The New Year’s Sunday Tune-up ~ Truth to Power/ I Am My Father’s Son

"Act, and God will Act." ~ St. Joan of Arc

“Act, and God will Act.” ~ St. Joan of Arc

“An interesting question came up: if a man looks inappropriately at a woman who is not his wife during Ramadan, is it as though he did not fast that day? And if he did not fast, does that mean he must make it up after Ramadan?” ~ Yehuda S. (Co-existence-determined Israeli Jew)

I know Yehuda from my younger more foolish and naïve days with the Middle East peacenik group ALLMEP. To know Yehuda is to love him. Please don’t get me wrong…I am all for peace in the Middle East…just not on the coattails of appeasement and capitulation, and at the expense of Truth. I responded to Yehuda by asking the more interesting question, “What if a man looks inappropriately at a twelve-year-old girl, and then makes her his wife and rapes her?”

What’s particularly more interesting is the fact that this Israeli man spoke these words, and therefore I’m assuming his mind, after the world (UN) with the help of the U.S. declared Israel a trespasser on its own sovereign land. If you’ve ever been to Israel, which I have, you understand it is the only democracy in the Middle East. It is the size of New Jersey. And it is surrounded by theocratic 4th century barbaric cultures so filled with hate they strap bombs to their six-year-old daughters. ALL THEY WANT is to wipe Israel out of existence. What kind of guilt and self-loathing could lead a mind to want to coexist with this?

And, in the very same week, we experienced the very same culture of hate right here in America. You may have read about the Drexel University Professor George Ciccariello-Maher who tweeted, “ALL I WANT for Christmas is White Genocide.” I thought…wow. Six-year-old suicide bombers and white genocide for Christmas. Probably not what Bing had in mind when he made the song White Christmas a hit in 1954. By the way, speaking of the college of hate…uh, er, um…I meant the culture of hate; Fear not! Our kids were fast to act one year ago: College Students Sign “Ban White Christmas” Petition. And this year, the “powers-that-be” at George Washington University have decided to nip the hate-bug in the bud altogether! University Drops U.S. History Requirement — For History Majors!

Is it just me, or is there a very disturbing trend-line connecting the global HATE epidemic to the very places we send our children to learn? Funny I should ask myself that question, BECAUSE…In the very same week of all the events described above, I read a very tragic but revealing “Speak Truth to Power?” written by a young professor serving on the front line in the trenches of Academia. He writes, “Because of recent events at the school where I teach, Providence College, I have come to see that the winning side of the so-called culture wars has no interest in rational or equable conversation about the neuralgic issues of our time. I use the word interest advisedly. They have nothing to gain by it.” He goes on to describe the majority of his academic peers, “Such professors are by nature no better and no worse than anyone else. It’s just that they have, whether they acknowledge it or not, exchanged the God of heaven for a god of prestige and power. Politics is the god.”

Please dear reader, bear with me if you can because I am, literally in fact, bringing this all HOME. That is if your home is within a 50-mile-radius of Newburgh, New York! Yes, this very last week of 2016 was ripe with extremely telling, and well-connected dots. But there is nothing on this earth more diabolical and deadly than the Hate Dot masquerading itself as the Love Dot: Unitarian Universalist and the World Church Service Bring Syrian Refugees to Newburgh!

As I wrote in my unpublished letter-to-the-editor attempt to warn the readers, “Unitarian Universalists and the World Church Service has as much to do with God and love, as Zebras have to do with Eskimos.” In fact, these are political ideologues who have so very much in common with professor Ciccariello-Maher, on top of a concealed anti-American and pro-Globalist agenda!

Well folks, that pretty much covers it. My apologies for this less than warm and toasty view of our world on this the very first day of 2017. But I would never lead and leave you here without providing you the bright and shiny silver lining.

The most empowering words I can say to myself as a man turning away from the years behind him, to look out on the years ahead are, “I am my Father’s son.” Go ahead…you try. And yes the ladies too, for we are all the sons and daughters of mankind. Feel the lift?

Two different TCT readers commenting in this week of all weeks caught my eye. One denies her Father. The other seeks Him. The first (Gail) writes, People are silly to blame this on Vatican II, or “Academia,” or the Land of Lakes document… it’s the whole world. It’s everywhere. It’s everything.” And the second (Mike) writes, “So what’s the solution? How do we fight back?”

You see? The one who denies the Father claims “subjective truth”. The one who seeks the Father realizes the one Truth. Sit with this a moment…read these words again. And then ponder something so exciting and uplifting you may feel yourself lighter. We’ve all been taught from Ecclesiastes, “there’s nothing new under the sun.” Ah, but Dear Friend on this First Sunday of all Sundays there is, you see…

When Peter denied our Lord three times, just as Jesus predicted he would, he was in fact denying out loud that he was his Father’s son. What Spirit is so clearly saying to me at this moment, in this place, at this time…is that Peter, through us is being given a second chance to claim the very inheritance every single one of us came here for in the first place! My initial response to Mike was the proper spiritual one, “Cleave to the Cross, and stand up to the lie when it presents itself.” Accepting this, he knew there was more…he wrote, “I will pray for the grace to do so; but that’s more of a reaction. Is there a way to advance OUR position?” I thought to myself, how often do we wait for God to act, while He waits for us to act? And then I remembered my favorite quote from St. Joan of Arc who famously inspired and reunited her French countrymen with the words, “Act and God will act.” As I told Mike, there is no better, more responsible, or more American action than to join Oath keepers and unite local active/retired military, law enforcement, and first responders to form Community Preparedness Teams (CPT), to help safeguard the properties, welfare and freedoms of their loved ones and the communities they live in.

In Ronald Reagan’s 1982 America, Americans didn’t leave home without their American Express. In Obama’s 2016 America, only an indoctrinated fool would leave home without their Smith & Wesson! As I recommended to Mike, let’s work to keep America the “Land of the Free” and safe for ALL Americans in 2017! And above all, may God continue to Bless America!

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord” ~ (Revelation 1:8).

Also, make your voice heard in 2017… #DefundtheUN! #EvictTheUN!


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The Christmas Sunday Tune-up ~ Defend and Protect the Manger



This is my 63rd year celebrating Christmas. And the very first Christmas I am feeling so strongly akin to Joseph, I feel as though I know what it was like to be in his skin. I was drawn to his perspective on the Nativity via Regis Martin’s The Coming of Christmas, in which he describes circumstances far from ideal, in fact a place of “grit”, corresponding to the “dark” and “gloom” and “long journey” experienced by the magi on their way to the same refreshing light. Could God have possibly made his entrance from a lowlier space? But then “Only God” as Regis concludes, “could tell such a story.”

Reading the story in this light in these current tragic times of Christian persecution, and Baby Jesus abductions… (Yes, I’m afraid to say, you read that right.), I feel myself being compelled to “step up” in ways I’ve never considered before. I understand God’s intention of entering our world in such inconspicuous and lowly fashion, but when I think of the “future value of the present sum” of the Babe, whilst standing in the present darkness…I want to protect Him. WE need to protect Him!

Joseph was the ideal man, who became the ideal father, who became the ideal husband exactly where and when he was needed most. Surely you must see, watching the modern world turn; Herod’s unquenched hatred incarnate, embodied anew, more powerful than ever…seeking. It was in this darkest night and from this gritty place that Joseph became, above all things, protector. As Herod lives again, I feel Joseph alive in me…empowering me with a fatherly love I’ve never known before.

The Manger has never been more exposed, more vulnerable, or more of a target than it is this day my friend. Every right and every wrong, every gain and every loss, every great love won and lost, every empire built and ruined, and wealth beyond all wealth imagined, are but a speck beside the gift He brings. He knew then, they would sleep in the garden of His darkest hour…and still He came. Like He knew the storm upon us now…

I am here. I am awake my King…

Fate whispers to the warrior, “You cannot withstand the storm” and the warrior whispers back, “I am the storm.”


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Deadliest Vice by a Country Mile

The Face of Effeminacy

The Face of Effeminacy

“Perseverance is deserving of praise because thereby a man does not forsake a good on account of long endurance of difficulties and toils: and it is directly opposed to this, seemingly, for a man to be ready to forsake a good on account of difficulties which he cannot endure. This is what we understand by (the vice of) effeminacy, because a thing is said to be “soft” if it readily yields to the touch” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas (STh, II-II, Q. 138, Art. 1)

Trying to make sense of the “Fake News” times we are living in, I came across George Marlin’s The Pope, Christmas, and the “Fake News” about Hitler. I have to say, it hit me like a ton of bricks. The juxtaposition of the New York Times, Pope Pius Xll, and the “Hitler Order” back in the 1940’s with the (now irrelevant) New York Times, Pope Francis, and the Islamic Order of today, tells us all we need to know about what has gone wrong in our world.

President-elect Donald Trump spent $4 per vote to get a message to the American People they were ready to hear. Hillary Clinton spent $9 per vote attacking Donald Trump. He won, she lost. “Fake News” is the construct of a totally corrupt and desperate Political Order that has just been fired. And there is something much darker lurking behind the façade…

When you stop and think about what’s different about the men of both Church and State who stood up to Hitler, along with the men in the Press who reported on them, compared to their counterparts today, the difference could not possibly be more stunningly clear. The Vice of Effeminacy coupled with Modernism has rendered Western Man hopelessly unwilling to confront the evil at his door. Barnhardt’s take on the Vice shed’s more light: “This (effeminacy) is a vice that is neither masculine or feminine…what it is, is…it is a softness of character that prevents you from identifying, facing, and dealing with objective reality.” Not even St. Thomas could have foreseen a character so soft as to accept a farce as intellectually corrupt as a “Safe Space” by a People conceived in the womb of Individual Liberty!

Liberty blogger Brandon Smith writes, This is one of the great tragedies of the Saul Alinsky method of political confrontation; it has bred entire generations of people who now believe that there is no objective truth.” And take a look at what the poison has done to the minds of the latest generation of those who thought they came to learn. This is what becomes of a young mind marinated in Marxist Swill. And only a parent blinded by their own effeminacy would allow it!

Think about this one perfect example of how the Lie is so blatantly fed to “Viewers” perfectly stewed in their own effeminacy. Was it personality conflict that drove Elizabeth Hasselbeck to flee the charade? And how low would the once highly respected journalist-icon Barbara Walters sink before even she had enough? Can you say, “Rock Bottom”?

Take a good look at the face in the photo at the top of the page and ponder this. We have a man in the President-elect who has already made his predecessor look as though he never got out of bed in 8 years…and he hasn’t even taken office yet. And the man behind the face of effeminacy will do all in his power to keep the Lie alive.

For out of the serpent’s roots will come forth a viper,

And its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent. ~ Isaiah 14:29


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ The Exorcism of the Most Unholy

"It was the Fake News my Liege."

“It was the Fake News my Liege.”

“The records of the Gospels are given, not so much that we might understand the Person of our Lord from the natural standpoint, but that we might understand how to exhibit His life in us when we are born from above. We have to take our instructions for this from Jesus Christ.” ~ Oswald Chambers

When I invited the Holy Spirit, It gladly accepted…and my life will never be the same. When you and you, and he and she, and we and they drink from The Cup, our world will never be the same! Something’s happening and we do know what it is, don’t we Mr. Jones…

Something profoundly interesting happened in Warwick this week. I wrote about it in my last post, The Surrender of Warwick. It was the classic clash of good (honor) versus evil (progressivism) over a Blue Line. And it delights me to tell you that good won the day. There, for all eyes to see I tell you…when good rises to the occasion, evil has nowhere to go. It was exposed as whiny, pale and weak in the blistering light of our Village Hall this past Monday evening. But this, my friends, is only the backstory to what is revealed to my soul as the greatest hope for mankind. IF…we will it so.

What informs me was less about the dramatic events on the surface, and more about the discourse around the events on social media and the local paper’s “on-line” banter, beneath the surface. I realized something very important, hidden there in the anger of the seething attacks on the Mayor’s character. We were all friends once upon a time. What has happened to us?

Few would argue the genius of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy in capturing the nature of men and the timeless struggle between good and evil, resulting in an epic masterpiece as informative to my mind, as it was entertaining. But there was a part in the book and a scene in the movie that jumped out at me in the course of these recent events. Watch this incredibly powerful five-minute scene in which Gandalf frees King Theoden from the evil that possessed him. In the same week I observed a Mayor and a friend I no longer recognized, I visited the woman I love. She kept asking me what was wrong, sensing my discomfort. I was standing there with the love of my life, and I didn’t know or recognize her any more. It was as if we were total strangers.

What if, somewhere beyond our wildest dreams, there is a Gandalf’s Staff to break this spell upon our hearts? What if the blue line finally becomes our red line, where enough good people finally say enough is enough? Not with anger, but with love and charity of heart. I am telling you that evil would wither and fall away…because there would be less and less for it to hold onto.

Look at evil on the post-election world stage. It is Grima Wormtongue whispering in Theoden’s ear, “It was the Fake News my Liege.”  Wormtongue (MSM) creates a false narrative around the true story that people want to believe because it seems to make life easier. Here we have young Thomas, columnist for the regional rag, twisting the Blue Line into a “feel good” moral equivalency lie. And I let him know there was at least one reader he hadn’t fooled…You missed that one by a country mile brother. The Warwick Blue Line is a story about good people who showed up to reject a room full of whining “Snowflakes” who chose to defend a racially-exclusive lie over the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all. There is no moral equivalency here…and you know it. Pathetically irrelevant is no way to go through life son. This is why print news is dying. They write fairy tales that fewer and fewer of us are believing in any more.

The heart of Progressivism is pure narcissistic evil, and needs to be confronted as such. This is not to say there’s no good in those who are possessed. Rather, many if not most are good people who’ve simply allowed themselves to become spell-bound. If you haven’t seen the video of the Ohio State University students flatly denying that the Somali Muslim refugee who drove his car into 9 innocent pedestrians and then proceeded to hack them with a knife (exactly as ISIS had instructed) had anything to do with “terrorism”, you NEED to. Only the most diabolical can do this to the human brain. It was a “misunderstanding” the young snowflakes insisted.

This is a most difficult place. Think of the stakeholders around the Blue Line. The Police Chief is not as free to be as honest as he would like with the possessed ones. How many of the Town Supervisor’s constituents are under the spell? One has to keep the peace, and the other has to get re-elected. God knows the main street business owners must hold their tongues or risk alienating customers in an already struggling economy. And so it goes, until one day we will all walk out our doors into a world that will no longer be recognizable, or worth living in.

I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. ~ Proverbs 24:30-34

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The Surrender of Warwick

The Saddest Thing These Eyes Have Seen.

The Saddest Thing These Eyes Have Seen.

Night before last I saw the heralded Mel Gibson movie Hacksaw Ridge with very good friends. It equaled and quite possibly surpassed Saving Private Ryan as one of the best portraits of Western Man at his most exquisite best. I say “surpassed” because Gibson added relationship to God here. Last night, it grieves me to say, I witnessed the polar opposite of this portrait of valor at a Village Board meeting in the Village of Warwick NY.

Pressured by the Progressives in his community, Democratic Liberal Mayor Michael Newhard submitted to their demands to remove the blue line he had painted on Railroad Ave. to honor police officers hours BEFORE last night’s public hearing. He had his people paint a red and white stripe on either side of the blue line. I was among the crowd of police supporters who vastly outnumbered what can best be described as the very worst dregs of human civilization huddled like diapered infants in a crib, babbling incoherent liberaleze…one of them actually declared herself to be speaking within a “Safe Space”, which elicited a roaring “WHAT?” that flew from my lips like a cannon. My friend Clay pointed to the “Safe Space” sticker Warwick’s “Snowflake” Mayor had affixed to the door.

I have never felt so ashamed in my entire life. God placed the stark contrast of honor and this despicable weakness of character on my palate for a reason. Like the college aged young woman He placed in my path at the end of the evening for me to ask of her what she knew of the cost of freedom…for me to hear her regurgitate the hatred in her heart, molded into two words like a little snowflake snowball: “White Men”! I could only think how lucky those souls who died on Okinawa were not to have lived to see this. As I said to a TCT (The Catholic Thing) Resident Snowflake the other day, “Progressive Liberalism is as antithetical to the Eucharist as Sharia Law is to the US Constitution.” Their essence is a cancerous rot that only God Himself can possibly remove. War is our only means to the end they invite…time after time after time.

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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Straight from the Cow

Got God?

Got God?

“It is not a question of right and wrong, but a question of God taking you by a way which in the meantime you do not understand, and it is only by going through the confusion that you will get at what God wants.” ~ Oswald Chambers, Pay Attention to the Fog

I wrote the following comment on the TCT Facebook page in response to David Warren’s Whose Side Are We on?:

I liken what has happened to our Church over the past 50 years, as Mr. Cush points out, to milk. 100 years ago, when there were a lot more local farms and farmers, we all drank real milk. We were arguably healthier with stronger bones. Today we’ve essentially diluted the essence of milk down to 2% and 1% versions that are more white water than milk. After a while, how many of us actually “believe” we’re drinking milk anymore? Most of the farmers I know are continuing to get theirs straight from the cow. It sure would be interesting to compare the arthritis statistics of today with those of 100 years ago. I digress. The choice Mr. Warren presents in the last paragraph of his excellent piece reminds me of the words of Ronald Reagan when he too was forced to choose as a matter of conscience, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me.”

Do you remember when we were children playing children’s games? Remember how we separated into teams with the team captains taking turns picking from the rest of us based on who was bigger, faster and stronger. Now that we’ve put aside childish things, I value wisdom and integrity above all else…as a captain and a player. We are living in dangerous times because we are led by captains who pick their teams based on ideology, fear and greed. We are led by fools who rule over chaos by design. David Warren’s TCT article holds the Pope’s Amoris Laetitia up to the light of day for the fool’s errand it is for the very reason, as he points out, it forces us to choose between the Pope and Jesus Christ Himself! Read the TCT FB comments and you will sadly see, the Liberal mind wanders left while the Conservative wisely recognizes no choice in the matter. It is impossible to understate the danger and the tragedy here, as we watch our friends and loved ones foolishly march to the cliffs…

Why were there more Trump signs than Hillary signs in the heart of Hillary Country? Because a totally hijacked Democratic Party was put in the impossible position of defending the indefensible! NONE of my Democratic friends could or would stand up to defend “Safe Spaces” for “Snow Flakes”. They could only sit in silence, pretending they don’t exist. How pathetic is that? And far worse than that…not only does such a person “willingly” silence themselves, they lock up their own intellect. Because if it were to remain free to think, it would realize that IF everyone sat with them in silence, we would ALL lose our freedom!

And all of this because the generation that was fortunate enough to get their milk straight from the cow, passed the torch to “A generation that has never been told ‘no'”. This is WELL worth the watch! Choose wisely…


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The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Today I Will Fast & Pray

What if?

What if?

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9

One of my favorite movies is “The Big Chill” (1983). It’s really hard to lose your audience when you mix good actors with great music all coming together around a very compelling plot. I don’t know if you could call it the moral of the story, but the take-away for me is pretty simple. All the success in the world can’t buy or replicate the magic and chemistry of true friendships. In fact, doesn’t it seem sometimes as though we live our lives trying to recapture what came so naturally…while moving ourselves further from “it”? Let’s go a little deeper…

I wrote of my struggles this past Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday of the year because it was always about my family, my friends, and my favorite things…not the least of which were food and football. But, as in the “Big Chill”, stuff happens, the world turns, and things change. The Big Chill’s Alex couldn’t deal with the changes, so he took what he might have thought was the easy way out (suicide)…which paved the way for a great movie centered around the reuniting of old friends. Berenger’s, Klein’s, and Goldblum’s characters all seemed to ride life’s waves successfully…while Hurt’s character hurt. The only woman in the cast who seemed happy was Alex’s girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly) who was really a child in every sense of the word. Most of us experienced the “happy ending” in the host’s kitchen as Michael (Goldblum) threatens hosts Sarah (Close) and Harold (Klein) with “We’re not leaving” while Jeramiah was a bull frog cues up the credits to the end. But how many of us got the real happy ending cleverly hidden in Hurt’s (re)connection with the Child?

So where would our Big Chillians who first met each other at the University of Michigan in the 60’s, and then again in 1983 be today I wonder. Well, who can say really? Or…can we take a good look around us and know exactly where the University of Michigan’s children of the sixties are today, as I lamented in my Thanksgiving Day Tune-up? What gets lost in the nostalgic mist of romance and Motown hits, is the 20/20 clarity of hindsight in the context of the God-forsaken mess they’ve created! Not quite with me yet? Have patience…you will be.

I came across this TCT piece by David Warren; The Silence of the Lions. The point of his message is a great big WHAT IF the lions of the Church who stood up against the tyrant in the last century were the rule rather than the scant exception? His lament in the “silence” of today’s shepherds goes more than hand-in-hand with my Thanksgiving lament of who we’ve become. And it helped me to recall the Tytler Cycle of Freedom;

Spiritual Faith>                                                                                                                         Great Courage>                                                                                           Liberty>                                                                                                                    Abundance>                                                                                                                    Selfishness>                                                                                                              Complacency>                                                                                                               Apathy>                                                                                                                               Dependency>                                                                                                                      Bondage>                                                                                                                                Spiritual Faith…

Now think of the Tytler Cycle as an overlay on the map of American History;

Spiritual Faith ~ From Columbus to James Town to the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock

Great Courage ~ The American Revolution and our military heritage

Liberty ~ Our Founding as a Sovereign Nation, and the beacon of hope to others

Abundance ~ Our Rise to power through the Industrial Revolution and into the 1950’s

Selfishness ~ The 1960’s – 1970’s

Complacency ~ The 1980’s

Apathy ~ The 1990’s

Dependency ~ Today (94 million Americans are not working…45 million are on food stamps)

Bondage ~ Tomorrow?

I have a What If for David Warren. What if we were to skip the Bondage part and go straight to Spiritual Faith?

I don’t know about you Dear Friend, but today I will fast and pray.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake
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