The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Calling All Fathers!

“A Window of Time”

Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. ~ Genesis 28:12

Like it or not, Robert De Niro is probably the most recognized and celebrated male representative of the anti-Trump “Resistance” movement here in America. His latest obscenity-laced outburst at the Tony Awards last week was both painful and pathetic. And still it drew a standing ovation from the crowd of Liberal New York Democrats all suffering Trump Derangement Syndrome. But there is something going on here that begs a deeper look…

A Catholic priest is called Father for a very good reason. Adam was appointed by God to be high priest and father of humanity. He was called by God the Father to minister and offer sacrifice in the temple of creation by serving and protecting the sanctuary of that temple, namely Eden. The Pope is called the Holy Father. We all know about The Fall. Here’s where it gets interesting…

Man, as a result of original sin, will always be tempted to want to become like God without God, to use his free will in such a way that he is no longer truly free, but a slave to sin, a slave to his own wants and desires, a slave to his instincts and passions. This means being more animal-like.

Most of the men I’ve known who have become good fathers have raised sons to become good fathers as well…by serving and protecting the sanctuary of that temple, namely Family. But something has changed. The Patriarch, under vicious and ruthless attack by radical Feminists on one front, and Globalists on the other, is softening, giving in to his own wants and desires, sitting in silence as the temple is sacked and plundered, and literally beginning to self-destruct.

These Drudge headlines from yesterday alone: 17 killed in nightclub brawl…Moscow Taxi Driver Mows Down Fans…Another Cash-Strapped Cabbie Commits Suicide…The Hitler of South Africa Tells White People He Won’t Kill Them…Yet. These are all signs that the “serving and protecting” qualities, so crucial to our fatherhood, have been abdicated by the general population of mankind for quite some time now.

De Niro and Trump are the modern-day Babel and Nineveh passing one another on the vertical plane. Trump’s Nineveh (#MAGA) is in its ascension as De Niro’s Babel (Swamp) is…draining. Both realize it too. De Niro’s rage is real…he isn’t acting. Trump has been anointed for something far greater than himself…and he knows it. Which brings us to the point of today’s message…

The difference between the good shepherd and the sheepdog…By God’s grace, we are blessed with a window of time in which to act for the sake and salvation of our eternity. The qualities-gone-missing in us are re-manifest as shepherd and sheepdog. Some are called to one, while those of us like myself are called to the other. My history of being gaslighted by a Liberal caused me to experience my shepherd as “focusing me away from the enemy” in last week’s SMTU, when in reality he was strengthening me for the fight. Happy Fathers Day!

OH, let the wickedness of the wicked                                                                                          come to an end,                                                                                                                                   But establish the just;                                                                                                                        For the righteous God tests the hearts                                                                                               and minds.                                                                                                                                           My defense is of God,                                                                                                                     Who saves the upright in heart.

God is a just judge,                                                                                                                             And God is angry with the wicked every                                                                                        day.                                                                                                                                                              If he does not turn back,                                                                                                                    He will sharpen His sword;                                                                                                                    He bends His bow and makes it ready.                                                                                           He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;                                                                         He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Behold, the wicked brings forth inequity;                                                                                           Yes, he conceives trouble and brings                                                                                                forth falsehood.                                                                                                                                    He made a pit and dug it out,                                                                                                             And has fallen into the ditch which he                                                                                    made.                                                                                                                                                     His trouble shall return upon his own                                                                                      head, And his violent dealing shall come                                                                                          down on his own crown.

I will praise the Lord according to His                                                                          righteousness,                                                                                                                                     And will sing praise to the name of                                                                                                  the Lord Most High. ~ Psalm 7:9-17


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Operation Child Shield

Hell on Earth

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. ~ Matthew 18:6

On Friday I met with a wonderful active duty NYPD/Warwick mom to discuss, among other things, the Cultural-Marxist Rot destroying the community we both love. She is one of the many local parents waking up to the insidious indoctrination happening all around us. As a mother of a six and eight-year-old, her line in the sand came when Pied Piper Roger Moss and Community 2000 plotted to lead Warwick School children out of school from 10-2pm on a Friday to their “Teach-in” on Gun Control. She told me of local businesses admitting to her that they were pressured to put “Safe Space” stickers in their windows for fear of being branded as haters and bigots for not complying. She shared the awkward moment of having to explain the Rainbow Flag to her young daughter. Today the same devious cast of characters have imported the perfect adorable 11-year-old transgender prop to headline Warwick’s first ever “Pride-in-Sin Parade”…as you can see by the photo. (Do you suppose the tiny crucifix just happened to fall outside the blouse?) A “family-friendly” event they are calling it. “What they are doing to the minds of our kids”, I said to my new New York’s Finest-friend, is so far beyond criminal it eclipses the deeds of the majority of our worst felons.

Where is this coming from?

Globally: The Bilderberg gather in Turin, ignored by MSM. Merkel attempts to unite the world against the USA at the G7 in Quebec. Geert Wilders leads massive protest in UK to free Tommy Robinson, jailed for reporting on Migrant Grooming/Rape Gangs, as newly-married-with-nine-year-old-daughter Anthony Bourdain who was about to go Kanye on the Globalists is found in Paris…suicided?

Nationally: Child-sex dens and rape trees discovered on Cemex property in Arizona.

Locally: Political leaders in Warwick shrug off multiple cases of indoctrination and then commission those responsible to “Vision” our future…When a local religious leader is made aware of the plot, he proposes the church’s “Give Hope Movement” rather than a plan to simply confront those seeking to corrupt, pervert, and destroy the heart of the American Family, as he then (with best and loving intention) attempts to shepherd my focus away from the enemy, and towards the still waters. And then there are the oblivious waters at work where I listen to the young sheep banter on about Lebron James while I try to muster volunteers for the Oath Keepers’ “Operation Child Shield”.

Our world has become one giant Tolkienesque stage. On one side there is Merkel’s Mordor (Globalist Orcs of Saruman), and on the other is the Trump Shire (The Nationalist Ring-bearers). What Trump seeks to liberate, Merkel drags  deeper into the darkness.

Ann Barnhardt captures those of us living in the oblivious waters brilliantly in her “Living in a Bubble”:

Madam, you are the walking personification of the Marxist goal. You are a totally sensuous, self-absorbed person who can only see the world through the prism of your own faux-victimhood, so much so that your self-centered sensuousness even takes precedence over the eternal fates of the souls of your own young children. The last wedge, the wedge between mother and child, has been driven home, and you are the proof of that.

What, in God’s name, will it take?

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ All in the Family

As True now as it was then…

Beauty is the perfection of order and symmetry, and as such is a primary source of holiness. This basic truth can be seen by any Christian believer or any person of good will. And yet, such a claim is regarded as peculiar in contemporary Western societies because of something Saint Paul unmasked, namely, the “great exchange” of divine glory for the fallen things of this world. (cf. Romans 1:18-24) ~ Fr. Jeffrey Kirby on the Beatitudes

Most of us have a fond childhood memory. Mine was the Sunday ritual of gathering in front of the TV at night over popcorn and fresh apple cider from Tice’s Farm with my mom, dad, and two sisters to watch the Wonderful World of Disney. America, generally speaking, was one big happy family in those pre-Viet Nam days. Even Edith and Archie would croon in the not-to-distant-future, “Those were the days” about such days long gone.

What has happened to Disney’s “Wonderful World”, everyone (with a functioning brain) wants to know? The American Family image shaped by celebrities such as Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Doris Day, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock…has been displaced and dare-I-say decimated by the more dysfunctional family of Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Harvey Weinstein, Roseann Barr, and Quinton Tarantino.

I guarantee most, if not all, of you reading these words has experienced some level of family-destruction because of alcohol addiction. And most all of us know, there is no organization more effective in helping those who suffer this affliction to recover their lives, and the loving support of the families they would otherwise have lost, than Alcoholics Anonymous. And yet, we have a group of people in Warwick who promote themselves as a “Community Center” who evicted AA from their tax-payer-funded facility, while welcoming and promoting an LGBT “Gay/Lesbian/Transgender Pride” event! The once referred to as moral of the story? Those who invoke God’s love to save families are NOT WECOME. Those who insult and reject God’s love to re-engineer and redefine “family” as part of their Cultural-Marxist agenda are welcomed and celebrated.

It’s tragically ironic to me that the man, Norman Lear, who brought us All in the Family has contributed so significantly to its downfall. In today’s TCT message on the eight Beatitudes and the “great exchange” Fr. Kirby writes, “In such societies, people are fragmented, institutions of belonging are redefined, and essential sources of identity are clouded. This leads to widespread social ills, from an epidemic in pornography, widespread opioid abuse, to an increase in suicide rates.” There is no target more prized by the “Progressive” Left than the traditional American Family. None. I am in the middle of reading the book “Sustainable” by Tom DeWeese. In it he lays out “the complete transformation of human society” engineered and orchestrated, top-down and inside-out by the United Nations. In it, he describes how all the NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Partners are picked in the most diabolical scheme ever devised to eliminate free enterprise, private property, and individual liberty on every square inch of planet Earth. I am reading this book and working with a team of God-fearing patriots to educate our friends and neighbors to the FACT that the very same group of people who evicted Alcoholics Anonymous from our community center, are the very same people who have turned our town supervisor and village mayors from public servants into accomplices in the most un-American comprehensive plan ever devised…UN Agenda 21. Just as Tom DeWeese predicted, I showed up to question them at the unveiling celebration, only to be summarily ridiculed and dismissed. The supervisor became angry with me when I pointed out to him that the architects of the “Visioning” process left Churches and God out of their “stakeholder groups” which included every other civic institution and organization…schools, libraries, chambers of commerce, etc.

The UN has a lot of friends in Hollywood…perhaps none greater than Disney’s Bob Iger, or the infamous propaganda tool known as SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) who only exist to demonize all who defend the traditional values of Western Civilization, namely God, family, and in our case, the United States Constitution.

But we my friends have God:

And so, whether “received” or not, the Beatitudes, and the entire body of moral truth, offer the human family another way, a more excellent way, of love. It’s a way that is difficult and marked by toil and struggles. It’s rejected by many. But it’s one that leads to true peace. And the hearts that receive it – and labor to live it – find holiness and the joy of life in God. And they’re the ones whose righteousness ends up converting and changing the world.

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Of Sheep and Men

Waiting on the Wolf

Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition…The global village is a little town where everybody is maliciously engaged in poking his nose into everybody else’s business. You don’t necessarily have harmony. ~ Marshall McLuhan

Nothing like the musings of prognosticators long gone to make one realize they were simply here ahead of us. Alas, our most unnatural resource of innumerable confusions and malicious engagements over anything and everything from NFL kneeling to school shootings, turning even the act of sin upside down; once a foul against God, now crimes against ourselves in the social justice courts of insanity. Offenses like microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and so-called hate speech are moving our society into a dark and sterile paralysis of expression…a place of fear…or the Isle of “Dead-Fish Stasis”, as Warren refers to it.

I wrote the following in response to David Warren’s tribute to the McLuhans; It’s as if the McLuhans, Lewis’s, Chestertons, and Sheens are being bred out of us. After all, when Truth becomes the target, and critical thinking is punished rather than rewarded, who but the masochists will dare go there? Think about what our world would be had these lions of truth chosen to curl up into the fetal position their modern-day counterparts have so clearly embraced…aka Dolan at the Met Gala.

In my former community, men sit silently on their hands while the cheerleaders of sodomy, political-correctness, and gender-confusion draw up the blueprint for their future. Ireland, the last stronghold to stand against the slaughter of innocence has fallen…as the last man standing is jailed for 13 months for daring to speak out about the Muslim Rape Gang Epidemic.

On this Memorial Day weekend, we are celebrating the ghost of man. Not a one of them died for what we have made of their sacrifice. But I cannot end on such a dismal note. Reading Killing England while listening to Killing Reagan this past week has reminded me of the presence of something greater in us…in our DNA, that gives me hope. There is a Reaganesque man yet standing on this side of the pond who says what he means and means what he says.

The question to my mind…is he leading a nation of men, or herding a flock of sheep?

For the Men


Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Our Indoctrination

Thought Control

IN-DOC-TRI-NA-TION ~ the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.

We lost a literary icon and pioneer in author/novelist Tom Wolfe this past week. I wrote to a painfully modest friend, “He was so good at seeing people, if he wrote you, you yourself would step back and thank God for creating you.” Think of the remarkable American tapestry of flesh and spirit this man saw from Haight Ashbury to Cape Canaveral and the Bronx! Rich, colorful, creative, and boundless were we…

Our indoctrination, a virtual impossibility fifty years ago, has rendered our once brilliant cultural cloth a cold and sterile monolithic grey. And the horrific irony of it all, from the brush of the artist responsible…the many splendored promise of a multi-cultural utopia, has turned out hell on earth. Psychic razor wire and thought IEDs diabolically embedded in the young mind taught to seek safe space from the “microaggressions” we used to think of as the food-for-thought and opinions.

What we thought of as brain-washing fifty years ago required a complete and total isolation of the subject from any and all sources of information/data/stimuli not under the complete control of those planting the desired “set of beliefs”. Today, the set of beliefs have been universally designed, globally adopted, and corporately delivered so that what the modern agents of propaganda (teachers) inject, is nearly 100% environmentally supported via the subjects’ (students’) smart phones, favorite recording artists, favorite cable shows, and (tragically) community leaders we once thought of in terms like “town fathers” of local government…for very good reason.

In Warwick, where 1,300 out of 33,000 turn out to vote on the school budget that funds the local ministers of propaganda via their property taxes, the Town Fathers invite the U.N. Snake itself in to do their “Visioning” for them. See Gianni Longo on page 67 of this Who’s Who of the New World Order’s Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative. “Never before in the history of life on planet Earth has there been so many opportunities for redemption.” Without God mind you. What they don’t tell you is that redemption to their mind means the complete surrender of your individual property rights and freedom…to the greater “Collective Good”.

Warwick is a community stricken by thought control that does not realize its own disease. We’ve set up a community discussion forum, Common Sense Warwick, to push back against the madness. Our indoctrination is a 100% top-down U.N.-fed narrative delivered to your door with the help of groups like Community 2000 in Warwick. This is why the kids we send off to school to learn, are coming home confused about gender, rejecting their own masculinity, needing safe spaces to shield them from microaggressions and challenging opinions. I had one of the C2000 members who runs the Liberal version of our CSW, “Warwick Together”, once defend the Left’s favorite tool Political Correctness saying, “Don’t you think people should be courteous to one another.” At our last CSW forum on the topic of Gun Control vs Our 2nd Amendment Rights, we had a woman visibly upset and triggered by the simple statements of Conservative voices speaking in defense of our rights, stand up and lecture the room about how afraid she has become as a “journalist” to speak her mind, and then proceeded to criticize our forum for not being what she thought it was supposed to be. In that moment it became crystal clear to me. The Left FEARS most what it does not have complete and total control over. Which is why, above all else, they hate God and those of us who actually believe in Him.

Last week I accompanied a father as we went to visit his 29-yr-old son serving a six-month sentence in county jail for doing the things that drug addicts do. We spent an hour talking and I sensed a good soul suffering circumstance in the body of bad choices…not unlike so many of us. At one point in the discussion I looked at him and said, “You know drug addiction is one of the most selfish things there is.” He agreed without hesitation. I have come to realize in my 65 years that the selfishness of Liberalism, makes drug addiction the pastime of saints by comparison.

The father said to me as we were leaving the jail, “He just wants to be loved.” I thought to myself, as we came upon a Mexican couple whose car with a dead battery was nose-to-nose with my jumper-cable-equipped car, how amazing God’s love is. Just the day before I had a friend re-introduce me to the Nat King Cole classic “Nature Boy”the greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return.


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Fall 2.0

Fool Me Four Times

Personal acquaintance with God shows itself in separation, symbolized by Abraham’s physical separation from his country and his kindred. Jesus Himself emphasized this need for separation (see Luke 14:26). Nowadays, such separation often involves a moral rather than a physical severance as we detach ourselves from the way those nearest and dearest to us think and look at things, if they do not have a personal relationship with God. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Calling of Abraham

We are living through remarkable times. I myself was a live-and-let-live sort of guy until the moment I realized the SJW invitation to “Coexistence” excluded traditional-minded, family-value-oriented, patriotic Americans…with extra bonus points for taking down the White Christian Alpha Male.

Today I am only a thread on God’s loom. It is He who weaves this in from yesterday:

“Apparently, colonialism is only to be condemned in the past tense; indeed, we are convinced that the nihilistic replacement for what we have rejected – Christianity – needs to be exported with missionary zeal.” So powerfully true Matthew…If we step back and ponder the group photos of Carter, Bush’s, Clinton’s, and Obama’s looking oh so cozy. The NWO seed planted by Wilson so fully in bloom…They are all now “The Graduate” wedding party, angrily mumbling curse words under their breath as Ben (Trump) swoops in to save the Bride…or is it Jack and the Bean Stalk…I don’t know. But God has a way of falling the mighty. Truth is the ultimate Golden Goose. If I would have nothing, not a penny to my name, and none but Truth as my friend in the end, I will die a rich man. “The Calling of Abraham”.

Its like the difference between God’s order and His permissive will. His permissive will allows the Devil to do his worst and allows me to sin as I choose, until I choose to resist the Devil, quit sinning, and come to God in the right relationship through Jesus Christ. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Abiding Relationship

Prior to The Fall 1.0 Adam and Eve were literally living a Heaven-on-Earth sinless existence in complete harmony with their Creator…until the first earthly epic moment event, from which everything changed. This began the new incremental slow march to the very brink of the present epic moment event at the very doorstep of The Fall 2.0. If we characterize the Deep State personas into one caricature, we have the portrait of evil that has matured and developed as the global and exact polar opposite…the very negative image of pre-Fall Adam and Eve. I challenge the reader here to throw their power of critical thinking into hyper drive with me on this. If Fall 1.0 was the fall from good, and The Fall 2.0 is the (final?) fall from evil, all of which fits neatly within the boundaries of Biblical prophecy…what are the potential extrapolations? What is possible from here?

So, I had this “what if” dream/vision. What if, by God’s grace, the Bush’s, McCain, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, John Brennan, James Comey, and Bergoglio etc., all realized the game is over and turned to God in a genuine move of repentance. Let that sink in a moment. Think about the tremendous sigh of relief the world would breathe IF those holding it for ransom suddenly freed the hostage. WORLD PEACE. They will never do so because 1) they don’t believe there is any worthy power above them, and 2) they do believe they have enough followers to eventually overturn the election and place themselves back in power where they rightfully belong…and of course 3) they themselves are only pawns of the darkest denizens of the Deep.

I remember when it was all real. When we lived within our means in modest homes with larger families actually living the American Dream. We lost it somewhere along the way. Keeping up with the Jones’s quickly became outdoing the Jones’s and undoing the most important part of who we once were.

God is slow to anger. He gave the people of Noah’s time a 100-year warning. He promised never again. But He also promised to return without warning… “like a thief in the night”. Now would be a good time to examine the charts, fix our location, and reaffirm the most important relationship of all…before the Fall.


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Truth Eludes Us IF…


“Truth eludes us if we do not concentrate with total attention on its pursuit.” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth                          and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal,               but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor     rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.                 ~ Matthew 6:19-20

Kipling’s “If” is key to the race well run here. Solzhenitsyn’s is the key to the door of Heaven.

Every single one of us reading these words has a relationship with truth. But which relationship is it? Is it the one with the embarrassing uncle we tolerate on family holidays when we have no choice…or the boss we charm and flatter because he signs our paycheck…The beautiful woman we’re afraid to say hello to…Is it one of the many we date, telling each they’re the one…our best friend, or our worst enemy? Or, is it the one that finally brings the precious sound of every tumbler in our heart finally clicking into place? We make it easy for truth to elude us because it is in our nature to elude it, while at the same time we are restless until we find it. In every case the pursuit is frustrating and difficult, and the finding is both painful and liberating. As long as there are hours in a day, blood in your veins, and air in your lungs, never ever give up the search…or settle for anything less.

WARNING ~ Be prepared. Following Solzhenitsyn’s advice in today’s world will cost you more than you thought you had, but never who you are…au contraire my friend.

In the last century women (Rosie the Riveter) built weapons over here for men to fight wars with over there. Today’s men hide in foxholes of effeminacy as war rages on their doorsteps while the truth warrior sustains the vicious fire of demonetization-soon to be-criminalization and worse  for defending, aiding and abetting truth on the last great battlefield here at home.

Meet today’s man Brad, leader of a local troop of the institution once known as the Boy Scouts of America. When I questioned him as to how he could possibly be ok with caving to the Leftists by dropping “Boy” from the title, he first felt the need to provide his manly credentials:  I’m a martial artist, my son plays rugby and football, and I have a house full of man toys and the call Of the wild, white fang, etc.  You and your tribe make a lot of assumptions. I find the constant need to defend myself against spurious assumptions offensive. The oath keepers don’t have a monopoly on manliness…I have a PhD from Stanford. Then he proceeded to justify his surrender:

Well, in a lot of ways. I’ll list them below. It’s not comprehensive, but it’s a long list. Wasn’t my choice, by the way, but I’m ok with it. Here goes:

(1)BSA is part of the international scouting movement. In most countries, including the countries most like us (England and Canada), scouting is co-ed. Has been for years. Decades, actually. Baden Powell set up girl guides

(2)The troops won’t be mixed. Girls won’t be camping with boys. Except…

(3)Girls are already in the BSA. Venturing is a co-Ed program for boys and girls 14-21, and it’s pretty successful. There were girls at this year’s jamboree, and the one before that, and the one before that… girls have been in BSA in various forms since 1971

(4)Women are already a core part of scouting leadership. In our own council, Donna is beloved by all—mother of several Eagle Scouts, runs things up at camp nooteeming… we already have to account for boy and girl separation at both the youth (see 3) and adult level

(5)This more reflects the fact that GSA and BSA are in no way connected with each other, and GSA is basically a very different organization. My daughter prefers to stay in GSA, but she already goes to a school that is very hands on with tools hiking nature identification etc so she’s not lacking in outdoor time. But GSA isn’t bsa, and many parents (of bsa scouts) wanted the option for leadership, fitness, citizenship, character building that bsa offers and GSA offers differently.

(6)This was driven by people who are in scouting now. They basically said it would be a whole lot easier in terms of time management if my family could stay together for big trips.

It’s kind of a big change, but not really. In the end, they will be kept separate (mostly). There are no merit badges that are changing, standards aren’t changing, the mission isn’t changing. I’m ok with it. But I’ll ask you back—are you ok with the filth being spewed about the new “69” badge* by every other commenter on the Fox News page? Scouting isn’t now, and never was, about sex ed. I have no idea if any of my scouts are gay, I wouldn’t ask them and it wouldn’t come up. We monitor them closely already (they are teenagers with access to knives and fire, it is a terrible idea NOT to keep tabs on them), and we already have processes in place to keep sexual activity out of scouts. It is focused on character, citizenship, and fitness. So how is it ok to call America’s young girls whores in the making because they want to earn the citizenship in the world merit badge and not sell cookies?

* I have no idea what he’s talking about, do you?

The opening sentence of my June 3rd, 2017 Baptismal Testimony: I have spent my entire life tracking something with the intensity, obsession and focus of a starved hunter on the trail of the most elusive game of all, which as it turns out to be…is Truth in the modern world. And if and when we decide to remain in the hunt, we will never find words of armor more powerful with which to gird ourselves than these:

Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ crucified you can do everything. And of what should we be afraid? Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus. We have discovered what we have to do. Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them. So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross.

Because Dear Friend…

Human beings become mere numbers for the state bureaucracy to meddle with in its quest for an earthly utopia. In this schema, the individual exists for the benefit of the state. The state becomes a new God, with politics the religion. Political opponents are evil incarnate, and faux moral outrage displaces sane political discourse. “Two Ways of Life”

Men like Brad are exactly how and why “Human beings become mere numbers for the state…”.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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