Jesse James…Meet Pope Francis I

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The book jacket for Jesse James Soul Liberty asks, “Think you know Jesse James? Wait until you meet his family.” Readers of this book easily can grasp why the Jesse James family is excited about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit, who now is Pope Francis I.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Jorge Mario Bergoglio S. J.  –  Pope Francis I

Jesuits teach and practice a street-savvy concern for the disadvantaged and the poor. That not only is clear in the biography of Jesse James’ cousin, Fr. James Burns Malley S.J., as Chapter 10 tells his life’s story as a Jesuit, it also is clear throughout the book among the stories of others in the James family.

While encouraging education, Jesuits foster critical thinking, the kind that not only is necessary to challenge, address, and remedy the ills of society, but also the kind to move society forward as a result.

From the Enlightenment of the American Revolution, through each James pioneer who sought to set up his own “Athens of the West,” to Thomas Martin James who aspired to “the highest mental culture” – as he spiffed loans to Frank James behind his store –  the James family has demonstrated a solid record of cultivating education, intelligence, and mental acuity in service to those of lesser means.

The family of Frank and Jesse James knows that the ills of the world cannot be cured without being in the street. Like Jesse James, they have been there, and they always will be there. If not specifically like Jesse James, then in their own way. Among the James family, Jesse James’ soul liberty always will be self-defined.

Like the Jesuit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio who rode the subways of Argentina to the Papacy of the Vatican where the real work begins, the James can be expected to produce the unexpected.

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2 months ago
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FIND-A-GRAVE BLUNDERS LEAVE JAMES FAMILY HOWLING . . . Can you spot the errata in this Find a Grave post for the grandfather of Frank & Jesse James? The most glaring deception is the photograph!

History tells us the photograph was invented about the time John M. James was dying. Neither history, nor the administrator of this posting, Charlotte Raley McConaha, can tell us is how photographic technology made its way from France to the distant American frontier to take a photo of John M. James, months before his demise.

Another imprecise miscalculation in this post is the attribution of the middle name “Martin” to John M. James. The name never has been proved by evidence. To guess the name is unreliable and wrong.
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FIND-A-GRAVE BLUNDERS LEAVE JAMES FAMILY HOWLING . . . Can you spot the errata in this Find a Grave post for the grandfather of Frank & Jesse James? The most glaring deception is the photograph!

History tells us the photograph was invented about the time John M. James was dying. Neither history, nor the administrator of this posting, Charlotte Raley McConaha, can tell us is how photographic technology made its way from France to the distant American frontier to take a photo of John M. James, months before his demise.

Another imprecise miscalculation in this post is the attribution of the middle name “Martin” to John M. James. The name never has been proved by evidence. To guess the name is unreliable and wrong.
2 months ago
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JAMES-YOUNGER GANG TO CLOSE . . . Sad news as Danny Urban, former President of the J-Y Gang, posted to Facebook that the organization is about to disband. Here’s the statement: "It is a sad year for us in the Gang. Since I originally posted this, we have lost members due to death. We are down to around 30, but the Board has decided to shut the Gang down at the end of the year. Donate all of our monies to Non-Profits around the country that are history related in the areas that the real Gang had robbed, etc. Two of our members will be taking over the website and they plan on keeping it going." The photo below is of yours truly in 2002 at the family reunion with some great-grandchildren of Jesse James. The 2017 logo is from the last meeting of the Gang that I helped to organize. See MoreSee Less

JAMES-YOUNGER GANG TO CLOSE . . . Sad news as Danny Urban, former President of the J-Y Gang, posted to Facebook that the organization is about to disband. Heres the statement: It is a sad year for us in the Gang.  Since I originally posted this, we have lost members due to death.  We are down to around 30, but the Board has decided to shut the Gang down at the end of the year.  Donate all of our monies to Non-Profits around the country that are history related in the areas that the real Gang had robbed, etc.  Two of our members will be taking over the website and they plan on keeping it going. The photo below is of yours truly in 2002 at the family reunion with some great-grandchildren of Jesse James. The 2017 logo is from the last meeting of the Gang that I helped to organize.
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