Trump Liquefaction

noun. [lik-wuh-fak-shuh n]

  1. the act or process of liquefying or making liquid.
  2. the state of being liquefied.

Geology: The process by which sediment that is very wet starts to behave like a liquid. Liquefaction occurs because of the increased pore pressure and reduced effective stress between solid particles generated by the presence of liquid. It is often caused by severe shaking, especially that associated with earthquakes.

I first learned of liquefaction by having an example of it quite literally shaken into me. Though I was “safely” on the bedrock of North Beach when the Great Quake of 1989 struck, the bruised cloud of the fires that burned in the Marina District of San Francisco were visible from my window. Why did the Marina burn? Well, turns out the Marina District of San Francisco, like the Back Bay of Boston, are landfill. Just… sand. Lots of it. Manufactured land that is there not by the Grace of God but by the hand of man. We built it. To make extra room. Which is all fine and good until there’s an earthquake. Then all that cemented over sand acts like, well, sand. And gives way.

The cement roads in North Beach looks just like the cement roads in the Marina. You can’t tell just by looking at them that beneath the former is bedrock and the latter is sand.

Until something destructive happens.

In the political arena, that’s Trump. We’ve found out the hard way who’s bedrock and who’s sand. I opined on this the other day, but Did They Ever Believe? says it better.

Enjoy. 4/21/2016
Did They Ever Believe? by Derek Hunter

To hear TV personalities and pundits who’ve espoused conservative values and policies for years abandon them for an egomaniac incapable of the most basic discussion of policy makes you wonder if they ever meant it.

Is the desire for relevance so strong that principle can be cast aside? Or did they ever hold those principles in the first place?

Are they so beholden to ratings and money they’re willing to betray all they’ve presented themselves as for access?

Either they’ve been lying all along, they’re lying now, or they never had any idea what conservatism is about.

Trade wars, government intervention in the economy, ordering businesses around about how to operate, health care mandates, whining about rules, etc., etc., … Republicans have espoused all of them in the past. But that doesn’t make them conservative.

Truth can’t be situational. Principle is not dependent upon circumstance. Yet these “leaders” swept aside reality in Colorado, which held a caucus on May 1, and embraced the “voterless victory” lie. To do anything else would risk their access to Trump, who won’t return to interviewers who ask real questions and call him out on his non-answers.

Did they fall for a bumper sticker? Is it all that simple? Are they that open to suggestions written on hats? Do they follow people home to ask them about their grandchildren because they read it on the back of a minivan?

“Make America Great Again” reads well, as long as you don’t ask the only follow-up question that matters: How? Does citing poll numbers wipe the section of the brain containing the fact Social Security and Medicare have 100+ trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities and Donald Trump said straight out he doesn’t want to reform them at all?

These pundits and hosts have become unwatchable. They’ve betrayed all they’ve done to this point. So much so, you have to wonder if they were this awful all along. Did they pull the greatest hoax in history?

Like the “GOP establishment” they decry, they’ve been selling one thing but became something else when the chips were down. After years of demanding accountability from squishy Republicans in Congress, they’ve become John Boehner.

They plead neutrality, but they embarrassingly badger other candidates to justify playing by the rules because Daddy Trumpbucks whines about a “rigged system.” If the system is so corrupt, and he’s winning, what’s that say about him?

The throne-sniffing media “conservatives” know not to bother with difficult questions on complex issues. Substantive discussions with Trump are like throwing a newborn into the deep end of a pool. So they don’t happen, no matter how many times they interview him.

When not kissing Donald’s ring, these establishment media types can be heard sucking up to his children. It is embarrassing.

No, they couldn’t have switched on everything overnight. They must’ve been playing a role. Conservatism sells, especially on radio and in cable news. So you just have to say a few buzzwords, go “rah-rah” for this or that cause, feign outrage at all the right times, and boom – job security.

When that security is threatened by the most powerfully addictive drug America has seen since Heisenberg’s blue meth – a celebrity – a course adjustment becomes easier if your highest principle always has been yourself.

We’ve been duped by a marketing gimmick akin to “Batman vs. Superman,” which left us thirsty, holding cases of “New Coke.” These weathervanes of the right are the father who went out for a pack of smokes and never came back.

If Donald Trump doesn’t reach 1,237 delegates before Cleveland, count on these mic’d up megaphones to maintain their silence as Donald’s goon squads make good on their promise to threaten and harass delegates to get their way.

Be it by stalking them in their rooms or preventing them from even getting to the convention, this subject will remain a blow-off topic in their sessions with The Donald. They’ll mention it, and he’ll say those people have no connection with the campaign. Since Trump’s company is private, and he won’t release his tax returns despite not actually being under IRS audit (another no-go topic for interviews), we’ll never know if they’re getting money from him or how much.

We’ll be left to wonder why these people are so devoted to a man they’re willing to work tirelessly for him for free.

Then again, that’s what these “titans” of conservative media have been doing, so maybe it’s not so farfetched.

In the end it doesn’t much matter if they ever believed. It’s clear they don’t now, and now is all there is. Well, now and tomorrow. After November, the tomorrows for these soothsayers of victory will run as dry. Their audiences will wonder how “the man who was going beat Hillary” lost. To paraphrase the mythical Pauline Kael quote, they won’t know how Trump lost … everyone they listened to said he was the only one who could win.


Bricks & Glass & Cloistered Corruption

Okay… Mike and I get married in my childhood parish, St. Frances, on September 11th (1993).  It was 8 years before the attacks but there you go.

Then, 3 years after the attacks, the church closes down (not due to the attacks but to the headlines that broke just after the millennium that dozens and dozens of priest had, for decades, been raping hundreds of little boys, helped by church who – helpfully – moved them from parish to parish for fresh ass, I mean, to hide the problem.  Parenthetically, my childhood priest was one of them. How do we know? The Boston Herald was kind enough to print his picture on their front page.).

Now St. Frances is on the home page of Fox News – one of the world’s most widely seen home pages – because life-long congregants have been keeping 24 hour vigil – for 10 straight years – trying to keep the Diocese from selling it off to pay for the sex crimes of their priests.

Blue-hairs sleeping on hard wooden pews for ten years to fight against a bunch of corrupt, cloistered politicians operating under the color of God. Ya gotta love ’em.

But I’m thinking a walk in the woods and contemplating the Glory of God might be the way to go… Fighting over a building with a bureaucracy which knowingly aided and abetted f*cking little boys for decades by simply shuffling them off to other parishes doesn’t seem to me to be worth it, but, whatever.  I get it.  I get the good part.  What these folks, so much like my lovely mother, see when the see “the church.”  And I do, too.  I see the millions they’ve helped with their good, charitable works.  I do.  But I just can’t be a part of a hierarchy that effectively endorses a grown man sticking his erect penis into the anus of a 10 year old boy.

Then, to pay for it, to pay for their decades of knowingly shuffling boy-diddling priests from parish to parish so they could diddle some more, telling little old ladies who sleep on a wooden church pew for 10 entire years to f*ck off.

I just can’t do it.

But here‘s the story.

For auld lang syne.

Fox St Frances Story

10-year fight over waterfront church pits Boston Archdiocese against parishioners

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    St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, pictured above, was closed in October 2004 by the Boston Archdiocese, citing financial difficulties and a decline in Mass attendance.

For more than half a century, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church has represented the heart and soul of Boston’s so-called “Irish Riviera,” according to parishioners who have spent the last decade defying the archdiocese’s bid to close the narthex doors for good.

To the Archdiocese of Boston, a dwindling congregation and a shortage of priests, among other factors, marked the church for closure in October 2004, which the Vatican supported. But congregants, who have maintained a constant presence in the church ever since and conducted ongoing services with laymen officiating, say it is the 30 acres of prime, ocean-view real estate the church sits on that has the hierarchy looking to sell.

And they believe the sweat equity they’ve poured into the church over the years makes it theirs, not the archdiocese’s.

“This is our church,” Jon Rogers, an occupation organizer and a founder of the nonprofit support group, “The Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini,” told “We have self-supported it for decades. Every Sunday the pastor would say, ‘We need some repairs here. We need a new carpet. We need a new roof. It’s your church.'”

Archdiocese spokesman Terry Donilon said the decision to shut the doors in 2004 was part of a larger parish closure and he cited a decline in Mass attendance and a “dramatic” drop in the number of priests.

But the congregation tells a very different story — claiming St. Frances had 3,000 registered parishioners in 2004 who were providing enough money to not only support the church but also fund the building of a school and church in India.

“We are the highest percentage of Irish Catholics of any town in America,” said Rogers, who said the church was always thriving.

Donilon offered a much lower number, telling that the average weekly Mass attendance in 2003 stood at 804. He said that year the church held 26 baptisms, 52 First Communions, 49 Confirmations, 8 weddings and 22 funerals.

Since the announcement was made to close the church in October 2004, congregants have held vigils in shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — sleeping on the floor and in pews and holding Sunday service, during which the occupants recite prayers, listen to Bible readings and receive consecrated hosts secretly provided by area priests, according to Rogers. The gatherings are lay-led services, he explained, and the Eucharist is given to the congregation by Eucharistic ministers.

The congregants say that between 100 and 200 people attend weekly Sunday service and that hundreds more are present for special events, like those held during the major Catholic holidays — a claim that Donilon strongly refutes.

“The last Easter service had approximately 700 people,” Rogers said.

He also noted that parishioners have maintained the 55-year-old building over the years, spending thousands of dollars on repairs and renovations, like painting and new woodwork, as well as purchasing a new furnace.

“We were told for over 50 years that this was our church.”

– Jon Rogers, congregant of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini church

Parishioners voted unanimously on Sunday to request that Pope Francis investigate the Boston Archdiocese’s handling of funds, said Rogers, whose group believes the archdiocese is flush with cash and has no need to close the church. They charge church leaders want to sell the valuable property — worth as much as $1 million per acre by some estimates — to replenish the coffers that were greatly depleted through massive clergy sex abuse settlements.

The U.S. Catholic Church has paid close to $2.8 billion in legal costs related to clergy sex abuse cases, according to a 2013 report by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“We were told for over 50 years that this was our church,” Rogers said, “And it was our church until the very day when the archdiocese said, ‘It’s now ours and we need to liquify it to pay for the sins of our priests.'”

Although a Vatican court ruled in June that the Boston Archdiocese, which owns the property, is permitted to sell or re-use the building, Rogers and canon law consultant Peter Borres argue that a subsequent appeal is necessary because, they claim, the latest public financial report on the Boston Archdioceses’s website reveals a $41 million surplus.

Donilon vehemently denied the charge that the church was being closed so the property could be sold to pay off prior legal settlements.

“We are not selling churches to pay for the legal fees of the sex abuse cases,” said Donilon, who also denied the archdiocese is sitting on a surplus. He said the $41 million figure cited by Rogers is “misleading,” because it represents a cumulative total for 288 parishes, and is not money the archdiocese can divert to a struggling parish.

“With regards to the surplus question, money in the bank accounts of parishes are solely for those parishes,” Donilon said. “By Church law, these assets cannot be used at the discretion of the archdiocese.”

“No plans” have been discussed about what will be done with the property, which sits about a half mile from the Atlantic Ocean, Donilon added. He called the claim by congregants that the property is to be sold to a condominium developer false.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do with the property,” he said.

Donilon said church leaders will continue to “work for a peaceful resolution,” even if occupants refuse to physically leave the building, though he added, “This will not go on forever — it simply can’t.” He said there are other nearby parishes that would welcome the congregation “with open arms.”

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has asked the congregation to ends it occupation of the church and respect the ruling of the Apostolic Signatura, the church’s highest court, which denied their appeal seeking to prevent the sale or repurposing of the building.

“Your participation in the appeals process presumed that you would accept the final decision, even if it were not favorable to your desired outcome,” O’Malley wrote in a July 29 letter. “Now we are simply asking for demonstration of your good faith.”

Rogers said the congregation has requested to buy the structure from the Boston Archdiocese, which turned down the offer.

“That’s not happening,” Donilon said. “What they want to create is not a parish.”


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