The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ November 22, 2015

“By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

“By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

1) “What we do know is that the industrialized model of education, with its emphasis on the rote memorization of facts, is no longer necessary. Facts are what Google does best. But creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving—that’s a different story. These skills have been repeatedly stressed by everyone from corporate executives to education experts as the fundamentals required by today’s jobs. They have become the new version of the three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic); the basics of what’s recently been dubbed “twenty-first-century learning.”                             ~ Diamandis/Kotler from the book “Abundance; The Future is Better Than You Think”

2) “The world of men is careening into greater and greater chaos.  Blood thirsty slaughter of civilians by Islamists.  The wholesale holocaust of babies through abortion.  The growing power of secular governments and media juggernauts who use propaganda and advertising to manipulate opinion and control the masses.  The edicts of judges that overturn the age old understanding of marriage.  The hollowing out of families through misguided social welfare programs.  The escalating grievance movement by women and various races.  The fall of borders. The outsourcing of jobs which further destroys traditional families.  The mainstreaming of sexual perversion into every nook and cranny of men’s minds.  The catalog of modern chaos is long.” ~ Matthew James Christoff, Catholic convert and founder of The New Emangelization

3) “But the stupid man will assign arbitrary values to all things, in order to protect and justify his own position. His morals are based on things which he wishes were true, or which someone else wishes were true. His philosophy pays no attention to relative facts or realities. But in his life he must deal with relative facts and realities, and consequently he is constantly involved with pretenses and evasions.” ~ John Whiteside Parsons (Thelemite occultist), from “Freedom Is A Two-Edged Sword”

I couldn’t imagine stringing together three more closely connected quotes from three more distant and unrelated perspectives; Humanist, Catholic and Thelemite! In the previous chapter I called for the mobilization of our country’s veterans to help “Save Professor Ryan” because it won’t matter who we elect in 2016 if we don’t expose the Marxist Mind that has infiltrated our public education system of high schools, colleges and universities and turned them all into indoctrination camps. The more I think about the Diamandis/Kotler book (1), the angrier I become. It is so diabolically deceptive, it borders on fantasy with malicious intent! They of all people would know that creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving have been locked away in solitary confinement alongside the three R’s in the darkest dungeons of academia where re-education, sensitivity training and social engineering have replaced any and all hope of a true education. Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend! 

                         The “Pretenses & Evasions” of Modern Education

The first quote exposes the counterfeit nature of Humanism. Their actions are not bound in any way to their words. In fact, they use words to disguise their true intent. They exist to deny, reject, distort and block the light of natural law and order; twisting and churning it into the rules and dictates of their own making, for their own purpose…always for the supposed benefit of a collective herd they love to refer to as “the middle class” which only clamors for more of the same.

The second quote describes exactly and precisely where this humanist/herd relationship has led us all! And the third quote reveals the precise flaw in human nature that would allow such a cancer to penetrate the body of Western Civilization’s immune system to grow and metastasize in the first place. Until we realize, accept all three elements of our self-destruction (WHO they are. WHERE we are. HOW we got here.), and take the necessary ACTION…we will have no choice but to die the slow and painful death befitting of any and all civilizations living in the shadow of their own willful ignorance and indifference.

In my experience I have found that the solutions to the most convoluted and complex problems are most often straightforward and simple. So let’s take a closer look at the three quotes above, beginning with the first.

We are informed by Diamandis and Kotler that creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving “have become the new version of the three R’s”. In reality, our youth are subject to the following teachings and practices:

In reality, the ACLU, the American Muslim Council, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Clinton administration joined together to create an environment that opened the door to Muslim teaching, while attacking anyone who speaks of the Christian religion in public schools.

In reality, our children are at the mercy of a system that fosters an environment of hate, loathing and resentment toward Western culture, Christians, Jews, Shiites, secular Muslims and non-Muslims” where they are given homework assignments which include “drawing propaganda posters for terrorist organizations.” I suppose that’s where the “creativity and collaboration” part comes in??? In the face of these realities, and after strolling the campuses of Brown, Mizzou, UNC, Yale, Princeton, Harvard and Columbia…we have no choice but to seriously question what planet Diamandis and Kotler are living on and/or writing about!

This brings us to the second quote. This quote by Christoff tragically encapsulates the world you and I are much more familiar with. I found the name Christoff a very interesting name for the man behind this quote. For this is the secular world the Humanist man has chosen for us all by casting Christ-off! This is the reality Diamandis and Kotler would have us close our eyes to…on the way to their Neverland. They actually believe that the mind of man will take us there.

Finally we arrive at what I hereby dub the “Parsons Point”! There should be nothing simpler and more direct than a point, which is why it takes so little space. The solution and fix to every problem in Modern Education, and the rest of Western Civilization for that matter, can be found in the two words in the title of this chapter; Pretenses and Evasions. End the pretenses and evasions now and we will have taken the all-important first step in restoring the true meaning of education to education…the Parsons Point! Period!

This of course means facing Truth at every level. And we all know the Garfield addendum to the Truth shall set us free! Diamandis and Kotler, who delighted in wowing us with the exponential multiplier-effect of technology, know full well the same exponential multiplier-effect that governs suppression of Truth, and the perpetuation of a lie. The longer the duration, the greater the consequence (misery). The more advanced the disease, the stronger the medicine required…if curable at all! In the real world, there is no such thing as too big to fail. With our last breath, and for the sake of our children, we must root out the pretenders and evaders for who they are in order to restore integrity to education…and the future to ourselves.

“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell.              ~ Proverbs 9:17-18!

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ November 15, 2015

MU Professor Melissa Click showing Freedom the door!

MU Professor Melissa Click showing Freedom the door!

Collectivists and individualists cannot exist in the same space at the same time without eventually coming into conflict. There is simply no way around it.” ~ Brandon Smith

In the preface of this book, I’m pretty clear about the how, who and why. I drove 1,700 miles in 36 hours to sit quietly away from the world and listen, knowing full well that what I was about to hear would rip me out of my comfort zone and change my life. We are all in very different places in our lives. Some of us are living our dreams, while others are living a “leading lives of quiet desperation” sort of numbness. I was somewhere in between before I left for Wyoming in the middle of September, motivated by a sense that things weren’t right, trusting the inner voice completely. Of all the chapters I’ve written, this one has been the saddest one to write by far. Think of a murder mystery (in progress) you need to solve in which your best friend is both the intended victim and the murderer. If you wish to know the future of our freedom (victim), visit most any university and college campus (crime scene) to see for yourself…Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend!

What About Freedom?

Welcome back to class, students! I am Mike Adams your criminology professor here at UNC-Wilmington. Before we get started with the course I need to address an issue that is causing problems here at UNCW and in higher education all across the country. I am talking about the growing minority of students who believe they have a right to be free from being offended. If we don’t reverse this dangerous trend in our society there will soon be a majority of young people who will need to walk around in plastic bubble suits to protect them in the event that they come into contact with a dissenting viewpoint. That mentality is unworthy of an American. It’s hardly worthy of a Frenchman.

Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. If you don’t understand that you are confused and dangerously so. In part, I blame your high school teachers for failing to teach you basic civics before you got your diploma. Most of you went to the public high schools, which are a disaster. Don’t tell me that offended you. I went to a public high school.

Of course, your high school might not be the problem. It is entirely possible that the main reason why so many of you are confused about free speech is that piece of paper hanging on the wall right over there. Please turn your attention to that ridiculous document that is framed and hanging by the door. In fact, take a few minutes to read it before you leave class today. It is our campus speech code. It specifically says that there is a requirement that everyone must only engage in discourse that is “respectful.” That assertion is as ludicrous as it is illegal. I plan to have that thing ripped down from every classroom on campus before I retire.

One of my grandfathers served in World War I. My step-grandfather served in World War II. My sixth great grandfather enlisted in the American Revolution when he was only thirteen. These great men did not fight so we could simply relinquish our rights to the enemy within our borders. That enemy is the Marxists who run our public universities. If you are a Marxist and I just offended you, well, that’s tough. I guess they don’t make communists like they used to.

Unbelievably, a student once complained to the Department chairwoman that my mention of God and a Creator was a violation of Separation of Church and State. Let me be as clear as I possibly can: If any of you actually think that my decision to paraphrase the Declaration of Independence in the course syllabus is unconstitutional then you suffer from severe intellectual hernia.

Indeed, it takes hard work to become stupid enough to think the Declaration of Independence is unconstitutional. If you agree with the student who made that complaint then you are probably just an anti-religious zealot. Therefore, I am going to ask you to do exactly three things and do them in the exact order that I specify.

First, get out of my class. You can fill out the drop slip over at James Hall. Just tell them you don’t believe in true diversity and you want to be surrounded by people who agree with your twisted interpretation of the Constitution simply because they are the kind of people who will protect you from having your beliefs challenged or your feelings hurt.

Second, withdraw from the university. If you find that you are actually relieved because you will no longer be in a class where your beliefs might be challenged then you aren’t ready for college. Go get a job building houses so you can work with some illegal aliens who will help you gain a better appreciation of what this country has to offer.

Finally, if this doesn’t work then I would simply ask you to get the hell out of the country. The ever-growing thinned-skinned minority you have joined is simply ruining life in this once-great nation. Please move to some place like Cuba where you can enjoy the company of communists and get excellent health care. Just hop on a leaky boat and start paddling your way towards utopia. You will not be missed. ~ “A Thin-Skinned Minority Is Ruining This Nation”: Professor Crushes “Political Correctness” Wave Sweeping America, Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

The saddest and most disturbing fact of life in America right now is best described as a very public execution of freedom playing out on college and university campuses across this nation. An entire generation deprived of civic education is in the process of murdering, gutting and disposing of something they never learned to appreciate. In fact, they’ve been taught to despise it! They (our future) have become the self-obsessed Narcissus, so mesmerized by their own reflections they squander the flawless diamond inheritance delivered on the backs of generations, paid for by the blood and sacrifice of others, and now discarded by them as worthless shards of broken glass. And, with the exception of Professor Adams, there are no men left to stop the execution! The students demanded the President Wolfe’s white head, so he took it off and handed it to them. I never thought I’d see the day when freedom hangs her head, I wiped my tears and watched my country dyin’…

Behold America’s karmic, what-goes-around-comes-around, reap-what-WE-have sown moment my friends! These are Liberal presidents and professors being silenced and run off their own campuses by the monsters they created and mentally-marinated in Marxist swill for the past fifty years…because WE allowed it! Hell, WE paid for it!! Viva la revolución! Wasn’t tenure a splendid idea? Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) nailed it, eh? “Modern Educayshun”. A MUST watch!

                                                    Saving Professor Ryan

I am actually writing these words of Chapter 15 “What About Freedom?” in my first book “Go Hear it on the Mountain” on November 11, 2015…Veterans Day! God is good Sabu! :-)

There’s a scene in Saving Private Ryan where Tom Hanks’ character is informed by his commanding officer, right after coming through the bloody D-Day meat-grinder known as Omaha Beach, that he has another “tough job” for him.

I am speaking for my ancestors who served and every man and woman who has ever served, if I could somehow say this to every veteran soul in every VA, VFW and Legion Hall across the land, “We’ve got one more tough job for you…We need you to go behind the front lines and into the enemy-held territory of Academia, find Professor Ryan, and bring him home!”

Note re: Another Paris Massacre– The deadliest tool of the Jihadist is not the automatic weapons or bombs that merely destroy flesh and bone…it is how they use Political Correctness to disarm the mind!

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ November 8, 2015

A Progressive Fairy Tale

A Progressive Fairy Tale

I recently described a competitor as a person “clearly practiced in the Art of Deception”, after witnessing her in action trying to steal a client of mine by presenting false and misleading information. I am tempted to use the exact same description to describe the authors of the book, “Abundance; The Future is Better Than You Think”, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.

The premise of the book, described as “Pollyannic” by a left-leaning friend, is that technology boosted by exponential effect will save us all! I have to give the authors credit for laying out the breath-taking technological wonders and advances in all the crucial areas of our existence, and how technological innovation has made a remarkable impact on the world, saving  more lives and improving the quality of more lives. In fact, I can’t think of a thing they left out…except for one. Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend!

                        “Abundance”, Baseball & the NWO Umpires

Imagine, if you will, someone recommends a great book about baseball to you because you’ve just moved to America from Mars, and you want to learn all about the great American pastime so you’ll be able to relate better to Americans. Only, the authors decided to leave the umpires completely out of the book altogether! In fact, not only did they leave the umpires out of the book…they left out the fact that the umpires, in collusion with owners and league officials, were cheating in order to make billions on the rising tide of international sports gambling!

That’s kind of EXACTLY what “Progressive” authors Diamandis and Kotler have done! By describing brilliantly and in great detail the dazzling fruit of man’s intellect; manufactured and delivered by the amazing entrepreneurial forces of Free-Market-Capitalism, while failing to address the corrupt global powers manipulating and destroying the integrity of the capital markets and threatening the very freedoms that gave them the material to write about in the first place, they have given us little more than a very selectively detailed fairy tale! Here’s a great excerpt to colorfully make my point with a scoop of poop-humor…

“But imagine the potential upgrades. Imagine toilets that require no infrastructure. No pipes under the floor, no leach field under the lawn, no sewer systems running down the block. These high-tech outhouses powder and burn the feces and flash evaporate the urine, rendering everything sterile along the way. Rather than wasting anything, these toilets give back: packets of urea (for fertilizer), table salt, volumes of fresh water, and enough power that you can charge your cell phone while taking a crap, should the need arise. Tie these toilets into the smart grid, and the electricity can be sold back to the utility company, marking the first time in history that anyone has been paid to poop.” ~ From Chapter 8 Water, Solving Sanitation

Now everyone knows that the Epicenter of the Greatest Crapper in the World is inside the beltway of Washington DC where approximately 559 people in three branches of the Federal Government are responsible for crapping a $20 Trillion Dollar Load on the heads of every single American, their children, and their children’s children! To leave this little financial-fecal-fact out of their fairy tale reminds me of the time a certain county in New York went to the trouble and expense of designing and planning a 60 mile water loop to bring water into the region, but forgot to include an upgrade to the already burdened sewage treatment plant…the only place to get the water out!

The other thing to realize about our authors and their thoughts on the subject of “Abundance”, is that the originating thoughts and their manifestation in print are the works of the Humanist mind…which is to say, there is no place for God, Mosaic or Natural Law in their heads. God does not exist to the minds of Diamandis, Kotler and probably the greater majority of the minds in Silicon Valley. So, in addition to factoring in the gaping hole left in their story by intentionally removing the umpires, we need to stop and think what it means and what effect it has on the accuracy, integrity and very point of their story, “The Future is Better Than You Think” by leaving out the top-dog, commissioner of the league, creator of the universe, God himself! WHY, you ask? BECAUSE THEY ALONE WISH TO DECIDE AND CONTROL THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME!

Proof ~ On top of all this, as I write these very words, the world’s richest man (Bill Gates) declares, in effect, that only Socialism can save us from the Climate-Change-Carbon-Spewing-Boogie Man…hours before George Soros declares that “national borders are the obstacle”…as the abundance of Muslim feet are trampling over them across Europe…in the very moment the President of Global Chaos (Obama) moves to “defy the courts” on Amnesty, and “bypass Congress” on Climate-Change! The NWO “Progressive” umpires are making baseball unrecognizable! :-(

Flashback Alert! ~ Do you remember the Whole Earth Catalog that grew like a magic mushroom out of the mental ponderings of Buckminster Fuller, “…there’s no use trying to change human nature. It’s been the same for a very long time. Instead, go after the tools…” inspiring Merry Prankster Stewart Brand to proclaim, “We are as Gods and we might as well get good at it.”

Half-way through the book, we are informed that energy is the most important key to Abundance! “Energy is the source of power” they lecture us…as the ultimate power in our world is being sucked, stolen, surrendered and manipulated out of the hands of the many into the hands of the elite few…by the very central-planning umpires they’ve deliberately omitted from their book! Nobody whistles past the graveyard with such perfect pitch as the Progressives and the gods they follow, “To me, the problem to solve this century is how do we supply the US levels of carbon-free energy to everyone in the world?” ~ Nathan Myhrvold (He has three masters degrees and a PhD from Princeton) Think about this; In the chapters devoted to education(14) and healthcare(15), they failed to mention Common Core and Obamacare! How do you do that and expect people to read your book? But they do mention the person (Travis Bradford) in charge  (CEO) of “The Carbon War Room”! I kid you not! We are in the battle of our lives and the war of the millennia, fighting for our survival against statists, terrorists and globalist-nation destroyers using financial weapons, real bombs and bullets…and the Merry Pranksters are busy defending us against the natural element…carbon! WHO-WILL-YOU-BE-TO-THEM? A nameless, faceless, voiceless, meaningless “biometric” digit, that’s who! Welcome to Utopia’s Pearly Gates! Welcome to the Great Fabian Fairy Tale!

“The Golden Rule for understanding spirituality is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. If things are dark to me, then I may be sure there is something I will not do. Intellectual darkness comes through ignorance; spiritual darkness comes because of something I do not intend to obey.” ~ Oswald Chambers

We should be abundantly clear about obedience to God versus obedience to the NWO umpires Diamandis and Kotler have replaced him with. “His (God’s) idea is that we serve Him by being the servants of other men,” Chambers tells us, “Jesus Christ out-socialists the socialists.” AND, obedience to God is individual-free-will-centric! Obedience to the NWO Umpires, on the other hand, is collective-control-centric. We are digits that exist to serve them. Period! When their build-out-analysis/comprehensive plan becomes reality, you and I will have absolutely no say whatsoever!

I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands…

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ November 1, 2015

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

“Wisdom is knowing what to do; Virtue is doing it.” ~ David Jordan, scientist

At the very heart of Maslow’s famous Hierarchy of Needs pyramid, between security and self-esteem, is our need to belong. I believe it is one of the most dominant and dangerous needs of them all, when you consider how many people are willing to suppress, compromise, or even sacrifice their own values, beliefs and ultimate virtue for the sake of belonging.

When I first began my career as a financial advisor back in the early 90’s, I joined every organization I could think of as a way to meet people and “get in play”. I had already been President of the Sugar Loaf Community Foundation. I joined the Chester Kiwanis, Leadership Orange, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and the Orange County Citizens Foundation just to name a few. It made perfect “win-win” sense to me at first. Developing relationships through civic volunteering and networking was good for both community and business! At least, that’s what I believed back then…Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend.

For the Sake of Belonging

Now, twenty years later, I’m not so sure. Now I am able to step back and observe what twenty years of belonging has done to the community I thought I was strengthening. It’s almost as if the entire community is wearing the same exact shock collars we put on our dogs to keep them from wandering outside the invisible fences, to keep us all within the invisible walls of Political Correctness. Inside the walls we become insinuated “racists” for complimenting someone for their hard work because it is offensive to the ancestors of cotton-picking slaves…and no one says a word! The Leadership Programs and Chambers became “feeders” to the local non-for-profit and government agencies looking for “the right kind of person (sheep)” resulting in a Stepford-Wife-like interconnected culture of look-alike, sound-alike, think-alike robots to form the ideal petri dish for the worst germs of human nature to breed like mold behind the walls of the super-sleazy, ultra-corrupt New York pay-to-play slime pit!

Twenty years was all it took to create an army of mindless ventriloquist dummies singing the gospel of sustainability, green energy, smart growth, with equality and “social justice for all (unless of course you happen to be a Christian), while turning a blind eye to the daily atrocities committed by their political-class masters on the other side of the wall!

Somehow, in America…today…the land of the once-free and home of a shriveling brave minority, the words Conservative and Belong don’t belong in the same sentence. Especially in New York, as the Progressive Governor recently reminded us all. In fact, Conservatives simply need not apply! And God help you if you attempt to belong in most schools and college campuses, as a Conservative student!

The Moral of the Story

The moral of the story is simple. We depart this life exactly as we enter it…100% alone! What happens in between is one great big final exam! In the Maslow pyramid illustrated at the beginning of this chapter, Belonging appears next to Love. Jesus taught in parables for good reason…To belong in the name of love is one thing. To belong at the expense of love, honor, courage and integrity is another entirely. This is the vortex in the mother of all twisters funneling humanity in its most critical hour. What fool would give up the book for the sake of a period? Choose wisely Dear Friend…

So let’s think a little deeper. We already know how important the sense of belonging is to us. According to Maslow, it is more important than our own self-esteem! WOW, that’s major league important to be sure! So what is it about belonging that is as compelling as it is appealing to us in such a powerful way? Isn’t belonging almost aphrodisiac in the way it brings the feeling of validation? We are social animals who have been motivated by a primal and innate desire to be “in with the in-crowd” for as long as we can remember! So, conversely, when we find ourselves on the outs, and rejected by the in-crowd, it can be psychologically devastating for most of us.

Now for the bad news. Do you remember how vicious and mean kids were in school to the poor kid who didn’t fit in for some, usually silly reason? Well, magnify the viciousness and mean index times 10 to understand how those who step outside the PC boundaries are dealt with today! Today, the lucky ones are merely scolded for saying, “He’s a hard worker!” The not-so-lucky pay exorbitant fines and lose their bakery business for refusing to bake a cake for the same-sex-marriage in violation of their Christian faith, while the Muslim truck driver is awarded $240,000 in a lawsuit after refusing to deliver alcohol for the very same reason! Worse yet…imagine your 7th grader coming home in tears because his teacher told him he would fail him UNLESS he denied that God exists!!! In the New World, we see, parents demoted to powerless minority stake-holders in the Common Core education indoctrination of their own children. The teacher who violated the 7th grader’s 1st Amendment Rights will be rewarded, just as Lois Lerner of the IRS was promoted and cleared after lying under oath to Congress for using her office to target Conservatives, and Clinton is given a pass on Benghazi!

Naturally, in this environment, the need to belong (and survive) will trump the desire to speak out in defense of one’s beliefs, if and when his or her beliefs violate the acceptable norms dictated by Political Correctness…without giving the slightest thought to where these new social laws originated! In fact, the need to belong is so powerful that many of us will actually sit in silence while friends and family members are persecuted, fined, jailed or worse for standing up and following their own conscience instead of “the crowd”…an action considered virtuous not so long ago.

Oh yes…the moral of the story. Well hopefully by now, or soon enough, the moral of the story will be obvious. The moral of the story is you can either pay-to-play, or you walk away. You can sell your soul to belong to the club where your soul is exactly the cost of admission…OR, you un-belong yourself so fast, the wind from the vacuum you leave in your wake will suck the toupees of every bobble-head-belonger within a 50 mile radius! Behold the fate of a world in which too many of us refused to speak out and stand up when we had the chance. See the world through the eyes of those who have become cattle because WE chose belonging to the herd over believing in the word!

Learn exactly how it happened here in only 22 minutes! “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give (or belong to) in exchange for his soul?” ~ Matthew 16:26

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ October 25, 2015

"Speaking Truth to Power"

“Speaking Truth to Power”

“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.”           ~ Victor Hugo

We are suffering a plague of dishonest men from the top down. The problem for liars is twofold. First, lies beget more lies. Second, the liar has to remember where he put them all! Truth, on the other hand, is right in front of us all the while! This sounds simple, obvious, logical and straightforward…but it’s not, when the liars are in power. When the liars are in power and in control of the public narrative, speaking truth to power requires more courage than you can imagine. A fellow by the name of John Lennon made himself the enemy of the State during the Nixon years for doing just that.

I read Michael Goodwin’s “America Is Due For A Revolution,” last week and thought he’s absolutely right about the inevitable conflict, but he’s missing the true nature and essence of what is coming our way. Interestingly, Goodwin’s subject James Piereson and Lennon reached the same conclusion 43 years apart, as Goodwin writes, “Piereson captures and explains the alienation arising from the sense that something important in American life is ending, but that nothing better has emerged to replace it.Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend…

Revolution of the Heart in a Spiritual War

The “show business,” which is so incorporated into our view of Christian work today, has caused us to drift far from our Lord’s conception of discipleship. It is instilled in us to think that we have to do exceptional things for God; we have not. We have to be exceptional in ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, surrounded by sordid sinners. That is not learned in five minutes. ~ Oswald Chambers “Walking on Dry Land”

I wrote to someone I care for deeply, “The wool has been pulled over your eyes and mine…when it’s lifted, we will see the same.” This person replied, “Not sure if I’m totally in agreement, but I guess we’ll find out haha.” Such is the wall of skepticism, doubt and distrust that has been placed between us; separating fathers, sons, brothers, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends from each other; when we are all born as one in the eyes of God.

As Dr. Krauthammer put it just last week, “We are living in an age where what you say and its relation with facts is completely irrelevant.” Government officials appearing before congressional committees are liars lying to liars under oaths no one takes seriously, covered by a media nobody trusts…except for those who foolishly believe the liars in power have their best interests at heart. American Society has become like the top soil of the Mid-Western High Plains in the 1930’s. We are transforming ourselves from a rich, fertile and cohesive ecosystem full of life held together by our natural roots, into a disastrous and deadly dust bowl at the hands of self-serving opportunists who capitalize on the dreams of many, promise hope & change, uproot the natural order, only to deliver dust particles…again and again and again.

John Lennon was no saint, but he saw the very same establishment monster pulling the very same wool then they are pulling now! And we are every bit as blind to it now as we were then! “You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.” ~ John Lennon (1969)

Nixon’s pursuit of Lennon was relentless and in large part based on the misperception that Lennon and his comrades were planning to disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention. The government’s paranoia, however, was misplaced.

Left-wing activists who were on government watch lists and who shared an interest in bringing down the Nixon Administration had been congregating at Lennon’s New York apartment. But when they revealed that they were planning to cause a riot, Lennon balked. As he recounted in a 1980 interview, “We said, We ain’t buying this. We’re not going to draw children into a situation to create violence so you can overthrow what? And replace it with what? . . . It was all based on this illusion, that you can create violence and overthrow what is, and get communism or get some right-wing lunatic or a left-wing lunatic. They’re all lunatics.” ~ “Neutralizing John Lennon: One Man Against The Monster”

And so we see, What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun…”

Yes we are due for revolution as Goodwin predicts, but not you against me, me against you, or us against the world. We are not called to be exceptional in the extraordinary. We are called to be exceptional in the ordinary. We are called to speak truth to power. We are called to pull the wool back my friend. And if you see something different in me than I see in you, then you are not looking! This is the war behind all wars. This is the war that transcends bullets and bombs, where beneath the layers upon layers of Liars’ Dust, we need to find ourselves before its too late.


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ October 18, 2015

Déjà vu All Over Again!

Déjà vu All Over Again!

Nothing is more individually tailored to our spiritual needs than the Now-moment; for that reason it is an occasion of knowledge which can come to no one else. This moment is my school, my textbook, my lesson. Not even Our Lord disdained to learn from His specific Now; being God, He knew all, but there was still one kind of knowledge He could experience as a man. St. Paul describes it: “Son of God though He was, He learned obedience in the school of suffering.” (Heb. 5:8) ~ Fulton Fridays: Sanctifying the Present Moment, from The Catholic Gentleman

I learned two lessons on my sojourn to Wyoming. I learned that I needed to realign my priorities, and I needed to spearhead my actions from the heart of Love. Before Wyoming I prayed every morning in my mind for the strength to live every moment of that day with honor, courage and integrity. The Holy Spirit redirected me from that place, as if I were a willow, to pray now from my heart for the strength to live every moment with Love, honor, courage and integrity! Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend…

Welcome to the “School of Suffering”          

When I came down from the mountain my relationship to the world, and everyone in it, had changed in ways that would gradually unfold to me. Thinking of life as a tranquil pond on a windless day in the endless summer…How deep our roots run, if we are rooted at all, is not something we are preoccupied with in this place. In fact, the complacency of summer takes the mind off the purpose of our rooting altogether. But we have left the “summer of our lives” far behind us now, as the swirling turbulence of the unfamiliar and uncharted washes away the illusions of comfort and security. The strength and health of our root system suddenly becomes everything! In the physical world, we were anchored to our attachments and possessions…soon to be swept away. It takes real courage to give up the things we have invested so heavily in for so many, many years. Only the fear of God can provide us the wisdom to find such courage. After the realigning adjustment on the mountain, we regain our solid oak footing before the flood.

Here is where we will need the deepest root; strengthened, nurtured, and fed by our greatest courage. Because everything known to us, loved by us, and having loved us and befriended us will first approach our senses on the softest breeze to forget our roots and think with them. Our hearts and minds enter the space their wants have created, because of our love for them. But tethered by our root system to the wisdom of the soul, we see the false promise in the empty hollow they have bought into. The second approach will be more painful to endure, because of our love for them. Our resistance to the illusion they offer transforms the gold-loom-silk of life-long-friendships of husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers, to the courser cloth of adversary and into the eventual heartless fray of persecution. Here is where the level of fear meets the measure of courage needed to endure. Lake Erie couldn’t hold the tears…for we are made, from the inside out, to love our killers…

“NOW brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” ~ Matthew 10:21-42

During the Great Depression, the United States Federal Government conned thousands of desperate Americans into turning their backs on nature’s laws to plough under millions upon millions of acres of the natural grassland of the Midwestern High Plains…to grow wheat. It resulted in the greatest natural environmental disaster in American History, turning the lush prairie heartland of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico into what became known as the Dust Bowl.

Your children have no clue about this for good reason. Their government, having leveraged it’s talent for deception to a global scale via central banks, immoral politicians, corporate cronyism that would make Hoover blush, and a Pope along for the ride, has declared all-out war on Christendom and the Laws of Moses in what is shaping up to be a 21st Century Dust Bowl Redux on steroids! Read one of the best books I’ve ever read, “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan!

The President of the United States just declared the subject of an FBI criminal investigation innocent on 60 Minutes…while the hard-working members of the Bureau are in the middle of their investigation, half-way through cataloging the mountain of evidence! None of this is real. Certainly, none of it is legitimate! We are repeating the greatest errors of the thirties all over again…the nature of man is acting against the Nature of God! Where will you be when the music stops???

“Behold I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up no councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour (now) what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” ~ Matthew 10:1-20

Note: It is impossible to not suffer here. But before we inflate our suffering out of proportion…as it is our long-practiced tendency to do, think of the Greatest Love and what He Suffered for us…as far beyond our softened comprehension as the Milky Way! And think on the wisdom of this gem from Sam’s “Fulton Friday” above:

It is not hard to put up with others’ foibles when one realizes how much God has to put up with from us. There is a legend that one day Abraham was visited in the desert by an Arab, who set up loud complaints of the food, the lodging, the bed, and the wine which his generous host had offered him. Finally, Abraham became exasperated and was about to put him out. God appeared to Abraham at that moment and said: “Abraham, I have stood this man for forty years; can’t you put up with him for one day?”  Only Love… :-)

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ October 11, 2015

Not Cupid

Not Cupid

I remember my first trip out west in the early 70’s being so caught off-guard when complete strangers offered unsolicited smiles AND hellos, as I awkwardly glanced around to realize they were intended for me! I’ve spent a fair amount of time on the road over the years. I’ve traveled some highways that take your breath away, and I’ve seen my share of bad road too. But I have never seen a highway so God-forsaken and low-down dark and lonely as the Internet. It’s impossible to travel anywhere without seeing the signposts to Hell everywhere. “Why Kaley Cucco Ended Her Marriage” and “Cruise, Kidman Not Invited To Daughter’s Wedding” were just two side-by-side gems that jumped out at me this week while I was searching for something I needed. It’s like a subtle gauntlet that bleeds you without you even realizing you’re slowly bleeding out…

It’s funny. I drove 4,000 miles of Interstate in the last two weeks to get away from “the noise” and search for something. I drove 1,770 miles to listen to the sound of nothing and burn away the years of gunk that fogs the mind and clogs the soul, and 1,770 back again…with the treasure I uncovered. Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend…

God, Love, & Priorities

American Society has become one gigantic dysfunctional family. From our drug and divorce-soaked homes to a completely broken, scandal-ridden, and corrupt Washington, we are one great big mess! And with all of the staggering problems threatening our world, from terror bombs over there, to debt bombs over here; we’re stuck arguing over who we are as a society! We are actually debating what to call boys and girls in Nebraska, and mothers and fathers in Tennessee!

One voice claims after thousands of years, backed by a recent Supreme Court ruling, that marriage is no longer defined as the union between one man and one woman. And that securing this right for one group (LGTB), will in no way threaten the religious freedom of the other.

And the other claims “Never before in America has a religious requirement been required to hold office or own a business, and it cannot begin now. To require Christians to pull out pages of their Bible in order to hold office or own a business is anti-American and it is unconstitutional, despite what any judge may say otherwise.” ~ Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel

So which group is right? Does might make right? Do 9 unelected judges make right? Did the 9 black robes have it right in the Dred Scott ruling? And where did that lead us? The LGBT group makes the compelling argument for the “right” to marry the person we love, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. But the Liberty group counters that our entire system of laws and a Constitution that provides for no such right, are predicated on the Judeo-Christian “Trust in God”, which is why you will not find “In Love We Trust” on our coin and paper currency! It’s why every American President since 1949 has made his State of the Union speech looking directly into the face of Moses, and not Cupid on the north wall of the House Chamber!

What has happened to the Wisdom of Solomon? What has happened to the real mother? It’s as if both sides are only too ready to sacrifice the baby rather than lose their precious argument. Doesn’t every ear hear the cries for a return to basics? Doesn’t the underappreciated benefit of the ages reside in the natural law and order of things…where unintended consequences have no place to get a foothold? Is there really any one among us who can look around and say this is what we ordered?

If we were to take God and the laws that Moses handed down to us out of the equation, who and what would we replace them with? Even the wise Atheist knows where his bread is buttered best. If we should all take a breath and step back from the abyss to ponder these simple truths, and get our priorities in proper order, we might find true happiness and avoid the Great War that many of us will not survive…

I was there when they crucified my Lord I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword I threw the dice when they pierced his side But I’ve seen love conquer the great divide

When love comes to town I’m gonna catch that train When love comes to town I’m gonna catch that flame Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down But I did what I did before love came to town



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