The Lies That Bind Us

I always recommend people read Samuel Eliott Morrison’s The Two Ocean War if you want a good run down on American naval operations in WWII. It was published in 1963 and still is a huge trove of good, historical information. OTOH, a few bits need to be taken with a grain of salt: most notably, the campaign against the U Boats.

You see, when Morrison wrote the book, the Ultra Secret was still secret. It was more than 10 years later that the British and American governments fessed up to having been reading the German’s mail. The intel gained from Ultra wasn’t good in a fast moving situation (ie, when the battle was actually on going) but the knowledge it gave us of German strategy, tactics and material condition was invaluable. If we didn’t have it – and no A bomb was forthcoming – WWII in Europe might have lasted years longer. I bring this up because Morrison, in his book, lays all the credit for the victory over the U Boats to intrepid sailors and merchant mariners. Not to take anything away from them – they did, after all, actually have to go sea and fight the U Boats – but the fact that the allies generally knew (except in a few brief periods when the Krauts altered their coding machines) where the subs were going to be gave our side an overwhelming advantage. I mean, for the Germans to have a comparable advantage, they’d have to know the exact route and timing of the convoys. It was that valuable.

This is important to a full understanding of how history works: you really don’t know until all cards are on the table. You especially wont know if the events are recent (“recent” in historic terms in the previous 100-150 years) and people still have axes to grind. The first draft of history is usually riddled with falsehoods deliberate or otherwise. And some things never come out. When the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire committed suicide in 1889, it struck the world like a thunderbolt. A good looking man with all the possible advantages offs himself after murdering a young girl he talked into murder-suicide. As it was more than 130 years ago, very much is known about it. But not all. Some crucial information about what the heir was doing and saying in the immediate run up to the suicide is not known…but, we know that certain people had to know. They were close to the Imperial family and were in contact with the heir. But, as far as we can tell, the heirs of the people who knew – if they are still in possession of the letters and documents their ancestors had – still rate loyalty to the Hapsburgs above historic interest and so the secrets remain.

A great deal of what we all believe regarding events of the past 100 years is shot through with things that have been presented to us with crucial data missing, or are outright fabrications. To take it out of politics, think about the “rock n roll” rebel thing: these kids just aren’t gonna take it any more and they’re going to show you squares what’s what! That is the main thing about rock music…it is supposedly transgressive and something that all powers try to suppress. But, to believe this, you have to believe that a man with no professional musical training ( he can’t even read music) did Hey, Jude right out of his head.

Sorry, didn’t happen. Oh, to be sure, McCartney might have written the lyrics, but all of that gorgeous musical triumph was the result of highly skilled people turning McCartney’s scribble on a napkin into the Sistine Chapel. And so it was with almost all pop music and the entirety of the commercially successful pop music. A genuine musician like Mark Knopfler or the late Neal Peart can break through and be very successful, but the bottom line is that most popular music is made by and for corporate overlords who put massive efforts into finding out what will sell and then making what sells. And no matter what, the real musicians aren’t going to rake it in like Madonna. And do understand this: genius is rare. Very are. Once in half a thousand years a Mozart will pop up. But isn’t it funny that every freaking week there’s a new number one hit? Figure the odds that the music industry will hit the jackpot like that again and again. Nope: doesn’t happen. The hits aren’t from some guy or gal who through grit and determination rises to the top: the hits are manufactured. There is a joke meme out there with a faceless musician on it with the caption saying words to the effect of “Hi, I’m Celebrity 3297: I believe whatever is safe and popular for the 18-35 demographic, please like me on social media and buy my album”: that is pretty much it.

Of late the members of the band Rage Against the Machine have been dragged quite a bit on social media because they have been very firm in supporting mask and vaccine mandates. I mean, come on! But, then again, you had to know: once you see the backgrounds of the members, you know you’re not dealing with outcasts who are gonna tell us what’s what about the hypocrisies of our times. They’re middle to upper-middle class kids who never knew a minute of deprivation in their lives. They can’t really tell us about the hypocrisies of our society because they are the hypocrisies of our society…in this case, the Socialist hypocrite who talks a big game of Revolution before taking his new car back to his gated community. The boys of Rage were always mere tools of corporate salesmanship…and as the corporation still provides the money, these guys aren’t going to bite the hand that extremely lavishly feeds them.

But think of this: we really do, most of us, believe there was a grassroots rebellion against the squares which started in the 50’s with Elvis and culminated with the 60’s and 70’s. But Elvis was merely the first successful marketing effort. As far as music goes, Chuck Berry was better…it was just that back in those days, you couldn’t sell it with a black face. Additionally, we now know that a great deal of the post-WWII avant-guarde was initially promoted and funded by the CIA and other government-connected agencies. The official idea was to show the Communist world that we were more hip than they were. Personally, I think it was an op by KGB-controlled CIA agents to corrupt the West…I mean, the USSR wasn’t stupid enough to allow hippies; and the most brutal Stalinist art is still miles ahead of some of the absurdities we’ve placed in American art museums.

We were played. And we’ve been played again and again: a huge amount of effort has been placed into making us believe certain things about the past which all go in one direction: leaving the current Ruling Class in place. When you rage against the machine, you might say a couple tame things against corporations and government…but most of your fire is directed at the Church, the family…working for a living, being faithful, keeping your promise. See how it works? Think about what is really attacked in popular culture: Faith, Family and Property. You are to ridicule the belief in God; to despise mommy and daddy and not want that for yourself, you are to hate mommy and daddy’s middle class home in the ‘burbs. So, what does that leave you? An atom in a city without love or hope and no property. The perfect demographic for corporate and government overlords…who have convinced most people that this is what we wanted.

If you really start to ponder it, you can see more and more of the con emerge. The “Conservatism” which was about lower corporate taxes and no fight for border security. The heroes who aren’t intrepid warriors, but failures who need counseling. The digs against maintaining our individual dignity (wear the tube top and the pants around your knees! Look like a whore or a gangster!). It isn’t a Conspiracy in the sense that only one person or one small group is running it but it is every institution of government, media and major corporation all on the same page in desiring a compliant, ignorant, frightened population.

The good news – and this will be Trump’s greatest triumph for all time to come – is that between 2016 and 2020, the mask dropped. It can’t be put back on again. We saw them for what they were. To remain in favor of things as they are, one has to be either a moron, or paid off. Once you see the lie – the really broad lie – you can’t unsee it. Whether or no we’ll be able to beat it remains to be seen, but we can no longer be suckered by it. Day by day, those of us who had our minds freed can simply see more and more of the lies. They are now easy for us to detect and they no longer are binding upon us. What remains to be seen is if they can remain binding on enough people to stop us.

35 thoughts on “The Lies That Bind Us

  1. Retired Spook October 24, 2021 / 5:12 pm

    We’re only a couple of weeks away from the first bit of evidence as to whether or not America is going to reverse course. If enough parents who believe they should be allowed to play a role in their kids’ education vote in Virginia, it could be a prelude to November 2022.

    • Amazona October 24, 2021 / 6:36 pm

      I’m not inclined to see Virginia as a bellwether state. If there is an inkling of common sense there, that would certainly be a good sign. But if it stays in its DC mentality I don’t think that would say much about how the rest of the country is going to go. Electing Youngkin would be an exciting hint that maybe the pendulum is swinging back to sanity even in a state so controlled by Dems for so long, but I am confident that no matter what happens there the country is, in general, fed up with the disaster that is Dem governance. I agree, a change in Virginia would be evidence of a very widespread shift.

      • Mark Noonan October 24, 2021 / 7:23 pm

        There’s been some hedging by the prognosticators. I mean, of course, the VA governor’s race should be a walk over for the Dems. That it is even close has to ring like a death knell for those Democrats who really know (and there some some who are very smart and know how things work). My view: let’s assume the loss and be thrilled with a win.

      • Amazona October 24, 2021 / 9:54 pm

        I think just scaring them should count, if not a win, then at least a kind of victory. And I think they’re scared.

      • Retired Spook October 25, 2021 / 7:44 am

        If they’re not, they should be. But then Democrats are, as a group, not the sharpest knives in the drawer. As Reagan famously said, “the trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” As reluctant as I am to contradict Renaldus Magnus, I’d say the 4 decades since he said that have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, that many Democrats ARE just plain ignorant.

      • Amazona October 25, 2021 / 11:28 am

        many Democrats ARE just plain ignorant.

        And that, in itself, is not damning. It is that they have allowed themselves to be locked into an emotion-based bubble where no information other than that fed to them by their masters is allowed. They are so emotionally manipulated that they have come to accept as their only reality that this Invented Other created and demonized by the Left and labeled as “Republican” or “conservative” cannot be trusted or believed, so they refuse to accept any information that they think comes from these sources.

        That means that they are steadfastly ignorant, by choice, and that is what is unforgiveable.

        We on the Right know what the Left is—objectively, historically, factually. But these Democrats truly have no idea of what the Right stands for. Nearly everything they think they know is, quite simply, a lie.

      • Amazona October 25, 2021 / 1:22 pm

        Mark Twain said, it’s a lot easier to fool someone than it is to convince them that they have been fooled.

      • Retired Spook October 25, 2021 / 1:58 pm

        Democrats are living proof that Twain was right.

    • Retired Spook October 25, 2021 / 1:56 pm

      I thought that Eric Holder was the worst POS AG in my lifetime, probably in modern history, but Merrick Garland has moved the bar several notches lower. His behavior begs the question, when the people entrusted with enforcing the law are hopelessly corrupt, who polices them?

      • Amazona October 25, 2021 / 2:10 pm

        Maybe we should start a poll—who will be the first person impeached by a newly GOP-controlled House of Representatives?

        There is a pretty long list to choose from, starting with Harris, Garland and Buttigieg

      • Cluster October 25, 2021 / 2:24 pm

        The incompetence, arrogance, and dishonesty amongst all of the Democrat cartel members is the actual threat to our Republic (NOT our democracy)

    • Amazona October 25, 2021 / 2:00 pm

      This is the most amazing article I have ever read. It is so long I had to stop before I finished it but I have it saved in a Documents file and you can be sure it will be revisited.

      I know Mark would like the CIA to be disbanded. I don’t agree. I think we need a covert international presence and the CIA has done some remarkable things. To me, getting rid of it would be like crushing a car because it has a flat tire and needs an oil change.

      But the FBI has become so deeply and profoundly corrupt, doing so much damage domestically, i think it should be done away with. It has become blatantly an arm of the political Left, using its might against the Right, and that cannot be tolerated.

      • Cluster October 25, 2021 / 4:24 pm

        The FBI has become the modern day version of the Nazi SS

      • Amazona October 27, 2021 / 12:25 am

        With the IRS being the new Gestapo and being forced by a massively powerful Central Authority to submit to injecting experimental medicines, we don’t seem to be in Kansas anymore. Or anywhere else in a country our Founders would recognize.

      • Cluster October 27, 2021 / 12:08 pm

        Oh I agree with that … this country is unrecognizable right now. I think the VA Governor race will let us know what direction 2022 will be going.

  2. Cluster October 28, 2021 / 11:59 am

    For the life of me, I don’t see how all this crap can last another 3.5 years. It won’t. Something is going to happen. I have to admit too that I am more encouraged today about America’s revival than I have been in the last 18 months. When BLM aligns themselves with conservatives against vax mandates, and when Rappers are singing F Joe Biden and praising God, something is afoot. A great awakening is happening and it will not turn out well for progressives.

    • Amazona October 28, 2021 / 12:35 pm

      First of all, if we take back Congress we will have the ability to do a lot to stop this insanity, and that’s only in a little over a year. Every law that is passed can be revoked. And we have to remember, so far not a single thing that has happened has been the result of legislation. It has all been Executive Orders, if even that formal, These changes and policies have just been announced, and then put in play by the complicit Deep State.

      Ron DeSantis just laid down the law to Republicans—grow a backbone or hit the road. I think this is a growing attitude among conservatives. Weed out the weasels, add some good people and scare the spineless into shutting up and doing their jobs and we have the possibility of a strong Congress that will stand up to the attempted tyranny of the Left.

      I predict that we will not only take over several House and some Senate seats, we will probably grab a couple of governorships along the way and even effect some statehouse shifts. In addition, of the Dems who hold onto their seats, I predict that many will do so only by alarmingly small margins, sending the message that radical leftism is not welcome here. A strong Republican Congress, even without a Republican president, can accomplish some significant things, especially if a few scared Dems decide to try to salvage their seats by going along.

      Have you seen what DeSantis has done with Florida ports? He has been developing not just the ports themselves but the transportation elements into and out of them, enabling efficient truck traffic to allow goods to be offloaded and shipped quickly. For New York to regain shipping they lose to Florida will be tough, especially as New York’s ports are so riddled with crime, corruption and graft. As New York loses population and jobs, the hold held now by the Left is going to diminish.

      How long can container ships continue to pile up at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports without a reaction from shippers and those who ship their goods?

      Don’t you think school board elections are going to get a lot more competitive and relevant? I personally know a man who is going to run for his school board next time around, and I don’t know many parents.

      You said it: A great awakening is happening and it will not turn out well for progressives.

  3. Amazona October 28, 2021 / 12:09 pm

    Vatican Suddenly Cancels Televised Meeting Between Pope and Biden With No Explanation

    I’ve got a possible explanation. It is that the Leftist Pope is getting a lot of feedback on his pretense that it is not the job of the Church to pass judgment on people who blatantly violate its teachings, if the people doing it are politicians.

    His bleat that the Church “must not politicize the sacraments” is utter garbage, as his very act of sorting out condemnation for the butchery of tiny helpless unborn children is based on consideration of political affiliation.

    The Church has its doctrine. To belong to and participate in the sacraments of the Church one has to accept its doctrine and follow its rules.

    Some excommunications ……….. are automatic (effective at the moment the act is committed) and without the intervention of the Church. Catholics are automatically excommunicated for committing these offenses:

    Procuring of abortion

    Now Joe (and Nancy) may not have personally procured any abortions, but they have actively made abortions possible, in many ways, and actively promoted the acceptance of abortion in this country in addition to helping pay abortionists for what they do.

    For the Pope to look the other way and make feeble excuses for his lack of backbone in this, which we all understand is based on political reasons, is to abandon his role as the father, the head of the Church and its leader and protector.

    As far as I am concerned, his public acceptance of Pelosi and Biden, his private audiences with them, his posing for photos with them, all make him complicit in the abortions they enable. In a world with the disappointment of having Joe Biden as our president, we also have the disappointment of having this man with the title of Pope.

    • Amazona October 28, 2021 / 12:17 pm

      If course, one of the people the Pope is defending is in violation of HIS duty. The presidential Oath of Office reads: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Joe Biden is not only not preserving, protecting or defending the Constitution, he is actively working to undermine it and violate it, appearing to either ignore or dismiss it as he pursues his anti-Constitutional agendas.

      Of course, Pelosi and her ilk in Congress are also in constant and active violation of their own oaths of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

      They are all cut from the same cloth, the cloth of relativity. It is the belief system that they get to make the rules, they get to break the rules, and they get to decide who has to follow which rules and who gets a pass. It’s a belief system that makes our Constitution, and Church doctrine, infinitely flexible according to who is in charge, and makes a mockery of both.

      • Cluster October 28, 2021 / 12:25 pm

        Democrats, aided and abetted by corporate America and China, are hell bent on destroying capitalism and the Constitution. Their push for minimum wage, affordable housing, and “human infrastructure” (just to name a few) should be clear to everyone that this is what they want for all Americans. The very minimum. And the conservative white male who owns firearms, is their greatest threat hence the DOJ’s domestic terrorism focus.

    • Amazona October 28, 2021 / 1:20 pm

      Jack Posobiec claims Kamala Harris is referring to Joe Biden as the Titanic behind his back and that Dr. Jill Biden was asking if it was possible to remove a sitting VP over the past weekend.

      Sure there is, and every Dem knows what it is. Impeach her. They’ve got the votes in the House just on their side, and I imagine several Republicans would join in. She’s incompetent, she contributed to bail for arrested arsonists and anarchists, she hasn’t done a single job assigned to her, and it is entirely possible she is a Russian agent cunningly planted in the heart of the White House. OK, I made up that last one, but the material for that one is still sitting on Adam Schiff’s desk and just needs a little tweaking.

      The funniest thing about this is that “Dr.” Jill doesn’t seem to realize that the Senate would have to confirm a replacement. Of course, under the current administration, without a VP in place if Joe were to completely fall apart or die that would give us President Pelosi.

      Let’s just say that the line of ascension to the presidency is a classic case of going from bad to worse.

      HOWEVER…..Trump could run for the House, be elected Speaker of the House, and then he would be in line if there was no VP. Talk about an entertaining scenario! As far as that goes, the current Rep for Trump’s district could resign, De Santis could appoint Trump to fill his place, and then he could become the Speaker, long before the election.

      Then it would be set ’em up and knock ’em down. Impeach and remove Harris, hit Joe with the 25th Amendment and Trump would be president, with the ability to run again because if I remember correctly, from talk about Harris taking over for Joe, if a term is less than two full years then it does not apply to the two-term limitation. When there was talk about bumping Joe to move her up the idea was to wait till he had served a little more than two years so her term would be less than two years, allowing her to run for two more terms. Of course, that was early on, before it became obvious even to hard core Dems that she was in her way even worse than he is.

      I know, it’s all silly, but it’s fun. And we need fun.

      For example, I am always cheered up when I see the commercial with the emu in a helicopter, wearing his tiny yellow emu flight helmet with its tiny little helmet mic. That tickles me. An emu with a helmet is funny. An emu with a helmet mic is pure genius.

  4. Amazona October 28, 2021 / 1:30 pm

    re: the Alec Baldwin situation. I once asked my cousin’s son, who shoots a lot, his advice on which of the handguns I inherited from my husband would be the best one for me to start shooting. As he took each gun out of the gun safe he racked the slide or dropped the cylinder and made sure it was safe. Then when they were laid out on my kitchen counter, every time he picked up a gun he did the same thing. If he put one down and it was never moved, if he picked it up five minutes later he did the same thing.

    He taught me that this is the most important habit you can form—other than never pointing a gun at anyone and always knowing what is downrange from the end of your weapon. And I have always done what he taught me. If I see someone clear a weapon and then hand it to me, I clear it myself.

    It’s Gun Safety 101 and no one, not even an actor who is pretending to know how to handle guns, should be allowed to forget it.

    And BTW I put them all away and bought a little Sig Sauer .380 to learn with and to be my carry gun, and a tactical shotgun for home defense. I wanted a gun I could handle safely, not one so heavy I might have a problem controlling it. Because when you talk about “gun control” THAT should be what you are talking about.

    • Retired Spook October 28, 2021 / 2:20 pm

      I won’t shed a tear if Alec Baldwin ends up in jail, but I suspect an honest investigation will show that several people acted in a less than responsible manner. Whoever brought live rounds onto a movie set has a great degree of culpability, IMO.

      I’d be interested in hearing what kind of gun it was. If, for example, it was a Glock or other striker fired semi-auto, even with a re-worked trigger (as I’ve seen reported), or a semi-auto that is double action on the first shot and single action on subsequent shots, it will not fire simply by touching your finger to the trigger. Even a single action semi-auto like a 1911 must first be cocked and the safety disengaged before it will fire. NO ONE SHOULD EVER ALLOW SOMEONE TO HAND HIM OR HER A SINGLE ACTION FIREARM WITH THE HAMMER COCKED AND THE SAFETY OFF — EVER. I have a Browning Hi-Power (single action) that has one of the most sensitive triggers I’ve ever experienced, but it still takes 3 lbs of pressure to make it go boom. If, as has been reported, Baldwin has handled firearms numerous times in movies, he should know that until one is ready to fire a weapon, the proper place to rest your trigger finger is along the side of the weapon — NOT TOUCHING THE TRIGGER!!

  5. Amazona October 28, 2021 / 1:33 pm

    Ann Coulter has a very good, very important column today. The title is odd: Give the Dog Narcan. But by the end of the article it makes complete sense.

    • Cluster October 28, 2021 / 1:57 pm

      I use to love Coulter but haven’t followed her for sometime now ever since she got weak and attacked Trump

      • Amazona October 28, 2021 / 3:21 pm

        I agree but she still has the ability to analyze and summarize problems, and she does a great job here.

  6. Amazona October 28, 2021 / 1:37 pm

    Appropriate for this thread, given its title, is VDH’s article The Ignoble Lie. It’s a very good list of lies we have been told we are just supposed to live with.

  7. Amazona October 28, 2021 / 4:48 pm

    The death spiral of the United States, accompanied by the F-you to the average American citizen, must not be picking up speed fast enough. Never fear, Biden is here.

    New reporting on Thursday revealed President Biden’s latest border policy idea: Direct payments to illegal immigrant families who were separated at the southern border during the Trump administration.

    According to The Wall Street Journal, the Biden administration “is in talks to offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation” to the tune of total payments totaling “$1 billion or more.”

    That ought to do it.

    But I have a couple of modifications to this. One is to start with families of military who were separated by the death of a father or mother. Let’s give a million to each of them, because death is, you know, kind of a permanent separation. The same amount of a million per for separation due to death in the line of duty for law enforcement officers and fire fighters. Then give half a mil to each family member separated by deployments.

    OK, that takes us down the list into families separated due to criminal activity. This obviously includes people coming across our border illegally, but let’s start with legal citizens. $450,000 for each family member separated by prison sentences sound about right? One sentence only, though—musn’t get greedy here. Repeat offenders don’t get to double dip.

    Then, finally, we can get to the compensation for family separation at the border due to illegal crossing there. But that leads to the obvious—if you’re not a braindead Lib, that is—for how long were these long-suffering lawbreakers separated? It was always my understanding that children were taken away (“separated”) from the law-breaking accompanying adults so everyone could be interviewed separately, to determine if the custodial adult was a legal custodian, or if the child was being kidnaped, trafficked or just rented to give the adult access to Obama’s “Bring A Kid, Get In Free” policy. Because close to half a million bucks per person for being interviewed in one room while little Juanita and Jose are being fed ice cream and asked questions about family relationships in another seems like a pretty good payday.

    Maybe Kamala could look at this as a possible core reason for illegal border crossing—a million dollar reward for breaking the law.

    OR—just spitballing here—-is this just another way to get the lie of “children RIPPED from the arms of their parents” back into play, in a frantic hope it will distract from the cascade of disasters marking the Biden experiment?

  8. Cluster October 29, 2021 / 9:06 am

    Here’s the latest from AT&T:

    White employees of AT&T have been told to read an article saying that they are racist, are told to confess to their ‘white privilege’ and acknowledge ‘systemic racism,’ and must engage with set texts or else they will be penalized in their performance reviews.

    I wonder if the white customers of AT&T are the problem too. One quick way to stop being part of the problem is to switch service providers … as soon as possible

    • Cluster October 29, 2021 / 9:12 am

      And not to be outdone by AT&T, a Rutgers professor has taken the hyperbole to another level:

      ‘We got to take white people out’ … Brittney Cooper, 41, said that whiteness ‘totally skews our view of everything,’ adding that she ‘thinks that white people are committed to being villains’. She made the shocking comments to The Root Institute’s Michael Harriot during an online conference titled Unpacking The Attacks On Critical Race Theory. Cooper also said that ‘white people’s birth rates are going down’ because they can’t afford children but was sure to note that ‘they kind of deserve it’. The Root Institute’s description of the conversation called it ‘a healthy dose of reality’. Cooper is a professor at Rutgers University where she teaches classes on women’s and genders studies.

      See what happens when you enflame the passions of truly stupid, racist people? You have to be careful not to excite a Democrat … they become full authoritarian racist on ya real quick.

      • Amazona October 29, 2021 / 1:56 pm

        The very concept that the amount of melanin in one’s skin dictates his entire character and predicts that his actions will be hateful is a perfect example of profound and toxic stupidity.

  9. Amazona October 29, 2021 / 1:53 pm

    Following a lengthy meeting with Pope Francis, President Joe Biden said on Friday that the pope told him he is a “good Catholic” and encouraged him to continue receiving Communion.

    I don’t think there is anything a Catholic can say about this, other than to express dismay at the very idea that the alleged leader of the Church tells a corrupt and dishonest person who is actively promoting the murder of innocent unborn children that he is a good example of the religion.

    At this point I don’t think there is anything the pope can ever say or do that would redeem himself.

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