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Sapientia et Veritas –Watering down the truth and relaxing certain disciplines will have the same effect on our spiritual health that a crash diet and no exercise will on our physical health: it will leave us malnourished and atrophied. Likewise, let those whose fight for truth and virtue remember that pride is at the root of all sin and a danger to us all, and that they must take care not to put their own self-satisfaction in their position overwhelm their regard for their neighbor’s well-being and salvation, that truth expressed without charity will bear no fruit in another’s life, that rituals and disciplines practiced without form or devotion really can become vain repetitions—in short, that while “Pharisee” can be a lazy charge, it can also be an accurate one.
This may seem obvious, but someone has to say it.” – Nicholas Senz, Stating The Obvious
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Kid Rock Fits The House of Representin’, Idiocracy Has Officiallly Arrived – If you’ve laughed at the prospect of Robert Ritchie, aka Kid Rock being elected Michigan’s next U.S. Senator, take it back before it’s too late. Ritchie will give Debbie Stabenow a contest no one was expecting and the real motivation here is ‘Muricah’s middle-class’s ongoing rejection of the ruling elite. No one thought that Al Franken aka Stuart Smalley could be taken seriously as a U.S. Senator but there he is now in his second, warped with progressivism, term. P.H. Guthrie puts a Hank Williams Jr. spin on the entire affair: “Democrats may want to rethink handing out walking around money and busing their inner city voters from precinct to precinct, because “all the crackheads, the critics, the cynics / and all [his] heroes in the methadone clinic” may just vote in Kid Rock as the next senator from Michigan.” What’s intriguing about all this phenomena is that our much ballyhooed “democracy” is in such pathetic condition epople don’t see any reason to NOT give famous TV stars and now music stars a turn at playing captain of the Titanic. After 234 years, if that is our claim to nationhood fame then a revolt to a more sane form of government must be in the works.
Finally, An Acronym Worth Becoming A Member Of: The QTBGL “Community” – The acronym QTBGL is one I had not heard of but am now proud to say I am a member and am “proudly” coming “out of the closet”. Though I may have to drop the “Q” from my embrace of this community I’m still all-in with my “Quietly Totally Believing God’s Law” brothers and sisters. Deacon Jim Russell has a lot of fun with his acronym and the sometimes hilarious comparison it draws with the “LGTBQ community” our ruling masters, including some in The Church, demand we embrace. I do have one suggestion for Deacon Russell: there should be no debate over what the falg of the QTBGL community is: The Carillon de Sacre Coure (available in the Founder’s Tradin Post!).
If You Think Correctly About The Heresy That IS Islam, You Are Violating English Law – The Tweet says it all:
According to this Met Police report, if you think Islam is violent, aggressive, threatening, sexist or irrational you are islamophobic🙄
— Shy Society🇬🇧 (@Shy_Society) July 22, 2017
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.
Freedom, The Final Frontier? – William Shatner shows up at the Libertarian “Freedom Fest, hilarity ensues.
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.]
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.
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.
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.”