCAL. So, 5-6 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern.

Remember ‘D-Day 75‘ is June 6, 2019, not June 5. Huge day. You have to pause and give it some thought. Remember. Reflect. Rejoice!


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Key European Prelates Yet To Be Created Cardinals — By Louis Epstein.

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Louis Epstein (often mentioned in this blog) maintains a detailed and unparalleled Cardinalabili list — and has done so for decades.

‘Cardinalabili’, a play on ‘papabili‘ (i.e., pope contenders), is a term we use to refer to potential cardinals, i.e., those due or likely a cardinalate.

There was a time, when I was writing all my pope books, that I used to publish Cardinalabili lists — primarily Louis’ — on a regular basis.

I haven’t done so in years, and predicting Cardinalabili with Pope Francis is getting near impossible because he relishes not playing by the prior rules and traditions.

But, today I asked Louis for a list of JUST European prelates that should have been cardinals by now.

This is the list that Louis Epstein provided and I omitted a ‘couple’ that he marked as still being quite young and as such probably a tad premature for a red hat.


Braulio Rodriguez Plaza (b. 1/1945) — Archbishop of Toledo (Spain).

Cesare Nosiglia (b. 10/1944) — Archbishop of Turin (Italy).

Francesco Moraglia (b. 5/1953) — Patriarch of Venice (Italy).

Matteo Maria Zuppi (b. 10/1955) — Archbishop of Bologna (Italy).

Marek Jedraszewski (b. 2/1949) — Archbishop of Krakow (Poland).

Mario Enrico Delpini (b. 1951) — Archbishop of Milan (Italy).

Michel Aupetit (b. 3/1951) — Archbishop of Paris (France).


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Anthony Bourdain Should Have Walked 100-Yards In My Shoes To Appreciate How Awesome His Life Was!

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As the above two prior posts clearly demonstrate, I have absolutely NO bloody SYMPATHY for these spoilt, self-indulgent rich buffoons. What I have is total and utter contempt. They deserve to die.

Bourdain, from what I can see was the WORST of the recent bunch.

He left a 11-year old daughter.

He was a PIG for doing that.

I have a 12-year old daughter. I live for HER.

Bourdain, there was always something about YOU that never clicked with me. I kind of had a suspicion that you were a fraud, a con-artist.

Well, others can sign your praises. Not I.

They should try my life — even for just a day. I don’t have the fame or fortune. I haven’t visited France in nearly 25-years (and I fully appreciate that there are billions that have never visited France). IF I can go through life, daily, at 64, with nothing like the life that these celebrities live, why should I feel sorry for them. Their lives can’t be anything as bad as mine.

Yes, this will offend some, BUT somebody has to say this and somebody has to stand up and be counted. And I am.


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Louis Pasteur, As In Pasteurization, Was Born This Day 135-Years Ago, In France.

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Yes, of course, he was considered on the greatest scientist of the 19th century.

In addition to pasteurization, which we come across every time we reach for a contained of milk, he paved the way to much of the ‘healthy‘ lifestyle protocols we take for granted today. Without him life expectancy would be 30-years shorter.

As the above image depicts I have a personal connection with Louis Pasteur. My adoptive parents lived in an apartment that was next door to his famous institute, in Paris, from 1978 – 1985. You looked right across, over a well maintained yard, straight at the Institute. Moreover, the address of the building was #10 Rue du Dr. Roux — named after his colleague, Émile Roux.


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UN Security Council Resolution On Trump’s Jerusalem — How The Countries Voted.

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This was the Thursday, December 21, 2017, United Nation Security Council vote as to whether the UN Member States wanted to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel per Trump’s pronouncement last week.

128 countries voted AGAINST such recognition, i.e., AGAINST the U.S.A. These included: United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Sweden, India, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc.

Only 8 countries voted with the U.S. and 7 of them are not exactly household names!

Canada, Australia and Mexico, to THEIR SHAME, kowtowed to Trump.

So, now you know.

128 Against — 9 For — 35 Abstained.


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Today’s Friday the 13th, October 13, 2017, Is THE REAL DEAL! Beaware.

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Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

That is what the superstition is all about, Friday the 13th in the month of October. That is when a very bad thing happened, in France, in 1307. The dissolution of the Knight’s Templar.


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On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We already had one this year in January.

We will have another one in April & July of 2018.

Those that do not happen in October do NOT count.

Friday the 13th really ALL has to do with the
Dissolution of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13th, 1307.

So Friday the 13th on other months is meaningless. Sorry.

But, today is the real McCoy.


The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.


Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

This is ONLY my 9th Friday the 13th in October.

Here, I made you a CHART.


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