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 – “In the light of such an understanding of the anatomy of good and evil, the words of G.K. Chesterton, uttered on his death-bed, encapsulate the simple difference between the wisdom of humility and the light it brings and, on the other hand, the wickedness of pride and the darkness to which it leads. ‘The issue is now quite clear,’ said the dying Chesterton, emerging from a sort of semi-conscious reverie. ‘It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.’ “- Joseph Pearce, The Imaginative Conservative
DeceptiCONNED: The War Machine Votes To Start WWIII With No Debate – The Senate voted 97-2 to “end debate” over the admission of Montenegro to NATO. Mike Lee and Rand Paul were the two “no” votes and after Paul voted, he delivered this speech to the Senate and CSPAN 2, decrying Mordor’s lust to send more ‘Murican kids to war without having any debate over it. Watch the video and fast forward to the 4:40 mark where Paul lays out what is really going on: DeceptiCONS want to start a land war with the Russians and then the Iranians; can you say WWIII?
Don’t Stop, Repealin‘ – I have been reading the plain text of the XXIst Amendment, on-air, nearly every single day since talk of “repeal and replace” (of ObamaCare) began this February. In each instance I read the plain text of the XXI Amendment, it’s beautiful simplicity and then altered the text to apply to the ACA; simple right? Get an up or down vote on the repeal of the most destructive legislative act of the 21st century. But Paul Ryan and the DeceptiCON Caucus in Congress insisted that ObamaCare was too big to be repealed in such a simple mann er, why, its got like legislate-y things attached to it, you can’t just repeal it, they wailed. Well, yes, you can and now comes Rep. Mo Brooks with what we could call The Church Amendment: a one sentence repeal of ObamaCare! “Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.” Bamm!
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”?
DeceptiCONNED: Propping Up The “Conservative Movement” Because AHCA Died – Some habits die hard, like the habit of believing in unicorns and “conservative” movements and the politicians it produces. Witness this piece from The Daily Wire, cheering on “conservatives” who prevented the AHCA from passing by finding their spines and holding the line on “no”. OK fine, but where is the wisdom or for that matter the practicality of a “conservative” health-care act? Aren’t the existences of previous acts the reason the medical services industry is in the monopoly driven shape its in? How do you fix that or is it more accurate to say there is no “fix” beyond swallowing pride and admitting that centralized government, regardless of who runs it, is the problem.
The BenOp Fraud Continues: “Holiness” Does NOT Cross “Religious Lines” – If a Muslim listener (if they exist) sent me a letter congratulating me on The CRUSADE Channel and the “spirit of religious co-operation” it promotes, I’d wonder where I had gone wrong/lost my mind. When BenOp author Rod Dreher receives this letter from a Muslim fan of the BenOp he proclaims the possibilities of “religious co-operation” and his and the Muslim’s “shared…holiness”. Recall Michael Voris’s brutally honest and correct assessment of The BenOp. Voris correctly identifies the Heresy of Americanism and its rooted, Protestant origins, as the fountain from which this modern world of cultural sewage has sprung. The only co-operation possible for those living the One True Faith (Dreher doesn’t) is CONVERSION and only through the Faith is there “holiness” to be found, and there ids no grey area here. “United with Christ, the Church is sanctified by him; through him and with him she becomes sanctifying. “All the activities of the Church are directed, as toward their end, to the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God.” It is in the Church that “the fullness of the means of salvation” has been deposited. It is in her that “by the grace of God we acquire holiness.” Masquerading as a solution, Dreher’s BenOp is leading souls astray and into heretical isolation.
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.
Reverse Deception Of The Telecom Giants – The Daily Mirror blows the lid off of the secret, hack-proof internet the Jihadi “deep state” employs to plot to kill infidels in the West. This system was used to trigger the London madman’s rampage last week and it remains intact. So ask then seek the answer: why don’t western consumers have access to a similar service to protect OUR private correspondence?
No London, You’re NOT Going To Go Back To Tea With The Muslims – Kate Hopkins may be the only public personality in all of the UK that has the looming Jihad sussed. In her op-ed yesterday in the Daily Mail, Hopkins writes about the reality that is descending on London and on Europe: the Mohammedans have invaded, are setting up fortresses (mosques) and planning the conversion of the content to Islam by fiat or sword. “As the last life-blood of a police officer ran out across the cobbles, the attacker was being stretchered away in an attempt to save his life. London is a city so desperate to be seen as tolerant, no news of the injured was released. No clue about who was safe or not. Liberals convince themselves multiculturalism works because we all die together, too. An entire city of monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Blind. Deaf. And dumb.” Read her whole rant, it is what you wish cowards in the US would say after San Bernardino, Orlando and Fort Hood. Hillaire Belloc, the eminent French historian is being proved right in his predictions from 1928: Islam will rise again.
The U.S. Military Actually IS Big Enough To Invade Hoth – Those wondering if President Trump’s sacrificial offering (your and my sacrifice not his) to the Military Industrial Complex is driven by an actual need, look no farther than today’s NY Times (can ya believe it!!?) In graphs charts and plain text, the Times shows what you and I already know, our “global force for good” is as large, menacing, global operation that is much a religious mission for those worshipping at Bellamy’s pledge and Mordor’s temples as it is a tool to “secure freedom”.
Obama Built A Solar Panel Boondoggle Trump is Building A Steel One – All of President Trump’s bravado about “using American steel” to build pipelines and road girders and wings of new CIA data warehouses amounts to a government directed alteration of the market. Just like Obama’s green obsession with Solyndra and other solar panel makers, Trump’s obsession gleams but it is no less a government mandated industrial policy. “The point is not to say that the steel industry is small or insignificant. It surely is not. However, when the lobbyists for an industry worth $60 billion use government to dictate that participants in a $1 trillion market segment buy from them, no matter the price, it meets the very definition of crony capitalism. And this is to say nothing of the administration’s “buy American” provisions.” Were the German Industrialists of the early 30’s any different?
You’ll Do ObamaCare And Like It, Thanks GOP! –
The Politics Of The Monasteries – All the literary rage these days is Rod Dreher’s The Benedict option book though we have no signs that Christians are constructing monasteries or even building Superdome like structures they will call churches while throwing some leftover coin into buying an isolated place for a mini-dome “retreat”. Now comes Victor Davis Hanson in what appears to be a gentle rebuke of what he calls these “monasteries of the mind”. It’s an interesting read for a Wisdom Wednesday: “More and more Americans today are becoming Stoic dropouts. They are not illiberal, and certainly not reactionaries, racists, xenophobes, or homophobes. They’re simply exhausted by our frenzied culture. They don’t like lectures from the privileged and the wealthy on the pitfalls of privilege and wealth. In response, they don’t hike out to monasteries, fall into fetal positions, or write Meditations. Instead, they have checked out mentally from American popular entertainment, sports, and the progressive cultural project in general. But aren’t sports at least still sacrosanct? Hardly. The new monastics were already watching less and less of the National Football League before the televised tantrums of Colin Kaepernick. After his multimillionaire stunts seemed to catch on with other players, many viewers quit entirely. The appeasement of his crudity by Kaepernick’s multimillionaire bosses and teammates might explain why NFL audiences (and revenues) are down.” While Hanson doesn’t mention The Benedict Option, these “monasteries of the mind” are caricatured as retreats from reality, the reality that ‘Muricah has created though Hanson can’t bring himself to bring the accusation. I just did.
Making The Military Industrial Complex Great Again – I voted for Donald Trump for 3 reasons, one is he promised pro-lifers progress we’ve never seen before; second he repeatedly stated “the era of nation building is over” and third he still provides the greatest threat to the Deep State a federal figure has ever provided. I accepted that he would probably be co-opted by the ‘Murican exceptionalists into making undeclared warfare great again… boy howdy. President Trump is loading the MIC offices that matter with shills for our lethal, threatening, killing industry. This report from The Intercept shows how swift and completely the Bomb, Bomb, Bomb -think John Bolton- hucksters have infiltrated the MIC. As my friend Laurie Calhoun says “We Kill Because We Can” and now President Trump is helping the MIC to “Make Killing Great Again.” Sad.
You LIKE Me! You Really LIKE Me… Umm, No, I Don’t, It’s Just A “Like” Button – How The “Like Button” ruined the internet is the title of James Somers’ essay at the Atlantic and it is funny, but I actually just had this conversation with Mrs. Church, last Thursday on the eve of Saint Patrick’s Day. The vast VAST majority of Facebook traffic is absolutely worthless because of the “Like” button. Why is that you ask? Because rather than READ a story on a SITE or magazine or newspaper, I can just skim the headline and my “friend’s” commentary and then I know all there is to know on the matter; rinse and repeat 30 times a day and I’m now building Victor Davis Hanson’s “mind monastery” out of what I THINK is going on in the world. In practicing Charity, forget recruiting friends to your cause, regardless of how just; they can just “like” your cause’s event listing or call for funds or volunteers and then retreat back to the Abbey of Like without actually having done anything other than clicking “Like”.
Buchanan: Did The FBI Fly To Moscow And Question Putin’s Cyber Warfare Team? – That point may be blunt but that point is made well by Patrick J Buchanan: “How could DNI Director Clapper and CIA Director Morell say that no connection had been established between Trump’s campaign and the Russians, without there having been an investigation? And how could such an investigation be conclusive in exonerating Trump’s associates—without some use of electronic surveillance? Did the FBI fly to Moscow and question Putin’s cyberwarfare team?” Watching to Comey hearing yesterday was like watching a spy caper that you have already seen before. You know “whodunnit” and where the bodies are but you still watch for the lines you have been repeating to friends the last to years, like “I can’t comment on that”. What irony that Comey was accused by the Nephilim spawn of Margaret Sanger and Satan as in Trump’s employ but it appears now he is running interference for the Deep State.
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 March 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.”