Overslept today after putting in some extra time at work and I have to go in early today as well so no time to post so here are some very quick thoughts.
A Quick reminder, remember when the media was united in declaring the Tea Party and the various Tea Party protest a bunch dangerous violent agitators?
You can count the number of Tea Party events over the year that became riots d on the fingers of one hand, in fact you can likely do so on the thumb of one hand or no hands
I think the Nancy Pelosi Salon story combined with the news concerning city gyms in SF offer the best single chance for her GOP challenger in decades.
People don’t like be played for fools and even leftists know that if they punish her on election day they’ll get the seat back fairly quick.
When I was younger I was always amazed at the rise of the Nazi’s in Germany and the Communists in Russia (although less so the latter given serfdom and the Czars). After watching the left over the last several months and the reaction of the public I am much less amazed.
The smartest thing our enemies ever did was to go after our colleges. People are so much easier to buy.
If I was the Pope I would order a coordinated set of Eucharistic Processions led by the local Bishops or Cardinals of sees in October in Reparation for sins. I’d Choose Saturday October 17 the feast day of St. Ignatius.
Either we believe in the Power of Christ in the Eucharist or we don’t, if we do let’s not be shy about it.
Finally a reminder that tomorrow’s Podcast will be at 11 AM rather than at 3 PM.
This is because the Trump Economy is so bad that I have to work on my day off along with going in early yesterday and today to keep up with all the work we don’t have because the Trump economy is so bad
The monastic cell door creaked as the white gloved hand opened it. Yolanda saw a hooded figure kneeling in prayer before an image of the Divine Mercy, As they entered a voice ancient & weak seeped from his cowl.
“Has the angel of death finally remembered me? I am ready”
“I bring not death friend Anastasius” replied the stranger, “but a penitent seeking absolution.”
The priest turned smiling melting away years, his eyes alight: “It has been many decades since I’ve confessed a hero.” Yolanda watched awestruck as new life seemed to gush into the holy venerable face. “Come child.”
There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.
Bishop Fulton J Sheen
One of the things you notice when you read old histories and biographies is that until about the 70’s the United States was a deeply Christian country with a deeply Christian culture. Even if one was not a Christian an educated person knew Christian scripture as a basis of Western Civilization, understood what Christians believe and would recognize Christian cultural & scriptural reference with no problem.
Since the left in general and the Democrat party in particular has become largely secular or hostile to Christianity this memory and knowledge is pretty much gone. What’s replaced it is a parody of what the secular left believes Christianity to be based on certain Protestant sects (there are thousands of them) which are generally parodied in film and TV.
This has led to the rather comical (to an even fairly catechized Christian, particularly Catholics ) where members of the left denounce Christians for including people in our numbers who have “gasped” sinned!
This has gotten even worse in the Trump years as we have seen the rise of what I call the #wokepharisee on twitter, particularly among certain accounts which claim to be run by self proclaimed Catholics loudly listing Donald Trump’s past sins and stating that no faithful Catholic can support one who has committed such sins.
Forgetting the insanity of so called “Christians” rushing to support the party of abortion (a grave mortal sin) and apparently forgetting that the entire premise of Christianity is that Jesus Christ suffered and was Crucified to redeem man from our sins, there is a long scriptural history of God using the least likely people to advance his will.
Looking at this list
David adulterer AND murderer
Peter proclaimed himself “a sinful man” before Christ called him and denied him three times after.
Matthew was a money changer and considered a traitor to his race
Mary Magdalene so evil that she had seven demons in her before Christ cast them out
St. Paul not only persecuted the Church but held the coats of those murdering the 1st Christian martyr
It seems rather silly to say that Donald Trump isn’t worth the title “Christian” nor worth the support of any other Christian.
The real comedy however comes from the self righteous proclamations which instantly reminds any Christian remotely familiar with the new testament of this speech
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity – greedy, dishonest, adulterous – or even like this tax collector.I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
Can’t you just see this rewritten for today?
The Woke NeverTrump Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity – racist, sexist, judgmental or even like that Donald Trump supporter. I denounce Trump’s sins daily, am completely tolerant of all non-Christians and watch my carbon footprint like a hawk
That they can not see this parallel proves that Screwtape hit the nail on this head with this piece of advice to his nephew wormwood:
All you then have to do is to keep out of his mind the question “If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?” You may ask whether it is possible to keep such an obvious thought from occurring even to a human mind. It is, Wormwood, it is! Handle him properly and it simply won’t come into his head.
C.S. Lewis the Screwtape Letters #2
It’s gotten so ridiculous that I’ve actually had a self proclaimed “Christian” publicly request that I take him off a twitter prayer list I have because he didn’t want the prayers of a Trump supporter. That a person supposedly of faith could make such a request is so comical that the one liners write themselves.
For any Christian it’s axiomatic that “The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) but for the NeverTrump Woke Pharisee Ignorance of Christianity in general & Scripture seems a requirement for membership.
Not that long ago, the military sent me to Bahrain to work a particular mission. While I was there, I learned about the political differences between the King of Bahrain (a Sunni) and the majority Shia population on the small island nation. Protests against the King were somewhat common, and I would get text notifications if one flared up. The protests weren’t aimed at America (a nice change), but we were always advised to stay away from them because the mob mentality might make us a target of convenience.
Mobs make people stupid by allowing people to offload their decision making, and thus responsibility, onto the mob. The danger is that someone with a strong personality will use the mob’s power towards their own end. What starts as a peaceful demonstration can end in violence. That’s what happened in Bahrain, climaxing in 2011 with the demonstration near the Pearl Monument and its subsequent destruction by the government.
The scary part about mobs is that the people pulling the strings typically don’t have a peaceful end state. President Trump understands this and pointed it out in 2017 that tearing down statues to appease the mob isn’t going to work. Plenty of people ridiculed him, including Slate:
“So Trump’s comparison there is dumb. It doesn’t really even make any sense. And the notion that there’s some slippery slope is dumb.”
-Slate article, 2017
Doesn’t look so dumb now. It’s one thing for a city government to remove a Confederate statue or the federal government to rename a base. I’d be happy renaming Fort Gordon to something else, since General John Gordon seemed more capable of getting shot than being an effective general, and was probably a KKK member. There’s a system for doing that, so we should use that. We don’t need a mob for these things.
Worse, this mob mentality isn’t going to end anytime soon. We’re now seeing Catholic churches targeted in California. My wife alerted me to an FSSP parish in San Diego, where the address was being posted in order to mobilize a protest. The right to peacefully protest is a good thing. It allows things like praying outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. But it should be fairly obvious from the above Instagram picture, which makes plenty of assumptions on the church members, that the point isn’t to be peaceful, but rather intimidate people from attending church. Think about it, would YOU walk through a throng of angry protestors to attend Mass?
Mob leaders want people to submit to mob control. Worse still, when mob leadership adheres to Antifa ideaology, it will violently attack any authority that opposes it. This includes Church authority, especially Catholic teachings.
Prediction: we’re going to see attempts by the mob to link Catholicism to slavery, Trump, COVID-19, and whatever else comes to mind in order to justify defacing and tearing buildings down. This, despite a decent Church history of opposing slavery, even having a Pope that was a former slave. Remember that actual history doesn’t matter to the mob.
The question we have to start asking Catholics now is: are you prepared to wade through a mob to attend Mass? Will you tolerate a mob defacing or tearing down your Church? Because the mob is coming for Jesus. Which side will you be on when it arrives?
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Yesterday at 3:45 I went to confession at St. Bernard’s Parish at St. Camillus Church in Fitchburg as I have for the last 8 weeks. What was different was that instead of a few people waiting for confession, the church was ope proper with people in pews preparing for the 4:15 Saturday vigil mass which hasn’t been celebrated publicly since the 3rd week of Lent.
It was very different in some ways, there was police tape taping off every other pew and in the long pews there was tape on them marking off three spots, each end and the middle, so people knew to space out. There was also tape on the center aisle marking off 6 foot distances for communion. There was no collection, simply baskets at the entrances to put envelopes in, no missiles in the pews and the “sign of peace” was skipped (although some folks noting this turned and waved).
And of course there were the masks, everyone had masks. It was like a bank robbers convention.
But when it comes down to it, the liturgy the homily , the consecration and the Eucharist was that of the Holy Mass.
It wasn’t anything near a full church. There are many who generally attend the three Sunday masses (2 morning one afternoon) that returned today. I’m sure those who were ill stayed away, I didn’t see some of the older members of the parish, who would most risk, I’m sure a few more didn’t want to take any risks and of course given that the lifting of the obligation for Catholics in our diocese to attend weekly mass is still lifted, I’m sure a more than a few decided to take advantage of a lovely day.
I suspect every week the numbers will grow and as I heard the congregation led by our pastor finish with the Prayer of St. Michael and felt the power of that prayer declared publicly by dozens of Christian throats eager to glorify God it’s clear that no matter what the numbers the Mass IS back and Hell will tremble because of it.
On Easter Sunday my son put on a video of the Internet comedian JonTron with his latest takedown of Gwenith Paltrow and her Goop people.
It was a hilarious takedown of what’s pretty much a bunch of people being grifted. There is a reason why he has 6.6 mil followers
The funniest thing about this? I’ll wager the vast majority of the people featured in this video would consider belief in Christianity foolishness.
Speaking of Christianity there was a great piece at Hillfaith linked by Instapundit with six proofs of the resurrection several of which I never thought of such as
The first witnesses to the empty tomb and the living Jesus were women: It’s a sad reality, but women only counted as half as reliable witnesses as men. So the fact all four of the Gospels present women as the first witnesses to the Risen Jesus is a strong indicator Matthew, Mark, Luke and John reported the facts, not what they thought would be the most credible claims
I should have thought of this myself but my favorite proof of the accuracy of scripture is one I used many years ago at my 1st personal blog:
Now lets look at the evidence. I am going to lean on Will Durant:
He first cites Josephus circa 93 AD and points out that the praise given to Jesus by a person out to please both Jews and Romans is a tad suspect but the big gun comes from a 1st man named Thallus.
Lets Jump to the Gospel of Matthew briefly:
From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “This one is calling for Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge; he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink. But the rest said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him.” But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. Matt 27:45-50
Now Thallus the pagan isn’t going to put up with this. About 50 AD he states that the darkness is a purely natural phenomenon and just a coincidence.
Durant put this argument in its modern perspective:
the argument took the existence of Christ for granted. The denial of that existence seems never to have occurred even to the bitterest gentile or Jewish opponents of nascent Christianity.
And remember that particular fragment to the best of our knowledge predates the Gospel of Matthew that it unintentionally collaborates by two decades. The pagan provides the proof. Talk about working in mysterious ways.
You should really read the whole thing;
There are many candidates for some of the lamest arguments on twitter but this one is big
For 17 years, the Republicans and many Democrats insisted on spending trillions of dollars on fighting a ‘war on terror’, supposedly, to save American lives. Turns out they never really cared about protecting American lives, but just wanted to bomb brown people in faraway lands.
Of course there is the possibility that this is a lab virus released accidentally in that case there is a murder to be upset at, but I’m sure he’d consider that racist.
As I mentioned during my midnight livestream podcast (available here) had a lot of fun with people insisting that Trump is a fool and this corona virus conferences are hurting him who are oddly not willing to bet $500 bucks and give me points to back up their beliefs. Apparently “experts” and those who don’t even like try know why:
Wallace noted, “In all of our [Fox News] polls for months, Biden had an 8-9 point lead, and that’s now gone. It’s dead even.” He continued:
It seems to me as this virus goes on, that instead of this being a choice between the president and Joe Biden, as a lot of elections are, I think that this election is going to end up being a referendum on President Trump and the handling of the coronavirus.
As we get into September and October after Labor Day, I think people are going to make a judgment, and they’ll understand, the president didn’t create the virus, so I think they’re going to be fair-minded about it. Do they think he handled the health crisis well? Do they think he handled the economic crisis well?
If they do, I don’t see how he gets beat. If they don’t, I don’t see how he could win.
And that’s not even taking into account that the polls have been undercounting Trump supporters from day 1
Around 400 people were at a party at an East Bakersfield apartment complex when dozens of shots rang out, wounding six people early Saturday morning, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
Based on evidenced recovered at the scene, KCSO says, it appears at least one partygoer fired back at the suspects in a white sedan that fled the scene. Officials said nearly 100 empty shell casings of multiple calibers were recovered at the scene in the 3500 block of Pioneer Drive.
Even at a time of social distancing 400 at a party in an apartment complex is a lot. You would think that a story like this during social distancing time would be front page news everywhere but I suspect it will not be because of this line:
The suspects were only described by deputies as four black males, in a white sedan.
Now I could be wrong, we might see this as a lead everywhere and see the Governor of California condemn the lack of social distancing here, but I suspect I’d have a harder time finding a taker for a $10 bet on this than I have for the Biden election one.
On today’s Podcast we revisit the story of Brer Trump Brer Donkey and the Corona briar patch talk about the odds in election 2020, give a bit of proof of scripture on Easter Sunday/Monday talk opening the economy or not and cover a few odd stories that I missed.
The livestream starts at Midnight you can watch it here
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The hashtag #PresidentCuomo has been trending on Twitter.
Musings about Cuomo as the Democrat nominee have come from everywhere on the left, including DaTimes columnist Maureen Dowd and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
If Democrats think Andrew Cuomo is the answer to their Joe Biden problem, think again!
The Trump ad campaign would start with Cuomo’s own words rolling on the screen:
not gonna make America great again.
never that great.
We have not reached greatness….”
audience of Cuomo’s supporters booed when he said that in 2018.
But there’s more. Cuomo is an alleged Roman Catholic who
supports late-term abortions, same-sex marriage, and divorce. That’s a
troubling trifecta for religious conservatives throughout the land.
there’s even more.
pushed for the NY State Act, which he described as the most stringent gun
control law in the United States.
York governor, who has spent nearly all his life in government, has opposed
hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking and would stimulate the economy in
Upstate New York. All you have to do is drive along the border of Pennsylvania,
which fracking is allowed, and New York to see the difference in how much
better the economy is south of the border.
If the Democrats are thinking about appealing to Republicans, here’s Cuomo on what he considers “good” members of the GOP.
“Their [Republicans’] problem is not me and the
Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme
conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who
they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives,
they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers
–Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. –Expand Obama Care. –Opposes school vouchers. –Tax the wealthy. –Expand trade with Cuba. –Supports the Green New Deal.
If the Democrats want to dump Joe and go with Andrew,
it’s like trading for a younger Bernie. And think about the possibility that
his younger brother, Chris of CNN, might be the White House spokesman. That’s a
sobering thought whatever your politics are!
There’s an old joke about a man in a flood zone who can’t swim but is not worried because he has faith that God will save him. A police man comes by in his truck to get him out of his house before the water comes but he refuses saying “God will save me.”
Then the water rises and he has to go to the 2nd floor of his house and some emergency workers come by in a small fishing boat to evacuate him but he refuses saying “God will save me.”
The the water rises so high that he is perched on his roof and a Helicopter comes by and lowers a man with a winch to get him to safety but he refuses again insisting: “God will save me”.
He drowns and finds himself before St. Peter and is very confused: “I don’t understand why I’m here? I thought that God would save me?”
St. Peter replies: “I don’t understand why you’re here either, why didn’t you use the truck, boat or helicopter we sent you?”
The moral of the joke is of course that there is a difference between faith in God and expecting him to perform a conjuring trick at your insistence.
This is one of the traps that is in play during the Corona / Wuhan virus. There are plenty of devout Christians. People who go to mass daily, receive the sacraments regularly, visit the blessed sacrament who might be tempted to ignore the public restrictions that have been imposed for the safety of the general public. In fact there will be a fair amount of mocking of faithful Christians who follow said restrictions by those who disbelieve or hate Christianity saying that this proves such people don’t actually believe in God prodding them to do just that.
But this form of temptation is one that is specifically illustrated in scripture as is the proper response to it
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you and ‘with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'”
Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'”
The promise of Christianity is eternal life, but not eternal earthly life. Lazarus, Jairus’ daughter and the son of the widow of Nain were all raised from the dead by Christ but all eventually died again. While Christ came to earth to serve he is not our manservant here to do our will, we are here to do God’s.
When we put God to the test we reverse our relationship with him, instead of the loving sons and daughters that he helps guide to the right path we become Veruca Salt who wants it now!
Don’t let yourself be tempted this way, particularly in this current crisis, because the drop it can help lead you to will prove a lot worse than what’s at the bottom of a garbage chute
The Socialist Republic of Philadelphia, where I live, has launched two attacks in recent months—one against a neighborhood to force a safe injection site there and the other against the Catholic Church to force it to place foster children with same-sex couples.
In a city where you have to pay an extra tax on soda pop because it can cause people to gain weight, hypodermic needles were going to be free. But that’s how the Democrats run Philly, a place where you could toss a hand grenade in virtually any direction without injuring a Republican.
The idea of the safe-injection sites is to get heroin,
fentanyl, and other drug use off of public streets and into medically
supervised facilities. The organizers, a nonprofit called Safehouse, argued
that the site would reduce overdose deaths, prevent the spread of HIV and
Hepatitis C, limit drug-related crime, and offer addicts a range of social,
legal, and housing services.
In February, a federal judge cleared the way for a site, which would be the first in the country, with the support of Mayor Jim Kenney.
Most observers had expected the site to be located in Kensington, a North Philadelphia neighborhood that has long been a haven for drug users. The organization, however, decided to open up in South Philadelphia near Broad Street, one of the major thoroughfares in the city.
But neighborhood residents got the nonprofit and its
supporters to back down—at least for the time being.
City Councilman Mark Squilla, who initially supported the
site, accused Safehouse directors of choosing a facility location under
“the cloak of darkness” without consulting the council or residents.
U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain, who plans to appeal the court ruling, said: “We believe that Safehouse’s proposed activity threatens to institutionalize the scourge of illegal drug use—and all the problems that come with it—in Philadelphia neighborhoods.”
In another court battle, the City of Philadelphia wants
to force a Catholic foster agency to place children with same-sex couples—a
practice that violates church teachings.
The case, Fulton
v. City of Philadelphia, is
the latest battle between the claims of same-sex couples and those who disagree
on the grounds of religious beliefs. The case is broadly similar to that of a
Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The
court found in favor of the baker in that case.
The city stopped placements with the agency, Catholic
Social Services, after a
2018 article in The Philadelphia Inquirer described its policy against placing children
with same-sex couples. The agency and several foster parents sued the city,
saying the decision violated their First Amendment rights to religious freedom
and free speech.
Nevertheless, a unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, ruled against the agency. The city was entitled to require compliance with its nondiscrimination policies, the court said.
The case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is
likely to hear arguments next fall.