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The Oscar winning 1941 Movie 49th Parallel was available on Amazon Prime this month for free. Despite it being a famous movie and a WW 2 picture I had never seen it. The Basic plot is a German U-Boat is sunk in Hudson Bay but a landing party had been sent ashore to get supplies and so five sailors and an officer are stranded in Canada. It’s 1941 and the US hasn’t officially entered the war so if they can get across that 49th parallel they are safe. The story is about how they encounter Canadians on the way from a Trapper (Laurence Oliver) to a group of German immigrants of a religions sect including a young girl who lost family when a U-Boat sunk their ship ( Glynis Johns ), to a Professor studying the Blackfeet Indians (Leslie Howard) to a Canadian Soldier who has stayed behind his leave (Raymond Massy).

It’s a commentary on the character of Canada and free government vs the Nazi way.

As I watched this picture the portrayal of the Canadian national character that was portrayed was very familiar to me but I was surprised at how familiar the portrayal of the Nazi character was because it was what the Canadian, Australian and in many states run by Democrats, American character is becoming.

What’s horrible is that these nations that stopped Nazism have fallen so far and are so ignorant of what they were and are that they would not likely see what I saw.

What’s even worse is that I suspect a lot of people actually would see how far they have fallen but are too cowardly to acknowledge it because it would require them to act.

That’s the real tragedy here.

Closing thought along that line Manchin and Simena saved the filibuster yesterday in the teeth of their party.

The Wonder isn’t the Manchin and Sinema were willing to save the Filibuster the wonder is that the democrats have fallen so far that two were publicly willing to stand up for it.

Update: OK maybe not such a shock:

Nearly Half of All Democrats — Who Claimed to #Resist Fascism — Support Actual Internment Camps for the Unvaccinated

Today is the anniversary of Ashli Babbitt a US Airforce vet, being killed by a Capital Police officer in the US capital building.

I want you for one moment to imagine that Ashli Babbitt was not a supporter of Donald Trump and a person who, like me, believes the election of 2020 was stolen.

Imagine for a moment that instead she was a black Democrat who was protesting the elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and picture just for a moment what the narrative would be on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, the AP, Reuters , Newspapers like the NY Times the Washington Post and being pushed on every tech platform out there.

Today would be a day of mourning and remembrance, there would be glowing articles in the papers about her service to her country, her family would be on all the cable and morning shows, activists would be beating their breasts about the injustice of an unarmed woman slain for the mere crime of trespassing on the Capital that is in effect her property as an American. Her face would be everywhere and activist would especially decry that the Capital officer who pulled the trigger was never charged. None of us would be made to forget this name.

But alas for Ashli Babbitt and her family she did not have the right political opinions and thus her death as well as the death of several other protestors will be memory holed today because none of these deaths fit the narrative that our betters wish to push.

So there will only be those like Sarah Hoyt who will remember this day for what it is and mourn for the America that people like my Father and Uncles fought for that has been thrown away by those seeking power for their own ends.

Closing thought; I suddenly find myself thinking of Molly Norris the Seattle Cartoonist who is still in hiding over Islamic death threats. The non reaction to this twelve years ago to the targeting of a liberal cartoonish was a precursor to what we are seeing now.

I wrote a while back about the conflict about being Sicilian and being Catholic plays out on occasion and the more I see of the left lately the stronger that conflict becomes.

That’s when I remember the parable of the workers in the Vineyard and remember those who were hired with one hour to go in the day and a sermon that my priest gave reminding us that if we met Matthew the Tax Collector, Mary Magdalene or Saul of Tarsus the day before they encountered Christ we would not like what we saw.

We are dealing with a lot of really bad people right now but they are one encounter with Christ from change. If God’s willing to wait on them who am I not to?


One of the single hardest things about Christianity is the idea of loving your enemies, particularly when they don’t feel that obligation.

We’ve seen a lot of that lately from our friends on the left, a lot of it on the assumption that the good Christian folks on the right will just keep taking it.

They should be aware that Christians sometime slip, after all that’s what confession is for. So I’d be wary of pushing people to that point.


Nobody is going to convince me that all of the “don’t get together for Christmas” and “Cancel Christmas” for your own safety is about the virus.

As Don Surber noted: ” WHO didn’t tell the Saudis to call off the Hajj.”

Most of what the left does frankly is all about hatred of Christianity so I don’t see why this would be any different.


Speaking of tactics to hamper Christians the New DC Vaccine Passport rules go into effect two days before the March for Life.

I think with hundreds of thousands of people there it will be tough to enforce such rules but I don’t see the correlation between Christianity and not getting the vaccine, except for the fact that many Christians are able to get a religious exemption, but then again so can any other religion.

Plus I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few non-religious suddenly found religion when looking for an exemption. After all during prohibition a lot of folks suddenly starting going to mass to receive the cup.


Finally I see the the group pushing trans priests in the Lutheran Church has suspended the 1st openly trans Lutheran Bishop over unspecified: “harm done by the Sierra Pacific Synod Council and Bishop Rohrer to the Latinx community in Stockton, CA.”

Of course some Spanish speaking people might consider the term “latinx” harmful in itself but it just goes to show you that wokeness is an unforgiving God and no matter how high in the woke hierarchy you are, you’re always one step away from being cancelled.

Me I think they should have stuck with Christ myself.

I have to laugh when I read story after story about the left in panic that they are suddenly losing “Hispanic” voters.

I’ve already touched on the whole “Hispanic” business but the reason why I think it’s funny is that I was told the answer years ago by a woman named Maria and her translator Christian during my “Interviews with Immigrants” series (which incidentally is some of the best work I’ve ever done).

During my interview I asked Maria why she decided to move to America and here is what she said:

The key line: She feels secure every time she walks on the street she don’t have fear when she was walking alone.

Note how she talks about that moment as the thing she’ll never forget. It’s the very essence of one of the Four Freedoms. Freedom from Fear.

A lot of folks have gone though an awful lot to get to this country. A lot of effort a lot of cost and a lot of sweat. If they were all set safe and sound in their own countries they wouldn’t go though what they do to come here.

FDR, was once the template for what Democrats stood for, talked about the four freedoms. Freedom of speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. All four of these are under attack by the Democrat left of today, but when crime sours in cities, when people don’t feel safe in their own downtown, in their own neighborhoods. When looters and criminals go free and are not even prosecuted while those who risk themselves to protect others are demonized the freedom from fear that made America so unique in the history of the world disappears.

I haven’t seen Maria for years, but I suspect there are plenty of Marias in this country who came from dangerous places who are not anxious to lose that sense of security that they came here for.

Of course the left would know this, if they talked to anyone outside their liberal bubble