Mandeville, LA – Today’s Pile of Prep: most of the stories and research used to put together the Mike Church Show on the Veritas Radio Network’s CRUSADE Channel. 2016 is here and WELCOME to the All-New, Mike Church Show on the CRUSADE Channel, listen LIVE for Free (don’t cost nuthin’).
Sapientia et Veritas – “Society is indeed a contract…. It is to be looked on with other reverence, because it is not a partnership in things subservient only to the gross animal existence of a temporary and perishable nature. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. Each contract of each particular state is but a clause in the great primeval contract of eternal society, linking the lower with the higher natures, connecting the visible and invisible world, according to a fixed compact sanctioned by the inviolable oath which holds all physical and all moral natures, each in their appointed place.” –Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind
What Did Ronald Reagan Know About Fatima That All The Fake Reagan Wannabe’s Don’t? – On today’s Fatima Extravaganza show featuring my “Murderer’s Row of Marian Heretic Slayers”, Brother André Marie, Chris Ferrara and Michael Hitchborn of The Lepanto Institute, we learned that in 1985, Ronald Reagan learned of Fatima Portugal’s importance to the effort against Russian Communism from the pope, John Paul II and even visited the site. This “historical excavation” as Ferrara put it, is an amazing historical find for the Fatima story’s continued buildup of importance and credibility among non-Catholics. We found the story from historian Paul Kengor who wrote: “[P]ublic proof of Reagan’s knowledge of Fatima became unmistakably evident in this May 9th, 1985 speech, with a striking statement that left the Portuguese members of the parliament momentarily shocked as they listened to the translation of the president’s words. The passage came amid the American president’s thoughts on John Paul II…. No one has done more to remind the world of the truth of human dignity, as well as the truth that peace and justice begins with each of us, than the special man who came to Portugal a few years ago after a terrible attempt on his life. He came here to Fatima, the site of your great religious shrine, to fulfill his special devotion to Mary, to plead for forgiveness and compassion among men, to pray for peace and the recognition of human dignity throughout the world. When I met Pope John Paul II a year ago in Alaska, I thanked him for his life and his apostolate. And I dared to suggest to him the example of men like himself and in the prayers of simple people everywhere, simple people like the children of Fatima, there resides more power than in all the great armies and statesmen of the world.” Read the whole story here or listen to our podcast discussion of it here.
What Did Ronald Reagan Know About Fatima That All The Fake Reagan Wannabe’s Don’t, II? – Watch the video of President Reagan’s May 09, 1985 speech to the Portugese Parliament. You can fast forward to the 19:00 mark to just watch the Fatima mentions and Reagan’s beautiful prose about his friend JPII and the devotion he had to Mother Mary, Our Lady of Fatima.
Dear President Trump, Leave Afghanistan And Leave It NOW – Trumpzilla 2016 operative Martin Rojas pleads with Trumpzilla to pull all remaining forces out of Afghanistan to “make america great again”. I have been pleading the same cause but to make Louisiana great again by ending the flow of our National Guard to the Hades-foresaken killing field that Afghanistan has become for all involved. It is time for ‘Muricans to demand military accountability in the form of drawbacks and restraint, two qualities a truly “great country” would have ample supply of-currently, ‘Muricah under President Trump has none of the first and far too little of the latter.
Millennials Get McDonald’s Cheese on QP’s Why Shouldn’t They Get Catholic Doctrine From Catholics? – The following article attempts to peacefully answer the many “accusations” that Millennials hurl at the Roman Catholic Church and then form them into a query: should the vagabond losers conform to Rome or should Rome conform to the losers? Asking questions like “Where is the task-force searching for the lost generation? Where is the introspective reflection necessary when 1/3 of a generation is ANTI-CHURCH?” Sam Eaton attempts to straddle the never-ending folly of the heretic: “Why doesn’t The Church see that its wrong and I AM RIGHT!?” Well because The Church CAN’T be wrong, she is spotless and infallible in Her teaching, that’s why. Mitter Eaton should wonder why this foundational point isn’t being made often or strongly enough, it is THE problem with the modern, ‘Murican world.
Ronaldus Magnus Went Carmelite on Fatima – This fascinating article covers a 1987 trip that President Reagan made to the Vatican to meet with Saint Pope John Paul II. Before during abd after the meeting Reagan learned of, asked questions about and talked about our Lady of Fatima and the implications for the future of civilization her requests made during the 6 apparitions.
The Chief Lenny Bruce – Stephen Colbert can do the vulgar “comedy” routines he does because Jimmy Kimmel did them (to say nothing of Kimmel’s ex, the demon-obsessed Sara Silverman, Kimmel did them because Chris Rock did them, Rock because Richard Pryor…you get the picture. Robert W Merry, brilliantly walks us through what USED to be and Lenny Bruce’s war against it. “[Bruce] panned everything people held dear, assaulting their most delicate sensibilities and ignoring every societal no-no. Thus did he develop a following that expanded year by year… [the] audiences ate it up. They ate it up all the more when they saw that other people, the ordinary and unsophisticated folks, were offended.” Today if you are offended basically means you have gone Carmelite and are willing to be the public subject of the government’s ire, and the comedians.
Why Did Trump Fire Comey? Ummm, Because He’s The President And He Can II – From geopolitical analysis to testifying ebfore Congress on matter that are not under his purview “Director Comey” was on a collision course with POTUS under dubious circumstances, why SHOULDN’T trump have canned him? “There is no cogent reason to believe that Comey possessed any great insights that were occluded to most Americans. Quite the contrary. His hapless, serial bungling suggests that he was totally out of his depth as FBI director.” Translation: the Mordorians know nothing more than the hoi polloi but the Mordorians have badges, guns and judges with search warrants; ain’t our Politburo grand!?
Why Did Trump Fire Comey? Umm, Because He’s The President And He CAN! – Dumbocrats were quick to pounce on President Trump for “firing” FBI director James Comey calling it “Nixonian” as if most of the hoi polloi today even know what that means? Back in the day when Obama was running Mordor, Dumbocrats demanded that O take action against Comey after his statements on Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal. Here is a nice rundown of the demands that Comey be fired from October 2016
It’s Noon On Saturday, Do You Know Who Is Killing your Kid? – For those who were raised in the 50’s-80’s in ‘Muricah, we can remember our parents begging us to “get out of the house and go play”. The specter of pedophiles, kidnappers and road raged drivers had not yet poisoned the neighborhood playground wells. Then something sinister and cynical began to happen: evil lurked at every turn for children. Perhaps this coincides with the ubiquitous use of contraception and the shrinking of family size thus making the required 2.5 children per household a more rare commodity than the previously expendable “litter of 10”? Or perhaps it was a culture that began imitating the nanny-state and dictating parenting standards where previously none existed? Author Lenore Skenazy was dubbed “‘Muricah’s Worst Mom” for allowing her 9 year old son to take the subway home in NYC by himself. She writes of our collective horror of us: “So, how scared has America become? To see for yourself in a non-parenting realm, try taking an unopened can of Coke through airport security. Of course you can’t. After all, it could be a bomb. It doesn’t matter how infinitesimally small the odds are. All that matters is that something could happen, we can imagine how awful it could be, and someone could be blamed. So let’s not take any chances, period. That goes double, triple, infinituple for kids.[emphasis-mine] ” Read the whole thing and consider her exhortation to return to the ‘Muricah of Leave it To Beaver and not worrying about what Good Morning ‘Muricah craves.
Patrick J Buchanan, The Carmelite Of The Nixon White House – Buchanan’s latest book tells his story of life in the Nixon White House, a White House filled with very book smart men but only one, actual “conservative”, Buchanan. Buchanan notes that Trumpzilla and Nixon were elected in similar times of strife and had similar levels of visceral enemies outside their gates. “Yet the “mess” Trump inherited bears striking similarities to Nixon’s world in 1969. Both took office in a nation deeply divided.”
LGBTQ Youth Push Gets Ultimate Payoff: Suicide Rates Double – We continue to be confronted with the ghastly facts of what the cult of death hath wrought to the population of ‘Muricah and yet remain in denial about the cause. New studies now show that more children, of all ages are being checked into the hospital for treatment of suicidal actions. What is more telling is the number of suicide hospitalizations for 15-18 year olds, the primary target for “transitioning” or homosexuality advocates. Will anyone outside of the CRUSADE Channel and growing moral-tradition movement heed the warning and move to spare the kids?
Practice Makes Permanent And So Does The GOP HealthCare Bill – If you have been wondering what is in the new Republican “ObamaCare repeal and replace” read this piece by Pete Suderman. You might also wonder why “conservatives” went all Nancy Pelosi ala “we’ll have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it”, apparently, legislative imbecility is bi-partisan: “Republicans have consistently had difficulty making the case for the bill on health policy merits. It’s not even clear that most House Republican lawmakers know what’s in the legislation. “I don’t think any individual has read the whole bill,” Representative Tom Garrett of Virginia said. Why then did House Republicans push so hard to pass this health care bill? Because it cuts taxes — especially for the top 20 percent of earners — and so sets up the broader tax reform legislation Republicans hope to pass later in the year.” So, the fix is in for another round of “tax cuts” and monkeying with the 800 lb gorilla that is the tax code. What a surprise! Meanwhile The Senate says “how ’bout, Noooooo”.
If Only United Airlines Had Captain Kirk On The Flight Deck – The recent spate of air travel controversies has skipped the local/personal and focused on the national/corporate ideas behind over-booking and mismanaged seat assignments and infants riding shotgun on daddy’s lap. No one it seems has bothered to inquire: where were the CAPTAINS on those planes? Shouldn’t the Captain be called upon to say yay or nay before dragging passengers off of overbooked planes? Would Captain Kirk be consulted before a Star Fleet ensign dragged a federation traveler to the transporter room to be beamed back to the space dock? John Horvat has an interesting take on this as on a recent flight he actually witnessed a captain doing his job. “The contrast between the two incidents could not be more glaring. Here were two crisis situations that demanded leadership. In the first instance, no one seemed to care that all protocol was being followed. In the second case, everyone felt reassured that the situation was under control. The first flight had a pilot; the second had a captain.” This question can be asked of so many fields of employ these days, where are the captains?
Rearranging The Deck Chairs On Conservatism’s Sinking Hulk of A Ship – One of my favorite writers in the “conservative movement” is Michael Brendan Dougherty who has been holding court over at The Week these last few years. MBD is now headed for the desks of the formerly necessary National Review, I pray for the success of his vocation while thinking out loud the NRO has become a clouded, starboard side port window on the hulking ship of “conservatism” that is listing fatally before she goes 70 degrees off the horizon and begins her descent to the bottom of an intellectual sea no longer living the Faith or even Richard Weaver’s axiom: Ideas Have Consequences. MBD’s final piece for The Week is an apologia for what “authorship” has become in the age of the click-bait wars, read it, it’s really good. Godspeed MBD.
‘Muricah: It’s All Saint Augustine’s Fault!? – Readers here know that I have spent the better part of the last 3 years developing this space and the Mike Church Show as a portal for like minded thinkers and fellow Christian travelers to try and place the iron of the New Christendom into the forge. The author Rod Dreher comes up a lot in these discussions as does his book The Benedict Option. Today I read Brian patrick Mitchell’s review of Dreher’s “Option and discovered the apparently well-known but known at all to me fact that Orthodox Christians KNOW that today’s moral calamity is all the fault of…wait for it…Saint Augustine. Yessir, that wily old author of Confessions, The City of Man and The City of God, got it wrong: “Orthodox scholars take a very different view of where the West went wrong, faulting the West for a longstanding tendency toward excessive rationalism, beginning with St. Augustine and producing both the rigid edifice of medieval scholasticism and the ideas that were its undoing.” Um, pardon me, but there wouldn’t be a “West” were it not for Augustine’s conversion and subsequent authorship of so much of the “West’s” foundation. No wonder there’s a schism!
The 100 Year Anniversary of The Armenian Genocide And The Groupthink Media That Helped It – Stella Morabito, the great grandchild of Armenian survivors reminds us that what proceeds a genocide is groupthink. The kind of groupthink that say, can be lulled into thinking that discriminate, drone-strike killing of third world Muslims is ok so long as there is an element of “terror” present. To put that in context, is drone-strike killing ok in Detroit or Los Angeles if there is an element of “murder” in a neighborhood? Of course not because we value a “system of law and order” and the strike violates it, but why doesn’t it violate it for the Afghanis? Simply put: Groupthink. Here is Morabito: “Information warfare through a centrally controlled media is key to turning neighbor against neighbor. It plays a huge role in caricaturing perceived enemies and growing an us-versus-them mindset. In short, propaganda that psychologically manipulates a population is key to laying the groundwork for extreme social polarization, and ultimately for genocide.” Think about that next time you learn of “errant drone strikes” in the mid-east, the same drone will work here.
The Revenge Of The Nerds: Your Smartphone – In today’s Veritas et Sapientia, Phillip Reed lays out his case why he refuses to buy a smartphone. In Reed’s confession we find one of those inconvenient truths Christians avoid: how to be IN the material, diabolical world and not be OF that world? Read the excerpt here, link to the whole essay is there as well.
Spyin’ Eyes Over ‘Muricah, Courtesy Of The NSA – The NSA is testing new blimp technology (don’t laugh, it’s true) that purportedly can scan the sky for incoming missiles (happens everyday in Jersey, right) and conveniently, any radio transmissions made on the ground. Yay, Raytheon!
Why “The Right Fails”: It Chooses Bread & Circuses Over Intellect Every Time – I have friends and family members who swoon over Tomi Lahren and others over Milo Yiannapoulas for their “telling it like it is” and over how “awesome” they “take it to the man” and the like and this is all well and good for bread and circuses but what does it provide for the intellect? 0.0 but I think that’s the point and its easy to make the association that O’Reilly provided the same intellectual desert for 25 years to the parents of Lahren and Milo, thus the pathetic state of our moral and political affairs: they are informed by a cult of personality instead of by The Cult of personality found in the teachings and contemplative life once cherished in Christendom. David French sums it up well: “Moreover, the pattern is repeating itself with the younger generation of conservative celebrities. The sharp rise and meteoric fall of both Tomi Lauren and Milo Yiannopoulos were driven by much the same dynamic that sustained O’Reilly for years, even in the face of previous sexual-harassment complaints — Lahren and Yiannopoulos were “fighters” who “tell it like it is.” O’Reilly was the master of the “no-spin zone” and seemed fearless in taking on his enemies. What followed was a toxic culture of conservative celebrity, where the public elevated personalities more because of their pugnaciousness than anything else.” The end is not near for the cult of personality but there is a swell building for the cult of intelligibility!
The Non-Interventionist Right Against The Talk Radio Mafia & Fox – The number of us (I count myself and The CRUSADE Channel in this group though we’re not cited) who advocate and defend non-interventionism is actually quite large and packed with some very well studied and at the same time humble people. George O’Neill is of these men and he has produced a stunning “inventory” of these groups and individuals which makes for some great reading and browser bookmarking. O’Neill notes the WHY of why a stable and fruitful relationship with the Russians is a strategic winner for Europe, Russia and yes, ‘Muricah too.
The Non Casus Belli Of Trump’s MissileGate – (NOTE: non casus belli= no cause for war) There is a “community” of former intelligence officers who monitor the war actions (they keep VERY busy) the USA takes and provide some insider perspective on, one of these is Philip Giraldi. Giraldi informs us today that this “community” is llivid over the Trump admins missile salvo into Syria and the continuing beating of war drums that will lead to an open conflict with the Russians. This despite ZERO point ZERO evidence that Assad used or even had possession of the weapons in question. “The insiders note that no evidence has been produced to demonstrate convincingly that Syrian forces dropped a chemical bomb on a civilian area.” Who needs evidence when you have 60% of the population chanting USA! USA! at the sight of “beautiful” missiles being launched toward “terrorists”?
Time For Oliver Stone To Make A Sequel To Greed Called Gov’t Contractor Gold – The more we learn about the staggering amount of $$ that official Mordor sends via rail car to “government contractors” the more the size of the deceit and the real reason for Mordor’s size is revealed. New analysis show that “contractors” to the Federal Government earn well over TWO TIMES what their private sector counterparts make. “For example, the median total compensation for a security guard in the private sector is $32,953, roughly double the minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Security guards contracted by the federal government, on the other hand, make more than $68,000 at their annual billing rate, according to POGO.” Read the entire piece for the skinny on the great Cruise Missile Robbery.
It’s May 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.”