Francis W. Porretto

Mount Sinai, NY USA

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Assorted Fiction Notes And Observations

     In case I haven’t done so before, I’d like to issue a hearty recommendation of Philip S. Power’s Damsel series: Damsel: No More Damsel: Slaying Demons Damsel: Wilderness Hannah Damsel: Soda Supreme      You know what a raving beast I am about originality. Well, here’s a giant helping. Hannah de Peyser is an heiress …

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The Instruments Of The Faith

     First, a few thematic quotes:      No power is strong enough if it labors under the weight of fear. – Cicero      Fear is an acid which is pumped into one’s atmosphere. It causes mental, moral and spiritual asphyxiation, and sometimes death; death to all energy and growth. – Horace Fletcher      Fear is …

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Bent Brains

     Accepting a lie in place of the truth will do bad things to you.      I once advanced the thesis that if a man should accept even one fact as absolutely true, it would compel him to accept all the rest of objective reality. Herbert Spencer believed this as well:      I asked one …

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Free Fiction

     For today only, my latest novel In Vino:      …is a free download at Amazon.      Pope Clement XV, the first American to be raised to the papacy, is under attack from within the Vatican. Powerful cardinals, averse to his efforts to reform the Catholic clergy, are trying to force him to resign his …

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Your Decision Tree And What It Means For You

     You’ve probably seen the phrase decision tree before. It’s become a frequent element in op-ed columns such as this one. While it looks forbiddingly formal and technical, it refers to one of the most pedestrian things in human life: our priorities and how we use them to make choices.      Everyone has priorities. However, …

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Power Centers

     Time was, the Left was a purely political phenomenon, and was viewed as such by non-Leftists. That time has passed, for a simple reason: it didn’t get the Left what its masters want: absolute and unchallengeable power. So it changed focus. Today, if you want to know where the Left is concentrating (or will …

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One Of These Days

     “One of these days, I’m going to cut you into little pieces” – Pink Floyd, “One Of These Days”      One of these days, we will reckon the fall of the Republic from a point that’s already in our past.      The Constitutional bounds of the federal government are violated daily. Thus it should …

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Inflation: A Reminiscence

     Now that it appears that the Usurpers are determined to destroy the dollar through Lenin’s favorite tactics, it seems appropriate to review some of the developments that arose in the wake of America’s last great surge of inflation. And while correlation is not a definitive proof of causation, I think a strong case can …

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The Paramount Social Principle

     Way back when the world was, if not new, still only gently used, I wrote a rather melancholic piece about the loss of trust. It evoked a range of reactions from “C’mon!” all the way to “It’s even worse than you think, Fran.” But I was mostly right. Where I failed was in noting …

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One Week From Today

     …that is, on Saturday, August 7 in this Year of Our Lord 2021,      …will be a free download at Amazon. Feel free to indulge yourself (and save a few bucks) in the paramount near-future Catholic science fiction novel of the year!      Pope Clement XV, the first American to be raised to the …

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How Can We Be Sure?

     The great goal of the knowledge-seeker is practical certainty. Note the modifier: for most propositions in this universe of discourse, absolute certainty is unattainable. That’s in the nature of causal propositions. Only in completely formal systems such as mathematics can we be absolutely certain of anything.      This has critical implications for the sciences. …

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A Compound Moral Conundrum

     First, some music:      The tale of Jack Orion is a British Isles Traditional ballad. It’s been performed by several musicians and groups, including (of course) Pentangle. For villainy and woe, it ranks high among stories of its kind. While the traditional lyric is beautiful and evocative, it’s also rather long, so I’ll provide …

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A Man Who Predicts Successfully…

     …should be listened to with attention.      At Liberty’s Torch V1.0, I made use of this passage from The Black Cloud several times:      “It looks to me as if those perturbations of the rockets must have been deliberately engineered,” began Weichart.      “Why do you say that, Dave?” asked Marlowe.      “Well, the …

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From The “Cui Bono?” Department

     This morning, Dinesh D’Souza, whose intellect is significant if not quite sufficient to penetrate his partisanry, talks about “Section 230,” the fabled protection of “common carriers” against liability for what’s said over them:      D’Souza’s comments irritated me for the reason expressed in the title of this piece. Specifically, he noted that when the …

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Ch-Ch-Changes 2021

     The attempt to subjugate Americans has run out of new ideas. The giveaway is the Establishment’s propagandization of the “Delta variant” to frighten us back into face masks and isolation. The bad news is that some people are buying the scare propaganda. The good news is that they’re greatly outnumbered by those who aren’t. …

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Do Facts Matter Part 2

     In response to the first episode in this tragedy, reader Clayton commented thus:      “Respectable, law-abiding Negroes could solve the problem by bringing their unruly racial brethren to heel.”      Which is why desegregation and the end of Redlining was a disaster for Blacks: much like the US and EU strip-mining anyone with talent …

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Do Facts Matter?

     This appears to be the question of our time – the supreme question of our time.      What does it mean to be oppressed? According to the dictionary, to oppress means “to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power.” If we use …

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Gifts, Love, And Miracles

     Today’s Mass reading from the Gospel of St. John told of the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes:      After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. …

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Proud To Be…?

     The “pride talk” has gotten way, way out of hand.      Even John Hinderaker has fallen into it:      Most people, first of all, are proud of being Americans. That is a good thing.      Is it? Are you proud to be an American? Is “being an American” your personal achievement? If not, what …

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Squibs

     I’m hurting somewhat – yesterday was a day of much exertion – so have a few brief comments on assorted matters, that I might leave my computer and assume a more comfortable position. Assuming I can find one, that is. *** The Dynamic of Power Strikes Again.      Don’t take that “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity” …

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