What Comes Next?

“James, earn this…earn it.”

Saving Private Ryan is one of the best war movies of all time. I have to say that thinking about Captain Miller’s dying “James, earn this…earn it.” request to Private Ryan, leaves me wondering more and more on every Memorial Day what any of us are prepared to do. Will remembering Private Ryan actually be tougher than saving him?

“Superficial” was the word I heard more than once yesterday, used to describe our modern-day tributes to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for this country. Behind the façade of parades, flags and wreath-laying, is the darker reality of forgotten veterans languishing in a broken VA system inside a lost and broken America.

“What does America stand for?” That was the question at the heart of book on Obama’s Foreign Policy I heard the author discussing on Bloomberg…or maybe it was Charlie Rose. How is it even possible to ask the question with the thousands upon thousands of white crosses in the hallowed grounds at Normandy?

And yet the provocative title of Conservative author Ann Coulter’s new book “Adios America” suggests that enough of us either don’t know the answer to the question, or worse…we no longer care. Which would of course mean that the Captain Millers and all those before him, took the bullet for absolutely nothing? I don’t think so!

I do believe there are those in power who want us to think so. They count on our demoralization. They are even placing their bets. Is the man who sacked the £ about to break the $?? “The European Union was a very inspiring idea to people like me,” he commented, reflecting back to when EU economies were more balanced. “It was the embodiment of the idea of an open society, like minded countries getting together and sacrificing part of their sovereignty for the common good.  It was meant to be a voluntary association of equals.” ~ George Soros, a Nazi errand boy in his youth…now the Left’s Dudley Do-Right! It sure seems like the uncommon few have been turning quite the profit “fighting” for the common good, eh?

“Open society”, “like minded countries”, “getting together”, “common good”…these are all terms that suggest the very opposite of what is actually happening as a direct result of Progressive Elites forcing their will against the natural order! If one swears off the Kool-Aid and steps back to look at our disastrous Foreign Policy and Immigration Policy in a world where memories of honor give way to allegiances forged in Hell, you can actually catch them in the act of destroying what they intend to re-create…in their own image! Call me old-fashioned, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t what the dying Capt. Miller meant when he asked Ryan to make it count with his last dying breath!

What comes next depends on us. The purpose of demoralization is to cause people to lose heart, give up and eventually submit. Some of the Oath Keeper Chapters in the North East say their ranks thinned as a result of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s attempt to marginalize the organization by officially labeling them as “Right Wing Extremists” and a possible domestic terror threat! I wonder which ones Capt. Miller would have seen as the true terrorists…

What comes next, is we need to re-focus our attention and efforts locally. The only antidote to “allegiances forged in Hell” are stronger allegiances forged from the inside out. Starting at home, and working our way out to our neighborhoods, villages, towns and counties…we need to counter the Progressive “Smart Growth” with good old fashioned Captain Miller brand 100% Grade A Individual “Heart Growth”! We begin by telling folks like Soros that they are free to “sacrifice part of their sovereignty” and stick their own “common good” some place where the sun don’t shine! We’ll be holding on to ours…and making it count!

Yesterday we hugged our heroes. Today and tomorrow we need to hug our neighbors, get reacquainted and do what God gave us the courage and the freedom to do! It’s in our DNA!  And “Just When You Think”…

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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“A Soldier Died Today”

Freedom's Best Friend!

Freedom’s Best Friend!

My friend and Veteran Marty sent me this remarkably poignant reading of A Soldier Died Today by Tony Lo Bianco, who I love for doing this! What is remarkable about this poem is how perfectly the author contrasts our soldiers with our politicians…at the very time the politicians are denigrating our Iraqi War Veterans!

I pray for you to think long and hard about something as you watch this amazing tribute. America is about this precious thing called freedom. While the politicians are searching for the cameras today, our veterans are simply looking for a hug. I’d say we owe them that and then some. After all, as the poem so properly points out, they gave all the guts while our “representatives” got all the glory!

But what I never thought about until this very moment is how these brave and mostly underappreciated souls have fought and died to protect what the politicians have been stealing from us in the most cunning ways for years…under the guise of things like the “common good”, and “fighting for the middle class”. All I know is this; Heaven loves the soldier, and Hell has a special place for the other…God Bless America!

Please enjoy http://www.justacommonsoldier.com/

Because, at the end of the day, it is ALL about “Freedom”!

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ May 24, 2015

Inviting them back in?

Inviting them back in?


When the barbarian hordes descended on Europe in the fourth and fiftth centuries, crushing underfoot what was left of cultural antiquity, it looked as if civilization was at an end. Irish monks, in their monasteries and scriptoriums, preserved the writings from antiquity by transcribing them for posterity. They kept the classics alive, safe in their isolation, keeping a secure touchstone to the civilization their faith had transformed. For this reason, the Irish are largely credited by historians with saving civilization.” ~ Michael Voris, “The End of Civilization”

It’s as if mankind drank the Kool-Aid to chase the stupid pill. Obvious is suddenly opaque, and consequence becomes somehow irrelevant. Money can buy lots of things, but it cannot buy morality…which is why morality is more precious than gold. And it is becoming increasingly rare these days, which should be of major concern to all mankind…but it’s not! Because, unlike morality itself, men are easily bought…especially those who’ve stopped thinking beyond their next meal. And yet without morality, we would all be dead or wishing we were. This is why referring to the disastrous vote in Ireland on Friday as the End of Civilization isn’t fatalistic…it’s clear and relevant Truth. The Irish were essentially bribed, with the help of Mr. Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies, into killing themselves! Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend!

The Novus Ordo

The road to Perdition is a long and winding one with lots of steps and mile-markers. But could there be any one marker so devastatingly clear in life’s rear view as the one “promulgated” by one Pope Paul Vl in 1969 after the Second Vatican Council. Novus (New) Ordo (Order)…the Woodstock Mass! Watch out for the brown acid man! It’s all good, right? This was the beginning of our turning away…literally. Unlike the Traditional Mass where the Priest faces our Lord Jesus Christ with his back to the parishioners, the New Order turned the Priest around to face the people…literally turning his back on Truth!

It’s one thing to smoke cigarettes or over-eat. We all die eventually; why not enjoy the ride? It’s quite another to kill life itself. It’s a global suicide really, because even the most simplest of minds understands that evil grows in proportion to morality’s decline. It’s not by accident that the Irish are voting morality away, as the Barbarian Hordes are selling Yazidi virgins into slavery! But what is this to me? I don’t know any Yazidis…and so it goes. Life is a chess board…what fool surrenders his queen?

I encourage you to watch the Michael Voris clip. There are some interesting comments posted below the transcript. One very disappointed Irishman who referred to the old saying, “give them an inch and they’ll take a mile” was fortuitously on point. When I invited the new priest at St. Stephens (the very first martyr!) to a meeting with Senator Schumer’s office to discuss the persecution, kidnapping and slaughter of Christians, he responded “That’s Political” as if I had just asked him to dance naked in the square! I know he knows what is coming for him, but he acts as if he has no will. What will be different from this moment to the moment he is forced to marry two men? Absolutely nothing…

We are our own Kings, and while we are blessed with the air to breathe we had better gather our wits about us and study the board…it changes by the minute. Tipping points usually bring quick and drastic change. May God look out for you and yours!

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We Need a Hero to Break the Spell of “Fundamental Transformation”!

What it takes!

What it takes!

Gary Bauer’s Thursday Blog summed up the week perfectly:

“ISIS Advances, Scouts Cave, The Silencing, Kudos to Cruz”.

ISIS Advances ~ How could they not? What is to stop them? Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have given them the keys to the world. Clinton is “barreling” to her party’s nomination coronation, and Obama is completely unopposed. What does this say? Europe has already surrendered, and America is right behind!

Scouts Cave ~ There is a direct inverse correlation between the loss of moral virtue and the strengthening grip of evil. This is why the Boy Scouts, the Christian Faith, Conservatives and groups like Oath Keepers are targeted. When “morally straight” becomes “moral cowardice”, Evil “Advances”!

The Silencing ~ “Too little too late” is what I would say to describe Kirsten Power’s new book about the Left’s assault on our most fundamental right to the freedom of speech and expression. Because, as Pamela Geller points out in the America is right behind link above, we are already on our knees in submission! Kirsten Powers is finally writing about, and Piers Morgan is finally speaking out about the very ideology they invited and embraced! They are only now complaining about the symptoms of a disease that is now in every organ of the body. They were the ones who opened America’s front door to our “Fundamental Transformation”!!!

Kudos to Ted Cruz ~ The Republican Party is as schizophrenic as the Democratic Party is treasonous!  In the same week as the headlines “Senate Republicans Give Obama New Powers” and “Boehner Praises ‘Classified’ Obamatrade” are unfurled atop the Drudge Report, Ted Cruz delivers the perfect response to the enemedia quisling:

Tuesday Senator Ted Cruz did a brief interview with a local reporter in Beaumont, Texas. The reporter repeatedly hectored Cruz with “gotcha” questions such as, “Do you have a personal animosity toward gay Americans?”

The senator knocked it out of the park. Here’s what Cruz said:

“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex? . . . ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

Sticking to his script, the reporter again asked, “Do you have a personal animosity toward gay Americans?” Cruz shot back:

“Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir? Your line of questioning is highly curious. You seem fixated on a particular subject. Look, I’m a Christian. Scripture commands us to love everybody. And what I have been talking about, with respect to same-sex marriage, is the Constitution, which is what we should all be focused on. The Constitution gives marriage to elected state legislators. It doesn’t give the power of marriage to a president or to unelected judges to tear down the decisions enacted by democratically elected state legislatures.”

I’m not sure that Ted Cruz is the one. I know that Hillary is not! I also know in my deepest heart what it will take to go beyond words to truly stand against the evil thread connecting all four stories in Bauer’s Thursday Blog. I saw it manifest in the body of Dr. Ben Carson when he stood on the stage to deliver his now famous remarks…just three feet away from the greatest mistake our country has ever made! Watch it here and you will see it too!

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Pamela Geller, Dennis Prager, and Alligators Oh My!

"I Guess the log wasn't a log after all!"

“I Guess the log wasn’t a log after all!”

Dennis Prager captured my attention years ago when he was asked what he saw as the greatest threat to America. His response was as stoically centered and well delivered as any I’ve ever witnessed. “The number of Americans who don’t know what it means to be American” was his simple reply. My friend Pastor Bill commented on Tuesday’s “Communist Church” piece, in which he reminded me of a quote by one of our greatest Americans who possessed an intellect second only to Jefferson, who not only deeply intuited what it meant to be an American, he put his finger directly on the threat:

“How then shall we perform it? At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.” ~ Abraham Lincoln’s Lyceum Address

So naturally when Prager weighed in on the “Left’s Hatred for Pamela Geller”, I was all ears!

“Contrast American reactions to Pamela Geller with European reactions to Charlie Hebdo. After Islamists murdered 12 editors and writers of the Charlie Hebdo staff, millions of French citizens gathered to protest the murders and announce “Je suis Charlie.” There were very few French voices blaming Charlie Hebdo for “provoking” the murderers, or for being “haters.” And, it is worth noting, some of the caricatures of Muhammad published in the French magazine were truly obscene – unlike the caricatures produced by Pamela Geller’s contest which, so far as I’ve seen, were only caricatures and cartoons…But in America, there were no comparable demonstrations on behalf of Pamela Geller. Instead, there were widespread condemnations.”

This is amazing to me!!! The French are becoming more American and America is becoming more French!! How is this possible? There’s only one plausible explanation to my mind. The French now know to a man, that the Alligator is the Alligator…while Americans in almost the same proportion believe the Alligator is a log! (You must watch this. Funny and spot on!)

But herd mentality and PC blindness are nothing new to those of us more comfortable on the free range. The most disturbing development in our own Texas version of Hebdo is that Conservatives Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingram turned on Geller! This reminded me of the story Michael Savage discussed on his show yesterday. He talked about the German steel manufacturer that supported Hitler BEFORE the SA became the SS because they saw what was happening and didn’t want to be on the wrong side of power! Are we at that point?

Think about it. The man behind the #1 cable show has built for himself quite the empire to lose by being on the wrong side! He made his fortune through a common-man-moderate resistance approach to the Obama Regime (He’s no Michael Savage or Alex Jones!). But he sees a Regime boldly going where no Regime has ever gone…without effective opposition! The GOP is a ghost and the American Herd thinks the Alligator is a harmless, even helpful log for crying out loud!

He sees a government picking the winners and losers.  He sees Obama bringing entire cities to their knees, and he knows what will happen to a herd without “cash”. Are you starting to see what is happening here?

Those who have the most to lose tend to become slaves to their wealth. They will try to make friends with the Alligator by feeding it…as long as they have food to feed it. The rest of us will do one of two things. We will either avoid the Alligator…as long as we can, or we’ll treat it to a round in the head of double odd buck before it gets any bigger. We’re the minority, in case you haven’t guessed…the three percenters!  

For those of you who aren’t quite sure about the Alligator yet, please allow me to introduce you to our Lady Joan of Arc…or you might even think of her as Miss Crocodile Dundee! Either way, you’re not apt to go stepping on any Alligators after hearing what the lady has to say! ;-)


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Beware the Communist Church!

 "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:15

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7:15

“The Founders meant to take back something that never belonged to the King in the first place: our independence. Regressives mean to assert everyone’s dependence on government and take things from the public treasury that never have belonged to them.” ~ Tadd Cronn, Democrat’s ‘Progressive Agenda’ is Outright Communism

I worry that far too many of us have little or no idea what is really happening right here at home in America. Our worst enemy is not ISIS or the Russians or China, or even Iran. Our worst enemy is the one that goes to tremendous lengths and great expense to keep up the mirage of normalcy, while the real battle for the very soul of America rages on, he hopes, without us!

We became a free and independent America thanks to the New England pastors, bitterly nick-named the “Black Robe Regiment” by their former British masters! Ironically, our undoing could be the result, in an equally large part, by the completely fake pastors of a completely false church. Their “faith” is Liberation Theology. They are the Communist Church!   

As much as the militant Atheist is to be feared for what he clearly intends, the Communist Church is to be more feared because it uses the language of Jesus to betray him and his true followers. It conceals its loyalty to the very State that Jesus and John the Baptist so passionately resisted, behind the sweet veil of brotherly love, compassion and…social justice.

To those of us who have no idea who these people are, they appear to be just the right people in just the right place at just the right time, with everyone being so agitated and hating on one another so. At least the Atheist comes right out and tells you you’re a God-Fearing-Fool! But the fake church is more the nice stranger who preys on children seeking God, just as the pedophile lures innocents with sweets. And so those of us who have no idea who these people are walk into the web without realizing Salon and the Vision Faith Church are both playing for the same Team!

So we begin to see. And when we begin to see, we start to question. “Why are these ‘Christians’ allowed to set up shop in Warwick’s very public Wisner Library and preach to our children, but this ‘Christian’ is threatened with court-martial for simply mentioning God?” This would be bad enough, but its far worse I’m afraid. Because those of us who see and question begin to realize that the pastors of the Real Church, fearing for their pensions, accept the fake pastors as their peers! So much for the “Black Robe Regiment” eh?

This is exactly why I pray every single day for God to give me the strength to live every single moment of every single day with honor, courage and integrity. Because most of our neighbors have found comfort on the path of least resistance and would find such revelations disturbing…and Lord knows there’s already so much disturbance in the world. Better to just go along to get along…inching ever closer to the darkest hour of all. Such a world may no doubt see me as a nut-job, but in the darkest hour no such world will have its hold on me. I pray the same for you…

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ May 17, 2015

What Happened to the Mash Liberal?

What Happened to the Mash Liberal?

My wife has been hit with a serendipitous bout of “Mash” nostalgia. Her viewing old Mash re-runs reminds me a little of the grieving parents who keep the lost child’s room exactly as he or she left it, or the beloved wife of the loving husband who holds on to the last shirt he wore…still carrying his fragrance. I know exactly what she is missing…I am missing it and mourning it too. “I miss the Mash Liberal” I said to her. “What do you mean?” she asks. “I mean I miss the Hawkeye Pierce Liberal who questioned authority with such flair.” Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend…

Creating the Common Good?            

I had the pleasure of being involved in three separate community events recently that in retrospect are remarkably connected. The first was a meeting of concerned citizens with their US Senator’s office called by the citizens to convey their alarm and concerns over the rising tide of anti-Semitism, the kidnapping and slaughter of Christians world-wide and their persecution here at home, and our deteriorating relationship with Israel. The second was a public debate hosted by the Orange County Citizen’s Foundation on “Regionalism vs Localism”. And the third, which took place in Rockland County yesterday, was “Regionalism in the State of New York & Common Core”.

The first event involved two significant desertions. In a meeting of the people with their spiritual representatives and their political representative, neither spiritual nor political showed! Only the people themselves were left to deal with two high school kids from Senator Schumer’s office schooled in the art of BS and doublespeak. We might as well have talked to the walls…

The second event drew a good crowd of local government officials and concerned citizens to listen to the debate which up until now hasn’t really been a debate. I think of it now as the “Pink Elephant Discussion” because we talked about everything but the pink elephant in the room. The expert from St. Louis did a great job of exposing the symptoms while taking great care to avoid the disease itself. But we already knew we were sick. We already knew the system is broken, forcing job creators to flee the state…

Only here, in West Nyack from the pulpit of the Clarkstown Reform Church from the lips of Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center did we finally hear the Truth about the Agenda behind it all! The Agenda conceived in the elitist dreams of Dewey & Rockefeller, born at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and faithfully carried by Progressive torch-bearers ever since…Agenda 21!  This is the disease contaminating the entire world that will most surely kill all life worth living, if we don’t find a way to kill it first!

What I find fascinating about this disease is the remarkable resemblance of response by those who should be looking out for our interests, to another deadly disease. They are suddenly struck with the exact same fear of speaking the words Agenda 21 as they are of saying Radical Islam! Instead, our spiritual and political shepherds are lullabying us to sleep with nice words like common, collective, sustainable, equality, justice and inclusive with Marxist shepherds slipping quietly into small town libraries with “calls for compassion and justice in the Hudson Valley” by the good Rev. Dr. Mark Bozutti-Jones, in perfect harmony with Dr. Cornel West who whispers, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

The first step to fighting Evil is to  recognize it in all its deceptive manifestations! The second step is to understand the fraud…like your mother’s plastic plants that appeared so nice by offering to “Create the Common Good” without telling you they do that by murdering your Individual Liberty first! The third and final step is to assert your individual liberty (while you possess it) by calling them out for the frauds they are. Ask them, why as “Christians” they are not demanding answers from Senator Schumer?

Tom DeWeese gave us hope from the pulpit yesterday. He shared with us uplifting stories from around the country where good people are standing up, holding their representatives (political & spiritual) accountable and fighting back! Years ago he was a lone voice speaking out against the Agenda. Today the hundreds upon hundreds who finally see where it is all coming from are forming workshops and “freedom labs” all over the country.

True Christians will be practicing “Civil Disobedience” while the common good snake-oil preachers are feeling good about feeling good. Because dear friend, in the spirit of my old friend Hawkeye Pierce, when they said sit down, I stood up!

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