THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

  LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

          4/30/18…  15,650.20

          4/23/18…  15,635.82

          6/27/13…  15,000.00

      

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  4/30/18… 24,311.19; 4/23/18… 24,462.94; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

LESSON for April 30, 2018 – ECCLESIASTICAL TURBULENCE!

 

Last week we spiced up the Lesson with a few flakes of Sean Hannity interviewing the lefty lawyer Alan Dershowitz, among others, on the topic of the troubled Mister Cohen Esquire, and the Fox transcribers noted that he had quoted Thomas More, the lawyer and author beheaded in 1535, and, being rational fellows or ladies, someone had “corrected” the old Utopian into a “Thomas Moore” as would be the more probable today.  More had a Christmas stocking of good lines, in art as in life as in death – not only about the law and the devil, but concerning a perfectible society which, he ventured, might have something to do with bureaucratic Communism.

He was also a clerical intriguer par excellence, who had the unfortunate trait of telling truth to power when King Henry VIII decided that the marital fidelity then in vogue among Catholics (from peasants to monarchs) should not apply to himself.  Three and a half centuries earlier, another old, dead Tom… Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury of whom a previous Henry II allegedly appealed to subordinates as a sort of demand couched in inquiry: “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”

Said little slices of Tory decapitatory and ecclesiastical history bobbed to the surface not long ago during one of those interrogation sessions between former FBI Director James Comey and Congressional inquisitor Peter King (R-NY) at which the book “Medieval England 1042-1228,” by historian Toby Purser of the University of Northampton was referenced.  Purser questions whether King Hank actually uttered those infamous words, but the king certainly said something that set four of his knights off to Canterbury Cathedral to kill Becket on December 29th, 1170.

“At the third blow he fell on his knees and elbows, offering himself a living victim, and saying in a low voice, ‘For the Name of Jesus and the protection of the Church I am ready to embrace death,’” Purser quotes clerk of Cambridge Edward Grim.  Becket is now viewed as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

 “Yes. Yes, it rings in my ear as kind of, ‘Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?’Comey told Rep. King, to which the Congressman replied; “That’s exactly the same situation. We’re thinking along the same lines.

"To be the first House chaplain to be removed in the history of Congress, in the middle of a term, raises serious questions," King then told reporters from, among others, CNN. "I think we deserve more of an explanation of why. Was there political pressure?"

The soon-to-be-former House Speaker, Paul Ryan (R-Wi)… a former Oscar Mayer Wienermobile driver-turned slippery sachem of the Congress as well as a professed Roman Catholic (his ancestors fled the Irish potato famine and settled in Janesville, which numerous Ryans now populate)… may have had Henryesque sentiments in mind when he decided to rid the House of Representatives of another troublesome priest: Father Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Ryan, who has already declared he will not run for re-election in November (setting up a positively medieval squabble among pretenders to the House Speakership, should Republicans survive the midterms) initially took a vow of silence as to his reasons for his dispatching of the troublesome Jesuit, but colleagues, competitors and commentators have thrown far more than their proverbial tuppence into the ring.

The most bandied barbs have Ryan, a conservative Catholic from a deep purple state, taking umbrage at a prayer offered up by the fired chaplain last November 6th (see Attachment), in which Conroy expressed the sentiments that the then-upcoming tax reform not designate winners and losers but, rather, “benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”

God apparently was not listening that day.  So Conroy will be out as of May 24th.

Another version of Conroy’s crucifixion portrays Ryan as virulently anti-Muslim or, at least, coddling a Teapublican evangelical base offended because the Catholic chaplain, in a gesture of politically correct, small-c catholicism, allowed a guest preacher, a Muslim, to bless the Congress in the name of Allah (and, presumably, the ghost of Osama bin Ladin). 

Ryan’s supporters, on the other hand, aver that the Speaker had confided in them to the effect that the John Boehner-appointed Conroy… a native of Washington State, born on Halloween, 1950, who had led prayers after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and the many victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre… had been guilty of providing inadequate or heretical (though unspecified) pastoral services.

Ryan initially appointed an all-Republican search committee of Doug Collins (GA), Mark Walker (NC) and Tim Walberg (MI) to select Conroy’s replacement,  But Walker immediately compounded the public relations disaster by declaring that he wanted Father Conroy’s successor to be somebody with a wife and children, which would preclude nearly all Catholic priests and nuns.

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“I’m looking for somebody who has a little age, that has adult children, that kind-of can connect with the bulk of the body here,” Mr. Walker said on Thursday.

Reaction was swift, brutal, almost Pruittal.  John Whitney, S.J., pastor of St. Joseph Church in Seattle and a former provincial superior of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, said he has known Father Conroy since 1983. He told the Jesuit organ, America Magazine, that he is hesitant to call Mr. Walker’s remarks “anti-Catholic” but he said they demonstrate an “ignorance” about pastoral ministry.

Another Papist pounced… Timone Davis, who teaches pastoral theology and black Catholic theology at the NCAA’s near-miraculous Loyola University Chicago played the race card in declaring that if the criteria for providing pastoral care was sharing a common life experience, then that would mean “a white person cannot be attentive to a Latino or an African-American as a chaplain because they don’t know what that’s like.”

The response from Democrats was predictable -  some maintaining that Ryan pushed Conroy out “because Republicans thought he was aligned with Democrats,” according to a senior Democratic aide quoted in The Hill.

Another House Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Ryan had told Minority leader Nancy Pelosi that he was upset that the chaplain had granted an interview to The National Journal in which Father Conroy expounded on matters like sexual harassment and a possible spiritual crisis in Congress. Asked during his job interview whether he had ever molested a child, the Chaplain declined the bait, saying that he had never been asked to counsel a victim of sexual harassment or assault, although he had handled cases of workplace abuse during his tenure in the House.  Pelosi, apparently not swayed by the insinuation, called the decision to fire Father Conroy “truly sad” and “bewildering”.

“Apparently, protecting the poor and talking about fairness is now a firing offense in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., told USA Today on Friday.

But the Speaker’s actions also drew fire from Republicans and the conservative Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, a watchdog group that tracks what it sees as anti-Catholic bias in politics and culture, said: “There is no role for anti-Catholicism in politics. This means that no priest should ever be disqualified for the House Chaplain position because he is celibate.”

Representative Walter B. Jones, Republican of North Carolina joined Connolly of Virginia in circulating a letter for their colleagues to sign, asking Mr. Ryan for more information.

“I’m very upset,” Mr. Jones said. “If this is true about the prayer, and we have freedom of religion in America, how about freedom of religion on the floor of the House?”

In recent years a new, perverted version of Christianity has surfaced: “the so-called Prosperity Gospel,” broadcast CNN’s Jay Parini. “Those who preach this distortion of the message of Jesus assert that the rich are rich because God approves of them. It encourages people to have faith so they can become rich. It celebrates wealth as a sign of God's grace.

“One hears TV preachers like (the recently MeToo’ed) Joel Osteen and Creflo Dollar preaching these dangerous ideas.”

One of the more pervasive rumours circling Washington like a hungry buzzard is that Ryan would like to be appointed Ambassador to Ireland (one of the many State Department posts yet to be filled).  But the reaction of irishcentral’s Shiela Langan was blistering… Ryan, she alleged on Friday, was “Trump’s sad lapdog”, and a fellow correspondent, “13th Apostle” author Dermot McEvoy, dismissed him as the “Irish Undertaker” from Edwin O’Connor’s The Last Hurrah, based on Ryan’s fondness for “Ayn Rand polemics”, his “perpetual gloomy appearance, which matched his dark tax cut scheme for the rich and plans for cutting social programs for the needy” such as food stamps, health care and subsequently, should he enact HUD Secretary Carson’s desires, rent increases and evictions of the poor from government-subsidized housing.

Summing matters up with the ultimate Hibernian blood-insult, McEvoy dismissed the Speaker as having “more Tory in his soul than Celt”.

Even some of the most rabid Republican mouth organs expressed concern or bewilderment or just parroted existing reportage from the lyin’ mass media.   Fortune’s David B. Gowler asserted that “If Jesus himself were House chaplain, Paul Ryan would most certainly fire him.”  Breitbart offered up a just-the-facts-ma’am account of Ryan’s attempt to consult with Pelosi and her frosty response; the Moonies’ Washington Times did likewise (although PT of its Peanut Gallery flamed the mackerel snappers by asserting that “Jesuits are hard-core Progressive SJW’s (social justice warriors). I’m a Catholic and I say ‘Good riddance!!’… government goodies, and the covetous sin and evil that come from them in both government and in the private sector, are no substitute for genuine free-willed, person-to-person charity,” while TG responded, simply: “It is far from Christian for the government to give away money that those who earn it have a right to in strict justice.”)

At least the anti-conspiracy website Snopes debunked rumors that Ryan intended to replace the pesky priest with Prosperity Gospel advocate Osteen (whose strictly just person-to-person charity refused to allow Hurricane Harvey refugees entry into his megachurch).

Ryan and Walker even got bonked by golfer Kermit (“Pro from the Moon”) Zarley writing in Pathos… recalling how a staffer from Representative Paul Ryan’s office threatened Conroy by telling him, “We are upset with this prayer; you are getting too political.” Ryan later told Conroy in person, “Padre, you just got to stay out of politics.”

That is disputable itself, contends Zarley. “Christian ministers are called to advocate for the poor, as the Hebrew prophets had done and something Jesus spoke much about in his gospel teaching and his mother Mary mentioned in her Magnificat (e.g., Luke 1.52-53; 6.20-25).”  As for Walker, he cited an unnamed “pundit” for saying that his stipulation for sex (within marriage) and children “…would disqualify Jesus.”

This afternoon, Ryan finally told the (Milwaukee) Weekly Standard's Midwest Conservative Summit that the firing “…was not about politics or prayers, it was about pastoral services. And a number of our members felt like the pastoral services were not being adequately served, or offered."

He was not specific as to which Congresspersons had dropped the dime on Conroy, whom, in a Trumpian eulogy, he called “a good man”, leaving the matter to surrogates to spin as they may.

“Whatever Democrats try to do, if they try to politicize this or capitalize on this, I just think it is way too obscure,” warned Douglas Heye, a longtime Republican political strategist and a Catholic. “If you are having a larger conversation about ‘Catholic issues,’ Trump is going to dominate that.”

But today, Walker spokesman Jack Minor sent an e-mail to USA Today stating that:  “Walker has stepped down from the selection committee,” while denying pressure from Ryan.

“We are a long way from Pope Francis (who blessed Conroy in 2015) at the White House and in the Capitol,” John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University told the New York Times.  “The divisions are greater, they are more stark and they are more angry.”

Asked, himself, whether differences in politics were a factor in his ouster, Father Conroy told the Times: “I do not want to politicize this. I have thoughts about it, but I am not contributing to that.”

 

Don Jones, if a homeowner, might have been feeling a little frisky over the sharp rise in housing prices and valuations and almost all Americans of good will were relieved when the leaders of North and South Korea met at the Demilitarized Zone, did their little dance to and fro across the border and jointly announced their support for an upcoming Trump-Kim summit.

Oh, and Dons in the Dallas area had the opportunity to drop in on Stormy Davis over the weekend at the Bucks Wild Club and, this weekend, the beltway’s own Kitty O’Shea will return to Long Island’s ‘Gossip Club”.  They keep flashing that sketch of her Mystery Threatener on the idjut box, and I could swear that it’s some sort of actor… his name’s on the tip of my tongue but I just can’t tell who he is.  Suggestions?

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

                                                                                                                                              

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

    CATEGORY

   VALUE

   BASE

         RECKO

NINGS

  SCORE

   SCORE

        INCOME

(24%)

  6/27/13

    LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

4/23/18

4/30/18

OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

Wages (hourly, per capita)    

9%

1350 points 

4/9/18

nc

May 18

      1,474.10

      1,474.10

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   22.42

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

4/23/18

+0.05%

5/6/18

        675.30

        675.77

debtclock.org/    31,826

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

2/12/18

nc

May 18

      1,110.17

      1,110.17

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000     4.1 nc

   Official (DC - in millions)

2%

300

4/23/18

+0.15%

5/6/18

524.10

525.14

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6,540

   Unofficl. (DC - in millions)

2%

300

4/23/18

+0.15%

5/6/18

         502.10

         503.08

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    12,853

Workforce Participation

     Number (in millions)

     Percentage (DC)

2%

300

4/23/18

 

+0.02%

-0.005%

5/6/18

285.55

285.54

Americans in/not in workforce (mil.) 

In: 155,339 Out 95,423 Total 250,762

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  61.95%  

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

4/9/18

nc

May 18

150.59

150.59

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate   62.90 nc

 

 

OUTGO

    (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation (aggregate)

7%

1050

3/19/18

nc

May 18

974.27

974.27

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     -0.1

 

Inflation – Food

2%

300

3/19/18

nc

May 18

278.42

278.42

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.1

 

               - Gasoline

2%

300

3/19/18

nc

May 18

304.41

304.41

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     -4.9

 

               - Medical Costs

2%

300

3/19/18

nc

May 18

263.56

263.56

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.5

 

               -  Shelter

2%

300

3/19/18

nc

May 18

282.27

282.27

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4

 

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

4/30/18

-0.62%

5/6/18

437.31

434.68

Dow – 24,311.19

Homes – Sales

             -  Valuation

1%

1%

150

150

4/30/18

Sales +1.08%        Valu. +3.60%

May 18

202.78         214.76

204.98        222.49

http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  5.60 Valuations (K):  250.40

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

4/30/18

+0.002%

5/6/18

258.38

258.37

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    57,959

 

 

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

 

           NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions – tr.)

2%

300

4/30/18

+0.002%

5/6/18

380.22

380.23

debtclock.org/       3.329.066

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

4/30/18

+0.10%

5/6/18

259.73

259.47

debtclock.org/       4.074

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

4/30/18

+0.07%

5/6/18

345.43

345.19

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    21,161

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

4/30/18

+0.10%

5/6/18

367.01

366.66

http://www.usdebtclock.org/     70,052

 

 

 

 

           GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

4/30/18

+0.03%

5/6/18

308.37

308.27

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   6.337

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

3/19/18

nc

5/6/18

161.09

161.09

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html  204.4 nc

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

3/19/18

nc

5/6/18

127.15

127.15

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html 262.0

 

Trad Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

3/19/18

nc

5/6/18

87.38

87.38

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/monthly.html  57.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                 SOCIAL INDICES (40%)

 

                       LIBERTY and SECURITY INDEX           (15%) 

          ACTS of MAN

(9%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Peace

3%

450

       4/30/18

  +1,2%

5/6/18

424.24

429.33

North and South Korean leaders cross the line setting up summit with President Trump in either Singapore or Mongolia.  Trump trumpets his victory, anticipates a Nobel Prize and meets with Euros, brushing dandruff off Macron’s collar.  His only detractors… the Washington Press Corps, whose dinner he boycotts again.

 

 

Terrorism

2%

300

4/30/18

 +0.6%

5/6/18

221.56

220.23

Runover van kills 16 in Toronto, motive unknown.  ISIS bombs Kabul voter registration site; motive… ISIS hates elections.  Trump warns of border terror as migrant caravan of doom nears Tijuana.

 

Private/Public Corruption

 

2%

300

4/30/18

    -0.2%

5/6/18

298.91

299.51

Ronny (“Candyman”) Jackson, nominated to head VA, quits after allegations of drinking and doping.  Speaker Ryan fires House chaplain (above).  Republicans issue their own report on Russiagate – no collusion, nothing, all fake news.  Money for Afghan war goes missing.

 

 

Crime

1%

150

4/30/18

 +0.5%

5/6/18

238.18

238.18

Nude Waffle House killer in Nashville, switcheroo killer granny, cop killer in Maine and the Golden State (serial) killer… all caught!  So is a fugitive cat haunting JFK airport after four days.

 

 

          ACTS of GOD             

(6%)

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

4/30/18

    -0.2%

5/6/18

330.88

331.54

Long cold winter finally ends this week as America warms up – just in time for tornado season.  Russian warmth reportedly melting glaciers.

 

 

Natural/Unnatural Disasters

3%

450

4/30/18

    +0.1%

5/6/18

356.71

356.35

Wisconsin oil refinery explodes, over 20 injured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         LIFESTYLE and JUSTICE INDEX          (15%)

 

Science, Tech. & Education

4%

600

4/30/18

  -0.2%

5/6/18

627.49

626,24

UK scientists send probe out into Uranus and find… it stinks.  Hydrogen sulfide atmosphere is the stuff of rotten eggs (and farts).  Colorado pols vow to jail all striking teachers,,, thousands of them.  Will this anger overworked and underpaid prison officials?

 

 

Equality (economic/social)

4%

600

4/30/18

 +0.1%

5/6/18

733.05

733.78

Shooter caught, but more racial trouble in Waffle House and Starbucks, just off arrest covfefe, hit with accusations that pervs are installing cameras in th ladies room.  The sexual harassment police zero in on new celebrity target – Tom Brokaw.

 

 

Health

4%

600

4/30/18

  -0.1%

5/6/18

529.29

528.76

Child autism is up 15% in two years and opioid overdoses hit 64,000.  Toxic lettuce recalled.  Doctors and scientists say that diet soda causes obesity (huh?) but also that eating chocolate will stave off Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Freedom and Justice                        

3%

450

4/30/18

nc

5/6/18

507.03

507.03

Cosby guilty!  America’s Dad gets up to 30 years while rapper Meek Mill gets out of jail and goes to a 76ers game.  HUD secretary Carson proposes raising rents 300% and sending tenants onto the streets.  New Trump lawyer Rudy G. said to be pressuring Mueller to shut down Russia probe and go fishing.  His predecessor, Cohen, takes the 5th on Stormy.

 

                     

                       MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX        (10%)

All miscellaneous incidents

   (transient and cultural)

10%

1000

        4/30/18

+0.1%

5/6/18

1080.22

 1080.22

Duchess of Cambridge (not Analytica) bounces out of hospital after one day with Prince Louis… 5th in line to UK throne.  NFL draft features one-armed defenseman while owners slam Trump for meddling in kneeldown flap.  But Djonald Unchained finds a friend in Kanye West who praises his “dragon energy” and he also calls Dictator Kim “honorable”.  Katy Perry recommends TM to the Pope and strong bystanders lift car off trapped woman in DC without even asking if she’s a Democrat or Republican.  Giant rubber ducky breaks loose in Des Moines and goes bouncing and rolling down the street,  Amazon Prime raises prices.

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of April 23rd through April 29, 2018 was UP 14.38 points.

 

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ATTACHMENT (from the Congressional Record)…

PRAYER

 

  The Chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, offered the following prayer:

  God of the universe, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

  Bless the Members of this assembly as they set upon the work of these hours, of these days. Help them to make wise decisions in a good manner and to carry their responsibilities steadily, with high hopes for a better future for our great Nation.

  As legislation on taxes continues to be debated this week and next, may all Members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great Nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle. May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.

  May Your blessing, O God, be with them and with us all this day and every day to come, and may all we do be done for Your greater honor and glory.

  Amen.

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