Where are the Hidden Heroes of Today?

If you are a man looking for inspiration in these dark times have I got a treat for you.

WQPH 89.3 FM is hosting a Catholic Men’s Retreat on Saturday Aug 27th at St. Benedict’s Abbey 252 Still River Road Still River Massachusetts.

The primary speakers are Dan Duddy and Tom Caffey hosts of WQPH’s 13th Apostle every Saturday at 11:30 AM EST. They have been doing men’s events all over the east coast. This will be their first for WQPH in Massachusetts. The theme of the event is: “Where are the Hidden Heroes of Today?”

The retreat runs from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and includes the following on the schedule

  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 9:am
  • Morning Coffee a light breakfast
  • Group Prayers
  • Free time during which confession will be available
  • Luncheon
  • A Talk from Dan Duddy and Tom Caffrey on our theme: Where are the hidden heroes of today?
  • Group discussion Q & A
  • Closing prayers

There will also be books and sacramentals available at the event

The Cost is $55 but only $45 for early bird registration by August 23rd which includes both luncheon and light breakfast

You can sign up in three ways:

  1. Go to WQPHradio.org and hit the Donate Button. In the notes for the donation specify that said donation is for your spot on the retreat (If you wish to sponsor additional people feel free to do so but please include their names in the notes).
  2. Call 617-459-8735 and we will take your information
  3. email us at wqph893@comcast.net with your request.. We will contact you back to confirm the number of tickers and payment

Don’t miss a chance to be part of this excellent life changing event

Back when John McCain was running for President, I just couldn’t get myself to support him. He was weak on all the issues I cared about, and I had never been impressed with his career as a Senator. I certainly wasn’t going to vote for Obama, so that year I voted Libertarian. I even got to meet the Libertarian candidate, Bob Barr, at a political event, and we had a solid 5 minute discussion about Navy issues, his background and what he wanted to do as President.

Obviously, John McCain got stomped in the election. When Donald Trump ran for office, I thought about voting Libertarian again, but the candidate was…disappointing. Between the jokes about being a “Big Johnson” and not being either candidate, there really wasn’t much of a platform on issues. So ultimately I voted Trump, thinking he was the least worst of everyone.

Thankfully, Trump ended up being a pretty awesome Republican. Trump also revealed the super ugly side of the Far Left. One after effect is that it seems everything became political, and it was “my way or the highway.” The ability to thread a needle and balance delicate issues is becoming increasingly difficult, and that is destroying the “live and let live” attitude that underscores much of Libertarian views.

A good example is the transgender bathroom issue. There are plenty of women that don’t want to see male genitalia in a bathroom. That’s a pretty reasonable request. Heck, I don’t want to see other men’s genitalia in a locker room. The dudes that walk around butt naked (if you’ve been in a locker room for any length of time you know who I’m talking about), I only ever think, “Did ya forget your towel?”

At the same time, would you want to see a person that looks very much like a girl in a male locker room? I know I would find that weird. Most people probably think its odd that someone can simply claim to be transgender and walk right into a female restroom, and worse still engage in despicable behavior that shouldn’t be tolerated regardless of gender. Most people have also probably seen at least a few transgender individuals that would pass in the gender that they want to be.

A Libertarian would probably be ok with states having different rules as we find a way that helps people navigate this issue. I would suspect that over time, states would settle on rules that allow transgender individuals that have officially switched there birth certificates over to use locker rooms, while creating more avenues to punish bad behavior in the bathroom. Most states would likely only change a birth certificate after a transgender surgery, which would likely make the issue of being exposed to genitalia go away. We would likely wind up with a system where transgender people fade into the background and aren’t really an issue.

I’m not saying its the right answer, but its an answer that might work for a majority of Americans.

That could work, but it won’t happen. The Far Left has planted a flag that says “You’ll get male genitals in a female restroom and you’ll like it!” Rather than accepting any limits, they want no limits. Not surprisingly, the immediate response is to craft bathroom laws and other ruling that pushes back with equal force.

Thus, you get forced to take a side, and Libertarians too often sit on the sidelines on this and other issues. You don’t get to be neutral anymore when one side is extreme and won’t stop. That’s not going to garner votes, and it’s not going to solve these problems. That’s why I’m glad Trump took over the Republican party, rather than starting another Bull Moose party, which would have resulted in a solid Democrat President for years to come.

Until we stop politicizing every aspect of life, we’re not going to be able to find reasonable solutions to complex problems.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Five Quick Sports Thoughts Under the Fedora

Posted: August 12, 2022 by datechguy in Uncategorized

The NBA has permanently retired Bill Russell’s number for all teams on the occasion of his death. It seems odd to me that they did not do this during his lifetime.

For some reason nobody seems to consider him the best of all time but me. For those who insist on LeBron or Jordan or even Kareem (who also belongs in this conversation) over the man who won 11 titles in 13 years let me say it again: When one of them manages to win a title while being a player coach as he did twice, then talk to me about how they’re in his league.

Chris Sale of the Red Sox has managed to put himself out for the season due to, of all things a bicycle accident.

The Sox have been doing a great job of self destructing anyways but I’ve never seen a player and a team so snakebit.

Some are bitching about his contract but let me put it this way. He was one of the prime reasons we won a title in 2018 and if you told a Sox fan in 1998 that signing a guy for five years would get you a title we would have all jumped at it in a second.

Bill Belichick is now 35 wins away from Don Shula’s record of wins by a NFL coach. Given what we’ve seen from the Patriots I’d say he will need at least 5 more years to get the record. I suspect that if they had kept Brady he would likely be less that 30 wins or maybe even as close as 25.

People who have seen this team in practice do not seem optimistic. Given how much other teams in the conference have improved over the last year I don’t blame them.

Being this close I can’t see him stopping until the record is in his hands.

The Bruins have been signing a lot of players for one more run with the current gang.

They have a team that is good enough to contend, the question is are they good enough to go all the way. My thought is if you have that chance go for it.

We’ve been spoiled a lot lately so we forget that championships are actually a rate thing.

Finally in my online league I have decided to take my own advice and traded away a 1st & 5th round pick along with OF Pat Kelly an above avg hitter with great range and good speed for Frank Howard who has maybe one more good year left in him.

Howard has made everyone in the lineup better and despite injuries and suspensions I’m right in the thick of the hunt, which given that our league is designed to make it hard to repeat isn’t bad at all.

Let’s hope I’m still this optimistic when we have 50 games left to the season instead of 100

Like most of us who aren’t radical leftists, I am outraged by the shameful and outrageous raid by the FBI under the Biden regime on President Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago.  Like the vast majority of my Conservative and Libertarian friends, I immediately took to social media to vent my extreme displeasure at that contemptible display of government corruption and overreach.

I have never seen such an instantaneous outpouring of rage.  Most of what I saw was extremely helpful when viewed through the perspective of trying to win converts among the great many moderates and fence sitters. Too much of what I saw, however, was not helpful at all.  No matter how despicable the actions of the Biden regime are, calls for revolution and violence are counterproductive in the extreme.

This eloquent and powerful Tweet by Ben Carson is a perfect example ot a social media post the will win the battle of ideas.

This Tweet by Rand Paul works because it effectively illustrates the corruption and double standards of the Biden regime.

A measured amount of emotion and mockery can also create an effective political weapon.

I found this article from The Federalist to be extremely thought provoking and informative.   

In 2016, Donald Trump’s election doomed Merrick Garland’s shot at a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. Four years later, Garland oversaw a raid on the former president’s personal home.

The Department of Justice refused to confirm that Attorney General Garland had personally signed off on Monday’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach home, but it seems impossible that such an outrageous move could be made without approval from the top. Since Garland hasn’t fired every agent involved and proclaimed their disgrace from the rooftops, it’s safe to assume the raid had Garland’s blessing — in which case, it was one of the most glaring acts of political revenge in recent memory. How can anyone be expected to believe Garland is acting as a neutral arbiter of justice here?

So many on social media are trying to puzzle out the real motives behind this unsettling raid.  I was until I came across this article, Russia Hoaxer Spills the Beans, Reveals What the FBI Raid Is Really All About (townhall.com)

Marc Elias, architect of the Russia collusion hoax — who hired Fusion GPS to produce the fake dossier about President Trump, which led to illegal FISA warrants against Trump campaign officials and a lengthy Special Counsel investigation — and noted attempter of election rigging, claimed that the “media is missing the really, really big reason why the raid today is a potential blockbuster in American politics.” And then he spilled the beans on what was really the motivation behind the raid:

Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

The constitutionally challenged Biden regime does not grasp the fact that a law cannot override Article II of the Constitution, which alone sets the requirements for president.

A very high percentage of the moderates and fence sitters have become uneasy about the corruption and overreach they have witnessed ever since Joe Biden was installed in the White House.  Sharing articles such as this will win converts, Criminalizing Opposition To The Regime Is How The Republic Ends (thefederalist.com)

An indictment of former President Donald Trump would be a breathtakingly authoritarian turn. It would amount to the U.S. security state refusing to accept “no” from America’s voters yet again. An indictment would be an unelected and unaccountable federal agency overruling voters’ two-time rejection of impeachment through their elected representatives.

This is the core danger of the administrative state: Its now open propensity to go rogue. It is apparently hellbent now on turning the United States into a banana republic.