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Sapientia et Veritas –The fact is, however, that this is probably the most unhappy average citizen in the history of the world. He has not the power to provide himself with anything but money, and his money is inflating like a balloon and drifting away, subject to historical circumstances and the power of other people. From morning to night he does not touch anything that he has produced himself, in which he can take pride. For all his leisure and recreation, he feels bad, he looks bad, he is overweight, his health is poor. He does not know why his children are the way they are. He does not understand what they say. He does not care much and does not know why he does not care. He does not know what his wife wants or what he wants. He does not know what he would do if he lost his job, if the economy failed, if the utility companies failed, if the police went on strike, if the truckers went on strike, if his wife left him, if his children ran away, if he should be found to be incurably ill. And for these anxieties, of course, he consults certified experts, who in turn consult certified experts about their anxieties… It is rarely considered that this average citizen is anxious because he ought to be. [Emphasis mine – M.C. Ed.] – Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America
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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!?
WaPo To President Trump: We Have All These Like “Sources” Who Say, Like, You’re Asking Questions, Man…Sir – The WaPo is positively hysterical today in revealing the news that the President of The United States has told the special counselor investigating him that he needs to abide by the rules and not make them up as he goes along. What a REVELATION folks! According to the no news at all WaPo, “sources” say that Trump actually asked someone to explain to him the extent of the President’s power to pardon people! What is this, a Presidential game of CLUE!? Seriously, there is no news, no facts and no revelations in the 2nd largest newspaper in the Union’s lead story. To quote another story in today’s prep “Journalism is dead, it was a suicide”. Rod Dreher has rung the “end of the Republican world as we know it bell over the non-story story. Seriously Rod, what’s next, the Weekly Globe revealing that President trump is an alien?
It’s “Twistin’ By The Pool” NOT “Trystin’ By The Pool”! – We are in the middle of the doldrums of summer. Those über hot days that call out for a trip to the pool or the beach for a refreshing cool dip in the water. How many will consider that in making this trek to the waterside there is an act of Christian charity that awaits them? Earlier this summer, one of my friends on Twitter, we’ll just call her “Annie” remarked that she was headed to the pool with the kids and was wearing a very revealing bikini that poolside men would need to “get over” and not gawk, ogle, stare etc. I privately tweeted to her that this was an act of pride, a sin against modesty and a wasted opportunity for charity (catechism of The Church is here). ***crickets*** Now comes mom and blogger Jenifer Hartline making my point for me, thanks Jennifer! “This doesn’t mean men are off the hook from ungentlemanly behavior. It doesn’t mean men can blame women for their lust. It means men and women owe each other a debt of modesty and charity. We owe our sons and daughters the same.” Let’s emphasize that “sons and daughters” part. Children are products of their upbringing and the example that is set before them; if we wish to retsore modesty, dignity and charity in our sartorial choices, it begins with us, leading by example. Share your take on this in today’s chatroom conversation during the Mike Church Show or on my Twitter feed.
Artful Advice: Contemplation Before Action, “Conservatives”! – On every Mike Church Show I try and find at least one news or culture item that promotes or is illustrative of The Good, true and The Beautiful. Author Gregory Wolfe reminds us to do the same or else risk the mantle of “conservative” itself. “While [our current cultural] state of affairs is distressing, it also implies that opportunities abound for conservatives—if they are willing to make the necessary investment of heart and mind. They cannot continue to trim the upper branches of politics while the roots of culture wither and die from inattention. Conservatives, above all, must once again put contemplation before action, or else their energies will be wasted.” [emphasis mine, M.C.]
“The Red Robts Are Coming! The Red Robots Are Coming!”, Amazon’s Brave New World Doesn’t Include You – Theblinding pace of technological progress in the field of robotics is a marvel and a menace to behold. Kay Hymowitz puts this progress into stark, “warning, warning” words in the City Journal Magazine. I was especially intrigued by the following: “The many companies specializing in warehouse robots are already making ones that can lift cases off shelves. The machines need less space to get around than humans, so warehouses will no longer need to be stadium-size. The robots move faster than humans, too, and they can work 24/7. In 2012, Amazon purchased Kiva, a Boston-based robotics firm, for $775 million. Last December, the Seattle Times reported that Amazon had expanded its army of robots to 45,000—a 50 percent increase from the year before. The writing is on the warehouse wall.” Indeed, and what does this “innovation” hold out for all those entry level jobs at fast-food joints? Supermarkets? and repetitive manufacturing plants? The coming glut of robots even imperils the 3rd world labor we’ve been enslaving to make our gadgets for us. What will happen when starvation and poverty return to those countries who are replaced by 24/7 robots in 1st world factories? Now for the REAL danger of all this “innovation”-what will become of the millennial, metro-sexual losers who are already “enjoying” AI enhanced life? Hymowitz has an answer: “…they spend three-quarters of their time playing video games. (Hurst doesn’t say whether they’re playing “competitively” or not, if that matters.) An unknown number—though surely substantial—are taking opioids. We know from other sources what they are not doing: going to school; living with, providing for, or taking care of their kids.” Looking at the paucity of options available to us, does retreating to monasteries and the agrarian societies around them, now sound like such a far-fetched idea?
9-11 No Longer Justifies Today’s War, War, War, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Does it? – Attempts to repeal the 2001 AUMF have been kabashed by the usual suspects in Congress without any explanation other than “defense”. If the DeceptiCONS cannot justify their un-constitutional grant of war-making powers, why does it continue? I say its because of that intractible political force known as inertia, just like with the debt and deficit spending, no force seems large enough to step in its path and turn it away. Then there’s this: “War drums are easy to beat. Cleaning up your intelligence community after it missed 20 chances to stop the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, is a lot more difficult. And the erroneous idea that the U.S. is actually able to wipe every single terrorist enclave from the earth is the best excuse for a series of wars that, by definition, never end.” Then there is the rise of the mercenary army, still funded by Uncle Sucker but hey, not under “official” military control. So our actual army can’t win/end the undeclared wars we’re embroiled in around the globe so let’s expand that to private armies for profit!? What can possbily go wrong.
The Pope Goes Down With His Ship – The Christian blogosphere is abuzz with the release of a letter of homage from Pope Benedict XVI to his departed friend Cardinal Meissner. In the letter, read aloud at Meissner’s funeral, the venerable Jospeh Ratzinger tried to ease the anziety of clergy and laity alike who feel the barque of Peter has struck THE iceburg that will lead to her sinking. To wit “We know that it was hard for him, the passionate shepherd and pastor of souls, to leave his office, and this precisely at a time when the Church had a pressing need for shepherds who would oppose the dictatorship of the zeitgeist, fully resolved to act and think from a faith standpoint. Yet I have been all the more impressed that in this last period of his life he learned to let go, and live increasingly from the conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.” Wow. There are those who say this English translation (from German) is faulty and that Benedict didn’t write “at a time” but instead “from time to time” as if that changes the message: The Church is in BIG trouble and her leadership is ready to scuttle her on the rocky shores of the Bay of LGTBTQ.
Secede or Die: ‘Muricah’s Debt Now At “Death Spiral” Levels – The following is reality: there are no unicorns and financial problems don’t fix themselves. President Trump was thought to be a unicorn of sorts, bring bidness skills to government blundering, making ‘Muricah Great Again and so on but none of that can tackle the sheer size of the problem and the problem is debt. Consider the sheer size of the grand-daddy of all debts: the “Budget” which has now balooned to $634 BILLION this year and will hit a Trillion next. but, wait, that’s chump change when compared to Social Insecurity’s $34.2 TRILLION unfunded liabilities. Yes, you read that correctly, $34.2 TRILLION, yet the weapons of war continue to be made at increasing rates while no one has a clue how they will care for the grandparents who will have to care for the maimed and mutilated survivors of our military camapigns. Michael Tanner explains the death spiral in stark terms. “Yet failure would be catastrophic. Set aside the immorality of burdening our children and grandchildren with this mountain of debt: We are poorer today because businesses, looking at the wave of future debt and the taxes that paying it would impose, are less likely to invest or expand. It is a death spiral of its own. Debt slows economic growth, which increases the debt, which slows growth, and so on.” “Failure” and “Mordor”, those are the same things aren’t they? Where, pray-tell, are the responsible leaders in state governments who surely must know about this, preparing their states and citizens for life without Big Brother?
The “Brutal Realities” Of The Ruling Elte’s Fight To Keep Spending Your Money – The WSJ has a provocative editorial aimed at the President Trump that among other things, shores up my contention that the Federal Leviathan is a beast unlike any other and cannot be “cured” of its sickness because an antitidote has yet to be invented. You either play the game the way our Elites have designed it to be played or you get crushed (see the effort to “replace ObamaCare). The Journal’s summary is telling: “Mr. Trump somehow seems to believe that his outsize personality and social-media following make him larger than the Presidency. He’s wrong. He and his family seem oblivious to the brutal realities of Washington politics. Those realities will destroy Mr. Trump, his family and their business reputation unless they change their strategy toward the Russia probe. They don’t have much more time to do it.” So, hey Trump! Pour out everything you and your family did from June of 2015 til Nov of 2016, make a full confession, fire a couple dozen token fall-guys, then ask Leon Panetta to come in and run your White House, sit back and take the credit for making “government effective” and then go into retirement with Bush and Obama.
Will You Go Teen Vogue, Cosmo, Insert Murican Sex Apostasy Here, Or Will You Learn About Then Go Carmelite? – On this day in 1794, 16 beautiful French women were marched to the scaffold built around the Guillotine in Paris. The women were each singing, in Latin, the Veni Creator and were members of the Carmelite order of Compiegne. Their story is told by me in brief in today’s Church Doctrine which is available here. Father Henderson, who is a member of the Fathers of Mercy order tells the complete story and why its important today in this video. What’s interesting about that is the Fathers of Mercy was the first religious order approved of in France after the end of the French Revolution.
Our Contraception Nation’s Latest, Proud Moment: Say Hello To 401[k] Children – The parasites at The Center For ‘Murican Progress have developed an online calculator that alleges to provide young people with a method to calculate the cost to their 401[k]’s of having children. Assisting with this quantitative madness is the allegedly Catholic, Villanova University’s professor Scott Dressler. Saint Thomas Villanova must be doing somersaults in his grave. ““Look at all these long-term expenses built in to leaving the workforce. Even if you only made enough to cover childcare, you would still be better off working because then you wouldn’t lose increases in wages and 401(k) contributions” opines Dressler who apparently has not been made aware of the Church’s teaching on $$$ and children that Villanova University certainly must know. Pope Paul VI reminds adults that one cannot place a price-tag on having children because children contribute to their parent’s holiness! “As living members of the family, children contribute in their own way to making their parents holy. For they will respond to the kindness of their parents with sentiments of gratitude, with love and trust. They will stand by them as children should when hardships overtake their parents and old age brings its loneliness.” Is there a calculator for the pursuit of holiness and does it accept VISA/Materscard?
DeceptiCONNED: “Conservatives” Opened The Door For The Iranian Conquest of Iraq – In a provocative series of pieces that have been published since Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s public rebuke of Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters, the reality of what the U.S. intervention in iraq created is being revealed for what it has produced: a chaotic Iraq that is now the subject of Iranian manipulation. But wait, wasn’t Iraq’s conquest and the toppling of Saddam Hussein supposed to bring paradise like peace and stability to Iraq and “the region” so ‘Muricah could manipulate the Iraqis into becoming our western-most state!? Rod Dreher has a roundup and makes an interesting observation: :That doesn’t make Tucker Carlson right. It does make him more credible, though.” What!? Carlson is the lonev voice of reason and sanity on the all-war network, Fox News, when it comes to ‘Muricah’s lustful actions in “the region”. What does Carlson gain in that crowd by dueling it out with Peters? The affection of 200,000 supporters of Ron/Rand Paul? Watch the video of Carlson’s argument with Peters and decide for your self if he’s on the “right-side” of history.
Peak Amazon Has Arrived – It is a telling sign when “investors” in the dubious “investment” vehicle known as a “hedge fund” announce that they are going bear market on you b ecause your business practices and sizes are straining ethical bonds and that is what has happened with Amazon. To add insult to injury, socialists in Congress like Bernie Sanders, are rattling regulation sabers as if they have an answer to amazon’s looming specter. “Is Amazon a productive change agent and force for the good of the consumer by virtue of a reduction in product prices? Or is Amazon’s disruption of the general retail business a destroyer of jobs, moving previously productively employed workers into the unemployment line?” he asked.” This continues my discussion on this from the POV that the manufacture, sale and delivery of food cannot be monopolized without grave consequences for society. And now, amazon is poised to assault the shipping industry and destroy it, replacing it with “Prime-Air”. Somewhere, ian Fleming is rolling in a grave, lamenting the fact that he never lived to see one of James Bond’s global conquesting villains come to life. Ian, meet BezosfFeld.
All Hail The “Activist Mommy”, Single Handedly (with me & Jennifer Hartline) Taking Down Teen Vogue Pederast Perverts – A Vlogger known as the Activist Mommy bruned a stack of Teen Vogue magazines and is calling on people to CALL, yes, use that thing called a phone for something other than FaceBook, the INJustice Department and rat out the Teen Vogue pederasts. “Call the DOJ and ask for Paul Adams in communications 202-514-9870. Leave a message that Teen Vogue is pandering indecency to minors.” All Hail, Activist Mommy!
The Republican/”Conservative” Leviathan Cometh, Welcome To Big Government 2.0! – Since John Boehner and his band of fake “conservatives” took control of Congress in 2010, we’ve been chronicling the truth that Mordor on the Potomac river is a living organism with built in protection mechanisms that will defy if not kill any effort to stunt its dominance and growth. Still, “conservatives” have deludecd themselves that there remains some magic combination of politicians and policies that can and will tame the beast and restore God-made rainbows over the capitol. Uhhh, how ’bout no? How about we start dealing the reality that the GOP has actually GROWN the size of government and is a powerless to stop it. The news is out that last month was the greatest month for Mordor spending in history. EVER. Let that sink in. The union of states fought a war against one half the planet from 1941-1946 and never spent the kind of money it now spends fighting a war against hobgoblins of its own making. One of the self-inflicted wounds driving this bullet train to fiscal perdition are student loans, a bubble that we’ve been warning must burst and will take the “economy” down with it. ZeroHedge Is on the case: “since the $1.4 trillion and rising student debt bubble is expected to end up with discharges of 35% if not higher, it means that over the next several years, the budget deficit will be incrementally boosted by approximately $500 billion as America’s taxpayers are once again taken to the cleaners, this time to bail out millions of liberal arts majors who for one reason or another just can’t pay back their student loans.”
Teen Vogue, Predator. “If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It”!? – I asked the question on yesterday’s show: why is there no outrage at what Teen Vogue magazine has done pimping anal sex for 12 year old girls as “healthy…perfectly natural”!? No one responded to my query (shockuh!) but Jennifer Hartline was thinking the exact — same — thing. “When is Enough Enough? Really, when are we going to get righteously angry and say “No more!” Why are the people determined to corrupt our sons and daughters so much more zealous in their mission than we are in our obligation to protect them?” Bingo. Instead of “conservatives” rallying to the ramparts to save the kids they obsess over Donald Trump Jr.’s email triage with the Russians and the status of TrumpCare™ in the Senate. If the industry that is fake conservatism isn’t illustrated to you by this ongoing, all-out-war now being waged against children, what will?
Teen Vogue Insures Earth Will Be Visited By a Very Large Asteroid, Soon – In what can only be described as “OK, what is NOW left for them to pervert” Teen Vogue Magazine has published an epic how to guide for, wait for it, Anal Sex and “How to do it RIGHT”. But don’t worry parents and morally upright citizens, there is no pressure to read the Vogue story because there’s so much other awesome, sex advice goodness to sample. “If you’re not comfortable reading about anal sex, that’s perfectly OK too. We have plenty of other articles around a variety of issues and wellness. Feel free to click out if you’d like! No pressure at all.” No pressure at all! This from the crowd that claims “pressuring” children to keep score at baseball games has run its course. And these days there is certainly no pressure for 14 year old boys to act like something other than sex starved, porn addicted Vikings who might return to the bedroom with a girl if she’ll “take one for the team” so to speak. Message to Teen Vogue’s editor’s investors and now subscribers, this is your future:
You’ve Got [Russian] Mail & Therefore You’re A, Ummm, A Friend of a Russian! – The latest pathetic line of interrogation aimed at the Trump Presidency is an email sent from someone who may or may not have stepped foot inside the Kremlin once upon a time and therefore is a Russian operative who helped Trump slay the Nephilim spawn of Satan and Margaret Sanger, Mrs Clinton. The NY Times, breathlessly reports that not one not two but THREE PEOPLE! claim to have “seen” the email in question. Well, that’s prima facie evidence of collusion worthy of a CNN headline. Witness: “Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.” Now for the conclusion of the accusation. “There is no evidence to suggest that the promised damaging information was related to Russian government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails.” Well, that was certainly damning, now wasn’t it?
Can Trump Make Viagra And The NFL Great Again – The most shocking news of the day is that we may have reached Peak Epicureanism as Viagara annouces it will NOT advertise on NFL games this season!
Why Boys Don’t Grow Up To Be Men, Part 7,673 – The town of Nederland CO apparently could not find a suitable male role model and leader for their high school football team aka “Coach” so they employed a woman who has little football experience but is fantastic with Pentax camera lenses! What can possible go wrong?
The Real Deplorables: Those Trumpistas Executing The U.S.’s War In Syria – I have been talking about this since McCain et al were foiled in their 2013 effort to force Dear Leader, Chairman MaObama to declare war against Syria: the Congress’s refusal to declare war only “officially” denies that war. As Philip Giraldi makes the point today: Make no mistake about it, we are AT WAR IN SYRIA and because we’re ‘Muricah, we’re deluded that it is a Just war (it is not): “Sometimes referred to as America’s “civil religion,” one can also call it “American exceptionalism” or the “leadership of the free world” or even “responsibility to protect” but the reality is that a broad consensus has developed in the United States that enables serial interventionism with hardly a squeak of protest coming from the American people.” Any flag waving Trump booster who believes that Trump’s Presidency spells an en end to the Leviathan’s tyranny, need only remember H.R. McMaster’s Wednesday confession to the world, reported by the WaPo: “We have to be very clear that the reason we are in Syria is to destroy the ISIS [by] denying them a safe haven and support base [for their] perverted ideology”. Trump is but another pawn of Ba’al’s in the U.S.’s never ending wars that prop up the Industry of Death. Oremus….
It’s July 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.”