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. 2017 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 –Consider, for example, the scene on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States on June 27, 2016, following the announcement of the decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a decision about Texas abortion clinics that was taken as a victory by proponents of abortion on demand. After that decision was made public, videos documented the outdoor party that resulted, spilling from the court steps on out into the city: a gyrating, weeping, waving, screaming sea of people, mostly women, behaving as if they were in the throes of religious ecstasy. Occam’s razor says they were in religious ecstasy—their kind of religious ecstasy, in which abortion on demand becomes the gnostic equivalent of a central sacrament, the repetition of which is judged essential to their quasi-religious community. – Mary Ebestadt, The Zealous Faith of Secularism, First Things Magazine
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Today’s Guest Michael Hichborn of The LePanto Institute: Why Is CRS Politicizing Advent!? – “As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, we should be meditating on the long-anticipated arrival of the One who would enter the world to save man-kind from sin. This is precisely the entire point of Christmas. But Catholic Relief Services, in its bid for more funding, has twisted the message of the Birth of the Christ-Child into a political statement. On December 1, Catholic Relief Services published a resource page titled, “Advent and Christmas Prayers from CRS.” Read the whole thing here.
Buchanan: Trump’s Dangerous Jerusalem Move & Nikki Haley’s War Dance – I wonder if while governor of South Carolina, Nikki Hayley ever entertained ideas of invading Georgia or rival North Carolina with the South Carolina 101st mechanized. After all, there is not a possible war or war-like opportunity in our opposite hemisphere she has not thundered lust for from the UN dais on your and my behalf. What’s that you say, “I never asked for a war with NoKo” oh but you did and so did I because its not ambassadors who go to war, its nations. Buchanan knows Haley is a threat to world peace and America first.
What was Haley’s motive in indicting Iran? Was this part of a new propaganda campaign to drum up support for America’s next big Mideast war? There are reasons to think so.
Nikki Hayley is a disgrace to the term ambassador and a loud-mouthed femme fatale for the MIC and Conservatism Inc. She remains my biggest foreign policy disappointment from the Trump Presidency. pray her lethal ramblings don’t actually start another undeclared, PTSD manufacturing, calamitous war. USA! USA!
Merry Christmas ISIS! – We now know that the weapon supply chain for ISIS leads right back to the ‘Murican Military Industrial Complex and yet no one seems to mind.
“The study further reveals that in one notable instance, a weapons shipment of advanced missile systems switched hands from US intelligence to “moderate” Syrian groups to ISIS in only a two month time period.”
Membah, membah when Rand Paul was excoriated as a ‘Murican heretic for saying “we created ISIS”? He was right then and he is right today yet the War Machine has even had a to stop and sneeze.
‘Muricah Is Rebuked At The U.N. But Lady Mars, Nikki Hayley, Remains Committed – The U.N. Security Council voted to block the Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capitol but Nikki Hayley pulle dthe “Trump card” of a permanent member of that not-august body and blocked the vote from being implemented or “vetoed” it. Daniel Larison comments.
“The U.S. exercised its veto to avoid the spectacle of a critical resolution being passed with the support of all the other members.”
President trump’s “Muricah First” foreign policy has been hijacked by Conservatism Inc. and shows no signs of abating. That is a sad state of affairs for a Presidency that could have slowed this 4.5 Trillion headed hydra known as the Federal Government down.
Big BIG Train A Comin’, Brad Birzer Wants You To Listen To Good, True & Beautiful “Prog Rock” – Readers/listeners know I am a reader and promoter of the work of Brad Birzer who is currently the President of a high falutin’ outfit that publishes the American conservative magazine. Brad is into a band called Big Big Train and based on his review, they may be worth a listen, read more here.
DeceptiCON Central To Me: You’re Right Mitter Chur, There Will Be Revival of “Conservatism” Until The Catholic Church Revives – In a shocking essay splashed across the National Review’s website, Paul Ingrassia revives WFB’s criticism of the Catholic revolt against tradition that began 50 years ago and ties it to the general decline of the West. Ingrassia even makes the CRUSADE Channel/Mike Church Show’s point that political jockeying and “progress” cannot solve the decaying Western culture that is crying out for The Church to save her. Peter Kwasniewski (author of Noble Beauty), take a bow:
“Although Christians should know that God’s plan will ultimately prevail, the pitiful state of the West can be assuaged only when we begin to believe again that the Church is the sole source of divine truth. Real progress as traditionally understood can be achieved only through the reorientation of mankind to those fundamental tenets, as it was eloquently argued 16 centuries ago by Augustine in The City of God, and as it remains today, when the greatest gift to mankind, revealed per ipsum et cum ipso et in ipso, is still readily applicable, and perhaps of greater importance than ever before.”
Ingrassia even takes on the materialism obsession of his colleagues at the National Review (although not by name) as the saving paradigm it clearly is not. When the NR starts publishing features that actively, as opposed to metaphoric, identify a robust and dominant Catholicism as the antidote to ‘Muricah and the West’s ills, an event horizon for the future is at hand.
FROM TODAY’S MIKE CHURCH SHOW
Glasses Half Full: A Fashion Magazine Finds “Fashion” In Catholic Women Wearing Veils Again – Just when you think all sanity in feminine modesty has been lost, along comes a fashion magazine with a feature on the return to popularity of Catholic women wearing veils to Mass. Next thing you know someone is going to photograph Beyoncé in what seems to be clothes.
Why States Rights Restoration Will Not Work: Ask The Little Sisters of The Poor – The State of PA has successfully sued the Trump administration and vanquished the evil that is The Little Sisters of The Poor, sparing the people of Pennsylvania from the horror of nuns acting out their vows as spouses of Christ. No kidding.
The Mike Church Show List Of The REAL Important Book List For 2017 – The editors of The Federalist have published their choices for 2017’s best books and as I would expect have left off their lists the books that will actually change people’s lives and even save souls. Any book that doesn’t promote the last things, cannot possibly be “important”. First, The Marian Option is well written handbook to install a Marian society in ‘Muricah that everyone would benefit from reading. Second Noble Beauty is the best defense of the Catholic Latin liturgy and its restorative powers in recent memory.
The Porn Industry Got Kneecapped By Net Neutrality – If the makers of videotapes could have gotten their tapes for FREE, why, we’d still be enjoying betamax movies! Porn pimps cry foul that their “free” internet is going the way of female modesty before yoga pants. Strange thing though, I never heard home theater merchants whine about having to buy the VHS tapes and boxes their products went in. Oh look, KY stock just went south, yay FCC! WARNING: NSFW – This story tells you everything you need to know about what happened yesterday at the FCC.
“Finally, whatever one’s feelings on net neutrality, the 2015 rules should be seen for what they are: a staggering expansion of bureaucratic power, by decree of the bureaucracy itself. The result is an ugly patchwork of overlapping authority between the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission, with ISPs disfavored over similar services. This reclassification can never be a stable solution; it will always be vulnerable to precisely the kind of unilateral repeal currently occurring. If the public supports net neutrality, then let it be defended through the proper channel: by laws, and not bureaucratic fiat.”
Is The FCC’s Undoing of Dear Leader’s Internet “Protections” really A Doomsday Pill For You? – I have already been taunted through a Facebook post, that the new “Net Neutrality” rules spell the end of all internet radio and the CRUSADE Channel. You can read Tyler Durden’s take on the issue here. The Austrian economics Mises Institute has this take that includes the following:
Buchanan: Donald Trump Is N Tricky Dick – Richard Nixon earned the scandalous nickname “Tricky Dick” during the Watergate catastrophe as an under the table wheeler and dealer. It is an infamous fact that Nixon resigned rather than suffer an impeachment trial that he would likely have lost but Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon. Buchanan:
“There are other reasons to believe Trump may survive the deep state-media conspiracy to break his presidency, overturn his mandate and reinstate a discredited establishment. Trump has Fox News and fighting congressmen behind him, and the mainstream media are deeply distrusted and widely detested. And there is no Democratic House to impeach him or Democratic Senate to convict him. Moreover, Trump is not Nixon, who, like Charles I, accepted his fate and let the executioner’s sword fall with dignity. If Trump goes, one imagines, he will not go quietly.”
Buchanan’s alarm at this point is surprising and shows that the conservative echo chamber really is just that. An impenetrable box where the outside world and reality rarely gets a hearing. Ponder that while considering whether to remain an active part of that corrupt cabal Conservatism Inc.
They Went transgenderMammy: LG Appliances Goes All In LGBTQrstlne – The appliance and smartphone maker LG has thrown all in with the transgenderMammy™ pimps by becoming a registered transgenderMammy™ pimp themselves, encouraging users to attend, record and display “drag-queen” shows. Yes, on their product Twitter account, that just happened
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) December 12, 2017
Truth: The Mass Hysteria That #MeToo Has Become Is A Revolution Instigated By Women – How ironic that the benefactors of the “sexual revolution” i.e. women who are no longer shackled to the institution of marriage for sex; are now rejecting all the “benefits” the revolution gained them including cheap, no strings attached sex with men they never intend to marry. Think about it: where will the liberated find men to “hook-up” with if not primarily in the workplace that they demanded entry into? In the new, #MeToo version of life, is touching a knee or exchanging a hug always the beginning of being #MeToo’d? Did the stars of “Sex And The City” think that all the casual sex they lustfully sought should begin with the sex after they had consented? Where’s the human logic in that!? Claire Berlinski has risked her career to write pretty much what I have just written and boy howdy is it good:
“There is no reliable way to know if a hug will feel sexual and domineering to a woman or whether she will find this disagreeable, let alone how she will feel about it twenty years from now. So the lesson to men is clear: Never hug women at work, period. But this is insane. The project of eradicating physical affection from the workplace is cruel to men and women alike, and if it is successful, we will all go nuts.”
This assumes that the workplace hasn’t already gone nuts. When “workplace” substitutes “vocation”, just like when “consumer” supplants “customer”, the human element has been replaced by the inorganic rote of this wicked paradigm our elite master have created for us, that we must all now seemingly live in. Thanks, gal-queda, for institutionalizing the war against the family, the mother and yes the family man. That’s the result of your sexual revolution, the carcasses of the #MeTooer’s. There’s a reason that the lewd Shades of Grey sold over 125 MILLION copies, ladies.
DeceptiCONNED: Oh But, Mr. Hall, There IS A Separation of Church And State – Mark David Hall has written an interesting piece about the Founding Fathers and their views on separation of church and state that is worthy of a look. First of all, any discussion of this matter must define the terms correctly i.e. what is the “State” and what is the “Church”. In 1789, the State was the de jure law under the constitutions of the states in the union. The Church was not the Roman Catholic one but any Protestant “denomination” that had won favor in the aforementioned state legislatures. As the Federal “State” came into existence it too had to be considered when making broad statements and there is no doubt that the Constitution was hostile to the Church having any influence on that new government. This is amply demonstrated by the clauses against religious tests for office and the idolatry of “We the People” as the new God i.e Church. Martin T. Horvat sums up the colonial ‘Murican hostility to the Catholic Church thus.
“Here I propose to dispel this myth that America was from its very beginning a country that championed freedom of religion. In fact, in the colonial period, a virulent anti-Catholicism reigned and the general hounding and harrying of Catholics was supported by legislation limiting their rights and freedom.”
Separation of Church and State is as ‘Murican as stars and stripes and no, the Founding generation did not “accidentally” enshrine it. Madison and Jefferson, it should be well known, fought for it in Virginia first (against Patrick Henry) then in the Federal beast. They won
Hey Christian Llama! Its Advent, NOT Christmas! – I always enjoy essays that provoke reflective thinking like this one by Lyman Stone. Stone begins by begging the faithful to observe Advent like it mattered, ’cause it does.
I wish more American Christians today actually recognized Advent instead of skipping straight to a bowdlerized commercial Christmas, as this passage is of pressing political relevance for our present time.
Stone then weaves a provocative path through the ultimate failings of the Christian obsession with elctoral politics and the threat that we are all just 1 vote away from total consecration to Moloch’s minions.
Whenever we begin to get riled up, to tell ourselves that everything is terrible, we must remember that it is better that America, like Rome, Athens, and Jerusalem of old, should be sunk beneath the waves than that the church should accept an unclean conscience on its behalf. Then we must recall what we are commanded to do: wait.
That’s good advice. Observe some Advent penitence and patiently await the arrival of our savior on Christmas Day…THEN it’ll be Christmas and it’s ON!
The First Church of ‘Muricah – Suzanne Sherman nails the point home of ‘Muricans worshipping at the first Church of ‘Muricah and just how ritualistic this putrid faith has become. “What started as a policy to promote military recruitment has surreptitiously evolved into a full-blown liturgy of national worship. Social mores now demand you stand and pay homage to the “nation” at every single sporting event. Football games have become a church of nationalism.” Yes! And the Pledge of Allegiance is the Pater Noster (Our Father).
DeceptiCONNED: Why The War Party Hates Putin – MBD posits that Putin “hatin'” has become a John Boltonesque blood sport precisely because he keeps showing up in the places ‘Murica’s aggression leaves him no option but to bolt to, like Crimea after Ukraine.
The accusations of Putin’s influence have been hottest precisely where democratic results have upset the historical self-confidence of the post-Cold War liberal order: Brexit and Trump. Putin’s influence is a way of explaining why the destiny of liberal champions was upset by populist ogres, why liberal policies haven’t pulled us into the final glory at the end of history, or why the liberal world was vulnerable to these “mistakes,” the ones produced by voters.
Of course, if you are reader of this space you know the real reason the DeceptiCONS despise Putin and Russia in general.
What Ale And Coffee Snobs Want For Christmas – Joseph Pearce gives us his literary recommendations for Christmas gift giving if you’re going to buy fiction books.
It’s December 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 limits. I 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.”