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 – “I think the lack of realism about realism by American just war advocates, moreover, has everything to do with their being American. In particular, American advocates of just war seem to presume that democratic societies place an inherent limit on war that more authoritarian societies are unable to do.
While such a view is quite understandable, I want to suggest that democratic societies – or at least the American version of democracy – are unable to set limits on war because they are democratic.
Put even more strongly, for Americans war is a necessity to sustain our belief that we are worthy to be recipients of the sacrifices made on our behalf in past wars. Americans are a people born of and in war – particularly, as I argue in my next article, the Civil War – and only war can sustain our belief that we are a people set apart.” – Stanley Hauerwas, Just How Realistic Is ‘Just War’?
Buchanan: The War Party Is About To Claim The Hide of President Trump – “Yay, Iraq War Planners!” – Buchanan not only asks this piece’s title question but then provides that if the answer is yes, Trump will lose a significant part of the base that elected him. So into the stewing carnage of American foreign policy excess we have added the element of inexperience and machismo, some of us prayed that Trump had demonstrated enough disgust at our nation building efforts that he would at the least proceed with caution. Apparently, we got hosed or as Ross Douthat puts it: “If you were expecting Trump to actually govern as a paleoconservative, to eschew the use of force absent some immediate threat to the American homeland, to pull U.S. troops out of all their far-flung bases and leave entangling alliances behind, then the strikes against Bashar al-Assad are the latest evidence that you got played.” Played, hosed, had, conned, it’s what our democratic process and civil religion yields.
Holy Week Blunt Truth: If “The West” Dies, Christendom Does Not Follow Her To The Grave – Leave it to Joseph Pearce to kick off Holy Week with the Truth on our perpetual moaning about the “death of The West” and the human armageddon it will instigate. When viewed with eyes not drunk on Fox News, soft core porn (broadcast TV) and the latest worship of “gay pride” on Bravo et al, “the West” is on life support because Westerners are now in nearly complete denial of the source of “the West’s” beauty: The Permanent Things. “The secular fundamentalist “West” is decaying because it is decadent, and it is dying because it has embraced the culture of death. What will be left when the secularist “West” is dead will be the Permanent Things. Christianity is alive and well, and thriving and growing, in Africa, Asia, China–and yes, even in resurrected embryonic form in Europe and other parts of the “West.” Europe and the “West” might be committing collective suicide, but Christendom is always new, as it is always old, because it is the Permanent Thing.” [emphasis mine-M.C.] Let’s take the annual, solemn observance of Holy Week as a starting place to defend that Permanency!
The Illogic of Chanting USA! USA! After The Raytheon Corporation’s Stock Price Is Boosted – The reliably rational Mollie Hemingway has lost her rationality, mere weeks after marinating in the jingoistic sludge that is Fox News. Hemingway’s case for ‘Murican exceptionalism and bombing Syria back to the stone-ages is so logically flawed I have to wonder if the woman is being paid to be a war-dupe. Witness: “Assad’s use of sarin gas is a clear violation of that treaty, and the norm against chemical warfare is in the American interest to uphold. The best way to stop future use of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is to ensure that the American response is severe. The response should cause significantly more damage than any temporary advantage gained by their use. Americans live throughout the world and the country wants to make sure that no Americans or American interests are caught up in the use of weapons of mass destruction.” Got that? Because ‘Muricans “live throughout the world” that makes the world our battlefield and the enforcement of treaties our mission. So “America” has earned an entitlement to use the same weapons of mass destruction anywhere it chooses to stop others from using weapons of mass destruction!? Here’s a clue: rush out and buy stock in bomb making companies now, you can’t lose.
DeceptiCONNED: The Era Of Nation Bombing Has Begun – In launching his macho-man airstrike against Russian targets in Syria, President Trump has completed the comedic circle that began with his escalation of rhetoric against Syria’s Assad as if the leaders of foreign states must act as though they are the ‘Murican President’s political appointees. 12 hours after learning of the strike we are learning just how irrational the whole sad saga was and yet the President is claiming victory while DeceptiCONS cheer him on: “thank you sir may I have another!” I have previously said that President Trump was wearing out his welcome with his $1 Trillion in “infrastructure spending”; calls to increase the already gluttonous “defense” budget and appointment of business pros to make government run “like a business” rather than returning to business what has been stolen by government. This tragic, lethal and illegal act is the final straw for me over 2 party, national politics and the government it uses to fleece and propagandize: I secede.
We’re A War-Like People, Just Ask Fox News – Glenn Greenwald is having none of the jingoism of USA! USA! that is seeping from the craws of American Exceptionalism’s boosters: “But U.S. war fever waits for nothing. Once the tidal wave of American war frenzy is unleashed, questioning the casus belli is impermissible. Wanting conclusive evidence before bombing commences is vilified as sympathy with and support for the foreign villain (the same way that asking for evidence of claims against Russia instantly converts one into a “Kremlin agent” or “stooge”). That the Syrian government deliberately used chemical weapons to bomb civilians became absolute truth in U.S. discourse within less than 24 hours – even though Trudeau urged an investigation…” Anyone who can turn a television or radio on can witness the drooling approval of Trump’s carnage. On soft-core porn outlet Faux News this morning, Ainsley Earhart practically leapt out of her dress when watching the “beautiful” video of our star-spangled awesomeness in the form of a launched Tomahawk missile backlighting “Ole Glory”. We are beyond being a war-like people, we are a war lusting people.
The Eternal, Infernal Nature of The Federal Leviathan Is Proven By Trump’s Syria Bombing – If you held out hope that President Trump would distinguish himself from the Obama’s, Bush’s or Clinton’s they evaporated last night when the Tomahawk Missiles flew. Add to that we now have our first, bona fide broken campaign promise: Trump’s promise to “end the era of nation building” and to be a “non-interventionist” is crushed and so is his support from Christian, non-interventionists.
Trump: Making Hoth (and Syria) Great Again – Since the USA! USA! ‘Murican Exceptionalists will not even acknowledge there is such a thing as International Law that ‘Muricah is bound by (and currently breaching from Syria to the Ice World of Hoth) here is the relevant passage from the UN Charter we signed then ratified.
The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles:
The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.
All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action.
DeceptiCONNED II? The Peril of Christians Who Went Trump – Alan Jacobs has a provocative essay out that asks a question that can be directed at me: was my pragmatism in voting for Trump because he might bring Roe to an end, a mistake? Jacob’s point is that I should have instead found Trump’s character lacking and specifically his lack of Christian character. The longer Trump is in the White House the more inclined I become to think Jacobs has a point but only to a certain degree: the accident of my choice has been the delay of the Cult of Death’s final death march which the Nephilim spawn of Margaret Sanger and Satan, Hillary, would be energetically engaged in. Still Jacobs cannot be ignored when he writes: “Presumably the most fervent supporters of Trump will argue (as Trump himself will argue) that his failures have occurred because others have betrayed him, have rejected the man that God raised up to rescue America, but this will require the replacement of the Cyrus analogy with another one yet to be determined. We can only hope that no one compares a failed Trump to an American Jesus betrayed by American Judases.” I stopped my plea for “Rosaries For Trump”, after Easter, I will restart them; thanks, Alan.
The Man I Made 2nd Most Powerful Is Now 5th Most Powerful Man On Earth – Oh my, the drama of the Appprentice, White House Edition is in full view now isn’t it? WhenI was whacked at SiriusXM because I became Too Catholic For Satellite Radio, Stephen K Bannon was my chosen, nay plotted for, replacement; a position Bannon had coveted for years. Thus, the years of work I plowed into my show on that channel at that time were needed by Bannon to make his moves upward and onward… you’re welcome Stephen (he never so much as sent a note of condolence). After his star meteorically rose in Trump’s campaign and then his White House, Bannon is now in a free-fall, being “demoted” to a mere “Senior advisory” position. The latest report is that Bannon threatened to quit if he was “demoted”. This saga is just one of many that have occurred and the start of many that will occur and this cuts back to Allan Jacobs’ point above. Trump may indeed be a “transformative figure” but the transformation may not be one we will savor.
Trump’s Trillion In Infrastructure Will Build “Roads To Nowhere” – In the 1990’s we had a “bridge to nowhere” that then Senator (R-AK) Ted Stevens infamously got tens of millions appropriated for. The sting of Steven’s lust has now passed and the new era of building walls and bridges and roads to nowhere is all the rage among “conservatives”. As James Madison made clear and every “conservative” should know, there remains 0.0 constitutional authority to build roads and bridges. Read the transcript on this here and listen to my conversation with Kevin Gutzman on the subject. Before the federales swooped in and Blobistanned the highway “system” there was an association of states that managed highways for the benefit of connecting roads together from state to state. You can read all about that here. Does ‘Muricah really need MORE roads? For what purpose!? To go where!? To do what!? All that is really, desperately needed is a return to the old adage about roads: “All roads lead to Rome.”
“With This Ring, I Thee… Belong”? – I often play a clip from radical lesbian atheist Masha Gessen where she tells a convention crowd that “the institution of marriage should not exist”. What you may not know about the clip is that the convention was in Sydney Australia and the crowd was a gathering of other radical homosexuals dedicated to officially overturning the “old order” and instituting the new-LGBTQrstlne- order. Gessen’s campaign is now being promoted “voluntarily” across Australia with the new “I belong” ring that Google, Qantas and other corportaions are asking employees to wear. What is the “I Belong Ring”? Watch the sappy, lay some guilt trip on you, TV ad and see for yourself. H/T to Rod Dreher for the story tip but “The Benedict Option” is NOT the answer, the Catholic option is and if the Church doesn’t wake up to this threat to her existence, when combined with Islamic ascendancy, the “gates of hell” are about to attempt their greatest assault against Her, ever.
The Deep State DID Spy On Trump & Susan Rice Proves It – Senator Rand Paul is demanding that former NSA Susan Rice, an ObamaBot of the highest order, be compelled to testify under oath on what she and her Deep State henchmen gathered then threatened to reveal about Donald Trump’s campaign and transition team.
It Had To Happen: Will You Go Gay Snickers™ Or Will You Go (starving) Snickers™? – If you wished to end the population of despised humans and you were Lucifer, what might you do outside the obvious: empowering madmen to nuke entire continents; unleash biological plagues to bring The Walking Dead to life; rock-n-roll music? Nope, convince the world that there is no natural order, no supernatural order that created the natural order and therefore no authority to manage the disorder but a libertine “freedom” to do whatever one wishes. That’s what this scourge upon God and his human creation is in the world’s love affair with “gay” anything and sinfully, gay people and their acts. Now comes Snickers™ candy bars unleashing a “gay pride” bar that push[es] the message to be who you are” ; I shudder to think what some may do with the bar and the campaign, but this is the work of Moloch and be done it shall. Oremus…
Government Is Our Friend…Like Fire – It is only BIG government that we should fear not government itself, says Ahkelish Pillallamarri. After all, government built us roads and bridges and even the Great Pyramid of Giza, so make it your friend! Yeah but Man built all those things after being ordered by government to do so, they aren’t Sistine Chapels or Gargoyle architecture they are utilities. Look at the ugliness of what government actually does build; a pyramid!? A flat road? But “conservative” thinking in the west, we are told, actually makes friends of government, like fire.
Heretic Alert, The Has-Been Media Create A New Monster: The Religious LEFT – Some headlines and stories you just cannot make up as they strain the bounds of credibility and descend into a fictional fog of “you gotta be kidding me?”. Bear that in mind when you read the headline: Religious LEFT Emerging As U.S. Political Force in The Era of Trump. You read that right, Religious LEFT. After spending the last few months slowly working through the dangers of religious pluralism (e.g. why Allah and God cannot both be Divine and Holy) here it is on display with flashing neon lights that, were the Truth to be known, say “run”! The “Reverend” Serene Jones fills us in on the details: “The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out of a place of primarily professing progressive policies to really taking action.” We can translate that to mean that there are those are not currently faithful (fallen away Catholics) who make cause with those who are a priori not faithful i.e. Protestant heretics and form a “religious” movement to promote and expand their error. Wonderful! What can possibly go wrong if they become more “powerful”?
We Kill Because We Can And Trump Continues The Ghastly Practice – We should have known something wicked this way was coming that when President Trump pegged a man nicknamed “Mad dog” to be his Secretary of Defense. For two years, this space has documented the horrific war-crimes being committed against the civilian population of Yemen with the full support of ‘Muricah’s war machine. Now comes Mattis, urging Trump to rescind an Obama Executive Order that limits our complicity in these war-crimes. “This official and several others said that Mattis and his advisers have asked for removal of President Barack Obama’s prohibitions, which would enable the military to support Emirati operations against the Houthis with surveillance and intelligence, refueling, and operational planning assistance without asking for case-by-case White House approval.” In other words, the U.S. military can assist destroying the only port that takes in humanitarian aid. How is warfare made by “The Pentagon” without Congress OR the President’s approval! Now the State department is in on the war-game too: “Early this month, the State Department approved a resumption of sales of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.” We kill because we can and NOTHING has changed under Trump.
The Deep State No Comment Commentary Of FBI’s James Comey – I haven’t read Michael Scheuer’s Non-Intervention blog in a while and boy howdy am I glad I went back to it last night. Scheuer, former CIA, blows the lid off of what is really happening in Mordor’s Deep State under Trump. “Take the FBI. Under Director Comey — Tacitus might call him the “flouter-in-chief “– the FBI has proven itself to be the protective police for the American political elite. Now, each time he speaks, Comey’s words conjure those directed at a political opponent by perhaps the greatest non-interventionist of the early republic, Virginia’s John Randolph. “He is a man of splendid abilities,” Randolph said of his foe, “but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight.” Read the whole thing and also Scheuer’s post on Trump’s kissing of the ring of the Israel First-ers.
It’s April 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.”