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Sapientia et Veritas -Those who urge against tradition that men in the past were ignorant may go and urge it at the Carlton Club, along with the statement that voters in the slums are ignorant. It will not do for us. If we attach great importance to the opinion of ordinary men in great unanimity when we are dealing with daily matters, there is no reason why we should disregard it when we are dealing with history or fable. Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
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Kids Having Their Faces Permanently Attached To SmartPhones Is Ruining Many Lives – The Atlantic has a most fascinating article out titled Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. This is serious stuff here as the graphs that track teen behaviors show declining action in what I would call solidarity acts. Those actions that we perform with others bearing in mind their well-being as they bear in mind ours. “Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.” Read the whole thing and pay special attention to the graphs that appear near the end of the piece, especially this one.
Welcome To ‘Muricah, Tattoo Nation – I have talked about this from time to time and Mark Hemingway does a pretty good job of making his point that “‘Muricah, You Have A Tattoo Problem“. My departure from Hemingway’s take is that the tattoo is now a not so subtle way of saying that body ink and modest drawing skills can improve upon the Creator’s design of you. In thinking of the tattoo pandemic like this, it closely parallels the new obsession with rejecting the sex God blessed you with and the rejecting the natural attraction to our sexual opposites he blessed us with. Still, Hemingway lands some left-hooks on Lebron James/Dennis Rodman imitators. “I refuse to believe even a sizable percentage of tattoos have been worthy decisions. For some select people, maybe tattoos are small part of their grand plan to live life to the fullest. But the vast majority of people should be encouraged to lead exciting and meaningful lives without needing to, in some cases literally, tattoo their personal vanity and insecurity right on their forehead.”
Aborting Babies Is as ‘Murican As Apple Pie And [not being a]
Mom – You have probably seen the stories of the mental crisis Dumbocrats are dealing with these days: announcing it’s ok for their candidates to kinda be opposed to ALL cases of abortion. Author Lindsey West has gone so far to proclaim that “abortion is liberty” but Daniel Payne corrects her in writing, “no, Lindsey, abortion is murder.” Payne also points out that Progressives nowadays defend aborting babies as a boon to life, that something wonderful and positive comes from every act of murdering a baby. In much the same way the War, War, War crowd can justify killing non-combatants with drones and atomic weapons as bringing about greater goods, but this cannot be. Here is a good explanation from of all places, Catechism for Dummies: “Catholics believe that willingly, knowingly, and deliberately committing evil is never justifiable — no matter how good the intention and no matter how noble the cause. This is a moral absolute for Catholics, and it can’t be diluted or altered. The Church believes that if in even one circumstance, someone is allowed to knowingly and willingly commit evil so that good may come from it, then Pandora’s box is opened for anyone to claim he was merely doing a so-called necessary evil for the greater good in the long run.” Apply that argument to those who still defend the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Hiroshima-The Lethal Myth That Gave Rise To “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Kill, Kill, Kill” ‘Muricah – Yesterday was the 72nd anniversary of the ‘Murican bombing of Hiroshima, an act of unjust war that killed over 100,000 Japanese civilians. We have been told by the DeceptiCON warfare staters ever since that the bombing was a just act because it spared the lives of millions of ‘Muricans AND Japanese. This is the end result of a propaganda campaign that exists to this day and has even enlisted Roman Catholic priests in its promotion. Peter van Buren corrects the narrative and correctly explains that it is the myth of Hiroshima’s “just” bombing that influences us to be the war-like people we are today, “American foreign policy thus proceeded under a grim calculus that parses acts of violence to conclude some are morally justified simply based on who holds the knife, with much of the history of the next 70 some years a series of immoral acts allegedly servicing, albeit destructively and imperfectly, the moral imperative of saving lives by killing.” So dropping bombs on wedding parties in Afghanistan or funerals in Yemen is totally justified because ‘Muricah earned that moral authority with the bombings of Hiroshima.
Pro-Life Catholics: There Is NO Justification For Hiroshima, So Stop Promoting It – Father Wilson Miscamble, a Catholic priest, made a series of videos in 2015 promoting the bombing of Hiroshima as “just” and a pro-life cause to be celebrated. His justification is the myth demolished above by Peter van Buren but that is only the beginning of Father’s troubling pronouncements. Miscamble presents the bombings as being in line with the causes championed by pro-lifers! Christopher Tollefsen took on Father Miscamble back in 2015 and is worthy of being recounted here.
It would be a far more interesting question to ask Fr. Miscamble this: given the facts we have granted, what conclusion is warranted by the norm, which he surely accepts as an underpinning of the pro-life cause, and which was solemnly affirmed by St. John Paul in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, that the “direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral”?
The answer should be clear: given that norm, and the fact that the intention included death for enough citizens to make “a profound psychological impression on as many of the inhabitants as possible,” then the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki must be judged gravely immoral.
Read the whole essay here and wrap your mind around this inescapable conclusion: The United States is still immorally and unjustly killing innocents by the thousands every year and the Hiroshima myth makes that possible.
Charity Volunteers Are Told To Publicly Embrace Sodomites Or Find Volunteer Work Somewhere Else – You read that right. Volunteers at tThe National Trust in England were sent an email wherein they were told to wear rainbow colored clothes or accessories or be relegated to mopping floors in the basement. So “acceptance” and “tolerance” has now completely been turned upside down into compulsory PUBLIC endorsement and promotion of the mortal sin of Sodomy. “Do you live to commit acts of Sodomy and brag of them in public spaces? Well, you’re just the kind of tourist we want to see!”
Will You Fly The Transgender Friendly Skies Or Will You Go Carmelite – Out of charity and a desire to not scandalize people, I attempt to refrain from name-calling but sometimes names are appropriate for bad, public actors. So, calling actress Lena Dunham an authoritarian, spiteful b**ch is warranted after she publicly attempted to shame a major corporation into conducting a witch-hunt for employees who she overheard having a “transphobic” conversation. Dunham played “informant” for a company that did not seek her information, yet when publicly called upon to act against the transgender-phobes, American Airlines agreed! Robert Tracinski, nails what this boils down to. “Yet somehow this makes it all worse, because it implies we are being trained to internalize the ethos of the police state—and to enact it voluntarily, on our own initiative, without having to be coerced. We’re building a self-enforcing police state.” Bingo. And you can now be subject to what amounts to a police-state version of the citizens arrest. The call to “go Carmelite” becomes more relevant and eerily more real.
The Rest Of The Militarized World To ‘Muricah: Yo Time Is Up! – Even though the U.S. still spends and this will increase in the short-run, 43% of the known universe’s military spending, our much ballyhooed and undeserved global domination is coming to an end. Danielle Ryan, an Irish lass, steps into the task of proving that this is the case with Mike Church Show style gusto. “Like any declining empire in denial, the top priority becomes to preserve its status at any cost. A desperate attempt to preserve that dominance can be seen in Washington’s haphazard, erratic and nonsensical foreign policies. This is not at all president-specific. Each of the last four presidents has been foreign policy failures.” Correct. In fact, we are now seeing in our “foreign policy” these prideful, non-sensical ramblings increase. Just two days ago our ambassador to the UN, Nikki Hayley thundered to the Chinese. “[‘Muricah is] done talking about North Korea…China must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step. The time for talk is over.” That’s right, we order you nations with 3 BILLION citizens to “jump” and you say “how high!?” That’s going to change, and it should change, just pray the Russians and the Chinese don’t set their sights on bringing their form of democracy to us.
The Chip Implants Have Begun And Now SKYNET Has Officially Launched – The Wisconsin company Three Squares has fulfilled their promise to inject their employees with microchips that will ironically provide the convenience of purchasing potato chips without any exchange of cash or even the swipe of a card. Modernists hail this as progress while we remnants see it for what it is: the beginning of the surrender of man to the machine. A slavery that is simultaneously thrilling and chilling. If to function in our brave new world man must be enhanced with additions to our physical forms how long before the non-conforming “naturalists” fall behind in technological achievement when that achievement passes as “work”? How long before these cyborg neighbors of ours become slaves to the never-ending demand our “smart devices” place upon us today: the dreaded software update? Oh, I’d have been here on time but my iSight chip had to download an update, then it crashed. This is plastic surgery’s pride with lethal consequences for the beauty of God’s greatest, created achievement: Man. SkyNet or something like it is coming and the only John Connor who will save us is when 1.5 mile wide asteroid is named for the fiction hero.
Told Ya So. DeceptiCONS To Trump: We’re All In On “Fixing” Obamacare Now – Did I call this one or did I call it? The “conservatives” in the Senate have begun their public pivot toward what I predicted they will inevitably become: defenders and promoters of ObamaCare, working to “improve” the “good parts” of it with their partners, Chuck Schumer and and the like. NOW are you ready for the final turn away from this destructive madness? As my friend Peter Caire tells me after Mass, every Sunday, “catacombs, Dude, catacombs.”
Evangelical Colleges Will Choose To Go LGBTQ And Not Go Carmelite – Rod Dreher shares an exchange he kinda had with the dean of an evangelical college over that school’s policy towards Sodomite “marriage” and the rest of the LGBTQ zeitgeist. Dreher predicts that all evangelical schools will ultimately go Sodomite or will ultimately go the way of the Edsel. What Dreher doesn’t realize though is that he is basically making the case for Catholic schools teaching Catholic dogma and they’re being the last institutes to resist because if they don’t, then the “gates of Hell” will have prevailed and that’s not going to happen, we have on good authority.
The Technically Enhanced Potato Chip Buyer is no Different Than Frankenstein – Father James Schall is also alarmed at the Wisconsin chip implanters and the trivial increase in “productivity” that has driven the beginnings of the cyborg army. Fr. Schall puts his finger on one of the issues no one has confronted. Is the potato chip buying chip implant good for the soul in its quest for a Holy death and a Blesses eternity? “If, however, I want to know whether my sins are forgiven or whether my spouse loves me, there may be glitches in the system, but probably only temporarily. When we are baptized, all the technology in our corpus is also blessed with the flowing waters. No doubt, much of this speculation has been tried before. It was called Frankenstein. What we wanted to turn out as a blessing turned out, in fact, as a monster.“ Father then points out that steroids did for baseball players what the chip is doing for millennial waste-oids, scheming an “easier” way to buy Fritos. “What, after all, was so bad about the baseball players with enhanced muscles who lofted home runs more frequently? It was that they were performing at a level beyond normal excellence.” Bingo, bammo, kablowie! Father’s conclusion is my conclusion as well. “In practice, we will find that our “improvements” were but new forms of highly sophisticated slavery. The Greeks had a point, as did the Creator.”
Binge Watching TV Series Requires Binging On Billions In Debt – Nowhere in today’s news can we see the conceit of our “right to leisure” than in the financial position of the online media company Netflix. Netflix plans to spend $8.7 BILLION in producing its “Originals” series and movies THIS YEAR ALONE and most of that investment is secured by debt. Ponder that for a moment. So that millions of ‘Muricans can lounge on couches and La-Z-Boys all weekend long, “binging” on Netflix’s latest series, billions of dollars that don’t exist yet have to be “invested”. Yet once the product of the investment is consumed what good is it? Is there no other use for such vast amounts of wealth AND vast amounts of idle time?
Sodomites Are So Star Spangled Awesome Now They Are Giving Bigotry A Try – The sign reads that “straights” need to stay out of this “gay space” because, you know, Sodomites have the right to chill exclusively among their sinful selves. Not that I pine away to visit said “spaces” but what’s the difference between this “discrimination” and the “discrimination” practiced by the florist, photographer and baker?
We’re ALL Charlie Gard Now – The Vatican under Pope Francis is becoming an arm of the secular, anti-human EU and nothing illustrates this better than the Vatican’s response to baby Charlie Gard’s inhuman treatment by the UK and the that prevailing attitude required for membership in the EU. Put another way, had the UK actually “Brexit-ed” then we might have seen them also exit from the state-imposed value judgements on who lives and who dies in the mdeical care system. Maureen Malarkey points this out AND wonders where our Congress’s, much ballyhooed, crocodile tears, sympathy for Gard was, in dealing with the U.S. Vets who die of their ailments before they can even be admitted to V.A. hospitals Congress exercises direct control over.
No DeceptiCON Here – Friend of the Mike Church Show, Bradley Birzer, is chosen as President of the American Ideas Institute that publishes the American Conservative Magazine. FINALLY, an ACTUAL conservative in a “conservative” leadership position!
Today’s Guest Discusses My favorite New Film: Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier•Sinner•Saint – I absolutely LOVED this film, so much so we will be selling it in our Founder’s Tradin’ Post Store and I have invited the marketing director of Ignatius Press on today’s show to discuss. “This modern and very human take on the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called “The Saint of Second Chances” is an incisive and thrilling look at the life of the real man behind the legend.” For a real-life biography of Ignatius, read Rev. Alban Butler’s here’s a preview:
“THE CONVERSION of many barbarous nations, several heretofore unknown to us, both in the most remote eastern and western hemisphere; the education of youth in learning and piety, the instruction of the ignorant, the improvement of all the sciences, and the reformation of the manners of a great part of Christendom, is the wonderful fruit of the zeal with which this glorious saint devoted himself to labour in exalting the glory of God, and in spreading over the whole world that fire which Christ himself came to kindle on earth.”
The “Zippy” Reality Of Modernity’s Death March – The “Zippy Catholic” asks a provocative question, one that the CRUSADE Channel and the Mike Church Show labor to answer and discuss on every show: “The magic question of modernity is “what alternative do we have?” Failure to answer this in a way that the questioner finds satisfactory is disqualifying.”
Zippy’s conclusion is drawn in sarcasm as the answer the likes of Col Ralph Peters and “ambassador” John Bolton serve as ‘Murican war gruel. “Once we have an answer it is time to fire up war machines, ovens, and murder factories to deal with the discrepancies between theory and reality.” The way out is back through what was rejected: The Church.
Whither “Chicken Little”? We Are What We Eat, And We Eat Obese, Modified Chickens – The British are debating whether they want their population to become Wall-E pod dwellers like their ‘Murican counterparts are becoming. Thus when a proposal was made to import ‘Murican chickens for the Brits to consume, The Daily Mail launched an undercover investigation into the gruesome lives of mass produced chickens, engineered for massive breasts to satisfy ‘Murican’s gluttonous appetites.
Daniel McCarthy, For The Truth About DeceptiCON’S, Win! – “The great fantasy of Trump’s critics is that once he’s gone, the old dynasties will return to their natural place in power. This has all been a horrible aberration, they believe, a last-gasp racist spasm by dying Red State yokels seduced by Vladimir Putin. Once the opioids have kicked in and put these Wisconsinites and Pennsylvanians and Michiganders to sleep for all time, global integration can resume; history will be back on track. America will once again face a safe choice between Obamacare and Romneycare, while wise men and women reenact the Cold War until the end of time.“ Yes! McCarthy is correct. And because they have the power to cloister themselves from the rest of us until the largest bubble in the history of bubbles bursts, they’ll live in fantasyland at our expense. When that ends, they’ll live in DisasterLand but will never shoulder its burden like the 90% will unless we make that Return To Order I’ve been explaining and encouraging these last 3 years (and no, that’s not MY idea but it is THE solution).
You’Ve Heard It Before But is It Imminent: Only GOD Can Save Us This Time? – We’ve all become experts in diagnosing the end of our once “Christian society” but solutions and the resolve to carry them out are harder to find than a heterosexual virgin on Prime TimeTV. Pedro Gonzales gives us another spot on diagnosis of the ailment. “Why the increased barbarity today? The dismantling of Western civilization by culture-war zealots has destroyed the resolve of Western man to defend himself. Western civilization has been gutted from within. At the core of this moral bankruptcy is a watered-down Christianity that lacks the conviction to defend itself, given its post-modern moral-spiritual duplicity. No doubt, radical Islam is abetted by post-modern deconstruction of Western culture and values. Radical Islam and communism—then and now—are ideologies that present the enemies of the West with alleged, viable alternatives to Western values.” All spot on and sadly true, Gonzales also asks the question I asked 15 days ago about the promotion of anal sex for 12 year old girls on the pages of Teen Vogue and Daniel Payne asked yesterday over the impending gubbmint orderede death of Charlie Gard. Gonzales over the murder of Father jaques Hamel in France. “We must ask: Where is the outcry from liberal Christians and progressive humanists?” The outcry is coming on the wind that brings about the New Cristendom… we must hope.
New, Sodomy Defense League Vows Protest Against Sodomy Free Catholic Men’s Conference – The new “AntiFa” pro-Sodomite group Michigan People’s Defense Network has vowed to disrupt Michael Voris Church Militant’s Men’s Conference because it won’t be singing the praises of sodomites and othrodox muslims. Voris’s conference is a good one, calling on men to lead their families and communities to the new Christendom but the MPDN will ahve none of that: “As the radical Christian right rises in America, having supported Donald Trump’s campaign of hatred against the most marginalized, it is more vital than ever that the community stands against hate draped in a cross.” Rubbish. Church Militant issued a press release response to this latest SJW cry for attention, not that facts matter to to these people. “The claims by MPDN are completely false and unfounded. The claim that Church Militant is a promoter of white male supremacy is immediately contradicted by the following facts: Church Militant has legal immigrants (including first-generation immigrants) employed in key roles. Half the organization’s departments are headed by women (one who is a legal immigrant) Additionally, the claim that the conference is about ‘men’s rights’ is a deliberate distortion. The conference is about men’s obligations, not ‘rights.'” Someone should ask the MPDN apostates to what or who is their public behavior obligated?
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DeceptiCONNED: “Conservatives” Meet In Mordor To Solve World’s Problems Mordor Helped Create – The capacity of average men to keep hope alive in hopeless causes never ceases to amaze me. The capacity of the unelected, ruling elite, to do the same thing when it comes to “solving our country’s problems” doesn’t amaze me, it aggravates me. Where is the humility to admit what reality says must be admitted: our public affairs suffer from a lack of Christian charity and piety. It should be obvious after 56 million abortions, $222 TRILLION in debt, a 50% illegtimacy rate and 8 year olds singing hardcore porn alonside their parents that ‘Murican culture and familial life is a civilizational train-wreck that cries out for a divine intervention! Yet there are “conservatism’s” finest minds, meeting in Mordor to congratulate one another on their efforts to catalog this madness that their current state of employment helped to bring about.
First They Came For The Greek Yogurt And I said Nothing – The British are about to make it illegal to promote foods spcifically to one gender, and you thought the Manchester slaughter had awakened “a sleeping giant”. Unless that giant comes in the form of the UK version of Big Brother, end might be near for what remains “jolly” in England.
The “Genzennials Are Here And They Are Here To Save The Planet! – If you read one essay today, read this one. If you read two essays today, read the previously cited and my essay on the fact that we now live in a “post-childhood society”. The GenZennial essay is seriously worth considering, here’s a sample. “We are sick of identity politics, feminist rhetoric, and leftist social norms. We have heard of the Republican-Democrat paradigm and its many shortcomings our entire lives, which has led many of us to adopt nonconformist ideologies. As most of us are returning to the traditional-conservative social values expressed by our great-grandparents in the face of Communist propaganda, our ideology is considered by many to be ‘reactionary.'” The author is Carlisle du Rozel and his points should be considered carefully because if he is correct, then the “glass is half full” attitude towards our ride on the freight train to Perdition just got a boost.
What If There Was A “Day Without Christians”? – This is a provocative thought: what if Christians in ‘Muricah allied themselves in a “Week Without Christianity” strike? Most ‘Muricans take for granted that all the charitable works performed by both organized and private Christians, performing works of Charity, are just going to continue regardless of whether people are thankful for them or not. Well, what IF that wasn’t the case and “Jesus Shrugged”? “Orthodox Christians in America have gotten into the habit of bemoaning their inexorably shrinking political power and the rising hostility to religious freedom. But they actually possess enormous political power: the ability to grind to a halt the health care, educational, and social services infrastructure of the United States. Will they use it?” GREAT IDEA, I’m in, who’s with me!?
It’s August 2017 And The Immodesty Is About To Go Nuclear Because It WENT Nuclear – Venerable Bishop Sheen called out ‘Muricah back in the 1960’s while speaking to a group of young Catholics on “Youth and Sex”: “8:15 in the morning, the 6th of August, 1945, when we flew a military plane over this city, when we dropped that atomic bomb on it; that bomb on blotted out boundaries. There was no longer a boundary between the military and the civilian, between the helper and the helped, between the wounded and the nurse and the doctor, between the living and the dead. For even the living who escaped the bomb were already half dead. So we broke down boundaries and limits and from that time on the world has said we want no one limiting me. … You want no restraint, no boundaries, no limitsI have to do what I want to do. Now let’s analyze that for a moment, is that happiness?”
The Tragedy of Post Christian, Philosophia Perennis Devoid Thinking – Read this piece from AmConMag writer Noah Millman to get a closeup view of why Philosophia Perennis is so desperately needed to corral the erroneous thinking Men are sure to engage in when NOT grounded in the eternal quest for True Wisdom i.s. Sapientia. The issue Noah, is not whether “only the Saints” can live by the Magisterial code, it is that by God’s Grace the Saints DID live the Tradition WHILE receiving the Graces needed to do so. You cannot approach Grace as zero sum, mathematics, as in if I do ______ I will receive ______ “Grace credits” but if I do ______I will have deducted ______ Grace Credits. Grace is present in the world and we are given the supply needed at Baptism, the suffering of the Christian Faithful is simply to maintain the state you enter at Baptism, using the Gospels and the Traditional Teaching as MEANS to that END. As Padré Gaetano tells us in Humility of Heart: “And has not a saint abundant reasons, from the thought of his own weakness, to live always in a state of great humility, when he knows that from one hour to another he may lose the grace of God and the kingdom of heaven which he has merited by years of laboriously-acquired virtues? “Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.”