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It Is NOT Time To Surrender To The TrannyMammy™ Mob
Yesterday we covered the tragedy of VA High School teacher Peter Vlaming who was fired from his gig because he refused to address a female student as a male when she announced her “transition”. The School board rushed into a special meeting, heard Vlaming’s defense then voted unanimously to send this “bigot” packing. The reaction to Vlaming’s demise has been quick and putrid: we are beaten and have no alternative than to surrender sanity to the enemy. From Rod Dreher’s blog I found this comment on the matter.
Time to start giving up on arguments altogether. No argument will work. The time is already past. You probably have about 2-4 years until they ban you from Twitter, etc., and the payment processor company you use to allow people to pay for subscriptions or to make donations tells you to take a hike with your hateful bigotry. You can see, I can see, and more and more people can see the direction things are going.
So what? We were instructed to expect to lose on argumentation, evidence and reason; to endure persecution and even martyrdom but to never surrender The Faith when it is correctly applied.
AOC’s Philosophy By Bumper Sticker
Everyone’s favorite socialist, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has shown a penchant for saying one thing in personi and another in absentia. Kyle Smith explains.
The guy who has been writing Orrin Hatch’s Twitter jokes is probably not Orrin Hatch. But AOC has chosen as her social-media spokesperson someone whose I.Q. is so many points above hers that it’s setting her up for an epic face plant.
Ocasio Cortez may be the most stupendously maleducated legislator since Hank Brown asked whether or not Guam might tip over in too many people moved to one side.
Irish Eyes Descend Into The Evil of Human Sacrifice
When Ireland “legalized” sodomy by a popular vote the writing was on the wall: Ireland is no longer Catholic and has become more pagan and evil than when Saint Patrick converted her. Now comes word that the new, voter-approved “right” of abortion is about to become a sacrament that will be compulsory for the public to fund and doctors to perform.
The Dáil rejected a number of amendments that would have moderated the radical pro-abortion bill. Earlier Wednesday, TDs rejected an amendment to require parental consent for girls under 16 who want abortions. They also voted against amendments to ban sex-selection abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions and to require basic medical care for infants born alive after botched abortions. Irish Legal reports they also rejected an amendment to provide better conscience protections for doctors. The bill demands that doctors who refuse to abort unborn babies refer women to a doctor who will.
Once the evil one gains a foothold he moves with lightning speed to enhance his gains and deprive as many souls as possible from a chance at a blessed eternity. The Irish are giving in to this evil far too easily to advance any explanation for it outside of they’ve lost the Faith.
Don’t Mess With Momma
A Bradento FL woman is refusing to remove a painting of Our Lay of Guadlaupe from her trailer park front window, even after being threatened with a lawsuit! She even had the painting blessed but that’s not deterring the Mammon mob that’s determined to score a victory over this inspiring momma.
“There’s all kinds of stuff out there, but this is because I’m Catholic and it’s wrong,” Francis said. “If I have to go to court, then I have to go,” she said. “I don’t know what to do. I can’t take this anymore, but I can’t see it coming down. It’s not hurting anyone. They don’t have to look at it if they don’t like it, so I don’t understand why they are against me, but it’s going to stay.”
This woman is 85 years old and has more zeal for the faith than most priests half her age!
The Ice Age Cometh
Record snow is falling across SOUTHERN ‘Muricah at the same time that tree humping weirdo communists are demanding carbon taxes and every other prideful, human prosperity crushing contrivance imaginable; as I’ve said for the last 26 years, the planet is in fine shape and for the last 12 years that we are entering a major cooling trend. Cold is quickly going to become our real enemy and no amount of meetings in Paris and Ocasio Cortez sponsored taxes will change that. November was one of the coldest on record and snowfall totals have been the highest in the last 50 years. Oh, and its cold outside, so, you know, baby….
Carlson: The Coming Revolution FANG Has Brought About
Tucker Carlson has a new book out called Ship of Fools. I haven’t read the book but the reviews I’ve read from people I trust are positive, A new review of sorts has been published by a Swiss online news site Die Welwoche’s Urs Gehriger. In the review, Carlson says some things about the digital revolution we are in the throes of that are really interesting.
They’re saying that I [Tucker Carlson] am saying naughty things that shouldn’t be allowed to be expressed in public. Basically, it’s a totalitarian movement. Totally unhelpful. I would say childish. What they’re really doing is defending the current order. They’re the shock troops of the elites actually. Actually, what you’re seeing is something amazing, you’re seeing for the first time in history a revolution being waged against the working class. When does that happen? [emphasis mine-MC]
How many times have I asked the very same question, mirabile dictu! Carlson is candid about Trump’s presidency as well and he and I see it in very similar terms. It really is a fascinating interview and the fact that a Swiss commentary site is featuring it makes Carlson’s take on the revolution that much more intriguing.
We Are The Military Empire We Warned The Planet About
Jeff Groom’s piece on why he quit the Marine Corps in the print edition of December’s American Conservative has just gone digital. I pulled out 1 paragraph that sums up his angst and the pathetic, criminal racket the the U.S. Military has become.
As the Project on Government Oversight’s Dan Grazier has reported, unit costs for the $1.5 trillion F-35 program have more than doubled from $62.2 million in 2001 to $158.4 million today. The program is 12 years behind schedule and, most recently, program office officials have downgraded or altered potentially fatal or mission-degrading design flaws to avoid blowing through yet another development milestone. The cost of future modernization is now approaching $10.8 billion, easily clearing the threshold for an entirely new Major Defense Acquisition Program. Lockheed Martin wisely spread the pork across 45 different states employing 146,000 workers, undermining any congressional will to cut the program, resulting in the ultimate coup d’état of the defense industry over the military and taxpayers.
ONE “defense contractor” employs 146,000 people to build ONE airplane for our “Top Gun” air defense corps!? The mere shock of the scale of what is described above should be sufficient to any boobus americanus that something is irrevocably broken, it is headed for a US Steel/Kodak sized correction and is going to drag those 146,000 and a few million more down with them. Read Groom’s entire confession here.
The Crown Prince of #Lukewarm Ninnies & The Woodshed
Brother Andre Marie alerts us to Father Munkelt’s plea to the darling of #Lukewarm #Catholic Ninny media: Mitter Rod Dreher.
“I am not writing to you alone but also to those among your Catholic readers who may not be fully cognizant of your not-so-hidden campaign to turn souls away from and against the Bride of Christ. To them I say, there is nothing more unprofitable than to try to pick figs from thistles.”
Dreher has responded by basically confirming Father Munkelt’s charge: you and I (and Rod) DON’T GET A VOTE on dogma, neither does Papa Francis. This is why Regina Magazine’s Beverly Stevens founded a Facebook corner for “Rigids” (full disclosure-I am a member!). Thanks to Rod for justifying the name:
“His kind of rigidity and turgid intellectualism is one reason that as a Catholic, I never could consider myself a traditionalist, though I really did try.”
Wait, it gets better, Rigids, we’re also “haters”! [emphasis mine]
“Trads are hard done by in the Catholic Church, especially under this papacy, but it is hard to see that this priest’s kind of traditionalism is about much more than mastering the arguments, arranging one’s HATES just-so, and pulling the longest, most mulish face in the room. THEY have found the One True Faith, and boy, are they pissed off about it!
You have to read the whole exchange, there’s a lot there worth examining.
The TrannyMammy’s Make Allies of Pederasts – Told Ya
His new article, “Childhood ‘Innocence’ is Not Ideal: Virtue Ethics and Child-Adult Sex,” will appear in the December 2018 issue of Sexuality & Culture, an interdisciplinary journal that “publishes peer-reviewed theoretical articles based on logical argumentation…and empirical articles describing the results of experiments and surveys on the ethical, cultural, psychological, social, or political implications of sexual behavior.” Ostensibly a serious academic journal, Sexuality & Culture does publish the occasional eye-gougingly bizarre piece of “scholarship,” like the recently retracted “Going in Through the Back Door: Challenging Straight Male Homohysteria, Transhysteria, and Transphobia Through Receptive Penetrative Sex Toy Use.” O’Carroll’s paean to the “virtues” of child-rape, however, is in a league of its own.
I have been warning about this for almost 3 years now, now do you believe “The demons are ascendent, they’ve come for the children and they won’t take no for an answer”?
Transgender drugs for sale online at just £25: British children can secretly buy sex hormone medication from foreign sites – with no questions asked
When these kids grow up having been robbed of their childhood & in deformed, mutilated bodies, I pray the #warcrime trials for the instigators & promoters of this abomination deliver swift justice before their chimera creations find them.
Told Ya So: The Pervs at Tumblr Didn’t Get Ethics, They Got Bounced Checks
Rod Dreher has a followup to the Tumblr Bans Porn story I covered on yesterday’s show (listen here). Apparently Tumblr is the online meeting place where future pseudo women (men with vaginoplasty) go to post pictures of medical doctor’s mutilation of their bodies to achieve a little less suicidal temptations. Seriously folks, the following appeared in the WaPo on the subject. Note the “Paper of Record’s” new, self-incriminating, motto: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”!
It’s a setback not only to the many sex workers, kink fans and artists who populate the site but also to the Tumblr ethos itself, which drew in so many queer people and made us feel at home, especially those of us in remote parts of the country without an immediate community to connect to. Explicit content played a crucial part in creating that space, so it’s unsurprising the ban has been widely received as Tumblr’s death knell.
The TrannyMammy™ Assault Has Now Reached The Happy Meal
Seriously folks, you can’t make this stuff up. The Michigan legislature, apparently bored with the day to day coddling of Muslims and assaults on intelligence is considering barring restaurants from labeling kids meal toys with a gender. I’m not making it up.
Often, the designated “boy toys” are action figures or building toys, typically, in primary colors, whereas “girl toys” are often stuffed animals and are usually in a pastel color scheme. This is a significant issue as billions of these meals are sold every year and this practice can influence and limit children’s imaginations and interests by promoting some toys as only suitable for girls and others only for boys. While some food establishments claim to have abandoned this practice, many stores in Michigan continue to offer gender-classified options to customers. What’s next, an end to the “FEMININE hygiene products aisle at Walgreens.
‘Muricah’s Entry Into ‘The Great War’ Made Socialism Great Again
Last week we did aa show segment on the PTSD suffered by “the greatest generation” by their fighting in WWII capped off by the detonation of 2 nuclear weapons on Japanese civilian populations resulting in over 400,000 non-combatants being incinerated or dead of radiation poisoning. How does one raised, marginally Christian, recover from these atrocities and act all “normal” nay “greatest”? Fake it. Now comes a piece by John Duncan that proves the point I’ve been making that the U.S.’s entry into WWI was the biggest war-foreign policy mistake in the history of the human race.
They might be very surprised to read Scott Berg’s great biography of Woodrow Wilson, which quotes Churchill as saying: “America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War,” meaning World War I. Churchill told William Griffin, editor of the New York Enquirer newspaper in August 1936: “If you hadn’t entered the war, the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace, then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have…enthroned Nazism.” It is amazing how often one war leads to or causes another one. [emphasis mine – MC] Yet, 70 years after Ike warned us about military industrial complexes, 18 years after invading Afghanistan, 16 years after invading and ruining Iraq and 2 years after electing the “end to nation building as we know it”; Muricah is no closer to being the peace making, “stabilizing force” the deluded DeceptiCONS think we are.
Amazon Promotes Evil, Don’t Do Xmas Business With Evil Promoters
2nd Vote has an updated report out on where Christians might avoid shopping for Advent & Christmas if they don’t want their purchases funding diabolical extermination efforts… er… abortions. Well, as we’ve said in this space for 5 years now, avoid Amazon and its world domination scheme but did you know about Target and Home Depot, Exxon Mobil and Charles Schwab!? Doug Mainwaring has the story at LifeSite News.
The Incredible Virtue of Jamie Schmidt, Continued
Fr. Harrison has an updated essay on the woman who was shot in the head, murdered, the Monday of Thanksgiving, because she refused to be sexually violated by a possessed agent of Ba’al and the story is even more inspiring than original reports.
When the perpetrator then turned his revolver toward Mrs. Schmidt, demanding the same submission, she looked straight at him and said firmly, “In the name of God . . . I will not take my clothes off!” It was those words that elicited the fatal bullet driven into her head; and I was told that according to this witness, and another one later on at the hospital, Jamie could be heard murmuring the words of the Our Father as she lay in agony on the floor, and whispered them that evening with her dying breath.
For a people who so desperately need icons of modesty and purity, to add martyr to that cause can only be God’s providence. Jamie Schmidt, requiescat in pacem!
Paradise Delayed: U.S. Life Expectancy Plummets
The real chastisement has begun, folks. 50 years of wanton slaughter of the soon to be born, sexual “revolution”, no-fault divorce, wholesale promotion of homosexuality and now the legally force-fed “transitioning” of 6 year old children into their “appropriate gender”, has pushed the Almighty to Defcon 2. From Politico:
Three reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday paint an increasingly grim picture of mortality in the United States, with life expectancy dropping, overall death rates increasing and mortality from drug addiction and suicide rising fast among young adults. You read that correct. The most pampered, laziest, “free” generation in world history is killing itself because it can’t find its “purpose”. Of course that “purpose” is the practice of the Faith and the vocations it produces either in the secular world or the religious one. With the former non-existent and the latter filled with doubt and rampant sexual perversion, it is no wonder the youth are losing hope. This Advent, we must pray that we who are responsible for this, might repair that damage.
What The Sicilian Knew That ‘Muricah Doesn’t
In the movie The Princess Bride, the character played by Wallace Schon, “The Sicilian”, tells the film’s hero that he is about to make 1 of 3 classic blunders, the first of which is “never get into a land war in Asia”. Had the U.S. taken Schon’s advice, 1.5 million people might still be alive and we wouldn’t have 18 year old infantry men facing combat death in year 17 of the “Afghanistan War”. Danny Sjursen is a combat veteran and contributor to the American Conservative Magazine, he pulls no punches on pronouncing our impending defeat, that’s right defeat in Afghanistan.
Consider this: the U.S. military has advised, assisted, battled, and bombed in Afghanistan for 17-plus years. Ground troop levels have fluctuated from lows of some 10,000 to upwards of 100,000 servicemen and women. None of that has achieved more than a tie, a bloody stalemate. Now, in the 18th year of this conflict, the Kabul-Washington coalition’s military is outright losing. It is beyond time for President Trump to tell his DeceptiCON Cabinet and “Joint Chiefs” that their fantasy of a ‘Muricah guided Afghanistan is a lethal pipe dream that we must awaken from.
Resident Evil Was Supposed To Be A Video Game
The ChiComs have gone and done it now; they’ve burnt down Our Lady’s “she-shed”; the inviolably preserved rite of making the generation. A madman, pretending to be a “genetic scientist”, Jiankui He, is boasting and bragging to other scientists that his team is now finished producing their second, genetically tailored baby.
The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, revealed the pregnancy Wednesday while making his first public comments about his controversial work at an international conference in Hong Kong. He claims to have altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month to try to make them resistant to infection with the AIDS virus. Mainstream scientists have condemned the experiment, and universities and government groups are investigating.
There are endless reasons why this is an atrocity but I’ll start with the most important: GOD does the creating, humans do the repeating of His process. This abomination is not human as I explain in yesterday’s hour 2 monologue that you can listen to here with the new, CRUSADE Channel Content App!.
It’s The Scale of Things, Stupid
I absolutely love the title of Tim Wu’s new book The Curse of Bigness (and I’ve invited Tim on the show!). From what I gather in reading Daniel Kishi’s review and interview with Wu, he’s got his scale arguments correct; and boy howdy are the monopolies growing and out of scale; Kishi writes.
Indeed, from meat processing to mobile home manufacturing and cell phone providers, the story is one of concentration. Four companies control 73 percent of the domestic airline market; two companies control 78 percent of the American corn seed market; three companies make nearly 90 percent of all pacemakers. With four firms controlling almost 90 percent of the baby formula market and two firms manufacturing almost 80 percent of coffins and caskets, it is no exaggeration to say that Americans confront economic concentration from the cradle to the grave.
Do you believe me now, when I tell you the only way out of our current pickle is through restoring the order of subsidiarity and solidarity? Read the whole review here.
‘Muricans To GM: Make Us 41 Foot Long Hearses Or Drop Dead
The facts of highway usage and highway maintenance have become so detached that trying to make the connection with most folks is like trying to explain advanced calculus to Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Fact: bigger cars, more 18 wheeled trucks = more weight, more wear, more tear on highways = more maintenance = more taxes to pay for said maintenance = …. you get the picture. Yet, the ‘Murican obsession and it is an obsession, with driving evre growing vehicles, ever greater and more frequent distances is not only destroying the highway infrastructure, its dis-employing car makers. The just announced GM layoffs bear this out.
But demand for small and midsize cars has plunged. Two-thirds of all new vehicles sold last year were trucks and S.U.V.s. That shift has hit G.M.’s Lordstown plant hard. Just a few years ago, the factory employed three shifts of workers to churn out Chevy Cruzes. Now it is down to one. In 2017 the plant made about 180,000 cars, down from 248,000 in 2013. Anyone hitting the highway these days can attest that not only is there a glut of trucks, they’re driven by narcissistic road hogs who only see SPEED SUGGESTIONS, not LIMITS; now the “I own the highway and have the gross tonnage to enforce it” is coming home to roost. Membah, membah the VW bug!?
Amazon Has Become The Crown Jewel of Crony Capitalism
Jeff Bezos’s personal wealth has grown by $36 billion *just this year* and taxpayers are being forced to build him helipads. It’s a brazen display of corporate dominance. There are sound left AND right arguments against this: it’s a matter of subservience vs. independence— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) November 14, 2018
Rod Dreher has a post on this and quotes a reader’s comments, tagged only as Mat in VA. I’m quoting Matt here because he nails the bullet points (added by me).
- Literally billions of dollars in public funding for the richest man on the planet to build even more headquarters (seems like a company big enough to have three massive headquarters could use a heaping dose of antitrust legislation).
- The whole thing, the whole selection process, a giant performance of obeisance to the second largest company in the world,
- already with effective monopoly power on the written word/publishing industry, with various cities clobbered by postindustrialism and globalization prostituting themselves for this monster, and then of course
- Amazon goes with the two cities that already have the most power in the world. (The cities not chosen should be grateful, frankly.)
- The intertwining tentacles of Big Tech and Big Government growing ever more strangling. This is our elite — the establishment of both parties, note well.
- This is the kind of thing our elite does. Imagine believing in *this* kind of America. My understanding is that Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Tucker Carlson are on the same page about this whole absolutely revolting spectacle.
It is a revolting spectacle yet your next door neighbor, your mother and your competitor down the street have all bought into “amazoning” their consumption. Like drunken sailors who destroy the port’s only bar one drunken eve, what’s needed is a cold bath and 30 days in the brig. Ask yourself this question: can you go 30 days without shopping at amazon? I can and have gone 3 years now! You can do it!
The Metrosexual, Skinny-jean Wearing Pandemic Is Here
Bloomberg has a story that puts into numbers what you and I can see with our eyes: millennial, skinny jean wearing, impotent, effeminate, shrunken testicle men, have reached epidemic proportions. The way Bloomberg reports on the crisis though illustrates perfectly how the issue is being misplaced.
Ten years after the Great Recession, 25- to 34-year-old men are lagging in the workforce more than any other age and gender demographic. About 500,000 more would be punching the clock today had their employment rate returned to pre-downturn levels. Many, like Butcher, say they’re in training. Others report disability. All are missing out on a hot labor market and crucial years on the job, ones traditionally filled with the promotions and raises that build the foundation for a career. [emphasis mine – MC]
So there is nothing about a young man’s life that cannot be measured in vanquishing competitors in the rat race and the amount of zeroes in finance accounts?
Mike Church, Too Catholic For Satellite Radio
Membah…membah!? Fast forward to November of that year and Chris writes a followup “Too Catholic For Satellite Radio”. Thanks to Papa Francis deliberate attempt to bring an end to the Catholic Church by claiming he can change dogma (the licit Death Penalty), I am becoming #Too Catholic For Lukewarm Catholic Radio. Ferrara wrote the following which we at the CRUSADE Channel studio still believe is True and pursue improving it every day.
“Indeed, over the past year or so Mike Church has emerged as the only traditionally Catholic conservative in talk radio today, anywhere in the world. And I mean traditional. Not only during my appearances on the show, but now thematically, Mike has turned the longest running political talk show on Sirius Radio into an unabashed presentation of the Social Kingship of Christ, traditional Catholic moral teaching, and even the traditional Latin liturgy as the solution to what is evidently otherwise a terminal civilizational crisis. I have been invited on the show numerous times to defend all of these things explicitly, to speak of the one true Church, and even to call upon conservative Protestants to enter the Church if they are serious about saving our nation and our civilization.”
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Need To Listen To The Pearcing Truth’s Series On Economics As If Families Mattered
The Federalist headline screams the current state of our civil, “economic” affairs. Yo, Big Business: Money Doesn’t Give You A Right To Manipulate Politics. It doesn’t? Then are you ready to begin implementing a system of Distributism, solidarity and subsidiarity? While ‘Murican Government has become the national religion, business and the exchange of money for pleasure and profit have become her powerful parishioners. Since we rarely know the people who grow or make our food or anything else for that matter, business has become a ubiquitous, requisite agent for exchange of what we want, mildly tempered by what we are willing to borrow to get it. Micro systems of barter exchange are gone, save for the rare entities that have carved out niche markets serving the locals, folks we used to call friends and neighbors. My ongoing feature series with the author of Small Is Still Beautiful, Joseph Pearce, delves heavily into this subject and is MUST LISTENING for anyone truly interested in avoiding Amazon et al from controlling the food supply and thus what is acceptable, secular behavior to get it. Download all 11 Episodes here.
The book’s stories are harrowing from the point of view that bodies and lives are being physically altered with no chance of repair. This is being done, allegedly, to bring about a more fairer world in which those born into the bodies of the sex they believe is not for them. But what is fair about having your breasts cut off while being doped up with drugs that get you banned from any professional sport? This is the work of Beazelbub and the boys and the poor souls who undergo these mutilations are the prizes.
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It’s November 2018 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 limits. I have to do what I want to do. Now let’s analyze that for a moment, is that happiness?”
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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.”