“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl.”

The priest asks, “Is that you, little Joey Pagano?”

“Yes, Father, it is.”

“And who was the girl you were with?”

“I can’t tell you, Father. I don’t want to ruin her reputation.”

“Well, Joey, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?”

“I cannot say.”

“Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?”

“I’ll never tell.”

“Was it Nina Capelli?”

“I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.”

“Was it Cathy Piriano?”

“My lips are sealed.”

“Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?”

“Please, Father! I cannot tell you.”

The priest sighs in frustration. “You’re very tight-lipped, and I admire that. But you’ve sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself.”

Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, “What’d you get?”

“Four months vacation and five good leads…

Yes, I know that it’s an old one, well circulated, but I couldn’t resist posting it one more time for the sake of a sermonette.

Most sermonettes are well-worn, but since people keep making the same mistakes, they can be remorselessly recycled.

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The Saga of Self-Driving Electric Cars

I watch government meddling in the oil supply with the intent of raising gasoline prices with the intent of forcing people to buy electric cars that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars (propelled through the use of large, toxic batteries) while pushing that nation into a depression.

There are a lot of tech companies that are working on small, self-driving, electric cars. They’re all the rage in tech professional circles where highly paid employees can buy one or two outrageously expensive electric cars. The grid that will power them is fragile – frail – underdeveloped – and prone to failure during periods of high demand and building more unsightly windmills or toxic solar collectors can’t begin to address the problem. Building hybrid automobiles would make more sense, but they’re not nearly as woke.

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A Review of the FactsThe Ashli McEntee Babbit Murder

In every police shooting and in every police action that I have been involved with or personally reviewed, a report was written by the officer involved. It was interesting to me that U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd, “did not create a police report or documents” related to the shooting of Babbitt. Byrd, who is black, was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the killing of Babbitt, who was white and unarmed during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol political demonstration.

The prosecution declination memorandum justifying the decision not to prosecute Byrd for the shooting death of Babbitt on January 6 is an interesting read.

In a section of the memo titled “USCP Lieutenant Michael Byrd,” the memo notes: “He [Byrd] did not create any police reports or documents relating to the incident, and did not provide an official statement regarding use of force” though he did provide a voluntary “debrief” and walk-through of the scene with his lawyer. A footnote details that: “During the debrief of Lieutenant Byrd, he did recall writing a few sentences on an evidence bag the evening of January 6, 2021, at the request of a crime scene officer. To date, the bag has not been located by USCP or MPD.”

The records include a draft version of the April 14, 2021, Justice Department press release announcing their decision not to prosecute Byrd for the killing of Babbitt, the authors replaced the word “crowd” with the word “mob” five times in describing the January 6 protestors.

The documents also include charts of January 6 investigations and targets. For one of the investigations, it is noted that a New York Times reporter is a “CW” [confidential witness]. Another notation tied to “pipe bombs” notes that a “geo fence” request was made to Google.

Records from the DC Metropolitan Police showed that multiple officers claimed they didn’t see a weapon in Babbitt’s hand before Byrd shot her, and that Byrd was visibly distraught afterward. One officer attested that he didn’t recall hearing any verbal commands before Byrd shot Babbitt. The records include internal communications about Byrd’s case and a crime scene examination report. Investigators who wrote the January 6, 2021, Metro PD Death Report for Babbitt (identified as Ashli Elizabeth McEntee-Babbitt Pamatian) note that the possible Manner of Death was “Homicide (Police Involved Shooting).”

The Speaker’s Lobby, where the shooting/murder took place is covered completely by CCTV cameras and microphones, which were reported to be active at the time. The footage from those cameras was refused to DC Metro PD and has never been released.

Was it a justifiable shooting or was it a murder? I leave it to you to decide.

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Women Aboard (in the days of Fighting Sail)

It’s just a small thing, but it’s important. It’s about women on board and since the Battle of the Nile we know from the written testimonies of some Sailors and  female remains among some other British Sailors on Aboukir Island as well as at the Battle of Trafalgar  that women were on board even though they were officially always considered forbidden. But they were not only on board for pleasure. On the contrary, they had some duties, such as helping the Surgeon or serving as Powder Monkey, and they often did the crew’s laundry, for which they were occasionally paid. They brought water to the thirsty during a battle and looked after the boys and midshipmen on board. Especially for the young ones, they often served as mother substitutes.

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A Scene on the Main Deck of A Line of Battle Ship in Harbour, by Thoams Sutherland 1820 

However, they were not granted an easy life on board. Here is a small list depending on which rank the lady in question belonged to.

Wife of a common seaman

If she was allowed to accompany him at sea, she had to share everything with him, his hammock, his sea chest and his meals. But there was one small luxury: she was allowed to sleep an hour longer and did not have to get up at 5 o’clock in the morning. That’s why the call Show a Leg from boatswain, boatswain’s mate or Master at Arms rings through the decks at this time. Then it was time to show a leg, if it was a man’s leg, get up, if it was a woman’s leg she was allowed to lie down for a while. Apart from their duties, life was rather boring and so many looked forward to the free time when they could dance and chat with their husbands on deck. The women also took part in other leisure activities, such as plays and skits on board, which often took place at this time.

Wife of a warrant officer

The wives of the warrant officers were in a somewhat better situation, as they shared with their husbands the small canvas-covered cabins that were located on the sides of the lower deck. This allowed them a certain amount of privacy and even allowed them to own some furniture. These women spent their time sewing clothes for themselves and their husbands and doing mending work as needed. Since they had a somewhat larger income, they may also have engaged in decorative handicrafts such as embroidery or crewel work. Since the wives of warrant officers were much more likely to be able to read than the wives of seamen, many of them spent part of the day reading and writing. These women had the added advantage of being served by cabin boys. These boys, aged eleven to twelve, served the wives as servants, shining shoes, running errands, preparing special dishes and the like. Often close relationships developed between the boys and the wives, giving the boys the maternal care they still needed and the wives a maternal fulfilment they greatly enjoyed. As already addressed above.

Wife of a Wardroom Officer

The wives of officers of wardroom rank ate with their husbands and enjoyed the benefits of a varied diet of fresh meats, delicacies, and wine. Wives of the boatswain, carpenter, and gunner ate sepearately from both the commissioned officers and the seamen but also had the benefit of being able to supplement their victuals with fresh meat, wine, coffee, and tea. As much as commissioned officers may have loathed the women of the lower deck, they enjoyed the company of ladies of quality who sometimes travelled on naval ships. These women were sheltered in the officers’ quarters and entertained at dinners that sometimes rivalled those given ashore.

The Captain’s Wife

When she was on board, she was treated like her equal in the Wardroom except that she lived in the great Cabin and felt like the lady of the house, she could also give dinners like the wives of the Wardroom Officers and was a welcome entertainment at the table.

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Conspiracy

 

20 COMMENTS

  1. It was murder, clear and simple. If Chauvin’s was murder – for a knee on the shoulder of a criminal who was dying from the Fentanyl he ingested) – this was clear murder without provocation. It was a bad shoot (well, for us normal thinkers anyway. For The Nan it was acceptable collateral damage that fits their fantasy narrative).

    “Byrd, who is black, was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the killing of Babbitt, who was white and unarmed…”

    Pretty much sums up what we see in nearly every city in the US. You may be banned from the Internet for saying the last bit, “…the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol political demonstration.”…which is the proper description, that is, aside from the FBI operatives and BLM anarchists dressed as MAGA boys.

    The Dems’ at at least half the R’s are playing the willfully ignorant like a cheap fiddle.

    Good joke. But certainly your Sermonette is spot on with the “needs repeating” aspect. The NT states and restates for a reason; man is inherently flawed and sinful, reminders are necessary.

  2. If Republicans take back the House I doubt that they will pursue Ashley Babbitt’s murder. In the interest of unity or some other buzzword they will just move on and these perps will not be tried. Not right but that is what will probably happen. Compare and contrast to George Floyd’s death.

    Way back in the day when I was an altar boy my parish priest told me that joke, still funny.

    Good information on the numbers of women on board sailing ships. Knew they were aboard, did not know it was somewhat of a regular thing.

    • You mean the Republicans that just sided with the Dems on sweeping Red Flag Laws that are yet another incremental loss of rights?

      Yeah, don’t see it happening either.

  3. The Capitol police are pretty well insulated from prosecution. They know all the wienie waggers, drunks, drug addicts, petty thieves, adulterers, pedophiles, wife-beaters, and other derelicts of society usually called “officials”, whether elected or hired. Even murder is acceptable, as long as it’s not too obvious it was planned. There are just too many of them, so those that cover-up their “transgressions” have more power than those we elect.

    • Maybe so, but fire the lot and start over with a hell of a lot less. 2,000 armed police for the legislative office buildings and Capitol Hill? That’s a praetorean guard, not a police force.

      • I don’t know for sure, but my sense from looking at them is that they’re a pretty ramshackle outfit. As Jess wrote, they’re working for a bunch of freaks and misfits who have direct control over everything they do. Every decision is a political decision based on the way the wind is blowing at the moment.

        If you fired them all, you’d have their clones back in place in a week.

  4. The issue with mandating a statement from an officer post shooting is that, if it is a bad shoot, that statement essentially becomes compelled testimony by the defense for the prosecution, and you cannot compel a defendant to testify against himself.
    “Don’t talk to the police” after a shooting applies just as much to the police themselves.
    So no, I do not find it odd or unseemly that the guy who shot Babbit did not provide any statement about it. If he was compelled to, it would be inadmissible in court. And he is apparently not quite stupid enough to volunteer one.
    Everything else about that shooting? Yeah, it’s as messed up as an audit of Hunter Biden’s checking account.
    It’s like Obama’s citizenship. They’re throwing a shocking but easily mootable red herring to keep us from looking at the real problem.

    • A typical Lybarger warning states: “You are advised that under normal circumstances you have the right to remain silent and to not incriminate yourself, but this is an administrative investigation and, as such, you are ordered and required to give a statement and answer all questions truthfully.

      Most police shootings take that dual track during the investigation. And they don’t cross contaminate. None of that happened here.

      • Just a note: Police shooting investigations and investigations of police officers suspected of criminal misconduct are not conducted the same way as routine criminal investigations. Coerced statements of officers under Lybarger are the rule, not the exception. The difference is that those statements are taken as part of an administrative process. If the officer lies, they are fired, whether or not the shooting was problematic or the officer actually committed a crime.

        DC Metro conducted the shooting investigation. Capitol Police should have conducted an investigation including a coerced statement under Lybarger.

  5. Most sermonettes are well-worn, but since people keep making the same mistakes, they can be remorselessly recycled.

    Repeating some mistakes can be enjoyable.

  6. Snort…oldie but a goody! And yes, Byrd is guilty of murder and it IS being swept under the rug. One wonders if the house turns over that a new investigation will include him?

  7. Good sermon. Babbitt’s murder was just that and we all know it. Will they attempt the same thing on a grand scale?

    I know my son’s team won’t take part.

  8. Murder. Murder most foul. Approved by the murderer’s superiors and controllers.

    All should be charged and, with all bad LEO involved in Uvalde and Parkland and other bad episodes, lined up against the wall and shot.

    Or, better yet, required to decimate themselves, in the old Roman way. Which is “You all kill 1 out of 10 of y’all or all y’all die. You have 10 seconds to comply. 9. 8. 7. 6…”

    I worked in Law Enforcement (not a cop) and what the copish thugs have been getting away with lately makes me sick.

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