The Day Football Died

…as a door nail!

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. For more years than I can remember, we would meet at the Wyckoff municipal field Jigs Remo kept perfectly manicured, choose teams, and go at it until our thirst for cold beer outweighed our desire to continue mimicking our heroes, playing our favorite American game, on my favorite American Day. I will always cherish Thanksgiving, because I will always cherish what it represents. But football, as represented by the NFL, passed away on Sunday, September 24 by its own hand…and it will not be mourned for the simple reason there were no heroes, save one courageous soul in Pittsburg. All the others; owners, managers, coaches, and players…gutless cowards and worse…sellouts.

I saw this coming several years back when former NY Giant quarterback Phil Simms gave up his soul at the altar of political correctness, refusing to utter the word Redskins from his cushy perch at ESPN. I know what Mike Ditka would say because I heard him say it loud and proud on the air with Sid and Bernie yesterday. I don’t have to hear what I know Lombardi or Landry and so many of the other legends would have to say, because I know who they were. More importantly, they knew who they were. They knew the game they loved was only great because of the country they were fortunate enough to play it in, and for love and respect of the flag that they honored before every single game. I would say rest in peace, but there will never be rest or peace for cowards, and yes, traitors where you’re headed.


PS ~ In case you haven’t noticed yet, Liberalism destroys every institution it comes in contact with.

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ “by these things”

Religion of the Left

But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. ~ Jude 1:10

Submission is a word I struggle with. But submission has been the central theme of the past three sermons delivered by one of the most compelling pastors I’ve ever listened to. On September 3rd, he preached submission to the government (1 Peter 2:13). On September 10th, he preached submission to the employer (1 Peter 2:18-25). And on September 17th, he preached on submission as the wife’s role in marriage…to the husband (1 Peter 3:1-7). The point and purpose of submitting to these authorities in our earthly relationships is the consummation of our obedience and ultimate devotion and submission to God.

So why the struggle? Well, I’ve always thought submission requires trust, fairness and faith that the one we’re submitting to has our best interests at heart. Pastor Craig was pretty clear that Peter wasn’t calling for absolute and unconditional submission. The last two are the easier of the three for me to comprehend and accept because I’ve never worked for an abusive or unfair employer, and I’ve never been an abusive or unfair husband. But the September 3rd sermon really seemed a bridge too far for me…until the wisdom of Jude 1:10 made its way to my mind just this week…in tandem with contemplating the submission in Christianity vs submitting to Islam (which actually means submission in Arabic…I wonder how many SJW’s know that). Submission to God requires only devotion to, and faith in Him. Submission to Allah requires an earthly tyrant to fear. Christianity is submission by the heart. The history of Islamic submission is by the bloody sword. Globalist Liberals are allied with a brutal ideology that has zero tolerance for feminists and gays because they share a common enemy…WE freedom-loving infidels. The only difference between ANTIFA and ISIS is that one hasn’t killed…yet. Watching Europe submit to Islam and cave to Sharia in slow motion, one wonders where have all the Crusaders gone? In Europe, sadly and tragically, they’ve gone the way of the churches.

Not so, here in America. Nobody has put it more eloquently than our Oath Keeper Chaplain Bill Banuchi, who linked Trump’s Presidency to the Biblical history of God working through such imperfect men as Moses, David, Gideon, Samson, Peter, and Paul…a Pharisee, in his  “A New Day For America?”

I don’t know about you, but most of the political prognosticators I talk to put the election of Donald J. Trump right up there with the parting of the Red Sea! And this gets to the heart of today’s SMTU. I submit to earthly authority because of my devotion AND my faith…faith that He has this. AND, exactly as prophesied in Jude 1:10, “these (very same) men” are literally destroying themselves:

Profiles in Self-Destruction

Distill it all down to what we used to call the moral of the story: The good American is DONE being coerced, shamed, ridiculed, lied to and lied about, cajoled, and manipulated into a box designed for Europeans, by a minority of miserable Americans who are obsessed with controlling everyone else’s lives. Period!

The good American miscalculates, makes a mistake, loses, and thinks “where did I go wrong…how can I do better next time?” What do the miserable minority do?


“Trump disrupted the moral arc of the universe.” ~ Bono (out of touch?). And just when you think they can’t sink lower, Rob Reiner and Morgan Freeman sell their souls to the globalists…

Have you heard of the Populism Index? “In August 2017, the (SEC) Commission learned that an incident previously detected in 2016 may have provided the basis for illicit gain through trading.”…otherwise known as “Sharpening the Pitchforks”

Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God. ~ Thomas Jefferson

On the other hand, the most powerful man our world has ever known, Who could have vanquished the Roman oppressors in an instant, chose submission to His Father, and sacrificed Himself FOR LOVE OF US instead. Again, the moral of the story as it directly relates to my struggle with submission: As with every practice, there are faux Christians who will use Peter’s teaching on submission as an excuse to do nothing. They reveal themselves in their hesitation and fear of the truth. That is submission from weakness. The true Christian connects to the Source, disregards the warnings, and downloads truth directly into his hard drive. Truth is Power. His submission, as was our Lord’s, is from strength.

I have a music page on Facebook where I post the SMTU. Last Sunday Liberal Peter responded to “Demoralizing the West” by writing, The president of the United States is, and epitomizes everything I would teach my children not to be. Sad.” I wondered how his brain maneuvered around the thoroughly corrupt Witch of Benghazi and her serial rapist husband to make such a comment. And following the FB sewer stream to another Trump-trashing Liberal…my old friend Geo where I discovered the logo at the top of the page, and realized what it is about Liberals…

It is the ultimate Jude 1:10! In their attempt to turn our world upside down, they have literally turned the focus of their own spiritual gaze upside down…to worship the earth. Pray for them…


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Demoralizing the West

Stand up and call out!

de·mor·al·ize                                                                                                                                 dəˈmôrəˌlīz/                                                                                                                                             verb                                                                                                                                                             1. cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope; dispirit.                                                              “their rejection of the treaty has demoralized the diplomatic community”

synonyms: dishearten, dispirit, deject, cast down, depress, dismay, daunt, discourage, unman, unnerve, crush, shake, throw, cow, subdue; 

  1. archaic                                                                                                                                     corrupt the morals of (someone).

De-moralizing is such an interesting word because it is perhaps the most usefully important word in describing what is being done to America and the rest of Western Civilization at the moment. From Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, we know that a demoralized enemy is a defeated one. Think of how 300 Spartan warriors managed to repel thousands of Persian invaders under King Leonidas, and how 300 million fell to one community organizer. That is demoralization in a Progressive nut shell!

It’s hard to imagine…no, it’s impossible to imagine a more diabolically-narcissistic, and thoroughly-corrupt career-criminal of a human being than Hillary Clinton. And yet the collective message drummed into the American electorate’s ear by the well-orchestrated and very devilish stew of big corporate/academia/entertainment/media is “Trump supporters are Nazis”. The only thing more demoralizing than that is to sit helplessly and watch as the insidious powers of the deep state concoct imaginary crimes to prosecute and impeach our President for, while the Witch of Benghazi sells her books. If there is anyone on earth who has corrupted more souls than the devil, it is the Clintons.

Here are two prime examples of how they are demoralizing us. First understand that Social Media (Google, Twitter, Youtube, and Face Book) have become the Surveillance State. While traditional, patriotic, and Conservative voices are being stifled, silenced and confined in cyber ghettos for being “offensive”, videos such as this one depicting a black thug lynching an innocent white child are promoted to “TRENDING”. Still not sufficiently demoralized yet? Try this one on for size. Imagine one of your only two daughters has just been viciously gang-raped by a dozen military-aged “child-refugees” from Syria…or Somalia, and the local police chief announces that terrorists should be allowed in the same school that your other daughter attends, to “EXPAND TOLERANCE”.

I attended a wonderful wedding party last night in Pine Bush, NY. I will tell you that none of this was visible on the faces of the hundred plus guests gathered to celebrate the union of two great kids from two great families. People don’t tend to notice brush fires until they become raging forest fires. While they danced last night in Pine Bush, the fires of Ferguson were rekindled in St. Lois. While they danced and laughed under the crescent moon in Pine Bush last night, the enemies within close in to tighten the political noose on a legitimate (Constitutionally) elected President.

The #2 in the 1-2-punch of demoralization is the most devastating blow because it is final. To corrupt the morals of someone is to literally render them without God which, as it just so happens, is the ultimate goal of the Progressive State.

On one hand, I think of the wonderful people last night and how easy it would be to stop the brush fire by simply standing up and calling out. And on the other hand, I think of Sean the Irish New York City (one-too-many) fireman I met last night who votes his pension, and my high school friend Michael the NY Real Estate tycoon who has SO MUCH to lose by standing up and calling out…and I realize the fix we’re in. Warning ~ You will begin to see the demonic in those around you…if you haven’t already. I know because I have…

In closing, I would ask you all to please support those voices among us who are risking all they have by standing up and calling out. For less than $5 you can rent “Can’t we talk about this?”

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul. ~ Mark 8:36


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The “Modern Family” Trojan Horse

Our Modern Trojan Horse

What a thing was this, too, which that mighty man wrought and endured in the carven horse, wherein all we chiefs of the Argives were sitting, bearing to the Trojans death and fate! But come now, change thy theme, and sing of the building of the horse of wood, which Epeius made with Athena’s help, the horse which once Odysseus led up into the citadel as a thing of guile, when he had filled it with the men who sacked Ilion. ~ The Odyssey

They say we live and learn. The Trojans learned the lesson to beware Greeks bearing gifts…by dying. Tennyson wrote, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Well I am here to tell you, having lived, loved, lost and learned, that it all depends. In the Dylan classic, Don’t Think Twice, he writes;

I once loved a woman, a child I am told…                                                                                        I gave her my love, but she wanted my soul

I will tell you what I learned about love. I learned that, just as with gold, there is true love…and there is fool’s love. The former is a gift from God. The latter is want chasing its own shiny tail. Dylan was wise enough to recognize the latter in the woman he once loved, and left…with his soul presumably intact. I wasn’t quite as smart. But I learned the most valuable lesson of all:

Beware Liberals bearing compassion.

There are two separate stories from this week that bear a remarkable resemblance to the Greek story of stealth in our own Odyssey. One of my favorite political commentators, Ben Shapiro, wrote about the “Modern Family” producer Danny Zuker who used the F word to describe his disdain for Christians who support President Trump. And there was this gem from one of my favorite faith commentators, Maureen Mullarkey, who gave us “Jesuits West, the Musical”. What greater irony could there be than the one provided by Shapiro’s telling of the man who profited enormously by shattering the sacred institution of family, now accusing President Trump of “tearing families apart”? And what greater malarkey than the malarkey provided by Mullarkey in the Progressive Propaganda Swill of Social Justice Warriors masquerading as Christians. Together they would fashion our world in the same exact way as the drug lords fashion the most popular Mexican luxury resorts…if WE were dumb enough to swallow.

Dennis Prager once said in response to a question, that the greatest threat to America was the number of Americans who have no idea what it means to be an American. For the past 8-10 years I watched the poison piped into my home via cable…a direct cerebral feed…a steady IV drip of Modern Family, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, the Daily Show, Steven Colbert and the Simpsons. I watched as the people I loved, already Liberal in their thinking, were moved further and further away and apart from me. All of which would have been painful enough, but then to live with their judgments, resentments and scorn as I was falsely accused of being the one who changed and left them. In retrospect, the destroyers of our families, friends, and country, came in through the TVs, the classrooms, the boardrooms, and…our churches, from the top down. Think of it. Subsidiarity…our birth was from the (local-individual) ground up. Our death comes from the (global-collective) top down.

Godly men led us from our birth to the “shining city on a hill” called America, best represented by the lady in the harbor holding the lamp of freedom for all the world to see. The devil leads his agents from the very top down…

The Jesuit West 2017 production is as poisonous to the Faith as Modern Family is to the Family. This is because, just as the Trojan Horse appeared so convincingly to be one thing, it turned out to something entirely different, in this case deadly to the Faith. Whether or not the first Communist/Globalist Pope, himself a Jesuit, had anything to do with the production of Jesuit West 2017, his fingerprints of approval are all over it. The truth is that Bergoglio (Francis) is to the Cross what Zuker is to our Constitution…at best, unbeliever. Worse…the enemy.

The Holy Mass is the most sacred and intimate experience for a Catholic. In fact, through the miracle of Transubstantiation, the priest and parishioners are in the Eucharistic (material) presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. No one in their right mind would dream of interrupting such a communion…one might think. But then, one would not know Bergoglio:

The first step of Müller’s Calvary was a disconcerting episode in the middle of 2013. The cardinal was celebrating Mass in the church attached to the congregation palace, for a group of German students and scholars. His secretary joined him at the altar: “The pope wants to speak to you.” “Did you tell him I am celebrating Mass?” asked Müller. “Yes,” said the secretary, “but he says he does not mind—he wants to talk to you all the same.” The cardinal went to the sacristy. The pope, in a very bad mood, gave him some orders and a dossier concerning one of his friends, a cardinal. (This is a very delicate matter. I have sought an explanation of this incident from the official channels. Until the explanation comes, if it ever comes, I cannot give further details.) Obviously, Mūller was flabbergasted. ~ Ann calls him the “Antipope”

In the physical world we are now dealing with the devastating threat of hurricanes, earthquakes and madmen with nuclear weapons. But these are all but a tempest in a teapot compared to the storm of human nature, unleashed by the darkest forces within, seeking the ultimate destruction of our very heart and soul. Discernment is our greatest weapon here…


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America is the Ultimate “Labor of Love”

God Bless America!

Labor Day: What it Means. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country …” I Googled it.

I love the saying, “as old as the hills” because that is exactly what comes to mind when I think of the word “labor”. Webster:  physical or mental effort. : work for which someone is paid. : workers considered as a group.

So why would something as “old as the hills” require a “movement”? Well…because of all the adjectives (also as old as the hills) that happen to surround the word that is both verb and noun. So, from one end of the spectrum to the other we find both labor of love and slave or forced labor. While I concede the social benefits of a movement that put an end to “sweat shops” here in America, I question the social benefits of tenure and rubber rooms. Beyond the sweat shop, the idea of “organized labor” escapes me because it suggests something that is most un-American to my mind…that we as Americans need a power outside of our selves to organize for us.

America is the ultimate labor of love, conceived in the bosom of the individual…just ask de Tocqueville. The “well-being of our country” can never be served by subordinating ourselves to any outside centralized organizing force. That is the recipe for incrementally fashioning the horrors of slave labor from the original vine of America…the greatest garden ever conceived by the labor of love.


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Feast of St. John and the Cry of God

Tears of the Wolf

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”         ~ John:1:5

The Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist was celebrated by Catholics around the world earlier this past week. John, as we know from 1:7, came “to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him.” He lived his purpose in preparing the way for our salvation from SIN, and sealed his fate and glory for speaking truth in calling out the SIN of Herod Antipas.

“According to the Bible, SIN in its final analysis is not a defect but a defiance, a defiance that means death to the life of God in us.” ~ Oswald Chambers, SIN Seen in Unselfishness

What greater tragedy can there be to us than “death to the life of God in us”? The world was a very dark place when the Son of Man brought His light to it…just as it is now. The “defiance” in Herod Antipas is very much alive in the hearts of those who, like Antipas, have rejected God in favor of the world…and their lust to lord over it. Bezos is Antipas. But we, my brothers and sisters, are blessed with the power of our own discernment in the sacred light of His promise. We know what we know because our hearts are unable to lie to us. As Chambers writes, “Every man has an imperative something within him which makes him say ‘I ought’ even in the most degraded specimens of humanity the ‘ought’ is there.”

And those of us with brains unbleached by the modern world, remain able to see how the agents of that world have transformed SIN to sin to slight to normal to VIRTUE; because “the darkness has not overcome” the light. And it never will. The titular head of the Roman Catholic Church is the modern-day Pharisees. That is the truth. Just as the Pharisees of Jesus’ day turned the people away from the Truth of Christ to the way of the world, Francis deflects the focus of the flock away from the Cry of God, to heed the “The Cry of the Earth”.

Ann Barnhardt led me to John this week, and gave me the idea for this morning’s post by linking him to the St. Augustine quote below. I tell you as surely as I live that just as John sealed his fate by “condemning them and pointing out their malice”, we are sealing ours by not doing so…and it is everywhere we turn. Know this fact: Our “voice crying out in the wilderness” is amplified today by the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, Jones, Geller, Barnhardt, and Cernovich…but they are slowly being “disappeared” by the likes of Bezos, Zuckerburg, Dorsey, Wojcicki, and Pichai. What then?

“What is reprehensible, however, is that, while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice. To be sure, the motive behind their tolerance is that they may suffer no hurt in the possession of those temporal goods which virtuous and blameless men may lawfully enjoy; still, there is more self-seeking here than becomes men who are true sojourners in this world and who profess the hope of a home in heaven.” ~ St. Augustine of Hippo, City of God, Book 1

How does the Vicar of Christ on this earth listen so attentively to the world his Lord so clearly disclaimed? In the very same way Jeff Bezos bans the Confederate Flag in favor of the Antifa Guide to “murder and terrorism”. They are head and tail of the same coin! Have you heard the battle cry of the Soros-funded Antifa-orcs of the Pharisees? “No Trump, No Wall, No USA At All!” All they require is your silence…

OR, we stand up and speak out in support of the man who has single-handedly turned both the Left Wing and the Washington/Global Elites into a quivering mass of hyperbolic lunacy…a rotting mass so untethered from reality, and kept afloat by its last remaining torn and tattered race card, we thought we heard them say (just before they went under), “Ben Carson (the black neuro-surgeon) is a white supremacist and dumb as a box of stones”.

Enjoy immensely! tw_video/885651637741658112/ pu/vid/640×360/ 3j42P0YtBnK81gSd.mp4

Please help Oath Keepers help TEXAS! Every penny goes to the men, women, and children who need it most. God Bless America!

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Ultimate Con

“But Mama, that’s where the fun is!”

I happened to be listening to a Conservative show on Friday as a caller called in to share his experience he and his wife had at some restaurant in the tri-state area. Seated next to them at two tables were a group of blacks and a group of whites. The shared laughter and fellowship between the two tables of complete strangers, and the point of the call, was the disconnect between who these people actually appeared to be…and who all Americans are constantly being told we are. AND…it fit perfectly with my most recent experience of our great land.

More than a few of you checked in to make sure I was alright after missing the past two Sunday’s SMTU. Spider begot swollen foot begot Epsom salt soak begot fried motherboard begot “total” eclipse of the sun. The eclipse wasn’t planned…well, either was the spider bite…but sometimes you just have to go where God leads you. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. In this case, it happened to be a mountaintop in Douglas Wyoming. Three of us (before the spider) hatched a plot to do a sneak attack on our buddy Clay the woodcarver who had been out in Esterbrook since early July. We planned our strike on the 20th and departure on the 23rd completely unaware of the eclipse. Pic above ~ The one in the cowboy hat is Clay. I’m the other kid in shorts. And co-conspirator Pastor Kirby, founding member of the famous Saggy Bottom Boys, is the one on the left. Founding member of the SSOL (Senior Sons of Liberty) Paul is the one looking straight at you. SSOL member Steve took this gem of a photo. Esterbrook turned out to be front row center for the first total land eclipse in America since…1776.

So, all the people we met from Newark to Denver to Douglas and Esterbrook…in airports and rental agencies, shuttle buses, gas stations, supermarkets and kitchen tables comported with the caller’s experience as related to the talk-show host. Americans are a wonderful, generous, gracious and loving people…NOT the bigoted, racist haters the global con artists are making us out to be. Not even a hint of their 24/7 narrative in 4 days completely off the grid.

Having said that, the Charlottesville tragedy did occur. But we now know that Charlottesville was a completely “manufactured” event. We now know the organizer of “Unite the Right” is a former Occupy member, and Clinton/Obama supporter. And we now have eye witnesses who saw “Antifa, Black Lives Matter and KKK members” all getting off the same buses provided by George Soros. Furthermore, we now know that the same Soros-funded global con-artists are ramping up their Bolshevik 2.0 plans to destroy the America we know and love, by targeting the Americans they refer to as, “Our Enemies in Blue”.

My original SMTU 8/13 was on The Art of Ridicule, the story of how Americans have been herded into something we are not, starring Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, Bill Mahr, and John Oliver, all titans of snark and masters of the Rod of Ridicule. God had other plans…

The SSOL (Chip, Steve, Clay, Paul) and Kitty in the “phone booth”

“The rod means two things—it is used in counting in the sheep, and it is used to destroy the wild beast that suddenly springs out on the sheep (Psalms 25:4) The man of sin will have his rod (ridicule), he will do clever tricks, he will put the mark of the beast on every business system that he sanctions, and those who do not have that mark on them can never do business under the regime of the man of sin. Suppose you find the people who are “counted in” under the mark of the beast succeed, and you do not succeed, you may be tempted to negotiate the thing and say ‘Well, I don’t know, if I did this thing it would save me; I had better just compromise a bit.’ We must never do that. ‘The (rod) of the wicked shall not rest on the righteous,’ God says. There is no need to fear, if we keep within the moral frontiers of God we can say boldly, ‘The Lord is my helper.’ We do not need to mind the wicked bluster and say, ‘If you don’t do this and that, you will starve.’ Be faithful, make holiness your aim, holiness in every relationship—money, food, clothes, friendship—then you will see the Lord in all these domains.”                                  ~ Oswald Chambers, The Rod of the Wicked (Psalm 125:3)


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